Had a great Sunday with Linda and Laura from minisota Neil and his pal from sweden on King sea went out to do some bottom fishing and came back with 20 nice yellow snapper, had the great cooks at El Criollo next door cook us up a real nice meal to end the day life doesnt get any better have a great week everyone.
Up until now we are only seeing moderate crowds of visiting spring break vacationers, though this coming week will be a very busy time for local residents. The annual San Jose del Cabo Fiesta Week has just begun, many events are planned, including a world class full length triathlon, off road vehicle race, carnival rides, fishing tournaments, etc.. Should be a fun time for all, but remember that there will be some annoying street closures during this period, traffic and parking will be challenging. The weather is now as nice as it gets, scattered cloud cover, residing winds, with high temperatures up to 85 degrees.
With the spring time fishing season just starting to show signs of coming to life, anglers are still finding the action to be up and down. Northern winds have been more persistent than usual this year, they do seem to be tapering off some now, ocean water temperatures are ranging 67 to 73 degrees, at this time there is a warming trend and this should help improve the all around conditions. Baitfish schools have become scattered for the past week, some days there have been reports of balled up mackerel found offshore and along the shoreline near San Luis is where schooling sardinas are being netted, tides and increased swell activity made this job tougher for commercial pangeros.
Charters launching from Cabo San Lucas Marina are finding large numbers of yellowfin tuna in the 15 to 20 pound range on the Pacific side near the San Jaime Banks, los of porpoise activity in this same area. This action is out of range for the San Jose fleets, though there has been a chance at hooking into a much larger sized yellowfin tuna on the Gordo Banks, only a few of these fish have actually been landed, but these tuna are all in the 50 to 200 pound class. We are hopeful that some warmer weather can help improve this action. There are some yellowtail on these banks as well, but only a handful are being landed, too many hammerhead sharks on the same grounds, makes fishing with bait impossible and the yellows are not consistently striking on yo-yo jigs at this time, preferring the same larger baitfish that the sharks do.
Fleets based out of La Paz and the East Cape region reported great yellowtail action on the days that the north winds allowed them to comfortably reach the grounds. The overall bottom action for the San Jose fleet has not been up to expectations, mixed success for various pargo species, amberjack, cabrilla and an occasional yellowtail. This is never peak season during this time frame and we do expect to see improved action with the arrival of spring just around the corner.
After last week’s wide open striped marlin bite around the Gordo Banks the cooler windy conditions over the weekend scattered this bite and just in the past couple of days we are starting to see more marlin showing up within local charter boat range. We do expect that the main concentration for striped marlin will now shift to the grounds from San Jose del Cabo towards the East Cape, this is the typical pattern. This is also the time when whales move out of this area and head to their northern summer feeding grounds.
The fishing close to shore remains consistent for sierra, with a few dorado mixed in. More sierra action than anything else, sizes ranging up to 5 pounds, using live sardinas for bait was the best bet, slow trolling or drift fishing. A handful of much larger dorado were found further offshore by charters targeting billfish.
This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 68 charters and anglers accounted for a fish count of: 16 striped marlin, 22 yellowfin tuna, 26 dorado, 315 sierra, 8 roosterfish, 16 amberjack,18 cabrilla, 33 various pargo species, 8 yellowtail, 15 bonito, 3 mako shark and 25 triggerfish.
Hola my friends. The fishing has been holding pretty solid this week for Yellowfin Tuna. We have also had some luck catching Striped Marlin and some Dorado. We are checking the Terrafin every morning to make sure we get to the best spots to fish!
Friday morning we had a shared charter with Steve Schneider and his son Jake, Jim McNeeley and Derek Postula. These guys fished aboard RuMRunnin with the Jesus’s for the day and they caught their limit of 20 Yellowfin.
Shawn and Julie Brown went out on Tantrum for a full day and they caught 10 Yellowfin Tuna and a Dorado.
Matt Wolf and Art De La Roca thought they might upgrade to a full day aboard ReelRum, but after catching 12 Yellowfin all before 10.30, they decided to call it a day, or half day as it were.
Zach Dewitt and Karinthia Harrison fished on one of our partner boats Friday for the full day. They caught their limit in Yellowfin Tuna and a Dorado.
Friends of RedRum from Chicago fished for three days over the weekend. They fished the first day on a partner boat, day two on RedRum and on Saturday, they opted for a 1/2 day aboard RumRunnin. They caught a TON of fish. Way more than their limit of Yellowfin the first day, released 2 Striped Marlin and caught 2 Dorado day two and caught their limit of Tuna day three as well. They left happy with TWO of our large fish boxes packed to take home!
Daniel DeVito (not THAT one and Will Miller fished aboard Tantrum for a full day with Christian and Alonso Saturday. They too had an awesome day, catching 12 Yellowfin, they released 2.
Anthony Scelfo and Erica Osmundson fished aboard ReelRum for a full day saturday with Ramon and Julian. They had a ton of fun catching 16 Yellowfin, 6 of which, were released.
Jay and Adam Heppner did a half day aboard ReelRum Sunday. They boated three nice sized Yellowfin.
Biff and Ellen Woodruff, Bill and Neva Bruner and Neal and Carmen Abernathy fished aboard El Nuevo Redrum for a full day and said when they got about 15 miles out, they knew it would be a rough day when a wave completely splased over the whole boat and soaked all on board. they weren’t gonna let that stop them! They brought back 14 Yellowfin Tuna and a Dorado that they will feast on during the rest of their stay in Cabo.
Our buddy Wade Braseth fished with buddies John and Shelby Dawson. These guys had a great day gettin’ into the Yellowfin, coming back with 12.
Dean Pucci, David Delacruz and Debbie and Bruce Smith fished aboard Colleen’s Magic for a 1/2 day. They had a good day as well catching about 10 Yellowfin Tuna.
That is about all for now my friends. Thank you for reading.
According to our reporter for Puerto Morelos, Ms. Nayade Gamboa, it was just an incredible fishing week for the Marina El Cid Fishing Fleet in Puerto Morelos, that included two firsts for 2013. The first blue marlin was taken on March 9th by the Schneiner charter group, fishing aboard the "Predator" and the first white marlin was taken on March 11th by the McKechnie charter group, fishing aboard the "Relaxation". The anglers aboard the "Relaxation" also reported a single sailfish, 1 red snapper, 1 bonito and 1 dorado for their day. It was unquestionably a lot of early season action with the billfish and also with the increased dorado catches, too. The overall fish counts for 37 days fished reflected a 20 fish mixed bag catch, (the largest mixed bag catch I have ever reported for this area) that included 1 blue marlin, 1 white marlin, 2 sailfish, 27 dorado, 9 blackfin tuna, 54 bonito, 9 wahoo, 5 king mackerel, 12 giant Atlantic barracuda, 3 jack crevalle, 1 Spanish mackerel, 5 amberjack, 10 rainbow runners, 35 soap fish, 2 porgy, 9 strawberry fish, 21 banana fish, 15 triggerfish, 1 grouper and 55 snappers, (the fish of the week for a 3rd week in a row).
PM Climate: Mostly cloudy but warm days and temps that ranged from 63 nights to 84 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Overall, the temps have held well at 80 degrees throughout the area with no noticeable change or temp breaks for the area. Clarity remains very clear and the surface conditions have been excellent with surface breezes from 5-15 mph.
Best Bait/Lure: The ever available ballyhoo continues to be the bait of choice for the skippers in this area and they are provided fresh caught every morning.
The fishing & catching remains very good from Zihuatanejo, according to Captain Temo Verboonen, our on-the-spot local reporter and skipper/owner of the super panga, "Secuestro de Amor". Temo said, "the big difference this past week reflected a substantial slow down for charters with very few anglers showing up at the dock each morning. There are still very good catches of marlin and sailfish, along with some quality sized dorado for the offshore waters, just 12 miles from the Bay, where the green water turns crystal blue and clean. The inshore waters gained some momentum this past week and the jack crevalle, bonitos, chulas and Sierra have all returned with the best action at Valentin Point. Schools of sardines moved into the area this past week and the predators moved in after them. Oddly, the water color inshore is still a dark green and what I consider to be poor quality, but the fish are in it and that's what counts".
IZ Climate: Partly cloudy but pleasantly warm days and evenings with temps that ranged from 73 nights to 93 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Mostly calm seas with off shore temps holding stable at 84 degrees. Temp break and color break at about 12 miles from the Bay and light & variable surface breezes each day. Inshore waters cooler at 81-82 and very poor clarity.
Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits have been working very well for the sailfish and dorado and the bigger bonito baits working well for the marlin.
Best Fishing area: Starting at the temp and clarity break at approximately 12 miles westerly from the Zihuatanejo Bay entrance.
Bait Supply: Excellent for this area with a great supply of baits for rigging and live baits for both, inshore and offshore fishing.
The chances for catching a billfish this past week from Mazatlan was again favorable and about 65% for the angler. This continues the unusual billfish action for March and the past two weeks have reflected the best marlin catches we have ever reported for the month of March from Mazatlan. We just need it to continue right into the early summer fishing season, just around tthe corner, so to speak. The overall catches for 20 offshore fishing days resulted in 11 stripers, (3 released) 5 mako sharks, 2 sailfish, (1 released) and 6 yellowfin tuna, (all school fish sizes, 20-25 lbs.). The inshore fishing continues to be very slow and the super pangas reflected a single mako shark for their 3 fishing days.
Mazatlan Climate: The Port was closed on Tuesday due to rough weather with hard northerly surface winds and choppy sea conditions. A sun-cloud mix and getting sunnier as the week passed by with temps that ranged from 51 nights & mornings to 84 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Very good for the most part with the exception of the Port closure on Tuesday. Sea temps holding pretty good in the offshore waters and stable at 67-68 degrees. Cooler waters inshore and holding in the 62-63 degree ranges.
Best Bait/Lure: The hot lure has been orange/green colors for the billfish but the rigged baits have been working very well, too.
Best Fishing Area: Most of the billfish are coming from the 15-20 mile mark, straight out from the
Marina El Cid. Bait Supply: Remains excellent for both, live bait and fresh baits for rigging.
It seems like the billfish are on the move from the Pacific side and rounding the corner at Cabo, heading into the Sea of Cortez. Very normal for this time of year. According to Captain Roberto Marquez, owner of Fish Cabo boats, there are significant numbers of stripers throughout the area, especially from Chileno to the Gorda Banks, but most of them are the non-cooperative type that just don't want to bite. Nevertheless, there is almost constant action for baiting the billfish and trolling between the sleepers an it tends to keep everyone on their toes, just anticipating the one that does take the bait or follow the lures. The big excitement for the week was the influx of yellowfin tuna outside Cabo Falso, providing good action on the school sized fish that were mostly in the 20-30 lb. ranges. This is the time of year when the bigger schools of yellowfin tend to move into the area as they also round the corner and head into the Sea of Cortez. The overall fish counts or a combined total of 30 days fished reflected 13 stipers, (12 released) 1 mako shark, 1 dorado, 10 skipjack, 2 Sierra and 162 yellowfin tuna. High billfish boat was the "Gaviota IX" with 5 stripers released for 7 days fished, followed by the "Tuna Time" with 3 stripers released for 3 days fished.
Cabo Climate: Sunny and warm days with just a few passing clouds and temps that ranged from 61 nights to 88 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: The water temps throughout the area are still falling a bit with 65-66 on the Pacific side and rising to 67-68 from Cabo San Lucas to Las Frailes, on the Sea of Cortez side. The north winds have subsided and turned to southerly incoming surface winds at 10-15 mph. However, this is March and those winds can make a 360 degree change at any time and come back from the north which is the normal direction for March.
Best Fishing Area: Billfish are scattered about over a 20-mile span or so, from Chileno to just above the Gorda Banks and the yellowfin tuna have been outside Cabo Falso.
Best Bait/Lure: Live bait has been essential for the billfish, albeit, an occasional marlin will chase the lures and the crew will drop a bait back. The tuna have been eager on the cedar plugs and of course the tuna feathers in assorted colors and styles.
Bait Supply: Continues to be good, especially for the caballitos and a few mackerel at the $3.00 per bait rate.
Mixed up Season, Warm Water, Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado!
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Wow, if you think you have a clue about what the fishing is going to be like today, tomorrow or next week you´re a crystal ball is better than mine! Last week I though the fishing had finally turned into winter conditions, yet here we are with Sailfish off El Morro and the Marietta Islands, Sailfish! They never left! Water temperatures are still running in the mid 70´s, with plenty of bait the mixed summer and winter species living and eating in the same area are likely to hang for a while. Strange, yes.. But if you´re out there fishing in this mixed up season, you`re catching fish you shouldn´t be seeing!
An example of this is the Rooster fish, not unusual for this time of the year, but they are very large, they´re in charge and you can boat one at will in the 40 to 60 lb range. Many have been boated in the ranges above sixty pounds, by the time you read this things can change so check things before heading out. Now this is around the Marietta Islands and El Morro. Which is best (?), who knows, they´re close enough to each other to check this out yourself, that is if you have a boat and crew who will use fuel and no just sit in one place. While there, you´ll also find Pompano to 35 lbs, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna in the 30 lb range, Snappers to 35lbs, Jack Crevalls everywhere in varying sizes with 25lbs being the smallest right now. Plenty of action for sure and an eight hour day at the islands is well worth breaking the piggy bank!
About ten miles off the Marietta and El Morro Islands there are Striped Marlin and Sailfish stretching out to Corbeteña and the point off Punta Mita. It´s amazing, it´s unusual and it´s time to take advantage of these unusual conditions to the fullest. Those visiting the area will be glad to find action at affordable prices on super pangas, call us we´ll fix you up.
Corbeteña is once again alive with action for those with the courage to take a chance and catch nothing. Which is almost impossible, but your fallback position is always the Marietta Islands. So your worst case scenario may have to be a Striped Marlin or a Sailfish in the 70 to 85 lb range, not small for Sailfish. The Striped Marlin are still off the rock as well, but Yellowfin Tuna are running in the same areas and a YF tuna in the 60 to 80 lb range is getting the local boat owners on the water, maybe you should be also! Add to the list Cubera Snappers in the 60 lb range, Dorado to 35 lbs, mostly in the 25 lb range for now. Amber Jacks, Rainbow runners and the occasional Wahoo round out the package. So get your butt out there before things get ¨winterish¨.
El Banco and the area to the west, yes I said west, is alive with all sorts of Yellowfin Tuna action with 60 lb YF Tuna burning your arms out so pace yourself. Catch them at will, but you´ll need to plan for a 12 hour day. Seems like this time of the year not many want to hit the Rock, not because of the fishing, but because they don´t want a twelve hour straight fishing trip. Not recommended for sea sick types, swells are rolling and the chop in the afternoon is guaranteed sea sick city for the squeamish. Those with normal sea legs will be fine, sensitive types find a patch! Striped Marlin in towards shore a little. Much the same players as Corbeteña (the Rock), so if you´re heading out to the Tres Maria islands, you´ll find Tuna before the islands for the less adventurous.
The bay is still full of Jack Crevalls, Snappers, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Rooster fish off the Nuevo Vallarta shoreline. So if you have a surf casting pole, take a few poppers and diamond jigs along. You may find 40lb Rooster fish giving your bait ¨what for¨!
With plenty of Squid, Sardines, krill squid and shrimps you may find it difficult to turn their heads, so be patient, be equipped and have plenty of bait. Those who scrimp on bait find they go home early when they could have kept reeling…. With March here, we won´t be seeing water temperatures dip much lower, but then again who knows. But if this goes the way I am thinking we´ll have Dorado and Sailfish from this point forward. So keep up with the latest reports and don´t be afraid to fire me an email about what the up to the minute conditions and species are. As far as the bite, mid morning around 7 to 8 is a good time to arrive at your selected spots amigo…
Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included, BYOB or Tequila! Contact Gloria at the shop, and no we are not married!
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
Like I said in my previous report, March fishing has been kind of spotty, today was no different.
Tim Demarco brought his son Chris along. They fished aboard RedRum with Captain Jesus and Mate Noe. They were hoping to get some nice sized Dorado, but brought back about 4 Spanish Mackerel instead.
John Keating and Keith Ongman fished aboard Reel Rum with Julian and Captain Alex who is normally Captain on El Nuevo. They got lucky out there, boating 2 Dorado and 2 Spanish Mackerel.
Kevin Blanton and girlfriend Lauren Rich decided to do a second day on the water since they caught a Marlin the day before. This time, they went to the Pacific and had a great day on the water catching 3 Dorado, 2 Skipjack and 2 Spanish Mackerel.
Lastly, we had Rob Hunsaker and Jason Welnel aboard Tantrum with Juan and Christian. These guys headed out to the Cortez side hoping to find some Marlin like the day before. Unfortunately, they had no luck and came back empty handed.
We certainly do not like it when our boats don’t catch fish. When this happens, we are just as disappointed as you are. We definitely want everyone to catch fish and will work hard to do it. However, there will be days when we do not catch fish, it just happens sometimes and there is not much we can do about it. I guess that is why is is called “fishing” and not “catching”!
I hope these reports don’t have too many boats coming back with nothing! Lets see how the week goes! Until next time amigos,
its been a busy week,lots finaly getting Done on La Hatch and we been out fishing everyday this week, had the first white marlin of the season hook up yesterday but he spit the hook 10 minutes into the fight client error, oh well there is always next time. if your wanting to get out on the beautifull caribbean to fish,snorkel, or just tour around call me at 984-114-4816 or leave a message here. have a great day everyone.
Lots of Dorado still biting, just having to travel a long ways to get em’… Same with the Yellowfin Tuna. While the Dorado have been 30 miles up the Pacific side, the Tuna have been 30 miles offshore. RedRum boats seem to be the only charter boat’s with lots of flags flying everyday because we are willing to spend what we have to get you all to the fish. Diesel fuel isn’t getting any cheaper and here in Cabo it doesn’t grow on trees.
Inshore bite is very busy for those that want action or are bringing along small children. 10-15 Sierra, 2-5 Bonita, and a few AmberJack or Roosterfish is an average day on the inshore.
After a few weeks of North winds on the Pacific, the Marlin that disappeared on the Pacific have popped back up, but on the Sea of Cortez. From Punta Ballena to Palmilla, boats are picking up 3-5 Marlin strikes daily (as of yesterday and today.)
The snapper bite continues to be strong and for a second week is the "fish of the week". We also had another off-season sailfish taken aboard the "Aries VIII" this past week and it continues to appear the annual billfish season will have an early take-off for 2013. Seems like every week produces an occasional sailfish here & there in the Puerto Morelos proximity. This past week produced a 14 fish variety for the anglers for their 23 days fished and included 1 sailfish, 13 blackfin tuna, 2 giant Atlantic barracuda, 6 Spanish mackerel, 30 bonito, 5 amberjack, 1 grouper, 19 triggerfish, 16 banana fish, 3 strawberry fish, 11 soapfish, 1 needlefish, 2 porgy and 51 snappers.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm and comfortable days with temps that ranged from 60 nights to 85 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps holding stable at 80 degrees with mostly light and variable surface breezes to 15 mph, mostly flowing in from the northerly directions.
Best Bait & Supply: The bait of choice continues to be the always available ballyhoo that is provided freshly caught on a daily basis. The ballyhoo baits are used in the outriggers, downriggers and bottom fishing and can range from natural baits to rigged baits with colored skirts, filleted slabs and chunks.
According to Captain Temo Verboonen, our reporter for Zihuatanejo, the past week provided terrific fishing and has named it, "The Marlin Week". The skippers reported numerous billfish strikes, particularly on the marlin, along with a very good bite on sailfish and dorado. The dorado are all big fish, 25-40 pounders and even a few bigger ones in the mix. The water conditions for the offshore fishing is near perfect and is providing excellent temperatures and clarity, along with nearly flat calm surface conditions. All-in-all, it's been a banner fishing week for the fleet and really turned the corner after the full moon phase. The yellowfin tuna are still around but farther off shore and for the most part, getting out of range at 60 miles or so. The inshore fishing is at a virtual stand-still. For now, there are no indications of schools of fish in the inshore areas and the water temps are cooler. Very green water to the north & south of the Bay.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny and near perfect fishing days with pleasant evenings and mornings. Temps ranging from 72 nights to 91 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Excellent offshore fishing conditions with temps holding stable at 84-85 degrees, along with excellent clarity and calm seas.
Best Bait/Lures: A very good bite on the fresh rigged trolling baits but also good on the aritificials, too, especially for the bigger marlin.
Best Fishing Area: The big bite area has been holding well at the 15-mile mark, straight out from the Bay.
Bait Supply: Remains excellent for fresh caught baits for rigging. Live bait has been readily available on a daily basis.
The striper bite from the Marina El Cid, Mazatlan, continues to offer a 50-50 chance for the anglers and for March, that is excellent fishing. This is usually the time of the year when the water temps are coolest and the billfish disappear until the water temps trend is in an upward movement. However, 2013 has been considerably different and the water temps have held above normal and the billfish continue to bite. The overall catch report for 23 offshore fishing days reflected 11 stripers, (4 released) 1 sailfish and 6 jack crevalle. This bite held up very well right through the full moon phase and as long as the sea temps hold, the bite should continue or get better right into spring vacation time. The inshore fishing has been good for bottom fishing and producing near limits on snappers, both red & white snappers, along with a good bite on triggerfish. Overall counts for 3 days fished reflected 35 white snappers, 15 red snappers and 24 triggerfish.
Mazatlan Climate: Cool mornings and evenings remain and light jackets still recommended. Temps ranging from 42 nights to 83 daytime highs under mostly cloudy skies.
Sea Conditions: Inshore waters remain coolish at 65-66 degrees and the offshore waters stable at 70. Surface breezes ranging from light & variable to 20 mph and mostly calm seas to some pm wind chop.
Best Fishing Area: There is no real concentration of fish but for the most part, the boats fished out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid this past week, in the 18-15 mile ranges.
Best Lure/Bait: The fresh rigged trolling baits were the bait of choice this past week for the billfish and were working very well.
Bait Supply: Excellent! Good bait supply for fresh rigged trolling baits and good live bait supply for anglers on a daily basis.
Cabo Climate: Mostly cloudy days and cool mornings & evenings. Temps ranged from 54 nights to 83 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps are cooler on both sides of the peninsula and range from 68 to 71 degrees with the warmer water on the Pacific side.
Best Fishing Area: There is no concentration of fish in any area and the billfish bite has virtually come to a stop. While marlin sleepers are still being sighted throughout the area, they are not cooperating with the anglers ad of course, the full moon has had it's monthly affect on the billfish, too.
Best Bait/Lure: Bait Supply: Continues to be pretty good and wasn't affected so much by the moon phase this month. There is currently a mix of mackerel and caballitos available at the $3.00 per bait rate.
Winter with 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, What??
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Normally come March, I am almost apologizing for the poor fishing and cookie cutter reports. But this year, as was a few years ago, the water is full of summer species fish. Amazing, but true, we won´t discuss El Nino quite yet, but whatever the cause, there were and possibly still are 120lb Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco about ten miles to the north of the high spots. In a word, ¨Strange¨ at best! We all know fish are where you find them and for now anyway, they can be found off all the world famous fishing grounds of Banderas Bay.
We have continued to see unseasonably warm water temperatures and this is one of the main reasons water temperatures are hovering in the 70´s. Southern California is seeing these flying Squid that follow currents that are normally only found in Japan. This is not a new thing, but it is new for this time of the year amigo. So we have Yellowfin Tuna gorging themselves on not only squid, they´re hitting Sardines and krill squid as well. We had a couple of boats head out the other day we found the fish, just couldn´t get them to pay any attention to the beautiful baits we were presenting! Now that will drive you crazier than your wife spending money and telling you how much she just saved you!
If you have the time and inclination you will find fish everywhere, the challenge is getting them to pay attention to your bait as mentioned. Rooster Fish are stuffing themselves at every corner on Krill squid and Sardines. If you find Roosters in the 35 lb range and larger, then they don´t eat, you better find squid jigs or start running Hoochies amigo. Remember, Elephants eat peanuts too, small works! Corbeteña is still seeing a few Striped Marlin, Bull Dorado ten miles west of Corbeteña are plentiful! Cubera Snappers coming up after the Sardines, Wahoo between 60 and 75 lbs, Amber Jacks, and YF Tuna. Nothing is automatic amigo, so keep your witts with you!
Pretty much the same story at El Banco, Andelé went out to El Banco, got there, the bite was on. 15 hook-ups in 8 hrs of fishing. Nonstop action and burning arms was the order of the day. Yellowfin from who knows where are heavy and running with Dolphin between the high spots and twenty miles north towards the Tres Maria Islands. Who needs a long trip like that when you can have them in a twelve hour day and be home before the little woman notices after a day in the spa! Check the latest report or contact me before going out to make sure you have the latest fishing conditions.
The Marietta Islands are running strong, but there are times when you´ll come in wondering what happened. Rooster fish at El Morro as well, all running large in the range of 35 to 50 lbs and even larger. No real Dorado to speak of, small if any, but the Red Snappers are picking up the slack in the 25 to 35 lb range. Pompano to 30 lbs and great tasting, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, and more. So keep this in mind, they´re there, but they may not be hungry!
Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included, BYOB or Tequila! Contact Gloria at the shop, and no we are not married!
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
The month of February is now over, there was lots of wind throughout the period, this last week was no exception, as northerly winds up to 20 mph prevailed. This created very choppy ocean conditions offshore and limited options on where anglers were able to comfortably fish. Water temperatures were now ranging from 69 to 72 degrees throughout the zone. March is the time when we can see have unpredictable winds, most of the time from the north, but usually the worst of the winds are over with and we start to see warmer and calmer days. This is what you would call a seasonal transition period, winter to spring, great time of year to visit the area while the climate is so ideal and there will be a wide variety of fishing opportunities available, from offshore, inshore, as well as bottom action. Crowds remain light at this time, but we are starting to see the first wave of spring breakers arrive. Whales remain very active throughout local waters, this is the final period now, as these mammals will be heading north soon.
Schools of mackerel and sardinetas are now gone from the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, there are some caballito on these same spots and sardinas are being netting off the beach stretches near San Luis. Ballyhoo are also available for purchase and have been an option for enticing dorado.
This week there were reports of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds being found in good numbers on the Jaime Banks, a long run for most charters and too far for San Jose fleets. Offshore marlin action slowed during the period, scattered fish, more billfish found off of the Pacific than towards the Sea of Cortez. This is the month we normally we would see the striped marlin moving in this direction, so we do expect to see this same pattern. No tuna found on the Gordo Banks this week and it was the same story on San Luis Bank, where the persistent winds made this area off limits most days.
Local fleets out of Puerto Los Cabos found the most consistent action to be closer to shore, in the direction of San Luis, Cardon, La Fortuna and Punta Gorda. There were more sierra than any other species found, striking readily on sardinas and also on rapalas and hoochies, some of these fish weighed up to 5 lb. Despite it being off season for dorado, there were surprisingly quite a few of these gamefish still being found, more of them close to shore where baitfish have been concentrated, compared to offshore where numbers were limited. Charters were accounted for as many as 4,5 or 6 dorado per day, average weights being 5 to 15 lb., with a few larger specimens mixed in. Some days these fish preferred the larger sized ballyhoo baits and on others sardinas worked just as well, a matter of finding the schools of these fish, not large concentrations of dorado, but when found the action was fast.
Bottom action was limited due to choppy conditions, but there was some quality eating fish available when conditions allowed, cabrilla, yellow snapper, barred pargo, huachinango and triggerfish were the most common species now accounted for off of the rocky structure. Anglers reported mixed success while using yo-yo jigs and various whole and cut baits.
This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 62 charters and anglers accounted for a fish count of: 6 yellowfin tuna, 192 dorado, 255 sierra, 19 roosterfish, 12 jack crevalle, 3 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, 26 yellow snapper, 15 huachinango ( red snapper), 12 barred pargo and 16 triggerfish.
March is here and the fishing is still great, maybe we will have a great year and the water will never get too cold!!
Dave Valetta, Don Freeman, Michael Knight and Bill Baxter headed out on El Nuevo RedRum with Captain Alex and Mate Jesus. They had a lot of fun on the boat catching 9 Dorado and some Skipjack.
Randy Baker, David Sexton, Mike Marble and Jim Kunz were off on RedRum for a half day with Omar and Noe. They had a great 5 hours on the water, boating 12 Yellowfin Tuna.
Ian Young, David Lam, Max Gostromelskiy and Joe Wong were out on Tantrum for a full day with captain Juan and Mate Christian. These guys had a lot of fun catching 8 Yellowfin Tuna.
Gary, Debbie and Dave Martin along with Richard Wadefished aboard RumRunnin for a full day with the Jesus’s. They had an awesome day, catching 13 Yellofin Tuna a Dorado and Richard caught and released a Striped Marlin, his first ever Billfish.
Bill Ackerman and his crew were aboard the Marlin Queen for a full day charter with Dani and Chito. They had an awesome day catching their limit in Yellofin Tuna and a Dorado.
Eric Carino and his crew were in a little later than normal this Saturday morning. They headed out on Colleen’s Magic and headed back almost as quick due to sea sickness We hate that they did not get to enjoy their day on the water.
Kelly Hudson, Francis Lott, Eric Griffith, Matt Garza and Jimmy Yarborough boarded 19′s Toy for a full day with Captain Gaba. They caught 24 Yellowfin Tuna and 3 Dorado.
Sunday Jerry and George Lin along with Weijay Wang, Wei Tao Huang and David Hsu were out on RumRunnin for the day with Catain Jesus and Christian. They had a good day with David catching and releasing a Striped Marlin and catching 2 more Dorado.
Dan Ornawka, Ward Headrick, Tim Charabin and Galen Loy boarded RedRum for the day with Omar and Noe. They had a great day catching 4 Yellowfin Tuna and a Dorado.
Please guys, don’t miss this opportunity for great fishing while the weather is AWESOME! See you in Cabo….
The snapper catches were the fish of the week and reflected red snappers, dog-toothed snapper, & yellow-tailed snappers, with a total of 33 taken in the latest fish count. Even more exciting was the 3 off-season sailfish taken this past week, keeping the anglers very optimistic with their daily fishing. Overall, the fishing slowed up this past week for the fleet and the crews attributed it to the full moon conditions and while they are probably right, I think we tend to think the wide-spectrum catches of 14-15 species just automatically occur every week. When the variety drops down to 10, (the lowest species number we have ever reported) we get nervous and try to build something reasonable into the reasoning for the decline. Fact is, the fish just don't bite all of the time, everyday and every week. The overall fish counts for a total of 23 days fished reflected a 10 fish variety catch that included 3 sailfish, 33 snappers, 2 blackfin tuna, 1 grouper, 15 bonito, 2 banana fish, 6 triggerfish, 4 Spanish mackerel, 2 king mackerel and 2 giant Atlantic barracuda.
PM Climate: Mostly cloudy days with rain predicted for the weekend. Temps are good at 59 nights to 81 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: 79-80 degrees throughout the area, with continued good clarity. Calm during the early part of the week with changes coming in with the rain. Winds coming in from the northerly directions and up to 20 mph by Saturday.
Best Bait/Lure: The availability of the ballyhoo bait for the area keeps the crews happy with a continuous supply of fresh caught rigging baits that work extremely well for all of the fish in this area, both surface fish and bottom fish, alike.
"It was an interesting fishing week from Zihuatanejo", according to Captain Temo Verboonen, "with the offshore fish having moved out to about 15 miles in the clean, blue waters. There were good & not so good reports from boats that fished in the same areas, often only a couple miles apart. In one area the billfish seemed to bite well and just a mile or two away, no bite at all, even though billfish were being seen in both places. The dorado counts have slowed, too, and probably due to the full moon condition. The plus side is the bigger marlin are here and the largest fish for the week checked in at 180 kg. (380 lbs.) with several smaller fish weighed in, too". Yellowfin tuna still showing well in the 30 mile area but the better bite is in the 40 mile area. The inshore fishing has been very poor and mainly consisted of bonito and chulas, along with a few Sierra, but only during the very early hours and then nothing. Inshore waters are green and cold.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny and warm days with a few passing clouds and temps that ranged from 70 nights to 90 daytime highs. Nearly picture perfect!
Sea Conditions: Inshore fishing consists of very green, off-colored water with temps down to 79 degrees. Green water extends offshore, bluing up at 14-15 miles and increasing temperatures to 84-85 degrees. Mostly flat-calm seas with light & variable surface breezes.
Best Fishing Area: The offshore fishing starts at 14-15 miles, directly out from Zihuatanejo Bay, at the water color change.
Best Bait/Lure: The freshly rigged trolling baits were the bait of choice this past week in the offshore waters for the billfish and the dorado.
Bait Supply: Remains excellent, even through the full moon, with plenty of fresh baits for rigging and an excellent live bait supply.
The offshore fishing for The Aries Sportfishing Fleet, from the Marina El Cid, resulted in very good reports from the skippers this past week and considering the end of February-first part of March period, the catching was the best I can recall for this time of year for many years. According to our local reporter, Ms. Kitcia Ceja, there were 27 offshore fishing days that resulted in 16 stripers, (2 released) 4 sailfish, 1 yellowfin tuna, 7 dorado and 3 mako sharks, (one that weighed in in excess of 100 lbs.) The inshore fishing for 7 super panga days reflected 1 striper, 2 black snook, (sizes not reported) and 20 perch. The poor in-shore fishing resulted from a combination of negative events that included full moon, falling water temp, (67 degrees) and murky green waters.
Mazatlan Climate: Mostly sunny and warm days with a few passing clouds. Mornings and evenings are coolish and jackets are recommended. Temps ranged from 43 nights to 83 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps ranged from 67 degrees inshore to 72-73 degrees offshore, starting at about 15 miles or so. Greenish tinted water has spanned the entire area, both inshore and offshore but the offshore fish still want to bite. Early week was very little wind, mostly light & variable, but picked up after mid-week to 10-20 mph, mostly rolling in from the northwesterly directions.
Best Fishing Area: Seems like the area has moved more up to the west of Mazatlan, with the boats tarting at about 15-17 miles and then paralleling the coast or fishing out bound from there.
Best Bait/Lure: The billfish were taken primarily on the freshly rigged trolling baits, as were the mako sharks, too.
Bait Supply: Remains very good for Mazatlan with an excellent supply of fresh rigging baits and live bait availability for the boats.
A dramatic combination of changes for Cabo San Lucas that have diminished the billfish bite this past week, including the full moon phase, cooler water temperatures and an enormous area of off-colored, greenish tinted water surrounding the lower end of the peninsula. In talking with Captain Roberto Marquez, owner of the Fish Cabo boats, he said, "we fished all over on the Pacific side this past week from Pozo de Cota to the Golden Gate and back to Cabo and saw/baited only 3 stripers, all in the Cabo Falso area and none that would bite. As we move into the first week of March, it appears that the fishing is going to turn typical when the winds start to blow from the north and billfish don't want to bite. The overall combined catches for a total of 25 days fished reflected 2 stripers, (1 released) 63 skipjack tuna, 9 yellowfin tuna, 4 yellowtail, 3 roosterfish, 3 red snappers, 35 dorado and 102 Sierra, (most of these fish were in the 8+ lb. range).
Cabo Climate: Cool mornings and evenings but very warm and comfortable days. A few passing clouds and light surface breezes during the early week that changed to 20-30 mph by week's end, all coming from the northerly directions.
Sea Conditions: Water temps for both sides of the peninsula are cooler, 69-71, and the entire area is off-colored, greenish tinted waters. Cleanest water conditions are out to the south, southwest of Cabo and beyond the 1000 fathom curve.
Best Fishing Area: The better billfish area remains around the Cabo Falso area, albeit, very few of the fish being seen and baited want to bite. The Sierra bite along the beaches from Pedregal to Cristobal.
Best Bait/Lure: The 2 billfish were both taken on live bait. Dorado taken on both, live bait and artificials. Sierra mostly on the hootchies.
Live Bait Supply: Remains very good, even through the full moon. Mixed bait, both caballitos and mackerel. Some mackerel still available on the yozuri's, fishing the Cabo Falso drop-off.
After such a good couple of days looks like there is a bit of a slow down, or not, or there is…. well, you decide!
Todd Narlinger and buddies went out on Tantrum for a full day to celebrate Todd’s 40th, Happy birthday!! They caught a huge Wahoo that weighed in around 55lbs.
Ron Volkmann and his crew were back at it again on Sunday, this time aboard El Nuevo. they had a good day, boating 4 Yellowfin Tuna.
Luis Zumaeta and his buddies were out for a second time aboard 19′s Toy and ReelRum. They caught a Yellowfin Tuna on the ReelRum, 2 Dorado and 2 Yellowfin on 19′s Toy.
Tom Rostron and his wife went out on RedRum for the full day, unfortunately when they got about 25 miles off shore, with 2 Skipjack in the boat, the wife got seasick and they had to head home. He headed out again by himself this time on Monday aboard one of our partner boats. He ended up having a super Make-up day, catching a ton of Dorado, he said about 20 and a large Striped Marlin, about 180lbs, he said he would send a pic, the Marlin really was huge!
Jason Langen helped put together a fishing trip for his buddy, Ryan Martin, who is getting married here on Wednesday. These guys were rarin’ to go this morning with everybody excited to catch some fish. They went out on 3 boats, RumRunnin, RedRum and Tantrum. RumRunnin had a good day, catching 2 Yellowfin & 2 Dorado. RedRum boated 4 Yellowfin, and, well, not sure what happened with our Tantrum boat, but those guys came back empty – handed I sure hope they are satisfied with all their buddies fish stories!
Robert and Agapito Innamorati along with Drew Poslock and Russell Jenkins headed out for a full day aboard El Nuevo. They wanted to try for the Tuna, unfortunately when they were about 26 miles out, they had to head back due to sea sickness.
Right now, we have some good fishing along the inshore, if you feel you might be prone to sea-sickness, play it safe, stay along the shore! We sure do hate to see our customers come back with no fish and sea sick…..
Veteran RedRum Fisherman Doug Dollhopf and Roger Bartz enjoyed a full day with Ramon and Julian aboard ReelRum. They caught a Yellowfin Tuna.
So what do you guys think, some good, some not so good, but not at all bad!!
130 Pound Yellowfin Tuna off Corbeteña in Upside Down Season
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, it´s February and I´m writing about Yellowfin Tuna running 130 lbs at Corbetena in February? Warm currents continue from Japan to the west coast cutting off the cold water we are used to getting come this time of the year. Now we´re seeing species we should not really be seeing at our world famous fishing grounds. Yellowfin Tuna are not the only species out there that will surprise you amigos. The season is now upside down and from here out, who knows what´s going to happen. Cookie cutter fishing reports, not here amigo.
Ok, one more time, 130lb Yellowfin Tuna are circling the ¨Rock¨ and they´re taking bait in what is highly unusual for February. Warm water temperatures of 75 degrees are keeping Striped Marlin of 250 lbs, Dorado in the 35 to 50 lb range, even Wahoo are still taking baits. Cubera Snappers to 55 lbs, Sailfish as well. They are all taking live bait, so Google eyes are worth their weight in tortillas! Drop your lines just west of the rock and start there. El Banco is a carbon copy of what Corbeteña is doing, but Striped Marlin are more abundant at the Bank.
The Marietta Islands have not been disappointing at all amigos. Rooster Fish 35 at lbs have returned to the area and Dorado 25lbs and up are more abundant as well. So there is plenty of action to be had in an eight hour trip. Sailfish about a mile off the island, Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals all running in the 30 lb range are like fishing insurance. Blue water, calm seas, abundant bait, no reason to risk longer day trips when the fishing is outstanding in so close. Now 28 miles may not seem so close, but makes a full day seem kinda short. For now this is the place to be and you may come across Pompano and milk fish, stay tuned.
Punta Mita is alive and doing well. Dorado around the buoys, Sailfish off the point and Striped Marlin about ten miles off the point makes the beach pangas in the area well worth a four hour trip. Just make sure these boats are equipped with lures and live bait. For now, this area is a no brainer, but the Islands are performing better so if coming from Vallarta proper, Punta Mita is less desirable.
Inside the bay is fish city. Nothing huge, but if you want plenty of action the Jack Crevalls are filling the order. Running 35 to 50 lbs if lucky, these fish are demons and will give you a nice fight on light tackle. Heavy poles and line for these fish ruin the adventure and you can just mussel them in easily. Make sure you´re Charter Company has light tackle before renting or he fishing could be less than sportsman like.
For now tourist can experience summer species on winter days. The fishing is great and now the market conditions for fishing companies is less than favorable for business. But for the consumer the prices are remaining down even with ever growing fuel cost. The budget minded four hour fishing trips for Skip Jack Tuna off Yelapa is not exactly world record fishing, but it is fishing and smaller people like kids will get their share of smiles and memories. Also don´t forget, if you´re a single fisherman, we have options for you through Mikes Fishing. Fishing parties are 175 dollars a person for eight hours and includes lunch and sodas, BYOB.
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
Much of the same patterns continue into the last week of February, light crowds of tourists, cool mornings with scattered cloud cover, days warming to 75 degrees, persistent northerly winds up to 15 mph are now showing signs of residing and big numbers of whales remain in the region. Will not be long now before springtime arrives, always a favorite time to visit and enjoy ideal weather conditions and the world class sportfishing opportunities. Ocean currents are now averaging 69 to 71 degrees and clarity has been fair, considering the temperature.
Schools of mackerel seem to have scattered from the San Jose del Cabo grounds, where caballito baitfish have taken their place and sardinas continue to be netted off the beaches near the San Luis and Vinorama. Local fleets have been finding a variety of action from Punta Gorda, La Fortuna, Iman and to Vinorama. Sierra have provided the majority of action close to shore, mostly smaller sized, some reaching up to 3 or 4 pounds. Roosterfish have been encountered close to shore, just to the north of the PLC Marina Jetties, some of these fish reaching 10 pounds. Dorado have been harder to find in recent days, often being found later on when the sun warms the ocean surface some, no big schools, just a few fish here or there, average sizes ranged from 5 to 15 lb. Bottom action produced limited results on pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and triggerfish. Juvenile sized yellowtail are being found on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, but no yellows reported off of Palmilla or other grounds yet. We do anticipate much improved action off the rock piles as weather transitions towards the spring season.
Striped marlin have been most numerous on the Golden Gate Bank and other Pacific grounds, the billfish are starting to shift in the direction off of San Jose as well, this migration occurs each season, all species of fish follow their preferred food source.
Yellowfin tuna were being found offshore of Cabo San Lucas, traveling with porpoise, charters that did encounter this activity reported fast action for football sized tuna. This week the Gordo Banks produced a handful of larger grade yellowfin, up to about 120 pounds, only a few numbers of these tuna were landed, but it proves they are still schooling in the area, these are the first tuna heard about on the local banks in several weeks, all of the hook ups were taken while drift fishing with chunks of skipjack, which have been very plentiful throughout the area. Encouraging to see that these fish are hanging around this late in the season, maybe they will never even leave this year.
On an extreme personal negative side, it would be hard for me not to mention that this past Saturday night our newest fleet boat, a 26 ft. Regulator, was stolen right from our panga dock area in La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina. At his time the boat has not been found anywhere and investigators believe that the twin Yamaha outboards were removed quickly at sea and then the boat was shuttled and sunk offshore. This has been the operational history followed by thieves off of the East Cape region in recent times, stealing the motors and sinking the boats. This is the first of this type of crime to occur in Puerto Los Cabos Marina and hopefully these organized pirates can be arrested and brought to justice so that no one suffers the same consequences as we have. As in many similar incidents it just so happens that there were commercial shrimp boats anchored off of the Marina for several days prior and on the same night that our boat vanished, the shrimp boats also were gone, quite a coincidence, does not require being a trained detective to solve this case.
This week the combined panga fleets launching out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 59 charters and anglers accounted for a fish count of: 5 striped marlin, 7 yellowfin tuna, 126 dorado, 325 sierra, 38 roosterfish, 12 jack crevalle, 5 amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 24 yellow snapper, 24 huachinango ( red snapper), 12 barred pargo, 3 dogtooth snapper and 22 triggerfish.
Hola amigos! As you all know, I have a couple of days off during the week, so you don’t get my normal run down for those days, but Ryan did give me an update on how fishing was the last couple of days. Everyone had to stay out of the wind on the Pacific side, so we were doing mostly inshore fishing. We were catching SkipJack, Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack and some Dorado. Not too bad!
On Friday, my Monday, the fishing was not too shabby either! Tod and Elizabeth Hynes were out on Tantrum for a full day with Juan and Christian. They enjoyed their day catching tons of Spanish Mackerel, a little Hammerhead Shark and a nice size Dorado.
Steve Botelho and buddy Brando Cline boarded ReelRum with Ramon and Julian for the day. Though there have not been many Marlin to speak of out there, they managed to catch and release the lone Striped Marlin they saw, it was around 140lbs. They alos caught a SkipJack, some Spanish Mackerel and a Dorado.
Carlos Olivares went out for a 1/2 day aboard 19′s Toy after having to come back early yesterday, it was his birthday, so he wanted to give it another shot on Friday. He had a lot of fun catching 12 Skipjack in 4 hours.
Marek, Agnes and Alec Jarzabek opted for a 1/2 day of fishing aboard El Nuevo with Captain Alex and Jesus. They had a lot of fun and caught 3 Spanish Mackerel and 3 SjipJack.
Veteran RedRum Fisherman, Ron Volkmann brought along his family, Cindy and kids Luke and Carley, along with Barry and Donna Kantrowitz. They had a great day of fishing with Luke catching his very first Roosterfish, it was a nice one too!! They missed a couple of Mako sharks, Caught a mountain of Spanisih Mackerel and some SkipJack.
Lastly, we had David Dear and his crew aboard RedRum for a full day. These guys made it all the way out, about 35 miles before sea sickness took over and they had to turn it around for the dock.
This amberjack thing is still keeping us busy with a couple coming in on most tours even better news a couple of dorado were caught yesterday so it looks like the slow trolling will come to an end. Heres looking forward to a great up coming season March, April, May, and June is the best time to be here for billfish and with them the dorado.
Another good fishing week from Puerto Morelos that included another off-season sailfish, taken by angler Eric Andress and his sons, from Hettinger, ND, fishing aboard the "Double Trouble" and within a few miles from the entrance to the Marina. The overall fishing report for a total of 31 days fished reflected 1 sailfish, 1 dorado, 6 blackfin tuna, 57 bonito, 17 grouper, 25 snappers, 40 soapfish, 20 triggerfish, 12 Spanish mackerel, 5 king mackerel, 7 amberjack, 5 giant Atlantic barracuda, 9 banana fish, 2 porgy fish, 2 wahoo and 3 strawberry fish.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and temps that ranged from 70 nights to 88 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps holding well at 79-80 degrees throughout the area. Surface winds from the easterly directions have been in the 5-20 mph ranges for the most part with very moderate swell conditions and wind chop.
Best Fishing Area: The sailfish was caught just a couple miles from the Marina El Cid. The deep water begins just outside the entrance to Marina El Cid, falling off to 600 feet deep.
Best Bait/Lure: The bait of choice continues to be the freshly caught ballyhoo baits that are used both skirted and unskirted for surface fish and also used in the downriggers the same way and used in cut bait and filleted slabs for bottom fishing.
According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the bite has slowed a little and the fish have again moved a little farther offshore, starting at about 16 miles or so and outbound from there. The skippers are still averaging a couple of billfish per day, along with an occasional quality sized dorado and an increase in the marlin action. We saw some good spots of tuna at about 18 miles or so, but they were moving very fast with the porpoise and difficult to catch up to. We saw quite a few sailfish with their sails up but they were not interested in the rigged bait presentations. Still, the fishing continues to be exciting for the anglers and if the tuna start to bite, it will be perfect timing. The inshore fishing continues to be on the slow side and the water inshore has been considerably off-colored and greenish tinted.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny & warm days with a few passing clouds and temps that ranged from 71 nights to 89 daytime highs. Light & variable surface breezes.
Sea Conditions: Near excellent! Water temps in the offshore waters holding at about 83-83.5 and very blue, starting at about 8 miles from the Bay. Inshore waters about 81-82. Near flat-calm surface conditions throughout the area.
Best Fishing Area: Offshore, 16-20 miles, has been the best for the past couple of days, straight out from the entrance to the Bay.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits have been working very well for the billfish and the dorado, but the dorado are more eager to take the artificials.
Bait Supply: Remains readily available everyday with an excellent supply of freshly caught baits for rigging and a good supply of live bait.
The port at Mazatlan was closed for two days that seemed to take it's toll on the fishing results for the past week. Once the wind and rough seas had subsided, the boats had to again relocate the fish and the water temps had taken a bit of a downward turn. The fishing report for the Aries Sportfishing Fleet reflected a total of 20 days fished that resulted in 9 stripers, (1 released) for the offshore waters. The inshore super pangas, reporting in for a total of 6 days fished, reflected 1 striper, 11 red snapper and 24 white snapper for their efforts and the skippers noted that the water temps had slid a couple of degrees during the early part of the week
Mazatlan Climate: Very cold mornings and evenings with temps ranging from 44 nights to 79 daytime highs. (Dress warmly for the mornings and evenings). Mostly cloudy days with winds to 20 mph from the northwesterly directions.
Sea Conditions: Water temps at 69 inshore and rising to 72-73 offshore at about 16 miles and beyond. Surface conditions have been on the bumpy side and the surface breezes up to 20 mph.
Best Fishing Area: The boats have been looking far & wide but there was no real concentration of billfish and most of the boats fished out to the south & southwest of the Marina El Cid, starting at bout 18 miles and fishing outbound from there.
Best Bait/Lure: The rigged mullet were working well for the stripers Bait Supply: Bait supply remains very good for both, fresh rigging mullet baits and for live baits. Live bait from Mazatlan is $1.00 per bait and paid direct to the bait vendor at time of receipt.
The striper action was starting to get better with the progression of the week but the wind blew hard on the Pacific side on Wednesday & Thursday and made the fishing on that side of the peninsula next to impossible. Now, the water temp on the Pacific side has taken a downturn and while that's not abnormal for February, it still is an untimely change for the anglers. The overall combined fish reports for the Gaviota & Fish Cabo fleets for 31 days reflected 15 stripers, (13 released) 18 dorado, 3 yellowfin tuna, 38 skipjack tuna, 1 mako shark, 1 hammerhead shark and 76 Sierras. High billfish boat for the week was the "Gaviota IV", skippered by Captain Octavio Castillo, with 6 stripers released for 4 fishing days.
Cabo Climate: Back to cold mornings and evenings under mostly cloudy conditions and temps that ranged from 53 nights to 76 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Rough and windy on the Pacific side from mid-week with sea temps falling to 71-72 from the Golden Gate Bank and southerly, warming to 73-74 at Cabo Falso, inshore and out to about 5 miles and farther offshore it was 75-76. Sea of Cortez side, from Chileno to Las Frailes, temps at 72-73 inshore. Outside the 1000 fathom curve and above and outside the Gorda Banks, temps were 77-78 degrees.
Best Fishing Area: The Golden Gate Bank had been the better area for the billfish but if the water temps keep falling, the fish will be on the move, probably around the corner or farther offshore to the warmer and cleaner waters.
Best Bait/Lure: Live bait has been best with a few fish coming in good on the artificials, especailly the mackerel colors.
Live Bait Supply: Remains good for caballitos and a few mackerel in the mix.
Warm Water Winter, Stripers, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna
Written by: Stan Gabruk
Lately I have had a many people asking me about global warming, the strange fishing conditions and what I make of them. Well I used to think I actually knew something about our local species, currents, and what we should expect under fairly normal conditions. When it comes to fishing, it will always defy logic. For now we´re seeing summer time species like Dorado, Sailfish and Yellowfin tuna around our world famous fishing grounds. Now why they´re here in the winter, your guess is as good as mine. While we´re having spring like weather during the days, it will also help keep water temperatures up. With warm, swirling currents these strange conditions have persisted and who are we to complain. For now the visitor looking for some great fishing action can actually target fish that should be long gone. Welcome to fishing amigo, it will drive you crazy!
Corbeteña is alive and well with Yellowfin Tuna to 80 lbs, Same for El Banco. Dorado running in the 35 to 50 lb range is turning into a ¨normal¨ thing. Sailfish, Striped Marlin to 250 lbs. Wahoo average in the 80 lb range for now. It´s just great fishing and there´s plenty of live bait to keep these summer species around. With the lower numbers of tourist fishing the local spots are all deserted with just a few boats if any. Cubera Snappers, there is plenty of action if you have the inclination amigo.
At the Marietta Islands and El Morro, the fishing is great, but like you should expect these fish are moving all over the place. Some days can be tough trying to get the interest of a fish that is so stuffed he can´t eat another bait fish, but thank your lucky stars they do! Sailfish are still hanging out, Dorado in the 25to 35 lb range, Snappers to 30 lbs, Trigger fish around the reef area are tasty! Rooster fish which were so active the last week have thinned out considerably with the Sardines moving. Picking up the slack Jack Crevalls are all over the place, Sierra Mackerals also, it´s wide open here and it´s only an eight hour day. Mikes Fishing party can help the single guy looking for some action on a shoe string for $175 dollars per person. Cheap for sure and Mikes Fishing is a superior product for a fair price. Come by and ask us about this great and affordable option while here in Puerto Vallarta as a single fisherman.
Punta Mita, the other point to the north is alive as well with Sailfish off the point and north a bit. Striped Marlin almost to El Banco and Dorado bulls. Rooster fish may be there, but no reports as late from Sayulita. But the fact a four hour trip off a beach panga that is equipped well will get you something for the dinner table tonight, fresh from the sea. It doesn´t get any better than this when it comes to fresh sea food! I would hit the Marietta Islands before you consider this area.
Inside the bay is still Jack Crevall City as you would expect from years and years of steady winter time stable. Dorado are not in the bay, but Sierra Mackerals are running between and 15 and 35 lbs, great tasting as well but make sure you find those golden spots near the dorsal fin so don´t eat that California Mackeral, it´s horrible! Skip Jack Tuna around Yelapa just don’t understand they`re not supposed to be there. Perfect for younger anglers who are not exactly looking to hook into Moby Dick!
Water Temperatures are hovering in the 71 to 75 degree range. Bait fish are all over the place with many smaller bait balls. Lures are always something you should run, but for now if you´re trolling live bait it will do the job. Google Eyes for now are the bait of choice. Presently you have a real opportunity to catch some great and tasty fish that should not be here in the area. So take the chance to see nature up close and personal, who knows, you may even see a whale!
For those who don´t know yet, Gloria, a personal friend (not my wife) is now working the shop during the day and is handling my marketing and office during the day. For every person who comes in the door and says hello will receive a free jungle or city tours. Gloria is a great lady and you`ll understand when you meet here. We´ve also got some new T-shirt styles in our new location just down a few doors from Victors Restaurant at the south end of the marina. Come in and get your tour amigos…..
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
The Clark’s were at it again this Monday aboard RumRunnin with double Jesus’s. They had an amazing day catching and releasing 3 Striped Marlin.
Robert Gay’s crew was back at it again today, this time with the ladies and Jim on one boat, Tantrum- they caught a Dorado on their 1/2 day and the rest of the group aboard one of our partner boats, they caught a Dorado and a Mako Shark.
Amy Bailie and her crew were out on El Nuevo for the day. Unfortunately I have no idea what they caught, I must have been sleeping when they came back to the office… If they are reading this, give me an update on what you caught!
Stanley and Gail Rauhut & Jim 7 Judy Jarrat were aboard the Marlin Queen for a full day of fishin’. They had a great time catching 13 Yellowfin and a Dorado.
Glen Connelly and Terry Miscock were aboard ReelRum for a full day. They lost 1 Striped Marlin, but managed to catch and release another. It was a team effort pullin’ it in.
Richard Capozza and kids Massimo and Gabriella went out on RedRum for a full day. This trip was in memory of their Grandpa, also Richard Capozza, who loved to fish. Massimo said he was gonna pull in a big one for Grampy and that he did! They caught and released 2 nice sized Striped Marlin, it was the kids first ever billfish. They also caught 2 Bonita and 2 Spanish Mackerel.
Last but not least we had Daniel Becnel with buddies Adam and Ben and Craig Crawford who was sharing the charter with them. They had a good start out by San Jaime bank catching a Striped Marlin that got all the way to the boat before he got away. Captain Gava said he saw no more fish in the area through the fish finder and decided to keep going to try to find more fish. Unfortunately, these guys did not get another bite the rest of the day.
Cabo San Lucas Fish Report- Mid-February Recap- Still on Fire!
Cabo is still on fire, unbelievable for this time of year. I have talked to several older Captains and chalk it up to memory loss or the fact that it truly hasn’t happened before, but none of them have been able to recall a February where we were still catching Dorado, Wahoo, Yellowfin and Marlin. One day last week we had a few clients that wanted Marlin, two of our boats that went up to the Golden Gate Bank, on the Pacific side, reported Marlin “jumping over each other.” Each boat came back with 5 and 6 Stripers released respectively. The following day the word was out and many boats headed up towards the Golden Gate, Marlin fishing was a little slow, so a few of our boats headed a little south to an area we call Poza de Cota. Massive schools of Dorado were all over the place and boats were hooking 10-15 Dorado a day, good size fish too. I actually had a client (one of these nothing could ever please him types,) that came in and was mad that he ran out of bait and he wanted to catch a Marlin. I asked him why they ran out of bait, “Well we hooked 12 Dorado.” He told the Captain to go back to the Marina, all the while the Captain was trying to tell him that they could go catch more bait very easily, and still have a shot at a Marlin. Can’t please them all. The next day was Yellowfin, one of our boats, TantRum was the first to find a big school of Porpoise traveling with Tuna. He called over the other RedRum boats and everyone easily got their limit. The TantRum had 18 bites before the second RedRum boat reached the frenzy. Some of our boats that fished that school reported up to 30 hook-ups. Yellowfin were in the 20-50lb class, so nice action on smaller tackle.
If you read my Fish Report on a regular basis, you may remember that 4 or 5 months ago, I predicted we would have excellent fishing through January and maybe even February. Now it looks like it could continue into March. This is the time of year that we take the 50′s and 80′s off the boats and replace them with the 16′s and 20′s since we are usually catching Yellowtail, Sierra and a Yellowfin or Striped Marlin here or there. That being said, clients have had a blast catching good size Tuna and Dorado on the lighter tackle. The fish that had to have been a workout was the 54lb Wahoo (Pictured) that one of our clients caught on the new Shimano Torium 16. However, the crews have been a little reluctant to take all the big game tackle off the boats as Cabo saw it’s first Grander Marlin in over 10 years hit the scales last week, weighing in at 1070lbs. Trolling a “Eat Me Lures” Blue and White cup face lure around a school of Yellowfin, a monster Blue Marlin came up and engulfed the lure and the 8 hour fight commenced. Thinking back, a lot of those old school Captains I have had the pleasure to meet and fish with have told me that their biggest Marlin ever came in an “off month” like February, March or April. Plan a trip today and maybe you’ll get your chance at a Grander, or at least have a ton of fun with the Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo and Striped Marlin bite.
There continue to be lighter than normal crowds of tourists now visiting the Los Cabos area. This is a normal scenario for the month of February, cooler weather patterns, persistent winds, predominately from the north, unpredictably shifting out of the south. Air temperature ranged from lows of 50 degrees to highs in the lower 70s, most sunny skies, after some early morning cloud cover. Many travelers do not seem to realize that there are seasons in this tropical paradise as well, by spring break time the conditions will be rapidly warming, but for another few weeks we can expect similar forecasts.
With the recent cold front, ocean water temperatures plummeted down to 68 degrees and there was no significant warmer break found for a long distance, 15 to 20 miles offshore there are areas of 70 degree currents. Despite this rapid drop in water temperature, there were quite a few dorado remaining in the region, currents changed so fast, apparently these gamefish could not reach any warm areas, isolated in cold water, with nowhere to go. On Wednesday the charters fishing the normal fishing grounds from Red Hill to Vinorama found almost summer like numbers of dorado, some boats reported catching and releasing as many as 20 fish, impressive sizes up to 25 pounds. By Thursday this action had slowed, as ocean currents cooled by several degrees over night, though a handful of charters did account for five or six dorado, which for winter time has to be considered good.
Yellowfin tuna action was none existent in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, though on the Pacific Banks there were scattered reports of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds being found offshore. Striped marlin are being encountered spread out throughout the area, with main concentrations now found on the Golden Gate Bank. There remain abundant schools of mackerel and other baitfish found on the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, we expect the billfish action will shift in this direction as the weather returns to a warming trend.
Sierra remain the most common species being found close to shore, striking on a variety of smaller sized lures, as well as on live bait. Sierra are being hooked into by shore fisherman as well, this bite is best at first light in the morning. Roosterfish activity seemed to slow down in the cooler water, but there were some very strong 25 pound jack crevalle patrolling the beach stretches, these fish will test light tackle enthusiasts to the limits.
Other action included a variety of structure species, various pargo specimens, a few amberjack, cabrilla and triggerfish. Still no yellowtail to report, conditions are now just right for these jacks to migrate on to the local grounds. Lots of baitfish to attract larger fish now, even though the ocean is cold for local standards, the color is decent, not that dirty green color we can see at times. Bottom options have remained limited at this time, migration patterns seem to be running behind usual schedules.
The whales are definitely still in the area, putting on quite a show, we are seeing more juveniles this season, soon these whales will begin to migrate north. We have heard that there is a huge run of giant squid off of the East Cape area, the whole community is now out fishing at night for these, since there are practically no anglers in that area now, this is the only fishing going on, reports of over one ton of squid per panga each night has been reported, commercial value is not high, so you need to load the boat to the railings to make much profit.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, sent out approximately 59 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for a fish count of: 5 striped marlin, 265 dorado, 6 roosterfish, 24 jack crevalle, 9 amberjack, 15 cabrilla, 12 bonito, 20 pargo (various species) and 420 sierra.
Love is in the air…..Well, for the fishing anyway! Fishing has still been AMAZING and this Valentines Day was no exception!
Steve and Jacki Alfano were definitely feelin’ the love aboard RedRum with captain Omar and Mate Noe. They caught and released their “biggest fish to date” a Striped Marlin. They also caught 8 Yellowfin.
Jason Poe, Shawn Coy and Casey Cubbege were back at it Thursday on El Nuevo RedRum after having caught 8 Dorado on Tuesday. They had an even better day, boating 11 Yellowfin Tuna and releasing 2 nice Striped Marlin.
Rita Hawkins and Michael Marioni were also back at it for the second time this week, on this “dia de amor” (day of love). They had a fantastic time catching two HUGE Wahoo, one was 70lbs, and 6 Dorado, 2 of which they released.
Veteran RedRum fisherman Mark DeKruf and buddy Jeff Van Esch were out on RumRunnin for a full day. After having caught and released 5 Striped Marlin on Monday, they thought it would be hard to beat. Well, at leased they matched it, catching 12 Yellowfin Tuna.
Rolf Gretcshman fished aboard one of our partner boats. He fought a Striped Marlin for about and hour and a half before getting it to the boat and then releasing it.
Last but not least was Ed Persia fishing solo abaord another of our partner boats. He had an OUTSTANDING day, catching a Striped Marlin, 20 Yellowfin and a Dorado.
The fishing reports that come from Puerto Morelos are always diverse and offer a wide spectrum variety of Caribbean critters that frequent that area. While not always the big game fish, it seems there is always plenty of action for the anglers and I rate this a number one spot for families and novice anglers. Almost every strike can be from a different species, whether surface or bottom fishing, or both. Another excellent element for this particular area is the proximity to the fishing grounds, which starts just a few minutes from the entrance to the Marina El Cid, with the deep water, (600 feet) right at the entrance to the Marina. Truly, this is one of the unique fishing areas for all of Mexico. This past week has been no different for the fishing report. We had a 14 fish variety for the 26 days fished that reflected 3 dorado, 4 king mackerel, 68 bonito, 2 amberjack, 3 Spanish mackerel, 2 giant Atlantic barracuda, 3 blackfin tuna, 1 needlefish, 4 porgy fish, 9 soap fish, 12 trigger fish, 20 strawberry fish, 29 snapper, (both yellow and red snappers) and 32 grouper.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days. Temps holding at 64 nights to 88 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: 81 degrees throughout the area and stable, with good clarity. Surface breezes are mostly light and variable to 15 mph, coming from the easterly directions.
Best Bait/Lure: The ballyhoo continues to be the bait of choice for this area and is readily available on a daily basis.
Captain Temo Verboonen reports really good fishing and back in close to the Bay, holding pretty well in the 8-mile zone. The sailfish and dorado action continues to provide very good fishing days for the anglers. It seems like the fish are moving in and out, depending on the day of the week. No apparent reason; at least not visible, as to why the fish are moving in and out, but at least they remain eager to bite when they are found. We saw good schools of yellowfin tuna at 18 miles, lots of jumpers but they didn't want to bite. Also, big schools of bonito at about 13 miles that produced some good marlin bites for some of the skippers. The inshore fishing has been best in the Saladita beach area, some 28 miles from the Bay, with big jack crevalle, some roosterfish and bigger Spanish mackerel, (Sierra), but this area requires a 10-hour fishing day at a $75.00 add on for the super pangas. All in all, the fishing continues to be good for our area and it should continue right into the springtime fishing season.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny days with an occasional passing cloud and temps that ranged from 70 nights to 90 daytime highs. Near picture perfect weather.
Sea Conditions: Mostly calm days with little swells and excellent water clarity. Temps are holding well at 82 inshore to 83 offshore with the normal light and variable surfacer breezes in the 5-10 mph ranges.
Best Fishing Area: Currently at 8 miles from the Bay for the billfish and dorado. Saladita Beach for the roosterfish and jack crevalle, along with big Sierra mackerel.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits have been best for the billfish and the dorado. Live bait best for the roosterfish and jack crevalle. Good spinning tackle action.
Bait Supply: Remains readily available for this area with fresh baits for rigging and live bait for the roosterfish.