What a week! Héctor brought us 3 days of rain, in a row! That does not happen often; last rain we saw was about a year ago and lasted 10 minutes. For a little bit we were worried about the strong rain and the wind, but the Harbor Master gave us a go and we went fishing with rain and wind, all the clients were happy to go and the catch was amazing, they got soaked but they caught fish, a lot of fish.
The only way to describe Cabo fishing this week was superb, with plenty of action to keep anglers busy, with a variety of game fish available. Every boat we sent out, except one who wanted to concentrate solely on finding a big blue marlin, caught fish.
Fishing was fantastic in Cabo this week with boats coming back with outriggers full of flags, so much so, that on some days there was not enough room to hang everything needed. However, the biggest catch this week was not marlin but tuna.
This week we had the full moon, round and shining as beautiful as always, reflecting itself over the ocean, messing up our catch rate.
Last week we were going all the way to Destiladeras on the Sea of Cortez, 37 miles from Cabo, now with the warmer water getting closer, so are the fish, we caught most of them at Punta Gorda and the 95 Spot, with really nice catches straight south from the arch only within 3 miles from shore.
Wow, for months we have been listening and watching in the news about the G20 Summit and it’s finally here. We are very excited to have Los Cabos as the host of such an important event. Anyway, back to the fishing, this week the water temperature dropped down a bit and the catch rate slowed down, a few captains think it had something to do that there are some major battleships cruising around the Sea of Cortes and may have caused the fish to move
It was a bit of an up and down week this report; the fish had moved on, giving up residence of the 11.50 spot, the most popular location for marlin for over a month. It took skippers a couple of days to re-locate them, as they were following warmer water and had moved further up into the Sea of Cortez to Destiladeras. This pattern was reflected in our daily fish reports, with quite a lot of boats “skunked” at the beginning of this period, and then catches gradually increased as the week went on.
This week was an exciting and active week in Cabo, with lots of international visitors in town. Before the week for the IGFA World Offshore Championship kicked off, we began hosting a group from Holland who decided to have fun competing against each other aboard pangas and now this week they will go on to use 31ft Bertrams in their informal event. The IGFA tournament kicked off on Monday with 48 teams signed up from all over the world.
This week we had very good marlin catches, making it the number one fish in Cabo. Close to seventy percent of our charters caught striped marlin between 120 and 180 lbs with catches ranging from one to six fish per boat per day. This is quite surprising as the weather has been rather windy and very breezy on the Pacific; however the catches have all be on the Cortez side with the 11.50 spot still the best place for a marlin encounter.
Marlin were about the only game in town this week and with few anglers and few boats going out, the catch rates hovered at sixty percent. The weather has not stabilized, meaning some days it would be baking hot, then the next breezy and fresh, which caused the water temperature to drop several degrees this week. Catches of striped marlin remained consistent up until the 19thk when they dropped considerably, with the only remarkable catch taking place on that day, for “Tracy Ann” who did remarkably well to release five striped marlin ranging in size from 100 to 150 lbs for John Staub, Ed Cain, John Courson, Mogen Smeel and Jack Matthews, a group of guys from Arizona, Texas, Illnois and Calgary.