Anglers and crews this week did a great job of making the best of the day, even with some rough weather and inconsistent fishing (which is not rare for this time of year). What did help though was that the tuna numbers still held this week, and we saw a spike in dorado catches compared really, to the rest of the year so far. We had seen only 1 or 2 dorado caught per week total, whereas this week we saw a total of 18 dorado caught by our crews. Inshore fishing is still producing nice fish, with roosterfish still around, along with yellowtail, sierra, bonita, red snapper and others. A few nice wahoo made the catches this week too. Marlin have been “fussy eaters” this week, with crews often seeing them and pitching baits, but not much interest on their part; and difficulty getting them to bite on the troll as well. With this said, our top marlin boat this week released 3 striped marlin in one day.
Although this week presented one extraordinary catch, with the 814 lbs Blue Marlin caught by Pisces 31’ Tiburon (which is actually presumed to have weighed more than that.. more on this later), most fishing this week was somewhat inconsistent. April tends to have more inconsistencies in the fishing, compared to other seasons, and these past weeks have been hard to peg. The fish have been moving quite rapidly and the bottom fishing and small game have gotten quite some pressure from all Cabo fleets because of it. The tuna on the other hand, have turned up again, even if far out and even if not the largest specimens. There still have been a few marlin releases, with 1 marlin released per boat on average, and a great day looking at 5 striped marlin released at Golden Gate. A few dorado sprinkled in to the catches of sierra, roosterfish, ladyfish, jack crevalle and yellowtail.
This week’s fishing has been true to the season, with a few outstanding catches, but mostly, inconsistent. This may be due more to the weather than the fishing itself, or maybe its been the combination of both. We have experienced intermittent winds this week, with one day especially, howling. Other days brought more success to anglers, with up to 3 striped marlin releases aboard, more yellowtail, snapper, and small game fish such as Sierra mackerel, ladyfish and grouper. We saw only a few dorado sprinkled in and some vessels actually managed to find some decent tuna schools, which we hadn't seen last week at all.
Marlin numbers this week in Cabo stayed pretty consistent compared to last week. With again, the top boat producing 6 striped marlin released in one day. “Other” Catches, referring to small game such as yellowtail, sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, grouper, red snapper and others, increased quite nicely and made for lots of fun, especially for many of our young anglers. Tuna numbers decreased, and only a few Dorado were found in this week as well.
Another great week of fishing in Cabo with a very nice surprise billfish appearance to close out the week! The striped marlin showed up in big numbers at Golden Gate, with up to 6 striped marlin caught and released per boat. Yellowfin tuna numbers also held steady this week, with a slight increase in tuna numbers caught per boat. Top boats caught up to 25 tuna per boat and the small game action continues to be good, with the majority of catches being of species like red snapper, yellowtail, amberjack, ladyfish and grouper. Still seeing a few mako sharks sprinkled into catches this week also.