Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 2/3/13 to 2/10/13
Now is the time to come to Cabo as the fishing is still really good and not only that there is some really good deals on airfares lately as Spirit Airlines has some really good deals. You might want to look into this and also if you are in LA or San Diego you might think about flying out of Tijuana as the rates are much cheaper for TJ to Cabo. Just something to think about.
Jc Sportfishing Charters is a family owned and operated business and has been fishing in Cabo San Lucas for the past 18 years. Jerry, explains that his charter business is geared more for families and novice anglers, making sure everyone who charters a boat with him has a great time and lots of fun. We welcome families and groups. We want everyone who fishes with us to take all the sites in and have memorable experience. This is what is most important to us. We have and do a few tournaments each year and can cater to fisherman who might be interested in tournament fishing. Lets get on with the report for this past week.
Huge Marlin caught off of Cabo. A 32 ft charter boat, left the dock Saturday morning on what was supposed to be a half day. The anglers all older people from Phoenix, Arizona, the youngest was 82 years old. They headed up the Pacific to look for tuna as the clients had asked. Manuel, with a nickname of "Chichi" is a very experienced captain and had fifteen tuna on board before long for the two couples - Sergent & Sandy Snagirett, John & Edie Rayno. It was 1.30 pm in the afternoon and they were eight miles off of Cabo; time to bring the lines in. Suddenly they got a hit on their right outrigger, their homemade flying fish lure - the line started to peel off the reel at an alarming speed. Captain Manuel said "I thought it was a big tuna, because we had big porpoises around us". Forty minutes later the fish jumped and they saw that it was a large blue marlin "I thought it was around 800 lbs, because Iīve caught two around that size before", said the captain. The first tourist to fight the fish only lasted about ten minutes before surrendering to the brute beast and was relieved by Jaime, Manuelīs 18 year old son, along in training as a deckhand. Jaime did a little better as he fought the fish with his 80 lb tackle and managed to crank for four hours. Then another of the tourists had a go, but loosened the drag and the line quickly bunched up making a "bird's nest", forming a knot that stripped one of the rod guides of it's inner liner. Deckhand Alejandro Suarez took over and quickly got the situation back on track and continued to fight the fish for another hour. By now it was getting late and the captain was worried that he might run out of diesel as the fish had taken them ten miles out and he had no idea how much longer the fight would go on. He called his friend Julio Castro, another caption with another fleet and asked for help. The diesel dock was closed so Julio, along with his son Abraham and fellow captain Jose Ramon , went to the gas station to buy some diesel and headed out on another boat to assist the charter boat. They located the boat easily with the GPS and were there to assist thirty minutes later, around 6.00 pm. The crew and anglers of the charter boat where happy to get reinforcements & encouraged there friends to help fight the fish. Julio stayed on his boat but Abrahn and Jose Ramon climbed aboard and both took turns at fighting the fish for a total of two hours, before realizing they had an important soccer match to play in & needed to get back . They left the boat with promises of phone contact help until the game was over. Captain Manuel decided it was up to him to get the job done, climbed down from the bridge and went to work putting a lot of pressure on the fish. At 9.00 pm he felt the fish shaking it's head and knew it was jumping - he got the fish boat side, handed the rod to his deckhand and went back to the controls, while his crew gaffed the fish. They now had a new problem on their hands; how to get the marlin on to the swim step or in the boat. They struggled for half an hour before giving up and tying the head only to the swim step and starting the sixteen mile trip home in the dark. Good to their word the captains friends were there to lend a hand when they finally pulled into their slip at 1.30 am on Sunday morning. There was no way to weigh the fish at that hour, so between them all they hauled the massive fish up onto the concrete dock and left it in the custody of the night watchman, before waving goodbye to the dazed anglers who headed off to their hotel. What a surprise everybody got on Sunday morning to see that huge fish lying there. At 8.30 am there was enough help to get the fish weighed and it was hauled up on the marina scale where it registered 987 lbs. Now, it had sat out all night on the dock so at least ten percent of its body weight had been lost, meaning it was at least 1085 lbs putting it in the top five largest fish ever caught in Cabo. -
WATER: The water has been pretty much the same as last week with temperatures in the low 70,s in most areas. There are reports of green water and temperatures in the ladder 60,s on the pacific side in some areas. The green water did play a part in the Striped Marlin fishing over the the last day or so. It has also been windy today and yesterday.
WEATHER: We have seen some good days of weather and some bad days this past week. Today was cold and overcast as I am writing the report. The past few days have been mostly pretty good with even a few days reaching a high of mid 80,s some days. Then cooling in the evenings to 58 to 60 degrees for lows, even some windy days in the afternoons. No rain but cooler.
BILLFISHING: The Billfishing has been excellence this past week with some huge Marlin being caught. Lots of Striped Marlin caught up around the Golden Gate. We did really well with our own Bob Marlin landing 3 Marlin one day and another one of our boats landing 12 on Tuesday. The Striped Marlin are being caught by throwing live bait at tailers. Lot of other fleet boats are reporting catching Striped Marlin. The water temperature still in the low 70,s which has kept the marlin active. Pretty unusual catching those big Blue Marlin this time of year as its a little late in the season for them.
BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollares a piece and there has been plenty around. DORADO:.You know we have been doing really well catching Dorado over the past week. Our boats have caught numerous while we are looking for Striped Marlin. Its running a little late in the season for the numbers of Dorado we are seeing but with the water temperatures still in the low 70,s I expect to see more this coming week.
TUNA: The Tuna bite has been decent over the past week. We have been catching them 8 miles off shore west of the Old Light House. Cedar Plugs and Spreader Bars have been being used to catch the Tuna. Most were 15 to 30 pounds with some going to 50 pounds. Looking for the Porpoise and Frigate birds were a good way to find the Tuna. I have heard of reports of other fleets doing well with Tuna this week off of the Old Light House on the Pacific side.
INSHORE: Good numbers of Sierras being caught off of the Solmar all the way up to Los Arcos. Some Yellowtail still in the area but not the numbers we expect to see when water cools some. There even has been numbers of Dorado close to shore being caught on Pangas. A few Jacks were also being caught off of Solmar and of course the local guys are catching grouper and Snappers in the rocks at about 50 feet using chopped bait.
WAHOO: I havenít heard of any Wahoo this past week.
BEWARE: Remember if your not renting charter boats from companies who have been established in Cabo for the past 20 years ( Jcsportfishing, Pisces Sportfishing, Minervas, Redrum, Picante Fleet) you might have problems. There are many sportfishing fleets on the internet who are really not established business, who are operating illegally. Lots of these outfits are renting you a boat they have never even looked at and donít even know where you would board the boat, leaving you the task of trying to find the boat. They donít even have an office you can go and confirm your charter boat. You do not want to spend a day walking around looking for the boat and where you board. If you wait till the day you are fishing and go to the dock where your boat is many times people will mislead you to another boat or dock trying to put you on a boat that was not meant for you. You need to have a person guide you to your boat, who is from a reputable charter company. This way there is no confusion or misleading. Lots of vendors renting boats in the hotels are not reputable and donít care about your interest and care more about a commission . 75% of the Cabo Fishing websites on Google are not even in business anymore or might be just brokers who donít have an office in Cabo. Some of the Google websites are misleading and not established .Please remember when renting Sport fishing boats in Cabo that you rent your boat from reputable and established business. Walk into a fishing fleet office and ask questions about what you are getting and what are the costs. You dont want to rent boats from vendors in the streets and you do not want to book through shady websites offering you the world. You need to go to the fishing fleet office, while in Cabo and book your boat. Check through travel forums about reputable fishing fleets to deal with. Look for testimonials about the fleet your booking your charter with. Ask about what will the boat be supplying? Will it include beverages or lunches? How much does it cost to fillet your catch? Check to see if charter boat is insured? Ask about getting your catch smoked? Check cost of fishing license. These are just a few things to consider when booking your charter boat. We will be talking more about this in next weeks fishing report. Until next time good fishing and we hope to see you in Cabo soon. http://www.jcsportfishing.com http://youtu.be/tSXN6pifQyQ