Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 4/29/13 to 5/7/13
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.
WATER: Well the water has been sporadic as far as temperatures goes. Down in Los Frailes its 77 and we are getting temperatures off Solmar beach in the 64 to 65 range. So who knows? Swells on the Pacific side are 2 to 4 feet and on the Sea of Cortez side about 1 to 3 feet. Definitely it plays a major part in fishing here in Los Cabos.
WEATHER: Well the wind has finally stopped and we expect this to help big time in fishing this coming week.The weather has been really good. We have been getting an afternoon and evening breeze some days. Temperatures in the day time are in the ladder 80,s to low 90,s dropping down to low 60,s to mid 60,s at night.
BILLFISHING: What a turnaround, this past week we had a moon coming , with full moon on Thursday the 25th, which is when we had the best catches of the week. It just show you that there are rules when it comes to fishing. It is generally thought, full moon at night, fish feed at night, less hungry during the day.
Well lots of marlin being taken down at the Gordo Banks most fish being taken on live bait. Seems like one day is wide open and the next day they wont take a thing. Lots of squid in th water and the marlin are pigging out on them at night during the full moon. We have picked up a few Striped Marlin on the Bob Marlin but not the numbers were seeing a couple weeks ago. Over all the marlin fishing was pretty good this past week.
YELLOWTAIL: Lots of Yellowtail on the pacific side most are being caught on Rapalas and Hootchies. This year has been strange most of the Yellowtail seem to be smaller ones. Some of the Yellowtail are 2 to 5 pounds, pretty small. Most of the Sierra we are catching are bigger than the Yellowtail. The Light House up to Migrano has been good.
BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollares a piece and there has been plenty around. DORADO: Very few Dorado and the ones we are catching are very small ones not even keepers.
INSHORE: Rapalas and Hootchies are producing some Sierras and Yellowtail. They are being caught from Solmar up to the Light House and off the Pedregal rocks. Some guys have been catching Snappers in the rocks using cut bait and dropping in 30 to 50 feet of water. Just be sure to watch out for any swells as this could get dangerous. We have had reports of Roosterfish also this past week.
Sierra: [Sierra, Spanish Mackerel, Scomberemorus sierra]
This prized eating mackerel is found along the East Central Pacific from Southern California to the northern tip of Chili. It can grow to 39 inches and 18 pounds but the one in the photo was 18-3/4 inches long and weighed 1 pound 4-3/4 ounces. Market size around here is between 15 and 22 inches.
Pacific Sierra is a prized eating fish, milder than even Atlantic mackerel and with excellent flavor - but it's still probably too strong for the baby spinach set. It's not good for recipes like pickled mackerel that depend on oiliness and strong flavor but it does make good CEVICHE. Of course it sells at a higher price than other mackerels.
In California sushi bars Pacific Sierra is often served raw as "Spanish mackerel" but several other varieties are used under that same name as well - just depends on what they can get.
Scales: You'll be hard pressed to find any scales on this fish.
Skin: The skin is thin but fairly strong. When pan fried it shrinks moderately, pulling the fillet thicker, then loosens and blisters. By this time the fillet has taken a set and will remain thicker. The skin is fairly strong, so it's easy to remove using the long knife and cutting board method and almost no flesh will be lost. Most mackerel recipes are skin-on, because the skin helps keep the flesh from flaking apart. The skin does not have a strong or "off" flavor.
Cleaning: This fish presents no particular problems for cleaning, but watch out for the sharp teeth - dead fish do bite. The body cavity is small and there's not a lot in it, but you will have to cut the esophagus off with kitchen shears. You'll also want to use shears to cut the end of the gills loose under the chin.
Fillet: This fish is easy to fillet because it has a logical and easy to follow bone structure. I find it easier with the head removed before filleting. Tilt the knife sharply under the gill covers to get the maximum amount of flesh. The ribcage bones rake sharply back and are very thin and fragile, but easy to follow with the filleting knife. If some parts break off they are easy to locate and pull from the fillet.
You'll find a row of centerline spine bundles that need to be pulled for nearly one third the length of the fillet. They pull a little hard so hold the flesh in place with your fingers and pull with your long nose pliers. Beyond the first third you can still feel them but they're too soft to worry about.
Yield: A 1 pound 4-3/4 oz fish yielded 14-1/8 ounces of skin-on fillet 68%, very high. Skin off it would still be nearly 13 ounces for 62%. The thin skirt area can sometimes have a slight bitterness, but if you choose to cut it away, it's small and you won't lose much.
Cooking: This fish is mild enough to be used in recipes other than those specifically for mackerel. Pan fried fillets work well, skin-on or skin-off, with just a light dusting of rice or sweet potato starch. It is an excellent fish for baked stuffed mackerel recipes.
Stock: Unlike many mackerel the heads fins and bones make an inoffensive soup stock with little oil, though you do have to carefully remove what oil there is - use your gravy separator. The stock may be a little "fishy" for some tastes, but fine for others.
TUNA: I have not heard of any Tuna bite this past week.
WAHOO: I did hear of another fleet landing 2 nice Wahoo one was 60 pounds and another was 65 pounds. Pretty good score for the day.
BEWARE: Remember if your not renting charter boats from companies who have been established in Cabo for the past 20 years ( Jc sport Fishing, Pisces Sport Fishing, 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. Come by the office here in Cabo and get all the latest up to date fishing report.http://www.jcsportfishing.comhttp://youtu.be/Ld4X16bFT-c