A FISHING CRUISE DOWN THE BAJA COAST FROM
SAN DIEGO TO CABO SAN LUCAS BY THE BOAT CORSARIO
Nov. 23, 2005, Tim McNulty, Corsario, Baja coastal fishing cruise report, Mexico:
I just got back from a Baja fishing trip, San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with Steve Campbell on his boat Corsario, Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.
Fishing was very, very good. Off the coast of Baja we released over 50 Striped Marlin, including 35 on last day of the trip Nov. 6; Caught nine Wahoo 50-80 pounds; numerous Dorado and yellowfin tuna, one sailfish, various bottom fish, yellowtail, one Mako shark, and one saltwater catfish.
We had the big cow yellowfin tuna around the boat one day but we could not get the baits or lures past the aggressive marlin that were also in the pile.
Baja weather was calm most days and boat ran great.
The Wahoo fishing was best on the Ridge north of Magdalena Bay. We had a triple hookup on Wahoo and picked up about 7 nice fish there within an hour. It was Halloween and the Wahoo were mean!
Outside of Magdalena Bay we caught occasional Wahoo but lost a lot of marlin lures to the Wahoo. Eventually, we wired everything including the marlin lures. We averaged 5 to 10 marlin a day outside of Magdalena Bay. The fishing was always slow in the morning. In the late afternoons, the bird piles would show up with the Marlin boiling the bait. The better Marlin bite was outside of Punta Tosca.
Yellowfin tuna were caught on the porpoise schools. No huge tuna, but a lot of fun.
Our last day of fishing was the best on the Finger Bank north of Cabo San Lucas, November 6. It was flat calm all day. The bait schools were thick. Also a lot of tuna crab. The marlin were all over the place. We had a lot of bait and were actually able to chum the marlin in like tuna to boil around the boat. We ended up releasing 35 marlin among 5 anglers. We also had the big cow tuna around the boat, but the marlin were so aggressive, they would always beat the tuna to the bait or lure. We even caught Marlin on cedar plugs and they also hit the wired Marauders. We never got any of the big tuna. The feeding frenzy also included whales, dolphin, wahoo, dorado, sailfish and we saw a big blue marlin crashing, but no luck catching the blue dog. Only a few other Baja fishing boats were in the area and no commercial boats.