BAJA COASTAL FISHING CRUISE FROM LA PAZ TO CABO SAN LUCAS
June 9, 2006, Marshall Wax, La Paz to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico:
We departed La Paz on Friday afternoon about 3 p.m., heading for the reef four miles north of Isla Cerralvo where we had heard there were a lot of striped marlin. Saw some jumpers, but had no hookups. We did find some great structure just south of the reef which yielded some pargo, cabrilla, and triggerfish. We spent the night at Isla Cerralvo.
The next morning we fished the "88" spot for one marlin. That afternoon, we headed toward Bahia de Palmas at East Cape where we connected with another marlin and some small yellowfin tuna.
The next day, we headed toward the Cape. Turning the corner below Punta Colorado, there were about a hundred hotel boats soaking baits for yellowfin tuna.
Further south we came into a very fishy area holding marlin and dorado. We had several hookups.
After spending the night at Los Frailes, we connected with some big dorado about four miles out and eight miles below the anchorage.
Then we headed south to Cabo San Lucas where it was very windy. The weather difference between the East Cape and Cabo San Lucas was huge. Above the Gordo Banks it was hot and calm, with water temps in the mid-eighties.
Closer to Cabo it was wind, waves, and cooler air and water.
We ended up with five marlin, five nice dorado, some smaller tuna, and a big jack crevalle, plus the bottom fish.
It was a good trip. We had sardines from La Paz, and there was mackerel and caballito available in Cabo San Lucas. There a still a lot of sportfishers in the harbor, although they are starting to head home to Southern California. Diesel prices in Cabo San Lucas are $1.95 per gallon.
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