CABO SAN LUCAS CHARTER BOATS HAVE A
DIFFICULT TIME GETTING BAIT THIS WEEK
Sept. 19-25, 2005, George Landrum, Fly Hooker Sportfishing, Cabo San Lucas fishing report, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather is still hot and humid, in the 100 degree range, with no rain this week even though we did have a bit of cloud cover early. Fishing water on the Sea of Cortez side of Cabo San Lucas was a solid 85-88 degrees no matter where you went this week. On the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, we had a small upwelling of cold 82-83 degree fishing water. At the end of the week the cool green water is sitting right on top of the San Jaime Bank.
Almost everyone had a difficult time getting bait at the beginning of the week and there were a lot of grunts and ladyfish showing up in Cabo San Lucas bait tanks. They are not the best baits in the world, but are better than nothing.
The billfish bite on the Pacific side died down this week but it stayed pretty good just past the 95 spot and up between the 1150 and the Gorda Banks. It was an even mix of Striped and Blue Marlin with most of the Blues being in the 200-250 pound range and the Stripers in the 120 pound class.
I didn't hear of any large Tuna this week at Cabo San Lucas. Almost the only action on Yellowfin I heard of was on football and slightly larger fish up at Punta Gorda, and a pod of Porpoise holding school fish in the 25-35 pound range up to the north of the 1150, between there and the 1,000 fathom line at Punta Gorda.
Bigger dorado have begun showing up. I know of two Cabo San Lucas sportfishing boats that were able to get into some very hot action this week, one at a dead seal and another at a dead turtle. The seal held a large school of fish averaging 20 pounds while the turtle had fish averaging twice that. Other than floating objects, the action was on smaller dorado in the 8-15 pound class.
There were still Wahoo being caught this week at Cabo San Lucas, and they were spread out along the 50-100 fathom area along both coasts, but there were not as many found as there were last week.
Most of the normal Cabo San Lucas inshore fisheries were on hold as the Panga fishermen attacked the Dorado just off of the beach. There were a few Roosterfish reported, but most of the Pangas were getting Dorado, small Yellowfin and Bonito.