DORADO LEAD FISH COUNTS FOR CABO CHARTER BOATS
Oct. 6, 2006, Larry Edwards, Cortez Yacht Charters, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Dorado counts at the tip of Baja shot upward this past week and they were the center of attraction for most sportfishing boats at Cabo San Lucas. Billfish action was also found by about every third boat on the average, with the "Gaviota XI" being Gaviota Fleet's high boat for the week with 4 blue marlin.
Overall catches reported for 50 Gaviota Fleet fishing days off Cabo San Lucas reflected a total of 7 blue marlin, all in the 250 to 300 pound range, 1 sailfish, 10 striped marlin, 7 released, 27 yellowfin tuna, and 182 dorado.
The charter boats "Fish Cabo" and "Fish Cabo I" reporting for 12 fishing days reflected 5 striped marlin released, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 66 dorado.
Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly sunny with some scattered clouds, and air temperatures of 76 degrees at night to the mid 90's during daytime highs.
All areas very fishable, with water temperatures from 87 degrees at the Golden Gate Bank to 89 degree at the Gorda Banks.
The Pacific side of Cabo has been most productive, from Cabo Falso to San Cristobal and on to the Golden Gate Bank.
Live bait was most effective for the billfish, dropped back in the spread on following fish. Holding a dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish) taken on the lures allowed for many taken on live bait.
The live bait supply was still okay, even with the full moon conditions.
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