STORM PAUL SHORTENS 2006 BISBEE'S TOURNAMENT TO 2 FISHING DAYS
Oct. 27, 2006, Larry Edwards, Cortez Yacht Charters, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Tropical storm "Paul," downgraded from hurricane status, made it's impact on the Cabo San Lucas fishing area, arriving the day before the Bisbee's Tournament's first fishing day and shutting the Port of Cabo San Lucas for 2 days and shortening the tournament to a 2-fishing-day event.
From a purely weather point of view, Paul wasn't much, other than a bit of rain and wind, and it caused no damage at Cabo San Lucas.
There was a report, however, that a giant wave swept the beach in front of the Hotel Solmar and took two tourists out to sea. One was saved and the other was lost and assumed to have drowned.
Overall counts for 33 Gaviota Sportfishing Fleet fishing days reflected 6 blue marlin, 1 released, 2 sailfish, 1 released, 18 striped marlin, 17 released, and 47 yellowfin tuna.
The charter boats "Fish Cabo" and "Fish Cabo I" reported for 6 days that reflected 5 striped marlin released, 9 dorado, and 2 roosterfish.
Other than the wind, clouds, and rain from "Paul", it was just another fine Cabo weather week with air temperatures ranging from 72 degree nights to 91 degree daytime highs.
The port was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Paul, but by midmorning on Wednesday, the sea was flat and there was no wind, anywhere, with fishing water temperatures from 84 degrees at the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side to 83 degrees at the Gorda Banks on the Sea of Cortez side.
Most of the week was focused on tournament fishing for black marlin and blue marlin and they were caught scattered over a wide area around Cabo and on both sides of the Baja peninsula. There was a good concentration of striped marlin at the Golden Gate Bank for those that wished to fish them.
Live bait was best for the striped marlin, and artificial lures for the blue marlin and yellowfin tuna.
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