LOS CABOS SPECIES FISHING REPORT BY JOHN SNOW
May 31, 2006, John Snow, La Playita, San Jose del Cabo fishing, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Fishing for 5 hours off San Jose del Cabo with Captain Pata of the panga Salomé, we had a poor supply of live bait limited to an abundance of White Mullets, pristine weather conditions with strong sun and no wind.
San Jose del Cabo water was a pristine blue, 76 degrees. We fished a small area 25 miles north of La Playita. The fishing style was a blend of traditional bottom fishing with clams, cut mullet and squid (nonproductive), Sabiki Rigs, or Yo-Yo Iron.
I got tired of cranking 15 pound Bonitos off the bottom so sent out a mullet simply for diversification. Almost immediately a marlin appeared to check out the mullet and like they say, the rest is history.
The Striped Marlin required a heroic 80-minute battle. Immediately upon boating the fish, the largest fish I have caught and about 18 inches longer than Salomé is wide, El Capitano called home and advised Maria that a boat load of fish were heading her way. I heard the cheering in the background. Ah, the simple things in life to keep a lady happy! We can look forward to receiving some more of her unique fish stew soon! I lost a second larger Striped Marlin who broke off after about 5-minutes of continual aerial acrobatics. Cocineros were working the surface in large numbers.
Catch Summary: one Amberjack, 35 pounds; more than 10 Mexican Bonitos, to 15 pounds; one Popeye Catafula, 11 inches; one California Conger, 12 inches; one Eastern Pacific Flagfin, 3 inches; five Reef Lizardfish, to 7-inches; one Striped Marlin, 120 pounds; one Ocean Tilefish, 2 pounds; one Pacific Golden Eye Tilefish, 1 pound; and one Orangeside Triggerfish, one pound (catch and release).
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