San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos), Mexico



Aug. 18, 2006, Adam Ramirez,, San Jose del Cabo sportfishing, Baja, Mexico:

My wife and I fished three days, last Saturday and Sunday out of Los Barriles and also on Wednesday out of San Jose del Cabo.

On the East Cape, we camped at Martin Verdugo's. This was a big mistake as the heat and humidity was overwhelming and we did not sleep much. We requested Alfredo and his super panga and he did not disappoint! He really knows how to fish and will answer questions, offer advice and really tried to accommodate our requests.

On Saturday, we made the 2 hour trip to an area near the Gordo Banks for a completely wide open and ridiculous yellowfin tuna bite. The fish ranged from 10 to 25 pounds and we had easy limits in about an hour and a half.

On Sunday, we fished for Huachinango in deep water off Rancho Leonero, jigging large Megabaits and live sardina on the bottom, and caught two fish to 15 pounds and one nice sized Amberjack. We then slow trolled small sardina for Dorado and caught a couple of fish to 12 pounds. We also caught a small Striped Marlin to end the day.

At San Jose, we fished with Gordo Banks Pangas. Our captain was Manuel. He was a good guy but did not talk or explain that much (we are fluent in Spanish). We ran about 30 minutes north and were about 2 to 3 miles offshore. We stayed at La Playita which I liked but the entire beach area is swamped with heavy machinery and construction and is not too attractive to say the least.

On Wednesday, we fished for tuna again out of San Jose del Cabo, as we were very close to the action and heard that a bigger grade of fish had moved in. After a 30 minute ride, we stopped and chummed a little. Not 3 minutes had passed when we saw large tuna crashing. We caught two twin tuna to 46 pounds in the first 30 minutes. They worked us pretty hard in choppy seas in that little panga. We ended the day releasing about 5 smaller tuna and kept the two larger fish. Everyone had easy limits.

The waters were greasy calm in the morning with a refreshing and mild afternoon breeze to maybe 15 knots on all three days we fished.

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