The Fish Sniffer - Cabo Anglers See Marlin, But Struggle To Hook Up
Cabo Anglers See Marlin, But Struggle To Hook Up

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, January 6, 2014
Species: Marlin Wahoo Dorado
Location: Baja California,

“Lots of striped marlin were being seen this week but not many of them wanted to bite,” reported Captain George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing. “The pacific side continued to be the best area to find these fish, and the usual bait holding areas were worked hard by the fleets.”

“The ledge at the lighthouse and the canyon just on the north side, the ridge at Los Arcos, the drop at Migraino and the Golden Gate Bank all had fish, but few boats were getting bit, at least compared to how the action had been. In addition, we were seeing lots of small striped marlin, and I mean some of these fish were in the 40-50 pound class,” exclaimed Landrum.

“When you did find a hungry fish it was aggressive and would readily bite on the lure or live bait, but these fish were few and far between. If you were fishing for marlin this week your day consisted of throwing live bait at marlin you saw on the surface, slow trolling live bait in one of the areas listed above or running out to one of the bait balls signaled by the swooping frigate birds. The action was scattered up and down the pacific coastline with little action seen on the Cortez side,” said Landrum.

“There was little change in the dorado action this past week from the week before. Lots of small 6 to 8 pound fish continued striking lures and trying to eat live bait on the pacific side of the cape. Most boats were shaking these fish off and waiting for larger ones to bite and since the limit is two per angler the small fish could fill a limit quickly. Getting a bigger dorado this past week has been a matter of working harder and smarter. The larger fish continue to be found farther to the north, inside the Golden Gate area from the beach out to about two miles. Many boats that were slow trolling live bait, or drifting weighted live baits for marlin were getting the larger dorado. Working staggered depths with down-riggers and z-wings during a slow troll with live bait was effective, and you could be surprised at any time with either marlin, dorado, tuna, wahoo or if you were close to the beach, a large snapper or grouper,” quipped Landrum.

“We are starting to see a very slow improvement in the catch of yellowfin tuna as more porpoise show in our area. The fish are still mostly footballs in the 6-10 pound class, but when you get into them they bite well. Its just hard to get real excited when your limit on these small fish is 5 per person, and if you fill that limit you are done keeping any fish for the rest of the day. Get into one of the pods of porpoise that hold tuna and you never know what might bite though, there could be some much larger fish out on the edges, as a few lucky anglers found out this week, with tuna to 80 pounds occasionally grabbing a passing lure, or gobbling a bait dropped in front of the traveling pods of porpoise. For the large tuna, the Gorda Banks appeared to be the place to go as there was a short bite for a few days there. If you could work the area with chunks you stood a chance to catch fish that went as large as 260 pounds, but the success ration was not very high,” said Landrum.

“The wahoo bite was not what it has been, and the fish seemed to be a bit smaller, at least the ones that were caught. I heard a couple of anglers call them wee-hoos as they had caught a couple of them that were only 8-10 pounds. I expect the bite to be a bit better for these fish this coming week, but I have been wrong many times before. The wahoo that were caught were found in the usual haunts, on top of the high spots and along the drop-offs, but there were also some caught out on the flats in 100 feet of water, so you just never know.”

“The roosterfish made themselves scarce this week, at least early in the day they were hard to find. The ones that were found were once again the smaller ones in the 5-6 pound class, there were not many larger 20-30 pound fish found. Boats that were going up to the Marguerite area and the Migraino area were doing well when they found schools of Sierra, and some of these fish were decent size for the species at 6-9 pounds, but there were also schools of small 2-5 pound fish. Either size of sierra were capable of ruining any hootchie skirts used, and could make a swimming Rapalas look decades old after a few fish had been caught. Most of these fish were tight to the beach. There were also some true Red Snapper being found off the beach. Boats bottom bouncing strip baits in 60-120 feet of water were having decent luck on Snapper to 5 pounds with an occasional fish to 10 pounds,” concluded Landrum.

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