East Cape Visitors Enjoy Mixed Bag Action
“Fishing this week was off the charts once again in the East Cape,” related Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts. “It really was a typical East Cape week, with lots of species and quantity, but nothing giant to report.”
“Most boats are going after the dorado and tuna right now with great success. Many boats are coming back with limits on both dorado and tuna, so the bite is wide open. Most of the dorado and tuna have been landed about 30 miles south of Palmas near Los Frailes. Nothing very big to report but we did see some nice 25-35lb. dorado and some 50-80lb. yellowfin.”
“The wahoo fishing this week has been as good as I can remember. Several boats were fortunate enough to catch several wahoo in one day. Yesterday we had the Champagne land three wahoo and the Balihoo landed a nice 50lb. wahoo. The wahoo have also been down south of Frailes to the northern Gordo Banks. As for billfish, we are seeing some stripe marlin and a few blues, but the sailfish were in very think this past week. We had a few small blues in estimated in the 200-250lb. range, a few nice stripes as well in the 150 class and lots of sails,” said Dalmau.
“I just returned from the dock to give you a report on today’s fishing and once again it was limits on tuna and dorado, 5 wahoo, trigger fish, amberjack and sailfish. Everyone had a great day and the weather couldn’t be better. Daytime highs in the mid to upper 90’s and water temperatures in the 80’s. The seas are flat clam, and conditions are ideal for some great fishing,” added Dalmau.
Dorado Hit Off Loreto
“Our offshore species fishing has been taking place near shore for the past couple of weeks. This is due to warm sea surface temperatures (SST’s), the currents and the weather,” related Pam Boyles of The Baja Big Fish Company.
“Pelagic species have been limited to small dorado and the occasional sailfish. The dorado are spread out and running after bait, they are found near the shorelines where the water SST’s are the coolest right now. There are larger dorado but they are deep in the water column and need to be brought up with a vertical chum line. Most dorado now are being caught on the troll, and since our bait is lacking we’re getting them on feathers and cut bait. There are bonita out there too and they make good cut bait as well. The sailfish will prefer a live bait tossed at them. When they are spotted at the surface they must be approached slowly or they’ll quickly dive deep. But if you can drift to them and cast a live bait they will go for it,” said Boyles.
“Yellowtail have been tough to catch, even for the commercial hand-liners. The commercial guys normally start to catch bait at 04:00 but there has been no bait for the past few days so they’ve been coming back empty. Those commercial hand-liners that are going out are using bigeye caught over the bajos and are targeting huachinango and other species. They say the currents are too strong to keep the bait at the bottom, and this same report is coming from sport fishing captains who have also tried to target the yellowtail,” added Boyles.
Cabo Anglers Experience Off The Hook Billfish Fishing!
“We can’t get any better weather than what we have had over this week. So typical October weather with cooler nights and a light breeze to day time temperatures in the mid to ladder 80,s. Lows in the lower to mid 70,s. Not a lot of wind making it really good fishing weather and the guys are not getting beat up from the swells. This makes for a much more pleasant fishing experience,” reported Captain Jerry Chapman of JC Sportfishing.
“The marlin fishing is really off the hook this past week with plenty of marlin for everyone with lots of boats reporting landing 1 to 3 marlin per boat. Most marlin being landed are up around the Pump Station all the way to Golden Gate.”
“There have been reports of some big blue marlin being caught in the 300 to 400lbs range. Most all of the good action for marlin is on the Pacific side and anglers are catching them with lures and pitching live bait. Lots of action mostly concentrated 1 to 4 miles off shore on the pacific side where the water is cooler. It seems the striped marlin have been in abundance closer to shore on the Pacific side in the cooler water. I also did hear of a 350lbs black marlin caught by another fishing fleet caught on a black and silver lure. Along with all the marlin the sailfish have been all over the place also so if you don't catch a marlin there is a good chance of catching a sailfish. So the fish of this past week was billfish with more of them caught this past week than any other species,” said Chapman.
“There are dorado all over the place we have been knocking them dead. Most of dorado are on the smaller level but we are seeing lots and lots of 20 to 30 pound fish being caught. The fish are mostly staying tight to shore and hitting cut up skipjacks or chunk ballyhoo. Lures are producing also big time,” exclaimed Chapman.
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