Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report and Baja
Capt. Jerry Chapman
December 13, 2016
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 12/5/16 to 12/12/16
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Fishing Basically Shuts Down!
Strong Winds Off Pacific Hurts Angling!
Water Green and Cold with Algee?
Lots of Tailing Marlin, but No Biters?
Dorado Disappeared this Past Week!
We are Catching Tuna With Squid!
Jacks and Sierra in Shore!
Better Fishing Expected this Coming Week!
2 Fish Recipes Inside!
JC,s Seared Grilled Tuna Steaks!!
JC,s Salad with Seared Tuna!!
Fish Report Boy Missing!
JC says: "I will Strangle Fish Report Boy"
Chris Shouted: I Saw Fish Boy Going Through JC, s Papers!!
Fish Report Boy says: Ok, Im a LIAR, But a Thief No!!
JamieB says:Look, Fish Boy Drinks and Fishes Farm Ponds, That's it!!
Darrel says: "Fish Boy is a Liar, but SPY no"!!
The Brits says: Fish Boy is the Winnie the POO of Cabo, Hes no James Bond!!
HEADLINES: December 12, 2016:
JC shouted: "I don't where that pip squeak is, and I will strangle him if don't do my report, all I do is pay him to write that so called fish report for me". Ive given that clown a pension, money and I put him up in one of the seediest hotels in Cabo and all the guy does is argue with me and steal my fish recipes!!! JC barked:"The BRITS said they saw him hitch hiking on the main highway towards Buena Vista and if I'm right, he probably went to that Salsa Dance class he takes over there every Sunday and the idiot always takes that stupid Trombone with him. The guy thinks he's John Travolta and Louis Armstrong all in one, don't worry about him, he will be back"!!!
Fishreportboy Screamed: Look kids, I went to the ranch to see Chris that's all, and yes I do Salsa Dance but only on weekends and I still practice my Tombone, so what about it? Yea, the Brits make fun of me saying that I used to carry around my Trombone and a Beeper around waiting for a gig. Them Brits used to say: "Whats the most desperate musican in the world"? Answer: "A Trombone player with a beeper"! Those Limys think there funny guys! Wait till they try some of JC,s Yorkshire Pudding. The worst stuff I ever tasted in my life, and to think JC thinks hes a chef, what a buffon!!!!Well I am going to get this stupid report out before Chris, JC and the whole crew get there knickers in an uproar.!!! Hard for me to believe anyone actually reads this garbage, me a writer LOL, hell, I was lucky to get out of the 5th grade. I fished farm ponds since I was knee high, but I got that sucker JC to actually pay me to write this so called fish report. I laugh everytime I cash my check JC?
Jc Sportfishing Charters is a family owned and operated business and has been fishing in Cabo San Lucas for the past 18 years. Jerry, explains that his charter business is geared more for families and novice anglers, making sure everyone who charters a boat with him have a great time and lots of fun. We welcome families, and groups. We want everyone who fishes with us to take all the sites in and have a memorable experience. This is what is most important to us. We have and do a few tournaments each year and can cater to fisherman who might be interested in tournament fishing. Well lets get on with the fishing report for this past week.
WEATHER: Really nice days in the mid 80,s an lows in the ladder 60,2 to low 70,s. As pleasant as it gets with light breezes in the afternoons cooling down at night but it isn't as cool as I remember other Novembers here in Cabo. It seems past Novembers were much cooler but this year and last year also it hasn't cooed down like it used to. We aren't complaining cause its still nice out but just not really cool yet.
WATER: Wow, it seems that we have a mix of cooler water and warm water still hanging in the area. It seems the the Sea of Cortez side has receieved some cooler water. Right at Lands End of Cabo there is still some 880 to 81 degree water lingering. This is all good for the fishing as it has been really good so we aren't complaining any.!!! This link which will show you water temperatures for the southern half of Baja. www.tempbreak.com/index.php?&cwregion=cb
BILLFISH: Well here is whats going on with the Billfish action!! Cold water have pushed the fish the fish to be around but not hitting what we are throwing at them. The cold green water in the area along woth the algee has made for a diffacult wook of fishing. The Marlin have moved north to the Golden Gate area with lots of tailing marlin but hard to get them to bite. If you like Sailfish action you can even get in on that if you head up in the same area the Marlin are hitting. We have seen lots of Sails landed this past week making for some really good Billfishing. Most are being caught on lures and Cabillitos.
DORADO: The Dorado fishing has really just stopped this past week and isn't anything like it was last week when we were landing 20lb to 40lbs all week. I think they might have just moved further north and we are hoping to see more Dorado action coming but it could be coming to the end of Dorado season for a bit. I hope this is not the case but its possible!!!!
WAHOO: The Wahoo fishing is also very good up and around Rancho Migrino and most fish are being caught on rapalas using down riggers. There has been some nice fish up to 40lbs landed!!!
TUNA: Well the Tuna action has been very good this past week and we are excited to see them in the area and biting really good but we do have to run a bit for them as they are offshore from 12 to 21 miles as of lately. If you find the Porpoise you are likely to find the Tuna and to let you know some fleet boats did land a 100lb Tuna this past week along with a lot of football size Tuna. So all in all its still good but they are out there and in the area!!!
INSHORE: The pangas have been doing just ok and really nothing like last week. inshore for Dorado and even the Wahoo fishing has been fair, but you need to fish tight to the beach. The productive areas are from the Solmar all the way to the Pump House. Some Roosters reported landed in the surf. The Roosters were caught using live bait.
From The Admirals Kitchen is Open Again!!
• 10 (6-ounce) grouper fillets
• 1/4 cup Cajun Spice Mix
• 5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
• 5 teaspoons butter, divided $
• 10 lemon wedges
1. Rub each side of fillets with Cajun Spice Mix. Heat 2 1/2 teaspoons oil and 2 1/2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 5 fillets; cook for 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Repeat procedure with remaining oil, butter, and fillets. Serve with lemon wedges.
The Gulf Grouper, Mycteroperca jordani, whose common Spanish name is Baya and local name is Cabrilla, is a member of the Grouper or Epinephelidae Family, known collectively as "cabrillas" and "garropas" in Mexico.
The Gulf Grouper is gray-brown in color, and is characterized by its "grouper-like" appearance, with the fourth and fifth dorsal spines being the longest, and when alive, a series of solid, irregular blotches radiating out from the face area. They have tails that are straight or slightly concave, rounded notched gill covers, and the fins that are tipped in white.
The Gulf Grouper is found within rocky reefs and in kelp beds with large adults being common in shallow water at depths between 25 and 150 feet. They reach a maximum length of 198 cm (6 and-a-half feet) and up to 91 kg (200 pounds) in weight. They are voracious ambush predators feeding on small fish. The Gulf Grouper has a slow growth rate reaching maturity at age of six or seven years. They are aggregating spawners with females significantly outnumbering males indicative that they are protogynous hermaphrodites changing mid-life from females to males. They can be confused with the Broomtail Grouper, Mycteroperca xenarcha (second thru seventh dorsal spines of equal length). In Mexican waters the Gulf Grouper is found along the Pacific Coast of Baja and throughout the Sea of Cortez; they are absent from along the coast of the mainland coast south of Mazatlán.
The Gulf Grouper, due to its size, strength, and food value is an intense object of game fishing. It is considered an excellent food fish and is sold commercially in numerous local fish markets commanding high prices and is one of the important food fishes of the Sea of Cortez.
The Gulf Grouper is currently considered to be an ENDANGERED SPECIES due to population decline of at least 50% over the past 30 years, directly attributed to intensive recreational fishing pressure. There is also a significant decline in the size of the fish boated. This fishing pressure is likely to increase along with associated reef habitat destruction as greater investment in recreational fisheries occurs. It is a large species with high longevity and is caught at heavily fished spawning aggregations, both factors that make the species particularly vulnerable to overfishing. Historically it has dominated the rocky-reef fish community in terms of biomass comprising 45% of the total finfish production in the late 50′s to current levels of less than 1%. A generic table for Grouper that allows for the determination of the weight of fish from its length has been included with the hope that perhaps some fish can be handled as "catch and releases."
Gray Whales are Back in Cabo!!!!
During the last two weeks we have seen the Gray Whales arrive in the waters surrounding Cabo San Lucas in large numbers. There cannot be many places in the world where on the same 2 and 1/2 hour whale watching tour you can encounter both Humpback and Gray Whales, and in such large numbers! Whale Watch Cabos guests have enjoyed many wonderful encounters in the past two weeks, our excitement at being able to share these amazing whales with visitors to Cabo has also been growing.
The pregnant female Gray whales usually enter the shallow waters of Magdalena Bay further north on the Baja Peninsula to give birth to their calves. Males and courting females head further south, including along the stretch of pacific coastline that borders the bay of Cabo San Lucas. The Gray whales unique feeding strategy of scooping and sieving sand means our encounters with them are often interesting, watching their feeding behaviors close to the shore.
Most of our whale watching tours these days are along the Los Cabos pacific coastline and spent going from the shallow waters to observe the Gray Whales feeding out to the deeper water to observe the acrobatics of courting Humpback Whales. Lately we have even had quite a few dolphin encounters, often they join the whales for short periods and travel alongside each other.
Sadly, it seems like every year there is at least one whale that has become completely entangled in fisherman's nets and lines. To date this year there have been two sighted, but both were no where to be found when the rescue effort was in play.
We are very excited about the upcoming weeks – expecting baby Humpback whales to arrive with their momma's! The babies are typically 10-12 feet in length and often are very inquisitive of their environment, often coming up close to the boat to check us out. This means we are expecting to see adult and baby Humpback Whales and Gray Whales all possibly on the same tour over the next few weeks here in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Gray Whale Info?
The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and 70 years.The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted. The gray whale is the sole living species in the genus Eschrichtius, which in turn is the sole living genus in the family Eschrichtiidae. This mammal descended from filter-feeding whales that developed at the beginning of the Oligocene, over 30 million years ago.
The gray whale is distributed in an eastern North Pacific (North American) population and a critically endangered western North Pacific (Asian) population. North Atlantic populations were extirpated (perhaps by whaling) on the European coast before 500 AD and on the American coast around the late 17th to early 18th centuries.However, on May 8, 2010, a sighting of a gray whale was confirmed off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea,leading some scientists to think they might be repopulating old breeding grounds that have not been used for centuries.In May and June 2013 a gray whale was sighted off the coast of Namibia – the first confirmed in the Southern Hemisphere.
BEWARE: Please beware of the guys in the street selling boat charters. If you wait till the day you are fishing and go to the dock where your boat is many times people will mislead you to another boat or dock trying to put you on a boat that was not meant for you. You need to have a person guide you to your boat, who is from a reputable charter company. This way there is no confusion or misleading. Please remember when renting Sport fishing boats in Cabo that you rent your boat from reputable and established business. Walk into a fishing fleet office and ask questions about what you are getting and what are the costs? You dont want to rent boats from vendors in the streets and you do not want to book through shady websites offering you the world. Check through travel forums about reputable fishing fleets to deal with. Look for testimonials about the fleet your booking, your charter with. Ask about what will the boat be supplying? Will it include beverages or lunches? How much does it cost to fillet your catch? Check to see if charter boat is insured? Ask about getting your catch smoked? Check cost of a fishing license. These are just a few things to consider when booking your charter boat. We will be talking more about this in the next weeks fishing report. Until next time good fishing and we hope to see you in Cabo soon. Come by the office here in Cabo and get all the latest up to date fishing report. www.jcsportfishing.com http://youtu.be/tSXN6pifQyQ
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