Cabo San Lucas Fish Report and Baja Fishing
Capt. Jerry Chapman
September 6, 2012
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 8/26/12 to 9/3/12
. 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 has 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 memorable experience. This is what is most important to us. We have and do a few tournaments each year and can accommodate fisherman who might be interested in tournament fishing. Lets get on with the report for this past week.
WATER: Water temperatures are still very warm according to Terra Fin. I have been monitoring it daily to help us determine where the fish are and what we can expect. What a great tool it really is. Its not free, but its well worth the costs which are pretty low. Locating warm water over cold water is helpful in determining where the fish might show up and what species is around and ready to be caught.
WEATHER: September is here and it feels like it. Its hot and humid just like all Septembers in Cabo and believe me I have seen many. We just don't want any storms coming our way. This past week and even as I write there are storms south of us in the Pacific. We have been getting much needed rain over the past 3 weeks and it has actually helped the fishing a bit.
BAIT: Plenty of live bait and Caballitos around. They are the normal 3 dollars a piece.
BILLFISHING: We had a decent week of fishing for Marlin and Sailfish. On wednesday we did catch 2 Marlin and 5 Dorado on one of our fleet boats. We did have a couple slow days with the rain, but all in all there has been lots of reports of Marlin and Sailfish, but more Sailfish than Striped Marlin. Blue Marlin were also in the picture this past week. There were some caught in the Gordo Banks area up to 300 pounds using live bait. The 1150 area of the fishing grounds has been worthwhile to visit also, with Stripped Marlin in numbers. The Golden Gate area on pacific side was good for a couple days for Stripped Marlin. Some guys with another fleet did score big there, as they reported they all caught a Marlin that day. There was 4 of them on board so it made for a pretty good fish story to tell when they all went home. Well there are days like that here in Cabo. This is what makes the tourists keep coming to Cabo for an adventure of a life time. Maybe next time they will all get Blues. So really for Marlin fishing the past week was decent, but not the numbers we were seeing the week before.
TUNA: Lots of Tuna were found this past week with most swimming with the Porpoise. There were a number of schools of Tuna reported over the past few days. The 10 to 25 pound range seemed to be the standard size being caught. I did hear of a Tuna in the 200 range that was caught. Most fish that were caught were on hoochies and cedar plugs. Up around the Light House on the Pacific off shore 6 miles was good for Tuna, and even over into the Sea of Cortez around El Tule was productive. Really not a shortage of Tuna over the last 3 weeks.
DORADO: The rain did not help the Dorado fishing over the past 2 weeks like we expected . Lots of debris in the water to hide under and shade themselves. There has been a lot caught in the 12 to 16 pound range but not the numbers we were seeing 2 weeks ago. We are still following the debris and trash line looking for them to appear like they were.
WAHOO: I have heard of some Wahoo strikes this past week. The Wahoo fishing is spotty and we are hoping to see a few more around soon.
INSHORE: With the rain over last week the inshore bite has been a bit off. We are not seeing the numbers of Roosterfish or Amberjack that we were seeing. Even the local fisherman said that the Grouper and Snapper bite has been off last 4 days. What has been caught closer to shore is smaller Tuna and Dorado.
BEWARE: Remember if your not renting charter boats from companies who have been established in Cabo for the past 20 years ( Jcsportfishing, Pisces Sportfishing, Minervas, Redrum, Picante Fleet) you might have problems. There are many sportfishing fleets on the internet who are really not established business, who are operating illegally. Lots of these outfits are renting you a boat they have never even looked at and don't even know where you would board the boat, leaving you the task of trying to find the boat. They don't even have an office you can go and confirm your charter boat. You do not want to spend a day walking around looking for the boat and where you board. 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. Lots of vendors renting boats in the hotels are not reputable and don't care about your interest and care more about a commission . 75% of the Cabo Fishing websites on Google are not even in business anymore or might be just brokers who don't have an office in Cabo. Some of the Google websites are misleading and not established .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. You need to go to the fishing fleet office, while in Cabo and book your boat. 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 fishing license. These are just a few things to consider when booking your charter boat. We will be talking more about this in next weeks fishing report. Until next time good fishing and we hope to see you in Cabo soon.
Cabo San Lucas Fishing Forecast:
Fishing has been good and we expect more of the same
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