Cabo San Lucas Fish Report and Baja Fishing
Capt. Jerry Chapman
September 30, 2012
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 9/23/12 to 9/30/12
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 accomodate fisherman who might be interested in tournament fishing. Lets get on with the report for this past week.
WATER: The water has been pretty churned up this past week with some swells bringing in dirty water. Today according to Terrafin the water temperature right outside Cabo San Lucas harbor is right around 84 degrees. About 12 miles southeast directly out from the harbor temperatures change only about 1 degree to about 85. The pacific side is a little cooler with temps in the lower 80,s. This past week water temperatures have been pretty much in this same range. We did have swells from Miriam that hurt inshore fishing some. The average ocean water temperature in this part of Mexico is 72º F., but from June till October water temperatures can go up to 85 degrees.
WEATHER: Sunday morning and the weather is typical almost October weather. Its clear no clouds and really just perfect. Well this past week hasn't been quite like it is today. First part of the week started off ok and then on Tuesday things started to change and very early Wednesday morning the rain started real good. We had heavy showers off and on for the past 4 days. Due to the rain the Port Caption did closed the port on Tuesday for reasons we don't know why since Tuesday was pretty nice and Wednesday when it was really rainy the port was open. Thursday the port closed again and Friday and Saturday it has been open. The days we did manage to go out the fishing was really good. All the weather was from the storm we had south of us called Miriam. This storm seemed to linger for a few days.
BILLFISHING: Monday fishing was excellent with Striped Marlin and Sailfish being caught. Tuesday the port was closed so we have no information and Wednesday when port opened back up the fishing was good again. The fishing seemed to move higher up on the Pacific side just a few miles south of the Golden Gate and about 3 miles off shore. The Sailfish and Marlin action were good even in the pouring rain. One boat reported 2 Blue Marlin caught kite fishing up around the San Jamie Banks. Lots of Sailfish being caught from the light house to los arcos on live bait and a few on Ballyhoo and lures. There were more Marlin and Sailfish caught in the 1150 area of our fishing grounds. Reports indicated live bait was what was enticing them. The fishing seemed to have slacked off by Saturday. Really all in all this past week, except for the port closing a couple days, has been good Marlin fishing.
BAIT: Plenty of live bait and Caballitos around. They are the normal 3 dollars a piece.
TUNA: A boat from another fleet was well past the 1150 at about 22 miles offshore and found a couple large schools of Porpoise which had lots of smaller Tuna and produced a few in the 60lb range. This past week we haven't seen many signs of Tuna like we had been seeing a couple weeks ago. They seem to be way offshore . Think they split after being around the guys with the nets who are trying to rape the fishing grounds. Luckly we know the Tuna will return sooner rather than later.
DORADO: The Dorado fishing has been good. Lots of 10 to 15 pounders being caught, close to shore and offshore. Even with the rain we have been killing the Dorado. Some larger ones were reported off shore in the 50 to 60 lb range. Pacific side has been good but all in all the whole fishing grounds has been producing. Wednesday we caught 9 Dorado aboard the BoB Marlin. Reports from other fleet boats indicated lots of various size Dorado caught through out the grounds.
INSHORE: The inshore fishing has been off and on with some Roosterfish reported caught. Mostly small Dorado being caught close to shore, on the pacific side. A few Grouper and Snapper caught by local guys using hand lines. Miriam has brought some swells over the last few days and it has really been effecting the fishing close to shore. I am sure with the weather improving the fishing will get better over next few days. Surf Fishing Information: One of the most common surf casting targets is the Roosterfish (pez gallo), which average 15 to 30 pounds but can grow to more than 100 pounds. Probably the most sought after surf fishing fish due to the fact they are very strong and put up a good fight. Sierra mackerel is another great fighter and really good eating. They don't get too big, but they do show up in big numbers. All the fly-fishing records are from Cabo San Lucas or Todos Santos. They are slim and have some sharp teeth. Also there are a variety of snapper in our area, red, Dogtooth, Cubera, and Hogfish.
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.
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:
Weather is improving and we are gearing up for October. We expect some more of the good fishing we have had. It is really time to come to Cabo and book your boat for an adventure of a life time.
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