Cabo San Lucas Fishing Reports and Baja
Capt. Jerry Chapman
November 7, 2018
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 10/29/18 to 11/5/18
Stop By Our Office for up to Date Fishing Report
THE FACTS ON SAILFISH INSIDE!!
TUNA TOURNAMENT STARTS NOV6
Marlin Fishing Better This Week!
Marlin 3 to 6 Miles off the Beach!
Marlin From Lighthouse to Margaretta!
Wahoo are Showing Up, Some 30lb to 40lb !
Wahoo on Planer Boards and Downriggers Running Rapalas !
Tuna Bite Not So Good!
We Ran Our Boats 3 Times Looking For Tuna, Got Skunked!
Yachts Running 20 Miles for Tuna!
Water Cooling Down!
Inshore Small Dorado and Roosters Good
JC Says: "I am the Admiral of Marlin Fishing in Cabo"!
Chris Shouted: JC, You're a Genius !
Fish Boy says: JC, You're a Panzie Perch Killer!!
JamieB says: JC, is the real Mcoy!!
Darrel says: "God, That JC and Chris are both Twirps"!!
The Brits says: JC, We Tolerate him. The Old Bloke is really a Clown! JC, He isn't a Winston Church!
JC,s Baja Tequila Lime Spritzer Drink Recipe!!
2Baja Recipes Inside!
JC,s Baja Lobster Rolls!
JC,s Lobster Thermador!
HEADLINES: November 5, 2018
JC screamed: "You clowns showing up in my office are interrupting me while I am trying to expand my legend status. I cant stand Fish Report Boy, the guys a little wimp who I hired to write the so called fish report. The Fish Report Boy doesn't know who the story is actually about. It's me!! That's right, Me!! I am the brains behind this operation not any of these other clowns who come to my office have a clue!! I made Fish Report Boy!! I found the guy drinking a 16 ounce Falstaff on a farm pond in Missouri, the guy was fishing for Carp. I taught him the ins and outs of Marlin Fishing and that Squirrel wouldn't be nothing without me!! I have created a monster with this business and all my books, songs I have written. One of my songs "Lets go Fishing Now, Everybody Learning How, Lets go Fishing with JC"Hit the Billboard charts at number 1. JC spouted: I am dam proud of that catchy little number!! You know, sometimes I just stand and look in the mirror and say to myself: "JC, You are a remarkable fellow" then I have to pinch myself to see if it isn't a dream!! I think if people just came by my office and had a conversation with me they would notice my god given abilities that I use to catch Marlin. When people come in my office and they leave, they say to themselves: "My gosh, that JC is really special".
JC,s LEGEND and LIES will continue next week!!!
What to do with your Catch?
You just went out for the sportfishing trip of a lifetime and are heading back to the marina with an ice chest full of Dorado and Wahoo, but you are unsure of what you are going to do with them. What can you do with our fish? Here is a breakdown of several different things you can do with your catch, from eating the meat to hanging it on your wall.
Catch and Release: If you are fishing for marlin, it is recommended that you use a catch and release method of fishing to help the local conservation efforts. Cabo San Lucas is one of the world's top fishing spots and we like to keep it that way by letting the big fish go. If it is your first time fishing or you catch the marlin of a lifetime, it is acceptable and legal to bring back in one billfish. If you only want it for a wall trophy, the technology we have today is capable of creating exact replica wall mounts that will last much longer and let your fish live.
Clean and Fillet Your Fish: The fish that you end up bringing back to shore will need to be cleaned, filleted, and thrown on ice immediately. If your charter did not already include the cost of cleaning in the total price, you will have to pay it yourself. Dorado, Wahoo, Yellowfin and other smaller gamefish will cost around $2 per fish and if you bring back a large billfish it will cost anywhere from $12-$30 depending on the size.
Take to a Restaurant: One of the most popular things to do with your fish is to take some of it to either your resort's on-site restaurant or a local restaurant that will cook it up for you just how you like it. You will be charged a small fee, but being able to eat your fresh catch of the day while enjoying a Cabo San Lucas sunset is one of the most rewarding experiences, and best tasting too! Your charter will have some good recommendations for restaurants that will cook it for you, some of which are located right their on the marina like Captain Tony's and Solomon's Landing.
Smoking and Freezing: If your charter doesn't include the freezing of your catch in the price, they will offer the service to you once you get back to the marina. Prices range from $2-$30 per fish for your charter to fillet and freeze your fish but if you want them to vacuum pack it there will be an additional $1.50 per pound fee. Smoking adds great flavor to your fish and is around $5 per pound which should include vacuum packing for you to take home.
Taking Fish Home: Unless you drove your own vehicle down, you are probably going to have to cart the fish back on the airplane. Luckily, the San Jose Del Cabo airport is very familiar with people bringing back fish so it shouldn't be a problem. Don't worry about bringing an ice chest down with you to Cabo, you can easily purchase one at the local grocery store or Wal-Mart. Buy the cooler, throw in your frozen fish packed tightly, then wrap the chest up really good with duct tape to make sure you don't lose your fish when they are being thrown around under the plane. As long as your fish are thoroughly frozen, it is not necessary to add ice (unless you are traveling a very long distance). Most airlines have a 44 pound restriction on what you can bring back but you can bring more as long as you are willing to pay the $1 per pound excess baggage fee. Do not forget that this ice chest will count as one of your checked bags, so do not bring two checked bags down to Cabo with you because then you will have to figure out what to do with the rest of your luggage. To play it safe, always check with your specific airline policies ahead of time so there are no surprises once you get to the airport.
Taxidermy: All captains should be using the catch and release method for marlin fishing but that doesn't mean you can't have a taxidermy made of your prize fish. Before you release your fish, get an accurate measurement of the size and take a few good photos. When you get back stateside, look up a reputable taxidermist and send in the photos and measurements for them to create an exact replica made of fiberglass. The fiberglass replica will look great and last much longer than a real billfish skin, and promotes the preservation of the beautiful creatures.
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: You cant beat this time of year for Cabo weather it is one of the best times of year for coming to Mexico and specifically Cabo San lucas. We have been having day time highs in the low to mid 80,s and the lows at night in the low to mid 60,s. Its really nice and we could even stand for it to get a Little cooler son.
WATER: Cooling wáter temperaturas has been good for the Dorado bite, but there is still warm water still lingering in our area and I noticed on the tembreak map it looks like there is pockets of the warm stuff still up there in some areas on the pacific side. Up as far north as the Finger Bank and south to Golden Gate and San Jamie banks.. This link which will show you water temperatures for the southern half of Baja. www.tempbreak.com/index.php?&cwregion=cb
BILLFISH: The Marlin fishing is just up and downover last week, with lots of Marlin at the beginning of the week. The Marlin are moving offshore 20 miles from the Light House to the 190 degrees out and past the 95 spot looking for warmer water it seems. As the bait moves south so does all the good fishing. Over last 2 days San Jamie and the Los Arcos areas on the Pacific have been really good using Makeral and lures.. There are lots of Marlin and even Sailfish are still in the area and If you pitch bait or troll lures you might have a better chance of landing a nice fish.
DORADO: It has been off and on for Dorado lately but we have been landing some really good fish. The Light House to Rancho Migrino on the Pacific side has been good using lures, ballyhoo and live bait with some of the Dorado going from 25lbs to 35lbs. One day we had 6 Dorado, then we had a day of just 1 fish and then it really kicked in and we got 9 fish. So, who the heck really knows? This is great news and we think they are here to stay awhile now as it seems the water temperature is suitable for them now.
SWORDFISH: Hasn't heard of any caught this week.
WAHOO: The Wahoo bite slowed for full moon but has rebounded some.. We had 2 different reports yesterday of boats landing some nice fish. One boat had landed 5 Wahoo from 30lbs to 60lbs and another boat reported getting 4 nice fish, so they are in the area right now. So get down to Cabo!!
TUNA: Most yachts are running like 20 miles to get to the Tuna action. Kite action has landed a few good ones but it is a long boat ride to get to them. The COMMERCIAL Tuna seiners are gone now as it seems they left right after the tournament. Weird? But anyway the bite has been just OK, with nothing special. There is still some schools scattered around with mostly football size fish being landed, but the Tuna seiners have disappeared thank god!!
INSHORE: Good numbers of Rooster Fish ranging in size from 12lbs to 35lbs are being caught tight to the beach. We really don't know why the Roosters are here now as they normally show up in July and summer months. The pangas have been doing really well inshore for Dorado and even the Wahoo fishing has been good tight to the beach. The productive areas are from the Solmar all the way to the Pump House.
THE FACTS ON SAILFISH !!
Sailfish take their name from the large dorsal fin that stretches almost the full length of their bodies. While their sail-like fins are impressive, as is the fight they're known for putting up when they encounter fishermen, the sailfish's real claim to fame is that it's the fastest swimmer in the ocean: these fish reach up to 68 miles per hour. Sailfish are abundant and not considered endangered or under any protections for conservation purposes.
Sailfish are saltwater fish residing in warm and temperate ocean waters. Two main subspecies exist: the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific sailfish. (The Atlantic species is Florida's official state saltwater fish.) These fish prefer waters ranging from 70 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit and usually stick relatively close to the surface of the water. Though they mostly dwell far out from land, sailfish sometimes venture closer to shore than other members of the billfish family.
Sailfish range in color from dark blue to gray, with a silver or white underbelly. As a type of billfish, sailfish have an elongated upper jaw that's approximately twice as long as the lower jaw, forming a spear. Their dorsal fins resemble sails not only because they run almost the full length of their bodies, but also because their height is considerably greater than the thickness of their bodies. They also have a second, smaller dorsal fin and two anal fins. Fins are typically a blackish-blue color. Indo-Pacific sailfish can reach 11 feet in length and weigh more than 220 pounds. Atlantic sailfish are smaller, typically around 6 feet long but topping out at 10 feet long and about 128 pounds.
Prey and Predators
Both subspecies of sailfish prey mostly on octopus, squid and bony fish. In the Atlantic, fish commonly eaten include tuna, mackerel, needlefish, jacks and halfbeaks; in the Pacific, jacks, anchovies, sardines, triggerfish and ribbonfish are dietary staples. Dolphinfish, also known as mahi-mahi, are a primary predator that feeds on sailfish. Larger predatory fish and some seabirds also eat sailfish. Humans also fish for sailfish, but not often for food; their meat is tough and generally considered undesirable. However, because sailfish are so large and put up such a fight—often taking hours to land—recreational and trophy fishermen seek them out.
Sailfish begin spawning in April, but most of this activity goes on during summer months. Most spawning occurs close to land, the females swimming there slowly with their dorsal fins sticking up above the surface of the water, and one or more males following. A large female can release over 4 million eggs when spawning. Larvae are about 0.125 inches long when they hatch. Within a year sailfish grow to about 4 to 5 feet long.
From The Admirals Kitchen!
JC,s Baja Lobster Rolls!!
JC knows a thing or two about traditional Pacific lobster rolls: His customers love this dish.
8 ounces cooked lobster meat, torn into bite-size pieces
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 hot dog rolls
1/2 head of butter lettuce, thinly sliced
Combine lobster meat and mayonnaise in medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Butter outside surfaces of hot dog rolls. Heat medium skillet over medium-high heat. Place rolls, 1 buttered side down, in skillet; cook until browned slightly, about 2 minutes per side. Open rolls. Fill with lettuce, then lobster mixture, and serve.
Jc,s Baja Lobster Thermador
Makes 4 servings
• 2 (1 1/2-lb) live lobsters
• 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
• 1/4 lb mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 2 tablespoons medium-dry Sherry
• 1 cup heavy cream, scalded
• 2 large egg yolks
1. Plunge lobsters headfirst into an 8-quart pot of boiling salted water*. Loosely cover pot and cook lobsters over moderately high heat 9 minutes from time they enter water, then transfer with tongs to sink to cool.
2. When lobsters are cool enough to handle, twist off claws and crack them, then remove meat. Halve lobsters lengthwise with kitchen shears, beginning from tail end, then remove tail meat, reserving shells. Cut all lobster meat into 1/4-inch pieces. Discard any remaining lobster innards, then rinse and dry shells.
3. Heat butter in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat until foam subsides, then cook mushrooms, stirring, until liquid that mushrooms give off is evaporated and they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add lobster meat, paprika, salt, and pepper and reduce heat to low. Cook, shaking pan gently, 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon Sherry and 1/2 cup hot cream and simmer 5 minutes.
Whisk together yolks and remaining tablespoon Sherry in a small bowl. Slowly pour remaining 1/2 cup hot cream into yolks, whisking constantly, and transfer YIELD
JC,s Baja Tequila Lime Spritzer!!
– 1.5 ounces Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
– Lime soda
– Sparkling water
– Cucumber slices and rosemary to garnish
Directions: Use sanding sugar to rim your glass. Pour tequila over ice. Top with lime soda and sparkling water (more soda for a sweeter drink, more sparkling water for less sweetness). Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.
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 don't 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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