Cabo San Lucas Weekly Fish Report and Fishing Baja
Capt. Jerry Chapman
August 20, 2012
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 8/15/12 to 8/20/12
. 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: Seas have been rougher last few days, since we did have a storm down south of us. I was looking at Terra fin today and looks like water temp on the Pacific side around Golden Gate and Jamie Banks was around 83 degrees. That was the water temperature this afternoon. Looking over the last 5 days, this has been an average water temperature for most of the fishing grounds. If you head toward San Jose the water temp goes to 85 86 degrees around Punta Gorda. There are some areas where temperature is 79 to 81 but all in all by looking over the chart, the last 5 days have had an average of around 82 degrees. Great water temperatures for fishing Marlin, Dorado, and Tuna. This is what we have seen being caught over the last 5 days.
WEATHER: The Weather has been a little weird with the storm down south the past few days. We did have some heavy rainfall over the past 5 days. It seems to have helped get the fish really biting. Basically we are still trying to dry out because it was really pouring some days. I haven't seen rain like that here in the past 3 or 4 years. People living close to arroyos were a little worried. It was good just to stay home as the roads were a mess with mud and water.
BAIT: We did have problems getting live bait a couple days but it didn't matter since they were eating ballyhoo and stripped bait. Then it turned around and we were able to find all the live bait we wanted.
BILLFISHING: The past five days the fishing has stayed really good with Marlin being caught from the Golden Gate on the Pacific to Punta Gorda on the Sea of Cortez side. Really all areas are reporting Striped Marlin and Sailfish being caught. The fish are taking live bait and lures. The Marlin and Sailfish are even being caught from Pangas, not far off shore. Our boats on Friday landed 2 Marlin and 4 good size Dorado. We also got into the Sailfish and Marlin on Saturday, landing one of each. I have heard reports of Blue Marlin being hooked up over the last few days, some up tp 300 pounds. In all reality the Bill fishing has been really good and it's a great time to bring the family to Cabo and experience catching your first Marlin. There is a very good chance you will land one, and have the trip of a life time.
TUNA: This past 4 days have seen good numbers of Tuna, with a lot of bigger ones being caught. We are seeing 40 to 50 pound Tuna. We have been catching the Tuna 3 to 5 miles offshore around the Golden Gate area. Seems like the Tuna got a little bigger over a week. A few Big Tuna in the 150 pound class were reported last week. There have been really good numbers of smaller Tuna caught, with most being caught on spreader bars and cedar plugs. So all in all the Tuna fishing is really good and we are have some great results as of lately.
DORADO: The Dorado fishing has been excellent with some 50 pounders being caught. Most are in the 15 to 35 pound range. We have caught Dorado by slow trolling cut skipjack and some on live bait. Trolling lures has also been good for Dorado. They seem to be not in just one spot, but basically all over the place. Which is good for us. So Dorado fishing is good and with the warm water settled in for awhile we think fishing will stay hot.
WAHOO: The Wahoo fishing has picked up lately. We haven't caught any on our boats in the past week, but I have heard of reports of them being caught.
INSHORE: The Tuna and Dorado bite has been good not to far from shore. Some of the local fisherman are catching large Groupers up to 50 pounds on the pacific side. The Grouper are being caught in about 50 feet of water, in and around large rocks. Some of these local guys have been fishing these areas for the past 50 years and they are really experts at how to catch about anything . They are really consistent and always come back with fish. They are some of the best Inshore fisherman around.
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:
We expect more of the same. Good fishing for the few weeks. Warm water has set in and and fishing is excellent
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