Overall Catch Success Rate 74%
BILLFISH: Billfish catches have still not stabilized in the Cabo area, meaning one day every other boat would catch one, then the next day nobody, besides this the fish are really spread out. One day marlin were caught off of the Old Lighthouse, next day off of San Jose, then 13 miles off the lighthouse and 3 miles from Santa Maria on the Cortez side. However, twenty three percent of charters in Cabo were fortunate to catch striped marlin and we even had one boat, “Rebecca” with two in a day, just above Golden Gate on April 2nd for Bruce Matous and Mark Lawrence from Temple, Texas. This was our only boat with a double marlin catch, though we ended up with a total 20 billfish this week 18 striped marlin and two sailfish. All but one 140 lb marlin were released. If fishing was not that great here, it was for one boat up in Loreto on April 7th. Robert Ross aboard his vessel “Bad Company” had one of the most incredible days I have heard of. They fished around Catalina Island, approximately 20 miles out and caught a 350 lb swordfish, (which locals say you don’t catch up there…..but we have the photo); plus four striped marlin, two sailfish, one mako shark and fifteen dorado. Now that is a day to be envious of. This private boat and crew are top-notch fisherman originally from Cabo and well known to us and as such we believe their report. Perhaps all our Cabo fish are hanging out up there for awhile.
OTHER SPECIES: There was plenty of activity on smaller game with some very nice catches. Gary Allison from Henderson, Nevada caught a beautiful 65 lb wahoo, aboard “Valerie” as well as four sierras and two pompanos on April 10th. “Rebecca” also had a nice wahoo just a bit smaller at 60 lbs on April 1st along with seven yellow fin tuna, close to Golden Gate for the same anglers mentioned above Mark and Bruce from Temple, Texas. These are the largest wahoo was have seen in a long time. Twenty one percent of charters caught tuna in the 20 to 35 lb class, with June and Jeff Fisk from Big Rapids, Michigan being the top anglers for catching a total of 35 (mostly released) 35 miles out from San Jaime aboard “Tracy Ann”. Other catches were between one and sixteen fish. Dorado catches were very slow with just six fish taken by our anglers. Boats tried to load up on smaller game when the big game was not cooperating and we had good catches of course of trusty sierra which saved many a day from being blank for some boats. Catches ranged from one to sixteen fish, we also had jack crevalles, triggerfish, sheep’s head, cabrilla, roosterfish, red snappers and a couple each of mako and hammerhead sharks, none any bigger than 40 lbs.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: A bit breezy on the Pacific, mostly sunny skies, seas moderate.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Los Arcos, Gaspareño, 30-45 miles out from Lighthouse, San Jaime, 95 spot, Las Margaritas, Herradura.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 70 F
BEST LURES: Live bait, cedar plugs, green/yellow, orange/yellow, hoochis.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg