WATER: The water has been really cold and green making for not to cool conditions. Choppy conditions have been making it impossible to fish on the Pacific side and with the wind even worse. We have had some 70 degree water all the way up to Jamie Banks. Waves have been 2 to 4 feet on the Pacific and 1 to 3 feet on the Sea of Cortez side.
WEATHER: Lots of wind has really played a part in the fishing slowing down over the past week. Windy and choppy water really hurt us this week. We have had lot of days of overcast weather also along with the wind. So all in all it hasn’t been ideal fishing weather. The week started cooler and then about mid week it got warmer with some nights a little humid and then by Friday it had got cold again at night. Last Saturday the port even closed for boats under 30ft due to wind. It was opened back up again afternoon but it has been breezy.
BILLFISHING: Well it’s the mid March Blues here in Cabo and the wind did play a big part in the fishing with Marlin catches way down compared to what we have experienced over the last month. There have been some reports of Marlin being taken down at the Gordo Banks. There were boats who tried to go up the Pacific side and got blown away by the wind, probably not a good idea in a smaller boat. Some of the boats that did go up the Pacific reported catches of smaller game fish Sierra and some Yellowtail. Basically the Striped Marlin fishing has been really slow.
BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollares a piece and there has been plenty around.
DORADO: The Dorado count is way down over this past week. We do not expect to see the amounts of Dorado we have been seeing for awhile. With the wind and choppy seas its hard to say what the coming week will bring.
Maui Maui: But whether it’s called Dolphin or mahi mahi (or Dolphinfish or Dorado) you’ll call it delicious! Mahi mahi is a versatile fish that produces excellent results using just about any cooking method. The mild, sweet flesh – which starts off pinkish but turns white as it cooks – is very lean but also quite moist and flavorful.
In addition to their culinary qualities, mahi mahi are highly regarded among game fishermen for the powerful and dramatic fight they put up when hooked, often tearing through the water at speeds up to 50 miles an hour. In fact, 'mahi' is the Hawaiian word for 'strong', so the name 'mahi mahi' is a big hint as to just how formidable they can be.
Mahi mahi live in warm southern waters throughout the world and grow quickly, reaching market size in the first year. But they don’t stop there. Fishermen regularly catch 20 and 30 pounders, with some tipping the scales even higher. Its common in Cabo San Lucas to pick up a Bulls topping the scales up to 40 to 50 pounds.
INSHORE: Really the best fishing place to be all week was inshore. Lots of Sierras and some Yellowtail were caught. The Sierra bite is wide open with some nice fish being caught all week. A few Red snapper and Grouper were also being caught from the Solmar to Pump House. There were a few Yellowtail at the Arch being vcaught but as we reported you have to watch out for the fish Police who don’t want people fishing in that area.
California Yellowtail (not to be confused with Yellowtail snapper found in the Caribbean) are a well-loved fish here in Cabo San Lucas. They put up a terrific fight for their size and can be a tough adversary in areas with lots of rocks or kelp for them to run into. Unfortunately they do not jump when hooked, but in all other respects they are a lot of fun to reel in. I never get tired of catching them.
There are always some California Yellowtail around Southern California to Cabo , especially around the islands of Catalina and San Clemente. These non-migratory fish are known as “homeguards” and tend to be large and tough to catch. In addition, many years during the summer there is a decent migration of smaller fish in the 10-25lb range or so. They often hang out under kelp paddies offshore, where they are easier to land because there is less stuff for them to wrap up your line in.
California Yellowtail taste ok but I would not go out of my way to eat them personally. They actually taste better raw and are a common menu item in sushi restaurants (where they are called “Hamachi”). They max out around 100lbs although 50lbs is a very big one.
California Yellowtail Tackle
If you are fishing for the school-sized ones offshore you could get away with a 20-30lb setup but personally I do not go below 65lb braided line if I am fishing for them in rocky areas or kelp beds. A good fluorocarbon leader is a must both because of decreased visibility to the fish and also enhanced abrasion resistance If you are fishing with “surface iron” (described below) you should use at least an 8ft rod to get enough casting distance. If fishing bait on the surface a 7ft rod would be fine, and if fishing on the bottom you could got with a shorter rod to get more leverage when cranking them up. Fish hooked on the bottom must be manhandled off the bottom before they get into rocks and cut you off. I have seen party boat trips with casualty rates so high that only one in eight or so fish hooked is landed.
TUNA: There were reports of a few Tuna being caught way offshore . Some guys ran into some schools 40 miles off the Light House. Inshore I haven’t heard of any being caught over the last week. The Tuna that were caught offshore were in the 15 to 30 pound range.
WAHOO: I haven’t heard of any Wahoo this past week.