Cabo Billfish Species

Black Marlin (Makaira indica)

Black Marlin (Makaira indica)

The black marlin can grow up to 750 kilograms (1,700 lb). It is one of the largest marlins, capable of reaching speeds of up to 128 km/h (80 mph).

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Immortalized in Hemingway's Old Man And The Sea, in which Santiago battles a blue marlin for three days off the coast of Cuba. Females can grow to 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs).

Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax)

Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax)

The striped marlin is the most common billfish found in Los Cabos. The record weight for a striper is 190 kg (430 lb.), with a length of 420 cm.

Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)

Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)

Sailfish are blue to gray in color and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail. With speeds of up to 110 km/h (70 mph), sailfish grow up to 3 m (10 ft) in length and 90 kg (200 lb). in weight.

Read about all of the species in Cabo

Los Cabos Fishing Report
From Dave Carter of Winner7 Sportfishing

Los Cabos Fishing Report 04/06/2013

Still in the 70’s… and holding (water temps that is).  2013 has treated us well so far with only a smattering of upper-60 degree water days.  We’ve found the magic number to be 72 for our winter pelagics and the marlin seem to agree.  As these billfish are pushed our way (San Jose) by the more frigid waters in the open Pacific, they are stacking up nicely both nearshore on the points and at the offshore Banks as well.

Our guests have managed at least one marlin release a day (more often than not, multiple) for months now which is a nice change of pace when compared to recent years of semi-ghostal pelagics in February, March and into April.  However, not much good news on the dorado front and what we do find tend to be smaller schoolies which go back into the drink.

Small to medium yellowtail have recently graced our coolers (to the delight of our SoCal friends) as well as an occasional AJ, wahoo, and roosterfish (CPR’d of course).  Tuna have been a ways offshore and most days clients have chosen for the more sure bet of stripey’s and some bottomfish.

Looking at the satellite, our nice swirl of warm water (relatively speaking) is solid and thick, showing signs of hanging in there for us as we wait for the late Spring turnover and the deep blue of early summer.  It won’t be long before the tuna and dorado start making more than cameos in the box and on the Barbie.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the start of our Cabo season next month, but rest assured that the winning team of Juan and Carlos will be here to put folks on the fish in the meantime.  Have a great week!

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Fishing Report (03/22/2013)

Howdy… no, make that BOY Howdy!  We’ve had quite the week, a gift from the Big Guy/Gal upstairs as our wonderful ocean currents created a wonder of opportunity for those of us on the “east” side of the Cape.  Not the East Cape, just the east side.

An icy current of just barely 60 degrees pushed in from the southwest and drew a virtual break line with a ten plus degree difference practically right between San Jose and San Lucas, pushing our pelagic friends right to our back porch.

The warm side (San Jose) produced multiple hook-ups, and multiple multiple sightings of striped marlin for most of the week.  The boats lucky enough (or smart enough) to seek out that break line were gathered loosely about 2 miles south of the Outer Gordo Bank and hooked fish could be seen jumping and/or foaming at any given moment throughout most of the day.

It was an exciting event.  Similar to some of the red-letter days we’ve had in the Fall, when migrating marlin are hungry, active and assembled.  Quite a treat for March.  As I write (Friday night) the satellite shows the phenomena still here although a little further to the south, but well within striking distance.

One of our groups this week was a family from BC; husband, wife, and two teen and pre-teen daughters who wanted to fillet their own fish :-)  They have fished and hunted across the majority of North and Central American and now have a new “Top Fishing Trip” on their list which includes brown bear and sheep hunting in Cabo and the Yukon, as well as fishing in many holy waters.  THIS… is why we do what we do.

Offshore, aside from the throngs of marlin, other cooperators included some small to medium dorado, smallish YFT, and even a straggler wahoo which made my day.  In-shore, the likely suspects continued to pound our offerings of sardines and slow-trolled plugs; sierra (up to 8 lbs), snapper, one AJ and one pargo also made some very tasty “Veracruz” style dinner… can’t forget the veggies you know.

We’re keeping our fingers, toes, and whatever else we can round up, crossed that the “line” holds for a bit longer while the natural warming of waters occurs and moves us towards the late-Spring conditions we know and love.  Air temps are warming as well will the water.  Winds this week were very gentle and a nice break from the pounding we took a couple of weeks ago… another sign that Spring is here.

Happy Easter!

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos (SJD) Report 03/10/2013 - update

“Headquarters, disregard that last transmission.”  Hopefully without jinxing myself, I will say that I may have spoken too soon… give me some wood to “knock” on, please.  So, three days ago I said we were in the midst of the “Mid-Winter Blues”, now I’ll change that to read we’re suddenly in the midst of the “Mid-Winter Stripers.”

Yep, overnight.  While on Thursday I mentioned that there were new signs of life the Puerto Los Cabos fillet station (we didn’t fish that day) after over a week of dismal results, the next day we took out some returning clients (a retired married couple from upstate New York) and they released three Striped Marlin while also putting a couple of sweet AJ’s in the box.

So, that’s how the fish roll… gone one day, here the next… and vice versa of course.  The fish were all hooked within a mile and half of Punta Gorda and really musta snuck in under the radar because they just appeared like Waldo.

While the water hasn’t warmed significantly (hovering around 70 degrees), something certainly did change and we’re not gonna question it.  Gifts from the Gods are better left un-questioned.  Let’s call it a combination of water clarity improvement and bait congregation.. sounds good to me.

This is just a quickie report meant to build confidence and improve morale, hope it works.  Till next week, have a wonderful week… we hope to.

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos (SJD) Fishing Report 03/07/2013

Well, we are certainly experiencing our typical “Mid-Winter Blues” here at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, however things may be on the turnaround after a good showing of pelagics today. 

Fish counts for the past couple of weeks have been woefully low, even for our winter staples of sierra, snapper, grouper and the like.  We like to blame it on the cold, green water that moved in ten days ago but even when those phenomena occur we can usually scratch out enough for the dinner table.  However, even that was hard to do for about the last seven days.

There we nice yellowfin tuna in the 50-150 lb range last week at the Outer Gordo Bank and a few boats were lucky enough (or patient enough) to put one or two in the cooler.  Most were caught free-drifting bloody chunks of skipjack and a few on various baitfish for those lucky enough to have them.

The San Jose bait fleet seems to have also caught the blue’s as some days they just didn’t even go out.  When they did, sardines and caballitos were the norm with the sardinas more available to the east out near Iman Bank.  Even trying to troll up a skipjack was difficult most days and while we spend some time Yo-Yo’ing at the outer seamount, no hookups were had.

Medium sized sierra and small to medium roosters were what provided Little Sister and her anglers with the most action, albeit still pretty slow for this time of year. Nearshore water clarity was low at best most days so shiny, erratic lures like small Rapalas and spoons are the ones that got bit.

Now for the good news.  Today’s movement at the fish cleaning station in Puerto Los Cabos was the most action we’ve seen in weeks.  A few tuna up to 150 lbs were hanging and reports of multiple marlin (striped) releases we heard.  Amberjack (finally) and a few yellowtail (finally) were also being filleted.  We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.

Today’s satellite shows 70-71 degree water just offshore at both San Jose and San Lucas with cooler water (67-69) at the Banks.  So, this isn’t really a clear explanation of today’s success but we’ll take it however we can get it.  We’ll also keep you posted.  It’s now March and we should be at the low point on the annual temperature curve… like they say, “Nowhere to go but up!”  Let’s hope so.  Have a great week.

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Report 02-10-2013

Please excuse the hiatus… been sitin’ on way too many airplanes and not enough water lately but here is our report from the last two weeks. 

We’re still maintaining low to mid 70 degree water which is really pretty good for February.  With that warmer water has been a nice mix of striped marlin, dorado and even a few pockets of schoolie yellowfin.  A couple of weeks ago we had to travel west, offshore of the arch to find our marlin.  Recently though, we’ve had a nice consistent marlin bite not far off the PLC marina, due south of the San Jose Hotel Zone in the same area where the mackerel are holding.  Well, Duh!

Additionally, just about the entire stretch from SJD to CSL (both nearshore and offshore) has been holding stubborn dorado refusing to head south.  This has given us another great target not too common in San Jose in February.  Many of these fish are a bit small (putting ‘em back in the drink) but lo and behold we have also cooler-ized several over 20 lbs as well.

Our traditional mid-winter fishery of grouper, cabrilla, snapper, AJ and yellowtail was a bit late to get going but is now worthwhile.  We’ve landed all of the above in recent days and needless to say fish tacos were enjoyed by all.

Small roosterfish can be caught at will with live baits right off the breakers in front of the San Jose Hotel Zone.  We hope their size will continue to improve but even a 7 pound rooster will tear up the light gear and provide shrieking anglers with either a great start or great finish to the day just yards from the PLC breakwater.

As these warm-water pockets continue to roll in, so do our pelagics.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the mixed-bag, multiple-style fishing will continue.  It’s not often we can please both types in February.

Have a great week!
-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Recap - Dos Mil Doce (2012)... and current report

It seems as though everywhere I look in the media I see “Recaps”of the good, the bad and the ugly of 2012 so I thought it fit to throw out my own two-cents worth. (Scroll down for current report).  Generally, in the big picture, we’ve had a phenomenal year in Los Cabos. 2012 kicked off nicely with the Striped Marlin hangin’ around for us on our side (San Jose) late into February and even longer further south and west out in the ocean. School tuna and dorado cooperated throughout the spring and provided a nice addition to our steady near-shore winter fishery which we perfected (by necessity) during the ice-cold air and subsequently frigid water temps of Winter’10.

Although I personally spent much of late spring in Panama and the bulk of the summer in Cabo (our other hubs) our crews and those of many other charter companies kicked some serious behind and kept the clients smiling. But then comes my favorite time of the year in Baja… FALL. Not only is it a welcome reprieve from the 110, 16-hours days we just finished working up north, it’s a 180 degree change in course from the frantic, butt-busting schedule and pissed-off at times seas to the… Mexican Way. Ashamedly, I’m just now starting to “enjoy” the Mexican Way, here at the start of my second decade down south.

It seemed to me to still be hot enough to cook eggs on theside walk in early October but the fishing more than made up for it. The dorado were thick, some big marlin (early) and tuna (all fall) and even the skipjack had teeth. We didn’t do quite as well as last October when the day before the Bisbee B&B we released a Blue that would have won the tourney and the day after the awards dinner released a Black that would have won as well (no fish tale). This year however, Hurricane Paul thoroughly destroyed fishing for both of the big October tournaments and will go down in history as having caused more havoc on water than it did on land. That’s a blessing though for those of us who depend on the local infrastructure to survive.

Big, middle and small tuna were plentiful enough throughout the month of November (and much more than that) to keep our minds off the fact that the striped marlin were taking their time heading south in the warmer than normal water off the coast. Then, about mid-late Nov. we started missing lures that were tied to the ends of our lines. Sometimes, you just see your trolled line back there just waving in the breeze… don’t even SEE a bite. But, the telltale curly cue at the end of 300lb. mono is just like Paul Harvey telling, “The REST of the story.” Starts with a “W” and ends with a pair of “O’s”.

To make a little more sense of my ramblings, we operate charter boats and businesses in three locations along the eastern Pacific coastline (Panama still a work in progress). Some are seasonal and some year-round, depending upon fish migration patterns and our planet’s climate. I feel like the quintessential snowbird… my winter is most folks’ summer and vice versa. I never have to spend more than 50% of face value while shopping for apparel in North American stores because as summer ends and clearance sales begin… I need summer clothes, and again… vice versa for winter. At times the same goes for gear, thank Goodness.


The wahoo are still here mixed in with plenty of dorado along the coast on both sides of the PLC marina. Striped marlin have made the corner our way and multiple release days are now happening “east” of the arch as well as west. Any day now our inshore fishery will kick in to supplement our currently stellar sierra fishing and this should provide plenty of grouper and snapper (to name a few).

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our success and we hope to see you again at one of our Pacific destinations soon.  Happy New Year!

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Report (SJD) 12-16-2012

As I write I can see at least 15 boats off Punta Ballena stretched out at varying distances up to 5 miles, the sunrise is glinting off windshields of the far ones.  So, the radio reports yesterday must have been true, marlin had rounded the corner from the Pacific and taken up residence here off the Point a couple miles east of the Arch.

We fished with clients only three days this week (typical mid-December lull) and spent those days to the east of SJD, mainly right off Punta Gorda and one day, further out towards Iman Bank.  As it turned out we needn’t go any further than Gorda because as we trolled east looking for pockets of fish (our usual MO) we’d end up doing big, lazy circles between the huge arroyo just west of the Point and the Point itself and I’ll tell you why.

Earlier in the week we had a couple of consecutive days off (first time since September) and I took advantage of those days with some intensive therapy which I sometimes do, namely fishing a couple of hours by myself.  Yes, alone, absolutely alone.

The first day was pouring rain… big time rain.  I was having coffee here on my patio at about 7am and feeling a little squirrely (probably mixed the coffee too strong) and ran down to the marina for a quick check on the bilge pumps.  Turned out to be a great excuse to get off my behind and on the water for a few minutes.  Anyhow, I motored alone out of the marina and dropped three lures behind the boat literally yards from the breakwater. 

I could only work two or three miles down the beach in the next hour because by then it was time to come home, I had my limit of decent dorado… 20-25 lbs.  No peanuts.  So, the next day I was off again and just had to see if it was a fluke or maybe the rain that had turned on the bite.  Went back out, identical situation except no rain, just cloudy and I had figured to release what I caught so that I could fish longer this time.

In a little under three hours I had released three dorado again, nice fish, no peanuts, and watched as a couple of fish struck short as well.  The fishing was not exactly on fire but pretty good for three lures.  Heading home trolling, halfway back from Punta Gorda (which was as far east as I got) and trolling the same get up, mostly dark colored 8 to 10-inch plastics and one marauder, all with cable leaders because I was hoping for a wahoo, I finally found my target.

You can pretty much tell if the first run takes more than 10 seconds and 100 yards of line, it’s probably a wahoo.  I slowed the boat but left both motors in gear and walked towards the offending rod when the other side went off… even stronger.  We’ll at that point I chose to get the rod I was already heading toward and work it in.  With eyes on the other rod, I worked Fish #1 towards the boat and in a couple minutes gaffed a 20# wahoo and threw her in the cooler.  The other rod had a nice steady bend with no serious acrobatics, the fish had calmed… I thought.

As I took the reins on Fish #2 it was immediately apparent that I would need one of the motors out of gear, this fish would not budge.  Shortly, I was back working the fish and making a little headway when something pissed her off again.  Run #2 was wicked.  Ugly.  Mean.  Rude.  And worst of all, it is also when she came unbuttoned… sigh.

Can’t complain though, I had what I had come for but I sure would have liked to at least seen #2.  Plus, I had the intel I need for the next day’s client trip.  Glass is half full, right!

Synopsis.  Still good to very good dorado.  Good wahoo at times (meaning actually targeting them), fair at other times (meaning getting them as a by-product).  Marlin are now closer to our side and we can get in easier on the good bite our San Lucas pals have been enjoying for the last month.  And yes, although we didn’t try, there ARE still big tuna at Outer Gordo Bank.

Please excuse my ramblings but thought it a nice little break in the strict reporting of late… coinciding with the break in clients.  We’ll be back up to speed after X-mas with a good, solid late Dec and Jan on the books already.

Have a great week!
-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos (SJD) Fishing Report 12/08/2012

Monster dorado were the hit of our week (pardon the pun).  When I say monster, I mean normal TV monsters… not the once in a lifetime, 3-D feature film, 75 lb monsters, just your solid 30-50’s that make life worth living.

When Mexico put dorado on their “guarded sportfish list” a couple of years ago, I’m sure that this is what they were hoping for… good fishing reports.  While there are still plenty of illegal netters and “no-limit” sportfishers out there, I feel that we are making headway.

As a matter of fact, a couple of times this week when we’d get decent toad dorado hooked up and think we had the leader of the pack, the whole dang bunch of ‘em were toads.  We figured when we hit these schools (for lack of a better word), we’d found a population of University or at least Community College specimens… definitely not Grade-Schoolers.

The moon is going away and personally I think it has more of a psychological effect on some anglers than it does on the fish.  We powered right through the full-moon phase with nary a hiccup in the fishing, just had to convince our anglers of that J

Combined with good, steady action on football Yellowfin at Iman (we did not look for cows at Gordo this week but there are some still there) and somewhat decent wahoo trolling we had a very nice week.  Water temps are holding nicely and the coming week you’ll see Little Sister out on the southern marks targeting Stripers and what we hope are more undergrad dorado as well.

We do have a cow request for mid-week and hope to beat our personal best tuna if mid-December is as good to us as it has been in recent years.

Thanks for reading and if you have two extra minutes take a look at a short video we put together of a trophy halibut release in Cabo last August. 

Have a great week!

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos (SJD) Report 12/01/2012

Folks are talking about it being too late for big tuna in San Jose however not only did we catch our largest super cow ever here on Dec.14, 2009 (guesstimated at 370 via tape measure)… we’ve always done well way into December. Of course water temps, currents and clarity are the defining factors (as well as the presence of forage fish), but we’ve always liked December because the Banks become less congested after all the tournaments are over.

With that said, there is another one-day tourney coming up next week (Puerto Los Cabos, Dec. 8) that should be LOTS of fun. High stakes it isn’t, only $500 to enter and a new truck as 1stPrize, however should be loads of fun.

This week proved to be lots of fun as well, many wahoo hooked and landed (mainly because we were prepared for them). As this is a personal passion of ours (read…mine), you could easily find me on the docks just by looking for the smile with two legs. Twenty to sixty pounders put our new fillet knives to the test, and they passed. Nothing finer than grilled medallions of ‘hoo side by side with fresh, lightly-grilled veggies from the local farmer's market. And How!

Oh… I guess I should talk about more than just wahoo. School yellowfin, a bit bigger than footballs are still hangin’ close to Iman as well as the roving dorado attracted by all of the movement. This movement includes zipping pangas and buckets full of sardines tossed as chum by the fleet. I truly think that sometimes we create our own “Bite” by the amount of free-swimming bait chucked overboard.

Really nice dorado have been hung this week at the Co-Op rack in Playita and a friend/potential client who I teamed up with a favorite local pangero of mine (because we were full) landed big tuna over 200 lbs on two consecutive days. Like the line in Silence of the Lambs, “Yes sir, she was a rather large girl…” Both of ‘em. The one day we invested in Cows this week paid off after sweet Jenith was pinned to the rail for nearly three hours… see photo. Note: Striper died due to swallowing an entire 12" tandem-hooked lure. Sad crew and clients but happy congregation at our church.

Speaking of which, Striped Marlin are cooperating to the West and many boats are reporting multiple releases each day that they are able to make the corner. The fish are steadily moving south and unlike previous weeks, boats aren’t having to make the long run up to Pescaderos. Shortly, we will be working the 95 and 1150 spots to the south for our upcoming marlin trips and we will of course report our findings.

Have a great week!

-Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Fishing Report 11/17/2012

San Jose del Cabo

If you like've come to the right place.  Pockets of sweet-meat yellowfin can be found from Gordo Point out to Iman Bank and are easily located by just checking the horizon for the panga flotillas.  Double digits were hooked and landed most days aboard Little Sister this week with less of the white meat skippies wreaking havoc on the poor, helpless sardines this time around.

Still cruising the perimeter of these tuna schools are dorado of various shapes and sizes as well as the occasional drive-by wahoo.  Almost daily we'll get "swish-boom" wahoo hits on the light tuna lines which usually last between .25 and 4 seconds before the unsuspecting client reels in a hookless leader needing to be re-tied.

However!  It is that time of year when we will soon be rigging larger live baits to the double and triple-hook cable leaders, thus reducing the number of hoo's swimming around out there with our jewelry hanging from their lips.  These aren't city fish, they're country fish and shouldn't be hot-footin' it around town with strangely pierced faces... where I come from that's grounds for a sentence of at least 4 minutes per side on the BBQ.

Cows are still grazing both the Outer and Inner Gordo Banks and although this week's clients opted for quantity over quality, cows and the occasional super cow are still being hung daily. We had a couple of days with strong offshore northerlies (really strong for so early in the season) but things flattened out on Wednesday and we're dialed back in for those wanting something you could put a saddle on and ride through the water.

Pacific side marlin fishing is definitely here.  Although we've been concentrating on exploiting the splendid tuna action on our side, our friends to the west are reporting multiple hook-ups per day up the coast between the arch and Pescaderos with plenty of small to medium dorado (and the occasional toad) to keep the warm-up jackets off the players between billfish.

As a side-note, our new vacuum sealing/freezing service has taken on a life of its own.  Tuna, dorado and wahoo are now gaining more frequent flyer miles than ever.  Have a great week!

-Capt. Dave

Cabo Fish Report 09 NOV 2012

Dang, just when we thought summer was over… well, you still need an AM windbreaker or sweatshirt, but only for about five minutes.  Fall really is here and we look to be back to more normal air temps this coming week.  The good news… the fish don’t seem to mind.
We spent most of the week at either Gordo Point or Iman Bank where very nice loads of football yellowfin (some into the NFL 40 lb range), dorado, white-meat bonita and wahoo were boated daily.  Yesterday we broke off a pig dorado after a good five minutes of being airborne (because we were rigged with ultralight fluoro for the shy tunnies) but landed another similar specimen perhaps in the 40’s.  Had a triple hook-up on wahoo and a few blind striking dorado on the troll home.
Early in the week the cows were still making cameos at both Inner and Outer Gordo Banks but as soon as the Western Outdoors Tuna Jackpot began and the banks became parking lots for many gorgeous fishing machines, the fish dove and became VERY picky.  However, as I write the scales just closed and today’s 372 pounder took the top pot of almost $220K.  Super-Cow indeed!
The Pacific is producing some Striped Marlin for those inclined to ride over (just say the word) and ocean conditions have been very cooperative.  It seems that the fine overcast skies we’ve been seeing this week not only warm up the air (and parked cars, homes, un-capped heads, etc.) but really keep the temperamental ocean flat… nothin’ but slow, spread-out rollers.  NICE!  Talk to you next week.
–Capt. Dave

Los Cabos Fishing Report 11/03/2012

THE COWS HAVE COME HOME!  Clean, blue water, low to mid 80’s water temps and pleasant air temps have all congealed to make finding, hooking and fighting these turds a little more do-able, if that’s possible.  The Gordo Banks have been host to nice schools of large fish almost breaking the 300 lb mark.  The super cows are there, we’ve seen ‘em, just haven’t hooked one yet.  The standard cows are falling daily to a mixed offering of skipjack chunks, sardines and an occasional caballito.
Schoolie yellowfin are still very cooperative in the Santa Maria area and we’ve also nailed many dorado and a few wahoo while targeting the schoolies.  The time is right for the numbers of wahoo to begin rolling in and while there are enough now to make it worth a try, mid-to-late November is the traditional peak of the “Hoo’s”.  That said with big smile.
Our Thursday clients must be living right because they were blessed with a large floating log in deep water with no one else around except about a hundred fat dorado from which a limit of 20-35 pounders was culled.
Stay tuned for more Cows and the much anticipated wahoo swarm!

Dave Carter

San Jose del Cabo Fishing Report 27-10-2012

Greeting from the Sub-Tropics,

Various good news items to pass on this week.  #1 (as always) is the fishing.  The effects of Hurricane Paul have officially left the building and our finned pals have not only resumed eating, they have also grouped up nicely for us.  #2 the weather has finally broke and Fall is here!  Mid-80’s in the day, upper 60’s at night.  What more could you ask for.

BH (before hurricane) nice, cooperative schools of tuna off Santa Maria (between San Jose and San Lucas) and La Fortuna/Iman Bank and fishermen were happily gaffing specimens from 10-80 lbs.  These fish are NOW BACK.  Dorado and Wahoo are also circling the schoolies and while we’re getting bit-off by many hoo’s striking mono baits, they are being landed when correctly targeted with wire/cable leaders.

Cow tuna are showing up off and on at both Inner and Outer Gordo Banks and with the correct bait and presentation (mainly chunking skipjack), anglers are buckling up for the grueling battle of man and beast.  The cooler air temperatures are helping and we had no one pass-out this week.

Hurricane Paul sure took its toll on the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and our friends at Marlin magazine suffered through an extremely slow billfish bite.  Only one qualifying marlin made it to the weigh station as the fish still hadn’t re-grouped by tournament’s end.  Highlights were a few large tuna landed by a handful of teams which helped keep desperate anglers occupied… a bit.

Being wahoo hunters, winner7 is excited about their arrival and look forward to what we hope is good fishing in the coming months.  Tuna, dorado and wahoo are the staples of life here in Los Cabos and the marlin fishing should continue to improve as the days shorten.  We still have a few openings left of the Nov, Dec, Jan calendar so let us know if you’d like to step up to the plate.  ‘Till next week.  

–Capt. Dave

Cabo Fish Report 20 OCT 2012

Hurricane Paul made a brief appearance this week and although he passed by over 100 offshore to the west, his reverb was enough to cause both the fleet and the fish some concern.  The week started well with the shoolie tuna continuing to jump in the boat off Red Mountain (almost exactly half-way between San Jose and San Lucas) and easy/early limits were the norm over the weekend.  By 9 or 10 am we were switching gears from live sardines to medium sized trolling gear which attracted, enticed and destroyed many medium sized dorado.  Up until Tuesday it was yellowfin and dorado with the stray wahoo thrown in as well.

Then the sky fell.  We were forced to cancel two charters due to Paul and the following days were extremely tough fishing as the fish either dove or left the building... and lost their appetite.  The bite is slowly coming back on and each day we're finding a little more cooperation.  The wahoo seem to be the only fearless specie and we had several nice hook-ups as well as landing the first Sierra of the season... a 9 lb monster who thought she could hurt a wahoo lure trolled close to the beach.  A tasty morsel for sure.  The seas have calmed and temps (both sea and air) are back to normal.  We did briefly test both the "95" and "1150" spots to the south for marlin but didn't see so much as a tail.  Any day now... stay tuned.

Cabo Fish Report 13 OCT 2012

Our Fall season has kicked off with a bang and although the air temps are still blistering skin on those venturing out to the beach un-protected, the water temps are slowing edging down into those magic mid-80's. After fishing the last five of seven days here is a capsule of activity:

To the northeast of San Jose we spent a couple of days in the La Fortuna area, just short of Iman Bank. Medium to Large Yellowfin were the draw and fish from 45 to 170 lbs we landed when the fish came up to eat. It seemed that about once an hour rods would bend on about half the boats in the area (a fleet of about 30 vessels in the area each morning, mostly pangas). Chunking both Humbolt Squid and Skipjack was the most effective while drifting over the high spot but live caballitos and sardines also drew strikes and netted many bonus dorado in the meantime. Our light fluorocarbon leaders were no match to the couple of wahoo bites we had, but fun (very briefly) anyhow. We also landed a couple of very nice pargo when our guests dropped their chunks deep.
For those willing to wait it out, cow tuna are holding at both Inner and Outer Gordo Banks however bites are far between and the late afternoon seems to be most productive. There also have been reports of a few Black Marlin at the banks but none were had by Little Sister this week as we did not venture them.

To the southwest of San Jose we spent time trolling early for wahoo off the Westin and Palmilla area where we hooked and lost a couple one morning (no angler or crew fault here... just lucky fish) before proceeding to the Red Mountain area which was holding big patches of schoolie yellowfin whom were hungry. BIG crowd pleaser here as we made several long drifts with the schools and filled a couple of coolers daily. The ladies were also able to play in the water with the dolpins as they cruised by at times.
Striped Marlin are on their way. Last week the area offshore Todos Santos (up the Pacific side about 30-40 miles) was infested with 'em and several of the boats making the long run in the heavy seas reported double digits on the stripey's. The last few days have seen these marlin continuing their southern migration and have been caught further south at Golden Gate Bank, although again in the heavy seas. It appears we're on the cusp of the climate change, much to the delight of the sun-parched locals, and satellite images show the mid-80 degree water just above Mag Bay and moving south daily. Most mornings are cooling off nicely and call for at least a long-sleeved T-shirt.
Looking forward to fishing all seven days this week and please look for our follow-up report next weekend.

The Fall Season is Here!

The Fall season started with a bang on Wednesday... a big dorado frenzy kept the clients occupied and the sardines very nervous at the same time. Water temps in the mid-80''s and blue, blue, blue color. In the coming weeks we'll be targeting the black and blue's along with what we hope are cow tunas off the Banks.  This week also saw the new World Record yellowfin over 420# which was taken just south of the Cape on a private boat.

Season Pre-Booking

winner7-Mexico is happy to announce the highest Fall pre-booking in our 12 year history. Our name is now well known in serious fishing circles and October - November - December is over 80% full. We still refuse to raise our rates and some good dates are still left... though you better hurry!