Ryan Donovan from RedRum Sportfishing here with the latest on the bite in Cabo San Lucas. Is the El Nino that’s been around for what feels like the last 5 or 6 years finally over, because it got cold here in Cabo the past two months! Didn’t bother local fish or fishermen too bad, but it was a bummer for the “Polar Vortex” folks that were coming down to escape the cold. Keep in mind, when I say it was “cold”in Cabo that means it was in the low to mid 70’s during the day. I guess living down here for 12 years now has thinned out my blood. Anyway, some heavy wind out of the North cooled down the Pacific side of the Cape and the water turned green. There was still a ton of bait, Mackerel to be specific, at the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks but the fish chasing those Mackerel moved over to the Sea of Cortez.
The past two weeks or so the winds have died down, the water has cleared up and some of the Marlin, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo have moved back over. The bite has been about normal for this time of year, on good days we are averaging 4-5 Marlin bites per boat, for those guys that are targeting them. Slower days are only bringing a few bites per boat, but where else in the world is a few Marlin bites a day a “slow day.” The Dorado and Wahoo bite has been slow since the water cooled but boats are still bringing back one or the other almost every trip right now. The Yellowfin Tuna bite has been pretty good recently. We haven’t seen the schoolie Yellowfin show up in front of Lands End yet, but I expect that to get going any day now. If you aren’t familiar with it, the 15-30lb Yellowfin camp out literally 100 yards from the entrance to the bay and chase small sardines. They can be pretty line shy so we often have to fish 20 and 30lb fluorocarbon leaders and super small 3/0 hooks to get them to bite. If you haven’t “light tackle”fished for Yellowfin it is a ton of fun and a hell of a fight on light tackle. The bottom fishing this year is the best it has been in 5 years or so with a nice mixed bag of different types of Groupers and Snappers, and some nice Yellowtail as well. All in all, nothing to complain about here in Cabo, come down and see us soon! If you ever have any questions about the fishing conditions, our fleet of 8 different boats, or anything else about Cabo don’t hesitate to call, 760-481-7667 from the US.
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