Fishing is incredible right now, there isnt any other way to put it. This is the season we look forward to all year long, when we go catching not fishing. Whether you are looking to fill the freezer with Dorado or Wahoo or catch that Billfish of a lifetime, we’ve got you covered!
For the past few weeks the majority of our boats have been catching their limit of Dorado by mid-morning. It’s been the most consistent bite for those that want plenty of action, and something for the dinner table. The Wahoo bite, which is never really “wide open” here in Cabo, has been really good in the same general area, 10-15 miles up the beach on the Pacific side. There are plenty of Striped Marlin mixed in there as well, so most guests are getting a really nice mixed bag.
When the Dorado and Striped Marlin fishing is as good as it is right now people often forget about the Tuna fishing. We just finished the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot tournament last weekend and I can’t remember a year where more fish over 200 pounds reached the scales. (Including our 214lb fish that just missed the money.) The “football” size fish have been mixed in with the other fish up the Pacific but the 100, 200 and even 300lb monster Yellowfin have been schooled up with the Porpoise on the outlying banks, 20-40 miles offshore.
And finally, the Billfish, we can’t forget the Marlin!! The Striped Marlin bite at both the Finger Bank and Magdalena Bay are the best in as long as anyone can remember. Chip Shafer, the Captain of the private American Custom Yacht “Old Reliable” and a 1st ballot future Hall of Famer, has been chasing billfish from California to Ecuador and back for longer than most of you readers have been fishing. Chip was nice enough to stop by “The Porch,” our little bar in front of the RedRum shop, and have a chat with me recently. He flat out said, “Ryan, I’ve never ever seen it this good, anywhere….and I’m not sure it’s even been close.” Being in the charter business I often get asked by first time anglers or those that just don’t get it, if I will “guarantee they will catch fish.” Well, y’all know the saying, nothing in life is guaranteed but death and taxes. That being said, Striped Marlin fishing right now is about as close to a guarantee as I will ever give.
With the crazy numbers on Stripes, the Blue and Black Marlin have all but been forgotten it seems like. We had the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, the Bisbee’s Offshore and the Bisbee’s Black and Blue in quick succession and then everyone quickly changed their focus to the Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament. Top teams from all over the world came to do battle with the top local boats as anglers fished for over $6 million dollars between the 3 tournaments. Unfortunately, our hot streak came to an end and Team RedRum wasn’t able to bring a single fish to the scales this year after weighing 3 qualifiers last year. When we can’t win we’re always rooting for our good friends! Needless to say, we were very excited for Bill Pino from the “Tranquilo” when they weighed in a 577lb Blue on the final day of the Bisbee’s Black and Blue. Bill happens to be the owner of Squidnation and he takes very good care of the RedRum fleet, if you haven’t checked out their products yet, I think their 577 is all the proof you need. Really nice quality Blues and Blacks are still out there for those that want to target them. Last week we went 3/3 on Blues one day we went looking for them, and that’s an awesome day anywhere in the world!