Cabo Fishing Tournament Report

Capt. Jerry Chapman
October 8, 2012
Cabo San Lucas – Saltwater Fishing Report

Jc Sportfishing Weekly Fish Report.
As the Admiral Seas It
Fishing Report: 10/1/12 to 10/7/12

Jc Sportfishing Charters is a family owned and operated business and has been fishing in Cabo San Lucas for the past 18 years. Jerry, explains that his charter business is geared more for families and novice anglers, making sure everyone who charters a boat with him has a great time and lots of fun. We welcome families and groups. We want everyone who fishes with us to take all the sites in and have memorable experience. This is what is most important to us. We have and do a few tournaments each year and can accommodate fisherman who might be interested in tournament fishing. Lets get on with the report for this past week.

WATER: The water has settled pretty good since the previous week. Miriam and the rain had brought a lot of swells and dirty water from the rain run off. It seems to be back to normal. Temperatures are pretty much the same, but seas are calm. This has really made for excellent fishing.
Cabo San Lucas and the Baja peninsula offer a year-round spring and summer like climate. If your out to avoid the rainy season and the peak of humidity, you may want to book your trip during the months of December through June. July, August and September are the hottest and most humid months in Cabo. If you’re an avid fisherman, don’t sweat the higher temps and humidity, book your trip from August through November, as these are the peak fishing months for a wide variety of game fish species.
Hurricane season officially runs from June through October but September is the peak. Don’t panic though as most years, Los Cabos only gets brushed by a tropical storm with hurricanes coming about once every decade and they’re usually Category 1 or 2 storms by the time they reach Land’s End.

Ocean temperatures in Cabo San Lucas and the East Cape range from low to mid 70′s in the winter and spring to mid to high 80′s in the peak of summer
WEATHER: Well the last few days have been really great weather . Mostly sunny and clear days and not as hot and humid as it was week before. We might be in for a weather change in the next few days as if it feels like its changing some.

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We truly look forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Its really time to get to Cabo and experience the great fishing and weather. Book your trip now.

BILLFISHING: We catch and release all bill fish. We started out the week with a fantastic story a 722 lb (official weight) was weighed in aboard the 46 ft Bertram “Attitude Adjustment”, the fish was found 11 miles straight out from Cabo A green colored lure was what caught this fish. Congratulations to fifty eight year old Dave Smith from Atlanta and to his buddies who encouraged him, Tom Montour of Atlanta and Jack Bowen and Clint Dean from Chattanooga.
Well this past week has been another good week for bill fish, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo. What else could you ask for? On Tuesday our own Bob Marlin caught 2 Sailfish and 1 Marlin. The fish were caught on live bait and pitching the bait was working really good ,as soon as bait hit the water it is triggering the fish to hit them. Fishing from the light house as far north as golden gate about 2.5 miles offshore has been really productive. Even our Pangas were getting in on the action with some catching sailfish. On Friday we had 3 Pangas out and they were catching fish between the light house and Los Arcos. Our Panga caught 2 Marlin and the Bob Marlin caught 2 sailfish all in the same area with some fish taking lures and some taking live bait.
BAIT: Not as much live bait and Caballitos around. They are the normal 3 dollars a piece.
TUNA: We did run into the tunas about 10 miles straight offshore from the light house. The fish were caught on spreader bars and cedar plugs. We had 2 boats catch lots of tuna in the same area. There hasn’t been that much tuna around over the past week. All the tuna were in the 15 to 30 pound range with no reports of monsters like we saw a couple weeks ago. The tuna were caught on spreader bars and cedar plugs. All in all they were pretty scarce unless you happen to go 10 miles out and run into some porpoise.
DORADO: Now this is the fish of the week with everybody and his brother scoring big on the Dorado this past week. It seems they were everywhere and everyone was catching. Mostly caught on lures and cut bait and basically anything you threw at them they were hitting. The best area to go was Solmar to los arcos. Our Pangas have been knocking them dead over the past week. On Tuesday on the Ginney we caught 9 Dorado and on Wednesday we caught 7. The fish are running 12 to 17 lb with a few to 35 to 55 lb .pounds. Thursday we had 5 boats out and they caught a total of 46 Dorado and 1 sailfish. Later on in the week we were seeing the same results, lots of Dorado. Yesterday the Bob Marlin and another boat caught 21 Dorado. The fish over the last 2 days were loving the ballyhoo. We were knocking them dead with ballyhoo. Wow what a week for Dorado.
INSHORE: The inshore fishing has improved lots since previous week. No swells to contend with and great weather so fishing has gotten better. Lots of good panga action from Rooster-fish to Dorado. Its really been productive close to shore within 2.5 miles has been the area we have been catching fish all week. Some of the local grouper fisherman are kicking ass with some in the 40 to 60 pound range reported. The snapper bite has also been good over the last week some from 25 to 45 pounds being caught. Fishing has been fantastic over the last week for about everything. Its time to come to Cabo and go for the adventure of a life time.
WAHOO: We ll we have been waiting for this and it has finally happened the Wahoo are around and lots of reports of Wahoo being caught. We had 1 Wahoo caught on ballyhoo yesterday about 30lb. They are here and there has been some good size ones caught. The Yacht Falcon” caught the largest one at 44 lbs on a Petrolero lure at Cerro de Arena. So there here in the area and that is good news to us all. It has been really scarce for Wahoo over the last few weeks. Maybe things have turned a corner.

BEWARE: Remember if your not renting charter boats from companies who have been established in Cabo for the past 20 years ( Jcsportfishing, Pisces Sportfishing, Minervas, Redrum, Picante Fleet) you might have problems. There are many sport-fishing fleets on the internet who are really not established business, who are operating illegally. Lots of these outfits are renting you a boat they have never even looked at and don’t even know where you would board the boat, leaving you the task of trying to find the boat. They don’t even have an office you can go and confirm your charter boat. You do not want to spend a day walking around looking for the boat and where you board. If you wait till the day you are fishing and go to the dock where your boat is many times people will mislead you to another boat or dock trying to put you on a boat that was not meant for you. You need to have a person guide you to your boat, who is from a reputable charter company. This way there is no confusion or misleading. Lots of vendors renting boats in the hotels are not reputable and don’t care about your interest and care more about a commission . 75% of the Cabo Fishing websites on Google are not even in business anymore or might be just brokers who don’t have an office in Cabo. Some of the Google websites are misleading and not established .Please remember when renting Sport fishing boats in Cabo that you rent your boat from reputable and established business. Walk into a fishing fleet office and ask questions about what you are getting and what are the costs. You dont want to rent boats from vendors in the streets and you do not want to book through shady websites offering you the world. You need to go to the local fishing fleet office, while in Cabo and book your boat. Check through travel forums about reputable fishing fleets to deal with. Look for testimonials about the fleet your booking your charter with. Ask about what will the boat be supplying? Will it include beverages or lunches? How much does it cost to fillet your catch? Check to see if charter boat is insured? Ask about getting your catch smoked? Check cost of fishing license. These are just a few things to consider when booking your charter boat. We will be talking allot more about this in next weeks fishing report. Until next time good fishing and we hope to see you in Cabo soon.


Villa Maria


Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report



Overall Catch Success Rate 100%

BILLFISH: Latest news (this barely made it to the report): 722 lbs Blue Marlin caught aboard the 46ft Attitude Adjustment with Captain Edgar Rentería. Angler Dave Smith, from Atlanta caught anything close was a 55l lb’er twenty five years ago at Walkers Cay, Bahamas. Fifty-eight year old Dave Smith spoke to us from the boat not long after the fish was on board he was awed by the whole event but thrilled ” This fish came out of nowhere, it almost spooled us but we recovered line; it was a brute – every time we would get it as close as twenty feet, it would take off at full speed and rip off line”. For the full story visit our Blog (here). The beginning of the week didn’t look too bright for billfish, with a couple of days of rain and wind, the port ended up closed for 2 days. Last Monday we took Mike Viola’s party out aboard the Tracy Ann, In the picture below, John Boyce from Hilton Head, SC, with his sailfish, his first billfish ever.

OTHERS SPECIES: On small game, almost 80% of the boats caught Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) most catches between 4 and 7 fish but were some boats with 11-12 fish caught and the Tracy Ann gets the catch of the week with 13 dorados in one day for Mark Scott’s party from Atlanta GA. We also have a great catch to report in this section. John Sato from Palm Springs, CA. caught a humongous 75 lbs Roosterfish aboard the 23ft Panga “Gloria” , took him 40 minutes to reel in on 30 lbs test by Shimano, they caught the fish just outside Cerro de Arena within 15 feet from shore.

LOCATION: Migriño, Los Arcos, Pozo Cota

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Mostly cloudy and rainy with some sunny bits.


BEST LURES: Caballito, assorted lures.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Jorge Narro


Villa Las Palmas


Cabo San Lucas Villas – Villa Highlight – Casa La Laguna


Our published rate for high season (October 1-May 30) is $3,800/night, and low season (June 1-September 30) is $3,200/night, with a four night minimum (5 night minimum for March and April). Please note below what is included in the rate, specifically gourmet chef breakfast and lunch preparation (food is extra), round trip airport transfers, access to our in-villa spa, and in-villa concierge services.

This is an unbelievable value for all we offer, in a world class setting; not your standard Los Cabos villa with housekeeping only type experience. We have a world class staff of 6; it is a very high end experience. We have hosted very high profile celebrities, pro athletes, owners of major companies, etc. Please see the bottom of the email for a list of activities within 20 minutes of our villa, as well as a review below from recent guests, all very discriminating and sophisticated travelers. Their reviews say it all.

It is truly a magnificent four level villa ON the beach with every imaginable amenity. All 6 bedroom suites have unobstructed ocean views, sleeping up to 13, plus 2 roll-aways for children, for a maximum of 15. We have a two level pool including an upper wading pool, 15 foot slide, and lower pool big enough for lapping; and a Jacuzzi that can hold up to 12. There are 7 dining areas including the 3 bars, 4 of which are outside. We have a media room, gymnasium, and full service spa. The lighting ambiance has amazing alternatives. We have luxury Italian linens and towels, a Dacor Espresso/Coffee center, wireless throughout, and additional internet access through the entertainment/computer system in the kitchen. For outdoor entertaining, the palapa bar has a large barbeque with side burners, a beverage center, ice maker, and there are speakers throughout the outdoor area, with over 25 speakers in total throughout the villa. The area were in is extremely tranquil and you will see very few people on the beach. Very private.

We are 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the traditional Mexican town of San Jose del Cabo which offers truly world class dining. We are adjacent to the new Puerto Los Cabos marina, which offers competitively priced golf 5 minutes away with 9 Greg Norman holes and 9 Jack Nicklaus holes; and the marina itself is 8 minutes away with boating and fishing charter availability. We are 35 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, and 20 minutes from Palmilla.

Our manager, Angel Castillo, and his wife Tina are gracious, professional, and incredibly hard working for our guests. They aim to please like no others. Here is a summary of what they provide:

Breakfast and lunch preparation (included in rental rate, plus food costs): Angel is absolutely a world class chef, and takes the overall experience to another level. Dinners-you were able to enjoy our dinner team of Chef Sergio, and Francisco! We can include them for any nights requested for $200 per night (food is extra).

We have a fabulous in-villa spa with two massage tables, a facial machine, manicure/pedicure set-up, and Chanel spa products. Tina is a fabulous, professionally trained masseuse with excellent equipment. It’s nice to have it right there as getting massages booked in advance can be a challenge and people like to be flexible if possible. Her spa services are attached. She also oversees the housekeeping operation; her housekeeping touches are amazing.

Needless to say, having all of this in-house sets us apart from all other villas in the area, especially for on-the-beach 6 bedroom villas. Please give me a call to check availability or with any questions you may have 713-254-9290 – Rick Wendland


Cabo Fishing Bite Report

Cabo Bite Report
Capt. George Landrum
September 24, 2012
Cabo San Lucas – Saltwater Fishing Report

Captain George Landrum

Cabo Fish Report
Sept 17 – 23, 2012

WEATHER: We had some really great weather this week if you are in the mood for some heat and humidity! At the start of the week there was a good breeze from the northwest but by Wednesday it was still and muggy with sunny skies. That’s not the perfect weather but pretty good if you are out on the ocean! Our daytime highs were in the mid to high 90′s while the nighttime lows were in the low 80′s. It seems as the week went on the early morning temps were a bit lower than at the start of the week and perhaps the humidity a bit less as well.
WATER: On the Cortez side of the Cape this week it was calm but with a few humping swells, spaced well apart at the start of the week. On the Pacific side it was a different story as the northwest winds on Monday and Tuesday made the fishing uncomfortable. On Monday it was like a sheep farm out there but the conditions steadily improved as the days went on. By yesterday it was like a lake with small, long period swells and no wind. On the Cortez side it was glassy. Water clarity was the big issue this week. At the start of the week we had a monster area of very green water from the Punta Gorda area in the Cortez all the way to the Cape and it extended out to the 1,000 fathom line. Currents coming down from the north pushed this green water around the Cape and up into the Pacific side, traveling about 7 miles a day. This water clarity issue was the largest factor affecting where the boats went to find fish, the preferred area was to the west, then north side of the dirty water as it worked it’s way around the Cape. By Friday most of the boats were having to travel as far up the coast as Cerritos Beach to get to the north side of the clean water, but the water close to home and at the banks had cleared up.
BAIT: Caballito were available early in the week for $3 each and there were frozen horse ballyhoo for the same price.
BILLFISH: There was decent action on both Sailfish and Striped Marlin this week on the Pacific side but I did not hear of much happening on the Cortez side. Fish were found from close to the beach in 40 fathoms of water to 5 miles offshore, but there was little action outside that zone. I fished 4 days for Blue or Black Marlin with no results at all, but heard of a few boats getting strikes from big billfish. Most of the billfish found inshore were striking lures pulled for Dorado, but they were the perfect size!
YELLOWFIN TUNA: I think that Yellowfin Tuna have definitely taken the top spot and became the fish of the week. On Wednesday a potential world record was brought in to the marina. The boat had reportedly been out on it’s third multiday trip targeting a world record and this trip it paid off 180 miles offshore while chunking with cut bait in a pod of black porpoise. While I am not 100% positive, it was told to me that the scale that weighed the fish at 427 pounds had been certified at the time and sent up to be re-certified after weighing the fish. Such a nice fish, but there were good fish closer to home as well. We had clients out on Tuesday who brought in one that weighed 156 pounds and brought two that weighed 85 pounds each on Wednesday. One of the Pangas we book on a regular basis returned on Saturday with a tuna the scaled out at 280 pounds, and caught on #40 test line! Not all the fish caught were that large, nor did all the boats fishing for them get Yellowfin, but those that did found quality fish that averaged 25 pounds. Almost 100% of the action was on the Pacific side of the Cape between the south side of the San Jaime Bank and the Cerritos Beach area to the north, in the clean water with dolphin around.

DORADO: If it were not for the fact that the fishing for Tuna was so impressive, Dorado would have remained my choice for fish of the week. Once again almost all the action occurred on the Pacific side of the Cape and for almost the entire week, at least through Friday it happened on the north side of the dirty water, right on the edge. There were some fish caught on the outside in the clean water but the concentrations were inshore. On Saturday the dirty water had moved far enough to the north and been filtered enough that the boats did not require such a long run and were able to find good numbers closer to home. Many boats were able to limit out on fish at averaged several pounds over what they were catching last week, most of the fish were in the 10-15 pound range with a few really big ones in there. Live bait worked along the edge where the fish were concentrated worked early in the week and later on there was decent action on bright lures.
WAHOO: This week we were coming from the new moon to the first quarter and we did have a little spurt of Wahoo action, something we have not seen for a few weeks. Most of the fish were caught offshore around the banks but there were a few fish picked up right on the beach. Most of the fish were between 20 and 45 pounds and were incidental catches made while fishing for Tuna and Dorado.
INSHORE: Strong currents once again had an effect on the inshore bottom action and the numbers of Roosterfish available had dropped off. Many if not most of the Pangas were working just off the beach for Dorado and a few ventured offshore for Tuna and Marlin once the winds had died down.
FISH RECIPE: Check the blog for this weeks recipe!
NOTES: This week I have no music going but there is a lot of anticipation as one of my clients brought me 10 new CD’s that I am going to start using and playing. A very esoteric mix of stuff, everything from Doobie Brothers to Yo-Yo Ma to Ry Cooder to Johnny Cash and Carlos Santana. Looking forward to it! Of course, being Sunday morning the pup is at my knee with her head resting on my leg looking at me with that look, “It’s time for the beach, Dad, hurry up!”. So, until next week, stay safe and have a great time. Until then, tight lines!
Be sure to check the blog to see some of those big tuna!
Target Species:

billfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo, and inshore species

Cabo Fishing Villa

Villa Luna Nueva


Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report

September 15th to 21st, 2012

Overall Catch Success Rate 94%

BILLFISH: The big story in Cabo this week was not for marlin, but for yellow fin tuna, with the possible new all tackle world record being caught as per our mid-week report, however, we did see an increase on billfish catches with a few more marlin appearing, whereas in previous weeks sailfish have dominated. We even caught a couple of blue marlin, smallish in size, but at least it’s a good sign that more are on the way albeit late. The blue marlin were caught aboard “Tracy Ann” and “Rebecca”. Wayne Francis from Kansas got the first of the week aboard Rebecca on a lemon green lure, fishing off of Punta Ballena and boated a dorado too. The second one was slightly larger aboard “Tracy Ann”, estimated at 200 lbs, released outside of San Jaime, by Jeff Sweeney from Winter Park, Florida after it took a live caballito. These same two boats had some of the best catches of the week; “Tracy Ann” had Brian Holland, Steve Carlson & Steve Kinderman from Florida aboard on September 17th when they released two striped marlin and a sailfish, before boating a dorado at Pozo de Cota. “Rebecca” had back to back double marlin days on the 16th and 17th; first day for Amy & Chris Renegar from Belton, Texas and the second day for Sarah Crowe & Kala Buser from Perth, Australia. Amy & Chris also did exceptionally well on “La Brisa” off of Elias Calles catching and releasing a striped marlin & a sailfish and caught a wahoo and six dorado also. September 21st, saw “Great Escape Jr.” on a roll as they caught and released two striped marlin and reeled in fourteen dorado for Kelly Johns and party from Rockwall, Texas. Overall fifty four percent of Pisces boats caught billfish consisting of 17 striped marlin, 9 sailfish & 2 blue marlin, all but one fish released.

OTHERS SPECIES: The big story was the huge yellow fin tuna caught; weight has now been officially confirmed at 427 lbs on a certified scale. The giant fish was caught by Guy Yocom from Dana Point, Ca, aboard his 61 ft Viking, “El Suertudo”, which just happens to mean “the lucky one”, 180 miles off of Cabo on a chunk bait and took just fifty five minutes to tame and have in the boat, perhaps due to the fish being tail wrapped. If the lengthy approval process goes smoothly and we shouldn’t see why it should not, this will the largest ever yellow fin tuna caught on rod and reel. Other tuna catches closer to home dropped substantially this week with just seventeen percent of boats catching from one two nineteen fish – our highest count, by Art Hevener from, Pennsylavania- with weights from 15 to 30 lbs. Our total tuna count this week 34 fish. Dorado catches jumped to an eighty percent catch rate this week, giving us a total fish count for this species of 145 fish. Pozo Cota and Gaspareno proved to be the most productive area for dorado with bait and green colored lures working well. We had a few wahoo this week but none more than 40 lbs, nevertheless a nice catch as one of the best eating fish. Andrea released a 40 lb hammerheard shark. We had one angler that missed out on one of his scheduled trips due to the port being closed, so he only got one day out aboard “Tracy Ann”, he was unable to get a billfish, though did manage a dorado, nevertheless, Captain Julio, always wanting to give good service, hooked him up with a beautiful 40 lb roosterfish right from the dock, when they arrived after fishing.

LOCATION: Pozo Cota to Golden Gate on Pacific, some boats went to the Cortez off of Punta Ballena and Cerro Colorado.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot and sunny, seas mostly calm, one day with whitecaps on the Pacific.


BEST LURES: Ballyhoo, Caballito, green colors, flying fish, orange.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg


Villa Penasco Cabo