Mexico is heating up! You'll see the reports get better and better from now through the summer and into the fall months. Thanks to Larry Edwards who compiles this weekly!
THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET AND FISH CABO FLEET
A considerably better fishing report for the past week that reflected the billfish have pretty much turned the corner and rounded Cabo San Lucas, heading into the Sea of Cortez, which is very typical for this time of year. With the water temps falling on the Pacific side of the peninsula and starting to warm on the Sea of Cortez side, it's a natural move for the billfish and we look for the dorado and yellowfin tun to follow. While not many yellowfin tuna are being caught right now, the skipjack tuna have been the bigger fish and have probably averaged 12-15 lbs. or so with some bigger species nearing the 20 lb. mark. According to Roberto Marquez, owner of Fish Cabo Fleet, the skipjack tuna have been as big as many of the yellowfin tuna that were caught over the past couple of weeks. The overall combined fish counts for this past week for 31 days reflected 21 stripers, (19 released) 5 dorado, 25 skipjack tuna, 3 Mako sharks, 5 yellowtail and 41 Sierra.
Cabo Climate: A truly nice week in Cabo with a few passing clouds and lots of sunshine and temps that ranged from 62 nights to 87 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Overall, it's been a good week on the water with mostly light and variable surface breezes. Water temps on the Pacific side were in the 67-69 degree ranges with a defined temperature break at Palmilla Point and out to the southeast at 72-73 degrees and stretching on up to Los Frailes. All of the warm water area had excellent clarity while the cooler waters on the Pacific side remained off color green.
Best Fishing Area: The bulk of the billfish were being caught around the 1150 fathom spot and northerly from there to Destiladeras.
Best Bait/Lure: The billfish were responding well to the live bait drop back as well as live bait casted to sleepers and tailers.
Live Bait Supply: Remained good with both, caballitos and green mackerel.
THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET
The offshore water temps increased by a degree this past week and it actually made a big difference in the billfish bite, bringing up the tally to almost a billfish per boat day fished. The skippers were reporting seeing many billfish and the secret was getting them to bite the baits. The lower Sea of Cortez is starting to shape up into it's spring mode, when the water temps and overall sea conditions begin to improve every week and along comes the better fishing in the offshore waters. Soon, we will have the schools of dorado back on location at the buoys and with the dorado come the black and blue marlin. During the past week the fleet reported in for 15 days fished in the offshore waters that resulted in 10 stripers, (3 released) and 3 sailfish, along with 1 dorad and 1 mako shark. The inshore super pangas, reporting in for 10 days fished, reflected 12 corvina, (10-18 lb. fish) 29 jack crevalle, (aka toro) 41 perch, 3 black snook 8 big red snappers, (15-20 lbs.) and 9 white snappers. All in all, it was pretty decent fishing for the entire fleet for this time of year and it bodes well for Easter Week anglers.
Mazatlan Climate: Mostly sunny & warm days with cool nights and temps that ranged from 53 nights to 84 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Mostly light and variable surface breezes and very little swell in the offshore waters and temps holding at 73 degrees, rising from 71 degrees from the shoreline to about 14-15 miles
Best Fishing Area: Continues to be out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid at about 24-30 miles or so.
Best Bait/Lure: The rigged trolling baits, (mostly mullet (aka Lisa) have been performing very well for the anglers.
Bait Supply: Good supply of both, live bait and mullet for rigging baits.
THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT SPORTFISHING FLEET
According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the water rolled over and turned cool and the fish bite slowed up substantially throughout the area, both inshore and offshore. While the skippers are still seeing the billfish they are being very difficult getting a bite from them and the fish counts have diminished over the past week for nearly all of the boats. Even the inshore action has been very slow this past week with only a few Sierra and bonito to report, along with a few jack cravelle in the deeper water, mostly taken on the deep trolling artificials, i.e., Rapala types, in the magnum sizes and a variety of colors. Right now, the crews are trying wide selection of lure ammunition but nothing has performed better than the other this past week.
IZ Climate: Superb weather, partly cloudy days with warm and pleasant evenings, temps from 70 nights to 88 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: A little windy but the ocean remains calm with cool surface temps that fell to 73 degrees inshore and rising to 77 degrees offshore, outside the 100 fathom curve and out to the 1000 fathom curve, then rising to 79-80 degrees. Considerable off-colored greenish tinted water extending from shore to near 40 miles.
Best Fishing Area: None reported as the fish have scattered about through the area.
Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits were best for the boats that landed billfish but were few and far between.
Bait Supply: The cooler waters have not hampered the bait supply and there continues to be an excellent supply of boat, live bait and baits for rigging.
THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)
The first blue marlin of the year was taken aboard the 35' Bertram sportfisher, "HAMMER", by the Mr. Presinger charter group, trolling a fresh ballyhoo from the outriggers. The peak season for the blue marlin during the past few years has been in the May-July time frame and while this may be a jump-startt to the season, only a bit of time will tell. We have already been into the sailfish season, which tends to peak in May & June, so this is a welcome addition to the catch report. The overall fishing this past week remained good and provided a 13-fish mixed bag catch that reflected the 1 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 9 dorado, 12 blackfin tuna, 8 wahoo, 4 king mackerel, 2 Atlantic barracuda, 3 Spanish mackerel, 13 bonito, 2 amberjack, 3 triggerfish, 4 grouper and 1 snapper.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and evenings with temps that ranged from 70 nights to 90 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: An excellent water weather week with stable temps that held at 81-82 degrees throughout the area and calm seas with light & variable surface breezes.
Best Bait/Lure: The unending supply of fresh ballyhoo continues to be the choice of the skippers on a daily basis.
Bait Supply: Readily available and fresh caught on a daily basis.