The reason for the near shore action is the water is a couple of degrees warmer than further out. The captains are all saying there are lots of sailfish out there, but they are lethargic and not willing to bite. The close in water is also producing a few dorado. They are only averaging about 12 to 15 pounds, but there are enough of them to help keep things exciting.
Plus, for a regular visitor here at this time of the year, which is the peak of the sailfish season, would find it incredible there are so few boats going out. We would normally have about 15 to 18 cruisers and about 25 to 30 pangas fishing every day. The pangas would be stacked up side to side 6 deep waiting to pick up their clients. Yesterday, only about 10 pangas and 8 cruisers had clients. The only “stacking” that occurred was when Cheva called out and asked me to get him a cup of coffee. Francisco, on the super panga Huntress, was at the pickup point getting a block of ice and loading the rods and gear. Cheva then brought the Dos Hermanos II over alongside and Francisco passed the coffee off to him.
|The super panga Huntress with Francisco|
However, the overall fishing in all of Mexico is declining, and I certainly do not see how they will get better results in Los Cabos at this time of the year. They are true conservation conscious anglers, coming here annually for over 16 years, with over 6,000 bill fish releases between their East Cape and Ixtapa tournaments over the years. But, if they want things to be like they were years ago, rather than changing locations, it seems more effort in working with local authorities could have been in order. It is almost like a spoiled kid who will take, but not give anything back to help or improve a situation. What will happen when the bill fish stocks are too low? Are they going to do like commercial fishermen and start targeting lesser species?
Not really wanting to get on a soap box, but Paul Phillip’s small and underfunded Fintastic Fish Total Tag and Release Tournament did more for the conservation of the bill fish here than all the years of the larger money Tournament Angler’s Tournaments, for the simple reason Paul worked with the authorities and the leading conservation conscientious captains here. His tournament ran only 5 years, but we are still seeing the results of his endeavors every day. There is no telling what Paul could have accomplished if he had bigger money behind him.
Anyway, back to the current conditions: Gary Meger of Toronto is here for his annual 6 week vacation to escape the harsh winters of Canada, and will be fly fishing several times during this period. Yesterday, fishing with Cheva, they only had one sailfish come to the boat, but got a hook set. Gary fought the fish for about 15 minutes, and the hooks pulled. We’ll call it a long release.
|Richard Gill of San Antonio TX with Jose of Puerto Vicente Gro.|
and a decent fly caught jack crevalle
Inshore action has been very good for light line conventional gear fishermen, with a variety of sierras, black skipjack, and medium sized jack crevalle.