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Jc Sportfishing Cabo Fishing Report 18th July

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WEATHER: It has been pretty nice, but really hot. That is to be expected, though this time of year, over the last month we have been pretty lucky as it has been pretty calm down south with really no storms forming. We are in the middle of the summer and still have another month and a half to go, to get out of the woods, as far as hurricanes and storms. Highs are pushing a 100 degrees in the daytime when the sun is shining but we have seen a few days of overcast and a few drops of rain a couple days


WATER: Just like it was last week, and hasn’t changed much in over a week the warm water is here to stay awhile and it feels like a bathtub if you spend time in it. The temps I noticed on the Tempbreak map was 85 to 90 degrees, which is pretty warm all over. Typical mid summer weather right now and that means pretty intense heat that doesn’t let up much so this will keep that water temperature way up there.

BILLFISH: Well with the warm weather and water comes the Blue Marlin and this past week we have seen lots with one tipping the scales at 650lbs. All week other fleets also reported Blue Marlin hookup so we know it is happening. The 1150 area to Ssan Jamie Banks is the areas producing the Big Blues and that makes like 2 weeks in a row we have been seeing some good Blue Marlin action. The Striped Marlin fishing has been good also but in tight to the beach, and no more than 3 to 4 miles off the beach. If you use ballywhoo, live bait or lures that is whats catching the Strippers. Please remember to release all your BILLFISH for the next generation to catch and release. Most all the fish being caught is landed on live bait and lures.


DORADO: A few small Dorados are being caught, but nothing major really.


SWORDFISH: Well there showing up in good numbers with all this warm water we have here in place. So along with the great Blue and Striped Marlin bite we also have Sailfish action. Really what a time to be in Cabo when all the Billfish Species are here and biting.

WAHOO: Well, there has been a few Wahoo caught this past week. Most are in the 40lb to 50lb pound range. Jet heads are what is catching fish. More than usual for this time of year.


TUNA: It has been really good for some large Tuna this past week. We have had quite a few large fish caught and lots of football size Tuna also. Some of the bigger ones caught this past week were from 145lbs to 250lbs in weight. Lots of Sushi!! The thing is to get to the Tuna you will have to run 18 to 30 miles offshore and hope you run in to them. It’s a gamble but if you find a school you have good chances of coming home with a boat full of Tuna. We have been doing well using the Kites and live bait. Really you have to have the mind frame of running a long way to catch a big fish and not on the numbers of fish.


INSHORE: Off course it's mostly all Roosters inshore but, it seems that inshore has been good for striped marlin this past week also. So, if you hired a Panga you might run into some good Marlin action, cause the fish are tight to the beach and close to shore, within 3 to 4 miles. Lots of Triggerfish also inshore, the kids will love that action. Well the inshore action is about the same as last week with quite a few Roosters and Skip Jack being caught close to shore.

Rooster Fish Information!

Roosterfish, Nematistius pectoralis

The Roosterfish, Nematistius pectoralis, is one of the true exotics of the world, with a common Spanish name is papagallo and known locally as pez gallo, is a species in the family Nematistiidae, the Roosterfish, known as papagallos in Mexico. Globally, there is only this species in the genus Nematistius, and it is only found in Mexican waters of the Pacific.


The Roosterfish have elongated compressed bodies that are bluish gray in color with silvery reflections. They have four dark bars, one between their eyes, one across the rear part of their head, two obliquely curved black bands on their sides, one of which extends down the center of the caudal base. Their head is pointed and features simple teeth. Their first dorsal fin has seven spines the last six of which are very elongated; the second dorsal fin has one spine and 25 rays. Their anal fin base is much shorter than their dorsal fin base. Their caudal fin is deeply forked; they have long and curved pectoral fins that are longer than their pelvic fins.

The Roosterfish are a schooling species found along sandy shores at depths up to 60 feet. They can reach up to 1.91 meters (6 feet 3 inches) in length and 52 kg (114 pounds) in weight with the current I.G.F.A. world record being taken in waters off La Paz in 1960. A Roosterfish Weight from Length Conversion Table has been included in this website to allow the accurate determination of a fish weight and a return to the ocean unharmed.


They are voracious ambush predators feeding on small fish. They prey on a variety of long slender fish (ladyfish, mullets, halfbeaks, and herrings) and have been known to swallow a 51 cm (20 inch) ladyfish whole. They are found in all Mexican waters of the Pacific with the exception that they are absent from the extreme northern portion of the Sea of Cortez.

The Roosterfish is an easy fish to identify due to its unique “rooster comb” and thus cannot be confused with any other species.

The Roosterfish are a targeted species of recreational anglers as they are exceedingly strong and can make long runs. They can be caught via trolling live bait within a quarter mile of the beach or on live bait, or Ranger Plugs and Klassen Poppers off the beach. They are a seasonal species that follow mullet and are found in the greater Los Cabos area primarily during the months of May, June, and July. The Roosterfish is not a favorite of local fishermen. They do not focus on them but if caught as an incidental catch the smaller ones will be retained. Overall they are a poor food fish but are on occasion sold fresh in local markets to the uninformed.

Mexican Fishing Limits and Laws?

For those of you going to Cabo or any mexican destination, it may behoove you to know what exactly the limit is for varieties of gamefish that you may catch. You would hope, and should expect, the captain of your boat to inform you what that may be. But don’t count on it, as I’ve seen a few catches posted here that are so far beyond what is allowed, it is almost shocking. Catch and release don’t count, only what you keep and kill do. I’ll start with the low limit ones.

You can only keep: A single marlin, shark, sailfish, or swordfish per licensed angler.

Only 2 dorado or roosterfish per licensed angler. No more than 5 of a single species, and no more than 10 overall constitute a limit, however, the the limits posted above count as 5. So 2 dorado and 1 kept swordfish and you’re done for the day.

Pescas interpretation:

BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS: In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single specie, except of the species of Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish and Shark, of which only one specimen of either is allowed, and which counts a five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or Dorado, Roosterfish, Shad, or Tarpon, of which only two samples of each specie are allowed, and which count a five toward the overall 10 fish limit.**


[*** Note: As explained by the Department of Fisheries office in San Diego, this means that if you catch 1 marlin (5 points) and 1 dorado (5 points), you have reached your limit for the day.

Other examples of full Mexican limits would be: 2 dorado; 1 dorado plus 5 miscellaneous species; or, 1 roosterfish plus 1 dorado.– B.A.R.]

Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc.) is five fish per day, whether of a single specie or in combination.

Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while skin-diving.

There is no limit to the practice of “catch and release,” as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition.

Where sport-fishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above.


— It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish or ornamental purposes.

— It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sportfishing.

— It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, river banks, shores, or oceanic waters.

— It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anenomes and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment.

— It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less from swimmers.

— It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish.

— It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters.

— Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filleted aboard the vessel from which it was caught.

— It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences or record catches be reported to the nearest office of the Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego, CA, in order to ensure the preservation of the natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fishermen.


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