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JC Sportfishing Feb 4th to 24th 2013

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February 4rd to 11th 2013 Huge Marlin caught off of Cabo. A 32 ft charter boat, left the dock Saturday morning on what was supposed to be a half day. The anglers all older people from Phoenix, Arizona, the youngest was 82 years old. They headed up the Pacific to look for tuna as the clients had asked. Manuel, with a nickname of "Chichi" is a very experienced captain and had fifteen tuna on board before long for the two couples - Sergent & Sandy Snagirett, John & Edie Rayno. It was 1.30 pm in the afternoon and they were eight miles off of Cabo; time to bring the lines in. Suddenly they got a hit on their right outrigger, their homemade flying fish lure - the line started to peel off the reel at an alarming speed. Captain Manuel said "I thought it was a big tuna, because we had big porpoises around us". Forty minutes later the fish jumped and they saw that it was a large blue marlin "I thought it was around 800 lbs, because I´ve caught two around that size before", said the captain. The first tourist to fight the fish only lasted about ten minutes before surrendering to the brute beast and was relieved by Jaime, Manuel´s 18 year old son, along in training as a deckhand. Jaime did a little better as he fought the fish with his 80 lb tackle and managed to crank for four hours. Then another of the tourists had a go, but loosened the drag and the line quickly bunched up making a "bird's nest", forming a knot that stripped one of the rod guides of it's inner liner. Deckhand Alejandro Suarez took over and quickly got the situation back on track and continued to fight the fish for another hour. By now it was getting late and the captain was worried that he might run out of diesel as the fish had taken them ten miles out and he had no idea how much longer the fight would go on. He called his friend Julio Castro, another caption with another fleet and asked for help. The diesel dock was closed so Julio, along with his son Abraham and fellow captain Jose Ramon , went to the gas station to buy some diesel and headed out on another boat to assist the charter boat. They located the boat easily with the GPS and were there to assist thirty minutes later, around 6.00 pm. The crew and anglers of the charter boat where happy to get reinforcements & encouraged there friends to help fight the fish. Julio stayed on his boat but Abrahn and Jose Ramon climbed aboard and both took turns at fighting the fish for a total of two hours, before realizing they had an important soccer match to play in & needed to get back . They left the boat with promises of phone contact help until the game was over. Captain Manuel decided it was up to him to get the job done, climbed down from the bridge and went to work putting a lot of pressure on the fish. At 9.00 pm he felt the fish shaking it's head and knew it was jumping - he got the fish boat side, handed the rod to his deckhand and went back to the controls, while his crew gaffed the fish. They now had a new problem on their hands; how to get the marlin on to the swim step or in the boat. They struggled for half an hour before giving up and tying the head only to the swim step and starting the sixteen mile trip home in the dark. Good to their word the captains friends were there to lend a hand when they finally pulled into their slip at 1.30 am on Sunday morning. There was no way to weigh the fish at that hour, so between them all they hauled the massive fish up onto the concrete dock and left it in the custody of the night watchman, before waving goodbye to the dazed anglers who headed off to their hotel. What a surprise everybody got on Sunday morning to see that huge fish lying there. At 8.30 am there was enough help to get the fish weighed and it was hauled up on the marina scale where it registered 987 lbs. Now, it had sat out all night on the dock so at least ten percent of its body weight had been lost, meaning it was at least 1085 lbs putting it in the top five largest fish ever caught in Cabo. - WATER: The water has been pretty much the same as last week with temperatures in the low 70,s in most areas. There are reports of green water and temperatures in the ladder 60,s on the pacific side in some areas. The green water did play a part in the Striped Marlin fishing over the the last day or so. It has also been windy today and yesterday. WEATHER: We have seen some good days of weather and some bad days this past week. Today was cold and overcast as I am writing the report. The past few days have been mostly pretty good with even a few days reaching a high of mid 80,s some days. Then cooling in the evenings to 58 to 60 degrees for lows, even some windy days in the afternoons. No rain but cooler. BILLFISHING: The Billfishing has been excellence this past week with some huge Marlin being caught. Lots of Striped Marlin caught up around the Golden Gate. We did really well with our own Bob Marlin landing 3 Marlin one day and another one of our boats landing 12 on Tuesday. The Striped Marlin are being caught by throwing live bait at tailers. Lot of other fleet boats are reporting catching Striped Marlin. The water temperature still in the low 70,s which has kept the marlin active. Pretty unusual catching those big Blue Marlin this time of year as its a little late in the season for them. BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollares a piece and there has been plenty around. DORADO:.You know we have been doing really well catching Dorado over the past week. Our boats have caught numerous while we are looking for Striped Marlin. Its running a little late in the season for the numbers of Dorado we are seeing but with the water temperatures still in the low 70,s I expect to see more this coming week. TUNA: The Tuna bite has been decent over the past week. We have been catching them 8 miles off shore west of the Old Light House. Cedar Plugs and Spreader Bars have been being used to catch the Tuna. Most were 15 to 30 pounds with some going to 50 pounds. Looking for the Porpoise and Frigate birds were a good way to find the Tuna. I have heard of reports of other fleets doing well with Tuna this week off of the Old Light House on the Pacific side. INSHORE: Good numbers of Sierras being caught off of the Solmar all the way up to Los Arcos. Some Yellowtail still in the area but not the numbers we expect to see when water cools some. There even has been numbers of Dorado close to shore being caught on Pangas. A few Jacks were also being caught off of Solmar and of course the local guys are catching grouper and Snappers in the rocks at about 50 feet using chopped bait. WAHOO: I haven’t heard of any Wahoo this past week. February 12th to 18th 2013 WATER: The water has been pretty much the same as last week with temperatures in the low 70,s in most areas. There are reports of green water and temperatures in the ladder 60,s on the pacific side in some areas. We did have the warm water move in over last couple days picking up the fishing. WEATHER:.The weather has really been good over the last week it did drop the temperature at night to where it got a little chilly but the days have been really nice. Some light breezes in the afternoon but nothing major as far as wind. There were a few days over the last week that even dropped into the low 50,s at night. Then in the day time it went back up to mid 80,s. So all in all its great weather really typical Cabo weather this time of year. BILLFISHING: We are still catching good numbers of Striped Marlin from the Light House to the Golden Gate. Our own Bob Marlin did have a really cool and unusual day a few days ago with catch of a Swordfish this was the first one for us in 8 years and it tipped the scales at 175 pounds and took 2 and a half hours to land with 4 anglers fighting the fish. The Swordfish are really big fighters and this was a great surprise and lots of fun for the guys on the Bob Marlin. We do not have a lot of Swordfish caught here in Cabo but there are times of year where there are a few landed. SWORDFISH: The swordfish has a stout, fairly rounded body and large eyes. The first dorsal fin (rising from the back of the fish) is tall and crescent-shaped. The second dorsal fin is quite separate from the first and very small. Both are soft-rayed—having thin, bony rods that extend from the base of the fin and support the fin membrane. The anal fins approximate the shape of the dorsal fins, but are noticeably smaller. Ventral fins, found on the underside of fish, are absent. There is a strong, longitudinal keel, or ridge, on either side of the caudal peduncle (the base of the tail where the tail fins project from), which leads to a broad, crescent-shaped tail. Adult swordfish have neither teeth nor scales. The swordfish snout elongates into a true sword shape. Measuring at least one-third the length of the body, it is long, flat, pointed, and very sharp. The lower jaw is much smaller, though just as pointed, ending in a very wide mouth. The bodies of swordfish fry (recently hatched fish larvae) are quite different form those of the adults. Their upper and lower jaws are equally prolonged; bodies are long, thin, and snakelike; they are covered with rough, spiny scales and plates; tails are rounded; and they have just one long dorsal and anal fin. Swordfish coloration varies greatly among individuals. The dorsal side can range from dark brown to grayish-blue. This dark shading can extend anywhere from halfway down the side to almost the full extent of the body. The remaining area of the skin is tinged silvery white. Other billfish, including marlins, inhabit Northeast waters, but only the spearfish bears a strong resemblance to the swordfish. It is distinguished from the swordfish by its rounded sword, small teeth, a long, continuous dorsal fin, and ventral fins. Size While the largest swordfish recorded in the North Atlantic ocean weighed 550 kg, fish over 200 kg are unusual. Today, the average fish caught in the commercial fishery weighs between 90 and 150 kilograms (1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds). The largest fish to be caught on a tackle weighed 274 kg. These larger fish measure approximately 4.5 meters in length (1 meter equals 3.3 feet)—with a 3 meter body and a 5 meter sword. Female swordfish grow faster, live longer, and are proportionally heavier than their male counterparts. Research shows that by 1 year of age, the female is already almost 4 kg. During the next 2 years, she triples her weight of the previous year. By age 4, the female is likely to weigh 70 kg, and at age 5, 110 kg. Similar data for males and older swordfish are inconclusive. Longevity Swordfish reach sexual maturity...

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