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JC Sportfishing Jan 07 - Jan 21 2013

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13 January 2013 WATER: The water conditions and temperatures have been staying in the same basic range as last week. The average temperature through out our fishing grounds is about 73 to 75 with a few temperatures a little lower to 71 on the Pacific side according to Terra Fin. I think the lower water temps have definitely played a big part in our fishing over last week, slowing things down a bit. A few days we did have a good chop due to it being a little windy. Swells are 1 to 3 on Sea of Cortez side and 2 to 5 on the Pacific side. WEATHER: The weather has been good sleeping weather, cool at night and warming up to ladder 70,s in the day time. Lots of people would give there right arm for that weather but for long time residents here in Cabo its cold.LOL. What ever the case may be its still really nice with lows dropping into the mid to ladder 50,s. BILLFISHING: The Marlin fishing had no doubt slowed a bit. Most fish caught was on the Pacific side around the Golden Gate area. Last week we were knocking them dead and this week hasn’t been close to the way it was last week. There is still lots of fish on the surface but they really aren’t that interested in taking the bait thrown at them. Boats who ran into good Marlin fishing were 4 to 6 miles off shore on the Pacific side. I haven’t heard any reports of any Blacks or Blues being caught this past week. Water is maybe to cool for them to hang out in this area. Well what is great about Cabo san Lucas is this is the place Striped Marlin are drawn to naturally. This is there home and they will never go away. Here are 3 species of Billfish that are normally encountered in the waters around Cabo San Lucas. The first and most numerous is the smallest of the billfish in the Pacific. They are known as Striped Marlin and are occasionally called Stripers (not to be confused with the Stripers of the east coast, Striped Bass). The Striped Marlin fishing is available year round in the Cabo San Lucas area, but is most abundant in the cooler months. Now, cooler months mean something different in the tropics. Mainly its distribution is restricted by the water temperature. Its preference is for cooler water temperatures in the 72 – 75 degree Fahrenheit range. The Striped Marlin is recognized by its tall dorsal fin, which is usually over 90% of the body depth. Its color is a metallic blue color which is crossed by 10 – 15 vertical stripes which “light up” when the fish is excited. The first dorsal fin is dark blue, with the other fins are usually dark brown. Estimated longevity of the Striped Marlin is 13 – 25 years. So release that marlin in good health. Tagging data show that Striped Marlin undergo extensive seasonal migrations. The recapture data indicates movement from Southern California to Baja California Sur. There also seems to be movement from Mexico to near Hawaii, Peru and the South Pacific, near the Marquesas. Spawning grounds are believed to be widespread in subtropical regions of the north and south Pacific and tropical Indian Ocean. With lengths up to 12 feet and weight to 494 pounds the Striped Marlin is a most worthy game fish. Most Striped Marlin fishing in the Cabo area results in fish in the 120 to 200 lb. range which are between three and six years old. Striped Marlin fishing can be an exciting visual experience with lots of jumps and runs. Striped Marlin prefer mackerel, sardines, anchovies and will eat invertebrates such as squid. Predation on Striped Marlin is mainly on the smaller fish. Larger Striped Marlin seem to be fairly safe from predation with the only likely candidates being large pelagic sharks and toothed whales. So to catch a Marlin there is no place like Cabo San Lucas. BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollares a piece and there has been plenty around. DORADO: The Dorado fishing has slowed over this last week. There are still good numbers but not like we were seeing last week. The Pacific side was good with some Dorado going to 35 pounds with the standard size about 15 to 20 pounds. The fishing for Dorado was pretty much scattered all over the fishing grounds here. They were catching everywhere just not in the numbers we had seen the week before. Looking for the birds was a good way to find them. The Tuna pens were drawing them in last week but this week no pens. The Dolphin, also known as Mahi Mahi or Dorado, is one of the most exciting offshore gamefish to catch and see in the open ocean. This beautifully colored fish can be found in all tropical and warm temperate seas of the world. When hooked these fish "light up" with almost neon colors and put up an exciting, high jumping, tail walking fight. Dolphin are prolific breeders, rapid growing and short lived which make them an excellent choice as a gamefish because they can sustain recreational catch efforts without fear of overfishing. A dolphin can grow to a weight of about 80 pounds and live only about five years. The dolphin’s coloring can range from a dark blue along its back and changes laterally through a green – gold – yellow color spectrum as look from their back to their belly. Mature males or bulls are easily distinguished by their high flat forehead and are usually larger than the females or cows. Smaller fish travel in schools (schoolies) which can range from a few fish to several dozen. Larger bulls and cows travel alone or in pairs.

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