Advice re fishing in Los Cabos in November

Reel Obsession

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Oct 26, 2007
56
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Battle Ground WA
Name
Tim
Boat
26' Seaswirl Striper
I'll be in Los Cabos for 9 days over thanksgiving week. I'm a new part owner of a 24' Sea Chaser stored in Cabo San Lucas so I'll be fishing my own boat and equipment with my wife and daughter. I have never fished Cabo this time of year, and only have a couple Cabo trips under my belt.


I haven't decided if I should fish out of San Jose del Cabo, or Cabo San Lucas, and can do either. Hoping to chase mainly stripes, tuna and/or dorado and could use any advice I can get. I may put a local panga owner I know on the boat for the first day or two, especially if I fish out of SJC.

Any Suggestions??

Thanks,
RO
 

brice

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Feb 9, 2006
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Santee
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brice
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Grady 226
getting some local talent on the boat for the first day is a good idea. walk the docks. If you pass I Dock and Eloy (mexican captain with mustache) is on the Santana, tell him Chile Pelado says hi.
 

dorado50

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May 5, 2006
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San Diego
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DAVID
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BERTRAM / EDGEWATER
Water temps play an important part when fishing cabo. Fish any bank with best temp break.
 

renegademike

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Jul 4, 2007
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Cabo San Lucas
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Mike T
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31 Bertram Renegademike
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Hi Tim Last time you were here we kept missing each other. Hopefully we can hookup this time around. If its marlin you want, Launch out of Cabo. The Golden gate bank is going off even better than last year which is hard to believe after the fall season we had last year.<o:p></o:p>
I would be more than happy to help shorten the learning curve. We have been getting up to 20 marlin a day at the gate. Today we got 14 by noon and the clients said no mas marlin please. <o:p></o:p>
A good sounder really helps as the bait are moving around a lot with all the marlin and sea lions down there chasing them. We are having to make our own bait catching rigs out of 80lb line because the marlin will often grab them on the way up. With 80lb line you just button the drag and the bait rig hooks straighten out and you just bend them back onto place with needle nose pliers. <o:p></o:p>
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You need to be able to read the situation and adjust to them. Today the marlin were breezing just below the surface so we slow trolled baits and we were very effective. Sometimes the marlin are down deep on the bait schools so a sinker rig is the best method for that situation. Just drive around the bank until you meter the bait and the marlin should be close by. Most of the bait is right off the bottom in 350 to 400ft but the bait that is up higher off the bottom seems to have the marlin on them better. We use a 8oz torpedo attached by a #64 rubber band directly to your line. I like to place it around 10ft up from the hook. When you get the fish close to the boat you just grab the sinker and bust the rubber band. Several times throughout the day the marlin will push the bait to the surface and you can run up on the bird schools and throw bait right on top of feeding marlin. But that takes practice and good boat handling skills as there are close to 100 boats out there and it gets crazy. A down rigger works well but it’s a lot of work and not really necessary. I have snagged a lot of lines from other boats so I have stopped using it. <o:p></o:p>
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Thin wire wide gap circle hooks work really well and we just bust them off at leader. The hook will straighten out over half the time. We have been using 80lb leader but I know of several boats using 100lb and getting bit just as good. When the bite slows down a 3ft piece of your favorite brand of 80lb fluorocarbon attached directly to your line with a 5 turn surgeons knot works well. <o:p></o:p>
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Look me up when you get down here and if I’m not to busy I would be more than happy to go out with you one day and get you on the right track. <o:p></o:p>
 

Fred Archer

Big Game's the Name
May 16, 2004
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2
Laguna Niguel/Cabo
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Captain Fred Archer
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36 Custom (Cabo)
Kudos for the help given and offered, Mike. Not common for a charter captain to do down there or anywhere else. And thanks for the info on the circle hooks. They hook the heck out of them, are far kinder on the fish and help eliminate that "Sorry, senior, but the fish swallowed the hook (or is hooked in the gills) and he will die anyway" bullshit that some crews use to keep fish that they turn around and sell. Likewise, if you catch a fish that has his stomach hanging out of his mouth, just let him go and he will re-swallow it. The coughing up of the stomach thing is a natural phenomenon that marlin use to rid themselves of spiny fish that poke them in the gut. It does no harm to the fish, but it too is often used by the ones who keep killing marlin as an excuse for doing so. Conserving billfish stocks is critical, so don't fish with crews that don't fish circles exclusively for marlin and keep releasing healthy fish, including ones that have tossed their gullets.

Again, good guy, good going, all class.
 

Reel Obsession

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Oct 26, 2007
56
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Battle Ground WA
Name
Tim
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26' Seaswirl Striper
Hey Mike, great to hear from you! Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. Sounds like I should plan on running out of Cabo so that weather permitting I can do the pacific side.

I'll be sure to give you a call when I get to town. We're in on the evening of the 22nd and back out a week later. Just never could get hooked up with you last trip, but I'll get in touch if only for bite to eat or something. I know Alan was sure happy that he was able to get with you last trip down. I shot you a couple emails, but wasn't sure if they got through to you. I keep dropping your name up here on ifish and I know a couple guys have managed to hook up with you and have always had great reports.

Sounds like I have some rigging to figure out. I have a ton of trolling gear, clones, daisey chains, bonitas etc., and have used smaller owner hooks/chovies on albies, but have to get the bigger bait fishing figured out. All new to me after fishing the Pacific NW for so long, but really looking forward to learning new tactics in a new area. That's at least half the fun. Just hoping to get my wife and daughter on their first marlin. My wife turned down Italy and asked to go to Costa Rica for our anniversary a couple years ago to catch a marlin. We did well on the sails, but never touched a marlin, so she's due.

Anyway, thanks again for all the information. I'll be in touch.

Tim


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Hi Tim Last time you were here we kept missing each other. Hopefully we can hookup this time around. If its marlin you want, Launch out of Cabo. The Golden gate bank is going off even better than last year which is hard to believe after the fall season we had last year.<o:p></o:p>
I would be more than happy to help shorten the learning curve. We have been getting up to 20 marlin a day at the gate. Today we got 14 by noon and the clients said no mas marlin please. <o:p></o:p>
A good sounder really helps as the bait are moving around a lot with all the marlin and sea lions down there chasing them. We are having to make our own bait catching rigs out of 80lb line because the marlin will often grab them on the way up. With 80lb line you just button the drag and the bait rig hooks straighten out and you just bend them back onto place with needle nose pliers. <o:p></o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
You need to be able to read the situation and adjust to them. Today the marlin were breezing just below the surface so we slow trolled baits and we were very effective. Sometimes the marlin are down deep on the bait schools so a sinker rig is the best method for that situation. Just drive around the bank until you meter the bait and the marlin should be close by. Most of the bait is right off the bottom in 350 to 400ft but the bait that is up higher off the bottom seems to have the marlin on them better. We use a 8oz torpedo attached by a #64 rubber band directly to your line. I like to place it around 10ft up from the hook. When you get the fish close to the boat you just grab the sinker and bust the rubber band. Several times throughout the day the marlin will push the bait to the surface and you can run up on the bird schools and throw bait right on top of feeding marlin. But that takes practice and good boat handling skills as there are close to 100 boats out there and it gets crazy. A down rigger works well but it’s a lot of work and not really necessary. I have snagged a lot of lines from other boats so I have stopped using it. <o:p></o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
Thin wire wide gap circle hooks work really well and we just bust them off at leader. The hook will straighten out over half the time. We have been using 80lb leader but I know of several boats using 100lb and getting bit just as good. When the bite slows down a 3ft piece of your favorite brand of 80lb fluorocarbon attached directly to your line with a 5 turn surgeons knot works well. <o:p></o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
Look me up when you get down here and if I’m not to busy I would be more than happy to go out with you one day and get you on the right track. <o:p></o:p>
 

reeltime II

Newbie
May 24, 2008
6
0
Alpine/CA/USA
Name
Jim
Boat
21,neptune212,reeltime II
Just got back from Cabo, fish the golden gate bank for sure, Marlin going off as well as the dorado. We bagged 11 marlin 120 - 200 lb. class for release and 6 dorado 25-30 lbs. Also got a nice 110 sailfish. Went out to the fingerbanks but was desolate, no surface action to see but managed 2 wahoo there. Sabiki rig for mackeral at the G.G. Bank skip the bait at Cabo harbor. Good luck!