Popped down to Cabo for a short vacation, and to do a little fishing 19-23 Sep with Capt. Jaime Gonzales Jr., on his panga “Jessica.”
Rained like heck the first two days, so I was basically stuck in the hotel (Bahia), having cocktails and hoping the rain would stop.
Finally got a break, and we headed out to the Pacific side to hunt for some catch ‘n release action. Figured that the day would probably be a bust, or tough to say the least, with all the rain and all, but it was nice being on the water vs. sitting around the the hotel, and knew if anyone could turn the lemons into lemonade, it would be Jaime.
Ran up the coast until we found some good looking water. Found some after quite a long ride...Don’t know exactly how far we went, but I think I saw a Todos Santos sign (ha ha).
Saw some dorado and marlin jump, so my hopes grew as the fishy signs were around us.
After trolling for quite a while, mr. overachiever raises and locks up a pretty big sailfish on a pitched cabby. After 20 minutes of big runs, great jumps, and some serious bulldoging, I got her to the boat and O’l girl swam away to fight another day.
Most of the fleet got nada that day...tough day!
On our way back, Jaime tells me that he wants to go out towards Cortez side on our next outing, if the water looks good. He has a hunch that the fish will be there.
Skipped a day, and then went out yesterday.
Met him at the dock at 0600, tells me we’re going left out the gate...
So off we go...picked up some bait along the way, and arrived at Gordo to find beautiful water and weather!
Did some chumming, caught some bigger baits, and got after it. Had a few tuna bites on the big baits, but nothing hooked up.
Made a couple moves, did some chumming, Jaime worked some iron, and scored a nice grouper.
Made another move....chumming.....and up come the girls! 50-100 pounders jumping all around us!
Jaime flylines a sardine on 60 lb leader, and nada..switched to 40lb leader and we get bit.
Had a couple break off, but all in all, a great day on the water.
Location: Gordo Banks
Bait: Live Sardines and Chiwillys
Leader: 40 lb. fish didn’t want anything larger
YFT: 3 in the boat 40ish-60ish. A few bites on the big baits, broke two off....one at the boat...which I screwed up.
Grouper: on the scrambled egg colored iron.
Get on down....fishing is heating up!
The telephone number for Jaime is accurate, not the website. Just an old card I have.