Fish Report

 Fish Report

Cabo San Lucas

TOURNAMENTS

From October 15 through the 28, Cabo San Lucas will be the epicenter of sportfishing tournaments, hosting thousands of anglers worldwide in search of fame and staggering amounts of cash prizes.

The events begin with the First, the Los Cabos Billfish, sponsored by Los Cabos Tourism and operated by Bonnier Publications. 

Registration is on Sunday, October 15.

Monday, October 16.

Fishing begins from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with a visual checkout from Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos Marinas.  

There is a Shotgun Start and Lines-In Fishing at 7:00 a.m. Lines Out Stop Fishing at 4:30 p.m. Weigh-in and release video check-in will be at IGY Marina Weigh Station. 

Tuesday, October 17 Fishing

Fishing begins from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with a visual checkout from Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos Marinas.  

There is a Shotgun Start and Lines-In Fishing at 7:00 a.m. Lines Out Stop Fishing at 4:30 p.m. Weigh-in and release video check-in will be at IGY Marina Weigh Station. 

Wednesday, October 18 

Fishing begins from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with a visual checkout from Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos Marinas.  

There is a Shotgun Start and Lines-In Fishing at 7:00 a.m. Lines Out Stop Fishing at 4:30 p.m. Weigh-in and release video check-in will be at IGY Marina Weigh Station. 

Thursday, October 19 

The Awards Banquet will be from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Playa Grande Resort’s Beachside Terrace. A plate-to-table dinner begins at 7:45 p.m.

The species of fish targeted are in the billfish categories – Black, Blue, Striped, and Sailfish, plus an optional division for Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo.

The total entry fee for the ALL-IN category is $30,500.

38 Teams, Total Payout: $579,465.00

The Second Event is the Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament (LOC), held from October 18 – 22, with two days of Registration followed by two days of Fishing and Awards following on Sunday, October 22, 2023.

The total entry across the board is $22.500 + $20k Daily “Krazy Kids” Challenge $40,000.

101 Registered Teams as of Sunday (P.M.) October 15, 2023

The Third Event is the Bisbee’s Black and Blue TournamentOctober 24 – 27.

 REGISTRATION AND BAG DISTRIBUTION

120 Registered Teams as of Sunday (P.M.) October 15, 2023

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 – PRE-REGISTRATION

3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Pre-Registration

INSIDE LUXURY AVENUE AT THE MALL. 

Bags WILL NOT BE distributed on this day!

 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 – REGISTRATION

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration and distribution of team bags is inside Luxury Avenue at Puerto Paraiso Mall (Marina side)

7:00 p.m.  Captain’s Meeting, Puerto Paraiso Mall (on stage next to Weigh Station). One team member must attend!

7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies begin:

 Flag Honors with Mexican Naval Escort; Mexican National Anthem; Pre-Colombian New Fire Dance; Lighting of the Tournament Torch; Japanese Taiko Drums; and Music by Cabomax.

WED., THUR. & FRI. OCTOBER 25 – 27.

FISHING DAYS 1,2,3

7:00 a.m. Shotgun Start.

Must be behind the fishing line at 6:45 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tournament Fishing;

Lines must be out of the water by 5:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.—Weigh Station is in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall. ONLY Boats inside the Harbor Entrance by 9:00 p.m. can weigh.

Awards Celebration SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2023

6:00 p.m. ASIPONA Cruise Ship Pier

The Celebration Begins with cocktails, dinner, a big-screen tournament video, and an awards presentation!

Puerto Los Cabos  

We are now in the midst of the fall season and are seeing more and more anglers arriving. We are closely monitoring the development of a few storms off the South Pacific coast, especially Lidia, the storm closest to us. It has been threatening for the last few days as it continues to change directions drastically daily. We had some light rain for the last few days and expect to have a bit more over the next week, which should make it interesting, as we saw a great tuna bite throughout our heavy rain early this morning. It seems this storm will not be a threat, and we will continue with our operation unless the Mexican authorities suggest otherwise.

The bite at the Gordo has been consistent, very similar to the previous three weeks. We mainly use squid strips and small skipjack that are caught on the fishing grounds. Bait, such as sardina and caballito, are limited at the Marina. Drifting with squid strips is most effective, especially if you take plenty of chum. We recommend 4 to 5 kilos of squid per boat for the best chance at multiple big fish. Some boats have returned from the Gordo with 2 to 3 tuna per day, most of them pushing the 100-pound mark.

We continue to see many boats go all the way to Vinorama and the Iman as there is a chance of catching quite a few smaller-sized, 20 to 30-pound tuna. Dorado under 10 pounds are on the fishing grounds from Gordo to Vinorama, scattered about in small numbers. We have not seen the number of dorado caught increase within the last month, but we anticipate a new wave of fish to show by the end of October/early November as the water gets a bit cooler.

On these same grounds, we also saw a few sailfish hooked. There hasn’t been much bottom action recently, although we did see a few grouper and yellowtail snapper caught on jigs while drifting bait for tuna. …Good Fishing, Brian Brictson 

East Cape

“From zero to one hundred, that’s what I call fishing!!!” Every day is different, and things can often change from one day to another. After three weeks of really slow fishing, some better-quality yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo have moved back into our East Cape area! …Aníbal Miranda, Hotel Palmas De Cortez.

La Paz

WARM WATER FISHING AND SEASON COOLING OFF

WEATHER: It has been erratic, to say the least, although it is cooling down a bit. Mostly, it’s in the high eighties during the day, but it feels hotter because of the humidity. Hurricane Lidia didn’t hit us, but it did send some torrential rain one afternoon with big floods. Winds and even waterspouts showed up this week. Cooler? Yes! I’m wearing a sweatshirt as I write this!

WATER: Overall, it is rougher—more wind. The water is hotter than average and very, very off-color. However, it requires that we find blue water to be able to fish.

SPECIES HOOKED THIS WEEK: Dorado, bonito, sailfish, jack crevalle, roosterfish, pompano, and snapper.

LAS ARENAS FLEET: It’s been the most challenging two weeks I have ever seen. The waters are cloudy and hot. There’s very little oxygen in the upper layers, and the fish have gone deep. Plus, Hurricane Lidia, to the south of us, pushed up waves, winds, and more crazy water. With very little bait, we hope this changes soon. I’ve never had days where there were no fish. However, before this report, we started getting cleaner water, improving the bite.

LA PAZ FLEET: Once we found the blue water way up past Espirito Santo Island, we also hit the dorado!!! …Tailhunter, Jonathan Roldan.