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Cabo San Lucas striped-marlin bite breaks wide-open

December 10, 2009 |  9:23 am

Rachfall marlin Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the undisputed striped marlin capital of the world, is once again living up to that reputation.

The bite is a bit late this season, but with the recent cold snap the scrappy billfish seemed to flood into an area north of Cabo on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula.

"It was as if somebody flipped the switch to winter ... and the cooler water has bought mackerel, the bait of choice for striped marlin," said a post on the Pisces Sportfishing blog.

Pisces, which last November alone logged more than 2,000 striped marlin releases, is off to a good December start. Anglers on the vessel Cabolero on Sunday had 14 marlin releases, one sailfish release and two dorado, which presumably were kept for table fare. They were fishing close to Cabo off the Old Lighthouse less than two miles from shore.

Anglers on Rebecca released eight marlin, and a group aboard Tracy Ann released seven marlin and caught three dorado a bit farther up the coast at Pozo de Cota.

Strangely, all three charter groups were from New York.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo credit: Pisces Sportfishing