Outposts will attempt to post the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, saltwater sportfishing report, courtesy of Team Picante from Picante Sportfishing, each week:
The water has been hot and the fishing has been getting hotter, and not just because of the number of marlin, but also the size of them -- even surprising some of the locals.
The week started with some great catches. On Aug. 9, the Booth family hopped aboard Picante’s 35-foot Cabo Express, Cisco, and raised out of the depths a black marlin estimated to weigh more than 600 pounds. The fish hit a trolled jig and the fight was on. After an hour and a half the marlin was boatside for a clean release. The Booths also released a striped marlin plus boated a couple of yellowfin tuna for a great day of Cabo fishing.
On Aug. 10, aboard the 24-foot Shamrock, Picantito III, the Turrisi party had a big time, with Joe catching and releasing a striped marlin, Adrian a nice dorado and Gabriel a skipjack tuna. Also on Aug. 10, Einer Lindholm, aboard the 35-foot Cabo Express, Salsa, released two nice striped marlin.
Aug. 11 saw the Mercker family catch and release their first blue marlin together aboard the 40-foot Cabo Flybridge, Caliente. The marlin was estimated at 300 pounds, and the fight to the boat only took 40 minutes. They also caught and released a striped marlin which weighted about 120 pounds.
Thursday was another big fishing day. The Popplewell charter went out on the Picante 29 and managed to catch and release three striped marlin. And on the Picante 45, Todd Fibich, from League City, Texas, and his party caught and released a striped marlin and a nice blue marlin, as well as landing a couple of yellowfin tuna, making for a great all-around day of fishing.
Things slowed down the rest of the week until Sunday, which turned into a productive fishing day. The Caliente managed to catch and release both a blue marlin and a striped marlin, along with a couple of dorado, while the Picantito I released a striped marlin and a yellowfin tuna. And the "Senor Sweet" group aboard the Picante Dream had a great day, landing eight yellowfin tuna with most in the 35- to 50-pound range. But the exciting trip of the day had to belong to Angel Gomez and his sons, aboard the Picante 29. Spending most of the day trolling with not much luck, on the way in they hooked and released a blue marlin estimated to weigh 500 pounds, and also caught and released a striped marlin, making for a memorable end of the day.
Picante Sportfishing fleet total, Aug. 9 through Aug. 15: One black marlin, six blue marlin, 21 striped marlin, 11 dorado, one wahoo, 15 yellowfin tuna, one jack and four snapper.
-- Kelly Burgess