Cabo Stripers and La Paz, Black Marlin!

June 30, 2015 by Kenneth P. Busick

Trip Info


Good morning guys.  Captain Kenny Busick here in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for The One Baja.  This last week has been excellent fishing for us and most of the fleet working in Cabo and La Paz.  We also had good reports coming in from the East Cape.  We got to fish a couple of days in Cabo and were raising between 8 and 10 Marlin/day.  The fish were coming on a combination of lures and trolled dead bait.  We did not have the Ballyhoo on the boats last week, but it didn’t see to matter.  Most of the fleet was headed outside for the Tuna.  We had clients on the boat that wanted to target Marlin and also had one trip that was a half day, so that prevented us from target further offshore.  I used good satellite information and started working in an area South and South East of Cabo.  As soon as we found the good water the fish started to come to the boat.  We also had one day of fishing for a client with a limited schedule and so we decided to fish near the beach and raised 4 Marlin within 5 miles of Cabo in good, blue water.  Water temperatures in this area was 78* to 82*.  It is looking like it is going to be a really good year of fishing for us in Cabo and La Paz.  The 2 days of fishing in Cabo produced averages of 4 fish/day to the boat.  We had 1 day of fishing in La Paz on the Dragon.  We had no reports, but I did have good satellite images which led me to believe I could find the fish South near Ceralvo Island.  When we were trolling down past Punta Coyote, we got bit on a nice Stripe Marlin.  This was the first fish and a real nice way to start out the day for our guys from Los Angeles, CA.  I worked my way down towards Ceralvo and got hooked up again about 2/3rds of the way to the Island from Coyote.  Another Stripe Marlin on a Black and Green lure for Joe from LA.  I continued to work South and South West of Ceralvo and finally found what I was looking for.  The water was deep, deep blue and 82*.  It looked absolutely perfect.  Then we saw a Striper jumping and we thought “Oh Year, it’s going to get REAL fishy here”.  Only problem was that was the only fish we saw for about an hour.  I decided to start working my way back to where we raised the second fish of the day, because I liked that area also.  I got within about a mile of the first strike when a BIG fish came up on the outside rigger.  The fish destroyed the jig and somehow managed to stay free of our hooks.  We continued trolling for him and he came up on the inside under the boat on a Guacamayo on the short corner and got hooked up.  This fish took off like a freight train and started peeling the line all the way into the spectra within just a few seconds.  He got airborne and then spit the hook all in the space of about 60 to 90 seconds.  GRRRRR.  We got our spreads back in the water and started working again in this area.  We got another fish within 15 minutes of this hook up.  Smart fish, took the lure, ran and spit the hook on his first aerial off the starboard corner.  He was on no longer than 30 seconds.  Bummer.  We were really all very excited because the activity level was very high in this area.  We went directly back to work and had another hook up with 15 minutes.  This fish came up on the long rigger.  I saw the fish coming from way back in the spread.  I was on the bridge and came running down to the cockpit.  I was standing with the rod and reel in my hand when he came and started going after it.  I put the reel in free spool and then was kind of playing with the jig to get him to go and then BAM he just attacked.  I was praying that this fish was not getting away since we had just lost 3 in a row.  I pointed the rod at the fish and threw the reel into gear and it was on!  There was no way he was shaking free, he was hooked good and solid.  I handed the set up to Joe in the chair and the fight was on.  It was the first Black Marlin of the day and the first Black Marlin for Joe from Los Angeles.  The fish put up a good fight and the boys from Los Angeles were are really happy to finish with a NICE Black.  We trolled our way home and picked up a small Dorado before heading for home.  The fishing in La Paz is heating up.  The water was not real blue close to home, but the water outside looked amazing.  As always it was like fishing in a BIG Lake on the Sea of Cortez.  If you are thinking about fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado, be sure and keep La Paz in mind.  It is perfect for families and perfect for multi-day fishing.  I am Captain Kenny Busick here in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for The One Baja.  Have a great day and God Bless!

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