Striped marlin action has picked up considerably these past couple of weeks off Cabo San Lucas, primarily in the Sea of Cortez beyond the San Jose del Cabo area.
There was a slow-down during the recent full moon phase, but multiple catches were made during the past several days and lots of uncooperative marlin are being seen sunning or cruising near the surface.
This bodes well for a late-spring and early-summer bite to the north off the East Cape region, where marlin fishing also is on the upswing.
Cabo San Lucas, at Baja California's tip, is the site of the IGFA Offshore World Championship marlin tournament, which begins a four-day run Monday. Tournament headquarters is the Hotel Finisterra.
"This week we saw plenty of wise international teams, get into town early to practice with local crews and techniques ahead of the main event," stated a report on the Pisces Sportfishing blog.
A New Zealand group, fishing on Salsa, released eight striped marlin Saturday. A Los Angeles group aboard Fearless released five stripers Thursday. They used ballyhoos a the 1150 spot.
Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas, out of La Playita, stated Sunday in his fleet report: "The red hot striped marlin action encountered last week off of San Jose del Cabo tapered off for several days during the recent moon period. In the past day or so the action seems to be rebounding, many stripers were seen tailing on the surface, a percentage of these were striking lures or bait, while many showed no interest.
"The area from the Gordo Banks to the 1150 spot seemed to have the larger concentration of billfish."
Fishing for yellowfin tuna and dorado remains spotty.
-- Image courtesy of Mario Bañaga / Pisces Sportfishing