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I hope you have been following our fishing reports this summer on our web site so you have been in the fishing loop. If not, here’s the wrap-up for June and July.
In general, the bite seems to be about a month behind this year due to tough water conditions and the windy season lasting longer than usual. It took the water longer than expected to warm up and turn that awesome purple/deep blue color that we look for offshore. But that is not to say that we had a bunch of “skunked” days, just the opposite! We had a few more windy days than we are used to which scattered the fish and when we found them, they were not always willing to bite…but then, that’s fishing. And any day of fishing in the Seas of Cortez is better than a day at work-right?
Offshore the waters warmed up and one week we would have a run on dorado, many of which weighed between 30 and 40 pounds. Then the next week it would be limits of football-sized tuna. MIA were the pods of dolphin, so the football-sized tuna were chased down in packs. Our guests also had a great time with the stripers and sailfish but there weren’t that many marlin. Like I said, we appear to be behind a month or so this season.
Inside, we were having one of the best roosterfish seasons we have ever had!
Not only were roosters abundant but they were also huge in size. In fact, there is now a new line-class world record pending for a 100-plus pound roosterfish taken on 20-pound test here on the East Cape. We had many anglers dropping what they were doing, to make a quick trip down here to get in on the bite.
When the Wall 2 Wall group from Utah came down for their annual event, their three-day tourney kept our dock workers very busy. They had a total of 10 stripers (9 released) and 1 released sailfish as well as 5 roosters released. But where the work came from, was the 420 football-sized tuna (25 released) and 25 dorado (1 released) most of which weighed between 30 and almost 50 pounds.
To give you an example of fishing during this time frame, here’s a little something our friend Isaac Smith sent us.
“We started the day like we left off on Sunday with my wife Shannon claiming the first fish, another huge dorado. This one tipped the scales just shy of 50 pounds, beating the biggest one from Sunday by a little over 5 pounds. The wind wreaked havoc with us today (strange for this area in the summer) and we had to contend with 4- to 6-foot seas and 15-knot winds.”
“The wind made spotting any tailing marlin or sailfish next to impossible. We plugged along thru the day and finally were rewarded when we switched to all live/natural baits and had 2 striped marlin come take a look. I spotted them before the captain and mate and started yelling. A few seconds later and I was hooked up to my first striped marlin of the day. The fish put up a valiant effort and had us backing down into the seas, with waves crashing over the stern and giving me a pretty good saltwater bath. Unbeknownst to us the fish became tail-wrapped during the fight and came up in bad shape. Despite our efforts to revive it we could not do so. So, on the one hand we were not happy to have a dead marlin, but on the other, there’s a ton of smoked marlin dip in our near future!”.
We've included some of Issac's videos in our YouTube channel, click here to see them. And if you have videos of your trip already on You Tube, let us know and we will include them on our channel.
In this month’s “Lighten your load” section, we wanted to let you know about another new service we now provide…Dry Storage. Whether you are looking for year-round accommodations, or just a more convenient launching option for a month, our new Dry Storage facility comes with it all. Some of the services available include, having it clean and ready to go when you jet into town, water and electricity, a mechanic and four free launches each month (no roll-overs). With only 30 stall available to rent, you’d better pick up the phone for this deal soon.
As we all know, fish move around but that’s okay, we still have you covered. We have been so busy this summer that we needed to bring the Eclipse back here to the resort, but generally, it will be moored in the Marina Puerto Los Cabos. If the hot bite for the species you are after is down at the famous Gordo Banks, it’s much quicker to drive down to San Jose del Cabo, hop on the Eclipse and take a short ride to the offshore fishing on the Gordo Banks.
My how time flies when you’re having fun! Summertime is always a busy time for us as it is a popular time for company group organizers to bring groups down from all over the United States. Some do so to reward their top sales folks, while others do it to promote their brands by sponsoring clients on these trips. They usually host their own fun tourneys and schedule activities such as quad rides to the waterfalls in Santiago, or snorkeling and dive excursions. What a great way to build better relationships with their clients and staff, friends and neighbors!
We had several groups visit us this summer. Many of them have been bringing groups down here for years. Some of the groups members are seasoned pros who have made the trek each time, while for others, it was their first time. The first-timers in the groups all had an experience of a lifetime; experiencing big game fishing first hand.
How wonderful it was to greet them at the ramp as they hopped off their charters from a day’s fishing with their own prizes. Their wide smiles, fish and proud photo poses said it all. Some of those stories and photos we posted on our Fishing Reports page. Thanks for sharing guys and gals! If you would like to share yours, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them for you as well!
New or returning, our guests and groups never get tired of spending time on the water and enjoying what Mother Nature and the Sea of Cortez has to offer when she’s putting on a show. But as you know, fishing is not the only thing to do around here. If you’ve ever spent a few days fishing in the heat of the summer here pulling on big fish, then you know it’s rewarding but a lot of work!
I am always amazed at how well organized these Group Leaders are at putting their itineraries together with extra options and Hortencia’s ability to coordinate all of their activity requests. Some of the group members opted to go golfing, while others chose scuba diving, or took a quad ride to the waterfalls in Santiago.
Zip lining was a popular choice, as was snorkeling, taking a day trip to Cabo or enjoying a guided surf fishing tour; there were so many things to do! Whether they were returning guests or first timers, the one thing none of them needed any help with was chillin’ at the pool with a margarita at the end of the day. Do you remember your first time?
But we weren’t just hosting groups and setting up fun fiestas on the beach for them. We also had other long-time friends returning with their families. Summertime means above all, fishing too many here.
Some of our long-time friends come here during the heat of the summer because they know that despite the heat, the fishing is also hot! Whether they came from Orange Co. or Gambia, West Africa, Oklahoma City or with their ever growing kids, it was great to see them all!
We also, of course hosted a great 4th of July Party on the beach, complete with fireworks and some good ol’ fashion fun competitions such as shuffleboard. And of course, we were kept busy with the Bisbee family's Offshore Tournament, which we will talk more about in our next newsletter.”
Last year, it seemed as though some of our arriving guests were a little on edge, not knowing whether to believe all of the media hype or not. It must have been a little stressful for them. This year however, we are seeing a change in our arriving guests attitude as they become more confident about their safety here in Baja Sur. And of course, they all leave feeling that way!
Have you explored our website lately, because we have been working on it. We post something almost daily on our Twitter account, come follow us! And if you haven’t checked out our great Trip Advisor reports from guests such as yourself, please click here. We are very proud of our resort and staff and appreciate our guests’ responses. If you have one from your last trip, we hope you will also go there and share it with everyone! Simply scrolling down on the left side of our home page, to Trip Advisor’s “owl” icon in the orange box and click on it.
The answers you all sent in for the last Newsletter were all incorrect, sorry, didn’t mean to make you all work so hard. So the prize of a Special Dinner for Two will roll over to this month’s Trivia Question.
First, here’s the answer to the old question: “There is a fish in the Sea of Cortez that is usually seen and heard here in the winter and spring. What is it and what technique do you use to fish for it?”
And the answer is: The Mobula Rays. Commercial anglers use nets to fish for them and then sell them to the markets. But here’s another way to target these fish. Click here to see the video of this technique on our YouTube channel. It’s also where you can post videos of your fishing and other activities, as well as view others.
And now, for the new Trivia Question. Recently, one of our guests sent us this photo from his trip and we posted it on our Facebook page. So - the question is, “Who was it and when did he stay with us?” And while you are on our Face Book page, please take the time to “Like” us.
The winner will be the first with the correct response and wins a special dinner for two. This offer is good through the end of the year. Email your answer here.
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