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Hi Guys:

I spent the first week of December in Cabo fishing for "Big" Stripers. It was my 10th week of fishing there and thought you might like to share in the adventure.

I left the Saturday after Thanksgiving to fish for 6 days with my friends Mike (who currently has his 32' Contender at the CBBT) and Carl, an old friend from Americus, GA.)

Continental got us there right on Schedule. It is always exciting to fly across barren desert and arrive in an incredibly beautiful place.


At the airport we rented a Suburban to take us to our Condo in Cabo, which is about a 45 minute drive. First we made a stop at Walmart. (Yes, there is a Walmart there AND a Costco)

I always stay at The Terrasol which is just up the beach on the Pacific side from the Cabo Arch at the entrance of the harbor. It's a beautiful location and the 2 bedroom 2 bath unit made our stay in Cabo very relaxing.

The next morning we arrived at our boat and headed out. The Cabo harbor is an incredibly busy place as you can see.

First stop to get bait which is sold by bait boats for $2. This is only for an emergency as we caught all of our bait once we stopped to fish.

Once we had the bait we headed up the Pacific about 35 miles to the Golden Gate Bank which had been hot for weeks.
First stop was to catch more bait. Here is Juan, our able Captain catching some "Greenies" which are Mackerel which is like candy for Striped Marlin. We were happy to have Jon Schwartz an outdoor photographer who was in Cabo doing a story for Sport Fishing Magazine. He spent two days with us and took some fabulous photographs, some of which I will show here. John had spent a few days previously catching Marlin from Sea Kayak's. I believe one guy caught at least 5 one day.

Once we had our bait more boats had arrived and this is the scene as our day begins.

Nothing seems impossible to many anglers when it comes to fishing in Cabo and here is proof of it.

The amount of wildlife on the Golden Gate is nothing short of miraculous. In addition to Marlin, there were hundreds of Humpback Whales, Sea Lions , Birds, Dolphins and much more. I could not believe the amount of whales that were there each day.

It was not long before the fishing heated up and this is an all too common sight.

To give you an idea of just how good the fishing can be, I estimate that the entire fleet which numbered in the vacinity of 75 boats on an average day released at least 500 Marlin EACH DAY. Untold numbers are hooked up and lost.
Soon we were hooked up and Carl with Mike looking on was putting my TLD 30 2-speed to work.

These Marlin put on a great show. Here is one of Jon's great shots.

They are incredibly beautiful and it's hard to reproduce on film how electric the colors are when they are "Lit up". Here is an effort.

Here is Carl with a typical Cabo Stiper.

And Mike with one around 175 pounds:

And Me:

Here is Jon "swimming" with a Marlin getting an underwater image.

And here is our happy, and very hard working and competent crew at the end of the trip.


Here is Jon Schwartz website. Take a look and share some of his adventures with him.
Bluewater Jon Schwartz: Extreme Big Fish Kayak Fisherman, Film Maker, Teacher and Author

I urge anyone who can to make a trip to Cabo. There is no place else on earth that offers Marlin fishing like Cabo and the beauty of it is that it is one of the great bargains in the fishing world. I will be back for # 11 ASAP.

In 6 days we released 27 Marlin, but should have had many more. We used circle hooks for the first time which is the right thing to do, but made hooking the fish harder. We had at least 75 hookups, but between the pulled hooks and breakoffs we had a poor ratio based on my previous experiences. Many were lost to other boats who were also hooked up. In one case our mate took the rod from another angler and took it around our boat and handed it back to him still hooked up. Believe it or not this happened twice on "ONE" fish and I still landed the Marlin. These crews are very, very good.

I hope you enjoyed the post.

GT
 

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That place looks like a fishing paradise. Thanks for sharing your trip,great shot of the marlin jumping:thumbup:
 

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GT - Thanks for the great pics! Having fished from Maine to the Florida Keys as well as Alaska; Cabo is next on my list of world class fishing destinations! I must consult w/you before I go. In fact, if you're ever looking for crewmates for a Cabo trip, please contact me! BTW, where's Big Fish Bob been these days? :D
 

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That's one of the best posts on TF I ever read. Not Chesapeake related but inspiring. Thank you for lighting up the pages. I'm going to put a couple bucks away each week and go do that! I might have to eat Cambells soup, Spam, Dinty Moore and sardines for a year in this economy!
 

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Phil: Boat and Condo were $2,500 each plus airfare and food.
Timbo: BFB has been busy. We are set to get to the CBBT right after New Years. Hope to see you down there.
Capt. Frank: Do it if you can.

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Thanks for the post and pics Chuck.

looks like a great time.

one day....one day.....:yes:
 

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I do not want to say which fleet I used, but I would not use them again. We got lucky with them and ended up with a great crew, but their equipment is poorly maintained. This was the first time I have used them and booked a specific boat. They e-mailed the morning we left saying the boat had a power problem.

Turned out the boat had not run for weeks.

You live and learn.

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Chuck, Great report and pictures. Pray that construction picks up so that Phil and I can getback down there. Looks like you didn't fish with Octavio this time. Did you jusy want to try someone different? Man your report makes me want to just cash it in and head down there.:clap:
 

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Great Post and Pics! It really hurt me reading the post as I was supposed to be there the first week of December! I had to back out of the trip due to back surgery. The rest of my group went. They are more golfers than fishermen, but went inshore one day then offshore another. The photos match the exact story they told me on their return. They fished a 50ft. Post on Dec. 4th. I was looking for them in your photos. They released seven stripped marlin and lost several more. I even have a free place to stay, so it remains on my "bucket list" for the near future.:52:
 

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Awsome picutres I have decided when I decide to chuck it all and activate my alias (Walk the earth like Kane in Kung Fu) I will start in Cabo I will go by the name Senor Jeffe Mc Millian. Untill then I will be stuck slaving away for the meger restitution that they give me.
 

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Jack: Octavio has left the Gaviota Fleet after 20 years. I am not sure where he is now. He is a great example of just how experienced many of these crews are. Octavio fished the Gaviota IV @ 300 days a year for 20 years. You would tend to pick up a few things if you fish an area 6,000 days.

One day with him we had three Marlin on at the same time and I was the only angler on the boat. As I remember, we released all three.

Jim: I hope your back is better and that you make it back down there next year.

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Hey GT. So you are saying its @ 7500.00 for ther trip. The 7500.00 would cover a little spending cash? How many days total for the condo, and how many full days of fishing?


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Hey GT. So you are saying its @ 7500.00 for ther trip. The 7500.00 would cover a little spending cash? How many days total for the condo, and how many full days of fishing?

Thanks

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Phil, You can do it for way less than that. Chuck's a highroller, so you can't trust him.:D You can get a beautifull condo room for around a $1000 a week for two, good charters for $500 a day and eat well for $50 a day. The last time I went with my wife, we spent about $4000 for the week and that was with three days of fishing that I split with Rattletrap, Phil. Airfares have gone way up, we flew for $600 for two round trip, but it's still a very reasonable trip.
 

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Chuck looks like you had a great trip, makes me envious. After not fishing for 15 months due to 2 cervical surgeries my passion is returning. I should be ready to fish by March. BTW the sailfish charters are catching 6 to 10 a day down here.
 
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