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Los Cabos Fishing Report May 19, 2019

Sun, May 19, 2019

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May 19, 2019

We are seeing limited crowds of tourists now, but we have noticed an increased number of actual anglers, so hopefully this trend will continue. Weather patterns remain ideal, lows of about 65 degrees, with highs reaching into the near 90 some days. Mostly clear sunny skies, not many clouds besides some early in the day that quickly burn off. Moderate winds later in the week, early on had been very calm. Warmer current moving in from the north, up to 78 degrees on the Gordo Banks, still much cooler on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas.

Bait netters had to work extra hard to obtain what they could, a mix of moonfish, caballito and a few species of sardinas were found. On the fishing grounds, namely Gordo Banks, anglers were able to jig up some other chihuil baitfish, but this proved scarcer by the day as water warmed up quickly. Using mullet now is prohibited, believe this season will open up in coming weeks.

Main fishing grounds being concentrated on now, have been from Palmilla, Red Hill, Gordo Banks, San Luis and as far north as Vinorama. The Gordo Banks had been the location where yellowtail were being found, averaging 25 to 35 lb., striking on larger live baits near the bottom, though as the week progressed this bite came to a standstill, large numbers of various shark species were also moving in on these same grounds, that seems to spook the gamefish. Sea lions were a pesky problem as well, especially on the grounds to the north, good action for red snapper and bonito was wrecked by these aggressive mammals. Other bottom action included cabrilla, leopard grouper, pargo and amberjack, on Thursday there was a very impressive 96 lb. amberjack landed from a panga. More numbers bonito than anything else, most of these were striking on yo-yo style jigs, weighing 5 to 10 lb..

In recent days the striped marlin became much more active, on these same grounds and a bit further offshore there were stripers being found, most of these were striking various baits and average weights were 70 to 100 lb., though one monster striper of about 180 lb. was landed on Friday, many people were thinking it was a blue marlin because of its size, years past we used to see more of the larger striped marlin. One wahoo of about 25 lb. was also landed Friday, no dorado or yellowfin tuna to speak of. To the north off of Cabo Pulmo they have been finding tuna, so we expect these fish will also move south into our range before too long. Off of the San Jose del Cabo hotel zone anglers were finding better action for roosterfish in the 15 to 25 lb. range, we look for this action to peak in the six weeks or so, please remember that these gamefish should always be released. Not as many sierra being seen now, no large schools of sardinas to attract them and as the water temperatures increase these fish usually migrate out of this region.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 66 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 13 striped marlin, 13 yellowtail, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 18 leopard grouper, 360 bonito, 74 red snapper, 10 yellow snapper, 5 African pompano, 6 barred pargo, 29 amberjack, 11 sierra, 6 glasseye pargo, 32 roosterfish and 75 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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Eric Brictson / Operator

619 488-1859

Los Cabos (624) 142-1147

e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com

WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM


Los Cabos Fishing Report May 5, 2019

Sun, May 05, 2019

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May 5, 2019

This week with the start of the new month we saw increased numbers of anglers showing up in town, along with hundreds of off road racing enthusiasts, here to celebrate the finish of the annual Norra Mexican 1000 five day rally. Weather conditions were excellent, nearly perfect climate now, hardly a chill early morning, with daytime highs reaching the mid-80s. Swells were slight, winds minimal, ocean temperatures ranged from 70 to 75 degrees through most of the region, with warmest currents found outside of San Jose del Cabo and towards the Gordo Banks.

Main baitfish being found have been the sardinas, a bit more spotty from day to day, the netters have been finding these schooling baitfish from near the marina jetty and off of Palmilla, though not in the quantity as in past weeks.

This week we felt a warming trend with different currents pushing in towards the Gordo Banks zone and this helped wake up the action some. Large whale sharks were also sighted on these grounds, slowly cruising around, not spooked of the any boat traffic, being larger than most boats themselves. No huge numbers of any particular gamefish species were being landed, though a variety of fish were being seen, including yellowtail to 30 lb. Early in the week some boats had as many as three yellowtail, since it has slowed, though these yellows are still in the area, downrigger proved to show best results, though not all bats use this method. Free swimming wahoo were spotted, but not on the bite, some tuna were seen working the surface, but they proved difficult, these was an occasional hook up reported. Jigging off the bottom produced some bonito and snapper.

A handful of yellowfin tuna were also found on the grounds from Iman, San Luis and Vinorama, a couple of tuna between 80 and 100 lb. were accounted for, most of these caught by local pangeros specifically targeting these fish for commercial value.

Closer to shore there was a variety of shallow water structure species found, drift fishing with sardinas worked well for this action. Species included sierra, yellow snapper, African pompano, triggerfish and a handful of amberjack.

Offshore there were reports of striped marlin activity from around the 1150 spot, this is just starting to develop and we expect to see this bit come on strong though the entire month, this is always the main season for stripers on these local ground off of San Jose del Cabo.

We expect to see schools of mullet to show in abundance later this month, which in turn will attract more inshore gamefish, such as dogtooth snapper, amberjack, jack crevalle and roosterfish. At this time main inshore action was for sierra mostly smaller sized roosterfish.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 64 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 6 yellowfin tuna, 11 yellowtail, 11 leopard grouper, 210 bonito, 22 red snapper, 12 mohara, 18 yellow snapper, 8 African pompano, 15 amberjack, 85 sierra, 10 glasseye pargo, 12 roosterfish and 95 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

GORDO BANKS PANGAS

Eric Brictson / Operator

619 488-1859

Los Cabos (624) 142-1147

e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com

WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM


Los Cabos Fishing Report – April 7, 2019

Mon, Apr 08, 2019

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April 7, 2019

We continued to see waves of spring break vacationers arriving, many of these being families, as well as the college groups. The climate is definitely feeling spring like as well, mostly clear skies, lows about 65 degree, reaching 85 degrees later in the day, ideal time to visit.

The winds have been moderate, most of the strong northerlies now past, ocean currents continuing to vary, quite strong at times. Ocean temperatures averaged 72 degrees, early in

the week certain regions reported 74 degrees. Water clarity had been on a cleaning trend, then with changing currents became it bit greenish again, time of year that things can change rapidly from day to day.

Charters are using a combination of bait sources, ballyhoo, slabs of squid, as well as limited supplies of sardinas, chihuil action faded out this week, some imported rec crabs were obtained for red snapper action by the commercial panga fleet. Anglers were also using some yo-yo jigs and Rapalas.

Most common catch has been the Eastern Pacific bonito, schooling over high spots throughout the area, average size 4 to 6 lb., some up over 10 lb. These are a good eating fish, similar to tuna, same family species and scrappy fighters on light tackle. A few cabrilla, pargo, snapper and amberjack, of course lots of triggerfish. Some quality size huachinango were accounted for, one monster amberjack near 100 lb. was landed from a panga mid-week, they were using  a whole bonito for bait. The yellowtail action we saw last week seemed to stall out, we expect to still see more activity for these jacks.

Wahoo, marlin and dorado were not easy to find, though we did see a handful early in the week, we expect as water warms we will see more activity from these gamefish. Yellowfin tuna are being hooked into every day, mainly on strips of squid for bait, best spot was the Iman Bank, though the yellowfin are also being seen on the Gordo Banks. The tuna are very finicky though and anglers were fortunate to land one, sizes ranged from 25 lb. to 90 lb. These fish can become shy when they have plenty of natural food source to gorge on and when water conditions fluctuate daily.

Not much heard about fish along the shoreline, such as roosterfish, sierra and jack crevalle. Still some late season whale being sighted, lots of sea lions also moving onto the same fishing grounds.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 70 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 5 dorado, 28 yellowfin tuna, 13 leopard grouper, 260 bonito, 42 red snapper, 4 barred pargo, 12 yellow snapper, 9 amberjack, 8 golden eyed tilefish, 6 baqueta grouper, 4 sierra and 90 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

GORDO BANKS PANGAS

Eric Brictson / Operator

619 488-1859

Los Cabos (624) 142-1147

e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com

WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM


Los Cabos Fishing Report March 24, 2019

Sun, Mar 24, 2019

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March 24, 2019

We saw similar low numbers of vacationers arriving this past week, though we expect to see more spring break tourists arriving soon. Weather patterns had been on a cooling trend and now we are starting to see this turn around, as winds have laid down and days are warming up near the 80 degree mark. Ocean conditions had turned over to be cold and green, but now we are seeing this rebound some, it can be a slow process, water is now averaging 71 to 73 degrees.

Main baits being used now were caballito and ballyhoo, no sardinas being found to speak of and not much going on with slabs of squid now. It is the time of year where anglers use more yo-yo style jigs off the bottom spots.

The all-around fishing did improve the past few days, the highlight being some hog sized amberjack in the 50 to 70 lb. class, also a few nice 25 lb. yellowtail were brought in, so this is encouraging to see these larger gamefish species showing up, taken over the structure near San Luis Bank. Also plenty of the Eastern Pacific bonito to keep anglers busy, a few even up to 15 lb. Some of the big amberjack actually grabbed onto bonito that were hooked up, these are hungry and aggressive fish, very powerful as well.

Only one or two yellowfin tuna seen all week, dorado were scarce as well, perhaps with a slight warming of the water we might see more of these fish, chance that maybe even the wahoo will wake up. The water is still greenish, but not as bad as it had been, it is on a clearing trend now, a lot can happen in a matter of a few days this time of year.

Action was scattered for striped marlin, though as the water clears we should see this improve, even in the off colored water there were reports of striped marlin, just no big concentrations at this time, at least off of the San Jose del Cabo grounds.

Inshore there were good numbers of small sized roosterfish off of the Hotel zone, trolling live bait is what these fish want, without sardinas, the other choice would be caballito or possibly mullet. Only a handful of sierra are being caught, a few up to five pounds.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 60 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 2 striped marlin, 5 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 7 yellowtail, 13 leopard grouper, 205 bonito, 34 red snapper, 15 roosterfish, 3 surgeonfish, 4 barred pargo, 9 yellow snapper, 22 amberjack, 9 golden eyed tilefish, 5 glasseye snapper, 12 baqueta grouper, 9 sierra, 8 jack crevalle, 1 broomtail grouper and 110 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

GORDO BANKS PANGAS

Eric Brictson / Operator

619 488-1859

Los Cabos (624) 142-1147

e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com

WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM


Los Cabos Fishing Report – March 3, 2019

Sun, Mar 03, 2019

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March 3, 2019

Not quite as many anglers in town this week, though still a fair amount, many people arriving just to escape the cold northern weather, some of them wishing to try their luck at local fishing. Many people do not realize that most fish species do have seasons and this time frame is really not peak season for the majority of gamefish species, exception being striped marlin, sierra or snapper. It is still a great time to see whales, with plenty of these mammals around, though by months end most will be heading on their northern migration.

Weather patterns much the same, northern winds, switching to the south at times, though not as strong as they had been earlier in the winter. Once again we saw a cooling trend and greener water sweeping into the area from the north. Water temperature ranged from 68 to 72 degrees. Main bait options now have been caballito, ballyhoo, mackerel and chihuil also being found at times, another option was smaller sized skipjack and some slabs of squid as well, everything but sardinas, no signs reported for them.

Most action is being found from straight off San Jose del Cabo to the Iman Bank, some charters have scouted as far north as Vinorama. No particular location where the action has been hot from day to day. Early in the week, before the water cooled and color turned over, there were good numbers of decent sized dorado found. Most of this action was found later in the morning and very close to shore. Trolling caballito and ballyhoo worked well, some anglers used chihuil or mackerel. We actual saw a couple of dorado up in the 25 lb. range, though average was more like 10 to 12  lb. Still nice fish for the winter season. Late in the week this dorado action slowed way down, to where anglers were fortunate to find one of these fish.

Offshore action was dominated by the striped marlin, with areas straight off the PLC marina, from one to four miles, being the location where more marlin were being encountered, though stripers were also found near Iman Banks and close off of Punta Gorda. Even a sailfish was hooked into close to shore, after it was landed it was released, not a normal species in the cold water. Most stripers were striking on various trolled baits, ranging in sizes up to 120 lb. a bit larger than we had been seeing.

The yellowfin tuna bite was very spotty, only hearing of maybe one or two tuna per day being found. The cooler off colored water, combined with windy conditions, made this a tough go. Same deal for wahoo, a few smaller fish early in the week, then none, as conditions turned over.

More bottom action being tried now. Mainly small red snapper, bonito and triggerfish, we did see one 40 lb. amberjack and a handful of baqueta grouper taken off of the Gordo Banks

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 77 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 24 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 82 dorado, 9 yellowfin tuna, 3 wahoo, 102 bonito, 72 red snapper, 14 baqueta grouper, 8 leopard grouper, 5 roosterfish, 2 sheepshead, 12 jack crevalle, 6 yellow snapper, 5 barred pargo, 3 amberjack, 12 golden eyed tilefish, 6 glasseye snapper, 14 sierra and 90 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

GORDO BANKS PANGAS

Eric Brictson / Operator

619 488-1859

Los Cabos (624) 142-1147

e-mail:gordobanks@yahoo.com

WWW.GORDOBANKS.COM


March Events in Los Cabos

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

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The most famous March event in Los Cabos doesn’t have an exact date. It goes on all month. That would be Spring Break, which each year attracts collegians from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to local beaches for fun in the sun before classes start up again.

The second most famous March event in Los Cabos also isn’t big on exact dates, except for the opening and closing days of its three-month run. That would be whale watching season, which officially starts on December 15 and officially ends on March 15, although locals and visitors occasionally still sight these leviathans into early April.

Baja California Sur visitors big on detailed itineraries needn’t worry, however. There are plenty of other big events this month with both dates and times, and in some cases even tickets! These events include the Baja Shakespeare Festival, an annual comedic/dramatic showcase on Los Cabos’ gorgeous East Cape; the Todos Santos Film Festival, which spotlights Latin American films at its historic downtown theater; and of course Carnaval in La Paz, an iconic regional event that is well worth the two-hour drive from Los Cabos.

Carnaval La Paz – February 28 – March 5

There are two cities that host notable Carnaval celebrations on the Baja California peninsula:  Ensenada and La Paz. Carnaval, for the uninitiated, is the Catholic pre-Lenten celebration that captivates Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans each year, although in the latter city it is better known as Mardi Gras. In La Paz, the uninhibited six-day farewell to debauchery is centered on the capital city’s malecón, and includes voluminous food and drink, colorful parades and costumes, plenty of live music from high-profile performers, and the coronation of a festival king and queen. This year’s theme is Grandes Navegantes (Great Navigators).

San José del Cabo Art Walk – March 7, 14, 21, 28

The historic Distrito del Arte in San Jose del Cabo takes center stage each Thursday evening during high tourist season–November through June–when residents and visitors alike are invited to stroll its cobblestone streets and peruse the many eclectic fine arts galleries. Art Walk hours are 5 to 9 p.m., when the neighborhood comes alive with wine, cheese and guided tours, as well as colorful street artists and strolling mariachis.

19th Annual Baja Shakespeare Festival – March 8 – 10, 13 – 16

For nearly 20 years, Baja Sur’s beautiful East Cape has welcomed visitors for fun-filled theater twists on cultural classics…often but not always Shakespeare. This year’s selection, The Sea Princesa and the Frijole, is based on the classic Broadway hit, Once Upon a Mattress; the show that launched comedienne Carole Burnett’s career back in 1959. The highly anticipated production will be held during consecutive weeks at Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Tickets are $20 each, or $400 pesos.

BMW Golf Cup International World Final – March 18 – 23

The national winners of the BMW Golf Cup International will tee it up in Los Cabos, Latin America’s premier golf destination, from March 18 – 23. BMW is one of golf’s most important global partners, both on a professional and amateur level. The premium automobile manufacturer is a worldwide partner of the Ryder Cup as well as an organizer or title sponsor of three iconic BMW professional tournaments in the U.S., England and Germany. The company also organizes the world’s largest international tournament series for amateur golfers, the BMW Golf Cup International. Each year, roughly 100,000 amateur golfers from about 35 countries play a series of tournaments around the world as part of the BMW Golf Cup International. Each player has a single goal in mind: qualification for the World Final. Approximately 100 players will gather to compete at this unique global event, to which BMW has invited top performers since 1995. The World Final will be played at Cabo del Sol, which boasts magnificent 18-hole layouts from major champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.

Todos Santos Film Festival – March 21 – 24

This annual showcase for Mexican and Latin American films was founded in 2004, and is based each year at the historic Teatro-Cine Manuel Marquez de Leon, a landmark 70+ year old movie theater that overlooks the town square in Todos Santos. The 16th edition of the coastal pueblo magico‘s acclaimed festival de cine is set for March 21 – 24, 2019, and will include full-length films, as well as shorts, documentaries, and projects from the local Youth in Video program. Additional screenings will take place in nearby Pescadero, and Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz.

 For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

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 Upcoming Event Calendar

March

Cabo Collegiate at Querencia – March 3 – 5

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – March 5

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – March 6, 13, 20, 27

Baja Shakespeare Festival – March 8 – 10, 13 – 16

Wags & Whiskers BBQ, Adoption Fair and Pet Show – March 10

Traditional Fiestas in San Jose del Cabo – March 14 – 19

End of Whale Watching Season – March 15

7th Annual Cheese & Wine Festival at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos – March 16

East Cape Arts Festival – March 17

BMW Golf Cup World Final at Cabo del Sol – March 18 – 23

Todos Santos Film Festival – March 21 – 24

Sabores de Baja in Miraflores – March 31

April

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – April 4, 11, 18, 25

Los Cabos Jazz Festival at Hard Rock Hotel – April 25 – 28

NORRA Mexican 1000 – April 26 – May 3

 May

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

La Paz Foundation Festival – Dates Yet to be Determined

El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) – May 10

Gastrovino Food & Wine Festival in Todos Santos – May 17 – 19

 June

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – June 6, 13, 20, 27

Triple Crown of Fishing/Cabo Summer Slam Tournament – June 6 – 8

Los Cabos Open of Surf – June 11 – 16

Fiesta de la Musica in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Stars & Stripes Golf & Fishing Tournament – June 27 – 30

 July

Feria de la Pitahaya in Miraflores – Dates Yet to be Determined

East Cape Dorado Shoot Out – July 20

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

August

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament – Aug. 1 – 4

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot –Aug. 24

Mango Festival in Todos Santos – Dates Yet to be Determined

 September

Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 13 – 17

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament – Oct. 17 – 20

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament – Oct. 22 – 26

Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out – Oct. 26

November

Pelagic Rock Star Tuna Tournament – Nov. 1 – 3

21st WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 6 – 9

52nd Annual Baja 1000 – Nov. 19 – 24

Sabor a Cabo International Food & Wine Festival – Nov. 30

 December

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Los Cabos Summer Fishing Tournament Season Heating Up for 2019

Wed, Feb 20, 2019

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Every fisherman worth his salt knows about the big-money fishing tournaments that take place every October in Cabo San Lucas, headlined by the big daddy of them all, the millionaire making Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

But the tournament season actually starts a little earlier in Los Cabos, and those who venture down for summer fishing and fun in the sun will find plenty of big-game action, as well as plenty of cash on the line for winning catches.

Here’s are five of the biggest tournaments on tap for Summer 2019 in Los Cabos:

6th Annual Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing Tournament/Cabo Summer Slam – June 6 – 8

 Much of the summer tournament action is centered around the Los Cabos municipality’s beautiful, less developed East Cape, but Cabo San Lucas is always a focal point when it comes to the biggest sponsors and most lucrative payouts. That’s certainly true of what qualifies as the first major tournament of the 2019 season, the Cabo Summer Slam, AKA the Pelagic Triple Crown of Fishing.

Pelagic, a Newport Beach based company, is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to lifestyle apparel and high-performance gear associated with watersports like fishing, boating, diving and surfing. So it’ll come as no surprise that the Cabo Summer Slam offers some high stakes prizes and jackpots. Over $200,000 is expected to be on the line for the 6th annual tournament in 2019–slated for June 6th to 8th–meaning it’s the biggest Cabo San Lucas based tournament until Bisbee’s big money competitions in October. Last year, Team Tejas took top honors by boating an incredible 25 marlin over two days of competition.

23rd Annual Stars and Stripes Golf and Fishing Tournament – June 27 – 30

During the 20+ years of its existence, the annual Stars and Stripes’ golf and fishing tournament has raised over 26 million dollars for youth focused charities. But it’s not simply a tournament or a charity benefit…more like a complete lifestyle experience. Participants stay at the luxurious Hilton Los Cabos; go big-game sportfishing for dorado, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, swordfish, and black, blue and striped marlin; play golf at some of the world’s best golf courses; and enjoy spectacular live entertainment nightly (Sammy Hagar headlined in 2015).

15th Annual East Cape Dorado Shootout – July 20

This is one of the largest fishing tournaments in Southern Baja, with an average turnout of 130 teams each year. What makes it so popular? The opportunity to win a brand new, fully-loaded 2019 Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck, of course. The rules are simple, catch the biggest dorado on July 20th and you win the truck. There will also be great prizes for 2nd and 3rd place, as well as for the largest tuna and largest wahoo caught that day. The beauty of this one-day tournament format is that anyone can win. After the tournament, Palmas De Cortez in Los Barriles will host the award ceremony, which is unlike any in Baja, with dinner, music, and an estimated $30,000 in raffle items given away.

20th Annual Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore – August 1 – 4

The East Cape Offshore is the first of three Bisbee’s fishing tournaments that take place in Baja California Sur each year. The ECO is always first, and kicks off Bisbee’s 2019 series starting August 1st. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three qualifiers in marlin, tuna and dorado categories, with the awards celebration taking place afterwards at the Hotel Buena Vista. Base entry for the event is $1500 per team, with additional fees for daily jackpots. Prize money is based on entry fees received, with 60% going to the billfish winners, and 20% each to top tuna and dorado anglers.

3rd Annual East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot Tournament – August 24

Similar to the East Cape Dorado Shootout with its drive-away first prize, the biggest wahoo caught on August 24th will earn one lucky fisherman a showroom fresh 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. In total, over $100,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs, including great raffle prizes, return trips, fishing, and much more. The entry fee is only $500 per team and includes dinner at the awards ceremony.

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Pelagic Gear

Upcoming Event Calendar

February

20th Baja Hog Rally – Feb. 20 – 24

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

March

Cabo Collegiate at Querencia – March 3 – 5

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – March 5

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – March 6, 13, 20, 27

Baja Shakespeare Festival – March 8 – 10, 13 – 16

Wags & Whiskers BBQ, Adoption Fair and Pet Show – March 10

Traditional Fiestas in San Jose del Cabo – March 14 – 19

End of Whale Watching Season – March 15

7th Annual Cheese & Wine Festival at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos – March 16

East Cape Arts Festival – March 17

Todos Santos Film Festival – March 21 – 24

Sabores de Baja in Miraflores – March 31

April

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – April 4, 11, 18, 25

Los Cabos Jazz Festival at Hard Rock Hotel – April 25 – 28

NORRA Mexican 1000 – April 26 – May 3

May

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

La Paz Foundation Festival – Dates Yet to be Determined

El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) – May 10

Gastrovino Food & Wine Festival in Todos Santos – May 17 – 19

 June

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – June 6, 13, 20, 27

Cabo Summer Slam Fishing Tournament – June 6 – 8

Los Cabos Open of Surf – June 11 – 16

Fiesta de la Musica in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Stars & Stripes Golf & Fishing Tournament – June 27 – 30

 July

Feria de la Pitahaya in Miraflores – Dates Yet to be Determined

East Cape Dorado Shoot Out – July 20

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

August

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament – Aug. 1 – 4

East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot –Aug. 24

Mango Festival in Todos Santos – Dates Yet to be Determined

 September

Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) – Sep. 16

 October

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – Oct. 13 – 17

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament – Oct. 17 – 20

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament – Oct. 22 – 26

Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out – Oct. 26

November

Pelagic Rock Star Tuna Tournament – Nov. 1 – 3

21st WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 6 – 9

52nd Annual Baja 1000 – Nov. 19 – 24

Sabor a Cabo International Food & Wine Festival – Nov. 30

 December

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


The Happiest Race on Earth Finishes in San Jose del Cabo – Previewing the 2019 NORRA Mexican 1000

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

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The longest running events on the Baja California peninsula are those dedicated to two relatively fringe sports: big-game sportfishing and off-road racing. Although fringe in the sense that they lack the enormous worldwide popularity of a sport like soccer (fútbol to the Spanish speaking world), these two competitive endeavors each have passionately loyal long-time fan bases, and they’ve helped enormously over the past half-century in driving tourism to Baja, and in forging its image as a rugged and spectacularly beautiful off-the-beaten-track travel destination.

The first modern fishing tournaments date to the 1960s, and included the Sea of Cortez Fishing Tournament Internacional, which was held in 1968 and 1969, and featured six days of competition fishing in La Paz, Buenavista and Cabo San Lucas. It was the late great Bob Bisbee and his Black & Blue Marlin Tournament in Cabo San Lucas, however, that put Baja on the fishing map. Started in 1981, the tournament grew so fast in prize money and reputation that today it’s known as both The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament and the Super Bowl of Sportfishing.

The roots of off-road racing go back even further.

The first Baja based off-road race in 1967 traced its origins to early endurance races like the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia in Italy. The Targa Florio, an open road endurance race through Sicily, was the first sports car racing event when it premiered in 1906, preceding the Indianapolis 500 by five years, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans by 17 years.

But the most immediate predecessor of what would become the iconic Baja 1000, the most famous off-road race in the world, was an endurance contest across the length of mainland Mexico that was primarily known for being the most dangerous race on the planet.

That was the Carrera Panamericana, which after five years of racing was cancelled by the Mexican government in 1954 due to high driver and spectator fatality rates. In its prime, however, the Carrera Panamericana was extraordinarily popular, attracting more spectators than any other road race, as well as legendary drivers like Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby. The first race in 1950 started on the border of the U.S. and Mexico (between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez) and finished six days and over 2,000 miles away on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. An American named Hershel McGriff won the first running in an Oldsmobile 88.

When Baja’s off-road endurance version premiered in 1967–as a race from Tijuana to La Paz–it was under the auspices of the National Off-Road Racing Association, formed the year before by a group of racing enthusiasts led by Ed Pearlman and Don Francisco. It was Francisco, a veteran of the Carrera Panamericana, that flew all around Baja to chart a viable course for the first race, Pearlman who handled press and promotion. This was the beginning of the Baja 1000.

NORRA backed out of the race following the OPEC Oil Crisis in 1973, and there was no race at all in 1974. In 1975, eager to continue the tradition, Baja California governor Milton Castellanos convinced promoter Mickey Thompson and his SCORE (Southern California Off-Road Enterprises) organization to take over the race, which they did in 1975. The Baja 1000 has been run under the SCORE banner ever since.

But it was the first few years under NORRA that set the standard for modern off-road racing, and drew celebrity contestants like Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones, as well as Hollywood movie stars like James Garner and Steve McQueen.

In order to honor that heritage, NORRA restarted the Mexican 1000 nine years ago as a fun, vintage-style rally race. Dubbed “The Happiest Race on Earth,” the revamped Mexican 1000 features a mix of restored motorcycles, cars and trucks from the glory era of the Baja 1000, as well as modern desert rally cars. Classes are divided by eras to keep it fun and competitive for all, with high-speed off-road stages linked by controlled-speed highway portions.

The 10th edition, the 2019 NORRA Mexican 1000, is scheduled from April 26th to May 3rd, and as is traditional, will start in Ensenada before coursing down the peninsula, winding through San Felipe, Guerrero Negro, Bahia de Los Angeles, Loreto, and La Paz before concluding with a finish line fiesta in San Jose del Cabo.

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Upcoming Event Calendar

February

Todos Santos Writers Workshop – Feb. 2 – 9

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Todos Santos Artists’ Open Studios Tour – Feb. 9 – 10

Día del Amor y la Amistad (Valentine’s Day) – Feb. 14

San Jose del Cabo Jazz Weekend – Feb. 15 – 16

20th Baja Hog Rally – Feb. 20 – 24

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

March

Cabo Collegiate at Querencia – March 3 – 5

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – March 5

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – March 6, 13, 20, 27

Baja Shakespeare Festival – March 8 – 10, 13 – 16

Traditional Fiestas in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

End of Whale Watching Season – March 15

7th Annual Cheese & Wine Festival at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos – March 16

East Cape Arts Festival – March 17

Todos Santos Film Festival – March 21 – 24

Sabores de Baja in Miraflores – March 31

April

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – April 4, 11, 18, 25

Los Cabos Jazz Festival at Hard Rock Hotel – April 25 – 28

NORRA Mexican 1000 – April 26 – May 3

Paws n’ Claws Golf Tournament – Dates Yet to Be Determined

 May

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

La Paz Foundation Festival – Dates Yet to Be Determined

El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) – May 10

Gastrovino Food & Wine Festival in Todos Santos – May 17 – 19

 June

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – June 6, 13, 20, 27

Cabo Summer Slam Fishing Tournament – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Los Cabos Open of Surf – June 11 – 16

Fiesta de la Musica in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Stars & Stripes Golf & Fishing Tournament – June 27 – 30

 July

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

August

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament – Aug. 1 – 4

 September

Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) – Sep. 16

 October

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament – Oct. 17 – 20

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament – Oct. 22 – 26

November

21s WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 6 – 9

52nd Annual Baja 1000 – Nov. 19 – 24

Sabor a Cabo International Food & Wine Festival – Nov. 30

 December

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


Los Cabos Fishing Report January 27, 2019

Sun, Jan 27, 2019

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January 27, 2019

Similar to last week, lighter crowds of anglers ow arriving. Windy conditions prevailed most of the week, gusts from the north. Water clarity was more stirred up, also cooler currents pushing in, ranging 72 to 74 degrees. Daytime highs continue near 80 degrees, morning cloud cover, burning off md day.

Bait options were for caballito, slabs of squid, chihuil, ballyhoo and mackerel, no sardinas reported. Hard to say where the sardinas are, this time last year we did have a steady supply.

Majority of local charters were fishing grounds from Red Hill to Iman and La Fortuna, as well as the Gordo Banks. No particular hot spot, very scattered action from day to day.

The Gordo Banks was producing a quality grade of yellowfin tuna, a few fish brought in weighing near 100 lb. The problem being that there were very few of these fish being landed, on a normal day we were just seeing a handful of these yellowfin brought to the fillet tables. The offshore action for the tuna associated with porpoise faded out some and was out of range of most boats anyway, being 30 to 40 miles offshore.

With passing of recent full moon the billfish action also became scattered, still being found, but not in any frenzy like past months. Despite cooler waters, there were even a couple of sailfish hooked into, though most common has been the striped marlin, averaging 60 to 100 lb.

Early in the week we saw a few wahoo landed, from the La Fortuna area, squid and chihuil was the main bait being used. Only an occasional dorado seen in the mix, scattered, no particular location.

Bottom was limited, with lack of charters, swift currents, choppy and windy conditions, did not make for ideal conditions. More triggerfish and small snapper seen, only an occasional, cabrilla or amberjack. One day the commercial fleet imported some red crabs and had good catches of red snapper (huachinango.

Just an occasional smaller sized roosterfish, sierra, or misc. snapper being found close to shore, also a chance at finding a stray dorado close to shore.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 61 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 11 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo, 84 bonito, 18 red snapper, 6 cabrilla, 8 yellow snapper, 4 mohara, 18 tijareta, 3 amberjack, 5 roosterfish, 10 sierra and 75 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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Blue Notes on Golden Shores – Los Cabos Jazz Festival to Debut at Newly Opened Hard Rock Hotel

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

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Los Cabos will never become as synonymous with jazz as New Orleans, which after all is its birthplace, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are now home to no less than three dedicated jazz festivals.

There’s the Jazz Weekend in San Jose del Cabo, which will celebrate its 7th edition at Plaza del Pescador on Feb. 15th and 16th, 2019; there’s the Life Luxe Jazz Experience Los Cabos, which premiered last November at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica on the Pacific Coast north of San Lucas, and has already committed to return in 2019; and there’s the newly minted Los Cabos Jazz Festival, which will help to inaugurate the newly minted Hard Rock Hotel in Cabo San Lucas on April 25th to 28th, 2019.

The baby of the bunch, the Los Cabos Jazz Festival, is the brainchild of noted jazz saxophonist and festival organizer Warren Hill. Originally from Toronto, Hill has charted several smooth jazz hits over the years. Nowadays, however, he is probably best known for Music Getaways, an event company he started that specializes in destination based music festivals. It was Hill and Music Getaways that started the now iconic Cancun Jazz Festival, a success he’s seeking to replicate in Los Cabos.

Based on the line-up that’s already been announced, success seems all but assured. Joining Hill on the festival bill are Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, Jonathon Butler, Damien Escobar, West Coast Jam (featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White and DW3), Sax to the Max (featuring Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala and Paul Taylor), and many other notable artists.

Jazz is the headliner, but far from the only attraction. The new Hard Rock Hotel has been a long awaited addition to the upscale Diamante development, a beachfront oasis on the Pacific Coast that boasts championship level golf course designs from major champions Tiger Woods and Davis Love III.

Woods actually has designed two courses at Diamante–the parkland style El Cardonal and Oasis Short Course–with another on the way. The unquestioned star of the onsite golf slate, though, is Love’s majestic links-style Dunes Course. One of three Los Cabos courses currently ranked among the top 100 on the planet, Dunes holds the highest rating ever for a local loop. GOLF Magazine had it ranked 36th best in the world for 2018, while Golf Digest placed it at a more modest but still spectacular 47th.

The Hard Rock Hotel itself is a 639-room property with amenities that include five swim-up bars, six pools, eight restaurants and three lounges. The hotel officially opens in May 2019, but will welcome guests early for Los Cabos’ newest jazz focused celebration. More upscale attendees, however, may prefer to make reservations at one of the Land’s End area’s many breathtaking appointed and scenically situated luxury villas.

For more information about events, activities and villa rentals in Los Cabos, call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-655-4548, visit www.LosCabosVillas.com, or email us at Info@LosCabosVillas.com.

Photo credit:  Craig ONeal

Upcoming Event Calendar

January 2019

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Día de los Tres Reyes Magos – Jan. 6

Tropic of Cancer Concert Series in Todos Santos – Jan. 10 – 20

Los Cabos Pro-Am at Cabo del Sol – Jan. 14 – 18

La Ventana Classic (Kiteboard and Windsurfing Tournament) – Jan. 16 – 20

February

Todos Santos Writers Workshop – Feb. 2 – 9

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Todos Santos Artists’ Open Studios Tour – Feb. 9 – 10

Día del Amor y la Amistad (Valentine’s Day) – Feb. 14

San Jose del Cabo Jazz Weekend – Feb. 15 – 16

20th Baja Hog Rally – Feb. 20 – 24

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

March

Cabo Collegiate at Querencia – March 3 – 5

Carnaval La Paz – Feb. 28 – March 5

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – March 6, 13, 20, 27

Baja Shakespeare Festival – March 8 – 10, 13 – 16

Traditional Fiestas in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

End of Whale Watching Season – March 15

East Cape Arts Festival – March 17

Todos Santos Film Festival – Dates Yet to Be Determined

7th Annual Cheese & Wine Festival at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos – Dates Yet to Be Determined

April

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – April 4, 11, 18, 25

Los Cabos Jazz Festival at Hard Rock Hotel – April 25 – 28

NORRA Mexican 1000 – April 26 – May 3

Paws n’ Claws Golf Tournament – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Sabores de Baja in Miraflores – Dates Yet to Be Determined

 May

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

La Paz Foundation Festival – Dates Yet to Be Determined

El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) – May 10

Gastrovino Food & Wine Festival in Todos Santos – May 17 – 19

 June

Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo – June 6, 13, 20, 27

Cabo Summer Slam Fishing Tournament – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Los Cabos Open of Surf – June 11 – 16

Fiesta de la Musica in San Jose del Cabo – Dates Yet to Be Determined

Stars & Stripes Golf & Fishing Tournament – June 27 – 30

 July

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

August

Mifel Los Cabos Open of Tennis – July 29 – Aug. 3

Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament – Aug. 1 – 4

 September

Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) – Sep. 16

 October

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament – Oct. 17 – 20

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament – Oct. 22 – 26

November

21s WON Tuna Jackpot – Nov. 6 – 9

52nd Annual Baja 1000 – Nov. 19 – 24

 December

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) – Dec. 24

Navidad (Christmas) – Dec. 25

Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) – Dec. 31

 


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