October 31, 2014
We are now in the peak Fall Season, normally a very bustling period for the Los Cabos area. This year the situation is much different, as many Resorts are still in the rebuilding stage and combined with changing airline schedules, has contributed to below normal capacity level crowds of tourists, as try to find available flights and accommodations. By the coming New Year we do expect to see many more resorts reopening their doors to tourists. For the time being we are seeing more visitors arrive, just not like we would normally expect to see.
The climate has been absolutely ideal, clear skies, slight chill early in the morning, warming up quickly to 90 degrees later in the day. Only a couple of days of north winds, mostly calm ocean conditions with minimal swell activity for anglers. Water temperatures are still averaging in the mid 80’s. Clear blue water is found close to shore now, most fishing activity has been taking place within 2 to 8 miles from shore.
Sardinas became more scattered from where they had been school in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetty area, heavy pressure from the Bisbee tournament seems to hurt local bait supplies, teams pay big money to local pangeros to fill large ice chests with bait for chumming, this is a marlin tournament, why are so many sardinas needed, apparently to chum up more skipjack or smaller yellowfin to be used as baitfish for the billfish, it just seems there should be some control on this, sustainable bait populations are very fragile these days. Surely the upcoming WON Tuna Jackpot will put even more negative pressure on this local bait resource.
Dorado became more scarce this past week, we heard of more dorado being found on the Pacific fishing grounds, compared to in the direction of San Jose del Cabo. Wahoo were consistently being found in schools on the normal grounds north of Punta Gorda. Anglers were finding many opportunities at hooking into these speedsters, having five, six or seven strikes per morning was not uncommon. Strikes are coming on trolled Rapalas, skirted lead heads and slow trolling trap-hooked chihuil.Most of the wahoo being accounted for weighed in the 15 to 30 lb. class, though there were some fish up to 45 lb. landed.
Yellowfin tuna were a main targeted species on the La Fortuna to Iman Banks, the tuna schooling here were striking on sardinas, these fish were mixed with a variety of aggressive skipjack, weighing to 20 pounds, average catches ranged from 1 to 5 yellwofin per charter, many more skipjack than tuna were being hooked into. The chance of hooking into the larger cows sized yellowfin tuna still was concentrated around the Gordo Banks, yellowfin in the 50 to 300 pounds are holding on these grounds, though getting them to bite has been another story, everyday there are reports of maybe one or two nice fish being hooked into. This past week we weighed one tuna of 204 pounds in, one fish weighing close to 300 lb. was taken last Sunday, other large fish were lost and yellowfin tuna of 80 to 100 lb. were reported by anglers that were on scouting trips for next week’s Tuna Jackpot, surely this year’s event will have some very stiff competition.
Billfish action was spread out, though a few more blacks and blues were hooked in this past week, weighing up to 300 pounds plus. It is the time of year where an offshore grand slam could happen, there are sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin now in local waters.
Not much found off the bottom recently, most anglers are now targeting surface species.
Local La Playita panga fleet’s are back operating out of the panga basin of Puerto Local Cabo Marina, this particular area sustained heavy disastrous damage from Hurricane Odile. Work conditions continue to prove extremely challenging. Rebuilding progress for this facility is now frustratingly at a standstill, not even simple conveniences such as fresh running water, bathroom facilities, suitable parking, electricity for any form of lighting, or even an accessible boat ramp for making needed maintenance schedules, the only usable marina ramp now has a chain in place and fleet owners are required to pay high fees for the privilege of using it, the list could go on. These are simple conveniences which could all be addressed in timely fasion, though Marina Management has other priorities, no effort or expense has gone towards helping this panga area. Locals seem to be on their own in tackling the rebuilding undertaking. Waiting for Governmental help, funding for the necessary specialized equipment, appears to be on a long road ahead.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 4 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 3 striped marlin, 78 wahoo, 82 yellowfin tuna, 9 dorado, 10 rainbow runners, 24 bonito, 320 skipjack, 14 cabrilla, 8 barred pargo and 20 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric