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Light Crowds, Tuna and Dorado Bite, Cold Front ~ December 16, 2017

Anglers –
December 16, 2017

Light crowds this week visiting the Los Cabos area, normal slack period for traveling, will pick up again over the Christmas Holiday. Cool climate has moved in, on and off winds out of the north, even some rain on Thursday, not enough to keep anglers from going out, but made conditions more uncomfortable, as high temperatures barely even reached 70 degrees. Ocean temperature has been in the 75 to 78 degree range, we expect to see this cooling trend to continue through the month. More whales are now arriving from their annual migration from the north, as sightings are being reported now every day.

This is now late in the season for warmer water gamefish such as yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo, but there will still be opportunities for hooking into these fish as long as water stays in the 70s. The wahoo action slowed way down this past week, with only handful of these fish being caught earlier in the week, we do anticipate that these fish will become active once again, before cold water eventually sends them further south. Dorado actually showed up in more numbers, still varying from day to day, though many anglers were able to catch their two fish limit. Most of these fish were in the 5 to 15 lb., with an occasional fish to 20 lb. reported. Remember to release juvenile female dorado whenever you have the opportunity, this is beneficial for future fishery to maintain sustainable numbers.

Yellowfin tuna were one of the more common fish being caught on most days, though numbers were fewer this week compared to previous. Tuna were being found off the Arches near Cabo San Lucas, to Santa Maria, Palmilla, Punta Gorda, La Fortuna and Iman Bank. Sardinas were slightly harder to find in recent days, with Palmilla Point being the area where the schooling batfish were being netted. The sardinas were definitely needed for chances at catching the yellowfin, as very few were striking on squid strips or on trolled lures. Sizes of the tuna averaged 10 to 15 lb. though a few larger specimens in the 30 to 40 lb. range were accounted for, these larger fish were found on the Iman Bank. Mixed in with the schools of yellowfin tuna were white skipjack, a bit smaller than most of the tuna, but good eating, not like the black skipjack which are normally only used for cut bait.

Bottom action produced a variety of species off of the more shallow rock piles, wind was a factor on the grounds to the north. Leopard grouper, pompano, island jack, bonito, yellow snapper, barred pargo and triggerfish are were caught in limited numbers. Using sardinas and chunk bait produced, not much on yo-yo jigs at this time.

We continue to see some sierra coming from near shore grounds, though no big quantities yet. Also there were handful of roosterfish caught, up to about 10 lb. No billfish action being reported out of San Jose del Cabo now, best chances for striped marlin has been around the corner on the Pacific Banks.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 78 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 5 wahoo, 32 sierra, 160 yellowfin tuna, 84 dorado, 4 amberjack, 20 yellow snapper, 15 island jack, 8 barred pargo, 10 Eastern Pacific bonito, 44 white skipjack, 5 roosterfish, 3 African Pompano, 16 cabrilla and 105 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Tuna, Wahoo and Strong Winds Highlight Week ~ December 9, 2017

Anglers –
December 9, 2017

With the big rush of the fall season now over, we normally expect to see less tourists arriving and that is the case now, though actually there were quite a few anglers still showing up, apparently to take advantage of the lighter crowds, warmer than normal ocean temperatures and all around great climate. Water temperatures are now ranging 78 to 80 degrees, it looks like this coming week the weather patterns will be cooler, so we will most likely see ocean temperatures drop. Air temperatures were reaching up to 85 degrees early in the week, but as north winds increased through the week, highs by the weekend were in the mid 70’s.

Bait supplies have remained sufficient, with sardinas being the bait of choice, they are now being netted along the beach stretches from Palmilla to Cabo Real. Some anglers are also still using slabs of squid, locating and catching the chihuil has been another option. We anticipate that new resources for mackerel and sardineta should start to appear as water cools off some. The most consistent fishing action is now being encountered from Santa Maria, Palmilla, Punta Gorda, La Fortuna and Iman Bank.

Anglers were finding that yellowfin tuna were the most common gamefish now being accounted for, the majority of these fish were striking on sardinas, some on strips of squid or chihuil. Most yellowfin landed were in the 10 to 20 lb. range, though a handful of tuna up in the 30 to 70 lb. class were also accounted for. Often the tuna could be seen on the surface feeding freely, but they were spooky and not eager to bite on baits with hooks in them, but they would strike in flurries, sometimes earlier in the day and then at other times not until later, a bit unpredictable, but there are definitely still a lot of yellowfin tuna on the local fishing grounds. Average daily catches would range from 3, 4 or 5 tuna, up to ten or more per charter.

Wahoo action went wide open for a couple of days early in the week, especially off of Punta Gorda, within one mile of shore, the key was having the chihuil baitfish, which were never any guarantee, only a few wahoo were taken on trolled lures, such as Rapalas or while casting yo-yo jigs. A few charters landed as many as 4 to 8 wahoo per morning trip, with sizes ranging up to over 60 lb. The word spread of the hot wahoo bite, and that area close to shore off of the point is a relatively small area and susceptible to pressure, the wahoo become finicky in a hurry. We do expect this wahoo activity to be on and off throughout this month, until water temperature become too cool for their liking.

Dorado continued to be scarcer than tuna or wahoo, though on some days we are seeing some of these fish from the same fishing grounds, with an occasional fish weighing over ten pounds. No billfish to speak of out of San Jose del Cabo and even the good bite on the Pacific slacked up over the recent full moon.

Action off the bottom produced better action than previous period, though later in the week the wind but this action on hold. A handful of quality leopard grouper, yellow snapper, amberjack and monster sized triggerfish were accounted for. Also everyday a few sierra are being brought in. Mixed in with the yellowfin tuna have been white and black skipjacks, some days in higher percentages than the yellowfin.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 83 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 44 wahoo, 22 sierra, 365 yellowfin tuna, 37 dorado, 8 amberjack, 18 yellow snapper, 5 island jack, 12 barred pargo, 12 Eastern Pacific bonito, 125 white skipjack, 4 barred pargo, 15 cabrilla and 105 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Lighter Crowds, Finicky Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado Action ~ December 2, 2017

Anglers –
December 2, 2017

The fall season is finally now starting to wind down, as fewer tourists were seen this past week, as Thanksgiving is now past and people now have other priorities preparing for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays coming up. Weather is now ideal, north winds have not been over powering as they can be this time of year, clear skies with high temperatures of about 85 degrees. Ocean temperature now holding in the 78 to 81 degree range, very favorable for fishing prospects throughout the month of December. Great time to visit now, with lighter crowds, perfect weather conditions and a variety of gamefish opportunities now being found on local fishing grounds.

Supplies of sardinas continue to be sufficient for anglers, these small baitfish are now schooling off the rocky beach stretches from Palmilla to Cabo Real. Other bait options include slabs of squid or trying to find and catch your own chihuil, as well as using chunks of skipjack. Sardinas proved to be the most productive all around bait.

Most common catches were for yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 30 lb. range, we only saw a handful of tuna up in the 50 to 70 lb. range this past week. Even the smaller grade tuna were finicky much of the time, anglers could see the yellowfin jumping out of the water and feeding freely on the chummed sardinas, but they often would not readily take the baits with hooks in them. Very clear water, boat pressure, coming full moon, all can be factors for this. Though with patience, most charters were able to accountant for tuna catches averaging 4 to 8 fish per boat. The Palmilla Point, Santa Maria, Los Arcos, Iman Bank all produced fish, the larger grade of tuna were coming off of the Iman and San Luis Banks.

Wahoo slowed way down compared to the previous week when Vinorama was producing some wide open action. This week the wahoo were being found closer, such as off of Gordo Banks, Punta Gorda, Palmilla and Iman Bank, though not in any significant numbers, anglers were fortunate to land one of them, sizes ranged to 45 lb. With water temperatures still warm, we do anticipate having more wahoo activity throughout the month. Dorado were found scattered on the same grounds as were the tuna and wahoo, though numbers were very limited, and most of these fish were under 10 lb., with a rare larger specimen in the mix.

Reports from the Pacific for good action on striped marlin, with multiple fish per charter being the rule. In the direction of San Jose del Cabo, the billfish action was limited, a few single stripers and black marlin hanging around.

Ae water temperatures are slowly cooling, we are see some more sierra show up closer to shore, a few nicer fish to over 5 lb. Also some of the more elusive island jacks were found. Off the bottom structure we saw a little more production of amberjack, barred pargo, triggerfish, leopard grouper (cabrilla) and at least one nice 28 lb. yellowtail was landed. Quite a few white skipjack were mixed in with the schools of yellowfin tuna and a few of the Eastern Pacific bonito.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 91 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 1 striped marlin, 26 wahoo, 36 sierra, 440 yellowfin tuna, 46 dorado, 15 amberjack, 13 yellow snapper, 12 huachinango, 26 island jack, 12 barred pargo, 14 Eastern Pacific bonito, 110 white skipjack, 1 yellowtail, 16 cabrilla and 145 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric