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Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo continue to Keep Anglers Busy ~ November 22, 2014

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Anglers –

November 22, 2014

After a series of late season tropical storm fronts developing, this past week we saw weather patterns return to the more prevalent Fall conditions. Early morning chill, offshore breeze early in the day, shifting to variable winds predominately from the north. Ocean water temperatures were still holding 80/81 degrees, we expect that cooler current will gradually swept into the region. All in all the climate is ideal now, while much of the U.S. has endured record early cold waves, we are still wearing shorts in the warm 80 degree sunshine. Crowds have been lighter than you would expect for this time of year, but actually businesses have been much busier than in previous weeks, so it is nice to see the activity.

Live bait supplies seemed to have rebounded some after recent shortages, sardinas, caballito and some ballyhoo have been available. Skipjack, bolito and chihuil have been other baitfish options, though never a guarantee they will cooperate on the fishing grounds. Fishing action has been spread out from the Pacific to the grounds north of Punta Gorda, no real temperature break being found anywhere. Most San Jose del Cabo charters are now fishing in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, there had been a bite going on for smaller sized tuna, dorado and wahoo off of Santa Maria and Chileno , but this action became more inconsistent through the week and fleets were finding better chances in the vicinity of the Iman Bank.

Anglers found sporadic action for yellowfin tuna, at times in feeding frenzies, other times  not biting until later, though other days early action was best, areas close off of La Fortuna and Punta Gorda also were holding the schooling yellowfin tuna. One key was having the sardinas for bait. These tuna averaged 10 to 20 pounds, various skipjack were mixed with them. An occasional much larger tuna, weighing from 60 to over 200 pounds, was being accounted for, no big numbers though, Gordo Banks was the best bet at trying to find the larger grade of yellowfin. These fish were all hitting on various baits, either live, dead or chunk. They were not being taken on lures.

Most of the wahoo were striking on baits, as compared to on lures, you never know with these elusive spooky fish, they are very unpredictable. Many small wahoo under ten pounds were in the area, particularly closer to Cabo San Lucas, though there were quite a few fish in the 20 to 40 pound class and then an occasional larger specimen over 50 pounds also being reported. Most of this wahoo action was from Punta Gorda and further north.

More dorado are now being encountered off of San José del Cabo grounds, though the majority have been smaller sized fish, remember to release these juvenile fish, so that they can mature and reproduce, helping to maintain the future fishery. More sierra now moving inshore, always a sign of cooling currents to come.

Off the bottom rock piles there have been a handful of dogtooth snapper, amberjack, pargo, cabrilla and bonito found, though this has not been consistent and with increasing late morning winds from the north, this has not been a practical option at times. Billfish became even more scattered, probably the best bet would in the direction of the Pacific banks. With the warm ocean temperatures and plentiful schools of skipjack, there are still chances of the black and blue marlin hanging throughout the present year.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 205 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 115 wahoo, 590 yellowfin tuna, 310 dorado, 22 bonito, 150 skipjack, 23 cabrilla, 5 amberjack, 28 sierra, 15 jack crevalle, 2 roosterfish, 14 pargo and 6 dogtooth snapper.

Good fishing, Eric

 

 

 

Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado & Wahoo Highlight Fall Action ~ November 15, 2014

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November 15, 2014

Anglers –

The first week of November we saw late season Hurricane Vance develop and pass a couple hundred of miles to the southeast of Cabo San Lucas, increasing ocean swells and bringing some scattered rain showers, never really amounted to much, one day of charters were cancelled. This week there was another low pressure storm system passing from the south, moving eastward. This system never resulted in much, but did create rough choppy ocean conditions during the first two three days of the week. Now conditions have settled down for the first time in a couple of weeks and anglers are enjoying comfortable days on the water.

 

Crowds increased during the past couple of weeks, busy times now, which is normal during the weeks before Thanksgiving. Ocean water temperatures still warm for this late in the season, averaging 82 to 84 degrees, this could mean that we will have exotic species in local water through the rest of the year.

 

As we anticipated, bait supplies were more limited after the big surge in charter pressure and during local tournaments, which put even increased stress on bait schools. There have been sardinas available most days, as well as some caballito, ballyhoo were a bit harder to find, the fishing grounds held skipjack, bolito and chihuil, which were also being used for whole and cut bait. Fishing on the areas north of San Jose del Cabo were more productive for a variety of gamefish while using various baitfish, compared to on trolled lures. Though always a bonus to have some wahoo type lures such as Rapala X-Rap or skirted lead heads for your personal arsenal. Chihuil baitfish have not been easy to come by, but have proved to a bait of choice for wahoo and a few larger grade yellowfin tuna.

 

The yellowfin tuna action has been more sporadic since the passing of the recent full moon, tuna ranging from 10 to 258 lb. were landed this past week, chance at the bigger cows was still best on the Gordo Banks, though very few of the larger tuna are actually being hooked into. Better action for the smaller 10 to 30 lb. class fish was encountered around the Iman Bank. Crazy bite though, one day the Outer Gordo would be best, then the action would switch to Iman or back to the Inner Gordo Bank. Lots of bonito and various skipjacks mixed on the same grounds.

 

Best bet for finding wahoo has been near the Iman Bank, either on live caballito and chihuil or on trolled lures, more so on the live bait this past week, a few were hooked on yo-yo jigs. Sizes on the wahoo ranging from small sierra sized models, up towards 60 pounds. Dorado made a rebound this past week, as we saw increased numbers of fish in the 10 to 25 pound range, one day early in the week there was a section of a floating dock found and it was holding schooling dorado, tuna, wahoo and even sharks, the whole food chain., of course the next day no one located the same debris. Schools of dorado were also found north of Punta Gorda, it appears the fish are returning from the Pacific, in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.

 

Bottom action showed signs of improvement with the calmer days, a handful of cabrilla, snapper, triggerfish and at least one 35 lb. yellowtail was accounted for off of the Gordo Banks. Inshore there were jack crevalle, sierra and a few smaller sized roosterfish.

 

Billfish bite slowed compared to last week, a few striped marlin were scattered around, though we heard of more numbers on the Pacific.

 

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 138 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 72 wahoo, 315 yellowfin tuna, 135 dorado, 28 bonito, 380 skipjack, 18 cabrilla, 1 yellowtail, 18 sierra, 14 jack crevalle, 4 roosterfish, 18 whitefish and 30 triggerfish.

 

Good fishing, Eric

 

 

 

WON Tuna ~ Local Team Catches 293 LB Cow, Wahoo Biting on Iman Bank ~ November 8, 2014

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Anglers –

November 8, 2014

 

This past week we saw a late season storm develop off the coast of mainland Mexico, Hurricane Vance reached category two strength as it veered on a somewhat unpredictable path towards southern Baja, by Monday afternoon we saw some light rain squalls as this system encountered strong upper shear, causing rapid weakening and a more southern and easterly track. Tuesday was stormy, very few charters launched and most which did wish they had not. The region saw scattered showers and wind gusts to about 40 mph. By Tuesday morning the storm had downgraded to a depression over areas south of Mazatlán. Local fleets were back in action Tuesday with very pleasant conditions.

 

Bait supplies saw more heavy pressure during the days building towards the WON Tuna Jackpot event help on Thursday and Friday. Limited amounts of sardinas, some ballyhoo and caballito. On the fishing grounds anglers were catching and using skipjack and chihuil for whole and cut baits.

 

The action was hit or miss all week, no big numbers of any particular species, though some nice fish were being accounted for. Catches including black and blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The majority of this action was found from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank. Wahoo were hanging around the high spots from La Fortuna to Iman, striking on both trolling baits and lures, as well as yo-yo jigs, weights ranged to over 40 pounds. We are also now passing through the full moon phase, which we know can through off feeding patterns some. Dorado were more common on the Pacific grounds, only scattered action found in the direction of San Jose del Cabo. A handful of dorado in the 10 to 20 pound class.

 

Yellowfin tuna were striking on the Gordo Banks and Iman. Sizes ranging from footballs to nearly 300 pounds have been in the area. No large numbers though, all these fish are striking various baits, either by slow trolling or drift fishing, most common sizes of tuna were 15 to 50 pounds, but there are a handful of cows being accounted for throughout the week, coming from the Outer Gordo Bank. Many more skipjack than tuna were being hooked into. The super panga “Hooker” accounted for a 245 lb. yellowfin early in the week, anglers Barry Mendelson and Rick Apple, visiting from Malibu, Ca., landed this cow with skipper Tony Miranda.

 

Not much bottom activity being found recently, mostly just surface action. A few nice blue and black marlin were also hooked into from these same fishing grounds, one black estimated near 500 lb. was lost after a couple of hours, other marlin to over 300 lb. were landed. Weather has been breezy since the passing of Vance, mornings are also more cool now, so anglers should dress accordingly. We hope that bait supplies do rebound some, now that Tournament season is winding down.

 

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 66  charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 1 striped marlin, 33 wahoo, 68 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, 24 bonito, 300 skipjack, 10 cabrilla, 15 rainbow runner, 12 sierra, 8 jack crevalle and 18 triggerfish.

 

Good fishing, Eric