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No Storms at this Time ~ Anglers find Scattered Action ~ July 4, 2015

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Anglers –
July4, 2015

We are now settling into the new month of July, weather on the horizon remains calm at this time, no new tropical storms threatening, there are a pair of low pressure areas far off towards the west, heading in the direction of Hawaii, nothing to worry about in Southern Baja. With ocean water temperatures ranging into the low 80’s, these conditions can be ripe for tropical storm systems to develop rapidly, so we will all be monitoring forecasts closely.

Swells remain very moderate, currents are stronger that normal, winds were somewhat unpredictable, at times picking up from the north and then just as quickly shifting from out of the south, mainly from mid-day and into the afternoon, early in the day ocean conditions were much calmer. Sportfishing fleets have been concentrating on the grounds from outside of Cabo San Lucas and north towards San Luis Bank.

Bait supplies often become more scattered during the full moon phase, though at this time there have been both caballito and moonfish available. On the offshore grounds there have been bolito, skipjack and some smaller yellowfin tuna showing up, these can all be used for live bait as well. There have been limited numbers of larger sized yellowfin tuna found by sportfishers traveling anywhere from 25 to 40 miles offshore, these tuna, up to 200 pounds, were traveling with pods of porpoise, striking on a variety of lures, as well as available baitfish. A handful of yellowfin also were hooked into off of the San Luis Bank by anglers that were targeting the red snapper action that has been happening early morning on these grounds. These tuna were ranging from smaller sized footballs, up to about 40 lb. No significant numbers though, more tuna were seen at times, but it was another story trying to entice them into biting, especially on days where winds increased and currents were swift.

There are a wide selection of gamefish now present on the local grounds, a time when offshore billfish grand slams are feasible, with there being striped marlin, sailfish, black and blue marlin all being hooked into this past week. Marlin have been found in close proximity to shore, most of this action from 3 to 10 miles from shore. Blue water has recently been encountered in close proximity on most days, fluctuating currents did move off colored water in on occasions and boats would then travel further to find cleaner areas. This is still the time of year when conditions are stabilizing, as the hot summer season progresses, usually by mid-July we do not have to deal with cooler Pacific currents working our direction, by this time we would expect water temperatures of 85 degrees for the rest of the summer.

One 400 pound class black marlin was reportedly landed by a charter based out of Palmilla, also some blue marlin making their presence this past week, most of these were in the 100 200 lb. range. There are more numbers of striped marlin than of the other species, a handful of sailfish in the mix. Dorado were scattered, mixed sized, majority were smaller fish, not in the numbers we would expect for this time period.

Many charters were doing some early morning bottom jigging or targeting inshore roosterfish action, before trying some open blue water or outer banks activity, this time of year there are a variety of options to choose from and on any particular day a certain area can go off. The red snapper (huachinango) bite has continued on the San Luis Bank, this has mainly been an early morning bite on yo-yo jigs for snapper up to 12 lb., with Mexican bonito, a few cabrilla or amberjack mixed in. This action had been more consistent last week, but is still producing, we must remember factors such as fast currents and bright full moon phases can change feeding habits.

Roosterfish continue to patrol inshore waters, this is peak season for chances at finding trophy sized roosterfish, jack crevalle and dogtooth snapper can also found close to during this season.

Wahoo became a bit more active mid-week, as many charters accounted for wahoo while trolling Rapalas or smaller hoochie type lures on grounds north of Punta Gorda, though again no numbers, most charters were fortunate to land one of these elusive wahoo, weights ranged to 35 lb.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 73 charters for the shortened week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 2 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 29 striped marlin, 1 island jack, 74 dorado, 11 wahoo, 14 yellowfin tuna, 9 amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 5 dogtooth snapper, 2 pargo colorado, 15 yellow snapper, 8 jack crevalle, 66 bonito, 58 roosterfish and 115 huachinango (red snapper).

Good fishing, Eric

Summer Season Heating Up, Big Roosterfish Bite ~ June 27, 2015

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Anglers –
June 27, 2015

This week we had persistent warmer weather conditions, no storms brewing on the map at this time, warm and humid conditions prevail and with warmer ocean currents pushing 80 degree plus water in our direction, anything could develop on the horizon any day. Ocean swells are minimal now, after the big blow last Saturday winds were now light, which turned water conditions over for a couple of days, water temperatures cooled by ten degrees overnight, also clarity became greenish closer to shore. Though now water has cleaned back up and conditions appear favorable.

The action became more scattered after the gusty winds, as water was cooler, the colder water species, such as Eastern Pacific Bonito and huachinango, the true Pacific red snapper went on a good bite on the San Luis Bank, striking mainly on yo-yo style jigs. By mid-week this action tapered off as warmer clean water returned. Though there was a decent mix of bottom species accounted for, pargo, amberjack, cabrilla and a few dogtooth snapper. Some fish to 30 lb. were landed.

Roosterfish action had really picked up the previous week, then as colder water pushed in this shut down the action, but by the later part of the week the monster sized roosterfish started to bite again, with the stretch near Punta Gorda producing roosters up to 70 lb. Please do remember to release these prized fighting gamefish with care.

Live bait sources remained the same inside the marina entrance area, with both caballito and moonfish plentiful. Bolito have been found schooling on the offshore grounds and make a very good extra bait option.

Dorado remain scarce, considering this is the time of year we should be seeing larger size do-do’s moving into local waters. Only an occasional wahoo being talked about, one 35 lb. ‘hoo was landed during last weekend’s Father’s Day Tournament out of La Playita.

There were a few larger sized yellowfin tuna found traveling with porpoise further offshore, anywhere from 24 to 40 miles out, not really a practical deal yet for panga charters. One yellowfin tuna of 183 lb. won the heavy fish honors during last weekend’s tournament, landed from a 40 ft. sportfisher far offshore, hard for the smaller pangas to compete against boats of size when the cleaner warm water had shifted some 40 miles offshore and seas were a bit choppy, this event was originally a panga event, but has opened up to any size boats, not really fair for the smaller boats to compete against these larger vessels, maybe different classes should be formed.

Billfish action tapered off during the first part of the week, though by late week striped marlin returned in force to within close range and many charters were accounting for multiple fish days, a few stripers were weighed up to 160 lb., larger grade fish moving in.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for the shortened week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 23 striped marlin, 16 dorado, 1 wahoo, 2 grouper, 8 amberjack, 19 cabrilla, 9 dogtooth snapper, 5 pargo colorado, 18 yellow snapper, 14 jack crevalle, 155 bonito,
115 huachinango (red snapper) and 25 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Summer Season Starts, Big Roosterfish Show Up ~ June 20, 2015


Anglers –
June 20, 2015

With the summer season now officially upon us we have seen an increase of crowds, as many school have already ended school semesters are now on vacation. The latest Tropical Storm, “Carlos” dissipated off of mainland Mexico and never amounted to anything for Southern Baja, except for raising the heat and humidity factors, ocean swells barely even were visible and very few clouds were seen. Sunny days, with highs in the lower 90’s, winds predominately from the south, out of San Jose del Cabo, ocean conditions were calm and this is where the water temperatures were up to 80 degrees. Currents have fluctuated, pushing in cleaner water and then perhaps even the next day, shifting currents would sweep in off colored greenish water, this is time of year when we can see these rapidly fluctuating currents, which can affect how active the fish can be in certain areas on a given day.

Anglers were relying on the bait source found in the marina area, caballito and moonfish most readily available. Though there were reports of massive schools of mullet seen along the beaches just on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, have not seen these mullet in significant numbers for some time. Just like clockwork the larger sized roosterfish have arrived and are now patrolling inshore beach stretches, roosters weighing up to 70 lb. were landed and released this past week. Please remember to catch and release these prized trophy gamefish whenever possible, as they are not known for their eating qualities, instead they are sought after for their fighting quality and for being a true gamefish, being found only in few places of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Striped marlin were the main species found offshore, at times found very close to shore, striking on trolled lures, as well as on available baitfish. Main center of action was found offshore of San Jose del Cabo and Red Hill. A few sailfish now in the mix as well, swordfish were encountered by sportfishers venturing further offshore, 15 to 30 miles from shore. There have been reports of some blue marlin strikes that were lost. So anything could happen on any given day. Nothing much going on for yellowfin tuna now, though a handful of private charters found yellowfin further offshore traveling with porpoise, this is the season where we see the tuna moving with these mammals.

Dorado action was limited, an occasional larger bull being accounted for, one 37 lb. dorado was brought in La Playita, there were more juvenile sized schooling dorado found, these fish should be released with care, so that they can have the chance to mature, reproduce and help maintain healthy fish stocks.

Wahoo were definitely in the area, but anglers were fortunate to land one, as they were just not striking very aggressively. Most that were hooked into were from Palmilla Point and north of Punta Gorda, weighed to over 40 pounds. With more bolito appearing on the local grounds and favorable water conditions, these fish could go on a big bite anytime.

Panga charters were working inshore reefs and finding some amberjack, pargo, snapper, bonito, cabrilla and others, most of these fish were striking on the larger baitfish or on cut bait, a few of the amberjack were in the 70 pound class. Though last week we saw more numbers of these amberjack, conditions have fluctuated some, mainly clarity of the water, this could be a factor of the bite being off, could turn back on at any time. The roosterfish have been striking fairly consistently, quality sized fish, not uncommon to hook into a half dozen or more of these fish.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 102 charters for the shortened week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 2 sailfish, 13 striped marlin, 44 dorado, 7 wahoo, 3 grouper, 27 amberjack, 13 cabrilla, 5 dogtooth snapper, 9 pargo colorado, 6 sierra, 15 yellow snapper, 7 jack crevalle, 8 bonito and 88 roosterfish.

Good fishing, Eric