Big Roosterfish Patrolling Inshore, Marlin Offshore ~ June 8, 2013


June 8, 2013

Anglers –


Late spring crowds of tourists are relatively light, as many families are busy preparing for school graduation events and in planning stages for their summer activities. Ideal time to travel to Southern Baja, weather is not too warm yet, highs near 90 degrees and Pacific breezes have kept conditions comfortable. Southern swells are now steady and are attracting surfers from around the world. Ocean water temperatures are on the rise, now ranging from the mid to upper 70s throughout the zone, from Cabo San Lucas to north of Los Frailes. There were some unpredictable shifting winds on some days, but for the most part anglers found very comfortable offshore conditions. Most of charters fleets are concentrating efforts in the direction of warmer currents, the water temperatures on the Pacific Banks remain in the 60s.


There are more mullet moving along inshore stretches, but not in massive schools as we have seen in past seasons, most common baitfish available through the commercial bait suppliers were caballito, being found in the marina area, with some moonfish, jurelito and mullet mixed in. Ballyhoo are being sold by suppliers, they were good offshore baits to rig for striped marlin or dorado.


Striped marlin action has been found scattered all throughout the zone, most of the time from 5 to 20 miles from shore, the stripers were striking on lures and various baits. No huge numbers, but some charters were accounting for multiple fish days. On the Gordo Banks and other high spots, anglers were able to find bolito and skipjack, trolling small hoochies early in the morning was the best chance, these preferred baitfish were working well for surface trolling. Dorado are being encountered in limited numbers, scattered throughout offshore grounds, there were isolated reports of finding larger concentrations of dorado associated with floating debris, but other than that most charters did well to find just one dorado. This is the season when we typically see a greater percentage of large sized dorado and recently there have been a few nice bulls to 35 pounds accounted for.


Only an occasional report of any yellowfin tuna action, mostly smaller sized, found while trolling on the normal offshore marlin grounds. With the ocean conditions shaping up how they are, we do expect to hear more reports of tuna activity. Same story for wahoo, only a handful of these elusive speedsters were being reported, though you never know, these fish do really prefer ocean currents that average in the upper 70s, we are nearing that now, so anything could happen if anglers are at the right sport at the correct time.


Roosterfish action remained steady inshore, every day we are hearing of fish in the 40 pound or larger class being hooked into while slow trolled just outside of the surf zone. The season started early for these prized fighting gamefish and is still going strong. Despite locals enjoy capturing and eating these jacks, these fish have dark red meat, can grow to 100 pounds, they are not known for eating quality, but rather for their aggressive surface strikes, unpredictable acrobatics and powerful runs, anglers need to take the future protection of this species into their own hands and practice the sport of catch and release.


Same story should be mentioned for striped marlin, this so called protected gamefish species is being blatantly exploited, sold commercially as though there are not even any laws against this illegal black market business. Whatever the problem, lack of official personnel or particular priorities, lead to this sad situation, while costs of local fishing licenses have reached inflated rates, certainly there should be funds to enforce existing regulations. Further thoughts also have to go in the direction of why authorities continue to allow commercial inshore gill netting to be practiced, this form of fishing does irreversible damage to this fragile fishery, something has to be done to abolish these gillnets before they completely destroy this unique and diverse World Class fishery.


This is now the season when dogtooth snapper, pargo colorado, amberjack, pompano, leopard grouper and other species follow baitfish schools close to shore and this action had showed great early season promise, but with recent sightings of expanses of set gill nets, this has coincided with a sharp drop off on inshore action for anglers. Global population increases commercial pressure on this fragile inshore fishery, the situation needs to be monitored and given a chance to survive.


The combined local panga fleets launching from La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 70 charters this past week and anglers reported a fish count of:

4 sailfish, 22 striped marlin, 2 wahoo, 9 hammerhead shark, 5 yellowtail, 18 amberjack,

16 cabrilla, 24 dorado, 55 various pargo species, 18 dogtooth snapper, 14 sierra, 4 yellowfin tuna, 16 pompano, 32 jack crevalle and 135 roosterfish.



Good fishing, Eric



Striped Marlin, Roosterfish and Dogtooth Snapper Highlight Action ~ June 1, 2013



June 1, 2013

Anglers –


This past week, over the Memorial Day Holiday, we saw increased crowds of tourists in Los Cabos, everyone was greeted with pristine weather conditions, sunny days, with high temperatures in the upper 80s and enough Pacific breeze to keep things perfectly comfortable. Warmest ocean currents are now found north of Chileno, towards Gordo Banks and Vinorama, where it is now up to 75 degrees of more, while towards the south and around the corner from Cabo San Lucas, water temperatures were dipping into the 60s, quite a dramatic variance within such a short distance.


Despite the daily patterns still being unpredictable and inconsistent, anglers found very respectable fishing action. Offshore the main action has been for striped marlin, concentrated in areas from 5 to 15 miles offshore, outside of the Gordo Banks has been one of the more productive area in recent days, the striped have ranged to over 150 lbs. and many charters were accounting for two or three billfish per day. These fish were readily striking lures, with all of the squid now present in local waters, they are chasing the squid type lures aggressively. The stripers are also striking on trolled ballyhoo, caballito and bolito. Not many dorado being reported, though everyday a handful of 10 to 30 lb. dorado have been accounted for from these same fishing grounds. No yellowfin tuna or wahoo to report, though one nice yellowfin was hooked into from a panga while trolling a larger baitfish near San Luis Banks, the fish was quality sized apparently and came unbuttoned at color. A few wahoo were seen free swimming over the inshore rocky areas where panga charters were looking for various species, but none of these ‘hoo were hooked into. With the way the ocean conditions is really coming into prime shape, anything could happen on any given day.


With the striped marlin being the only consistent catch offshore at this time, many of the charters, particularly the panga fleets, are concentrating close to shore and near the shallow water rock piles. Along the sandy beach stretches anglers got into some great roosterfish action, as the season is reaching its peak early and is now going wide open, prospects are excellent for the next month for these prized gamefish. Slowing trolling with caballito has been the best bet recently, though we will start seeing more mullet activity very soon. Roosterfish to over 50 pounds were landed throughout the week, many of the fish were ranging in the 15 to 25 lb. class. Everyone needs to remember these are a fast growing prized fighting gamefish species, which are not renowned for their eating qualities and they should be treated with care after being landed, while being photographed and released to mature and fight another day.


Other inshore action found over the rocky reefs towards the less populated northern beaches included leopard grouper, dogtooth snapper, pargo colorado and amberjack. All of these fish are powerful fighters and excellent eating, striking on various baitfish, most of time slowly trolled on the surface, tricky to hook and even harder to keep them from reaching the rocky reefs and cutting leaders off, fun to try though, can be frustrating and rewarding at the same time. This is a seasonal fishery lasting from mid May through June, then much of the action switches back on to the deeper structure.


As we progress into late spring, early summer season, we expect to see more pelagic exotics appear in the fish counts, such as yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado, sailfish and blue marlin. This weekend is the national holiday of ”Dia de La Marina” and there will be capacity packed crowds of locals attending all of the events scheduled in La Playita, starting with the crowning of the fiesta princess, to all night dances, carnival rides, dorado fishing tournament with beach angling categories as well, also there are off road vehicle races planned on Sunday in the San Jose Arroyo, of course lots of beer drinking and fun times for al,.


The combined local panga fleets launching from La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 105 charters this past week and anglers reported a fish count of:

3 sailfish, 28 striped marlin, 1 wahoo, 2 mako shark, 8 yellowtail, 27 amberjack, 2 golden leopard grouper, 23 cabrilla, 15 dorado, 23 yellow snapper, 92 pargo colorado,12 sierra,

14 bonito, 11 pompano, 39 dogtooth snapper, 26 jack crevalle and 188 roosterfish.



Good fishing, Eric