March 5, 2016
As we near the official start to the spring season, people now visiting the Los Cabos area are being greeted by ideal weather conditions, low temperature in the 60 degree range with daytime highs reaching in the upper 80s. Next week is forecast to be slightly cooler. Skies are clear, plenty of warm sunshine to enjoy all of the available outdoor activities. Ocean temperatures are averaging 73/74 degrees throughout the region, swells were moderate, currents not as strong as they had been and winds have been much lighter, not much from the north at all, mainly from the southeast later in the day.
Schools of mackerel and sardineta are congregating several miles offshore of San Jose del Cabo, increasing numbers of striped marlin are showing up on these same grounds, still no wide open bite by any means, encouraging signs though, with all of the baitfish in the area, also with ocean conditions now much more favorable.
Species such as dorado, yellowfin tuna and wahoo have been extremely limited, though these fish are in the area, and with progressively warming days we should see more activity for these surface gamefish. In the meantime fleets are now finding more action for a variety of great eating species off of the bottom structure. Areas from Punta Palmilla, to La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks have all been showing better production. Anglers have been doing well on yo-yo style jigs, as well as on various available baitfish. This bottom action is really just starting to develop and has been somewhat sporadic as to where the best bite is found on a given day. Daily catches have included, amberjack, yellowtail, yellow snapper, huachinango, barred pargo, bonito, sierra, leopard grouper, hammerhead shark, triggerfish, parrot fish and others. No huge numbers of any particular species, though there has been great variety available.
Early in the the week there was good action for sierra up to six pounds off of Palmilla and Red Hill, also some medium sized roosterfish were patrolling the normal inshore sandy stretches. A few local anglers reported hooking into a larger grade of yellowfin tuna, up to 150 lb. while fishing late in the afternoon on the Gordo Banks, but these fish are not showing themselves during normal charters earlier in the day. Perhaps with warmer steady conditions this will get something more consistent going. The smaller class of yellowfin tuna, up to 30 lb., have been hanging around the Iman Banks, though getting any big numbers of hook ups has not been a regular situation, though some charters did account for one or two tuna in their combined catch, most of these yellowfin hit on striped squid, with a handful on yo-yo jigs.
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: 9 striped marlin, 3 wahoo,1 baqueta grouper, 2 yellowtail, 28 yellowfin tuna, 32 amberjack, 68 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 21 huachinango, 44 yellow snapper, 18 barred pargo, 28 sierra, 14 roosterfish, 6 rainbow runner, 8 parrot fish, 14 bonito, 9 hammerhead shark (released) and 80 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric