Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Amberjack, Marlin all Biting ~ May 28, 2016


Anglers –
May 28, 2016

We are still only seeing moderate crowds of tourists arriving, though we expect that when school semesters all finish there will be more families going on vacation. The weather definitely became more tropical this past week, we saw scattered cloud cover much of the morning, burning off as the days progressed, high temperatures in the upper 80s. There was some swirling gusting winds the first part of the week, the second half we saw calmer conditions, afternoon breezes picking up predominately from the south, though overall anglers emjoyed comfortably fishing conditions. Swells increased some and currents were also stronger than normal. Water temperatures ranged from 70 degrees around the corner on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, to near 80 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side, this is where the majority of the sportfishing fleets were concentrated, From off of Chileno, to Red Hill, Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama.
Anglers found that baitfish were less plentiful this past week, not much inshore baitfish activity at all and the offshore grounds did have some small skipjack, but no reports of bolito, should start seeing more of this favored food source showing on the local fishing grounds soon. Limited supplies of caballito, moonfish, jurelito were available in the marina area and the bait vendors also were offering ballyhoo and slabs of squid.

Fishing action was slower for the first part of the week, partly because winds limited options, but later in the week we saw much improved action, particularly near the San Luis Bank, where hog sized amberjack in the 20 to 80 lb. class were accounted for, also some good wahoo action was encountered, as well as more dorado than we had previously seen. Anglers used various baits and lures, a combination of drift fishing, slow trolling and higher speed trolling all produced strikes. We saw wahoo to 50 pounds and dorado up to 25 lb. Yellowfin tuna were scattered, some hitting on squid and others while trolling smaller hoochies and Rapalas, most of the tuna landed were in the 5 to 20 lb. range. There were reports of charters landing as many as a dozen yellowfin trolling off of Red Hill, while north of Punta Gorda most boats were only finding a couple yellowfin in the their combined catch, but there was more chances at variety in that direction, particularly for finding the wahoo, dorado and amberjack.

Striped marlin were found within several miles of shore, as well as further out on their normal traditional grounds. Striking on baits as well as trolled lures, sizes ranged from 50 to 130 lb. There was an unusual story this week of a 20 ft. whale shark being seen swimming around inside the Cabo San Lucas Marina, apparently this was event never witnessed before, normally this very elusive species is encountered occasionally in the clear waters on offshore sea mounts.

Not much roosterfish action reported, though there were at least some being hooked into by hard core surf anglers, lack of inshore baitfish activity to attract more of these prized fighters. Next month is usually the prime season for these sought after gamefish.

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 sailfish, 1 yellowtail, 28 striped marlin, 33 wahoo, 86 yellowfin tuna, 25 bonito, 26 dorado, 29 amberjack, 6 cabrilla, 15 yellow snapper, 14 sierra, 8 barred pargo, 5 parrot fish, 3 pompano and 200 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Striped Marlin on the Bite, A few Wahoo in the mix ~ May 21, 2016


Anglers –
May 21, 2016

We are now in the later part of spring season, with summer just around the corner, we continue to see lighter crowds of tourists than what we would normally expect during this time frame. As school semesters finish most likely we will see more people traveling. Great time to visit now, ideal weather, highs in the upper 80s, wind patterns predominately from the south, pushing in Pacific breezes that keep conditions bearable.

Ocean currents have been strong, swells have been moderate, water temperatures off of San Jose del Cabo and towards Los Frailes are warming rapidly, now in the upper 70s, near 80 degrees, while on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas it has averaged 73 degrees. The majority of the sportfishing fleets are now fishing from off of the Chileno area and on the various grounds to the northeast. Common bait now being used is ballyhoo, cocinero, caballito and squid strips. There are reports of more skipjack and bolito activity, though these food sources are just starting to appear, still no mullet schools to report. A lot can happen this time of year in matter of a week or two.

Striped marlin has been the main action found offshore, more numbers of marlin found 10 to 18 miles from shore, though on some days stripers were found within one mile. Many charters reported multiple catches per morning trip. Sizes ranged from 60 lb. to 140 lb. The billfish were striking trolled lures, rigged ballyhoo, as well as various live baits. There were also a few sailfish now appearing in the warmer waters, concentrations of pilot sharks and some thrashers as well. The same offshore grounds have been producing quite a few wahoo strikes and even a few dorado, though no big numbers, though wahoo were as large as 50 lb. or heavier and dorado up to 25 lb. Striped marlin were more numerous than dorado or wahoo.. Increased porpoise activity is being reported, with a few reports of larger sized yellowfin being seen, the largest we heard of that was landed out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina was an 80 pound class tuna mid-week.

Anglers trolling areas closer to shore, anywhere from Chileno, Red Hill, Iman and towards the San Luis Banks, found a mix of wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dorado, sierra and miscellaneous bottom species. No big numbers of any species, off the bottom triggerfish were most common, also some early morning snapper, amberjack and an odd yellowtail. Most of the dorado being encountered have been small juveniles, only an occasional nicer sized fish reported. Wahoo ranged from small 15 lb. fish, to over 50 lb. No numbers though, but there is a chance at a quality fish or two. We expect with the warmer conditions that the all-around action should also become more consistent and productive.

Not much roosterfish action reported, a couple of snook catches were accounted for by beach anglers, this will be the start of the main shore fishing season coming up.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 71 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 4 sailfish, 62 striped marlin, 21 wahoo, 45 yellowfin tuna, 14 dorado, 9 amberjack, 12 cabrilla, 13 yellow snapper, 10 sierra, 12 bonito, 1 yellowtail, 5 barred pargo and 70 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Tropical Conditions, Light Crowds, Mixed Action ~ May 14, 2016


Anglers –
May 14, 2016

Despite ideal spring weather conditions there were small crowds of visiting tourists this past week. The climate is actually starting to feel almost like summer, tropical days and scattered cloud cover, plenty of sunshine, high temperatures of 90 degrees. Breezes were predominately from the south and did not cause much of a problem for anglers fishing in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and further north. The areas from 95, 1150, Palmilla, Red Hill, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama have been the most targeting grounds, action has been scattered, strong currents pushing through, water temperature of 73 degrees on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas and up to 77 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, even up to 78 degrees fifteen or more miles offshore.

The striped marlin activity was reportedly now centered on the 95 and 1150 high spots, though on some days the marlin were found much closer. Trolling rigged ballyhoo or drift fishing with caballito and moonfish all produced hook ups, some charters accounted for 2,3,4, billfish days. More of a larger boat deal now, since these area were centered 10 to 18 miles offshore, a bit more vulnerable to the south winds. Besides the striped marlin, there was now an occasional dorado in the mix, as well as thrasher sharks.

Action closer to shore on the surface was mainly searching around for wahoo, yellowfin tuna or dorado, no great numbers of any of these species being found, though everyday these species are being encountered, so there are chances at some quality fish. Anglers were using a mix of available baitfish or strips of squid, as well as trolling with Rapalas. Wahoo sizes ranged from 15 lb., up to 65 lb. These fish were elusive though, anglers were very fortunate to land one or two of these prized gamefish. Best chances at yellowfin tuna were found near Iman to Vinorama, also some blind strikes by tuna being taken while trolling the inshore waters from Red Hill to Cabo San Lucas, average sizes yellowfin were in the 15 to 25 lb. range, no significant numbers, fewer than in past weeks.

Off the bottom it was the triggerfish that dominated the action, occasional cabrilla (leopard grouper), yellow snapper, pompano, amberjack or bonito. Strips of squid was the most successful bait, mostly smaller sized fish, all good eating though. It is the time when with these progressively warming conditions things can change rapidly from day to day or week to week.

Inshore was limited to isolated action encountered for sierra or roosterfish, once again, no numbers, a few impressive sized sierra to over ten pounds were landed. Still only limited schooling action for roosterfish, should start to see schools of mullet move into the region, this is the roosters preferred food source, attracting the larger trophy sized fish, which in our area typically peak during the second half of June

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 1 sailfish, 10 striped marlin, 18 wahoo, 31 yellowfin tuna, 13 dorado, 3 pompano, 7 amberjack, 9 cabrilla, 15 yellow snapper, 12 sierra, 22 bonito, 8 barred pargo, 6 roosterfish and 180 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric