Currents Warm, Anglers find Mixed Action ~ July 20, 2019

Anglers –

July 20, 2019

With summer progressing, we saw light numbers of anglers arriving this past week, though weather conditions are stable with no tropical storms forming at this time. Ocean swells are moderate and winds were not much of a factor, swirling from the south mainly later in the day. Mostly sunny skies, high temperatures in the mid-80s, but with combined heat index it is feeling more like 95 degrees. Ocean conditions turned over yet again to start the week following strong south wind, this laid down the next day and since the conditions have rebounded, back up to 80 degrees and also blue within a couple miles of shore.

Most of the fishing action for local fleets was concentrated from the Iman Bank and north to Vinorama, this is where the water was cleaner. Using caballito, moonfish, ballyhoo and strips of squid anglers working the bottom structure for a few red snapper, bonito, cabrilla and amberjack, though this action was spotty. Highlight off the bottom were a handful of nice amberjack up to 50 lb.

Some yellowfin tuna were found near Vinorama, trolling hoochie type lures, drift fishing with strips of squid and also some on yo-yo jigs, these tuna were in the 10 to 20 lb. range, mid-week was best, bite was on and off, just like the ocean conditions.

We saw increased numbers of dorado showing up, though the majority of these were smaller sized fish, but again a couple of much larger bulls weighing over 50 lb. were reported from a cruiser fishing near Cabrillo Seamount, scattered throughout the region, striking on a variety of trolled feathers and rigging baits.

Along the shoreline anglers still had chances at roosterfish, though numbers were less now than in previous weeks, more jack crevalle than anything else.

Best chances at billfish seemed to be straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards the 1150 spot, though we did not have many anglers that did try this option, we heard of reports of some blue marlin strikes.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 57 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 29 dorado, 27 yellowfin tuna, 1 broomtail grouper, 1 pompano, 1 porgy, 8 leopard grouper, 26 Mexican bonito, 16 red snapper, 4 yellow snapper, 11 amberjack, 15 roosterfish, 32 jack crevalle and 24 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Water and Weather Warms, Scattered Action, Big Fish in the Area ~ July 13, 2019

Anglers –

July 13, 2019

Now in the midst of the summer season we are progressively feeling warmer conditions and increased humidity. High temperatures around 90 degrees, quite a few tropical clouds earlier in the week, burning off with the heat of the day. Ocean water temperatures are now ranging from 76 to 86 degrees, warmest area offshore and towards Los Frailes. Swift currents sweeping in and causing off colored green conditions sporadically in isolated areas, changing daily, but no cold water now, 80 degrees all the way to the Golden Gate Banks on the Pacific.  Steady southern swells push in this time of year, surfers from all over the world arrive, in recent days 5 to 6 foot swells were common. Winds were variable, swirling from north, east and south, creating rolling seas, especially later in the day.

There have already been several named tropical storm systems follow paths out west, presently there is a low pressure system moving off to the west, located several hundred miles from southern Baja, is not forecast to make any impact on land, just a bit more tropical feeling.

Live bait available has been the same now for the past month, caballito, moonfish, mullet, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. On the offshore grounds there are increased schools of small skipjack and bolito moving in and these always can make good bait option for larger gamefish species.

The warmer water has also brought in larger marlin, in recent days we have heard of daily reports of blue marlin being hooked into, at least one of about 240 lb. was landed and others to over 400 lb. were battled and broken off. Still some striped marlin in the area, but most of them are now closer to Southern California searching for cooler water and their preferred mackerel food source.

Early in the week anglers found a small grade of football sized yellowfin tuna spread out in open water around the San Luis Bank, trolling small hoochies produced scattered results, time of year we see these small tuna show. Only a few yellowfin tuna to 50 lb. were reported this week, so far nothing going on larger cows being seen, the next several weeks is when things change rapidly and we would expect to see schools of larger yellowfin tuna move on to local grounds. No wahoo reported, only a handful of dorado reported, the majority small sized and being released.

Off the bottom there was on and off action for red snapper, amberjack, leopard grouper and bonito. Anglers used yo-yo type jigs, as well as various baits. This is the month when we normally see the largest amberjack of the season, this week we weighed in a 83 lb. amberjack for angler Eric Chen, from Las Vegas, he fished with skipper Chuy on the super panga Fortuna. We have not seen the run of dogtooth snapper develop yet, this is peak time for them.

Along the shore there is scattered action for jack crevalle and roosterfish to over 40 lb., though we have not really seen a significant big run of these fish this year.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 69 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 8 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 3 broomtail grouper, 14 leopard grouper, 95 Mexican bonito, 52 red snapper, 6 yellow snapper, 19 amberjack, 30 roosterfish, 38 jack crevalle and 45 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Cold Greenish Current Set Conditions Back Again ~ July 6, 2019

Anglers –

July 6, 2019

This week the season’s first major hurricane developed and passed off to the west of the Baja Peninsulas, this system, Hurricane Barbara reached close to category five strength, luckily for everyone this storm followed a path far enough offshore to not cause any impact with land. We did feel an increase in humidity and ocean swells increased noticeably. Another significant weather factor was the strong south winds that picked up early in week, once again pushing in cooler greenish currents, dropping water temperatures into the 68 degree range. Now the winds have resided, but the damage has been done and we now have to patiently wait for conditions to rebound, which presently is a day to day process, now the water is starting to look a bit cleaner and is up to the 72/73 degree range.

Anglers were using caballito, moonfish mainly for bait, finding very tough fishing conditions all around. Surface action was extremely slim after Monday. Anglers that did work hard off of the bottom structure accounted for a mix of red snapper, Mexican bonito, cabrilla, triggerfish and amberjack, though this action was not consistent and changed daily. A handful of quality fish were taken, we saw amberjack and roosterfish to over 40 lb., also one nice grouper of about 70 lb., though most charters averaged just a handful of fish in combination. Anglers were using various baits, as well as yo-yo jigs for this action off of the rocky high spots.

The action for tuna, dorado and billfish came to standstill due to the green cold water, though the week started off with a few marlin being found, one blue marlin of an estimated 250 lb. was released, and a scattering of striped marlin were also accounted for. We do expect for conditions to rebound quickly and then we anticipate much improved action.

Along the shoreline it was the roosterfish and jack crevalle that were dominated the action, though this bite also became very difficult in the turned over conditions.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 53 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 1 dorado, 2 yellowfin tuna, 2 broomtail grouper, 8 leopard grouper, 1 gulf grouper, 125 Mexican bonito, 32 red snapper, 5 yellow snapper, 15 amberjack, 26 roosterfish, 22 jack crevalle and 45 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric