October 31, 2021
Crowds continue to arrive in large numbers to the Los Cabos area. Peak season now for sportfishing operations. Weather seems to have settled in to typically fall patterns, breezes from the north becoming a regular late morning pattern, treats of tropical storms seem to be over now, mostly clear sunny skies, heat index reaching close to 90 degrees, with morning lows of about 70 degrees, ideal all around climate. Ocean water temperature continue to be slightly warmer than seasonal average, now most of the region is still ranging 80 to 84 degrees. Swells have been moderate, though currents are strong and off colored greenish water has swept in on the grounds from Punta Gorda and north towards Los Frailes. Need the current to shift direction and push back in the cleaner water.
The off colored dirty water to the north has shut down the yellowfin action and has stalled out the wahoo bite as well. This past week the most production was towards the south off of Palmilla and Red Hill. These grounds were producing decent action for dorado while trolling lures, rigged ballyhoo and caballito. Sardinas were scarcer than previous weeks, being later a bit later in the morning near marina jetty, many anglers are not waiting around and going with other bait options. Always heavy pressure this time of year on all local and natural resources.
Many charters are landing limits of dorado, two per fishing license, average sizes were 5 to 15 lb. Only a couple of wahoo reported for the entire week, several other hook up were lost. We expect as ocean conditions clean back up on our favored northern grounds the bite should progressively develop, as November and December typically produce the best opportunities for hooking the elusive wahoo.
Not much going off the bottom, a handful of bonito, triggerfish, yellow snapper, a few smaller grade dogtooth snapper and a handful of amberjack, one weighed a hefty 75 lb.
A few charters reported catching juvenile sized roosterfish and early season sierra while trolling close to shore. Billfish action was limited on our local grounds, we did see one 150 lb. blue marlin over the weekend and some sailfish landed from the same grounds where dorado were schooling.
We remain optimistic that the season will turn around, it definitely has been tougher than we would normally expect for the past several weeks. Whales are now being spotted everyday, first wave of their annual southern migrations arriving from their northern summer trek.
Good Fishing, Eric