Much quieter week in Southern Baja, as Easter break is over and we saw less vacationers arriving. Though weather conditions are ideal, high temperatures in the low 80s, plenty of sunshine. Variable winds still picking up later in the morning from the north. Unpredictable transition period weather patterns now, ocean conditions were still greenish, particularly to the north, water temperature averaging in the 69 to 72 degree range. Quite a bit of marine layer moisture and at times fog, but burning off as the sun rose higher in the sky.
Anglers were able to find various bait sources, anchoveta, caballito and slabs of squid were most common. The majority of local charters were concentrating their efforts on the grounds of Iman and San Luis Banks. This is where they found a mix of bottom species, highlight being an occasional nice amberjack or grouper. Overall it was not consistent though and there were more of the Pacific bonito than anything else.
These same grounds were also holding some quality sized yellowfin tuna, no significant numbers though. Anglers had to work hard to have their chances at these tuna, then once they did get lucky enough to hook up, they also had to deal very some very aggressive and hungry sea lions. Sizes for these yellowfin ranged from 20 lb, up close to 100 lb. Most of these tuna were striking on strips of squids. Every day there were a handful of tuna accounted for and we are optimistic than when conditions do improve some we will see some more consistent action from these grounds.
Not much being reported on any other surface action, such as marlin, dorado or wahoo, again the conditions are not the best for these species now, but as warmer weather takes over this shooed help stabilize and improve conditions.
Inshore action was very limited as well, a handful of sierra and jack crevalle was the main deal, still cold and off colored for roosterfish.
More spring break vacationers are now arriving and this next week is local Easter week, where many families go on extending beach camping excursions. Despite the crowds, not a high percentage of anglers are now visiting. Weather is in a transition period, more marine moisture, scattered cloud cover, all around cooler conditions, as well as unpredictable winds from the north and switching from the south over the weekend. Greener water now to about fifteen miles offshore, ocean temperature averaging 69 to 72 degrees.
Bait fish remain scattered, some caballito rebounded inside the marina, no sardinas ro speak of and strips of squid are being used for chance at the yellowfin tuna. Most action recently has been centered from Iman to San Luis Banks areas. This is where a mix of bottom species and a handful of yellowfin tuna were being found.
Big problem with aggressive sea lions hanging around these same grounds, often taking more than their share of anglers hook ups. The Pacific bonito were the most common fish, with some schooling red snapper found as well, an occasional amberjack or grouper up to 40 lb. The highlight though were a few yellowfin tuna on these same grounds, only a few anglers were lucky enough to land one, these tuna averaged 60 to 75 lb. with at least one tuna over 100 lb. landed by a local commercial pangero. These yellowfin hit on strips of squid, as well as on caballito.
Dorado and wahoo remained very scarce, as were marlin, we only saw a couple of scattered striped marlin throughout the week. Still quite a few whales hanging around late into the season, waiting for currents to shift before heading back to their northern feeding grounds.
Not much being found close to the shore now, a few jack crevalle, colder green water has not been favorable for roosterfish and sierra just never showed much this season.North of Cerralvo Island there has been reports of good yellowtail action while using sardinas for bait, too bad this action would not shift south and into our range.