Warming Conditions Improve Action ~ May 28, 2023

May 28, 2023

Starting to see more visiting tourists and anglers alike, as some school semesters have already finished up early this season. Weather patterns are still pleasant, not too warm yet, ideal all around ideal climate now, highs near 85 degrees, no longer chilly in the early morning either. Winds predominantly from the north have been a factor on some days, increased ocean swells and rapidly changing currents as well. Ocean water temperatures are steadily rising, now in the 76 to 79 degree range.

Anglers were able to obtain caballito, jurelito mainly for bait, a few mullet showing, also slabs of squid and ballyhoo being another option, no sardinas reported at all.The majority of the fishing action is now taking place from straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards the north, Iman, San Luis and to Vinorama. Big numbers of striped marlin now spread out throughout the region, most of this action found from five miles and further offshore. The stripers are moving around daily as to where their food source is, so the best location can vary from day to day. Charters targeting these billfish have been averaging anywhere from one to six marlin per trip, sizes as large as 160 lb. These fish were striking readily on lures, dropped back or slow trolled baits as well.

Only a few dorado are being seen, but we saw a handful of very nice sized bulls to over 40 lb., so this is an encouraging sign for this early in the season. Earlier in the week we saw a few wahoo in the mix, one of these weighed in at 61 lb.

Off the bottom we saw varied success, but overall more productive than the previous week. More amberjack up to 45 lb. were accounted for, some leopard grouper to 20 lb. and a handful of red snapper (huachinango) up to 14 b., they have been limited so far this season, quality fish, we hope to see more of them during the next month, best chance was early in the morning on the yo-yo style jigs.

Close to shore there were reports of roosterfish and jack crevalle, though we did not have many anglers targeting these at this time.

A handful of nice yellowfin tuna were taken from near the San Luis Banks, ranging up to 100 lb., striking on caballito of other jacks, mainly while drift fishing, same way the amberjack were hitting. Though these tuna were finicky and very sporadic as to when they might strike. Lots of tuna now from Los Frailes and north to Buena Vista, but that is out of our normal range for now, those yellowfin were mostly in the 5 to 20 lb. class. We will wait until they migrate closer to within our range.

Good Fishing, Eric

Tuna and Bottom Action for Limited Anglers ~ May 21, 2023

May 21, 2023

Late Spring season now, weather patterns remain somewhat unpredictable and in transition. We have seen increased southern ocean swells as is expected for this time of year, ocean is progressively warming, now in the 74 to 76 degree range. Still dealing with north winds and also breezes swirling around from the south on the same days, making for chopped up ocean conditions and crazy currents.

Most fishing action is now taking place on the grounds from La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and towards Vinorama. Billfish have been centered around the 1150 spot and to Desteladera. Striped marlin being the main deal, with a few scattered dorado mixed in. North of Los Frailes there are reports of yellowfin tuna traveling with porpoise, but this is more of a commercial or private boat situation because of such long range and fuel expenses.

Main bait source now was caballito and jurelito, not seeing sardinas, ballyhoo and slabs of squid were other options. A few yellowfin are being taken off of San Luis Bank, drift fishing while fly lining live caballito was most successful, anglers were lucky to hook up, but some boats even had a couple of nice tuna accounted for, size ranging from 20 to 80 lb.

On these same grounds we were seeing mixed success off the bottom, using a combination of bait, rapalas or yo-yo jigs. Species included bonito, red snapper, barred pargo, yellow snapper, amberjack, leopard grouper and others, all very good eating fish, though none of these fish were found in significant numbers, except for the white bonito, which seemed to prefer trolled rapala or caballito baits in recent days and were of larger size.

Limited charters going out again this past week, did see some roosterfish and jack crevalle action close in off the beach stretches, roosterfish to over 40 lb. were landed and released, though again we did not have many angles targeting these fish, good sign to already see larger sized roosterfish this early in the season, in our area the peak action for numbers of larger roosterfish is typically from mid June to mid July.

Good Fishing, Eric

Amberjack, Snapper, a few Tuna ~ May 14, 2023

May 14, 2023

Time is going by fast, already half way through the month of May. Despite ideal weather conditions and a variety of fish species now on local grounds, we have seen limited numbers of anglers now visiting. We saw increased southern ocean swells this week, it is that time of year, so surfers are more numerous and are very happy, also water temperatures were now in the 74 to 76 degree range.

Anglers were able to obtain caballito, jurelito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid and on some days sardinas were also being found near the channel entrance of the local marina. Limited numbers of charters now leaving the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, most of these are now concentrating their efforts on the grounds from Iman, San Luis and as far north as Vinorama.

The few yellowfin tuna that were found came off of the grounds from San Luis to Vinorama, drift fish or slow trolling baits, largest we saw this week was a 130 b. tuna caught Tuesday, others at least that big or larger were briefly seen breezing on the surface, but overall the yellowfin tuna were proved to be very scarce.

Only a few dorado were accounted for, spread out through the area, no particular place and averaging 10 to 20 lb. We saw a few more striped marlin in the mix this week, taken from the same grounds where the bottom and tuna action was being targeted. These striped marlin were nicer sized, up to 130 lb.

Some quality sized amberjack were being hooked into off of the various rocky high spots towards the north. Drift fishing with live bait, the same method used for the tuna, was the best bet, we saw amberjack up to 60 lb. A few nice red snapper (huachinango), bonito, yellow snapper, barred pargo, dogtooth snapper and various grouper off of the same bottom high spots.

Closer to shore along the beach stretches there were much larger roosterfish now showing up, up to 40 lb. or more, mixed in were some hog sized jack crevalle, as well as late season sierra. 

Other sightings, included sea turtles, porpoise, sea lions, whale sharks and now out of season humpback whales with her calf, lagging along late into May, as rest of these mammals are now well into their migration back to their northern summer feeding grounds.

Good Fishing, Eric