August 27, 2023
This week local weather did stabilize, after the close call last week with Hurricane Hilary, presently there are a couple of tropical depressions developing off of the Southern Mexican coast, though we are not expecting them to impact the Southern Baja region. Weather has been hot and humid as is normal for this time of year, early morning there is a slight cooling trend, but minimal and hardly noticeable.
Light crowds of visiting anglers, though quite a few locals are taking advantage of the good tuna action which has been going on off of Vinorama. Yellowfin tuna ranging in sizes from small footballs up to 80 lb. are schooling on these grounds. Striking best while drift fishing with strips of squid. Early in the day has been the better bite, though some days they are striking at different hours, as well as later in the afternoon for the few that tried that time frame.
Currents and water clarity have been a factor as well, as has been boat pressure on this relatively small area. This has been the one spot where the fishing area has been more productive, boats are arriving from various directions to work these grounds.
Average catches per boat for these yellowfins were ranging from one or two fish, up to five or six. An occasional wahoo was hooked into and same with dorado, a few in the mix as well, but most were small juvenile sized fish. Not much billfish action reported either, as most anglers have been targeting the tuna bite.
Off the bottom there were more triggerfish than anything else, though surprisingly there were some of the normally colder water species, white bonito be hooked into, as well as a few leopard grouper, snapper and the highlight off the rock piles were a couple of dogtooth snapper up to 30 lb. We heard reports of some commercial activity from local pangas on the Gordo Banks that accounted for a couple of nice home guard yellowtail, they supposedly dealt with shark action as well.
Nothing to report along the beach stretches now and this time of year that action fades out.
Good Fishing, Eric