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

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