November 28, 2021
Busy week with Thanksgiving vacationers filling up local resorts. Though we did notice fewer anglers than in previous weeks, crowds usually do taper off some in coming weeks. Weather patterns were feeling like late fall, as a colder front swept through, threatening rain, but only limited amounts of rainfall were felt. Winds were predominantly from the north, picking up during morning hours, some days earlier than others. Ocean water temperature is ranging 80 to 82 degrees, slight cooling trend, though still warmer than normal for this late November time frame.]
Sportfishing charters were heading out to scout for action in all directions, most local fleets were fishing areas from Red Hill to Punta Gorda, Cardon, La Fortuna and even north to Vinorama. Water clarity is still off colored with fluctuating cleaner blue water mixed in, currents and winds stirring conditions as well. Bait supplies consisted of caballito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid and at times anglers were able to find chihuil on certain high spots. On the Pacific side there are schools of mackerel being encountered in closer proximity, soon this migration will shift directions to off of San Jose del Cabo.
With yellowfin tuna bite still at a standstill, main surface species being targeted were dorado, wahoo and billfish. Though wahoo action slowed way down this past week, mainly due to factors such as off colored stirred up ocean and it being the back side of the full moon. Though we did see a handful of nice wahoo, more fish were lost than actually landed.
Dorado were the main fish being landed, numbers varied to just a fish or two, to limits per charter. They were scattered, more actually encountered closer to shore than far offshore. Sizes ranged to over 15 lb. Orsan Dorado tournament is going on this weekend, will be interesting to see what the jackpot sized dorado will be.
Striped marlin action was increasing through the zone, more concentrations on the Pacific where schools of mackerel are now congregated, but some of this action has shifted in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Majority of the marlin we are seeing are in the 60 to 100 lb range.
Nothing too much off the bottom now, more triggerfish, some tilefish, various pargo, cabrilla, saw a couple of nice grouper over 20 lb., bonito and others.
Closer along the beach stretches more roosterfish are moving back in, as usually most of this fall and winter rosters are juvenile sized, fun sport on light tackle. Remember to take extra careful precaution to release fish unharmed.
Whale season is now in full swing, as both gray and humpback make these local waters their home for the coming months.
Good Fishing, Eric