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As the extended spring break comes to an end, crowds of tourists are now lighter. The weather is practically perfect, clear sunny skies with highs in the low 80s. There was still some unpredictable winds coming from various directions, but for the most part anglers found ocean conditions to be pleasant. Water temperatures are now ranging up to about 72 degrees offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards Los Frailes, much cooler currents are found in the direction of the Pacific.
Charters found a mix of caballito and sardinas for bait, though in recent days the supplies of sardinas became very scattered from Palmilla to Chileno where they had been so plentiful and now the bait netters will need to search out new sources, perhaps in the direction of Vinorama once again.
Clarity of the water has improved to the north of Punta Gorda, there were good numbers of striped marlin encountered from the Gordo Banks to Desteladera, most charters targeting the billfish were having multiple opportunities while trolling lures and casting baits to tailers and feeding stripers. A handful of dorado were also found on the same fishing grounds, some of them up to 30 pounds, most of the time just single fish.
Not much being heard about yellowfin tuna, there were occasional sightings of tuna on the Iman Bank, but only a few of these fish were actually hooked into, the yellowfin would vanish as quickly as they appeared. Last weekend there was one 120 pound tuna reported by a panga from La Playita, several other fish over 40 pounds as well. It is now the time when we should start seeing more tuna action associated with traveling porpoise.
There were a few wahoo to report in recent days, strikes on baits and lures on the fishing grounds from La Fortuna to San Luis, smaller sized fish up to 20 pounds, but nevertheless an encouraging sign. Surprisingly there were still many whales being sighted in the area, this is the tail end of season, most are headed north now.
Along the shoreline anglers are finding sierra, roosterfish and jack crevalle, as well as some yellowtail. Most of the roosterfish are in the 5 to 12 pound class, fun fighters on light tackle. Please remember that these fish should be released to mature and provide future stock, many anglers are not aware of this and many of the local skippers just do not seem to think about the future much.
Palmilla Point saw increased action for yellowtail, fish ranging up to 30 pounds, still no huge numbers, but more productive than it had been, drifting live caballitos down deep was most successful, though some anglers also had strikes on yo-yo’s. Towards Cabo San Lucas there were areas where anglers reported good action on the yellows while trolling deep diving Rapalas. It appears the bottom action is improving, more larger fish showing up, there were some amberjack starting to bite, one 80 pound fish was taken mid week and others in the 30 to 60 pound range, again no big numbers, but at least they are starting to appear in the counts. These amberjack were mainly taken while working yo-yo jigs off the structure. Various snapper, pargo, cabrilla and grouper rounded out the action off the bottom.
The combined panga fleets launching from La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 64 charters this past week, with anglers reporting a fish count of:
4 wahoo, 6 yellowfin tuna, 26 dorado, 16 shark, 18 striped marlin, 18 bonito, 16 amberjack, 24 yellowtail, 11 pompano, 58 pargo, 84 roosterfish, 33 cabrilla, 12 grouper and 185 sierra.
Good fishing, Eric