April 24, 2011

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April 24, 2011

Anglers –

Vacationers visiting the Los Cabos area are being welcomed with ideal spring time weather conditions, clear sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. The southern winds slacked up in recent and this made for calmer seas. Ocean currents have been swift and changing rapidly, water temperatures have ranged from 68 degrees off of the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas to 78 degrees offshore in the direction of the 1150 Bank and the Cabrillo Seamount.

Anglers have been patiently waiting for offshore action to turn on, starting to see some signs of encouragement the past week, more porpoise activity, at times being associated with yellowfin tuna schools. Strong numbers of striped marlin being spotted, even though the hook up percentage was low, fish not aggressively feeding on the surface now. An occasional wahoo strike was being reported from these porpoise pods as well, most of which were the larger sized dark porpoise. At this rate of activity, if weather patterns stabilize in the coming weeks, we could be in for wide open action.

The big talk around town now from offshore anglers has been the daytime swordfish encountered the past couple of weeks. This has been mainly a deal being targeted on larger sportfishers, reports of over a dozen swords landed this past week alone, some weighing as large as 350 pounds. These fish were spotted on the surface on the fishing grounds outside of San Jose del Cabo and towards the East Cape, not that far out, 15 to 20 miles from shore. This has got to be one of the better bites on the swordfish in this area in many years, not many places in the world offer such chances at baiting up one of these elusive gladiators on the surface during the daytime. It will be interesting to see if these numbers hold up through the month. East Cape charters reported that the gamefish they are now catching offshore are plugged with medium sized squids, particularly the striped marlin. The season’s first quality sized dorado are now appearing in the counts off of that region. Squid is always a favorite food source for all pelagic gamefish, especially so for swordfish, feeding at depths during the dark hours and lazily sunning on the surface during the daytime, in the digestive mode, but still whiling to strike various available baits, like caballito, bolito, skipjack etc..

The majority of the day charters are now finding that the most consistent all around action is closer to shore. A variety of species such as sierra, roosterfish, jack crevalle, pompano, pargo, cabrilla, amberjack, yellowtail, grouper and others were being found near the rocky beach stretches. Drift fishing over the rock piles, using both bait and yo-yo iron jigs have been producing a mixed bag of species, no huge numbers, all good eating, with a handful of grouper to over 30 pounds. The Palmilla Point and Red Hill area was one of the most popular this past week, this is also where supplies of sardinas are being netted in the a.m. A few striped marlin were even hooked in this spot, within a half mile of shore, greenish waters, apparently some bait source has been attracting these billfish in close.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos sent out approximately 66 charters for the week and anglers reported a fish count of: 8 hammerhead shark, 8 yellowfin tuna, 3 dorado, 21 yellowtail,11 amberjack, 76 pargo, 65 cabrilla, 10 grouper, 244 sierra, 18 roosterfish, 8 jack crevalle and 8 pompano.

Good Fishing, Eric

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