August 13, 2011



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August 13, 2011

Considering the time of year there have been fair sized crowds visiting the Los Cabos area. Tropical conditions have continued, no named storms on the horizon now, but earlier in the week there were couple of days when local squalls developed and there were thundershowers that brought enough rainfall to soak the parched desert landscape. This moisture will certainly turn the landscape green in the coming weeks.

Strong currents have been running, swells were moderate and ocean water temperature are averaging 84 degrees of higher throughout the area. With the exception of when rain squalls developed, there has not been much wind at all, anglers found calm and very warm conditions on the fishing grounds.

There continued to be good supplies of sardinas schooling around the rock jetties off of Puerto Los Cabos Marina, they are starting to grow in size, but still are not as large as what fleets are finding towards the East Cape and La Paz. Other baits available are mullet, caballito and jurelito.

Billfish action has been scattered, there are reports of blue marlin striking on trolled lures in blue water ten miles or more offshore, but this is a deal where you have to put a patient effort in and cover a lot of water, sizes ranged in the 150 to 250 pound class. Some numbers of sailfish and striped marlin as well. The action for blacks and blues around the Gordo Banks has not been as red hot as it was last summer, at least up until this point it has not really developed yet, still early in the season though.

Local panga fleets have found the most consistent action on the areas from the Iman to San Luis Banks. Most common targeted species has been yellowfin tuna and dorado. The yellowfin have been striking mainly while drift fishing with both live and dead baits while chumming, lots of fish could be seen at times coming up on the surface, but these yellowfin were gorging on the abundant small sized squid on the fishing grounds and have proved to be a bit finicky striking other baits. The best producer has been sardinas used on lighter leaders. The tuna were averaging 25 to 50 pounds, with one 135 pound specimen accounted for by a commercial pangeros. There was heavy pressure on this bite since it was the main option happening at this time, making the fish somewhat spooky, most charter boats averaged anywhere from one or two, up to four,five or six of the tuna per day.

Dorado were found spread out, most of the time in smaller schools, mixed sizes, they were encountered on the same grounds as were the tuna, but with all of the skipjack now, it was hard for them to compete. The numbers were up and down from day to day, trolling larger live baits seemed to account for more dorado hook ups.

Dogtooth snapper were now present on all of the high spots, everyday there are a handful of hook ups on various whole and cut baits, though these fish are extremely powerful and hard to turn before cutting even the heaviest of lines off on the reefs. With the strong current flow, it has not been easy fishing the bottom.

Surf anglers did not have much to report, except for a group of local anglers who have been fish off the docks in the evening and catching quite a few quality sized triple tail, locally named roncador platiado, these prized eating fish are hitting on cut bait and are weighing from 15 to 30 pounds.

The local panga fleets launching out of La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 58charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of, 2 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 136 yellowfin tuna, 33 dorado, 18 dogtooth snapper, 13 cabrilla, 10 amberjack, 5 roosterfish, 9 barred pargo and 12 bonito.

Good fishing, Eric

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