Virus Shuts down Tourism ~ April 4, 2020

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April 4, 2020

We just wanted to give an update from Southern Baja. All tourism is shut down, hotels, restaurants, beaches, Marina activities etc. We have heard reports of some 20 confirmed cases of COVID 19 coronavirus, though reports are limited and actual testing even more so. Local schools are shut down until at least April 30, more likely the entire school year. Mexico is about one month behind of what the United States is dealing with as for progression of this extremely contagious virus. Many locals are not really taking the situation seriously, as for isolation, ignoring authority’s warnings of safe distancing, still gathering for social and family events.

Puerto Los Cabos Marina was officially closed to all activities, several days after the Port authority’s did the same in Cabo San Lucas, but apparently in our marina they are not strictly enforcing the no fishing aspect, locals are still fishing daily, a handful of pangeros, saying they are just fishing for food for their families, though are also making profit on the side.

As soon as our operations were shut down, just like the clock work the local fishing action  improved, very good catches now for wahoo, yellowfin tuna, some bottom action for cabrilla, amberjack and red snapper, as well as even a few dorado. Wahoo are congregated around the Iman Bank, striking on both rigged baitfish and Rapalas. The yellowfin were found also on these same grounds, mainly hitting while drift fishing with strips of squid and they were ranging in sizes up to 100 lb. The wahoo were averaging 25 to 50 lb.

So we are basically on home lock down, only making necessary trips for necessary provisions, gasoline prices have dropped some for the first time in memory, but does not really matter since we are not using much of that now. Great time to catch up on home maintenance projects, vehicles, boats, etc. More spare time than we are used to having

Stay Safe, Eric

Wahoo, Tuna Action Picks Up, Businesses Shut down due to Coronavirus ~ March 21, 2020

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March 21, 2020

Spring season is always a very pristine time in Los Cabos, offering nearly the perfect climate, sunny days in the low 80 degree range, this also is normally a busy tourist period for the entire region. Though now with this world wide Pandemic Coronavirus, countries are going into lock down in hopes that the rapid spread of this highly contagious virus can be controlled. The entire area and the sportfishing business relies on visiting anglers to provide business and that is all going to be shut down until further notice. So our weekly reports will be canceled as well, unless we have something important to report.

This past week the average ocean temperature was in the 70 to 72 degree range. With moderate north winds blowing on and off, the clarity has been sporadic, changing from day to day. Overall the fishing action was more consistent this week, the highlight being a surprising late winter time bite for wahoo, the key to success was live chihuil for bait, slow trolling these candy baits around the area of the Iman Bank, quality sized wahoo were accounted for, with fish to over 50 lb. Light pressure now, as most all foreign visitors are catching flights out of the country as fast as possible, preoccupied about becoming stranded for indefinite period of time.

The yellowfin tuna action was also fairly consistent, no huge numbers, a mix of sizes, including fish to over 100 lb. were accounted for. Most of these yellowfin were hitting the strips of squid. So despite having no charters to speak of, the local fishermen will being able to go and catch plenty of excellent food.

A mix of bottom action also developing, a few nice sized yellowtail were landed in recent days, also amberjack, leopard grouper, red snapper, bonito and others. Red crabs still in the area, but not found as often drifting to the surface where they can be scooped up. A Scattering of striped marlin were encountered on similar fishing grounds, most of these weighed under 100 lb.

There was not much inshore action even being targeted, though early in the week there were a few medium sized roosterfish landed, also a handful of sierra. Still good number of whales being sighted, this is now into the late part of their migration season, these mammals will be heading north in the coming month.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 55 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 17 wahoo, 2 dorado, 68 yellowfin tuna, 3 yellowtail, 1 dogtooth snapper, 8 leopard grouper, 26 bonito, 74 red snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 2 sierra, 4 roosterfish and 65 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Coronavirus Scare, Tuna Highlight Catch ~ March 14, 2020

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March 14, 2020

We are now feeling the effects directly related to worldwide panic due to the coronavirus health situation. Very few tourists are now traveling, many cancellations and not many new reservations being made for the spring season. This will surely all pass, but in the meantime many businesses will be struggling to survive.

Weather patterns have warmed back up, feels like any cold weather we endured, is all past us and we will be on a warming trend from now through summer. Ocean water temperature is still ranging 70 to 72 degree, currents and clarity fluctuating from day to day. Winds were on and off through the week, settling down over the weekend. The most consistent fishing action has come from the area north of Punta Gorda, Cardon, La Fortuna and Iman Bank.

Caballito are now much scarcer inside the marina area where these baitfish have been schooling throughout the winter, no sardinas at all to report, mainly slabs of squid, also some ballyhoo. Anglers were saving black skipjack for use as chunk bait as well.

The highlight for anglers has been trying to land a couple of yellowfin tuna, most of these tuna being hooked on strips of squid, sizes ranged up to 70 lb. Finicky fish, in recent days the lighter 40 lb. leaders worked best. No huge numbers of these tuna, some charters landed three or four yellowfin. There was also some very hungry seas lions taking more than their fair share of hooked up fish.

Very few dorado or wahoo even being reported, extremely fortunate to find even one of these gamefish. A few more striped marlin were moving into local waters, not every day though, some days a flurry of marlin action and others no fish found, mostly smaller sized stripers, not many over 100 lb.

On and off through the week there were red crabs found floating on the surface, especially around the Gordo Banks. Main catch when using these for bait were smaller sized tijareta snapper, also some huachinango found as well. No yellowtail reported, though there was an occasional amberjack hooked into over the high spots. Also a few nice leopard grouper in the mix, found off these same rocky areas, hitting on yo-yo jigs and various baits.

Not a whole lot of inshore trolling going on, lack of live bait the main reason, the roosterfish have wanted the live caballito, which are not very numerous recently.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 62 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 9 striped marlin, 1 wahoo, 1 dorado, 72 yellowfin tuna, 5 amberjack, 13 leopard grouper, 22 bonito, 150 red snapper, 18 yellow snapper, 8 spotted rose snapper, 4 sierra, 6 roosterfish, 8 Pacific tilefish, 6 porgy, 5 hogfish and 70 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric