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Bull Dorado, Tuna, Marlin ~ June 4, 2023

June 4, 2023

Moving into the new month we saw variable transitional weather patterns, northern winds remained predominant, but shifting breezes from the south were present and unpredictable. We have been waiting for patterns to stabilize some, but so far that has not happened, strong currents, increased ocean swells, particularly large over last weekend. Mostly clear sunny skies, some scattered light clouds at times, highs of about 85 degrees, ideal conditions to visit now, before the reel summer heat kicks in next month.

Moderate numbers of anglers now in town, though the local La Playita area of Puerto Los Cabos Marina was extremely busy with their annual traditional Dia de La Marina Fiesta on going through the weekend. This fiesta has been going on annually for as long as residents can remember, at least 40 years. The deal is that the area is much more congested now, built up with businesses, sportfishing fleets, Resorts, local homes, etc and there is not sufficient space to accommodate this event in the same locations as in years past. As we are used to, there is never any thought of this public inconvenience and organizers just are suborn to move to one of many other near by locations where it would be more accommodating and peaceful, not creating such frustration while creating impossible parking and overall congestion.

We have not seen the large schools of mullet move along beaches yet. In the marina channel there are caballito and jurelito being netted, no source for sardinas at this time. Most fishing action was taking place towards La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis, also straight offshore towards the 1150 spot. This is also the time of year for trolling close along the beach stretches while targeting roosterfish, jacks and other species, which so far has been a bit hit and miss, though we have seen a handful of very nice roosterfish released.

Off the bottom and the action was sporadic due to north winds and swift currents, we saw mixed success on species such as red snapper, yellow snapper, amberjack leopard grouper and bonito. Best chances were early in the day, after that action slowed and most charters would search out surface action.

We saw more quality sized dorado moving in, impressive 50 lb. bull dorado were landed, no huge numbers, but decent chances now of catching a couple of trophy sized fish, scattered throughout the offshore grounds now, no particular hotspot.

Offshore the striped marlin action continued to be very good, most activity was found 10 to 20 miles out, stripers were seen free jumping and tailing on the surface and would readily strike dropped back baits, as well as lures. Sizes were nice, up to 140 lb.

Yellowfin tuna were encountered further offshore traveling with porpoise, hit or miss and most of the time 15 to 25 miles offshore, not a normal deal for a morning charter, unless you make advance arrangements and pay fuel surcharges. Sizes for these tuna were up to 40 lb. in recent days, larger than previous week. The yellowfin tuna just were not wanting to bite on the nearby Iman or San Luis Banks, very sporadic and finicky, better chance now among the porpoise.

Only a few wahoo strikes being reported, most incidentally while bottom fishing, they are in the area though and you never know with the ‘hoo, they have their own personality as when they feel in the mood to strike.

Good Fishing, Eric–

Warming Conditions Improve Action ~ May 28, 2023

May 28, 2023

Starting to see more visiting tourists and anglers alike, as some school semesters have already finished up early this season. Weather patterns are still pleasant, not too warm yet, ideal all around ideal climate now, highs near 85 degrees, no longer chilly in the early morning either. Winds predominantly from the north have been a factor on some days, increased ocean swells and rapidly changing currents as well. Ocean water temperatures are steadily rising, now in the 76 to 79 degree range.

Anglers were able to obtain caballito, jurelito mainly for bait, a few mullet showing, also slabs of squid and ballyhoo being another option, no sardinas reported at all.The majority of the fishing action is now taking place from straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards the north, Iman, San Luis and to Vinorama. Big numbers of striped marlin now spread out throughout the region, most of this action found from five miles and further offshore. The stripers are moving around daily as to where their food source is, so the best location can vary from day to day. Charters targeting these billfish have been averaging anywhere from one to six marlin per trip, sizes as large as 160 lb. These fish were striking readily on lures, dropped back or slow trolled baits as well.

Only a few dorado are being seen, but we saw a handful of very nice sized bulls to over 40 lb., so this is an encouraging sign for this early in the season. Earlier in the week we saw a few wahoo in the mix, one of these weighed in at 61 lb.

Off the bottom we saw varied success, but overall more productive than the previous week. More amberjack up to 45 lb. were accounted for, some leopard grouper to 20 lb. and a handful of red snapper (huachinango) up to 14 b., they have been limited so far this season, quality fish, we hope to see more of them during the next month, best chance was early in the morning on the yo-yo style jigs.

Close to shore there were reports of roosterfish and jack crevalle, though we did not have many anglers targeting these at this time.

A handful of nice yellowfin tuna were taken from near the San Luis Banks, ranging up to 100 lb., striking on caballito of other jacks, mainly while drift fishing, same way the amberjack were hitting. Though these tuna were finicky and very sporadic as to when they might strike. Lots of tuna now from Los Frailes and north to Buena Vista, but that is out of our normal range for now, those yellowfin were mostly in the 5 to 20 lb. class. We will wait until they migrate closer to within our range.

Good Fishing, Eric

Tuna and Bottom Action for Limited Anglers ~ May 21, 2023

May 21, 2023

Late Spring season now, weather patterns remain somewhat unpredictable and in transition. We have seen increased southern ocean swells as is expected for this time of year, ocean is progressively warming, now in the 74 to 76 degree range. Still dealing with north winds and also breezes swirling around from the south on the same days, making for chopped up ocean conditions and crazy currents.

Most fishing action is now taking place on the grounds from La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and towards Vinorama. Billfish have been centered around the 1150 spot and to Desteladera. Striped marlin being the main deal, with a few scattered dorado mixed in. North of Los Frailes there are reports of yellowfin tuna traveling with porpoise, but this is more of a commercial or private boat situation because of such long range and fuel expenses.

Main bait source now was caballito and jurelito, not seeing sardinas, ballyhoo and slabs of squid were other options. A few yellowfin are being taken off of San Luis Bank, drift fishing while fly lining live caballito was most successful, anglers were lucky to hook up, but some boats even had a couple of nice tuna accounted for, size ranging from 20 to 80 lb.

On these same grounds we were seeing mixed success off the bottom, using a combination of bait, rapalas or yo-yo jigs. Species included bonito, red snapper, barred pargo, yellow snapper, amberjack, leopard grouper and others, all very good eating fish, though none of these fish were found in significant numbers, except for the white bonito, which seemed to prefer trolled rapala or caballito baits in recent days and were of larger size.

Limited charters going out again this past week, did see some roosterfish and jack crevalle action close in off the beach stretches, roosterfish to over 40 lb. were landed and released, though again we did not have many angles targeting these fish, good sign to already see larger sized roosterfish this early in the season, in our area the peak action for numbers of larger roosterfish is typically from mid June to mid July.

Good Fishing, Eric