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Cooler Green Water, Mix of Shallow Structure Species ~ February 9, 2019

Anglers –

February 9, 2019

We saw more north winds through most of the week, calming down for the weekend, ideal climate now, moderate crowds, making this a great time to visit the Los Cabos area. Ocean temperatures dropped into the 70 to 72 degree range though most of the region, transition period for migrating pelagic gamefish, warmer water species head south during this colder period.

Offshore action was limited mainly to looking for striped marlin, action was better early in the week and became more scattered as the week progressed. Schools of mackerel were found off of the San Jose del Cabo grounds, as well as sardineta, chihuil and inside the marina area there were caballito. Some unconfirmed reports of sardinas being seen along beach stretches north of Cabo San Lucas, so we are hoping that maybe these baitfish will become available.

With the cooling waters the action for the more glamorous species such as yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo has all but halted. Normal deal during this time frame, besides the on and off striped marlin action offshore, fleets start to search out inshore and bottom structure for a variety of smaller fish. We are waiting to see if a run of yellowtail and red snapper develops. There were red crabs found this week drifting to the surface on the Gordo Banks, this is normally a positive sign for finding the red snapper. So far the snapper action was mainly for the smaller sized fish, the huachinango of over ten pounds have not been plentiful yet. More triggerfish off the rock piles than anything else. Drift fishing with pieces of squid seemed to produce the more consistent action, most of these fish smaller in size, but all of them very fine eating. We saw a few sheepshead and pompano in the mix.

The weather feels like we are now on a warming trend, at least we have now seen the frigid low temperatures as the week before. We need these north winds to lay down more and give a chance for ocean conditions to rebound. Recently there were strong currents moving in and out, this always make it tough to try and concentrate on bottom action.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 59 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 1 sailfish, 13 striped marlin, 11 dorado, 2 yellowfin tuna, 92 bonito, 125 red snapper, 4 bagueta, 6 yellow snapper, 8 pompano, 10 surgeon fish, 8 barred pargo, 3 sheepshead, 8 hog fish, 13 sierra and 85 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

 

Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna Bite on Local Grounds ~ February 2, 2019

Anglers –
February 2, 2019

We are now into the month of February, locally known for being very unpredictable, we are hoping that with so much persistent north wind already this season that maybe things will stabilize and this month will not be as crazy as usual. Crowds of tourists remain light, weather has been very pleasant for winter time, lows of 55 degrees and highs into the upper 70s. Scattered early cloud cover, burning off later in the day, plenty of warm sunshine.

Striped marlin action is now heating up off of the San Jose del Cabo area, anywhere from 3 to five straight out from the marina. On these grounds is where schools of mackerel and sardineta are congregated, attracting good numbers of billfish. Many charters are drift fishing baits down deeper where the stripers are feeding, there have been some surface going on as well. Many boats were reporting multiple chances for marlin, these fish are ranging in sizes from 60 to 100 lb. A few dorado also coming from these same grounds. Water temperatures have been in the 70 to 75 degree range, fluctuating currents moving in and out.

Other bait options in the marina have been caballito, ballyhoo and squid. Also many of the super panga charters are catching their own chihuil on the Inner Gordo Bank. The Inner Gordo Bank is where there has been quality grade of yellowfin tuna holding, though the bite has been sporadic, though every day we are seeing a handful of these tuna accounted for by the combined fleet, these fish have been in the 60 to 100 lb. class. Anglers were having success while drift fishing with strips of squid, as well as on chihuil.

The action closer to shore off of Punta Gorda had faded out, but this week this action rebounded for both wahoo and dorado. The key was to have the live chihuil for bait, slow trolling within one mile of the point, still hit or miss, but some boats did account for multiple wahoo as well as dorado. Wahoo were of mixed sizes, some less than ten pounds, to fish near 50 lb. Most of the dorado were in the 5 to 15 lb. class, a few pushing 20 lb. Good action considering that we are now in the midst of winter and these species are not always a normal catch for this time of year.

Bottom action remain spotty, more triggerfish and small snapper than anything else. Some commercial pangeros had connections for imported red crabs and they reported some nice hauls of red snapper. Maybe we will start to see these crabs on our local grounds, the best for snapper action. This coming month we usually start seeing some more consistent activity for nicer sized fish off of the bottom structure. Hoping for improved yellowtail migrations this season.

Inshore there were a few sierra, jack crevalle and some juvenile roosterfish, still early in the year for these species, no sardinas makes it tough to find schooling sierra.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 55 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 32 striped marlin, 58 dorado, 18 yellowfin tuna, 38 wahoo, 16 bonito, 48 red snapper, 5 cabrilla, 8 yellow snapper, 4 barred pargo, 8 roosterfish, 7 jack crevalle, 28 sierra and 45 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Spotty Action, more Wind, a few Nice Tuna ~ January 26, 2019

Anglers –
January 26, 2019

Similar to last week, lighter crowds of anglers ow arriving. Windy conditions prevailed most of the week, gusts from the north. Water clarity was more stirred up, also cooler currents pushing in, ranging 72 to 74 degrees. Daytime highs continue near 80 degrees, morning cloud cover, burning off md day.

Bait options were for caballito, slabs of squid, chihuil, ballyhoo and mackerel, no sardinas reported. Hard to say where the sardinas are, this time last year we did have a steady supply.
Majority of local charters were fishing grounds from Red Hill to Iman and La Fortuna, as well as the Gordo Banks. No particular hot spot, very scattered action from day to day.

The Gordo Banks was producing a quality grade of yellowfin tuna, a few fish brought in weighing near 100 lb. The problem being that there were very few of these fish being landed, on a normal day we were just seeing a handful of these yellowfin brought to the fillet tables. The offshore action for the tuna associated with porpoise faded out some and was out of range of most boats anyway, being 30 to 40 miles offshore.

With passing of recent full moon the billfish action also became scattered, still being found, but not in any frenzy like past months. Despite cooler waters, there were even a couple of sailfish hooked into, though most common has been the striped marlin, averaging 60 to 100 lb.

Early in the week we saw a few wahoo landed, from the La Fortuna area, squid and chihuil was the main bait being used. Only an occasional dorado seen in the mix, scattered, no particular location.

Bottom was limited, with lack of charters, swift currents, choppy and windy conditions, did not make for ideal conditions. More triggerfish and small snapper seen, only an occasional, cabrilla or amberjack. One day the commercial fleet imported some red crabs and had good catches of red snapper (huachinango.

Just an occasional smaller sized roosterfish, sierra, or misc. snapper being found close to shore, also a chance at finding a stray dorado close to shore.

The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 61 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 11 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo, 84 bonito, 18 red snapper, 6 cabrilla, 8 yellow snapper, 4 mohara, 18 tijareta, 3 amberjack, 5 roosterfish, 10 sierra and 75 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric