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Yellowfin on San Luis, Vinorama Grounds ~ September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

After an active summer season in the Eastern Pacific, this week the weather patterns stabilized and since early last week when the local Ports were closed for a couple of days due to a scare and which turned out to be, the distant passing of Nora, we presently have no new storms threatening. Though as we all know the rest of this month is historically the period when Southern Baja can be most vulnerable to hurricane strikes. Light crowds of tourists now, which is normal for this final month of summer. Scattered cloud cover and tropical humid conditions now,though early morning we have begun to feel that slight cooling off as first signs of fall season just around the corner.

In recent days local sportfishing fleets have found the best all around action on the grounds from San Luis to Vinorama. Ocean water temperatures are still ranging in the upper 80s, now at peak warmest levels for the year. Schools of sardinas have shifted from where they had been for months near the marina jetty, now these baitfish were found along the beaches from San Luis to Vinorama. Caballito are more limited and slabs of squid are the other main option.

Strong currents have been running, anglers have been mixing up action with some drift fishing and trolling. Yellowfin tuna has been the highlight, striking on sardinas, strip baits and some larger baits. Sizes averaged 30 to 50 lb., though this week there were at least two yellowfin landed that were in the 130 to 170 lb. range, they are some larger fish that are finally showing. The overall bite was tough, tons of black skipjack being found on the same grounds, yellowfin tuna were often seen breezing the surface, but getting them to strike instead of only the aggressive skipjack proved to be  a challenge. Anglers were doing well to land a couple of these tuna. Though at least we are seeing the tuna on a regular basis, they remain finicky as they see boat pressure on these same grounds every day from fleets as far as away as Los Barriles. 

We did see  more dorado this past week, from both directions, sizes to 20 lb. We also saw one 30 lb. wahoo. Billfish action was slow, though striped marlin and sailfish were being hooked into on the same areas where boats were targeting the tuna and dorado. Not many charters now specifically looking to target the black or blue marlin, this is the time of year now for these larger marlin, though also something that requires a lot of patience and is more of a hit or miss deal.

Not much inshore or bottom action now. More triggerfish, bonito and smaller pargo. Though there is still a fair chance and hooking into a dogtooth snapper while drift fishing for the yellowfin, these larger snapper hang on the same high spots this time of year.

Good Fishing, Eric

Nora Passes Northeast, Tuna Bite ~ August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021

All week local interests were following the development of Hurricane Nora and its projected path forecast. Mid-week the way things were looking, Cabo San Lucas and surrounding area were looking to take a direct landfall strike, by Saturday though the situation changed, as Nora veered east and went in the direction of the Gulf of California, sweeping through Mazatlan, Culiacan and locations to the north. Los Cabos only had cloud cover, very slight breeze and little rain showers reported. So things went from preparation mode for emergency, to false alarm, everything is okay.

Light tourists at this time. For the few anglers in town the fishing action showed signs of improvement for larger fish. At least a couple of Black Marlin up to 450 lb., were taken from near the Gordo Banks, also on the tuna grounds to the North, there were several yellowfin up to 100 lb. accounted for, other nice grade of 30 to 70 lb. tuna being the average sized tuna seen. Anglers were using various available baits, sardinas, caballito, chihuil and strips of squid.  Overall anglers were doing well to land one or two of these tuna, though some boats had as many as 3 or 4.

Very few dorado seen, though there were a few nice scattered bull dorado up close to 30 lb. found. No wahoo to speak of, water temperatures still hovering in the upper 80s.

Off the high spots a handful of dogtooth snapper and grouper were landed, at times sea lions and the sharks made this style of fishing impossible.

Open water trolling produced a mix of striped marlin, sailfish and dorado, towards Cabo San Lucas we heard of some blue marlin being hooked into, it is that time now, lots of small skipjack and yellowfin tuna, being their favored food source.

Not much of anything reported near shore, it is the time of year that the inshore action scatters.

Good Fishing, Eric

Tuna in Tropical Conditions ~ August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

The Southern Baja landscape has now turned from being a parched dry desert scene to a lush green vibrant tropical look, this all transformed after the recent rains. Presently we continue to feel very humid conditions, scattered cloud cover, another storm, this one being remnants of Grace that was in the Gulf of Mexico, crossed mainland Mexico, has reformed and is forecast to pass just to the southwest of Cabo San Lucas Sunday night. Most likely we will see more rainfall, which is needed and welcome when not associated with too high of winds. Chance that the local Ports will be closed on Monday. We are not expecting too much out of this latest tropical system, other than additional rain and stirred up ocean swells.

Light numbers of anglers now, probably will be similar deal through the end of September. At this time the bait netters are still finding sufficient supplies of sardinas and caballito, other options have been slabs of squid. Sport fishing fleets are traveling in all directions, though the majority are working the various high spots and Banks, from the Gordo Banks to Iman, San Luis and Vinorama. Fishing has been tougher than we would normally expect for this time frame.

Anglers were finding yellowfin tuna on the Gordo Banks, smaller football sized fish mixed with big numbers of black skipjack. The tuna were hitting on the sardinas best early morning, after that it was then mainly the skipjack. Working the bottom on these same grounds produced a handful of nice dogtooth snapper and grouper up to 40 lb. Some days more sharks were being reported, putting a damper on the fishing.

Near Vinorama, el Farito, is where the larger grade of yellowfin tuna are being found, ranging 20 to 50 lb., Striking while drift fishing with sardinas or strips of squid. Overall this action was a tough bite,  few fish hitting early, then shutting completely down, though some boats were accounting for two or three tuna. Not much else on these inshore grounds after the tuna disappear it was more triggerfish than anything else. A few sailfish and striped marlin hanging around.  Scattered around we only saw a few dorado being hooked into, most of these small fish.

We saw at least one 30 lb. class wahoo brought in from near Vinorama, a few other ‘hoo were reportedly hooked and lost. Wahoo seem to be around, but they are also known to become very sluggish when ocean temperatures are in the upper 80s.  

Overall action has been slower, though there has been a handful of quality fish coming in. We also know that this is the time of year that things can bust loose on any given day, just like the weather, fishing action is ready to turn on quickly.

Good Fishing, Eric