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Changing Conditions, Mixed Action ~ May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022  

As we progress closer to the summer season, we are seeing significant numbers of tourists arriving in the Los Cabos region. Though  only a moderate percentage of these visitors were anglers, this is a huge season for weddings and other family and group events. Weather patterns regressed some this past week, we had felt a heat wave the week before, though over this full moon phase there were winds swirling from both the north and south, this made ocean conditions more unpredictable. Currents were swift, though water temperature was still a warm 75 to 77 degree in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and to Los Frailes, though around the corner on the Pacific the water was chilly, in the upper 60s.

The local bait situation rebounded this week, we had good supplies of sardinas, anchoveta and caballito. Mullet schools are also now moving in along the beach stretches and these baitfish have brought in more roosterfish, as anglers reported releasing some of these fish that were over 40 lb.,still early in the season for these gamefish, which typically peak later in June.

Striped marlin action had faded over the full moon phase, but later in the week were once again found scattered offshore of San Jose del Cabo and near the 1150 spot, not in huge numbers, but still a fair chance at catching multiple fish. We did not see any dorado of wahoo activity to speak of at this time.

The few yellowfin tuna we saw came from near Vinorama while drift fishing with bait, sizes ranged to over 30 lb. Though these fish were very spotty, sporadically biting earlier in the morning and there was increased pressure to deal with, as many charter boats from the East Cape area were traveling the added distance to fish these same grounds, as apparently they do not have much going on their own local spots.

The majority of local charters were concentrating on the bottom and inshore action, which was more consistent compared to surface pelagics at this time. Using a combination of yo-yo jigs and various baits, there were species such as red snapper, yellow snapper, barred pargo, whitefish, triggerfish, amberjack, leopard grouper, bonito, sierra, jack crevalle, black skipjack and African pompano all accounted for. This action varied from day to day where the better action was encountered.

Good Fishing, Eric

Warm Water, Tuna Show Up ~ May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022  

There have been substantial crowds of visitors, again there were scores of wedding ceremonies, bachelor celebrations , reunions and the so forth. We did see some larger numbers of anglers also arriving this past week. Weather patterns really warmed up this during this period, feeling like summer is right around the corner, mostly sunny skies with high temperatures around 85 degrees. Really an ideal time of year, nice warm conditions, afternoon breezes keeping things comfortable, not too scorching yet.

Ocean water temperature quickly warmed up accordingly, now in the 74 to 78 degrees range through areas from Cabo San Luis and north towards the East Cape. Water clarity was much improved, clean blue currents pushing in. There were increased swells from the south sweeping in, winds were a bit unpredictable, picking up early in the day from the north and later over the weekend switching from the southern direction. But overall fairly nice ocean conditions.

Bait sources included sardinas, anchoveta, caballito, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. Limited on sardinas, though it is encouraging we are seeing some of these again. Seasons first schools of mullet are spearing along coastal stretches, this annual migration of these hardy baitfish also bring in more gamefish such as roosterfish, jack crevalle, dogtooth snapper, amberjack and others.

The majority of local sportfishing fleets were fishing area now from La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama, a smaller percentage of charter going towards Red Hill and the 1150 areas where sporadic striped marlin and dorado action was being encountered, some days decent action found and others not so much. Still transition period now, changing rapidly, daily. Even a handful of scattered wahoo were reported.

Highlight of the week was certainly the yellowfin tuna, encountered near the 25 spot and later through the weekend closer to Vinorama. These tuna were striking on drifted and slow trolled live bait, achoveta, sardina and caballito. Sizes on these yellowfin averaged 15 to 35 lb., but fish to 70 lb. were also landed. No significant numbers, though many boats did return with two or three tuna and a few even more fortunate anglers accounted for up to ten fish.

The rock piles of 80 to 200 feet,  continue to produce mixed action for a variety of species, such as yellow snapper, red snapper, rose snapper, leopard grouper, amberjack, yellowtail, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, white fish and an unusual number of juvenile sized tiger sharks. More anglers were now targeting surface species, since this action has just started showing more consistent opportunities.

Closer to shore there were some schooling mullet appearing, we heard of some quality roosterfish being found, so this is really the first run of these popular gamefish this season, roosters usually peak later in June and July. Spotty action for sierra and some hog sized jack crevalle rounded out the inshore action.

Good Fishing, Eric

Warm Water, Still Greenish, Bottom Action ~ May 8, 2022

May 8, 2022  

Much of the same patterns, great all around weather, days are progressively warming, clear sunny skies, lots of tourists in town, though more people seem to be attending weddings than there are anglers looking to fish, only light crowds of charter activity. Ocean water temperatures are quickly warming up into the mid 70s or more, though off colored greenish waters still are being encountered on the grounds to the north.Main fishing action now is off the various high spots, particularly from Iman to San Luis Banks.

Anglers have been using a combination of anchoveta, sardina and caballito for bait and also dropping yo-yo style jigs is common this time of year. There are chances at yellowfin tuna on these same grounds, where strips of squid can also be used, though this week we saw less yellowfin tuna action than the previous weeks. A only a few tuna reported, most of these in the 15 to 20 lb. range,

Most numerous fish have been the Pacific Bonito, schooling on the rocky high spots and readily striking on the yo-yo jigs, sizes up to about 8 lb., great eating fish, unlike their cousins in So. Cal. waters. Also on the same grounds there were some red snapper, yellow snapper, barred pargo, leopard grouper, whitefish, amberjack, triggerfish and others, though action was hit or miss for these species,

No dorado or wahoo action to report, though as ocean currents are quickly warming things can change in a hurry, as waters cleans up some the surface action should improve. There were some striped marlin moving back into range and a handful of these billfish were hooked into and landed this past week, from areas straight off of San Jose del Cabo and north to outside of the Gordo Banks and San Luis.

No roosterfish action found close to shore, mainly sierra and jack crevalle. Surf anglers reported a few nice snook and lots of jacks on the beach stretch just north of Puerto Los Cabos jetty.

Good Fishing, Eric