November 6, 2022
Cabo San Lucas was filled with anglers this past week, as the last of the big fall tournaments was held, the WON Tuna Jackpot, with 157 teams battling for a share of the 1.5 million dollars in pay outs. Once again local La Playita teams did very well, Castro’s Tournament Team with Captain Chame Pino placed second overall with their 144 lb. Yellowfin tuna and team Burro took home a cool 260K while sweeping the 10K and 20k pots with their 50 lb. tuna on the second day. Wind played a major factor on both days, as gusts of 30 mph made it almost impossible for participants to follow any set game plans they might have had. Most of the action that was found was from the Gordo Banks. Largest wahoo was a 50 lb fish and a 40 lb dorado took top spot in that category.
The week started out calm, three nice days, before wind from the north blew Thursday through Saturday. Until the wind slowed bite, great action for wahoo was reported on the grounds to the north of Punta Gorda, as wahoo were hitting on trolled rapalas as well as various baits. Most fish averaged 25 to 35 lb., though there was one wahoo over 60 lb. accounted for. Some charters landed as many as four ‘hoo during a morning charter.
Mid week both dorado and yellowfin tuna picked up. Many dorado in the 10 to 15. class and tuna of 20 to 70 lb. were hitting the strips of squid on the Vinorama grounds.
Options for bait continued to be caballito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid and some boats were able to find a few chihuil. Still no sardinas, heavy tournament pressure has contributed to cleaning out local bait resources and we will now wait to see how long it takes for schools of these baitfish to rebound.
Water temperature was still averaging 80 degrees so we are anticipating good action through this month and into December.Still not much going off the bottom or inshore, a few sierra starting to be seen and mainly triggerfish off the bottom, we did see one small sized black sea bass, not a very common species in local waters.
Good Fishing, Eric–