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Heavy Rain, Scattered Bite, Tuna, Skipjack ~ August 15, 2021

August 15, 2021

Tropical conditions continue, this week, on Tuesday, we received the season’s first real significant rainfall, where even areas along the coastline felt sporadic on and off heavy thunder showers. No major high winds, so that was nice, the rain was welcome, caused some moderate flooding, but overall not too bad. The latest storm this weekend is major Hurricane Linda, following a path far off towards the west, some increased ocean swells, scattered cloud cover, higher humidity, not much else in the way of more precipitation. This is the time of year where local weather patterns form afternoon rain squalls on almost a daily basis, most of these over the mountainous region north of the International airport. The rain squall did shut down all Port activities on Tuesday, not reopening until Wednesday at 10 a.m.

After the passing of the storm system baitfish became more scattered, as surf conditions made it tougher for the netters to find the schools. Though as the week progressed the bait situation did rebound some, mainly for sardinas and caballito. The San Jose del Cabo Estuary opened to the ocean, sweeping a huge population of talapia fish into saltwater and creating a major kill off, with these dead fish ending up on the beaches as wells as jammed into the marina, creating a stinky mess.

Recent fishing action centered from the Gordo Banks and north near Vinorama. The Gordo Banks is where schools of football sized yellowfin tuna up to 15 lb. are being caught in good numbers. Though black skipjack are even more prevalent, especially near the high spot, tuna are more consistent off the deeper drop offs. A few nice snapper and cabrilla were also accounted for from these grounds. A couple of reports of lager marlin striking on trolled tuna, but hookups were lost.

Only a few dorado seen, most smaller sized, should see some more schoolies showing up, being attracted by floating debris.

Further north near Vinorama is where the chance at yellowfin tuna to 50 lb. has been. Though bite is hit or miss, most action coming early. Lots of boat pressure here, since East Cape fleets are now on these same grounds every day. Also this is a long run for normal charters, if fortunate maybe a chance at one or two fish. Off the shallow rock piles triggerfish have dominated things. A few roosterfish have been landed on offshore grounds, rather than close to the beach stretches, this happens more frequently now, after the baitfish scatter right along the beaches, the roosterfish go deeper looking for food.

Good Fishing, Eric

Light Crowds, Tropical, Mixed Action ~ August 8, 2021

August 8, 2021

We are feeling the tropical weather conditions now, the Eastern Pacific is very active, with a series of storm systems developing, so far all of these have been following paths far off to the west, raising humidity and the heat index levels, as well as stirring up ocean conditions some. There are daily isolated thunderstorms developing over the more mountainous regions, though no rain as of yet right along the coastal zones. Next week it looks as though we will see more storms passing a little closer before heading off west. 

Light numbers of tourists now, so fishing charters have been more limited. Much of the week we felt swirling choppy ocean conditions, finally laying down some over the weekend. Water temperature has averaged 85 degrees, or higher in some spots. Very ripe for development of tropical storms, this will be the scenario for the next eight weeks or so, always following forecasts closely. 

Most of the fishing action recently has been found from the Iman Banks and north to  Vinorama. Anglers are using sardinas, caballito and some slabs of squid. Winds and swift currents played a factor for most of the week. Though some days were okay for early action. Yellowfin tuna were found within several miles of shore, sizes 20 to 70 lb., but numbers were very limited. A handful of dorado up to 30 lb. were accounted for, but again no large concentration, just occasional fish, taken on bait and lures.

Off the bottom the highlight were some dogtooth snapper to over 30 lb. taken off the Iman Bank while drift fishing bait. There were also other species taken off the rock piles, closer to shore the main action was for triggerfish, bonito and spotted rose snapper.

Roosterfish action has slacked way off as this is nearing the end of the season for these prized fighting gamefish. A huge congratulations to the Tiger Spirit and legendary local La Playita angler Hugo Pino for walking away with the overall winner in this week’s Bisbee East Cape event. Beating out 100 teams, all eyeing the 1.6 million dollars of prize money up for grabs. Late on the third and final last day of the tournament Hugo hooked and landed jackpot fish, a 597 lb. black marlin.

 Good Fishing, Eric

Light Crowds, Humid Conditions ~ August 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

As we enter this new month, the weather in the Eastern Pacific has been very active, at this time far off to the west there are several tropical storm systems presently brewing. Though none of these are set to impact Southern Baja at all, besides of course a bit more tropical cloud cover, higher humidity and heat index. Ocean swells have also increased some. No local rain felt and up until this point the summer season has been very dry. There have been winds sweeping down from the north on the Pacific, then circling into and back down out of the Sea of Cortes, creating stronger currents and unsettling the fishing grounds somewhat.

The month of July was pretty much unsettled all the way through. We now expect with August, to see calmer ocean conditions, at least unless any storms pass through, also this month is traditionally known for larger gamefish showing up on local grounds.

Anglers recently have been finding live bait supplies of sardina, caballito, mullet and moonfish. Though numbers of charters have been down compared to how we would normally see, the month of June was up in numbers, July was down. August and September are never the busiest, but then we will have the most active time of all coming up when the Fall Season arrives.

Highlights this week were a scattering of dorado being accounted for, no numbers to speak of, mixed sizes to over 20 lb., most of these found in open water while trolling lures. Some striped marlin and sailfish were also encountered on the offshore grounds, though again very scattered. A few wahoo were reported seen, lost hook ups as well, so maybe we will see more of them soon, though they do become more sluggish usually in the warmer 85 degree water temperature. Yellowfin tuna are very scarce, some smaller sized fish showing up in open trolling water.

This is the time of the year now we will anticipate schools of larger grade of yellowfin to move in on local high spots.This whole season has been off and behind schedule, This is the month we should see larger tuna and marlin showing up.

Off the shallow rocky grounds anglers were finding  a mix of pargo, snapper, triggerfish, cabrilla and other species, all excellent eating , though the majority were smaller in size.

 Along the shoreline anglers were still finding mixed action for roosterfish, some over 40 lb., also some jack crevalle and a few dogtooth snapper.

Good Fishing, Eric