January 2, 2022
Happy New Year’s !
As large crowds of vacationers continued to arrive in Los Cabos we all welcomed the New Year and were greeted with a cold front, on Friday we felt sporadic rain showers and stronger south winds. Looks as though by the start of this coming week conditions will settle down and once again be warm and sunny. This coming week will be the final busy holiday rush, as people will be returning back from vacation to work and school semesters.
Through this past week the highlight for fishing action was the bite going on straight out from San Jose del Cabo. Concentrated on the grounds from 4 to 6 miles offshore. This area has been holding concentrations of baitfish, mainly mackerel and sardineta, which in turn has attracted schools of striped marlin and dorado. Local fleets, as well scores of boats from Cabo San Lucas are all getting in on this action, definitely heavy boat pressure. Mainly striped marlin being hooked into, at times seen feeding on the surface, fast action all at once, then again the fish would go down and bite would shut off. Sizes ranged to 120 lb. for the marlin, a few sailfish to 80 lb. mixed in. Dorado were found on these same grounds as well as much closer to shore, striking best on various baitfish., average size in the 10 to 15 lb. range, with few exceptions of larger bulls up to 25 lb.
No tuna to speak of, except for some private boaters with longer range have been finding some yellowfin action associated with porpoise, though this was some 40 miles from shore and with windier offshore conditions made this a hit or miss proposition. Wahoo action was very limited, these fish are definitely still in the area, as water temperatures remained warmer than normal, in the 77 to 80 degree range. It seems that the wahoo are just very spooked from being chased relentlessly by spear fishermen, who have continued to capture quite a few wahoo, mainly close to shore off of Punta Gorda. Though these weary fish just will not strike readily on any offering of anglers lures or baitfish.
Bottom action limited to a mix of mostly smaller species and inshore there have been some sierra and small sized roosterfish. Lack of smaller sardinas have made the shallow water structure and inshore action more difficult. We have not heard of any sardinas being found locally. plenty of caballito available and ballyhoo are commonly being rigged for bait as well.
Added attractions included sea lions, manta rays, turtles and lots of whale sightings.
Good Fishing, Eric