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Winds, Holiday Crowds, Wahoo, Tuna, Dorado, Marlin ~ November 24, 2018

Anglers –
November 24, 2018

Lots of tourists now visiting the Los Cabos region for this Thanksgiving Holiday week. We felt more wind this week, blowing out of the north, as well as from the south, this contributed to rougher ocean conditions for anglers, at times limiting options and opportunities. Water temperatures were in the 78 to 81 degree range. Crowds of anglers were slightly less than previous weeks, due to tougher conditions and it being the time we see a decline in anglers, as there usually is between holiday periods.

Overall the fishing was more scattered, off on the Pacific banks there was incredible wide open action for striped marlin, not seen like this for many years. All the way from Mag Bay, to Finger and Golden Gate Banks, more than 20 marlin per charter was reported. Fleets from Puerto Los Cabos Marina were mainly fishing the grounds from the Gordo Banks, to Iman and San Luis, as far north as Vinorama. These areas were producing yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo.

The tuna action was less productive this most recent period, north winds made drift fishing even more challenging, being swept off the spot so fast and then having to reset. Full moon period also never seems to help the yellowfin tuna action, though tuna were still being caught every day, but more like a one, two or three per boat average. Sizes ranging from small footballs, to 40 to 80 lb. and there were also two yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds landed this week, one a 208 lb. and the other 247 lb.

Wahoo were striking on the grounds from Iman to Vinorama, the best odds for enticing strikes was on slow trolled baits, such as caballito and chihuil, some ‘hoo were also taken on higher speed trolling lures, sizes ranged from 10 to 40 lb. No huge numbers, but some more fortunate anglers landed as many as four or five wahoo, other anglers lost that many strikes without landing one, that is how wahoo fishing can go. We look for this bite to improve in coming weeks, as crowds and heavy boat pressure lighten, should be a great December.

Early in the week we saw more dorado action, particular later in the morning just south of Punta Gorda, this is where bait schools were attracting hungry schools of dorado, boats arriving on this scene were quickly able to limit out on nice quality fish as large as 20 lb.

Surprisingly roosterfish were still roaming the shoreline, most of these were smaller juvenile fish, fun sport on light tackle and please remember to always catch and carefully release these game fish. We heard of at least one snook being landed off of the beach in front of Marriott Resort.

Very little bottom action done this week, winds and currents made this tough, there were plenty of triggerfish on the Iman Banks, made it tough to battle through these in order to have a chance at the finicky tuna.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 162 charters for the week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 115 dorado, 84 wahoo, 125 yellowfin tuna, 18 bonito, 22 white skipjack, 15 red snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 11 cabrilla, 6 sierra, 16 roosterfish and 140 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

North Wind finally settles, Tuna and Wahoo Bite ~ November 17, 2018

Anglers –
November 17, 2018

Still very busy with visiting anglers this week, one more week, after Thanksgiving the numbers of visitors will lighten up. The strong gusty northerly winds were a major factor all week, relentless, beginning on Monday, finally weakening some on Friday. Ocean water temperatures dropped into the 78 to 80 degree range, clarity was still very clean, though strong winds made it difficult to fish on the more productive grounds from Iman to San Luis Banks. More frequent sightings of whales being reported, first wave of the annual migration of these mammals are arriving.

The main bait being used now has been slabs of squid, caballito, ballyhoo and some chihuil and small sized skipjack. Fleets have been fishing in all directions, no particular hot spot, heavy boat pressure, along with windy conditions made for a tough week, though it did not keep charters from launching, though it did limit what options were available.

Wahoo are now in peak season, though they are finicky, striking best on chihuil, ballyhoo and caballito baitfish, also they were striking lures, Rapalas and skirted lead heads. Though with heavy boat pressure now for the past month, these fish are hit or miss, fortunate to land one, but other anglers have had as many as four or five. Sizes range from juvenile 6 lb. fish, up to trophy sized 65 lb. specimens.

Dorado were more scattered this week than last, very few of these fish seen in recent days, same for billfish, still an occasional sailfish or smaller sized striped marlin, one blue marlin of about 220 lb.

Yellowfin tuna action on the banks to the north, Iman and San Luis, proved very difficult most of the week, the main factor being the north wind, hard to drift and chum wind you are being swept off the spot so quickly. There were yellowfin caught everyday though, sizes from small football all the way up to 90 lb. Heard of tuna to over 200 lb. offshore of Cabo San Lucas, traveling with porpoise, but these fish were not very numerous at all. We expect as weather conditions do settle down and stabilize, that we will see much improved action.

Bottom action was even more limited due to swift currents and winds. More triggerfish than anything else, a few various snapper, pargo, bonito and cabrilla species. One 60 lb. class roosterfish was caught and released while trolling near Punta Gorda, trying to escape the wind some, nice sized rooster considering we are out of season for them now.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 202 charters for the week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 8 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 23 dorado, 76 wahoo, 142 yellowfin tuna, 94 bonito, 24 white skipjack, 12 red snapper, 2 amberjack, 11 yellow snapper, 9 cabrilla, 8 sierra, 18 roosterfish, 8 jack crevalle and 110 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

Cow Tuna, more Dorado, Wahoo, Heavy Crowds ~ November 10, 2018

Anglers –
November 10, 2018

This is the week of the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament, a record 163 teams are in the hunt for some $800,000 of prize money. Large crowds of anglers are filling sportfishing fleets to capacity. Weather patterns have been typical for fall, sunny days with high temperatures in the 80s and variable winds, mainly from the north. Ocean swells were minimal and water temperatures averaged 82 to 83 degrees

Bait suppliers were working overtime trying their best to find enough resources for all of the fishing charters. Sardinas have been scarce the past few weeks, schools of these baitfish are now being found off of the Chileno area in limited quantities, though they are smaller than average size. Supplies of giant squid slabs have run completely out in recent days, waiting for new shipments to arrive. Caballito are being netted inside of the PLC marina channel and numbers seem to be holding up okay, ballyhoo is another bait being offered, rig for surface trolling, special for dorado, wahoo and billfish.. Small sized skipjack on the offshore grounds have been used for the larger gamefish, also some chihuil are being found on high spots, time consuming to try and catch these candy baits.

The majority of charters from Puerto Los Cabos Marina are now concentrated on the Iman, San Luis and Vinorama Banks, though there has been a percentage searching out the waters off of Santa Maria and Red Hill. The highlight for most common catches has been the yellowfin tuna. Though overall action has been hit and miss, lots of pressure day in and day out, at times bait shortages as well, best chances seemed to be early morning on the San Luis Bank, drift fishing squid, slow troll skipjack, caballito or chihuil, produced a quality grade of fish, no big numbers, but fish in the 10 to 80 lb. class were most common. The largest fish of the week was caught aboard the super panga “Killer II”, with skipper Chame Pino, anglers Craig Kojima and Steve Terp teamed up to battle the super cow which was weighed in at 302.5 lb. The largest tuna we have seen weighed at our dock area this season. At least one tuna in the 250 lb. class landed off of the Gordo Banks during recent tournament. Encouraging to finally see the cows moving in, we have not seen any of these giant tuna on these grounds yet this season. Warm water temperatures should help keep these fish in the region later in the year. The overall action for yellowfin seemed to have been more consistent early in the week, progressively tougher as the week progressed. Heavy pressure on these local fishing grounds can make fish that much more spookier.

We saw many more dorado being landed, later in the week. These fish were found closer to shore, such as off Palmilla Point or Punta Gorda, once schools were located they would readily hit various bait, especially the small caballito. We saw a handful of larger specimens up around 25 lb. Wahoo action was hit and miss, though these fish are definitely still in the area and we are seeing some of them caught every day, some days many more than others. These fish seem to be the most wary of heavy boat and angler pressure. Wahoo were striking on lures and bait, but bait seemed to produce greater chances, sizes up to 45 lb. Anglers were doing well to land a couple of wahoo, they are an elusive species and highly sought after. Minimal bottom action recently, bonito and triggerfish being the main catch, tough earlier in the week there was one 65 lb. amberjack landed, a few nice cabrilla and snapper.

Warm currents have kept some sailfish in the area, also there was a 200 lb. black marlin landed as well as a scattering of striped marlin. Off of the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas the striped marlin action was breaking wide open off of the light house, feeders, tailers and free jumping marlin in good numbers.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 228 charters for the week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 14 striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 84 dorado, 44 wahoo, 290 yellowfin tuna, 150 bonito, 90 white skipjack, red snapper, 12 amberjack, 16 barred pargo, 8 yellow snapper, 4 dogtooth snapper, 18 cabrilla, 10 sierra, 15 roosterfish, 12 jack crevalle and 200 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric