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Fall Season, More Anglers Arrive, Scattered Action ~ October 11, 2020

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October 11, 2020

We are now seeing more numbers of anglers arriving, as the start of the busy fall season has officially begun. Weather patterns are ideal, mornings are starting to chill off slightly, had lows down to 73 degrees, though by mid-day temperatures are still quite warm, around 90 degrees. No storms seen developing on the forecasts now and ocean conditions have remained very calm for the most part, though we did see some wind picking up later in the day. Water temperature still averaging about 85 degrees.

Anglers are mainly relying on sardinas for bait, which are found along the beach stretches near the Marina entrance, other options have been strips of squid and ballyhoo. Larger baitfish such as chihuil and skipjack are being found on the fishing grounds, but have not been a guarantee for finding them each morning. Local fleets this past week were fishing from off of Palmilla Point, Gordo Banks, La Fortuna, Iman, and as far north as Vinorama. The all-around action was more sporadic this past week, changing daily as for where the better bite was found.

Mid-week there was good action found close to shore off of Palmilla Point for both wahoo and dorado, then as the word spread more boats showed up and this action faded out. Wahoo to up to 40 lb. were reported and dorado to 25 lb., many charters limiting out. Later in the week the action slowed and most boats were heading towards the north, yellowfin tuna were harder to find, though they were seen, getting them to bite was another story, of the tuna found, they ranged from 10 to 70 lb., though larger fish to 150 lb. were hooked into, but lost. Anglers were doing well to land one or tuna in their overall catch.

Not much bottom action, though a handful of dogtooth snapper were landed, earlier in the week mainly, also a few amberjack and grouper, but nothing consistent now going off the bottom. Billfish were limited as well, a few sailfish were landed, as well as blue and black marlin hook ups, one estimated 500 lb. black was lost after a battle from a super panga and one blue marlin or about 200 lb. landed. The problem is if the marlin strike while anglers are using lighter leaders intended for line shy tuna, they did not stand much of a chance. Big marlin are in the area, just have to put in some serious time specially targeting them.

Good fishing, Eric

Wahoo, Tuna on Iman Bank ~ October 4, 2020

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October 4, 2020

We are starting the new month now, time when the Los Cabos area typically starts to become very busy with visiting anglers. This year has been a completely different story, as crowds of tourists remain light and the situation looks like not much will change though the rest of the year. Weather has remained very stable, with no new threatening storms seen developing at this time, though with ocean temperatures still averaging 86 degrees or more, you never know what could happen. Early mornings are just now starting to feel that slight fall chill, light offshore breeze, ideal time now, with anglers enjoying calm conditions most every day.

Sardinas are now schooling near the marina entrance, not many caballito being found, slabs of squid are being offered as well. Most fishing activity has now been concentrated from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. With Iman and La Fortuna producing the most consistent action.

The most common gamefish being targeted successfully was yellowfin tuna and wahoo. The tuna are ranging in sizes from 15 lb. to 70 lb., we did see one fish well over 100 lb. landed by a team of local anglers on an afternoon trip. The yellowfin were striking mainly on sardinas, but a percentage were taken on strips of squid as well. The wahoo became more active this past week on these same grounds, most strikes for these speedsters were taken on trolled Rapalas, sizes ranged up to 40 lb., some boats landing as many as five in a morning. Average tuna catches were a bit down this week, varied from day to day, with one, two of three fish per boat being the normal catch.

Very few dorado seen and most that were encountered were small in size. A handful of sailfish were hooked into, as well as a few black marlin in the 200 to 300 lb. class. Not much bottom action being done, though on the same grounds where anglers were drift fishing for tuna there were some nice sized dogtooth snapper accounted for, up to 50 lb, no big numbers, but it was nice to see a few of these fish, they have been scarce in recent years.

Good fishing, Eric

Tuna more finicky in Calm Conditions ~ September 27, 2020

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September 27, 2020

We saw similar weather patterns this week, quiet for tropical storm systems in the Eastern Pacific, we could use some more rain, but definitely do not need any late season devastating hurricanes to sweep through. So we are hoping for a calm transition period this fall, this year has already been tough enough. Topical humid conditions continue, not as many clouds this past week, though early in the period there were a few scattered rain squalls. Swells have been light and most days the ocean has been flat calm, little wind, with the breeze picking up in the afternoon.

The main bait source now has been sardinas, caballito are scarce. The sardinas are plentiful along beach stretches near the marina, though they are small in size, anglers are using two, and sometimes three per hook, these schooling baitfish should grow in size in coming weeks. Catching chihuil or skipjack have been other bait options, but that proved more hit or miss. Slabs of squid are being used as well for drift fishing for the yellowfin tuna, though in recent days it seemed the tuna preferred the sardinas, even though they were tiny.

The yellowfin were more finicky, becoming wise to boat pressure and also gorging on plentiful food supply they found on the local fishing grounds. Anglers were using lighter leaders with more success and small hooks. Iman Bank was main spot this week, as sea lions took up residence on the Gordo Banks and made that impossible to fish. Drift fishing was the technique, fish were biting better later in the morning and locals were also commercial fishing in the late afternoon and doing better than the morning charters, but also coming back in very late, not a normal charter deal. The yellowfin ranged in size from 10 lb. to 80 lb., most fish being in the 20 to 60 lb. range. Average catches per boat varied from one to five fish.

Very few dorado or wahoo found, though these fish are in the area and we are seeing some landed, just one here or there, mostly small dorado, we saw wahoo to 35 lb. These fish become sluggish when water temperatures reach as high as 86 to 88 degrees, as they are now. Clean blue water now as close as a mile from shore, so really anything could happen on any given day.

Last week we saw more numbers of nice sized dogtooth snapper than we had seen in several years, this action was on the same Iman Bank, though this week that action quickly faded out. Not much off the bottom, a few varieties of snapper, a handful of cabrilla and amberjack.

Not much heard of for local billfish action either, most anglers we saw were preferring to target the tuna action. A couple of sailfish were reported, as they hang around the same grounds as do the tuna.

Light crowds, good fishing, Eric