Changing Conditions, Mixed Action ~ May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022  

As we progress closer to the summer season, we are seeing significant numbers of tourists arriving in the Los Cabos region. Though  only a moderate percentage of these visitors were anglers, this is a huge season for weddings and other family and group events. Weather patterns regressed some this past week, we had felt a heat wave the week before, though over this full moon phase there were winds swirling from both the north and south, this made ocean conditions more unpredictable. Currents were swift, though water temperature was still a warm 75 to 77 degree in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and to Los Frailes, though around the corner on the Pacific the water was chilly, in the upper 60s.

The local bait situation rebounded this week, we had good supplies of sardinas, anchoveta and caballito. Mullet schools are also now moving in along the beach stretches and these baitfish have brought in more roosterfish, as anglers reported releasing some of these fish that were over 40 lb.,still early in the season for these gamefish, which typically peak later in June.

Striped marlin action had faded over the full moon phase, but later in the week were once again found scattered offshore of San Jose del Cabo and near the 1150 spot, not in huge numbers, but still a fair chance at catching multiple fish. We did not see any dorado of wahoo activity to speak of at this time.

The few yellowfin tuna we saw came from near Vinorama while drift fishing with bait, sizes ranged to over 30 lb. Though these fish were very spotty, sporadically biting earlier in the morning and there was increased pressure to deal with, as many charter boats from the East Cape area were traveling the added distance to fish these same grounds, as apparently they do not have much going on their own local spots.

The majority of local charters were concentrating on the bottom and inshore action, which was more consistent compared to surface pelagics at this time. Using a combination of yo-yo jigs and various baits, there were species such as red snapper, yellow snapper, barred pargo, whitefish, triggerfish, amberjack, leopard grouper, bonito, sierra, jack crevalle, black skipjack and African pompano all accounted for. This action varied from day to day where the better action was encountered.

Good Fishing, Eric

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