March 16, 2019
Still fairly quiet in town as far as numbers of tourists arriving. Weather patterns were cool throughout the week, most days barely reaching 75 degrees, lows down to 55 degrees. Skies were mostly clear, only scattered cloud cover, winds were swirling from different directions, settling down late in the week. Ocean water temperatures ranged from a chilly 68 degree on the Pacific to 72 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Green water was reported throughout the entire region, later in the week areas north of Punta Gorda, towards Iman Bank and Vinorama were showing signs of cleaning up. Very strong currents at times, this has attributing to fluctuating conditions. This pattern can be normal for this time of year as we transition from winter into the spring season. As warmer conditions become progressively more consistent and winds out of the north reside, conditions will improve and this in turn will help the overall fishing action.
All around the fishing was very slow this past week, as anglers were dealing with turned over water conditions and just not much was going on. Scattered bottom action, when seas allowed, not much surface action at all reported, sporadic early in the week, becoming more difficult as the week progressed. Being optimistic that maybe the next day will be better, just the way the ocean conditions were it is not as simple as just completely rebounding overnight, can take a few days once the conditions do stabilize, so we are patiently waiting now for things to improve.
Bait supplies consisting of sardinas, mackerel, ballyhoo and some slabs of squid. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs off the bottom structure, as well as the various whole and cut baits. Triggerfish was the most common species, but there were some bonito, snapper, pargo and leopard grouper also accounted for.
Early in the week there were some striped marlin found, but then with the greenish that bite dissipated. On Monday there was also one nice 75 lb. yellowfin tuna taken from a panga while drift fishing on the Gordo Banks with squid, that same days several of tuna strikes were also lost, then that same afternoon conditions turned over and since we have not seen the tuna. Only a few scattered dorado were found through the week.
Inshore there were some sierra and smaller sized roosterfish found, but this action proved sporadic from day to day as well. This Sunday there is the annual San Jose del Cabo fiesta days fishing tournament, slated for Dorado, tuna and wahoo, could be a tough go trying to find any of these species unless water improves quickly.
The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 66 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 12 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, 12 wahoo, 9 leopard grouper, 85 bonito, 34 red snapper, 44 roosterfish, 4 yellow snapper, 2 amberjack, 8 golden eyed tilefish, 14 glasseye snapper, 16 sierra and 110 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric