April 21, 2018
Lighter crowds continued, as well as unpredictable and rapidly changing weather patterns. Ocean conditions which had turned over are now rebounding, cleaner currents are pushing back in and the water temperatures have warmed back up in to the 71 to 75 degree range.
Through the first half of the week there was no surface action going on, with the only action being found being off the bottom for a variety of species, but also hit or miss from spot to spot. The highlight was a few grouper up to 40 lb., yellowtail to 30 lb. and amberjack to 50 lb. They were using various baits and some yo-yo style jigs. Some days the winds made it tougher to reach the more productive fishing grounds.
On Thursday conditions started to improve, with a handful of yellowfin tuna to over 40 lb. being accounted for, they were found between San Luis and north of Vinorama. Using sardinas was the best deal. Most days these batfish were available, On Friday the tuna bite was even better, the best spot was near San Luis Bank. The yellowfin were in the 20 to 40 lb. class, most all charters that targeted the tuna were landing at least a few fish, some charters had as many as ten tuna.
We did not see any dorado, besides a few small fish, though some wahoo were seen and even hooked into, but they were not landed. There were still quite a few whales being spotted, despite it being late season now for these mammals. Early in the week there was some form of krill hatch going on and the whales and big groups of manta rays were seen getting involved in this feeding frenzy.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 70 charters for this week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 6 dorado, 46 yellowfin tuna, 2 broomtail grouper, 30 yellow snapper, 22 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 15 huachinango (red snapper), 2 dogtooth snapper, 82 bonito, 4 amberjack, 4 yellowtail, 14 barred pargo, 2 roosterfish, 8 jack crevalle, 14 sierra, 18 flag cabrilla, 4 surgeon fish, 55 spotted rose snapper and 110 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric