March 23, 2019
We saw similar low numbers of vacationers arriving this past week, though we expect to see more spring break tourists arriving soon. Weather patterns had been on a cooling trend and now we are starting to see this turn around, as winds have laid down and days are warming up near the 80 degree mark. Ocean conditions had turned over to be cold and green, but now we are seeing this rebound some, it can be a slow process, water is now averaging 71 to 73 degrees.
Main baits being used now were caballito and ballyhoo, no sardinas being found to speak of and not much going on with slabs of squid now. It is the time of year where anglers use more yo-yo style jigs off the bottom spots.
The all-around fishing did improve the past few days, the highlight being some hog sized amberjack in the 50 to 70 lb. class, also a few nice 25 lb. yellowtail were brought in, so this is encouraging to see these larger gamefish species showing up, taken over the structure near San Luis Bank. Also plenty of the Eastern Pacific bonito to keep anglers busy, a few even up to 15 lb. Some of the big amberjack actually grabbed onto bonito that were hooked up, these are hungry and aggressive fish, very powerful as well.
Only one or two yellowfin tuna seen all week, dorado were scarce as well, perhaps with a slight warming of the water we might see more of these fish, chance that maybe even the wahoo will wake up. The water is still greenish, but not as bad as it had been, it is on a clearing trend now, a lot can happen in a matter of a few days this time of year.
Action was scattered for striped marlin, though as the water clears we should see this improve, even in the off colored water there were reports of striped marlin, just no big concentrations at this time, at least off of the San Jose del Cabo grounds.
Inshore there were good numbers of small sized roosterfish off of the Hotel zone, trolling live bait is what these fish want, without sardinas, the other choice would be caballito or possibly mullet. Only a handful of sierra are being caught, a few up to five pounds.
The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 60 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 2 striped marlin, 5 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 7 yellowtail, 13 leopard grouper, 205 bonito, 34 red snapper, 15 roosterfish, 3 surgeonfish, 4 barred pargo, 9 yellow snapper, 22 amberjack, 9 golden eyed tilefish, 5 glasseye snapper, 12 baqueta grouper, 9 sierra, 8 jack crevalle, 1 broomtail grouper and 110 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric