Cooler Choppy Conditions Affect Action, Mainly Bottom Species ~ May 13, 2017

Anglers –
May 13, 2017

We are progressing steadily towards summer now, crowds of visiting tourists have been light, many families are now busy with finishing off school semesters, should see more numbers of people in the coming weeks when school sessions finish. The all-around climate has been nice, very comfortable, cool southern breezes have keep temperatures mild, highs near 85 degrees, lows down to 62 degrees, chilly for this time of year. The main factor this past week was the wind from the south, actually closing the Cabo San Lucas port on certain days, out of San Jose del Cabo conditions were calmer, though on the fishing grounds to the north, where the yellowfin tuna action was found the previous week, near Vinorama and Iman Banks, there were also gusty northerly winds creating rough conditions and currents were swift. So it was kind of like the washing machine effect, choppy from all different directions. These type of weather patterns keep the climate nice, but never help the fishing action to get on the right track. Another factor this week was also the full moon phase.

Offshore action remained slow, though this past week there was improved reports for striped marlin, from the 1150 spots to straight out from San Jose del Cabo and outside of the Gordo Bank’s. No significant numbers, but more activity than in the past couple of week. The month of May is usually one of the best times to find striped marlin on these local fishing grounds, so far this season this action has behind schedule to develop. Normally we see a flurry of wahoo action the first part of May, that has not happened yet either, only a few scattered wahoo were reported this past week, from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank, these were taken while trolling Rapalas and other traditional skirted lures. Ocean temperatures are ranging 74 to 76 degrees throughout most of the zone, even the Pacific is warming back up, so as these recent swirling winds settle down and the moon darkens, we expect the action to improve. The clarity of the water actually improved in recent days, cleaner blue water was found within several miles of shore. We heard of some decent wahoo and yellowfin tuna action towards Los Frailes, still out of range for a normal day charter, boats from the East Cape were traveling a long ways south to get into some of that action.

Supplies of sardinas are diminishing, though they are still able to net some of these, the other type of clear sardinas are now more prevalent, they are not the same, do not stay alive in bait wells and are a lot softer, very hard to keep on a hook. Other bait sources included limited supplies of mullet and caballito.

Most charters this week were scratching out a few inshore species such as sierra, roosterfish and working bottom rock piles for some triggerfish, barred pargo, amberjack and cabrilla. One nice yellowtail was taken on a yo-yo jig off of the Gordo Banks. Slim fish counts overall. The yellowfin tuna action was put on hold due to the ocean conditions, a handful of tuna were landed, up to 35 lb. off of Iman Banks, but these fish were few and far between, the conditions made it very tough to affectively drift fish, the yellowfin are still in the area, at times they were seen up and feeding and then would disappear just as fast. A lot can happen from week to week, we expect as weather settles the action will definitely improve accordingly.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 1 yellowtail, 18 yellowfin tuna, 22 amberjack, 24 yellow snapper, 14 barred pargo, 12 leopard grouper, 6 island jack, 12 mojarra, 2 African pompano, 10 huachinango, 16 roosterfish, 42 sierra, 5 bonito and 90 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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