November 14, 2021
We are now in the later weeks of the busy fall season, crowds of tourists starting to wind down a notch. Weather patterns have been nearly ideal, very comfortable, lows of about 65 degrees, with mostly sunny skies and highs hovering about 85 degrees. Breeze is now more predominant out of the north, most days increasing later in the morning. Ocean clarity has fluctuated daily off of San Jose del Cabo and towards the north, just north of Punta Gorda there has been green water circulating the zone for the past month. Some days are worse than others, hard to say when new current will sweep the dirty water out. As winds become stronger in coming weeks this should help move stagnant currents some. Water temperature is still in the 82 to 83 degree range, warmer than average for mid November.
With local yellowfin tuna action not going on at all now,most local charters have been mainly targeting dorado and wahoo, with some looking for billfish and others doing some inshore or rocky bottom options. Bait supplies remained steady for caballito, ballyhoo and slabs of squid, though still no sardinas schools seen, we expect as charter pressure lightens up some the sardinas should start to rebound.
The most common grounds that fleets are now concentrated on are from the Red Hill, Palmilla area to Gordo Banks, Punta Gorda and north to Iman and San Luis. In recent days Red Hill produced more numbers of dorado, with many boats catching limits. Water was clear blue on these grounds, compared to further north. Sizes ranging 5 to 15 lb, with a few larger bulls in the mix. Water clarity was actually cleaner near Punta Gorda than it was five miles out on the high spot. Crazy current lingering through this zone.
Wahoo bite was just starting to show better signs of activity. Best chances recently have been while trolling live baits, both Chihuil or Caballito. Punta Gordo was a hot spot later in the morning. Though the word travels quickly anymore and wahoo can be very finicky under even moderate pressure. Many reports now of wahoo seen wearily following baits, but just not wanting to strike. Lots of patience needed, keeping gear as light profile as possible. Average size wahoo has been 30 lb., a few were near 40 lb. With warm water still on local grounds, we expect we will have chances for wahoo into the New Year.
Not much going off the bottom, a mix of bonito, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, tilefish, etc… With average size small, a few nice bonito to over 10 lb. and a handful of quality baqueta grouper from the deep water surrounding the Gordo Banks. This week we did not see any significant number of billfish, though we saw a variety, black, blue and striped marlin, as well as some acrobatic sailfish.
Some anglers did well slow trolling baits near shore for roosterfish up to 20 lb. A handful of sierra are now being found as well. More and more whales are arriving, as annual migration is just beginning the peak season in coming months.
Good Fishing, Eric