July 27, 2019
Tropical conditions, high temperatures averaging 90 degrees, south wind early in the week, settling down over the weekend. There was the development of Tropical Storm Dalila, this system moved far to the west, no impact with land, though there was local tropical disturbances flaring up, early in the week over the mountainous region north of San Jose del Cabo and in La Paz, where they had major thunderstorms, it is now the time when this tropical actives increases.
There were moderate ocean swells and southern winds the first half of the week, this contributed to stirring up water conditions once again, greener currents along the shoreline, clean blue water found further offshore. Ocean temperature is now in the 78 to 85 degree range, off of San Jose and towards the north offshore, is where the water is now warmest.
Conditions are now cleaning up closer to shore, crazy how all through the month of July conditions were changing back and forth. It is now the season when things can change rapidly, both with the fishing action and the weather.
Bait vendors offered a mix of caballito, mullet, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. More open water trolling done offshore, with blue marlin strikes being reported daily, particularly around the 1150 spot, also some striped marlin and nicer sized dorado, to over 40 lb. Chances of finding porpoise with associated yellowfin tuna, though nothing consistent for tuna now, some local commercial pangeros found some yellowfin to 60 lb. north of Vinorama.
Closer to shore from Cardon to Vinorama there were good numbers of smaller school sized dorado, under 10 lb., some very small, remember catch and release on these small dorado, limits are two per license. As clean water moves closer to shore we expect some of the larger bulls to move in, now most of the larger dorado reported are out on the marlin grounds.
We had a surprise to see some activity by wahoo, handful of these speedsters were landed while trolling offshore waters, has been a while since we seen these fish, so that is a great sign. More looking for various surface action now, not much besides triggerfish and an occasional snapper or amberjack off the bottom now. Along the shore there were still roosterfish and jack crevalle, though that action became less consistent and actually more anglers are opting to target the dorado which has been the main bite for local charters.
The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 66 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 5 wahoo, 235 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 9 leopard grouper, 32 Mexican bonito, 14 red snapper, 7 yellow snapper, 8 amberjack, 9 roosterfish, 15 jack crevalle and 85 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric