Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna Bite as Fall Season Starts ~ October 9, 2022

October 9, 2022 

Latest storm threat of Hurricane Orlene did not amount to much locally, as this system shifted course to the southeast, striking the mainland below Mazatlan. Local Port did close Monday morning as a precaution, but was then reopened later that same day, never felt much wind, had no rain and swells only increased slightly. Weather is now changing to the normal fall pattern, cooler mornings and this next week forecast is for some increased north winds. Water temperatures have averaged in the 82 to 84 degree range, some warmer currents also further offshore and towards Los Frailes.

Crowds of anglers were increasing as is normal for this season. The bait available was sardinas, slabs of squid, ballyhoo and limited caballito. Most sportfishing charters are concentrating on the grounds from Cardon, Iman, San Luis and north to Vinorama.

The main action has been for surface species, such as dorado, wahoo and yellowfin tuna, as well as quite a few sailfish and a few striped marlin. Most numerous were the dorado, mixed sizes, average in the 5 to 10 lb. range, with a few bulls up over 20 lb. Limits were common, with lots of catch and release going on.

The yellowfin tuna action was more sporadic than last week. Striking best on strips of squid and at times on the sardinas. Vinorama, San Luis Banks were a couple of the better areas for these tuna. Sizes averaged 10 to 50 lb., a few larger specimens were brought in. Bite changed a bit everyday, as for when and where these fish would show up.

Wahoo were found on the same grounds, but more so around Cardon, a small area where boats congregated, putting heavy pressure on these already elusive gamefish. Bite was hit or miss, some charters landing up to three wahoo, largest we weighed in was a 42 lb. fish. They were striking on rigged ballyhoo and trolled rapalas.

Sailfish up to 80 lb. were mixed on the same grounds as well. Not much bottom action being done now, as most anglers are targeting the surface action.

Good Fishing, Eric–

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