November 8, 2020
This time frame would normally be one of the busiest periods for the Los Cabos area, though with all that has happened this year with the world wide Covid 19 epidemic we are seeing much lighter crowds. Though this past week the area was bustling with the season’s final big tournament, the WON Tuna Jackpot, which ended up attracting 149 teams and had accumulated total payouts of over one million dollars. Largest yellowfin tuna was 210 lb., local La Playita team fishing aboard the sportfisher “Burro” made the big money on the first day with their 175 lb. tuna, congratulations to them.
Weather patterns remain warmer than usual, but slowly we are feeling fall conditions settle in. Ocean water temperature now averaging about 82 degrees. The overall fishing action has not been up to normal standards now for about the past month, we do anticipate that we will have a good late season as conditions shape up. Most common catches have been dorado, though most are under 10 pounds, hard to find any over 20 lb. Sardinas, ballyhoo and some caballito have been main bait source, as well as some slabs of squid.
Local fleets have been finding better chances for the yellowfin tuna on the grounds from the Iman Bank to Vinorama, often seeing fish come up and then just as quickly vanishing, finding it tough to entice any strikes. We have seen a handful of quality grade 40 to 70 lb. yellowfin accounted for, also there have been some schools of football sized tuna showing as well, more of these found from Palmilla to Santa Maria.
Dorado were found in all directions, though more numerous on the Pacific, but again most are smaller in size, striking on lures and rigged baits, such as ballyhoo. Wahoo were spread out as well, really no particular hot spot and hard to find one over 30 lb., as in the recent tournament there were only three over 30 lb. weighed in.
Not much going on with billfish now, we saw more sailfish on local grounds than anything else. A mix of bottom species, with the highlight being a few dogtooth snapper to 40 lb. Again more triggerfish than anything else.
Good fishing, Eric