February 8, 2015
Weather patterns continue to be changing daily, actually starting to warm up and feel like spring time already, after cloudy rainy days last week, we are now seeing clear sunny days and high temperatures to 85 degrees. Actually nearly a perfect climate now, winds have lighted up and anglers enjoyed more comfortable days on the ocean. Lots of whale activity, as well as dolphins, manta rays and sea lions.
Water temperatures have continued to be a cooling trend, but have stabilized now in the 70 to 76 degree range, still pretty warm considering that we are in the midst of winter. Clarity fluctuated accordingly to currents and wind cycles, especially on the inshore fishing grounds to the north of Punta Gorda.
The yellowfin tuna action came to standstill at the start of the week, but then started to show increased activity later in the week. Often times the tuna were seen feeding on the surface, but just would not be interested in striking a bait that had a hook placed in it, just a few yellowfin were being hooked into, most of them on either sardinas or strips of squid, average weights were in the 15 to 30 lb. range. The Gordo Banks became the best spot for a chance at landing a tuna in recent days, the other area of La Fortuna the fish were even more finicky. We must remember that any yellowfin tuna action at this time of year is a bonus, this is not the season that we would normally expect to find active yellowfin on the local grounds.
Same can be said for dorado and wahoo, still quite a few dorado being encountered, most of them have been juvenile sized, under 15 lb. and being found close to shore, often near where the inshore sierra action was. Supplies of sardinas remained steady, now being netting near Vinorama and delivered to the Cardon or La Fortuna areas.
There was a discouraging situation being dealt with now, as more Mainland commercial operations, which specialize in various forms of net fishing and have equipment capable of stripping both inshore and offshore reefs of all forms of sea life. These camps are set up in unpopulated zones where they do not seem to receive much negative responses by the unknowing public. This is an extremely destructive method of commercial fishing, even though these groups do supposedly possess legal permits, none of it make any sense at all and should be eliminated so that continued destruction of the ecosystem does not result in a complete collapse of a fishery that was always thought as an unlimited resource.
Bottom action has just begun to show signs of more consistency, still dictated by what the weather allows. Shallow water structure was producing a wide variety of fish, most of which were under ten pounds, with an occasional larger specimen mixed in. Various pargo and snapper species, triggerfish, mojarra grunt, bonito, skipjack, cabrilla, a few amberjack and at least one yellowtail. These fish were striking on yo-yo jigs, sardinas and strips of squid.
Sierra was the most common catch close to shore, best action was early in the day on slow trolled sardinas. Also in certain area near the marina jetties anglers found some roosterfish up to ten pounds.
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: 2 striped marlin, 1 yellowtail, 2 wahoo, 34 yellowfin tuna, 165 sierra, 14 roosterfish, 88 dorado, 24 bonito, 26 cabrilla, 35 pargo, 24 yellow snapper, 18 mojarra, 6 amberjack and 32 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric