July 11, 2021
Lots of tourist activity now, reports of large crowds at local International Airport, though fishing fleets have only been moderately busy. Weather patterns were more stable this week, scattered cloud cover, highs in the upper 80s, to 90 degrees. Variable winds, being more predominate later in the day from the south. A couple of low pressure tropical areas that we are following far to the south and southwest, neither appear to have much chance of impacting Southern Baja at all, maybe a bit more tropical muggy humidity will be it.
Anglers are now using a mix of sardinas, mullet and caballito for bait, supplies have remained steady near Puerto Los Cabos marina jetty despite increased surf activity. The majority of local charters have been fishing towards the north, from the Gordo Banks, all the way to Vinorama, some inshore action also found near Palmilla and south towards Chileno. More consistent action is being encountered closer to shore and off of the rocky high spots. Early in the week there was spotty action found anywhere from 15 to 25 miles offshore for yellowfin tuna which were associated with moving porpoise. Was very hit or miss and most of these yellowfin were smaller football sized. Near Vinorama there was another area to find tuna, these fish were within a mile or so from shore and weighing up to 30 lb. Though this tuna bite was also sporadic, more of an early morning super panga bite, first boats there have a chance then bite shuts down.
Dorado and wahoo were both very scarce now, we did see a handful of dorado, though these were few and far between, smaller sized juvenile fish. Billfish action was scattered, no specific hot spot, in between seasons now, a few sailfish in the area as well, late season for striped marlin and still a bit early for the blues and blacks.
Earlier in the week there was some great action found on Inner Gordo Bank, amberjack to 60 lb. and surprisingly several yellowtail were accounted for, up to 34 lb. Lots of sharks hanging on these grounds, which made that a challenge at times. Word travels quickly these days, next thing we know spear divers showed as well as swarms of bots and that bite faded out. Other grounds to the north, Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis all produced a mix of structure species for anglers using yo-yo jigs and various baits. Ocean clarity improved and water temperature was in the 80 degree range, though overall the bite was a bit more difficult in recent days. Fishing is like the weather, can vary day to day.
Anglers were finding more roosterfish now patrolling closer to shore, fish to 50 lb. were landed, also many smaller roosterfish in the area, more than usual for this time of year, we are now in peak season for targeting the largest roosterfish of the year. Still lots of jack crevalle being found near shore as well and a few sierra still hanging around.
Good Fishing, Eric