June 13, 2021
There seemed to be an increase of vacationers arriving in Los Cabos this past week, with school semesters now ending for summer, this gives families a chance to travel. Weather has remained comfortable, not unbearably hot yet, clear sunny days with highs in the upper 80s, a bit tropical, as there are now two tropical systems developing, one of them TS Carlos, these are far south and off to the west and are not forecast to impact Southern Baja at all. Perhaps we will see some increased ocean swells later next week and increased humidity. Local ocean temperature is in the 78 to 80 degree range, winds have been at times from the north and then from the south, but have not been too much an issue for anglers, mostly picking up later in the day, as ocean conditions have been favorable throughout the week.
Marina bait vendors have fond good supplies of healthy sized sardinas, as well as some caballito and mullet, with other options of slabs of squid and ballyhoo. Off shore fishing has been centered near the 95 and 1150 spots, mainly for striped marlin, but also a few dorado and yellowfin tuna being found as well. The majority of the inshore and bottom action has been in the direction of the La Fortuna, Cardon, Iman, San Luis and Vinorama. On the San Luis grounds there were tuna being hooked into every day, though the fish were finicky, some days better than others, anglers were fortunate to land one or two, some had four or five, also more sea lions and sharks making a presence. Most of the yellowfin we saw ranged in the 20 to 60 lb. size, though there was one 234 lb. tuna landed Friday from these same grounds. The best bet was to drift fish with sardinas, squid or slow trolled caballito or bolito, if you happen to jig one of those candy baits up.
We are still seeing very few dorado, last week we saw more, though this week there were wahoo starting to show up in the fish counts, most of these were hooked into while drifting for tuna, on sardinas, lucky with no leaders, others also hit on rapala type trolling lures. Sizes up to 30 lb., at least we are seeing a few of the ‘hoo, it has been a while.
With surface action still a bit spotty many charters are concentrating their efforts closer to shore over the rocky high spots or trolling right along the beach stretches. Roosterfish action has been slow to get going, considering this is now peak season and will be for the next month. Everything has been a different, slow to get going this season. We did see some roosters this week, one that was close to 50 lb. There were more jack crevalle than anything else close to shore, though there was still quite a few sierra hanging out in the warmer waters.
Off the bottom, in depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet, we saw a wide variety of species, even had one 20 lb. California sheepshead, as well as yellowtail, amberjack, fortune jack, bonito, black skipjack, pompano, island jack, surgeonfish, yellow snapper, red snapper, spotted rose snapper, barred pargo, leopard grouper, broomtail and pinto cabrilla and of course triggerfish, a couple of which were monsters. Most charters were coming in with an average of a dozen fish. Many of the smaller cabrilla and snapper are being released, which is a good thing, that we do strongly recommend.
Good Fishing, Eric