November 7, 2021
Very busy times now in Southern Baja, last of the high dollar tournaments was just completed this week. Large turn out of nearly 200 teams, no record numbers of tuna, wahoo or dorado were landed, but lots of prizes were given out and everyone seems to enjoy themselves.
Ideal weather now, clear sunny skies, highs in the upper 80s, with lows down to 65 degrees. Breezes from the north picking up most day later in the day. Ocean water is averaging 81 to 83 degrees throughout the region, a few degrees warmer than normal for this time frame. Swells are moderate, currents have slacked, greenish water which has swept in the past few weeks, particularity on grounds off San Jose del Cabo and north, are now just kind of stagnant and not moving out, need some new clean water to move in. Rent days the clear water from off of Los Frailes was moving south and the grounds of San Luis and Iman were much improved. Strange year, at this time there are two late season tropical depression developing far off to the southwest, warm water, which can be ripe for development, though we are not expecting anything from these systems, they are forecast to stay far away before dissipating.
Overall the fishing action has been tough and in all directions, most of the tournament qualifying yellowfin tuna were found much further offshore and associated with porpoise. We expect the action to return on San Luis and Gordo Banks as ocean conditions rebound and stabilize some. This not an overnight happening, but at least we are encouraged how things seem to now be on improving trend.
Dorado had been the main stay for the last couple of weeks, but they became a bit more scarce this past week, scattered fish averaging 10 to 15 lb. Wahoo were harder to find than dorado,early in the week several ‘hoo up close to 40 lb. were brought in, others were lost as well. Then through the rest of the week these fish were jsut not biting. We are optimistic that as conditions come in to shape the wahoo will be much more active, as this is now into their normal peak season.
Billfish were very scattered as well, though once again we had a week we where did see sailfish, striped,blue and even one black marlin, though in limited numbers. A few sierra and roosterfish were found near shore, could be much better if sardinas had not become so scarce. Main bait source now has been caballito,ballyhoo and slabs of squid.
Bottom action produced a wide variety, from triggerfish, tile fish, sheepshead, bonito, barred pargo, yellow snapper, red snapper, amberjack, yellowtail, cabrilla and others, though the large majority of these fish were five pounds or less.
While fishing was slower than we would expect, the whale watching is now happening daily, also many many rays being seen as well.
Good Fishing, Eric