Heat Wave, Improved Action ~ January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

Another light week for the number of tourists arriving in the Los Cabos region. Though weather conditions were ideal, an actual heat wave for winter time is not a normal deal. Sunny days reaching up to 85 degrees, felt more like early fall or late spring. Winds were variable, mainly from the north, but did not affect fishing much, as good fishing was found in close proximity. Ocean water temperatures varied from 73 to 77 degrees, coolest areas north near Los Frailes, where water color was also greenish.

Schools of baitfish were still found offshore from San Jose del Cabo hotel zone, where mackerel, caballito and sardineta were congregating. Other options have been ballyhoo and chihuil. Fleets have searched all different directions, most popular grounds recently were near La Fortuna, Punta Gorda and from Red Hill to straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo. 

Striped marlin action remains very good, most boats targeting the billfish have had multiple opportunities, more often 4 to 10 miles from shore. Feeding marlin were often encountered and made for some fast action. Sizes ranged from 70 to 120 lb. These same grounds produced a mix of dorado, though more numbers of dorado were found closer to shore, where charters were often landed limits for their clients. Sizes ranged to 20 lb. average were more often about 10 lb.

Wahoo action was scattered and hit or miss, best chances seem to be from Punta Gorda to La Fortuna, a few wahoo in the 50 lb. class were accounted for, but no significant numbers at all, took a lot of patience and effort to have a realistic chance. This coming Sunday Puerto Los Cabos is having a wahoo tournament, should be interesting to see how the wahoo cooperate, there are also jackpots involved for tuna and dorado.

Bottom action showed a little better signs of improvement, as a handful of nice leopard grouper, yellow snapper, barred pargo and bonito were accounted for.Inshore there were some juvenile sized roosterfish and sierra being found, but no big numbers, we are missing the live sardinas for this action. Environmental changes seem to be contributing to not seeing these baitfish in our area for the past several months.

Good Fishing, Eric

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