Holiday Crowds Find Marlin & Dorado ~ December 26, 2021

December 26, 2021 


Busy times now with crowds of holiday vacationers arriving. Being greeted with ideal winter time weather, clear sunny skies with highs of 80 degrees, perfect for scores of outdoor activities being offered.

Large schools of baitfish have now shifted in the direction of San Jose del Cabo, mackerel, chihuil and sardineta. This influx has attracted striped marlin in strong numbers, as well as dorado. Main action is now being encountered from Red Hill/Palmilla to straight off of San Joe del Cabo hotel zone, anywhere from 4 to six miles from shore. Most charters targeting the billfish have had multiple chances. Mid week there was even a 300 plus lb. blue marlin landed, as well as a handful of sailfish, though main species were the striped marlin, ranging up to 120 lb. The majority in the 60 to 90 lb. class.

Dorado were found throughout the region, but not in large numbers, most of the time in smaller sized schools, average size were 8 to 15 lb, though a few bulls to over 20 lb. were seen.

No tuna action to speak of this past week. Wahoo were very scarce as well, though conditions are still prime from them to go on another bite. Ocean temperature ranged 77 to 80 degrees through most of the area, clear blue water found close to shore. 

Still no sardina schools being found, bait supplies were mainly for caballito and ballyhoo, though mackerel and sardineta were also schooling on grounds and could be jigged up on sabiki rigs. Inshore and shallow water bottom action was limited, a few smaller sized roosterfish, sierra, various snapper, pargo,cabrilla, triggerfish, and bonito. We also saw at least one amberjack of about 20 lb. Last year at this same time frame we did have sardinas available and that made for more options.

Good Fishing, Eric

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