June 19, 2022
With the summer season officially starting this week we had moderate crowds of anglers arriving, they were greeted with more tropical and humid conditions. With the development of Hurricane Blas passing to the southwest about 250 miles from Cabo San Lucas over the weekend, high ocean swells to over 10 feet arriving, a lot of cloud cover, only some scattered rain showers felt and not too strong of wind gusts either. Another tropical system has developed behind Blas, this one named Celia and is forecast to come close to the Southern Baja next weekend. So the tropical season has arrived and as usual we will be following fall forecasts closely.
Through the week there was good quantities of bait available, caballito, anchoveta, sardina and some mullet, though swells from the storm made bait more scattered over the weekend, mainly caballito being found inside the marina area. Most local sportfishing charters were concentrated on the grounds from Red Hill, straight off San Jose del Cabo and towards La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks. Action was spread out, a good variety of fish being found, though no one particular species being overly abundant. A mix of inshore, surface and bottom action being done.
Offshore there were a scattering of striped marlin, sailfish and dorado, just a few dorado, but sizes were very impressive, close to 50 lb. Yellowfin tuna were very scarce, but a handful were landed, up close to 40 lb. Along the beach stretches there was a mix of jack crevalle and roosterfish, though roosters were much more scarce than we should expect for this time of year, changing currents and scattered schools of mullet being a factor.
Off the bottom rock piles was the best chance to load up on some quality eating fillets, we saw bonito, pompano, island jack, triggerfish, red and yellow snappers, amberjack, leopard and gulf groupers, white fish, pargo colorado, dogtooth snapper, barred pargo and others. Anglers were using a mix of bait and yo-yo jigs. Also saw a few wahoo in the mix and others were seen free swimming about, on the same grounds where bottom action was taking place.
These passing storm systems always stir up the conditions, so we will be dealing with that for the rest of the summer. Bait along the beach stretches become more scattered as well. Offshore action should start to produce more pelagics, such as yellowfin tuna and black and blue marlin.
Good Fishing, Eric