September 20, 2019
Tropical storm season is now at its peak, with TS Kiko was still lingering far off to the west, we have seen in recent days the development of two new systems, Lorena and Mario. Expecting land impact from Lorena, which at Hurricane 1 strength is taking a path almost directly towards the southern tip of Baja. We are expecting major rainfall and winds, all Port activity has closed now and most likely through the weekend. Forecast believe Mario and Lorena will move together as they parallel the Peninsula heading northwest.
So anglers had a shortened week fishing through Thursday, before Red Flag conditions closed the Port. Light crowds of tourists, so numbers of charters were limited. Sardinas were being netted off of beach stretches near San Luis and delivered to the grounds near La Fortuna and Iman. Ballyhoo, caballito and strips of squid were also being used. Sardinas were now the best ticket for enticing the yellowfin tuna, action varied from where the best bite could be found, in recent days more tuna were found near Vinorama, smaller grade of 15 lb. fish, though boats could catch ten or more. While action near Twenty-Five spot and Iman was more sporadic, though this is where a handful of yellowfin up to 70 lb. were landed. Still no reports of the cow sized tuna showing, even on the Gordo Banks, late showing this season. Lots of large black skipjack biting on all these same grounds, so that was kind of a nuisance
Number of dorado were less now than in previous weeks and most fish that were found were smaller in size. Wahoo became more active and we were seeing a few of these fish most every day, they weighed 20 to 40 lb. and were striking on trolled rapala type lures off of the north grounds, near where the tuna and dorado were also encountered.
Not much bottom action was even attempted, though we did see a few amberjack, cabrilla, snapper, pompano, bonito, surgeon fish and of course triggerfish
The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 32 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 2 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 24 dorado, 12 wahoo, 92 yellowfin tuna, 150 black skipjack, 2 island jack, 3 surgeon fish, 4 leopard grouper, 12 Mexican bonito, 4 yellow snapper, 2 barred pargo, 3 pompano, 5 amberjack and 26 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric