January 9, 2022
The majority of the Holiday Season crowds have now returned home and we are seeing noticeably less numbers of tourists in town. Compounded by the latest variant of Covid now causing scores of cancellations and more postponements of travel plans for the near future. We will hope this latest wave passes quickly so we can get back to normal lifestyles. We felt a cold wave this past week, low temperature one morning was 54 degrees, though daytime highs are still reaching the upper 70s. Ocean water temperatures are on a cooling trend as well, now down in the 76 to 77 degrees range, which is still at least several degrees warmer than normal for this time frame.
The wide open marlin bite straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo tapered off some, as bait concentrations seem to be scattering more. Though the striped marlin bite is still on, with feeders seen early in the day and many charters still accounting for multiple fish. Many fish are being hooked while drift fishing or slow trolling various baits. Average size marlin being in the 70 to 90 lb. class, a small percentage to 100 lb. or more. A handful of sailfish are found on these same grounds.
Dorado bite slowed down compared to last week, but most charters are finding one or two of these fish, some are accounting for limits, sizes to 20 lb., though the majority were less than ten pounds. They were being found from the same marlin grounds, as well as very close to shore, near where sierra and smaller sized roosterfish are being found along the beach stretches.
Wahoo are still in the area, though anglers have been fortunate to land one, we saw small sized sierra like wahoo, as well as fish to 50 lb. Still a good chance at these elusive fish, as conditions remain favorable and pressure is lighter than we have seen for the past couple of months. There is a Wahoo Tournament out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina slated for January 23, with jackpot categories for tuna and dorado as well.
The only yellowfin tuna we have heard about are being found further offshore associated with moving porpoise. Most days 20 to 40 miles offshore, out of range for normal morning charters, but possible with paying fuel surcharges.
Winds were a bit unpredictable and variable, most days picking up from the north, but on Saturday we felt a big blow out of the south. Greenish colored water is moving south from Los Frailes, now nearing La Fortuna area, cleaning blue water found straight off San Jose del Cabo and to the south.
Still lots of marine life for added attractions, whales, sea lions, manta rays, turtles, etc..
Good Fishing, Eric