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March 10, 2012
With the spring season now only a couple of weeks away we are now in transition period, unpredictable from day to day, there are still predominate winds from the north, choppy seas through much of this past week. Days have been mostly sunny, with high temperatures reaching 80 degrees. Water temperatures has ranged from 68 to 72 degrees, the warmest currents are now found off of Cabos San Lucas..
Yellowfin tuna action came to a standstill on the Iman Bank, as stirred up ocean conditions slowed the surface action and anglers found the most consistent bite to be closer to shore for sierra, an occasional dorado up to 15 pounds and a mix of bottom dwellers, most success has come on bait, some action on yo-yo’s. Strong currents limited options on certain days, conditions can change quickly from day to day. Despite dealing with some gusting winds anglers were able to fish in calmer more protected inshore waters, where a variety of species provided fun sport on light tackle while using sardinas for bait.
Supplies of sardinas have remained plentiful, they were found off of the Palmilla area, as well as north near San Luis. Cardon proved to be one of the more productive areas this past week, larger sized sierra, some snapper , amberjack, bonito and cabrilla off the bottom, this is also where quite a few out of season dorado have been found, small groups of fish attracted to where more baitfish were schooling.
Reports of striped marlin action was hit or miss, the 1150 spot produced some billfish and the old light house grounds also had some favorable reports, though overall the marlin bite has been scattered and not up to Cabo standards. The month of March can often be an off time for these stripers and as the days warm in the spring, the coming months show much improved action on the offshore front.
The annual southern migration of gray and humpback whales is now almost over, this is the time when these mammals start their return trip towards the northern feeding grounds.
The combined panga fleets launching from La Playita/Puerto Los Cabos sent out approximately 58 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 5 wahoo, 2 striped marlin, 38 dorado, 32 bonito, 315 sierra, 13 roosterfish, 14 yellowtail, 18 amberjack, 11 jack crevalle, 55 pargo, 9 grouper, 16 cabrilla and 11 pompano.
Good Fishing, Eric