March 13, 2022
We are starting to see the first wave of spring breakers arriving into the Los Cabos area, again quite a few tourists now, but not a high percentage of these are serious anglers. Weather was a bit cooler this week, relatively by local standards, still the skies were clear and sunny, with highs most days reaching close to 75 degrees, early morning lows were down in the mid 50s. North winds increased through the later part of the week, creating rough ocean conditions and water temperature was now averaging 70 to 73 degrees. Greenish currents swept through the inshore zone.
Anglers were using mainly caballito and ballyhoo for bait, with some mackerel also found on offshore grounds, still no sardina activity to report. Sportfishing fleets were searching out all directions, most local fleets concentrated on the grounds from Red Hill/Palmilla and north to La Fortuna and Iman.
The highlight offshore has been the continued strong bite for striped marlin, with the Outer Gordo Banks being one of the top producers. Though striped marlin are being found throughout the region, concentrated more where bait schools were found. These billfish are striking lures well, but even more so on dropped back or trolled baits.
Dorado were scarcer in the cooler off colored conditions, though everyday we are seeing some of these prized gamefish accounted for, just not in the numbers we saw during previous weeks. Same deal for wahoo, that action that had been so good a couple of weeks ago, considering it was not the normal season for these pelagics, now has stalled out as water color turned over on the inshore grounds where these fish had been holding.
Bottom action just has not done much up to this point, windy, rougher conditions did not help. Though some days there were some decent caches produced, most notably were leopard grouper, red snapper, amberjack and bonito, but no significant numbers or size.
Whales continued to be seen in good numbers, as well as sea lions, manta rays, porpoise and turtles, all adding to the all around adventure.
Inshore we have not seen much, very few sierra so far this season, some small sized roosterfish, but the highlight has been some hog sized jack crevalle.
Good Fishing, Eric