Mixed Action as Summer Nears ~ June 12, 2002

June 12, 2022 

We saw lighter crowds of anglers again this past week, apparently due to combined factors, but mainly because of increasingly high inflation affecting the pocket books for many who are considering planning vacations for this coming summer that will not be as easy to afford. The local weather patterns continue to be very pleasant for this close to the summer season, highs in the lower 80s most days, some hazy marine layer burning off, creating plenty of warm sunshine. Winds continue to be unpredictable, swirling from both the north and south, creating some choppy conditions at times. Ocean swells were moderate, though at this time there are two low pressure systems developing off the mainland coast which most likely push in higher swells next week.

Currents have been swift and anglers had hard times even trying to target bottom species on certain days. Water temperature ranged from 72 degrees near Cabo San Lucas up to 78 degrees in the direction of Los Frailes. Clarity on most of the grounds was good. Bait supplies consisted of sardina, anchoveta, caballito, mullet, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. Still have not seen the normal massive schools of mullet that appear during this time frame.

Fishing action has been spread out, we saw a large variety of species, but no particular fish was found in any significant numbers. Most popular fishing grounds now have been from La Fortuna to San Luis Bank. There was a mix of bottom and surface action being done on these same grounds.

More bottom species being actually caught than surface species. Pacific bonito are most prevalent, some quality red snapper, a few leopard grouper and amberjack in the mix. Trolling rapalas and various baits produced a handful of yellowfin tuna up to 25 lb, as well as a few 20 lb. class wahoo. Dorado were few and far between, though one charter was very fortunate and accounted for a couple of larger sized bulls that were found near some floating debris, the largest weighed in at 53 lb. 

Striped marlin was further offshore now and with ocean conditions being rougher, this was not really an option for local charters. Along the shoreline there was a mix of sierra, jack crevalle and some roosterfish, though the normal peak season roosterfish action has not developed yet into a consistent bite, everything still seems to be running a bit later than normal this season.

Good Fishing, Eric

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