March 28, 2021
With the first wave of spring break vacationers now arriving, we are seeing many more tourists in town. Though not a high percentage of these visitors are anglers and we are still seeing limited numbers of charters being booked. Weather patterns remained unpredictable, we are feeling an overall warming trend, though still changing daily, mostly clear sunny skies, highs averaging 80 degrees. Ocean temperatures are averaging 69 to 70 degrees, though cooler currents are found near Cabo San Lucas and on the Pacific. Wind cycles remained, predominately out of the north, this has meant a delay in ocean conditions being able to stabilize and become cleaner. This is now the midst of transition time, winter to spring, every year can vary and this year things seem to be settling down later than normal. Typically by mid-April, which is in a couple of weeks, we see ocean temperatures reach the mid-70s, so we do expect this pattern to arrive soon.
Anglers are now finding mainly caballito for the available bait source, with a scattering of sardinas being found. The main fishing grounds now being concentrated on have been from Chileno, Palmilla and north to Iman Bank. Working inshore grounds for a mix of sierra, snapper, jacks and roosterfish. As well as the various rocky high spots throughout the zone. Drift fishing while using various baits and yo-yo jigs produced a large variety of species, more bonito than anything else, the largest species being encountered have been a mix of amberjack, yellowtail and various grouper species, all of these being prized eating specimens.
There were several yellowfin tuna accounted for through the week, they ranged in sizes from 20 to 80 lb. These tuna are hanging around the same high spots and as conditions become more favorable we anticipate more consistent action. There were limited reports of striped marlin be found scattered further offshore, as clarity was cleaner some 15 miles offshore. Still spotty though and we did not have many anglers venturing out to look for this action. As more productive numbers of fish were found closer to shore.
Still quite a few whales hanging around, though typically these would be the final weeks for this before they head back north. We see forecasts of warmer weather for the first week of April, so this should help get conditions more on track.
Good fishing, Eric