October 10, 2021
We are seeing larger numbers of anglers now arriving, from now through Thanksgiving is always the season’s most popular time. Weather is still quite warm now during the heat of the day, averaging 90 degrees, early mornings are just starting to have a bit of a chill. We are now following the formation of a tropical storm system off of Mainland, Mexico, could pass close to the Southern Baja Peninsula on Wednesday. Late morning winds are starting to blow from the north, weather patterns going through a transition period into the fall season.
Anglers have been able to obtain sardinas near the marina entrance, though schools are not as abundant as in previous weeks. Option options have been the slabs of squid and ballyhoo, which have proved to be productive when trolling for wahoo, dorado and billfish. Earlier this week, all on the same day, we saw sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin landed. One black marlin over 350 lb. was brought in, it hit on a rigged ballyhoo and skirt set up. Most productive action was found on the grounds from off of Punta Gorda and north towards La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks. With most charters doing a mix of drift fishing and trolling.
Yellowfin tuna came to a stand still, only an occasional hook up being reported. Ocean water temperatures have been high in the 84 to 88 degree range. As cooling trend continues to develop this usually helps the overall bite on local grounds.
The wahoo have definitely started to become more active, everyday we are seeing a handful of these fish brought in, no big numbers yet, some anglers getting lucky and accounted for a couple of fish. Sizes we have seen ranged from 30 to 50 lb. Rigged ballyhoo and chihuil was the best bet, though rapalas should start to work as well.
This week we also saw more dorado than previously, fish up to 15 lb., some boats landed limits, we heard of even better action for the dorado off of the Pacific side.
The highlight off the bottom has been dogtooth snapper as large as 50 lb. striking on chunk bait over the high spots, these brutes will test even the most experienced of anglers, a challenge to keep them way from the sharp rocks. A mix of snapper, cabrilla, triggerfish, amberjack and bonito eere found over the structure.
We are also now starting to see some sierra show up, it will not be long before whale migrations return.
Good Fishing, Eric