January 18, 2014
Visitors to Los Cabos are finding the weather to be warm and very pleasant, while much of the U.S. has been freezing over, locally we have seen high temperatures in the 80s. Crowds of tourists are moderate now, this is common after the holiday season, we should see more snow birds from the north starting to arrive, seeking out warmer surroundings. Winds have been gusting persistently from the north and this has slowed down fishing action in that direction. The warmer and clearer ocean conditions have been found in the direction of Cabo San Lucas, water temperatures are now ranging from 70/74 degrees.
Baitifsh remain scattered, limited supplies of mackerel on the Pacific and out of San Jose del Cabo the fleets are relying on caballito and ballyhoo, early in the week there were minimal supplies of sardinas obtained, but with persistent north winds this option was shut down. Large concentrations of skipjack, mixed with some bonito were found on the Gordo Banks and other offshore grounds.
There has not been any consistent action being found bottom fishing, most charters are targeting what available action can be found relatively close to the shore, mainly on the surface, while trolling a variety of lures and available bait. Scattered numbers of dorado are being encountered, most of these in small schools, with average sizes of 5 to 15 pounds. No big numbers, with one to three fish per boat being the average. Same areas are holding an occasional wahoo, most of these taken on trolled rapala type lures, these ‘hoo were in the 15 to 25 pound class, about time these fish head south and seek out more temperate zones.
Striped marlin were still concentrated on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, most of these fish were striking on bait down deep off of the Old Light House, though this action has tapered down to an average of about one marlin per boat, some marlin are also being found scattered on the surface, but this was hit or miss, no concentration of baitfish now to create any feeding frenzy. The billfish action has been behind schedule this season, as has about everything else. With the lack of sardinas this has hurt options close to shore for sierra and roosterfish, as well as shallow structure species. Hard to say what has happened to the normal migration of sardinas this year, combination of factors has them off course, though heavy commercial pressure is surely partially responsible.
There are a few reports of yellowfin tuna, some of these have been 20 to 40 offshore traveling with porpoise, other schooling yellowfin were hooked on yo-yo jigs off of San Luis and Iman Banks, but just a couple of fish here or there, though if weather and bait supplies of sardinas improved we could still some late season tuna action. Most of the tuna we have seen in recent days were in the 10 to 15 lb. class. There have been aggressive and very hungry sea lions hanging around all of the normal fishing grounds, apparently having trouble catching their own food and readily attacking any hooked fish they can easily grab off of an angler’s line. This situation compounded with lack of sardinas and gusting winds has made for tough angling all around. This is the time of year, when conditions can determine where you can comfortably fish and bait supplies can limit options as well. Though comparatively the local weather is great for winter time and there is a variety of species being accounted for.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 68 charters for this past week, with anglers accounting for a fish count of: 3 striped marlin, 3 wahoo, 23 yellowfin tuna, 105 bonito, 28 sierra, 14 roosterfish, 76 dorado, 2 mako shark, 3 hammerhead,13 pargo and 22 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric