Rain and more Rain, then more Tuna Action ~ September 22, 2018

Anglers –
September 22, 2018

This week was shut down for sport fishing by Monday afternoon due to a broad low pressure Topical system that slowly followed a path directly towards the Southern Baja Peninsula, north through the Gulf of Californian, drenching mainland Mexico and then in the South Western U.S. states. Hard to predict what a particular low pressure system might develop into, this latest storm left more rainfall than anything else, certain locations received as much as 15 inches of rain and there was moderate to heavy flooding to deal with. There were some isolated wind gusts to over 40 mph, for the most part the wind was more like 20 mph with. persistent rainfall, very intense at times. The Port was shut down form Monday afternoon until Thursday morning, though most fleets did not start back operations until Friday. So this was a shortened week.

Once back operating, fleets dealt with slightly off colored water conditions and some strong currents. Put as ocean conditions settled down, water temperature was back averaging close to 84 to 85 degrees, lots of yellowfin tuna were being seen on these grounds, the tuna were mostly in the 50 lb. to 80 lb. range, but at times were very shy in taking any hooked offerings from anglers, through with persistence anglers could catch two or three during a morning trip. This action was all on bait, with live, or dead sardinas, strips of squid and some on live chihuil, which were not a sure bet trying to catch. So despite the yellowfin tuna action being sporadic and a bit finicky, this was still the best opportunity presently for catching quality gamefish. On Friday a private sport fisher out of Puerto Los Cabos reported landing a yellowfin tuna off of the Gordo Banks that was estimated at 280 lb. This is the first real super cow we have heard about from these grounds this season.

Other action was limited, some bottom action on the same grounds, but not a sure bet option, highlights were a handful of grouper and dogtooth snapper, these fish were hanging around the high spots, though trying to hook and turn these fish away from the rocks was a completely different story in itself, even on locked down 80 lb. tackle these fish will quickly terminate the battle by cutting lines off.

Only an occasional dorado being seen, a few reports of missed wahoo strikes or free jumping fish seen, on Saturday a handful of wahoo up to 40 lb. were landed while trolling rapalas and other lures around the Iman Bank,this time of year there are times we see minimal variety of fish. Coming up in the fall season we do anticipate a great season, looking forward to more wahoo and dorado showing back up in the daily fish counts.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 35 charters for this storm shortened week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 2 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 5 wahoo, 3 dorado, 58 yellowfin tuna, 17 bonito, 6 red snapper, 3 dogtooth snapper, 4 cabrilla and 18 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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