Sardinas Show, Tuna and Dorado Bite ~ January 15, 2023

January 15, 2023

As we progress further into the winter season we are seeing the normal tourist flow in from mainly North America, people trying to escape the cold, seeking out warmer climate. Los Cabos always seems to be one of the more popular and conventional destinations. Weather patterns have not disappointed anyone, ideal clear sunny warm skies, lows of about 60 degrees and high of 80 degrees, not much more could you expect for this time of year. Ocean conditions have been nice for the most part, slight swells, variable wind, predominantly from the north, picking up later in the day.

Big news this past week is that there were schools of sardinas once again being found near the Puerto Los Cabos Marina channel entrance, the first time we have seen these since early October. This was bait of choice for this week’s action, as well as ballyhoo and strips of squid, caballito now scarce due to cooler currents. Water temperature is now in the 70 to 73 degree range. Of course supplies were limited, sardinas were larger sized, so there weren’t a lot of extra amounts to enable freely chumming.

Most popular fishing grounds this week were from Cardon, La Fortuna and Iman Banks. Highlights were yellowfin tuna, ranging in sizes from 15 to 70 lb. Of course everyone and their brother found out about sardinas showing up and the tuna biting and this put heavy pressure on the relatively small area where these fish were concentrated. So as the week progressed the yellowfin became much more finicky and hard to entice. Ocean conditions also change daily, water on a cooling trend, with clarity fluctuating from day today as well. Early weeks many charters were able to land a couple nice quality sized tuna, but by weekend numbers were way down and anglers were fortunate to land even one tuna.

Dorado are still the most numerous gamefish now being encountered, though with cooling conditions these fish were found in less numbers than previous weeks, average of two or three per charter, sizes ranging from 5 to 15 lb. Wahoo season is pretty over now, though a few of them are still being seen, these fish migrate further south when water dips in the low 70s.

We saw some better bottom action during the first part of the week with sardinas attracting some quality sized yellow snapper, leopard grouper and even a few amberjack. But this action was still not a consistent option, changing daily, as were the currents and other contributing factors.

We saw a few more sierra in the fish counts, along with bonito, triggerfish and some roosterfish up to 15 lb. were landed and released along the local sandy beach stretches.

Good Fishing, Eric

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