June 15, 2019
With the official start to the summer season set to start next weekend we continue to see fluctuating crowds of visiting anglers, last week we had increased numbers now this week we see fewer people arriving. Weather is progressively heating up, high temperatures into the lower 90’s. Later in the week we saw more marine cloudy and overcast conditions. While Pacifica waters are still cool, in the upper 60’s, off of San Jose del Cabo the ocean reached 80 degrees, swirling winds were unpredictable, earlier in the week we felt breezes predominately from the north, laying down mid-week, then later in the week it was the south wind that really kicked up, actually blowing conditions out on Friday and contributed in pushing in colder greenish Pacific water, ocean temperatures dropped to 70 degrees overnight. Now as weather settles conditions will rebound quickly.
The fishing action last week was very encouraging, as we saw more numbers of yellowfin tuna, continued quality action for striped marlin, a few dorado finally showing up, as well as options inshore for roosterfish and for a mix of quality eating bottom species. This week with weather patterns a bit more unstable we had much more scattered overall action, changing from day to day, but the tuna action and marlin proved more elusive and even bottom produced minimal. There were some highlights though, with anglers catching and release trophy sized 50 lb. roosterfish, even landing a couple of wahoo, dorado, sailfish and striped marlin and an occasional nice sized amberjack or red snapper. A lot of variety in the area, though no particular species was overly numerous.
With warmer currents the local bait vendors were finding more caballito, as well as moonfish, ballyhoo and slabs of squid were also available. Inside the Puerto Los Cabos Marina channel we saw mass schools of jack crevalle breaking into a feeding frenzy and local anglers got into this action, chasing these 25 lb. jacks around the docks and jetties.
The action on the San Luis Bank for the Mexican bonito and red snapper while working the yo-yo jigs proved much more difficult in recent days, the weather did not help at times, the tuna had been hitting early in the week on trolled caballito and strips of squid, yellowfin ranging from 20 to 80 b., but this action came to a standstill later in the week.
This transition period can often be like this, sometimes it is not until mid-July before conditions really stabilize and we finally have more consistent day to day action.
These next couple of weeks is when we historically see some of the largest sized roosterfish of the season. We expect to see mass migration of mullet baitfish to move in any time, this in turn brings in more of these inshore gamefish.
The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 70 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 1 sailfish, 7 dorado, 2 wahoo, 7 striped marlin, 19 yellowfin tuna, 2 dogtooth snapper, 11 leopard grouper, 98 Mexican bonito, 32 red snapper, 14 amberjack, 24 roosterfish, 22 jack crevalle, 4 yellow snapper and 70 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric