Striped Marlin Bite, Mix of Bottom Action ~ May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Now into to a new month, weather patterns continues to be slightly cooler than during a normal year, transition period is taking longer than we would expect. It has been a slow process waiting for water conditions to warm and clean up, as well as for winds to become less of a factor. At this time the ocean water temperature has ranged from 72 to 74 degrees. Clarity has fluctuated, it seems just as we see blue water moving in there is a setback as currents push in off colored currents again. Conditions can change very quickly at this time of year, so as days become progressively warmer we expect to see offshore surface action pick up accordingly.

The main offshore species now has been the striped marlin, these billfish are striking on trolled lures and on cast or dropped back baits, mainly caballito at this time. The marlin are being found scattered throughout the zone, at times as close as a few miles from shore. They became a bit more finicky during the recent the full moon, as well as with fluctuating conditions, though most charters are having at least a chance or two while targeting these fish, with some accounting for multiple catches. Not many dorado were seen in recent days compared to last week when we did see a few of them.

Only an occasional yellowfin tuna were being found, these tuna were taken while drift fishing with bait on grounds from Iman to Vinorama, the fish we did see ranged to over 80 lb. So they are still in the area, just need the conditions to improve a bit more to their liking. Also a handful of wahoo were seen on these same grounds, but they were very shy to striking any offerings.

The most common catches have been various species found off the rock structure, such as bonito, cabrilla, red snapper, fortune jack, amberjack, yellowtail, triggerfish and others. Anglers reported mixed success depending on which area they targeting and how favorable the conditions were on a given day.

Along the shore the best action we saw was reported from areas to the south of Puerto Los Cabos, nice sized sierra were accounted for, some as large as 13 lb., also a mix of jacks and of course more triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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