July `11, 2015
As school sessions end for the summer break we are now seeing more family vacationers arrive in Los Cabos, they have been greeted with calm, warm and humid patterns this past week. Distance tropical low pressure areas off to the west have created more tropical conditions, though winds have been light and skies very clear, moderate swells and clear blue water being found close to shore. Only rainfall reported has been to the north of San Jose del Cabo, near Miraflores and Santiago, vegetation is lush green in this region, compared to the parched desert landscape south of the airport, this is the normal pattern July through September, while coastal rainfall is more often associated with storm systems from the south, not like local thunderstorms that develop over the mountains north of San Jose del Cabo.
Ocean water temperatures have risen up to 85 degrees in areas, clear blue water for the most part, varying currents, raging at times, fleets are fishing over a wide span, searching for more productive waters. Billfish action slowed, warmer water can make striped marlin very sluggish and the majority of these stripers migrate towards California during the summer. A handful of sailfish are now moving in, and there have been blue marlin hook ups as well, though these fish are very scattered and not very active at this time. The offshore fishing grounds are holding schools of bolito and this past week we have seen more and more small football sized yellowfin tuna arrive, they are usually a good indicator for attracting large predators such as black and blue marlin. On the local Gordo Banks, this action usually peaks during the months of August, September and October.
Dorado are even more scattered than the billfish are, only an occasional fish being encountered, mixed sizes up to 20 lb., striking mainly in open water on lures, this is the time of year where we normally see larger concentrations of these popular gamefish. Wahoo have been elusive as well, but everyday a few of these speedsters have been accounted for off of the spots ranging from Red Hill, La Fortuna, to Iman Bank. The majority of the wahoo strikes were taken on trolled Rapalas.
Panga fleets out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, continue to target early morning action on the San Luis Bank for red snapper (huachinango), anglers working yo-yo jigs off of the structure were hooking into quality snapper weighing in 6 to 12 lb. class. This bite has tapered off compared to the past couple of weeks, though there is still a good chance at landing four or five of these snapper, with the only real productive time being early in the morning, after the sun starts to rise these fish shut down and most charters will then scout out other options offshore or inshore.
This season we have seem very limited activity for dogtooth snapper along the rocky shoreline, only an accessional story being told, most of them involving massive strikes that results in broken lines. The main action being targeted along the shoreline now has been for roosterfish, though this action became more difficult the past week, water clarity was crystal clear in many stretches and this can make these fish spooky. Anglers that went further north near Vinorama did report great action on larger sized roosterfish, apparently they witnessed some truly epic feeding frenzy activity.
An unusual catch was made by a commercial pangero the other day as he was returning into the marina channel area and was slow motoring, while leaving a moonfish out on a line, he hooked and landed a 30 lb. snook, all in front of local crowd hanging at the La Playita fillet stations, not an everyday catch.
The past couple of days we have seen some sardinas being found and then sold by the bait suppliers to charters operating in the direction of Iman Bank, these baitfish were found along the beach north of Vinorama, smaller in size, but are the first sardinas we have seen in at least two months and were being used to catch good numbers of smaller sized yellowfin tuna, most in the 5 to 8 lb. range, though a few tuna in the 30, 40 to 50 lb. range were also landed, some of these on yo-yo jigs or strips of squid. It is now the time of year where we see larger yellowfin moving on to the local Banks such as the Gordo Banks, Iman and San Luis. Last year there was a flurry of big tuna action in early August, time will tell what happens this season.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 75 charters, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 5 sailfish,14 striped marlin, 16 dorado, 17 wahoo, 135 yellowfin tuna, 3 amberjack, 8 cabrilla, 14 yellow snapper, 12 jack crevalle, 24 bonito, 24 roosterfish and 105 huachinango (red snapper).
Good fishing, Eric