July 24, 2022
Light crowds of anglers continue, tropical conditions, after last weekend’s passing of Tropical Storm Estelle, the week settled down and as swells resided ocean conditions rebounded. Ocean water temperatures ranged from 78 degrees on the Pacific up to 85 degrees in the direction of the East Cape. Clean blue water was found close to shore. On Saturday we felt welcome relief from relentless heat as local rain squalls developed, lasting on and off throughout the day.
Bait sources consisted of caballito, sardina, anchoveta, ballyhoo and a few moon fish. Sardinas were smaller in size as compared to previous the recent swell activity. Fishing action has been spread out from the 95,1150 spot towards Cabo San Lucas and north to San Luis Bank, not much being reported from the Gordo Banks, it is the time of year that large bait schools should move in on the Gordo Banks and in turn attracting more gamefish.
Billfish, dorado and yellowfin tuna were found further offshore, the yellowfin were more often being found associated with porpoise, 15 to 40 miles offshore. Tuna were striking on various lures, feathers, cedar plugs, etc… Sizes ranged from small footballs up to 70 lb. We are expecting that these yellowfin will move closer in soon, on to high spots, making them more accessible to normal morning charters.
Dorado ranged from small schoolies, up to 40 lb. plus bulls. They were found throughout the region, more numbers further offshore, but many were also found closer to shore, as blue water was shifting nearer to shore now. Only a few reports of wahoo being seen free swimming or lost hook ups, so they are in the area, just not being landed.
Action closer to shore off the rock piles remained good for a variety of spaces, pargo colorado, African pompano, yellow snapper, barred pargo, bonito, amberjack, leopard grouper, dogtooth snapper and others.
Roosterfish are becoming harder to find, as the season winds down, though there still was a chance, as there were reports of nice roosterfish being caught and released.
Good Fishing, Eric