Tropical Conditions, Scattered Action ~ July 9, 2023

July 9, 2023

Another very tropical week, started off on Monday with San Jose del Cabo receiving its first significant rainfall since past Sept. or Oct., isolated thundershowers dumped an estimated one inch or more of rain in a very short period of time, right about mid day when it was really coming down, then just as quickly the clouds past through and cleared up, no high winds were related to this, so it was actually nice to see the rainfall. Through the week it was mostly clear, though very humid, on Sunday another tropical depression passed a couple hundred miles off to the southwest, creating high swells and some more scattered showers, even though the Port was not officially closed most charters were canceled due to the stormy conditions. 

We did not see as many overall anglers this week, fishing was a more spotty, better earlier in the week and became more scattered as the week progressed. Hard to say exactly why, maybe the fact the water was 85 degrees or warmer on some grounds, this can change the whole deal, as currents and ocean oxygen levels are constantly shifting. Gamefish move accordingly seeking out preferred thermocline.

Surface action included a wide variety, but no big numbers of any specific spaces. We saw sailfish, striped and blue marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, skipjack and bonito. Mainly using caballito, ballyhoo for bait and also trolling the normal array of lures. Despite such warm waters we saw quite a few wahoo, many were small juveniles near ten pounds, a few were up to 30 lb.

Dorado were scattered throughout the region, mixed sizes, we were seeing more juvenile sizes move in than in previous weeks when the majority of the dorado were nicer quality sized fish. Bottom action was not as productive,  but a few nice dogtooth snapper to 35 lb., red snapper to 12 lb. and amberjack to 55 lb. were accounted for earlier in the week. Some smaller football sized yellowfin tuna were found while open water trolling and a few nicer grade tuna in the 70 to 85 lb. class on the grounds from Iman to San Luis Banks.

Late in the season now, but still chances at finding jack crevalle and roosterfish closer to shore, but on some days this was not a practical option due to high surf conditions.

Good Fishing, Eric

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