September 4, 2017
Late report this week. On Wednesday evening Tropical Storm Lidia swept directly towards the Los Cabos region, with wind gusts to 70 mph and dumping almost unprecedented amounts of rainfall, with up to 27 inches of rain being recorded. Main Mexico Highway 1 Bridge collapsed near Santa Rosa, wide spread flooding was felt, arroyos turned into raging rivers, it will take major rebuilding and cleanup efforts. Some areas are still without basic utilities. Our sportfishing charters are resuming operations this week, as ongoing cleanup continues, from the tonnage of debris from inside the marina, hanging on the boats slips, major mess.
Weather is clear now, but through the month of September we always have to follow forecasts closely. Surf has resided now, though who knows what the bait situation for finding any sardinas will be. Could be relying more on strips of squid, until later in the fall, when cooling currents bring back more sardinas.
Before the storm, charters were catching good numbers of yellowfin tuna, while using sardinas and some on squid, off of the Iman Bank mainly, tuna ranged in sizes up to 60 lb., most averaged in the 12 to 16 lb. class, Other anglers were trying the Gordo Banks, but not much had been going on after a flurry of action on cow size tuna during the previous week. There could be the big cows just lurking around the banks, this is the time of year, as long as the weather cooperates, we anticipate some great yellowfin action in the coming weeks.
Dorado were scattered throughout the zone, though mostly smaller sized fish, a few exception of fish over 20 lb., most were under 10 lb. Not as numerous as were the tuna, striking on trolled lures, as well as on various baits once fish were found. Only a few wahoo strikes were reported, more of the ’hoo were concentrated north in the Vinorama region. Maybe the slightly cooler water pushed in from the storm will trigger a wahoo bite.
Black marlin were being found near where the schooling skipjack and yellowfin tuna are. For the anglers that did try trolling larger live baits, many reported strikes on black and blue marlin, most were lost, some were landed through, a few striped marlin hanging around, as well as some sailfish.
Not much consistent bottom action, a few dogtooth snapper hook ups, an occasional amberjack on yo-yo, yellow snapper, cabrilla and triggerfish, but no big numbers.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 36 charters for the shortened week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 2 black marlin,1 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 38 dorado, 2 wahoo, 2 dogtooth snapper, 6 yellow snapper, 210 yellowfin tuna, 45 white skipjack, 2 barred pargo, 9 cabrilla, 12 huachinango, 3 amberjack and 32 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric