Tuna Bite Breaks Open ~ October 2, 2022

October 2, 2022

New month now is starting out with larger crowds of anglers and continued tropical weather patterns. Everyone that is now arriving from out of town is commenting on how lush green the desert landscape is due to September rains. We all followed Hurricane Ian this past week and its destruction of Cuba and then Florida, hoping people can recover as quickly as possible.

Locally we are now following the rapidly strengthening Hurricane Orlene, this system has wandered in different directions and has been hard to determine the correct path. It looks as though Southern Baja will be spared of much impact at all, though presently at hurricane 4 rating, this is an extremely powerful storm, fairly small in general size, but people in its path, near Mazatlan and to the south will need to brace for its flurry, life threatening floods are expected with all of the mountainous regions being impacted.

The good thing is that our fishing was very good this past week. The yellowfin tuna went on a big bite on the grounds from Iman, San Luis and Vinorama Banks. The tuna ranged in sizes from footballs up near 200 lb. Most common sizes were 20 to 60 lb. Many boats accounted for limits. The yellowfin were being taken while drift fishing, striking on strips of squid and both live or dead sardinas. Of course the word traveled quickly and over the weekend the fish became more elusive and finicky.

These same grounds were producing wahoo and dorado. The Wahoo were striking best on trolled rapalas and ranging in sizes up near 40 lb., though average were 15 to 30 lb. No huge numbers, but some charters were landing a couple of wahoo.

With water temperatures still very warm, in the 84 to 87 degree range, this activity should become more consistent as water temperature cools off in the coming weeks. The majority of the dorado were now smaller in size, but we are seeing a few impressive sized bulls as large as 30 to 40 lb. mixed in, they are few and far between.

Main billfish activity we saw was for sailfish, found on the same local grounds, striking various baits and trolled lures. Off the bottom the highlight was a few nice dogtooth snapper, also a mix of cabrilla, pargo and bonito. Though more anglers were now concentrating on the surface action.

Good Fishing, Eric

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