Tuna Bite on and off, Fall Crowds Begin ~ October 6, 2018

Anglers –
October 6, 2018

We are now seeing the first wave of fall season anglers arriving, the coming weeks will be very busy. Weather patterns are changing, slight chill now early in the morning, still very humid, some intense sunshine, we had no rain this past week, scattered tropical clouds and, increased swells due to distant hurricane, with relatively light winds. Ocean water temperatures were in the 86 degrees range, still very conductive for fueling storms. Last week we saw Hurricane Rosa pass off to the west and end up making landfall in Northern Baja as a tropical storm. This week we are following Hurricane Sergio, which is presently far off to the west, nearly half way to Hawaii. The deal with Sergio is that forecasts predict this system will make a u turn late this weekend and head back northeast towards the Central Baja, almost unprecedented to have a tropical storm be that far west and then move all the way back to the Baja. We will be following this through the week and hope that this storm does not swift to the south.

As angling pressure increases we are going to see how supplies of sardinas hold up, this has been the main baitfish now being used, also the slabs of squid makes a good combination and option to have, if available. As we move into the fall season there will be more opportunities of looking for other larger baits like chihuil, small skipjack, caballito and later on sardineta and mackerel.

This week again the main center of action for local fleets was on the Iman Bank. With yellowfin tuna being the most common gamefish, ranging in sizes from 10 lb. to 70 lb. Mixed in were various skipjack and lots of pesky triggerfish. The bite was tough this week, the tuna would come up, but were very finicky and would strike at sporadic times. Most charters were doing well to land a couple of tuna while on other days anglers landed as many as five or more. Many of the yellowfin landed on these grounds averaged in the 25 to 60 lb. class, quality fish, just not in any significant numbers. These fish have been on these same areas for the entire summer and are becoming wiser to the increased boat traffic. Though we expect action to start spreading out some and hopefully we will see more dorado moving in, so far they have been scarce, an occasional one or two dorado in the 2 to 12 lb. range.

Wahoo action has been limited, though we are seeing a few fish brought in from the areas near Iman to Vinorama, most of these were under 30 lb., striking on lures as well as rigged chihuil. Wahoo do not often seem that active when the ocean temperature is this warm, as we see cooling currents we expect to have much better chances for these popular fish.

We heard of some better blue marlin action off of the fishing grounds closer to Cabo San Lucas, off of San Jose del Cabo a few blues to over 200 lb. were reported, as well as many more sailfish in local waters now, these fish like the warmest of waters, sailfish up to 100 lb. were landed off the same grounds where the yellowfin tuna were schooling.

Not much bottom action now, stronger currents and anglers that did try mainly had a variety of smaller sized pargo, bonito, triggerfish, cabrilla, we did see a few amberjack, one that was over 40 lb. Also one golden leopard grouper was caught.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 69 charters for the week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 1 striped marlin, 11 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 18 dorado, 9 wahoo, 115 yellowfin tuna, 10 bonito, 230 white skipjack, 16 red snapper, 3 amberjack, 12 barred pargo, 6 pompano, 4 surgeon fish, 12 yellow snapper, 16 cabrilla, 1 golden leopard grouper and 140 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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