August 19, 2017
Another relatively calm week, tropical conditions prevailing, scattering of clouds, higher humidity and late in the week there were some isolated thunder showers, felt mainly over mountainous regions. Presently there is a newly forming tropical depression off some hundreds of miles to the southwest, forecast to strengthen into a hurricane as it heads off to the west, too far to cause any impact to land. Ocean swells were now moderate, some afternoon winds picking up, related to passing thunder clouds. Water temperatures ranged from 83 to 87. Cooler greenish water found closer to shore.
Bait suppliers were selling slabs of squid, some caballito and also finding some nicer sized schooling sardinas off the beach stretches near San Luis. In recent days the most consistent fishing action was coming when using these live sardinas. Most common species have been yellowfin tuna and dorado, a few wahoo and bottom species also in the mix. Chance at hooking into a larger size black or blue marlin as well. This week we definitely saw increased numbers of dorado, the majority were smaller sized fish, under ten pounds, but there were some larger specimens accounted for, up to over 20 lb. The dorado were striking on various trolled lures and on bait. Found throughout the zone, but more concentrations encountered within a few miles of shore, rather than far offshore.
Yellowfin action was concentrated from the Iman Bank to the Gordo Banks. Early in the week there was a higher percentage of finding a few yellowfin tuna in the 40 to 80 lb. class, but later in the week we saw smaller schooling football sized tuna dominate the action, particularly near Iman Bank, limits were the rule, same areas produced good numbers of dorado, outside chance at hooking into a wahoo. The Gordo Banks produced more sporadic action, seemed to be the area where the better chance at hooking into a larger sized fish might be. Some locals were reporting better activity later in the day, after the main charter fleet moved off the grounds.
Not much inshore action being found this time of year and with strong currents continuing to sweep through, this has made the bottom opportunities more difficult. Main species that were accounted for off the rocky areas, were triggerfish, pargo and leopard grouper, no big numbers, but a handful of quality eating fish being accounted for, anglers used yo-yo jigs and baits for this bite.
We heard of several hook up on larger sized black marlin, though these battles were lost. With the influx of smaller yellowfin tuna moving in, these are a favored food source for the largest of all pelagic gamefish. This is also the time we normally expect to see some of the 200 to 300 pound yellowfin tuna taking up residence on the local high spots.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 73 charters for the week, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 3 sailfish, 205 dorado, 7 wahoo, 4 surgeonfish, 2 dogtooth snapper, 16 yellow snapper, 490 yellowfin tuna, 17 leopard grouper, 3 pinto cabrilla, 15 huachinango and 78 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric