Tuna in Tropical Conditions ~ August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

The Southern Baja landscape has now turned from being a parched dry desert scene to a lush green vibrant tropical look, this all transformed after the recent rains. Presently we continue to feel very humid conditions, scattered cloud cover, another storm, this one being remnants of Grace that was in the Gulf of Mexico, crossed mainland Mexico, has reformed and is forecast to pass just to the southwest of Cabo San Lucas Sunday night. Most likely we will see more rainfall, which is needed and welcome when not associated with too high of winds. Chance that the local Ports will be closed on Monday. We are not expecting too much out of this latest tropical system, other than additional rain and stirred up ocean swells.

Light numbers of anglers now, probably will be similar deal through the end of September. At this time the bait netters are still finding sufficient supplies of sardinas and caballito, other options have been slabs of squid. Sport fishing fleets are traveling in all directions, though the majority are working the various high spots and Banks, from the Gordo Banks to Iman, San Luis and Vinorama. Fishing has been tougher than we would normally expect for this time frame.

Anglers were finding yellowfin tuna on the Gordo Banks, smaller football sized fish mixed with big numbers of black skipjack. The tuna were hitting on the sardinas best early morning, after that it was then mainly the skipjack. Working the bottom on these same grounds produced a handful of nice dogtooth snapper and grouper up to 40 lb. Some days more sharks were being reported, putting a damper on the fishing.

Near Vinorama, el Farito, is where the larger grade of yellowfin tuna are being found, ranging 20 to 50 lb., Striking while drift fishing with sardinas or strips of squid. Overall this action was a tough bite,  few fish hitting early, then shutting completely down, though some boats were accounting for two or three tuna. Not much else on these inshore grounds after the tuna disappear it was more triggerfish than anything else. A few sailfish and striped marlin hanging around.  Scattered around we only saw a few dorado being hooked into, most of these small fish.

We saw at least one 30 lb. class wahoo brought in from near Vinorama, a few other ‘hoo were reportedly hooked and lost. Wahoo seem to be around, but they are also known to become very sluggish when ocean temperatures are in the upper 80s.  

Overall action has been slower, though there has been a handful of quality fish coming in. We also know that this is the time of year that things can bust loose on any given day, just like the weather, fishing action is ready to turn on quickly.

Good Fishing, Eric

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