Wahoo, Tuna Action Picks Up, Businesses Shut down due to Coronavirus ~ March 21, 2020


March 21, 2020

Spring season is always a very pristine time in Los Cabos, offering nearly the perfect climate, sunny days in the low 80 degree range, this also is normally a busy tourist period for the entire region. Though now with this world wide Pandemic Coronavirus, countries are going into lock down in hopes that the rapid spread of this highly contagious virus can be controlled. The entire area and the sportfishing business relies on visiting anglers to provide business and that is all going to be shut down until further notice. So our weekly reports will be canceled as well, unless we have something important to report.

This past week the average ocean temperature was in the 70 to 72 degree range. With moderate north winds blowing on and off, the clarity has been sporadic, changing from day to day. Overall the fishing action was more consistent this week, the highlight being a surprising late winter time bite for wahoo, the key to success was live chihuil for bait, slow trolling these candy baits around the area of the Iman Bank, quality sized wahoo were accounted for, with fish to over 50 lb. Light pressure now, as most all foreign visitors are catching flights out of the country as fast as possible, preoccupied about becoming stranded for indefinite period of time.

The yellowfin tuna action was also fairly consistent, no huge numbers, a mix of sizes, including fish to over 100 lb. were accounted for. Most of these yellowfin were hitting the strips of squid. So despite having no charters to speak of, the local fishermen will being able to go and catch plenty of excellent food.

A mix of bottom action also developing, a few nice sized yellowtail were landed in recent days, also amberjack, leopard grouper, red snapper, bonito and others. Red crabs still in the area, but not found as often drifting to the surface where they can be scooped up. A Scattering of striped marlin were encountered on similar fishing grounds, most of these weighed under 100 lb.

There was not much inshore action even being targeted, though early in the week there were a few medium sized roosterfish landed, also a handful of sierra. Still good number of whales being sighted, this is now into the late part of their migration season, these mammals will be heading north in the coming month.

The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 55 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 17 wahoo, 2 dorado, 68 yellowfin tuna, 3 yellowtail, 1 dogtooth snapper, 8 leopard grouper, 26 bonito, 74 red snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 2 sierra, 4 roosterfish and 65 triggerfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

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