June 29, 2019
We are now just beginning the summer season, we are seeing many families arriving on vacation, as school sessions are now on break and it is a great time to travel. Weather patterns are progressively warming, daytime highs near 90 degrees, mostly sunny skies, some early morning marine cloud cover, quickly burning off. Winds are been fairly light, strong currents pushing in the out, ocean temperatures now in the 80 degree range towards San Jose del Cabo, clarity still fluctuating some due to unpredictable currents. The season first named tropical storm Alvin, is now far off to the west of the Baja Peninsula, not causing any impact on land at all, if anything just increased the heat and humidity a bit.
Anglers found similar bait choices, caballito, moonfish, ballyhoo and slabs of squid being the main deal. For the past week now the most consistent action was centered around the Iman Bank, this is where yellowfin tuna were schooling, though catching these tuna was not easy, best chances were earlier in the morning, drift fishing with strips of squid, as well as a few fish striking slowly trolled caballito. Anglers were fortunate to land one or two of these yellowfin, sizes ranged from 20 to 80 lb. The tuna are hanging around these high spots, but are finicky, with heavier boat pressure, as well as all of the natural food source on these same grounds. So far we have not heard of any reports of tuna being found on the Gordo Banks, it is the time of year coming up when we would normally seeing some of the larger yellowfin make an appearance on these famous grounds.
Billfish action seems to be more scattered as well, majority of the striped marlin are now on their migration north, following their preferred mackerel food source towards So. Calif. Waters. Still early in the season, though we will start to see more chances for the warmer water species, such as black, blue marlin and sailfish. Tis week we know of at least blue marlin that was lost after a four a hour battle on a smaller sized panga, this fish was estimated to be about 400 lb. Only an occasional dorado now being found, some closer to shore, other in open offshore waters, weights up to 25 lb., though again, no significant numbers at all, mostly just single scattered fish.
So far we have not seen the massive schools of mullet that will move in during this time frame, but nevertheless there has been some good roosterfish action found while trolling various live baits closer to shoreline, more jack crevalle as well, though many roosterfish were accounted for, averaging 20 to 30 lb., some larger. Not much being said about dogtooth snapper, this is the same peak season for these brutes as well, just a little behind schedule this season.
Off of the bottom structure there has been a mix of quality eating species found, though no big numbers at all, the Mexican bonito are still around, but not as many now that water is so warm, also some red snapper, triggerfish, cabrilla, highlight was an occasional amberjack, a couple of these weighed in the 50 to 75 lb. range. Also a handful of decent broomtail grouper to over 30 lb. The local shore anglers reported a couple of nice snook and corvina the past week off of the el Faro region of La Playita, Baitfish concentrating along that stretch attract some quality fish this time of year.
The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 88 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 6 striped marlin, 11 dorado, 42 yellowfin tuna, 3 broomtail grouper, 15 leopard grouper, 155 Mexican bonito, 52 red snapper, 8 yellow snapper, 19 amberjack, 28 roosterfish, 32 jack crevalle and 85 triggerfish.
Good Fishing, Eric