Warming Conditions, Mixed Action for Anglers ~ May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021

Progressing now into May, we are feeling warmer conditions, definitely more like late spring now, calmer wind patterns, high temperatures reached to 90 degrees over the weekend. Still lighter than normal crowds, but as weather is ideal now, we are seeing moderate numbers of tourists arriving. To the south of Cabo San Lucas, some 300 miles, the Eastern Pacific’s first Tropical Storm of the season developed, named Andres, this storm is not expected to impact the Southern Baja Peninsula, heading on a westward path, maybe some increased ocean swells and humidity. Ocean water temperature on the Pacific has still been in the 68/70 degree range, though in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and towards Los Frailes the water is now up to 74/76 degrees.

Charters are spreading out in different directions, though the majority of the local fleets are concentrated from the Iman Banks, San Luis and north to Vinorama. With the water now warming up quickly and the clarity improving a lot and can happen from day to day. Most consistent action now has been working these high spots off the bottom, with jigs and various baits. Catching a mix of species, most common have been bonita, pargo, red snapper, cabrilla, triggerfish and amberjack. Most boats accounting for a dozen or so fish in combination. These same grounds are holding yellowfin tuna, which have sporadically shown on the surface, only to vanish just as quickly. A handful of tuna were landed from these grounds this past week, striking on yo-yo jigs, live caballito, sardinas or strips of squid, weights ranged up close to 100 lb. We look for this tuna action to improve as conditions continue to become more favorable.

Offshore there are striped marlin now being found through the region, anywhere from a couple miles from shore on out 15 miles. These billfish have been striking on lures, as well as on cast or dropped back baits, sizes ranged to 140 lb. Not in huge numbers now, but still a good chance at hooking into one or two. No dorado or wahoo to report now, though with warmer currents they should be around soon.

Inshore the highlight has been the quality sized sierra being found, though also a few more roosterfish showing back up, as well as some schools of mullet, their favorite food source, being sighted moved in near the marina area.

Good Fishing, Eric

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