October 5, 2013
With the start of the new month, the always popular fall fishing season has started off with large crowds of anglers arriving to take advantage of the calm weather and great fishing opportunities. Weather has been very pleasant, no new storm systems developing on the horizon at this time, daytime temperatures are in the upper 80s, evenings and early morning are cooler, though jackets are not needed yet. With all of the summer rainfall the desert landscape has transformed into lush green vegetation.
Ocean water temperatures are still averaging 85 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. The bait situation is a little scattered, sardinas are beginning to move into local waters, but are of very small in size, need to have time to mature, but with heavy pressure that might not happen. Fresh giant squid are being sold at the docks in La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina, this has been the main bait now being used for the yellowfin tuna on the grounds from the Iman, San Luis and Vinorama Bank. Anglers are drift fishing with strips of squid, this has been productive for tuna in the 10 to 30 pound class, the majority of the tuna are running 10 to 15 lbs., but the yellowfin found outside of Vinorama have been a larger grade of fish, 25 to 30 lb. Limits were the rule throughout the week. Dorado were found throughout the zone as well, the majority were smaller sized, though some fish to over 20 pounds were landed.
Only a few of the larger sized yellowfin tuna that have been lurking around the Gordo Banks were hooked into this past week, most of these were hooked by local teams of pangeros on specialized trips scouting out future tournament potentials. The few big hook ups that were accounted for were while trolling bolito or on chunk bait. Strong current is still prevalent, but not as swift as it has been. A few larger sized marlin were hooked into, one 312 lb. blue was weighed in, landed from a 23 ft. panga. Another much larger marlin was lost after an extended battle on gear that was used for targeting the cow yellowfin.
The most common billfish found on the grounds out of San Jose del Cabo this past week were sailfish, ranging 50 to 90 pounds, striking lures and on various whole and strip baits. There were some striped marlin in the mix as well, ranging from smaller 50 lb. fish up to specimens nearing 200 lb.
Wahoo remained elusive, though everyday they are being seen in the areas where dorado and wahoo are schooling, a handful of wahoo were landed, most of these were on strips of squid and some were on traditional skirted trolling lures or rapalas.
With the surface action being the best action recently, not many bottom fish were reported, a handful of amberjack, rainbow runner, bonito, pargo and dogtooth snapper were landed. We expect now that we are seeing the current not be so persistent, this will give more opportunities for bottom action in the coming weeks, opening up another option for anglers.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 134 charters for this past week, with anglers accounting for a fish count of: 9 striped marlin, 23 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 12 wahoo, 11 amberjack, 16 rainbow runner, 23 bonito, 7 dogtooth snapper, 8 barred pargo, 5 grouper, 820 yellowfin tuna and 276 dorado.
Good fishing, Eric