Yellowfin Tuna Highlight Action on Iman Bank ~ August 4, 2018

Anglers –
August 4, 2018

Again we are only seeing light crowds of tourists arriving, as we are now in mid-summer season, this can be normal. Tropical storm development are becoming more active at this time, with Hurricane Hector tracking far on the Pacific in the direction of Hawaii, another few low pressure systems off of Southern Mexico are developing as well. What we are watching closely is the potential formation of TS Ileana, which forecasts say will pass closer to Southern Baja by mid-week, Though Ileana is forecast to follow a path off to the west of the Peninsula, so hopefully this forecast is correct and this system does not make any land fall impact. We will surely will feel increased humidity and most likely larger ocean swells related to the passing of the storm. The next six or seven weeks is historically when the chances of tropical storms striking locally is at its greatest.

This was another calm week on the ocean for anglers, clean blue water was found close to shore, water temperatures were up in the 85 degree range. Still decent supplies of sardinas and caballito in the marina channel area. Slabs of giant squid for strip baits is another option, though only place to obtain this is at local super markets and the price per kilo has nearly doubled since there has been a shortage of squid being found in the region.

As can be typical for this time of year, the yellowfin tuna action is the highlight and most common species being found. Main areas now being targeted are the Iman Bank, to Vinorama and the Gordo Banks. The larger yellowfin seem to be schooling around the Iman Bank, this is where tuna up to 100 lb. are being found. No huge numbers, but charters have been catching as many as three or four quality sized tuna, with smaller fish mixed in per day, average sizes in the 10 to 70 lb. class. Drift fishing with fly lined sardinas or strips of squid was the most productive method of enticing the yellowfin. There has been lots of natural food sources on these seem grounds and plenty of boat pressure as well, this often makes the yellowfin more finicky, some days biting more readily than others, also at certain unpredictable hours.

These same fishing grounds produced dorado, wahoo, billfish and a mix of bottom action. There was an early morning wahoo bite going on inshore off of San Luis, trolling Rapalas were the best bet, early start and sometimes not waiting around to get sardinas proved to be the way to go after this action. Most of the dorado being found were smaller sized, though in recent days we are seeing a few more fish topping the 20 lb. mark, which is encouraging.

Bottom action was limited, best area seemed to be Iman Bank, earlier in the day, working yo-yo style jigs, a mix of pargo, snapper, bonito, cabrilla and a few amberjack. Billfish were spread out, though charters specifically targeting marlin were centered on offshore grounds such as the 1150 spot, where some blue marlin in the 200 lb. range were found, also some striped marlin and sailfish were in the mix. A couple larger black marlin in the 500 lb. class were reported off the East Cape during the Bisbee Offshore Tournament, also tuna to over 100 lb. and 50 lb. dorado.

Inshore action produced scattered action for jack crevalle and roosterfish, though this is now later in the season for roosters, best bet was to try and obtain mullet for bait.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 64 charters for this week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 1 dogtooth snapper, 6 sailfish, 5 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 14 wahoo, 74 dorado, 180 yellowfin tuna, 45 bonito, 15 yellow snapper, 19 red snapper, 18 cabrilla (leopard grouper), 3 amberjack, 14 roosterfish, 16 jack crevalle and 28 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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