Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo more Active, Large Crowds of Anglers ~ Oct. 20, 2018

Anglers –
October 20, 2018

As we progress further into the fall season we are seeing many more anglers arriving and local weather patterns that are rapidly changing. We felt cooler 65 degree low temperatures early in the morning, shifting currents and ocean temperatures cooling off to the low 80s degree range. Daytime highs still are in the mid to upper 80s. We have been watching a series of tropical low pressure areas off of Southern mainland Mexico, very late in the season now for these systems to develop in tropical storms, but you never know these days with global climate changes. We are hoping no storms head our way during this busy time.

Heavy pressure has cleaned out the sardinas which had been schooling around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetties for several months now, new sources now off of Chileno and surely they will be scouting our areas further north. Squid supplies have maintained, but are likely to become scarce in coming weeks as well. Other options will include ballyhoo, caballito and chihuil

Last Sunday we felt strong south winds, since then the wind has been coming mainly from the north, already fairly strong for this early in the season, hopefully this will calm down, has contributed to the cooling water trend. Sportfishing fleets are fishing in all different directions, since there is no particular hot spot, action has been spread out, variety of fish are in the area, but no large concentrations of any particular species. The yellowfin tuna action slowed down this week, the Iman Bank was still the spot producing the better grade of tuna, yellowfin tuna ranging up to 100 b. were landed, though these fish were few and far between, fortunate to land one, some anglers were getting lucky and landing up to three of the tuna. Off of Cabo San Lucas there was a bite for smaller tuna off of Santa Maria, as well as offshore yellowfin associated with porpoise.

The cooling current seemed to make the wahoo a bit more active, as many more of these fish are being reported, a small percentage landed, quite a few others being lost, not many anglers had been specifically targeting these fish yet, because they just not had been biting much. This will all change soon, with water temperatures now in the ideal range, slow trolling trap hooked live chihuil is always one of the more productive techniques, of course chihuil at times are not a guarantee to come by. Wahoo also hit on Rapalas, Yo-Zuri, skirted lead heads and a few on yo-yo jigs.

Still only a few dorado being seen, but more this week than we have seen for a while now, still no large specimens, but at least we are seeing some of these popular gamefish show up.
Bottom action was limited by strong currents and north winds, some red snapper, barred pargo, cabrilla, bonito and an occasional amberjack or dogtooth snapper.

Billfish action was reported a bit more consistent off the grounds near Cabo San Lucas, though local grounds off of San Jose did produce scattered action for sailfish, black, blue and striped marlin.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 142 charters for the week. Anglers reported a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 4 striped marlin,12 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 27 dorado, 19 wahoo, 88 yellowfin tuna, 110 bonito, 35 white skipjack, 32 red snapper, 6 amberjack, 18 barred pargo, 1 dogtooth snapper, 14 yellow snapper, 24 cabrilla, 8 sierra, 4 roosterfish and 90 triggerfish.

Good fishing, Eric

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