Fish Report

February 22, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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While the billfish numbers are a little slim, there are a few February surprises including a 350-pound black marlin and a Volkswagen-sized tuna weighing 287 pounds that were caught recently lending credence to the notion that any day any boat can produce your “catch of lifetime”. Like they say, “be there or be square!” You can’t catch ‘em by lying by the pool — just sayin’ . . . Good luck, Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

The fishing and catching has slowed up considerably for no apparent reason. Billfish are still being seen in scattered locations but those on the surface are not being cooperative for the anglers. Most of the billfish are being caught on the drift in deep water, in an area between Pedregal and Cabo Falso and about a half-mile or a little farther off shore.

Football-sized yellowfin tuna seem to be everywhere with an occasional big bruiser showing up to turn a fun day into a work day. Scarcer are the golden ones aka the dorado that always are sure to please a crowd.

fishkiller2113.jpgInshore, the roosterfish have been a February surprise for many this year, along with some jack crevalle and amberjacks mixed in.

Plus a few wahoo are still showing up unexpectedly for a few lucky ones.

Cabo Climate: Mixed sun/cloud weather with air temps that ranged from 58 nights to 81 daytime highs and an average humidity level of 55% lately. Overall, it has been pretty good fishing weather for the anglers.

Sea Conditions: Sea temperatures were up on both sides of the peninsula and have remained considerably better. Ranging from the Golden Gate Bank and beyond, down to the Thousand Fathom Curve and beyond, around the corner from Cabo San Lucas to about 10 miles north of the Gorda Banks, was all about 75 to 76 degrees.

San Jose

The all-around fishing action remains scattered; a lot of variety in the area now, but no particular species is overly abundant. Clear blue water is being found within a few miles of shore, though there are greener conditions found towards the north near Los Frailes. Schools of sardineta are now congregated off of San Jose del Cabo; this is always a good sign that these will be attracting more gamefish, particularly striped marlin.

A sign that anything could happen on any given day was confirmed when local pangero legend, Hugo Pino, from La Playita landed a 350-pound black marlin off of the Gordo Banks. Hugo was trolling a live caballito when the black struck. Very unusual to find black marlin hanging around these grounds during mid-February. On these same grounds there have been yellowfin tuna — some of which are well over the hundred-pound mark – although many have been seen of all sizes — feeding on what looked like an abundance of flying fish. It has been hard to entice them to strike on anything else, though a handful of these yellowfin to 120 pounds have been landed — some on normal morning charters, others on afternoon trips by the selective few commercial and private boats that do go out later in the day. The problem has been finding a calm enough afternoon to go out. These anglers are stock piling slabs of squid as well, the more chum the better, to help entice these finicky eating tuna.

There was a report of a couple of yellowtail, so maybe more of these popular jacks will begin to move in.

Wahoo are hanging around into winter season again; Punta Gorda seems to be holding more numbers of the wahoo now.

Very few dorado are being found, just a few single fish, but no particular place better than the other. Inshore there were some roosterfish and a few sierra found, the few roosterfish were to 20 pounds, good-sized for this time of year.

East Cape

With what many locals are calling the worst North Winds in several years, it is tough to get a handle on the current conditions. Striped marlin have been prevailing even though it is really off-season. On the calmer days, there is a good bite just a few miles offshore in front of the channel entrance at La Riviera Marina. Throw in a couple of wahoo and an occasional dorado and you have a bonanza! Even the tin boat is grumbling about the lack of sierra mackerel, though there are a few being caught off the beach along with a few jack crevalle.

La Paz

It’s been like this all winter. Just too windy to get out with double-digit winds every single day — all from the north. Fortunately, being winter, there’s not many folks asking to go fish nor are there even many fishermen around. We had one day where the forecast said it would be single-digit winds and we had some clients who only had that one day to fish. However, when tried to send them out, the winds were so strong, they never even got off the beach and we had to drive them back to La Paz from Muertos Bay.

The formula is basically this: If there are storms north of Mexico, there will probably be windy days south of the border. Simple! With El Nino, there has been a big procession of storms in the U.S. — which is much needed, I get that. This is all part of a natural cycle that’s been going on for eons so there’s not much to be done about it. It is what it is.

It is beginning to look much more promising according to the forecasts so hopefully, the winds will lie down. When the winds did lie down recently, we’ve gotten yellowtail, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, pargo, cabrilla and sierra.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg www.piscessportfishing.com

Larry Edwards www.cortezcharters.com

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas www.gordobanks.com

East Cape

Rancho Leonero Hotel www.rancholeonero.com

Jen Wren Sportfishing www.thejenwren.com

East Cape Tackle Cindy Kirkwood, www.eastcapetackle.com

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International www.tailhunter-international.com.