Fish Report

June 12, 2017
BY: GARY GRAHAM

fishkiller_0.JPGCabo San Lucas

The billfish catching continues to be on the slow side, and while there are some bite opportunities scattered across the area, trying to find the one that will bite continues to be difficult. There have been reports of blacks and blues seen recently as well.

The bright spot is that some high quality roosterfish have been taken, ranging in size from about 25 to 30 pounds to 55 pounds, with the bulk of the action in the Chileno area. Jack crevalle, red snapper, sierra mackerel have been caught in that same area.

Cabo Climate: Near picture-perfect, with sunshine and daytime air temps that averaged 76.8 degrees and 69.7 degrees for the nightly averages. The humidity ratio averaged 70.14 percent. There was one breezy day that caused the Port Captain to close the port for half a day.

Sea Conditions: Temps from the Finger Bank to Cabo Falso ranged from 69 to 71 degrees. Cabo Falso to Cabo San Lucas held at 75 degrees and Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes ranged from 76 to 80 degrees, with temps rising slowly into the Sea of Cortez.

Best Fishing Area: Billfish are scattered about the area. The bulk of the sleepers have been seen on the Sea of Cortez side of Cabo in various locations, from close in to the offshore banks, but there’s not one particular best bite area. The roosterfish are showing well and biting in the Chileno area.

Best Bait or Lure: Bait seems to be working best for the billfish and the roosterfish.

Live Bait Supply: Very good supply of caballito at the $3.00 per bait rate.

Puerto Los Cabos

Sardina supplies are becoming more limited; even surf conditions have been light. This is normal for this time of year so far.

Currently, limited numbers of marlin are scattered anywhere from four or five to 15 or more miles offshore. Anglers are seeing an occasional tailing fish that will readily take the larger baitfish, with some boats having multiple shots per day.

The dorado and wahoo are an incidental catch at best.

Highlights out of San Jose are the boats looking for regenerated yellowfin tuna action between the Iman Bank and Vinorama. Anglers were using what available sardina they could obtain, and also had success using chunk bait from skipjack.

Although the bite was sporadic, most days the best time is early in the day. Daily totals ranged from one or two fish per boat up to a half dozen, with sizes were ranging from 15 to 40 pounds. Lots of yellowfin tuna are on these grounds now, but as they are finicky eaters, they often gorge on the available natural food source. The many aggressive black skipjack can also be a problem.

There wasn’t much action reported off the bottom structure. A few leopard grouper, amberjack, yellow snapper and barred pargo, and more triggerfish than anything else, with a few pushing up to eight pounds.

East Cape

Perfect weather in the area, with flat calm seas and temps in the upper 70s, making it pleasantly hot.

Marlin are around in big numbers, spread all over the East Cape. Tailers are grabbing tossed live bait while other stripers are hitting lures. Rancho Captain Ramon, fishing on his panga, lost an estimated 800-pound black marlin this week after a three-hour fight!

Tuna fishing really switched on by the weekend. Boats that went north worked three different schools and limited out with a mix of sizes. The biggest fish dropped at the Smoke House weighed 180 pounds.

Down south near Los Frailes, the bite continues. Doug and Kathy Dennett limited on this bite with their biggest, a chunky 56 pounder.

Dorado are biting out in the open water as well, with some really big bulls around. Wahoo have been on a tear all week, too. Always be prepared or you’ll be bit off for sure. The best area has been from La Ribera all the way down to Los Frailes.

The warmer water has made for some good fishing inshore. Just come equipped for the big roosters. Pompano and barred pargo were the bottom fish that hit the cleaning table all week long. Yoyos were working well.

There’s been good beach fishing for roosterfish, jacks and ladyfish for both the spin-fishing and fly-fishing anglers.

La Paz

The winds came back again this week and didn’t help things. The thing with this kind of fishing is that it’s home run fishing. You get a big fish if you’re lucky, but if you miss your fish or it’s just not your day, then there’s not much else. Go big or go home. Trophies or trash. You get the idea.

There were nice 20 to 50 pound wahoo. Some days almost every panga had a shot, and there were some really big fish that were regretfully lost. Losses ran 60 percent of all the hookups.

Fortunately, the big roosters, in the 25 to 60 pound range, returned and there were nine large roosters released on a single day. For many anglers, it was their first rooster or biggest personal best fish, so it was a good thrill.

There wasn’t much else except some bonito, cabrilla, a few pompano and snapper. Still no sardina for small baits.

When fishing was good for the Las Arenas fleet, it was slacking for the La Paz fleet and visa versa. And it all had to do with the winds. If the winds were blowing, it made it tough.

Inshore, it was lots of big triggerfish and a number of bigger cargo and cabrilla lost in the rocks.

However, later in the week, there were some decent numbers of 10 to 25 pound dorado. Some larger fish were lost, but it was nice to see better numbers and a better grade of mahi-mahi finally appear.

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