Fish Report

June 26, 2017
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Striped marlin, along with a handful of blue marlin, dominated the billfish category recently. And while not wide open, there has been a steady increase in the number of larger dorado caught. So don’t use up your limit on those little guys; hold out for the “bigs.”

There are a few yellowfin, mostly the smaller variety with a few larger ones mixed in. There’s been a few wahoo in the count as well.

Inshore jacks and one of the best, larger roosterfish bites in recent memory have taken the spotlight. Another surprise are the sierra, which are usually long gone this time of year. Several were landed recently in the 15-pound class.

The better billfish bite was varied, between the 95 Fathom Spot to the 1150 Fathom Spot. The roosterfish continue to be in the same spot, just a bit north of Chileno Bay and a little south of Palmilla Point.

fish-repor.JPGCabo Climate: Mostly sunny and warm, with temperatures averaging 76.4 degrees during the day and 69.5 at nights.

Sea Conditions: On the Pacific side, from the Finger Bank to the Jaime Bank, the water temps varied from 66 to 71 degrees. Cabo Falso and around the corner to Los Frailes were all 79 to 81 degrees. Surface breezes came in mostly from the west at an average of 14.1 mph, while the Sea of Cortez side is mostly calm.

Best Bait or Lure: Live and rigged baits were best for the billfish. Live bait was best for the inshore roosterfish bite.

Live Bait Supply: A good supply of live caballitos at the rate of $3.00 per bait, paid direct to the bait vendor at time of receipt.

Puerto Los Cabos

The best area is Iman and San Luis Banks, north to Vinorama, where the water is clean and blue, with lots of baitfish schools present.

The best chance at hooking into a 40 to 60 pound yellowfin was the San Luis Bank, with the bait of choice of either caballito or bolito and while drift fishing or slow trolling. Some smaller tuna, in the 10 to 25 pound range, were randomly striking trolled Rapalas, hoochies, yo-yo jigs, etc., though the better grade were striking mainly on the larger live baitfish.

Inshore action is now dominated by roosterfish in the 20 to 60 pound class released, as well as a handful of even larger fish being reported. Also mixed in are some jack crevalle, coming in at over 25 pounds, as well as some late season sierra, with a few nice-sized fish close to ten pounds.

The highlight of the week is the dorado action. After seeing very few of these popular gamefish for months, this week we finally saw more significant numbers around the same San Luis and Iman Bank areas.

Wahoo too, with many fish cutting mono leaders used for targeting tuna. Some wahoo, weighing up to 30 pounds, were landed on caballito, as well as trolled Rapalas. Many more were actually missed than were caught.

The main concentration of striped marlin was found around the 1150 Spot farther offshore.

East Cape

It’s been clear and flat all week, with sea temps at 81-82 degrees and Easterly midday breezes. Amazingly, it’s still cool for this time of year. Highs remain in the 80s and it’s very pleasant.

was another big week of epic fishing, and virtually all of the normal blue water game fish are abundant.

There were quite a few 50 to 80 pound class roosterfish released. It was a very consistent bite. All anglers targeting roosters were releasing at least one 50-plus pounder a day.

Almost all the marlin released this week were caught mixed in with tuna within a mile of the beach. Every other boat released at least one daily.

Most boats have been fishing the tuna from the lighthouse to the north edge of Pulmo Park, no more than a mile off the beach in 100- to 200-feet of water. Cut squid and tube mackerel are both working.
Dorado are mixed with the yellowfin. It’s not wide open, but every boat is picking up one or two dorado with an occasional big bull.

There are still lots of wahoo around. In the past two weeks one angler farmed 10 of them! Literally every boat is getting “wahoo bit” daily. You’ll find them off Punta Colorado on the first drop off all the way to Vinaramas. Rapalas, marauders and live bait rigged with wire are all working.

Big roosterfish are right off the lighthouse on the first drop off. Fifty pounders are common, and 70 to 80 are not unusual. They love the tube mackerel.

Fly-fishers, fair warning: take your best shot now!

La Paz

There are more and bigger dorado than have been seen in a long time at Las Arenas. Not tons, but anything is an improvement over the last two years, when fish averaged about 12 inches long! The dorado this week were nicer, mostly 8 to 20 pounders with a few in the 25 to 35 pound range. It was great to see some actual schools of dorado instead of one or two free swimmers.

Wahoo are also still around, with some fish in the 20- to 30-pound class. We did also see one estimated at more than 60 pounds. There’s no guarantee how much longer they will be around as the waters get warmer, which is bringing some of the billfish into the waters. We are seeing more sails, and striped and blue marlin hanging out on the surface just waiting for the waters to kick it up a notch or two in temperature before they’ll start biting.

Not much news in the way of roosterfish, as many anglers were out chasing dorado and wahoo.

Live bait is still an issue. Fly fishers are pretty much giving up, although two fly anglers did see some action on sabalo and dorado. Fly fishers down here have all pretty much been fishing conventionally if they want to catch fish.

It’s very, very encouraging to see more dorado finally above La Paz, along with 10 to 20 pound fish in the mix. It’s better than it has been in a long time. However, a lot of the fish are just not quite ready to go yet. 

Local captains are saying the area is set to blow up. Waters are getting bluer away from the islands (still green) and there are dorado everywhere. They’re just not yet feeding on much or not willing to take a bait or lure. But, it’s bubbling and promising to hear that there’s dorado activity that could go off soon.

The same goes for billfish. More and more billfish are showing up and look like they could go on the chew if the waters warm and clear up just a tad more.

Inshore, there’s still amberjack, pargo, snapper and cabrilla, as well as triggerfish, biting nicely.

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.