Fish Report

August 7, 2017 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

The blue marlin bite has improved, although most of the fish were of the smaller variety. However, there have been several larger ones over 300 pounds released. The sailfish action is also getting hot!

Yellowfin tuna and dorado were tough to find for many, while inshore roosterfish remained on center stage.

The overall fishing and catching of most species has improved considerably recently, with fish scattered on both sides of the peninsula. The better action is on the Sea of Cortez side, around the high spots.

fishkiller_2.JPGCabo Climate: Mixed days of sun and clouds lately, with afternoon thunder showers. Daytime temps have averaged 88 degrees and nights 78 degrees, with a humidity ratio at 67.5%.

Sea Conditions: The Finger Bank south to the Jaime Bank was all at 78 to 79 degrees. Cabo Falso to Los Frailes has been at 81 to 84 degrees. Surface breezes blowing mostly from the westerly directions and averaging 12.4 mph.

Best Fishing Area: The 1150 Fathom Spot, the 95 Fathom Spot, the Herradura, Jaime Bank have all been active billfish producers.

Best Bait-Lure: Rigged trolling bait have been working quite well for stripers with a few being taken on live caballito. The blue marlin bites have been best on the artificials.

Puerto Los Cabos.

Most common areas are now being targeted off of Chileno Bay and north towards Vinorama. For the most part during summer months, the waters are calmer in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, rather than on the Pacific side.

Both blue and striped marlin were being hooked while trolling lures offshore. Most of the stripers have weighed less than 100 pounds. Blues averaged 150 to 200 pounds, with one lost blue marlin estimated at 500 pounds.

Dorado have still been slow and small in size, up to 15-pounds, but most days they are striking various trolled lures. Wahoo became a bit more active again, striking trolled lures in the La Fortuna to the Vinorama area.

Bottom action has been slow with strong currents being part of the issue, as well as the warmer waters. This often means certain species move to deeper and cooler zones.

The best yellowfin tuna bite was near Vinorama and on most days, fishing was better later in the morning. Perhaps the currents slacked near higher tide. Sardina were the best bet, with caballito a close second. Some of the yellowfin were hooked on strips of squid and ranged from 5 to 80 pounds.

Trolling small-to-medium rapalas and hoochies produced the smaller grade of yellowfin, while the larger fish were taken on bait. These fish could be line-shy and finicky; often anglers needed to go down to 30-pound-test line to entice a strike. The larger tuna can take close to two hours to land when using such a light line.

Catching one, two or three of these nice tuna was average, but some boats had five or more when they actually came to the surface to feed.

Water temperatures are now averaging 80 to 84 degrees throughout the region. Clarity is less than usual closer to shore, due to currents and swells, but clean blue water is within a few miles of shore. There have been sardina found in limited quantities, as well as caballito and mullet recently. Other bait options include using strips of squid.

East Cape

Largest yellowfin tuna lately has been in the 70-pound range, with lots between 30 and 40 pounds.

It has been a stellar roosterfish season. The big roosterfish continue to show up and the reefs are loaded with dogtooth snapper, barred pargo and cabrilla.

The water has been 83-84 degrees inside, 86-88 degrees outside; clear, blue and calm. High temperatures were in the low 90s, which is cooler than normal for late July, with very little humidity. Cooling afternoon easterly breezes were very pleasant, with inland storms turning the mountains green.

Good bait continues to be available including squid, small and large sardina, caballito and mackerel.

La Paz

The water has been cooler than normal, with a couple of days of wind and some rain from the south that didn’t help matters. This resulted in a mixed bag of fish, leaving anglers trying just about anything and everything to get the fish to bite.

Mostly, it was hit or miss. Wahoo were seen, but didn’t bite. A few yellowfin tuna and dorado popped up, as well as some jack crevalle, and some hard hits on those big dog-toothed snapper.

The most consistent biters were the big roosterfish, as they have been all season, which created the most excitement. The smaller ones were respectable 25 to 30 pounders. The larger ones went up to 60 to 70 pounds and were all found in the shallow waters between Punta Perrico and the Punta Arenas lighthouse. Some days, every boat that wanted roosters got at least one of the big boys, all on live bait.

Other boats scoured the bay and beyond looking for fish. Some days, nothing seemed to be in the water; other days, if they hit the right spot, it was game over. The fish were hitting everything in the water!

Sometimes, the fish would be thick but wouldn’t eat and they seemed to have a serious case of lockjaw. Other times, one boat would be “bendo” with every rod going off, but the boat right next to it couldn’t get a bite. They’d hit a spot and get nothing but little firecracker dorado.

There were plenty of fish that were lost, and many smaller dorado thrown back. Those that were taken were nicer 5to 25 pounders. But the boats ran all over for them! As far as San Juan de la Costa on the far, far side of La Paz Bay all the way to El Rosario, almost to Cerralvo Island looking for them.

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