Fish Report

August 21, 2017 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

The full moon has taken a bit of a toll on the striper bite recently but the overall fishing and catching remained pretty good for many anglers, especially with the spread of the yellowfin tuna catches throughout the area.

Cabo Climate: Mostly cloudy alternating with spurts of sunshine. Daytime temperatures were at an 88 degree average, and 78 degrees at nights. The humidity ratio averaged 74.4%.

2226fish.JPGSea Conditions: The Finger Bank to Cristobal varied from 82 to 85 degrees. Cabo Falso and up to Los Frailes all varied from 85 to 88 degrees. Surface breezes flowed in from the westerly direction on Monday through Friday and then turned SSE for Saturday and Sunday. Average wind speed was14 mph with the exception of Saturday, when it increased to 18 mph.

Best Fishing Area: There was no specific "hot bite area" for the billfish and the only blue marlin was taken at the 95 Fathom Spot. The better striper action came from the Herradura area, out to the south of Cabo .The better yellowfin tuna bite came from close to the shoreline at Migrino, directly in toward the beach from the Golden Gate Bank.

Best Bait-Lures: Rigged bait were the best for the billfish, although blue marlin were taken on an artificial. The tuna were mostly blind strikes and taken on a variety of different feathers and lures.

Bait Supply: Bait remained readily available, even through the full moon phase, at the $3.00 per bait rate paid direct to the bait vendor at time of receipt.

Puerto Los Cabos

Recent focus has been on yellowfin tuna from the Gordo Banks to Iman, where schools of fish have been located. Live bait has been limited to some mullet and caballito, and some sardina in limited quantities. Using strips of giant squid is becoming more common. Some chihuil and bolito have been jigged up at times on the offshore grounds and are being used for slow trolling.

The yellowfin tuna are ranging from small, football-sized to over 70 pounds. The larger fish have been striking on strips of squid, sardina or trolled whole baits, on the Inner Gordo Banks and north on the Iman Bank. Biting sporadically during the day, overall they proved to be more finicky and line shy; leaders were no heavier than 50 pounds at best. Average catches have ranged from a couple of tuna to 10.

As commonly occurs in August, it can be hard to find much variety besides the yellowfin tuna. There are a few scattered, mostly small dorado, as well as a handful of sailfish and an occasional wahoo. Anglers did land one 35-pound wahoo. There hasn’t been much off the bottom; a strong current has been persistent and this made it difficult to affectively work the bottom. A couple of dogtooth snapper, huachinango, cabrilla, bonito, amberjack and triggerfish rounded out the structure action.

Not many of the fleet are fishing along the shoreline now. There were a few roosterfish being caught and released. Billfish action was limited, though one black marlin weighing about 360 pounds was landed and another couple of big marlin strikes were lost.

More sailfish are moving in with the warmer currents, and of course some striped marlin stragglers are still hanging in the area, while most of the cooler-water marlin have moved towards Northern Baja.

Fish Count: The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita and Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 88 charters recently, with anglers reporting a fish count of: 1 black marlin, 3 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 16 dorado, 1 wahoo, 3 amberjack, 3 dogtooth snapper, 12 bonito, 8 yellow snapper, 238 yellowfin tuna, 11 leopard grouper, 2 pinto cabrilla, 18 huachinango, 9 roosterfish and 38 triggerfish.

Sea Conditions: Ocean water temperatures have been up into the 85 to 87 degree range.

East Cape

The good fishing on the East Cape continues week after week. Stable conditions have kept the bite consistent. Good bait, including squid, sardina, caballito and mackerel, continue to be available.

Blue marlin are being caught daily, with the best area remaining between La Ribera and the lighthouse. Bob Watson from San Diego brought his grandson down to Rancho Leonero for his first marlin and they boated two nice blues. Most fish were taken on lures. Striped marlin and sailfish are also around.

Medium-sized dorado are being picked off all over the East Cape waters this month. Rancho skippers and old timers envision dorado fishing continuing into late October or early November.

Roosters and jacks are plentiful along all the beaches. A lineup of fly-fishers is spread along the beach, lying in wait. Wahoo were also hitting the beach daily. These are all really good fish in the 50-pound range. And there have been pompano, barred pargo and cabrilla around on all the reefs.

The tuna bite near Cabo Pulmo continued to produce fish in the 30 to 40 pound class.

East Cape Climate: Storm Jova passed by to the south without affecting operations at all. The weather has been hot, but not blistering.

La Paz

The past two weeks at Las Arenas were like pulling teeth, which has everyone shrugging their shoulders. But for the most part, pangas were catching things like a dorado and a bonito. Or two dorado. Or two bonito and a cabrilla. Maybe a jack crevalle on another boat. There just weren’t any fish hitting or being found. The conditions looked good and the water seemed okay.

Meanwhile, La Paz fishing had really been disappointing and WFO bite of dorado turned into a whimper. The dorado were there, but lock-jawed and could care less about bait, feathers or lures. Then, about mid-week the dorado were located and interested again!

The first schools found were rats. Literally rats. It was the dorado nursery. Schools and schools of itty-bitty dorado that were about the size of planter-trout. Except they were dorado. Sure, you could catch a couple of dozen, but the novelty wears off after the first few, then you start releasing fish after fish. No one comes to catch 12-inch dorado.

The schools of bigger boys and legit 10- to 20-pounders have started slamming like they are supposed to. The area was holding loads of nice floating sargasso weeds and some lit-up dorado were jumping over each other to hit the bait with double, triple and quadruple hook-ups. Some boats got limits; they caught and released others and made it back to La Paz in time for shrimp and beer for early lunch. Limits were more the rule than the exception. This holds them now for the rest of the season!

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