Fish Report

September 18, 2017 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Tropical Storm Lidia definitely drenched all of the Los Cabos areas, creating serious devastation on many of the beachfront properties

After the storm, while the conditions were unsettled, the smallish dorado, along with a few larger keepers and some football-sized tuna, bit well on the days that the port remained open.  There was also the occasional wahoo caught by a few lucky anglers.

The billfish, however, were a bit skittish, even as the seas began to settle down. Mostly stripers, there were only a few blues and sailfish to balance out the catch.

fish2303.JPGClimate: Daytime temps averaged 85.2 and nights averaged 77.4 degrees. The humidity ratio averaged 79.4%. It was cloudy, and rain showers continued for an area that really didn't need additional rain. However, this is the wet and rainy season so it should have been expected.
Sea Conditions: From the Finger Bank over the Golden Gate Bank and down across the Jaime Bank, the temperature was at 81 to 84 degrees. At Cristobal Ridge and around the corner to Los Frailes, it was at 83 to 84 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: Although all of the regular "hot spots" were fished, the 1150 and the 95 Spots, along with the Herradura and Cabo Falso areas, were the better areas.
Best Bait/Lures: Live bait, rigged trolling bait and a variety of lures were working well.
Bait Supplies: The live bait supply remains good at the $3.00 per bait rate, paid to the bait vendor.

Puerto Los Cabos

The most consistent action found was for yellowfin tuna in the 10 to 15 pound class near Iman Bank. Drift fishing with strips of squid is what the tuna were striking on. There was one monster yellowfin tuna landed from a super panga while fishing on the Gordo Banks. The fish hit in the late morning on a strip of squid and weighed in at a whopping 314 pounds, making it the first official super-cow landed this season for the local panga fleet out of La Playita.

Other action on these same grounds produced a handful of wahoo and marlin strikes. The big tuna are definitely in the area. They had been late to show up this summer, but are lurking on these banks now.

Dorado have been found mainly by trolling medium sized lures; once the schools were found they have readily hit bait. Sizes varied, up to 20 pounds, though the majority of the fish were smaller in size.

Bait supplies: Bait options were more limited; no sardina. Bait vendors remain local, with not enough action for them to travel long distances to scout out new resources of sardina, and few charter boats going out.

Local charters relied mainly on slabs of squid for bait which seemed to work for the yellowfin action. Trolling lures produced dorado and scattered wahoo.

Sea conditions: Water clarity was stirred up with lots of current moving around as well, but it has been clearing up.

East Cape

As usual after a big storm that opens the washes and puts a lot of flotsam in the Cortez, the dorado fishing really goes off!This last storm was no exception! The dorado bite is wide open with all the anglers limiting onthan normal.The tuna bite is still good with some big fish taken recently.

Plenty of big huachinango (snapper) caught as well and all the way down on Iman Bank the wahoo have been biting.There was very light fishing pressure on the billfish with a few released and very little inshore fishing because of the dirty water inside.

Climate: Cooler, with some midweek rains. The highs are in the mid 80s, and it’s actually cool and pleasant for this time of year.

Sea conditions: Averaging 82 to 83 degrees after Lydia. The water is still dirty inside but clearing more each day. Outside, it’s blue and clear.

La Paz

North of La Paz, the dorado kept on like the tropical storm had only been a little bump. Not only is there sargasso weed floating out there, but now there’s all kinds of floating debris lining up, holding dorado and billfish plus some tuna!

It took a little longer for the waters to clear, but some of the best dorado fishing has actually been in the colder, dirtier water. Go figure.

The big trick has been finding the right spot. Once you found it, you could load up the rods and fish boxes with one-stop shopping, and wild dorado action of fish weighing between 5 and 20 pounds. Most of the dinks were getting tossed back because you could hit a spot and it would be a baby nursery of dinks. Or, all the firecracker fish would jump your baits and not give the big boys time to get in on the feed. But it’s a good problem to have with great action.

Everyone was really worried about this area so soon after such a big storm. However, literally the first day after the storm, the Los Arenas fleet found the dorado and tuna.

The dorado seemed to have gotten pumped up during the storm. They came back bigger with some nice 15 to 25 pound bulls that were legit “tackle busters.” Plus, the tuna added a few pounds as well, so we had better and scrappier 10 to 20 pound slugs.

There were even a few days in there when the fish just went rampant, especially the tuna, and the anglers were slamming limits by 9 or 10 a.m. and were out searching for other species after that.

According to one angler: “It was incredible. Within seconds of tossing out our first lines, we were hit.” For the next hour, it was double and triple hook ups of yellowfin tuna. They put 10 in the boat and probably lost and released another 10. Add in another 10 big bonito and they were dog-tired.

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 Int.

www.tailhunter-international.com