Fish Report

October 16, 2017 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Dorado continue to be the mainstay of the surface action catches for the fleets. A few wahoo and yellowfin tuna were available for the anglers as well. 

The billfish action slowed down, with only a few small blue marlin and striped marlin released.

fishkiller_3.JPGCabo Climate: Daytime temps have been averaging 88.5 degrees, with night time temperatures at 77.7. The humidity ratio is up a bit and averaged around 70%.

Sea Conditions: Water temps from the Finger Bank and southerly to the Jaime Bank were all average between 82.5 to 84.5 degrees. Cabo Falso and southerly to the 1000 Fathom Curve, then northeasterly to Los Frailes, was all in the 84.5 to 85.5 degree range. Sea surface breezes have been flowing in mostly from the westerly and southwesterly directions averaging 10.1 mph, and all was fishable.

Best Fishing Area: The Herradura and Pozo de Cota produced two blue marlin recently but El Faro (aka Cabo Falso) was a busy catch area, too.

Best Bait/Lures: The blue marlin bit best on the artificials, but the stripers bit best on rigged bait. Dorado and the yellowfin tuna bit on a variety of different colored tuna feathers and diving-type lures.

Bait Supply: The live bait supply is very good and still remains at the $3.00 per bait rate.

Puerto Los Cabos

The Baja landscape has definitely transformed to lush green foliage. We are now seeing growing numbers of visiting anglers arriving in Los Cabos, as the fall tournament season has begun and it has gotten crazy busy.

The best fishing recently has been for yellowfin tuna, and drift fishing with various bait was the main technique. Average size yellowfin was in the 6 to 15 pound class, though these same grounds have produced larger tuna in the 30 to 100 pound range. There weren’t big numbers of the larger grade tuna, just a few mixed in with the smaller fish, though there is definitely a chance at hooking into a bigger fish. Overall, the numbers of fish caught has increased recently.

Dorado has continued to be scarce; most fish were smaller, under 10 pounds, with only an occasional larger one in the mix. A few more wahoo are starting to be seen. Most of these are from the San Luis Bank area and are striking on Rapalas. Sizes range from 20 to 35 pounds.

Minimal bottom action is going on, with an occasional red snapper, pargo, amberjack, leopard grouper or triggerfish taken. There’s not a lot of billfish action, however, there were a few black marlin landed recently. Other blues and blacks were seen chasing hooked tuna, so even though these billfish are not being seen in big numbers, they are definitely in the area.

Sea Conditions: Water temperatures are in the 82 to 85 degree range.

Best Fishing Area: The majority of the fleets based out of Puerto Los Cabos Marina are now fishing on the grounds from the Gordo Banks to Iman, San Luis and Vinorama.

Best Bait: Bait options remain sardina, caballito and slabs of squid.

East Cape

It’s hard to imagine that the fishing could be any better. Countless guests have remarked that this has been their best trip ever. One day we'll look back on 2017 as "the good ol' days.”

The nights have finally begun to cool down, but the days are still hot. On the whole, great conditions for both inshore and offshore fishing.

The big news has been the dramatic return of wide open striped marlin fishing. There are hard-fighting, hungry fish spread from La Ribera to way down south.

The tuna bite, which was mainly to the north until recently, has spread all over and the schools have been found off Pescadero, La Ribera and south of Los Frailes. There have been fish in the 30-pound range and better all week that were mauling sardina, so it’s been easy limiting.

Those anglers who chose the southern option were rewarded with the hot wahoo bite but, as usual, there were plenty of hard luck stories too.

All boats are limiting on dorado as schools are spread all over the East Cape.

There are some good roosters patrolling the beaches around the lighthouse and fly anglers are also nailing some nice Jack crevalle off these same beaches.

Sea Conditions: Water temps are averaging 82.5 to 84.5 degree.

East Cape Climate: Temperatures are averaging 88.5 degrees daytime and nights at 77.7 degrees.

La Paz

At Las Arenas, there appears to be a full line of tuna that came up out of the trenches several weeks ago and, so far (fingers crossed) they show no sign of abatement. The tuna are biting at both the north and south ends of Cerralvo Island, plus close to shore from the Arenas Lighthouse as well as south 2 to 3 miles to Boca de Alamo. Some of the fish are right inside of Bahia de los Muertos, and many times are well within a stone’s throw of the beach in shallow water. 

Limits of tuna between 10 and 30 pounds have been the norm rather than the exception, as the fish chase the abundant sardina schools that haven’t been seen in two to four years. Many anglers are limiting by mid-morning, then using the rest of the time to target dorado, pargo, cabrilla, wahoo and roosterfish. 

The big roosters are still around, and those caught and released in recent weeks were all big, thick 40 to 80 pound fish. They were caught either just off the rocks or the sandy areas near the Arenas Lighthouse. And for the first time in a while, anglers have locked into some 30 to 40 pound wahoo.

Out of La Paz, the dorado bite that has settled into the area just kept on going. Not much to say except it’s often all the action you could want. Dorado aren’t big, with 7 to 20 pound fish being the most common, and limits have been pretty easy to make. The anglers are saying they’re releasing several more dozen fish after that! 

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,