Fish Report

November 13, 2017 edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Yellowfin and tuna dominated the sportfishing scene recently. The Bisbee Black & Blue tournament produced fish as large as a 569-pound blue marlin, which was caught by Frank D’anna, and a 338-pound yellowfin tuna taken in the WON Tuna Jackpot.

The striped marlin have arrived at the Finger Bank, producing the kind of fishing that has made Los Cabos the “go-to” place to catch and release multiple fish in a single day.

Add in the on-going dorado and wahoo bite offshore, along with roosterfish inshore, and you have a recipe for success.

fishnov132017.JPGCabo Climate: Daytime temps have averaged 83.1 degree, and nights are averaging 72 degrees. The humidity ratio is averaging 65%.

Sea Conditions: Tropical surface breezes are flowing mostly from the westerly directions at 9.14 mph. Water temps from the Finger Bank to the Golden Gate Bank, southerly to the Jaime Bank on farther south across the 1000 Fathom Curve, are all 82 to 84 degrees. Cabo San Lucas and out to the Herradura, across to the 95 Fathom Spot and north easterly to the Cabrillo Sea Mount and on up to Los Frailes, are all at 84 to 85 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: Cabo Falso, (aka "El Faro"), Jaime Bank, Pozo Cota, Migrino and Herradura, were the better producers for the various boats.

Best Bait/Lures: Rigged bait worked well for stripers. A variety of colored tuna feathers and lures were working very well for dorado.

Live Bait Supply: Live bait supply is very good and readily available for the fleet at the $3.00 per bait rate.

Puerto Los Cabos

The season’s final big tournament, the WON Tuna Jackpot, attracted some 147 teams. They were battling for high stakes, and searching for the largest yellowfin tuna, with other jackpots for dorado and wahoo.

Surprisingly, there are still supplies of sardina available. Anglers are also using slabs of squid, caballito, ballyhoo and chihuil as well. Ocean water temperatures are now in the 81 to 85 degree range.

The most common species have been the yellowfin tuna, with sizes from small football to 90-plus pounds, including fish over 300 pounds. Local panga skipper Chame Pino landed a 322 pound yellowfin off of Gordo Banks while drift-fishing with chunk skipjack as bait.

Iman Bank has held the most numbers of schooling tuna, though smaller sizes. San Luis has produced tuna from 70 to 90 pounds, while the Gordo Banks have proved to be the best bet of hooking into a cow! These big fish are not numerous and lots of patience and chumming is involved. Very heavy pressure now, as we are into the full moon phase, which can often cause the fish to be even more sporadic and finicky.

The wahoo bite has shown improvement. The best spot was near Iman Bank and, though hard to come by, slow-trolling with chihuil was the best technique. The wahoo also hit on Rapalas at times, though not like on the live bait. Wahoo up to 45-pounds were brought in. Some boats landed as many as four, though as the pressure increased, the wahoo action tapered off. The water temperature is just starting to drop and as it drops a few more degrees, conditions will be ideal for peak activity for these prized gamefish.

East Cape

Sea Conditions: The water shows no sign of cooling yet. Water temperatures in the low 80s.

There seems to be no end in sight to the amazing East Cape fishing season. Cooler weather and warm oceans make for ideal angling. The blue marlin, stripers and sails remain on offer for those who troll in the waters off La Ribera, while the yellowfin tuna continue to bite aggressively on the plentiful sardina. Better fish, mostly up to 40 pounders, were found south of Los Frailes. Other fish were schooling around Pescadero.

The warm water is holding the dorado much later than usual.

Boats had a wahoo bite open up while cruising the drop-off right in front of Rancho Leonero. Good-sized fish were striking Rapalas on the reef in front.

The beach fishing is still getting better as the water has cleaned up now, bringing a good rooster bite as well as red snapper and other bottom fish.

There’s been good fishing by the lighthouse, and for anglers who like to get out early, we even have sierra!

La Paz

It seemed that the massive tuna bite of the last few months was finally over as a lull set in recently. However, if you wanted tuna, they sure seemed to be there with legs. The 15 to 30 pound fish were willing to bite live sardina, dead sardina, chunked bonito or lures. The south end of Cerralvo Island, Punta Perico and then Castillo, not far off the Punta Arenas Lighthouse, were all good spots to find yellowfin.

What really came on were the dorado. Not only are they free-swimming around the bays and drop-offs, but just go to the shark buoys and there’s all the dorado you want. Boats were releasing 10 to 20 fish a day and some were decent-sized. It was a case of easy limits, then catch-and-release as many as you want for fun or go chase other species, especially wahoo that seem to get more active.

Nice-sized fish were at the south end of Cerralvo and near Punta Perico that were willing to hit the dark-colored Rapalas, but were also hitting bait on wire with fish running 30 to 60 pounds.

In La Paz, the winds also hit making it really rough to head north of the city, but when the winds stopped for a few days, the bite took off.

The area just east of Bonanza Beach, near the south end of Espirito Santo Island, held not only good numbers of dorado but several schools of 20 to 25 pound yellowfin tuna and wahoo as well. The fish are loving both live and dead sardina and it wasn’t uncommon to get easy limits of dorado, plus release a dozen more and catch a handful of nice yellowfin as well. Chunked and slow-trolled bonito also worked well. Schools of foaming tuna like this haven’t been seen in years.

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.