Fish Report

January 22, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

On the Pacific side of Cabo, the fishing has continued to offer some sensational catches. Some of the fleet fishing at the Finger Bank found the billfish were all but jumping into the boats for the anglers. There were feeders all over the area that were easy to spot, as the huge bird flocks hovered over the bait schools that were driven to the surface by feeding billfish in every direction and they were quite eager to bite. It was a light-tackle fisherman’s dream!

fishkiller2311.JPGAnd, if a fish happened to get away, it was very easy to get another bite, as well as to stay in the action all day long.

With the great weather plus the great sea conditions, the 50-mile trip to the Finger Bank has been a snap. Back closer to Cabo, dorado have been the dominant catch for many of the anglers; in addition, there have still been a good scattering of marlin to be caught.

Just a few miles off the tip, roosterfish, jacks and sierra mackerel were a welcome winter bonus for both the fly and light tackle anglers.

Cabo Climate: There have been some scattered clouds on some days recently with other days sunny and clear. The daytime temperature has been on average 80 degrees and nights at 63.7 degrees with humidity averaging 56.28%.

Sea Conditions: Nearly flat-calm seas throughout the area with a gentle surface breeze from the westerly direction at about 7 mph. Sea temps from the Finger Bank and southerly across the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks have all been at 74 to 75 degrees. Cabo Falso to Gorda Banks and 15 miles above, all have been about 75 to 77 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: The Finger Bank, by far, has been the best fishing area with marlin feeders in every direction with El Faro/Cabo Falso, Jaime Bank and Pozo Cota all offering an occasional marlin.

Best Bait/Lure: At the Finger Bank, almost anything that moved got bit, and the in the other areas, rigged bait and live bait both were getting bit.

Bait Supply: Plenty of live bait is available at the $3.00 per bait rate and mackerel can still be replenished at the Gate Bank and the Finger Bank.

Puerto Los Cabos

Water temperature is now in the 73- to 75-degree range, as a cooling trend has continued. The inshore areas are no longer as clean and blue; they are more greenish as the current starts to push in.

There have been ample live sardina and caballito available. The larger baitfish, caballito, is being found inside the marina area, while sardina have been schooling along the rocky beach stretches from Palmilla to Cabo Real. Offshore from the hotel zone there were concentrations of mackerel and sardineta.

The main target species continue to be dorado and yellowfin tuna. Recently, the yellowfin tuna action has been great, with drift fishing with fly-lined bait being the main technique that has been producing 15 to 25 pound fish. More recently, the action has rolled over to more skipjack showing as the winds increase.

Dorado action has been good even though most of the dorado are not giants, averaging from only 5 to 15 pounds. They have been found in smaller-sized schools along with the yellowfin tuna, as well as closer to shore, more often within a mile of the beach. They have been biting a variety of baitfish, with a smaller percentage being caught on trolled lures.

Wahoo action has slowed, with only a handful of these fish hooked recently. The combination of cooling currents, the water becoming greener and it being very late in the season now, are all factors.

The billfish action off San Jose has come to a standstill, and the greener water has seemed to be a factor.

Along the shoreline, there were more juvenile-sized roosterfish showing. Anglers are encouraged to release these smaller fish at every possible chance.

Bottom fishing is beginning to show better signs of producing, though strong currents are still plaguing the preferred areas. The best catches were made in waters ranging from 60 to 120 feet using various whole and cut bait. The catches have included leopard grouper, yellow snapper, surgeon fish, amberjack, bonito, trigger fish, barred pargo and dogtooth snapper.

East Cape

Local anglers have been enjoying sunny days that are still a bit chilly in the mornings. With the calm mornings and breezy afternoons, and temperatures ranging from a low of in the 60s a high bumping on 80 degrees, as well as a 70+ degree sea temp, it certainly sounds better than the weather wherever you come from.

However, the north wind is always a factor this time of year and visitors can expect a few windy days along with wind waves that can pound the beaches.

On the calm days you can still find a decent mix inshore of both small dorado and sierra, as well as a few grouper, plus a few yellowtail on the pinnacles outside of the entrance to the Marina in La Ribera.

Offshore, with few boats looking, it is hard to determine the quantity of billfish or even whether a yellowfin might be traveling under the porpoise farther out.

La Paz

Not many folks have been fishing here recently, which is typical now that the holidays are over. Most of the holiday visitors have left and the town is mellow once again, not that it has ever been very bustling.

Too bad, because the recent nice weather has resulted in some surprising fish. There have been the usual jacks and snapper, but also in those same spots, close to shore and over the rocks, yellowtail and wahoo were taken as well. In the bay, there are still some dorado cruising around.

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.