Fish Report

April 16, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: billfish 29%, tuna 37%, dorado 8.5%, and other 32%.

Recently the wind picked up, causing some south swell, but the fleet still managed to produce; yellowfin tuna was the top catch and those looking for marlin found numerous fish as well. Small game catches included many different species per boat, but the most impressive catch recently was aboard the Pisces Valerie, which landed one of our rarest finds, a very nice-sized golden grouper.

Cabo Climate: More great fishing weather with mostly sunny skies; average daytime temps in the upper 70s and evenings in the mid-60s. No precipitation predicted over the next two weeks. Humidity has been relatively low but expect an increase into the upper 70% range by the middle of the month.

Sea Conditions: Relatively calm seas throughout the area with some surface chop occasionally stirred up by surface breezes at 10- to 12mph mostly out of the SSW. Forecast is for more of the same with winds in the 8- to 14 mph range out of the West and SW. Sea temps around the Golden Gate and Jamie Banks steadily cooling into the lower 70s.Water around Cabo Falso east to the Gorda Banks is warmer in the 72- to 74-degree range.

Best Fishing Areas: Much of the prime fishing has shifted around the point and to the east. The 1150 Spot and the 95 Spot produced well. Punta Gorda produced marlin late in the week. Roosterfish were found off Palmilla. Pozo Cata and El Faro produced lots of barrilete. The longer run to the Golden Gate was well worth it with a high marlin count.

Best Bait & Lures: Trolled lures and rigged and live bait – especially if green mackerel – tossed to surface fish seemed to be the ticket for marlin over the sea mounts.

Bait Supply: Plenty of bait available at the $3.00 per bait rate upon exit from the harbor.

Puerto Los Cabos

Most local sportfishing charters have been fishing areas from La Fortuna, Iman Bank towards Vinorama. Supplies of sardina have become more scattered; these do not stay alive well, but do work, even dead, for the yellowfin tuna and other species. In recent days the yellowfin tuna action has been very spotty around the Iman Bank. The tuna were seen breezing and feeding on the surface, but are finicky. The few yellowfin that were actually landed weighed in the 25- to 50-pound class. Recently, some boats heading farther north, past Vinorama, were finding more cooperative tuna.

Dorado were also much more scarce, though a couple of fish in the 20-pound range, were caught. Water temperature averaged about 73 degrees with clarity up and down and very strong currents moving through.

Striped marlin are still being found farther offshore searching for their favored food source. Rigged ballyhoo, lures and skipjack were being used with varying results.

Perhaps the highlight of the week was the pelagic red crab making a strong showing locally -- from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. Appearing on the surface in masses and being scooped up, then in turn being used for baiting up the red snapper, locally referred to as huachinango; these are prized eating, the true Pacific red snapper, ranging in sizes up to 12 pounds -- a challenge on light tackle. Because it is a very popular and valued commercial species, everyone is out in force taking advantage of this event while it continues as it can end on any given day.

Other bottom action has included a mix of amberjack, leopard grouper, yellow snapper, barred pargo, surgeon fish, bonito and triggerfish. This action was found on yo-yo jigs and drift-fishing with bait. Strong currents made this type of fishing challenging but will be much improved when these swift currents slack up.

Inshore action has been limited -- not many sierra and a few mostly smaller-sized roosterfish. No sign of the annual migration of mullet yet, but it’s still a little early in the season.

East Cape

It has been beautiful spring weather with blue skies and cool mornings. Mid-day highs are in the low 80s. and the water has been 74 to 75 degrees, clear and flat.

Anglers are limiting on quality tuna in the 20- to 60-pound range.Striped marlin are being released daily and a couple of dorado a day are hitting the boat decks.

It’s the tuna, however, that are receiving all the attention. Pods of porpoise moving around outside have been holding nice yellowfin tuna in the 20-pound class are being found mostly to the south. Some are being taken on Hoochies, but most are being taken on chunk squid and live sardina-half to one mile directly off the white sand cliffs, south of Frailes. This area has consistently been producing limits of free-swimming yellowfin in the 30- to 60-pound class which are being taken on squid and sardina. Even without much fishing pressure, a couple of nice-sized dorado were landed recently as well as some larger barred pargo and a couple of big, 30+ pound amberjack.

Sardina have been available.

La Paz

The weather is clearing up in time for the season to kick off -- more of our fishermen are now arriving. There’s still some wind but overall, a big improvement in not only the weather, but in the fishing, catching, and variety! Each week seems to get a little better as things warm up. It’s all about the winds. If the winds are gone, there are fish waiting to bite.

All signs are encouraging as just to the south of us along the East Cape, fishing is already going off with those conditions moving north.

The fishing is more like May fishing with a variety of fish in the water.I nshore, pargo liso (mullet snapper), pargo per (dog-tooth snapper) and pargo mulatto (barred pargo) are biting along with several types of snapper, jack crevalle, bonito and cabrilla.

In the deeper water farther off, dorado are around 5 to 20 pounds although not in great numbers and yellowtail up to 25 pounds. Some tuna were found at nearby Cerralvo Island although not in great numbers. Wahoo have been seen but didn’t bite and commercial guys said billfish look like they’re moving into the area.

For the first time all year, there is consistent fishing. Normally, with the winds blowing in from the north, it’s often too rough to even get out of the bay or, when you arrive, it’s hard to fish the areas.

There are no great quantity of fish, but the variety has been remarkable for inshore species, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, grouper, jacks and bonito, as well as some yellowtail up to about 20 pounds and tuna about 50 yards from the rocks!

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.