Fish Report

April 30, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 19%, tuna 58%, dorado 6%, other species 31%.

Fishing in Cabo has been, simply put: fun! With our main catch, yellowfin tuna, found quite far out -- at distances upwards of 20 miles offshore on some days, it has made for a true offshore fishing experience for anglers. And it has all been well worth it, as the tuna have been abounding! Averages of 25 tuna per boat have not been unusual. Marlin have slowed considerably, but the few persistent marlin hunters have still been able to find them. Small game such as sierra, roosterfish, and grouper or triggerfish have also been great fun for those looking to stay closer inshore.

Cabo Climate: The April weather has returned to mostly sunny skies with average daytime temps in the mid-80s, with evenings in the upper-60s to low-70s. More great weather is expected through the end of April with daytime temperatures in the lower 80s and no precipitation predicted over the next few weeks. Daytime temperatures in early May are expected to dip a bit into the upper-70s. Winds are expected in the 10- to 12-mph range through the first of the month. Humidity has been relatively low but expect an increase into the upper 60% to 70% range by early May.

Sea Conditions: There have been relatively calm seas throughout the area with some surface chop occasionally stirred up by surface breezes at 10- to12-mph mostly out of the SSW.Forecast is for more of the same with winds in the 8- to 12-mph range out of the West and WSW.Sea temps around the Golden Gate and Jamie Banks are steadily cooling into the 68- to 70-degree range. Water around Cabo Falso east to the Gordo Banks is warmer in the 71- to 73- degree range.

Best Fishing Areas: The Herradura was clearly the hot spot with solid catches of yellowfin. The El Faro area produced marlin, and yellowfin appeared there as well.

Best Bait & Lures: Live bait tossed to surface fish seemed to be the ticket for the marlin. Feathers and cedar plugs were the ticket for the yellowfin.

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

Puerto Los Cabos

Lighter crowds continued, as well as unpredictable and rapidly changing weather patterns. Ocean conditions, which had turned over, are now rebounding; cleaner currents are pushing back in and the water temperatures have warmed back up into the 71- to 75-degree range.

There has been no surface action going on, and the only action being found has been off the bottom for a variety of species, but it has been hit or miss from spot to spot. The highlight was yellowtail to 30-pounds, a few grouper up to 40 pounds, and amberjack to 50 pounds. They were using various bait and some yo-yo style jigs. Some days the wind made it tougher to reach the more productive areas.

On Thursday, conditions started to improve, with a handful of over 40-pound yellowfin tuna caught; they were found between San Luis and north of Vinorama. Using sardina, which was available most days, was the best deal. On Friday the tuna bite was even better on the best spot, which was near San Luis Bank. The yellowfin were in the 20- to 40-pound class, and most of the anglers who targeted tuna were landing at least a few and some had as many as ten.

Dorado continue to be scarce, besides a few small fish, though some wahoo were seen and even hooked, but were not landed. There were still quite a few whales being spotted, despite it being late season. There has been some form of krill hatch going on and the whales and big groups of manta ray were seen getting involved in the feeding frenzy.

East Cape

Water – Around 73- to 74-degrees, clear and flat, but windy. The mornings have been cool with clear skies, and highs in the low 80s.

Good fishing, and as usual this time of the year, striped marlin are abundant. Slow-trolled ballyhoo have been working best for anglers targeting billfish.

The white cliffs south of Frailes have been producing limits of nice yellowfin, and most are being taken under the porpoise. Yellowfin were running to 60-pounds.Live sardina and chunk squid seemed to be the best bet in the bait department.

A few keeper dorado a day are hitting the cleaning table.

Skipjack have been everywhere, and inshore and bottom fishing has been good to excellent. Lots and lots of hungry little gallos have the marina jetty entrance literally covered. Barred pargo, dog toothed snapper, cabrilla and some nice amberjack have been coming off the bottom.Squid and chunked skipjack continue to be the bait of choice.

La Paz

The wind has dropped off providing a bit of a break after several weeks of strong breezes. The drop in intensity produced a decent mix of fish that ran the gamut from inshore species to bluewater breezers. Not a lot of any one type of fish, but the mix is typical this time of year when cooler water species like yellowtail, sierra and amberjack are moving out, but lingering. Warmer water species like dorado and wahoo, may have never left from last year, but have been getting more active and are following the bait and warmer currents.

Inshore species tallied up quite a nice bite on snapper and pargo including barred pargo and dog-tooth as well as a few mullet snapper (pargo liso).There were also more of those tasty white bonito, jack crevalle and a few pompano.

Bluewater species that showed up included some 10- to 20-pound yellowfin tuna and some free-swimming dorado. Although not really schooling up, they seem to be hitting solo or in small groups.Bait works best.

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 Internationalwww.tailhunter-international.com