Fish Report

May 14, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 10%, tuna 79%, dorado 36%, other 12%.

Weather in Cabo has improved this week, with winds dying down and only a bit of swell appearing just after midweek. With 39 out of 41 boats catching fish, it’s been the most successful week fishing this month. Tuna was undoubtedly the most caught fish for the fleet. Variety improved with more dorado and wahoo. Smaller game fish were only caught by those who decided to stay close to shore.

Cabo Climate: The April weather turned to mostly sunny skies in May with average daytime temps in the 80s and evening temps in the upper 60s to low 70s. The outlook for the next few weeks is a bit cooler with daytime temps in the upper 70s and evenings in the mid-60s; no precipitation for the next few weeks but winds are still expected to blow in the 10- to 14-mph range through first few weeks of May. Humidity is expected to run in the 70% range over the next few weeks as well.

Sea Conditions: Relatively calm seas throughout the area with some surface chop occasionally stirred up by surface breezes at 10- to14-mph mostly out of the SSW. Forecast is for more of the same with winds in the same range out of the West. Sea temps around the Golden Gate and Jamie Banks are running in the 68- to 70-degree range. Water around Cabo Falso east to the Gordo Banks is warmer in the 71- to 72-degree range.

Best Fishing Areas: The San Jamie was the hot spot for yellowfin. The Herradura area produced marlin and the Migrino area seemed to be the hot spot for sierra.

Best Bait & Lures: Feathers and cedar plugs were the favorite for the yellowfin with Hoochies being the hot ticket for sierra.

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

Puerto Los Cabos

Recently the ocean conditions have been great and the yellowfin tuna action on the Iman Bank was very good; many quality fish in the 40- to 70-pound class were landed, with some even reaching the 100-pound mark.

The Iman Bank also produced a couple of yellowtail over 30 pounds. Though, the North Wind kicked up and stirred up conditions, pushing in off-colored currents, the water temperatures remained in the 74- to 75-degree range. The wind caused more ocean swell making it a bit more challenging for the commercial pangueros to net sardina off of the shore near Vinorama; overall, however, they were able to find sufficient supplies of bait. Other options were caballito out of the marina area, but there were still no signs of the annual migration of mullet or moonfish showing up.

Charter boats have been scouting out other options with the tuna bite coming to a standstill, though the options seem limited at this time. Offshore there was only sporadic reports of marlin spotted. The better option seemed to be working shallow rocky reefs for a mix of bottom species, though most of these were smaller-sized fish in the 2- to 15-pound range. All good eating, just not consistent from spot to spot. Most common were yellow snapper, bonito, leopard grouper, spotted rose snapper, barred pargo and an occasional yellowtail or amberjack. a mix of yo-yo jigs and bait was used for bottom fish, bait was found to be a bit more productive.

Close to shore, there were just a few smaller-sized sierra found, along with a handful of small roosterfish and jack crevalle. We do expect that after this weather front moves through, conditions will rebound and the all-around action will improve. It is not uncommon to have this type of pattern during this time frame. It keeps the climate very comfortable, but does not help the fishing stay on track.

East Cape

Recently, it’s been all about yellowfin tuna and small roosterfish. They make a great combo for a fun day on the water. The water is warming up, 79 or 80 degrees for a good start, while the air has been around70 degrees in the early mornings. The prediction is for a warm summer.

It has been gangbusters on tuna and inshore fishing everywhere. The dreaded North Wind picked up, then went away, and that should be the last we see of it. No wind predicted in the foreseeable future. A few boats ventured out, but most stayed inside for roosters.

Lots of striped marlin this time of year, but anglers are targeting tuna, so no one is going after them.

Local hotel boats found nice yellowfin tuna and wahoo off the lighthouse and on the Iman Bank. Lots and lots of picky eaters.

Small roosterfish, skipjack, ladyfish and jack crevalle as well as sierra are keeping all of our fly-fishers happy. Nothing smaller than a 9-weight rod unless you want to turn a 4-piece into a 6-piece.

Small, aggressive roosterfish are everywhere. Good, large sardina and caballito bait continues to be available.

.La Paz

Some slugger 15 to 30 pound yellowfin tuna showed up for Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fleet anglers. For many, it was their first experience on yellowfin and we lost some fish after some rough battles. Also, we got wahoo bit and we also got our first marlin as well plus amberjack and a big dog-tooth snapper out of the rocks. The biggest thing was finding bait and waiting for winds to abate. time for the flyfishers.

The La Paz Fleet fared a bit better. Good action in the rocks for snapper, pargo, big cabrilla and lots of big triggerfish plus a smattering of dorado and lots of huge bonito. Then, bigger dorado in the 10- to 30-pound class showed up and decided to chew! Way fun, especially for a lot of first-timers to see these big Mahi-Mahi through the water and hit the baits! There were schools of boiling tuna, but all were moving too fast to jump on them.

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