Fish Report

May 28, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 57%, Tuna 18%, Dorado 2%, other 14%.

Marlin numbers seem to be spiking, with six striped marlin caught by 35 foot Va-lerie and 31 foot Ruthless on their luckiest day. The weekend brought with it various numbers of stripers per boat, found far up the East Cape, past Punta Gorda. Jack crevelle and a nice wahoo were some of the smaller game catches, with yellowfin tuna still found about 30 miles out.

The Pisces fleet caught 140 fish total for one week, 60 being marlin, 55 tuna, 1 dorado and 24 smaller game fish. All marlin, except for one were released, and catch limits were respected.

Location: destiladeras, Punta Gorda, old lighthouse and 30 miles out to 120 spot.

Weather conditions: beautiful sunny skies and calm water.

Average water temp: water temp varied from an average of 72 f. to 84 f. from East Cape to areas farther south.

Best lures: Caballito, mackerel, cedar plugs.

Puerto Los Cabos

Winds from the north have receded, there is more breeze now on the Pacific side. Also much cooler and greener water to below 70 degrees on that side of the Peninsula, while off San Jose and towards the East Cape the ocean currents are in the 76 to 78 degree range. This is where the clear blue water is, along with concentrations of baitfish and in turn the more productive fishing opportunities.

Supplies of sardina remain steady; schools of these baitfish are now back in close range, just north of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetty. Other bait options were mullet and caballito, as well as rigging ballyhoo or finding bait offshore, such as skipjack and chihuil.

The yellowfin tuna bite has been concentrated near the La Fortuna or the Twenty-Five Spot, just inside of the Iman Bank. Drift fishing with sardina for bait has been the best bet for this, though these yellowfin remain finicky. An average size for the tuna was in the 20 to 60 pound class. Only an occasional dorado was even being seen, but a handful of wahoo strikes were reported.

Shallow water rock piles are now holding a variety of species; the best bite did seem to be earlier in the day. Amberjack up to 30 pounds were coming to the surface, not a normal action for these jacks, but it is the time of year when it can happen. Quite a few yellow snapper are being found, some over ten pounds: island jack, surgeon fish, leopard grouper, barred pargo, rose spotted snapper, sierra and pompano were also accounted for, so basically a smorgasbord of quality eating fish. We saw one sierra about 12 pounds, end of the season for these members of the mackerel family, time of year when the big ones show up.

With more mullet now moving into local inshore beach stretches we are also seeing increasing numbers of roosterfish arriving, the majority are still under 20 pounds, though larger specimens were reported. During the next few weeks is usually when we see peak action locally for the larger grade of roosterfish.

The action for striped marlin broke wide open through this week, particular so the later part of the week, with the best action being found from the Gordo Banks north to Desteladera Bank. Marlin were coming up on and feeding on balled up baitfish and boat battles ensued, with the first few charters arriving to the scene hooking up and then everyone waiting for the stripers to come back up on another bait ball. Also, many marlin were striking on trolled lures, though the higher percentage of hook ups were from live baits such as caballito, chihuil or skipjack, as well as rigged ballyhoo.

East Cape

Water – 79/80 degrees, clean and clear.  

Air – Classic Baja spring weather with highs in the 80s, cool mornings, clear skies.  Some midday wind, but fishable all day.

Very, very good fishing, arguably the best of 2018.  The yellowfin were on the bite every day while the marlin bite went off the charts Thursday through the weekend.  Roosterfish are showing in good numbers and there are as many 5 to10 pound pompano as there are anglers targeting them.

The bite just exploded Thursday off Iman Bank.  Huge schools of mackerel are holding thousands of striped marlin.  Rancho and other hotel cruisers are releasing from three to seven fish per day, all on live mackerel.  This is very much like Mag Bay on a good day.

Multiple pods of porpoise are found outside from 15 to 50 miles offshore and are holding lots and lots of tuna. The average fish is around 25 pounds; some footballs, but mostly dandy fish up to 65 pounders.  They’re taking small trolled blue and white lures.  All anglers are limiting! 

Dorado were again scarce this week, but everyone was targeting marlin or tuna.

There were bigger and more roosters this week with lots of them around. However, they put only light pressure pm the roosters as most anglers headed outside for the tuna.

It’s a pompano party with as many nice sized pompano as anglers are willing to pull on.  These are three to 10 pounders being taken off the bottom at the lighthouse on live sardina with lots of pargo mixed in.  It’s our best week so far this year!!!

La Paz

Conditions are improving, but we are still getting some winds and off-color water as we move into warmer conditions. However, overall, it was maybe the best weather of the season with mostly great sunny days and generally flat seas.

It wasn’t great fishing but wasn’t bad either.  As we transition into more pelagic warm water species, there’s a lot of variety in the water. Cooler water species like yellowtail and amberjack seem to still be lingering around and some are up to about 20-pounds.  Other cooler water species like pargo, snapper and cabrilla also made for some great action. 

However, the presence of more species like tuna, wahoo, dorado and billfish are evident of the changing conditions.  There’s not a lot of blue water stuff yet, but we’re getting a few here and there and seemingly more with each passing week.  Also more big-time rooster fish are showing up as well in the 40 to 60 pound class. 

The biggest issue is that fish are everywhere, the problem is that they are not everywhere all the time.  Conditions can be so erratic that what’s biting one day doesn’t necessarily mean they will bite the next day.  Or, one fishing hot spot can suddenly go cold as fast as the currents change and the water colors change.  Or, a spot that’s great for pargo, will turn into a jack crevalle spot the next day or conversely one of our boats will be bent on fish while a boat a few yards away can’t get a single chew!  It’s ever changing, daily and hourly!

 

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 ,