In August, unsettled weather took its toll on some places in Baja Sur, while other areas either improved or at least held their own; hopefully, September will be kind to us. Tight Lines and Good Luck, Gary Graham, email@example.com
Cabo San Lucas. It has been extremely difficult to find one particular spot that worked well recently. To make matters more difficult, numbers are down because we have had rain which messed up the water and we have had fewer boats out.
As far as species there has been an even split between yellowfin tuna and dorado, with others ranging from roosterfish to silky sharks.
The weather has gone from a good rain to mostly sunny conditions throughout the past weeks. Daytime air temps averaged 89.8 degrees, night air averaged 75 degrees and the average humidity level was 69.85%.
Water temps varied from 84 to 86 on the Pacific side from the Finger Bank to Cabo Falso and varied from 81 degrees to 83 degrees from Cabo Falso to Los Frailes.
San Jose. Anglers have been using strips of squid and live caballito as well as skipjack and bolito caught on the fishing grounds for larger gamefish bait.Gordo Banks has been producing some of the larger fish -- a handful of black marlin hook ups, a yellowfin tuna caught by a local pangero estimated to be 280 pounds and another estimated to weigh 130 pounds. Lots of shark are on these same banks. Anglers fishing them are using larger, whole bait or drift-fished with strips of squid. Clean, blue water, lots of natural food source, stronger than usual currents are all factors causing the bite to not be what we expect for this time of year.
The action around the Iman Bank has been a bit more productive. This is where anglers are hooking into yellowfin tuna averaging 20 to 40 pounds, mostly on strips of squid.
A handful of 15 pound dorado striking on trolled lures are being caught throughout the area. Very few wahoo but even less bottom action; more triggerfish and one 80-pound class amberjack.
East Cape. We’re experiencing flat calm seas with normal thunder clouds over the mountains in the afternoons. The weather has stabilized the sea temps to the mid- to low-80s.
Blues, stripes and sails are plentiful. It’s not often blues outnumber stripers, but that’s the case now. As usual, the best area was off La Ribera. Ballyhoo again didof the damage but they were also taking brightly-colored lures.
There are still three options for tuna fishing. There is a good morning bite off Buena Vista about three miles offshore with fish in the 30- to 40-pound range; the boats caught fish just better than football-size on chunked squid. The lighthouse produced fish with trolled hoochies in the 15- to 30-pound range; while Frailes Bay was holding some better fish in the same range.
Dorado, smaller schoolies, have been plentiful. Big bulls in the 30-pound range were being picked up on the troll while schoolies baited with squid off La Ribera. Rumors are that there are tons of dorado up north, moving our way as the water cools.
The great wahoo year continues with mostly medium-sized, taken all along the coast, from right in front of town as far south as Los Frailes.
Both roosterfish and jack crevalle are tight along the beach. Fly rodders take note: This might well be your opportunity, as not a lot of anglers are working the shore. Good fishing in front of the marina as well as in Punta Colorada Bay.
The reefs continue to produce pargo, amberjack and cabrilla.dog tooth have also been around as well as pompano.
La Paz. After a spell of grumpy weather and poor conditions, both improved and it was probably the best it’s been in a while. Not surprisingly, the fishing also improved, corresponding with the conditions.
At Las Arenas the bait situation has not gotten better. It’s negligible at best. There’s a scarce mix of caballito, sardine, ladyfish (sabalo) and mackerel.
For one, there’s marlin and sailfish around -- stripers and blues and smaller sailfish. And they’re close. The other good news:It’s great for wahoo. fish are also close in…literally a hundred or so yards off Punta Perico. Fish in the 20- to 40-pound class caught, with some larger ones lost!
Plus, in the rocks, the pargo and cabrilla are also biting and of course, there’s big roosterfish still around. And finally some dorado have been in the counts as well. Very encouraging!
At La Paz some spots of dorado showed in several places, but the area around Rosario produced the kind of bite that everyone has been longing for.Not big fish, by any stretch.Normally, these smaller fish right now should be 20 pounders! However, there were more dorado caught recently than were caught all year. Most of the fish were 8 to 15 pounders, with some 20 pounders in the mix and a few larger fish lost. Local Captains say that there’s some spots where there’s so many baby dorado, you can sit on the spot all day long whacking and releasing all the babies.
That bodes well for the coming weeks as these “babies” grow fast. Fortunately, most anglers went for the larger fish and got away from the voracious punk fish that will eat anything.As one of them said, “Some of the giant bait were larger than the dorado!”
Perhaps as part of the dorado showing up are the billfish that have also really kicked it up a notch. Favorite food of the marlin -- blues and stripers -- are baby dorado! There were a number of billfish hooked but most either were released or came off.
Inshore, still all the triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla you could want, but it was nice that the blue water fish went on the chew a bit so the inshore species had a little less pressure.
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