Fish Report

July 20, 2020
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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Double hookup! Murray Scott and Al Vasquez from Santa Ana posing in the early morning. Murray shows off his first roosterfish while Al battled this big jack crevalle. Both fish were released, and they were fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz.

 

Cabo San Lucas

Billfish 53 percent, Dorado, 7 percent, Tuna 30 percent, Other 20 percent

It has been good fishing as July settles in with sea temps continuing to warm. The success rate for boats fell slightly as the fish moved up into the Sea of Cortez, and judging from reports of the captains and crews, the fish seemed to have lockjaw and were much tougher to entice to bite.

A storm far to the south caught our ever-vigilant Port Captain’s attention and he decided to close the Port for one day. However, the storm faded away aside from a larger swell and a few sprinkles, and fishing resumed the following day.

The fleet found schools of porpoise but the tuna were hard to land. Still, 30 percent of the boats caught tuna with a few larger fish ranging from 50 to 80 pounds, and a few captains reported to have “lost a few big ones” (meaning 100-pounds plus).

Boats targeting billfish averaged from 1 to 3 or even 4 striped marlin each, with a total of 44 marlin released, but fish were found in different areas every day as they still are looking for the motherload of bait to feed on forcing the boat crews to struggle to locate them.

Still, if you found the right spot at the right time, it was ON!  The Pisces 32’ Bill Collector did just this and was our top billfish boat releasing 10 striped marlin in one day, along with a released shark release as well as a yellowfin tuna. Pisces 30’ Karina also had similar action the day before, going 3 for 4 on striped marlin and taking a dorado weighing about 25 pounds plus 10 yellowfin. Another summer bonus this year are some of the largest roosterfish we have seen in a few years; Pisces 31’ Ruthless released four in one day. A few grouper, yellowtail, and even a spearfish that are often targeted as part of an IGFA Billfish slam.

LOCATION: 1150 Spot, Punta Gorda, Tule/Chileno, Herradura, Old Lighthouse, 220 Spot, and Migrino.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some swell around 3 to 4 feet. Partially cloudy days with some humidity and hot weather.

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 78 - 81 F.

BEST LURES: Caballito, live or dead; lisas; cedar plugs; feathers, and guacamayo lures.

 

Puerto Los Cabos

This week we had very few tourists arriving, and it seems like this will be the continuing trend throughout the rest of the summer. There was Hurricane Cristina which formed far south and never amounted to much; it was a  low-strength Category 1 system that passed some 400 to 500 miles off to the west. We did feel the increased humidity; there were also some isolated rain showers reported and the usual increase in ocean ground swells, though we felt very little wind at all. The greatest impact was that once again, the local Port’s were closed. On Friday, the San Jose del Cabo Port was closed, though conditions remained perfect calm and were not unsafe for motoring at all.

Early in the week, there were a couple of blue marlin caught locally, one of which was over 400-pounds.  It was caught from a panga some 25 miles offshore. There were also some striped marlin found, but overall the billfish action became very spotty … the best chances were far offshore where cleaner water was located. Closer to shore, the ocean currents were stirred up, and a lot of greenish off-colored water and the temperature fluctuated as well. Large schools of mullet were more scattered, so big numbers of roosterfish were harder to find. Though there were some roosters to 50 pounds reported, and also quite a few in the 25-pound range. plus some jack crevalle to give anglers a challenging work out.

Off the Rock Piles, the main catches were red snapper and bonito, with an occasional cabrilla or amberjack. Live caballito and mullet were the main bait supply found in the Marina area. No dorado nor wahoo were being reported. There was a handful of yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds being caught on the San Luis Bank, but these fish were finicky and hard to entice. At times tuna were seen on the surface – some fish up to over 100-pounds, though they would disappear as soon as they were seen. We expect that by the end of this month, ocean conditions will stabilize and we will see much-improved action throughout the remainder of the summer.

 

East Cape

Another week of very good fishing.  Lots of striped marlin, yellowfin, and big roosterfish.  The tuna are outside under pods of porpoise, and most anglers are limiting daily. The stripers are biting aggressively with multiple releases normal. Big gallo’s are being found around the Lighthouse and are plentiful.  Not many, but some big dorado are being taken on marlin lures and squid and live bait off the shark buoys.

Yellowfin are very spread out from 10 to 30 miles out due East. Large, multiple schools of porpoise are holding tuna from football-size to 100 pounds. When the tuna are biting, limits are normal.

Hoochies, cedar plugs, and chunk squid are all working.

Lots and lots of Stripers are around, with one boat releasing 15 in a day!  Inside of La Ribera and outside they are mixed with the tuna. Trolled ballyhoo and lures are catching the fish.

Less fishing pressure this week. Big roosterfish to 80-plus pounds are being released daily. The Rincon side of the lighthouse is producing the most fish. Live caballito are by far the best bait.

 

La Paz 

The week started OK but then hit a bump when Tropical Storm Christina hit southern Baja.  It dumped some rain on the Cabo area and forced the closure of the port there as well as on the East Cape. Up in La Paz, we didn’t get the rain or flooding, but south-facing beaches got slammed by big waves and high winds and forced everyone to come in early one day, and the next day no one could even push their boats off the beach. 

However, with each day after that, waters got clearer and warmer again as the weather settled down.

Good catches of 10-to-20-pound dorado could be found in various scattered areas between Espirito Santo Island and Cerralvo Island.  Inshore fishing for big schools of tough jack crevalle provided plenty of action along with big roosterfish in the 10-to-50-pound class in the same areas.

We had one wahoo that was hooked and lost so we know they’re around.  Also, some big pargo were lost in the rocks in the same place that produced some decent-sized cabrilla.  We saw marlin again this week, but couldn’t get them to chew, then the weather changed and they took a powder. Should be back this coming week. 

Sportfishing is slowly getting back to speed after the quarantine, but restrictions still exist for other operations which require a maximum of 30 percent occupancy and it is expected that the beaches and Malecon will still be closed for another week.