Fish Report

July 23, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 37%, tuna 82%, dorado 7%, other species 3%.

This has been one of our summer’s best fishing periods here in Cabo; therefore, this fish report has been one of the hardest to write! There have been so many fish caught of different sizes and species that I wish I could fit them all in, but I’ve had to pick and choose what I consider the best of our catches. Billfish have included sailfish, striped marlin, and blue marlin -- all released. We’ve had more tuna than we can fish, as well as a standout big wahoo!

LOCATION: South of Lands’ End: 11:50 Spot, 130 Spot, 95 Spot, 120 Spot

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear sunny skies, calm seas.

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 80 - 82 F.

BEST LURES: Cedar plugs and feather lures, caballito bait.

Puerto Los Cabos

The numbers of anglers continued to be smaller than we might expect, though maybe the more serious anglers are waiting for the fish reports to improve. Tropical weather patterns remained very quiet, with light ocean swells and high temperatures near 90 degrees; water temps are now back up to 80+ degrees, and the water is steadily cleaning, with no new storms seen developing on the horizon. The extended forecast is looking quiet for the next ten days; it all appears to be favorable for putting our summer season back on track.

Supplies of baitfish now include caballito, mullet, sardina, with a few moonfish in the mix. Most of this bait activity is found right in the marina channel area. With the variety of baitfish in this area, there have been some amberjack being hooked into right offshore of the nearby marina jetty. Of course, the word travels fast, and many locals are now taking advantage of this limited opportunity.

Offshore action was hit or miss, mostly just heading 10 to 30 miles out, looking for schools of porpoise, with hopes of finding yellowfin tuna. With water temperatures warming and clarity improving daily, we have seen the action for yellowfin tuna near San Luis Bank rebound. No significant numbers yet, but every day we see some tuna brought in that are averaging 50 to 70 pounds; these fish have been striking on caballito, sardina and some on yo-yo jigs. Many of the silky sharks were lurking on these same grounds, ready for any chance they can find for an easy meal. Most charters were doing well to land one of these quality yellowfin, though some were more fortunate and landed up to three tuna. Mixed on these grounds were red snapper (huachinango), bonito, sailfish and striped marlin. With water clarity looking much better, anglers reported seeing free-swimming wahoo on these grounds as well; maybe if the water does not become too warm, these fish will also start to bite.

Along the shoreline, there were still some trophy-sized roosterfish found. The best bait for these fish seemed to be live mullet. Please remember to release these trophy roosterfish, as this fishery is becoming more fragile with each passing season and it is critical to preserve this species for future generations.

Only a scattering of smaller-sized dorado were seen recently. However, with improving ocean conditions, we should begin to see some larger fish. Later in the month of July and throughout the remainder of the summer is considered the big fish season.

East Cape

Water - 83- to 86 degrees. Very warm for July and clear, with flat mornings, afternoon south easterly wind.

Air - Highs in the low 90s, clear days, with afternoon SE trade winds keeping afternoon and evenings more refreshing and pleasant.

Dorado spread north and south.Big bulls in the 50-pound class taken all week.Outside mixed with the tuna, off the lighthouse, and on the shark buoys off Punta Pescadero. Both trolled and live bait worked.

Yellowfin around, both inside and outside. Very slow on the bite. The larger, 20- to 50-pound fish are closer inside off the lighthouse and Rincon; outside, under the porpoise, the smaller fish are mostly footballs.Boats fishing inside average one or two a day with more smaller tuna found 20- to 40-miles outside.

There are lots of stripers and sails along with an improved blue bite; although they are very spread out, and there’s not much fishing pressure.

Lots of roosters to 60 pounds are around which is usual for this time of year. This is THE BEST pargo year in recent memory. At least five were taken weighing over 30 pounds. These are big pargo!

La Paz

It was decent fishing down here. Like seemingly everywhere else on the west coast, the weather was hot, dry and humid although water temps took a bit of a dive for some reason dropping from 85 to 81 degrees and getting a little cloudier and greener.

Still, everyone caught fish. Not as many tuna or wahoo as before, but the dorado bite seemed to fill the gaps with more dorado being caught each week. This is a typical summer pattern.

Some boats did better than others and some days were better than others.However, for most of our anglers fishing multiple days, they could count on getting bit.

The secret is finding the right spot. There are a lot of fish, but the fish are not everywhere. Locating the correct current line (warmer water), or bluer water was the key. But also finding a structure, like floating and clumping sargasso weed, on the surface could make the difference.

In addition to the dorado, there’s still some chunky tuna around, the smaller fish being 40 pounders. many folks are looking for roosterfish, but they’re along the shores, and good-sized, between 40 and 70 pounds.

Wahoo are still hanging out as well, but we’re losing more than we’re catching; we have also seen more hookups on striped marlin recently but most fish are either busting off or getting released.

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 Hotelwww.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.