Fish Report

August 6, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 29%, tuna 68%, dorado 30%, other species 6%.

Cabo catch success rates at 96% have made for great fun, especially when catches have ranged from BIG mahi, to HUGE tuna and beautiful blue and striped marlin. Other fish in the mix have been nice-sized roosters, jack crevalle, and red snapper, among others.

LOCATION: Miles out South of Lands’ End and 1150 Spot, 95 Spot & 130 Spot.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some choppy water and wind; some days starting off calm until midday.

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 80 - 83 degrees F.

BEST LURES: Cedar plugs and feather lures, pink lures, various colorful lures (yellows, greens, orange), caballito bait.

East Cape

WaterA hot 85-86 degrees inside with a somewhat blistering 91 degrees outside along with clean, clear, blue, picture-perfect water.

AirPleasant. Highs are in the high-80s with cooling afternoon breezes.

 

Excellent fishing! Nice-sized yellowfin, dorado and wahoo; a strong billfish bite as usual this time of year, and outstanding rooster fishing. Most boats are fishing the La Ribera Bank south to Rincon and scoring big tuna, dorado and lots of stripers mixed with the occasional blue marlin. As a bonus, there is lots of good bait available.

Lots and lots of striped marlin mixed with some big, mostly black, marlin. Ranch boats released five stripers fishing in the tournament recently. Some big blacks and blues! A couple taken weighed over 500 pounds and one exceeded 600!

Trolled Hoochies and cedar plugs along with drift fishing live working. The bigger tuna are being taken south of the lighthouse on. Thirty- to 40-pounders predominate. The past couple of days all boats scored. Yellowfin are also being found outside under porpoise, really moving around.

The wahoo bite has really picked up the past few days with four or five a day coming in. No giants, just 12- to 55-pounders. All the ’hoo were caught on the troll using Rapalas, cedar plugs and Hoochies. Most were taken off Punta Colorado.

Big 40 pound roosterfish are being taken.

 

La Paz

One day the dorado would go crazy. The next day, the dorado would be finicky.A nother day, the tuna would bite like mad dogs and the next day, they acted like whipped puppies.Roosterfish were the same. So were the inshore fish like pargo and cabrilla. But everyone caught fish!

It was the same with the weather. One day hot and sunny with blue waters like a picture postcard. The next day, it would be cloudy and choppy. The next day, cloudy but still and oppressively humid followed by sunny and windy days. And this affected the fishing too.

The best thing was just let the captain take you to whatever is biting. The folks most impacted by the erratic fishing were folks who just fished one day…like freelance folks or folks who walked into our office right off the street and wanted to fish one day. That day COULD be a funky day or the funky spot of fish or the funky weather.

If you were fishing with us, like most of our anglers, for 2, 3, 4 or more days, you probably got into several excellent days of fishing.

Several variables to note.

Yes, the tuna came back at Cerralvo Island off Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay.If you looked at the “number” of fish we caught, you would think fishing was bad.But, if you knew the whole story, fishing was actually pretty good. We’re losing three out of every four tuna that we hook.

These fish are beasts to most people -- tough, savage 40- to 80-pounders. Everyone wants to catch one.It’s one thing to want to catch one and another to be bent over in the sun for an hour or two on a straining rod and tortured line on a fish that yanks off 100-yard bursts in a single run.It’s heartbreaking then to lose a fish like that…and we lost many of them! And to hook one then get another one and lose it after a long battle can just crush you.Or to get it so close where you can see the fish then have it pull loose…and there’s nothing you can do.

One other thing is that these fish are biting light line!We’re using 30-pound fluorocarbon leader so that’s a disadvantage on these fish as well.It would be nice to hang fish on heavier line…even 50-pound test would make a huge difference, but then you won’t get bit!

As for the dorado, they were all around, but not always ready to eat. They usually take a bait voraciously, but this week, it seemed like they would run with the bait and drop it.Or they would literally attack a bait and toss it around and play with it. To hook dorado, you really must restrain yourself from setting the hook. You have to let them run…and run…and run…until you are sure they’ve swallowed the bait before pulling the trigger with a solid hookset.

 

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.