Fish Report

September 3, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Billfish 31%, tuna 16%, dorado 17%, other species 27%.

There have been some great days of fishing, then some slowing, then BAM -- a fantastic catch shows up! For example, in the Cabo area, there was a few rarely seen short-billed spearfish caught recently, along with several huge black marlin. Then a few large bull mahi mahi were caught along with a beautiful big sailfish, whose size is rarely encountered anywhere in the world.

fish2401.JPGOffshore fishing has continued to be productive with dorado and yellowfin sandwiched around striped marlin, sailfish, and blue marlin – and even a few black marlin showed up. The fleets reported blue marlin in the double-digits along with sailfish and striped marlin. Big numbers of yellowfin averaging in the 10- to 20-pound range are showing in the fish counts with some 200-pound hogs showing up. The fleets are also showing success with school dorado as well as the more singular big bulls running in the 40- to 50-pound range.Most of the blue marlin are running in the 200 to 300 pound range with more blacks showing up on the East Cape than in the Cabo area at present.

Inshore fishing has continued to produce nice catches of roosterfish in the Palmilla area along with a nice catch of jack crevalle.

Cabo Climate: The August weather has mostly sunny to partly-cloudy skies with average daytime temps in the upper mid-80s and evenings in the mid-70s. The two-week outlook is for more of the same with occasional scattered showers and T-storms.

Sea Conditions:S eas have been relatively calm in the mornings throughout the area with some surface chop in the afternoons. Forecast is for more of the same with winds in the 10- to 14-mph range out of the WSW. Sea temps are running from 79 (Pacific) to 83 degrees around the inside corner to the Gordas.

Best Fishing Areas: The 95 and 1150 Spots were productive for both marlin and tuna with Cabo Falso producing some marlin and dorado.

The Herradura area also produced tuna. Boats working the Gordas are reporting blacks.

Best Bait & Lures: Feathers and cedar plugs were the favorite for tuna with trolled smoke-trail lures the favorite for the marlin.Live bait tossed to tailing marlin was also successful.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor.

Puerto Los Cabos

Local fleets are now mainly concentrating their efforts on the Gordo, Iman and San Luis Banks. Anglers were using slabs of squid, sardina, and skipjack as well as small tuna for bait. Iman and San Luis were the best places to find a nicer-grade of yellowfin as these grounds are producing tuna to over 70 pounds. Although no huge numbers, (fish were finicky and shy with the ever-present boat pressure), but with patience and consistent drifting and chumming over these high spots, there was a good chance of hooking into yellowfin. The Gordo Banks produced mainly a smaller-grade of tuna to about 12-pounds. It’s the time of year that we normally see cow-sized tuna appear on these famous grounds.

Near the Gordo Banks and Iman, several black marlin catches were reported recently; these fish were hooked into while slow-trolling larger rigged baits.White skipjack proved especially effective, and the fish that were landed weighed in the 200- to 300-pound class.

Only a scattering of mostly smaller-sized dorado and wahoo were found recently.The wahoo were hooked into while trolling Rapalas and other lures on the grounds from Iman to San Luis.A handful of charters got into this action, with a couple of 40-pound wahoo landed and others lost. As anglers targeted this action it faded out and they couldn’t entice any strikes. The ocean temperature warmed back up into the 81- to 87-degree range -- water too warm will often make species such as wahoo more lethargic, less active.

Bottom action was limited as most anglers were opting to target other surface species, though a few dogtooth snapper and amberjack were reported, as were some red snapper, bonito, yellowfin snapper and cabrilla. Best chance for these fish was early in the day, using various bait, as well as yo-yo jigs.

Cape

Water – Consistently 84- to 87-degrees; clear and flat.

Air – Very pleasant for August.Highs in the low 90s.

Wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!Lots of wahoo and nice-sized tuna.Bart Hall (of Fred Hall Show fame) caught three wahoo in one day in the 20- to 30-pound class and farmed another three.Little billfish pressure as most anglers were trolling Rapalas and looking for and finding the elusive ’hoo.(The trolled Rapalas were deadly).Along with accompanying tuna, the wahoo were taken off the white cliffs south of Los Frailes. If you’ve never caught a wahoo, this may be your best shot.Very light fishing pressure on the billfish with wahoo being the name of the game.

A fair to good bite of decent-sized yellowfin tuna, sort of one of those “take your best shot and see what you get” kind of things; plus, an excellent bite of smaller to medium-sized dorado -- very spread out.

The pargo, amberjack and pompano could be found just off Leonero -- these are real rod-benders! And roosterfish are still to be found along the beaches. Very, very good East Cape fishing overall.

La Paz

Summer is rolling out with some solid fishing as the town empties of tourists as kids and families head back to school.Hot, humid weather with temperatures in the high 90s and warm waters kept the fishing on the high counts, although afternoon localized tropical electrical and thunderstorms did pop up now and then -- usually after everyone was already back from fishing.

At Las Arenas/Muertos Bay, big tuna were still around although a bit pickier. However, smaller, fun football-sized 10-20-pounders showed up right off Punta Arenas not far from the lighthouse. Also, decent dorado up to about 25 pounds rounded things out and surprisingly, catch was pompano and nice big pargo liso snapper that are usually caught in the springtime. Several roosterfish were also hooked and released in the 30- to 50-pound category.

At La Paz, there were dorado to be had.There’s smaller fish schooling right in the bay with larger fish out towards San Juan de la Costa and around the point at Punta Mejia. The smaller fish are as small as 5-pound “doraditos” that they mostly toss back, but they are fun to catch, and they get up to about 20 pounds on the outside. There’s also some roosterfish biting around Bonanza Beach. But dorado are 90% of the catch with some days better than others.

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.