Fish Report

October 1, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas. Water Temperature varied from 82 to 88 degrees. Because of a recent broad low-pressure Tropical system that slowly followed a path directly towards the Southern Baja Peninsula, north through the Gulf of Californian, drenching mainland Mexico and then in the South Western U.S. states, the Port was shut down from Monday afternoon until Thursday, the third week of September, though most fleets did not start back operations until Friday.

However, despite the unusual weather recently, fishing resumed where it had left off with fair catches of yellowfin tuna, a few dorado and roosterfish inshore. Offshore a few billfish release flag were flying from the outriggers of sportfishers returning in the afternoon each day.

LOCATION: Finger Banks, Migrino, San Jaime, Pozo Cota, inshore Golden gate.

BEST LURES: Varied colorful lures: green, black, guacamayo, petrolero,

feathers; caballito and ballyhoo bait.

Puerto Los Cabos. After the recent rain, fleets dealt with some slightly off-colored water conditions as well as some strong currents. But as ocean conditions settled, water temperature was back averaging close to 84- to 85°F, and there was lots of yellowfin tuna action, mostly in the 50- to 80-pound range.However, at times they were very shy in taking any hooked offerings from anglers, though with persistence, anglers could catch two or three during a morning trip. This action was all on bait, with live or dead sardina, strips of squid or on live chihuil, (which were not a sure bet trying to catch). Despite the yellowfin tuna action being sporadic and a bit finicky, this was still the best chance for catching quality gamefish. A private sport fisher out of Puerto Los Cabos reported landing a yellowfin tuna at Gordo Banks that was estimated to weigh 280 pounds. This is the first real super-cow that has been reported from this area this season.

Only an occasional dorado is being seen; there have been a few reports of missed wahoo strikes or free jumping fish but this time of year we have minimal variety. Coming up in the fall months, we anticipate a great season and look forward to more wahoo and dorado showing back up in the daily fish counts.

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East Cape. Water – 86- to 88°F. Clear, flat and almost perfect. Air – Very pleasant and cool for September with daytime highs in the low 90s and there has been some rain.

Again, it’s all about the tuna with limits for all anglers, plus there were a few dorado and wahoo taken. The inshore fishing has been stellar with big amberjack, pargo, and pompano. Big roosters are being released daily with live sardina by far being the best bait; chunk squid is also working.

Yellowfin are just one to two miles off Rincon and Punta Pescadero. Both areas are producing limits from 5- to 20 pounds with the occasional 40- to 50-pound brute mixed in. Sardina are by far the best bait.Earlier there were some larger yellowfin in the 30-pound class taken under fast-moving schools of porpoise 10- to 15 miles offshore. All fell for Hoochies and cedar plugs. Incidentally, quite a few white skipjack are being taken as well.Note to fly anglers: maybe you should bring a 12-weight flyrod armed with a fistful of Lefty’s Deceivers if you get into a school of skippies.They will definitely make you cry “uncle.”

Only incidental catches for dorado. Inshore pargo in the 5- to 15-pound class, nice pompano and big amberjack are coming off the inside drop-offs. All were taken on squid.Big roosters in the 30- to 60-pound range are closer to the beach.

La Paz. The excellent bite continues, especially on tuna, so when the forecast said a “little rain” all that was expected was the usual afternoon localized showers of short duration or the occasional “little thunder and lightning cloudburst.”

What happened wasn’t a hurricane or anything that dramatic.But there was almost two days of wetness that included heavy rain or drizzle that just never stopped!Hurricanes with lashing torrential rains might last 4 or 5 hours, but at one point this week it rained for about 27 hours!Maybe the visiting Oregon and Washington residents brought their weather from the Pacific Northwest down with them … along with some strong gusts of wind and some big seas to go along with it!

It didn’t do any favors for fishing, although the desert has exploded with green everywhere and flowers are in full bloom!

Even as the storm approached, the fish kept biting, but then well…it became just too rough and the port captain shut down all boat traffic and that was it. Everyone was forced to remain on shore for a day. No fishing.

You never know what a storm will do to the waters and the fishing. Will the waters be dirty?Will there be a lot of run off?Will there be a lot of debris in the water?What about water temps and bait?Lots of variables!

Well, anglers hit the water on Thursday and while fishing wasn’t up to par, they still found fish. Much better than anticipated. By the end of the week, the area was back on its game for the most part. With each passing day away from the storm, the tuna came back harder.The dorado were more willing to bite.Just overall better fishing.

The tuna bite has generally been mostly around Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay all season.Fish between 10- and 100-pounds have been the general rule and it’s been very, very good for about a month. With tuna mixed in among the dorado, pargo, cabrilla and a few other species, the fishing has been solid.

But the big surprise recently was the fishing in La Paz!

Out’ve La Paz Bay, most of the fishing is dorado fishing. Probably 90% of the catch is dorado. It’s the “honey hole” for dorado! Well, this season we’ve little jags of tuna here and there.Pretty surprising all by itself and a nice bonus.But, the entire area has busted loose with boiling, foaming tuna! Fish between 20- and 60-pounds just blasting out’ve the water and slamming every bait tossed in the water!In the past few weeks, the tuna fishing has been especially explosive! Locals claim that they have never seen so many tuna in 23 years.

Air temps are cooling. Most days only in the mid-90s.However, the humidity has been incredible! One morning at 5 a.m., when we were sending our fishermen out, it was 92% humidity and one evening at midnight it was 88% humidity!

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