Fish Report

October 15, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Billfish 65%, tuna 16%, dorado 5%, other species 9%.

Many tuna up to 45 pounds have been around,, and a few dorado were caught on the 95 Spot; in addition there have been great billfish catches with lots of striped marlin and sailfish, many blue marlin, a 450-pound black, and inshore anglers caught a large number of roosterfish and sierra.

As the season has turned to fall, some monster blues weighing 340 pounds, 290 pounds and a black weighing 450 pounds were all released on the 95 Spot by the Pisces Fleet plus four grand slams in one week!

LOCATION: Finger Bank, 11:50 Spot, 95 Spot, and inshore Golden Gate.

BEST LURES: Varied colorful lures: green, black, guacamayo, petrolero, feathers; caballito and ballyhoo bait.

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We are now seeing the first wave of fall season anglers arriving, so the coming weeks should be very busy. Weather patterns are changing, and there’s a slight chill now early in the mornings. It’s still very humid with some intense sunshine, scattered tropical clouds and increased swells due to distant hurricanes, with relatively light winds. Ocean water temperatures have been in the 86-degree range, still very conducive for fueling storms.

As angling pressure increases we will see how supplies of sardina hold up; this has been the main baitfish being used; also, the slabs of squid make a good combination and option to have, if available.

The main center of action for local fleets has been on the Iman Bank with yellowfin tuna the most common gamefish ranging in size from 10 to 70 pounds. Mixed in were various skipjack and lots of pesky triggerfish. The bite was tough. The tuna would come up but were very finicky and would strike sporadically. Most charters were doing well to land a couple of tuna while on other days anglers landed as many as five or more. Many of the yellowfin landed on these grounds averaged in the 25 to 60 pound class -- quality fish, just not in any significant numbers. These fish have been in these same areas for the entire summer and have now become wiser to the increased boat traffic, though we expect action to start spreading out some and hopefully we will see more dorado moving in; so far they have been scarce – an occasional one or two dorado in the 2 to 12 pound range.

Wahoo action has been limited. Wahoo do not often seem that active when the ocean temperature is this warm. As the cooling currents move in, we expect to have much better chances for these popular fish.

We heard of some better blue marlin action off the fishing grounds closer to Cabo San Lucas; off of San Jose a few blues over 200 pounds were reported, as well as many more sailfish have been spotted in local waters now. Sailfish up to 100 pounds were landed where the yellowfin tuna were schooling. These fish like the warmest of waters.

Not much bottom action now because of stronger currents; anglers that tried mainly had a variety of smaller-sized pargo, bonito, triggerfish, and cabrilla. We did see a few amberjack, one that was over 40 pounds. Also, one golden leopard grouper was caught.

East Cape

Water has been cooling a bit at 84 to 86 degrees. Clear and flat. Although there has been some rain, it has been very cool and pleasant on clear days. Highs are in the 80s.

It’s been a good year for yellowfin, with tuna taken virtually every fishable day this season. The big news was wahoo. It has been good fishing for tuna, pargo, amberjack, pompano and roosterfish.

The wahoo are a long ride south off Cerro Colorado. Anglers taking the ride are picking up two or three fish in the 20 to 50 pound class on Marauders and Rapalas. Striped marlin mixed with sails and blues are 20 to 30 miles offshore. Bait: mackerel, squid and sardina.

Billfish are way outside. Boats searching for porpoise holding tuna are catching and releasing stripers, sails and blues. Yellowfin tuna are very close,  just 1 to 2 miles off La Ribera and Rincon with limits for all anglers. These are primarily 5 to 20 pounders with a few 50 pounders, or a bit heavier. Very good tuna fishing.

Big roosterfish. Not much pressure. Lots are around. If you’re looking to play some world-class tug o’ war, these roosters are right up your alley.

Big pargo, pompano and amberjack. There is very good, consistent fishing on the bottom. Two pargo last week were over 30 pounds with lots of amberjack to 50 pounds. The pompano are only 100 yards off the lighthouse.

La Paz

Yellowfin tuna that we’ve had all year, but especially the last two months took a bit of a slow-down. They’re still here and we caught quite a few, but not as many. Most were in the 10 to 30 pound class with a few 40 to 60 pounders. There were some 100+ pounders hooked at the south end of Cerralvo Island, but all those fish were lost. Still, we had to work a lot harder to find the tuna this past week whereas in other weeks, the tuna were voracious. Some days, some pangas did not get any tuna at all which have been our bread-and-butter fish most of the season.

However, remarkably, the bite was far better for our La Paz fleet which usually relies on a steady dorado bite to bend rods and fill fish boxes. However, the tuna bite was much more solid and dependable with 25 to 40 pound yellowfin taking up perhaps 50% of the catch. Whereas in normal years, we see only a handful of tuna for the La Paz fleet, this past week, our pangas were getting 2 to 10 yellowfin per panga per day! In addition, a lot of palometa and pompano were caught which are spring-time fish. We’ll have to keep an eye out and see if this is an on-going trend, or just a slight anomaly.

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.