Fish Report

October 29, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

With several tournaments recently completed, it appears that offshore the blue and black marlin are in the house. Not wide open, but enough to pique the interests of any saltwater angler worth his/her salt. There were blacks and blues caught in both events with the largest being 522-pounds. In addition to the jumbo-sized blacks and blues, there were double-digit counts of striped marlin as well as a few early-arriving sailfish.

There were plenty of the smaller yellowfin tuna and there have been some in the 200-pound range as well. To be honest, they fall into the “careful what you wish for” category.

fishkiller_7.JPGCloser to shore, a few wahoo have appeared early mornings that “wow” early-bird anglers. Also, there have been a good show of roosterfish and jack crevalle that have earned the respect of anglers from around the world for their tenacity.

Lastly, if you are into eating fish, the pargo, grouper and cabrilla that hang out in deeper water are great fun to catch and most of the restaurants in town are happy to cook them for you.

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.

Puerto Los Cabos

Heavy pressure has cleaned out the sardina which had been schooling around the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetties for several months now. New sources are now off of Chileno and surely, they will be scouting our areas farther north. Squid supplies have maintained but are likely to become scarce in the coming weeks as well. Other options will include ballyhoo, caballito and chihuil.

Recently we felt strong south winds; since then the winds have been coming mainly from the north -- already strong for this early in the season. Hopefully this will calm down. It has contributed to the cooling water trend. Sportfishing fleets are fishing in all different directions, and since there is no hot spot, action has been spread out. A variety of fish are in the area, but no large concentrations of any particular species. The yellowfin tuna action has slowed down as well, and the Iman Bank was still the spot producing the better grade of tuna. Yellowfin tuna ranging up to 100-pounds are being landed, though these fish have been few and far between; Some anglers were getting lucky and landing up to three of the tuna. Off Cabo San Lucas there was a bite of smaller tuna off Santa Maria, as well as offshore yellowfin associated with porpoise.

The cooling current seemed to make the wahoo a bit more active, as many more of these fish are being reported; a small percentage are being landed, and quite a few others are being lost. There are not many anglers specifically targeting these fish yet, because they have not been biting much. This will all change soon, with water temperatures now in the ideal range; slow-trolling trap hooked live chihuil is always one of the more productive techniques. Wahoo also hit on Rapalas, Yo-Zuri, skirted lead heads and a few on yo-yo jigs.

Still only a few dorado being seen, but more than we have seen for a while now, still no large specimens, but at least we are seeing some of these popular gamefish show up.

Bottom action was limited by strong currents and north winds -- some red snapper, barred pargo, cabrilla, bonito and an occasional amberjack or dogtooth snapper.

Billfish action was reported a bit more consistent off the grounds near Cabo San Lucas, though local grounds off San Jose did produce scattered action for sailfish, black, blue and striped marlin.

East Cape

With the beginning of the windy weather, pangeros were not able to make sardina.The yellowfin bite on close high spots dried up but bigger fish, from 30- to 70-pounds, are biting good on porpoise schools from 25 to 40 miles out from the lighthouse to Pescadero.

Some schools will bite Halco's and cedar plugs; others will just go on calamari.

Billfish are scattered everywhere.Recently, there were three sails released, a striper and three more events five miles off La Ribera to the lighthouse

All indications that high season may squeeze all the way to Thanksgiving.

La Paz

The weather has changed dramatically.Almost overnight temperatures dropped precipitously from the mid-to-high-90s down to the mid-to-low-80s!Humidity disappeared, and the northern winds started kicking up waves and chop.

The fishing fell off drastically as well.After such a good long season, I was about to declare the season pretty much over.I figured it had just ended a bit sooner than we expected because we normally don’t see these kinds of conditions until November.

So, fishing has been difficult.We had to scratch for everything we got --erratic at best.Rough waters, changing currents, winds…all contributed to an anemic bite.It also affected our ability to find live bait. Several days there was little or no live bait to be had!There were a few highlights here and there, but the chew was not what it had been. Some boats got skunked.

But then, slowly, we had a change.The temperatures and humidity started to rise.The winds calmed down just a bit.Bait became more readily available.

And little-by-little, the bite improved.A few more tuna.A few more dorado.Some wahoo. Pargo, big dog-tooth and cabrilla.Even a few billfish.Not what it had been, but a zillion percent better!

It’s still a hunt right now. Some boats are doing better than others. Some captains are doing better than others.But then…the next day a boat that was hot now struggles. A captain that couldn’t get a nibble suddenly is on fire! There’s just no predicting.The captains are working hard to find the bite.Harder than they would normally have to as we adjust to the changing ambience of wind and water.

There’s no doubt that the season is changing. Winter conditions have started to move in earlier than we would have liked.

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

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