Fish Report

February 4, 2019
BY: GARY GRAHAM
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Fish Killers Of The Week
Dan and Kurt from Los Angeles, Calif., landed a 187-pound yellowfin. -Pisces Sportfishing

 

Cabo San Lucas

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 56%, tuna 31%, dorado 3%, other species 12%.  

If you're looking for big tuna, you should be here now! For over a month, we have caught yellowfin tuna weighing over 150 pounds every Sunday! This week was no different. Anglers Dan and Kurt from Los Angeles, California landed a 187 pound yellowfin.

 Marlin action is still on with multiple releases at the Finger Bank and up to four striped marlin released per boat closer to Cabo, between the Old Lighthouse and Golden Gate. Smaller game included sierra, skipjack, grouper, needlefish and amberjack.

Inshore fishing has continued to produce nice catches of smaller dorado and schools of skipjack, with sierras showing in good numbers from Solmar to El Arco. Roosterfish are occasionally showing in the surf from Solmar around the point at the Lighthouse and also in the Palmilla area.

We should note that the 34-foot Tuna Time of the Fish Cabo fleet is back in the water after several months of rehab with newly rebuilt engines and transmission; they wasted no time in producing 6 striped marlin and 14 large yellowfin in 3 days of fishing.

Cabo Climate:  January weather has been very pleasant with a mix of mostly sunny-to-partly-cloudy skies. The future outlook has average daytime temps in the upper 70s and evenings in the low to mid  60s. The good news is the forecast is for mostly sunny-to-partly-cloudy skies with zero chance of rain forecast into early February. Winds are expected in the gentle 8- to 10-mph range through early February, mostly out of the SW shifting to the WSW at month's end.  Humidity is expected to run in the low- to mid-60s into early February.

Sea Conditions:  Seas have been relatively calm in the mornings throughout the area with some swells and chop showing up in the afternoons as breezes increase.  The past week reported a single day of seas in the 4- to 5-foot range. Forecast is for more of the same with winds in the 8- to 10-mph range from the SW and WSW.  Sea temps have cooled but stabilized and are running from 72-to 75-degrees (Pacific) and into the 73- to 75-degree range on the inside around the Gordo.

Best Fishing Areas:  The marlin hot spots have remained to the west and north.  The Lighthouse area was clearly the hot spot again.  Most of the fish are being found from 1 to 8 miles out from shore.  There were also very positive reports from the Golden Gate area. The yellowfin are being found 25 to 30 miles out to the South and SW near the 110, 120 or 180 Spots.  Good counts of quality yellowfin were also coming off the Golden Gate area and some yellowfin up to the 100-pound mark were reported around the Gordo Banks.  For those willing to make the longer 50-mile run, the Finger Bank has continued producing double-digit striped marlin counts with a few boats reporting over 20 fish per day. Traffic is light up there competing for the large numbers of migrating striped marlin.  As the yellowfin have moved in, so have the commercial tuna boats; Captain Roberto Marquez reported the appearance of several commercial tuna boats with helicopters, so there is concern the yellowfin fishing will hold up strong again in the coming few weeks.

Favorite Baits: Trolled blue/green smoke trail lures along with live mackerel or live caballito were the favorite for the marlin. Soaking live bait around the Finger Bank produced successful multiple striper counts. Drifting live bait around the Lighthouse was also very productive. Everything seemed to work for the dorado from trolled lures to drifted bait. Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for the sierra mackerel (live and dead-weighted), feathers, cedar plugs, hoochis, brujitas.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at the $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor. Mackerel, when available, is popular with the captains.

Puerto Los Cabos

Bait options were for caballito, slabs of squid, chihuil, ballyhoo and mackerel. There have been no sardina and no one is quite sure where they are.  Last year we did have a steady supply.

The majority of local charters were fishing grounds from Red Hill to Iman and La Fortuna, as well as the Gordo Banks. No hot spot, very scattered action from day to day.

The Gordo Banks was producing a quality grade of yellowfin tuna, a few fish brought in weighed nearly 100 pounds. The problem being that there were very few of these fish being landed; on a normal day we were just seeing a handful of these yellowfin brought to the fillet tables. The offshore action for the tuna associated with porpoise faded out some and was out of range of most boats, being 30 to 40 miles offshore.

With the passing of the recent full moon, the billfish action also became scattered -- still being found, but not in any frenzy like past months. Despite cooler waters, there were even a couple of sailfish hooked into, though the striped marlin averaging 60 to 100 pounds have been the most common.

There have been a few wahoo landed from the La Fortuna area with squid and chihuil being the main bait used. Only an occasional dorado was seen in the mix.

Bottom fishing was limited with lack of charters and the swift currents and choppy and windy conditions did not make for ideal conditions. More triggerfish and small snapper were seen, but only an occasional cabrilla or amberjack. One day the commercial fleet imported some red crab and had good catches of red snapper (huachinango).

Just an occasional smaller-sized roosterfish, sierra, or miscellaneous snapper were being found close to shore, and there was also a chance at finding a stray dorado close to shore.

East Cape

Marlin, dorado, tuna, and other gamefish are here but the weather has made getting to them a problem. It's still a "wait and see" what the North Wind does daily.

The few boats that do go out when the wind is down are finding a few fish that make the trip worthwhile.

The "Tin Boat Fleet" fishing closer to shore have been finding small roosterfish, jacks and some nice-sized sierra.

La Paz  

Not a whole lot happening recently to be honest.  It was a bit cold and chilly and not a lot of folks on the water as we hit that lull after the holidays.  It's hard to get a true assessment of fishing if there's not that many folks getting out, but then again, there aren't that many visitors and vacationers in the city to begin with.

However, there were a few out on the water who found some fun inshore action, especially on lighter tackle. Efforts produced a wide range of species that included a few dorado and even some small roosterfish that were all released.

Over the reefs and rocky areas, cabrilla and yellow snapper put the bend on the rods, plus bonito, sierra, jack crevalle and some smaller firecracker yellowtail and smaller amberjack -- enough to keep folks happy and give them some good action.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg www.piscessportfishing.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.