Fish Report

March 18, 2019 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

The striped marlin have continued to spread out along the Pacific side with good action concentrated from just a few miles off the Lighthouse out to the Golden Gate and San Jamie Bank. The seasonal migration has begun to turn the corner following schools of bait up into the Sea of Cortez. Stripers are now reported off Palmilla and Punta Gorda and as far east as the Gordo Banks. The fleets are reporting solid counts averaging one to two fish per day, with a few still reporting multiple fish for their anglers. The dorado counts have been a bit spotty, but the wahoo counts have been up. Yellowfin tuna counts were also down a bit, perhaps because of fewer boats targeting the tuna as they were almost 30 to 35 miles out. The wahoo have been spotted from west of the Lighthouse along to the east off Palmilla.

Inshore fishing has improved with nice catches of schools of skipjack, along with the sierra and jacks showing from Solmar to El Arco. Roosterfish have had a good showing in the surf from Solmar around the point to the Lighthouse and in the Palmilla area. Yellowtail are also showing up in the most recent counts.

Cabo Climate: Late February into early March has been a bit cooler than average with a mix of mostly sunny-to partly-cloudy skies. The outlook is for a pleasant March with average daytime temps in the mid- to upper-70s and evenings in the low- to mid-60s. The two-week forecast is for mostly sunny-to-partly cloudy skies with zero chance of rain through late March. Winds are expected to pick up a bit into the 9- to 15-mph range through late March, mostly out of the W and W/SW. Humidity is expected to run in the mid-60s.

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 forecast is for more of the same with winds in the 9-to 15-mph range from the W and W/SW. Pacific side sea temps seem to have stabilized. Temps are running from 71 to 74 degrees on the Pacific side and in the 69- to 73-degree range on the inside around the corner to the Sea of Cortez as some cooler, greener water has pushed down.

Best Fishing Areas: The marlin hot spots have remained primarily to the west and north, but decent action was again reported on the inside this past week. The Lighthouse area has been a major hot spot with most of the fish being found from two to ten miles offshore toward the canyon. Good numbers of stripers are also showing in the Golden Gate and San Jamie areas. Soaking live bait off Palmilla, the 95 Spot, and the Gordo Bank was reported successful for the marlin.

The yellowfin, when found, are 25- to 30-miles out to the S and SW.The best catches of dorado seem to have been on the inside off Palmilla and Punta Gorda. No reports off the Finger Bank recently; however, private sports fishers traveling down are reporting good numbers of billfish there for those willing to make the 50-mile run. Wahoo were being reported from west of the Lighthouse around the inside off Palmilla.

Favorite Bait: Trolled black/green or green/silver mackerel-looking lures, along with live mackerel or live caballito have been the favorite for marlin. Trolled feathers and cedar plugs were the ticket for the yellowfin. Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for the sierra. Poppers near the surf were the most successful bait for jack crevalle and roosterfish.

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

Puerto Los Cabos

In recent days there have been sardina found schooling near the Marina jetty, and some nice sierra, jack crevalle, and even roosterfish have been found along the beach stretches. Other bait options were caballito, chihuil, ballyhoo and slabs of squid.

Most local charters have been working the grounds from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank, with some scouting as far north as Vinorama. The most common species have been the Eastern Pacific bonito and red snapper (mostly smaller fish, but all good eating), striking on yo-yo jigs and various bait. Some red crabs were starting to be seen at times Occasional amberjack or leopard grouper were highlighting the bottom action with no yellowtail reported.

The yellowfin tuna have become very scarce recently. Those fish that were weighed in were in the 30- to 70-pound class range.

Dorado have also become very scattered after the inshore water changed to an off-colored green; There were a few 15-pound dorado.

The striped marlin have also been very scattered, though every day we have seen a few landed. Bait schools are more spread out, so the marlin seem not to be congregating on any hot spot.

East Cape

Cooler temperatures and even rain have been the story at East Cape, and while the north winds persist, there are hints of an early spring. There have only been a few boats out fishing. There have been some schooling yellowtail spotted breezing, and the sierra and jack continue to make the beach scene interesting for small boaters.

La Paz

It has been a "hit-or-miss" kind of fishing. Even on the few fishable days, the anglers who did go out found it less than stellar, although they did catch some fish.

The yellowtail bite near Punta Perico and over at Cerralvo Island diminished significantly. Bait got a little harder to find, again! Overall fishing was just kind of ho-hum, even for this time of the year.

The coming month looks promising. Early, there were some strong winds, but since then they have been dropping back quite a bit. That will hopefully kick the fish up again.

Cabo San Lucas Tracy Ehrenberg

www.piscessportfishing.com

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas Eric Brictson,

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