Fish Report

April 29, 2019 Edition


Sheila Giovanna Verduzco and Judith Ruiz, both from Los Barriles caught this nice size yellowfin during on a recent trip aboard the El Regalo.
Photo credit, Matt Clifton, Scorpion Sportfishing.


Cabo has reported solid, though not spectacular, fishing recently. The best, striped marlin fishing remained on the Pacific side with most boats lucky to scratch out one fish per day. The yellowfin tuna bite for mostly football-sized fish picked up a bit, also mostly on the Pacific side.

The dorado were scarce, though a few more wahoo did appear in the counts and a few boats spotted acrobatic makos off the San Jamie and Golden Gate Banks.

Inshore fishing was solid with some nice catches of large sierra along Migrino. Roosterfish have been spotty again recently.  Quality-sized yellowtail up to 30 pounds were hitting on live bait off Migrino, and some very nice catches of red snapper and grouper were reported fishing close to the rocks around El Arco as well.

Cabo Climate: The forecast is for mostly sunny to partly sunny skies with zero chance of rain through late April. Winds are expected to continue a bit higher than normal from 11- to 17-mph range into late April, mostly out of the West and SW.  Humidity is expected to run in the mid-60s.

Sea Conditions:  As the breezes increase, the Pacific side sea temps have stabilized considerably with an average temperature range running from 72 to 74 degrees.

Best Fishing Areas:  The Golden Gate has been the hotspot for billfish, and yellowfin were found around the Golden Gate Bank, the San Jamie Bank and to the south at the Herradura. 

Los Arcos and Migrino were the choices for inshore fishing with some nice catches of sierra coming off Migrino along with some quality yellowtail.

Favorite Bait: The favorite method of catching the billfish has been slow-trolling live mackerel; cedar plugs were the favorite for tuna. Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for the Sierra. Poppers near the surf were the most successful bait for the jack crevalle and roosterfish.  Dead bait was the ticket for the red snapper and grouper. Live Caballito were the best for the yellowtail.

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

Not as many tourists have been arriving for the holiday as were expected -- not sure why.  The numbers seem to be much lighter than usual. Weather is back on a warming trend with highs of about 85 degrees. There were some squirrely winds coming from various directions, and ocean water temperatures cooled down to 68 degrees; also, greenish current pushed in, all of which is not uncommon as winter exits and spring begins.

This is the time of year ocean conditions can vary greatly from week to week. It should settle down in coming weeks as warm calmer weather prevails.

Some quality-sized sardina showed up in the local marina channel area.  They are the nicest seen in a long time, along with some moonfish and caballito. Best action was found from Palmilla Point north to La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks by mainly working the bottom structure with yo-yo jigs and various baits.

Good numbers of the eastern Pacific bonito, red snapper, cabrilla, pargo and almaco jacks rounded out the catches. The catches varied from day to day, of course, depending on the location of the fish and at times the wind was a factor as well.

Spotty catches of yellowfin tuna in the 30-to-50-pound class were caught early in the month with even fewer dorado, wahoo or marlin. As conditions settle into the normal spring pattern, they will begin to appear more regularly in the daily fish counts.

Sierra counts improved as more sardina moved in along the beaches; sizes were also impressive, as many fish exceeded the 5-pound mark. The Palmilla/Red Hill area was one of the better locations to find the schooling sierra. With the cooler water, it was hard to find any roosterfish. This should improve as sea temps climb.

It’s late in the season now, but whales are still being seen daily; maybe the colder water is keeping them around longer because most of these mammals are now well on their way north -- migrating to their summer feeding grounds off of Alaska.

East Cape

Spring seems to be settling in as the thermometer has begun to creep up toward the 80-degree mark and the vicious north winds have finally begun to subside. After too many weeks of windy days, it feels like the corner has been turned and the late spring/summer mode with hotter temps and less wind are just around the corner.

With the wind and colder-than-normal water, there has not been much local fishing to hang your hat on.  Sure, there have been a couple of tuna caught, along with some wahoo and yellowtail up around Isla Cerralvo.  Even a marlin here and there.  But, besides the roosterfish, the East Cape is just coming out of its winter slumber and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  When the water heats up too quickly, it can bring fishing to a standstill by late summer. Locals are promising better fishing just around the corner.   

All it takes is a couple of warm, calm days, and the fishing could bust out any day!  And the dorado, tuna, roosterfish, wahoo and plenty of billfish will return just like they did last year about this time.  

La Paz 

Lately, the weather and fishing can only be described as schizophrenic. Although the sun was out, the fishable and un-fishable were about half and half.

Consequently, the fishing reports reflected the conditions. When the weather smiled, there were some banner fishing days with lots of variety that included some fantastic inshore fishing. This included trophy-sized cabrilla and pargo (big mullet snapper and barred pargo) as well as yellowtail, yellow snapper, several species of bonito and jack crevalle!  Most were caught either with live bait or by slow-trolling Rapalas over the shallow rocky areas close to shore.

Additionally, blue water fish such as dorado and wahoo also bit, and one angler nailed a huge 108-pound yellowfin tuna (he had a scale) on a caballito that he fought for two hours.

On the days when the winds slammed, bait was impossible to obtain, and the fleet was reduced to trolling.  Winds also prevented boats from getting to some of the hotter fishing spots. Fortunately, weather prospects are beginning to appear more promising as May arrives. 

Cabo San Lucas Tracy Ehrenberg  

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas Eric Brictson,

East Cape

Jen Wren Sportfishing

Rancho Leonero,

La Paz

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