Fish Report

June 10, 2019 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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As a graduation present trip from his family: First time fishing – First day out – First time in Mexico! And right off the bat, 18-year-old Ryan McConnell from Arizona hits this 57-pound wahoo while fishing with Captain Armando from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz. Captain Armando is a big guy. Yes, Ryan is still a foot taller, which makes the fish look small.  Ryan is on his way to N. Arizona State University on a scholarship in the fall. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International   

 

Cabo San Lucas

Fishing has been very successful recently, especially if you were looking to catch marlin. One hundred and twenty-two striped marlin were caught and released by Pisces boats in one week. Several boats returned with up to five marlin released each.

Although the weather was a little gloomy and the wind picked up on some of the days, it was mostly on the Pacific side, while the marlin fishing has been farther South or on the Sea of Cortez side. Even with the wind, the inshore fishing on the Pacific was fruitful, with roosterfish, sierra mackerel, snapper and yellowtail being the top producing fish; and a few boats that were determined to search for tuna, found them in respectable numbers.

Cabo Climate: The outlook is for warming with mostly sunny skies and pleasant average daytime temps in the upper 70s with mostly sunny skies, and evenings in the mid to upper 60s. Winds are expected to be a bit higher than normal in the 14-to 18-mph range mostly out of the west and northwest. Humidity is expected to run in the low 70s.

Sea Conditions: The Pacific side sea temps cooled a bit with some colder water plumes; temps running 65-to-75-degrees with mostly clear water. The inside has warmed with temps in the 73-to-75-degree range from south of the Lighthouse out around the Gordo Banks and out near the 1150 Spot.

Best Fishing Areas:  The 1150 Spot and the 95 Spot were the hotspots for billfish. The yellowfin were most often found around the San Jamie Banks and to the south in the Herradura and around the 95 Spot.  

Los Arcos and Migrino were the choices for inshore fishing with some great catches of sierra at Migrino along with some quality yellowtail in the 20-to-30-pound class. Roosterfish action picked up in the surf off Palmilla west past Solmar toward the Lighthouse.

Favorite Baits: Slow-trolling with live mackerel or caballito was the favorite for billfish with increased success from trolled lures and throwing live bait to surface fish. Cedar plugs were the favorite for the yellowfin. Hoochies were the most productive lures for the sierra. Trolled live bait near the surf were the most successful bait for roosters this past week; dead bait for the snapper and grouper; live caballito for yellowtail.

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

 

Puerto Los Cabos

The main baitfish now found in the local marina area have been moonfish and mullet, with ballyhoo being another option, along with slabs of squid. Boats are working the fishing grounds from Red Hill, Palmilla, Gordo Banks, Iman, San Luis and to Vinorama. Most consistent catches have come from bottom structure – red snapper and Mexican bonito are the most numerous, using iron yo-yo style jigs, also drifting down deep has produced some quality catches. A handful of grouper species and amberjack were accounted for, some weighing over 30-pounds.

There was limited action for yellowfin tuna on the San Luis Bank – tuna to over 80-pounds landed – while drifting with strips of squid. Although the yellowfin were showing on the surface at times, they were just not all that interested in biting, but the conditions were becoming more favorable. Other tuna were found farther offshore traveling with porpoise, though it was a hit or miss deal from day to day and these fish were much smaller, mostly under 20-pounds.

There were a few dorado hooked into while trolling open waters on the marlin grounds.

There have been increasing numbers of striped marlin spread out from outside the Gordo Banks, La Laguna, straight off San Jose del Cabo and outside of Palmilla, from 4 to 10 miles out. The marlin, mostly in the 80-to-100-pound range, hit on trolled lures and various baitfish.

There was some action for roosterfish and jack crevalle, and trolling with live mullet worked best. Look for this bite to break wide open in coming weeks, as this is the local peak season for roosterfish in the later part of June. Please remember that these game fish should be released with care; they are prized fighting fish, not known for eating quality and will grow to large sizes. It’s better to protect them for future generations.

 

East Cape

Water – 80 to 81-degrees and warming. Some wind the last few days.

Air - cool mornings, warm, clear days – highs in the low 80s. Very nice weather.

The yellowfin have been on and off all week. The schools of porpoise holding the tuna have moved farther offshore. Lots of striped marlin very close inside released within two or three miles of the shore. The roosterfish are biting more aggressively now.

The big schools of yellowfin tuna are 30 to 40 miles farther outside. The fleet has not been able to get that far out recently because of the wind. Big fish in the 20-to-40-pound range are being taken two to three miles off Rincon. Hoochies are working best outside and live bait and squid inside.

Lots and lots of picky striped marlin very close inshore – from two to five miles off the beach. All anglers are releasing at least one. These are smaller fish in the 30-to-60-pound range mixed with 100-plus pounders. Ballyhoo is by far the best bait.

A few dorado and wahoo are taken daily.

 

La Paz 

Anglers worked hard for fish one day, and the next it was a 180-degree difference. Anglers on one boat would be pulling on a fish all day; and on the boat right next to it, anglers spent the day eating lunch and drinking beer waiting for a bite. 

One boat would catch tons of bonito. The boat next to it would have tuna, wahoo, a marlin, and zero bonito. It would be windy and choppy one day, and the next flat as glass … or calm in one spot and a mile away it was like a washing machine with winds from the north, south, west, and east that changed daily!

There was great inshore action on several species of pargo as well as cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle, bonito, triggerfish, sierra, and those big pompano.

Roosterfish were still around, although a little pickier now. With all the winds, the waters were a little green, so the fish were more finicky.

The blue water species were a little trickier as well. A lot of marlin sighted, but they weren’t quite interested in biting – yet.  However, some were hooked and released.

The big 40-to-100-pounder tuna are still here; everyone saw them jumping, breaking water and foaming, but they weren’t always willing to eat. In fact, most of the time, they would eat everything but the bait that was on the hook. 

More of the larger dorado are around for the fleet, so they seem to be coming on with more sargasso weed building up north of La Paz. If sea temps rise just a few degrees, they could go ballistic!

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

Rancho Leonero

https://rancholeonero.com/

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International  www.tailhunter-international.com