Fish Report

July 8, 2019

Cabo San Lucas

The Stars and Stripes Charity Tournament held at the end of June, hosted a total of 750 attendees at this year’s event. Forty-eight teams fished the Charity Tournament and found fair action during the two-day event, which included 47 billfish, 15 dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna, and one wahoo. 

The highest release boat was the “Picante 45” that had four marlin tagged with Gray Fish Tags (and released).

The largest gamefish of the event was a yellowfin tuna weighing 30.5 pounds caught aboard the “Caliente.”

Inshore, off Land’s End, roosterfish, jack crevalle, and the prized white bonito remain the top catch. There has been an increasing number of larger dorado up to 20 pounds found both close to shore and out in open water offshore. However, there are still smaller than larger, and the small dorado should be released.

Cabo Climate: The outlook is for warming with mostly sunny skies and pleasant average daytime temps in the high-80s with mostly sunny skies, and evenings in the 70s. Winds are expected to be in the 7-mph range, mostly out of the west and northwest in the afternoons.  Humidity is expected to run in the 60s.

Sea Conditions: The Pacific side sea temps are running 78-degrees with off-color water dissipating.

Best Fishing Areas:  Striped marlin have been biting two miles off of the Lighthouse; you can also find them at the 1150 and 95 Spots. Also, on these three areas you can find the smaller football-sized yellowfin tuna along with a few dorado.

Favorite Baits: Striped marlin are biting on a slow-trolled live mackerel, live caballito with increased success from trolled lures and throwing live bait to surface fish; cedar plugs were best for the yellowfin. Trolled live bait near the surf produced the best action for roosterfish. Dead bait was successful for the snapper and grouper.

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

Anglers found similar bait choices -- caballito, moonfish, ballyhoo, and slabs of squid being the main bait used. Now the most consistent action is centered around the Iman Bank, where yellowfin tuna were schooling, though catching these tuna has not been easy. Best chances were earlier in the morning, drift fishing with strips of squid. A few fish were striking slow-trolled caballito. Billfish action seems to be more scattered as well.  The majority of the striped marlin are now on their migration north towards southern California waters, following the preferred mackerel food source. Although it’s early in the season, we should start to see more chances for black and blue marlin as well as sailfish. Recently, a blue marlin estimated to be about 400-pounds was lost after a four-and-a-half-hour battle on a smaller-sized panga. Only an occasional dorado is being found, both inshore and offshore, weighing up to 25 pounds

The massive schools of mullet that usually arrive this time of year have yet to appear, although, there have been some good 20- to 30-pound (or larger) roosterfish closer to the shoreline, along with jack crevalle. Although this is peak season for dogtooth snapper, not many have been seen; hopefully, action will be better later.

Off the bottom, anglers have been catching a mix of quality eating species, though no big numbers.  The Mexican bonito are still around, but not as many now that the water is so warm.  Also, there have been red snapper, triggerfish, and cabrilla – the highlight was an occasional amberjack with a couple in the 50- to 75-pound range, plus a handful of decent broomtail grouper to over 30 pounds have been taken. The local shore anglers reported a couple of nice snook and corvina in the El Faro region of La Playita where baitfish often concentrate attracting quality fish this time of year.

East Cape

As July begins, breezes have shifted from the northerlies to the south and the southern current is now ripping.

The fishing on the East Cape continues to improve. The yellowfin tuna bite remains consistent with most coolers full of tuna fillets.

Striped marlin are aggressively taking marlin lures and ballyhoo, and there are reports of blue marlin spottings.  By the time the Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament arrives in early August, the bite should be in earnest.

Dorado are also in the counts recently highlighted by the 66 dorado landed plus a trophy-sized dorado caught. Locals are expecting the action for these popular gamefish to continue.

Roosterfish, including grandes, are also present in the area. The key is live bait!

La Paz 

Out of La Paz: yellowtail, amberjack, pargo, cabrilla, and snapper, along with the great-eating white bonito!  Weird because these are all cold-water fish, except for the bonito and it’s already 100 degrees at the end of June and beginning of July.

However, 15- to 25-pound yellowtail have been biting.  By far, La Paz fishing north of town has been the most solid fishing most of June, but the same area has also been producing warm-water dorado up to 25 pounds in the same area.

Then the fishing died down due to the cold green water and lots of current and strong winds, according to the local Captains.  However, temperatures rose again, and waters calmed, and dorado and other species once again bit.

At Los Arenas, there were lots of cool white bonito -- and pargo, jack crevalle, and cabrilla. Large pargo liso were schooling!  These 10- to 30-pounders and are difficult fish in shallow waters but are normally schooling in big groups in the colder waters of March and April.

Suddenly, here they are.  The thing is they are tough, tough, tough to catch, averaging ten hookups to get two or three to the boat is about par.

So, folks returning were saying what a tough day they had. Hooking six, eight, and ten pargo but busting them all off!  That’s GOOD fishing…but bad CATCHING!

Similarly, some tuna biting, and these were all 100+ pound beasts!  One and two-hour battles ended up with broken lines.  In one case, anglers had the fish right next to the boat ready to gaff after an epic battle, and suddenly a huge shark rolls up and in two bites completely wipes out the fish!

The area known as the “Roosterfish Capital of the World” produced triple-digit roosters that were hooked and released weighing between 5 and 70 pounds.

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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