Fish Report

August 19, 2019 Edition


Cabo San Lucas

The striped marlin bite has been solid with an average of one or two fish per boat. More and more blue marlin and sailfish are showing up in the reports with most of the blue marlin in the 200- to 250-pound range. The yellowfin tuna action was solid for the boats that made the long run out to the tuna grounds. The dorado counts increased, particularly on the inside, with most fish running in the 15-to 20-pound range, but numerous bulls were up to 40-pounds. The 1150 Spot and the 95 Spot were the preferred fishing locations for most of the fleet. Many boats returned after releasing a marlin or two along with a mix of several yellowfin and dorado. 

The inshore fishing was very productive with nice counts of snapper, grouper, sierra, as well as roosterfish.

Winds are expected to be in the 8-to-15-mph range through late August, and mostly out of the West and NW. 

Sea Conditions:  Winds in August should be in the 8-to-15-mph range from the West and NW. The Pacific side sea temps are running from the 71-to-74-degree range with mostly clear water. Temps on the inside are in the 81-to-85-degree range off Palmilla and in the lower 80s around Gordo Banks, upper 70s to low 80s south in the Herradura and out near the 1150 and 95 Spots.

Best Fishing Areas:  Recently, the 1150 Spot, along with the 95 Spot, were hotspots for billfish action. The yellowfin tuna were found 20 to 25 miles out to the south and southwest. Both Los Arcos and Migrino were good choices for inshore fishing with sierra coming off Migrino. Roosterfish action, although a bit slower, was in the surf off Palmilla west past Solmar to the Lighthouse.

Favorite Baits: Slow trolling with live mackerel or caballito worked for the marlin with increased success from trolled lures (especially for blue marlin) and throwing live bait to surface fish.  Cedar plugs and feathers were favorites of yellowfin. The dorado were hitting trolled lures and feathers. Hoochies were by far the most productive lures for the sierra. Trolled live bait and large poppers were the most successful for roosterfish. Dead bait was the ticket for snapper and grouper.

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

Puerto Los Cabos

The local panga bait netters have been working the surf zone just to the north of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetty for good-sized schools of sardina – other options were caballito, slabs of squid and ballyhoo.

The yellowfin tuna were found on the grounds from La Fortuna, Twenty-Five Spot, to Iman Bank. Yellowfin were ranging in sizes averaging 30-to-65-pounds, though there was one tuna of about 100-pounds landed. Some boats had as many as four, while others felt fortunate to get one; but at least the tuna was more active. The fish were hitting on sardina, squid and chunk bait from skipjack or bolito.

Dorado action was wide open on these same grounds, often not giving the tuna a chance to get to any bait. Most of the dorado have been very small, but occasionally some larger fish were mixed in; the key is to release the smaller dorado with care and try to fill your personal limit with a couple of nicer-sized fish. Offshore on the marlin grounds there has been a better chance of finding large bull dorado, fish to over 40-pounds, though not many, just a few scattered, nicer-quality fish.

The billfish bite has been sporadic, with some sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, and black marlin. There was one black marlin caught from a panga that weighed in the 400-pound range. Several blue marlin were also reported, along with a handful of out-of-season striped marlin, and a couple of sailfish.

No wahoo to speak of – surface action now mainly is for dorado, tuna or billfish. Bottom action produced triggerfish – a few yellow snapper, bonito, island jack, and leopard grouper. Although more anglers were targeting dorado and tuna, there were a few roosterfish and jack crevalle still hanging around.

East Cape

Water - 83-to-86-degrees. Cooler water inside – clear and flat. 
Air - Highs in the low 90s with clear skies.
There is good solid fishing for a wide variety of species – yellowfin, dorado, wahoo, sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, big pargo, amberjack, and roosterfish over 50 pounds.
The best dorado fishing of the season! The boats are traveling 40 miles south for schools of fish in the 5-to-20-pound class mixed with big bulls. They are taking Rapalas and live caballito.
Quality yellowfin tuna are found in the 20-to-50-pound range. Most are taken off Rincon on live caballito and squid. Boats soaking bait are picking up one or two. 
Wahoo are mixed with dorado in the 20-to-50-pound range (though some 70-pounders) are from 25 to 40 miles south in the same areas as the billfish. They are taking Rapalas and trolled marlin lures. 
Lots of striped marlin and a few blue marlin are mixed in with sailfish off the La Ribera Bank at 3-to-6-miles offshore. Ballyhoo is working best. 
Inshore the big, big pargo and Almaco jacks are around with good-sized pompano. 
Roosterfish up to 50-pounds are being released as well.

La Paz  

There’s no doubt this has been an incredibly crazy year for weather as well as fishing! It seemed that winter took FOREVER to leave and summer to take hold, and given the types of fish we’re catching, summer is still reluctant.

It seems we move two steps forward then one step back. We get excited about dorado, or marlin or tuna, and just when we’re all fired up, things change!

Each day take your pick of words to describe the fishing … everyone has a different adjective, running the full gamut from awesome and fun to erratic, anemic, or crummy! Boats can be right next to each other and get completely different results.

I’ve given up telling folks what they’re gonna’ catch!  We have had the usual smattering of dorado, mostly in the 10-to-20-pound class, but cold-water fish like pargo liso (mullet snapper), amberjack, giant dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, pompano, jack crevalle and even sierra continue to show up. 

Then not only did 20-to-100-pound tuna show up (most fish lost after long battles on light tackle), but we started getting YELLOWTAIL!

None of us can ever remember yellowtail so late in the season. In my 25 years here we have never seen yellowtail in August. By May, these cold-water fish are long gone!  

Fishermen arrive and ask, “How’s fishing?”  And all one can do is shrug the shoulders. Bottom line: everyone is catching fish, but not everyone is catching fish ALL the time!

Here it is August, and it’s still more like late May or June fishing. The waters are blue; the days are hot and humid; it feels tropical … I mean it looks like summer. It feels like summer.  But the fishing isn’t summer. It’s more like springtime fishing.


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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