Fish Report

October 28, 2019 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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Cabo San Lucas

The boats averaged at least two to three bites per day and had limits of dorado; there were multiple reports of double-digit bites on marlin, plus the larger tuna showed up again and there were reports of fish in the 80- to 225-pound range with most of the biggest ones caught while kite fishing.

The dorado counts were high with lots of 10- to 20-pound “schoolies.” Most boats were able to cull them and keep limits of 20- to 30-pound fish. The wahoo counts were steady; they were found primarily offshore and on the marlin grounds. Many boats were returning after releasing several marlin or sailfish with the bonus of catching several dorado closer in for table fare. The inshore fishing was productive with nice counts of snapper, grouper, and sierra, and some large roosterfish in the surf.

Inshore fishing was solid with catches of sierra along Migrino. Roosterfish were reported in the surf from Solmar to the Lighthouse and off Palmilla, with some in the 30-to-40-pound range.  Nice catches of red snapper and grouper were found close to the rocks around El Arco. Large jack were available off the rocks from Solmar west.

Cabo Climate: The outlook into late October is for comfortable days with mostly sunny-to-partly cloudy skies and average daytime temps in the mid-80s and evenings in the mid-70s.

Sea Conditions: The seas are expected to be moderate with larger swells showing up in the afternoons. The Pacific side sea temps are currently running in the 80-to-82-degree range.

Best Fishing Areas: All of the recent hot spots for marlin action were on the Pacific side with Punta Gorda, Migrino, Punta Lobos, La Ballena, Gasparino, Cerritos, Pozo Cota, the Golden Gate and the San Jamie Banks all producing some nice marlin catches. Blues were reported off the San Jamie and Golden Gate. Cerritos seemed to be the spot for the double-digit billfish hookups. The yellowfin were reported off to the SW or the South 25-to-30-miles out and in the Herradura, also at the San Jamie and Golden Gate Banks.

The kite action off the San Jamie produced numerous 80 to-150-pound yellowfin with the largest weighing in at 250 pounds. Some dorado action was reported 4-to-6-miles off the Lighthouse. The interior corridor from Los Arcos to Palmilla produced lots of schoolie dorado and out from the Lighthouse toward the canyon, there were lots of dorado action off the west coast. Palmilla, Los Arcos, and Migrino were the choices for inshore fishing with some nice catches of sierra coming off Migrino. Rooster action was good, with some large fish and large jacks in the surf from El Arco west past Solmar to the Lighthouse.

Favorite Bait: Throwing live caballito and mackerel were favorites for the marlin with increased success from trolled lures (especially for blue marlin and sailfish). Cedar plugs and feathers were favorites of yellowfin. The dorado were hitting trolled lures and feathers or floating live caballito once schools were located. Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for sierra. Trolled live bait near the surf and large poppers were the most successful bait for roosterfish. Dead bait was the ticket for snapper and grouper.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at $3 per bait upon exit from the harbor. Mackerel are popular with the captains.

Puerto Los Cabos

Scattered rain squalls turned into what looked more like isolated monsoons with heavy rain causing significant flooding in low-lying locations. Now conditions are clear and drying out. Winds have become more unpredictable, coming from the north, and at the same time, swirling from the south. Ocean water temperatures have ranged from 80-to-85-degrees, with warmer currents in the Sea of Cortez.

Most sportfishing charters were concentrating their efforts on the grounds from the Gordo Banks to Iman and Vinorama. Bait consisted of sardina, caballito, slabs of squid, ballyhoo, chihuil, and skipjack.

The Gordo Banks produced a handful of yellowfin tuna up in the 100-pound range, with larger numbers near Iman Bank. Anglers were fortunate to land one or two – the majority ranging in the 20-to-70-pound class. Dorado in the 5-to-20-pound range in smaller-sized schools were found while trolling lures, rigged ballyhoo, sardina, and chihuil. Larger bulls were on the Pacific side.

Wahoo action slowed down during the rain and full-moon period. Those who found chihuil to use as bait did best. A handful hit Rapalas and rigged ballyhoo.

A few sailfish and striped marlin were found off San Jose del Cabo, with more billfish action on the Pacific side.

East Cape

Water - 83-to-84 degrees with clear, flat water.

Air - Cool mornings with temperatures in the mid-60s; midday in the 80s. Beautiful weather!

Good and consistent bill fishing continues, with lots of striped marlin; many blue and black marlin with an occasional sailfish released daily. Wahoo fishing picked up, dorado fishing also improved. There has been good bottom fishing with pompano, Almaco jack, pargo, sierra, and black grouper all biting. Plenty of roosterfish around, very little fishing pressure. There’s ample bait – big sardina available.

The 25-to-65-pound wahoo are south of Vinorama, taking mostly Marauders and Rapalas.

The dorado bite started south and moved closer to the hotel. The Lighthouse and Rincon are producing fish in the 5-to-25-pound class with live sardina the bait of choice.

There’s a good showing of billfish off the La Ribera Bank south with very light fishing pressure. Anglers are releasing at least one per day – mostly stripers, with every fourth or fifth fish a blue. Slow-trolled ballyhoo, live sardina, and caballito all work.

Great bottom fishing with lots of skipjack throughout Palmas Bay; chunked skippies on the bottom are by far the bait of choice. Big Almaco jack to 45-pounds, nice pargo, pompano, black grouper, and quite a few sierra are in much warmer water than usual.

La Paz 

Overall, it has probably been the most disappointing fishing of the year, and the captains and clients have had to work hard for their fish.

The recent storms impacted the fishing dramatically, with the continued north winds, that means the area is heading into the off-season; it might be getting rougher and more difficult to fish. That being said, the fishing did improve little-by-little, although still relatively slow compared to what it had been before the storms.

The mainstay fishing action has mostly been 10-to-20-pound dorado.  Bonito have been plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, but together with jack crevalle, small roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla, and snapper, at least rods have been bent most of the time.

The boiling tuna that showed up between La Paz and Espirito Santo Island were the most exciting.

Fish between 50 and 150 pounds came up several times and rocked a few of our anglers who battled fish up to four hours.  All … except one 70-pounder … were lost. It took the angler two hours to get the 70-pounder aboard.

Other species included pompano, sierra, amberjack, and triggerfish.

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