Fish Report

November 11, 2019 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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Jeff Wedekind is the owner of Chinook Shores Lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska. He came down for an end-of-the-season getaway and sunshine to fish in La Paz and was out with Tailhunter Sportfishing when he hooked this dandy bull dorado just 50 yards from the beach there at Bahia de los Muertos. Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International 

 

Cabo San Lucas

Billfish 74 percent, Dorado 23 percent, Tuna 28 percent, Other 9 percent

The season’s fishing is not slowing down any time soon with almost 100 percent success rate for our boats this week, with 108 boats out, 106 caught fish! Numbers: 291 billfish released, including striped marlin, blue marlin (around 200- to 250-pounds), and sailfish. The striped marlin have moved much closer to Cabo, with most catches of up to 15 striped marlin released per boat this week, caught no farther than the Old Lighthouse area. There were 160 tuna caught this week, including a cow-sized 220-pound yellowfin taken on 33-foot Sea Bum (Captain Tito Oloascoaga’s - Pisces 35-foot Knot Workin’, secondary vessel). Pisces 31-foot Tracy Ann also hit the dock with a nice 181-pound tuna caught by anglers Rolla Ogle and Harrell Minzenmayer.

Other YFT caught ranged from 15-to-45-pounds. This week also marked the start of the Pelagic Rockstar Tournament, which targets yellowfin tuna. Pisces 38-foot C Rod is currently in 3rd Place with a 97.1-pound YFT, and the Chinito Bonito Team (winners of last year’s tourney, taking over USD $100,000) currently, in 1st and 2nd place with a 162.7 and a 94-pounder, and still one more fishing day to go.

Dorado numbers did go down somewhat this week, with 40 fish caught. Other catches this week included wahoo, some skipjack, bonito, and even a pair of roosterfish.

LOCATION: Pacific Side mostly from Old Lighthouse to Los Arcos for dorado and striped marlin, 95 Spot, San Jaime for tuna.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Good weather conditions with the minimum swell. Overall calm seas, with only one or two days with high winds. 

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 80-83

BEST LURES: Mackerel, caballito and ballyhoo bait, cedar plugs, feathers - lime green, petrolero, guacamayo.

 

Puerto Los Cabos

Charters are scouting out all directions; most local sportfishing fleets are fishing grounds from the Gordo Banks, Iman, San Luis, and as far north as Vinorama.  Action has been spread out and changing from day to day, wherever the bite is best. Early in the week, the best action proved to be near Vinorama for wahoo. Finding the chihuil baitfish was the secret to success, though it was not always easy to obtain this candy bait -- more of a super panga deal on specific high spots with specialized rigs. Not many wahoo were striking the trolled lures.  The best chance was on slow-trolled, trap-hooked bait in the early morning before too many boats congregated. The wahoo averaged in the 25-to-35-pound class. High boats brought in five, while others brought in one, two or three; of course, many fish were lost for the typical wahoo reasons.

Dorado remained scarce and scattered, and we are only seeing one or two fish for all charter’s each day.  We heard of more numbers on the Pacific, but even there, the dorado were not nearly as numerous as previous months.

More marlin appeared in the direction of San Jose del Cabo, though the billfish were much more active towards Cabo San Lucas and on the Pacific side. We had some sailfish and at least one 180-pound class blue marlin. With the warmer water still around, there are chances for larger-sized black and blue marlin.

Yellowfin tuna were elusive, being targeted on San Luis Banks, as well as Gordo Banks, though few were landed this week. Most of the tuna we did see were in the 60-to-90-pound range, and a few were smaller, 10-to-20-pounds. These yellowfin hit a variety of bait, not lures. Drift fishing with squid or using chihuil, and live skipjack produced strikes. Heavy pressure, combined with lots of natural food source and swift currents, now have these fish skittish and finicky; of course, on any given day, they could become more aggressive. There are still yellowfin throughout the area.

Not much off the bottom: triggerfish, bonito, smaller-sized snapper, and cabrilla were the most common; swift currents have not helped that action at all.

Along the shoreline, there were good numbers of juvenile roosterfish, which should always be released; plus, there were early season sierra and jack crevalle in the mix

 

East Cape

The Bottom Line

The fishing this week started slow and improved as the week progressed.  The very good and consistent billfishing we’ve enjoyed all season continued, with mostly striped marlin, a few blues and blacks being released. The wahoo fishing picked up as the week progressed. The dorado fishing also improved by mid-week. Very, very good bottom fishing all week with pompano, Almaco jacks, pargo, Sierra, and Black Grouper all biting. Still some roosterfish around, very little fishing pressure.

The wahoo are way south off Vinaramas. Taking mostly Marauders and Rapalas, a few on trolled Ballyhoo. The bite improved as the week progressed. Fish from 25-65-pounds.

The dorado bite was way south and moved closer to the hotel. The lighthouse and Rincon have been producing some nice fish in the 5-25-pound class. Live sardine is the bait of choice.  

Billfish around off the La Ribera bank and south. Very light fishing pressure. Anglers targeting are releasing a few each trip. Mostly stripers on slow trolled ballyhoo, live sardine and caballito all getting the job done.

Very good bottom fishing. There are lots of skipjack throughout Palmas Bay, chunked Skippies on the bottom are by far the bait of choice.. big Almaco jacks to 45-pounds, nice pargo, pompano, black grouper and quite a few sierra, schooling as the sea temps fall.

 

La Paz  

On the good side, the sun was out all week and the snowbirds from Canada, Alaska, Europe and colder areas are filtering into town. On the downside, it wasn’t the best for fishing.

Northern winds ramped up and it’s just the start. This is what happens during the colder months. For two days we couldn’t even go out because the Port Captain shut down the port to all boat traffic and there were several other days when it would have been better if we had just not gone out at all. 

The strong winds have the waters stirred up and dirty.  It brings in colder greener waters as well. Additionally, the currents and waves are up to make for a less-than-comfortable day of fishing. Plus, if the waves are crashing the shallow areas, it makes it hard to get bait.

However, kudos to our anglers and captains for hanging in there. They braved the rougher seas with tight grins and still caught some fish. 

There wasn’t a lot of fish caught unless you’re counting bonito, jack crevalle and needlefish. However, some of the largest dorado of the season were hooked as well as a few wahoo and tuna. We even had several marlin hookups as well (fish were lost). 

The better fishing was with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet where it’s a bit more protected. I imagine as the winds increase and become more frequent we’ll be doing most of our fishing from that area.

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