Fish Report

November 25, 2019 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

Billfish 44 percent, Dorado 74 percent, Tuna 29 percent, Other 8 percent

Dorado were undoubtedly the most abundant, with an astonishing 398 dorado caught, although always respecting the catch limits with releases. Billfish percentages were one point higher, meaning about half of our boats caught marlin and sailfish, but the numbers of fish are still fewer in comparison: a total of 84 billfish. This is because marlin are not stacking up at the Old Lighthouse area anymore, but instead, have spread out.

Also, the dorado are numerous and relatively close by, between Los Arcos and Migrino mostly; anglers are choosing to go for the easy and delicious target instead and are lucky to land marlin there as well. The tuna fishing continues to impress – a total of 142 caught with several between 100- and 200-pounds. For example, only yesterday, Pisces 35’ Bill Collector 2 caught two yellowfin, one weighing 100 pounds and the other 218 pounds at the San Jaime Banks. Others such as Pisces 31’ La Brisa didn’t go far to catch them. They had five yellowfin, with a 119- and a 60-pounder caught close to Los Arcos on feathers. Other species caught were mostly wahoo, roosterfish, and skipjack. 

The dorado and billfish, for the most part, were found in areas close by from each other, so some anglers were lucky to land dorado and marlin on the same day. Pisces 31’ Ruthless was one of those top dorado and marlin boats. Anglers Fred Ludington, Ryan Bonner, Tim Driscoll, and William Driscoll from New Hampshire had an amazing day with not one or two, but five striped marlin released (the most caught by one boat) all over 100 pounds, and all hitting on live and dead bait at Los Arcos. Not only that, but they landed 16 dorado and released eight total! All fish were around 10 to 20-pounds. The next day, the same anglers, aboard Ruthless again, caught 16 and released 10, all caught between Los Arcos and Golden Gate! 

Cabo Climate: The two-week forecast is for some scattered thunderstorms mid-month then trending toward clear through early December. Winds are expected to be in the 8-to 10-mph range out of the WNW in late November.

Sea Conditions: The seas are expected to be moderate with some larger swells and chop showing up in the afternoons as breezes increase.  Morning seas have been in the 2-to 3-foot range. The Pacific side sea temps are currently running in the 80-to 82-degree range with mostly clear water. The inside is warmer with temps in the 81-to 84-degree range off Palmilla to the lower 80s around the Gordo with low 80s out at the Herradura and out near the 1150 and 95 Spots.

 

Puerto Los Cabos

The yellowfin tuna action had vanished off the areas north of Gordo, especially near San Luis Bank. There was once again a quality grade of tuna to over 100-pounds found on local grounds, including one 240-pound cow caught Friday afternoon – no big numbers, but every day a handful were brought in, with many others lost. The bite was sporadic; some fish hooked early, most of these yellowfin were striking on strips of squid, but lots of chum needed to keep making continued drifts. Some charters had as many as three or four tuna. Also, some smaller football-sized tuna were found with sardina or hoochies, though it was a scattered bite.

The dorado off San Jose del Cabo have mostly been small – under 10 pounds. Wahoo action is more consistent near Vinorama, though the bite slowed during the recent full moon; fish were seen, but more finicky; the best chances have been on slow-trolled bait, such as caballito, skipjack, or chihuil. A few fish were striking on Rapalas, but there were not as many lure strikes as we traditionally expect. Recent charters have landed a wahoo or two, and the fish brought in were weighing up to 45-pounds. An occasional striped marlin or sailfish were hooked in the same area as the wahoo, tuna, and dorado that were caught.

With the windier conditions and combined currents, not a whole lot of bottom action is going on – mainly triggerfish, though we did see more bonito, a few red snapper, and an odd leopard grouper or barred pargo.

 

East Cape

Water- 80 and cooling. It has been flat, clean water in recent weeks.

Air- Cool typical fall weather; cool mornings in the ‘60s, daytime highs in the low ‘80s. Clear blue skies.

Some of the best dorado fishing this year!  Most boats are limiting some of our bigger fish of the year – from 10-to 30-pounds. Spread along the shore from town to south of the lighthouse.  Almost all taken on trolled ballyhoo.

Anglers who are rolling the dice are going for a long boat ride, 40 miles straight off the hotel, and are limiting on tuna under the porpoise; they are rewarded with footballs to 40-pounders. The larger fish are taken on caballito or squid.

A couple of nice wahoo in the 60-to 70-pound range. One taken off La Ribera, the other off Punta Colorado, and both on ballyhoo.

Anglers targeting striped marlin mixed with sailfish are scoring at least one fish per boat fishing off the La Ribera Bank south to Rincon. Trolled ballyhoo is the ticket.

There has been good rooster fishing in the 10-to 40-pound range along Palmas Bay Beaches with fish released daily; also good-sized 5-to 6-pound sierra early in the morning, but they are biting all day. Hoochies are the ticket.

 

La Paz  

As the area slides into the off-season, the weather has become a large factor. For the same reason that the La Paz area becomes a mecca for world-class windsurfing and kite-boarding because of the strong winds during the winter, it makes it difficult to fish and, we have had either wind, rain, and rough seas … or sometimes all three, hindering anglers being out on the water.

We had some rain. Then, it let up with some small windows of opportunity, but then came Tropical Storm Raymond – a late-season blow that came up the Baja and dropped several days of rain and drizzle along with dark skies and blustery seas.

The few windows of opportunity that did open provided some scratchy action on a few school-sized dorado ranging mostly from 10-to 15-pounds plus; there’s still some wahoo around, however, which is not unusual for this time of year.

Bonito, jack crevalle, and small cabrilla added to the catch. We got some reports that commercial guys near the island reefs had found some yellowtail, but it was hard to follow-up on and get across to the island with the rough water in the channels making it difficult to get over there.