May 16, 2015
As the summer season nears, we feel progressively warmer days. The climate is ideal now, as evenings cool off comfortably and daytime high temperatures are averaging about 85 degrees.
Ocean temperatures have been in the 74 to 76 degree range throughout most of the region. Currents have fluctuated, which is normal for this time of year. In the coming weeks, fishing action will largely depend on weather patterns.
In recent days, Striped Marlin, found between 3 and 12 miles out, are the only offshore action. There are good numbers of these billfish in the area now, and many can be seen free jumping, tailing on the surface and feeding on balled up bait schools, including squid, which apparently are plentiful.
Marlin are striking on rigged ballyhoo, Caballito and other available baitfish. At times they have proved finicky, as they are filling up on natural bait sources and not much interested in anything else. With persistence, many charters are reporting one, two or three marlin per outing, best bite has been late morning and into the afternoon.
Dorado have continued to be scarce, with only an occasional fish being encountered. No large schools of these fish have been reported recently. Wahoo ranging in size up to 30 pounds are holding on the ledges north or Punta Gorda, to Vinorama and are striking best on slow trolled bait. Some charters have accounted for up to five Wahoo, though most are reporting only one or two of these elusive and tricky speedsters.
Yellowfin Tuna have been spotted in these same fishing grounds, especially around the Iman Bank. With no sardinas currently available, these tuna are hard to entice, but a handful in the 25 to 40 pound class have been accounted for, hitting on live chihuil or caballito.
As the weather has allowed, anglers have found action off the bottom structure. A variety of quality species were taken recently from La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Bank, including leopard grouper (at least one of the rare golden phase variety,) yellow snapper, bonito, red snapper, grouper and amberjack.
Grouper to 40 pounds and amberjack weighing to over 60 pounds have been accounted for. Most of this recent bottom action was found in relatively shallow water, with fish hitting on whole and cut baits rather than yo-yo jigs.
With the recent larger swell activity, not much has been going on close to shore, but as swells reside we do expect to see more roosterfish activity, maybe even some dogtooth snapper will start to move in.
The anglers of approximately 60 charters launched by the combined panga fleets from the Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported a fish count of 18 striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna, 19 Wahoo, 14 dorado, 24 amberjack, 16 red snapper, 23 cabrilla, 1 golden phased leopard grouper, 3 broomtail grouper, 2 gulf grouper, 48 yellow snapper, 18 bonito and 28 triggerfish.
Good fishing, Eric Brictson
Gordo Banks Pangas