February 19, 2013
Crowds have been moderate, normal deal for the month of February, this is always an unpredictable time, winds can be persistent, most of time blowing from the north.
Temperatures ranged from lows of 50 degrees to high into upper 70s. With spring break just around the corner, we do anticipate greater numbers of tourists to arrive. Weather certainly will be on a warming trend soon, this will be welcome after what seems to be a cooler than average winter season. Great time to visit now, no long lines and plenty of activities offered, climate just about perfect, not too hot or cold. Puerto Los Cabos Marina is now one of the more desired destinations, newest local resort, with many projects still under construction, no so hectic of a pace as compared to Cabo San Lucas.
Ocean temperatures had dropped to 68 degrees in areas, but now have rebounded back to the 73 degree range. Water clarity also improved and this resulted in better action for dorado, anglers fishing the normal grounds from Red Hill to Vinorama found almost summer like numbers of dorado, some boats reported catching and releasing as many as 15 fish, impressive sizes up to 25 pounds. Though most charters were accounting for 3 to 6 dorado per trip. These fish were striking on lures, but greater numbers were accounted for while slow trolling baits and the late morning bite was better than it was early, these tropical gamefish became more active with the warmer sunshine.
Along the shoreline sierra continued to dominate the action, the majority of these fish were less than 2 pounds, smaller than normal, at times the larger fish arrive later in the season. Jack crevalle and roosterfish rounded out this action, though these fish were not as consistent from day to day. Some of the jacks were over 25 pounds, these fighters will test light tackle to the extreme, very powerful, but also strong tasting, good fish to catch and release, same for the roosterfish.
Striped marlin concentrations are now found on the Golden Gate Bank, with charters making the long run to these Pacific grounds accounting for multiple billfish days, though bite was down from previous weeks when double digit catches were recorded. Schools of mackerel and other baitfish found on the grounds off of San Jose del Cabo, we expect the billfish action will shift in this direction as days return to a warming trend.
Other action included a variety of structure species, various pargo specimens, a few amberjack, cabrilla and triggerfish. Small sized yellowtail are now found around the corner from Cabo San Lucas, conditions are now just right for these popular fish to migrate on to the local grounds. Lots of schooling baitfish remain in the area, favorable time to attract larger fish. Bottom options have remained limited, migration patterns seem to be running behind usual schedules.
Yellowfin tuna action was found outside of Cabo San Lucas, small sized fish traveling with porpoise, hit or miss action. A couple of 100 pound class yellowfin were brought into La Playita panga area on Tuesday, taken on bait from the Gordo Banks, other hook ups were reported. This was the first tuna action from these banks in a couple of weeks, if the weather holds maybe something will develop out of this.
The whales are definitely still in the area, putting on quite a show, we are seeing more juveniles this season, these whales will begin to migrate north within several weeks. There is a huge run of giant squid off of the East Cape area, since there are practically no anglers in that area now, this is the only fishing going on, reports of over one ton of squid per panga each night have been reported, commercial value is not high, so you need to load the boat to the railings to make much profit.