March 13, 2013
As the spring season nears, we are started to feel weather conditions change, more scattered cloud cover, with increased humidity and high temperatures in the mid 80s.
Early mornings are cooler, though the all around climate now is near perfect. It is a great time to visit Southern Baja, crowds of tourists are increasing, as spring break is now happening for some. North winds let up finally and this gave a chance for offshore ocean conditions to settle down and anglers reported having some epic marlin action on Gordo Banks fishing rounds..
Charter Fleets reported that offshore of San Jose del Cabo they were finding concentrations of mackerel balled up on the surface and were seeing striped marlin on these same grounds. These baitfish schools moved onto to the Gordo Banks, where anglers were able to jig up their own mackerel in a hurry and then witness incredible marlin action, similar to what happens on the Pacific banks, such as Golden Gate. Striped marlin could be seen in all directions, at times by the hundreds and many charter boats accounted for multiple hook ups and three, four or five marlin landed in a short period of time. It is incredible how action can change just overnight, conditions switch around, currents move, cleaner water pushes in and with abundant food supply, the gamefish were following behind.
This striped marlin marlin bite was definitely the highlight of the week for offshore action, but the bottom action showed signs of improvement, the rock piles north of Punta Gorda produced some quality action for anglers using yo-yo jigs, catches included amberjack up to 40 pounds, grouper, cabrilla, pargo and a handful of yellowtail in the mix. East Cape and La Paz are now reporting excellent catches of yellowtail to over 40 pounds and this is encouraging that these same fish will also move on to the local fishing grounds off San Jose del Cabo. As the winds diminish, ocean conditions will clear, the large concentrations of baitfish in the area surely will attract more gamefish and open up added options as conditions become calmer.
Ocean temperatures are now ranging from 67 to 70 degrees. Whales remain in the area, though it appears that they are becoming more scattered, as they prepare to head north in the coming weeks.
The most common fish found close to shore have been sierra, also some smaller sized roosterfish, jack crevalle and a few dorado, at times seen chasing ballyhoo.
Yellowfin action was reported off of the Pacific Jaime Banks, anglers were seeing yellowfin on the surface around the Gordo Banks, but they were hard to hook into. In the past week several tuna up to 120 pounds were hooked into while drift fishing with chunk bait off of the Outer Gordo Bank. Proving that tuna are still hanging around the Gordo Banks, plenty of food on these grounds, so the tuna are acting finicky as they normally are.