March 20, 2013
Spring season is officially here, it is a very busy time locally, with the annual San Jose del Cabo Fiesta time now in progress, many events are on the schedule,
a world class full length triathlon, off road vehicle race, carnival rides, fishing tournaments, etc.. Should be an action packed week, there will be many street closures during this period, traffic and parking will be challenging. The weather is near perfect now, sunny skies, light winds, with high temperatures of 85 degrees.
Warming weather patterns are improving offshore ocean conditions, the persistent northerly winds are diminishing, water temperature is averaging 68 to 73 degrees and the all around fishing action is showing signs of breaking wide open. Baitfish schools are now more scattered, at times there have been reports of finding mackerel or sardinetas offshore and near San Luis is where schooling sardinas are concentrated inshore, low tides and larger swells made this a tougher task for commercial pangeros.
Yellowfin tuna are moving in offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards Desteladera, traveling with porpoise, being encountered anywhere from 10 to 20 miles offshore, these tuna are averaging in the 15 to 25 pound range, good numbers being accounted for, once schools are encountered. The fish are striking on feathers, cedar plugs and sardinas. A few larger grade yellowfin still hanging around the Gordo Banks, there was one 120 pound class tuna caught on the Sunday, Mar. 19 th, which won top honors in the local government sponsored tournament. These bigger tuna have been seen on the surface from time to time on these same grounds, but recently have proved very shy about striking any baits.
Fleets based out of La Paz and the East Cape have reported great yellowtail action on the days that the north winds allowed them to comfortably reach the grounds. The overall bottom action for the San Jose fleet has been slow to start the season, not up to expectations, a mix of various pargo species, amberjack, cabrilla and yellowtail. Finally in the past couple of days there has been a very good yellowtail bite develop off of Palmilla point, fish averaging 15 to 25 pounds in size, striking while drift fishing baits and on yo-yo jigs. This is great news and hopefully something that will continue through the spring.
Last week there was a wide open striped marlin bite around the Gordo Banks, then the cooler windy conditions over the weekend shut down this action, now once again we are seeing more marlin showing up on the local grounds. We expect the concentrations of striped marlin will now be found on the grounds from San Jose del Cabo towards the East Cape, this is the normal spring time pattern. Also this is the time when whales start to migrate north.
Inshore fishing has been dominated by sierra, most of these fish in the 2 to 4 pound range, a few jack crevalle or smaller sized roosterfish mixed in. Dorado have been found chasing baitfish close to shore and in recent days more dorado are appearing on offshore grounds as well, some of these fish were weighing up to 25 pounds.