April 03, 2013
The arrival of spring time and the Easter week holiday season has been a busy time, more vacationing tourists arriving in town and local families were all getting together for
their traditional extended beach camping adventures, fun times for all. Sunny days, light winds, with high temperatures reaching into the 80s. Perfect climate now, this is the ideal time to visit, before the summer heat arrives. Ocean currents have been pushing in varying temperatures of water, now ranging from 65 degrees on the Pacific, to 70/72 in the direction of San Jose del Cabo, last week there was a warming trend, with some areas up to 75 degrees reported. This is the time of year when currents can change rapidly. This coming weekend local clocks will finally be moved forward one hour, seems strange now, as the sun is rising at 6:00 a.m. Seems this local change should happen a couple weeks earlier.
Sportfishing fleets are now fishing in the direction of the Sea of Cortez, this is where the warmer water is being found and also more concentrations of baitfish. Fishing grounds from the 95 and 1150 spots, to the Gordo Banks and north towards Desteladera are all producing a variety of gamefish. The action has been changing from day to day, as where the fish are being encountered, usually following baitfish activity. Striped marlin are striking on lures in the bluer water, also readily taking dropped back baits, a few nice sailfish were reported in the warmer waters as well.
Yellowfin tuna action was more scattered this past week, some tuna that were found associated with porpoise pods, which were passing through anywhere from 8 to 20 miles offshore. At times schools of tuna were mixed underneath the porpoise and were striking on cedar plugs, feathers and bait, other times no tuna action at all was found and the better report for all around activity was found closer to shore.
Inshore, off of the San Jose del Cabo grounds, anglers found concentrations of baitfish breezing on the surface, these could be caught on sabiki type rigs, a mix of mackerel and sardinetas, good choice of bait for a variety of species. Dorado numbers were down the past week, as water temperature cooled off a bit, more dorado were being found now on the offshore marlin grounds, some of them up to 25 lb.
The most exciting inshore action going on now was for the prized yellowtail, finally we are seeing some good numbers of these powerful jacks, quality sized fish, ranging 15 to 30 pounds, following the schooling baitfish. For a couple of days anglers found great surface action for nice sized yellows just on the other side of Punta Gorda, fly lining live baits into the baitfish schools produced some wide open action. Very encouraging to see these gamefish finally appearing in local waters, we kept hearing reports about all of the yellowtail being caught around Cerralvo Island, nice to now have these popular gamefish on our local fishing grounds.
Inshore action produced a mix of sierra, jack crevalle and some roosterfish. This action moved around a lot, depending where the baitfish were found. Bottom action produced mixed results for amberjack, yellowtail and a variety of pargo, a few cabrilla in the counts as well. For the past several days there have been pelagic red crabs found drifting to the surface near on the Gordo Banks and this attracted the true Pacific red snapper, locally named huachinango, prized commercial catch and also fun sport on light tackle, these snapper ranged in the 5 to 12 pound class.
Surprisingly there are still quite a few whales in the region, with this warming weather, this will be the time that they move out of the area and head north for the summer.