May 9, 2013
Visitors traveling to Southern Baja are finding ideal weather conditions. Days are steadily warming with highs reaching the upper 80s.
This is a great time of year to enjoy the beauty of Los Cabos and all the outdoor activities the location has to offer.
Anglers are finding both offshore, and inshore action. Most days the winds have been lighter, though a couple of days of gusty south wind over the weekend pushed in off-colored currents and slowed fishing action.
The warming trend has now returned and offshore conditions are stabilizing with ocean temperatures ranging from the upper 60s to upper 70s. Warmest areas are offshore in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and farther north.
Sportfishing fleets are searching all of the proven local fishing grounds, as during this season anything can happen on any given day. Striped marlin, many in the 120 to 140 pound range, have been the most common offshore species found, scattered through the zone from five to 20 miles offshore, striking on trolling lures and hitting on dropped back baits.
Many charters reported multiple billfish days, though at times the marlin would be spotted and show no interest in bait at all, due most likely to an abundance of squid in the region, which the stripers have been gorging on. Moon phases can also cause different feeding scenarios.
Dorado are spread throughout the grounds as well, found inshore and offshore, most of the time in small groups with an average size of 10 to 20 pounds.
We have seen good numbers of 20 to 40 pound roosterfish the last few weeks, along with schools of monster-sized 30-pound Jack Crevalle roaming the shoreline, always ready to do battle. A handful of dogtooth snapper are now being reported and at this time of year we should see more of these brute snapper moving along shore near the rock outcroppings. Break out your heavy tackle for these bad boys.
Rapidly changing conditions in recent weeks has resulted in anglers finding variable fishing action from day to day. The great yellowtail bite throughout the area, especially on the Gordo Banks has come to a standstill as water temperatures have warmed up. To take up the slack, Wahoo went on a good bite for a couple of days on the grounds north of Punta Gorda, with some charters landing as many as five of these elusive fish. Weighing up to 50 pounds each but averaging 20 to 30 pounds, the Wahoo were striking on the normal high speed trolling lures, Rapalas, Yo-zuris and skirted lead or jet heads. Some ‘hoo also were striking on trap rigged caballito or ballyhoo.
In the past few days we are still seeing some yellowtail in the area and a few were hooked into while drifting bait deep over the high spots and on yo-yo jigs. The majority have been 20 to 35 pounds. A handful of red snapper were hooked as well, both on live baits and on yo-yo jigs. Leopard grouper, Amberjack, Bonito, barred Pargo and other species are rounding out the action found off the rock piles.
Caballito has been the most common baitfish available recently. Still no source for Sardines and Mackerel have been scarce. We should start seeing more Bolito and Skipjack showing up on the fishing grounds. Mullet are moving into the area now, and this is always a preferred baitfish for trolling along the shoreline.