Fishing the second week of June
June 20, 2013
The second week of June saw a cooling trend as Pacific air and ocean currents pushed into the Los Cabos area keeping the climate ideal, with daytime temperatures in the upper 80s and evenings
cooling down. Ocean conditions changed rapidly, with water off color and murky. Ocean temperatures ranged from 65 degrees off of Cabo San Lucas to about 78 degrees near Los Frailes. Off of San Jose del Cabo it is now in the low 70s.
Offshore action saw scattered counts of striped marlin being found. Not much being reported in the way of Yellowfin tuna or Dorado either, we will need to patiently wait for conditions to stabilize offshore.
In the mean time, with inconsistent offshore action, the majority of charters have been targeting the epic roosterfish action found close to shore. The season for these prized game fish started early this year and has been going strong for the past month. During the second week of June we saw the best action we have seen in many years, with larger sized fish, roosterfish in the 30 to 60 pound class reported daily.
Roosterfish are a seasonal migratory species, members of the jack family, powerful fighters, often acrobatic, reaching sizes up to 100 pounds and they are only found in a limited range in Pacific waters. Anglers travel from around the world to target these prized fighting game fish. This is a very fragile unique fishery that needs protection and this year with so many of these fish schooling in the area we have really noticed an overkill of these valuable sport fish, which are not known for their eating qualities, but more so for their powerful drag screaming runs. After landing a roosterfish, please release as carefully as possible.
A mix of species including Pompano, Cabrilla, Amberjack, Dogtooth Snapper and Pargo Colorado have been found over shallow waters, but this action tapered way off during the recent turnover of inshore conditions. This action should improve as better fishing conditions return.
Bait supplies remain steady for Caballito, Mullet and Moonfish, but no Sardinas are available at this time. The primary bait source is currently being netted in the marina channel.