Fishing the final week of July
July 31, 2013
Clean blue water is now being found within a few miles of shore, but swift currents are making productive bottom fish options elusive. Recent consistent action is being found
from five to 20 miles offshore with Striped Marlin schooling five to seven miles off of the Palmilla fishing grounds. Stripers ranging in size from 70 to 120 pounds have been striking on trolled lures, cast and dropped back baits. Many charters accounted for three to four billfish per day; other anglers reported having as many as a dozen marlin strikes per morning.
Despite the favorable conditions, Dorado reports have been limited. Most frequently, single fish up to 50 pounds are being hooked while trolling the same fishing grounds where the stripers have surfaced. Some sailfish are appearing in the warm blue water and a handful of blue and black Marlin have been reported this past week. The La Playita Panga fleet brought in a 350 pound black on Tuesday and a 320 lb. class blue marlin was landed the same day.
Yellowfin tuna are running late this season, but tuna are now being found further offshore, most frequently traveling with porpoise. Action has been sporadic, for mostly smaller sized yellowfin, though some larger tuna have been seen breezing and some larger yellowfin are being accounted for towards the north off of Los Frailes. As these schools migrate towards the south, we should start seeing improved tuna reports.
Inshore action is beginning to drop off; still some quality trophy-sized roosterfish are patrolling the sandy beach stretches, though not in the epic numbers we saw earlier in the summer. A few dogtooth snapper and grouper have been accounted for, but these fish never really did have a very active season. At this time of year, it is common for these species to shift from inshore to the offshore high spots, such as Iman, San Luis or the Gordo Banks.
Supplies of baitfish are holding up well in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Channel, commercial pangeros have been seeing a mix of caballito, mullet and moonfish. We should start seeing more bolito and skipjack activity on the fishing grounds. Migrations of these species seem to be later than normal this season.
We witnessed a series of early season tropical storm systems form off to the south, the main impact felt from these disturbances were higher ocean swells, though there were some isolated showers associated with Tropical Storm Erick. At this time, Tropical Storm Gil is located far off to the southwest and heading away from land. Days have progressively become warmer, with more tropical cloud cover and increased humidity, as we move into the late summer season, when the normal dry desert conditions can become very tropical. Ocean water temperatures are presently ranging from 80 to 85 degrees, warmest currents are now located in the direction of Puerto Los Cabos and north towards Los Frailes.
Through the month of July the prevailing winds were more unpredictable than anticipated, blowing from all directions at times, contributing to rapidly fluctuating conditions from day to day. The patterns do seem to have (at least temporarily) stabilized and anglers have been finding much improved offshore opportunities.