Fishing the final week of August
August 31, 2013
Late summer storms in the last two weeks of August brought significant rainfall transforming the parched Baja desert into a lush verdant landscape.
The steady weather has brought warmer ocean currents, now averaging in the 83 to 86 degree range with concentrations of baitfish such as Bolito, Skipjack and small Yellowfin tuna attracting large game fish to the local fishing grounds.
Anglers are finding clean blue water within a couple miles from shore. A variety of billfish are now in local waters and anglers departing this week have a chance at hooking into a striped, blue or black Marlin, as well as a Sailfish. With other species such as Wahoo, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna rounding out the catches, we are anticipating an excellent late summer and fall season.
Sportfishing fleets are concentrating efforts on offshore areas from Chileno to the San Luis Bank. In the past week, huge Yellowfin tuna moved into local waters and a handful were landed off the San Luis and Gordo Banks. More have been reported farther offshore and one La Playita-based panga landed a 282-pound monster Tuna. Black and blue Marlin have also been accounted for and at least one of the blacks weighed more than 500 pounds. These fish were hooked on a variety of bait, with live Bolito being the most popular. Smaller Yellowfin Tuna and Skipjack are also accounting for a share of strikes.
Fresh chunk squid is starting to be used for bait as well. While it is still early in the big fish season, there are already many stories being told of hooking monster-sized fish and losing them after extended battles. This is the time to break out the heavy equipment.
Inshore, action has slacked off but a few roosterfish still being found in the vicinity of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina channel entrance. Most consistent action is now being found while trolling the surface, with anglers using a variety of lures and bait. Dorado have been the most common species throughout the summer, early on we saw big numbers of larger sized fish, many in the 20 to 45 pound class. Recently there have been greater numbers of fish caught but, with a few exceptions, the Dorado are mostly juvenile-sized fish under ten pounds. This is a good time to practice catch and release and try to help preserve the species, let them grow to maturity and replenish future stock.
Surprisingly this early in the season, quite a few Wahoo are being reported. Normally more active in the fall, Wahoo are known to be an elusive, unpredictable and prized game fish.