Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

Baja Sur Fishing…Sunday, May 10, 2015

Welcome to topsy-turvy May. We have both warm and cold water in all the wrong places. In front of the Harbor and up the Pacific side, cooler water is producing yellowtail, while on the Sea of Cortez, the warm water has produced striped marlin that aren’t very hungry and most of the other species that are usually on the forefront in May have taken a powder. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

Heather.Cushing_0.jpgIt is definitely a “be careful what you wish for” kind of year as far as the striped marlin are concerned. The entire fleet had been hoping for the winter bite that never happened — pleading for the fish gods to intervene. Now that there are lots of striped marlin being spotted on the surface in the warm water up toward the Sea of Cortez, some of them feeding, some of them sleeping, and in some cases, waving their tails at the boats going by, it seems that they are plugged with squid; they aren’t hungry and they won’t bite — so everyone is now adding “hungry” to their wish list.

The good news is that the yellowtail are biting which is exciting because it gives everyone something to target. Also now in the available category inshore are the roosterfish, sierra and skipjack.

There are a few dorado being caught as well as even fewer wahoo to round out what thus far has been a frustrating season!

San Jose

It’s hard to pick the hot spot by watching the boats leave in the morning. Offshore the striped marlin have found the warmer water and have been the target for many anglers. The good news is they are spread out anywhere from a few to fifteen or so miles offshore. However, there are so many free swimming bait in the water that it is tough to interest the marlin in biting.

The dorado have yet to really make much of an appearance. Those that are found are really not in schools — just a few smaller-sized fish hanging out together. Fluctuating sea temperatures may be a partial cause of the poor showing.

With the exception of a few days recently the yellowfin tuna are also in short supply so far. When yellowfin were caught trolling with live bait off of the Cardon area, they were all in the 25- to 40-pound range. Anglers were fortunate to land one or two of these fish. Wahoo also made a strong showing in the same area, though many more wahoo were lost than were actually landed.

Anglers were scratching away at a variety of structure species. Though this action was spotty, the best bet for the red snapper was for those using red crabs for bait, which were available only on a very limited basis.

Inshore fishing has been hit or miss now. There have been some roosterfish, most of them smaller-sized, as well as some jack crevalle, which are powerful fighters, and some of them are as large as 25 pounds. There are not many sierra around as the season is getting late for them and the lack of sardina is not helping to find these fish.

East Cape

Striped marlin action is an “on again off again” thing as the unseasonal north wind continues with what is hoped to be its last gasp. On the good days, multiple marlin being caught per boat is not unusual.

A few dorado were mixed in with the marlin, as were a few wahoo. One boat from Hotel Buena Vista Resort reported landing a 70-pound monster.

In boats near the beach, as well as from shore, there were plenty of roosters from 30 to 50 pounds. The pangueros had a lot of success with bottom fishing and they reaped a bunch of very good-sized barred pargo.

The fly anglers got into the roosters and ladyfish along the beach, but seeing was difficult because of the overcast days. They did manage to get two good-sized pargo on the fly from the beach.

There were also pompano around but again, without sardina, it was tough getting them to bite. Other fish that rounded out the count this week were jack crevalle (good-size) and cabrilla.

La Paz

Since most of the winds came from the south and west, north of town, the La Paz fishing tended to be better with a little more protection from the elements. Some dorado were caught and a few marlin were baited, but dropped. Most of the action was inshore for pargo, cabrilla and jacks. Lots of fish were lost in the rocks. So it was decent for “fishing,” but not always good “catching.” Some very big fish, including some big amberjack, were lost to the rocks.

At Las Arenas, it was a rough time for anglers. Several of the outfitters in town who specialize in fly fishing were not even able to get out on the water for three of the days this week because of the high winds and seas.

Except for that one day, conventional tackle boats were out everyday with varying degrees of success. But results were not very spectacular. When the wind blows and the waters crash, it’s hard to get bait so that didn’t help.

Still, there were some nice catches of rooster fish (10 to 40 pounds), pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, small dorado, and bonito plus a wahoo or two. But nothing was especially great and every day was different.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg www.piscessportfishing.com

Larry Edwards www.cortezcharters.com

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas www.gordobanks.com

East Cape

Rancho Leonero Hotel www.rancholeonero.com

Jen Wren Sportfishing www.thejenwren.com

East Cape Tackle Cindy Kirkwood, www.eastcapetackle.com

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International www.tailhunter-international.com.