Fish Report

October 5, 2015

The good news is more rain in the foothills from the recent squall is not uncommon this time of year — the bad news is that between the runoffs and strong currents, the inshore water is somewhat off-color close to shore. However, the bonus is that all the flotsam that goes out to sea provides cover for the bait fish and attracts the bigger fish. So watch out for the floating debris; there may be a dorado lurking under it with your name.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

The bite on blue marlin has dropped off a bit during this reporting period but the bite for striped marlin and sailfish has continued on at a brisk pace. We can expect more blues and blacks to be migrating into the area as the fall season begins, celebrated by an impressive list of big money tournaments that will begin in mid-October and will continue into November, offering anglers an opportunity to win not only fame but perhaps the chance to become millionaires in the process.

fishkiller2103.jpgThe best thing going has been the appearance of yellowfin tuna and some of them have been very nice in size, ranging up to 250 pounds. It has not been uncommon to get a good many football-size along with a decent number of 40- to 50-pound fish.

The dorado bite has been hit or miss with the frigate birds being an important part of finding them. Watch for those highflyers while trolling around. The wahoo bite has slowed while inshore fishing has remained decent, even with high seas and fairly strong winds.

Air temps are remaining stable at 75 nights to 94 daytime highs and a 73% humidity level. It has been a partly cloudy early this season with intermittent sunshine and easy sunburn conditions.

Sea temps stable on both sides of the peninsula are holding fast at 86 to 87 degrees from the Finger Bank to Los Frailes. Surface breezes flowing from the westerly direction and varied from calm to 14 mph.

The billfish have been scattered to almost all areas on the Pacific side of Cabo ranging from the 95 Fathom Spot to the Herradura, into Cabo Falso area and on up to the Golden Gate Bank.

The blue marlin were taken on rigged baits as well as on artificials. Stripers and sailfish were both liking the rigged baits and the live baits with a few taken on the artificials.

San Jose

The dorado and wahoo bites slowed recently with the cranky weather though a few fish are still being caught each day. Some wahoo were weighing up to 40 pounds for the handful of anglers who were fortunate to land them. Most of the dorado being found now are small juvenile-sized fish.

The inshore grounds off of Fiesta Americana Resort near Cabo San Lucas is producing yellowfin tuna up to 20 pounds, as well as an occasional dorado or wahoo in this same area. Iman Bank has been another productive region, with a bit more of an opportunity of finding some bottom structure species, in addition to tuna, dorado and wahoo.

The best place to expect a shot at the larger grade of yellowfin tuna has been off of the Gordo Banks; although we have not heard of any monsters recently, many tuna in the 50- to 70-pound class and a few up to 150-pounds were reported.

Billfish action is scattered as well, though on any given day anglers have hooked into a striped, blue or black marlin, with a chance at a sailfish also … there just aren’t big numbers of any these species at this time. The black and blues have been reportedly lurking around the high spots where the bait is the thickest.

East Cape

Seems like the billfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo and roosterfish are in the area and are being caught daily. No huge numbers — just a enough to lure visiting anglers to head offshore in search of the big gamefish. And more importantly, they are being rewarded with some exciting moments in the pursuit of fish larger than they are.

While others are setting their sights on the unusual bottom fish bite that has been taking place … amberjack, yellowtail, snapper and white bonito with most of the action near the bottom more than a football field’s length below the bottom of the boat.

There has even been some nice catches from the beach for anglers who prefer dry land beneath their feet and a chance to cool off in the Sea of Cortez or hotel pool.

La Paz

It has been a mixed bag of fishing and difficult to pinpoint why some fisher folks have done well one day and poorly the next or why Las Arenas would be better than La Paz one day … then the next day La Paz would be better than Las Arenas. It was really the luck of the draw; and same with the weather. Recent weather was quite tropical with lots of humidity and always the chance of rain and wind interrupting the day or putting a damper on the fishing. Then, the weather switched back and incredibly we had some of the prettiest days in weeks, but the fishing seemed to diminish somewhat. One day good — next day so-so. One boat goes crazy and next boat struggles to get one fish.

I’m not a big believer in the full moon thing and how it adversely affects fishing unless a number of other factors are involved. However, as the time went on, and it got closer to the “super full moon” (larger and closer than normal) combined with an eclipse, water levels were much higher and lower than normal, plus currents and tides were higher and lower than normal — could have been the reason for the hot/cold fishing

With the help of Gary Bulla, a frequent visitor to Las Arenas, Gray Tagging began their Baja inshore tagging program recently with the hopes of retrieving data that will provide insight into the management of the fishery over time.

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.