Fish Report

October 19, 2015
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Here comes fall, the time for the big money billfish and tuna tournaments. Once they begin mid month they are nearly back to back until Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t fish, the pageantry and excitement surrounding the weigh-in is entertaining.

Brian Shortino, New Jersey flanked by Captain Renegade Mike Tumbeiro (right) and his deckhand with Brian’s 293-pound monster YFT.The Bisbee tournaments use a scale on the malecon in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall. LCO October 17-18 and B&B October 21-23. Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, October 6-7, scale is on the Malecon in front of the Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

The billfish bite continues to gather momentum particularly for blues, stripers and sailfish along with a few black marlin. Most of the action came on the Pacific side “hot spots” from Pozo de Cota, down across the Golden Gate and on to the Jaime Bank and into the east to the Herradura area. Great news for the upcoming tournaments that target them beginning mid October and continue through November.

So far this year the dorado have been a disappointment with fish scattered over a large area and are smaller than normal. Hopefully the schools will arrive as the sea temps begin cool.

The ever popular yellowfin tuna a tease up one day and down the next. Mostly smaller school sized fish up to 25-pounds with some shattering the 100-pound mark and one that tipped the scales at 293-pounds aboard “Renegade Mike”

In addition the wahoo bite that won’t quit still continues to please the lucky ones that stumble across one plus the grilled steaks prepared at your favorite restaurant are fantastic.

San Jose

Since the passing of stormy squalls we have seen very pleasant conditions throughout this week, moderate ocean swells, no strong winds, all around good environment for ocean fishing. Action was more spread out recently, yellowfin tuna were being seen surfacing at times in sizable schools, but were finicky, one of the main reasons being that there were no quantities of sardina to freely chum with. The majority of the yellowfin now being found on local grounds were ranging in the 5 to 25 lb. class or in the range of 50 to 60 lb., we did hear of unconfirmed reports of a larger grade of yellowfin hanging around the Pacific San Jaime or Golden Gate Banks.

There is a later morning bite off of Punta Gorda, sardina were the best, fish were also hooked on strips of squid, These tuna were in the 10 to 25 lb. class, boats were catching a couple of fish, to as many as ten. With more sardina this would be a hot bite. We hope that more sardina move into our range soon. Only a few scattered dorado being found and most all of these have been under 15 pounds. Wahoo were even scarcer, though any slight cooling trend in water temperature could turn them on. Other action was for miscellaneous structure species, most common being triggerfish or snapper, an occasional dogtooth or amberjack, even one yellowtail.

Main action locally for billfish was for sailfish, no huge numbers, these fish were found on the tuna grounds. There was a private boat land a 300 lb. class blue marlin.

East Cape

Recent rain squalls have turned the foothills greener than most locals can ever remember. As fall looms on the horizon.

The bait guys are still providing a good supply of live and dead sardina as well as caballito.

The billfish haven’t received the memo and are continuing to bite. Blues, striped marlin and sailfish are biting from town all the way to outside of Cabo Pulmo.

The local tuna bite of La Ribera finally dried up forcing boats to go further to find them. South of Los Frailes there were a few larger fish up to 30-pounds. Keeping a steady chum line going keeps the fish on the surface. Both live and dead sardina were doing the trick.

There are plenty of dorado for the taking, however they are seldom large enough to keep. Thankfully, the wahoo bite was good, bordering on very good. Best bet were Rapalas rigged with fluoro. Punta Colorada to the Lighthouse was the best area.

Roosterfish were around just none of the real big ones. Most were well under 20-pounds.

Inshore the pangas found enough pargo, rainbow runners, yellowtail, pompano, amberjacks and, of course, tons of triggers to satisfy the anglers.

La Paz

For the first time in two years…TUNA!!!, the tuna schools blew up on our pangas just south of Bahia de los Muertos. Fun footballs that we call “yellow’fun’” tuna! These were 8-12 pound fish and it was WFO…all you wanted. We have not seen a day like that in two years! All live bait.

But then… the weather changed on us and we had the big rainstorm. Guys told us the fish were “foaming” and biting everywhere. They just weren’t biting the hooks! We only got 2-5 tuna per boat.

On the other news…there were numerous marlin and sailfish hooked up and while the tuna were there. Plus dorado and some inshore rock species. Oh and few unexpected wahoo as well.

The rub was that, it changed from day to day. One day crazy good. Next day you had trouble buying a fish! Or, two pangas would have fish of a lifetime catches and the other pangas right next to them would be sitting there trying to scratch out a single fish.

Like Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay, the fishing the fishing was unpredictable and erratic. You could load up on all the dorado you wanted and be back on the beach by noon drinking beer in the hotel. Or…you could be the boat right next to it and get two dorado and a bonito all day. Or be the panga that hooked 2 billfish, but couldn’t find a single dorado. Or be the day that La Paz fish just weren’t biting and you find out you should have fished with our Las Arenas fleet instead! Luck of the draw. Luck of the weather.

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