Fish Report

November 16, 2015 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Well, the 16th Annual WON/Yamaha Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot has just finished and as always, everyone seemed to have a good time, especially with the “party harder” part. However, they didn’t do so well on the fish-catching side. Yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo were the only fish caught and in order to qualify they had to weigh more than 30 pounds. All of the categories were filled and 5 of the 143 teams took home a chunk of change amounting to $649,800 – the largest payout ever! Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

fishreport2106.jpgAs noted above, fishing has been slow. One might think that the tuna seiners making x’s and o’s on the Pacific side with their spotter helicopters hovering overhead watching for any telltale signs of yellowfin tuna might have something to do with the lack of tuna. Between grumpy seas and few fish, the hope is that the wind will back off and the bite will pick back up.

There were quite a few dorado caught with more smaller ones than the larger variety.

On the billfish front, there has been some sailfish and smallish stripers out in front of Cabo Falso, as well as dorado and roosters hanging out close to shore. There have also been some wahoo and their smaller counterpart, sierra mackerel —popular for cerviche.

San Jose

There continues to be no sardina available; baitfish supplies now consist of caballito, squid, and ballyhoo starting to become available.

The yellowfin tuna were being found moving with porpoise from the Iman and Desteladera and were hitting on strips of squid; though this action was unpredictable as to where and when the porpoise and in turn the yellowfin would be found. The tuna being caught were mostly in the 40- to 65- pound class.

Dorado and wahoo were also in the mix with the latter striking best on various baits, such as chihuil, caballito or rigged ballyhoo; some also were hitting on trolling lures, with sizes ranging up to 54 pounds — most fish were in the 15- to 30- pound range.

Finally, we are seeing some nicer-sized mature dorado; it has been a long time, and there are still no significant numbers, but chances are good of finding two, three, maybe four of these fish, on the same grounds as where the wahoo and tuna have been encountered.

Billfishing was mainly for scattered action on sailfish and striped marlin; some of the marlin hooked into were unusually small, in the 20- to 30 pound class. It is not often that we see such juvenile-sized billfish. Others were of normal size.

Not much inshore or bottom action now, though we did see some red snapper action off of the San Luis Bank. Closer to shore, there were triggerfish, some yellow snapper, pompano, bonito and barred pargo.

East Cape

Like most of the Sea of Cortez the North Wind becomes a factor this time of year. There are good and bad days. If the wind is in your face in the early morning, don’t even bother going out. Usually even this time of year if the wind isn’t blowing, you may see a wind line out a ways and have few hours to fish before the wind reaches shore.

There are still some billfish to be had on those good days — striped marlin, sailfish and even an occasional bigger blue or black to mess with. Also finally some decent-sized dorado have shown up. Not in big numbers but enough for a fresh fish dinner.

There are still some wahoo here and there with mostly early morning action which may dovetail with my previous discussion about the wind.

The other option worth considering would be to walk the beach with your fishing rod and look for some sierra or jacks to fling a lure at. You never know what you might come up with. Either way it’s a nice way to spend the morning and you can smugly lecture your friends on the merit of getting your daily exercise.

La Paz

It’s been tough fishing. Northern winds have made it choppy and rough. Even tho’ it might look calm in the bay, outside it can look like a washing machine. Bait has also become a problem. Some days, no bait is available until late in the morning. Even more so, the fish we’ve been finding have been far on the other side of La Paz Bay near San Juan de la Costa. That’s a long, long run after an already long run looking for bait. San Juan de la Costa is over an hour’s run to get there. Then…when we have fished the area, we’re finding only one to three little dorado or maybe some sierra.

More or less, unless something dramatic happens, I think we’re done fishing the La Paz side and Espirito Santo Island for the rest of the season.

Having our boats launching out’ve Bahia de Los Muertos they are at least more protected from the winds blowing from the north since it’s a south-facing bay. However, it has still been bumpy out there some days once the winds start up.

That being said, we were still getting some decent-size rooster fish the last week or so that ran 30 to 60 pounds (all released). There were also a few sailfish and marlin hooked and released. Rapalas near Cerralvo Island and not far off Punta Perrico produced a few wahoo as well as some really early season yellowtail in the 20-pound class.

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.