Fish Report

November 30, 2015 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Sportfishing overall, from the tip of Baja to La Paz, is holding up reasonably well so far. The North Winds which are normal for this time of year have returned once again to the Sea of Cortez. They dictate that anglers fishing up that way pay a little more attention to the weather than at other times of the year. It doesn’t blow all the time but it can be a nuisance if you are planning an offshore trip; if the wind is blowing early in the morning, switching plans and fishing closer to shore is a wise choice and can be equally productive for a wide variety of fish.  Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

Both striped marlin and sailfish are entertaining for the offshore gang. Most of the action is on the Pacific side from Cape Rocks on up around the Lighthouse at Falso, continuing on up the beach just a few miles offshore and all the way to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank.

The dorado action, which is usually common in the summer and fall, seems to be happening now. Water temperatures have cooled a tad and that has brought some of the larger fish weighing up to 35 pounds into the area.

Most of the yellowfin tuna being caught are random and found under porpoise schools, with the smaller variety found on a few high spots close to shore.

In addition to the dorado and wahoo near shore, the roosterfish have mysteriously appeared and some are as large as 35 pounds.

Not to be overlooked is the beach fishing that is producing some great-sized roosterfish, dorado and jack cravelle particularly on the Pacific side all the way up to Todos Santos.

San Jose

Action has proved to be more spread out and less productive recently; there were some quality fish caught, though numbers are down. No particular place has been hot — wind has been a major factor on the grounds from the Gordo Bank and to the north. Schools of yellowfin tuna up to 100 pounds were seen surfacing while traveling with porpoise, but conditions were not favorable for chasing these rapidly-moving schools and not many of these tuna were landed. A handful of fish in the 40 to 80 pound range were striking on strips of squid, others were taken on live chihuil. Still no resource for sardina, though there have been caballito and ballyhoo available as well as other options. Perhaps cooling currents and less angling pressure will allow the sardina to move within our range, which would be great to have at this time.

There was a 69 pound wahoo landed out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina; this trophy-sized fish hit on a live skipjack and was part of an explosive double hook up, which resulted in one nice wahoo landed and another lost. Wahoo were spread out throughout the area, though better chances still seem to be north of Punta Gorda. Dorado action slowed way down; however, these fish are still in the area — the majority of charters are finding maybe one or two. They are at least having a chance at one or two.

Billfish are spread out, and there seems to be increased numbers of striped marlin in local waters now. Also some sailfish and at least one blue was landed by the panga fleet out of Puerto Los Cabos. When the wind does diminish, there should be better opportunities to be found.

More sierra are moving in along with the cooling waters; these smaller-sized gamefish will provide bonus inshore action, especially when we start seeing schools of sardina move back into the region.

East Cape

While the wind surfers are delighted with the early arrival of the north winds, the fishing community has shifted into a wait-and-see mode, picking the good days and abstaining on the windy days.

On the calm days, there are still striped and blue marlin to be found. Inshore there are sierra for cerviche as well as a few errant roosters and jacks to target.

As the wind persists, some of the local boats, as well as few of the hotel boats, will shift their base of operation down to the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos at San Jose where the winds are not as prevalent.

Beach fishing is another option even on some of the windy days when the wind remains offshore until mid-morning.

La Paz

Winds were again the big story. Two weeks in a row, the northern winds ripped with speeds over 20 mph and some gusts over 30 mph. Fortunately, it’s already off-season. Not many fishermen but those who did go out expected it would be rough and perhaps not very productive.

However, as mentioned, we did have some hearty folks out there who braved the elements and still had a good time. Not much going on offshore and frankly too rough. Plus bait is an issue when big winds make big waves. Big waves make it hard to get bait. But, inshore there were decent catches of pargo, cabrilla and some huge triggerfish, plus a few yellowtail hooked (and lost). Best bite was on the roosterfish.

Surprising that there are still some 10- to 60-pound fish hanging out close to shore. If you’re not looking to bring home any meat, these fish are great sport and there’s nothing like tying into a 40- to 50-pound beast on light tackle. But all of them are getting released for the most part as the meat isn’t very good eating.

Now it’s looking as though the winds might calm down a bit so hopefully the fish will be more cooperative.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg www.piscessportfishing.com

Larry Edwards www.cortezcharters.com

San Jose

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.