Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

Spoiler alert! The following report was written as hurricane Blanca sashayed way past the tip of Baja. Hopefully, the fishing will be resilient and return even better after she’s done her business and departed. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas. Striped marlin fishing has been good with many boats scoring on multiples. Even a few blues were released as well. Dorado still seem to be lagging behind in the team with only a few being caught by the fleet. Hopefully, there will be some trash and debris in the water after the hurricane passes which will provide cover for the bait to congregate under.

Wahoo has slowed somewhat from the past few months, but there is still a good early morning shot on the way out. The big news is that the big tuna are being seen mixed in with the porpoise and a few are being caught that are approaching 200-pounds.

Inshore, the dorado and roosterfish have dominated the catch along with a few jacks, skipjack and yellowtail added to the mix plus there has even been an occasional sierra. Sea temps on the Pacific side are all at 74 to 76° with Cabo San Lucas to Gorda Banks at 77°. The 1150 Fathom Spot all the way out to the 1000 Fathom Curve has been at 79° and Los Frailes is still at 81° prior to Blanca.Quality roosterfish caught at East Cape by Shawn Cutts from San Diego and his hangers on. Photo by Mark Rayor, Jen Wren Sportfishing.

San Jose. The local fleet found good offshore action for striped marlin, producing one or two fish each per each boat targeting them while the dorado were the best bet for inshore.

Another option was some larger roosterfish from 40 to 50 pounds that were found inshore and were landed by trolling live bait along the local beaches. Some trophy-sized amberjack to over 60 pounds, as well as dogtooth snapper were also hooked into, but were lost due to the close proximity of the sharp rocky reefs. A mix of pargo, bonito and cabrilla rounded out the action over the shallow structure.

Most of the wahoo that have been landed recently have been fish weighing in the 15- to 30-pound class, and they were striking on either bait or trolled lures, mainly on the grounds to the north of Punta Gorda.

There were yellowfin tuna spotted feeding in the 30-pound class, though only a handful were hooked; most of these were reported in the area from La Fortuna to the Gordo Banks. At least one much larger yellowfin was reported.

East Cape. Good show of tuna following the porpoise not too far offshore, while still a few stripers were seen hanging out in front of the Cabo Rivera Marina. Inshore, the roosterfish are spotted cruising the beach, teasing the fly guys and the panga gang has been enticing them with slow-trolled live bait.

Also, some jack cravelle, pompano and snapper have been found on the rock reefs. In addition to the occasional wahoo, there have also been schools of skipjack breezing on the surface. These are fun on light tackle!

La Paz. Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay

Wow! That a wahoo bite! Not much to say except that in the last few weeks, we’ve gotten more wahoo than in the past five years combined. Sounds cocky, but this has been incredible. Pangas are getting one to five wahoo per day. The only clients of ours who did not get wahoo are those who were fishing for something else; fly fishers or folks who were hooking them but losing the speedsters. These fish are all quality 20 to 50 pounders! Besides the wahoo, there have been decent numbers of those tasty white bonito (meat similar to tuna!) and the roosterfish have been in the 20 to 40 pound class. Plus, the pompano, jack crevalle, and the occasional sierra (must be some cold water around), and a hooked marlin or two as well — it seems the marlin and sails are starting to wake up!

La Paz Fleet has been consistent for action. Inshore stuff for pargo, cabrilla, snapper, amberjack, roosterfish, jack crevalle and bonito has produced 20 to 30 fish days with lots of released fish, as well as lots of fun battling these fish into the rocks.

The best news is that recently we have finally started seeing some of the larger schools of dorado that we’ve been waiting for. Fish are small to medium sized 5 to 15 pounders with many of the anglers releasing the smaller fish, but it’s encouraging to finally see that the dorado are moving in.

Also more billfish are in the area, which should only get better with so many more smaller dorado around.

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  ,