Fish Report

June 13, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

June is bustin’ out all over and the month promises to be an exciting time for the steady stream of visitors now arriving. There’s enough variety to satisfy beginners and seasoned anglers alike looking for a fun-filled, fishy day or two.

Tight Lines and Good Luck, Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

While some of the boats scored multiple striped marlin releases along with a few sailfish and the larger blue marlin, two areas were responsible for the best billfish action — the area around the 1150 Fathom Spot and the area just outside Cabo Falso (aka the Lighthouse). Live bait provided the best catch action but artificials were also doing some billfish attractions for the boats focused on catching a billfish.

Inshore action continued to be the mainstay of the action for many. The tuna bite was spread over a wide area ranging from Migrino to the 95 Fathom Spot, including Herradura and Cabo Falso.

Closer to shore from Cape Rocks up the Pacific side, anglers found some of the best roosterfish so far this year. As one local Captain commented, “This is our peak inshore season and its showing anglers all over the world why they should be fishing in Cabo. Inshore fishing is so good right now. We are catching big roosterfish, jack crevalle, sierra mackerel, snappers, amberjack and other fun fish on both fly and light tackle.”

Air temps varied from 71 nights to 89 daytime highs and a 45.6% average humidity level. Mostly sunny and warm with a few passing high clouds in the mix.

The Pacific side cooled down! The Finger Bank is currently at 64-65 degrees; Todos Santos to Cristobal, from the shoreline to about 5- or 6-miles out all at 65-67 degrees; Golden Gate to Jaime Bank at 72 degrees. Cabo Falso and south across the 1,000 Fathom Curve is at 74-75 degrees, and Cabo San Lucas northerly to Los Frailes, all at 77-79 degrees. Surface breezes are flowing from the westerly directions, fairly calm mornings to about 13 mph in the afternoon.

San Jose

The local bait situation remains the same — anglers are using strips of squid, ballyhoo, caballito, jurelito and moonfish. We have seen very little bolito and smaller skipjack on the offshore grounds, and inshore mullet migration is causing spotty conditions inshore.

A handful of larger-grade roosterfish were caught and released from the offshore structure areas, where tuna, pargo and amberjack are usually targeted.

Striped marlin are from 15 to 20 miles offshore, with a few sailfish in the mix; plenty of pilot shark, many striking on higher-speed trolling lures and bait and an occasional wahoo, including a 75 pounder taken mid-week.

The amberjack, in the 20 to 40 pound range, were found close to the Marina entrance, off the San Jose Estuary and off Palmilla Point, as well as on the San Luis Bank. They were striking on live bait, either caballito or moonfish. A couple of dogtooth snapper were also caught, plus plenty of smaller-sized triggerfish; we are also seeing a mix of some barred pargo and yellow snapper.

Yellowfin tuna has been hit or miss with smaller-grade yellowfin striking on smaller-trolled hoochies from Red Hill to Chileno Bay and north between Iman and Vinorama. Anglers found tuna up to 40 pounds on high spots while drift-fishing strips of squid or slow-trolling the surf with caballito or moonfish.

More dorado are being spotted – smaller, up to 20 pounds.

East Cape

After a solid finish in May, it’s safe to say summer season is underway as most of the favorite species are now in the zone!

The balmy mornings recede as afternoon easterly breezes kick in holding the temperatures to mid-80s, with water clear and flat.

So far there has been ample bait, with caballito and occasionally the much sought after sardina, with squid and ballyhoo available for sale every morning.

Billfish action continued to be mostly a striper show with enough sailfish and occasional blue marlin to keep the offshore crowd happy. Most were fish taken from La Ribera to Cabo Pulmo on rigged ballyhoo.

Dorado are back on the bite. Mostly smaller fish, but a few were 30-pounders. Locals claim that there already have been more dorado caught than all last year. Some boats found floating debris outside and did well while other boats fished closer inshore with success.

The very consistent wahoo bite has continued with good, husky fish. Best area was to the south. Fish seem to be mostly hitting Rapalas.

There were tuna ranging from football-size under porpoise about 20 miles out, to 25-pounders south on the Iman Bank. Angler Guy Evans boated a 100-pound fish brute while fishing on the Jen Wren.

While the roosterfish quantity diminished recently, the quality improved as the larger fish moved in. Reports of some as large as 60 pounds were caught and released near the Punta Arena Lighthouse.

La Paz

In La Paz, dorado for the fleet proved elusive. They’re bigger than previously, but just not around much and when we saw them, they just didn’t seem interested. The other option was near the rocks where there were some horse yellowtail — big tough pargo and cabrilla, amberjack, jack crevalle and even some big roosters that were lost.

Los Arenas was our most consistent fishing. We started off with a bang as the jacks put on a show. The amberjack ranging from 10- to 20-pounds came on strong in the rocky shallows where almost any bait or lure got smacked! These are great powerful fighters and good eating fish, too! Larger fish in the 30- to 60-pound class were lost to the rocks or agonizingly close to the boat within gaff distance. As the fishing continued, bigger roosterfish moved in. We had some fish over 50 and close to 70 pounds hit the rods and some even larger lost! The smallest fish reported was “at least 30 pounds.” All the fish were released.

Dorado have gone from 2- to 3-pounders to 10- to 15-pounders, but not many…just yet. We also got into a number of marlin that seemed ready to bite. Most were the 100- to 120-pounders, but we had some blues in the 200-pound class that were lost on the light tackle and we had several sailfish that were hooked. Most of the billfish that made it to the boats were released.

The bite was rounded out by wahoo…yes! They are still around and we hooked more than we caught. The tasty white bonito provided lots of action as did pargo of several varieties. Also, three sharks were caught and released which is unusual.

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.