Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

Wahoo!! (Wait — I’m getting ahead of myself.) After talking about striped marlin that were seen but wouldn’t bite for weeks, the tide has turned suddenly, and the little critters have opened their mouths and begun to play.

Now back to the wahoo — from Muertos to the tip of the peninsula — they are biting! I don’t mean an occasional bite here and there … it’s an epidemic that locals cannot account for. One muttered recently, “1’ve been here forty years and have never seen anything like this!” Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

From North Carolina, the man behind the mustache is Allen Sheppard with a big beast of a wahoo caught on a day when “There were so many wahoo we could have caught two of them.” They were only a few hundred yards from shore and using live bait. photo provided by Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter InternationalCabo San Lucas Striped marlin seem to be “back on track” with excited reports of multiple releases not uncommon. Doubles, triples, and even a few quadruple days have crews and visitors grinning from ear-to-ear. There are even reports of a blue or two.

Dorado are still scarce but the wahoo, along with roosterfish, are dazzling the anglers. In addition, skipjack, grouper, bonito, triggerfish, mojarra, snapper and sierra all ended up on the catch list.

Cabo Climate: It has been partly cloudy with intermittent sunshine but overall, pleasant days for fishing. Air temps varied from 67 nights to 82 daytime highs, with a 25% humidity level.

Sea Conditions: Pacific side is cooling off rapidly at 72 to 73 degrees, rising to 76 degrees at Cabo Falso and gently rising even higher to 77 to 78 at the 95 Fathom Spot and 80 to 81 at the 1150 Fathom Spot and on up at Los Frailes. Surface breezes are mostly from the westerly direction and ranged from very light to 14 mph.

San Jose Striped marlin were the most common species found offshore of San Jose del Cabo, free jumping and at times feeding on balled up bait sources, from 3 to 15 miles from shore. At times the marlin proved finicky, though persistent anglers were hooking up; many boats accounted for one or two marlin, while others were seeing many fish, but couldn’t connect. Only an occasional dorado was caught.

Wahoo were fairly active, and most of the time were found close to shore, off of Palmilla and north to Cardon and La Fortuna. Anglers using lures and baits caught as many as two or three weighing up to 40 pounds.

The yellowfin tuna bite was limited to only one or two here or there, many hitting strips of squid, while some were hooked on small hoochies and others on chihuil or caballito — sizes averaged 20 to 40 pounds.

Only a few sierra were being seen or caught; some larger-sized roosterfish — up to 40-pounds — are moving in. Some were landed and of course, there were jack crevalle in the mix. We expect increased numbers of larger roosterfish to continue to move through our area; mid-June is normally the peak season for these prized gamefish.

East Cape Fishing really picked up! The water warmed up and it also cleaned up and the fishing just went off the charts!! Striped marlin have practically been jumping in the boats. At least a couple of releases per every angler targeting billfish, especially for the boats right off the La Ribera Bank to Punta Colorado – lots and lots of stripers!

The dorado fishing picked up as well. Brock Bryant, from Kalispell, Montana, caught his first-ever salt water fish on Saturday — a 70-pound bull!

The yellowfin showed with large schools of 20- to 40-pound tuna, 10 to 20 miles offshore. They were easy to find under the porpoise.

There have been three or four wahoo coming in to the cleaning table every day —fish in the 20- to 50-pound range!

The rooster fishing is awesome, but with all the offshore action outside, the gallos aren’t getting much fishing pressure. Large schools of skipjack are found throughout East Cape and lots of big amberjack are biting on the bottom inside.

La Paz There has been some really great inshore action along the reefs and islands. Sizable pargo (yellow snapper and barred pargo) along with some good-sized cabrilla plus late-season sierra provided solid action most days. There were also some rooster fish caught and released and we had a few marlin hookups as well with fish getting released or breaking off. There are dorado out there, but not in the numbers we’d expect this time of year. More are expected as the waters have continued to warm.

Las Arenas/Muertos Bay Wahoo like crazy. Wahoo became WOW-hooo! “Every bait we threw in the water got wahoo!” “They were free swimming all round the pangas!”

“We hooked two and lost four. We wanted to try for a marlin so we went marlin fishing for three hours … we came back and hooked two more wahoo!”

“We could have caught 10 or 15 easy if we were better fishermen. What a blast!”

Two areas: One at the south end of Cerralvo Island on the high spot and then the other area was right outside Bahia de Los Muertos just off the rocks a hundred yards! Small mackerel…baby sardines…trolled Rapalas…they got bit! A few days were better than others, but there were wahoo every day!

In addition to the wahoo … well … the rooster fish were back. The fish ran 15 to 45 pounds on the average — all released.

Anyway…whew! Not everyone caught fish every day like this, but this was the place to go for the larger fish!

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 ,