Fish Report

February 5, 2018 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Cabo San Lucas

The fishing has been truly magical here in Cabo. Not only has the weather been delightful - an average of 80 F, with nice crisp mornings - but to top it off, whatever fish the anglers targeted, they found.

fishkiller_6.JPGIf you’ve dreamed of catching a marlin, now is the time to be here; you can almost “guarantee” your odds. Striped marlin are free jumping, with frigate birds and seagulls causing enough commotion to act as visual markers on the spots where fish have driven the bait to the surface and are feeding on it. There hasn’t even been much competition between boats, there was enough marlin for everyone.trend continues to be upwards of three marlin caught per boat, with top performers catching up to ten.

Those who targeted tuna and dorado found them and small game fishing has been off the charts. Then throw big sierra, very nice-sized grouper and a few roosterfish into the mix, plus lots of triggerfish, sheepshead and others.

Of the total number of fish caught or released, 40 percent were striped marlin, 5 percent were dorado, 13 percent were tuna and 42 percent were small game fish, including sierra, grouper, red snapper, triggerfish and rooster fish. All catch limits were respected and all but one marlin released.

Best Fishing Spot: Golden Gate mostly, also Old Lighthouse and Los Arcos. 180 Spot or 210 Spot for tuna.

Conditions: Clear, calm skies and seas. Average water temperature of 76 F.

Best Lures: Mackerel bait, cedar plugs, feather lures. Chumming for smaller game fish.

Puerto Los Cabos

Through December and the first half of January, the weather patterns in the Los Cabos area were ideal. It was warmer than usual, with the normally very persistent North Wind being light and not much of a factor. This also contributed to the ocean water temperatures holding several degrees warmer than normal, which was good news for keeping the pelagic gamefish such as dorado, yellowfin tuna and wahoo on local fishing grounds.

Recently, the light crowds of anglers were greeted with stronger gusting winds from the north. Water temperatures were down in the 70 to 75 degree range.

The sardina supply remained steady with the main concentration centered near Cabo Real.options being used are caballito, mackerel and strips of squid. The highlight for action recently has been on the Gordo Banks for quality-sized yellowfin tuna, with fish hooked to 150 pounds while drift fishing.

Anglers considered themselves fortunate to capture one or two tuna. A lot of factors were involved: first the fish were hitting best on leader not heavier than 50 or 60 pound test, which resulted in many of the larger fish breaking off, and then sea lions and sharks were taking their share as well.

Heavy pressure has been on these grounds now, as this was one of the better options available. Other tuna action for a smaller grade of fish was found off Santa Maria, but there were no big numbers and that bite was on one day and off the other, very hit or miss. It was still a decent option since it was close to shore in more protected waters.

Dorado action is tapering off, which is normal for this time of year. Some fish were found on the same grounds as the tuna with others found close to shore.chances were on various bait; sizes ranged up to 15 pounds. Average catches for dorado were now less than one per charter.

There wasn’t a whole lot of bottom action going on, particularly with the stiffer winds creating choppy seas and swift currents. Closer to shore, off the shallow rock piles, were pargo, red snapper, amberjack, leopard grouper, bonito and triggerfish, but this action was limited. Also close to shore there were smaller-sized roosterfish off the San Jose hotel zone.

Around on the Pacific there was better action reported for sierra. Hopefully this is a favorable sign that these fish are heading in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.

Billfish activity increased out of San Jose. Still no big numbers, but anglers reportedly spotted a few striped marlin on the local grounds; they were hooked on trolled lures as well as on various larger baitfish. Recently, there was a black marlin, estimated close to 500 pounds, brought in to Puerto Los Cabos Marina on a cruiser. It’s out of season, but it just proves that you really never know what can happen on a given day.

East Cape

We’ve had unusually cool morning temperatures in the low 50s with daytime temps in the middle 70s.reoccurring North Winds were a double whammy for locals and visitors alike. On windy days the kite boarders reveled in it, while the anglers huddled on the beach in heavy coats glaring at the white caps.

On calm days the cruisers and tin boats headed out in search of dorado, striped marlin and sierra, whichbeen providing most of the action along with a few yellowtail, grouper and snapper while the wind lovers shook their head in disgust.

Many folks from the U.S. will notoursouth of 59 degrees and it is cold! Daytime temps are still in the middle 70s, so flops and shorts are,I'm sticking with a long sleeve T-shirt.

Anglersin the morning are having success., striped marlin and sierrabeen providing most of the action, but a few yellowtail, grouper and snapper have also been in the count.

La Paz

Still not too many folks fishing.’s been pretty windy from the north, as is pretty typical for this time of year, and it’s the January slump when there’s just not that many folks in town either!’s actually a nice time to be in La Paz, with daytime temps in the high 70s,’s just not necessarily the best time to be on the water.

However, we did get some folks out for a few days for some scratchy mixed bag fishing. Inshore, there’s snapper, bonito, pargo, seabass and good schools of jack crevalle.There should be more sierra around, but it hasn’t been consistent.One day they swarm, and the next day they can’t be found.

The more quality fishing has been for some firecracker 10 pound yellowtail and some surprising 20 pound class tuna in Muertos Bay.still hanging out from last fall!of our captains saw some free-swimming wahoo as well, but they moved off.

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.