Fish Report

March 5, 2018 Edition

Cabo San Lucas

The marlin fishing has picked up recently, but the dorado count dropped.The yellowfin tuna were hard to come by – at least in the areas being targeted for the marlin. The near-shore panga fishing found spotty roosterfish action but plenty of bonito, a few football yellowfin, some sierra, and some smaller schoolie dorado.

Cabo Climate: Overall great fishing weather (it is the early dry season) with sunny to partly cloudy skies, average and daytime temps in the upper 70s with evenings in the mid 60s. Winds are relatively calm with gentle shore breezes in the mid to upper single digits. Humidity expected in the mid 60s for the early weeks into March.

fishkiller2314.JPGSea Conditions: Relatively calm seas throughout the area with some surface chop occasionally stirred up by surface breezes at 8 to 10 mph, mostly out of the West and WNW. Sea temps around the Golden Gate and Jamie Banks steadily cooling into the lower 70-degree range. Water around Cabo Falso east to the Gorda Banks is warmer in the 73- to 74-degree range.

Best Fishing Areas: Boats making the run to the Golden Gate continued to be rewarded with solid marlin action. Most of the boats fished a little closer in and were finding marlin in the El Faro and Pozo Cota areas.

Best Bait & Lures: Trolled lures and rigged and live bait tossed to surface fish seemed to be the ticket for the marlin. Some boats mixed some smaller smoke trail and jet heads along with feathers to coax the dorado.

Bait Supply: Plenty of bait available at the $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor.

Puerto Los Cabos

The highlight this week was the yellowfin tuna, which had really faded out, rebounded as water conditions have actually improved, despite the cooler weather patterns. Fleets found decent yellowfin action near Vinorama ranging in size up to over 50 pounds. That’s quality tuna, considering that this is never known as a favorable time frame for this pelagic species. The fish were striking on sardina, strips of squid, as well as on mackerel, when they were able to be found. Boats were averaging from one or two to six fish per morning.

Dorado was another common fish found. Most of the dorado were under ten pounds, but there were some larger fish, including a true 25 pound bull dorado. Many people are releasing the smaller dorado, especially the females; remember to practice the conservation of these juvenile fish to help maintain future stocks.

Not much in the way of billfish action off San Jose at present; the better chances are on the Pacific side now. We heard of a blue marlin being landed, but the striped marlin is the most common billfish being caught this time of year.

Bottom action has been limited with not much besides a scattering of cabrilla (leopard grouper), pargo and triggerfish. Swift currents have made bottom fishing tough and most charters have been going after the tuna and dorado, or they were fishing for sierra along the beaches.

As long as ocean water conditions remain favorable, the yellowfin tuna should remain in the area. Typically, in the next few weeks, weather patterns with warming days and less persistent winds should be in store for the area. It has been a bonus that supplies of sardina have held up and seem to be sustainable for the time being.

Sea Conditions: Despite the cooler conditions, the ocean has remained relatively warm, now averaging 70 to 74 degrees, very clean and blue close to shore, but with strong currents running though. Lots of jelly fish in the area now, and a continued large presence of whales.

Best Bait & Lures: Sardina continue to be the main bait being used and schools of sardina are found off the beaches from Palmilla to Cabo Real. They are also being found off of the rocky beach stretches north near San Luis, where there are a larger grade of these baitfish. Other options have been slabs of squid as well on some days, and varying quantities of mackerel were being jigging up on sabiki rigs, mainly off of Punta Gorda.

East Cape

2018 began in an unusual fashion with few windy days and more April-like weather to dazzle visitors and local anglers alike. Along with the spring-like weather, there are glowing reports of striped marlin, wahoo, dorado, plus a seldom seen yellowfin bite up at Cerralvo, as well as some sierra and roosterfish from the shore.

Then the North Wind arrived with its chilling effect and wind waves crashing on the sandy beaches. Sportfishing was required to take a breather and endure the grumpy seas that prevented all but the hardest core of anglers from doing much more than talk about gigantic humpback whales cavorting in the wind waves not far offshore.

La Paz

The fishing has been hampered by strong winds and currents, so boats stayed closer in, which resulted in a few small pargo and cabrilla. Fishing trips were few and far between because of winds and some spats of rain.

It’s like this in winter. If there are storms in the U.S., there’s usually an effect in Baja, and the western U.S. got a lot of cold, wind, rain and snow this winter.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg

Larry Edwards

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas

East Cape

Rancho Leonero Hotel

Jen Wren Sportfishing

East Cape Tackle Cindy Kirkwood,

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International