Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

In spite of June bringing unsettled weather, the fishing throughout the region has endured with more good days than bad. Choices range from offshore to inshore with a chance at a trophy-sized fish regardless. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Brian Solomon, owner of Solomon’s Landing, struggles with his trophy roosterfish which he landed aboard the El Jefe out of  Rancho Leonero ResortCabo San Lucas. Striped marlin, along with a mix of sailfish and fewer blue marlin, kept the offshore fleet occupied recently at both Grey Rock and farther out at the 95, on both live bait and lures.

The much-awaited dorado bite has yet to materialize with only a few larger ones among the smaller ones. Pretty much the same story for the wahoo … a few here and a few there, tells the story.

There were several larger yellowfin tuna. One reportedly weighed 169 pounds and another weighed 140 pounds, while the rest of the fleet settled for the much smaller variety ranging from football-size to 25 pounds. Most of the fish were found farther offshore where the afternoon wind was kicking up a fuss, causing many boats to opt for the roosterfish action close to port. A number of roosters from 20 to 40 pounds were caught and released. Also mixed in were some jack cravelle and skipjack.

Hot and sunny days demanded suntan lotion and wide-brimmed hats. Daytime temps were going to be holding in the 90s with a little humidity, but not much relief at night, so the A/C will feel very special.

The surface breezes are mostly west/northwest and ranged from near calm to about 16 mph. The Pacific-side sea temps are cool at 72 to 73 degrees, rising to 75 near San Cristobal to Cabo Falso. Cabo San Lucas to Palmilla Point rises to 79 to 80 and the 1150 Fathom Spot to Los Frailes, rises to 82 to 84 degrees.

San Jose. Anglers were relying on the bait source found in the Marina area — caballito and moonfish — most readily available though there were reports of massive schools of mullet seen along the beaches on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas. These mullet haven’t been seen along the beaches in significant numbers for some time! Just like clockwork, the larger-sized roosterfish have arrived and are now patrolling inshore beach stretches, with roosters weighing up to 70 pounds landed and released this past week.

Striped marlin a few miles offshore were striking on trolled lures as well as on available baitfish. A few sailfish are now in the mix as well; swordfish were found by sport fishers venturing farther offshore — 15 to 30 miles. There were some blue marlin strikes that were lost. Nothing much going on for yellowfin tuna now, though a handful of private charters found yellowfin farther offshore traveling with porpoise. Dorado action was limited with an occasional larger bull being accounted for — one 37-pound dorado was brought in at La Playita. Wahoo were definitely in the area, but anglers were fortunate to land one as they were just not striking aggressively.  Panga charters were working inshore reefs and finding some amberjack, pargo, snapper, bonito, and cabrilla … most of these fish were striking on larger baitfish or on cut bait; a few of the amberjack were in the 70-pound class. Last week we saw more numbers of amberjack due to the clarity of the water. The quality-sized roosterfish have been striking fairly consistently.

East Cape. Well, the great tuna bite that had begun was cut short as the Mexican tuna seiners arrived, sweeping the grounds from Palmas Bay to the tip of Baja, quickly decimating the schools of tuna to fill their huge fish holds. Fortunately, the blue marlin bite lit up to the delight of many anglers. There were lumpy days here and there that may have been uncomfortable but failed to slow the bite. There were a few quality dorado in the mix of mostly smallish blue marlin that begged to be released. Inshore the rooster and jack action has been extraordinary for many. One boat had a triple hookup consisting of two large roosters and one large jack cravelle that were released. For others it was fishing the bottom 600 feet for unusual catches of strange-looking denizens of the deep. One of those rare instances when ugly and good could be used in the same sentence. They were the former and tasted like the the latter.

La Paz There was a good bit of variety for our Tailhunter anglers fishing with the La Paz fleet. More dorado showing up are schoolie-sized, 5- to 15-pounders with the occasional 20-pounder in the box. For other species, our pangas are still finding some great marks of pargo, mulatto and yellow snapper as well as some hefty trophy cabrilla. As well, we are seeing more anxious billfish like sails, marlin and rooster fish.

Las Arenas. The wahoo are 20 to 50 pounds and are eating bait as well as lures. If you have time, take the treble hooks off of the lures and replace them with single hooks!

For other fish, the other news is that it seems the marlin really woke up…finally! Quite a few marlin are getting hooked up. Mostly stripers and blues with stripers going 90 to 120 pounds and blues up to 300 pounds. Every day this week several were hooked up and fortunately, most fish were getting released.

Additionally, rooster fish were back nicely in the counts. Most fish were 15 to 30 pounds, but there’s a school of 2 to10 pounders right in Bahia de Los Muertos and if you just wanted to stay in the bay and catch-and-release small roosters all day, it’s not out of the question.

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.