Fish Report

After a rocky start, summer fishing is finally beginning to settle in nicely throughout the region. Regardless of your preference of destination, and there are plenty of options both inshore and offshore to choose from, you’ll know it’s summer by the warm water and excellent fishing. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Zac and Gus Morrison, from Hood River, Oregon, caught this nice blue out of Los Barriles recently, while fishing with Lavo out of Hotel Los Pescadores. They were over the moon proud of themselves with a memory they will hold forever! Don’t they just look over the moon here? Maybe they’re trying for old hand nonchalant.Cabo San Lucas. Some distance offshore, the cow-sized tuna have returned, offering a challenge seldom encountered in many places around the world. These yellowfin tuna weigh up to 300+ pounds. Currently, the most successful method of catching them is with a plastic flying fish called a “yummy” that is deployed with a kite; when eaten by a monster tuna, it is almost frightening!

In addition to the striped marlin, the long-awaited blue marlin seem to be showing up in the catch and release counts more frequently.Dorado action can be “good to dismal,” depending on luck more than anything, with more smaller fish than large, and thus far, the numbers caught do not match up with expectations. Wahoo are another “no show” except for a few smaller fish, along with only a few roosterfish in the “bubba” class. Last but not least are the pargo, with some as large as 15 pounds.

San Jose. This is the time of year that an offshore Billfish Slam is possible — with sailfish, striped marlin, black marlin and blue marlin having been found from three to ten miles from shore. The blue water has recently been found very close to shore on most days; fluctuating currents moved colored water in on occasion and boats would then travel farther out to find the cleaner areas. Conditions which had been stabilizing, as the hot summer season progressed, have now reached temperatures of 85 degrees.

One 400-pound class black marlin was reportedly landed by a charter based out of Palmilla, as well as some blue marlin in the 100- to 200-pound class. There were more striped marlin, along with a handful of sailfish in the mix. Dorado were scattered — in mixed-sizes with the majority being smaller — and fewer than normal for this time of year.

Some anglers are trying early morning bottom jigging or targeting inshore roosterfish action, before heading out into the open blue water or outer banks; this time of year there are a variety of options to choose from and on any particular day any particular area can go off. The red snapper (huachinango) bite has continued on the San Luis Bank; this has mainly been an early morning bite on yo-yo jigs for snapper up to 12 pounds, with Mexican bonito, a few cabrilla or amberjack in the mix. Remember factors such as fast currents and bright full moon phases can change feeding habits.

Roosterfish continue to cruise inshore waters — this is peak season for chances at finding trophy-sized roosterfish, jack crevalle and dogtooth snapper.

East Cape. The marlin bite had been concentrated in an area about 15 miles north of Leonero but with the warmer water, they were spread all over. The best area has ended up being off La Ribera. Blues, stripers and sailfish were all plentiful. Most fish were taken on ballyhoo and fly-lined caballito but the lures seemed to be working as well.

There were plenty of schoolie-sized dorado operating in different areas and while plentiful, nothing real big was being reported. There were monster roosterfish boated but the bigger fish seemed to be behaving differently this year; the big boys are farther offshore in deeper water, and the trick has been to hook the caballito more in the back in order to get them to swim deeper. The best area has been at Rincon Bay. Smaller roosters have been prowling the beaches all over.  Bottom fishing has remained excellent, providing all the normal species: Barred pargo, pompano, brown sea bass, cabrilla and even jacks and smaller roosters, providing action along the beaches for the fly fishermen.

La Paz. Depending on what you have been fishing for and whether you were fishing with the Las Arenas or the La Paz fleet, it has been some pretty good fishing. Summer is definitely here with hot sunny skies and warm blue waters.

All the larger fish are at Las Arenas. And there are no “small fish.” But because it’s mostly the larger fish, there are fewer fish. You get one or two shots at a trophy fish and that might be it for the day. Or one boat might have all the luck on a given day while the boat next to it might get some needlefish, triggers and a bonito. You either hit home runs or you strike out.

But at last the marlin woke up! For many folks they got their first shot at a billfish and there were several days where each of our pangas hooked at least one marlin. There were quite a few lost, but many others were caught and released. Likewise, the roosterfish have been on fire! It has not been uncommon to hit 2, 3, 4 or 5 roosters in the 20- to 50-pound class each day with all of the fish being released. There’s also some wahoo still around and we’ve taken a few fat amberjack and pargo as well.

In La Paz there were schools of little dorado, with a few of the larger fish to 20 pounds now showing up; it has not been unusual to get limits or near limits daily. Marlin and sails are in the same areas as the dorado since they are eating the smaller dorado. Inshore, cabrilla and pargo, big snapper, as well as roosterfish have made for some nice variety.

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.