Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

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Just a few days following the most recent disturbance by Hurricane Dolores which caused windy and unsettled conditions in both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, the fishing now seems to be ramping back up to where it had been; for a few days the fish seemed to have gone down, but they did not leave the area. Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com

Cabo San Lucas

There was a good number of striped marlin along with a few blue marlin, as well as a growing number of sailfish as the sea temps climbed higher. Inshore there were enough small yellowfin tuna and small dorado to satisfy many and closer to shore, the roosters along with the jack crevalle kept the light tackle and flyrodders occupied until Dolores crashed the party late in the week, forcing the Port Captain to close the harbor on several different days.

Dolores moved on, and as the seas calmed, the conditions began to return to pre-storm levels. In another few days, fishing should resume to the outstanding action that was enjoyed prior to the disturbance.

San Jose

The long distant pass by Hurricane Dolores left the unsettled conditions in this area also, but the improved yellowfin and dorado action should resume quickly. Although most of the tuna were football-sized, with only a few larger ones in the area, many of the dorado were reaching as much as twenty pounds.

Captain Chame Piño aboard the super panga “Killer II” landed a 140-pound yellowfin tuna using a fresh live bolito for bait on the Gordo Bank. However, lately this area has been plagued with sharks, making it hard to keep a bait in the water long enough for any gamefish to have a chance before a shark grabs onto it.

Ocean temperatures were nearing the 85-degree range in some areas; likely currents will have cooled slightly with choppy seas after the recent storm and clarity will be stirred up for a bit and conditions will take some time to recover.

Roosterfish scattered also as the surf grew larger. The most productive areas were near Vinorama, where schools of trophy-sized roosterfish were found.

Captain Chame Piño aboard the super panga “Killer II” landed a 140 pound yellowfin tuna using a fresh live bolito for bait on the Gordo Bank.Only a handful of dogtooth snappers were reported being seen; most of these were seen very briefly as they engulfed slow-trolled bait and they immediately headed for the nearest rock outcropping in order to cut the leader.

There continues to be chances for red snapper (huachinango) while working yo-yo jigs during the early morning action off of San Luis Bank, with some of these fish nearing 15 pounds, though this action was showing signs of slowing down in the rapidly warming waters.

Billfish action has been scattered. As August nears, there has been no particular hot spots, though the warmer currents have been bringing in some sailfish. With all of the smaller-sized yellowfin tuna now present — a favored food source for big gamefish — expect more black and blue marlin to arrive on the local fishing grounds.

East Cape

By most accounts the fishing seemed to improve as Hurricane Dolores veered off to the west and then north up the west coast of Baja. While the fishing had been great for billfish and roosterfish, the unsettled weather after the storm passed definitely slowed down the action — the sea temps plummeted and the seas were tossed by the wind. Much to the disappointment of the 86 teams entered in the recent Dorado Shootout tournament held in Los Barriles, the sea temps dropped from 87 to 73 degrees inshore and remained a pea-soup green until almost 22 miles offshore.

This resulted in Team Bite Me capturing first place with a 12.9 pound dorado; they won a 2015 4x4 Toyota Tacoma plus $24,000 in jackpot money. Team Borrachos & Amigos took the $500 and $1,000 jackpots for $40,000, and Team Eat Me Lures, on board the Julkate, took the Suzuki 140hp engine with a 37 pound wahoo.

The good blue marlin bite continued after the storm, although there were quite a few hard luck stories with fish that proved to be too large! Fish were spread out with the best bite up north near Cerralvo. Stripers, as usual were all over the East Cape, with most blues hitting plastic and most stripers hitting rigged ballyhoo.

The dorado bite almost completely shut down once the wind arrived before the storm, and produced only a few, small fish.

Rincon Bay yielded some monster roosterfish in the 50- to 70-pound class.

Anglers fishing the bottom caught pargo, cabrilla and jacks along the beaches. Fly-rodders needed 10-weight outfits to meet the challenge of the jacks with big, broad shoulders.

La Paz

As Dolores veered far out and north, fishing slowed. At Los Arenas, the epic history-making wahoo bite of 2015 is just a memory. There’s still a few fish out there, but we have only hooked one recently. Bait has been an issue. Once again, there’s big fish or there’s nothing. That meant some good action on marlin, blues, blacks, and sailfish. Or big rooster fish. The rest of the catch was triggerfish and bonito and an occasional dorado.

The La Paz area was a better option for dorado. Truthfully, there are still an awful lot of smaller dorado under 10 pounds. But crazy good action mostly! Some days catch and release as fast as you can go. A few days some of the boats were back before lunch with limits of dorado and having released another limit or two. Great, light tackle stuff. Also, some of the larger dorado started to mix in with some 15 to 30 pound bulls getting hooked. Additionally, a few striped marlin and sails hooked every day as well as blue and hammerhead sharks plus a blue marlin as well. To give some variety, pargo, triggers, cabrilla and rooster fish were all inshore.

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.