Fish Report

August 5, 2019 Edition


Fish Killer Of The Week. Lots of bull dorado for Taylor Kooiman and Geoff Wilkinson from Los Angeles.  Fishing with the Tailhunter Fishing Fleet in La Paz, they said they hooked another 12 fish and released them all before 9 a.m


Cabo San Lucas

After a few days of unsettled water caused by strong southerly winds and currents, the fishing settled down and became outstanding. The striped marlin bite was solid with an average of two fish per boat. Blue marlin were consistently showing up in the reports with most in the 200- to 250-pound range, and the yellowfin tuna action picked up considerably along with increased numbers of dorado as the water warmed. The 1150 Spot was the prime location along with a nice bite just a few miles off the Lighthouse.  

The yellowfin tuna bite also picked up with quality fish being reported in the 25-to-30-pound range – mostly 20 to 25 miles to the south and southwest.  The dorado were mostly running in the 15- to 20-pound range and were close in from the Lighthouse to off Palmilla. Many boats were returning after releasing a marlin or two along with catching a mix of several tuna and dorado to provide some table fare. The inshore fishing was again very productive with some nice counts of snapper, grouper, and sierras as well as some nice-sized roosterfish, particularly from Solmar west to around the Lighthouse.

The prime striped marlin activity was reported at the 1150 Spot on the inside, a few miles off the Lighthouse, and around the San Jamie Bank. The yellowfin were found primarily to the south and southwest, but if you found the pods of dolphins you probably found the tuna. The dorado were scattered from Migrino around the point to the east off Palmilla. Some blue marlin in the 200-to-250-pound range are showing in the warmer water along with reports of sailfish as well.

Inshore fishing was solid with some nice catches of large sierra along Migrino. Roosterfish showed in the surf from Solmar to the Lighthouse and off Palmilla. Some very nice catches of red snapper and grouper were reported close to the rocks around El Arco.

Cabo Climate:  The outlook for early August is mostly for sunny skies with average temps in the middle 80s and a chance of some scattered, late-day thunderstorms. Humidity is expected to run in the mid-to-upper-60s.

Sea Conditions:  Winds are predicted higher than normal in the 10-to-20-mph range from the West and SW. The Pacific side sea temps are in the 71-to-75-degree range. The inside has warmed to the 80 and 81-degree range off Palmilla and the Gordo with the upper 70s south in the Herradura and out near the 1150 Spot.

Best Fishing Areas:  The 1150 Spot has been a hotspot for marlin action along with the area southwest of the Lighthouse. The yellowfin were found 20-to-25-miles out to the south and southwest with the 210 Spot and the San Jamie Bank.

Los Arcos and Migrino were the choices for inshore fishing with some nice catches of sierra coming off Migrino. Rooster action was solid in the surf off Palmilla west past Solmar to the Lighthouse.

Favorite Baits: Slow-trolling live mackerel or caballito was the favorite for the marlin with increased success from trolled lures and throwing live bait to surface fish. Cedar plugs were the favorite for the yellowfin. The dorado were hitting trolled lures and feathers.  Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for the sierra. Trolled live bait near the surf and large poppers were the most successful bait for roosterfish. Dead bait was the ticket for both snapper and grouper.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at the $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor. Mackerel, when available, are popular with the captains.

Puerto Los Cabos

Ocean temperatures are now in the 78-to-85-degree range; off San Jose and towards the north offshore is where the water is now the warmest.

Bait vendors are offering a mix of caballito, mullet, ballyhoo, and slabs of squid. Blue marlin strikes are being reported daily with open-water trolling done offshore, particularly around the 1150 Spot; also, some striped marlin and nicer-sized dorado to over 40 pounds are reported, and chances are good of finding porpoise with associated yellowfin tuna, though nothing consistent now.

Closer to shore, from Cardon to Vinorama, there were smaller school-sized dorado under 10 pounds, and some even smaller. Remember “catch and release” these small dorado! Limits are two per license. Most of the larger dorado reported are out on the marlin grounds, but as clean water moves closer to shore, expect some of the larger bulls to move in.

We were surprised to see some wahoo activity; a handful were landed while trolling offshore waters. Various surface action is slow now – not much besides triggerfish and an occasional snapper or Almaco jack off the bottom.

Along the shore, there has still been roosterfish and jack crevalle. However, more anglers are opting to target the dorado, which has been the main bite for local charters.

East Cape

Water-82-85. Cooler water inshore, warmer outside. Clear, flat, normal light afternoon easterly breezes.

Air-still cooler than normal, very pleasant, highs in the low 90s. Afternoon rains in the sierras.

Good to excellent fishing. The dorado bite has improved. Still, lots of striped marlin are mixed in with the blue marlin and a few sailfish. Much bigger tuna were taken, though not as many, and they are closer to shore off Rincon. 

Anglers targeting billfish are releasing at least one daily – mostly striped marlin. Every fourth or fifth fish is a blue marlin or sailfish off the inshore bank down to Los Frailes.

Better fishing for dorado in the 10-to-25-pound class mixed with a few bigger bulls, closer inside from one to three miles off the lighthouse down to Rincon in the same area as the tuna. Trolled Hoochies and live and chunk bait are working.

Off Rincon, close to Pulmo Park from one to three miles off the beach there are bigger yellowfin to 60 pounds taken on chunk squid or live caballito. The average-sized fish is from 20-to-25-pounds and the boats are taking two to five fish daily.

Big roosterfish up to 50-pounds are common. All beaches, both north, and south, are holding fish and live caballito are working best. Anglers using fly are releasing many roosters as well.

Big pargo to 30-pounds, nice Almaco jack, and big pompano are all biting aggressively. There is not much fishing pressure.

La Paz 

For La Paz fishing, the dorado are finally the focus of our fishing efforts as the waters have at last warmed and turned blue, although there are still some colder green patches around.  Schools of dorado or individual fish ranging from 5-to-30-pounds have been the norm.

We’re still getting an unusual number of big pargo liso (mullet snapper). That’s probably because there’s still some cold patches of water here and there. These are tough, mean powerful fish, and make for great sport and eating.

There are no tuna or wahoo to speak of; the tuna pop up but then head down quickly, unwilling to bite.  A few marlin have been hooked and released.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg  

San Jose del Cabo

Gordo Bank Pangas Eric Brictson,

East Cape

Jen Wren Sportfishing

Rancho Leonero,

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International