San Jose del Cabo Fish Report
Southern Baja is welcoming light crowds of tourists, great to time to visit, weather prefect, not too warm yet, sunny days in the mid 80s. Oceans have been calmer in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and water temperatures are now close to 80 degrees is this region, though the Pacific
is much cooler than this. Warmest currents are definitely being found in the direction of the Sea of Cortez.
Anglers found supplies of live mullet, caballito and limited sardinas available. Schools of bolito and smaller skipjack are becoming more prevalent on the fishing grounds. Offshore fishing action has been dominated by striped marlin, most often being found 6 to 20 miles from shore, striking on lures and live bait, but often times not eager to bite. Some dorado are being encountered scattered through the area, hitting various lures and baits, though not in big numbers, there has been chance at catching a 40 pound plus bull. We expect with more baitfish appearing on the banks that more dorado and other gamefish will be following. Only a few tuna being reported, on some days there are reports of fish seen feeding on the banks, but more often they are not striking, just an occasional tuna in the 10 to 30 pound class being accounted for, these fish were taken on either dead or live sardinas, no consistent bite.
Concentrations of mullet are now moving inshore, this has attracted more roosterfish, jacks and snapper. Slow trolling with mullet in the shallow rocky areas north of Punta Gorda has been producing great opportunities of hooking into and trying to actually bring to the boat a monster sized dogtooth snapper. Anglers using 50 to 80 pound main line with fluorocarbon leader of 80 to 120 pound have reported consistent success. Amberjack and grouper have also been mixed in with the big snapper, fun to see these aggressive fish attack the slow trolled surface bait and you better be ready to apply as much pressure as possible in order to keep from being cut off by the rocks.
Palmilla Point has been producing good morning action for sierra, yellowtail, amberjack, bonito and even a few dorado. Concentrations of juvenile sized roosterfish are schooling along the beach stretches, only a few larger roosterfish being reported, this could change at any time, peak rooster time is now.
There were several wahoo reportedly caught this past weekend in the area of La Fortuna to Iman, one of them weighed close to 70 pounds and hit on a small sized Rapala being used to target bonito. Maybe conditions will become just to the wahoo's liking prefer and go on the bite. In years past there could be some incredible wahoo action found on the inshore banks during late spring, early summer season.
8 striped marlin, 11 dorado, 4 yellowfin tuna, 215 roosterfish, 23 sierra, 16 yellowtail, 25 amberjack, 44 bonito, 27 dogtooth snapper, 10 cabrilla, 104 various pargo species, 18 hammerhead shark and 15 jack crevalle.
Good Fishing, Eric
About The Author: Captain Eric Brictson
Company: Gordo Banks Pangas
Area Reporting: San Jose Del Cabo - Baja MX
Bio: Eric Brictson was born in Santa Monica, California and has been an avid fishermen since he was five years old and extensively fished both freshwater and saltwater areas of California and Oregon. As a child he and his family often visited Mexico and be became very fond of the country. His frequent trips to the Los Cabos area of Baja became more extended with each visit. In 1985 he moved permanently to his new home and started a small sportfishing fleet, which grew as the years went by and is now called Gordo Banks Pangas.
Ericís fleet consists of six 22 and 23 foot pangas, which are fiberglass skiffs with outboard motors. They are very seaworthy and particularly efficient for launching directly off the sandy beaches. He oversees every aspect of the operations, with the quality of the boats and equipment being of top priority, along with the primary goal to be anglerís satisfaction.
He has personally landed black marlin weighing 700 pounds and yellowfin tuna near 300 pounds from his boats but has many other incredible stories to tell of marathon battles with monster sized marlin that ended up being lost. Now he is an avid promoter of catch and release for billfish, and is hoping to influence other fleets of San Jose del Cabo to practice the same.