All that's “Fishy” from Loreto to Land’s End
By Gary Graham - That Baja Guy
As April sashays in, anglers visiting Cabo’s offshore should be pleased with the volume of striped marlin congregating off Cabo Falso – the banks farther offshore. Throw in an improving yellowfin tuna bite, and hope of a dorado resurgence as sea temps warm, plus, the tantalizing possibility of an early big blue marlin to start the spring season off right.
Inshore, roosterfish, sierra, yellowtail, and perhaps even a snook or two in the mix should keep the half-day crowd smiling.
Heading up into the Sea of Cortez, the local fleets at Puerto Los Cabos have concentrated at Palmilla Point to Cardon, La Fortuna, and the Iman area for yellowfin tuna. Recently at La Fortuna, while drift fishing with squid or using live caballito, a 114-pound yellowfin tuna was landed, as well as additional tuna weighing over 70 pounds, though the average yellowfin was more like 20 to 30 pounds.
Off the various rocky high spots, there were increased numbers of leopard grouper, Almaco jacks, and various snapper, although the action varied from day to day. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs, as well as any available bait. We also saw a golden- phase leopard grouper, a rare species. The Almaco jack averaged around 10 to 20 pounds, although a couple were over 50 pounds. There were more triggerfish than any other bottom species,
A few dorado are being caught near shore mid-morning averaging about 10 pounds. There were also a few wahoo caught.
Along the beaches, roosterfish were more active early in the morning on most days, along with a sprinkling of sierra and jack crevalle.
The billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are the best bet offshore at East Cape as the north winds finally begin to subside.
Inshore the sierra is still kicking up a fuss chasing baitfish up and down the beaches. Plus, there have already been a few yellowtail caught on the high spots outside of the La Ribera Marina. Adding to the excitement were reports of one group fishing from shore at the Las Arenas Lighthouse that scored dorado, sierra, and yellowfin from shore.
After playing peekaboo between periods of the North Winds at both Muertos Bay and La Paz, the dorado have become more consistent. While not huge, there are some (a few) up to 15 pounds in the mix, allowing anglers to check the fresh-fish box on their wish list. Also, added to the list are some yellowtail as well as big jack crevalle, bonito, barred pargo and cabrilla.
At Loreto, where the blue whales have been stealing the show, the seasonal yellowtail bite is taking away their thunder as they make their arrival known on some high spots around the local islands. Schools of 20-pound yellowtail have been spotted slashing and slurping down 12-inch needlefish. In between the surface action, anglers are catching some yellowtail mixed in with the grouper and cabrilla on the bottom.