All That’s Fishy – February 2020
By That Baja Guy - Gary Graham
The waters off Cabo San Lucas are producing dorado from 12 to 30 pounds. Tuna fishing remains good – with average fish range from 20 to 50 pounds with a few over 100-pounds. One caught by Steve Hammerschmidt, Huntington Beach, weighed 365 pounds.
Billfish were taken, mostly striped marlin, using ballyhoo and live/dead mackerel as bait. One blue marlin, taping 400 pounds, hit on a purple/black/red lure and was released, plus a spearfish weighing 90 pounds was a rare catch for the area.
Wahoo, along with roosterfish, a few jack, and bonito, were the best bet inshore.
Puerto Los Cabos: The seasonal run of pelagic crab, drifting to the surface in masses were scooped up in nets for bait for red snapper (huachinango) averaging from 2 to 5 pounds to 15 pounds.
The best close-to-shore action, from Santa Maria to La Fortuna, were dorado to 15 pounds. Roosterfish and sierra, using caballito or ballyhoo, were also being taken. Average catches consisted of a few dorado and a couple of small wahoo. Yellowfin action was slow on local grounds ranging from 10 to about 80 pounds. Jaime Bank, outside of Cabo San Lucas, was producing cow-sized tuna.
There was a lack of billfish activity, although more mackerel are moving in the direction of San Jose del Cabo, which should attract the striped marlin. Some are there but are scattered. “The water is still warm, and the fish are still biting,” one local captain observed.
The waters off East Cape are shared by windsurfers and anglers this time of year, and some thrive in the north winds, while others despise them. Offshore, there are a few dorado, small yellowfin tuna, and a striped marlin or two for the lucky anglers. Inshore, its sierra and an occasional jack or rockfish around the rocky points dotting the coastline.
The climate affects the ability to fish in La Paz. It’s been hard to put any boats out, and there aren’t that many folks wanting to fish anyway. They understandably get discouraged when they see the winds. Best to hang out and drink a margarita by the pool!
The better fishing may be tucked in close to shore, especially in areas where you can find some protection from the north wind and waves. Most of the fish are inshore species – cabrilla, snapper, triggerfish, pargo, jack crevalle, and sierra – all fun and good eating.
When the wind backs off, there’s still some10- to 15-pound dorado around plus some good action on 5-pound bonito. The larger issue has been finding live bait that might result in lures being the productive way to catch fish.
Loreto’s Coronado Island was the place when the wind permitted, where yellowtail to 25 pounds were hitting the decks. The other fish were pargo and cabrilla doing a limited show. Dorado are still working bait schools found on the southern end, according to scuba divers.