All that's “Fishy” from Loreto to Land’s End February 12, 2020
Gary Graham-That Baja Guy
After an unusual chilly February, Cabo anglers expect that the striped marlin bite will flourish as the sea temps climb. Hopefully, the yellowfin tuna and dorado will also reappear as the baitfish schools return as well.
Closer to shore expect a tantalizing array of yellowfin, dorado, and sierra, and possibly wahoo as a bonus; all are excellent candidates for a delicious dinner prepared at your favorite local restaurant. For sport, the bizarre-looking roosterfish and jack crevalle will give you a fight you will remember until your return trip.
Puerto Los Cabos offered a smattering of billfish action that was better towards Cabo San Lucas, but still, it’s scattered and hit or miss; striped marlin reports were decent on the 1150 Spot. As water conditions settle, more offshore porpoise and tuna action should develop.
The best close-to-shore action, from Santa Maria to La Fortuna, were dorado to 15 pounds. Also in the mix were roosterfish and sierra, using caballito or ballyhoo and a couple of small wahoo and slow yellowfin action from 10 to about 80 pounds. Jaime Bank, outside of Cabo San Lucas, was producing cow-sized tuna.
The recent cold and windy weather conditions will begin diminishing at East Cape in March. Local anglers and most visiting anglers are selecting the few good days in-between the stronger than usual north winds to fish.
Patience paid off for some with a few wahoo tucked in close to shore between Punta Arena and Rincon outside Cabo Pulmo boundaries.
Farther offshore, there have been a few striped marlin spotted – and a few hooked – a real feat considering the cranky weather of late.
Another surprise catch was a handful of dorado for the boats that had stumbled on some floating debris, which provided cover for baitfish; in turn, the bait attracted the schoolie-sized dorado.
Again, the tin boat fleet managed to get out for a few hours now and then and were rewarded with some often sought-after sierra mackerel.
With more live bait to supplement the frozen bait and trolling inshore with small lures in March, visitors to La Paz should be able to scratch their “fish itch” with school-sized dorado as well as sierra, bonito, jacks, and cabrilla.
The winter weather cycle has settled down to “predictable,” and the weather sites are doing an excellent job for the “landlubbers” who need to know.
North of Isla Coronado, the pinto bass have been the primary target. Also, close to the bottom is where you can add mackerel to the bait tank before the sun breaks. There are no yellowtail here, and there are only a few farther north at the San Bruno high spot.
Looking for the big bite goes on – with one eye looking for the boiling yellowtail and the other trying to spot the big whales that are due to arrive and entertain.