San Jose del Cabo Fish Report Oct. 2 - 8

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    San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S.
    Eric Brictson
    22 ft. Pangas & 23 ft. & 26 ft. Super Pangas
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    October 8, 2006
    Anglers –

    Just like clockwork crowds of fall anglers are showing up by the hundreds to take advantage of the excellent fishing opportunities the Los Cabos area has to offer. The weather has continued to be ideal, lots of sunshine, very little wind, cooler mornings and humid afternoons. Ocean conditions were comfortable, minimal swells with water temperatures ranging from 86 to 88 degrees. Supplies of sardinas remained plentiful off of the La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos area. There are now a couple of low pressure areas off to the west of the peninsula, but they are too far west to cause any concern, though with the water temperatures so high there still is a chance of a late season storm developing within striking range.

    The fishing action continued to be dominated by yellowfin tuna and dorado. The recent trend has been that the bite has been more scattered and everyday action is being found in new locations. Fleets have been fishing from areas off the Pacific, Chileno, Red Hill, Palmilla, Gordo Banks, La Fortuna and Iman Banks. The fishing action has been more consistent within several miles of shore than it has far offshore. Trolling or drifting with the smaller baits has been more productive than dragging lures. The majority of the tuna being caught have ranged from 10 to 20 pounds, some specimens up to fifty pounds have been mixed in with the same schools. Other anglers reported having monster strikes by yellowfin that could have topped the 200-pound mark, but these fish came unbuttoned.

    Schooling dorado were found spread out throughout the areas, early in the week was particularly good for them. Most of the fish were in the 5 to 15 pound class, with a few bulls over 30 pounds accounted for. They were striking on trolled lures, but a higher percentage of strikes came while trolling with bait.

    More numbers of sailfish moved onto the local fishing grounds, apparently attracted by the warmer water and abundant baitfish schools. Most of the sailfish were hitting on sardinas that were being used to target tuna or dorado and they were weighing in the 60 to 90 pound range.

    Other billfish action was better off of Cabo San Lucas area, with a mix of striped and blue marlin being found. Striped marlin were outnumbering the blues.

    A few nice sized yellowtails to 35 pounds were taken while using chunk bait on the Gordo Banks, also a handful of dogtooth snapper up to 30 pounds were hooked into using the same method. A mix of pargo, cabrilla and rainbow runners rounded out the action on the offshore banks. Inshore a few of the season’s first sierra were being found, despite the water still being in the upper 80s. As the water temperature drop we anticipate greater numbers of the sierra to move into inshore waters.

    The combined panga fleets from La Playita sent out approximately 144 charters for the week, with anglers accounting for: 28 sailfish, 1,296 yellowfin tuna, 288 dorado, 18 dogtooth snapper, 12 amberjack, 18 grouper, 80 miscellaneous pargo, 15 rainbow runners, 36 triggerfish, 7 yellowtail, 5 wahoo, 1,730 skipjack and 75 bonito.

    Good Fishing, Eric


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