Well, we are certainly experiencing our typical “Mid-Winter Blues” here at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, however things may be on the turnaround after a good showing of pelagics today.
Fish counts for the past couple of weeks have been woefully low, even for our winter staples of sierra, snapper, grouper and the like. We like to blame it on the cold, green water that moved in ten days ago but even when those phenomena occur we can usually scratch out enough for the dinner table. However, even that was hard to do for about the last seven days.
There we nice yellowfin tuna in the 50-150 lb range last week at the Outer Gordo Bank and a few boats were lucky enough (or patient enough) to put one or two in the cooler. Most were caught free-drifting bloody chunks of skipjack and a few on various baitfish for those lucky enough to have them.
The San Jose bait fleet seems to have also caught the blue’s as some days they just didn’t even go out. When they did, sardines and caballitos were the norm with the sardinas more available to the east out near Iman Bank. Even trying to troll up a skipjack was difficult most days and while we spend some time Yo-Yo’ing at the outer seamount, no hookups were had.
Medium sized sierra and small to medium roosters were what provided Little Sister and her anglers with the most action, albeit still pretty slow for this time of year. Nearshore water clarity was low at best most days so shiny, erratic lures like small Rapalas and spoons are the ones that got bit.
Now for the good news. Today’s movement at the fish cleaning station in Puerto Los Cabos was the most action we’ve seen in weeks. A few tuna up to 150 lbs were hanging and reports of multiple marlin (striped) releases we heard. Amberjack (finally) and a few yellowtail (finally) were also being filleted. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.
Today’s satellite shows 70-71 degree water just offshore at both San Jose and San Lucas with cooler water (67-69) at the Banks. So, this isn’t really a clear explanation of today’s success but we’ll take it however we can get it. We’ll also keep you posted. It’s now March and we should be at the low point on the annual temperature curve… like they say, “Nowhere to go but up!” Let’s hope so. Have a great week.