San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos), Mexico



July 31, 2005, Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico:

San Jose del Cabo vacation area weather warmed into the 90s and the humidity was on the rise as well. On Thursday evening there was a flash flood that shut down the road to the village of La Playita overnight. The tropical storm season is in its early stages and the next eight weeks is when the majority of hurricanes have historically developed in the Eastern Pacific.

Fishing water temperatures at San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos) averaged 79 to 83 degrees throughout most of the region. After the large swells of last week the ocean has now calmed down and there is barely a two to three foot swell.

Bait supplies at San Jose del Cabo were mainly limited to caballito and mullet, with very few mackerel and sardinas available.

On the San Jose del Cabo offshore fishing grounds there are increasing amounts of schooling bolito moving in and they are being caught for bait.

The San Jose del Cabo fishing grounds from Chileno to the Gordo Banks and north to San Luis is where the more consistent action was found.

The fishing action was not up to San Jose del Cabo potential, with most charters just accounted for three to five fish in combination.

Offshore the number one fish being caught was striped marlin, though the numbers did steadily drop off. Also there were sailfish, blue and black marlin starting to appear in limited numbers.

Yellowfin tuna and dorado were found scattered in the same areas as the billfish. We are all wondering what happened to the dorado season. Up until this point something just has not been right to bring in the typical summer numbers of dorado. We are confident that now with the warmer days and water conditions it will not be long before the offshore action really breaks wide open.

Wahoo were an added bonus, mostly just one or two fish here for a few lucky San Jose del Cabo fishing boats, with the largest weighing up to 50 pounds.

Though there were at least several nice sized snook accounted for off of the San Jose esturary fishing area.

The combined La Playita panga sportfishing fleets at San Jose del Cabo sent out approximately 76 panga charters for the week and anglers accounted for a fish of: 3 wahoo, 2 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 24 striped marlin, 28 dorado, 18 yellowfin tuna, 36 amberjack, 8 dogtooth snapper, 76 huachinango, 22 yellowtail snapper, 16 roosterfish, 15 cabrilla, 22 jack crevalle and 8 pompano.

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