San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos), Mexico



June 11, 2006, Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico:

The fishing weather at San Jose del Cabo is fairly comfortable with highs in the 90s. Winds from the north diminished this week and ocean conditions were ideal. Water temperatures were up to 82 degrees in the areas from Red Hill to Los Frailes.

The combined La Playita panga sport fishing fleet at San Jose del Cabo sent out approximately 85 charters for the week, with a fish count of: 8 wahoo, 42 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 170 dorado, 84 yellowfin tuna, 65 yellowtail snapper, 16 dogtooth snapper, 22 sierra, 110 Mexican bonito, 15 jack crevalle and 32 roosterfish.

San Jose del Cabo sportfishing fleets have been concentrating most of their effort from the 95 spot to Vinorama. Even the cruiser feet from the East Cape has been making the long run south in search of action. There was a mix of mackerel, mullet and sardinas for bait. There was a good variety of species being caught, including striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, bonito, roosterfish, dogtooth snapper, yellow snapper, jack crevalle and sierra.

Lots of bolito are now moving onto the San Jose del Cabo fishing grounds, attracting larger game fish.

San Jose del Cabo anglers have been catching bolito on small hoochies and then using them to troll with. This was very successful for striped marlin, dorado and a few yellowfin tuna. The marlin bite dropped off some this week. A handful of sailfish up to 100 pounds were mixed in. Dorado were more numerous, with charters were averaging anywhere from one to four per day in the 5 to 20 pound class, with some nicer sized bulls weighing from 25 to 50 pounds also accounted for. Wahoo were still hit or miss.

Tuna were not consistent and the majority of them were also smaller football sized fish. A few yellowfin in the 50-pound range were hooked into by trolling with larger live baits in the area of San Luis Bank.

Along the San Jose del Cabo fishing area shoreline there were dogtooth snapper and roosterfish. The numbers of roosters are increasing, but still have not peaked. They can now be seen chasing bait in the surf line, very exciting to watch the surface explode in white water of frantic mullet with thrashing roosterfish attacking from underneath.

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