San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos), Mexico



June, 25, 2006, Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, San Jose del Cabo fishing, Baja California Sur, Mexico:

San Jose del Cabo sportfishing area weather is steadily warming and high temperatures are reaching the mid 90s, with the humidity rising. Water temperatures have fluctuated greatly. With the south winds finally diminishing the water temperature has quickly warmed back up to the 82-degree mark. Winds have been minimal and this has helped clean the water back to clear blue; it had become very greenish during the past week. Overall San Jose del Cabo fishing conditions are looking very favorable for the start of the summer season.

The La Playita sportfishing panga fleets sent out approximately 86 panga charters for a fish count of: 37 striped marlin, 18 dorado, 4 hammerhead sharks, 32 dogtooth snapper, 11 pargo colorado, 86 yellowtail snapper, 16 cabrilla, 8 pompano, 6 amberjack, 22 roosterfish, 18 sierra, 26 jack crevalle, 145 Mexican bonito, 55 triggerfish and 66 purple surgeonfish.

Offshore of Los Cabos bait fish are still a bit scattered, but with the consistent warming weather it will not be long before things normalize.

Fishing for San Jose del Cabo charter boats was spread toward the Sea of Cortez. The most common offshore species was striped marlin, with a few dorado mixed in and an occasional blue marlin hook up reported. We expect dorado counts to improve now that the water is warming and clearing.

Not much on yellowfin tuna, though there were unconfirmed reports coming from the area off of Los Frailes to Cabo Pulmo.

Along the Los Cabos fishing area shorelines and shallow rock piles, anglers reported a great variety of fish, including dogtooth snapper, sierra, yellowtail snapper, roosterfish, pompano, purple surgeonfish, cabrilla, amberjack, triggerfish and jack crevalle. Trolling and drifting with mullet or sardinas was the best technique.

As water temperatures warmed back up the roosterfish became active again and a fair number of fish ranging from 30 to 50 pounds were released. The La Laguna stretch of beach, just south of Punta Gorda was productive for the larger roosterfish.

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