When to visit?
Choosing the right time to come on your dream fishing vacation is very important. Fishing is always amazing here at Los Buzos no matter what time of year but here are some details on the differences month by month. Please remember that fish move all the time so no year is the same.
Early January has been consistently a great time to come, this is why we scheduled our World Championship tournament during this time. It tends to be the month where we catch the largest variety of species. There is an extremely high chance of catching roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, corvina, many types of trevallies, tuna, snapper, African pompano and much more. Mid to late January there is a high chance of strong winds, so a mothership is generally required to get to more protected waters down the coast where fishing is equally as good. Generally there is never any swell so launching and landing times can be timed better with the best times to fish rather than with weather.
High winds are likely this time of year which generally forces us to use the mothership to access the more protected nearshore fishery. Fishing is incredible this time of year but as we require the mothership, only small groups can be booked for these weeks. Roosterfish, cubera snapper, yellowfin tuna, corvina, almaco jack, and many other species are very common this time of year.
Very similar to January and Febuary when it comes to species we catch. However, this is when the larger tunas show up. It is not uncommon to see tunas over 100 pounds cruising our waters. Winds start to die down mid-March but also there are many calm days in between windy days. This is also one of the best times of year to target snook which are commonly caught over 40 pounds in our waters. Generally there is never any swell so launching and landing times can be timed better with the best times to fish rather than with weather.
Billfish season! Tons of sailfish and marlin start showing up around this time every year. We have had days where more than 10 marlin were seen swimming around the kayaks. This goes for sailfish as well. They are commonly seen free jumping right in the nearshore fishery behind the lodge. The marlin in our area are mostly blacks, however blues have been seen and caught as well. Massive schools of yellowfin tuna move in to our waters as well. They are an extremely common catch especially with poppers this time of year. This is also an amazing time to catch roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, many types of trevallies, snapper, sierra mackerel, mahi and much more! Bonefish also are a common catch in our bay and even from the beach!
Just like April, this is a great time for billfish. The majority of the sailfish caught have been in May. The marlin are still around, but not quite as many as in April. Also, the same massive schools of yellowfin tuna are around and we should expect to catch them almost every day right in our back yard. As always, the roosterfish, cubera snapper, trevallies, sierra mackeral, broomtail grouper, African pompano and many types of snapper are very common. Mid May is the official start of rainy season, so you can expect some rain and overcast some of the days which makes for cool weather and protection from the blazing sun. Whale sharks love to move in around May as well. The water generally is colder which the whale sharks seem to like. They are completely harmless and typically unafraid of the kayaks which makes for great up-close viewing and pictures.
Humpback whales start to move in and are commonly seen every day. This is during the rainy season so expect occasional showers and storms. These generally will not keep us off the water but may affect launching and landing times. Winds are typically low and weather is cooler due to frequent overcast. Fishing is excellent for roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, sierra mackerel, and much more. Yellowfin tuna still are around but are much more prevalent at the mother-shipping location.
July and August
Humpbacks are here in great numbers as they are here to give birth and raise their young. We often get to see this actually happening! Rain should be expected every few days but generally the storms do not last long and do not affect the fishing days much. Fishing is excellent as always for roosterfish, cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, sierra mackerel and much more. However, this is the time wahoo and mahi-mahi start moving in. After heavy rains, the rivers start flowing hard into the ocean pushing out debris like logs, and even whole trees. This debris drifts out and gets caught in current lines which attract mahi in large numbers. Generally, winds are low and seas are calm. Sometimes a large swell can be present but as we launch from a protected bay and around mid-tide each day, it does not affect us much.
Generally around this time there is a break in the rain, sometimes we go weeks without a drop. This makes for a great time of year to fish. We get the weather of dry season without the wind and likely the largest population of whales. September along with October are the best times to target wahoo and almaco jacks. We have had very good action with both these species on poppers. This is also a great time to catch tuna, roosterfish, cubera snapper, sierra mackerel and many other species.
The humpbacks start to leave around this time. A few will stay year-round but after October they become much more uncommon. Wahoo seem to like this time of year and are commonly caught on poppers or from the pangas trolling cedar plugs or diving lures. Roosterfish and cubera snapper are a likely catch as well as many other snapper species and sierra mackeral. October is one of the rainiest months and there is a chance of large swell. However we can work around these variables to maximize fishing times and putting fish in the boat!
By far the best time to target mahi-mahi. Current lines move close to shore and can be found almost daily. Many times they can be found with trees and logs scattered as far as you can see. This is a magnet for mahi-mahi. As always, this is still a killer time for our favorite species- roosterfish and cubera snapper!
The end of rainy season officially starts mid-December. The water starts to clear up and the wind has not begun to start yet. Our largest broomtail groupers have all been caught this time of year and it is also the only time we have found large schools of corvina over 25 pounds. The jig bite seems to be always turned on and the live bait bite is as good as ever. Generally there is never any swell so launching and landing times can be timed better with the best times to fish rather than with weather.