East Cape Fishing From Palmas De Cortez

Aug 20, 2010
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4/27/16

Fishing is definitely showing signs of improvement early in the season. Only a few boats have been going out each day and they have had some success these last few days. The main specie has been striped marlin and sailfish, but the last two days we started to see some yellowfin tuna in the 20-30lb. range and some small to medium size dorado. The fleet spotted a dead whale south/east of the hotels and it was holding a few nice dorado in the 25-30lb. range. That is a great sign for us down on the East Cape since last year was very tough for dorado. Another specie we are seeing quite a bit the last few days is Pompano. Big African Pampano have been caught all up and down the East Cape and they are some of the biggest I've seen in quite some time. There are still a few wahoo in the area and we continue to see a few hit the dock each week. Inshore we are having some luck with roosters and pargo. They have been around all April and for those how have been targeting them, they have been rewarded with some good numbers. Nothing too big, but we have had steady numbers for a few weeks now.

It's been a good early start to the season and we are hoping that things just keep getting better. Hope to see many of you down on the East Cape this season. Should be a pretty good early season!

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Aug 20, 2010
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I'm happy to see the fishery starting to pick up. I'd be happier if there were some releases! Saludos, d

We release all billfish and are starting a new program this year to in force the release of all billfish caught on our boats. We hear you loud and clear! Practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photograph and Release)
 
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theyuckyone

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Jun 4, 2006
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Theyuckyone
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We are headed to Palmas De Cortez 2nd week of June, what is the hot ticket for the big African Pompano? Are they a inshore or offshore species? Can we target them or are they an incidental catch? What lures, colors, tackle? Also are they good eating?
 
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Nov 16, 2007
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www.eastcapeguides.com
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Mark Daugherty
Boat Name
Tres Amigos
We are headed to Palmas De Cortez 2nd week of June, what is the hot ticket for the big African Pompano? Are they a inshore or offshore species? Can we target them or are they an incidental catch? What lures, colors, tackle? Also are they good eating?

Hey, this is Mark from East Cape Guides. I don't know what the IGFA WR is but the photo of the one the pangero Chuy is holding is a monster. We don't really target them outright but we do tend to hook more big pompano south of the Punta Arena Lighthouse along the inshore reefs at El Rincon to Las Baracas. We land them almost exclusively on slow trolled live sardinas or drifting live bait, strip baits or squid over reefs. They will also take trolled/casted lures and flies. I like to throw a 1.5oz blue or green chrome kastmaster over rocks. They are excellent eating. Take them in to town and get them prepared by one of the local restaurants. My favorite is El Pirata.
 
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