It is spring time and with each passing day it is starting to feel more like summer on the East Cape. The water is increasing in temperature and clarity. There are more flat calm days and less windy days which has allowed us to better explore what is out there. What we are finding is that there are already signs of a great season to come.
This past week the striped marlin bite heated up to the south. There were great reports coming from Gordo Banks of multiple striped marlin releases per day so we headed down to check it out. We didn’t have to go all the way to Gordo to find clear blue water and in it striped marlin. In a couple of hours of marlin fishing, we were able to get a couple of stripers to go and saw a couple more tailing on the surface. Any day now there will be greater numbers of these great sportfish close to home
For the past 7-10 days, there has been a good bite only a few miles to the north of Los Barriles. There were decent sized yellowfin tuna (15-35 lbs) being caught close to shore on chunked squid and live bait. In fact, we were able to get a nice one only a few hundred yards from the beach. Smaller tuna were also found close to shore to the south trolling Rapalas.
There are some wahoo prowling the waters close to shore as well. The problem though is that there are so many skipjacks that it is hard to keep the Rapalas, marauders and ballyhoo in the water without being smashed by skipjacks. After reeling in several of these hard fighting species, it is tough to persevere and continue trolling for wahoo. The presence of large amounts of skipjacks signals that the predator species are not far behind. In the coming weeks, I expect we will see more wahoo show up in the fish counts.
Besides a couple of schoolies being caught, there is not much in the way to report of dorado just yet.
Roosterfish are starting to show in greater numbers along the East Cape beaches. While there are alot of smaller roosters, we should to start to see the papa gallos showing soon.
Yellowtail and Bottom Fish
There was a good yellowtail bite on the East Cape but all of a sudden the mackerel disappeared. Although we were able to find a couple of nice specimens on our trip Isla Cerralvo using chunked squid, there has not been much to report in terms of yellowtail recently. Barred pargo, red snapper, grouper and amberjack have picked up in the past week with anglers bringing in some nice fish.
The weather is absolutely perfect right now. Not too hot, not too cold. With the fish starting to show, we are looking forward to strong start to the 2017. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to fish with the East Cape’s hottest crews aboard the Scorpion and El Regalo. Follow us on Facebook/Instagram to stay up to date on all the latest East Cape information and visit www.scorpionsportfishing.com to book your East Cape fishing adventure.
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