Storms Pass, Action Picks Up ~ September 25,2022

September 25, 2022 

With fall season now officially here we are feeling cooler mornings, though days are still quite warm and humid with the passing of all the rain the past few weeks. Last weekend we had TS Newton pass within a couple of hundred miles off to the southwest, all Port activity was closed for Sunday and Monday, though we never felt much from this system besides higher ocean swells, scattered rainfall on Monday and some south wind with some gusts close to 30 mph. Presently the forecast looks good for next week, it feels as though the storm season is now past us, but with ocean temperatures still in the 82 to 85 degree range you can never be certain, we will hope for no late season disasters.

After this latest storm passed the ocean did quickly rebound, water cleared up within a couple of days, even the sardinas which had scattered returned and other bait options were caballito, ballyhoo and slabs of squid.

The majority of local fleets are fishing on the grounds from Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman and to San Luis Bank. We saw more numbers of anglers arriving, anticipating some early fall action.

Most common catches were for smaller sized dorado, though there were a few nicer sized bulls up to 40 lb. found mixed in. Many of the smaller dorado were being released, which is a good thing since these are one of the fastest growing fish found and females are always filled with eggs, giving them a chance to reproduce. These fish were striking on various lures and baits, not too finicky.

A handful of wahoo were accounted for, fish in the 15 to 30 lb. range, striking on rapalas and ballyhoo, though still not very active in the warmer water, should become more active as water cools off a few degrees. Billfish were found scattered throughout the region, though not that numerous, we saw sailfish, striped  and blue marlin landed from local charters.

There was encouraging news that the yellowfin tuna were biting better the last few days, drift fishing with strips of squid on the Iman Bank was the most successful. We saw tuna ranging from sizes of 10 lb. up to 90 lb., average were 20 to 50 lb. A couple of charters accounted for up to five fish, though overall numbers were not high, you had to be patient and be at the right spot when the bite was on. Best action was found early in the morning.

Off the bottom we saw a few nice amberjack, red snapper and bonito, though this action was not consistent. On Friday everyone was excited when a large pod of killer whales appeared early in the day as boats were on their way to the grounds, very agile and fast, chasing boats at high speed, right up into the prop wash and some great videos were taken.

Good Fishing, Eric

Dorado Keep Anglers Busy ~ September 18, 2022

September 18, 2022

As the summer season nears an end we are all ready to welcome the fall. We are starting to feel the air cooling off early in the morning, change in the climate. Though daytime the heat and humidity index has been reaching 100 degrees or more, always the most humid time of year now, after recent rains, the desert landscape has turned a brilliant green. This past week we saw clear calmer days, this gave a chance for ocean conditions to rebound and we are now seeing blue water close to shore once again. Ocean temperatures are averaging about 85 degrees, still creating an environment for storm systems to develop quickly.

We are now following Tropical Storm Madeline now, off to the southwest and it appears that this storm will stay far enough away that we should not feel too much impact, maybe some higher swells, cloud cover, scattered rain squalls and some south wind.

Anglers saw great action for dorado, limits were common, with many releases scattered throughout the region. Smaller to medium sized fish being found closer to shore and some larger specimens on the offshore grounds where marlin and sailfish were being found. These fish were readily struck with lures and various baits.

Bait supplies consisted of ballyhoo, mullet, slabs of squid and the sardinas also rebounded in recent days, being found schooling close to shore near the marina jetties.

Everyone is asking about the tuna, where are they? We have not seen tuna on our normal grounds, of course that can change on any given day. We did hear of a few reports of some yellowfin tuna being found further offshore associated with porpoise.

This is normally the time of year when we find the tuna schooling on the inshore high spots. As water temp cools off a little we are optimistic that the all around bite will improve, in the meantime the dorado are keeping anglers busy. We also saw a couple of wahoo in the mix.

Off the bottom anglers found a variety, bonito, barred pargo, yellow snapper, amberjack and triggerfish. Though not many anglers were specifically targeting the bottom now, but for the few that did, the action was better than we had seen in previous weeks.

Good Fishing, Eric

Kay Passes, River Debris Leave Dirty Ocean September 11, 2022

September 11, 2022 

Hurricane Kay has passed, overall we feel very fortunate that this storm stayed far enough offshore to the west that we did not receive major damage, plenty of rainfall was recorded,four to eight inches, depending on location, some wind gusts to over 30 mph, storm swells to 20 feet and local Port closures for four and a half days. Desert landscape is now in full bloom, tropical green mountains, once dry arroyos are now flowing rivers. Now we are following what will be TS Lester, forecast to possibly pass close by next weekend. 

Due to weather conditions there were only a couple of days boats were able to get out this past week. Anglers dealt with limited bait options, mainly mullet and ballyhoo were offered. As high swells scattered the bait fish which had been schooling along the shore line. Most charters were fishing areas from the Gordo Banks, north to Iman Bank and areas in between.

Dorado were the most common catch, though most of these fish were smaller in size, under 10 lb., only a few exceptions of bulls to over 20 lb. Trolling ballyhoo was most successful. A few wahoo strikes were reported,we expect to see more wahoo activity when water temperature drops back down near 80 degrees, presently it is averaging about 84 degrees. Ocean is greenish closer to shore, stirred up from all of the water and debris run off, now out to 5 or 10 miles, will continue to clean back up, as long as another storm does not set things back again.

We saw a variety of billfish, it is the time of year when there are striped, blue & black marlin, as well as sailfish all on local grounds. Most numerous were the striped marlin over on the Pacific Banks. A few blacks lurking around the high spots, including the Gordo Banks, best bet is to troll a large bait, such as a live skipjack and be prepared to put in some time, lots of patience is needed for this type of fishing, but rewards can be great, smallest black marlin we see start at about 200 lb and can weigh up to 1000 lb.
Hopefully next week we will have more to report, should start to see some of the larger yellowfin tuna on high spots as well.

Good Fishing, Eric