Big Yellowfin in April?

April 21st, 2024

We are now headed into the peak of our slow season. The number of our charters within our marina has significantly decreased this week. We are experiencing cool mornings in the high 60s and hot days in the mid 80s. Fishing has remained consistent and productive throughout most of the week.

Surprisingly, we continue to see big yellowfin every day, very unusual for this time of year. We are mostly targeting tuna at San Luis and Iman banks with live and dead sardines. Most captains confirmed that the bite was earlier this week. According to multiple reports, the best chance to hook a tuna was before 9 am. A few boats had up to 3-4 hookups before that time. One of the boats within the fleet has 7 nice yellowfin yesterday (Saturday). We are fishing 50 and 60# test and it has still been tough to bring some of these fish up. The biggest tuna weighed this week were a 193 and 149 pounder, both on dead sardine and 50# test.

Within the same tuna grounds, there is a chance of hooking into a few dorado, wahoo, and striped marlin with live sardines. This bite can be hit or miss on most days. A handful of wahoo have been picked off while casting a jig on the surface.

Bottom action continues to be consistent. The best action and most productive rock structures seems to be coming from Cardón. We are catching amberjack, grouper, and a variety of snappers, mainly yellow snapper. Best bottom action is coming from live sardines. Not a lot of action on the jigs.

Closer to shore, we continue to find good Sierra (Spanish mackerel) action. If your preference is to target a Roosterfish, there is a good chance of hooking into a couple nice ones. We are targeting Roosters starting from the Secrets/Marriot hotels all the way to El Zacatón. Most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds, though there are some nice 20 pounders in the mix.

Good Fishing, Brian

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