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

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