April 18, 2021
This month started off with us seeing more numbers of tourists and visiting anglers arriving, a little flurry during spring break. Now mid-month we are seeing very limited numbers of anglers showing up, even though we have had more interest with people asking about reservations for the coming fall season. It looks as though this will be a slow spring and summer season for local fishing businesses. As Covid vaccines are becoming more readily available, even to local residents at this time, people seem to still be more hesitant to travel internationally. The weather recently is very pleasant, ideal climate, light scattered early morning marine layer cloud cover, lighter winds and high temperatures of about 85 degrees. Great time to visit, with the lighter crowds and excellent climate.
Ocean conditions have been slow to transition this season, but water temperature is now in the 72/73 degree range and cleaner water is slowly pushing back closer to shore. In the meantime anglers have found the most productive fishing action to be off the bottom rock structure and along the shoreline. Most common species being the Mexican bonito, which has been the case for the past month now. An occasional yellowtail, amberjack, grouper or red snapper mixed in. Main bait source has continued to be caballito, no sardinas to speak of, except some of the softer clear type that are only used as dead bait. We did see one or two tuna through the week, caught off the same areas where anglers were bottom fishing. As temperatures improve, warmer and cleaner water appear in the coming weeks we do anticipate surface activity to break open.
Along the shoreline the main action was for sierra and jack crevalle, as water warms up we should see more roosterfish move in. Normal patterns usually see the end of April as a major turning point for water conditions becoming more attractive to the popular gamefish, so we are anxious to see this happen. We are also optimistic that once anglers see that fish reports are greatly improved that they will decide to visit.
Good fishing, Eric