Light Crowds, Mixed Bag of Fish ~ April 23, 2023

April 23, 2023

Considering the ideal climate we are now having in the midst of spring season, we saw light crowds of anglers this past week. For the few that did make the trip they were greeted with clear sunny skies, highs of about 85 degrees, variable winds, increased compared to the previous week, predominantly from the north. This contributed to stirring up the visibility, pushing in some more greenish currents, which were shifting directions, changing daily, making for some unstable conditions. This often is the case during the transition period of spring time towards summer. Ocean water temperature has now been in the 70 to 73 degree range.

Supplies of bait consisted of caballito, misc. jacks, ballyhoo, slabs of squid and on a couple of days minimal numbers of sardina and anchoveta were found near marina entrance. Most common fishing grounds have been from La Fortuna, Iman, San Luis and north to Vinorama.

Striped marlin action picked up further offshore, about 15 miles out, near the 1150 Bank, stripers up to 140 lb. were accounted for, trolling lures and dropping back live baits or rigged ballyhoo.

More charters were concentrating on the bottom species, main catch being the bonito, the white variety, good eating, unlike the California variety. Also on the same grounds there were a mix of amberjack, leopard grouper, barred pargo, yellow snapper, red snapper, spotted rose snapper, white fish, triggerfish and a couple of yellowtail were landed, though the bonito were most numerous by far.

Inshore the main deal has been smaller sized roosterfish and some jack crevalle, only a few sierra were brought in, needing more consistent supplies of sardinas for them. We did see a couple of yellowfin tuna through the week, taken off the same grounds where bottom action was found. Also one nice wahoo and a handful of dorado were accounted for.  
Good Fishing, Eric

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