August 8, 2021
We are feeling the tropical weather conditions now, the Eastern Pacific is very active, with a series of storm systems developing, so far all of these have been following paths far off to the west, raising humidity and the heat index levels, as well as stirring up ocean conditions some. There are daily isolated thunderstorms developing over the more mountainous regions, though no rain as of yet right along the coastal zones. Next week it looks as though we will see more storms passing a little closer before heading off west.
Light numbers of tourists now, so fishing charters have been more limited. Much of the week we felt swirling choppy ocean conditions, finally laying down some over the weekend. Water temperature has averaged 85 degrees, or higher in some spots. Very ripe for development of tropical storms, this will be the scenario for the next eight weeks or so, always following forecasts closely.
Most of the fishing action recently has been found from the Iman Banks and north to Vinorama. Anglers are using sardinas, caballito and some slabs of squid. Winds and swift currents played a factor for most of the week. Though some days were okay for early action. Yellowfin tuna were found within several miles of shore, sizes 20 to 70 lb., but numbers were very limited. A handful of dorado up to 30 lb. were accounted for, but again no large concentration, just occasional fish, taken on bait and lures.
Off the bottom the highlight were some dogtooth snapper to over 30 lb. taken off the Iman Bank while drift fishing bait. There were also other species taken off the rock piles, closer to shore the main action was for triggerfish, bonito and spotted rose snapper.
Roosterfish action has slacked way off as this is nearing the end of the season for these prized fighting gamefish. A huge congratulations to the Tiger Spirit and legendary local La Playita angler Hugo Pino for walking away with the overall winner in this week’s Bisbee East Cape event. Beating out 100 teams, all eyeing the 1.6 million dollars of prize money up for grabs. Late on the third and final last day of the tournament Hugo hooked and landed jackpot fish, a 597 lb. black marlin.
Good Fishing, Eric