March 6, 2022
Large numbers of tourists in town now, though not a high percentage seem to be fishermen. Vacationers are being greeted with sunny skies and warm temperatures, reaching the upper 70s. Winds have been variable, but mainly picking up from the north later in the day, there seems to be a calming trend now and also we are feeling warmer all around climate, first hint of spring season being right around the corner.
Striped marlin continue to be the highlight offshore, more often five to ten miles offshore, striking on lures, ballyhoo and caballito, which continue to be plentiful in marina area. The billfish bite was a bit up and down from day to day as to where the best action was encountered. Sizes ranged from 70 lb., up to 140 lb., a handful of very nice stripers were accounted for. A handful of sailfish were hooked into as well, off season ow for the sails, which prefer the warmer waters.
Dorado were found more often closer to shore, striking best on bait, numbers varied from single fish, up to boat limits, depending on location on a given day. Water temperature varied from 69 to 72 degree, color fluctuated some, later in the weekend current became a bit greenish on these same grounds and bit was a bit tougher accordingly.
Through much of the week the wahoo action was very good, close to shore off of Punta Gorda and Palmilla, sizes ranged up to 35 lb., though average wahoo was more in the 10 to 20 lb. range. Slow trolling caballito and casting chrome pattern jigs proved most effective.
Other species close to shore were jack crevalle, sierra and juvenile sized roosterfish. Off the bottom there was a mix of species, though sporadic action and made more difficult by strong currents running throughout area. A few smaller sized yellowtail were found, hopefully this is prelude to some of the larger yellows to come soon.
Still many daily whales sightings, these mammals will be heading north later this month.
Good Fishing, Eric