Storm Pass, Cow Sized Tuna Landed ~ July 3, 2022

July 3,, 2022
Light summer crowds now,  they enjoyed settled down weather patterns this past week. Though this next week we will be following the path of Tropical Storm Bonnie, forecast to pass even further off to the southwest than TS Celia did last week. Strange to see the name Bonnie though, since we already had the name Blas and then Celia, apparently this latest system originated in the Atlantic basin and then crossed over and is reforming over the Pacific. 

Early in the week, after the port reopened on Monday, we had a few days of south winds which contributed to cooling off and turning the water over some, as it was greenish in places, now once again we are seeing clarity improve. The most consistent action remains off the bottom and close to shore for roosterfish and jacks. There was a mix of caballito, mullet, sardina and anchoveta being found for bait. Offshore there were schools of bolito encountered and these made great bait options as well.

Main bottom species now being brought in were amberjack, yellow snapper, barred pargo, African pompano, pargo colorado, leopard grouper, gulf grouper and triggerfish. All excellent eating, a few amberjack weighing up to 50 lb.

Highlight of the week was a 290 lb. yellowfin tuna that was landed from off of San Luis Bank while drift fishing with a live bolito for bait, besides this one cow sized tuna, we only saw a handful of other yellowfin, these were under 30 lb. Dorado were also very scarce, a few wahoo were accounted for and many other strikes were missed, most of these on the same bottom fishing grounds.

Billfish action was very scattered, we did see sailfish and striped marlin, but very few. It will not be long now we start to hear reports of blue and black marlin.

Good Fishing, Eric

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