March 18, 2018

The Environment: Water- warm for this time of year! 74-75 degrees! Some windy days early in the week. Calmed down, with boats out fishing Wednesday through this weekend Air- Cool mornings, highs in the low 80’s. Clear spring weather. We’ve been sending out four or five boats a day starting mid week. The warmer than normal water is really helping start our season with some very very good fishing. Lots of Mackerel and Sardine spread throughout Palmas Bay providing anglers with live bait. All boats targeting marlin are releasing at least one daily. There are lots of Dorado around ( early ) with all boats scoring. Good sizedYellowfin are also biting both close inshore and outside under the Porpoise. There are Skipjack everywhere. Inshore fishing has been good with lots of Sierra and Roosters along most beach’s.

Yellowfin- The fleet found porpoise 15 miles off La Ribera. Nice tuna from 15-40# all taken on Hoochies or Cedar plugs. Averaging 2to6 per day. Smaller yellowfin were taken on Mackerel at the Pulmo Park boundary.

Dorado- since the first of the month there have been lots of Dorado throughout the E Cape. Anglers are releasing lots of fish. Most anglers limiting with fish 10-30#. An awesome early start for Dorado! Hoochies and Mackerel working best. Lots of Mackerel be taken by the Skipjack.

Striped Marlin- On the La Ribera bank two to three miles offshore. At least one released per boat. The Stripers have been around in big numbers all winter. Live Mackerel best. Again lots of good Mackerel lost to the Skippies.

Inshore- Not much fishing pressure. A strong early morning Sierra bite. The Roosterfish are starting to bite early. A good start for 2018! - John Ireland

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