The Environment - Remarkable! Water temperature ranged from 77 degrees inside to 74-75 outside. Some afternoon wind early in the week; all fishable days. Spring weather with cool mornings in the 60s and daytime highs in the mid-80s; clear skies.
Bottom Line - A decent week of fishing. The bite was slow early in the week, greatly improved as the week progressed. Striped marlin continue to be our most dependable game fish and this week was no exception. On Friday (4/17) one Rancho boat fishing south of Los Frailes had four stripers on and released one, had two dorado, four white skipjack, two sierra -- one over 10 pounds -- and released four gallos. The availability of sardina is going to really up the fly fisherman's chances. All-in-all let’s call it an 8.5 on the Rancho Leonero 1 to 10 scale.
Yellowfin Tuna - Feew reports but we know they are around.
Billfish – Yes! There are lots of striped marlin around, with the fish moving south later in the week. South of Los Frailes, around the Iman Bank, was loaded with stripers yesterday! There are still a few thresher sharks. Monday (4/13) Kiko Vega, Governor of Baja North, and Chucky Van Wormer took a 200-pounder right off La Ribera.
Dorado - A few are being taken daily, mostly inside very close to shore; no real size.
Wahoo - Some nice ones have been coming in. Rapalas and trolled ballyhoo have been effective; most taken off the white cliffs south of Los Frailes.
Roosterfish – Lots and lots of smaller roosters between 5- and 10-pounds with a few 30-pounders mixed in are being released on sardines. The availability of sardines as chum really increases our fly-fishers’ chances.
Pompano – Big pompano together with sierra in the 10-pound range bit aggressively all week.
Sierra – Check all your knots and terminal gear before looking for these bruisers. They will definitely test your tackle … and your arms.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch ... Sierra, pompano, roosterfish, cerveza and a nap.