July 12 - July 18, 2015

The Environment - A tale of two halves of a week. It was red hot fishing early this week; however the passing hurricane mid-week slowed things down. For the time being, the water is colder and dirtier.  The good news is the water will clean and warm up quickly.

The Bottom Line - Both billfish fishing and rooster fish have been good, but the water turn-over hurt the fishing for other species. Despite the midweek storm, all-in-all it was a great week of fishing. The water seems to have stabilized around 85 degrees which is optimum temp for Baja fishing. We had a few breezy days midweek, but nothing that prevented the boats going out. Good bait including caballito and ballyhoo was plentiful. There were a few sardina down at Los Frailes but only enough for the first few boats to get there.

Yellowfin Tuna –Monday and Tuesday were a tuna and wahoo rodeo! Fish were mixed together and again a lot of hard luck stories of wahoo biting off tuna jigs and bait. Still, it was good fishing with plenty of both species boated. The action was south, off Vinorama Beach..

Billfish – The blue marlin bite continues with good fish taken all week. Quite a few hard luck stories with fish proving to be too big!  Fish are well spread with a good bite up north near Cerralvo. Stripers, as usual, are also all over the East Cape. Most blues hitting plastic and most stripers hitting rigged ballyhoo.

Dorado – The dorado bite completely shut down after the wind on Wed. Before the storm, the early week bite only produced smaller schoolies.

Roosterfish -Rincon Bay again yielded monster roosterfish. Any angler looking for a dream trophy rooster would be well-advised to come on down!  Fish in the 50- to 70-pound class were being hooked all week.


Meanwhile, back at the Ranch … Anglers working the bottom all got the usual haul of pargo, cabrilla and jacks along the beaches plus schools offshore. Fly-rodders need to be prepared with tackle to meet the challenge of jacks with big, broad shoulders.