Fish Report - March 21, 2015

The Environment - Water was clear and calm all week; temperatures a steady74 to 75 degrees. Air temps were pleasant with clear, cool mornings. Mid-day highs were in the low-80s. Spring has sprung.

Bottom LineThe fishing on the East Cape was a lot like last week with a good, strong, striped marlin bite mixed with a few sails.  Dorado fishing was decent. Much better inshore fishing than last week. We’ll stick with the 8+ on the Rancho Leonero 1 to 10 scale.

Billfish - The billfish are no more than four miles off the hotel!  The La Ribera drop-off is where all the billfish and dorado have been biting.  Our Rancho boats are seeing three striper marlin releases per boat per day with the bite slowing just a little over the past two days.

Yellowfin Tuna - Not yet, amigos.

Dorado Some boats are limiting on dorado in the 10- to 15-pound range in the same areas the billfish.  Best attractors are lures and trolled ballyhoo.

Wahoo See ya later.

Roosterfish – Yes! The gallo began feeding right off the Rancho Leonero beach with flyfishers releasing 10- to 25-pounders. Exciting? You bet!

Skipjack – Still hanging around, but most boats are beginning to target roosters.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch ...

This week, Captain Alonso brought up three really nice amberjack in the 60-pound class; all baited on caballito. There are also lots of good-sized sierra mixed with huge schools of huachinango (small snapper.) The sierra are biting at first light. Story in latest issue of The Bight