Week Ending August 16, 2014

Water - Cooler. 85 to 89 degrees. The water temperature has dropped as much as five degrees over the past couple of weeks. Air -Much cooler; very pleasant with rain a couple of days this week. Highs in the low 90's, along with afternoon breezes.

The Environment: It almost seems like an early fall for the East Cape. The air temps have been a good ten to fifteen degrees cooler than they were in July. It has felt tropical with afternoon rains in the mountains and at the Ranch. Everything is very green and the weather has been pleasant!

The Bottom Line: A 7.5 on the Rancho Leonero 1 to 10 scale. Boats targeting tuna outside are seeing and metering some big fish, but getting them to bite has been another story.

Billfish – The billfishing has slowed drastically; only a few sailfish were released all week. With cooler water, the bite should snap back quickly.

Yellowfin Tuna– – The tuna and dorado fishing has been consistent, biting closer to shore, mostly south of Frailes. That same very defined area one and one-half miles off Frailes is producing nice yellowfin from 20- to 50-pounds. Outside there are lots of schools of porpoise holding yellowfin. Dorado - There were several larger dorado taken in with the tuna but throughout Palmas Bay it has been mostly schoolies.

Meanhwhile, Back at the Ranch... Inshore fishing? The runoff from the recent rain, coupled with afternoon breezes caused some wind waves which turned the water off-color slowing the beach bite down somewhat. Still some good bottom fishing around the rocky points and reefs for pargo, cabrilla and amberjack.