May 27, 2017

The Environment:

Water – Anglers and boat skippers were frustrated by a sharp drop in the water temperature this week; Monday the temps were touching 80 degrees, but by midweek were back around 75.

Air – Perfect … clear skies, light breezes with warm, cerveza-filled afternoons.

The Bottom Line: ​A bit of a roller coaster at the moment. Up one day, down the next!!! Overall, really good fishing! Marlin [see below], dorado and tuna all put on spectacular displays. Best news is that it looks like all the fishy critters will be hanging around for the next few months at least.

Billfish – – Suddenly, there are tons of marlin around. Jumpers spread all over the East Cape with La Ribera to Cabo Pulmo producing the best. This stretch of water is always a good trolling option. Tailers were nailed with live bait while trolled ballyhoo proved productive on the troll. As usual, you can expect quite a few short bites on the ballyhoo.

Yellowfin Tuna – Tuna are spread all over. Those anglers who were prepared to range outside were able to find tuna under the schools of porpoise. Those were mostly smaller fish hitting hoochies and cedar plugs. The tuna hole down by Frailes continues to produce better-size fish in the 30-pound range. Chumming with squid is the only option here. Not wild action, but good quality fish. Certainly worth doing.

Dorado – We saw our first consistent dorado action ... not wide open, but more than decent. Fish were hitting brighter colors in the trolling pattern.

Roosterfish – The Ranch has had a week filled with fly-fishers. Mostly they have been working the inshore for medium-sized roosters and jacks. All the beaches are seeing bait moving right now. Best as always were the lighthouse and marina jetties. Don’t come down under-gunned; nothing less than a 10-weight flyrod and matching reel. As for ammo, the old standbys of Clousers and Deceivers are still good bets.

Pargo, amberjack, etc. – The reefs are holding mostly barred pargo. No pompano this week.

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch Medium-sized roosters and jacks have been plentiful early morning and late afternoon right from the beach with an occasional pargo and pompano in the mix. Always a good idea to keep your eyes open while waiting for your boat at the pier. You may end up with bragging rights for the first fish of the day.

Click HERE to see recent fish photos