June 28 - July 4, 2015

The Environment - July is normally an excellent month and this year is no exception. Good fishing and good fishing conditions with flat seas, warm days and warm blue water from 85 to 87 degrees.

The Bottom Line - Blue marlin continue to dominate the headlines on the East Cape right now. Rancho skippers all agree this is the best billfish bite in years – blues, stripers and sails -- and it just keeps getting better. Good bait is also available in the form of caballito, sardina and ballyhoo.

Yellowfin Tuna – The tuna fishing is either still out of range or there aren’t any boats going after them.

Billfish – The marlin bite had been concentrated in an area about 15 miles north of Leonero but by the weekend they were all over. The best area ended up being off La Ribera. Blues, stripers and sailfish were all plentiful. Most fish were taken on ballyhoo and flylined caballito but the lures seem to be working as well.

Dorado – There were plenty of schoolie-sized dorado operating in different areas all week. While plentiful, we are not seeing anything real big.

Wahoo – No report.

Roosterfish -There were monster roosterfish boated this week. The bigger fish are behaving differently this year; the big boys are farther offshore in deeper water, and the trick is to hook the caballito more in the back in order to get them to swim deeper. The best area has been at Rincon Bay. Smaller roosters have been prowling the beaches all over.


Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...

Bottom fishing has remained excellent, providing all the normal species: Barred pargo, pompano, brown sea bass, cabrilla and even jacks and smaller roosters, providing action along the beaches for the fly fishermen.