June 24, 2017

Water – 77-82 degrees. Green, colder water worked its way both inside and south early this week.  The water outside has remained clear and warm. Air – No matter what the calendar reads, it’s still spring weather; very pleasant with highs in the 80s, cool mornings and evenings.

The Bottom Line: Rancho Leonero anglers have enjoyed a remarkable wide open bite for three straight weeks.  Early in the week, with the influx of colder green water, fishing for tuna and wahoo slowed.  However, striped marlin and dorado are still biting and the gallos have been huge and plentiful. When this cooler water from the south flushes out, the fishing will definitely get back on track … you got our word on it!

Billfish – All anglers targeting striped marlin are releasing at least one.  Very light pressure as most anglers are fishing close inshore.  Most of the marlin hookups are within a mile of the beach. There are lots of them off the La Ribera ledge south to the lighthouse.  Live caballito and tube mackerel are working best; some taken on chunk squid.

Yellowfin Tuna – Thinning, but still some around; good-size fish in the 30-pound class.  Most were taken in the same areas mixed with the dorado.  Success comes in many forms, but mostly on chunk squid and small Rapalas.

Dorado – More and larger fish this week … south to Vinorama, with the majority taken off the lighthouse.  Average fish weighed around 12 pounds, however some larger bulls showed up as well.  Use hoochies, cedar plugs, live bait and chunk squid. They are all working.

Roosterfish – Big, BIG, roosterfish are leading the parade. Fifty-pounders are common and 70- to 80-pounders are not unusual.  An 80-pound rooster is a monster! All anglers fishing roosterfish are releasing multiple fish over 40 pounds. One boat released 12. (That’s 12 in one day.) The area just off the lighthouse has been best.  Tube mackerel and caballito have both been deadly bait. Fly-fishers: Plan on using a minimum 10-weight rod … 11- or 12-weight even better.

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch...

Quite a few big pargo and amberjack were taken in the same areas as roosterfish. June is THE MONTH for fishing from the beach and it can be very productive; begin early morning before the boats launch and continue after dusk!

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