A letter from Bart Hall of the Fred Hall Shows, “The Ultimate Outdoor Experience”, to John Ireland, the owner of Rancho Leonero.
John, I just wanted to thank you for a great trip. The Ranch is in outstanding shape, the staff is amazing and the Sea of Cortez is coming alive. The first day Dave Mandagie and I went looking for tuna but didn’t find any, but our other boat caught all of our usual stuff inshore. The next day Gary put us out on your beautiful new boat. We hadn’t fished all together for a long time but Ramon and Jorge understood our passion about nearshore fishing and we had a great day. We caught a 40 lb yellowtail, 10 amberjacks between 40 and 60 lbs, 15 skipjack, some of them very large, white bonito, giant trigger fish, a twenty pound pargo (right in front of the Ranch) and I hooked, but couldn’t land a marlin while jigging with a megabait. In two days we hooked 3 marlin jigging with megabaits. My son Travis and his wife Lori were there for the first time. What a treat.
Other boats found the tuna and landed nine of them between 30-40lbs. Jack caught 4 marlin one day and one of them was almost 200 pounds. He caught marlin everyday. Fishing is “ON” at Rancho Leonero. Thank you for everything. I can’t wait to get all the pictures and write some stories.
The Environment - Water - Much warmer than last week … in the 79- to 80-degree range; but it was clear and flat all week. Air - Highs in the 80s; pleasant and clear with afternoon easterly.
The Bottom Line - Fishing really picked up this week! Not only did the water warm up, but it also cleaned up early in the week and the fishing just went off the charts!! Most boats taking the ride from La Ribera Bank to Punta Colorado are scoring on marlin!
Marlin -Striped marlin have practically been jumping in the boats. At least a couple releases per every angler targeting billfish, especially for the boats right off the La Ribera Bank to Punta Colorado – lots and lots of stripers!
Yellowfin Tuna - The yellowfin showed with large schools of 20- to 40-pound tuna, 10 to 20 miles offshore. They were easy to find under the porpoise.
Dorado - The dorado fishing has picked up as well. Brock Bryant, from Kalispell, Montana, caught his first-ever salt water fish on Saturday -- a 70-pound bull!
Wahoo – There have been three or four wahoo coming in to the cleaning table every day --fish in the 20- to 50-pound range!
Roosterfish – –The rooster fishing is awesome, but with all the offshore action outside, the gallo's aren't getting much fishing pressure. Large schools of skipjack are found throughout East Cape and lots of big amberjack are biting on the bottom.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch ...
These are the reports we like to make!! To quote Bart Hall in his fishing log from last week on our website, “Fishing is “ON” at Rancho Leonero!” And it just keeps getting better…