August 12 2018

Water- 85 inside, 86-89 outside. Clear, flat, clean water. One bumpy morning all week..

Air- Warm, highs in the 90's, some morning rain early in the week..

Good fishing with mostly quality Yellowfin and Roosterfish biting this week. Big tuna from 25-80#'s were the best action all week. The Dorado bite was slower than usual, and the bill fishing was on and off.. Lot's of good bait available, Sardine, Caballito, Squid and Ballyhoo..

Yellowfin- A couple of big Yellowfin per boat per day. Nice fish from 25# to 80#. Lot's of over hour long fights with a lot of breakoffs. Almost all taken on Sardine and Squid, drift fishing off Rincon 1-3 miles off the beach..

Billfish- The bite was a little slower this week. Striped Marlin, Sails, Blues and Blacks all being released. Mostly taken on trolled Ballyhoo, off the La Ribera bank best.

Roosterfish- Lot's of big Gallos in the 20-60# range are being released daily. As usual for this time of year, very good fishing..

Inshore- Big Pargo, Jacks and Pompano are all biting consistently on the bottom. Very good fishing inside...



August 19 2018

Water- 85-86, outside 90, clear, flat, afternoon ESE breezes..

Air- A very pleasant week, relatively cool, highs in the 80's, clear, beautiful pleasant weather!

Good consistent fishing again this week. Very similar to last week with bigger Yellowfin than last being taken daily. Schooling sized Dorado are mixed with the tuna. Nice big Amberjack Pargo and Pompano were taken daily. Lot's of big Roosterfish along the beach's. Billfish are also close to the hotel, with very light fishing pressure. Lot's of good bait available, Sardine, caballito, Squid and Ballyhoo all working well..

Yellowfin- Very close! From the hotel to south of the light house. 1-3 miles off the beach. Much bigger this week. Boats are taking one or two over 50-60#'s and limits of 15-20#'ers daily. Drift fishing live Sardine best for smaller tuna and large chunks of Squid are hanging most of the larger tuna. Very, very good tuna fishing again this week!!!

Dorado- 10-15# schooling sized Dorado mixed with the tuna. Boats are landing two or three a day. Almpst all on Sardine.

Billfish- Very spread. Almost all anglers are targeting the tuna. Very light fishing pressure.

Inside- Some big Amberjack and Pargo are mixed in with the tuna. We took a 60# Amberjack on Thursday. Pargo and Pompano in the 20# class are also being taken in the mix. Off the lighthouse big Pompano are coming off the bottom..

Another very good week of fishing..

August 26 2018

Water. Clean clear flat. 84-87 degrees

Air. Very pleasant for August. Highs in the low 90’s.

Another big week. The big news is lots of wahoo this week. Lots of nice sized tuna. The Dorado are biting and again not much pressure on the billfish. Inshore is producing big Pargo Amberjack and Pompano.

Very very good fishing. The bite was further south this week, the white cliffs south of frail les were producing the wahoo and tuna. The Dorado very spread.
Trolled Rapalas were deadly on the wahoo this week. Bart Hall fishing one day. Caught 3 wahoo in the 20-30# class. They farmed another three.

A short report!
I’m going fishing!!

August 11 2019

Water- 83-86. Cooler water inside, clear and flat.

Air- Highs in the low 90’s, clear skies...

A good week of fishing. A wide variety of species have been biting all week. Yellowfin, Dorado, Wahoo, Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, big Pargo and Amberjack, lot’s of Roosterfish over 50#...

Dorado- The best Dorado fishing of the season this week. The boats are going up to 40 miles south, schools of fish in the 5-20# class mixed with some big Bulls. Taking Rapalas and live Caballito...

Yellowfin- Quality tuna in the 20-50# class. Most taken off Rincon on live Caballito and Squid.. Boats are soaking bait for a couple of hours and picking up one or two.

Wahoo- Mixed with the Dorado 25-40 miles south of the hotel and in the same areas as the billfish. Most 20-50#, some 70#er’s coming to the boats. Taking Rapalas and trolled Marlin lures.

Billfish- Lot’s of Stripers, quite a few of Blues mixed with a few Sailfish. Best fishing off the La Ribera bank 3-6 miles offshore. Ballyhoo working best.

Inside- Big, big Pargo and Amberjack this week. Exceptional inshore fishing!! Good sized Pompano being taken daily.

Roosterfish- Lot’s of 50# er’s released this week. Very good Gallo fishing.

August 18 2019

Water- 87-88. Warmer this week, flat mornings, light afternoon easterly winds, clear and clean..

Air- Warmer this week, highs in the 90’s, clear skies..

A very good week of fishing... The best Dorado and Wahoo fishing of the year this past week. A strong consistent bill fish bite with lots of Blues being released. The inshore fishing has been nothing short of spectacular with big Amberjack, Pargo, Grouper and Pompano all coming to the cleaning table.. 50# Roosters were released all week.. the only species not biting this week were the Yellowfin.

Wahoo- By far the best Wahoo fishing of the season this week!! 25-70#. Almost all boats targeting Wahoo scoring most with multiple fish. A long boat ride to the white cliffs off Vinaramas. Rapalas, Marauders and live Caballito all working. A strong bite all week!!

Dorado- Our best Dorado fishing this season this past week.. Very spread, mixed with the Wahoo. Large schools of medium sized fish mixed with a lot of peanuts. Anglers are limiting on 7-15# fish. A few nice Bulls mixed in. Hoochies, Rapalas, and chunk Squid. By far the most Dorado we’ve seen this year.

Bill fish- very, very good billfishing. Lot’s of Blues mixed with Stripers and a few Sails. Quite a few Blues being released daily. Most in the 200# class. A couple this week between 350-400#. As usual on the drop off 3-5 miles off La Ribera south to Frailles.
They love the Ballyhoo, live Caballito working as well.

Inshore/bottom- Anglers bottom fishing the inside drop offs are scoring big. Pargo to 40#’s, Amberjack from 30- 50#’s, nice Grouper and big Pompano. Chunk Skipjack and Squid the baits of choice.. All anglers scoring nice fish!!

Roosterfish- Gallo’s to 50#’s common. Very spread. Not much fishing pressure this week..

An excellent week of fishing!

August 25 2019

Water- 82-85. Early week warmer and clean, after Ivo on Friday the water is colder and green.

Air- Highs in the low 90’s.. cloudy Thursday through Saturday. Our first real rain of the season Friday, clear skies have returned.

Very good fishing early in the week. Very similar to last week. Wahoo, Dorado, Billfish, Roosterfish, all biting... Friday, Ivo brought us our first rain of the year, the storm cooled the Cortez and runoff from the arroyos dirtied the water. The fishing has been slow for the past two days.. The fishing will improve as the water clears.

Wahoo- The strong bite of last week continued. Fish from 20-70#’s were taken off Vinaramas and the Iman bank.. most boats taking at least one. Rapalas, Marauders and live Caballito all working.

Dorado- Large schools of smaller to medium sized fish. Anglers releasing two or three for every keeper. Off Vinaramas and Iman Bank, some big Bulls taken on Marlin lures and Ballyhoo..

Billfish- Approximately every third bill fish released has been a Black Marlin. Lot’s of 200-300#er’s. Striped Marlin from 30-200#’s mixed with a few Sails. As usual off the la Ribera bank south to Frailles. Hitting both lures and Ballyhoo..

Inshore- very good bottom fishing. Big Amberjack and Pargo taken daily.. we had a dozen Black Grouper taken last Monday from 10-25#’s. All on Squid or Skipjack. The Grouper were caught 450-600 feet down...

Roosterfish- Big Gallo’s to 60#’s released all week. Inshore on most beach’s both north and south..

August 2 2020

Water- a few bumpy days early in the week. Last five days clear and flat. Very warm water.. 85-87 in front of the hotel, further North around Cerralvo Island 90-93!

Air- Nice clear weather, highs in the low 90’s..

Very very consistent good fishing! Last weeks report would work this week, all the same species biting. Dorado, Yellowfin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish, and Blues all around in good numbers. There are more Roosterfish traveling up and down the beach’s than I have ever seen! Most over 30#’s. The East Cape Bisbee is on starting the 4th... I expect some big Blues this year!

Billfish- Lot’s of Stripers mixed with Sails and Blues have been biting all week. More fish being released within 5 miles of the beach than outside. Almost all boats picking up at least one no matter what species they are targeting. Taking trolled Lures and live Caballito, loving the Ballyhoo.

Dorado- Some big Bulls in the 50’s taken again this week! Hitting Marlin lures and taking live bait around any floating debris. Bob Watson maker of Blind Strike Lures took a 55#er.

Yellowfin- Same as last week. Multiple pods of Porpoise spread both inside and outside are holding Tuna from footballs to 50#. Very very good tuna fishing. Some big Tuna in the 40# class taken off the lighthouse by anglers fishing for Roosters. Very close to the beach. .. Hoochies, Cedar plugs, live Caballito and Squid all working.

Roosterfish- Unbelievable Gallo fishing!!! The beaches throughout Palmas Bay have lot’s of Roosters working close inshore. 40-50#er’s common. Some released close to a 100#. Lot’s released off the beach on fly this week.. Truly spectacular Gallo’s fishing.

August 9 2020

Water- 83-86. Cooler water inside this week, warmer outside, clear, flat, blue water.

Air- Clear skies, beautiful days, highs in the mid 90’s.

Very good consistent fishing again this week. The fishing has been excellent since the Hotel reopened in July.. Again this week, Dorado, Yellowfin, Big Roosterfish, very good bottom fishing and lots of billfish.
The E Cape Bisbee was a big success with over 80 boats and prize money well over $1,000,000! The biggest Marlin ever caught in the tournament was boated 704#’!

Yellowfin- Multiple pods of Porpoise, very spread, are holding Yellowfin, the biggest this week 245#. Lot’s of footballs, average fish around 15#. Some nice 30-40# tuna are being taken daily off the lighthouse, very close to shore. Good consistent tuna fishing.

Dorado- Very spread, any floating debris or structure holding some nice fish. Further outside this week. Some Bulls in the 40# class taken. Schooling Dorado in the 10-25# class were common this week.

Billfish- Lot’s of Striped Marlin mixed with Sails being released daily. The Bisbee 704# winning Blue was taken on a lure directly off La Ribera about two miles offshore! Better than half the winning billfish in the E Cape Bisbee over the years have been taken off that same drop off.

Roosterfish- Big Big Gallos again this week. Lots around, cruising close inshore along all Palmas Bay beaches. Not much pressure this week as most anglers banging the pelagics outside. Fly fisherman are releasing lots.

August 23 2020

Water- 81-88. Very mixed and dirty water, much cooler inside, flat water since Thursday.

Air- highs in the low 90’s. Hurricane Genieve passed by Wednesday night and cooled things down.

Hurricane Genieve passed by late Wednesday night. We had a lot of rain and very little wind.. Cabo had torrential rain and some damage, San Jose experienced a lot of heavy wind..

The last two weeks of fishing have not been stellar. Two hurricanes in those two weeks really slowed down the fishing! Much colder, green, 80 degree water inside with 87-88 degree water outside has definitely hurt the bite.. As the water cleans the fishing will pick up. Most ranch anglers are fishing inside on the drop offs and actually doing well. Nice Pargo, Cabrilla, Grouper and Pompano are all biting.. The Roosterfish were around in good numbers up until Wednesday.

Bottom fishing- Live Sardine, Caballito, Chunked Squid and Skipjack are all working! Anglers taking lot’s of Pargo, Grouper, Cabrilla and Pompano. The drop offs and high spots are all producing fish.

August 1 2021

Water- clear, flat, cooler than last week, 86°

Air- Clear mornings, some afternoon breezes and rain over the Sierras. Highs in the 90’s.

A little slower this week. The billfish bite has slowed, but still quite a few Sailfish released. Some nice Dorado taken this week to 45#’s. Big Roosterfish biting south around RinCon, to 60#’s.. The bottom fishing has been very good, big Amberjack from 30-75# taken daily mixed with good sized Pargo and lots of Pompano.,

Billfish- Not much fishing pressure this week. Mostly Sails released mixed with a few Stripers and Blues. Almost all taken 3-6 miles off La Ribera to the Lighthouse. Trolled plastic working, Ballyhoo best!

Dorado- Mostly school sized Dorado mixed with some big Bulls to 45#’s coming in daily. The big bulls hitting the Ballyhoo while trolling for Billfish..

Amberjack, Pargo, Pompano - Very very good bottom fishing. Big Amberjack coming in daily. 30-75# er’s taken on Sardine and chunk Skipjack. Lots of Pargo to 25#’s. Best off the Punta Colorado drop off to RinCon. Lots of Pompano as usual.

Roosterfish- Some big Gallos being taken in deeper than normal water. Smaller fish closer to shore. Most of the large fish taken on live Caballito. Some big fish released to 60#. Best off RinCon and the lighthouse.

August 15 2021

Water- Wind and rain 2 days midweek, clear flat water the rest. Cooler water inside 84* outside 87-90*.

Air- Beautiful days! Much cooler than normal. Afternoon rains daily in the Sierras.. The E Cape is Green! Highs in the low 99’s.

A decent week of fishing. Billfish have been biting consistently all week with almost all boats releasing one with many multiples. The Yellowfin fishing has improved with nice fish taken in the 20-30# range.. Dorado are coming to the cleaning table daily. Bottom fishing has been good with some big Pargo and lots of Pompano.
The weather has been much cooler than normal, very pleasant!!

Billfish- lots of Striped Marlin mixed with a few Sails and Blues. All very close! From the hotel to the lighthouse
No more the 4 miles off the beach. Boats releasing at least one with most targeting billfish releasing multiples. Taking lures but most on Ballyhoo..

Yellowfin- Some bigger tuna to 40#’s taken off the white cliffs (Vinaramas) all on Sardine and Squid. Nice Tuna in the 20-30# range are being taken at RinCon on the Pulmo Park boundary most on Squid some on Sardine..

Bottom- As usual very consistent good bottom fishing. Some nice Pargo to 25#’s , lots of good sized Pompano and the occasional big Amberjack. All on Squid, chunk Skipjack and live Sardine.

Dorado- The occasional big Bull taken while trolling for Marlin. Smaller schooling Dorado mixed with the tuna. Most on Sardine.

August 29 2021

Water- Clear flat, 87-88*

Air- Clear skies, warmer this week, highs in the 90’s.

A good week of fishing. A very consistent bite on the Yellowfin, quality fish from 20-60# are coming in daily. As usual lots of Striped Marlin, mixed with Sails and a few Blues are being released daily. The bottom fishing has been extraordinary, with BIG Amberjack, good sized Pargo and lots of Pompano coming to the cleaning table everyday. Big Roosters to 80#’s are being released. As usual lots of good bait “big Sardine” available. We are waiting on Hurricane Nora, which is expected to arrive later today. With any luck we expect a lot of rain and some wind, as the storm is hugging the mainland coast.

Yellowfin- Quality fish from 20-60# with four or five fish a day per boat are being taken daily. Almost all drift fishing on Sardine 1-3 miles off the beach at Rincon. A very good consistent tuna bite.

Billfish- The Striped Marlin and Sailfish bite has moved a little further south. From the lighthouse past Frailles, outside the Pulmo Park boundary, has been holding lots of billfish. Boats targeting are enjoying multiple releases. As usual rigged Ballyhoo is the bait of choice..

Bottom- Very very good bottom fishing! A couple of giant Amberjack this week. One 88.8#’s. Their biting on chunked Skipjack. Some real quality Pargo to 45#’s. The Gafftail and African Pompano are abundant. Live Sardine and chunked Skipjack are the best baits.

Roosterfish- Some big Gallo’s again this week. A couple released well over 70#’s. The best fishing has been from the lighthouse south. Live Sardine and Caballito are the best baits.

August, 07 2022

Water- 84-86*. Clear, flat, some midday wind both Friday and Saturday. .
Air- Very pleasant for August. Cooler than normal, highs in the low 90’s.

Another good week of fishing. Not as red hot as the past couple of weeks but still very good. The big Bull Dorado are still plentiful with lots in the 30- 55# class taken daily. The billfish bite is still wide open with Stripers, Sails, and both Blue and Black Marlin being released. The Yellowfin have been a little pickier biters this past week, still lots around under the Porpoise just not biting as aggressively. Big, big Roosterfish are being released daily. A few Wahoo are coming to the cleaning table daily.

Dorado- Very good Dorado fishing! The Bisbee tournament weighed 67 Dorado over 30#’s ! The winning Bull was 54.7#. Mixed with the Marlin on the inside drop offs. Most taking Marlin lures, feathers, and Ballyhoo.

Billfish- Lots of Blues and Blacks released, most in the 200-300# class. The Bisbee winning fish was 375#. Loads of Stripers mixed with quite a few more Sails this week.
The inside drop offs producing the most fish. Slow trolled live Skipjack, Caballito, trolled large lures and Ballyhoo working.

Yellowfin- Lots of smaller fast moving pods of Porpoise are holding tuna from 10-25# average, some to 40#’s. Very spread both inside and outside from 3 to 40 miles offshore.. taking Hoochies, cedar plugs, tuna feathers and some on Caballito. Their around but much pickier biters this week.

Roosterfish- Big, big Gallos again this week. 50#er’s are common! Some to over 70#. Not much pressure as most anglers fishing outside. All beach’s producing nice fish. Still best around the lighthouse. Live Caballito and Mullet best. Also taking flies!

Wahoo- A couple of Wahoo a day are coming to the cleaning table, most in the 20-40# range. Almost all taken South of the lighthouse all the way to Vinaramas. Rapalas and Marauders working best.

Bisbee results:

1st Marlin. 375# Black.
1st Tuna 43.1 # Yellowfin.
1st Dorado. 54.7
2nd Dorado 52.5.

August, 14 2022

Water-  86-87. Clear, flat,  afternoon breezes.

Air-  Much cooler than normal, very pleasant, highs in the low 90’s. It’s monsoon season, clouds and rain daily over the Sierras.

Another very good week of fishing !  A very consistent Yellowfin bite, big Dorado, big Roosters, and as usual lots of bill fish.  A few  nice Wahoo coming in daily and the bottom fishing has been wide open. Beautiful weather for August, much cooler than normal with gentle cooling afternoon winds.

Yellowfin-  A strong tuna bite.  Anglers limiting early in the day.  Small pods of fast moving Porpoise holding 10- 35# tuna  30-40 miles offshore.  All boats enjoying multiple hookups. Larger Yellowfin to 50#’s are being taken inside, south of Rincon on bait. The schooling tuna are biting everything, cedar plugs, Hoochies, feathers you name it their taking it!  Very aggressive biters.

Dorado-  Big bulls to 55#’s coming in daily. This year at least 90% of the Dorado taken are good sized Bulls. Real world class Dolphin have been biting for the last two months. Some taken outside with most caught inside mixed with the bill fish. Taking Ballyhoo and trolled plastic.

Bill Fish-  Lots of Striped Marlin mixed with quite a few Sails are being released off the inside banks with a few taken further outside around the tuna. Some big Blacks taken this week. This year a lot more Blacks than Blues. Trolled larger lures and slow trolled Ballyhoo working best.

Roosterfish-  Big Gallos to 50#’s this week. Most anglers going outside for the tuna limiting and then coming in close to the beach for an excellent Roosterfish bite. Lots of smaller fish from 10-20#’s mixed with some Gorillas. Rincon Bay and Los Frailles producing the largest fish.  

Wahoo-  Anglers targeting Wahoo are enjoying some success. Most taken on Rapalas and Marauders. Fish from 20-40#’s being taken off the lighthouse and further south off the white cliffs by Vinaramas.

Bottom-  Not much pressure. A very good bite with some big Pargo to 30#’s mixed with big Amberjack!  The larger tuna this week were all taken off the bottom. Live Caballito, mackerel, Squid, chunked Skipjack all working.

August, 21 2022

Water- 86-88* warmer water this week. Clear, flat, intermittent rain all week.

Air- Very pleasant, much cooler than normal for August. Highs in the 80’s. we had rain on and off all week. It’s amazing how quickly the E Cape greens up after our first real rains of the year.

This has been the best fishing year I can recall ! Another week of very good fishing! Yellowfin tuna, Dorado, Billfish, Roosters and all the other species that have been biting consistently this season are still at it. We are getting much better bait this week. Lots of good sized Sardine and Caballito are available. The boats this past week have been taking the tuna closer inshore drift fishing with the Sardine. Lots of Marlin and Sailfish, Big Dorado and giant Gallos.

Yellowfin- Most anglers limiting. The tuna are being taken much closer to shore this week. The boats are fishing off the lighthouse, Rincon bay and further south all within 3 miles of the beach. Drift fishing with the live Sardine. Fish from 10-30#’s.

Dorado- Big Bulls taken again this week. Mixed with the Billfish and taking Sardine and Caballito along with the tuna. 30-40#er’s common. The Dorado fishing especially for the big Bulls has been exceptional this year!

Billfish- Lots of Stripers mixed with Sailfish and a few Blacks. Best fishing off the La Ribera bank and south to Pulmo Park. Anglers targeting are enjoying multiple releases.
Slow trolled Ballyhoo and live Caballito have been taking the fish.

Roosterfish- Big Gallos again this week. Rincon Bay and Frailles Canyon are producing the biggest fish. 50#’s are common, some released are in the 70’s and 80#’s class. Very, very good Roosterfishing. Taking the live Caballito with some on flies.