Water- 69-71. Clear and flat 5 the last ten days

Air-  Cooler than normal, highs in the low 70’s. Beautiful weather this past week.

It’s been a windy winter.  The Cortez calmed down a couple of weeks ago and local and and hotel boats were out on the water taking advantage. They’re being rewarded with remarkably good fishing for this time of year!  
The close inshore drop offs from the hotel south to La Ribera have been producing really quality Yellowtail from 20-40#’s. Some nice Dorado are being taken also very close to shore and as usual Striped Marlin are around and biting.
Live bait has been hard to get or make so almost all the fish were taken on Ballyhoo, Iron or trolled lures.

Yellowtail-  Big fish, I haven’t seen one under 20#’s. A couple of whoppers in the 40# class. Anglers started taking fish on the close drop off directly one mail in front of the hotel as the week progressed the bite moved south off La Ribera. Bounced Iron seemed to work best, Ballyhoo is working as well.

Dorado- The hotel sent out one boat this week. Fishing a half day it caught three nice Dorado from 15-20#’s trolling Hoochies off La Ribera.

Striped Marlin-  The some hotel boat released one Striper and saw numerous jumpers and tailers. Taken on trolled Ballyhoo.

A good start for the 2023 season!