October 7, 2018

Water: 86-88. Still very warm, flat and clear most of the week, a bumpy day Friday. Afternoon ESE light breezes.
Air- Very pleasant, highs in the low 90’s with cool breezey afternoons and evenings.
Brief periods of rain early in the week.

Again this week, it really is.... All about the tuna.... Limits for almost all anglers daily. Nice fish between 10-50#’s are keeping almost all hotel anglers concentrating on the tuna. A few boats are doing very well fishing the bottom ledges and picking up big Pargo, Pompano, and wide variety of other specie. The billfish are being absolutely ignored. A lot of tailers reported off Pta Pescadero. Some nice Wahoo and good sized Dorado have been taken this week, but not many, most of the fleet is staying on the tuna.

Yellowfin - very spread. The tuna are biting off La Ribera all the way to Cerro Colorado. Some were taken about 15 miles off shore under Porpoise.. the larger fish to 50# were off la Ribera and under the Porpoise. The fish further south were smaller. Lot’s and lots around. Taking Squid and live Sardine. Limits almost all anglers!

Inside- Big Pargo have been coming in daily. At least one a week over 30#. The Pompano are biting off the lighthouse. Lot’s of Roosterfish cruising the beach’s.



October 21, 2018

Water- Rough early this week flat and calm today. 81-82 degrees, cooler this week by five degrees.

Air- pleasant, cool mornings. Highs in the low 80’s..

Finally the fishing is picking back up. Last week was tough, this past week the bite has improved! A strong billfish bite all week and the last couple of days we’ve seen the return of Yellowfin and Dorado. Yesterday we had two Rapalas and one marauder bitten off, the Wahoo are around. The bottom fishing slowed. Lot’s of small to medium sized Roosterfish were released all week. Good live Sardine and Caballito available

Yellowfin- A slow bite early in the week. In the past couple of days the tuna have returned. Some boats limiting all boats catching 10-20# fish. Mostly on Sardine. North off Pescadero one too two miles offshore.

Billfish- Blues, Stripers and Sailfish are plentiful and biting aggressively. The La Ribera drop off and north off Pescadero are producing nice fish. They love the trolled Ballyhoo.

Dorado- Along with the tuna the Dorado have returned. In the same areas as the tuna. Lot’s and lots of schooling peanuts released, with a few nice bulls mixed in. The Sardine are working best.

Roosterfish- from 5 to 20#. The marina jetty’s are producing lots of smaller Gallo’s.

October 28, 2018

Water- 83 degrees

Air- Very pleasant, cool mornings, highs in the mid 80’s, clear skies.

A very good week of fishing.
Yellowfin, Dorado, Wahoo, bill fish, Roosterfish, all biting.. Very, very excellent bottom fishing, all made for an excellent week of fishing. Lot’s of live bait available, Sardine, Caballito and some mackerel.

Yellowfin- Lot’s around both inside and outside. Inside the fish are running from 7-40#. Outside under the Porpoise larger to 70#. Inside about 2miles off the Pescadero tuna hole, limits of tuna mostly on Sardine. Outside up to 40 miles offshore under Porpoise larger fish taking cedar plugs, Hoochies, squid, and both Sardine and Caballito. A 76.7 # won the Tuna Shoot. A huge 305#er came in to late to qualify.

Dorado- Best north. Lot’s of smaller schooling fish in the 5-10# range, mixed with some nice bulls. Large schools throughout the bay.

Wahoo- The best Wahoo bite south of Cerro Colorado, 1-2 miles offshore. At least 2-3 fish per boat, that takes the long ride. One of the fleet boats caught nine in one day. Nice fish around 50#.. a lot of Wahoo taken closer as well. Rapalas and marauders best.

Billfish- anglers targeting billfish are releasing Sails, Stripers, Blacks. Boats going for billfish are scoring at least one a day. Accurate Jack Nilsen, fishing on El Jefe released the only spearfish I know of this year!

Bottom- Dan Fugere from San Francisco took a 49.5 pound Dog tooth Pargo this week! We’ve had large Pargo all season with at least one 30#er taken every week.
He broke our record 42.5 taken last month. A harnessed live Bonito did the trick.
Lot’s of Pompano and Sierra taken inshore off the bottom as well.

A good week!..

October 6, 2019

Water-  83-84.  Clear and flat all week.

Air-  Beautiful fall weather,  cool mornings in the 60’s, highs in the mid 80’s, clear skies..

A decent week of fishing.   A strong Dorado and Bill fish bite, with few big Wahoo taken, wide open bottom fishing, and lot’s of big Roosterfish. A few nice Yellowfin were taken daily.  Sardine are the bait of choice and plentiful. Lot’s and lots of Skipjack.  

Dorado-  Bigger fish this week.  Early in the week 5-12# er’s, and as the week progressed quite a few 20-25# er’s taken. Most taken on Sardine around the lighthouse.. they’ve been schooling close to the bottom.

Billfish-  Lot’s of Stripers mixed with some big Blues and a few Sailfish. Very spread, but as usual very concentrated off the La Ribera drop off all the way down to Frailles.
Anglers targeting are releasing at least one a day. Slow trolled Ballyhoo, live Caballito and Sardine are working.

Inshore/Bottom-  Very, very good fishing inside off the bottom. Big Pompano to 10#’s, nice Dog tooth Snapper, (Pargo) to 20#, and quality Amberjack to 35#’s. Off La Ribera and La Capilla.. They love the chunked Skipjack and Squid.

Roosterfish-  Light fishing pressure, lot’s around in the 10-50# class. Taking the Sardine and Caballito..

Skipjack-  really worth mentioning. Loads of Skipjack around!  For Anglers wanting to pull on a tough fighter, there are unlimited Skippies to test your light gear. They make great bait as well.

October 20, 2019

The Environment:

Water- 83-84. Clear, flat...

Air- Fall has arrived. Cool mornings in the mid 60’s, midday highs in the 80’s. Beautiful weather.

The Bottom Line

The fishing this week started slow and improved as the week progressed.  The very good and consistent billfishing we’ve enjoyed all season continued, with lot’s of Striped Marlin, quite a few Blues and Blacks and the occasional Sailfish being released daily. The Wahoo fishing really picked up as the week progressed.  The Dorado fishing also improved by mid week. Very, very good bottom fishing all week with Pompano, Amberjack, Pargo, Sierra, and Black Grouper all biting. Lot’s of Roosterfish around, very little fishing pressure. Lot’s of good bait, nice big Sardine available...

Wahoo-  The Hoo are way south off Vinaramas. Taking mostly Marauders and Rapalas, a few on trolled Ballyhoo. The bite improved as the week progressed. Fish from 25-65#’s.

Dorado-  Again the bite improved as the week progressed. The Dorado bite started way south and moved closer to the hotel later in the week. The lighthouse and Rincon have been producing some nice fish in the 5-25# class. Live Sardine the bait of choice.  

Bill fish- Lot’s around off the La Ribera bank and south. Very light fishing pressure. Anglers targeting are releasing at least one daily. Mostly Stripers, every fourth or fifth fish a Blue. Slow trolled Ballyhoo, live Sardine and Caballito working.

Inside/bottom-  Very good bottom fishing. There are lots of Skipjack throughout Palmas Bay, chunked Skippies on the bottom are by far the bait of choice.. big Amberjack to 45#, nice Pargo, lot’s of Pompano, Black Grouper and surprisingly quite a few Sierra, schooling in much warmer water than usual.


October 4, 2020

Water- 86 degrees. Clear flat mornings with afternoon SE breezes.

Air- very cool and pleasant for early October. Highs in the low 90’s.

It’s been all about the Tuna this week! Limits of Yellowfin from 10-40#’s for all anglers. Lots of Billfish and Roosterfish around with very light fishing pressure. A few Dorado and Wahoo mixed in. The bottom fishing as usual has been stellar, with lots of Pargo, Amberjack and Pompano for anglers going deep. All anglers are targeting the tuna and pretty much ignoring the billfish and Roosters.

Yellowfin.- Nice sized Tuna close to shore from the lighthouse South. Rincon Bay has been producing limits of good sized Yellowfin from 10-40#’s. All taken on live Sardine and chunk Squid. Mixed with lots of Skipjack. A couple Skippies for every Yellowfin. Anglers are pulling on fish all day.

Dorado/Wahoo- The occasional Dorado and Wahoo are getting taken mixed in with the Tuna. All anglers are staying on the Tuna piles.

Bottom- As usual very good bottom fishing. Nice Amberjack to 50#’s, lots of Pargo and Pompano being taken on Sardine, chunked Squid and Skipjack.

Roosterfish- Big Gallo’s cruising the beaches. Very light pressure. Lots around!

October 11, 2020

Water- 86 degrees, clear, flat mornings, afternoon SE wind.

Air- Beautiful weather, clear skies, cool for October, highs in the low 90’s.

Very similar to last week. There is an incredible amount of bait in the Cortez. All the bait is holding a lot of game fish, but making for very picky biters. Nice sized Yellowfin taken on Sardine in Rincon, close to the Pulmo Park West boundary. Some Dorado mixed in. The billfish are around in good numbers, but not much fishing pressure. Lot’s of Roosterfish around, but again very picky biters. There is lots of Sardine available which is definitely helping the fishing.

Yellowfin- Most boats catching a couple of Tuna in the 15-50# class. All on Sardine drift fishing. Mixed with lot’s of big Bonito, two or three taken for every Yellowfin.. There are Los around, but again picky biters.

Dorado- Not many this week. Mixed with the Tuna and under floating debris. 5-20#’s.

Billfish- Very light fishing pressure. Lot’s around but picky biters. I had a nice sized Blue on yesterday, couldn’t get him to the boat..

October 25, 2020

Water- 85-86. Clear, flat, very light afternoon SE winds

Air- Highs in the low 90’s. Cooling! Mornings in the low 70’s. Clear skies, beautiful weather.

An improved week of fishing! Wahoo, Yellowfin, Dorado, Billfish, and unusual for this warm water, lots of Sierra, all being taken daily. Lots of good bait available (Sardine).

Wahoo- Our best week of the year for Hoo’s. South from the white cliffs to Iman Bank.
1-3 miles off the beach. Almost all taken on Rapalas a few on Cedar Plugs. 20-60#’s. One boat took four. Anglers targeting are taking at least one.

Dorado- A good consistent bite this week. Same areas as the Yellowfin. Large schools of fish from 10-30#’s. Almost all on Sardine a few on Hoochies.

Yellowfin- All anglers scoring Tuna in the 5- 70# class most fish around 20#’s. Rincon Bay along the Pulmo Park boundary most productive. . Drift fishing Sardine the ticket.

Billfish- Lots of Sails, Stripers and a few Blues around especially on the banks off La Ribera and Punta Colorado. Not much fishing pressure. Lots of bait in Palmas Bay is making for picky biters.

Bottom and Sierra- unusual for October the Sierra bite is wide open! Normally around in the winter months in 70 degree water. Good sized fish to 8#. Big Amberjack and Pargo were taken this week

October 3, 2021

Water- 86-88. Clear, clean, flat blue water.

Air- highs in the mid 80’s. Cool mornings, early fall weather. Very pleasant!

A decent week of fishing. All anglers are scoring a wide variety of fish. This has been our best week of Dorado fishing this season. Some good sized Yellowfin in the 40-50# range are being taken daily. As usual a good billfish bite. The bottom fishing has been stellar with Cabrilla, Grouper, Pargo, Pompano and Amberjack all biting aggressively.
Some big Roosterfish in the 50# class being released daily. Lots of nice sized Sardine available is helping the fishing..

Dorado- biting from the lighthouse South. Taking trolled feathers, but most on live Sardine. Average fish 10-15#’s. The most we’ve seen this season.

Billfish- mostly Striped Marlin mixed with a few Sails.. The bite has moved south. Lots released outside the Pulmo Park boundary south to Frailles. Taking trolled lures, but most on slow trolled Ballyhoo.

Yellowfin- Nice sized tuna are being taken daily. Almost all drift fishing with Sardine. Every other boat landing one or two. From the lighthouse to Rincon. Average fish in the 40#’s.

Bottom- Wide open! Big Grouper, Cabrilla, Pargo, Pompano, some whopper 70-80# Amberjack all coming off the bottom. 2 miles directly off Punta Colorado is producing the most fish. Live Sardine, chunk Squid and Skipjack all working.

Roosterfish- An improved week with the water clearing after Olaf. Not much fishing pressure. Some nice fish in the 50# class are being released daily. Very spread with the Gallo’s moving up and down the beach’s.

October 24, 2021

Water- 83-84. A couple of fishable north wind days midweek. Much clearer water this week. Temps down 5* from last week.

Air- Cooler fall weather, highs in the low 80’s, cool mornings. Nice weather!

An improved week of fishing. The past month all the storm and rain definitely hurt the fishing. This past week the bite has improved..
Much better Dorado fishing with 10-15# fish common. The Striped Marlin bite has improved as well with multiple releases daily. A few quality Yellowfin coming in daily. The Tuna Shootout winner yesterday was a 51# er.
The water inside has cleaned up and the fishing is definitely improving! Lots of big Sardine available..

Dorado- Nice sized fish in good numbers are biting Sardine and small lures, South from the Lighthouse to Frailles. About half on lures the rest on Sardine. 10-15# fish common.

Billfish- Striped Marlin mixed with a few Sails. As the week progressed the bite improved, multiple releases for boats targeting billfish. By far the best fishing on the drop off directly in front of La Ribera. Trolled lures, Ballyhoo the best bait.

Yellowfin- Some nice fish in the 30-50# class being taken off RinCon along the Pulmo Park border. Almost all on Sardine.

Skipjack- Limitless Skipjack spread across the bay. As many as anglers want to pull on. Some big ones to 10# ‘s common. A lot of fun for all especially on the fly.

Bottom- Lots of Pompano and Pargo off the lighthouse, Punta Colorado and the drop offs off La Ribera.. Live Sardine, chunked skipjack working best.


October 9. 2022

Water- 87*. Clear flat clean water. .
Air- Very pleasant, highs in the low 90’s. Cooler fall weather.

Very very good fishing this 2022 season! The best fishing is very close, directly offshore of La Ribera. Limits of Dorado for all anglers, mixed with lots of Striped Marlin. Some good sized Yellowfin being taken daily and some nice Wahoo are coming to the cleaning table daily. Lots of good sized Sardine is helping the bite!

Dorado- The Dorado are thick directly on the La Ribera banks to the Light House. Limits for almost all anglers. Fish from 7-40#’s are taking smaller bright trolled lures and live Sardine. 1-4 miles offshore. Very good Dorado fishing.

Striped Marlin- Most boats releasing at least one Striper with lots of boats enjoying multiple release’s. Mixed with the Dorado on the banks and south to the Lighthouse. Taking lures and Ballyhoo with quite a few on Sardine. Lots around..

Yellowfin- All the boats are staying inside enjoying the wide open Dorado bite. No boats are ranging outside looking for the tuna under the Porpoise. Some big tuna to 100#’s are being taken south off Vinaramas and a few mixed with the Dorado closer to the hotel.

Wahoo- The Wahoo are in and out. Boats running into them are boating multiple fish. Anglers on our hotel boat El Capitan boated five in two days from 25-60#’s. Some taken north off Punta Pescadero, La Ribera and Vinaramas. Marauders and Rapalas working best.