The 80° blue water is between the 12-14 mile marks, with the fishing fairly slow. Most of the blue water action is taking place about 16 to 17 miles. Each boat in the blue water is averaging about one or two sailfish a day, with every 3’rd boat is catching a blue or striped marlin. It is still confusing as to why the blue marlin are here at this time of the year, but the 2 to 3 pound black skipjack tuna are here in abundance, and maybe they are just following the food supply.
The striped marlin dilemma is the same thing. They have been abundant this last couple of years, with each year getting more and more. We have historically have had very few of them. Because they are so small (about 80 pounds or less…and called Rats), it makes you wonder if deeper cooler water currents are swinging further south this last few years, bringing juvenile fish into a different pattern than their parents are taking. Plus, this would explain the blue marlin, as they have never been here in the summer months.
Inshore has been fantastic, with the roosterfish taking the front seat…or at least when the angler is casting from the bow. Yesterday (Wed.) Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos had an incredible day fishing down south between 16 and 25 miles from Zihuatanejo Bay. His clients got 25 roosterfish between 15 and 40 pounds, and even one at an estimated 60 pounds on the surface popper.