There has been very little change this week from the last few. The cold 76º water has now moved out from the shoreline to about 9 miles. Seventy-six degree water may not sound like it is very cold to most people who are north of the border, especially if they are shoveling snow off their sidewalk, but for the tropical species we fish for, it really is cold. Plus, the blue 82º water is still holding at the 50 mile mark.
The boats are basically seeing quite a few fish, but they are not biting. Yesterday (Wed.), Mike Bulkley and his captain Francisco took clients on the super panga Huntress way out to the 70 mile mark looking for tuna or marlin. They never got a strike. For the majority of the boats, there are still a few sailfish and striped marlin being caught, but the strikes are far and few between.
One bright spot is the cooler inshore water has really turned on the sierras and jack crevalle. David Rhodes of Philadelphia, PA fished a day with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. They went down to the Valentine area and got 15 jacks from 18 to 25 pounds. This has been fairly common, with most anglers wanting to call it a day after a few hours of slugging it out with the hard fighters.
Early in the week I went down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with fly fishing client Paul Rogers of San Francisco. We teased about 20 jacks and one roosterfish of about 35 pounds to the boat. Paul hooked the rooster, but only for a short time before the hook pulled. One huge sierra actually leaped out of the water about 4 feet trying to get the fly on the back cast. It cut the 16 pound leader like butter.
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