We have a typical April situation right now. The cold water current has pushed down from the north, and the clean blue water has pulled away from the beach. This means the fishing will be very poor for dorado and the fleet's bread and butter fish, the sailfish. We can expect these conditions to usually last until the second week of May, and then the fishing gets fantastic for all species. The one bright note of the cold water current is the blue marlin and tuna come with the cooler water, however you usually have to travel 35 to 45 miles to get them.
There are very few tourists here fishing. Several very good boats did not have a single charter all week. Mike Bulkley of the Super panga Huntress reported no clients this week, and the water is very cold.
Flip Himmerlich of Spokane WA fished three days with Santiago on the super panga Gitana and was skunked on sailfish the first day. The second day, Wednesday, they fished inshore for a couple of nice rainbow runners and a large sierra. Yesterday (Thursday), they went 62 miles and got an 80 pound and a 30 pound yellowfin tuna.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)