The blue water is just off the 100 fathom line (about 5-6 miles), and both the offshore and the inshore waters are cooling down a bit. Incredibly, here at the end of February, we are getting a fantastic assortment of game fish which are not supposed to be here now, and they are here in numbers.
The offshore fishing had only been producing 1 to 2 hooked sailfish per boat, but many boats this week recorded 5 and 6 sailfish hooked and released.
|Jason's 80-90 pound yellowfin tuna|
Jamie, on the 38 foot cruiser Orion, caught 6 sailfish on Monday for the Randy Huckfelt party. Then the Don Granges party (from Arlington, TX) fished with Jamie on the Orion on Tuesday and caught 5 sailfish.
Adan on the panga Gitana II caught a nice blue marlin and a huge dorado of almost 50 pounds.
Even though I was correct in predicting the yellowfin tuna of last week would breeze out of the area, they came back in the last couple of days in force. Jason Ayling of Calgary went out 25 miles with Noe on the panga Porpy, getting 5 yellowfin tuna of about 20-25 pounds, and another approaching 90 pounds. Plus, they got a huge dorado.
|3 roosters on the hookless teaser for fly fishing client Phil Barker of |
Pleasanton. CA, with Adolfo Jr. casting the teaser,. we were at Puerto
The inshore has a lot of sierra and jack crevalle, but the roosterfish action down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero has been incredible for a February. We tagged and released another 11 roosters this last week, not including the several lost fish we couldn't handle due to the surface chop and winds with the afternoon bite.
|One of Jason' tagged and released roosters from Puerto Vicente Guerrero|
|Brain Hetland also scored on a couple of roosters|
It appears the roosters are waiting for the inshore water to warm up and at 1:00 the bite goes non-stop for two hours. Then the chop gets bad, and we have to head back to the marina. Also, it has been an every other day thing, with huge amounts of jelly fish in the surf line one day, and not there the next. When the jelly fish are not there the next day, the rooster bite takes off again that afternoon….at one o’clock.
|Phil Barker with one of his 5 fly caught roosters|
|And Adolfo Jr. with another of Phil's fly caught roosters.|
The jelly fish have not affected the jack crevalle bite, with Dave Rodesta and his fishing partner getting 8 jacks between 6 and 16 pounds, and a nice sierra. But, we must have raised 50 roosterfish, with none eating the surface poppers.
|The Strike! On Jason's Ranger lure.|
The next day it changed again, with the absence of the medusas (jelly fish), we got no jacks, and hooked 7 roosters with Jason Ayling of Calgary, and Brian Hetland of North Dakota. (Given the current conditions of where they live, with the added bonus of getting roosters in February, you can also imagine they were just happy to be here.)
Ed Kunze (Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)