|If Charlie was holding a salmon, it would be a perfect day off the Oregon Coast.|
Note the tag
|Charlie Barker on the panga Cobra|
1998 was the last “large” El Niño we have had. But, being new to the area, I was not dialed into what a normal year or historical years were like. I am well dialed in now. Read on to learn the strange changes this new El Niño current is bringing us this week..
|Phil Barker - panga Cobra|
Offshore.. The two weeks after the new moon in January are historically the absolute two best weeks of the year for sailfish. And, the anglers know it, because they are here in droves. The municipal pier in the morning is a mad house. The only thing missing is the sailfish are obeying the warm water currents of the El Niño, and forgot to come to our party here.
In other words, the offshore fishing sucked this week, and combined with a cold rain and wind, the conditions sucked also. All we can do is hope next week will be better, because every day on the water is a different day.
the other side of the coin, thanks
to the El Niño, the Inshore action for
roosters and jack crevalle, even with the inclement weather, is rebounding
astonishingly. Usually, the roosters are gone by now, and our inshore action is
only jack crevalle, black skipjack tuna, and sierras. It is very possible our
rooster season may extend into the beginning of March.
Denison, fishing with fly fishing client Bredin South and Terry Johnson of Saskatchewan,
while fishing down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, had a school of migrating roosters
pass under the boat. They were not interested in the offerings, but the 100
plus roosters in the school (Mark estimated them from 20-70 pounds) would not
be here unless they are being driven down south from the waters finally cooling
down a bit up north. This is an event which usually happens to us in November.
today Mark, fishing with Charlie and Paul, got into another good mess of fish.
They fished at Puerto Vicente yesterday, but under miserable conditions only
got a rooster and a few jacks. But, they noticed the bait was there and went
back today (Thursday). The roosters were mixed in with the jack crevalle, black
skipjack, and sierras. They had a great time, rain, wind, and lots of action.
|Terry Johnson with a nice rooster while fishing with Mark Denison down at|
Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Note the tag for the Roosterfish Foundation
|Charlie and Paul with a few of the jacks they got. They gave them to the deck|
hand Alejandro and Julio, on the tiller, for dinner.
|Charlie and Mark with a nice jack taken in the rain.|
(Director of the Roosterfish Foundation, IGFA Representative)