Just got back from a month of freshwater. Two weeks camping with Fisher and the dogs in Marble Canyon, Powell, my friend’s private lake, and the Uintas, then Silverthorne, Carbondale, and Durango with Lisa. A few weeks in Tahoe and Heber before that. I didn’t miss much besides the heat and a small hurricane. La Nina definitely seems to be the case, as the water is already in the mid-80’s. We’ll see if we still get the remnant late marlin bite like the last couple of years. They are getting lots of tuna and wahoo to the south, so hopefully we’ll see a few soon. Small Blues have been around. There is a ton of bait, decent billfish, and a ton of big debris holding hordes of small dorado. Lots of inshore fish. I think we’ll have a good mix of everything for the next few months. What I’d really like to see is the flight into Guaymas materialize in the next few weeks. You never know down here. All I know is that the water is cool and flat, the air very comfortable, and that the fish are in the water and ready to eat ballyhoo.
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Caught 11 today to20#. Crazy sailfish numbers.
Released 25 over two days. Lots of fish here. Thursday we experienced a beyond legendary sailfish mass. We were literally almost hitting them with the boat. I saw a thousand, but there were probably tens of thousands over a few mile radius area. The tuna are moving in too!
The marlin are here in good numbers. A few small dorado and sailfish. Still some yellowtail to be caught. Looks like some flights to Guaymas should be starting up in June.
Two on the 5th. I think we’ll double that tomorrow. We had a few good afternoons on boiling yellowtail at San Antonio. Things have been off and on. Some cabrilla and calicos starting.
We picked up 9 marlin releases, a sail, and three yellowtail over a couple of mornings. The marlin bite has been excellent, and all within a mile of shore. We killed the yellowtail and Sierra today and all were nice sized. The water is still 74 in December!
It was a pretty dismal El Nino summer. We should be on the water a lot this month. We released a sail and had another come up yesterday in a few hours. Other boats that put in time had up to four releases, all 2-5 miles out. Some big Sierra have been caught. Not sure if we’ll see the dorado. The water is finally cooling though.
Some dorado reports are trickling in of big ones. We caught the only weighable in the tournament at 21.4#. A Black of 550-600# was weighed! They released 4 on Sunday to stay one fish ahead of our 7 releases. We lost an equal number, so decent fishing. One 70# wahoo was caught. Top angler for a second year in a row and we were first in the overall jackpot.