Billfish have been the name of the game this week. Boats targeting marlin have good action and averaging 2 to 3 fish a day. Most have been stripers but more blue marlin are in the count everyday. Fishing yellowfin tuna has been a tough proposition. A few of the larger 100 to 200 models have been brought to the scale which has gotten everyones attention but most of the anglers with tuna fever are not having success. A few wahoo have been picked off but the solid bite we enjoyed for the last 2 months has tapered off.
The bite down south dried up so there are not many footballs. Tuna are on porpoise schools 20 to 30 miles off shore from north of Punta Pescadero spreading south to below Los Frailes. It has not been hard to find porpoise but only about one out of ten schools are holding tuna. Then when the right one is found the fish are very spooky. Kite fishing has been deadly when conditions are right but there has been little wind and the porpoise changing direction and speed too much to make a good bait presentation.
Marlin have been scattered everywhere but the best bet has been about 15 off shore on a sea temp break that has been there for a few weeks. Today the Sea of Cortez was very grumpy with small craft advisories in the afternoon and we still managed a blue marlin just 3 1/2 miles from our mooring. Also a broadbill or two are still being sighted everyday.
So, the other day I was talking about how spectacular blue marlin are. An angler asked how do you know when you have a blue on the line versus a striper or sailfish? Here is a quick photo illustration. Some of these photos are not my best work but they were all captured this week.
THAT'S a blue marlin
Getting the idea?
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