Starting with the inshore fishing the Cubera, Mulato and Pargo Colorado are plentiful and consistent. The Cubera Snapper are running 20-40lbs and will put the wood to you if your not prepared. The hook up to landing percentage is low as they will rock you before you know what’s happening. These are all great eating and you can fill your cooler in a day. The majority of this style fishing is on the chunk on top of the seamounts.
If Rooster fish is on your bucket list you’re in luck. Normally they are rare caught in the summer but this year that’s not the case. Slow trolling large baits or site casting poppers on the transition line between the sandy beaches and rocky areas are where these brutes are feeding.
Along the coastline around the island or on the buoys are chalk full of Dorado, striped Marlin and sails. We found slow trolling Bonito belly strips to be the best bet for all three species. Using a trap hook will increase your hook up percentage and the strips of Bonito seem to discourage the pesky needle fish from attacking your baits and chewing up your line.
Before the rain last week we had large schools of Dorado in the bay mostly around the tankers and cruise ships. This bite has slowed after the big rain on Wednesday. Perhaps all the muddy run off that entered the water had something to do with that. That being said the dorado fishing elsewhere is becoming more consistent in the 15-20lb range.
Offshore is a bit of a mystery. All the conditions are perfect. There’s plenty of natural bait, flying fish, Bolitos and Chuhuil breezing everywhere.
Large schools of spinner dolphin are 20-30 miles outside well within range. Unfortunately the Pelagic’s are missing in action. We keep running exploratory trips but so far we’re not finding much.
I keep saying any day now, so I’ll say keep any day now. I’ve heard some changes are on deck to limit the large commercial fishing boats. I hope this happens. I truly believe this is impacting the amount of migrating Pelagic’s from making their way North. Southern California is a perfect example, by limiting the commercial boats from wrapping up the entire school of fish and strict limit enforcement for sport fishing they now have a very consistent annual run of Bluefin tuna.
I’ve definitely noticed more regulation from CONAPESCA checking licenses and limits from the sport fishing boats. This is a good thing so watch you limits.