East Cape, Mexico



Aug. 19-25, 2005, Chris Moyers, East Cape Smoke House, East Cape fishing, Baja California Sur, Mexico:

Combined East Cape fishing reports from Hotel Palmas de Cortez, Hotel Playa del Sol, Rancho Leonero, Hotel Buena Vista, and Hotel Rancho Buena Vista. Charters 289; Anglers 844; Total Fish 453; Fish/Charter 1.57; Fish/Angler .54; Blue Marlin 42; Striped Marlin 63; Sailfish 119; Dorado 27; Yellowfin Tuna 200; Wahoo 2; Water Temperature 78-90; Air Temperature 99-76; Calm in the a.m. with slight seas developing in the p.m.

Fishing has slowed down quite a bit down here on the East Cape.

The Blue Marlin and Sailfish bites remained consistent, while the Striped Marlin bite was down. The Yellowfin Tuna bite took a sizable hit. However, East Cape anglers are landing some decent fish.

The dorado (also dolphinfish) bite is virtually nonexistent.

The environment is partially to blame for the sad numbers as most charters returned by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday due to inclement weather such as wind, heavy seas, and rain, likely effects of Tropical Storm Irwin.

Last week saw Tropical Storm Hilary make her way up toward the Baja Peninsula before finally heading West out toward the Pacific. Hilary did stir up some weather here on the East Cape on Tuesday. Last week saw air temperatures range between 76-99 degrees. East Cape saw a somewhat wide water temperature range of 78-90 degrees, with the cooler water occurring on the inside on the morning of Aug. 23rd. The warmer water was generally out in the vicinity of the 88.

Bait-wise, we've got mackerel, sardines, and limited jurelito.

The Sailfish bite led the way at East Cape with anglers reporting action to the north between Punta Pescadero, and the southern tip of Isla Cerralvo, straight off Los Barriles, as well as to the south off La Ribera, Punta Colorada, and Los Frailes.

The East Cape Blue Marlin bite remained pretty consistent with anglers reporting hookups to the north off Punta Pescadero, as well as out in the vicinity of the 88, straight off Los Barriles, as well as to the south off Rancho leonero, La ribera, Cabo Pulmo, and Los Frailes.

The Striped Marlin bite was way down with East Cape anglers reporting limited action to the north off Punta Pescadero, straight off Los Barriles, as well as to the south off Punta Colorada, Punta Arena, Cabo Pulmo, and El Rincon.

The Dorado bite can't even be classified as a bite. What an embarrassment the Dodo fish has been this season.

The Yellowfin Tuna bite also took a dip this past week but the Tuna are in pretty close as opposed to 35-40 miles out.