EAST CAPE FISHING BOATS AT RANCHO LEONERO AVERAGING ABOUT 3 TUNA PER DAY
Sept. 3, 2005, Roy Baldwin, Rancho Leonero, East Cape fishing, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
The East Cape fishing area had typical August weather, with warm mornings near 80, afternoon highs to the mid 90's, calm mornings, some afternoon clouds over the mountains, and warm water temperatures of 84-87 degrees.
A strong tuna bite with an upswing of dorado highlighted the fishing week at East Cape.
Tuna were on an excellent bite, averaging 5 per charter fishing boat, with yellowfin tuna averaging 20 lbs, the largest 45 lbs, about 3-15 miles off La Ribera. Inside, the tuna are in open water, while outside they are under porpoise, taking live sardinas, hoochies and cedar plugs.
East Cape had an improving bite for dorado, with fish from 15-30 lbs coming in daily with some larger fish to 40 lbs mixed in. The best fishing action is about 5 miles off La Ribera, taking live mackerel and sardinas.
The East Cape billfish bite moved outside this week, about 20 miles straight out from Leonero. Fewer fish were caught, mostly sailfish, with no pressure as most charter fishing boats are concentrating on the hot tuna bite closer in.
The roosterfish bite continues inside, with fish to 30 lbs off the beaches from La Ribera to Las Barracas, taking live mullet.