RANCHO LEONERO'S BOATS FINDING LARGER DORADO ABOUT 10 TO 15 MILES OUT
Sept. 10, 2005, Roy Baldwin, Rancho Leonero, East Cape, Baja Fishing, Mexico:
The East Cape fishing area had typical August weather, with warm mornings near 80, afternoon highs to the upper 90's, calm mornings, and some afternoon clouds over the mountains, calm, blue fishing water in the mornings, and some afternoon southeast breezes.
Fishing water temperatures were a couple of degrees cooler at East Cape this week 82-86 degrees, moving the bite a bit further out.
There was lots of good green mackerel bait at East Cape, bringing in larger tuna and dorado, with a steady pick of blue marlin, striped marlin and sails keeping the anglers happy.
The billfish bite remained active at East Cape this week, with blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish all biting, about 10 miles straight out, from Leonero south to Cabo Pulmo. There was a steady pick, with the best results for stripers and sails coming from teasing the fish up with lures, then throwing live mackerel on the tailers. Some blue marlin were mixed in, taking exclusively trolled lures.
Tuna were fewer but larger fish this week, to 66 lbs, with fish averaging 20-25 lbs, about 15-20 miles off La Ribera, under porpoise, taking live mackerel, hoochies and cedar plugs.
There were more and larger dorado caught, with fish averaging 20 lbs, largest 60 lbs, about 10-15 miles out, from La Ribera south to the lighthouse, taking live mackerel and hoochies. Smaller fish averaging 10-15 lbs are within 1 mile of the beach, straight in front of Leonero, taking live bait and hoochies.
The roosterfish bite continues inside, with fish to 40 lbs off East Cape fishing beaches from La Ribera to Las Barracas, taking live mullet. Some pargo and jacks were on the reefs off La Ribera, taking weighted live bait, chunk bait and yo-yoed jigs.