LOTS OF ANGLERS AT EAST CAPE FOR FALL FISHING SEASON
Oct. 29, 2005, Roy Baldwin, Rancho Leonero, East Cape, Baja California, Mexico:
Early fall fishing weather continues at East Cape, with cool mornings in the low 70's, afternoon highs around 90, calm blue water, some afternoon southeast breezes, and water temperatures holding steady at 82-84 degrees.
There are lots of happy fishermen at East Cape, with larger and more plentiful tuna, a steady sailfish and striped marlin bite, and several amberjack in the 100-pound class. Giant squid caught off La Ribera and Los Barriles continue to provide great tuna and dorado bait.
The East Cape billfish bite moved a bit south this week, with a mix of striped marlin and sailfish concentrated about 10 miles straight off Rancho Leonero. It was a steady bite, with fish taking both live mackerel and lures.
We had a strong tuna bite of larger fish this week, with some schooling fish under porpoise, as well as small pods of free swimmers, about 10 miles out from La Ribera to Cabo Pulmo. There were lots of fish of 30-80 pounds taking chunk squid and live mackerel.
Dorado fishing at East Cape was the same as last week, average 10-20 pounds, mostly south, from the lighthouse to Cabo Pulmo, about 5 miles out, taking live mackerel and chunk squid.
Fishing inside, big amberjack to 100 pounds were on the reefs off La Ribera taking chunk squid. There was no fishing pressure as most East Cape boats are chasing tuna. There are still lots of giant squid on the reefs off La Ribera and Los Barriles.