GOOD YELLOWFIN TUNA BITE FOR EAST CAPE BOATS FISHING OFF CABO PULMO
Aug. 12, 2006, John Ireland, Rancho Leonero, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
East Cape sportfishing area water temperatures are 83-87 degrees throughout the bay, with clear, blue calm water outside, and cloudy water inshore from rain early in the week.
East Cape has typical August weather, with daytime highs to the mid 90's, morning lows in the mid 70's, with lots of humidity, dead calm mornings with some afternoon southeast breezes.
Quality yellowfin tuna are biting aggressively, with limits for all boats the last several days. There are lots of small marlin outside, and some big dorado are keeping anglers happy.
There are lots of small striped marlin spread throughout the bay, with a wide open bite from La Ribera south to Cabo Pulmo, with the best bite about 10-15 miles out. The striped marlin are taking mostly weighted live bait, with boats targeting marlin averaging 2-3 fish per boat. A few blue marlin to 300 pounds are also bending rods.
A wide-open bite yellowfin tuna has developed the last several days with quality tuna 20-50 pounds biting from Cabo Pulmo to White Cliffs, about 3-4 miles out, taking live sardinas and hoochies. The tuna are in open water, with all boats limiting out.
Nice dorado to 50 pounds under floating debris are near East Cape fishing area beaches, taking mostly live sardinas, averaging 1-2 dorado per boat.
Inshore, the murky water from East Cape rain runoff has sent most anglers offshore. Expect the roosterfish and pargo bite to return as the water clears.
Mark Chambers and Mike McGuire, while fishing 1 day on a Rancho Leonero cruiser, released 5 marlin, including a 300 pound blue marlin.
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