That being said, fishing has been pretty good, especially for January.
Sardines are available when the winds lay down and Mackerel and caballito can be easily made back in the bay. Both live baits and jigs are working well.
The majority of the fishing currently is with our spring species and patterns.
On the seamounts and rocky spots Yellowtail and Almaco Jacks, cousins to AmberJacks are being caught using live bait with either weights or downriggers. Both species are very good eating and formadle fighters ranging from 20-40lbs
It will require medium to light heavy tackle and nothing lighter then 50lb mono to keep these brutes out of the rocks. Both Cabrilla and Pargo Mulato are mixed in so it’s a nice variety.
Once again we are finding Dorado in the bay. Honestly I believe these guys are becoming residents fish. Normally we don’t see them until June but, the past couple of years they have been here year round. Trolling small hard baits or slow trolling sardines will get you bendo.
There was a few reports of Wahoo on the chew outside around Punta Norte and La Reina. I personally have not seen any but the report are coming from the locals.
These spots are a bit far if the wind kicks up and will make for an uncomfortable ride home. I recommend staying a little closer to home, there’s plenty of fish here.
Overall the fishing is pretty strong for this time of the year. Hopefully this is an indication of a great season to come.
As I said there’s not many people here as we speak. This will change rapidly as we approach spring break, so it’s not too early to make reservations so you can get your choice of boats and your favorite captain.