Our Wahoo season seems to be running out of steam. That’s not to say the fish are gone, they’re not. The bite is on most days but, it just seems short some days. The best bite is when we have the beginning of a flooding tide in the morning. More current more fish. The seamounts and the ridge off the North end of Cerralvo are producing the best fishing for these rockets, dark colored Rápalas or Ballyhoo rigged with wire and trap hooks are getting it done.
We spotted a few free jumping Marlin around the seamounts and in open water. Since we don not have big baits to pitch their way right now trolling lures or ballyhoo to entice a strike will get your ticket punched. Still no show on the tuna front. They may just be a no show this year, pretty unusual but I guess there’s been a lot of unusual this year. Late report tells us a tuna bite south of us has started, two fish over 300 lbs with pods of 60-80 lbs are starting to show.
This week we have moved part of the fleet to Mag Bay. The fishing in this part of the Pacific has been off the charts. The sardine migration, runs right thru this area, and large bait balls are already forming as I’m writing this. Wahoo, Tuna and striped Marlin are thick as thieves and on the chew.
We are starting to see the water conditions change with upwellings bringing colder water from the depths turning the water off colored. This process will eventually be the event that ultimately changes our season.
As every year we will start looking at the yellowtail/Cabrilla spots as the water cools and turns green. Last Spring we tried a different approach for the moss backs. We ran sardines off the down riggers rather then Mackerel. This worked incredibly well, especially when we had schools of mixed size fish. I think we will start the year using this technique and see how things go.