Howdy… no, make that BOY Howdy! We’ve had quite the week, a gift from the Big Guy/Gal upstairs as our wonderful ocean currents created a wonder of opportunity for those of us on the “east” side of the Cape. Not the East Cape, just the east side.
An icy current of just barely 60 degrees pushed in from the northwest, wrapped around the cape, and drew a virtual break line with a ten plus degree difference practically right between San Jose and San Lucas, pushing our pelagic friends right to our back porch.
The warm side (San Jose) produced multiple hook-ups, and multiple multiple sightings of striped marlin for most of the week. The boats lucky enough (or smart enough) to seek out that break line were gathered loosely about 2 miles south of the Outer Gordo Bank and hooked fish could be seen jumping and/or foaming at any given moment throughout most of the day.
It was an exciting event. Similar to some of the red-letter days we’ve had in the Fall, when migrating marlin are hungry, active and assembled. Quite a treat for March. As I write (Friday night) the satellite shows the phenomena still here although a little further to the south, but well within striking distance.
One of our groups this week was a family from BC; husband, wife, and two teen and pre-teen daughters who wanted to fillet their own fish :-) They have fished and hunted across the majority of North and Central American and now have a new “Top Fishing Trip” on their list which includes brown bear and sheep hunting in Alaska and the Yukon, as well as fishing in many holy waters. THIS… is why we do what we do.
Offshore, aside from the throngs of marlin, other cooperators included some small to medium dorado, smallish YFT, and even a straggler wahoo which made my day. In-shore, the likely suspects continued to pound our offerings of sardines and slow-trolled plugs; sierra (up to 8 lbs), snapper, one AJ and one pargo also made some very tasty “Veracruz” style dinner… can’t forget the veggies you know.
We’re keeping our fingers, toes, and whatever else we can round up, crossed that the “line” holds for a bit longer while the natural warming of waters occurs and moves us towards the late-Spring conditions we know and love. Air temps are warming as well will the water. Winds this week were very gentle and a nice break from the pounding we took a couple of weeks ago… another sign that Spring is here.