CHAIN OF FOOLS
Striped marlin are thick from Rancho Leonero to Punta Perico. There are also a few nice dorado and some sailfish in the mix. All day fish are putting on an incredible and exciting show jumping, tailing and feeding. The fish are plugged with squid making it hard for anglers to get the bite. Seeing all the life has not allowed many dull moments. It has been action packed baiting fish after fish hunting for one that will go.
Early in the week there was a good rooster bite but they have taken the last couple of days off.
Live bait has been hard to come by. The bait pangeros have not been able to make bait at night so frozen ballyhoo has been the only option for purchase in the morning. It is a bit of a weird phenomenon because a mix of spanish mackerel and sardineta are coming to the surface about a mile off shore as soon as the sun rises. We have been able to catch the bait that won't bite in the dark for the pangeros. Sardines have completely evaporated and cannot be found anywhere. I was talking with some of the pangeros at Muertos bay and they believe the bait has just gone deep.
I captured this shot of a dorado puking up squid. Several of the marlin we released have been doing the same thing.
Chain, chain, chain. Fish are feeding on squid why not a squid chain?
It was a pleasure to have AFTCO's Greg Stotesbury fish with us a couple days this week. We have used AFTCO gaffs, gloves, harnesses and other hardware for years. Now they have a new clothing line with some very cool stuff.
Red Rooster skipper Andy Cotes vacationing at Rancho Leonero also got in on the action with some friends on Jen Wren. Andy loved the all Accurate gear on our boat.
Tom Shellenberger catching the moment
We are weeding through the lookers
Looking for a biter
This thresher shark took a skipjack we were trolling at 40 feet with our down rigger.
This weeks weather has been stellar
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