I WON'T SUGAR COAT IT
East Cape conditions have been less than desirable. The water has been a horrible off color with strong currents and unstable temperatures. Live bait has also been hard to come by. Working hard we have still been able to scratch out marlin and dorado everyday. It has not been easy though. Most of the 30 to 50 pound dorado we enjoyed early in the week have disappeared. There is still lots of dorado out there but most are the smaller schoolie variety.
Tuna continue to be very elusive as well. Spinner and spotted dolphins were located a couple of days but only a hand full of tuna were landed. We were on a spot 2 days ago and our fish finder lit up with tuna at 40 feet. A boat near us hung one that turned out to be 140 pounds. It is an encouraging sign but the fish just wouldn't come up and go for other boats. I believe not having live sardines or fresh squid is not helping our situation.
On a bright note 3 broadbill swordfish were sighted yesterday. None of them would bite but it is exciting to know the potential is there.
Marlin have been scattered and not concentrated in one area
We hung this fish trolling for tuna in the middle of a school of porpoise
Mary Francella pictured with Lets Talk Hook Up's Rock Cod Rick Maxa catches a 53 pound dorado on Jen Wren III to win biggest dorado of their tournament at Rancho Leonero
Fly guys are having a field day with scoolie dorado
Early in the week catching quality dorado was easy
The bulls were eating camisetas we were able to make on the buoys
This marlin fell for a cedar plug
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Last edited by SWS Regional Reports; 06-18-12 at 03:03 PM.