It's good because landing operators and resort owners are running out of ways to spin news that action was not up to normal springtime standards.
There's still lots of room room for improvement but during the past week marlin became more cooperative, primarily in the Sea of Cortez; dorado and small tuna showed up offshore, and roosterfish finally arrived off beaches, adding to the variety this region is famous for."I think we finally are out of our fishing slump,said John Ireland, owner of Rancho Leonero Resort at the East Cape.
A side note to East Cape action: Small roosterfish have become prevalent along the shore. Fly anglers using clover-rat patterns have been catching lots of 3-pound roosters and ladyfish from the beach, according to guide Jeff deBrown of The Reel Baja.
The wahoo bite is surprisingly good for this time of year, with fish from 40-80 pounds breezing from Cabo San Lucas to the San Luis Bank, reports Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas.
Brictson also reports slightly improved striped marlin activity off Chileno and at the Gordo Banks, with caballitos accounting for most. Capt. George Landrum, of Fly Hooker Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, reports only fair fishing for marlin on the Pacific side of the peninsula, where larger blue and black marlin are sporadically being hooked.
Catch of the week honors belong to East Cape resident Jim Moyer, who bagged a 28-pound snook in one of the lagoons. (Thanks for Gary Graham of Baja on the Fly for this report and the accompanying image.)Snook, especially large snook, represent an unusual catch in the region. But this has been a highly unusual spring.
Photo: Jim Moyer displays 28-pound snook caught in an East Cape-area lagoon. Credit: Baja on the Fly