Marlin fishing is picking up in the East Cape region of the Sea of Cortez, but the big news is a phenomenal thresher shark bite occurring at the marlin grounds.
Thresher sharks are not new to the area, especially in the spring, but catches typically are very sporadic.
John Ireland, who owns Rancho Leonero Resort, said the sharks are concentrated off the town of La Ribera and being caught consistently by anglers fishing for marlin.
“The best thresher fishing ever on the East Cape,” Ireland stated Sunday in his weekly report, adding that the ratio for hookups is about one thresher for every two marlin. The marlin and sharks are being hooked mostly on deep-trolled ballyhoo.
“The fleet is boating fish under 200 pounds. The larger sharks with those huge tails are giving anglers a long, long fight and breaking off,” Ireland said.
The accompanying images were captured by Jen Wren Sportfishing.
Owner Mark Rayor said he could not explain why there's so large a concentration of thresher sharks, but said they most likely are feeding on squid in deep water.
–Images are courtesy of Jen Wren Sportfishing