The Environment - Unheard of! Water temps 76-78 degrees in March. (Way warmer than normal water.) Clear and flat with only one day of light winds all week. Air: Beautiful! Highs in the mid-80s; cool mornings, clear skies. Check San Diego temps and compare.
Bottom LineIt was a week of multiple striped marlin, thresher sharks, roosterfish, pompano, dorado, sierra and YES, wahoo. Let’s call it a 9 on the Rancho Leonero 1 to 10 scale.
Billfish - Another big striped marlin week with multiple releases on literally every boat targeting billfish … everyday all week! These marlin along with thresher sharks (see below) are all right off the La Ribera bank, a 10-minute boat ride from the hotel. More thresher sharks were taken this week than any time in the past 30 years. 200-pound fish are being taken daily by about half our fleet with
Yellowfin Tuna - Later.
Dorado The dorado fishing was a little slower, with only one or two boats running into schools daily.
Wahoo Si! A couple of nice ’hoo in the 40- to 50-pound range came in this week.
Roosterfish – Lots and lots of roosterfish around 10-pounds cruising the beaches. They are really concentrated off the new Riviera Marina’s entrance jetties. Perfect flyrod size!
Skipjack – Still hanging around, but not many anglers are interested with everything else going off.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch ...Lots of pompano (another flyrod favorite) are close inshore. Sierra are abundant, right off the beach biting in the early morning.