April 16 - April 23 , 2016

The Environment - Water temps: Clean and clear; consistently 74- to 75-degrees -- flat and calm in the morning. This is the normal temperature for this time of year. Hopefully, El Nino is over! Air: Cool mornings, light afternoon easterly breezes, beautiful days! High temps in the low 80s. Bait: Lots of bait spread across the bay which means predators are on the prowl. Fishing was slow for the first couple of days but improved day-by-day, with marlin and sails, lots of smaller dorado with a few larger being caught, wahoo, and good-sized roosterfish in the mix.

Billfish - The billfish fishing, while slow early in the week, increased the past few days with boats releasing a couple a day. It’s a 50/50 mix of sails and striped marlin, most caught off the La Ribera Bank and the majority taken off the bottom. Live caballito and ballyhoo worked best. Doradoo - The dorado have returned! There are lots of smaller schooling fish mixed with some nice 10- to 25-pounders south of the lighthouse one or two miles off the beach; they are mostly taking lures. All-in-all a good start after what amounted to a slow dorado year in 2015.

Wahoo - About half the boats are scoring daily with the largest a reel-screaming 65-pounder! Lots of the ’hoos were in the 20- to 35-pound range. One boat took five in one day. Fish were taking Marauders, Rapalas and all trolled lures in the same areas as the dorado.

Roosterfish - The fish are a little larger this week -- from 15- to 30-pounds. The caballito are fairly large, so most gallos taken are larger fish. The bite improved day to day over the week!

Pompano - Loads of pompano off the Lighthouse. Best bet are hoochies

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch....

Our best week of fishing this year by far! The good start has everyone psyched up for a great season and an improved year of fishing!