I just returned from three days of fishing out of the Hotel Palmas de Cortez resort on the East Cape. We fished on Thursday through Saturday on a standard charted 28 ft. cruiser. The weather was hot and humid but with shade available on the boat it was acceptable. Live bait was limited with each boat only able to acquire 10 mackerel per day.
The first day fishing we only got about 1 mile out when the crew spotted
a billfish tailing in the calm water of the bay. A mackerel was casted in
the general area and that is all it took since the fish nailed it immediately.
That resulted in a small (about 70 lb ) Sailfish that I landed in about 15
minutes and released. We trolled for Marlin without success and changed the
rigs for Tuna when we spotted a school of Dolphin. We received a double hookup
on a Mexican Flag and a Cedar Plug. By the end of the day we had 4 nice Yellowfin
in the 50 to 65 lb range. The hot lure was the Cedar Plug.
Day two started off similar to the first with the spotting of three billfish tailing less than two miles out. We casted a mackerel and got another immediate strike and hook-up of a Stripped Marlin, but the other two did not spook so we offered another bait which was also nailed within 30 seconds by a second stripper. Both fish were in the 150 - 170 range and released after taking photographs. That afternoon we searched again for the dolphin schools and added three more nice size Yellowfin to our catch.
Above: Marlin near the boat.
Right: Me with the Marlin before
Day three started a little flat because we were searching for Dorado but that proved unsuccessful. However we spotted two more tailing Marlin and as usual the mackerel did the trick and produced a hookup. Unfortunately we used a rod that was rigged for Dorado and didn't have a leader so the fish frayed the line and broke off within 10 minutes. Later that day we also farmed a Blue Marlin that hit a Green and Yellow but managed to add to our Tuna catch. We had a good trip and Palmas de Cortez is a fine hotel geared to the needs of fishermen. I would recommend it and will be back.
Beach and Fleet in front of the Hotel
Hotel Pool Area
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