East Cape – Hoo’s to say
East Cape was welcomed into 2015 with strong winds and a chill in the air. The cool breezy weather has continued making it difficult for the few anglers in town to get off shore.
Flocks of pelicans have arrived up and down the Buena Vista shoreline and are feasting on huge schools of sardines. This bait that was mini size just a couple weeks ago has grown to full sized hook bait. Also it appears the volume of sardines is continuing to grow. The early appearance of this great bait gives an outstanding outlook for the 2015 season.
Cooler weather arrived later than normal and water temperature, which has remained relatively warm until now, is starting to plummet. The cooler water will surely create a condition for greenback mackerel to arrive. The combination of mackerel and sardines will create a perfect attraction for yellowtail. It is just the first week of the year and already I can’t wait for spring!
2014 was the year of the wahoo. There were unprecedented reports of wahoo from Southern California down the whole Pacific coast to Cabo San Lucas and up inside the Sea of Cortez. The burning question is will these fish stick around for 2015? Who’s to say? There were many dinks in the 5 to 10 pound grade. I have never seen a volume of smaller fish like this before which gives me hope that breed stock has moved to Baja and is reproducing.
Anglers regard wahoo as a prized catch for several reasons. Besides being great table fare the challenge of landing this fish is as big of a motive. Bite to hook set ratio is much lower than other gamefish because of their razor sharp teeth and vice like jaws that gives the hoo a huge advantage. Their teeth can go through mono like butter. They can bite down on an artificial lure rip off 50 yards of line and let go without being hooked. Wahoo are equipped to elude being hooked like no other gamefish.
The East Cape was no exception and got in on the action. Jen Wren boats were able to knock wahoo off more anglers bucket lists and had more days of multiple fish than in the prior 5 years put together.
Posted are images of a few happy anglers from the season.
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