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  1.   East Cape - Mid summer blues  The 18th annual East Cape Bisbee has been and gone.  Almost everything that can be said has but I'm going to weigh in with my take on this years event. It was by far the most action packed and exciting tournament in the East Cape's history.  This was the first year qualifying marlin over 300lbs were brought to the scale everyday, the first time a fish 430lbs wasn't big enough to win the daily and also the first time a daily didn't roll at least one day. Game fish jackpot was also very competitive with several qualifying yellowfin each day.  Jen Wren III got extremely lucky weighing the second largest dorado of the event.  Lucky because the boat with the largest was not entered in the gamefish pot which allowed Team Jones Fish to cash a check for $45,900.  Jones is no stranger to cashing checks finishing 3rd on Vaquera in a field of 186 teams last November at the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.  The Bisbee's split the prize money and wrote checks to more different teams than ever before.  Congrats to my friends Andrew, David, Martha, Arturo, Theresa and Alex for all doing a great job.   Looks like we mostly kept it in the family. So... why was this such an action packed event?  Because East Cape is experiencing the best fishing in many years.  It has been nothing but smiles.  No more anglers returning frustrated or with long faces.  No more blaming the moon phase, the tide, the bait, the off color water or any other lame excuse that can be dreamed up.  It has just been solid fishing all season. Now it is midsummer and our weather continues to be outstanding.  Humidity is up with Tropical Depression Jova passing by a couple hundred miles south of Cabo San Lucas.  It is breezy today but so far there has not been one day this season weather has kept us off the water.   Midsummer blues on the bite   Tom Hughes, Team Jones Fish with a winner   Tournaments are fun, the winners circle is more fun   Gary Graham captured this great shotgun start image.  I think that is us third from the right.     Meanwhile, before and after the tournament and still going on, quality tuna are cooperating.   Nice sized tuna are a bit line shy and our Accurate Valiants are punishing them   Wahoo in the hood.  Win a VW on August 26th we are available for a last minute entry.   Now the tournament is over and the blues won't leave us alone   Sam and Zane ready for sashimi.     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  2. East Cape - Thought I'd seen it all  Yesterday the Dorado Shoot Out was held.  With a new pickup truck up for grabs and several side pots it is the most attended tournament on the East Cape with somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 boats every year.   Although well attended the last couple years have been very disappointing with a 12 lb. fish taking all the marbles.  This year our fishery has rebounded and it was my prediction it would take forty pounds to win.  Boy, was I wrong. About one o'clock in the afternoon word came out on the VHF that boat Amante had weighed a 51 lb. fish.  A few minutes later Arturo Sylva called on the VHF to compare notes as we passed each other trolling in different directions.  We both agreed there was still time and we just needed to stay after it.  The conversation wasn't over when I could hear him shout dorado!  A moment later I could see the eruption behind his boat.  The dorado was huge so I started to circle around in hope that there would be more.  After a short battle they boated the fish and headed for the scale.  Arturo said he thought his fish was about 45 lbs but it looked considerably larger to me.   Later word came out on the VHF his fish was 57.3.  I was pretty sure they iced it and very happy for a good friend.  Just when I thought I had seen it all word came out that Lucio Sylva,  Arturo's cousin, who was fishing the same area weighed a fish 61 lbs. We fished out the day releasing 2 striped marin, a small dorado in the fish box and a close encounter with a wahoo.  No fish to weigh it was still fun to be where the action was and watch it all come down.  It wasn't our turn and our ticket didn't get pulled this time. We will be there for the EC Bisbee in two weeks. You can bet we will have our game face on.   Thought I'd seen it all   Organized chaos   Just when I thought I'd seen it all. Difficult situation, blue marlin with no snout to grab.  Don't want to lose my Halco Laser pro 190.   Walking the beach this morning.  Just when I thought I'd seen it all.   Juvenile marlin in 10 feet of water 50 yards off the beach chasing bait     Just when I thought I have seen it all.   Some drunk moron with no boat edict drops anchor between 2 of our boats.  Like the ocean is not big enough.   Don't stick your hand in there.   Roosters still pleasing anglers taking the time to look for them.         Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  3. East Cape - Here's why  Here's why the East Cape has the reputation of being the roosterfish capital of the world.  These photos are from the last 3 days.  Just a note, all fish were safely released after being landed with Accurate's new Valiant series reels.                              Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  4. East Cape - The bite is on  Just when I thought fishing couldn't get any better a couple of big tuna sainers came in and scooped up more than 200 ton.  It put a crimp in fishing the porpoise schools offshore so we had to shift gears.  Chunking squid on high spots has been very productive and filled the tuna gap.  A bonus was also catching amberjack and dorado on the same spots. It is great to see the dorado showing after being absent for a couple years.  The season started with fish too small to keep but now respectable 20 to 40 pounds are being landed and the numbers of fish are increasing. The last couple days the offshore tuna have bounced back and once again most of the fleet fishing the porpoise are returning with limits.  Monster roosterfish have also shown in volume and are tearing up light tackle. Margaritas are tasty, Coronas cold and the bite is on.  It doesn't get any better than this! Western Outdoor News editor Pat McDonald got in on the action with limits of yellowfin    Chunking squid has been very productive    Jerry Rootlieb found the dorado and limits of tuna    Most of the tuna on the outside have been footballs but some larger models are mixed in    Fish caught chunking have been better quality  Roosterfish have been on the bite Yesterday the roosters mostly beat us up.  We could only go 3 for 11 on these 50 to 70 pound fish.   Good to see the dodos back.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren
  5. East Cape - They're biting!  I haven't seen this many smiling faces in three years and it just keeps getting better.  Yes, they're biting and the outlook is bright for the rest of the summer.  Adios El Nino, hello great fishing.   If you are reading this I assume you like to fish.  If that assumption is correct it is time to get off the couch and book a fishing trip.  It is here, it is now and it is happening. Inshore and offshore gamefish are bending rods.  It is looking like the days of old with marlin, tuna, wahoo, dorado and roosterfish all here in volume and ready to dine.                     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841      
  6. East Cape - Wahoo Alley  Last week just as it started to look like things couldn't get any better an upwelling of cold off colored water came from the south and I watched water temps drop from 78 to 70 degrees overnight.  It was no surprise the dramatic change in conditions dried up our bait supply and put a crimp in the bite.  Day by day the water has warmed.  Now bait is plentiful and the fishing has spooled back up again. Now striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, roosterfish and even a few dorado are bending rods and on anglers score cards.  The incredible wahoo bite has been the biggest surprise to me.  I'm calling the area between Punta Colorada and Punta Arena Wahoo Alley.  In the more than 26 years living here I have never found it this easy to target wahoo.  In the last 2 weeks we have helped 6 different anglers bag their bucket list wahoo.   Hard to hook. Two boobie trap hooks and  a hoo still managed to slice this bait in two and elude all those hooks   One day we had great action but only went one for ten   Bucket list hoo   Sweet!   They just keep coming   Fish holds plugged with yellowfin   Dorado making an appearance    Nice dodo   Manuel on the wire   Never get tired of East Cape sunrises         Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  7. East Cape - The old norm  The East Cape fishery has gone from zero to full throttle in a period of 10 days.  It has been a tough, tough spring for anglers but now the tide has turned and the place is hitting on all cylinders.   Tuna, striped marlin, wahoo and roosterfish have all shown up in volume with an appetite. Our area has always had such a prolific fishery anglers have come to expect great things every day.  The last 3 years fishing was pretty good by some other fishing destination standards but many had expectations so high they were disappointed.  Now we are experiencing glimmers of the old norm before being plagued with El Nino conditions.   Yellowfin have arrived   The "bight" is so good Steve Petit took a limit fly casting   Scott Hulet from the Bight Journal took his bucket list wahoo   The Bight Journal crew down on a field research trip released five roosterfish one afternoon after taking 20 yellowfin tuna in the morning   Stripers are taking the bait   Five striped marlin and a tuna for Gary and Melissa Bielat to win the Borggreve charity tournament based at Rancho Leonero.   Pilotfish (camisas) piling up on the shark buoys have been easy to catch for bait.   Nice hoo for Mike Lapp.  Look for his photo in Western Outdoor News   As fresh as it gets, sashimi Jen Wren style vanishing as fast as we can cut it.   Beautiful sunrises.  Yes, East Cape is back to the old norm     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  8.   East Cape - Just goofing around  Our 2017 season is off to a sputtering start.  Locating gamefish has been tough and finding anglers hasn't been much easier.  Great conditions have made it look like the bite will bust wide open any day.  I have been saying that for more than a month and it still hasn't happened. Tuna, marlin, amberjack and roosterfish have all been visible but just haven't had an appetite.  Lack of anglers causing few departures has not helped.  It is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.  We need more boats fishing to help locate where the action is.  On the other hand it is frustrating to get a good thing going and have too much traffic. We have been struggling to find fish but one thing I know for sure, you can't catch them sitting on the porch.  Fishing is my passion and I love being on the water, only having a few charters has given me the opportunity to just goof around.  Doing so I have certainly found enough action to keep my attention.  Posted are a few recent photos.   I run a hell of a good operation.  Front row seat for whale watching when we are not catching fish at no extra charge   Goofing off on an over night trip with the crew. None of them had ever seen a fish like this or knew what it was.  Being a So. Cal. guy I recognized the sheephead immediately.   Tuna have been a slow pick chunking squid   Captain Polo on the wire   This has been a different year.  It is unusual to get sailfish this early   Jen Wren Jeni on the release   Sell your Pacifico stock!  Jackurate is on the Gatorade   Picked off a nice rooster yesterday while on anchor scrubbing the Vaquera   Always something to see.  Lots of turtles in the area   I never get tired of East Cape sunrises         Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  9. East Cape - Week of firsts  We had our first showing of yellowfin tuna of the season.  Most of the fish were a nice 30 to 40 pounds and caught chunking squid or drifting live bait.  The bite never really got hot and was just a slow pick for a few weeks. Now that has gone from slow to no pick.  Right now there is no other way to describe what is happening but tough. Each fishing day we have only had a few events and been lucky enough to cash in on them.  Stan Lowery brought his 10 and 11 year old grandsons who each caught their first grouper and snapper.  He also tangled with his first thresher shark and quickly learned how ferociously they fight.  To close the week Jen Wren Jeni caught and released our first billfish of the season. As quiet as it is at the moment it has not been boring. This week we sighted common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, giant pacific mantas, orcas, blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales and a couple of the endangered vaquita porpoise.  That is not to mention the large variety of pelagic bird life.   I'm watching conditions change everyday.  Off shore the water is a nice blue and 76 degrees.  Spots of bait are starting to puddle and flying-fish starting to show.  There has also been an increase in bird life out there.  Just south of Los Frailes a couple of fleet boats located a volume of striped marlin each scoring two or three.  That only lasted a couple of days but the stage is set.  We also spotted our first swordfish of 2017. Looks like everything is starting to fall in place.   Common dolphin putting on a performance   Tunafish are playing hard to get   First grouper   First pargo   Thresher attack!   Stan Lowery's first thresher   Jen Wren Jeni scores first sailfish of our 2017 season   Adios muchacha, catch you another day.   That is all my hot air for this week, signing out.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841      
  10. East Cape - Febrero loco y Marzo otra poco  When making small talk around here with the local Mexican people weather is always a common topic.  This time of year a colloquialism that is often used with a smile and a laugh is "Febrero loco y Marzo otra poco".  There is always at least a smile because literally it is not correct Spanish and doesn't really make sense.  Everybody always gets a chuckle and the conversation generally continues on to something else.  The translation to English is February crazy and March another little. This morning contemplating what to write in this report it dawned on me how much this colloquialism "Febrero loco y Marzo otra poco" doesn't just pertain to our weather but also our fishing.  Good friend Gary Graham coined the phrase that went something like "by the time you hear about the bite it's too late". That has never been more true than right now. Game fish have been unpredictable and as much of a moving target as I can ever remember.  Tuna, yellowtail, amberjack, sierra mackerel and a few billfish are all here.  Getting on top of them has been the trick.  For a couple days a few tuna showed at the south end of Cerralvo Island.  That dried up and boats found the fish close to shore just a mile or so south of Palmas de Cortez.  That didn't last long and then a few tuna were taken down south at the San Luis bank.  After the tuna stopped biting at the island a few yellowtail were taken.  Off La Ribera and Rincon amberjack will pop up one day and then be gone for several.  Billfish as well are spread everywhere.  There doesn't seem to be any concentration but are popping up here and there.  Live bait has also been very inconsistent.   Conditions look good.  The water is 74 degrees and a nice blue color.  All we can do is hope as spring wears on more gamefish will come to the party.   Captain Polo with a big mouth yellowtail   All the yellows have been quality   Humpback whales have been very consistent    Always fun to watch   Florance family with our first tuna of 2017   Nice way for Curt Saxton to spend the day before his wedding     M Look at that weather!     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  11. East Cape - Where's Willie?  At the drop of a hat or flip of a switch, however you want to put it East Cape has gone from winter to spring   After a somewhat mild winter the Sea of Cortez has been like a pond for days.   While spring has arrived early this year anglers have not.  There are only a small handful of boats in the water and very few departures.  Fishing reports have been mixed which indicates to me the bite has been inconsistent.  The water temperature is 67-68 degrees and warming.  My prediction is when it tops 70 the game fish will pop. A friend that I can rely on said they spotted a broadbill swordfish.  That was all the motivation needed to get Vaquera in the water.  Yesterday we traveled some 30 miles offshore in search of that swordfish.  The surface temperature charts showed a temp break but I was unable to find it or Willie.  The amount of sea life we did see was amazing and the stage is set for good things to come.    Vaquera on the water for our 2017 season.  Sea of Cortez has been a pond as illustrated in all of these photos   Breaching humpback whales   Sea turtles   I was able to meter bait and game fish in our Simrad sounder but couldn't get them to go.   Sighted several never welcome California sea lions    Gives me goose bumps to see a photo of Willie. We couldn't find him yesterday   Now that's what I'm talking about!         Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  12. As happy as a clam  Right now I am as happy as a clam because winter is almost behind us. In my book this will go down as a mild one.  Water temps are 68-69 degrees and air temps have been consistently comfortable.  Yellowtail have showed up right on cue and it looks like this season fishing will be like the good old days. In Southern Baja the winter months on the full moon and new moon bring the most extreme tides of the year.  Every year we take advantage of this condition vacationing on a camping trip to Magdalena Bay.  Fishing in the mangroves at Mag is always action packed and productive when the tide is high.  When the water recedes digging chocolate clams is easy.   Supplemented with shrimp and sometimes crab, scallops and lobster purchased from the local pangeros Mag always brings us a seafood marathon feast.   When we arrived after enduring 20 miles of washboard dirt road our secret camping hideout looked like we had never left it.  I did notice the panga fleet of shrimpers was much smaller than the last couple of years.  The co-op jefe explained to me that many had left the camp because of poor production. He went on to say they don't believe it is because of harvest pressure but a condition from lack of rain.  That explanation was a little over my head because I didn't realize shrimp liked rain. So, where did the popular phrase "as happy as a clam" come from? My first thought was they can't be very happy at low tide so I googled it.  What I found kinda confirmed my thought.   This was from a Google search:The derivation is more likely to come from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard - 'as happy as a clam at high water'. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the bivalve mollusk world.   Grouper in the mangroves   Jen got in the game   Halibut    Nothing like a good camp fire   Gazing at a full moon never gets old   Jen's fresh clam chowder is part of our tradition   Pelagic bird life is abundant     The trip would't be complete without one of us getting stuck   Here is to a great 2017 season.  Please come see us in Orange County at the PCS festival or the Fred Hall show starting March 1st in Long Beach.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841    
  13. East Cape - A winter wonderland  Came in the house yesterday after a day working on our boats and found Jennifer had the fireplace stoked up.  Exhausted,  I plopped down on the couch, pulled my feet out of my flip flops and laid them on the coffee table to warm.  Gazing out the window onto the Sea of Cortez I could see the parade of sea life and pelagic birds that never seems to end.  First to catch my eye were frigate birds hovering over what appeared to be jack cravelle busting bait.  A few moments later more to the North were schooling mobula rays jumping like popcorn.  Sitting back very content and appreciative of where I live I caught a huge splash in the distance of what was most likely a humpback whale breeching. I have said it a million times and will again the Sea of Cortez is magnificent and one of the most prolific bodies of water on our planet. Yes, the parade never ends. Whales, porpoise, rays, schools of bait and feeding gamefish are common sights from the shore everyday.  Every morning walking the beach I also see a variety of pelagic and exotic birds.  It is not uncommon to watch frigate birds and osprey hunting and feeding together.  Pelicans, herons, seagulls, cormorants and the list goes on.  This action is everyday not just once in a while. Last week the buzz was of tailing marlin, dorado and sierra mackerel.  This week the north wind has taken over and there have not been any departures for a couple of days.  Forecast is for the wind to continue so I'm going to continue to work on boats and watch the parade. So.. in 2016 our boats fished hard and in the course of it all they suffered quite a bit of cosmetic damage.  We always immediately take care of any mechanical issues but the show must go on and sometimes the cosmetics have to wait for winter.  Looking at some of the work to do was overwhelming.  Pondering a course of action I called my good buddy Captain Ron in Florida. Captain Ron Bastron and his wife Marilyn were some of our first new friends when we moved to Baja in 1991.  Ron was a SCUBA instructor and certified Jen and myself to dive. He was also a master with a paint sprayer and fiberglass repair.  One day his boat rolled over in a storm and was destroyed.  Marilyn became pregnant and they decided it was time to move back to the US.  Through the years we have remained close.  Captain Ron knows when I call in the winter time it is most likely for advice and instruction to do a repair.  He usually laughs at my frustration, teaches me new tricks and sends me in the right direction. This year was different.  We had serious work and really needed help.  It didn't take much coaxing to get the Bastron's to come for a visit.  I sent photos of the work that needed attention and Ron compiled a list of materials needed.   Holy smokes!  This was one of 2 benches loaded with the materials.   Ron arrived and a crew of 5 of us started sanding, tapping and following the master's instruction.  The transition in our boats from looking a little tired to new again happened before my eyes.   Before   After   Before   After   We busted our hump for 12 days straight.  In the end Jen Wren received a complete cockpit restoration, Jen Wren III a complete hull restoration plus all the other little bumps and scrapes that were bugging me were repaired.   One thing I can say for sure is Captain Ron still has it.  I can't thank him enough for taking the time to come make our fleet look beautiful again.   In 3 weeks we will be going on the road to exhibit Jen Wren at the Pacific Coast Sportfishing show at the Orange County Fair Grounds.  The following week it will be in Long Beach at the Fred Hall show.  It is common knowledge that our boats are all Accurate.  For the PCS show we have gotten the scoop.  Stay tuned, next week I will let the cat out of the bag.   A winter wonderland for sure!     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841        
  14. East Cape - The cows have come home  As winters go so far this has been a very mild one.  We have had our share of windy days but the air temperature has remained comfortable.  I can remember many years where I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and put my bare feet on our freezing tile floor or peel my Ugg boots off until 10 in the morning.  There has been none of that so far this year.  Typically November through February are our tough weather months so the way I see it we are half way out of the woods. Prospects for 2017 are incredibly bright.  After fishing being a bit off the last three years all signs are that the tide is going to turn.   Early October reports were that Mag Bay was starting to go off.  It appeared that gamefish that migrated north through the years of El Nino conditions were heading south.  Mag also experienced 3 tough years and now is still going off like the years before the severe El Nino. In November the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot was more evidence of good things to come when more cow tuna were weighed than any previous tournament. The day before Christmas I arranged a charter for a family staying in our guest house.  Seems a bit strange for me to hire an outside boat but this time of year we just don't fight the elements.  Anyhow, they scored 4 dorado, 2 tuna, released a striped marlin and also 2 sailfish.  Pretty incredible for December 24th.  It is starting to look like the Sea of Cortez I know. On December 26th several boats in Cabo San Lucas encountered yellowfin in the Pacific and several cow tuna between 200 and 300 lbs plus were landed. After a couple of the best fishing years in recorded history for Southern California it looks like those lights are starting to dim, game fish are heading south and returning home.  Yes, the cows have come home and 2017 is going to be a barn burner. It can't all be good though.  Here's a little Mexican economics 101. In 2015 fuel prices raised dramatically.  Fuel is a government monopoly and prices are controlled by them.  At the beginning of 2016 the government vowed to stabilize the price.  For the most part they did and we only experienced a few small bumps.  During all of this time the Mexican peso continually went south and has suffered a large devaluation. For example, at the beginning of this year with the exchange a one day fishing license was about fifteen bucks.  Today that same license converts to under ten dollars. With the devaluation of the peso and stabilization of fuel costs we have been able to maintain the same price for our charters for the last two years.  Now, the good Mexican government has announced a 20% increase in the price of fuel.  When fuel goes up it is certain everything will follow.  Please don't get the impression I am complaining.  The cost of living in Baja is still much lower than most places north of the border.  Visiting Baja is still a bargain for anglers but the moral of this story is we will have to raise prices for 2017. 2016 at a glance.   January Mag Bay sunset   February beating our drum   March sailfish   April striped marlin   May dorado   June super cow   July wahoo   August rooster   September Bubba sized rooster   October blue marlin   November cow yellowfin   December time to relax   Mark Rayor Team Jen Wren  
  15.   East Cape water temps on the Sea of Cortez are still 75 to 77 degrees.  Word is that on days calm enough to get on the water game fish have been cooperating.  I've been hearing reports of blue marlin, sailfish, dorado and wahoo.   It makes me a little grumpy to see the North wind blow and the warmth of summer fading away.  As much as I complain, so far this year has been very mild compared to many past years.  Confirmation of the mild climate is our warm water game fish still sticking around.  2016 will go down as a very good year.  Certainly much better than our two previous years.  Posted are a few photos of memorable moments from this season.                           Happy holidays from the Jen Wren crew, family and friends. Mark Rayor Team Jen Wren