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  1. East Cape - Tag you're it!  East Cape has enjoyed extremely good weather for this time of year.  Until now there has been fewer than normal windy days and conditions have been excellent.  The water has stayed warm, clear and full of life.  Bait has been plentiful and game fish have provided lots of action.   Today is the first that I can really feel the effects of winter starting to dominate.  Strong north wind whooped up about 10am and forced me to close my office window to keep the disarray of unorganized papers from blowing off my desk.  Also, this morning I noticed the coconut oil we use to cook breakfast was no longer a clear liquid and had congealed.  Weather man says it's going to blow for a few days.  Yep, after the best season we have had in years, winter is closing in and going to stop the party.  The lights have flashed three times, the fat lady is clearing her voice and mother nature is getting ready to slam the door. Last year Gray's Taxidermy persuaded me to get involved with the tag and release program.  At first I was skeptical and didn't really understand the whole picture.  After having the entire Jen Wren crew go through an orientation in Gray's office my enthusiasm along with the crews grew. The whole tag thing has turned out to be so much fun.  Anglers get to name their fish and have come up with some hilarious ones.  There is a striped marlin swimming around out there named Donny Osmond.   The angler receives a certificate of release from Gray's and all the data, time, date, size and GPS coordinates are recorded.  The location of release is also plotted on a Navionics navigation chart which anybody can access on line.  Accurate Jack Nilsen named one after his granddaughter.  Now he can go home and show her on the map where a fish named after her has been released. The bonus is all the scientific data that is being recorded.  It is amazing how many tags are recovered.   So much time, effort and money is spent exploring outer space and we know so little about the behavior of gamefish in our oceans.  Gray's is doing their part to change that.  We have the tags and are having a great time doing our part to help them.   Meet Migulito   Jackurat tagging his fish   2017 will go down as the year of the monster roosterfish   Girls having fun   A pompano, three tuna, one pargo and partridge in a pear tree   Rainbow runners on the bite   Stan Lowery named his fish Hoto.  Don't think you will find that word in the Mexican dictionary.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841  
  2. Los Cabos - Came to play  It was the second and last day of the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.  I had stopped Vaquera on the outer Gorda Bank to make our second drift chunking Humbolt squid.  Making my way to the bow I pitched out a chunk Diego had pinned on for me.  Away went the squid along with my 100 lb test Momoi Hi-Catch top shot into the drift with Diego's chum.  Soon the top shot was gone and the 130 lb Diamond Braid backing continued to slowly pay it out. After a few more minutes the braid started to go tight.  Soon my spool slowly started to turn as I waited in anticipation.  A moment later I flipped the drag lever into gear and bendo.  I shouted to the stern I'M BIT!  Not getting a reaction I shouted again.  Team Captain Mike Daniels was watching Diego land a bonita just hooked and asked me "is it a good one?"  My reply was "oh yeah" showing him the Diamond Braid peeling off my Accurate ATD 50 and bent Calstar broomstick. I need to regress, this is a bit of a long story but bear with me.  We had all three of our boats registered to compete in the event.  As a team my skippers share notes but we all have our own ideas and formulate our own game plan. My plan was to fish the first day at Gorda Bank.  Last year at that location we landed a 353 lbs tuna and finished third place. The buzz was there were a lot of big fish in the Pacific at the Jaime Bank.  First day Jen Wren and Jen Wren III opted to fish that area.  Randy Wren (ironic but no relation) fishing on Jen Wren III along with Rob Jones (last year's 3rd place winner) landed a fat 186 lb tuna kite fishing with a Yummy.  It was early, they didn't want the fish to bake but it was too big to get in the fish hold.  I had to crack up hearing the story.  They persuaded Captain Polo to slide the fish into the boats air conditioned salon to stay cool.  Glad I didn't see it but guess anything goes when you are "tuna fishing baby...yeah!" Meanwhile, Vaquera with Team Tequila Teasers was fishing the inner Gorda high spot chunking squid.  The spot is very small and I was pleased we only had to share it with 5 or 6 other boats.  I could count 19 boats on the outer bank and didn't want to get in that mix. The morning was slow.  We would move up current and drift over the small spot chunking and chumming calamari.  My Simrad evo2 chart plotter was starting to look like pasta from our track.  At about 11:30  Estrella Norte approached .  The bright red custom panga is very distinctive.  Back in 2012 we were in the same location and both hooked up.  To my dismay they took home all the marbles with a 360 lb fish which dwarfed our 160 pounder at the scale. Anyhow they arrived on the scene and proceeded to do a short drift chunking squid.  We were just drifting off the spot when they moved and started to drift in the track we had just been.  They weren't there three minutes when the sea erupted around them with cows and super cows.  It lasted just long enough for them to get bit and was over.  We poured on the chum hoping the fish would walk down the line but it didn't happen.  Those guys have talent and when I saw them a couple hours later still laboring it was obvious they had a contender. Lines out at 4 pm came quickly and we had never had a smell all day.  Missing the only opportunity I was a bit deflated.  Even more so when returning to the marina and discovering Estrella Norte had set the bar at 338. Back to the second day.  Team Captain Mike wanted to go back to the high spot expressing he saw more fish there and wanted to get ours.  147 boat shotgun start and off we go.  The 25 plus mile ride went quickly and we were one of the first boats on the spot.  Setting up our first drift I looked south and apparently the whole fleet had gotten the memo.  Ten minutes later we were covered up with big yachts and it wasn't fishable in my estimation, boats were still coming.  I don't understand why but for some reason the whole armada was piling up on the inner bank.  It was like a horror show.  Looking through my Frazer Giros I could only see 3 or 4 boats on the outer bank.  We made the two and half mile move and were back drifting. Our second drift is when I got bit.  Finally getting Diego's attention he fired up Vaquera's motors and I hung on while we chased the fish.  After a time it started to settle down and I was able to walk it around to the stern and hand off to "Big Guns" Chris.  He and Mike tag teamed it for a while and then asked Diego to get in the mix.  The battle was straight up and down for the next hour and then the fish started to surface.  We could see it's huge shadow when it came up.  The fish laid on it's side glistening in the sun and I thought it was done.  Little did we know the fish was just doing a drive by to size us up and then sounded again. We pulled and tugged and were in a true Mexican stand off.  The pressure from our buttoned down Acurate ATD 50 was taking a toll on my team.  I had faith it would take a toll on the fish as well but didn't see it happening.  A couple times I tried walking the fish with the boat. As beat up as the team was the old geezer in the bridge was never invited down to have a pull.  I'd like to think it was because they liked the way I was operating the boat but it was more likely because they wouldn't have known what to do if I had a heart attack.  Finally after an epic 4 hour battle Mike sank the gaff as Diego pulled. Competing in a field of 147 it was obvious Team Jen Wren boats came to play.  At the end of the day our Texas team Real Tuna Hookers led by Ricky Martin won best dressed team.  The Texans also took first place in the show us your Costas contest.  Jen Wren III finished the first day in 6th place with 186 lb tuna.  Tequila Teasers placed second in show us your Costas and also took home the second biggest paycheck of the tournament weighing in a tuna 239 lbs. I can't say enough about the outstanding job the tournament staff did led by Pat McDonald.  There is a reason the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot is the most attended in Baja.  Because it is the best!  The parties, dinners, contests, weigh station and awards dinner, 11 events in all went without a hitch.  Congratulations to Pat, Tracy and all the sponsors that coordinated efforts to put on the greatest tournament in Mexico and maybe the world.   Who are those masked men?  Winners of new Costa sunglasses   Can't believe the team slid this butterball in the salon for safe keeping   First kite fish for Randy Wren   Day one sixth place, came to play!   Tequila Teaser getting worked   Climax   No Disneyland in Cabo so we went to Dairy Queen   Good thing the corner liquor store wouldn't cash our check.  We would still be partying.   Real Tuna Hookers came to play winning best dressed   Thank you Costa for your generosity.  A lot of anglers walked away with new sunglasses.   Not just a tournament, it was a party to remember.   I couldn't be more proud of our whole crew.  A lot of preparation goes into tournament fishing.  We all worked extremely hard and were rewarded for our efforts.       Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841  
  3. East Cape - A different time  October has been a cra cra crazy and it has been a while since my last report.  Water temps remain at 85 degrees and except for our first 3 days of north wind the Sea of Cortez has been calm like a big pond. The bite has been outstanding with Yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo and blue marlin providing constant action.  Finding the larger tuna on porpoise schools has been very difficult but the high spots off Pescadero, La Ribera, Rincon and Los Meganos have provided limits of the smaller grade for anglers using calamari and sardines.  Wahoo have been cruising the same high spots and it has not been uncommon to get bit off while drifting for tuna. The buoys off Pescadero and Cabo Pulmo are loaded with bait and the tidy blue water is a perfect environment for marlin and sailfish.  Many of the blue marlin have come slow trolling live baits. For those looking for inshore action Bob Solee released eight roosterfish yesterday on Vaquera. Tonight Mexico falls back and I'm going to get an extra hour of sleep.  Tomorrow it will be a different time. Getting our first north wind is a reminder that our season is all but over.  This is the time we will start to get more and more windy days and sea temp will plummet.  By Thanksgiving kite boarders will have taken over and we will be stowing away our fishing tackle. Tuesday we will be moving all of our boats to the marina in Cabo San Lucas to compete in the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.  The motto of the tournament to "fish hard and party harder" and that is our plan.  Last year we finished 3rd in a field of 187, this year I have first place in my cross hairs.   "Tuna fishing baby, yeah." Posted are a few of many fun photos on my desk top that were queued up for October reports I never got around to writing.                         Mark Rayor teamjenwren.commarkrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing   US cell 310 308 58418 5841
  4. East Cape - Stormin Norma  All is quiet on the East Cape right now and there is not a fishing boat in the water. For more than a week weather forecasters predicted we had a big storm coming.  Sure as could be a low formed below the Revillagigedo Islands.  We watched it grow from a depression to a tropical storm and finally a hurricane.  This ominous looking storm huffed and puffed but sat stationary for two days.  The prediction was that Norma would center punch Cabo San Lucas.  She was like a junk yard dog baring her teeth but not coming any closer.   In anticipation the Mexican government put Los Cabos under hurricane warnings.  Cabo San Lucas closed the port and every boat in Los Barriles and Buena Vista was pulled from the water.  After standing off and terrorizing us for a time that seemed like forever Norma finally started falling apart. The fur went down on her back, she was down graded from a hurricane and is now slowly exiting to the West. For a couple days it was like when I fished in Alaska and spent a lot of time looking over my shoulder for that bear. In the end we have had no wind, not a drop of rain and no surf.  Today boats will start going back in the water and we will pick up where we left off with excellent fishing. Speaking of fishing, tuna, dorado and billfish have been providing constant action.  Sardines have appeared on the shores of La Ribera and become available for bait.  They have been key and the bait of choice for tuna and dorado.  High spots to the south of Frailes and Pescadero have been the hot spots but the tuna have been line shy. 30 pound fluorocarbon and small hooks have been the combination for success. Blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish have been very scattered with not much of a concentration.  Anglers putting in the time are picking away at them.   One day we looked off shore as far as 30 miles for porpoise schools but couldn't find them.  We were rewarded with a blue marlin and also a striper.  On another day we spent an afternoon targeting roosterfish but couldn't locate them.   A bigger volume of dorado than we have seen in a few years   Good to see the sardines   Double hookup!!   Mixed bag   Limits all around   What's a guy to do after a limit of tuna?  Head for the rocks   Donna is having a good day   Blue marlin putting on a show   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing   US cell 310 308 58418 5841
  5. East Cape - Tournament ready  East Cape fishing on the Sea of Cortez continues to be outstanding.  Yesterday 44 teams competed in the first annual VanWormer wahoo tournament.  25 wahoo were landed and it took 55 lbs to take first prize and win a new car. So far the results in all the tournaments that have been held this year have been excellent and some have come to nail biter finishes.  Hard to imagine but after 12 lb dorado taking the Dorado Shoot Out 2 years in a row a 57 pound dorado was only good enough for 2nd place this year.  Also, a 430 lb blue marlin wasn't good enough in the East Cape Bisbee.  It is not just the tournaments with good fishing, day after day most of the fleet is returning with all the laundry out. Something anglers don't normally see is the attention we pay to the way our boats are mechanically performing everyday.  There is a daily ritual we go through from start up until end of day inspection of the engine room after shut down.  Late July Jen Wren III's starboard motor started asking for attention.  The first thing Captain Polo noticed was the exhaust had a little more humidity (steam) than normal.  Although the temperature gauge showed the normal 180 degrees while cruising the steam is an indication of overheating. I'm going to make a long story short.  The problems found were like the perfect storm.  We found the exhaust/raw water mixing elbow had some pin holes allowing raw water to mix with exhaust prematurely.  The steam in the exhaust system took out the turbo gasket where it mounts to the manifold.  The bad gasket allowed exhaust gas to mix with the fresh water system and turn the coolant black.  That in turn affected the thermostat and also took out the fresh water cooling pump.  In addition we discovered growth on the inside of the raw water speed scoop intake that was restricting flow.  I felt like Sherlock Holmes finding all the gremlins but she is happy and healthy again.  Vigilance was a key factor in finding all these little problems before a catastrophic failure. Just another day in the life of a charter operator.  Sometimes it is not easy making it look easy.   Dorado showing in numbers   Blue marlin always exciting   Polo on the wire getting our Bomboy back   New Mold Craft lures and squids. Always adding to our arsenal.   Billfish liking the Mold Craft squids   Tournament ready!   Staying home once in a while isn't so bad   Miller time Jen Wren style   Found this corbina washed up on the beach.  According to  Wikipedia (who is never wrong) the largest recorded specimen was 28 inches.  Judging by my Barny Rubble foot this croaker has to be close.   Laundry     Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing   US cell 310 308 5841
  6. East Cape - The wall is to tall  Reflecting back to 1991 when Jen and I pulled up stakes from Southern California and moved to Buena Vista.  Compared to today that time was like the stone age.  There was only one phone in our little town and communication was very limited.  No internet, no cell phones and importantly during hurricane season no weather forecasting.  In those days all the local resorts pulled their fishing boats and closed up shop for August, September and into October.   I quickly found and experienced that during the time the resorts were closed and everyone booked out of here were some of the best fishing times.  When storms threatened we hunkered down but that wasn't often and to this day it is my favorite time of year.  August and September are the most humid time making it sticky and uncomfortable but the trade off is well worth it with calm seas and spectacular fishing. Communication has changed the game.  Now with cell phones and internet service we are plugged in and always aware of what is happening around the world.  Weather forecasting has become sophisticated and accurate.  Now we have plenty of warning of an approaching storm and time to react.  Enough so that boats and property can be secured before coming in harms way.  Now the resorts stay open giving anglers the opportunity to take advantage. Still, some are afraid their timing might not be good.  Others don't like the heat and humidity. Well, now visitors can get off the plane and jump in an air conditioned shuttle to arrive at air conditioned accommodations.  Even our fishing boats have A/C.  Those who have dared to try it keep coming back. I am reminded that June 11, 1991, at about 11am we experienced a total solar eclipse.  Yes, it got completely dark for several minutes.  I don't remember how it came to be but we got the special glasses and were able to watch the moon eclipse the sun.  It was an event I will never forget.  Looks like we will miss the one tomorrow.  Some say it is  because the wall is to tall for us Mexicans to see the eclipse.  I believe the truth is the path of the moon will shadow the upper middle part of the US and not reach this far south.     Yellowfin have been plentiful    That little Accurate Valiant is tougher than the average angler   Victory!   Cubera are the best!   Another hoo hits the deck.  Halco Laser Pro's rock   Love those smiling faces   We have had a lot of requests to fish the Bisbee Black and Blue October 25-27.  Now is your chance, Jen Wren III just came bacame available.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing   US cell 310 308 5841
  7.   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    
  8. 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    
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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      
  12. 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
  13. 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    
  14.   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    
  15. 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