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  1. 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    
  2. 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    
  3. 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        
  4. 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  
  5.   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
  6. East Cape - Kids just want to have fun  It has been a windy week on the East Cape so I have no report.  Like Jeff says, "got nothing for you".  Instead I'm posting up a few my favorite images from our 2016 season of kids having fun.                               Some kids just never grow up Mark Rayor Team Jen Wren    
  7.   East Cape - Nice twins  OMG! For the first time this season I put on a sweatshirt.  Yes, the chill of winter has finally hit the East Cape.  Until now sea temp has managed to stay above 80 degrees but we will watch it plummet now.  Normally we are in the mid 70's by Thanksgiving so it is happening a little late this year. We finished our season moving our boats to Cabo San Lucas to compete in the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.   With 168 entries this year it was again the largest tournament in Baja.  The theme of the tournament is "Fish hard party harder" and we did both.  Both Jen Wren III and Vaquera made great showings finishing in the top 20. First day I just couldn't get it going on Vaquera but Jen Wren III skipper Polo found a school of porpoise late in the day and hung two nice tuna.  After a few minutes one came unbuttoned and now the battle with the other fish was a race against time to make the scale before it closed at 6PM.  Still 25 miles away Polo called on the VHF with the news that they finally boated their fish.  There was no time to waste and I had my fingers crossed and told him put the hammer down you can make it.  Just a few minutes to 6 it was a relief to see them turn the corner for the scale. After all teams weighed Jen Wren III was in 5th place. Day two was better for Team Jones Fish on Vaquera.  In the morning I spent a couple of hours looking for the porpoise school that Polo had found the day before.  The Sea of Cortez was getting grumpy so we moved more inside to Gordo Bank.  Chunking squid on the drift we landed a 120lb tuna at about 10:30AM.  The highspot is small and looked like a parking lot with boats.  As the day wore on the wind picked up making it difficult to drift bait and navigate the other boats.  It didn't appear anyone was getting bit and I was getting restless. Looking through my gyros it appeared the inner high spot 3 miles away did not have much traffic.  I decided to make the move.  We only chunked a few minutes in our new location and bendo.  We were bent again.  When quality tuna bite it is hard to get a handle on how big they might be until they settle down.  Ripping line off our Accurate ATD 30 I thought this might be the one. In a few minutes it settled down and turned out to be another 120lbs tuna.  The action was fun but we were looking for a cow. All we could do was keep fishing hard.  Tournament rules are lines out at 4PM and time was getting short.  I was just checking my watch at 3:30 when bendo, we are on again.  This one is acting like a good fish.  Twenty-five minutes into the battle it hasn't sounded and I have to continually back down the boat to stay with it.  Now it is after 4PM and we haven't even slowed this fish down.  I'm finding we are in the same time predicament Polo was yesterday.  Finally the fish goes straight down and the tug of war is on.  Inch by inch we start to gain line until color can be seen.  This is the one we have been looking for.  4:40PM Team Jones Fish wins the war and the tuna comes to gaff.  Diego and I slide it through the transom door and there is no time to waste. There is no other feeling like cruising to the scale with a contender on the deck.  Just beating the 6PM deadline we tied up to the scale dock waiting our turn to weigh.  When we swing open the transom door the fish can be seen by spectators and I can hear the buzz. Jonathan Roldan walks by and shakes his head yes, "looks like the biggest of the day".  Our turn comes and Pat McDonald announces the official weight to be 251lbs.  In first place for day two there is only one more fish to weigh and I'm sure we have it in the bag .  Then, I can hardly believe my ears when McDonald's voice comes over the loud speaker "official weight 274lbs" the crowd cheers and we are out. We had a great 2016 season finished off with an exciting time in Cabo San Lucas.  WON, Pat McDondald and staff do an incredible job every year putting together the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot. There is no tournament that is more fun and I look forward to participating again next year. That's my report.  Now I need to go search for my Ugg Boots.  Brrr! Turtles nested late this year.  This little guy was released in front of our place   Dressed up for the "Show us your Costa's" contest   This one's for Jack.  It's all about the reel!   Rob Jones, Team Jones Fish with our 251lbs cow   Chick Stix team captain Bob Solee puts Jen Wren III in fifth place. Check out skipper Polo and mate Armado hugging the fish.   Nice twins.  We were so busy weighing the cow I forgot we had twin 120's in the fish box   Diego on the wire..  Bill Frevold had never caught a marlin so after the tournament we took him to the Finger Bank.  It was going off and he release five.   Changing the game.  That is Accurate's new Valiant 300 in my hand.  We put five of them in service this year.  It is the biggest innovation in reel technology since the ball bearing.  Looking forward to adding the just released Valiant 400 to the arsenal for 2017.   Got my sleeves rolled up.  All in a heap for service are the oil/fuel cooler, heat exchanger, after cooler  and air cleaner from Vaquera's port motor.  One by one each of our motors will get the same service One of my favorite sayings is "it is not a matter of it will break, It is a matter of when it will break".  Personally I'd rather act then react and do what we can to keep our boats in top shape.   This is a look at our new Jen Wren App.  To download it on your phone just text jw to 76626.  Yes, it is that easy to view our webcams, booking calendar and new fishing reports.    
  8. East Cape weather continues to be unbelievably beautiful.  Seas are calm and water temps remain at 84-85 degrees.  Even though conditions continue to look right the bite has become a little scratchy.  Finding fish has not been hard but getting them to go has. A volume of yellowfin has been breezing through on inshore high spots and will chow down on anglers chum.  The problem is they are line shy and want nothing to do with bait that has a hook in it.  Wahoo have been playing hardball as well.  Mostly short bites are frustrating anglers.  For some reason it has been the same dance with billfish.  The finicky fish come in the spread for a quick look and sometimes take a quick whack at a lure but hook sets have been below a 50% ratio. For many years the first ten days of November brought picture perfect weather and was one of my favorite times.  The last few years north winds have arrived in October and temperatures plummeted. It seemed early winter was the new norm.  This year our old patterns have returned. November is knocking on the door and our forecast is for more great weather. Next week the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot tournament based in Cabo San Lucas will take place.  It is the largest attended tournament in Baja and all of our boats are entered.  WON headed up by Pat Mc Donald has always done an outstanding job with this event with the theme "fish hard, party harder".  Our whole crew is fired up with anticipation, ready to do some damage and weigh a cow.  It will be a great way to end our season. Polo on the wire Never over till it is over, this dorado came unbuttoned just when we were ready to stick 'em. Got this one to stick The little Accurate Valiant stands up Nice mess of fish Landed this super cow in June.  Now we are looking for a repeat performance When we find the right fish it will be on the right gear.  Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  9. East Cape - Spooky calm    October is just a couple days away and I can feel our 2016 season slipping away.  Hurricane season doesn't officially end until November 30th but my feeling is we are already out of the woods.  The stifling humidity of summer has subsided and the water temperature in the Sea of Cortez is stable at 85 degrees. For the entire season there have been very few bumps in the road.  Fishing conditions have been excellent, there has been very little wind and the sea has been like a pond.  It is eerie to not hear the surf pound once in a while but day after day the weather has been spooky calm. Fishing continues to be outstanding.  We are experiencing one of the those times that species can almost be ordered off the menu.  Blue marlin continue to rock.  Striped marlin and sailfish are also providing action.  Wahoo and yellowfin tuna continue to cooperate.  Bottom fishing for red snapper and amberjack has been productive.  Bubba sized roosterfish have been rewarding anglers putting in the time but the most exciting news is the return of dorado.  Yes, after disappearing for almost 2 years dorado are back in the count.  While the majority are small there are a few of the larger models starting to show.   Dorado back in the count Yes, they are back! Wahoo Don't be fooled by the size of Accurate's Valiant 300.  It packs a punch. Valiant 300 does it again Amberjack Spotted this water spout offshore.  It was a very local event and didn't bring rough seas.  Strange thing is a dorado fell out of the sky in San Antonio several miles from the water.  Maybe this is where it came from? It was strange to be swarmed by bees that landed on our navigation light.  They were not aggressive and caused no harm. Another strange phenomenon. Found this tarantula walking down the beach at the waters edge. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  10. It has taken a week for conditions to get back to the great bite we were experiencing prior to hurricane Newton.  I thought we were finally back on track when my cell phone rang.  My conversation went like this , (Captain Diego) "hey boss,  (translated to English) we are going to be late". (me) "que pasa"? (Diego) "We threw an ear on the starboard prop". (me) "okay, I'll be ready when you get here. Did you catch any fish"?  (Diego) "yeah, it was a pretty good bite, tuna, dorado and a jumbo black marlin".  Five minutes later my phone rings again, it is the anglers on the boat.  "Mark, are you going to have a boat for us tomorrow"? (me) "Of course, you are fishing with Team Jen Wren and we have you covered.  Just be ready on the dock in the morning".   Threw an ear have no fear.  We keep a spare set of new 4 blade nibral propellers for all of our boats.   Better late than never here comes Diego steaming in on one motor.  Jen Wren III trailer is ready, the 35 Cabo is loaded and out she comes on the beach over the sand.  Fifteen minutes later the prop is changed, shaft is checked and we are ready to boogie.  Just another day in the life... Okay, that was my day, now for a little more of a report.  A week ago Monday night Hurricane Newton passed right over the top of us packing 90 MPH winds.  The good news is the storm didn't dump much rain and was moving between 15 and 18 miles per hour.  Little damage was sustained in Los Cabos but it did have a huge impact on fishing conditions. Water temperature in the Sea of Cortez dropped more than 10 degrees overnight.  The tidy blue water turned an ugly coffee color.  Gamefish ducked for cover and were nowhere to be found.  We only lost one day of fishing because of the storm but lost three days of catching.  Day by day the water has cleaned up and also warmed up to the degree that it is beautiful again.  Seas are calm and gamefish have come back to the party.   Red snapper yum, yum!   Roosterfish back on the prowl   End of the day tying up the boat this rooster came to us and begged like a dog   Now there's a snout   Drifting for tuna this huge black marlin ate a greenback mackerel.  We had it on for more than a half hour on a little Accurate Fury 500N.  The reel did its part and we had the fish close before it went ballistic and broke the line.     Tuna and dorado back on the score card   Snapper and amberjack providing action   Threw an ear have no fear.  We are prepared   My wife asked "how do you know when the prop is missing an ear?"  It is a good question and I had to think for a moment.  The explanation I came up with is that it is like driving your car with a flat tire.  You are not going to go very far very fast and a lot of damage is going to be done if you keep driving. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841      
  11. Late August and September we typically see little traffic.  It is kind of ironic because this time brings some of our best fishing of the season.  This year is no exception.  There are not many people in town and the ones that are here are enjoying excellent fishing and having the time of their lives. At the beginning of the month water temp in the Sea of Cortez started to soar and was approaching 90 degrees.  Blue marlin and sailfish were providing action but yellowfin tuna and wahoo started to evaporate.  Then tropical storm Javier passed by the tip of Cabo San Lucas.  The storm was small and never caused much concern but did dump several inches of rain.  The storm dropped water temperatures to a more desirable 84-85 degrees.  Since that time we have endured a couple other named storms but they also have been small with little wind but dumping more rain. The storms that have passed cooling the water have made it much less likely that a huge hurricane will form.  I'll take the small ones that bring rain and get us wet any day. As always, the passing storms have perked up the bite.  Blue marlin and sailfish have continued to be consistent and now a volume of nicer grade yellowfin along with a few wahoo are providing action.  Porpoise have been hard to find and not holding tuna when we do.  The action has been on high spots and drop offs chunking calamari.  Obtaining the squid has been another challenge as there hasn't been any to catch.  We are buying hundreds of pounds at a time when we can find it. This is creating another challenge with the padrona in my household having our freezers plugged with the bait. Got lucky on this one with straight mono No better way to bond than going fishing I love taking the small ones Saddle up! Always exciting Armando on the release Nicer grade of tuna Sashimi time! Small angler loving the small Accurate Valiant  From the private pond right in front of our place Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  12. Entering August we are coming into what is considered the height  of huricaine season.  Six named storms have passed heading West in the Pacific but our weather has been extremely pleasant.  Calm seas and excellent fishing conditions with 83 to 86 degree water temps.  Daytime humidity has made it a little sticky but evenings have been comfortable. Marlin continue to be on the rampage.  Most of the fleet are having six to eight events a day releasing two to six fish.  Getting the hook set has been difficult in many cases because the marlin attack with such aggression whacking at baits and missing. Other game fish have been hit and miss.  Off shore schools of porpoise have not been hard to find but most are not holding tuna.  This week we had a good tuna bite just a few hundred feet off the beach in front of our house in 50 to 100 feet of water.  Before the fleet got on to it we could catch a quick limit but now traffic has made the fish very finicky. Just south of Punta Arena light house at Rincon a few tuna have popped up but it also has been hit and miss with more skipjack than tuna in the mix. Trophy sized roosterfish have made many anglers day but again it has been a hit and miss proposition.  One day they will go good and the next be absent.  Dorado, anglers are asking but it's not worth talking about. The East Cape Bisbee starts tomorrow.  This should be an intersting tournament with the billfish bite we are experiencing.  There will be a lot of blue marlin caught.  The trick will be weeding out the shorts and finding one over 300 pounds. Below are images we captured this week. Entering August we are coming into what is considered the height  of huricaine season.  Six named storms have passed heading West in the Pacific but our weather has been extremely pleasant.  Calm seas and excellent fishing conditions with 83 to 86 degree water temps.  Daytime humidity has made it a little sticky but evenings have been comfortable. Marlin continue to be on the rampage.  Most of the fleet are having six to eight events a day releasing two to six fish.  Getting the hook set has been difficult in many cases because the marlin attack with such aggression whacking at baits and missing. Other game fish have been hit and miss.  Off shore schools of porpoise have not been hard to find but most are not holding tuna.  This week we had a good tuna bite just a few hundred feet off the beach in front of our house in 50 to 100 feet of water.  Before the fleet got on to it we could catch a quick limit but now traffic has made the fish very finicky. Just south of Punta Arena light house at Rincon a few tuna have popped up but it also has been hit and miss with more skipjack than tuna in the mix. Trophy sized roosterfish have made many anglers day but again it has been a hit and miss proposition.  One day they will go good and the next be absent.  Dorado, anglers are asking but it's not worth talking about. The East Cape Bisbee starts tomorrow.  This should be an intersting tournament with the billfish bite we are experiencing.  There will be a lot of blue marlin caught.  The trick will be weeding out the shorts and finding one over 300 pounds. Below are images we captured this week.   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  13. Once in a while entering thumb print recognition on my iPhone I hold the button down too long and the female voice from Siri asks "how can I help you".  Sometimes I can't help myself and ask her crazy questions like what's for dinner or how about a date?  The other day I asked "where is the best place to catch a marlin?" I wasn't surprised when she responded Los Cabos, Mexico is the best marlin fishing in the world.  Can't argue with Siri.  This has been an action packed week.  Fishing for billfish has been wide open bending rods and anglers haven't had to travel far.  Almost everyday we are getting a triple slam with at least one blue marlin, one striped marlin and one sailfish.  The billfish have been on the rampage for a few weeks now and it is nothing but bills until quality roosterfish decided to get in the game.  The roosters have become very aggressive charging the boat in packs for our baits. These are trophy size fish as can be seen in my photos below. Armando on the wire Daily triple slams!  Blue marlin Striped marlin Sailfish Cockpit Chaos with quadruple monster roosters  Hello Bubba Accurate's Valiant 300.  There is no better way to have fun. Say aah If you haven't purchased one of Accurate's Valiants come try one of ours. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  14. Shades of blue

    Billfish have been the name of the game this week.  Boats targeting marlin have good action and  averaging 2 to 3 fish a day.  Most have been stripers but more blue marlin are in the count everyday.  Fishing yellowfin tuna has been a tough proposition.  A few of the larger 100 to 200 models have been brought to the scale which has gotten everyones attention but most of the anglers with tuna fever are not having success.  A few wahoo have been picked off but the solid bite we enjoyed for the last 2 months has tapered off. The bite down south dried up so there are not many footballs.  Tuna are on porpoise schools 20 to 30 miles off shore from north of Punta Pescadero spreading south to below Los Frailes.  It has not been hard to find porpoise but only about one out of ten schools are holding tuna.  Then when the right one is found the fish are very spooky.  Kite fishing has been deadly when conditions are right but there has been little wind and the porpoise changing direction and speed too much to make a good bait presentation. Marlin have been scattered everywhere but the best bet has been about 15 off shore on a sea temp break that has been there for a few weeks.  Today the Sea of Cortez was very grumpy with small craft advisories in the afternoon and we still managed a blue marlin just 3 1/2 miles from our mooring.  Also a broadbill or two are still being sighted everyday. So, the other day I was talking about how spectacular blue marlin are. An angler asked how do you know when you have a blue on the line versus a striper or sailfish?   Here is a quick photo illustration. Some of these photos are not my best work but they were all captured this week. THAT'S a blue marlin Striped marlin Blue Stripy Blue Sailfish Getting the idea? Sail Blue Nice striper Today's blue Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  15. The East Cape is heating up.  Our humidity is starting to rise and now daytime temperatures are starting to tip 90 degrees.  Evenings are still cooling a bit and very pleasant. Game fish have been fickle and hard to figure out.  Smaller yellowfin tuna have been consistent south of Frailes trolling hoochies, Yozuri's and cedar plugs.   The larger model yellowfin have been with porpoise schools offshore but it has been hard to get them to go.  It has been a risk versus reward thing.  The risk is getting skunked but the reward is the potential of catching a cow or even a super cow. Striped marlin have been consistent and the best bet for sure action.  We released our first blue marlin a couple days ago and have had several short biters.  The aggressiveness and speed of a blue marlin always amazes me. The great wahoo bite we have enjoyed for months has tapered off and roosterfish have not been much in the mood.  We have been sighting schools of trophy size roosters in the shallows but they are spawning now and not showing interest in our baits. We have also had an unprecedented showing of broadbill swordfish.  Everyday on the VHF  there are reports from fleet boats that have spotted one.  It is hard to get them to bite but some anglers have been lucky.  "Rude Girl" boated two fish in one day a couple weeks ago and Monday they hooked another.  We were just a few hundred yards from them when this last event happened and they called us to borrow a gaff.  There is just no justice! I want one!  Rude Girl skipper brought me a piece of fish for loaning him our gaff.  It was very nice but somehow the ones we have caught just tasted a little bit better. Blue marlin starting to make a good showing Nice bonus while fueling up Mark Kerns and friends were determined and pounded the shoreline for roosters but had to settle for limits of tuna Striped marlin bending rods The gamble paid off for these anglers.  We deployed the kite and the fish liked the Yummie Jon Marks and Freddy Lamay liking the new Accurate Valiant 300 Super cow on Jen Wren III.  I want one! Sashimi, from the sea to the plate. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841