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  1.   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.    
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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      
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. We started this season with a sputter but East Cape fishing is finally off to the races.  It is time for all the cyber fishermen to push away from their computers and get down here.  It is happening! After a few days of wind last week we are back to calm seas and very comfortable weather.  Schools of porpoise have arrived from 20 to 40 miles offshore holding tuna.  There are a lot of small fish that some days are a bit finicky but there are a few cows mixed in as well.  We are seeing huge schools of flying fish and also metering spots of squid.  The stage is set for the bite to just keep getting better. Several boats have sighted swordfish and some of the fish have been aggressive and ready to bite.  Rude Girl bagged 2 in one day.  El Regalo spotted 4 in one day, got 2 to go and boated one.  We had one chasing the bait  but the fish got bill wrapped and that was that. On the inside striped marlin are on the prowl.  We were terrorized by a huge blue marlin I'd call a Bisbee contender but couldn't get the hook to stick.  When it came up and shook off the lure it's bill looked as thick as a baseball bat.  Wahoo, roosterfish and pargo are also providing action for anglers fishing the shoreline. Accurate's BX600 won't be over matched.  Jerry Rootlieb landed this 220 lbs cow on the little reel that packs a punch. Vivian Stotesbury gets her first one over 100 Greg Stotesbury getting 'em on the yummy  Fish candy washing up on the beach.  We are finding dead squid floating at the tuna grounds A few dorado in the mix Consistent striped marlin bite Wahoo have been bending rods It doesn't get any better than this! Well, maybe it does   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  11. Our East Cape season was progressing nicely with picture perfect weather and the bite starting to turn on.   Wahoo and dorado were being caught in bigger numbers.  Mostly smaller grade tuna were also starting to show off shore.  There were a few larger fish in the mix. Living in a tropical environment and working on the ocean we always carefully monitor weather forecasting.  It has become a ritual for me.  So, early this week out of the blue the forecast indicates 20+ knot winds and small craft advisories for the next four days.  My first thought was to not believe it but that turned out to be wishful thinking.  In the middle of the night the surf start to pound and it was evident the forecast was correct.  In the morning just as predicted here it came. While it stayed relatively calm on the inside, offshore became un-fishable.  The first day of wind caused sea temp to drop 4 degrees from 81 to 77 and shut off the bite.  The inshore temperature in Palmas Bay has now stabilized at the 77 degree mark and inshore things have picked back up for wahoo, roosterfish and snapper.   Further to south of Pulmo there has been a more dramatic effect with the water turning ugly green and dropping to 71 degrees.  South of Frailes where the largest volume of wahoo and dorado were being landed has now completely shut off. I am on the beach today but anxious to get back out now that the weather has straightened out. Dan Vincent bagged this 106 pound tuna using the kite. Nanette Jensen with her first roosterfish Gary Murphy with his personal best Janice Johansen with a monster pompano Eric Leer with his personal best Wahoo continue to please anglers Rick Lial with a nice wahoo Looking for roosters we found this fat leopard grouper Green tooth Baja gator Weather has calmed and we are going looking for more of this. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  12. It is exciting to finally have something to talk about besides the gorgeous weather that has persisted for more than 2 months and tough fishing. Just when I was starting to think we were going to struggle all year the Sea of Cortez came alive.  At the beginning of the week dorado, marlin and wahoo were bending rods.  As the week progressed the action started to diminish.   The moon was getting bright and many thought it was shutting off the bite. Then Magic Jack, aka "Mr. Lucky" or Jackurate as many know him showed up and gamefish came to the party.  It has been constant action since he rolled into town. Accurate's new Valiant 300 has been so popular I haven't been able to get my hands on them for our boats.  This little reel only weighs 9 ounces and packs a punch.  Magic Jack handed me one and the first words out of my mouth were striped marlin.  I know Accurate didn't have marlin in mind when designing this little reel but OMG it is so much fun.  Before lunch we were releasing a striper baited with the Valiant. If you are looking for a challenge and want to have a some fun this is it. Dorado putting on a show East Cape is heating up! I said it before and will again,  If wahoo is on your bucket list now is the time to be here Striper on a Yozuri First morning Magic Jack's team had 2 double hookups While Jen Wren III was on a double so was Vaquera Magic Jack's Baja office Billfish have become aggressive. Lights on Small reel big fish Look who else is providing action. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  13. It has been another outstanding weather week.  For the last 2 days we have had a few sporadic lightning storms with some scattered showers.  Humidity has spiked and now it is feeling very tropical.  None of the rain or lightning has been wind related and the Sea of Cortez has continued to be calm with surface water temps holding been 78 -79 degrees. The bite continues to be inconsistent but is showing some signs of improvement. This week marlin, dorado, wahoo and tuna were all on our score card.  Lack of surface action has been odd.  On any given day we normally do as much hunting as fishing looking for tailing billfish or sighting dorado, wahoo, feeding tuna and bird action.  Right now there is almost none of that and most bites have just been blind strikes.  Tuna are coming drifting chuck bait and not boiling or breaking the surface.  Most effective on wahoo has been slow trolling live bait.  It has just been a slow pick. Having lots of patience has been key.  We have just been working hard pounding the water and shaking them out.   Sashimi time!   Armando on the wire    Diego leadering a hoo   Just picking at them all day makes a nice mess of fish   Tim Galli and crew winning first place in the Borggreve/Leonero charity tournament    Scott Tucker with a nice wahoo   Tim Galli with the lucky dorado that put his team in first place   Jen Wren boats "all in" for our 2016 season Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  14. It has been another spectacular weather week on the Sea of Cortez.  May on the East Cape is always about as beautiful as any place on our planet and this year has been no exception.  Seas have been flat and the 75 to 77 degree water has been blue and clear. The last few weeks the bite was inconsistent but when looking back through last weeks camera roll there is no doubt we had our moments.  Our fishing fleet has had fewer departures than normal.  It is most likely because of reports of slow fishing.  One thing guaranteed is if you don't have a line in the water you won't get bit. A few years ago we hooked two swordfish on my birthday.  The first came unbuttoned after a short battle but we were fortunate enough to get a second chance and land the second.  In my book a broadbill is the ultimate catch for an angler, the grand prize.  Many anglers never even get the opportunity to see one much less land one.  To give you an idea, on an average my guess is that we see one out of about one hundred days of fishing. So, yesterday was my birthday.  I have "the fever" and swordies are always on my mind.  More yesterday than normal because it would be incredible to pull the hat trick and land another on this day.  We had billfish and wahoo action most of the day.  It started to get late and time to turn toward home when we found two turtles tangled in an onion sack.  Watching them struggle we pulled in our lines, approached them and were able to cut them free. Call it karma, not 15 minutes after freeing the turtles a broadbill swordfish popped up in front of us.  My heart started to pump and we scrambled for the gear to bait the fish.  Bait out I watched the swordie turn its purple glow and sink out.  It never took our bait or surfaced again but the experience made it a birthday to remember. Slurp, slurp Roosters are perking up More dorado in the count Circle hooks do work. Lucky shot with mono Wahoo action Tuna still a little hard to find It was a mess but we got them free Jen Wren on GRINDTV: http://www.grindtv.com/fishing/mysterious-deep-sea-denizen-found-in-sharks-belly/#4fZKMgmZgP2kYMLf.97 Hooked this thresher drifting bait for marlin Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com
  15. East Cape weather could not be more perfect.  For several weeks we have been enjoying warm sunny weather.  Very comfortable, not too hot, not too cold.  Sea temps have been 76-77 degrees and the water is clear and blue. Live bait has been abundant and the stage is set for a great fishing season. The bite, I have figured out, is like the stock market.  Some days it is up and others it is down.  When the market is down analysts and brokers advise to stay the course.  History tells us in the long term it always goes up. At the moment we are experiencing what I call the "Spring crash of 2016". Fishing is as tough as it has been in many years.  Why? Some reasons I have heard from others is it is the moon phase, or the current is too strong, others say the water is too warm or that commercial fishing has taken its toll and is causing impact.  I say it is none of the above and just fishing.  When they want to bite they will and much of the time it will be in conditions contrary to when theories predict they should. The fish are here.  We can see them in our fish finders and once in a while coax one into biting.  Like when the market is down, not all stocks are.  Now, we are paying our dues and doing our best to scratch them out.  Like the market, I'm certain this down time will be short lived and forgotten.  In the meantime everyday sighting the parade of sea life has not been a bad consolation prize.  Porpoise, whales, mantas, turtles and more has kept it entertaining. That's a wrap! Polo on the wire Love a first marlin smile Doug Herrick is getting worked Diego on the release New bling for my baby  Vaquera back in the game. On another note.  Operating a sportfishing business can be challenging.  Last year we were very fortunate and didn't have any major equipment failures.  This year, like the fishing, we are paying our dues.  Second trip of the year Jen Wren blew a transmission.  We were lucky to find a replacement quickly and the boat was only down for a couple of days.  The week before last we had another misfortune when Vaquera snapped a prop shaft and we lost one of her propellers.  This repair was a bigger challenge but we were able to find a new set of matched props, have a new prop shaft built and get her back in operation. With boats my theory is not wondering if it is going to break.  It is just a matter of when it is going to break.  We are as methodical and vigilant with our maintenance as we can be but breakdowns just come with the territory. Mark Rayor Teamjenwren.com