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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. East Cape - Inshore, off shore everywhere  For more than a week now East Cape weather has been nothing short of spectacular.  We have been enjoying warm sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high 70's sometime pushing 80 degrees.  The Sea of Cortez has been like a pond with hardly a breeze.  The water is blue and clear.  On our mooring we can literally see a dime in 40 feet.  The forecast has no harsh weather in sight and we are soaking it up. Water temperature has been very unstable ranging from 73 to 78 degrees. Typically, our sea temp gauge is very stable and changes gradually. Yesterday while trolling I watched the reading bounce around like a ping pong ball. Somehow this clear blue warmer than normal condition is having a negative impact on the bite.  For anglers that are flexible, on most any given day we can find a lot of action someplace but right now inshore offshore and everywhere it is just a slow pick.  We are working hard pounding the sea waiting for our few opportunities.  While waiting with anticipation the side show has kept it exciting with sightings of whales, porpoise, mantas, sea lions, turtles and pelagic bird life. More and more bait starting to puddle up on high spots so hopefully game fish will start to show in bigger numbers.  Just a heads up for those enjoying the beaches and swimming in the sea.  Every spring for a short period of time stingrays move up into the shallows.  They are not aggressive but if accidentally stepped on they will swing around and sting with their tail.  The sting is very painful.  It will drop you to your knees and make you cry.  If stung the best remedy is applying hot hot water.  A good practice when walking into the water is to shuffle sand out in front of you.  The sand will alert the ray and it will leave. It's a bird It's a plane No, It's a sailfish 15 year old Tommy Ferris with his first Don't gaff that marlin!  Oh, it is just Accurate Jack with his camera pole Pat landed this grouper while fishing his kayak In memory of our good friend Russ Sauer.  We will have a celebration of life Mariner's Farewell this weekend. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  5. East Cape - Two finner  Last week we returned to home sweet home (the East Cape) after spending 10 days in the Los Angeles area and exhibiting at the Fred Hall show in Long Beach.  The 5 day show was a marathon and test of my endurance but it was an opportunity to see a lot of old friends and also meet new ones. We were chased out of town by a huge storm bringing rain and strong winds that blew over trash cans and generally made a mess.  We flew 1,000 miles south and got here just in time to meet the same storm we had just left.  Thunder, lightning, rain and wind departing with a beautiful rainbow presented a spectacular photo opportunity and below I have posted a few of my favs. Since the storm we have enjoyed calm seas and warmer air temperatures.  I have stowed away my winter long sleeved T's and am enjoying the arrival of spring.  The Sea of Cortez is a consistent 73 degrees and a beautiful blue. In spite of excellent conditions our season is starting with an inconsistent bite.  We have only fished a few days and have scratched out a few yellowtail, marlin and sailfish but haven't found a hot spot.  It has just been hunt, pick and keep looking. The sighting  of a broadbill swordfish on our second day fishing has gotten my heart pumping.  Many anglers never get the opportunity to see one much less catch one.  For many years I have had "swordie fever",  AKA   "two-funner",  in my book a swordfish is the ultimate catch.  This fish has earned its reputation as the gladiator of the sea and fight like no other.  One day a few years back there was just Chuy Cota and myself on Jen Wren.  We baited and hooked one.  The battle was on and after some time I finally brought the fish to the surface and watched Chuy sink the gaff.  After catching my breath I commented to Chuy "we have fished together for years and this is the first time you ever asked if I needed help".  He looked me in the eye and replied " It is the first time I ever thought you might". Writing about this has made me curious about the term "two-finner".   I know the broadbill is the only billfish with a rigid dorsal fin that doesn't retract.  It is a term commonly used by anglers with the fever but Google had trouble with it and tries to change my spelling.  My computer doesn't recognize it either and wants to auto-correct spelling.  After searching many ways a story written by Gary Graham popped up.  The piece has a lot of info and is an interesting read.  Well, it was for me.  I was shocked when I clicked on the link and scrolled down: http://roadtrekker.blogspot.mx/2009/07/swordfisha-magnificent-obsession.html. That is enough of that.  The boat work we have left can wait, there is a two-finner out there with my name on it and I'm going hunting.   Up close and personal.  This two-finner was not interested in our offerings   Goodbye to winter   Looking for the pot of gold   There's Vaquera at the end of the rainbow   Hamachi time   Unusual for sailfish this early   Bachelor party fun   Looking to put another swordie on the deck. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  6. It has been a windy winter and some time since I wrote my last report. We have had our heads down working hard getting boat maintenance finished in preparation of the upcoming season.  New turbo chargers, transmissions, after coolers, bait systems, electrical and building a new trailer are the only things that have been in our recent radar. Last week I thought we were turning the corner from winter having a few calm days and warmer temperatures.  Guess it was wishful thinking because for now the winds of winter have returned. Tomorrow will be our first charter of the season.  The few anglers  that have been out report good marlin fishing.  Also lots of mackerel on the La Ribera high spot along with a few yellowtail.  An abundance of bait is good news and I'm hopeful the yellowtail will stick around for a while. Reflecting back to last year, El Niño conditions made fishing a little tougher then normal most of the season.  The Sea of Cortez always produces but we actually had to work to find fish.  2015 was a poor year for tuna in comparison to the norm.  It can be frustrating because some anglers have what I call "tuna brain".  It is yellowfin or bust.  There were days we motored over fish where there was action trying to satisfy anglers who just had to have tuna.  The smart bet went where the action was and those willing to compromise had bent rods, big smiles and filled coolers.   Sashimi   We did have our moments   Always something biting in the Sea of Cortez   Never know what will happen scrubbing the hardware at the end of the day.   Always consistent    There is life after tuna   It is show time!  We will be at Fred Hall in Long Beach.  Please stop by if you are in the area.  I will be doing a daily seminar on fishing the East Cape   Disruptive technology!  After 8 years I have been granted a patent on a device that is going to change the game.  Come see for yourself at the Cousin's Tackle exhibit at Fred Hall   Building boat trailers is hard work!   First one in the water for our 2016 season, my girlfriend Vaquera. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  7. The shine is off the dime  For more than 20 years every winter we have taken a camping trip to our favorite spot in Magdalena Bay.  During the winter north winds are relentless on the East Cape where we live making conditions unfavorable for fishing.  Mag offers miles of mangroves where the water is calm and the bite has always been off the hook.  Our trip has always been planned on an extreme tide because clamming for chocolate clams when the tide is out has been very fruitful.  Another bonus to our almost secret spot aside from being able to pull our rigs right to the waters edge is a primitive commercial shrimp camp.  Pangeros drag their nets all night and we have always been able to load up on jumbo shrimp at a not so jumbo price. This year's trip started as always.  After a few days of preparation and packing we departed Buena Vista and headed north through La Paz toward Ciudad Constitution.  Arriving at our turn off Hwy 1 we headed down the 20 miles of washboard dirt road.  This year the road wasn't as bad as some years but we have seen it a lot better.  I always watch my odometer with anticipation waiting for it to be over.  Along the way I'm always concerned another camper will be in our spot.  Amazingly enough we have never had any company other than our group and this year was no exception. Upon arrival the place looked the same as always and we proceeded to set up camp.  My buddy John helped me get our inflatable off my trailer and I helped him with his aluminum boat so we could go fishing at first light while the tide was up. Mag has always been a very special place.  Spectacular sunsets, bird life, sea life sights, listening to the coyotes and just sitting around our camp fire can be mesmerizing. In the evening and again in the morning John and I (in fun) were razzing each other about where we would fish and who would do the best.  The joke is that fishing has always been so good it hasn't made a difference where we went the bite was always WFO for spotted bay bass and grouper with a few halibut in the mix.  Four inch rubber twin tails has been our bait of choice but I think a hot dog would work. I caught John not paying attention and was able to slip a banana in his boat and off we went.  Jen and I found fishing tougher than ever before but finally found a spot where we were able to bag several grouper.  Returning to camp we found that John and Lorraine were not as fortunate and found nothing but tough fishing.  We laughed that it must have been the hex of the banana and I cleaned our catch and got ready to go clamming. I have always tried to bargain with the shrimpers telling them for a good price I would buy more.  Their reply has always been how many hundreds of pounds do you want?  This was the first time we weren't able to buy jumbo shrimp.   It was explained that all they were getting were mediums.  I hate to be a snob but cleaning and dealing with small shrimp is a major pain after being spoiled by the grande model. Clamming was as easy as always.  When the tide is out we just walk on the sand and wait for a clam to squirt and then dig it up.  It doesn't take long to fill a 5 gallon pail and we have all we need.  There is nothing like fresh clams and we prepare them every way imaginable.  It was a several day feast of clams along with fresh fish but the jumbos were missing. The following morning preparing to fish I noticed the fuel tank was missing from my boat.  I told Jen not to say anything figuring John was getting back at me for the banana trick.  My plan was to mix a little oil in a fuel can and head out like nothing happened.  I was not paying attention going about my business when things started to go south.  Jen returned reporting the fuel tank from John's boat was also missing along with his tackle box and a few other items. Now the shine was off the dime.  After 20 some years of never having a concern our camp was infiltrated in the middle of the night and some of our personal property was taken.  It was nothing of great value but the principle that it happened kind of put a crimp on our vacation.  Some reading this will bad mouth Mexico but I think it is just a sign of the times and it could and does happen everywhere.  I still feel much safer here than in most places and will return to our hideaway to see if the jumbos have returned and the fishing has improved.   Nothing like camping at the waters edge   Chocolate clams were abundant   Yum, yum   Jen managed to sneak out a couple of flatties   Not this year   Always prolific bird life   You've got mail!  What a guy will do to get a signal.  That is my cell phone in a plastic bag on the end of the fishing rod.  The extra altitude is just what it took.   Some guys just don't listen.  I told him the bite was better on high tide   High tide just after sunrise   Sunsets like this will keep me coming back Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  8. East Cape - Glad I don't wear a toup  Typically on the East Cape most of the sportfishing operations close up shop for the winter or move boats to Cabo San Lucas.  A couple resorts might leave a boat or 2 in the water for the die hard with high expectations but for the most part strong north winds make conditions almost unfishable 5 or 6 days of the week.  Game fish are here but brutal conditions make the wise take the drive south to wet a line.   It is also a time when temperatures drop.  There have been winters we have burned more than a cord of wood in our fire place trying to stay comfortable.  The last 2 years winter never arrived.  The Sea of Cortez stayed calm the majority of days and we lit up the chimney very few nights.  I still have fire wood in our bodega gathered 2 years ago.   Air temperatures have not plummeted this year as they normally do.  I believe it is because sea temp has stayed warmer than normal. But the worm has turned and since early November anglers have had to hang on to their hats or lose them in the wind.  After a 2 year absence, north winds are back, the surf is pounding and I'm glad I don't wear a toupee.  Current East Cape weather can be viewed on our live webcams at: http://www.teamjenwren.com/east-cape-webcam.html   2015 will go down as a very odd fishing year.  Springtime brought excellent striped marlin fishing with a few wahoo and dorado in the mix.  As we headed for summer the striped marlin stayed strong, wahoo made a better showing but dorado evaporated.  Yellowfin tuna were late in arriving but when they did it looked like we were off to the races pleasing anglers and filling coolers.   As summer continued blue marlin arrived in numbers, wahoo continued to please anglers but the tuna bite got tough.  Excellent striped and blue marlin fishing along with sailfish continued through the entire season but dorado completely disappeared and boats traveled unreasonable distances in search of tuna.   We had an unprecedented showing of amberjack, yellowtail and red snapper on the La Ribera bank.  The bite lasted for more than 2 months and was an outstanding alternative to chasing tuna that sometimes were not there.   Now our boats are in dry dock .  We have our heads below decks doing required maintenance in preparation for 2016.  Turbochargers, heat exchangers, after coolers and more all need to be serviced and in top shape for the coming season.  All of our boats are getting new upholstery and we will be adding a few other amenities to make it even nicer for our anglers.   Thanks to all that helped make 2015 our best year ever.  Team Jen Wren would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2016!     Wrapping up the year. Our company holiday posada.   Tuna showed a little late this season   Here was a dandy   Dorado were absent most of the year   Wahoo provide steady action   Sailfish arrived early   Mixed bag off La Ribera   Yes, it was an unusual year.  Many days we landed amberjack, yellowtail, red snapper, football tuna and striped marlin in the same spot drifting baits.   George Gavallos with his father and friends had a hayday   Excellent rooster fishing all summer   Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing   US cell 310 308 5841  
  9. Jen Wren over and out!  It has been several weeks since I have been able to post a report and November has been a wild ride. At the beginning of the month we took our boats to Cabo San Lucas to compete in the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot tournament.  In my estimation this tournament is the most fun of the many we fish during our season.  This year was no exception even though the tuna fishing was a bit tougher than normal the event was a great time. Finding tuna was not really difficult nor was getting them to go.  It was the jumbo variety that we were looking for that was absent.   210 pound fish took honors and we just couldn't make the grade.   Jen Wren III did win the "Show us your Costa's" contest.  Costa judges said it was a slam dunk win when the team switched around the Costa letters to spell tacos. The following the tournament we spent the entire day re-provisioning Vaquera and departed for Mag Bay that evening.  Traveling all night we found ourselves about 50 miles below the bay in the morning.  Conditions looked good so we plunked in some lures, broke out our gyro binoculars and started looking. It was surprising to not sight any sea life.  After a couple of hours we picked up the lures and ran at speed.  Upon reaching Pinnical Rock we found a large school of common dolphin with frigate birds above in a frenzy.  Now it started to look like the Mag I know.  This spot turned out to be straight skipjack which was a good tune up and loads of fun for the fly fisherman we had aboard. We tucked into the bay at Belchers for the evening and got a much needed good night of sleep.  In the morning just a couple miles outside the Entrada we found some shark buoys that yielded a couple of dorado.  The rest of the day was surprisingly slow.  There was no other traffic on the water and nobody to compare notes with or get reports from. The following day brought small craft advisories.  We decided fishing in the mangroves would be best to avoid the harsh weather.  It was a good move as the mangroves were very fruitful with spotted bay bass, corvina and other inshore species. That evening we arranged for our guests George and Lori to be picked up by panga for departure.  Shortly after, Aaron and Connie who would be with us the next 5 days arrived.  The wind persisted so it was another day in the mangroves with our new guests. The following day all was calm and it was my hope that the 2 day blow would shake things up and make gamefish hungry.   We left the Entrada at day break and headed to the north.  It was my plan to work that direction and spend the night in Santa Maria.  The weather was beautiful but the morning frustrating only producing 1 dorado.  We sighted many solo frigates but couldn't find the working bird life needed.  Our VHF was silent all morning and finally about 11:30 we could hear some chatter from local fishermen.  It sounded like wahoo and tuna were biting on the Thetis bank so off we went. The afternoon was action packed. In a short time we landed 2 wahoo and had several short biters.  We also bagged 4 yellowfin tuna and released a striped marlin.  Getting late, we had to head back to Santa Maria.  Now it looked like we had it going on. The following morning we were underway before daybreak on a Bee line back to the Thedis. What I thought was going to be a bonanza turned into a very slow day. Before my very eyes I watched the Thetis action dry up.  At 2 PM we had 1 small yellowfin in the boat. With disappointment I headed south looking for better action. That evening while cooking fresh jumbo shrimp and New York's on our barbecue I was thinking what now.  We didn't come all this way for scratch fishing, it is time to roll the dice. It had become painfully obvious I wasn't going to find fish in the spots we had always found the past. In the morning my thoughts were no guts no glory.  A needed to pull a rabbit out of my hat.  We headed offshore with Diego and I both scouring the horizon with our Gyro binos.  About 25 miles out I pulled the throttles back to troll speed and continued. An hour went by and I was shaking my head in disbelief that there was no sea life.  Then, there they were.  Birds, a huge spot of frigates on the horizon working.  As we approached porpoise could be seen under the birds.  First pass through all 5 troll rods went off and it was cockpit chaos.  I couldn't help but stop and smile.  No other boats to call, no other traffic.  This spot was all ours.  After landing the tuna we couldn't get all the lines back in before bendo.  The bite went on until we finally cried uncle.  Trolling toward the Estrada we found a nice spot of striped marlin and released one.  Our last scheduled day at 6 in the morning I received a call from Weather Routing.  They provide a service I can't say enough good things about.  The call was to make me aware strong winds and harsh weather were coming our way and advised that we start heading south.  We trolled a couple hours and picked it up and ran around the horn and arrived at the San Jose Marina just after dark. In the morning we fueled up and headed for home.  Strong north winds had been blowing for days on the East Cape but we lucked into a window of calm that allowed us not only smooth sailing but an opportunity to get Jen Wren and Vaquera out of the water. East Cape water temperature is presently 80 degrees and the north wind has not let up.  There has been very few departures but word from the die hards is there is still a decent marlin bite and a few good grade dorado have shown up.  For us the season is over and our boats are out. Blue marlin plagued us with hookups while hunting big tuna And it spells TACOS Lori's 1st dorado on the fly Stripes out Marlin continue to provide the most consistent action in Baja Found this poor guy wrapped up in line on a buoy.  He was exhausted but swam off when released. Connie's birthday limit Plugged with fresh tuna, dorado and wahoo East Cape winds have been relentless Season is over and we are out. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  10. East Cape - Lemonade  Wow, our weather has been a tiny bit up and down and I really thought fall was going to finally arrive.  Hurricane Patricia blew up in a hurry and became the largest in recorded history. The storm hit land just below Puerto Vallarta and fell apart as quickly as she arrived.  We had no effects other than a couple of days of north wind.  The wind from the north seemed a little bizarre  considering our threat was coming from the south.  In any event our water temp that had dropped a couple of degrees is back up to 86+ and even though air temps are dropping summer conditions are persisting on the water. The bite certainly has not been the norm.  Dorado have done a complete no show for the season and yellowfin tuna seem to be following their lead right out of sight.  We just competed in an invitational tournament with 27 of the top boats in the area.  In the 2 day event nobody could manage a 20 lb. dorado or 30 lb. tuna to take home $36,000US so the jackpots rolled to the billfish category. Thankfully, billfish have stayed in the game and was very good as it has been all season. A few anglers are still arriving with tuna fever and just can't get over it. Most are finding alternatives to tuna and experiencing awesome memories and having a great time.  The old saying goes "When you have lemons make lemonade".  The Sea of Cortez is without doubt the world's aquarium.  Anglers that are getting off the tuna wagon and looking for other action can't help but get their rod bent and have a memorable experience. Looking back through photos posted week after week in these reports and on our Facebook page is confirmation that great times are here to be had.  Our East Cape season is all but over.  Now is a great time to start planning a trip to the East Cape in 2016. Posted are a few recent photos we captured. Haven't seen tuna like this since June.  Jen Wren boats are headed to Cabo for the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.  We are looking to catch one like this and walk off  with that jackpot. Vaquera will be heading to the always exciting Mag Bay after the Los Cabos Jackpot. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  11. East Cape - Back in 87  Here we are in the second week of October and the craziness of 2015 continues.  Basically, dorado and tuna have done a no show all season.  We did have a few moments but nothing consistent to hang our hats on.   In the meantime we have experienced an outstanding billfish bite with one of the best seasons for blue marlin in years.  Wahoo have also made a good showing most of the year and help fill some of the void in anglers coolers.  The most unlikely suspects that have been a welcome surprise are amberjack and yellow.  They have been bending rods for a couple months now and putting big smiles on anglers faces. Our air temperature has dropped and so has the humidity.  In the period of a week it has gone from stifling to very comfortable.  Wind has tried to blow from the north a couple days but is not strong.  Waves can be heard gently lapping on the beach at night which has become a foreign sound because it has been silent for so long.  This season has brought less wind and more rain than I can ever remember.  The landscape from San Jose to Los Barriles is lush green and looks more like the tropical jungle of Costa Rica than the desertscape of Baja.  Sea temps were heading for the low 80's but yesterday I found myself back in 87. While the East Cape fleet is struggling to catch quality tuna the cows have shown up in Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific.  We are looking forward to competing in Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament November 5th and 6th.  The event is always a great time and I'm certain this year will be no exception.  The team on Jen Wren III just dropped out because of medical issues which offers a great opportunity for someone wanting to put together a last minute team. After the WON Tuna tournament Vaquera will be departing for Mag Bay and offers the trip of a lifetime.  Call or email me for more information. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841 Off to the races Discovered mama turtle building a nest in front of our place Jen Wren III on the loose!  Hard to believe this heavy stainless ring failed.  It was part of our anchoring system.
  12. East Cape - Recipe for a good trip Another week of great weather. We have gotten a lot of rain but little wind. Anglers are getting a little wet but the fish we have been targeting haven't seemed to mind and have been cooperating. All of our normal suspects, marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo and roosterfish are here but just haven't been in the mood. It is an unlikely story for September but drifting for bottom fish has been most productive. Amberjack, yellowtail, snapper and white bonita have been bending rods. Most of the action has been in 400 feet of water and good bait has been key. A few of the bottom fish have been taken on the iron or live caballitos but greenback mackerel and sardineta have been the candy bait. We have been using sabikis to make the bait while fishing. It has been an interesting proposition as the gamefish have been destroying the sibikis attacking the macks while we retrieve them from the bottom. Anglers arriving with a preconceived notion that they need to catch tuna, wahoo or dorado are mostly being disappointed. The old saying goes "when you have lemons make lemonade". Most visitors want to meet where the locals meet, eat where the locals eat. It has been difficult when we can't get them to listen to local knowledge and fish where the locals fish. It is hard for me to drive over fish where anglers could have a good day to go on a wild goose chase. My recipe for a good fishing trip is to not arrive with that preconceived notion and demand to go back to the location you got them in the past. Don't listen to the guy in the bar who has had a couple. If you can't trust your crew and their local knowledge of where the action is you could be on the wrong boat. Check out the East Cape weather in real time on our 2 live webcams: http://teamjenwren.com/our-webcams.html Buddies having fun Team Accurate David Nilsen with 8 year old Clayton Fathers and sons, check out those smiles The rain has brought some magnificent sights. Another nice amberjack ready to hit the deck Polo on the wire. Still a few sails around Vaquera, Gringo's "Fish killer of the week" Jen Wren III ready to rock and roll. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  13. East Cape - What are the odds Early in the week, Cat 3 hurricane Linda went roaring by in the Pacific at 14 mph. While it wasn't a threat to Baja we did get rain for 2 days straight dumping more than 2 inches. It is odd that we had two Cat 4 hurricanes threaten our coast in May and none of the 17 storms that have passed since that time have caused any concern. The storms have brought substantial rain which is welcomed without harsh wind which obviously is not. Our hillsides are green and livestock is fat and happy. It is odd than our current surface temperature is cooler in September then it was in August. It is odd that schools of spotted and spinner dolphin are not holding tuna. It is odd that the tuna on the La Ribera high spot prefer dead sardines over live ones. It is odd that fleet boats are catching yellowfin, snapper, yellowtail, amberjack, marlin and sailfish in the same area. It is odd that we meter nothing in our fish finder but catch all of the above along with greenback mackerel and sadineta on sibikis. It is odd that the bite for all species is better in the green water near shore than the blue water offshore. It is odd that the best billfish bite was on the full moon. Yes, so far 2015 has been a very odd year. This is not the odd amberjack. The bite is the best we have ever experienced Say ahhh Amberjack, yellowtail and tuna on the same drift. I'd call it odd Nothing odd about this big blue marlin Found this odd smorgasbord in a tuna's stomach Striped marlin trying to get away. Poor guy is not aware we use Accurate's Nice mossback THIS, is not odd, we are just doing our thing Odd to have frogs come out of nowhere every time it rains Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  14. East Cape - Full moon turns 'em on! After two months of extremely inconsistent fishing East Cape game fish have finally come to the party. For weeks the only shot at tuna has been south of Los Frailes. It is a long boat ride and in many cases has not been fruitful. Now, as the moon has become full the tuna have become aggressive. It is no longer a crap shoot and anglers going the distance are consistently bringing home the bacon with 30 to 40 pound yellowfin. In the same southern area anglers are also finding wahoo and smaller dorado. Closer to home off the La Ribera high spot greenback mackerel and sardineta have appeared. These are normally cooler water baits and I'm a little surprised to see them in late August. All the same they are welcome and have really turned things around. Limits of smaller grade tuna along with snapper, amberjack, yellowtail and marlin are being taken drifting baits. Just outside the high spot blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish have been bending rods. Yesterday, while Jen Wren III took a limit of tuna and a nice amberjack, Vaquera performed the hat trick with 2 blue marlin, one striped marlin, one sailfish, 2 red snapper, one amberjack and to top it off a yellowtail. Yes, the full moon has turned 'em on. Oh, did I mention our incredibly nice weather? Check it out on our live webcams: http://teamjenwren.com/our-webcams.html This coming Saturday along with Accurate Jack Nilsen I will be on Pete Gray's Lets Talk Hookup radio show. It will be broadcast live from El Cajon Ford from 7 to 9am Pacific time. If you are in the area please stop by and have a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. If you can't make it please listen in: http://www.mighty1090.com Amberjack Yellowtail Snapper Sailfish Armando on the wire Blue marlin This blue still looks a little green. Armando, a bit nervous. Armando on the wire again getting a workout with this huge striped marlin Vaquera, on fire! Doing the blue marlin dance. Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841
  15. East Cape - Wanted! Just when I thought the weeks of outstanding weather the East Cape has been experiencing couldn't get any better it has. Tropical disturbance Eleven_E passed by in the Pacific early last week pushing up cooler water and lowering humidity. While we didn't receive any harsh weather from the storm overnight sea temps dropped 5 degrees and went from an ugly greenish to beautiful blue. The drop in temperature perked up our billfish bite which was starting to fade. Some boats have still found it tough but others have had constant action with sailfish, striped and blue marlin. I have seen a few dorado flags this week but word has it they are all dinks. I know El Regalo did bag a nice 40lbs fish. Yellowfin tuna continue to play hardball. Fleet boats have been traveling 40 miles and more in every direction trying to satisfy anglers with tuna fever. Porpoise schools offshore have been hard to locate and many are not holding tuna. To the south, below Frailes drifting high spots has been the best bet but a slow pick. Some days the fish will bite better than others. At best it is not steady action. Bait of choice has been dead sardines which are sometimes not available We had one group bring 40 pounds of frozen squid. I thought it would be a bonanza but found the tuna to be more finicky than my cat. Most fish have been 30 to 40 pound grade. It has taken light fluorocarbon and small hooks to get bit. That has made long battles and lost fish for anglers without the patience or skill. WANTED! Blue marlin release Sailfish putting on a show Ben Lazar playing deck hand. He and his buddies found it a little tough but made the most of it. Squid in the hood. We scooped this out of the water still alive after a sailfish spit it up. Nice grade tuna Yo-yoing a diamond jig paid off Not as bad as it looks. The rain has been welcome and it hasn't been wind related Mark Rayor teamjenwren.com markrayor.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/JenWrenSportfishing US cell 310 308 5841