The fishing in Manta/Ecuador has continued to produce a very good blue marlin bite with lots of striped marlin showing up tailing in the last couple of weeks. Galapagos has seen plenty of action from tuna out of Santa Cruz Island the last few days and some nice wahoo over 60, 70 and even 80lbs have been caught! Water in Salinas/Ecuador have been a bit cold but a nice current of of 76/77 F provide some action 25 miles out for a few days. Water in Cabo Blanco/Peru has been 68/70 F which has been a bit cold for blue marlin.
July 1 & 2, 2017– very few boats fished due to a week long festivities for the patron saints of the area. The few pangas that did fish reported 2 to 3 raises of blue marlin and some striped marlin about 20 to 25 miles out. Chasing Tail went 0/1 on blue marlin.
July 3, 2017– Miura fished 30 miles West of Manta and went 1/2 on blue marlin and saw 8 striped marlin tailing going 1/2 on striped marlin. Panga Don Teofilo went 1/3 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin.
July 4, 2017– Panga Explorer went 1/4 on blue marlin, Panga Henry went 1/2 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin but reported seeing over 20 tailing striped marlin.
July 5, 2017– Most pangas raised between 1 and 4 blue marlin while fishing 30 to 40 miles out. Some pangas fishing 20 miles out found pods of striped marlin and reported seeing them in bunches 2 to 6 at a time.
Santa Cruz Island
The tuna fishing continues to be terrific on light tackle. Many anglers like to troll but those who try their luck with poppers and jigs are also well rewarded.
July 1, 2017– Patricia reported fishing Hancock Bank and catching 5 big eye tunas 35 to 50# and 4 wahoo with two estimated over 80# and lost several more.
July 2, 2017– Patricia fished again Hancock Bank and caught 7 big eye tuna averaging 20 to 30# and 5 nice wahoo from 40 to 60#.
July 3, 2017– Patricia tried their luck on Bank 0-30 and caught a very nice big eye tuna around 85# and lost another about the same size at the leader on 30# standup tackle. The bank was alive with boobies diving on flying fish and tuna feeding that moved quite fast. Near mid day they raised a nice striped that came in hot on a bridge teaser but would not eat anything. Around 2 PM they raised another striped marlin and lost it on a jump. Water was 71 F.
Folks there is still time to book any of our wonderful destinations. Remember that places like the Galapagos Islands are low in crime and safe for the whole family. We have terrific diving, snorkeling and island hopping in the Galapagos. Manta has very good spear fishing, diving, bottom fishing and the best blue marlin bite in South America. If you are looking to fish, dive, tour, explore , honey moon or get away then Ecuagringo is your outfitter for South America.