We are excited about all the great fishing happening in several of our destinations. We are proud of our Manta-Ecuador blue marlin fishery which has not disappointed this year. Excellent blue marlin bite with most fish 150 to 300 lbs make it a perfect light tackle destination for those wanted to use 30# class tackle or cast flies. Galapagos has been providing very good and reliable tuna and wahoo action all summer long. July is not the best month for marlin in the Galapagos as water is too cold for blue and black marlin but the striped marlin are around. Waters off the coast of Salinas-Ecuador and Cabo Blanco-Peru have been quite cold the last week with water around Salinas 67/69 F and water around Cabo Blanco as chilly as 66 F.
For those who like estuary fishing for snook and corvina the bite has been very good in the estuaries of the Gulf of Guayaquil.
July 21, 2017– Atomic raised 3 blue marlin and released 1. Miura went 1/2 on striped marlin and saw a blue marlin feeding on the surface that did not come into the spread fishing 30 miles West. Chola while making its way from Salinas caught a nice black marlin near Isla de la Plata fishing only about and hour. Most of the panga fleet fished 45 miles Northwest finding better action from marlin. Panga Henry went 2/4 on blue marlin and 0/1 on striped marlin. Panga Don Tiofilo went 3/6 on blue marlin and 1/3 on striped marlin. Panga Mio Cid went 1/3 on blue marlin. Panga Explorer went 2/5 on blue marlin and 0/2 on blue marlin.
July 22, 2017– Chola raised 1 blue that they missed and saw a striped marlin and a blue marlin on the surface that would not feed. Isabel went 0/3 on blue marlin. Florimar went 1/3 on blue marlin. Panga Tenorio went 1/3 on blue marlin. Panga Luisito went 0/2 on blue marlin. Panga Henry caught a nice black marlin around 450#.
July 23, 2017– Current changed pushing East and the fishing slowed a bit. Chola went 0/1 on blue marlin. Don Chuma caught a 501# blue marlin. Atomic went 0/1 on blue marlin and 0/1 on striped marlin.
July 24, 2017– Fishing conditions for marlin were slow with currents pushing East. Don Chuma fished for jacks and caught 17 red jacks jigging and a pompano. They spent a couple of hours marlin fishing later in the day with no raises.
San Cristobal Island:
July 21, 2017– Jhonamar 2- Fished with guest from Argentina that wanted to cast poppers at tuna. They headed to the Barge Reef. Bite was slow at first but picked up close to mid-day around Punta Pitt where birds and tuna were feeding. They manage to catch 8/15 big eye tuna 50 to 90 lbs on poppers and lost a fish near the boat estimated around 160# while trying to gaff it. The tuna were schooling and feeding on flying fish on the surface.
July 22, 2017– Jhonamar 2- Returned to same area and found more life with birds feeding and plenty of bonito and big eye tuna on the surface. They went 15/23 on bites from big eye tuna and several bonito. Most fish average 35 to 55lbs this day. A large wahoo also broke off a popper. Fresh sashimi was chilled and served to end a fantastic trip of tours and fishing for the 4 Argentine anglers.
What are you waiting for? You only live once so don’t wait to book some of the most amazing fishing the world has to offer. We are also booking Cabo Blanco-Peru for 2018. February and March 2018 in Galapagos are almost sold out! Be part of the incredible marlin fishing that Galapagos Islands and Manta-Ecuador offer. We also have dates open for Ecuador’s last frontier in Esmeraldas which had phenomenal fishing in 2016 and early 2017. If you want to dive with sharks, snorkel with sea lions and penguins or just have an adventure of a lifetime the you owe to yourself to do it with true outfitters. Most of our guides hunt, fish and practice what they do best for many years.
Keep those reels screaming!