The marlin fishing has begun in most of Ecuador. Marlin are caught in most destinations of Ecuador all year. However, December to May tends to bring marlin to every location they are fished for in Ecuador. The water from Esmeraldas to the border with Peru has warmed up to an average 75 F. Galapagos is till considerably cooler with water averaging 72 F. Clear blue water has been pushing towards the coast of Ecuador bringing lots of big wahoo ranging from 60 to some plus 100lbs. The weather is nice, not too hot yet and conditions are looking to bring a fantastic season.
Warming water and excellent clarity have brought wahoo and plenty of striped marlin for the last 3 weeks now up to 20 miles offshore. Some boats reported on Dec 8 and 9 up to over a dozen tailers sighted and most boats raised 2 to 5 stripeys in their spread. Several boat reported multiple wahoo catches with one boat catching 16 and loosing another equal amount. Both Saturday and Sunday had reports of dorado, wahoo and striped marlin with one boat loosing a blue estimated around 500lb.
Most boats are still going over some type of repairs or maintenance in advance of what is promising to be a spectacular season. Locals fishing artesanal for tuna have reported seeing dozens of tailing striped marlin on Rosa Blanca and 0-30 banks. Plenty of big eye tuna caught on the banks ranging from 20 to 60 lbs.
No sports-boats have gone out this week but we will be running a few charters come next week. The bottom fishing for groupers in 600 plus feet of water is said to be very good with fish averaging 20 to 80 lbs. We generally fish closer to the island in 100 to 300 feet of water and will have reports of that soon.
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