2017 has started off with lots of action in most of our destinations. Galapagos and Manta are in full swing and fishing has not diasppointed. Action from plenty of blue marlin, striped marlin, tuna and wahoo.
One of the best and most consistent natural blue marlin fisheries year round in the Pacific has been on fire. We rely on our 27 ft Miura for reports as well as local artesanal pangas that fish out of the town of San Mateo just South of Manta.
Jan 2, 2017 – Captain Andres Calero onboard the Miura started off the new year with client and friend from Uruguay, Manuel Aguerrin. They targeted blue marlin 25 miles West of Manta. Lines were in the water around 8:05 AM and it took just 4 minutes for a nice 400# blue to come up on the right flat teaser. A perfectly pitched horse ballyhoo on a 50# and 35 minutes later they had their first release of the day. They went on to release another blue around 250# and two striped marlin. The total for the day was 2/2 on blues 2/4 on striped marlin and 0/1 on sailfish. A panga named Don Jaimito fishing the same area went 1/3 on blue marlin and 2/3 on striped marlin and 1/1 on a sailfish. Another panga named Tenorio 2 went 1/1 on a nice black estimated around 650#, 1/2 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin. Most boats reported some action from big dorado 30 to 50#. Water was calm and cobalt blue.
Jan 3, 2017 – Miura once again with Captain Calero and Mr. Aguerrin fished 25-30 miles West of Manta. They raised and got bites from 3 blue marlin but could not hold on to any after getting them to eat ballyhoo on circle hooks. They raised 2 sailfish and released them both and also went 2/5 on striped marlin. Panga Tenorio 2 went 2/5 on blue marlin and 1/3 on striped marlin. Another panga now providing us reports named Angel Miguel fished the cobia cages for wahoo with no success before heading further out and going 0/1 on blue marlin.
Jan 4, 2017 – Several pangas reported an incredible day fishing 35 – 40 miles Northwest of Manta, about 10 miles further North than previous days. The water conditions, flying fish and seas were perfect for a great day of fishing. Tenorio 2 had its hands full with a total of 16 blue marlin raised and they went 5/12 bites with biggest fish caught around 600#. They also went 2/6 on striped marlin. Don Jaimito fishing the same area went 3/7 on blue marlin and 1/8 on striped marlin. Panga Teofilo reported 1/3 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin. The pangas fishing South reported to us Mi Suerte fished further South and closer to La Plata Island reported raising a double of black marlin with one fish fighting for over 2 hours and before spitting hook and estimated around 600# and catching the smaller fish around 300#. Angel Miguel also fishing near la Plata Island went 1/2 on blue marlin and 1/2 on striped marlin.
Miura went bottom fishing 5 miles out of Manta a caught 10 alma jacks from 10 to 25# and 3 broomtail grouper jigging around 25#.
Jan 5, 2017- Miura fished from 5 to 7 pm at sunset for broomtail grouper 1 mile out of Manta and caught a 16 and a 27# groupers.
Panga Don Jaimito reported the marlin bite to be good 35 miles Northwest with 2/6 on blue marlin and 1/3 on striped marlin. Teofilo raised 9 blues and went 2/7 on bites plus 1/2 on sailfish and 0/3 on striped marlin. El Panita went 1/3 on blue marlin with a nice 700# caught. Another panga reported no raises or bites with only a large dorado caught.
Jan 6, 2017- Several pangas reported fishing 20 to 25 miles west of Manta. Tenorio 2 found a steady blue marlin bite raising 11 blue marlin and going 2/8 on bites. El Panita fishing nearby went 2/6 on blue marlin and 0/1 on a very large black marlin they estimated over 800# plus 0/1 on a sailfish. Don Jaimito was fishing 35 to 40 miles Northwest of Manta and reported 3/6 on blue marlin and 2 big dorado. Water conditions were 77 F and color was beautiful dark blue.
Salinas has had a quite impressive end of year and now has started 2017 with mixed action. A good blue marlin bite persisted over Christmas and into the New Year.
Jan 2, 2017 – Elizabeth fishing 20 miles out raised 3 striped marlin and got 1 bite with no releases. Joshua fishing 35 miles out and further North went 1/2 on blue marlin.
Jan 3, 2017 – Elizabeth fished again with tourist and released a blue estimated around 500# and went 0/1 on a striped marlin. Joshua caught 3 dorado and went 0/1 on blue marlin.
Jan 4, 2017 – Elizabeth fished 20 miles out only reporting a single dorado bite.
The marlin, wahoo and tuna fishing in Galapagos has started strong. Fishing should remain good for all marlin species until April or May.
San Cristobal Island
Jan 2, 2017 – Julio Rodriguez fishing near Espanola Island reported going 8/15 on wahoo plus catching 5 big eye tuna. All fish were 35 to 55# average.
Jan 3, 2017 – Mantaraya made the 68 mile run with a group from Britain looking to catch marlin for their first time after ending a cruise around the islands. Upon arriving on the bank they were greeted by frigates chasing flying fish. Two bull dorado were caught in quick succession weighing 44 and 53# each. First marlin of the day was a blue around 700# that spooled an 80# rod on a lure and a striped marlin that came into the spread at the same time. Neither was caught amongst the chaos. They ended the day going 4/10 on striped marlin and 0/1 on blues.
Jan 4, 2017 – onboard Mantaraya the British anglers wanted to search for larger marlin and fished the famed Punta Pitt North drop of San Cristobal. Conditions were perfect with calm seas and water 76 F. Lots of bonito and tuna in the area. It was a magical day with dolphins, whales and sea lions all around. After pulling lures for about an hour a nice black marlin came into the spread and ate the left long, made a couple of jumps and spit the hook. Lines went back in the water and about 30 minutes later a nice blue about 350# ate the left short and was released after about 40 minutes. Near mid day a big eye tuna estimated around 100# was caught and would make for terrific sashimi. Next a double of striped marlin would bite and they would release them both. About 2:30 pm a very large black marlin estimated over 800 ate the right long sounded and spit the hook. Not a bad day with action from 2 blacks, a blue and 2 striped marlin for a total of 3/5 on marlin.
Jan 5, 2017 – Mantarraya on its final day with British anglers returned to Punta Pitt. They trolled for tuna and wahoo early morning first and caught 3 wahoo and 6 big eye tuna all 20 to 45# in about 2 hours before heading out 6 miles further to look for marlin. It did not take long before a striped marlin was hooked and eventually released. About an hour later a second striped marlin was caught and released. About 1 pm a large boil came up on the right flat and water exploded. two hours later a nice big eye estimated around 250# was brought close the boat and lost to a hoard of sea lions that pounced on it and forced the hook to come loose. Sea conditions were calm and water temperature remained 76 F.
Jan 5, 2017 – our research skiff fishing near Mancora Bank found water 74/75 F with bird life and dolphins on the bank. Water conditions were nice and the chlorophyll satellites were spot on. Lot of bait on the bank. The striped marlin were present with several dozens of tails seen. Our boat raised 11 striped marlin got 6 bites and released two. Late in the day the crew caught a nice big eye tuna estimated at 75#.
Folks there is great fishing in several of our destinations. We still have some prime dates available but they are going fast. Don’t miss your chance to take the trip of a lifetime. Wether billfish, tuna, wahoo, grouper or even fresh water Ecuagringo has something for you. We are now also booking all destinations for 2018. Don’t be left out!