Fishing this summer has been a bit unusual starting with the abundance of marlin and dorado all winter, and the corresponding lack of yellow tail and cabrilla, on into a summer that has provided some good solid fishing, but not much that would qualify as spectacular. El Nino, water temps, slow year, lots of thoughts, not lots of facts. The last week or so has started to perk up a bit, with the guys the last few days hittin' good amounts of good dorado, the occasional wahoo, marlin, or pargo. Taken in perspective it is so far a year a little below what seems to have been the average over the years, despite some fish reports from other sources that suggest the use of literary steroids. What makes this year suffer a bit is the comparison to last year, perhaps the best year for big dorado that we have seen in the last 20. There is one segment of our fishery that is really outstanding now, and has been for the last 5 weeks. The reference above is of course to William "Rooster Bill" Mathias, and he would really enjoy the rooster fishing right now, were he available. On the island, both sides, and along the Punta Arena beach, and the beaches to the south of Muertos there have been very good quantities of rooster, and of good size.I haven't heard of any fish under 35 lbs. and most have been between 55 and 85. That's startin to be a damn fine rooster, and the boats that are after them have been getting between 4 and 7 fish a day. This is a beautiful fish, a strong fighter, and the Las Arenas area is one of the 2 or 3 best spots in the world, the others being on different continents. You get a great fight, and the satisfaction of releasing your opponent to fight another day, maybe with you.
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