Terry Sheely with his hands full of sunrise dorado.
Photos by Terry W. Sheely & J. Goerg
By Jim "Tug" Tuggle
Susan and I yelled at each other, but with wide grins on our faces. Her line was over the top of mine, or was it my line over hers? Whatever the predicament, we scrambled, then quickly figured it out and paid closer attention to the fish that were providing our welcome problem. Two gleaming dorado leaped into the azure Baja sky, each trying to shake loose the purple hoochie hooked squarely in their respective jaws. Showers of silver erupted from the sea’s surface; the golden quarry somersaulted into the air spraying droplets of water shimmering back to meet the Sea of Cortez. My Penn’s clicker buzzed as I frantically tried to get my thumb to push it in the proper direction to stop the whirring. Another double header on dorado! “Is this heaven?” I wondered to myself. “No, this is the East Cape, and you’re really here!”
Mid-May fishing with THE REEL NEWS’ Baja Amigos out of Hotel Palmas De Cortez is like a box of chocolates only it’s fish, not candy. You never know what you’re gonna’ get! I’ve caught so many different species there over the years, I honestly can’t remember them all: rooster fish, sailfish, marlin, pargo, jack crevalle, grouper, ladyfish, triggerfish, needlefish, sierra, etc., etc. Once again, good fortune smiled on us last May, and a true treasure in a unique form of gold, dorado, one of the most prized of sport fish, awaited us along the sun drenched shores of the East Cape, Baja, Mexico. On this particular trip Susan and I caught more dorado than anything else because they were so plentiful, so much fun on light tackle, and so close to the beach.
Yes, I said along the shore! Just like the box of chocolates, I’m surprised every time I visit Hotel Palmas de Cortez for my favorite fishing of the year. Why was I surprised this year? Because there were dorado, lots of them, and they were bigger than usual for early in the season, showing up on East Cape in large numbers earlier in the season than usual, and were closer in than usual – basically within a few hundred feet of the beach or closer yet, rather than the “normal” mile or two off shore.
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