Baja Bytes Weekly Overview 04/07/17

Friday, April 7, 2017

Que Pasa

Congratulations to the following anglers who were awarded IGFA Records recently for their fish caught in Baja:

Creolefish, Pacific All-Tackle 1 lb. 6 oz. Loreto, BCS 28-Apr-16 Chris Wheaton
(Paranthias colonus) .62 kg. Mexico (Julio Cesar Martinez Davis)
Ladyfish, Pacific All-Tackle 1 lb. 13 oz. Loreto, BCS 01-May-16 Chris Wheaton
(Elops affinis) .82 kg. Mexico (Rigoberto Martinez Davis)
Scorpionfish, stone All-Tackle 1 lb. 3 oz. Loreto, BCS 28-Apr-16 John Martin Dufek

Baja Bytes weekly report  “Coco’s corner guy died…” How rumors get started on the Internet!

“My coworker went to San Felipe this past weekend and found out that the guy (I believe Coco at Coco’s Corner) died sometime last week. I never got the chance to go that way; I’ve only seen videos on youtube of him. IF THIS IS THE CASE , RIP…”

Anybody hear of this who can confirm?

Baja Norte

Coronado Islands . . . Slow. Dirty water. …

Off the Tijuana Bull Ring and below, really dirty water right now. Almost looks like red tide. Just a few sand bass, sculpin or a couple of lingcod, if you are lucky…

sand bass, sculpin or a couple of lingcod
In Ensenada, solid limits of barracuda along with a few yellowtail round out the ongoing rockfish action.

Upper Hidden Bank
This is the location where most of the attention is being given for bluefin tuna hunting.
The 20- to 30-pound grade is showing a little bit, mostly on sonar marks but some puddlers and kelp paddy fish are being found, too.

The Flat-fall jigs continue to work well for these bluefin. The 160- to 200- gram size is very popular. Rig these with 80- to 100-lb. fluorocarbon as the bluefin are swallowing them and the heavy fluoro helps to keep from getting chewed off.

Some anglers are also doing well with the sardine fished on 20- to 25-pound fluorocarbon and a #1 or #2 hook with a 3/4oz. GLOW in the DARK slider.

There are still some of those BIG bluefin around, too. Fish in the 75- to over 100-pound range are still being seen daily but just aren’t biting. You need the heavy gear for these fish should they decide to bite so be sure to bring at least one 50- to 60-pound outfit along with you with some fluorocarbon to match.

The boats are also finding a few kelp beds in the general area . . . some are holding decent numbers of 1- to 10-pound yellows, while many are dry though so you’ll just have to check them all to be sure.

Note: Not all are bluefin catch spots. Some are just sonar fish or puddlers…

San Quintin

San Quintin Fishing
Out with Lelo today . . . great bottom fishing; lots of reds and lings! …Tunasurfer

The Upper Sea of Cortez

Bahia de Los Angeles is still in the doldrums. Little or no bait in the bay with windy conditions. Few birds are up and about. Pangueros are heading to Los Machos to fish grouper with several headed out to La Guardia where small yellows were found around the backside of the south end. Five days of wind so check the wind sites.

Baja Sur

Vizcaíno, Ascensión, Abreojos and La Bocana … Remains quiet.

sea view mexico Captain Tony Davis with a nice sheepshead caught off the sea lion colony on Coronado Island on a live mackerel fished in the deep water. They may be hiding in other spots around Loreto but this zone is the only one where I have seen these caught in Loreto.

sheepshead caught
Captain Tony Davis with a nice sheepshead caught off the sea lion colony on Coronado Island on a live mackerel fished in the deep water. They may be hiding in other spots around Loreto but this zone is the only one where I have seen these caught in Loreto.

It’s yellowtail season and it’s as if the water is just starting to simmer with action — just as though you were heating up some water on the stove; changes are sneaking into the picture daily.

This past week’s action on the yellowtail front has seen most of the good catches made by sea lions. One out of three is the average most boats are seeing when they do hook up . . . one for the filet table and two for slippery ocean bandits!

Outside of the sea lion colony on Coronado Island, the yellowtail bite has been good with what appears to be bigger than average-sized fish.

Twenty-five pound yellows have been common; these are five pounds heavier than most of the other fish coming into the docks.

A bunch of fat sheepshead have also been caught this week off the east side of Coronado Island. The area between the sea lion colony and “lagrimas” is the only place where I know you can find them.

The best news in the bubbling waters is that the cabrilla are up and stalking lunch. Trolling hard bait along the coastal rocks has been very consistent. One cabrilla caught off the south tip of Carmen weighed in at 24 pounds.

I would expect to see yellowtail hitting the same attractions in the next few weeks — Rapalas and MirroLures with no one color out producing another but I’ll stick with my favorite weapon. …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

Another successful day on the water with the yellowtail bite only getting better! Notice the teeth marks on the one fish from a big mako that tried to steal our dinner. Luckily he only got away with the tail…Cast N Reel

Puerto López Mateos, Magdalena Bay. Report pending…Bob Hoyt

rooster fish In La Paz… Tanner Whitmarsh from San Diego was out in Bahia de Los Muertos near La Paz and took this hefty rooster fish. The fish was released. It as his 2nd big rooster in as many days.…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International

Down at East Cape the striped marlin are beginning to show, bfish caught ut they are still not aggressively feeding as yet. Most tailers are showing very little interest in bait tossed at them . . . give ’em another few degrees of water temperature.

Early in the week there were plenty of yellowtail to pull on. Some were near Cerralvo, but mostly the pangas worked the La Ribera Bank…John Ireland


Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, San Jose del Cabo reported higher surf conditions, that prevented bait netters from catching sardina; warmer currents, now up to 73 to 74 degrees, have brought in more caballito in the marina area. Anglers are also using some ballyhoo and squid. Some bottom action is being found with yo-yo jigs and the open water trolling is starting to finally produce some action. The warmer current is now closer to shore, off of San Jose Del Cabo and towards Los Frailes and offshore the water is cooler, down to 70 degrees.

The striped marlin action improved overall this past week with on and off action trolling with lures and dropping back bait, near the 1150 Spot; also shifting north off of San Luis, it was encouraging to see some billfish activity as it had been very limited throughout winter. Now every day you are hearing about people having opportunities at marlin. Also a few reports of dorado offshore. Yellowfin tuna are striking on hoochie-type lures closer to shore near Iman Bank — smaller tuna to 15 pounds. Some yellowfin to over 30-pounds were landed from the charters that tried drift fishing over the same grounds; strips of squid is what enticed these larger tuna, though this bite was sporadic . . . one day a few fish, the next day none.

Jeff Overbeek visiting Baia,from Ontario, Canada landed this fine wahoo while fishing with Gordo Banks Pangas

This week the action improved as the water temperatures warmed, winds laid down and cleaner currents shifted closer to shore north of Punta Gorda. The grounds from Cardon, La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis all showed better signs of surface action; wahoo weighing to over 40 pounds even became more active later in the week, striking on trolled skirted lures and Rapalas. Striped marlin were hooked into and smaller grade of yellowfin tuna were striking on lures and these same grounds produced a mix of bottom species; a few more amberjack were showing up, striking on yo-yo jigs. One amber weighed in at 90 pounds and one nice yellowtail and a handful of leopard grouper were also reported. The big red snapper bite on the Outer Gordo Banks faded out, as the unusual run of larger crabs diminished. The commercial fleet has been importing the smaller pelagic red crabs for use as bait for the snapper, though when the bigger crabs were drifting to the surface, those are what really produced the larger grade of red snapper, locally referred to as huachinango.

Cabo San Lucas

55-pound wahooWowza! What a whopping wahoo! This fish weighed in at 55-pounds and was landed on a red/black lure at the 1150 Spot. These anglers from California also released two striped marlin near 180 pounds, as well as catching and releasing a small dorado. All of this action was aboard the Pisces Bill Collector, with Captain Juan Carlos and deckhand EstebanPisces Sportfishing

In spite of an increase in the wind this week, the billfish action improved both at the 1150 and 95 as the dorado and yellowfin tuna continued at a slow pace. One bright spot has been the continued wahoo bite that always seems to please visiting anglers.

Still a few roosters around along with some good action for grouper and snapper on some of the rocky points.

Cabo Climate: About a 50/50 week with some partly cloudy and some sunny and warm days along with daytime temps averaging 83.8 degrees and nights 68.6. Humidity ratio is at 36.2% average.

Sea Conditions: Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and average 11.4 mph. Sea temps cooler on the Pacific side, Golden Gate Bank and southerly to the Jaime Banks . . . all at 65 to 66 degrees. Cabo Falso easterly to Cabo San Lucas at 70 to 72 degrees, the 95 Fathom Spot and over to the 1150 Fathom Spot all at 71 to 72 degrees and the Gorda Banks and up to Los Frailes all at 73 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: The hot spot has been about 3 miles east of the 1150 Fathom Spot.

Best Bait/Lure: Rigged bait is working best in conjunction with live bait and a fair number of strikes on the artificials but very hard to get the stripers to stick on the hooks.

Bait Supply: The bait supply remains plentiful for the caballito at the $3.00 per bait rate…Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.

That Baja Guy-Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsul...