Friday, May 5, 2017, 2017
Road conditions from Mulege to Tijuana 4/17/17
I just returned from Mulege. I jotted down a few notes on the road conditions for those interested. Overall, I found the road conditions to have deteriorated since New Year, which was the last time I was there.
The road was in fair condition from Mulege to Guerrero Negro. In Santa Rosalia, the usual potholes still exist, especially toward the north side of town.
North of Guerrero Negro, we encountered about 10 miles worth of large potholes on both sides of the highway. In all my years of driving the peninsula, I don’t recall deep potholes being an issue along this stretch of highway, but there they were. Even the locals complained of lost hubcaps and busted rims in this area.
From there to Punta Prieta, there were scattered potholes.
From BOLA to just a few miles south of El Rosario, the potholes became significant again, especially south of Cataviña. The road has always been rough through this part of Valley of the Cirios, but the potholes have definitely gotten deeper.
From San Quintin through Ensenada, the potholes were not really an issue, since the traffic pretty much determined our speed.
Finally, the only construction we encountered was north of Ensenada, where the northbound Hwy 1 was closed, but the southbound was converted to a 2-way street, so no delays were caused.
Drive safely all…DA RAT
At last word there was a slim chance at scoring a yellowtail along the weather side of North Island plus there were some legal-sized barracuda in the Ribbon Kelp area. However, the water was very dirty and the action was mostly very slow…fishdope.com
425-101 / Upper Hidden / 475 Knuckle
The triangle above is where most of the bluefin are being seen. Some are up on top, puddling or breezing, and some are being found on sonar marks.
Some of these schools respond to chum and bite a little though MANY do not! The guys are looking at way more than they are catching. There are some exceptions however as a boat here and there runs into a school that is willing to chew.
This area also has a tuna seiner fleet working in it with net boats, pen boats and helicopters flying around. These are not helping the skittish tuna bite.
Big news today is that a yellowfin tuna was caught on the Tribute. This is actually the second yellowfin as there was another one caught on a private boat on Saturday…fishdope.com
There are both yellowtail and big bonito mixed together up to the north from just outside of Salsipuedes down to the San Miguel Reef. The stuff is up on top chasing tiny fin bait and has a million birds on it. It’s not hard to find.
At Todos Santos Island there is a fair amount of barracuda on the lee side of the Island and this stuff spreads out into the bay. Trolling X-Raps will locate them and then more can be caught on the iron after a troll stop.
Lastly there are some smallish 5- to 6-pound yellowtail in the Punta Banda area that are willing to jump on an X-Rap. They say the mackerel pattern is working best…fishdope.com
The Upper Sea of Cortez
Bahia de Los Angeles . . .
Sunday at the big beach was wonderful; no wind and we didn’t see a single soul. Woo Hoo…Shari Bondy
A mix of shots taken on a yellowtail trip from Coronado Island all the way out and back from Carmen’s Punta Lobo. All the fish were caught just east of Coronado; zero from our other ten stops! Two yellowtail weighing 25 and 29 pounds, with assorted bottom fish mixed in…
The first yellow was caught while making bait on a fat “mack” dropped back down 300 feet . . . where there are mackerel there should be some mackerel eaters!
This past Tuesday, Ed Hoffman, our Puerto Escondido weatherman, spotted endless acres of sargasso in Conception Bay — more than he has seen in years.
Add that info to the water temperatures and we should be seeing dorado in large numbers and large sizes . . . por favor! Until then, we are still picking away at the yellowtail bite.
“On one day and off the next” has been the story and on top of that the hot spot changes quickly, too.
Mackerel are being caught at two spots close to Coronado Island. Half the boats have been working the south spot with the rest working the high spot a few miles east. Flying fish, mantas and dolphin all point to the start of summer fishing in this neighborhood…Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing
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They are biting…Gary Bulla’s Flyfishing Adventures
April’s north winds faded into picture-perfect weather with daytime temperatures from the low-70s to the mid-80s – conditions that bring anglers and vacationers to the East Cape.
Fred Brune, Tacoma, Wash., couldn’t resist taking to the beach with his flyrod in hand, under Felipe Valdez’s watchful eye. After a prelude of wind sprints with his flies being flung and flung again, it was soon “fish-on!”
Exercising a “my way” attitude, Californian Harmon Rider spent three days aboard a hotel panga catching and releasing roosters, jacks and a few nice-sized triggerfish, which resulted in sending him to the pool for a swim along with a cold drink…Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort.
Puerto Los Cabos
Supplies of sardina off of the north side of the marina jetty are starting to thin out, also higher surf made it trickier for the netters. This is now the normal time when sardina start to vanish and we see larger baitfish move in, such as moonfish, mullet and caballito, also should start to find bolito and more skipjack appearing on the offshore fishing grounds. Still in the midst of transition period, moving from spring to summer. Dictated by weather patterns, a lot can happen from day to day, week to week during this month.
Last week the exciting new action that developed was for roosterfish, fish to 30-pounds were schooling off local beach stretches and striking slowly trolled baitfish. This was during a time when it was a bit windy out of the south and that made offshore opportunities tough, so it was good timing. Of course many people and charter operators themselves are killing way too many of these roosterfish, instead of practicing catch and release, this species is not known for their eating qualities, but instead for their beauty and fighting stamina, please remember to try and release them unharmed when you do have the opportunity. By this week this action had tapered way off, but surely should rebound as we near the month of June, which is peak season for roosterfish in our area.
Offshore billfish remained very spotty, though a few striped marlin are being found, also a handful of stories about blue marlin strikes being lost. This is the month when we normally see wide open action for striped marlin, so we are anticipating for this bite to improve very soon.
A few stray wahoo were hooked into offshore on the marlin grounds, also at least one dorado we saw landed, so hopefully this is a sign that we will see more pelagic species arriving with the warming currents.
The yellowfin tuna action had faded out, but this week this action once again rebounded off of the northern grounds near Vinorama, within a mile or two of shore, drift fishing with sardina was the most productive method, we did hear of some fish also taken on strips of squid. The bite was not off the map, but decent for this time of year, we saw boats catch from one or two yellowfin, up to ten fish per morning, sizes ranged from smaller footballs, up to over 40 lb., a lot of fish in the 30 lb. class. The problem towards the later part of the week was finding enough of the live sardina to supply the entire fleet, the word had gotten out and everyone wanted to chase these tuna, since offshore was not all that productive.
Bottom action produced a mix of snapper, pargo, bonito, cabrilla and some amberjack to 30 lb., using both bait and yo-yo or butterfly type jigs, not huge numbers, but a few nice eating fish accounted for. Of course there were more triggerfish than anything else off of the shallow water rock piles, though we did have a few exotics, African pompano and island jack, which are some of the best eating fish available here…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas,
Cabo San Lucas
Just a “run of the mill” double-digit rooster hookup day…Trevor Beer with Grant Hartman
An unusual port closure for the month of May due to inclement (rough sea conditions) but everything back to normal for the following day’s fishing. The overall fish counts remain inconsistently difficult and the fish counts are substantially poor for this time of year.
Cabo Climate: A one day port closure on April 28 due to inclement weather and sea conditions created a bit of interference with the fishing this past week but overall, the climate was pretty good with lots of sunshine through the week for 5 of the 7 days. The daytime temps averaged 76.7 degrees and the nights were down to a 64.1 degree average. Humidity ratio averaged 71.1%.
Sea Conditions: Water temps on the Pacific side were coolish and all at 71 degrees. Cabo Falso and out to the 95 Fathom Spot and beyond to the 1000 Fathom Curve was all at 76-77 degrees and that temp extended all the way up to Los Frailes. Sea Surface temps were flowing from the westerly directions at an average of 14.5 mph but overall, fairly comfortable fishing on the Sea of Cortez side.
Best Fishing Area: Billfish came from the 95 Fathom Spot.
Best Bay-Lure: Rigged baits were working best for the billfish.
Bait Supply: The live bait supply remained plentiful at the $3.00 per bait rate. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.