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Kelp paddy fishing:
If you see dorado on a kelp but they don’t want to eat fly-lined sardines right away, there are several alternatives you can try to get them into a biting mood. Sometimes you may need to drop down to 15# or 20# fluorocarbon with a small hook, and live mackerel often works better than sardines.
You can try setting up a chunk line by tossing a handful of chunked up sardines or mackerel to start, and then keep a steady pace of one to two chunks every 30 to 60 seconds. When the dorado start to come into the chunk line, they will sometimes eat either a live fly-lined bait or a chunk on fluorocarbon. You can also slow-troll mackerel or sardines anywhere from 30 to 100-yards out around the kelp to pick off fish circling out wide; as a last resort you can sometimes pick off a fish or two by trolling a cedar plug, swimbait, or even a large brightly-colored marlin jig out around and past the kelp.
Kelp paddy advice: do not fish for boats!
Just because you see a group of boats all in one spot does not mean they are all catching. Most likely they are not. They might have started out with a good kelp but after a couple of boats joined in the bite the bite might have died and yet the boats kept coming in. Don’t get caught up in this crowd. You will do best if you stay away from them and try to find your own kelp. …fishdope.com
Tuna fishing (yellowfin and skipjack):
Trolling is working very well to find schools of skipjack and yellowfin. Cedar plugs, pink/white feathers, daisy chains, and Rapalas/Halcos are all getting bit just fine. Occasionally you might luck into a yellowfin jig stop but most of the good yellowfin scores have come on bait either after a skipjack stop or on sonar schools or kelp paddies. Focus your efforts on general areas with good bird life. You may not see a ton of terns or bird piles, but if there are gulls and shearwaters flying around it’s a good zone to slow down and drop the jigs in for a while.
Porpoise may also be holding yellowfin this time of year so it’s a good idea to drag the jigs around and through any pods you see actively feeding (bird life, jumps, tail slaps, etc.). You can also sometimes get out ahead of the pod, shut down, and throw chum to get the yellowfin to stick to the boat.
Fly-lined sardines are working great for both skipjack and yellowfin, and dorado have been eating them as well lately (having mackerel is a plus but not completely necessary) — 20- to 25# test is working just fine, with #2 to 1/0 hooks.
Skipjack will key in on the hot bait, but you might be able to weed through them with chunk bait or dead sardine. You’ll get fewer bites but a higher percentage of yellowfin this way. You can also throw Colt Snipers, Flat Falls, surface iron, poppers, and skip jigs for the yellowfin. Skipjack have also been eating these surprisingly often, but in general this has also been a good way to get a higher percentage of yellowfin bites.
Pro Tip: When the yellowfin are sticking to the boat but not necessarily biting full-speed, throw two to three pieces of chum and cast your hook bait into the same area at the same time…fishdope.com
9 Mile Bank to the 302 (Both sides of the border)
Conditions are on the grumpy side, but they are calming down during the day. The yellowfin bite was very good once again for boats that found a holding kelp or open water school and could dump a lot of chum on the tuna. Once again today, the center of the action slid a few miles to the north, with some very good stops along and just north of the US/Mexico Border.
The 9 Mile Bank itself is holding lots of bonito that want to bite well, and then the yellowfin and skipjack are a few miles to the west and south in the cleaner, warmer water.
For the most part, the best yellowfin hits are coming from a few kelp paddies that are holding very large schools of tuna. There are also some open-water schools of bonito and skipjack, with a very occasional open-water school of yellowfin either on its own or mixed with skipjack.
It’s taking a lot of chum to get the yellowfin to bite, which favors bigger yachts and sport boats over smaller private boats. You can increase your chum capacity by taking a pass or two of bait into an empty bucket to use for chunk. Also hang onto your used and dead bait throughout the day to chunk up for later use. Finally, be sure to use the “Pro Tip” at the top of the offshore section above and cast your hook bait at the same time as you toss a couple of pieces of live chum. This will greatly increase your hookup odds.
Most of the yellowfin are in the 8- to 15-pound class but there are yellowfin in the 20- to 30-# class too. The skippies are anywhere from 3 to almost 20-pounds. Brightly colored feathers continue to work best for the skippies. The yellowfin tend to like the plugs better. Cedar plugs, Rapalas and Halcos are getting the majority of trolled yellowfin. Black/purple is the hot color. For bait rigs, be ready with 15, 20, 25, and 30# setups with small hooks and fluorocarbon to match your mono strength. You may need to drop all the way down to 15# test and a #2 hook when the yellowfin are picky and only eating chum…fishdope.com
Still some decent action for the few that are looking for some late season yellowtail…Mara’s Sportfishing Ensenada
A picture is worth a thousand words: “Bring it on, Sergio!” …Captain Kelly Catian
The day after “Rosa,” cleanup begins as “Sergio” threatens…Jeff Mariani, Cedros Tackle
October is the new September here in Bahia.
Just our luck! We had no threatening storms in September this season, but October is making up for that. We generally don’t book fishing charters in September as we often have to cancel them, so October is very busy. But this season’s crazy weather in October has made us cancel several charters, dang it!…Shari Bondy
Bahía de los Ángeles
Too windy in LA Bay today for kayaking. Hiked to Las Flores. Walked south past the bay, along the road to San Francisquito. Miles of incredible cactus forest. Lovely and cool compared to 100°F temps two to three weeks ago…Graham Mackintosh
Seasonal changes have hit the Baja coast around Loreto and the nearby islands. “Mixed bag” seems to be the best description of what has been hitting the fillet table this week: cabrilla, snappers and fire crackers are in growing numbers along with this year’s crop of dodos.
With most of the boats working the coastline for easy dorado action, the number of hookups on roosterfish has increased. Also the 18-inch juniors are tearing up the sardina schools along the rocks at the waterfront.
Dorado action: after four months of the little golden buggers the “thrill is gone.”
Captain Tony was telling me he wants to load up on some big mackerel and head out early to the “50 Spot” for big yellowtail.
Fishing deep for big bruisers before the January winds will be a welcome change.
The cactus leaves are all turning color and it’s time to dig out the
winter tee shirts in Baja…Rick Hill
Winds have been an issue off and on and have caused us to try and switch trips around to try and give customers the best chances for a great experience. There are still lots of dorado in the area ranging in all sizes. On Tuesday, we caught some good-sized dorado along with having a 500+ pound blue marlin striking the lures…Outpost Charter Ricky Trevor
MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 1-7, 2018.
The week is already off to a great start with this Mahi Mahi on Monday…BACo
Nothing like a sweet roosterfish to end the day! On to the cervezas. …Matt Clifton-Scorpion Sportfishing
The 12th Annual Casting 4 Souls in Los Barriles was a complete success! Close to 4,000 people were given a brand-new pair of shoes, socks, clothing, sunglasses, belts and a Bible.
This event would not be possible without the help of all the wonderful volunteers each year who come from the local community and from all over the U.S., as well as the many employees of Van Wormer Resorts who volunteer for this wonderful event.
Special thanks to Fishersofmen Westcoast, Angler Chronicles, New Balance, Aftco, Soles 4 Souls, ACV Logistics and to my good friend, Jack McCulloch for your support each and every year.
It was a pleasure to have Captain Martin Tuñón who visited us from the state of Texas and fished aboard #NathMich with Captain Omar Sandez landing #tuna #amberjack #redsnapper and many more.
Hope to see you back again soon!
Thank you…Hotel Rancho Buenavista Resort
Puerto Los Cabos
We are now seeing the first wave of fall season anglers arriving, so the coming weeks should be very busy. Weather patterns are changing, and there’s a slight chill early in the mornings. It’s still very humid with some intense sunshine, scattered tropical clouds and increased swells due to distant hurricanes, with relatively light winds. Ocean water temperatures have been in the 86-degree range, still very conducive for fueling storms. We watched Hurricane Rosa pass off to the west and ended up making landfall in Northern
Baja as a tropical storm. Then we are followed Hurricane Sergio, which was far off to the west, nearly halfway to Hawaii. The deal with “Sergio” was that forecasters predicted the system would make a U-turn and head back northeast towards Central Baja; it’s almost unprecedented to have a tropical storm be that far west and then move all the way back toward Baja.
As angling pressure increases we will see how supplies of sardina hold up; this has been the main baitfish being used; also, the slabs of squid make a good combination and option to have, if available. As we move into the fall season there will be more opportunities to look for other larger bait like chihuil, small skipjack, caballito and later sardineta and mackerel.
The main center of action for local fleets has been on the Iman Bank with yellowfin tuna being the most common gamefish ranging in size from 10- to 70-pounds. Mixed in were various skipjack and lots of pesky triggerfish. The bite was tough. The tuna would come up but were very finicky and would strike sporadically. Most charters were doing well to land a couple of tuna on some days, while on other days anglers landed as many as five or more. Many of the yellowfin landed on these grounds averaged in the 25- to 60# class — quality fish, just not in any significant numbers. These fish have been in these same areas for the entire summer and have now become wiser to the increased boat traffic, though we expect action to start spreading out some and hopefully, we will see more dorado moving in; so far, they have been scarce — an occasional one or two dorado in the 2- to 12-pound range.
Wahoo action has been limited, though a few fish are brought in from the areas near Iman to Vinorama, most under 30-pounds, striking on lures and rigged chihuil. Wahoo do not often seem that active when the ocean temperature is this warm. As the cooling currents move in, we expect to have much better chances for these popular fish.
We heard of some better blue marlin action off the fishing grounds closer to Cabo San Lucas; off San Jose del Cabo a few blues over 200-pounds were reported, as well as many more sailfish have been spotted in local waters now. Sailfish up to 100-pounds were landed where the yellowfin tuna were schooling. These fish like the warmest of waters.
Not much bottom action now because of stronger currents; anglers who tried mainly had a variety of smaller-sized pargo, bonito, triggerfish, and cabrilla.…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas
Cabo San Lucas
Billfish 65%, tuna 16%, dorado 5%, other species 9%.
Many tuna up to 45-pounds have been taken recently, along with a few dorado … most were caught on the 95 Spot; in addition, there have been great billfish catches with lots of striped marlin and sailfish, many blue marlin, a 450-pound black, and inshore anglers caught a large number of roosterfish and sierra.
As the season has turned to fall, some monster blues weighing 340-pounds, 290-pounds and a black weighing 450-pounds were all released on the 95 Spot by the Pisces Fleet plus FOUR GRAND SLAMS in one week!
LOCATION: Finger Bank, 11:50 Spot, 95 Spot, and inshore Golden Gate.
BEST LURES: Varied colorful lures: green, black, guacamayo, petrolero, feathers; caballito and ballyhoo bait.
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Guess this marlin doesn’t like the name on the boat. …Casa Vieja
The winter marlin season at Tropic Star Lodge is almost entirely SOLD OUT for Dec. Jan. and Feb. fishing. We have ONE opportunity for guests to experience the amazing offshore billfish action … a short trip of 2-1/2 days and 3-nights fishing at the Lodge at the end of November. Learn more here: http://www.tropicstar.com/specials/marlin-special.html