Baja Summer Sportfishing – Baja Bytes Fishing Report
Baja summer sportfishing is in full swing! The northern Sea of Cortez has exploded with reports of dorado from BOLA down; striped marlin are appearing outside of Gonzaga all the way to the tip, and a few hefty tuna and dorado are showing up in Loreto, La Paz, Cerralvo and Gordo Banks.
As the tournaments continue this week, all eyes will be on the Bisbee East Cape Offshore tournament held at Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Focusing on black and blue marlin there is also a Gamefish Category for dorado and yellowfin tuna. Registration is Tuesday with fishing for the three days following.
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Tijuana Bull Ring
There’s still a chance to catch yellowtail and barracuda from just outside of the Bullring. Boats working the area trolling Rapalas are catching a few. The other option is calico bass in the kelp.
Yellowtail and bonito can be found along the weather side of North Island. (Watch for bird schools and sonar marks). From the Ribbon Kelp to the Lighthouse Kelp to the South Kelp and the 5 Minute Kelp, there are yellowtail, bonito and barracuda, and even a chance of getting a 20-pound class bluefin.
There were reports of breezing yellows again recently west of SKR. Some boats also found a nicer-grade of yellows on kelps just out to the west of the Islands. Check the offshore section for details on those.
The big story for Mexican waters is the kelp paddy yellowtail. It looks like there is a volume of fish pushing up and it’s spread out over a wide area from the Coronado Canyon to down inside of the Hidden Bank — likely farther than that, too.
Perhaps the biggest news of all is MANY of these yellows are quality fish –from 18- to 30-pounders! Only about 20- to 30-percent are the smaller grade, 8- to 12-pound stuff, and those are mainly the fish farther to the south.
It isn’t all yellowtail either. Some kelp’s have a few Baja dorado on them.
Very few signs of tuna. No bluefin and just a sampling of 10- to 20-pound yellowfin.
Some good fishing for mixed yellowtail, bonito and barracuda is happening in the bay under birds along the lee side of Todos Santos Island and they are biting the jigs well. There are plenty of rockfish and a few lings showing at the San Miguel Reef.
Still waiting for the summer spike to show up.
Meanwhile, local and visiting anglers are scoring on some nice-sized halibut in the bay, while offshore at the Island, the calico bass action has been terrific. There has also been excellent bottom fishing for reds, lings, and other species.
The halibut from the shore have just been going off here in Asuncion. …Ross Zoerhof
Big yellows bit very well on the surface iron and stickbait at both the North and South ends of the island.
Some boats are making a run to Benitos where the water was perfect offshore blue, and the yellows were up and boiling. Also, there were breezing dorado that came through occasionally.
Calico bass bite at all three Islands, Cedros, Benitos, and Natividad, is world-class with up to 50 five- to seven-pound fish per rod the norm.
White seabass made an appearance at several locations around the island and there was a handful of fish taken on live mackerel and swimbait recently.
No yellowfin tuna yet…Cedros Tackle
Bahia de Los Angeles
Summertime sportfishing has finally arrived. Mossback yellowtail to 30-pounds are biting on the surface and deeper down in the water column as well. The water is hot and with nearly slick conditions — ideal for targeting the dorado that have recently arrived in good numbers. While there are some of the smaller ones as well, reports of catches to 25-pounds are not uncommon. The weather is hot with no wind and the seas are nice and flat.
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No big changes in the fishing scene down this way although the wide spread search efforts to locate the “dorado hole” has yielded an increase in the marlin count.
Shifting that sentence around a bit would also clarify the situation. We had clients wanting marlin on the end of their lines but only ran into dorado ( after a long day in the overcast ).
Lots of looking and spotty results on catching. The offshore current lines and convergences are being targeted for bills and bigger dorado but many boats are combing the closer spots around
Coronado and La Cholla.
Striped marlin in the 100-pound range, the larger dorado are running 20-pound average and yellowtail are being caught up north at Pulpito.
Lots of sardina and they seem to get the best results for dorado. The trolled feathers that are getting the most hits are the small and medium blue/white versions.
Hot and humid with overcast skies for the entire week and the “overcast skies” has been used as the factor in the low dorado count. It might be more accurate to say,”where the dodos were biting yesterday might not be the place to find them, today”.
Too many boats are sticking to that strategy! That’s fishing in Baja!…Rick Hill
65-pound Bull…Outpost Charters
MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 22 – 29, 2018
Scorpion Sportfishing ft. El Regalo East Cape Report July 29, 2018
It was a busy week for us at Scorpion Sportfishing with El Regalo and Scorpion out almost every day. Luckily, the fishing was great! Trophy-sized roosterfish were on the chomp throughout the East Cape. There were some monster snapper (aka cargo) pulled in.
The action was fast and furious on the banks to the south for a mixed bag of wahoo, dorado and tuna. In fact, on Saturday, Scorpion landed 8 tuna, 3 dorado and one wahoo. Talk about some great fun and eats! Striped marlin continued to be caught with more blue marlin coming into the mix just in time for the East Cape Bisbee’s. The epic 2018 season continues on the East Cape and only shows signs of getting better. Visit www.scorpionsportfishing.com to get in on all the fun!…Scorpion Sportfishing-Matt Clifton
HUGE PARGO! … Local “hand-line” specialist Noe (pictured on the left), with fantastic catches this week off the dock at the Van Wormer Resorts’ Hotel Palmas De Cortez! First there was a 50-pound class pargo and then a 65-pounder, all on a “hand-line” setup. WOW!
This summer sportfishing season in the East Cape has been one of the best in recent memory. Marlin, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, amberjack, roosterfish, and other inshore species have been on “fire!” … and now the HUGE pargo are biting off the dock! What a great season!…Van Wormer Resorts
Puerto Los Cabos
Finding live sardina has gotten harder. Some days hardly any could be located, other days there were sufficient supplies. Caballito have been readily available, though some mornings the bait moved into netting range later than at first light. There were still options of mullet for bait as well; these seem to be working best for roosterfish, which are still in the area, although it’s now late in the season for these gamefish.
Some anglers are starting to use strips of squid for targeting the yellowfin tuna; bought from local super markets, this becomes another option this time of year when the sardina become much scarcer.
Targeting the yellowfin tuna seemed to be the most productive option. The main center of activity has been from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank. Good numbers of the smaller football-sized tuna have moved onto both grounds, ranging from a few pounds to about 15-pounds, mixed in with black skipjack and the Eastern Pacific bonito. The best chance of hooking into a larger-grade of yellowfin has been near the Iman Bank. Every day a handful of tuna in the 50- to 70-pound range have been caught. These fish were finicky. A couple of much larger yellowfin were seen and even hooked into, though were lost due to extended battles on lighter than ideal tackle, because the tuna were hitting the lighter line more readily.
After seeing good numbers of smaller-size dorado this week they were much fewer. The best chance at a nicer-sized dorado seemed to be farther offshore where charters were targeting billfish. Marlin action was limited, though a couple of blue marlin in the 200-pound class were accounted for; also a few late season striped marlin and a few sailfish.…Eric Brictson
Cabo San Lucas
Angler Cameron Blair and crew show off their 43-pound dorado caught aboard Yahoo.
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 29%, tuna 68%, dorado 30%, other species 6%.
Another spectacular week of summer sportfishing here in Cabo, with 60 Pisces boats this week catching fish.
Cabo catch success rates at 96% have made for great fun, especially when catches have ranged from BIG mahi, to HUGE tuna and beautiful blue and striped marlin. Other fish in the mix have been nice-sized roosters, jack crevalle, and red snapper, among others.
LOCATION: Miles out South of Lands’ End and 1150 Spot, 95 Spot & 130 Spot.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some choppy water and wind; some days starting off calm until midday.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 80 – 83 degrees F.
BEST LURES: Cedar plugs and feather lures, pink lures, various colorful lures (yellows, greens, orange), caballito bait.
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