Baja Bytes Weekly Overview 04/21/17 Friday, April 21, 2017 Gary Graham Que Pasa “Espiritu Santo Island is probably the most important resource for the City of La Paz” – by Luke Inman of Cortez Expeditions. http://seawatch.org/wp/2017/02/15/espiritu-santo-probably-most-important-resource-for-la-paz-mexico/ Baja Norte Coronado Islands . . . The water is beginning to clear up and yellowtail are beginning to show. Very few people are fishing the Islands though. We had one contact who scored a nice yellow on trolled X-Rap along the weather side of the Island…fishdope.com Tijuana Bull Ring no report…fishdope.com Ensenada . . . Gamefisher found yellowtail at the Banda Bank this week along with nice reds and salmon grouper. Yellowtail made their appearance on the bay plus a variety of bottom fish were taken on the regular fishing spots close to shore. Offshore, on the 1010 Bank, bluefin tuna are being seen and a number have been landed already. There are also some reports of albacore being seen on the Hidden Bank; however, none have been caught thus far. On the positive side, there is also the report that live bait is now available for purchase…Coral Marine Store San Quintin Only a few boats have been out recently either because of lack of clients or because of weather. When they do make it out the yellows are biting…Kelly Catian Cedros Island People of Cedros Island: If you know the person or persons who are stealing the plants (endemic species) of the island, and you can take pictures, please send the reports immediately to 646-136-6734. This is the number of Profepa. The inspectors, you know, are after them and any assistance will be helpful. The people who are stealing the plants are destroying the island and its unique species and that affects us all…Jose Angel The Upper Sea of Cortez Bahia de Los Angeles . . . No report. At Gonzaga Saturday afternoon we rented a kayak and fished the island right in front; my brother-in-law got into his first fish ever . . . a decent fighting trigger on a clam I found earlier. ...Joe https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/gonzaga-bay-alfonsinas-04-8-and-04-9.653799/#post-4312849 Baja Sur Ascensión On vacation. …Shari Bondy La Bocana No report. Abreojos No report. Loreto . . . The popular yellowtail tournament that is held every year is currently underway and we will have a full report next week. With reports of larger yellowtail beginning to stalk the high spots it could be a barn-burner! For the past few weeks the catches have been fluctuating -- up and down --with most of the yellows running around 20 pounds. A chunky cabrilla hopped on a live mackerel south of Carmen Island. This same spot also kicked out last year's biggest dorado, a forty-pound class rooster and another big cabrilla. I am still hoping we can pull a big pargo out of this spot, but the rocks are probably not going to cooperate with that wish. On the south side of Carmen Island, one rock pile known as "6 Mile" coughed up a few big yellows over thirty pounds. Cabrilla are still being caught in the shallow water with hard bait. That action isn't a sure deal . . . yet. As the water gets warmer and the days get longer, the cabrilla and yellows will be more active following their natural urges and thrashing up the shoreline. Lots of sargasso in the current lines and on the beaches. Water temperatures are in the low 70s with still some thick green patches of water. Live mackerel are still the bait to have for bottom fishing. Slow trolling a mackerel in the same zone we have been working the hard bait which can also nail a few fish. …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing I think you could say we had a good day! …Cast N Reel Magdalena Bay Puerto López Mateos, Report pending. Puerto San Carlos, Ladies day in the Estero. …Enrique Soto In La Paz Maybe bigger dorado this year? Sargasso is building up north of La Paz and these dorado yesterday by Gavin Chun. Kids here all heading back to school and “spring break” for Mexican kids comes to a close. It’s been a crazy busy two or three weeks with lots of folks on the beaches and on the water as these holidays are actually the largest in Mexico. Even bigger than Christmas in terms of traveling and visiting. It’s also been just great beach weather with highs in the mid-80’s and evenings in the low 60’s. For fishing, it’s been a decent week. Not great. But not bad either. Lots of action but that needs some explaining. Everyone is catching fish, but we’re still transitioning from winter/ cooler to spring/warmer conditions so the fishing is still mixed up. Those pesky winter winds seemed to have finally calmed down. The last two weeks it’s been great weather to be on the water, but as I write this, the coming week, the winds are coming back up! So, it could be a bumpy week. If you wanted action this was a great place to fish all week. There’s tonnage of mackerel and ballyhoo in the bay. Still not much sign of sardines which doesn’t bode well for our fly fishers who have been watching the reports, but most of them don’t show up for awhile when the winds start dying down. Still, the sardines are what we like to see. However, the schools of mackerel have drawn in big spots of bonito that are just ripping everyone up. It’s great fun, especially for a lot of our first-timers; snow birds; or light tackle folks. A dozen or two bonito a day with every bait hitting the water getting slammed is awesome sport! Most of the fish are getting tossed back to chew again, but there’s also white bonito in the mix which are pretty good eating. So, if your captains suggest you keep a bonito, don’t scrunch up your face! Keep it! Don’t tell folks it’s bonito and they will think it’s tuna! Honest. Seen it happen a lot, especially for the white bonito. Makes pretty good poke and sashimi too! The other side of the great bonito explosion is that there’s also some nice 20-50 pound tuna in the area and near the south end of Cerralvo. The tuna are deeper and not as as as the scooting bonito! So, often as soon as a bait hits the water, the bonito blow up on it and the bait never has a chance to get down to the tuna or for the lumbering tuna (no slouch for speed) to get up and grab the bait. However, yes, there’s some bigger model tuna around and we did get a couple. Squid is also working on them as well as the mackerel. Also, we have some wahoo swimming up in the same areas too! There’s been some rooster fish action along the beaches, but it’s hard to gauge because everyone is out chasing the fast action on the bonito or looking for the tuna, wahoo or other species they can eat. For our anglers that fished with our La Paz fleet north out’ve La Paz and around Espirito Santo Island, the effects of the transition from cooler to warmer water is definitely evident. The cooler water around the island is still holding nice yellowtail, some pargo and cabrilla. We hooked a number of yellowtail this week, but the problem is that these fish are tough and in the rocks and near reefs. So many fish were busted off. You really gotta lean into these fish or you’re gonna end up with some limp line and a frown. If you look at our numbers, it doesn’t look good, but it doesn’t tell the whole story because some big fish got lost. Outside of the island, waters are warming and the sargasso weeds are starting to build up which are a great haven for the dorado. There’s not a lot yet, but the conditions look great. Blue water and sargasso are a great combo plus bait to eat! We just need the waters to warm a tad. We did get a few nicer mahi-mahi in the 20-pound class near San Juan de la Costa. There’s some big roosters near the white sand beaches and along the rocks, cabrilla, pargo and triggers are around. However, just like for our Las Arenas fleet, there’s big schools of bonito. Not only are the schools big, but the bonito are heifers too! Good rod-bending action, but getting through the bonito schools with your bait so you can get other species was an issue all weekl…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International First day of Baja season 2017. Capitano Efren releases Randy Norris' catch of the day. Wind was up but Randy got it done again. …Gary Bulla Down at East Cape, Rancho Leonero entertains while fishing regroups. …John Ireland https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/rancho-leonero-entertains-while-fishing-regroups.653794/ Congratulations for your first roosta’ from the beach! Ron Moreno fishing with Felipe Valdez, General Manager of Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, checked in from San Jose del Cabo Easter week is now past, businesses are back in operation after extended weekend break, though local schools still have this week off, will be returning Monday for classes. Spring break rush of tourists has tapered off and crowds are moderate now. Weather is ideal, clear sunny skies, high temperatures of about 85 degrees and winds have been light. Ocean water temperatures are ranging 72 to 75 degrees, areas of blotchy greenish water closer to shore, though north of Punta Gorda to Vinorama the clarity has been much improved. The highlight this week was the yellowfin tuna action, fish in the 20 to 30 lb. class started to bite near Vinorama, about one mile offshore. Angers were using live sardina, which in recent days were found schooling near the Puerto Los Cabos Marina jetties. Drift fishing and slow trolling baits worked, average catches ranged from 2 to 6 per tuna boat, good action considering this is early in the season for yellowfin. The snapper action continued on the Gordo Banks and on other high spots, the key was obtaining red crabs for bait, also the drift was very swift at times, which made this style of fishing tougher. Still a great option to have, as these snapper are ranging from 4 to 12-pounds and are excellent eating. Recently more boats were trying for the tuna action. Other rock piles such as Palmilla Point, Iman Bank. La Fortuna and San Luis Bank produced various numbers of amberjack, bonito, pargo and cabrilla, anglers working hard with yo-yo jigs were rewarded with an occasional amberjack up to 30-pounds but overall the numbers were limited. The way the weather patterns are now, continuing warming trend, anything can happen on any given day, this week it was the yellowfin tuna, next week possibly striped marlin, wahoo or larger amberjack could appear. Things can change fast as we progress towards summer. Heard of a couple of snook taken by shore anglers, also a few roosterfish taken by slow trolling baits near shore, one in the 25 lb. range. With more baitfish appearing along the beach stretches we should start to see increased activity. Cabo San Lucas Captain Cesar Cota of the 24-foot panga Pichurro with a 35-pound yellowtail landed at San Cristobal. …Pisces Sportfishing The billfish catches remain slow throughout the Cabo region and seem to coincide with the cooler water temperatures along with the changing currents that tend to wrap the end of the Baja during the March and April time frame every year. However, for the early birds there are still a few wahoo biting. Small yellowfin tuna are far offshore and not on many of the anglers’ target list. Football-size tuna 50 miles 0ut! Inshore it’s a mixed bag of roosterfish, sierra and skipjack eating chunked bait. While deeper on rocky points the catch is sheepshead, snapper and grouper plus a few better grade yellowtail. Cabo Climate: Average daytime temps are at 80.1 degrees with night temps at 66.4 degrees. Humidity ratio averaged 55.15%. It was a mostly sunny and warm week with a few passing clouds during the early part of the week. Sea Conditions: The Pacific side, from the Finger Bank to the Golden Gate Bank and down across the Jaime Bank and out across the 1000 Fathom Curve, is all at 72 to 73 degrees. From Cabo San Lucas and out to the 95 Fathom Spot and on to the 1150 Fathom Spot and on to the Outer Gorda Bank is all at 73 to 74 degrees. Along the shoreline from Chileno and on up to the inner-Gorda Bank is all at 76 to 77 degrees as is Los Frailes and out to the 1000 Fathom Curve. Sea surface breezes are flowing in mostly from the westerly directions at an average of 13.5 mph. Best Bait/Lure: A combination of bait and lures were being used for different types of fish and in different areas. Bait Supplies: Remain very good for the live caballito at the $3.00 per bait rate paid direct to the bait vendor at time of receipt. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters. My grandson, Raif, and son-in-law, Colby, landing a roosterfish near the Island in Cabo — with Colby Durnin.