BOLA Report 10/15-10/18

Discussion in 'Baja Mexico Fishing Reports and Discussion' started by mafrancis66, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. mafrancis66

    mafrancis66 Member

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    Drove down Sunday 10/14 with my dad and brother to fish with our buddy Dan. road was in great shape and traffic was very light. We only were able to fish 2.5 days out of the 3.5 days we had to fish. Wednesday we got wind and rain from Tropical Storm Paul. I have never been to Bola and seen rain. It was kind of cool.

    The fish was very good. Water averaged 77 degrees. We did not see any dorado. First day (Monday) we fished we made no bait and had a steady pick of bonita and small yellowtail 10-15lb on the east side of Smith Island. I think we ended up with 10 yellowtail, 10 bonita, 1 leopard grouper and one sierra. all taken on Salas iron in 6 &7X. blue and white, white and scrambled egg all produced. Tuesday, we made bait on the east side of La Gringa. Big macks! Headed for Los Machos. Never ended up using bait, as the YT were taking the iron. Nothing big again, 10-15lb range, but man they were pissed and fought hard to get back to the rocks. It was fun. We ended the day leaving them biting, as the fish hold was full. We had 15 YT, 3 leopard grouper and another 10 bonita. Thursday we only had a few hours since we were hitting the road in the afternoon for SQ. Went straight to Los Machos again and had a full hold and 18 YT in 2 hours. Like I said nothing big, but fun hot action for healthy 10-15lb YT. My brother Mike did get a 16 Leopard grouper. We were able to restock our YT supplies and I have a lot of bonita to smoke. Nobody is there right now and we were the only boat on the majority of our spots.

    It was a great trip.:hali_olutta:
     
  2. robertebaker

    robertebaker BOILERMAKER.

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    Thanks for the report.
     
  3. pascuale

    pascuale Well-Known "Member"

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    Thanks!! Thinking of heading down in Nov.
     
  4. mafrancis66

    mafrancis66 Member

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    My brother was there last Nov. for Thanksgiving and did very well. I think if the water cools down a little, the bigger model yellows might move back in. Biggest fish caught on while I was there last week was 20 pounds. Have a great trip!
     
  5. yellowklr

    yellowklr My Best Catch!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nice report
    I was there the week before you
    Los Machos was on my list to hit up but we left early-I'm still pissed
    Such a cool place to explore
     
  6. mafrancis66

    mafrancis66 Member

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    I love Los Machos.... I caught a 32lb yellowtail there last summer. It is just a beautiful spot to fish! Hope you had a great trip as well.
     
  7. spike

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    Family road trip with good fishing, Winning!
     
  8. pascuale

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    Thanks Mark, Should I plan on 40lb setups with 100lb leader and 8 oz sinkers on sropper loops for that time?
     
  9. bobrehfuss

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    @ Mark, Nice trip. Another score for the Francis boys!

    @ Derek, sounds like you need another Baja trip ASAP to get that bad taste out of your mouth. I recommend Tequila Anejo!!
     
  10. Captain Juan SQ

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    xslnt trip,thanks for the report.
     
  11. 24baja

    24baja Newbie

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    gees Mark you get the day after we left and you slaughtered them. we didn't do well the two previous weeks. so glad you guys did so well. connie n brett
     
  12. mafrancis66

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    I would bring 16oz topedo weights if fishing with bait. The currents were really strong and 8oz weights could not get you to the bottom. As for line, I mostly fished a 30lb mono top shot with 65lb spectra backing. Only pulled out my 40/80 combo at the end of the trip after a bad hang up on the rocks cost me a lot of 30lb mono. The one time I did rig for live bait, I used 50lb flouro leader. I am not a heavy line guy. Fortunately, I only lost one fish to the rocks! I am sure you will be fine with a 40/100 set up, especially if the bigger model YT show up.
     
  13. pascuale

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    I will be using 65 spectra with one 30lb top shot and another 40lb. Lots of Salas 6x and 6xjr's. I know those rocks can be brutal. Is there anything else you can think of? Sabikis? 4/0 and -6/0 hooks for macs?
     
  14. mafrancis66

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    Yes.... take Sabikis in both sizes, but don't waste a ton of time making bait. It has been tough there for bait this year.
     
  15. mswifty

    mswifty Newbie

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    Thanks for the report. Heading down to my place at Camp Gecko in a week. Hopefully we will get into them. I'd better get some bigger weights. Love that bait fishing-put on the clicker and pop a cerveza.
     

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