Cabo Striped Marlin & Jumbo Roosterfish

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Gary Graham
Cabo Striped Marlin & Jumbo Roosterfish – Baja Fishing Reports

Jun 4, 2019 by That Baja Guy-Gary Graham

122 Cabo stripers released and bubba sized roosterfish from shore…What are you waiting for?
Que Pasa

The 4th Annual Grand Gastronomic Fishing Tournament (Cuarto Gran Torneo de Pesca Gastronomico) was held on June 1st in conjunction with the city-wide celebration of the Seventh Festival Gastronomico de Almeja Chocolata.

As part of the festivities, and prior to the Gran Tournament, Fonmar’s Gonzalo Alamea Camacho organized a Kid’s event, kicking off the International Game Fish Association’s Passport to the sportfishing program in Baja which is part of an IGFA 80th anniversary pledge to teach 100,000 kids around the world the basics of sportfishing.

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Eighty-five kids along with their parents attended the clinic where Gonzalo and ten local sportfishing captains shared their local fishing knowledge at individual stations covering topics ranging from knot-tying to conservation of the resource.

On Friday, 131 of the young participants, along with their families, competed as they fished from the break wall surrounding the marina.

The Children’s award ceremony was held during registration for the grand tournament.

Forty-seven teams competed on Saturday during the Cuarto Gran Torneo de Pesca Gastronomico with the awards for that event presented later that night at the huge Seventh Festival Gastronomico de Almeja Chocolata dinner that followed and was served to hundreds of attendees.

Ejido Eréndira

“To provide some background, I have never had the opportunity to fish Baja, Mexico, until my good fishing buddy Benny hit me up about two months ago. Benny and I have been fishing pretty hard for the last two years on his 20-foot Triton Center Console”…Christopher

Coronado Islands/Rockpile Word is the yellowtail bite is still slow. There are some yellows around, and the water has warmed back up into the low to mid-60s, but the clarity isn’t quite right yet. That said a few are being caught.

On the weather side of North Island from Pukey Point to the Keyhole, the Ridge in the Middle Grounds in tight to Middle Island and the north end of South Island, there have been schools of yellowtail over the past several days. Getting them to bite has been the problem.

Those that have bit have bit both early and late in the day with nothing happening during the middle of the day.
Once again, the early word was the bite was slow, and the boats were focused on rockfish instead to the north/northeast of North Island and the area west/southwest off the lower end of South Island…

425/371/230/Upper Hidden Bank
This zone still has bluefin but is hit and miss. Some working the zone say there is very little sign while others say they are finding widely scattered small schools of what appears to be mainly 50- to 90-pound bluefin.
One thing seems to be constant – the best showing is late in the day after 4 pm. Mornings have been slow and very hit and miss. Anywhere in a 4- to 5-mile wide strip between numbers will have you in the right zone.

These bluefin are well fed! They are stuffed full of micro bait and red crab although the volume of red crab appears to be thinning out.

A must for fly lining a sardine is 30- to 40# fluorocarbon. Match that with a size 1 to 1/0 circle hook!…

Below 32 00 / Hidden Bank / West of Ensenada
This remains the zone where most of the fleet started this morning, and it also remains the area where you have the best chance of getting a bite. These bluefin are not all stuffed with micro bait and red crab like the tuna up in the 371-425 area.

The boats that found biters got them on 40- to 50# fluoro both fly-lining as well as with a 6-oz. torpedo sinker and a hot sardine pinned on a size 1 to 1/0 circle hook.

Most are in the 50- to 90-pound class, but the boats are also seeing bluefin weighing over 150-pounds as well.

It is far from wide open fishing. Bluefin are normally tough to get to bite, and it is no different now. You need a ton of chum to draw interest from them, and then you need to get that bait well out away from the boat. Take your time picking out a sardine. You want a HOT green one! Those with red spots, missing scales or sick looking baits are not working…


Fished on Sunday on the “It’s 4 Reels” in the rain and cold with Curtis and Chad for one yellowtail; we had limits of barracuda and some nice rockfish.

Yellows should be around for the next few months and the bite will only get better with warmer weather…Its 4-reel Sportfishing

San Quintin

Not sure why there hasn’t been more information on San Quintin on BD lately; the fishing is great…Rich Hollo

Bahia de Los Angeles

Fishing cabrilla in BOLA with my friends Mr. Gordon ECV West and Crazy Rick — fished north from Los Machos to Los Nidos then cut across and fish down from El Muertos to Candelaria’s. We caught and released 30 plus fish and kept a few for dinner. The fish were from 1 to 12 pounds and very scattered, so the fishing was very good…Captain Juan

Isla Tortuga (outside of Santa Rosalia)

Things have cooled off on the mainland side, and we had good weather Saturday, so we made the run from San Carlos, Sonora to Isla Tortuga (out of Santa Rosalia). Very few signs of life on the way out. Saw a few single birds working but not worth stopping. Water turned blue just past the halfway mark…Frank

Bahía Asunción

Workers finishing up the backfill for the seawall in the Pinos beach area. Also, on display are the new steps down to the sand and some freshly planted palm trees. Looking very nice…Ross Zoerhoff


The late spring, maybe early summer, fishing looks on schedule.
The cabrilla and yellowtail battles continue as it has been doing for the past eight weeks.
All the usual spots around Loreto have been producing yellowtail with some hitting the 30-pound range. Cabrilla are numerous along the coastlines, which is no surprise due to the fact it is nest building time.

Punta Colorado and north past San Bruno had the best numbers of cabrilla. (The biggest cabrilla are usually caught out on the yellowtail rock piles.)

Mackerel are the best choice for big yellows, and most everybody else jumps on any sardina that hits the water.
Catalana Island has swarms of small dorado and anyone wanting a bigger version will be spending even more gas going farther off and out.
(Catalana is also a dynamite spot for bigger yellows this time of the year.)

How soon and how close the summer fun will happen is the big question!

During the 4th Annual Gran Torneo de Pesca Gastronomico, 47 teams found the mother lode of yellowtail. Thirty teams made it to the scale before the 3:00 pm deadline with yellowtail weighing in the mid-teens to 32-pounds. One cabrilla tipped the scale at 28-pounds.

La Paz

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of May 26-June 2, 2019

East Cape

Marlin fishing is on fire!! Fish Scorpion and El Regalo!’re-having-awesome-weather…-warm-sunny-days-are-heating-up-the-water-nicely.717319/

Bonitos dorados capturados hoy en la súper panga ROSA MARIA, capitán Israel Castro. Bien hecho picore. Van Wormer Resorts…

Good times at our 23rd Annual Rancho Leonero Tournament. Good marlin fishing and fair for tuna and dorado. Leading tuna is 40.5 pounds and dorado 14 pounds. One more day for the money and prizes!…Pete Gray, Let’s Talk Hook up

Puerto Los Cabos

Jack Lally, Lebanon NJ caught these this week San Jose
The main baitfish now found in the local marina area have been moonfish and mullet, with ballyhoo being another option, along with slabs of squid. Boats are working the fishing grounds from Red Hill, Palmilla, Gordo Banks, Iman, San Luis to Vinorama. Most consistent catches have come from bottom structure — red snapper and Mexican bonito are the most numerous, using iron yo-yo style jigs, also drifting down deep has produced some quality catches. A handful of grouper species and amberjack were accounted for, some weighing over 30-pounds.

There was limited action for yellowfin tuna on the San Luis Bank — tuna to over 80-pounds landed — while drifting with strips of squid. Although the yellowfin were showing on the surface at times, they were just not all that interested in biting, but the conditions were becoming more favorable. Other tuna were found farther offshore traveling with porpoise, though it was a hit or miss deal from day-to-day and these fish were much smaller, mostly under 20 pounds.

There were a few dorado hooked into while trolling open waters on the marlin grounds.
There have been increasing numbers of striped marlin spread out from outside the Gordo Banks, La Laguna, straight off San Jose del Cabo and outside of Palmilla, from 4 to 10 miles out. The marlin, mostly in the 80- to 100-pound range, hit on trolled lures and various baitfish.

There was some action for roosterfish and jack crevalle and trolling with live mullet worked best. Look for this bite to break wide open in the coming weeks, as the latter part of June is the local peak season for roosterfish. Please remember that these game fish should be released with care; they are prized fighting fish, not known for eating quality and will grow to large sizes. It’s better to protect them for future generations…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

Cabo San Lucas

Gary Morrow, resident of Cabo – “My son, angler Jake Morrow, caught this monster rooster on the Pacific side. It was a real battle with the big waves. He was caught using a topwater lure. It’s amazing the power and strength these fish have. Caught and successfully released!”

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 66%, Dorado 4%, Tuna 11%, other 17%.
Fishing has been very successful recently, especially if you were looking to catch marlin.

One hundred and twenty-two striped marlin were caught and released by Pisces boats in one week. Several boats returned with up to five marlin released each.

Although the weather was a little gloomy and the wind picked up on some of the days, it was mostly on the Pacific side while the marlin fishing has been farther South or on the Sea of Cortez side. Even with the wind, the inshore fishing on the Pacific was fruitful with roosterfish, sierra mackerel, snapper, and yellowtail being the top producing fish; and a few boats that were determined to search for tuna found them in respectable numbers.

Cabo Climate: The outlook is for warming with mostly sunny skies and pleasant average daytime temps in the upper 70s with mostly sunny skies, and evenings in the mid to upper 60s. Winds are expected to be a bit higher than normal in the 14-to 18-mph range mostly out of the west and northwest. Humidity is expected to run in the low 70s.

Sea Conditions: The Pacific side sea temps cooled a bit with some colder water plumes; temps running 65- to 75-degrees with mostly clear water. The inside has warmed with temps in the 73- to 75-degree range from south of the Lighthouse out around the Gordo Banks and out near the 1150 Spot.

Best Fishing Areas: The 1150 Spot and the 95 Spot were the hotspots for billfish. The yellowfin were most often found around the San Jamie Banks and to the south in the Herradura and around the 95 Spot. Los Arcos and Migrino were the choices for inshore fishing with some great catches of sierra at Migrino along with some quality yellowtail in the 20- to 30-pound class. Roosterfish action picked up in the surf off Palmilla west past Solmar toward the Lighthouse.

Favorite Baits: Slow-trolling with live mackerel or caballito was the favorite for billfish with increased success from trolled lures and throwing live bait to surface fish. Cedar plugs were the favorite for the yellowfin. Hoochies were the most productive lures for the sierra. Trolled live bait near the surf were the most successful bait for roosters this past week; dead bait for the snapper and grouper; live caballito for yellowtail.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at the $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor. Mackerel, when available, are popular with the captains.

Mainland Mexico

San Carlos

The offshore boats reported a mix of striped marlin, sailfish and yellowfin tuna. The inshore boats had another solid week and reported good action on snapper, seabass red grouper, and triggerfish.

Mazatlan Climate: The forecast through the end of May is for mostly sunny skies with breezes lowering to a modest 9- to 12-mph range primarily out of the West trending toward the southwest toward the end of May.
Sea Conditions: The future outlook is for relatively calm seas in the mornings with some afternoon swells and chop with winds picking up in the afternoons in the 9- to 12-mph range.

Best Fishing Area: The offshore bite for billfish is starting about 12- to 15-miles out with best results to the west and southwest of the Marina El Cid. Anglers making longer runs out to 25 miles, and warmer water are finding schools of yellowfin. Inshore, the super pangas are finding success all along the coast, especially around the rocks. The water is very clear from the shore out to the offshore breaks.

Best Bait & Lures: Freshly caught rigged trolling bait and smoke trail lures produced best results for the billfish. The tuna are being caught on feathers and cedar plugs.

Bait Supply: Freshly caught bait are readily available from the bait boats.

The independent fleet reported sparse action on the plentiful, small striped marlin with most boats raising two to four billfish per day. Some larger blue marlin showed up well offshore. The yellowfin were again found way out at the 30- to 40-mile mark for those willing to go the extra distance in the larger boats.

Yellowfin were again found 30- to 40+ miles out, well past the 1000-Fathom mark with quality fish in the 50- to 75-pound range.

Striped marlin were the prime target. Inshore the chula (false albacore) were the most productive inshore bite.

IZ Climate: The two-week outlook is for even warmer temps and mostly sunny and partly cloudy skies. Daily temps are predicted in the mid to upper 80s and nighttime temps in the low to mid-70s with humidity expected to run in the upper 70s through late May.

Sea Conditions: The offshore clear blue water has recently moved as close as 5- to 6-miles out with some very deep blue water now out beyond the 1000-Fathom mark at 32- to 35-miles out to 50 miles. Inshore, the water was in the 80- to 81-degree range and a bit green this past week.

Best Baits & Lures: Rigged trolling bait and smoke trail lures continue to produce for billfish and dorado with most boats preferring a mix of rigged bait for the billfish and smaller lures and feathers for the dorado. Inshore topwater poppers are the favorite for roosterfish, bonito, and jacks. Cedar plugs and feathers are working best on the yellowfin when found.

Bait Supply: The bait supply remains good, and freshly caught bait are provided gratis with most charters. Live bait are readily available at this time and are $5.00/dozen paid directly to the bait vendors.

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Long Time Tuna Abused Member
Aug 11, 2006
Costa Mesa
AWESOME REPORT and pics, especially the kids. The SMILES
on the kids faces pretty much say it ALL. LOL. Now some
Yellowfin being caught in 1 day range of San Diego good news.
Looks like things off Baja shaping up for a long long season.

I used to do those kids trips from Long Beach and most kids had never seen the Ocean or Harbor. Eyes as big as flying saucers just heading out. Hooking their 1st fish? Priceless. Even homeless kids, other inner city kids too.
Good to see that kind of thing going on for kids in Baja TOO!