Baja Bytes Weekly Overview Friday, March 3, 2017 Gary Graham Que Pasa Be there or be square! The Fred Hall Show is a complete exhibitor sellout this year and although attendance figures have not been announced, it’s apparent some records have been broken. Many of our Baja friends are either wandering the aisles or displaying at the show which accounts for the thin fishing report this week. Baja Norte Coronado Islands . . . grumpy weather and off-color water reduced the number of boats fishing to zero this week. The last dope was received a week ago and was sketchy at best. …fishdope.com The area from the Tijuana Bull Ring, south? Same story. The ugly color water and the fact that there has been a major sewage spill going on for almost three weeks now indicates that this area should be avoided. Nothing is biting anyway. …fishdope.com Local fleet boats in Ensenada posted more about their whale watching than about fishing -- not a good sign. Colonet . . . nothing new to report as most boats remained in port! San Quintin The best Captain Juan Cook could come up with was some corvina fishing from the bridge. Nice bucket of yellows and yes looks like good weather coming this weekend hope it stays for a while…Curt Lungquist https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/sq-gold.649554/ All the glory shots of bent rods are cool but only tell half the story. The other half consists of endless engine maintenance, lube changes, trailer fixing, bait pump failure, bilge, plugs and all other things that might fail; it never ends. …Kelly Catian The Upper Sea of Cortez, Bahia De Los Angeles . . . more North Wind continued and locals and a few visitors busied themselves with other projects. Baja Sur Laguna Ojo de Liebre . . . whale watching continues to be good as March arrives. We had several "taxi" whales in the morning moving the boats around, and then more than a few moms and babies in the afternoon. Safe to say, when your job is whale watching, there are no bad days. …Shari Bondy Vizcaino Ascension, La Bocana and Abreojos remain quiet. In Loreto according to Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing, “The week ended with one of our two-day North Wind events which is normal for this time of year. “The first part of the week was picture-perfect, allowing the farther out rock piles to get sampled. Captain Tony did a whale watching trip on Tuesday and listened to the action out at Carmen Island's "50 spot". “All of the action revolved around tears because the bite dried up. More than half the Loreto boats scratched up only 3 yellowtail in the spot that has been the "go-to" spot for weeks. The same day few boats that made the long trip north to Puerto Almeja caught limits of yellowtail with half the fish weighing over 25 pounds. “Another long shot/long ride was the Punta Perico area on the southeast corner of Carmen Island. Monday and Tuesday the yellowtail were thick and hungry with more limits of 25-plus pound fish. The close in spots on Carmen's south side were mostly barren. From Punta Baja, Six Mile and all the way out to "Sailfish" it was dead quiet on the rock piles. The Escondido fishing crowd reported limit action far south at the "109" rock pile. Wild Will made the trip and caught all their yellowtail on the downrigger. It's been "slim pickings" for anyone wanting cabrilla and the huachinango-fest has cooled off, too. “Live mackerel are plentiful plus two-inch model sardina are zooming around looking for a hiding place! Looks good for the rest of winter/spring season in Loreto.” Captain Tony Davis holding up a nice yellowtail from the Punta Perico area. The spot is locally known as "perro" and can be hot when other spots aren't happening. It must be a flat high spot, not a rock pile, and our local captains all have a favorite part to work over. Caught on mackerel on a dropper loop with 8 ounces of lead, long leader and a 7/0 circle hook. Most of the gang from Puerto Lopez Mateos, Magdalena Bay, were talking “fishing” and their latest lure creations at Fred Hall. La Paz Hanging out with friends at Dennis Yamamoto and Bill Gorham of Tailchaser Sportfishing at Fred Hall Long Beach sampling the Dixie cups! East Cape, It must be slow fishing as every major hotel and charter operation were all telling fishing tales at Fred Hall. Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas, San Jose del Cabo The red snapper bite had slowed over last weekend on the Outer Gordo Banks, but picked back up to start this week, the rare run of larger sized crabs were again present and were being netted and used for baits to drop down for the huachinango action, limits of these true Pacific red snapper were the rule, early in the day these fish were also readily striking on yo-yo style jigs, one California sheepshead weighing close to 30 lb. was also caught. This action for the snapper faded out again later in the week, north winds contributed to this and the crabs became very scarce as well. Not much else going on for a variety of bottom species, a mix of yellow snapper, a few amberjack, cabrilla and the ever present triggerfish off rock piles closer to shore. No yellowtail action be reported this past week. Sardina have continued to found schooling close to shoe along stretches from the Regina Resort to Chileno and this was the bait of choice, with squid strips as a backup. The yellowfin tuna action has starting back up off of the Cabo San Lucas Arches, picked up strong mid-week for fish ranging 20 to 40 lb., quality sized yellowfin within a stones through of the shoreline. Very calm, though once the word got out on this bite developing again the crowds swarmed, of course the sea lions and sea gulls were all in on this action as well. Anglers were doing best while slow trolling the live sardina, but had to deal with the birds and sea lions taking their baits and then once actually hooking a tuna had to be fortunate to escape from having a sea lion grab the battling fish. Overall charters were accounted for an average of three to six tuna per morning trip, with many black skipjack in the mix. With very limited billfish action being found throughout the area and no dorado or wahoo to speak of, this bite for the yellowfin was definitely the best option presently. During this transition period a lot can happen from week to week, still hoping to see some yellowtail of decent size show up, have not seen any numbers of them now for several years, with water temperatures starting to rise hard to say what will develop. Limited action close to shore now for mainly sierra, along the beach stretches from Palmilla towards Cabo San Lucas, no word of roosterfish recently, though warming water should start to bring in more roosters. While fishing in Cabo is pretty slow, Joel Greenson did manage to yo-yo up this 33 pound beast — with Miguel Birrueta Valencia. Cabo San Lucas Perfect weather is the “good news” although most anglers are rating the fishing “a little slow”. However, there some bright spots. Some boats are reporting yellowtail up to 30-pounds (usually expected this time of year) are appearing on their sounders off of Margarita on the Pacific side. A few boats scored on the striped marlin farther north on the bank above Todos Santos. One reported catching and releasing 8 for their crew of 8 beginners who have never caught a striper. They were all tailers and feeders . . . 8 for 11. Also roosterfish, jack crevalle and skipjack on the surface close to shore on the Pacific side. …Grant Hartman Holy (sierra) mackerel! The inshore bite is going strong, there's nothing better for ceviche than fresh sierra...Pisces Sportfishing Yet another week of very difficult fishing from Cabo San Lucas that reflected almost nothing for billfish catches for the entire fleet. About the only billfish caught were from the area near the Finger Bank, some 52 miles to the northwest of Cabo San Lucas. The current fuel costs in Cabo simply doesn't allow the boats to make the run to the Finger Bank without adding substantial cost to the charter rate which requires a 12-hour day and double the fuel costs. Cabo Climate: Daytime temps averaged 76.3 and the nights averaged 61.6. We are still recommending light jackets in the morning. Humidity averaged 60.6%. Sea Conditions: On the Pacific side, from the Finger Bank to Cabo San Lucas is all at 70 to 73 degrees; the 95 Fathom Spot to the 1150 Fathom Spot about a degree or so warmer at 74 to 75. San Jose to Los Frailes is all at 73. Surface breezes flowing in mostly from the westerly directions at an average of 9.6 mph. Best Fishing Area: There is no localized "best fishing area" reported from the entire Cabo Fleet. Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was best for the roosterfish inshore. Bait Supply: The live bait supply continues to be mostly caballito at the rate of $3.00 per bait. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.