Fishing Punta final (Gonzaba Bay)

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  1. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    You should've come yesterday to fish, yep, it's what they say when fishing is slow :'( :'(
    .............good news is that I was fishing.. yesterday ;D :D


    I got a call on Saturday noon from a friend with a big modified panga with charter services, amigo Alex, boat is ready, gas tank is full, bring some drinks and tacos and lets go fishing tomorrow, dannnng!! is one of those moments when its hard to decide between spending the whole sunday watching nexflix and helping the wife with house chores or go fishing until the sun goes down, after .003 miliseconds of deciding I accepted the offer from my friend.

    since I went fishing last week this time I was more into having a relaxing day, so I took plenty of pictures to document the fishing trip, I will post some interesting pictures and talk a bit about them.

    this time fishing day started early, 4am we were driving to the midriff islands (gonzaga bay) but our destiny wasnt the islands like normally, but fishing on the last point of the bay, its called "punta final" (final point).

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    we were ready to launch at 6am
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    this time I was going old school with a 113hw with tom's sideplates, tib frame and my good ol'Baja Special, my casting combo was my rebuilded musky rod with a saltist 20H drag star.

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    Found the little brother of the 113h, an accurate valiant 400II, so funny to see them wearing the same color scheme

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    this time we just saw the Islands passing by, we didnt stop to try them out, check the water.. danm, no many days like this, it was like a big lake.

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    we arrived to punta final and started trolling deep diver lures but fishing was slow, I mean really slow, after half day/6hrs fishing we just have like 4 medium sized fish, we tried trolling, casting irons, jigs, bait and nada, there were plenty of sardines everywhere but no predators, they must have been full by the time we arrived there.

    so, we opted to stop for a moment and prepare a fresh sashimi with a YT from earlier
    only two options with hot salsa or nothing, both ways was delicious !! still salivating.

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    it was until 2pm that fishing stoped and "catching" started with a nice Yellowtail from my friend.

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    then I got a nice Cabrilla grouper
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    then big mama Sierra came to town, it looked like a small wahoo, maybe the biggest sierra I've saw so far, those next guys are tall, 6.10ft average

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    then another guy caught another Big Sierra

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    then I felt a strong pull, like if I was snagged while trolling, captain told me it was not a snag/rock, we were at 60ft deep and I was trolling a 25Ft lure, so it must've been a fish, so, I put the rod on the figthing belt and game on!

    I was using the Baja Special (I cant help it, love the simplicity and want to keep testing Tom's antireverse assembly upgrade till it breaks) well, the fight was really good, I had to set the drag higher than the 22# to stop it, I didnt measured with a scale but for the turns I did on the star I calculate 25-27# drag to stop this fish.


    a big gun angry Cabrilla Sardinera (it deserve the full name) of 19# and 30", I was estimated a lot more since it felt really heavy while it was alive in my hands)

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    we caugh some more fishes but the sun started to went down and then we called it a day cuz the natural ramp where we launched the boat has no electric power for lights

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    seems like a I a problem with Ice cooler being to small

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    we didnt reached our fish limits per person but this is never the goal but to have a great time on the water, bringing some fish to the table is jus the cherry on the cake.


    but who will say NO to one of the best meat on the water? (by the way, I also need a bigger filleting cutting board too)

    want some? get yours !!

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  2. Willdoggy

    Willdoggy Willing Member

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    WTG. Sounds better than Netflix anytime to me.
     
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  3. bobrehfuss

    bobrehfuss Ruffo

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    Great trip, report and pics :)

    BTW, that 19lb cabrilla is a trophy. They don't get a lot bigger than that.
     
  4. steelfish

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    thanks , when I was on the fight with the fish I though I had a gulf grouper which can grow a lot bigger, it was a nice fight and pretty good fish when I saw a bigazz Cabrilla.
     
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    Yes they pull real hard. Most times you won't get one that size off the rocks but I've seen them up to 22lbs on rod and reel, 24 with spear. Don't think they get much bigger than mid 20s period. As for grouper in that area.....ya, they get way bigger.
     
  6. mogambosquid

    mogambosquid Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice work and unreal conditions for late November!

    Giant sierra #2 looks like it might be a gulf/monterey sierra, the rare kind with no yellow spots. Cool catch.
     
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  7. 2GORDOS

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    Big schools of yellowtail not in yet. They were all over the place. All the way north to black rock last year. Maybe not coming till later next month. Good job Alex. Those last minute trips are always the best.
     
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  8. farreola

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    Much better than Netflix....Wonderful place!!!
     
  9. steelfish

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    thanks Tocayo, hopefully YT are present during the next 3 weeks or first days of Jan, after that you dont know when the wind will let you fish for the next 2-3 months.
    for my luck seems to be always be calm days during weekdays and windy all F&%^&% weekends on late jan-feb-march.
     
  10. yakdout

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    Awesome report. Those cabrilla sure are good eating. I was fortunate enough to get a 26# cabrilla in the same area a few years ago. Fish bit on a megabait.
     
  11. Worthy

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    Great report! Love that area.
     
  12. 2GORDOS

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    Y luego los bobitos. They are all over you.
     
  13. farreola

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    Looks like we have a few members from the Imperial Valley on the forum...we should plan a trip out Gonzaga.
     
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    Thanks for the report and pics. I acquired a 21' bayrunner to fish like that. You are motivating me!
     
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    Now is the time. Good WX glass seas. Lots and lots of bait in the water. Lots of feeding fish everywhere.
     
  16. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    yep, but you know what they say..
    you should've came yesterday.. ooh man, yesterday there were fishes everywhere, today its just a bad day, thats why they call it fishing and not catching.
     
  17. 2GORDOS

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    Yeah but when you go you never invite me. I took you to catch your wahoo haven’t seen any love back. Jajajajaja. You going in April again this year?
     
  18. Worthy

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    Don’t worry buddy we will make it down soon! Just got to much iron in the fire at the moment. Now that deer season is over we can plan to get out lines wet
     
  19. surf launch

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    Hunting and fishing......The ying and the yang
     
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    Nice trip , Gonzaga has fish but you need to fish hard! See my avatar
     
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