Football...tuna still continues in Baja Sur

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    Baja Bytes Weekly Overview
    Friday, February 12, 2016
    Gary Graham


    Que Pasa


    Flying Doors Off Over Baja California - an Aerial Photography Expedition

    Tourist Card Gets Pricier

    “The Mexican tourist Visa, officially called an FMM, has increased in value from 322 pesos (About $17) to 390 pesos (about $21)…Gringo Gazette

    Coronado Island

    New fish! These yellows are about 15 miles south of the Islands on the Upper Finger Bank around 32.14 x 117.06. They are nice-quality fish too in the 15- to 20-pound class.
    These are ALL sonar fish near the bottom with most coming on the yoyo iron but a few on the dropper loop Sardine.
    Word is, the action around the Islands themselves has slowed to a trickle with some fish under 10 pounds in the lee of North and some better grade running from 10- to 15-pounds along the weather side of North Island. This is no doubt due to some dirty water which has moved in around the Islands and down to the Rock pile.
    Given that, the boats will be running to the area south of the Pile.

    EVENING UPDATE: The bite was much slower today. The dirty water is spreading south and is now in that upper Finger area where the big score came yesterday.
    Hard to say what will be best for the weekend, except look for clean water! Look at the weather side of North Island; check out the Lee of South Island and keep going down to the Pile and then the Upper Finger if need be. …Fishdope.com

    Ensenada

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    No Report. …Coral Marine Store

    Colonet

    Last weekend’s 1.5- and 2.5-day trips saw really good action on 15- to 25-pound class yellowtail. Best bet was a salas 7X in the Bait Wraps Red Squid color and in scrambled egg. Blue/white and green/white also worked.
    You needed the big heavy iron as the current was ripping. A 6xjr would never reach the bottom.
    Once done with the yellows, the lingcod and BIG reds are biting good, too, although yellowtail are on those spots and making it tough to get the rockfish. ...Fishdope.com

    San Quintín

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    Great day here in San Quintin; made run to 240 in 17-foot monarch for killing yellows-- water 63 and blue. First time in the bass boat in the open ocean; like a lake here . . . old man happy. …Alex Rekrut

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/old-man-and-dan-baboom.617999/

    Bahía de Los Angeles



    Ever wonder what a trailered boat trip to Bahia De Los Angeles is like? There are some cool shots of Whale Sharks at the 10-minute mark and also great footage of the jumping manta rays we saw down there last year.…Will

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/purrseastance-2nd-trip-to-bola-2015.617970/

    Guerrero Negro

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    Unprecedented Amount of Grey Whales in Mexican Reserves

    Mexico, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina)…The National Commission for Protected Natural Areas reported today an unprecedented number of grey whales in Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Baja California Sur, for the first week of February – more than in the last 20 years.

    According to the fifth census of the season, there are 1,992 grey whales (Eschrichtius robustus) in Ojo de Liebre, located in the Biosphere Reserve El Vizcaíno, reporting 1,175 adult whales and 817 whale calves.

    The National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) said that this number shows the recovery of one of the largest maritime species, which is under protection according to the Mexican Official Law SEMARNAT 2010.

    Ojo de Liebre and San Ignacio in Baja California Sur are the sites where grey whales go to have their offspring after a long journey of 12,000 kilometers from the cold waters of Alaska.

    Bahía Ascensión

    No Report. …Shari Bondy

    La Bocana



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    Mulege

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    Yellowtail Tournament -- February 17 – 21, 2016.

    Hola all of you fishfreaks: The yellowtail tourney is quickly taking shape. Posters are posted, the packages are at Claudia’s and Miguel’s at noon today. Cost is 800p or $44.444444.

    The package includes aT-shirt, very nice appreciation gift, two meals and entry to the contest paying $6,000 pesos for the largest, $4, 000 pesos for 2nd, $3,000p for 3rd and $2,000 pesos for largest other.

    All other particulars are in the package. Please, take just a few moments to read. As always DON'T FORGET YOUR LICENSE!!! Your license must predate the 17th. PAY ATTENTION. These are Mexican regulations.

    Captains meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 at 300 pm at Jungla Jims. There is a Saturday night dinner/dance commencing at 6 pm at Senor Geckos. Banquet commences at 2 pm on Sunday at Jungla Jims.

    Loreto

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    A big yellowtail is a handful for a grown adult but it's a good thing Luis had a belt holding up his pants.

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    That was an important factor in keeping a young fisherman in the boat because there was no way that he was going to let go of his pole! (Luis trying to hoist his catch up to the fillet table - he's got the arms but the legs just aren't long enough-yet!) …

    Our fishing days are still fewer than seven in seven days but we are getting out and hitting some good-sized fish. Live bait is strictly a "do it yourself" activity with the bait sellers not wanting to brave the wind and spray for only a few clients. That will pick up as soon as the wind settles back to the late winter cycle.

    Complicating the matter is an occasional visit inside the marina of several young sea lions. As you would expect most of the resident sardina and bigeyes have bugged-out to undisclosed locations and might not be back for a while.

    I am trying to figure out "the moral of the story" attached to one of our trips this past week. Most of our clients and myself included like to stick with a captain we know, a.k.a our favorite.

    A trip out to the Punta Colorado "pargo hole" worked out well with two nice red dogs being landed. When that bite settled out to zero the question was posed to captain "Tito" with whom I have yet to fish. “Is there a "spot nearby or on the way back that we can try for some bottomfish?"

    Tito smiled and put the boat on a spot that I have only seen trolled over in the summer for dorado and striped marlin.

    To make the odds even tougher the only hook bait available were some frozen bigeyes left over from the previous week's attempts.

    Bang, bang, bang! An hour later there were three yellowtail between 25 and 30 pounds in the boat along with a firecracker and pinto bass that ate some iron.

    So what’s the dilemma?

    The spot that Tito picked for bottom fish was literally 300 yards off the pargo hole. Travel 300 yards straight east until you can just see the date palm tree slipping out from behind the point and you got it!

    Moral of the story; try a new captain once in a while, check out the areas close to the tried and true, dead baits can work as well as live? I'll be trying to rationalize that for the next few days.

    Maybe a new fish finder, transducer or GPS machine?

    Good things to ponder as I melt some lead for more 8-ounce sinkers!..Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    Magdalena Bay

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    The day was excellent and the whale was right at home and getting to play, since it is usually the calf that is curious that is coming. …Judith Logan, Lopez Mateos

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    Starting in May for the bay fishermen fly conventional and kayak we will be doing mothership trip of five days fishing from one end of Mag Bay to the other traversing Gary Graham’s book, Guide to Fishing
    Magdalena Bay. Roberto magbayoutfitters.com

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/magbay-report.617675/

    La Paz

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    Winds laying down a bit! Check out this great catch by our amigo, Ken Gragg. We don't see many of these guys. Baja golden grouper on a slow trolled Rapala inshore.

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    Ken and Carl...knocking out the big trophy cabrilla yesterday with some Rapalas! Some fine eating meat there!

    Tough week to fish. It’s been like this all winter. Just too windy to get out with double-digit winds every single day this week -- all from the north. Fortunately, being winter, there’s not many folks asking to go fish or even many fishermen around. We had one day early in the week where the forecast said it would be single-digit winds and had some clients who only had one day to fish. We tried to send them out, but the winds were so strong, they never even got off the beach and we had to drive them back to La Paz from Muertos Bay.

    The formula is basically this. If there are storms north of Mexico, there will probably be windy days south of the border. Simple! With El Nino, there have been a big procession of storms in the U.S. which is much needed. I get that. This is all part of a natural cycle that’s been going on for eons so there’s not much to be done about it. It is what it is.

    This coming week looks much more promising according to the forecasts so hopefully, the winds will lie down. When the winds did lay down, the last few weeks we’ve gotten yellowtail, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, pargo, cabrilla and sierra. …Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter

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    A recent innovation at the “Ranch” is the increased panga fleet. This year, anglers will have the largest fleet of “Super Pangas” in the area at their disposal.

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/size-matters-a-look-at-rancho-leonero/

    Mayor Francis Olachea shares information about why Los Barriles is a great place to visit -- from kiteboarding to sport fishing.

    San José del Cab0

    The month of February has always been thought of as unpredictable and a bit crazy, we have seen a bit of this already. Last week was cooler and windy, now we have seen a warmer trend like spring is already here, daytime highs reaching 90 degrees, plenty of clear skies and sunshine, the wind patterns and unusually swift currents still persist, but it does feel like days will only be getting warmer as we progress towards spring break. Ocean water temperatures are holding at 74 degrees throughout most of the region, warmer 76 degree water found outside of Cabo San Lucas and around the Gordo Banks.

    The all-around fishing action remains scattered, a lot of variety in the area now, but no particular species is overly abundant. Clear blue water is being found within a few miles of shore, though there is greener conditions towards the north near Los Frailes. Schools of sardineta are now congregated off of San Jose del Cabo, always a good sign that these will be attracting more gamefish, particularly striped marlin. Still no reports of the normal smaller sardina being found, word has spread that this species will be under stricter regulations to help this stock rebound once the environmental conditions are to their liking so that they return to their normal migration patterns. With ocean temperatures remaining warmer than normal, this has contributed to changing oxygen levels and plankton growth, which these baitfish feed on, El Nino has all normal patterns all mixed up.

    A sign that anything could happen on any given day was confirmed when local pangeros legend Hugo Pino from La Playita landed a 350 lb. black marlin off of the Gordo Banks mid- week, Hugo was trolling a live caballito when the black struck. Very unusual to find black marlin hanging around these grounds during mid-February. On these same grounds there have been yellowfin tuna, some of these tuna are over the hundred pound mark, many have been seen of all sizes, feeding on what look like an abundance of flying fish, hard to entice them to strike on anything else, though a handful of these yellowfin to 120 lb. have been landed, some on normal morning charters, other on afternoon trips by the selective few commercial and private boats that do go out later in the day. Problem has been finding a calm enough afternoon, these anglers are stock piling slabs of squid as well, the more chum the better, to help entice these finicky tuna.

    Not all that much going off the bottom, wind earlier in the week, combined with persistently stronger currents and then the ever present hungry sea lions, all has added up to few numbers of snapper, cabrilla and amberjack.

    There was a report of a couple of yellowtail, so maybe more of these popular jacks will move in. If conditions do continue to stabilize, we should see improved bottom action, anglers have been using whole and cut baits, as well as yo-yo jigs, some charters are starting to use down riggers.

    Wahoo are hanging around into winter season again, though bite has been sporadic, more chances now there a favorite food source of sardineta have showed up. Punta Gorda seems to be holding more numbers of the wahoo now, but the word has also spread, putting added pressure on these already elusive and shy fish.

    Very few dorado being found, just a few single fish, no particular place better than the other. Inshore there were some roosterfish and a few sierra found, a few roosterfish to 20 lb., good sized for this time of year. With the warmer water and lack of sardina for bait there have been no big numbers of sierra …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas.

    Los Cabos
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    Cory and Iana from Minot, North Dakota, caught these two beautiful dorado (20 to 25 pounds) with Captain Julio and Mate Abraham aboard Pisces’s 31-foot Tracy Ann.

    The fishing and catching has slowed up considerably and for no apparent reason. Billfish are still being seen in scattered locations but those on the surface are not being cooperative for the anglers. Most of the billfish are being caught on the drift in deep water, in an area between Pedregal and Cabo Falso and about a half-mile or a little farther off shore.

    Cabo Climate: A mixed sun-cloud week with air temps that ranged from 58 nights to 81 daytime highs and an average humidity level of 55%. Overall, it was pretty good fishing weather for the anglers.

    Sea Conditions: Sea temperatures were up on both sides of the peninsula and remained considerably better this week. Ranging from the Golden Gate Bank and beyond, down to the thousand fathom curve and beyond, around the corner from Cabo San Lucas to about 10 miles north of the Gorda Banks, was all about 75 to 76 degrees. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters

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    John H. Johnson with Grant Hartman, Baja Anglers
     
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    Thanks for the report. Any snook?
     
  3. Baja Bytes

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    I talked to Hoyt early in the week and they were still catching them, However, there wasn't a report posted or sent.
     
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    Another GREAT REPORT....you finally did it Gary!
    They're dragging me down to the Condor dock kicking and
    screaming next Friday night 19th headed for Colonett. LOL
     
  5. Baja Bytes

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    Suerte, send photos! :appl:
     
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    Awsome report!
     
  7. Baja Bytes

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    Will do....trip moved to the 26th-27th....27 spots left=Condor
     

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