Giant tuna and roosters return as funky current recedes

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  1. Baja Bytes

    Baja Bytes Baja Editor BD Writer

    Lake Elsinore, CA USA
    Gary Graham
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    250-pound yellowfin tuna – Scott and Noel Wise from Texas, catch two tunas about same size, while fishing on the yacht “Auriga”

    280-yellowfin tuna – Bruce and Brook Paul, from San José, Calif., caught this monster, plus a few smaller ones, while fishing with live caballito bait with Captain Jaime on the boat “Dr. Pescado”
    After more than two weeks of poor conditions with off-color, cold water pervading the coastline and surrounding the Baja tip all the way to La Paz, suddenly the huge tuna and roosterfish explode like 4th of July fireworks! July is already shaping up to be something special…

    Baja Norte

    Coronado Islands

    There are yellowtail at the Islands along with bonito and barracuda.
    Check the weather side of North Island and don’t overlook the Key Hole spot. Another area is from the Middle Grounds down to the Ribbon Kelp.

    If all of the above fails to produce try the Lighthouse, South Kelp or SKR.

    In the afternoons there have been small schools of mixed yellowfin and bluefin popping up under birds 4 or 5 miles west of the Middle Grounds…

    Tijuana Bull Ring

    On the slow side: There is some sign that sand bass might be starting to build up on the flats and might begin to spawn. If this happens, it will be great news. Meter around in 80- to 120-feet of water looking for a “cloud” of bass in the lower 1/3rd of the water column.
    A few anglers are fishing halibut and even catching a few. The depth is 45 to 65 feet … the bait of choice is an anchovy, a sardine or a live mackerel.
    Bounce-balling might just be the ticket, too. Use a flasher ahead of the bait like you would if you were salmon fishing…

    US/MEX Border down to the 302 / 226 and out to the Corner

    This area has been the focal zone but the bulk of the fish seems to have shifted to the south a bit. Stick to the clean blue water if you want a bluefin! This is for the most part out west although it does swing in a bit at the border…

    226-302 / 230 / 371

    The major mass of bluefin is sliding down to the south a bit. The bluefin are still in the clean water and the line has pushed out west just a tad. The fish are on the move and are not biting much, even worse than before which wasn’t very good.

    The yummie flyer is what most of the big tuna are coming in on although a few big ones are jumping on the big 250-gram Flat-fall in the dark to gray-light of morning.

    Not a lot of the smaller 20- to 30-pound stuff around lately. If you find that grade, you might be able to get one to bite a hot sardine on 20-pound fluorocarbon. These fish generally are skittish as well.

    The yellowfin are still around. The vast majority are on the 25- to 30-pound class but there are some bigger ones around as a few 60- to 75-pound yellowfin have been landed over the past few days.

    The yellowfin are on BOTH sides of the break, although some of the better showings are happening in the green water. If you find dolphin, work them over!
    These yellowfin are not biting well either but they are a little willing to jump on the feather or the Cedar Plug…



    After a solid month of red tide, the water has finally cleaned up and some yellowtail and barracuda have moved in. Louie on the “It’s 4 Reels” found some very good fishing the past couple of days at Todos Santos Island and the flats in the lee of the Island.
    They are also being found out to the west of the Island and are biting the sardine, the jigs and the trolled

    San Quintin


    Tourney day in San Quintin. Miserable conditions this morning. A cool wind and heavy mist that could be called rain, plus an extreme low tide made for a tough morning of fishing. Due to the tide, I had to slog through 300 yards of 3 inches of water and 3 inches of mud just to get my kayak to float. My usual spots were almost unfishable due to the wind, waves and tidal currents. I tied off to various hard points on a floating boat house, a grounded panga and a sunken sail boat and just fan casting the area and ended up with 3 halibut. Caught the largest one at about 10:00 a.m. and called it a day. Stopped off at Don Eddies to have Mako Bob measure it and then got cleaned up and had a siesta. In the lead at noon but the tourney closes at 6:00 p.m…Ross Zoerhof


    Captain Kelly Catain found some cooperative WSB as well as limit-filling bottom fishing for clients this week.

    Cedros Island


    The yellowtail showed up in good numbers and sizes. Although the average is in the high 20s there were some up to 45 pounds and many 40-pounders with limits common.
    Calicos are also fat and hungry, hitting everything that swims by. Best spot so far is the thick kelp on the southwest corner of the Island.
    Among other good catches, there are plenty of halibut next to the lodge, with sizes from 4 to 14pounds.
    Live bait, mackerel, is abundant around the corner of the Island, and has been second to Rapalas for effectiveness with yellowtail.
    Cedros weather still in the cool, with highs in the 80s when exposed in the sun, and lows in the 70s, especially after sunset when cold wind has been blowing. Mornings are overcast and a few days are foggy, but mostly the fog dissipates before 10 a.m…Jose Angel

    Yellowtail are biting at the high spots at the south end of the Island near the airport and also at San Augustin.
    Calico fishing is all you want in 20- to 40-feet on flatfall style jigs dropped straight down. No halibut reports lately.
    Weather has been off and on so we have had a couple of good days mixed in with a windy day…Jeff Mariana, Cedros Tackle

    Bahía de Los Ángeles


    Find the Panga fleet and you will find the bait … 5- to 8-inch macs all day long — just “meter” around ‘til you find a ball and drop sabikis to the bottom.

    Fill your tank and head toward the North end of La Ventana to chase crashing birds. Plenty of birds working and yellowtail crashing but they are boat shy. If you get frustrated try the reef on the SW tip of La Ventana for various smaller-grade reef fish. …Kenny

    Gonzaga Bay


    Juan is optimistic about this year’s season; the kelp is starting to grow back after the warm temps killed it over the last few years.
    The air temps are perfect now, between 75- and 80-degrees and water temps are starting to rise with this latest south swell from storm Dora. Bring it on…Shari Bondy



    Who wants to sit on a rock pile and soak a mackerel for yellowtail after being pulled around a pile of sargasso by dorado? I guess some might but we decided to throw out our last few mackerel at some shallow-water roosterfish.

    That’s the kind of week we had this past week but it did start out a little slow and tentative. Monday had water that was almost the perfect color but the temperatures were all in the low 70s……mostly 71! By Wednesday the 80-degree water was all over the place and a floating pile of sargasso was located about 10 miles outside of Carmen Island’s Punta Lobo!

    I counted 16 boats circling on Friday and within 30 minutes we had our limit of two fish each.
    Catch and release for the smaller versions with the bigger ones headed for the dinner table.
    Near “La Cholla” and Balandra some big roosterfish were searching for snacks. No hookups for our mackerel as Captain Tony Davis explained that roosters prefer other live baits. “Lisa, caballito and jurelito” are the magic bait for these models. We did get checked out by fish that appeared to be 40-pound class fish, but no takers. …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    Fishin For The Mission Tournament July 6 - 8 2017.

    Magdalena Bay
    There is very good yellowtail fishing on Thetis bank. Marlin… Marlin… MARLIN … are making a show on the ridge now…Bob Hoyt

    La Paz

    Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report - Tailhunter Sportfishing - La Paz, Mexico, June 25 - July 2, 2017…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International

    East Cape

    Grande yellowfin tuna found here this week as well as in Cabo San Lucas…Van Wormer Resorts.


    It was a very unusual June. The weather was unsettled all month with winds from all directions. The midday east winds were uncommonly brisk. On top of all this, there was a dramatic incursion of cold water from the south. Terrafin watchers saw this clearly. The temperature dropped 8- to 10-degrees, killing the great tuna bite and it killed any chance of live bait for a few days. Of course Leonero always has squid, which saves the day. LATE SUNDAY UPDATE: YFT’s reappeared and most boats reported limits of fish to 20-poundsJohn Ireland


    A southeast wind blew up to 10 knots for a couple of days and was followed by a north wind which blew up to 12 knots which ruffled and cooled the water for our anglers. All fishing inshore was very good, primarily from La Ribera point south to El Faro and Los FrailesFelipe Valdez

    Puerto Los Cabos

    Recently Hurricane Dora passed as a category one storm about 250 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Locally there were some limited isolated rain squalls which did not amount to much at all; this system quickly weakened as it passed over cooler Pacific waters.
    There were some south winds, but much less and lighter than the previous week. Though the ocean conditions remain turned over, and slack currents are delaying the time it is taking for conditions to rebound. Water temperature is back up into the 74-degree range in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and Los Frailes; out to about 10- to 15-miles the water is green, but slowly clearing, and offshore the water is cleaner and in the upper 70-degree range.
    Better fishing action is still being found closer inshore near the Iman to San Luis Banks. Not much billfish action is being reported; some striped marlin are seen, but very few hook ups.
    Bait supplies remained steady for caballito and mullet; bolito on the fishing grounds vanished.
    Fleets are finding that the most productive action was bottom fishing with yo-yo type jigs for red snapper and a few amberjack. The snapper, or huachinango were found mainly on the San Luis bank, best bite was early in the day and these excellent-eating fish averaged 4- to 10-pounds. A few amberjack reported in the same area, weighing from 10- to 30-pounds.
    There were some quality-sized yellowfin tuna hooked on the grounds from Iman to San Luis by anglers drift-fishing or slow-trolling various baits; there was one yellowfin close to 100 pounds landed mid-week, along with a few tuna in the 40- to 70-pounds for the fleet. A few smaller football-sized tuna were also hooked into on yo-yo jigs or trolled hoochies. Though with this grade of yellowfin schooling in the green water over the bottom structure, we expect for the bite to become much more consistent as the clarity of the water improves.
    A few roosterfish were more scattered due to off-colored, cooler conditions, as well as the swells increasing earlier in the week…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas,

    Cabo San Lucas

    Hurricane Dora was trying to make Cabo San Lucas for the first storm of the season but turned off and headed out toward Hawaii before it fizzled into a non-issue for southern Baja, leaving it with more good weather and lots of sunshine. The “Fish Cabo” landed a 175-pound yellowfin tuna, caught on 40-pound test mono which required a 4-hour battle time frame.
    Cabo Climate: A couple of days of partly cloudy conditions but otherwise, a good week’s weather with daytime temps averaging 82.3 and nights at 76.5. Humidity ratio averaged 72% for the week.

    Sea Conditions: Water temps from the Finger Bankto Cabo San Lucas, all on the Pacific side, varied from 70 to 72 degrees/ Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes and out to about 5 to 10 miles, was all at 73-74 degrees and from the 95 Fathom Spot to the 1150 Fathom Spot and outside the 1000 Fathom Curve was all at 74 to 79 degrees. The surface breezes were primarily from the westerly directions and averaged about 13.16 mph on the Pacific side but were nearly flat calm on the Sea of Cortez side.

    Best Fishing Area: There is still many billfish being seen throughout the area but very un-cooperative for the biting part and no special area was named as “best” for the billfish.
    Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was best for the few stripers that were caught but for the most part, bait were ignored by the billfish entirely. The big tuna was taken on bait but the smaller tuna were taken on a variety of feathers and lures being trolled around the areas. Overall, there was just no best bait for any of the fish and it seemed like the luckiest anglers had the best opportunities for landing a fish at all.

    Bait Supply: Live bait was readily available at the $3.00 per bait rate paid direct to the bait vendor at time of receipt…Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.

    [​IMG]Steve Cali and his sons Canyon and Colt with their friend, Matt, had an awesome trip … HUGE roosters and a jack…Grant Hartman
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  2. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Great report and pics Gary...keep em coming LOL
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  3. tunacrzy

    tunacrzy It takes two to tangle

    Pico Rivera,Ca
    18' Westcoaster "Deez Knots"
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    Awesome report!
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  4. egarratt

    egarratt Well-Known "Member"

    San Diego
    Eddie G
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    Great recap.
  5. eatsleepfish007

    eatsleepfish007 Fishizzle

    Houston, TX
    Gentry Smith
    SeaArk CUB 2472
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    Beautiful fish!

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