Giant yellowfin tuna leads their return...finally

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    Baja Bytes Weekly Overview
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    Gary Graham

    Que Pasa

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    SAC Southern Partnership Thrives

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    Coronado Island
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    Report from Vince and Max: Dirty green water at the IB Pipe but perfect current. No birds, little life, 63.3-degree water and very slow. But we got this!

    The focus point continues to be from the Rockpile down to Descanso and from there west to the Upper Finger Bank.
    At last word, the better action was in the upper end of that triangle.
    Guys are seeing way more fish than they are catching and they are catching plenty! The fish are coming on the surface iron tossed in front of breezing spots of yellowtail.
    They tell us the better grade fish is in the upper end of the triangle and that smaller yellows and barracuda are more on the inshore now.

    Evening Update: Excellent yellowtail action today for at least one boat. The San Diego reported in with 100+ at the lunch hour and ended up with 155 for 34 passengers.
    The Malihini was also out but didn’t come close to the San Diego with 31 yellows and 1 bonito.
    The Mission Belle must have been on a crew trip scoring 10 yellows for just 3 passengers. …Fishdope.com

    Ensenada
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    Here are the two phone numbers to call if you want to get bait at Ensenada Harbor: The barge: will be on-call Monday thru Thursday, Friday thru Sunday – Open 5 a.m. and closing depending on demand.

    To dial from the U.S. you must start with 011 52 (646 ) and then the number.

    If language is a barrier or you have difficulty communicating, feel free to call us at 011 52 (646) 175 23 24; we have constant and direct communication with them. ...Marina Coral Store

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/live-bait-service-returns-to-ensenada.625125/

    Yellowtail anywhere from 10 to 35 pounds, not WFO yet but on/off depending on the day. No bonito or barracuda -- usual bottom species - lings, reds, sand/calico bass, sheepshead. …Bruce

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/can-i-get-an-ensenada-fish-report.625296/

    San Quintín

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    Headed down to SQ with Rosarito Jimmy on Saturday. Mission was to meet up with Captain Juan and head for Gonzaga. Figured we might as well fish a day while we were here. Juan let us know that it's the May doldrums so don't expect much. Well, a day on the boat with my two amigos is more than enough to make it a great day in my book so I wasn't worried. Mother Nature was kind to us. Not much wind, small sea, sunny, warm and the beer was cold. Oh ya’ and we caught some fish! …Bob Rehfuss

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/just-another-day-in-sq.625039/

    Bahía de Los Ángeles

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    On the first day we all scattered different ways; we went 50 miles north to get grouper and yellowtail. …Roger

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/maldidos-bola-5-de-mayo-trip-2016.625081/

    BOLA, JUST RIGHT.

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/bola-just-right.624897/

    Gonzaga Bay

    No Report.

    Bahía Ascensión

    No Report. …Shari Bondy

    La Bocana

    No Report. …Juanchys Aguilar

    Loreto
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    Our captain, "Chapa" Quintana was in the mix with other pangas all hooking up on yellows and bottom fish, including pargo and even assorted sized baqueta.
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    He hit his same favorite spots with the same good results. (San Bruno Reef had the cluster of boats today and they too had good catches of 25-pound class yellowtail.)

    I think we hit rock bottom this past Tuesday when the average results looked really sad. Fishing had been getting slower and slower for the past thirty days.

    Three days in a row we had three out of four boats getting skunked . . . totally skunked!

    Our best captains were doing two and three days in a row, returning with leftover bait and no fish in the box.

    Captain Tony did four out of five days but the details sweetened the dim picture a bit. He fished hard the first two days and day three's client wanted to just cruise around and shoot photos -- pilot whales, dolphin, mantas jumping and the beauty of the coast line.

    Day five was with a client who only wanted to troll, so off to pargo country, the rocky coast. Five hookups and no fish in the box . . . cut off lines and short-hitting pargo but it sure gets the blood pumping and earned Tony a good tip.

    Everything swung around on Wednesday with the radio buzzing of success and many flat out lies!

    Yellowtail to 30 pounds for some of the boats, with the rest getting into smaller versions and a good mix of bottom fish, including some 25 pound baqueta.

    A few shark hookups and a pair of 30-pound class roosters.

    Needless to say the live bait guys are back catching and supplying mackerel in the morning.

    The action was all happening back close to Loreto. Maybe I should rephrase that by saying nobody was cruising 40 miles north or south and burning $100 plus on gasoline!

    Most of the boats worked the spots close to Punta Lobo with yellowtail being the main catch.

    Good yellowtail fishing, marlin and a few sails getting spotted but no sightings of dorado so far this spring. ...Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

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    The look of a 430-pound tuna on the end of your line -- photo shows Robert Ross in an epic battle with a record tuna! We have had a lot of interest in the 430-pound tuna, so here is more information: We got involved as we are we are good friends with Robert Ross and he knows that we have good knowledge in regard to world records; we also fish with him a lot.
    The fish was caught 24 miles from Loreto in the Sea of Cortez.

    Robert is a consummate angler, very skilled, who fishes nearly every day; he knew the fish was big, but contacted us after they had filleted it.
    What are you supposed to do with a 430-pound tuna miles from anywhere? Certain requirements are needed to register a World Record such as: it has to be weighed on a certified scale by an IGFA Representative -- neither of which were available at the time of the catch. By the time they could have found a certified scale and Rep it would have been at least 12 to 18 hours later (if even possible) in which time, the fish would have rotted and also lost weight and there was nowhere to keep it on ice.

    He weighed it with a rancher’s scale for his own personal satisfaction to know how much it weighed; when he told us the weight, we informed him that it would have been an All Tackle World Record -- the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught on rod and reel! …Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing

    Magdalena Bay

    No Report. ...Bob Hoyt

    La Paz
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    First two days were tough this week with only a few small roosters picked up, but today we found a few more and had some great blowups and bucket lists fulfilled. On my boat, my partner Neil dropped it right into the middle of five big boys climbing over each other for the ballyhoo. I think it might have been the same pod driving by again when he hooked an even larger one. He got his rooster pin and we grinned all the way back to the launch. …Gary Bulla
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    No Report…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International

    East Cape
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    As the 2016 fishing season got under way and the first of many groups arrived at the hotel, many wondered how the fishing would be compared to the last couple of years. Would it be another El Niño type year? Would we have dorado bigger than 15 pounds? Would the big tuna return? We don’t have a big enough sample size to know for sure, but based on the fishing this week, things are looking up! …Van Wormer Resorts

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/fishing-report-from-east-cape-5-10-16.625229/

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    We got to our little bit o’ paradise on Sunday this week. My wife and I love to fish these waters. All of the people, skippers, deckhands and Anable (sp), the charter master at Palmas de Cortez, are nice people who know how to treat people with the utmost respect and smiles all around! As usual, the people, restaurants and fishing did not disappoint …

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/east-cape-5-8-5-13.625300/

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    Wahoo continue to hit the fillet table every day. These are not crème puffs … they’re good fish in the 50-pound class. …Gary Barnes Webb

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/wahoo-bite-brightens-may-bite.625011/#post-4084912

    San José del Cab0

    The striped marlin were reportedly now centered on the 95 and 1150 high spots, though on some days the marlin were found much closer. Trolling rigged ballyhoo or drift fishing with caballito and moonfish all worked, some boats scored 2,3,4, billfish days. More of a larger boat deal now, since these area were centered 10 to 18 miles offshore, a bit more vulnerable to the south winds. Besides the striped marlin, there was now an occasional dorado in the mix, as well as thresher sharks.

    Closer to shore on the surface was mainly searching for wahoo, yellowfin tuna or dorado, no bonanza, though everyday a few were caught, so there are chances at some quality fish. Anglers were using a mix of available baitfish or strips of squid, as well as trolling with Rapalas. Wahoo sizes ranged from 15-pounds, up to 65. These fish were elusive, anglers were very fortunate to land one or two. Best chances at yellowfin tuna were found near Iman to Vinorama, also some blind strikes by tuna being taken while trolling the inshore waters from Red Hill to Cabo San Lucas, average sizes yellowfin were in the 15 to 25-pound range, no significant numbers, fewer than in past weeks.

    Off the bottom it was the triggerfish that dominated the action, occasional cabrilla (leopard grouper), yellow snapper, pompano, amberjack or bonito. Strips of squid was the most successful bait, mostly smaller sized fish, all good eating though.

    Inshore was limited to isolated action encountered for sierra or roosterfish, once again, no numbers, a few impressive sized sierra to over ten pounds were landed. Still only limited schooling action for roosterfish, should start to see schools of mullet move into the region, this is the roosters preferred food source, attracting the larger trophy sized fish, which in our area typically peak during the second half of June…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

    Los Cabos

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    One striped marlin (released) and one wahoo (35 to 40 pounds) for dinner for Bob, Michael, Willie, and John from Georgia. They were fishing aboard our 35-foot Valerie boat with Jefe and Chava, and caught the fish on caballito. …Pisces Sportfishing

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    Fished with Victor one day -- Jaime for a day-and-a-half; woke up late another day. I didn't have a charter but jumped a random panga and went inshore for a few hours. Had a great time! Very impressed by Jaime and his boat the Jessica and gear. Was trying to get some snappers and groupers too but never got bit by them. …Richard

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/fished-cabo-this-past-week.625267/

    Finally, an encouraging fishing report from Cabo San Lucas and the best sign of increased fishing activity in quite a while. We are now pushing a near 50% catch rate on stripers, a scattering of yellowfin tuna, and a fair bite on wahoo -- making for much better action at the tip of Baja. There were reports of quite a few wahoo lost due to bite-offs.

    Cabo Climate: Beautiful, sunny and warm days with temps that varied from 65 nights to 85 daytime highs and a 45.6 average humidity level.

    Sea Conditions: Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and varied from calm mornings to 13- to 14-mph by the afternoons. Sea temps varied from the Finger Bank, southerly to the 1000 fathom curve at 71-72. Cristobal and out about 5 miles, and south to the 1000 fathom curve at 73-74. Cabo Falso and southerly to the 1000 fathom curve and then northerly to Los Frailes, all at 76-78 degrees.

    Best Fishing Area: There was some pretty good fishing just east of the 1150 Fathom Spot with a good bite on the stripers. Adding to the action was a much more active wahoo bite. Also, a good bite on the yellowfin tuna in tight to Cabo, but completely inside the fishing reserve and while some of the boats did fish the area; other boats stayed out of the zone that if and when caught in the restricted area they will endure the very heavy fines and restrictions on the use of the boat. Overall, it is a much awaited change to the overall action from Cabo San Lucas.

    Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was working quite well for both stripers and yellowfin tuna.

    Bait Supply: Bait supply remains good for the few boats that are fishing at the $3.00 per bait rate. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.
     
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    Nice work Gary.
     
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    Awesome report par usual Gary. Man I'm foaming
    less than two weeks from blastoff the 26th, and
    bigger grade bluefin hitting the decks. That 430lb
    Yellowfin a definate COW+....LOL. What a fish! He
    did the right thing that far out rather than spoil .
    Always look forward to your reports every Friday!
     
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    I always enjoy these reports. Thanks Gary. Any more info on the Loreto YFT? I've fished there for years but have never considered Loreto to be known for big tuna. Yet it looks like that guy was prepared?! Did a school of giants get lost and swim up the wrong side of the peninsula?
     
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    Robert Ross is no stranger to large YFT's Several years ago his boat caught two or three in the high 2's as I recall. What caught everyone's attention was that it was in January. Also that same year he landed several swordfish and lost another in May. From what I've been told its a high spot out in the middle of the Sea outside of Agua Verde.
     
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