Gonzaga Bay - April 6th and 7th

Winston.

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Little bit of a late report. Last week we headed down to Gonzaga bay for the second time fishing with Juan.

day 1
first day we started with some fantastic corvina and sierra fishing very close in. Make sure to bring you wire leaders because the sierra will destroy your tackle without it. If I recall correctly Juan recommended 40lb single strand. Moving on, we made the long trip to the golden reef to fish for grouper and yellows. I picked off one on a small yo-yo right away but fishing was not full speed. Throughout the day I caught 4 more, most coming on Juan’s slow pitch rods and one on a stickbait I made. I got one model on the slow pitch around 25lbs but most of them stayed around the 15lb mark. I was skeptical about slow pitch at first but it is definitely a great way to beat the strong Baja currents and kill a lot of fish. We finished the day trolling for some yellows and got one small one on the rapala. We couldn’t get any grouper to stick for day one but got some very powerful bites, the problem was that we didn’t have a stinger hook.

day 2
We started off close in right by Alfonsinas looking for those corvina from the day before. They were fairly easy to find as there were many bird schools working in the area. We got plenty of corvina for grouper bait and dinner. There were also other species in the mix as my buddy got a small pompano and I managed a huge spotty. They grow em big in Baja! I didn’t bring my kayak down this time but it is definitely feasible to fish those sierra and corvina when they are close. Easy to find, easy to catch. We made the decision to take a look at the islands because we had heard that there were a lot of yellowtail there the day before. We motored around from spot to spot but only found one school of yellows that was locked on micro bait. Even though they didn’t eat, it was still an amazing sight seeing these fish school underneath the boat. We then decided to troll for grouper bait and got a bonita to drop down. No biters at the islands. We made the decision to go to golden reef for a second time. The fishing was a little bit better, I got 3 to 5 yellows on the slow pitch and my buddy got 2 or 3, one of which was around 20lbs. The grouper fishing was a little bit slow but we still managed a 30lber. There were also plenty of yellows on the surface that we couldn’t get to bite. There were some crazy fireman that were running and gunning on there bay runner and seemed to have better luck. We know because they were the most amped fisherman I’ve ever seen. Bittterrr!!!!

All in all, we had a fantastic trip. Juan is an amazing and knowledgeable fisherman that always teaches me something new whenever I fish with him. Thank you for the trip Juan! We’ll see you in July!

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surf launch

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I remember back in the '80's when those corvina averaged 20 to 30 pounds. Huge schools would prowl the beaches from Gonzaga to Punta Final. We'd catch em trolling CD14 Rapalas just off the beach usually in less than 15 feet deep. Once a plug got slammed, firing back 1 ounce Krocks sometimes resulting in triple hook ups.

Ahh the good ol' days!
 
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Winston.

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Nice report! How were you fishing the sierra? Jigs with wire?

what slow pitch jigs were you using? Will be fishing with Juan next month.
For the Sierra or corvina I recall Juan saying anything shiny would work. Coltsnipers, flatfalls, krocodiles, etc. Be sure to bring down plenty if their still biting as the Sierra will bight through your braid or mono even with wire leaders. Not sure as far as slow pitch, you may want to contact him before your next trip if you want to bring down some. All I remember were the sizes, between 180-250 grams.
 
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Captain Juan SQ

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Captain Juan SQ.
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grea wright uo winston,very good fishing with you guysmseeya in bola,thanck you for the custom made surfas lures,fishonnn my friend.
 
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