Huge tuna overshadow last weeks two-finner thing

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  1. Baja Bytes

    Baja Bytes Baja Editor BD Writer

    Lake Elsinore, CA USA
    Gary Graham
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    Friday, June 24, 2016
    Gary Graham​

    Que Pasa

    An elderly couple celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary was washed into the ocean by a rogue wave in Cabo San Lucas. They have been identified by their family as Richard Culpepper, 86, and Nancy Culpepper, 83, retired, former owners of Culpepper's Cleaners in the San Antonio, Texas area. The Culpeppers were walking on a beach Wednesday evening when they were swept into the water. Nancy Culpepper was pulled from the water by a Mexican navy boat but died upon arrival at the Navy pier; Richard had drowned by the time rescuers found his body.

    Coronado Island

    The Islands are receiving very little pressure right now as most are fishing offshore for kelp paddy yellowtail and tuna.
    There was one report this morning that barracuda, along with a few bonito and calico bass, are biting in the Ribbon Kelp . . . boat-shy.

    San Salvador Knoll
    This area is seeing some action this morning, as both bluefin and yellowfin are up on the surface breezing around. It’s been hard to get them to bite this morning, however.
    There are also a number of kelp in the area north of the knoll; roughly half of them appear to be holding 15 to 20-pound class yellowtail. The yellowtail are biting sardine, mackerel and the yoyo iron. …


    No report

    San Quintín

    Sue & Carl's Surf Perch Derby in San Quintin!!

    This year was the largest ever -- 94 paid anglers! Yay!!! Congratulations to all the winners!
    1st Place Jon Slosser Custom fishing rod
    2nd Place Ray Van Diver Custom fishing rod
    3rd Place Kris Gustafson Tackle box
    4th Place Chuck McCarty Custom fishing rod
    5th Place Dave Holiday Custom fishing rod.
    Lots more prize winners included: 1,000, 1,800 and 2,000 peso winners.

    Thank you to: Tony from Owner Hooks, Mike from Bomber Sunglasses and
    John Rowe from Seaforth Sportfishing.


    The water was still rough but they still wanted to play and the wind was up. Long story short: 3 boats, 15 yellows -- the biggest was 35 pounds and at the least plus 40 reds. We headed in early and had some more beers; we also got down with a full spread of yellowtail sashimi, ceviche and al mojo de ajo. Our weekend was great but most of all we were fishing with our dad and brothers.

    Cedros Island


    Hobie team takes on Cedros …Jeff Mariani, Cedros Tackle


    Potential world record Broomtail Grouper caught on the kayak. 108.6lbs
    Angler Jeff Mariani
    Caught on a heavy bass rod and 40lb test
    Using a Kicker Jig surface iron.

    Bahía Ascensión

    No Report. …Shari Bondy

    La Bocana


    Picture is worth a 1,000 words. Gene Kira's favorite spot. …Juanchy Angular




    We are starting the "before tournament" fishing on Monday for next week's Tripui Dorado Tournament.

    The serious practice will kick in after this past week's warm up on triggerfish and pinto bass.

    Apparently, the dorado have been using stealth technology to hide from us fishermen. They have been pretty much undetected in the Loreto area since the first few days of June.

    We have high hopes and live bait, but the baiting averages are in the basement.

    That brings me to another point about the summer season of 2016 in Loreto: A message from the Office of Information and Reservations pertaining to the word you never say over the radio, "tuna."

    The 300-plus-pound tuna attributed to Loreto has swamped us with questions, and more questions, that are a little "touchy" to answer.

    “In the past few years we have seen more tuna trawlers cruising through the area than we have seen tuna at the fillet table.”

    We do have tuna as you can see in the photo; blue can tuna and yellow can tuna.....but the swimming kind at the end of your line....not very often.

    Every trip can offer unforgettable surprises but never a sure deal.

    Last summer was the first time for me to see the sperm whales that feed offshore (and that day was a zero on the dorado,too). Wow!

    Seriously, fishing has been very slow with few boats out searching and bringing back news. There are fillets on the tables and in the frying pans so all is not lost.

    Water quality and temperatures are patchy and variable. We have been seeing 78 to 80 degree water with almost no sargasso.

    Roosterfish and pargo strategies will be taking over if the dorado drought continues. I have seen both species hammering surface bait and unfortunately bait without hooks-that will soon change! …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    La Paz

    Repot pending… Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International

    East Cape


    Been fishing a lot lately and finally getting around to writing a report. Family, friends and clients have been keeping us occupied. The fishing, while up and down, has overall been pretty good. There is a large amount of bait present in the area. Despite some difficult water conditions, we continue to find fish. …El Regalo Sportfishing


    We have had an exciting week here on the East Cape. Any time a 300-pound tuna arrives on the fillet table, it’s exciting! Tony Lovoy from San Diego and his group, fishing on the Jen Wren, boated this monster on a Marauder about 20-miles out under porpoise. …Gary Barnes Webb


    June continues to be “bustin’ out all over.”…Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort“bustin’-out-all-over”-fish-report.629526/


    Felipe tangles with a weird one

    San José del Cab0


    This entire week had the ocean conditions rapidly changing, the week started with warmer clean water being found fairly close to shore, then water clarity deteriorated and the warm blue water shifted to much further offshore. All of this movement has limited what sportfishing fleets were able to do, basically it was down to two main options, either stay closer to shore and work the beach stretches and the structure within a couple miles of shore, other plan was to head out deep to where the clean water was found.

    Bait supplies consisted of mullet, caballito, moonfish, or ballyhoo and squid slabs were also available. The majority of the local panga fleets were fishing on the grounds from Cardon to Vinorama, trolling or drift fishing with various baits, there were some great quality fish accounted for early in the week, as the week progressed the water became more stirred up with the increased swell and the action tapered off. One of the more significant catches was a 122-pound amberjack that was landed near Vinorama on a live mullet from the super panga “Hooker” by skipper Tony Miranda’s son Axel, what a monster. There were many other amberjack landed that were in the 20 to 70-pound class. Also a handful of dogtooth snapper and pargo Colorado, leopard grouper, barred pargo, yellow snapper, roosterfish, jack crevalle and at least one yellowtail.

    Off the structure, in areas of 120 to 180 ft. there was some action encountered while using yo-yo jigs, mid-week there were some yellowfin tuna up to 75-pounds landed off of the San Luis Bank, then as the water became off colored, that put an end to that action for the time being. All week there were reports of larger cow sized yellowfin tuna being encountered while trolling among pods of fast moving porpoise, most days this activity was found some 20 to 30 miles from shore, near where the warm water break was. We saw one 170-pound class yellowfin brought to the panga dock area, we heard of a fish over 300-pound taken from a Los Barriles charter, there were many reports of big fish, though with the distance offshore and the combination of south wind chop, this was mainly a larger boat deal and for the boats that arrived on the scene first before the traffic created too much commotion and put the fish off the bite. Other action offshore besides encountered possibly tuna action was for scattered strikes on striped marlin or dorado, no big numbers but a few nice fish were being found, most of these just by trolling lures in open water. Not much talk of wahoo this past week, though as the water clears back up closer to shore these fish could become more active at any time.

    The roosterfish action continued to be very good along a wide stretch of inshore zones, a couple of off days when currents became dirty and cold in certain regions, quickly changing from day to day now. We heard of roosterfish to fifty pounds that were caught and released, also scores of big jack crevalle are also patrolling these same inshore areas…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

    Los Cabos


    Boy, do we wish it were November already, because we are pretty sure

    we would be in the money and on the scoreboard of the W.O.N. Tuna Tournament. The last few days have seen a flurry of big tuna landed

    by our anglers, headed up by Pisces’ Ruthless with a beautiful 283-pound yellowfin caught by John Berry from Monte Bello, NY, and his buddy Brian Gernand. Just days before, the same anglers and boat landed a 205-pound fish.
    Pisces Sportfishing

    Big fish in cabo . Got a nice one today 47 miles out . 223 pounder fishing with renegade Mike Tumbiero .aboard the Renegade Mike, weighing in at 223-pounds and 160-pounds, fishing about 48 miles outside and southerly from Cabo San Lucas…Pat McDonell

    A mixed sunny and partly cloudy week with air temps varied from 71 nights to 86 daytime highs and a 51.2-average humidity level.

    The Pacific side, from the Golden Gate Bank to Cabo Falso area, all at 75 to 76 degrees, then declines to 72 to 73 out to the 95 Fathom Spot and up to the Gorda Banks area. South of Cabo Falso from the 1000 Fathom Curve and around into the Sea of Cortez side is all at 76 to 77 degrees. Surface breezes flowing mostly from the westerly directions and varied from calmer mornings to a daily average of 13.5 mph.

    The best billfish bite came from the 95 Fathom Spot and the 1150 Fathom Spot and the tuna bite was again scattered about from close to about 48 miles offshore.

    Rigged bait has been working very well for billfish this past week and the crews are using fresh caballito that are getting bit better than the live bait.

    The live bait supply has been good for the past week with rate $3.00 per bait. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters

    Inshore, Jaime had several charters last week and caught a lot of nice roosterfish. The young men in the photo below are 10- and 11-year-old brothers and they each hooked and reeled their rooster to the boat unassisted -- two happy boys and proud daddy!
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  2. robertebaker

    robertebaker BOILERMAKER.

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    Looks great.
  3. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    GREAT REPORT Gary! Nice tuna, and really nice grouper in the Yaks! LOL

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