Loreto,Baja Sur Mexico-Looking for some new spearfishing spots.

Bajadeek

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Loreto,B.C.S.Mexico
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Captain Pinchy
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Mar y Cruz
Loreto is an easy to get to "out of the way spot" for a wide range of outdoor people. Direct flights from Los Angeles of only two hours and a wide range of services has built up a loyal following .
Generations of local knowledge has made Loreto a popular yellowtail , dorado and billfish destination for over 50 years.
Spearfishing (along with the fly fishing) is growing summer fishing activity that we have come to love. Cold water is not a favorite ,but if you can handle that then most of the year can also be fished .
This past year we have started to look for new spots that hold the fish. One complication we have is that Loreto is the site of a National Marine Park and inside the park spearfishing is not allowed.
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Juve Orozco,one of Loreto's PADI scuba instructors, spends his day off just north of the Marine Park. The search for rock piles that hold pargo(Pacific dog snapper) and cabrilla .
Starting just south of Punta Colorado and continuing north for many kilometers there are endless stretches of rocky coastline that is outside the park.
We want to locate the best spots to practice and teach this challenging sport. That was half of today's purpose along with lining up lunch!
South of the park has some great spots that we know about,but this summer we will focus on working our way north.
San Cozme and Agua Verde will have to wait for next spring.

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The best spots are close in to the coast where the big boulders fall,roll and crash into the water. Points can be good fish holding spots too,but are too easy for everyone to recognize and fish with hook and line. Swim the coast between the points and you will discover where the fish hide.

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It looks like we have found a good bunch of underwater boulders holding pargo. There were some big cabrilla,but they turned and faded into the deep. Cabrilla,especially the big ones, won't stay long once you show up. The pargo will back off ,but get curious and come close......if you can hold your breath long enough.

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Most of the pargo will be glued to the rocks or lurking in the cracks and caves. When they are in groups they seem to feel safer and are less timid. Single fish take a long time to enter the danger zone...in front of the gun.

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Juve invited a bunch of pargo buddies to join us at our beach barbeque. The fish ranged from 7 to 10 pounds which is the perfect size for the grill. Larger fish would have to be filleted and prepared ...butter and garlic,throw in some tomatoes,olives and capers on pasta or Veracruz style!

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The challenge; shot them only in the right spot. We get a few shots at yellowtail around our rock piles,but they are hard to hit in the right spot. Behind the eyes,away from the stomach and meat. Anyplace soft and the fish will swim until the shaft tears out..and there goes your fish.

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Lots of challenges in spearfising; find the fish,pick the one you want and then wait....if you can hold your breath.

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One last look.......Up north there is a good spot just look for the big rock that is "painted" white.
Hope you can spend some time with our fish friends. Aside from our pargo and cabrilla the area holds yellowtail and amberjack. Other species of jacks and bass type fish...perico,triggerfish. Lots of possibilities in Loreto.
 

Ali

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Great report. Thanks for taking the time!
 

Jimmy king

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Thanks so much I’m having trouble finding the exact line of the marine park people tell these horror stories but it’s nice to see post like this that you can actually spearfish there... I’m coming there in a few months how far north are you
 

Jimmy king

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Is it illegal to even spear at the north island Coronado island so people just spear the coast lines no pinnicles out by or past the islands ??
 

tlong

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Aug 4, 2006
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newport beach
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tim
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I was told to try going south to a spot called Agua Verde, anybody tried that spot?
 

Long Beach Bob

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Bob Ballew
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Quite a few of the divers on Spearboard.com….California section ….dive Mexico and will probably give you some good info regarding productive areas...I quit driving down there after the cartels created havoc for everyone...