Marlin missing from the spread

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  1. Baja Bytes

    Baja Bytes Baja Editor BD Writer

    Lake Elsinore, CA USA
    Gary Graham
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    Baja Bytes Weekly Overview
    Friday, March 10, 2017
    Gary Graham

    Que Pasa


    A blue whale's tail as big as a private plane with Baja Mountains in the distance.


    A small section of a blue whale's back . . . only about half the distance from the blow hole to the dorsal fin; the beam on the boat's transom is 9-feet which might help you appreciate the whale's size. Note: the boat had turned its engines off, and was sitting still in the water, with the whale doing the traveling.


    A group of Dana's whale watchers holding up the official flag. Photos…provided by Dana Jones

    One Springtime Fishing Tip for the Sea of Cortez

    Springtime fishing in Loreto and nearby waters of the Sea of Cortez can be power-packed with excitement and memorable catches. Pacific yellowtail are the star performers when attached to live bait or yo-yo’ed from deep rock piles. As the weeks pass and the days creep slightly longer, it is the bass-type cabrilla that can add to the fisherman's mixed bag of triumphs.

    Sharing this springtime destination with the avid fishermen are the largest creatures to ever live on this earth. Many different whale species, including the enormous blue whales, feed and cruise all around the near shore and deep water areas.

    In Loreto, whale watching has become one of our busiest tourism seasons and we see clients from all over the world. For the serious fishermen this might be surprising news although the bigger surprise is that Mexico has strict rules governing the interactions of humans and whales.

    Recently one of the Escondido private fishing boats was returning from the yellowtail battles at Catalana Island and stopped to spend time with some humpback whales. Shortly after, one of the National Marine Park boats pulled alongside and politely explained that "whale watching" has specific rules that they were outside of. After a quick "whale watching" class both boats went their separate ways without hassle or drama.

    That brings up the question -- what are the rules?

    First, any whale watching boat needs to have a permit which is applied for in La Paz in the fall. Along with that permit, an official whale flag is provided and must be displayed on each boat.

    Also whale watching providers and boat captains must attend a class that instructs on the rules to be followed.

    Minimum distances and positions for following and viewing are impressed along with laminated diagram sheets. (This is serious stuff and serious tourism business. We have clients from as far away as Japan coming every year!)

    When I go out fishing, Captain Tony Davis, from the Port Captain's Office keeps an eye out all times for whales and when we get close to crossing paths with these giants, he slips the engine into neutral and turns it off.

    My tip for whale watching: Go with professional providers or do like Tony does!

    Share the road with the whales and smoke the yellowtail fillets. …Rick Hill

    Baja Norte

    Coronado Islands . . . No Report.

    Small Craft Advisory now in effect until 3 a.m. PST Saturday…
    * Winds…
    NW winds 15 to 25 kts with local gusts to 30 kts.
    * Waves/Seas… Combined seas 7- to 9-ft. dominant period 10 seconds. …

    The area from the Tijuana Bull Ring, south? Same story.

    Jon, Chula Vista, Calif., gives a lengthy account of his recent trip to Ensenada. “Fishing got off to a fun start for those guys . . . catching a bunch of bonito. I pretty much just hung out and waited for bottom time, which is what I really was about -- this trip, anyhow. When that finally began, nothing was hitting. The memo I didn't get was that everything in the water was gorging up on the red crab tide! Really one of the least productive trips for me in years. Managed a few not-so-proud fillets for the freezer.”

    Colonet . . . nothing new to report as most boats remained in port!


    Killer of a week last week while fishing in San Quintin, Mexico . . . the Boys at K and M Fishing are always super legit and on their game.

    The Upper Sea of Cortez, Bahia De Los Angeles.


    Some rumblings of decent catches, very sketchy photo only. Still north winds to contend with often.

    Baja Sur


    Laguna Ojo de Liebre . . . Every day, every hour is unique on the lagoon with gray whales! Today's special was spy hopping and those magnificent gray heads were popping up everywhere all around us. But the best one happened about two feet from my head; I was looking the other way and saw the lancheros eyes open wide. I looked around and was nose to nose with a giant! …Shari Bondy

    Vizcaino, Ascensión, La Bocana and Abreojos…remains quiet.

    A couple of our regulars, both fish and human, from the neighborhood -- Captain Tony with a Coronado Island yellowtail.

    In Loreto Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing, noted the hot yellowtail rock pile this week has been on the far side of Carmen Island at a spot known as "perro".

    Just a mile or so north of Punta Perico the spot was kicking before the mid-week winds kicked in and started back up on Thursday.

    Fish from 14 to almost 30 pounds were landed with most fish averaging 25 pounds.

    Punta Lobo cooled off but part of that might be related to the bait.

    The bait sellers had full receivers this morning but the mackerel could be classified as "super-sized." I saw mackerel as big as the whitefish being caught and not the 12-inch models . . . these “beefie” bait were pushing 18 inches!

    For the few boats running down riggers the action still continues to out-perform soaking macks on the bottom.

    Irons have been batting close to zero for the third or fourth consecutive week at most spots.

    Cabrilla and pargo continue to be out of town or at least not hungry.

    Reds, whitefish and pinto bass will fill up your day if you don't move a few meters.

    One more positive sign of the season is that more green sargasso has been washing up and floating in the current lines; this points to a more normal and improved spring-run of top water action. Soon we should be seeing the yellowtail and cabrilla hitting bait at the surface and chasing deep-trolled hard bait like Rapalas and MirroLures!

    “Gary, had a good time fishing Puerto Lopez Mateos, Magdalena Bay. Thanks for helping set this up.
    Went south the first day and my friend Craig Bevin caught 2 small snook on fly. Second day went north to second entrance where we fished before with you, and Alan caught the snook. Some luck there, other spots were better. Caught a lot of fish with 5 doubles landed all on a fly!” …Jack Balch


    A rare winter dorado for Mike McGuffin from Folsom, Calif., who was visiting La Paz with his family and found one day when the winds weren’t blowing; he got an unusual winter dorado that turned out to be a pretty nice one as well as a sierra. The fish was caught just outside of Bahia de los Muertos. He was fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz.

    East Cape, season for Rancho Leonero opened last week. Only a few boats were out. The weather has been fantastic, very pleasant with very light winds. As we said in our last report, you never know how things will develop, but under normal conditions April produces by far the best striped marlin fishing of the year, and conditions are truly normal! Predictions are that East Cape will have very good fishing this spring. …John Ireland

    San Jose del Cabo
    The action that was going on for yellowfin tuna off the Cabo San Lucas arches faded out over last weekend and we did not see any rebound this week. A handful of tuna were landed off of the La Fortuna and Iman Banks, most of these in the 30-pound class, though numbers were very limited, more skipjack than anything else. Supplies of schooling sardina were still being found off the rocky beach stretches from Regina to Cabo Real. Sardineta are on the bait grounds off of the San Jose del Cabo Hotel Zone, though not many mackerel at all being reported, some people are using strips of squid as another bait option as well.

    Not much billfish action being reported in any direction, on the Pacific or in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Who knows what is going on with the striped marlin, should be the time we see more numbers of these fish showing up, definitely behind schedule.

    Nothing has really developed with the yellowtail either, a few fish here and there, but no numbers at all. A handful of yellowtail up to 25-pounds were reported off of the Palmilla Point, hitting on yo-yo jigs and larger baits, but only one or two per day for the whole fleet and then the next day none. No consistent bite on these prized jacks, though we are still optimistic that something might happen soon.

    Charters are not finding much at all further offshore or inshore for that matter, besides some sporadic action on sierra. Most charters are starting to work the various rock piles within a few miles of shore for a mix of snapper, pargo, amberjack, cabrilla, triggerfish and others. Spotty action for the most part, sometimes up to a dozen fish, other times only several. All good eating though, except for the black skipjack, which at times were very plentiful on same grounds where anglers were trying to get the yellowfin tuna to bite. Just not the time we are catching many really trophy sized fish, though with the weather now warming up with each passing day, things can change fast, also coming off a bright full moon, so as night time skies darken we hope to see the daytime action improve.

    Still lots of whale activity being seen, though usually by the end of this month these mammals will start back on their northern migration. Plenty of sea lions in the area as well, always following the fishermen around trying to get an easy meal...Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas,

    Cabo San Lucas


    Approximately 30-pound yellowtail caught aboard the Pisces La Brisa.

    What a difference a day makes; yesterday we only found sierra and the roosterfish weren't biting. The day before there was a good rooster bite, and today Pat, Gary and Jack got these two nice ones. A few minutes ago big roosters in the match -- Yea Baby We love it. Way to go guys. …Grant Hartman

    Cabo San Lucas is now in its second month of very poor fishing results and no marlin have shown up in the local waters for the past six weeks or so . . . at least none that would bite.

    Cabo Climate: A couple of partly cloudy days that turned into sunny and warm weather for the balance of the week. Daytime temps averaged 83.6 degrees and nites at 65.2. Humidity ration averaged 40.2%. Overall, very good weather for the snowbirds.

    Sea Conditions: Sea surface conditions flowing mostly from the westerly directions at an average of 11 mph. Water temps from the Finger Bank to Cabo Falso at 71 degrees; Cabo San Lucas to Gorda Banks and out 5 to 6 miles at 71 degrees. Outside the 5 to 6 miles, temps increased to 74 to 75 degrees.

    Best Fishing Area: There was no "best fishing area" for any of the boats. We are now entering our second month of very difficult fishing in the Cabo San Lucas region and everyone is eagerly looking forward to better fishing reports.

    Best Bait/Lure: The roosterfish were best on live bait, skipjack best on small trolling feathers. The mako sharks bit on live bait.

    Live Bait Supply: Live bait supply has been excellent for caballitos. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.


    Niles Hannewyck, Michigan. He also caught a yellowtail, a grouper, 2 toro plus 5 other sierra. …Gricelda Smokehouse
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  2. robertebaker

    robertebaker BOILERMAKER.

    Vista, CA, USA
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    Loved the Blue Whale tail shot. In San Ignacio they call that "Cola!'
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  3. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

    Costa Mesa
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    Great report and pics right on que Gary. Loved your WON column this week
    finding the "back in the day" sort of spot still, sounds like heaven? LOL
    Some nice yellows starting to show all over south it looks like finally.

    As for the whale pop-up, I was bringing a Cal20 from Redondo Beach
    to Newport one time, had one do that 3ft off the side off Lunada Bay. Whew!
    Could count the barnacles LOL Ever wonder what they think looking at us?
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  4. mulegemike

    mulegemike Well-Known "Member"

    Mission Viejo
    Skipjack 262 "Pescadero"
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    Another great report thanks Gary love the whale pic!
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