Sea of Cortez suddenly stirs

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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, April 8, 2016
    Gary Graham
    Que Pasa


    Coronado Island

    Steady rain expected all weekend. Boats were working the area just to the north of South Island and down the lee side to about Ribbon Rock for a slow pick on the yellowtail. The water is green but not too bad. Farther down at the Rockpile it’s said to be worse, going from green to brown. No sign of yellows in this area.
    The boats have been making the run down the Finger Bank, however, will probably preclude anyone until next week…


    Louie Prieto with Fany Gonzalez aboard "It's 4 Reels Sportfishing"

    The report here -- so the daily talk goes -- is about the yellowtail activity at Salsipuedes Bank -Finger bank - Banda Bank and Todos Santos where tons of them are feeding on tiny shrimp, completely ignoring lures and live bait.

    Several boats returned to port with zero yellows.

    Good news is that the first bluefin of the season was caught recently for Ensenada. A local charter headed out four miles of the south point of Todos Santos for a whale watching trip. Suddenly the tuna boiled next to the boat. So the trip took a turn and caught one, plus several more, that were released. …Coral Marine Store

    San Quintín


    Color the week red! …Captain Kelly Catian

    San Felipe


    We had a beautiful day this past Sunday; we had a call from our fishing guide that sierras were hungry and angry, so we checked the weather for the next weekend and it was perfect. …Alex


    The fourth time I’ve been down since January -- this trip reeked of redemption…Dannowar



    Chuck, Glad you had a good time; best time to fish for corvina is at high tide with Krockadiles. There are two restaurants -- the Cantina has one as you pull in and John has one about a mile north of the campground. Be careful where you park at high tide.

    “Just spent a few days in Percebu which is about 21 kilometers south of San Felipe on the road to Puertecitos . . . We stayed at a beachside rental and had a good time. Fishing was no good for us but the corvina were biting while we were in town for dinner. Percebu is a little community of about 60 or so homes along a low bluff, with about half the homes on a beach protected by a sand spit and estero which goes dry at low tide.” …Chuck

    Bahia de Los Angeles

    No Report

    Gonzaga Bay


    Fished with Rosarito Jimmy and his buddy Arturo "El Duro". . . we hit it just right. The weather was insane, so was the fishing! ...Captain Juan SQ

    Cedros Island

    Thursday morning we woke up to a howling wind, and for the first time all week we needed to time our launch. …Jim Salazar

    Bahía Ascensión

    No Report. …Shari Bondy

    La Bocana

    No Report. …Juanchys Aguilar


    Mulege fishing tournament

    It has been brought to my attention that some folks make arrangements far in advance to be here for a tournament. My apology if a slightly premature date announcement possibly inconvenienced anybody.

    The dates for the dorado tournament are officially June 1; Captains meeting [Wed]; fishing two out of three days – Thurs., Fri., Sat., according to weather.

    Saturday night -- rib dinner at Geckos; Sunday banquet at Jungla Jims. A major format change is being made in respect to raffles. There will be only one raffle with expanded prizes. There will be no wheelbarrow of booze nor grand prize separate raffle.

    These items will be included in the general raffle. This change will make the raffle situation much easier to handle. It is difficult to predict weather and dorado habits, but we can take action on the tides meaning capability to launch larger boats.

    We have taken action on the hunk of concrete at the end of the dock. A backhoe, at the next lowest tide, will either remove it or push it farther out. A dock extension is being considered. That is a bit more difficult than moving a piece of concrete. It would have to be removable which means a trailer and a storage location.

    Make your feelings known to Mike Sandstone. These "fixes" would solve tide issues permanently and make everyday fishing more pleasurable.

    Good luck to all and watch for further updates! ...Bill




    Typical catches from the go-to spot on tougher days . . . about one mile off the tip of Carmen Island's Punta Lobo.

    (This week's "tougher days" were due to strong currents without the interaction of our much whined about North Winds -- and our other day spoiler, “live bait” is happily very plentiful.)

    All those weeks of continuous whining about the winter wind has finally paid off! We had a whole week of minimum winds that allowed us to hit the far off hot spots!

    From Pulpito in the north to Catalana in the south and all the spots in between have been explored with varying results. We didn't find a "big fish of the week" story but the good news continues to be the presence of big cabrilla mixed in with the yellowtail.

    The tasty bass have been hitting the live jurelito we have been dropping for yellowtail. Most cabrilla are in the 10- to 12-pound range and as a matter of fact, a lot of the yellowtail are weighing in on the short side of medium as well.

    The bigger yellowtail have been close to the 25-pound average with no location-high spot-rockpile being consistent for the bigger fish.

    North of San Bruno at the "Mangle" arroyo we saw a big school of pargo -- the solid red Pacific dog snapper. Fish in the 40-pound range were spotted in shallow water and baited with live jurelito.

    The score on that trip was four monster bites lost in the rocks and two 10-pound versions landed. (I doubt if the bigger hookups even knew they were hooked . . . fish on a mission with an attitude!)

    Water temperatures and qualities are doing the spring-swing with clear to cloudy from one day to the next. Deep water currents are cold with the surface temps bouncing in the 70s.

    A few more weeks of practice before the yellowtail tournaments get rolling.
    "Other fish" categories will be full of cabrilla and pargo as always.

    No amberjack have been encountered recently but they have scored in the money in past years’ tournaments so bring out all your weapons! …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    Magdalena Bay

    As you probably know the whales have left. Grouper fishing is good right now, both in the bay and outside. Halibut are starting to bite and have moved into the shallows.

    Outside still a few tuna, but this is the windy time for us and not a lot of boats going outside. Bob Hoyt

    La Paz


    You show me yours and I’ll show you mine! …Ali


    Jasmine is from Washington and was with us for first-time fishing. She gets a nice yellowtail fishing out of Bahia de Los Muertos with Tailhunter. The fish was caught deep. She also got a 40-pound roosterfish that she handled like a pro and released. …Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter

    East Cape


    Scorpion Sportfishing is looking forward to a great season on the East Cape. …Matt Clifton


    Matt Clifton lands their first wahoo of the season in front of Las Palmas as the season finally lights up with yellowtail and striped marlin as well. …Eddie Dalmau, Van Wormer Resorts

    It was a marlin week for sure with all boats getting between one and four fish per day! Similar to last week, the fish were more active down in deeper water. Soaking bait anywhere from La Ribera to Punta Colorada was the way to go. …Gary Barnes Webb


    Whitemouth jack (Uraspis helvola). I had previously never seen one, nor even knew they existed. However, this specimen produced an amazing sashimi dinner last night! Delicious white flesh. Surprises abound in Baja! …Lance Peterson

    San José del Cab0

    Offshore action has consisted mainly for scattered striped marlin; no large concentrations, but there have been marlin found, often within two, three or four miles from shore. Striking best on baitfish, they have been seen tailing on the surface and anglers have been hooking up while drift-fishing with baits down deeper.

    Dorado action has been almost nonexistent, only an occasional single fish being reported. There have been some wahoo in the area, but getting them to bite is another deal. On Monday there was some good wahoo activity found north of San Luis Bank, but since, this action has been very spotty.

    Most charters are fishing off of the structure for a combination of snapper, pargo and cabrilla species, with an occasional amberjack caught.

    The same grounds off La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks have been holding schools of yellowfin tuna; the bite has been on and off, but actually this past week we saw more tuna in the 20- to 50-pound class and a few others near 100-pound. All of these yellowfin have been hooked into while drift fishing with strips of squid. No yellowtail action to report, only a handful of amberjack, main species being smaller-sized snapper, pargo, triggerfish and bonito.

    Whales seem to have started to head back on their northern migration, as fewer of these mammals have been seen.

    Inshore action has been some roosterfish and jack crevalle, but this has not been a consistent bite so far; we should have more fish moving in along the coastal stretches in the coming month. …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

    Los Cabos

    Beto and Chato did it again! They took Dave, Sr. and Dave, Jr. from Pittsburg, Penn., on a fishing trip aboard our Ruthless yacht, and they came back with seven grouper (5-10-25-30-35-pounds), and two lady fish (1- and 2-pounds). The fish took the caballito bait at Pozo Cota Spot. …Pisces Sportfishing

    The winds are finally backing off and the inshore fishing has picked up! The strong NW winds pushed down the cooler water but brought the fish with it. The boys are doing well on the Pacific side with good catches of roosterfish and sierra. Yesterday my brother-in-law, Justo, on 3 Marlins caught six roosters up to 30 pounds. …Eugene Carter Jr.

    While it continues to be difficult fishing from Cabo San Lucas, there is always a good chance for success as it can change by the day and we are certainly ready for that change.

    Cabo Climate: It was a mostly sunny week with exception to Wednesday and Thursday with some clouds and a little sprinkle on Thursday morning. Air temps stable at 66 nights to 83 daytime highs and an average humidity level at 45%.

    Sea Conditions: Water temps were variable on both sides of the peninsula and varied from Golden Gate Bank to Cabo Falso, all at 71, then dropped to 67-68 for a few miles and back up to 71. Cabo Falso and around to Los Frailes, across the 95 and 1150 Fathom Spots, all at 74. Surface breezes mostly from the north westerly directions and varied from calm mornings to about 9 mph in the afternoons, with exception to Sunday when the wind blew about 15 mph.

    Best Fishing Area: No particular "Hot Spot" reflected as the boats were fishing in all directions and on both sides of the peninsula with very difficult bite action.

    Best Bait/Lures: Live bait working best for the billfish.

    Live Bait Supply: Live bait supply remains very good with plenty of caballito at $3.00 per bait rate. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters.
  2. robertebaker

    robertebaker BOILERMAKER.

    Vista, CA, USA
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    Good report. Two Cabrilla on one lure. Pretty cool.
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  3. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Awesome report as usual Gary. Great read and pics.
    NICE Grouper Ali! Got that one on my bucket list too. LOL
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