Sierra Mackerel IGFA World Record Submitted-Baja Bytes

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Baja Editor
May 11, 2011
Lake Elsinore, CA USA
Gary Graham
Mar 18, 2019 by That Baja Guy-Gary Graham
Baja Bytes Fishing … Monday, March 18, 2019
Que Pasa


sierra mackerel
Congratulations to Theo Anest, Windsor Colorado for his catch of a 11-pound 7-ounce sierra, a pending International Game Fish Record on 15-pound tippet with a flyrod.

Tijuana Bull Ring
The calicos are beginning to become active out in the flats as the warmer weather has set in along with a few sandbass and legal halibut …

Coronado Islands
Yellowtail, from 10- to 15-pounds, along with some 8- to 10-pound bonito are biting again. Although far from wide open, if you work at it, you should be able to get on a few good schools.
These yellowtail are being found on sonar marks in the lower third of the water column and are primarily biting the 6xjr size yoyo iron, although a few schools respond to chum and come up and bite the fly-lined sardine as well.

The zone is the hard-bottomed area below the Islands around the Rockpile and to the south a mile or so.
There are some bird schools working bait in the area too, but these appear to only have big bonito on them although that could change any time…


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Fished with Rick Woodley on his boat today. Caught lots of fish but that was secondary to the massive whale migration as they headed north. Fantastic day! Thank you, Rick!…Susan Duggan

San Quintin

Filled the cooler with some nice reds…Garcia’s Pangas Sportfishing
Cedros Island

Surf Fishing Possibilities?
Hello All — We’re headed down to Cedros Island to fish with Cedros Outdoor Adventures in July, and we are thinking about trying some surf fishing next to the resort after dinner. Does anybody have any luck when fishing there? What did you catch and what advice do you have on bait/lures? I don’t want to bring down my surf fishing gear if its dead.

I am gonna’ be heading to Cedros Island for the first time in July and was wondering about the yellowtail fishing — is it mostly yoyo or throwing the surface iron?

Laguna Ojo de Liebre
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It was a fascinating trip out of Pta. Mariscaltoday with lots of excitement, thrills and chills. It was a mirror glassy calm day on the lagoon, and there were lots of whales enjoying the nice weather. My buddy whale Adre spent the morning with us scaring off many whales who wanted to play with us; he wanted us to himself as usual. He was his usual antisocial self and over the two hours he played hard to get, staying just inches out of our reach and every time we were going to give up on him and leave he would allow someone to touch the tip of his nose. By the end of the morning, everyone had touched him lightly and gotten to know him — the shy guy that he is. He did his usual bumping the boat right under me, gently but just enough to get my attention. He is such a character!

Things got a little raucous when a “super big mamma” wanted to visit us and tangled with Andre a bit. She was huge and did not take any crap from him; she showed him who was boss! It was a very adrenaline-filled tour that none of us are likely to forget…Shari Bondy, Whale Magic Tours

Bahía Asunción

The Asuncion seawall project is continuing to progress quite nicely. They are now working in an area that probably inspired the project. The beach area is called La Playa Pinos; the trees in the background on a couple of the photos, although looking like deciduous trees, are pine trees. I was told that in the past there was a good number more of these pines up and down the beach but they were lost due to the eroding cliffs. The beach is a favorite gathering spot for young and old, day and night, by folks who want to play their music, drink their beer and enjoy the generally calm waters of the Bahía. It would probably be considered the “main beach” of Bahia Asuncion.

Gonzaga Bay

Here we are in Gonzaga Bay. We towed the Parker through Laguna Chapala Road (Mex 5)and it took us 2-1/4 hours on the dirt; however, we had no problems.


Fished on 3/9/19 with my friend “Dirty Jimmy” and Pancho Palapas. Jimmy hit a few huge fish, the weather was good — crispy but nice.

On 3/10, 3-11 and 3-12/19, I fish with my friend Jon Heaps along with Steven Rodriguez and Chase Dale. We hit some wind and rain but fished through it all. On Jon’s last day we hit a few trophy fish…Captain Juan Cook

Bahia De Los Angeles

Waiting for spring!


This week slammed the brakes on the big yellowtail bite out at the La Cholla area.

The wind was to blame with the first two-day blast roaring out of the west which is the direction of least frequency and always potentially dangerous. Our second interruption was our normal north winds.


The fish-able days had many boats working the La Cholla rock piles with good results on both firecrackers and 20-plus pound yellowtail. The bite has been consistent to the point where some of the regulars are slipping off to check some of our other spots.

This upcoming week looks to be promising with minimum winds predicted. I am wondering if the wind has pushed the bite off to another location or just maybe the yellowtail move when the urge hits them.

Winter (in Baja) is fading with a hint of spring in the air. Ahh — springtime is when the cabrilla and yellows come up and boil on the surface!
Still, mega amounts of bait are in the water and the krill that the whales feed on are still thick down to 80 feet…Rick Hill

La Paz

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Mar.10-17, 2019.

East Cape
Water- 70-72. Clear and flat early in the week. Windy on Wednesday and Thursday.
Air- Warm days in the mid 70s. Cool mornings but they are warming quickly.
Very few boats are out fishing this week.
Lots of Spanish mackerel in the bay. Most boats fishing the bottom with the mac’s. Big yellowtail taken on the close inshore drop-offs, mixed with cabrilla and grouper.


Lots of small- to medium-sized dorado very close to shore. Two weighing around five pounds were taken from the beach on top-water lures right in front of the hotel…John Ireland

Puerto Los Cabos

Rick Day Huff from Fairfield, Connecticut, was fishing on the supper panga “Killer II” with skipper Chame Pino and caught these wahoo and dorado near Vinorama in green water, mostly on yo-yo jigs.
All around, the fishing was slow this past week as anglers were dealing with turned-over water conditions. Just not much was going on.
There were scattered bottom action when seas allowed; not much surface action at all. Action was sporadic early in the week, becoming more difficult as the week progressed. Being optimistic that maybe the next day would be better, just the way the ocean conditions were. However, it is not as simple as just completely rebounding overnight — it can take a few days after the conditions stabilize, so we are patiently waiting now for things to improve.

Bait supplies consist of sardina, mackerel, ballyhoo and some slabs of squid. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs off the bottom structure, as well as the various whole and cut baits. Triggerfish was the most common species, but there were some bonito, snapper, pargo and leopard grouper also.

Striped marlin were reported early in the week, but with the greenish water that bite dissipated. On Monday there was a nice 75-pound yellowfin tuna taken from a panga while drift-fishing on the Gordo Banks with squid; that same day there were several tuna strikes but they were lost. Then that same afternoon conditions turned over and we have not seen the tuna since. Only a few scattered dorado were spotted throughout the remainder of the week.

Inshore there were some sierra, and smaller-sized roosterfish found, but the action proved sporadic from day-to-day.
This Sunday there is the annual San Jose del Cabo Fiesta Day’s fishing tournament slated for dorado, tuna and wahoo. While the turnout was good with 23 teams in high sea and 17 in Kayak category. The largest fish in the High Sea category was a 43-pound wahoo and only dorado was taken from a kayak, they also had a nice huachinago, red snapper and leopard grouper, with no yellowfin tuna caught…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

Cabo San Lucas

The fishing tourist count has been up with Spring Break. The striped marlin have continued to spread out from the Pacific side around the corner to the east following the schools of bait. The dorado counts were down this past week, but the wahoo counts were definitely up and the yellowfin tuna counts were hit and miss but there were some quality fish up to 80-pounds.

The striped marlin fishing has been concentrated from just a few miles off the Lighthouse out to the Golden Gate and San Jamie Banks. Stripers are now reported off Palmilla and Punta Gorda and as far east as the Gordo Banks. The fleets reported solid counts of billfish with most boats are still averaging one to two fish per day. The yellowfin occasionally found in the 25- to 35-mile range to the south and southwest were also around the Golden Gate and the Gordo Banks. The wahoo ranged from west of the Lighthouse along to the east off Palmilla.

Inshore fishing has been solid with nice catches of skipjack with sierra and jack showing in good numbers from Solmar to El Arco. Roosterfish were in the surf from Solmar around the point to the Lighthouse and also in the Palmilla area. Small to medium-sized yellowtail are also showing up in the most recent counts.

Cabo Climate: Early March was a bit cooler and windier than normal with a mix of mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. The outlook toward the end of the month is for pleasant daytime temps in the mid to upper 70s and evenings in the low to mid 60s.

Sea Conditions: Seas have been relatively calm in the mornings throughout the area with some swells and chop showing up in the afternoons as breezes increase. Temps are running from 70- to 74-degrees on the Pacific side with true west side temps near 70 and warmer temps to the south and warmer in the 72- to 73-degree range on the inside around the corner to the Sea of Cortez.

Best Fishing Areas: The billfish hot spots have remained primarily to the west and northwest; decent action was again reported on the inside this past week. The Golden Gate was the prime striper area this past week and the Lighthouse area was again a major hot spot with most of the fish being found from 5 to 15 miles offshore toward the canyon. Occasional success was also reported soaking live bait off Palmilla, the 95 Spot and the Gordo Banks. The yellowfin are 25- to 30- miles out to the south and sw, around the Golden Gate. The best catches of dorado seemed to be on the inside off Palmilla, and Punta Gorda. Wahoo were being reported from west of the Lighthouse around the inside off Palmilla.

Favorite Baits: Trolled black/green or green/silver mackerel looking lures along with live mackerel or live caballito were the favorite for the billfish. Trolled feathers and cedar plugs were the ticket for the yellowfin. Hoochies were by far the preferred and most productive lures for the sierras. Poppers near the surf were the most successful for the jack and roosterfish.

Bait Supply: Live bait is available at the $3.00 per bait upon exit from the harbor. Mackerel, when available, are popular with the captains.

Mainland Mexico
San Carlos

Puerto Vallarta

EPIC time on the @apollocharters with Jodie. Good boat, good crew, good friends, and some tough but fun fishing — seven fish, two cows! Mine was the biggest at 228 ? Charlie Albright in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.


Okay, maybe not SO overrated!…John Argiso

Mexico to close infamous island penal colony

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will close a famed island penal colony off the country’s Pacific coast.

Overall angler activity was down a bit this past week, and the offshore bite slowed a bit. Their inshore fishing continued to produce solid results.
The offshore boats reported a mix of billfish and dorado as cooler water and unfavorable winds slowed action early in the week. The inshore boats had a big week and reported some great action on quality jack and continued success on snapper, sea bass and triggerfish.

Mazatlán Climate: Early March was cooler than normal but the outlook into late March is favorable with low 80s daytime, and upper 50s to low 60s in the evenings. The forecast through late March is for mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with breezes lowering a bit into the 6- to 12-mph range primarily out of the West trending toward the w/sw toward late March. Humidity is predicted to be in the upper 50s, and low 60s going into late March

Sea Conditions: The water has been seasonally cooling and now in the 71- to 73-degree range resulting in a seasonal showing of the striped marlin, but fewer sailfish sightings until the water warms again. Anglers enjoyed mostly calm seas the latter part of this past week with some afternoon swells and chop and winds in the teens.

Best Fishing Area: The offshore bite for billfish is about 10- to 12-miles out with best results to the west and southwest of the Marina El Cid. Inshore, the Super Pangas are finding success all along the coast, especially around the rocks. The water is very clear from the shore out to the offshore breaks.

Best Bait & Lures: Freshly caught, rigged trolling bait and smoke-trail lures produced best results for the billfish. The tuna were caught on feathers and cedar plugs.

Bait Supply: Freshly caught bait are readily available from the bait boats.


The blue and striped marlin, along with solid sailfish action continued. While yellowfin were out at the 30-to 35-mile mark for those willing to go the extra distance. Fly-fishing and spinning rigs for jacks and bonito inshore was steady. Rooster action was good as there was cooler green water very near the shore and they were again cruising the break lines. Capt. Temo reports the inshore fishing for jack is HOT! Large schools were spotted off the rocks. Nice sierra were reported 100- to 200 yards off the beach.

The early March sailfish action was out at the 12- to 15-mile mark where the blue water began with most of the boats reporting at least one to two sailfish for their clients and a marlin. The yellowfin were found 30- to 35-miles out past the 1000 fathom mark with fish in the 60- to 90-pound range. The blue marlin and striped marlin are as close as 15 miles out just past the prime sailfish bite.

Inshore the bonito and the jack were very aggressive for some fantastic fly-fishing opportunities. The roosterfish made a solid showing to the south cruising the break lines along a bit of off-colored, cooler green water very near the shoreline. The White Rocks was again a hot spot this past week for the big jack crevalle with large schools of fish reported. The best rooster counts were again to the south toward Vicente Guerrero.

Climate: Early March reflected their typical late winter to early spring climate and a mix of mostly sunny to partly cloudy days. Daily temps are predicted to be in the upper 80s and night time temps in the mid to low 70s with humidity expected to run in the mid to upper 60s. The winds are expected to be mild in the 8-to 10-mph range from the west and w/sw.

Sea Conditions: The spring offshore water temperature has stabilized and is now in the 82- to 83-degree range from the 5- to 6-mile mark at the 100-fathom line out to the 1,000-fathom line at 25- to 30- miles. Inshore temperatures are running a bit cooler at 79 to 81. The offshore clear blue water has recently moved out to the 10- to 12-mile mark on out to the 1,000-fathom mark. Inshore, the water is cooler and greener which has been very good for the top-water bite. With breezes in mid-single digits, the seas are very calm, particularly in the mornings.

Best Baits & Lures: Rigged, trolling bait and smoke trail lures continue to produce for the billfish and dorado with most boats preferring a mix of rigged baits for the billfish and smaller lures and feathers for the dorado. Inshore top-water poppers are the favorite for roosterfish, bonito, and jack. Cedar plugs and feathers are working best on the yellowfin when found.
Bait Supply: The bait supply remains good and freshly caught baits are provided gratis with most charters. Live baits are readily available at this time and are $5.00/dozen paid directly to the bait vendors.

Costa Rica
The Zancudo Lodge has high-speed Contender 32 to get you on the bite fast. Thanks to our Raymarine 12k radars, the boats will get you on the tuna bite detecting birds six miles out. Check out their latest and greatest fish finders! Our captains are getting the sounders dialed in; check out the side, 3-D and chirp sounder all used together to get the best picture of where to find the tuna around close to the boat.



Make way for April Blues

The man in the blue suit has made his debut earlier this season, and our anglers surely aren’t complaining about his entrance. The blue marlin tend to start showing up in late April and get heavier in numbers as the summer progresses; however, they have been a part of the daily mix in March.

If you are interested in reeling in a few more marlin during your trip down then plan your trip from May through mid-August to get the best shot at blues — with flat-calm seas, more tuna and mahi, and no snowbirds! If you’d like to get in on the early blue action, we have some availability in late April and the first week of May.
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