Surf fishing in San Felipe and midriff area

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  1. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    hey guys.
    I living in San Felipe (born and raised Mexicali) and normally took a panga for fishing locally but from time to time I like surf fishing for spotties, curvina or triggerfish (this needs cut bait).
    I often fish on puertecitos, huerfanito and gonzaga bay area, and normally return all the spotties but keep curvina and cochis (triggefish) if they are bigger than legal size, our curvina is like a small seabass so meat is tender and yummy, the curvina croaker is not good to eat here, and triggerfish is a deli dish as ceviche and nothing beats "from the sea to the dish" freshness taste, with luck you can catch sierra mackarel from the surf too.

    well I will put some of the pics of my last surf fishing sessions and will use this same thread whenever I went surfing again.

    COME ON IN TO MY PLACE.. Bienvenido

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    salute our friend the spottie after being released safe
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    and these next are the newest, from 3 weeks ago, fishing Gonzaga bay rocky beach

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  2. Straxus

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    Awesome. Loved the pics. I need to try this one day.
     
  3. tubbs93

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    awesome report
     
  4. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    thanks guys you should try it someday, midriff area are not that far from you guys, I normally go to LA, San Diego and Murrieta for shopping 3-4 times per year, so you can came here from time to time to try this fishing, I have met a lot of American fisherman fishing in BOLA and Gonzaga bay.




    sometimes I enjoy more getting this small fishes on big spaguetti rods than 12# fish on a boat.

    talking about spaguetti.. how about a 3# seabass on a 15ft 1oz rod?
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    now thats UL surf fishing
     
  5. chevydeuce

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    That is a badass rod holder! And very cool photos too. I keep wanting to go try Gonzaga in my little 14 footer....one of these days dammit...one of these days.
     
  6. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    it makes you the life 3x easier when fishing with 2-3 rods


    bro, you are in Imperial, its not that far, 2hrs to san felipe and 1:40hrs to Gonzaga, new rod is really nice and right now goes 2km passing the Gonzaga entry gate.
     
  7. chevydeuce

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    Yeah, I'm going to try especially hard this coming Fall to get down there. That last couple of years there has been a group of guys/gals in smaller, mostly aluminum boats (I think) that have made a extended weekend trip down there in Oct/Nov....Really want to try and maybe hook up with them this year. Thanks for the info on the road.
     
  8. mafrancis66

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    Awesome thread! Thanks for sharing... I visit Bola several times a year we always make sure we do some surf fishing down there. We catch spotties, cudas, grunts, triggerfish, and other species. We use cut bait and crocodiles mostly. The spotties are so aggressive, I get tired of changing my plastics out. If I am ever in the area, I will look you up for sure!
     
  9. steelfish

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    yeah, feel free to send me a PM if you come to SF Baja or need help around here..

    I used to fish a lot with plastics but as you said, spotties and triggerfish put them to the trash all bitten out
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    Now I better use Krocs, bucktails, mirrolures and fresh bait (when the kids or wife want to fish)... always on light tackle, all rods are 8 or 9ft and 1oz lure, and just one is rated 2oz lure, line is always 50# PP and short leader of 15#mono... I change leader like 15 times when fishing cut bait because of the rocky bottoms.
     
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    that looks so fun..
     
  11. Johnlgarrison

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    Went there about 10 years ago and caught a bunch of triggers. The pangero showed us a trick with a box cutter. He cut the skin all the way around the fish. He used a pair of pliers to pull the skin off and then filet the flesh off the fish. They were delishious
     
  12. steelfish

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    yep, thats kind of common here, I only do it that way with the big white triggers, on the small ones it doesnt worth the hassle.


    by the way, some years ago a friend asked me how to prepare a Ceviche with triggerfish, and I will share it with all of you, my ceviche recipe is like a mix of ceviche and sashimi stye... why? cuz I dont add many vegetables to really enjoy the fish flavor.





    - first.. go and catch a nice triggerfish the bigger the better

    this one was like 20", I think its my personal record.
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    then cut the tail and cut a line all around the fish with a kitcher scissors or a fillet knife and lift the skin off, you will have something like this, now you have access to all that meat on the cheeks, above the nose and behind the eyes, that you normally dont get when just filleting the fish the normal way (dont do this on small trigger fish, almost no meat on the head)
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    cut the meat on chunks of 1" and as thin as you can with your fillet knife
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    cut a big white onion on 1.5" or 2" cuts and them on the fish, later add some lemon juice for 30 minutes, drain all the lemon juice and add a small can of Jalapenos pepper, cut the Jalapenos on small cuts as well as the carrots, for forget to add the juice of the can too.

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    final touch is a big avocado and best when eat it with Tostadas, Nacho chips or crackers chips
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    same recipe for Scallops
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    Dammm now I'm hungry
     
  14. Bondrvr

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    Never thought I would be jealous of surf fishing, WOW!!
    Great report thanx......
     
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    man you are just scratching the surface.... meaning you are about 100 yards away from being in over your head.. use those sierras as bait nose rigged and you should get in to some trouble. I have done so a lot there.
     
  16. steelfish

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    Michael, that sounds good, but tell me more about it.

    are you referring to the puertecitos area and just 100yrd away from the shore or on which zone of the midrriff area are you talking about?
    what hook size I'll have to use for the nose rigged sierra? I have plenty of circle 3x hooks and J-hooks and live bait hooks but havent fished with live bait in years.

    thanks
     
  17. Gil Marlin

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    Alex, you know your stuff. Don't let everyone know our little secret... :D
     
  18. 1steveT

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    OK, I want to know where you got that trick ass surf rod holder/tri-pod gizmo.
    Looks like a blast, great report!
     
  19. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    well I was lucky enough to get it brand new from a guy in a Surf fishing forum (SOL) few months ago, he never used it cuz likes to cast and walk all the time while fishing, the tripod is a "team daiwa beachcaster fishing tripod", you can find it under that name easily but seems like its only sold in Europe, UK, spain, Italy, etc. you can also find it under "Carson fishing tripod".


    http://www.birdstackle.com/sea/tripod/daiwa-tripod-beach-caster

    http://www.ebay.es/itm/reggicanna-a...?pt=Pesca&hash=item19d2dc2eac&_uhb=1#shpCntId

    (this seller send international, just need a quote for USA)
     
  20. ivfishing

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    awesome pics, I need to go back to san felo!! Amigo can trigger fish be caught near san felipe or do you need to go all the way to the isla?
     

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