Surprise catches not a April Fool's stunt

Discussion in 'Baja Bytes By Gary Graham' started by Baja Bytes, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Baja Bytes

    Baja Bytes Baja Editor BD Writer

    Location:
    Lake Elsinore, CA USA
    Name:
    Gary Graham
    Boat:
    Watercloset
    • Messages:
      (898)
    • Likes Received:
      (467)
    Baja Bytes Weekly Overview
    Friday, April 1, 2016
    Gary Graham
    Que Pasa


    The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT --the national federal entity that regulates commercial road traffic and broadcasting) recently commented that the improvements on Mex 5 that connect it to Mex 1 at Laguna Chapala are continuing and should be completed later in 2016.

    When completed, the new highway improvements should reduce the travel time to the border by approximately four hours.

    Coronado Island
    [​IMG]
    Currently, there are sizeable numbers of barracuda working up along the Finger Bank to nearly the Rockpile. There were also some 12- to 20-pound yellowtail working both deep and on the surface in very small schools. Yellows were caught on both the surface and yoyo iron, depending on what the school was doing. The sardine and mackerel were working okay as well. The iron was a better bet though.

    The zone with the yellows and barracuda is loaded with red crab, krill and birds. The water is off-color green -- not dirty brown like it is around the Islands right now. …Fishdope.com

    Ensenada
    [​IMG]
    Sergio’s El Cazador was returning from a local trip to Todos Santos and spotted a boil. They threw a jig at the boil and pulled in a 50-pound bluefin tuna, the first of the young season.
    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/50lb-blue-fin-tuna-ensenada.621652/

    Colonet

    Sport boats running weekend trips down from San Diego are finding excellent yellowtail action as well as limits of rockfish and lingcod; the schools were on the surface under bird schools. They scored using surface iron and half-slider rig with live sardine.

    Only to find them deep the following day and the yoyo was the hot ticket! A bonus was all the big 10- to 15-pound bonito, along with a handful of barracuda.

    San Quintín

    [​IMG]

    Fished Monday and Tuesday with Jason and his daughter, Bree . . .

    Weather was great on Monday and we had three doubles and caught five fish. Yellows are feeding on breezing red crab. Had great success trolling Rapalas. …Captain Juan Cook

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/jason-bree-3-28-9-tails-sq.621721/

    [​IMG]

    Fished the San Martin Island area again with Campo residents, Rick Woodley and Norm Gehrke . . .

    Water was a lot cleaner than down south, but still only 58- to 60-degrees; landed two, nice yellowtail on trolled Rapalas and a bunch of quality bottom fish on plastics with squid. Also, the calicos were munching as we worked plastics along the San Martin shoreline. Good weather and friendly seas.

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/san-quintin-fishing.621695/

    Bahia de Los Angeles

    [​IMG]

    Antonio Resendiz Sanchez Hidalgo - "Super Tony" (1954 - 2016)

    It is with great sorrow that I share the passing of a friend to many down here who knew him as "Super Tony", a local legend of Bahia de Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating from the UABC School of Oceanography in the 70s, Tony first set up residence in a beach side tent in Bahia de Los Angeles. From there he began a lifelong dedication to work with the local marine life and educate countless visitors to the area who came to visit the magic that lives in the Sea of Cortez.

    Tony was a true friend of sea turtles, whales and marine mammals in general as well as an environmental advocate and an overall great human being. He often returned to Ensenada to lecture at the campus where he studied and became a favorite of students and teachers alike. He played a very important role in pushing legislation for the protection for marine species and worked tirelessly for conservation of the ecosystems and specifically the sea turtles.
    In that fight, Tony faced great resistance from several Mexican commercial fishermen and he lived with constant death threats back in those early days of the fight to save the turtles. He was a real character, a good friend as well as a very accommodating and generous host to all who came to visit his home in Bahia de Los Angeles. He will long be remembered as a true hero to the marine life in the Sea of Cortez.

    Tony, we all owe you an enormous debt and the shoes you left behind will be so hard to fill. Que en paz descanse amigo, Vaya con Dios...Ron Gomez Hoff's photo and words...

    Bahía Ascensión

    No Report. …Shari Bondy

    La Bocana

    No Report. …Juanchys Aguilar

    Loreto

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Luis Orozco with Captain "Tito" and some fish from Punta Lobo. After a long ride and an empty fish box, the day was saved by one quick stop on the way home. When "perro" poops out, you should try a few of the rocks off Lobo.

    [​IMG]
    Luis' sad face turned to a big smile when a good-sized yellowtail mashed his fingers on the rail as it pulled line off the reel!

    The yellowtail action near Punta Perico, on Carmen Island has finally started to slack off after two full weeks of constant pressure. I was surprised it went this long. How long can upwards of 20 boats a day get yellowtail in the fish box and follow up with the same the next day . . . and the next?

    All the action has been in the early hours and only with live bait. For the iron jig crowd, the score has been slightly more than zero and that includes triggerfish.

    The past few days we have seen a good bite just off Carmen's Punta Lobo for the dejected and less than successful boats as they returned from "perro." Saving the day were medium-sized yellowtail and cabrilla at mid-day. Again, it was live bait and don't bother with the iron!

    An interesting exception to the live bait rule happened out at "la ventana" when we were fishing next to a commercial hand-line boat. We slid in and dropped live jurelito and patiently waited for bites.

    Within 30 minutes we had zero bites while the commercial guys had landed four yellowtail. A little friendly investigation showed they were using cut dead bait -- mackerel which has been in short supply lately. Mackerel, not jurelito, big eyes or squid!

    Dead bait, well we dropped a partly filleted dead jurelito only to find . . . the same zero we had struck with the live jurelito! There must be something about mackerel . . . even in pieces!

    One big catch of the week prompted a question that I needed to throw at the guy who would know, Gary Graham. He informed me that the annual shark ban will start on May 1st and run through July 31st of this year. No sharks are to be kept or even touched! If you hook up, just get them close enough to see what kind and how big -- then clip the line!

    Many of the local fishing guides will not know about the ban so insist they set them free. It is best to let roosters go but the shark ban is law....let them go and make more little sharks. (Sharks eat needlefish?)

    Our surprise shark visitor turned out to be an estimated 175-pound thresher shark caught on the yellowtail grounds and on a live bait rig. An hour-long struggle after expecting a huge yellow and then you pull up a 10-foot-long sea monster? Never a dull moment!

    The water temps are still anywhere from 60 to 73 degrees. Sargasso is floating in the current lines which is a great indicator for the changing water conditions that lead to increasing fish activities. …Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

    Magdalena Bay

    No Report.

    La Paz

    [​IMG]

    Fished on my Grady last weekend for two days. Amazing perfect weather with good fishing. Took my son for the first time and he was blown away by the place. I caught my personal best grouper close to 40 pounds -- my guess -- four nice yellowtail and a bunch of cabrilla, and other bottom creatures.

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/great-fishing-out-of-lapaz.621684/


    East Cape

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    As we head into the fishing season at East Cape, we are starting to see more and more boats heading out and we are seeing flags flying as boats head back to the dock. The main target has been stripe marlin and sailfish throughout the week, but we are also seeing a few roosterfish, pargo and bonito off the shores of La Ribera. A little farther south near Los Fraile, our fleet has landed a few wahoo . . . but only a few. They have also seen schools of yellowfin tuna swimming alongside the dolphin, but they have not been eating and we have not seen any tuna hit the dock yet. We hope to see more dorado, tuna and wahoo soon as we prepare for the 2016 fishing season. Hope to see many of you down here this year. …Eddie Dalmau, Van Wormer Resorts

    Dean Stella and his son, Nino, were out on a panga Thursday and boated three striped marlin while soaking bait off La Ribera. As mentioned last week, targeting billfish has been successful by soaking bait with a weight but the fish seem to have dropped down into deeper water. …Gary Barnes Webb

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/stripers-to-sierra-in-the-zone.621402/

    San José del Cab0

    Bait availability, caballito, ballyhoo and squid strips still be used. No one reported finding any sardina schools, except for some 50 miles north in Cabo Pulmo National Park, not an option from this heavily protected zone. The big news this week was that the pelagic red crabs once again became abundant on the surface of the Gordo Banks. This always sets off a flurry of commercial activity, as it means that the prized pargo, snapper catch will be following these red crabs.

    In the cooler waters we are not finding any dorado or wahoo to speak of, there have been decent numbers of striped marlin encountered as close as two to five miles from shore, striking on various baitfish best, but also hitting on trolling lures, sizes ranged to 140-pounds. Many charters are doing a combination of bottom action, inshore and offshore, everything is close enough now that this can be a decent option.

    Not much going on close to shore except for sporadic action on roosterfish, jack crevalle and sierra. Though hit or miss and no big numbers reported. The striped marlin was definitely the main offshore bite, easily available now for even the smallest of charters, since stripers are being found close to shore. No huge numbers, but a very good chance of hooking into a billfish if wishing to target these fish.

    Many family groups vacationing now and the majority of these groups have been opting to target smaller species, better number of a variety and excellent eating. The red snapper, pargo action was good for anglers that got into the red crab action, because this is what these fish are now feeding on, not much interested in anything else at the present time. The snapper and pargo species being landed are averaging in the 2 to 14-pound range. An occasional amberjack cabrilla, grouper or yellowtail were hooked into, some on yo-yo jigs, others on baitfish. Mid-week there was one impressive 75-pounds. broomtail grouper landed by veteran Baja angler Joey Hanen of So. Cal., fishing on the super Panga “Periquita”.

    Only a handful of yellowfin tuna were found this week, most from the Iman Bank area, cooler water and choppy seas made this bite tough, the ever present sea lions were in wait as well. The yellowfin that we did see were ranging in the 15 to 30-pound class…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

    Los Cabos

    [​IMG]

    Alien fish update: Today we met with Jaime Rendon, Captain of Dr. Pescado, who told us more about his unusual catch. He said that he was fishing with a client from Chicago about a mile off shore in 370-feet of water -- this was in the Cabo corridor at a place called El Tule. The client had dropped a hook down, baited with a chunk of skipjack on 40-pound line, when he hooked something. About four minutes later, the weird-looking creature was on the surface. Jaime said, "I was really surprised, but what caused the most impact were the eyes . . . so strange!"

    He thought that although it looked like an alien, he guessed it was some kind of shark as it had raspy skin, three rows of tiny teeth and three gill slits on each side of the head (most sharks have five to seven on each side). He thought it might be endangered so he released it and watched it swim back down to where it had come from.

    After researching, the common opinion is that it is probably a swell shark -- easy to see why; this fish fills its stomach with water to enlarge its size to prevent it being swallowed by predators or to deter them. Even if it’s a swell shark, why is it this color and why does it only have three gill slits? The scientists are still reviewing and will let us know when they have an answer. …Pisces Sportfishing

    The unfortunate slow fishing/catching from Cabo San Lucas, slowed up even more this past week with the full moon condition to contend with and the cooling of the waters on both sides of the peninsula from the Finger Bank on the Pacific side to Los Frailes on the Sea of Cortez side. Everyone in this area is wondering where the "El Niño " went as the water temps continue to fall a degree or more with each passing week.

    Cabo Climate: Air temps varied from 65 nights to 79 daytime highs and an average 49% humidity level. Lots of sunshine through the week with a few high clouds occasionally passing over and one very windy day on Thursday.

    Sea Conditions: Surface breezes flowing mostly from the northwest and varied from near calm mornings to about 14- to 15-mph in the afternoons, with a one-day aberration on Thursday, when the winds kicked up from daylight’s beginning . . . Pacific side, from Finger Bank to Cabo Falso, including the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks on out to the Thousand Fathom Curve, all at 70- to 72-degrees. Outside Cabo San Lucas to Palmilla Point and offshore to about 5 or 6 miles, all at 71-72 degrees. 95 Fathom Spot surrounded by cold water at 68-69 degrees; Gorda Banks to Los Frailes all at 72-73 degrees. Midway between the 1150 and the Cabrilla Seamount temps increase to 75 degrees along a line from northeast to southwest.

    Best fishing area: There was no specific "hot spot" fishing area this past week but the Herradura did produce three of the eight billfish.

    Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was working best for the billfish caught.

    Live Bait Supply: Even with a full moon, the availability for live bait was plenty good enough for the Sportfishers. …Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters

    [​IMG]

    This is the 98-pound (by the formula) yellowfin tuna we got on Tomas Cantor's BAJA MAR out of Puerto Los Cabos on February 26th. The skipper did a great job of getting ahead of a pod of feeding porpoise and the deck hand did a fine job of getting live mackerel back in the wake before the tuna came crashing though. It was quite an exciting experience to see 100+ pound tuna boiling and breaking all around us as we were getting hooked up! Then the work began . . . it took us two hours on 80-pound, stand-up tackle. That's my long -me friend, Don Ringsby from Denver with Nazira and me…Ralph Clock

    Here we are in March with the season change in full swing and heading full speed into our spring fishing! The sea temps are holding at 70 degrees in the Pacific and up to 73 in the Sea of Cortez. The fishing varies daily and the majority of the fleet is taking advantage of the inshore fishing. From the Faro Viejo up to Elias Calles the variety of fish is fantastic. …Casey Carter

    http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/picudo-sportfishing-cabo-san-lucas-report.621420/
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2016
    Blackfish and Manu244 like this.
  2. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Ron
    Boat:
    several
    • Messages:
      (7,755)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,802)
    Awesome report Gary. Wow, even bluefin coming back
    from Todos Santos, a good sign of things to come! LOL
     
    Baja Bytes likes this.
  3. pascuale

    pascuale Well-Known "Member"

    Location:
    Tampa/San Diego
    Name:
    Ethan
    Boat:
    nope
    • Messages:
      (1,533)
    • Likes Received:
      (456)
    Thanks Gary! Awesome report as usual.
     
    Baja Bytes and Rancho Leonero like this.
  4. Baja Bytes

    Baja Bytes Baja Editor BD Writer

    Location:
    Lake Elsinore, CA USA
    Name:
    Gary Graham
    Boat:
    Watercloset
    • Messages:
      (898)
    • Likes Received:
      (467)
    Alien fish follow-up #1:
    [​IMG]

    A bizarre-looking “alien fish” was caught in waters off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, earlier this week. Images of the mysterious, bulbous, white and pink-colored fish reeled from the depths on Tuesday went viral online after they were uploaded to Facebook. The strange appearance of the creature sparked speculation in conspiracy theory circles that an “alien fish” may have been caught off the coast of Mexico. Others speculated that the creature could be a fetus.

    But marine biologists intervened and tried to douse wild speculations, saying that the mysterious pink and white creature with a grotesquely distended belly was actually a rare albino specimen of a type of shark called a swell shark.

    But conspiracy theorists insisted that the creature was an “alien fish.” They pointed out that the mysterious creature had only three gill slits instead of five to seven gill slits like most normal sharks.

    And although experts insisted that the specimen was a swell shark, it remains unexplained why it had only three gill slits.

    The “alien fish” was caught alive about a mile offshore in about 370 feet of water by a Chicago angler, Dr. Pescado, during a fishing trip with Jaime Rendon, captain of the Panga.

    The startled fishermen photographed the fish before releasing it back to the water. Then they uploaded images of the strange creature to the Facebook page of the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet under the sensational heading “Alien Fish In Cabo?”

    The photos uploaded to social media show an “alien-looking” pink and white creature with a swollen belly. Rendon said what struck him most about the creature was its spooky greenish alien eyes and “raspy skin.” The strange creature had three rows of very tiny teeth and stranger still, it had three gill slits on each side of its head, instead of five to seven gills found in most sharks.

    “I was really surprised, but what caused most impact were the eyes, so strange.”

    According to Rendon, he released the creature back into the water because he thought it might be a rare endangered species.

    Pisces Sportfishing Fleet sent the images to marine experts in Mexico. The experts were unanimous that the creature was a swell shark of the species Cephaloscyllium ventriosum.

    Peter Thomas Outdoors also sent the images to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Experts at the aquarium confirmed that the creature was an albino or leucistic swell shark, that is, a specimen lacking normal pigmentation.

    David A. Ebert, shark expert at California’s Pacific Shark Research Center, also confirmed that the weird-looking specimen was a swell shark belonging to the species Cephaloscyllium Ventriosum.

    Ebert told Peter Thomas Outdoors, “This is clearly a swell shark, no doubt about that, and I am pretty certain it’s the species I mentioned.”

    Swell sharks are widely distributed in subtropical waters from southern Mexico and central Chile to California, according to experts. They are normally harmless to humans but will defend themselves when provoked.

    They defend themselves from predators by filling up or engorging their midsection with air or water until they are about twice normal size. This makes it difficult for predators, such as seals and other sharks, to pull them from crevices, bite, and swallow them.

    The engorged belly of a frightened or disturbed swell shark is a distinctive feature that makes it easier to recognize them.

    Normal swell sharks have prominent, oval eyes. They have yellowish-brown skin with darker patches. However, juvenile individuals tend to be less pigmented. Adult specimens normally have about 50-60 teeth in the lower and upper jaws.

    But this particular specimen was unusual because it had three gill slits instead of five to seven slits.

    Although conspiracy theorists claim that the number of slits raises questions about the identification of the creature as a swell shark, experts have noted that sea creatures with bizarre deformities have been found in the past. Some recalled the weird one-eyed (“cyclops”) shark caught in the Sea of Cortez in 2011, which was finally confirmed to be a deformed shark fetus.
     
  5. Tuna Vic

    Tuna Vic I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Whittier California
    Name:
    Victor
    Boat:
    18ftC/CWellcraft Calico Time II
    • Messages:
      (2,044)
    • Likes Received:
      (670)
    Cool info,and great pics,thanks!
     
    Baja Bytes likes this.
  6. Fred Creeper

    Fred Creeper Newbie

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Fred
    Boat:
    none yet. . . .
    • Messages:
      (26)
    • Likes Received:
      (9)
    Hey Gary, great stuff, I have two questions about your article.

    1: What is a Half Slider rig? I tried googling and looking elsewhere on the forum, but couldn't figure it out.

    2. Is this the "Formula" you refer to toward the end?

    http://www.almanac.com/content/how-estimate-weight-fish

    Thanks! Awesome report. Can't wait to get down past Ensenada for the first time! Hoping to do so this summer with my brother.

    Cheers,

    - Fred.
     

Share This Page