Yellowtail still holding their own

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Baja Editor
May 11, 2011
Lake Elsinore, CA USA
Gary Graham
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Baja Bytes Conditions' Recap Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Gary Graham
Baja Bytes picks this week:
Yellowtail…Bay of Los Angeles
Dorado…La Paz
Striped Marlin…East Cape
Roosterfish…East Cape

Baja Norte

Coronado Islands

The "Pride" and the "Pacific Voyager" both had big days yesterday on yellowtail scoring 32 and 21 respectively at the Rockpile. The rest of the fleet had only a few fish each. What made the difference?

Both boats made their score very early in the morning before most others got there. There are plenty of barracuda in the lee of South Island along with a few yellowtail. Word has it, the sea lions were not as bad as they have been lately.


150 mile zone

It appears that there are two areas of bluefin down here. One out west at the 380 fathom spot and another one closer to San Martin at the Tuna Hole.
The bluefin are willing to chew in less than ideal conditions. At last word the wind is still up but is coming down.

Report from Elliott out on the "American Angler": Just returned from a 2 1/2 day trip yesterday. Tough weather conditions but the fish didn't care. Bluefin are ready to bite.Best stop (1 1/2 hrs.)at 6 p.m. - p.m. Over 50 fish. Try 30. 11x116. 24 for starters.Work south. Troll purple or black and purple cedar plugs. Tuna are 20 to 30 lbs.Kelps are holding rat yellowtail, 2 to 6 lbs.Let them grow up!!!

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With the horrible sea lion activity going on at the Islands, much of the focus has been on the sand bass fishing at the Bull Ring. It's pretty good fishing, too. Mexican limits - or close to it - is the rule here. There are also some barracuda mixed in. Some of these are very big, upwards of 10-11 pounds!

Over at the Island, the yellowtail are around, mainly in the lee of South Island in spots like the Ribbon Kelp and Five-minute Kelp. They are also at the South Kelp and on the Ridge. The yellows are on the spooky side and when you do get lucky enough to hook one, the sea lions come racing for it. You might want to have a bucket of dead mackerel with you to feed the dogs with as soon as you hook a yellow

With the Yellowtail Shootout happening this weekend, there might be enough boats out here to spread out the sea lions enough to catch yellowtail…

La Salina


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Kelps to the north holding yellows…
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Lots of yellowtail reported being seen here by the local guys…not a lot of catching though. The wind has been brutal the past few days.
06/25 reports

Sloppy Monday at Salsipuedes. Not much happening except bottomfish…

Too much wind! If this wind would back off the fishing for bluefin and yellowtail would be much better. Even still, it's pretty darn good. The yellowtail are mainly in the 8 to 10 pound class and the bluefin are 18 to 20 with a few larger.

Kelps holding yellowtail are up as far as the 1140 Finger to the Lower 500 now and still moving north. Wind is making locating kelps very difficult. The tuna for the most part remain down around 110 to 115+ miles. The numbers from past days remain good. The majority of bluefin are showing from the 117 line and west. Some of them are being hooked on kelps while fishing for yellowtail. The wind is making it almost impossible to see breezers and jumpers. (white caps make for seeing lots of phantom jumpers!)
Still no signal from albacore. Maybe this weekend will have some show up. It's time now for them to pop up. Stay tuned........

Try looking in the block of 30.40 to 30.55 x 117.50 to 117.10. Kelps here are holding small yellowtail and a few bluefin. The concentration of bluefin is better along the western edge of the block.

Second area is centered at 30.30 x 116.30. This zone is inside and down from the above area and is out to the west of San Martin. It's a zone that runs roughly SE to NW towards the block mentioned above.​

San Quintin


Right place, right time...right lure

Weather dicey, but improving.

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San Felipe


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Fishing Report:Quick Trip San Felipe & Gonzaga Bay

Bay of Los Angeles


A fistful of yellow…

Huge white seabass - giant grouper - and countless large yellow tail!

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4th Annual Ralph “Padre” Lucas Yellowtail Tournament
June 27-29, 2012

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Cedros Island


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Massive amount of calicos up to 10 pounds. Many in the 3 to 5 pound range caught in the kelp, on the stones and boilers…Bill, Martin andSteve

Baja Sur

Bahia Asuncion
Asuncion woke up!

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Monday we were all in a bit of a fog after all the fiestas on Sunday.Juanita has the best cure for THAT....menudo and cold Tecate (followed by a nap)! …Shari Bondy

Santa Rosalia


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Punta Chivato
Anglers at the Punta Chivato Bulls Only Dorado Tournament had a rough time on the water, but there were a lot of fish caught, even though most were on the small side.

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Punta Chivato - June 22, 23, & 24



Sails the tale…

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Sardina still missing:
July 1-3, 2012

06.25.12 reports

Magdalena Bay
Unique trip next week:

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La Paz & Los Arenas[/IMG]
That’s a mouthful! Our friend, Rich Jones, from Hyrum, Utah knows a photo opportunity when he catches one! Take a look at the great colors on this fresh giant bull dorado he took this week north of La Paz! It looks like dorado season finally hit!


Who Said the Yellowtail bite was over in La Paz??????

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Bus schedule and directionsto La Paz from Los Cabos Airport:
This is more like it today…more like the way fishing is supposed to be right now! Limits of dorado for many of our pangas in the best dorado day of the season. FINALLY! Plus good roosterfish, sailfish and still some yellowtail. All the way from Montana, Mike Harvey put the hurt on this nice bull!

East Cape



Our best fishing week of the season! ...John Ireland


Tuna limits plus for almost all of the boats.

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San Jose del Cabo

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Los Cabos
Offshore dismal…inshore fishable.


Nice pair of roosters.

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Mexico Mainland

San Carlos


Big dorado brighten day!

Well, we still haven’t caught anything over 40 pounds yet, but any day now. After losing the first 24 pound fish and a large sail (both pulled the hook), we then caught a marlin, sail, three 25 to 37 pound dorado and several more. Have heard of many 50+ pound fish caught this week. One friend was claiming eleven kept that averaged 30 pounds. Some big weed patches around, dead whales, and lots of flying fish. A few tuna have been caught too. Looking like a few more great weeks of fishing!​

Last Week's report

Looks like our tuna run never materialized, but with the blue water returning this week maybe they’ll show again. Water is in the low 80s. Not too many marlin or sails the last couple of days but boats are still doing pretty good. A lot of seaweed patches being found that are holding fish. Some big dorado have been caught, as well as some 200 to 400 pound blues. Still fishing up a storm and looking for a good rest eventually.​



This past week's fishing reflected a total of 23 days for the fleet that provided a mixed-bag catch reflecting 14 species that included 2 blue marlin, 1 white marlin, 4 sailfish, 16 dorado, 8 Atlantic barracuda, 230 bonito, 2 wahoo, 9 blackfin tuna, 1 amberjack, 9 triggerfish, 1 soapfish, 2 banana fish, 2 mutton snappers and 19 grouper.​

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Today was a lucky day for the Aries Fleet I of Marina El Cid! Rene Casarsa and Robert Money from Houston, Texas caught this 60-pound dorado (mahi mahi) with Captain Jose Zamore and Marinero Zomosa. Look at this enormous fish which is a true delicacy! El Cid Marina​

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Aries Sportfishing Fleet Fishing Report

The water temperatures are up and as predicted, the dorado counts spiraled upward with the warming sea temps. Most of the influx of dorado are smaller fish, in the 10 to 15 pound ranges, but unquestionably they have provided great action for the light-line anglers on the super pangas and cruisers. What we are currently lacking in this area is the typical billfish numbers that tend to arrive with the annual influx of dorado. So far, the billfish have delayed their arrival and I would suppose it is related to the off-colored, clean green waters that extend out beyond the reach of the normal fishing day ranges.​

Puerto Vallarta
Tuna reappear.


On the other hand, it appears the fishing was slow for these guys.

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Even Andréa got in on the action with her first rooster along with Rick and Adolfo.

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Cameron Hicks with one of his 12spin-caught roosters.
Wild shorts! He wanted blue water fishing and came
dressedfor it,but I talked him into going for roosters
as his best bet.


Costa Rica

Penn showcases their new Spinfisher® V



Tuna continue to dominate!


Poppin' in a panga!

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Final Thoughts


I am currently researching old Baja trailer boat stories. If you have any stories with photos of your adventures way back when, I would enjoy hearing them. [email protected].​


Speaking of old Baja stories, Captain Kelly Catain shared a great one this week. In case you missed it:

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