OLAF Drenches before moving on

Baja Bytes – September 14, 2021

Que Pasa

Tijuana Bull Ring

Fishing has been slow in general. There are a few – mostly short – calico bass biting in the kelp, and there are a few small schools of one-pound bonito roaming up and down the kelp lines, but that’s about it.
Yellows seem to be mostly MIA right now. No doubt there are still some around, but they are not active now for whatever reason. A few have been seen puddling at times over the past week. However, hovering tern birds have shown a few fish are around, but they are not biting much, if at all. …Fish Dope

Coronado Islands/Rockpile

Fishing has been slow around the Islands, with cold, dirty water reported. However, the past couple of days, there have been rockfish at the Pile and on the Lower 9.
Most are passing this up and fishing offshore for yellowfin below the 425. …Fish Dope


Sammy found “the goat ranch” for his clients this weekend. …SAMMY Subarray Sportfishing

San Quintín

Weathered out!

Cedros Island

The Labor Day weekend has come and gone after a great month of fishing around Isla Cedros. The water continues to warm, and we are beginning to see enormous concentrations of red tuna crab beginning to carpet the ocean’s surface around our regional islands.

Although they have not yet arrived in full force, dorado are beginning to show in our fish counts, which often means that the yellowfin tuna are not far behind. …Baja Tommy


Bahía Asunción

Typically, the Deadhead jigs will give you yellowtail on eight consecutive drops when you see marks like this. …Ross Zoerhof

Bahia de Los Angeles 

I worked hard for one day and fished hard for the next three! There are soooooo many quality dorado around, as well as several sailfish raised and baited with a few “tailing” striped marlin. Austin baited, caught, and released one on a long jig stick, straight 50-lb. line, and a circle hook. It was a great fight!  The fish earned a happy release, as did several nice leopard grouper that were in the mix.

The Baja Bandido is now permanently back down tucked away in its new garage home. I cannot thank the guys enough for taking the time to come down and help finish the project we started last year.

I hope everyone enjoyed a GREAT LABOR DAY WEEK AS MUCH AS WE DID! …Bill Boyce

Baja Sur-Que Pasa

Hurricane Olaf brings strong winds and rain to Mexico’s Baja California

Category 2, “Olaf,” landed near San Jose del Cabo at 10:00 p.m. Thursday with 100 mph winds, according to the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center (NHC). The Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said that Olaf’s heavy rains and winds in the state of Baja California Sur affected 205,866 users.

On Sunday, CFE reported that 91 percent of those affected in Baja California Sur had their electric power restored.

Hurricane Olaf hit the Los Cabos resort area, forcing around 20,000 tourists to stay inside their hotels. “The State Council of Civil Protection of BCS canceled dozens of flights,” said Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotels Association, “However,” she continued, “no deaths were reported.”


The season has slowed with the summer crowds heading back to work and school. The waters west of Coronado Island and north to San Bruno are still pumping out dorado to live bait and lures.  In addition, clients have reported seeing a 30-plus pound dorado brought aboard a neighboring boat at Punta Colorado.

Captain “Gali” found boiling dorado down south, and again the cluster contained dorado large enough to spool and break off unsuspecting rookies. The north tip of Danzante Island was the hot spot down south with easy limits; most fish averaged 12 pounds (plus a few bruisers).

This point is the dividing spot for the tidal current, with some strong flow happening daily. Then, on the east side flows the water between Carmen Island, and on the west side is Punta Coyote.

In years past, anglers reported this exact spot as a go-to for yellowtail.  A few hundred yards north of the point had been another historic go-to spot for winter mackerel jigging.

Then on the west side, heading south past Honeymoon Cove, there are several miles of prime roosterfish stalking grounds.

Roosterfish don’t get much respect, and it seems like the only targeting happens when multi-day fishing parties get burned out on dorado hookups!

The dorado should be here until at least Thanksgiving!

Clients Carlos and Lindsey fished with Captain Tony at Punta Colorado – they caught four dorado and one triggerfish.  I always tease Tony about returning with at least one trigger…Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing

Lopez Mateos

One wahoo and a 30-pound yellowfin tuna were caught Sunday with Modesto Kmacho, Ernesto Aragón, Hansel, and Eddy.

La Paz

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 1-7, 2021

East Cape  Electricity and a trickle of water were restored to Looney Loop last evening. Water struggles, but that’s coming along. Thumbs up! This a.m. I saw folks at the shoreline at Don Pepe raking the debris that probably came from the arroyos. The temperature is almost perfect; the weather is humid but cooler! Baja Pony Express

Puerto Los Cabos

No Report! …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

Cabo San Lucas

LOCATION: The best fishing locations have been 36 miles, 130 degrees, 40 miles south, 30 miles 150, 32 miles to 130, outside Horseshoe.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: The sea temps have been from 81 to 86 degrees, clear and calm with two- to three-foot swells and light breezes in the afternoons.  The air temps have been from 74 to 86 degrees.

BEST LURES: The best bait or lures were alive or dead caballito, mackerel, ballyhoo, sardina, and various large pushers in multiple colors, along with cedar plugs, plastic squid, and Rapala-style lures…Pisces Sportfishing Fleet

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