Baja catches climb as 2022 arrives

Baja Bytes –December 28, 2021     

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Que Pasa

International Game Fish Association

2021 recap video wraps up IGFA accomplishments and plans for 2022. Thanks to your support, these are only a few examples of the incredible work IGFA achieved in 2021.  

IGFA’s international family, with the help of the global angling community, should be very proud of what together we accomplished during these uncertain times, and we are even more excited for what is to come. So, from all of us at the IGFA – thank you.

We wish you a joyous holiday season and all the best in 2022. Tight lines. …IGFA President Jason Schratwieser

BAJA (Norte)

This super cool photo of Guerrero Negro was taken by my amigo Nayel Talamantes Amador. It gives one an idea of the many salt ponds that surround it. …Shari Bondy

Bahía de Los Ángeles

Off to the big island on Wednesday or Thursday. Bears, kayak, and gear are stowed on the boat. Bringing way too much food … lots of fruit, my usual cabbage, and cans of tuna!

Normally great fishing from the kayak … but now it’s catch and release. Four sets of eyes will be looking at me accusingly if I even think of cooking one!

Seaweed, cactus fruits, and passion fruits to enjoy, and all kinds of shellfish. Won’t starve.

Plan B is to camp in the beautiful cove of Este Ton, 20-miles straight across from LA Bay, but I’d rather be on the east coast with a bit of shelter from west winds.

So rare to see anyone out there, and usually poachers from the mainland. But great memories of kindness and hospitality. Giving me their excess water. “Out here, we are all brothers.”

And nice to have Paddy’s protection. We all feel very safe.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone. Happy New Year! Huge hugs. …Graham Mackintosh

San Quintin

Trip Report Sportfishing – Full Day. …Joe-Sarmiento

Bahía de la Ascensión    

The Bondy family bringing home the bacon!

We were on the water at about 7:15 a.m.; the time stamp on this photo was 8:58 a.m. Three more were released after this photo. Unbelievable quality of fish on this Christmas eve morning! I’m guessing more than 150 pounds of yellowtail were lying there—some of the best fishing of the year going on here in Asuncion right now. Certainly, in terms of quality. I probably dumped my personal best yellowtail at deep color yesterday. More than 50 pounds for sure! …Ross Zoerhof

Coronado Islands
Cranky weather continues. …Fish Dope

Que Pasa    Baja Sur  


The one that didn’t get away! Pulled hooks and short bites, but the rookies still can score!  They did one “catch and release” on a pesky sea lion.  Although it is not good to eat, it did provide a great memory. Winter in Baja! …Rick Hill

The great weather has stopped by for a holiday visit to Loreto! Light winds for the entire week, and the afternoon highs ran in the upper 70s. Most water activities focused on either scuba diving or beach lounging at Coronado Island. The best fishing spot has been the high spot north of Coronado and one of the easiest to reach for a quick stab at yellowtail and assorted bottom monsters. Iron and live mackerel did the most damage on the yellowtail, with most fish under 12 pounds. Punta Colorado continues to be hot for soaking sardina; roosterfish dominate the action with aggressive attacks, and firecracker yellowtail and dorado are in the swirling mass, too. 

Captain “Gali” did some quick preflight fishing at Colorado and reported getting 12 roosterfish to the boat before 10 a.m. But unfortunately, the roosters were so worked up that they wouldn’t let any other fish near the bait.

It is shaping up to be an excellent start for the 2022 season that is just days away!

East Cape      

Merry Christmas from deep in the hinterlands of Baja Sur! The word “Epic” is overused in fly fishing, but this catch is epic in every way for Daniel Kim, who traveled from New York City for the opportunity to experience a winter grande from the beach. It’s as good as it gets!…Lance Peterson

Last minute Christmas shopping run for Scorpion Sportfishing!! Merry Christmas from our family to your’s!!

There are some smaller dorado running close to the beach. Striped marlin continue to be caught, and many sierra are taken on hoochies and small Rapalas. …Matt Clifton, Scorpion Sportfishing

Good Monday morning at La Buena Vida with my neighbor Tom Nunnally. …Esaul Valdez

Cindy Kirkwood East Cape Tackle

Puerto Los Cabos   

Another great morning with our friends, the McGee’s, Santa was good with dinner this year. We caught three dorado, two 30-pounders, and a nice sierra too, and we got back home early to make some ceviche and tacos for lunch...Jaqueline sportfishing

Another great morning with our friend Paul and his Dad nice dorado and a nice wahoo the best dinner fish...Jaqueline sportfishing

Cabo San Lucas    

Crews are getting on the yellowfin lately – shown here are catches from this week on Pisces 38′ C Rod and Pisces 32′ & 35′ Bill Collector(s).

Fun days lately with Pisces Sportfishing Fleet.

Top boat yesterday: Pisces 31-foot Rebecca had 12 marlin released for two anglers aboard. Others had between 8 and 11 marlin released each!

LOCATION: The best fishing locations have been the Golden Gate Bank, Migrino, 25 to 30 miles, the 150 Spot, Cerro Colorado, 33 miles al Cerro, in front of Chileno, Palmilla, Arcos, and Marquis.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:The sea temps have been from 70 to 75 degrees, with the ocean clear with three to five-foot swells and 8-mph winds.  The air temps have been from 70 to 76-degrees.   

BEST LURES:The best bait has been alive or dead caballito, kites, Rapala, sardina, mackerel, “brujita,” and ballyhoo. …Pisces Sportfishing Fleet    

La Paz    

It was cooler and windier this past week, with outside breezes blowing 10 to 18-knots from the north.  Although nice and sunny and the folks from colder areas might love it, but it was not so great to be on the water.  The 10 to 18-knot breezes might not sound like much, but most fishing in La Paz is in a panga, so, with the wind and then wind-generated swell, it can seem like a mix-master! …Johnathan Roldan, Tailhunter International

That Baja Guy-Gary Graham    

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