Baja Bottomfish Booming

  

Que Pasa

We did see a mix of yellow and red snapper, a few Almaco jacks, leopard grouper, white fish, triggerfish, and bonito. The highlight was a rare 57-pound black sea bass, legal in Mexico, not in California. However, they are not a very common catch locally.

Inshore action was mainly for small-sized roosterfish, with very few sierra. Many whales are still around, although this next month is when these mammals start to return to their northern feeding grounds…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas  

BAJA (Norte)

Tijuana Bull Ring
There was more good action on sandbass today down on the I.B. Pipe for guys fishing leadhead and sliding sinkers with squid on the bottom in the structure.  There are decent amounts of calico in this same zone to go with a few sculpin. …Fishdope.com

Coronado Islands / Rockpile

Yesterday we received a report that rock fishing was good for nice-sized reds on the weather side of North Island.  Also, it sounded like a few signs of yellowtail were seen with a seal splashing around with one on the surface and some enticing sonar marks seen under birds. Temps are still cold at the islands, but as it creeps up, we should start seeing more signs of yellowtail, and they will be more likely to be in a biting mood. Fishdope.com

Ensenada

Time to fill the freezer! SAMMY Susarrey Sportfishing Ensenada.

Colonet

The Tribute, the Liberty, and the Relentless were all here this weekend; however, none reported any yellowtail.  There continues to be a few bonito around but not what you hope for down here.  The rockfish continues to be excellent for nice quality reds and lingcod, though. …Fishdope.com

San Quintin

lingcod

Lings and thingskeep things interesting…Garcias Pangas

Bahía de los Ángeles – BOLA

Wind again

Baja Sur  

Que Pasa  

Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur.

Ojo de Liebre (Scammon’s Lagoon) near Guerrero Negro in Baja.

gray whale spyhopping

What a day on Laguna Ojo de Liebre…we still are seeing mating and got mugged by many friendly whales who loved to be hugged!…Shari Bondy

Bahía de la Ascensión    

 San Hipolito drone

A little end of season lobster fest in the little pueblo of San Hipolito. Sent my drone up for a gull’s eye view…Ross Zoerhof

Loreto    

The filet tables have been dry for almost the entire week, but things look to be changing today. This past week was windy like most of the West, with a few days peaking at 30 mph winds. The few who made quick trips to La Cholla came back with low numbers of yellowtail – one or two per boat and handfuls of reds and pintos. Even the hardcore whale-watching crowd avoided the nasty days, and they usually don’t shy away.

Hopefully, this might be our last big blast out of the cold north. The sunshine feels stronger, and the spawning signs show up in YT’s. At some point before the end of this month, the yellowtail will be higher up in the water column and blasting baits on the surface. Then closely following the dance of the Y.T.’s, the cabrilla will be doing the same dance on the surface along the rocky coastline.

It’s about time!  I find it difficult to cast more than 30 feet with my ski parka on! …Rick Hill,  Click Here 

Magdalena Bay

black snook
Now that’s a couple of trophy-sized snook!

La Paz    

Mexican Minute La Paz Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Feb. 15-22, 2022

East Cape  

Palmas Pier
Waiting for these perfect summer days…Palmas de Cortez

Puerto Los Cabos   

black seabass

We are glad that this crazy, unpredictable, cold, and windy month is coming to an end; springtime is just around the corner, a favorite time of year for locals. This week we saw a moderate number of anglers, though there were a good number of tourists arriving. There were winds from the north all week, although anglers were able to fish in the more protected inshore areas, and they did very well considering, the time of year and the conditions.

Ocean temperatures ranged from 70 to 73 degrees, with greener currents encountered on the grounds farther north. Water clarity was nice off San Jose del Cabo. Baitfish became scarcer in the marina area, as netters were working hard to find sufficient supplies of caballito. On offshore grounds, mackerel were found schooling near the surface on some days. Early in the week, we found the first signs of sardina nearby; though limited, at least we saw some. We last saw sardina in October, so we hope something will develop with this.

The main offshore action was for striped marlin. They were not that far offshore – straight off San Jose del Cabo, 3 to 5 miles, as well as around the Gordo Banks. Many charters accounted for multiple marlin per outing. Sizes seemed to average a little larger, up to 130-pounds. 

Surprisingly, we saw good action for dorado this week with sizes ranging mainly from 10 to 15 pounds, but we did see a couple of fish over 30 pounds. Trolling bait was the best bet. They were found on the same grounds as the marlin but even closer to shore. Many charters had their limits for dorado.

Despite the colder water, we also saw quite a few wahoo this week, mainly from the Punta Gorda area, smaller fish, most in the 8 to 15-pound range, with a few up to 20 pounds. It was more of a panga deal than a cruiser, as these fish were spooky, often being seen but finicky – striking bait and with casting jigs – but several lucky anglers were able to catch their five-fish limit.

Not much going off the bottom; windy conditions did not help this. We did see a mix of yellow and red snapper, a few Almaco jacks, leopard grouper, white fish, triggerfish, and bonito. The highlight was a rare 57-pound black sea bass, legal in Mexico, not in California. However, they are not a very common catch locally.

Inshore action was mainly for small-sized roosterfish, with very few sierra. Many whales are still around, although this next month is when these mammals start to return to their northern feeding grounds. …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas   

Cabo San Lucas    

Spring season is in full swing now in Cabo! Inshore catches like yellowtail, sheephead, grouper, sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, snapper, and even one or two roosterfish and dorado are coming through. And, of course, the marlin action continues to impress! Between 5 and 10 marlin are released per boat on average this weekend. …Pisces Sportfishing Fleet

bigger yellowtail
Juanito is back at it on the “Diablo Loco” … catching Yellow Tails this time … a couple of pics … also said there are lots of Big Red Snappers in the afternoons …

WATER: Water temp: 68-71-degrees F., 2 to 3-foot seas, with the wind picking up in the afternoon (from the Sea of Cortez side). Overall good fishing conditions!!

LOCATION: The best fishing locations have been the Golden Gate Bank, Migrino, and Cabo Falso.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:The sea temps have run from 72 to 73 degrees, with clear skies. The ocean has been calm with 3 to 5-foot swells and 4 to 5-knot winds.  Air temps have been from 68 to 72-degrees.    

BEST LURES:The best bait has been alive or dead mackerel, kites, Rapala, black and purple marlin lures, sardina, and ballyhoo. 

That Baja Guy-Gary Graham    

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