Baja Bytes – October 25, 2022
MONEY! MONEY! MONEY
Oct 25, 2022
CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS, Mex. October 24, 2022 – Wayne Bisbee, owner, and manager of Bisbee tournaments, proclaimed that the 2022 Bisbee Offshore Series Jackpots amounted to a spectacular $3,469,035 this year, in addition to the millions of dollars awarded in the 42-year-old flagship, the “Bisbee Black and Blue.” In addition to the 2022 East Cape Offshore Tournament’s payout of $1,286,385, the Los Cabos Offshore tournament hit the million-dollar mark for the fourth consecutive time in its 24-year history with its 2022 total of $ $2,182,650 Jackpot Prizes up for grabs, which resulted in the multi-million-dollar figure. Read More
Baja California Sport Fishing
Bass fishing throughout the area remains tough but it’s not dead. Anglers are still able to get a few around the kelp lines but overall things seem to be winding down. …Fishdope.com
Coronado Islands / Rockpile
There are some yellowtail around here but sounds like it’s all coming in from the sonar schools. That generally means it’s mostly a Sportboat deal since they can use their scanning sonar to get ahead of the schools, giving you a chance to get a yoyo or dropper loop down 150 to 200 feet to the school before they swim off. Around the Rockpile, North Island, and below SKR are good areas to look for these deeper schools in 150 to 250 feet of water, but if you don’t have a scanning sonar dome you are going to need luck on your side to make it happen.
There are still some calico and bonito around the Middle Grounds. The bonito are in the 2 to 6-pound range, with the odd bigger one coming up. Calicos are mostly shorts, but still some keepers are around. …Fishdope.com
Coronado Canyon / 226-302 / 230 / 371 / 390 / 425 / Upper Hidden
We heard of a few dorado on kelp over the weekend. Far from slam-dunk fishing, it seems like maybe one in every 8 to 10 kelps are holding at this point.
Also, there are still shots at yellowfin that are on dolphin and there have been reports of some smaller grade bluefin splashing around, but not biting well. A good technique for any yellowfin you find is to chum heavy to start and get them to stick to the boat, then throw “ones” and “twos” and cast your hooked bait in the midst of the chum you throw. If on dolphin, good idea to get on the leading edge of the pod and do the same.
1140 Finger / Lower 500 / West of Colonet
Good to wide-open yellowfin fishing for a few sportboats down in this range. Nice grade fish in the 15 to 35-pound range biting fly-lined sardine very well. Sounded like the zone was around the 230 Spot east of the Lower 500 and 1140 Finger.
Kelp have dorado on them, but the focus is on the yellowfin. …Fishdope.com
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Bay of Los Angeles
South (Baja Sur)
Great family life was experienced in the “Gran Dorado El Sargento y La Ventana” Tournament, which raised $258,000 pesos for the benefit of the community.
The “Azul Cerralvo” shore fishing tournament was also held with more than two hundred children and their families participating.
The Government of the State of BCS, through FONMAR, is committed to promoting healthy family co-existence and the potential of all communities with a vocation for sport fishing. …Fonmar
Left San Diego Saturday AM with Nick from Dana Landing. The roads are in pretty good shape, though there were a few detours. I stayed at Guillermo’s and fished on Sunday. Made some bait but didn’t end up using it. I went out to Isla La Guardia and targeted leopard grouper. Mucho grouper and trigger fish.
Monday, drove to La Bocana. Fished the offshore banks on Tuesday. Usually catch yellowtail there but they were corroded with barracuda and bonito. I went west and found 77-degree water and put out the jigs in hopes of wahoo. Got some yellowfin tuna and dorado and one marlin strike.
We came into the inshore reef and picked up some yellowtail, dorado, and gulf grouper. Wednesday went to the Gringa Bank. Got some yellowtail there and went south to the Hutchins Bank. Lots of barracuda and sand bass. Got a mako on the mad Mac.
Thursday went to the Locos Bank near San Hipolito. All the yellowtail you want on iron. Also, barracuda, bonito, and calico. Probably released 80 fish.
Friday targeted grouper at Bajo Wright and Roca Ballena. No grouper, but wide-open calico and yellowtail. Great weather the whole week. Calm seas. Excellent food at Liz’s, The Cactus, and Chunkies!
List of species caught:
Yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, dorado, grouper, mako, sierra, leopard grouper, triggerfish, squirrelfish, needlefish, barracuda, bonito, barrilete, calico, sand bass, spotted bay bass, sheepshead, catfish, salmon grouper, rainbow runner, and bonefish…Baja Bum
We saw some wild afternoon action off the rocks at the marina. Mini roosterfish and larger toro have slashed through many schools of the remaining sardina stocks.
Farther south there has been a continuation of the sierra bite in front of Puerto Escondido.
More boats have been hitting the water since the September lull. Scuba is the draw right now as this part of the year combines the best water temperatures with the clearest water. This should last until almost Christmas when the cold green water along with the cold north wind sets up shop for the winter.
Dorado are still in the mix along the northern coastline. Most fish are smaller versions in the 8-pound range.
Sierra and roosterfish are also up north close to the beaches of San Bruno.
The bottom fishing crowd are having some firecracker action while dipping for reds and whitefish.
Once the weather changes to full North Winds the only action in town will be deep rock piles for yellowtail.
Great weather all along the Baja coastline and the “snowbirds” are starting to return.
Both Halloween and Christmas items are on the shelves of all the local stores which are just around the corner. …Rick Hill,
Wahoo here now! … Lopez Mateos Sportfishing
MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 14- 22, 2022
Matt Clifton and friends getting bent with some nice-sized yellowfin & dorado onboard our 37′ Sea Hunter, Encantada.
Puerto Los Cabos
Larger crowds of anglers continue to arrive, as this is now the peak fall season and time when the annual series of high-stake world-class fishing tournaments occur. This week will be the largest event of them all, the Bisbee’s Black and Blue, with some two hundred teams competing for 10 million dollars in prize money to be handed out.
Weather patterns are stable through the week, typical north winds predominate. Some mornings there was wind early, other days it picked up later in the day. Over the weekend we were following the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Roslyn. This system reached Category Four strength, and fortunately for the Los Cabos area there was no impact as the system shifted directions to the southeast, striking mainland Mexico as a major hurricane between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Increased swells locally and a forecast of more winds this week, although no rainfall at all.
Overall, ocean conditions were favorable, clarity was clean close to shore, water temperature was averaging 82 to 84 degrees. Heavy pressure now on all bait sources. The sardina were found schooling closer to Cabo San Lucas and by the weekend they were becoming scarce. There is only so much natural resource to supply the hundreds of charters. Other bait options were ballyhoo, slabs of squid, caballito, skipjack, bolito, and some chihuil found on offshore grounds.
Charters started the week fishing grounds from Palmilla to Vinorama. Palmilla produced good early morning action for medium-sized dorado with a few wahoo up to 35-pounds in the mix.
Billfish were found farther offshore, and in local waters sailfish, striped, blue, and black marlin were being encountered. Again, heavy boat pressure on the popular fishing grounds, though we have seen several large marlin of 500 pounds and heavier accounted for in the past week.
Yellowfin averaged 50 to 90 pounds were being hooked into, although the action on the San Luis Bank to Vinorama was on and off, and most were caught on strips of squid. The bite was tough, and lots of patience needed, but it did seem to pick up again later in the week.
The most recent tournament, the Bisbee Offshore, just finished. There were close to 200 teams chasing larger marlin, as well as tuna and dorado. Congratulations to local teams “Feeling Azul” who had the first day largest 176-pound tuna, as well as the biggest marlin overall with their late-hour, 555-pound black marlin.
And Congratulations to “Burro,” crewed by local La Playita pangeros, including Chame Pino, won the second day tuna jackpot with their 95-pound yellowfin. These larger winning tuna were taken from Gordo Banks, exciting news because it has been a long time since cow-sized tuna were found on these grounds.
Not much inshore or bottom action reported now. We did see some of the season’s first sierra beginning to bit – and most on live sardina and in the direction of Cabo San Lucas.…Good Fishing! …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas
Cabo San Lucas
CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS, Mex. October 24, 2022 – Wayne Bisbee, owner, and manager of Bisbee tournaments, proclaimed that the 2022 Bisbee Offshore Series Jackpots amounted to a spectacular $3,469,035 this year, in addition to the millions of dollars awarded in the 42-year-old flagship, the “Bisbee Black and
.” In addition to the 2022 East Cape Offshore Tournament’s payout of $1,286,385, the Los Cabos Offshore tournament hit the million-dollar mark for the fourth consecutive time in its 24-year history with its 2022 total of $ $2,182,650 Jackpot Prizes up for grabs, which resulted in the multi-million-dollar figure.
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