Baja Bytes – November 8, 2022
Baja California Sport Fishing
TIJUANA-ROSARITO-ENSENADA FISHING CLUB
Off course there is always the shore!
South (Baja Sur)
Bahia Asunción No Report
La Bocana No Report
The street in front of the boat ramp is torn up, making things a bit more challenging for boaters. The weather has been offering similar pokes at recreational boating possibilities, too. Our first blast of a winter windstorm hit and gave a taste of the 15 to 20-knot blues. The day after that event settled, it was back to the summer-style south winds. These are very confusing times. Dorado are getting to be harder to find in numbers north of Coronado, where this year’s action had been centered. As a result, sierra and roosterfish are taking the “over-the-winter shift.” Firecracker yellowtail and 16-pound toro are working the “Lagrimas Point” in the early afternoon. Trolled hard bait have been productive for blind hits. Sardina chumming for sighted fish works very well. Small roosterfish are hitting chrome spoons off the rocks at the marina. Mostly 5-pound mini-roosterfish can be expected anytime the sun is up. …Rick Hill,
11/8/22 MagBay Fished the bay with Salvaje Sportfishing, Captain Rigo, deckhand Chris Aragon, and Chad and Tracy from Washington State. It was a nice, flat blue day near shore. We did not find the tuna – only a few smallish dodos (dorado) were found. Then, fish nearshore in 40 to 50 feet of water. It was excellent fishing, lots of love on the rocks; we all lost fish to D’ structure, and we also caught lots of fish – some small, some big, grouper, pargo, bass, trigger, and burrito grunt. They were all caught on live shrimp. Okay. Fishonnn&onnn. …Captain Juan Cook
MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of October 30- November 6, 2022
Holy Turtle Hatching! It’s the height of turtle hatching season on East Cape beaches. The Araiza brothers are releasing literally 1000’s of baby turtles which they relocated over the past summer months. Many more that were laid and not picked up are also hatching and moving to the shore. THIS is why our beaches are so precious. THIS is why we must drive slowly and be careful not to run over any baby turtles making their way to the water. When they are not released in masse, they can look like a leaf on the sand. Please, respect turtles, respect our environment, and drive slowly. Zona Tranquila Los Barriles.
Puerto Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas was filled with anglers recently, as the last of the big fall tournaments was held – the WON Tuna Jackpot. There were 157 teams battling for a share of the $1.5 million payouts. Once again, local La Playita teams did very well. Castro’s Tournament Team, with Captain Chame Pino, placed second overall with their 144-pound yellowfin tuna, and Team Burro took home an incredible $260,000 while sweeping the $10,000 and $20,000 pots with their 50-pound tuna on the second day. The wind was a significant factor on both days, as gusts of 30 mph made it almost impossible for participants to follow any set game plans they might have had. Most of the action that was found was from the Gordo Banks. The largest wahoo was a 50-pound fish, and a 40-pound dorado took the top spot in that category.
The week started out calm, three nice days, before the wind from the north blew Thursday through Saturday. Until the wind slowed bite, great action for wahoo was reported on the grounds to the north of Punta Gorda, as wahoo were hitting on trolled Rapalas as well as various bait. Most fish averaged 25 to 35-pounds, though one wahoo weighed over 60 pounds. Some charters landed as many as four wahoo during a morning charter.
Midweek both dorado and yellowfin tuna picked up. Many dorado in the 10 to 15-pound class and tuna from 20 to 70-pounds were hitting the strips of squid on the Vinorama grounds.
Options for bait continued to be caballito, ballyhoo, and slabs of squid. Although some boats were able to find a few chihuil. Still no sardina! Heavy tournament pressure has contributed to cleaning out local bait resources, and we will wait to see how long it takes for schools of these baitfish to rebound.
Water temperature is still averaging 80 degrees, so we anticipate good action this month and into December. Still, not much going off the bottom or inshore. A few sierra are starting to be seen, mainly triggerfish off the bottom. We did see one small-sized black sea bass – not a very common species in local waters…Good Fishing…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas
Cabo San Lucas
Congratulations to all the winning teams taking home those big checks tonight at the #cabotunajackpot2022 awards ceremony – and thanks to everyone attending this evening, what a party!!!
Pisces Sportfishing Fleet
Bonito are still showing along this section of the coast. Most of these are nice fish in the 4 to 5-pound class, with a few standouts close to 8 pounds. …Fishdope.com
Coronado Islands / Rockpile
Water temperatures dropped over seven degrees around the Islands after the storm. The boats have not seen any signs of yellowtail around the Islands recently, but some deep-water fish were found near the Rockpile earlier this week. These yellows are down around 150 to 200 feet, so the coming storm should have trivial effect on them. …Fishdope.com
Coronado Canyon / 226-302 / 230 / 371 / 390 / 425 / Upper Hidden
Got a late report of a wide-open yellowfin on dolphin six miles west of the islands yesterday. There are still some mixed bluefin and yellowfin in the 371 area.
The yellowfin is a mix of those little guys in the 8-pound class, along with some legit 15 to 30-pounders.
The bluefin are mixed in with schools of small 15 to 20-pound class YFT and some schools of bigger units in the 60 to 150-pound class. There were some even larger bluefin just west and outside of the Islands yesterday in the 100 to 200-pound class. Several were caught by one of our contacts. That said, there is still clean, warm water in the triangle between the 371, 390, and the Hidden Bank. …Fishdope.com
San Quintin No Report