Ensenada Bluefin Tournament Results

Bajabytes Sport Fishing Update May 31, 2023

Baja Norte


Winners of the Bluefin Tuna Sport Fishing Tournament “BAJA BLUEFIN TUNA TOURNAMENT” 2023, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico  

1st      Breaking Tuna Bluefin Tuna 148.0 pounds. Boat or choice of cash $20,600

2nd    Aria Sportfishing Bluefin Tuna 140.2 pounds   Boat with a value of $13,300

3rd Maria Bonita Bluefin Tuna 91.8  Fishing equipment with a value of $3,500

TOTAL $37,400

Note: The information on the “Jackpots” shown in the table corresponds to the first day of fishing, on the second day of fishing there were no records of bluefin tuna with the minimum size allowed indicated in the regulation.

What a wonderful time thank you Baja Bluefin Tuna Tournament thank you so much what an amazing event thank you to all who participated and both my teams and crew TEAM SCORPION AND TEAM SCORPION ll can’t wait til next year again… Michael Arend

The information on the “Jackpots” shown in the table corresponds to the first day of fishing, on the second day of fishing there were no records of bluefin tuna with the minimum size allowed indicated in the regulation.

They delivered all the BLUEFIN that the fishermen of the tournament donated to the nursing home in Ensenada.

South (Baja Sur) 

FONMAR celebrates shore tournaments together with organizations & unions.

More than 700 fishermen in the competitions of La Paz and Loreto In coordination with the National Union of Workers of the Education (SNTE) section 3, and the State Union of Bureaucrats, recently, shore fishing tournaments were held in the municipalities of La Paz and Loreto, with the support of the State Government to through the Fund for the Protection of Marine Resources (FONMAR).

In Playa Punta Arenas, municipality of La Paz, the tournament “Friends of the of the SNTE 2023" in the framework of the celebrations for teacher’s day. Which had the participation of 465 fishermen in the midst of a great atmosphere familiar, giving the starting shot the General Director of FONMAR, Martín Inzunza Tamayo; the Secretary General of the section, Elmuth Castillo Sandoval; and the General Director of INSUDE, Gilberto Garciglia Higuera.

The winners in the single category were: Paulo González Arreola, Jesús Aníbal Meza Geraldo and José Luis Frías Orozco, who obtained prizes of 10 thousand, 6 thousand and 4 thousand pesos respectively.

In Loreto, they gave the starting shot from the dock to the;2nd tournament Pesca de Orilla Sindical”, with more than 250 participants.

FONMAR coordinator in Loreto, Evaristo Alfonso Susarrey Amador; the General Secretary of the State Union of Bureaucrats; just like him leader in Loreto, Luis Enrique Leal Arce.

The event was well attended by both the workers at the service of the State as well as their relatives and friends, who obtained the first places in the free category: Uriel Santiago, Ernesto Quintana, Ariadna Padilla, José Luis Barajas, and Irlanda Fuente.

While in the children’s category did it: Uriel Santiago, Andrés Padilla, Laured Guadalupe, Tadeo Davis, and Iker Casilla.

With these activities, the State Government headed by Prof. Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío encourages collaborative work with the trade union organizations to promote healthy recreation and harmony


Mulege\Conception Bay

Fishing has still been hot in the area. Yellowtail are starting their transition back to the deep hot spots but can still be caught on the surface. A neighbor caught two nice grade yellowtail on poppers when a boil erupted in front of their small boat. I took my 4 year old son outside of the bay for shallow trolling to immerse him into sports fishing. We had a successful day trolling 40 rapalas catching Yellowtail, Cabrilla, Trigger, Pargo and Bonita. Some spearos are currently staying at Casa Concepcion and have validated that the big Almaco Jack are in. They scored an 80lb and 73lb. They are back out today in search of grouper.  Dorado are moving up the Cortez and seems to have some decent size. A fellow fisherman out of San Lucas Cove caught a nice grade Dorado 34lbs.

There will be a Totuava release at Playa Santispac on June 6th. This is a great event for kids and adults to jumpstart the Totuava fishery. The following weekend will be the Bulls Only Tournament in Punta Chivato.

Until next week… Fish On!…Nathan Burbey


López Mateos 

No report this week…Cheri King

La Paz

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of May 19-25, 2023

East Cape

Water- 78*. Clear flat, afternoons light SE winds. The water is warming fast. .
Air- Beautiful! clear skies, cool mornings with afternoon highs in the 80’s.

The fishing has really improved this past week! Yellowfin, Dorado, and Marlin, are all biting aggressively. Some big tuna were taken this week, the largest 145#. A very good week of fishing!

Dorado– A dead whale is floating 6-7 miles directly off the ranch, it’s holding lots of Dorado in the 20-30# range. Live Mackerel and Caballito are the best baits.

Yellowfin– Anglers are limiting on tuna under Porpoise. The bite started early in the week 40-50 miles offshore, as the week progressed the Porpoise moved closer. Yesterday the bite was 30 miles directly off Pulmo. Some really nice fish, a 145#er was taken on a cedar plug Friday. Trolled Hoochies, Cedar plugs, and Ballyhoo are working.

Billfish– Lots of Striped Marlin, as usual directly off La Ribera on the drop-offs. Most boats release at least one. Trolled Ballyhoo and lures are taking the fish.

After a late start this year, the fishing has really turned on…John Ireland, Rancho Leonero

Puerto Los Cabos

Starting to see more visiting tourists and anglers alike, as some school semesters have already finished up early this season. Weather patterns are still pleasant, not too warm yet, it ideal all-around ideal climate now, with highs near 85 degrees, and no longer chilly in the early morning either. Winds predominantly from the north have been a factor on some days, as increased ocean swells and rapidly changing currents as well. Ocean water temperatures are steadily rising, now in the 76 to 79-degree range.

Anglers were able to obtain caballito, jurelito mainly for bait, a few mullet showing, also slabs of squid and ballyhoo being another option, no sardinas reported at all.The majority of the fishing action is now taking place from straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards the north, Iman, San Luis and to Vinorama. Big numbers of striped marlin now spread out throughout the region, most of this action found from five miles and further offshore. The stripers are moving around daily as to where their food source is, so the best location can vary from day to day. Charters targeting these billfish have been averaging anywhere from one to six marlin per trip, sizes as large as 160 lb. These fish were striking readily on lures, dropped back or slow trolled baits as well.

Only a few dorado are being seen, but we saw a handful of very nice sized bulls to over 40 lb., so this is an encouraging sign for this early in the season. Earlier in the week we saw a few wahoo in the mix, one of these weighed in at 61 lb.

Off the bottom we saw varied success, but overall more productive than the previous week. More amberjack up to 45 lb. were accounted for, some leopard grouper to 20 lb. and a handful of red snapper (huachinango) up to 14 b., they have been limited so far this season, quality fish, we hope to see more of them during the next month, best chance was early in the morning on the yo-yo style jigs.

Close to shore there were reports of roosterfish and jack crevalle, though we did not have many anglers targeting these at this time.

A handful of nice yellowfin tuna were taken from near the San Luis Banks, ranging up to 100 lb., striking on caballito of other jacks, mainly while drift fishing, same way the amberjack were hitting. Though these tuna were finicky and very sporadic as to when they might strike. Lots of tuna now from Los Frailes and north to Buena Vista, but that is out of our normal range for now, those yellowfin were mostly in the 5 to 20 lb. class. We will wait until they migrate closer to within our range…Good Fishing, Eric–

Cabo San Lucas 

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 While double-digit striped marlin dominated billfish caught and released, the first blue marlin of the season was caught and released for our fleet.

Some hefty dorado that were recently caught provided great excitement for many of our anglers. Many of them were tipping the scales in the 40 to 50-pound range.

Anglers fishing closer to shore and targeting roosterfish and jack crevalle found plenty feeding on the surface and eager to snatch the live bait trolled behind the boat.

For the meat fishermen, cabrilla, grouper, and even a yellowtail or two were caught fishing on the bottom. Some were kept for a fresh fish dinner later that night.

SPECIES: Blue marlin, striped marlin, skipjack, dorado, grouper, bonito, sierra, needlefish, ladyfish, sheepshead, jack crevalle, yellowtail, and roosterfish.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: The seas were clear and calm, with three-foot waves. The conditions were also clear, with wind from 8 to 16 kts. 
WATER TEMP: 72 to 79 degrees F.
AIR TEMP:   70to79 F.
BEST LURES: Palos lurestigrillolive and dead mackerel, caballito, ballyhoo, Lisa, and hoochies.
BEST LOCATIONS:  The 1150 Spot, Punta Gorda, Cabrillo Mt. Abajo del 95 Spot.

Baja Norte (North) 

Bull Ring

Local fishing remains tough in spite of improved water temps and clarity.  Perhaps the best bet is the halibut bite down on the IB Flats. A few guys are getting some bounce balling. Sand bass are biting ok in IB too at the Pipe.……Fishdope.com

Coronado Islands / Rockpile

Very quiet. The yellows at the Islands should be in full gear by now but sadly there is little signal of them around currently.
Some sign of barracuda off South Island a few days ago but those were MIA again today.
Best bet if you want yellowtail is to head out into the Canyon and look for kelps. There isn’t very many kelps though, so it is far from a slam dunk.Fishdope.com

Gonzaga Bay

Gonzaga Bay catch and uncatch by Mr. Steve Pazol & Mr.  John Sedgwick…fishonnn&onnn…Captain Juan Cook

Bahia de Los Angeles

Beautiful Bahía de los Angeles, out fishing with Mr. Joe Sarmiento, we island hopped for leopard grouper, nothing fancy, just a steady pick at fish with a few yellowtail on the surface iron working under birds. weather was just right fishonnn&onnn…Captain Juan Cook

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2 thoughts on “Ensenada Bluefin Tournament Results

  1. Nice report, FYI they doing good in Loreto.  After June 23 I’ll be there for 5 weeks and will send you some good reports .  Carl Blackledge

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