The top local story is the barracuda! The bite is pretty good right now – actually, they are the best they have been all year! They are seen as jumpers, up under the birds, in the lee of Todo Santos Island, and up the coast somewhat at Salsipuedes.
These appear to be the migratory fish we expected to see; let’s hope they spread north into U.S. waters soon.
Fishermen are getting them here by throwing iron. It is fun fishing! These ‘cuda are said to be running from about 27 inches up to around 40 inches. A 40-inch barracuda weighs in at about 7 or 8 pounds Best of all, there appears to be a few yellowtail and the odd seabass mixed in with these ‘cuda. …Fishdope.com
REPORT SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023
EXCELLENT FISHING WITH EL CAPITAN GORDO A little fun, and to the bottom! …Garcias Pangas…Bertoldo Garcia
Bahia de Los Angeles
It’s been a wide open byte down past Barnaby reel, tails from 15 to 36, live baited, Jiggs doesn’t matter, baited is plentiful Near town, weathered been rough in the morning with very nice, windless afternoons…fishonnn…Captain Juan Cook. …Captain Juan Cook
Jonathan Guevara was recording a double hookup when he got bit! ...BAJA FISHING CONVOYS
South (Baja Sur)
California Sheepshead (Viega), Modesto, his first Cedros yellowtail, Richard, and a 60-pound white sea bass, caracol harvesting!
We obviously had an exciting time last week on Cedros Island.
We fished with Capt. Balam. The teams brought in a 65-pound yellowtail, a 60-pound white sea bass, a 40-pound halibut, a calico bass, and a California sheepshead. It was crazy fishing there, to say the least. Calico bass, double hookup, molting elephant seal colony, 40-pound halibut, and sampling yellow abalone! …Cheri King
The season is changing, but an excellent grade of yellowtail are still here. We went out this morning and focused on Fast Pitch Jigging. We had eight yellowtail by 9 am, with a few lost in the rocks. I love this style of fishing! They seem to come right off the bottom as the water temp is nearing 80 F. We saw some Dorado swirling as we went out to the pinnacles. Some spearos stayed with me this week at Casa Concepcion and had great diving at the islands. Both beat their previous records on Almaco Jack securing a 73-pounder and an 80-pounder. People are getting ready for Punta Chivato Bulls Only Tournament this coming weekend. Some bigger dorado were being caught. I think we will have a great summer with the pelagics. This week over 35,000 totuaba were released at Playa Santispac. They have released 210,000 in the last nine years. …Nathan Burbey
I have a little over a week before I go down to Loreto. However, I received a call from a buddy who lives down there, and he said his friend caught a 57-pound dorado on bait! That’s a monster! They also have many roosterfish, billfish, and tons of dorado! If you need more information, call me! …Carl Blackledge
Still too windy and rough for any outside fishing. Hoping to get out Saturday to see if the Baquetta (Coral Grouper) is up yet. But the guys fishing inside are coming in with grouper, corvina, halibut, trigger, and pargo using sardine for live bait.
MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for the Week of June 3-10, 2023
This past week, we have seen the weather turn from warm to hot, and fly fishing as well!
Puerto Los Cabos
This week was much quieter in our local marina area as the fiesta and carnival, which had been blocking work areas, were removed, and cleanup followed. Only moderate numbers of anglers were in town taking advantage of calmer weather patterns, sunny skies with highs near 85 degrees. Bait supplies consisted of caballito, jurelito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid, and some mullet.
Sportfishing charters spread out, looking for various options. Farther offshore, there were chances at finding yellowfin tuna traveling with moving porpoise, but this was not a standard charter deal since this hit-or-miss action was more often encountered 25 to 45 miles offshore. There were also chances to find tuna near Iman and San Luis Banks. Though these yellowfin also proved very sporadic and scarce. Only a couple of wahoo reported through the week as well.
Better chances of catching various good-eating species from off the bottom, particularly early in the morning, while using yo-yo style jigs. Success varied daily but did produce some quality fish, including one 81-pound amberjack, another fortune jack, red snapper, leopard grouper, bonito, barred pargo, yellow snapper, triggerfish, and one yellowtail. At times, the red snapper were seen in masses near the surface, apparently feeding on tiny jellyfish, and had to be enticed to strike anything else after adapting to a taste of this natural food source.
Striped marlin were found offshore but more scattered than in previous weeks. We did see fair numbers of dorado on local grounds; many were over 25 pounds, and some were up closer to 50 pounds, striking lures, but more often on various baitfish! Usually found in small groups, such as female and male pairs, there were many reports of big bulls being more finicky as females were hooked up; they would follow aggressively, but more often than not, the bulls would shy away from striking any offerings with hooks. This is probably the reason they grow to larger-sized proportions.
Closer to shore, jack crevalle and some roosterfish were spotted, but roosterfish action was not what we would expect for this time of year. As we are nearing peak season, we still have not seen the mass schools of mullet that typically move in during this time frame. …Good Fishing, Eric
Cabo San Lucas
Pisces on the Podium at Pelagic Rockstar Tournament!
Pisces 46′ La Chingona takes 3rd Place Release + Dailies
The 9th Annual Pelagic Rockstart Tournament concludes with over $400,000 USD in winnings, with Pisces boats making it into the Top 3 Winners once again this year!
Pisces 46’ La Chingona put in some MAJOR work on Day 2 to Release 23 Billfish – the most Billfish released by a single boat in this tourney – and land themselves 3rd Place Overall with 36 Released, plus they took the Daily Billfish Release Jackpot.
Pisces 46′ La Chingona putting in work from the bow to get 23 releases in one day! 36 Releases total over the two day tourney
Hard work sure paid off for the team Captained by Antonio Bojorquez, earning them $103,096 USD Total. Pisces 40’ Coronita had Team Listo aboard, and they too took 3rd Place in the Dorado Division with two nice fish, a 42 and 22 pounder, plus a jackpot from day one; earning them $16,248 USD.
Billfish: 35%, Tuna: 16%, Dorado: 19% , Other 36%
After seeing the Marlin bite turn up last week, we saw a slight lull beginning midweek with fishing starting to pick back up into the weekend. Where we were seeing 3 to 4 Marlin Released per boat, this week anglers were lucky to release one or two marlin, with a total of 20 Billfish Released for the fleet. We did have some wind pick up that may have affected this, although they were not extreme wind speeds, they did reached about 15 knots max.
Dorado catches were good, although the number of fish caught was less, most fish averaged between 20 and 30 lbs each. And finally this week we saw some Yellowfin tuna action! Nothing huge yet, but fish ranging from 10 to 30 lbs.
After seeing the Marlin bite turn up last week, we saw a slight lull beginning midweek with fishing starting to pick back up into the weekend. Where we were seeing 3 to 4 Marlin Released per boat, this week anglers were lucky to release one or two marlin, with a total of 20 Billfish Released for the fleet. We did have some wind pick up that may have affected this, although they were not extreme wind speeds, they did reached about 15 knots max.Dorado catches were good, although the number of fish caught was less, most fish averaged between 20 and 30 lbs each. And finally this week we saw some Yellowfin tuna action! Nothing huge yet, but fish ranging from 10 to 30 lbs.
Our “Other” Species category was a fully mixed bag, with good catches ranging from Jack Crevalle, Sierra Mackerel, Grouper, Ladyfish, Triggerfish, Yellowtail, Roosterfish and more. For a total of 101 fish caught for the week.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some wind picking up, up to 15 knots, making for some chop.
WATER TEMP: 73 – 77 F
BEST LURES: Live and dead caballito, ballyhoo, cedar plugs, chumming.
BEST LOCATIONS: Lots of different areas towards the Sea of Cortez side: From Cabeza Ballena to Palmilla and Punta Gorda to Destiladeras. Old Lighthouse & between 95 and 11:50 Spot. Migriño.
Baja Norte (North)
Nothing new to report. Some calico bass and some short and just barely legal barracuda, green mackerel, and little rockfish are what’s happening in the La Jolla area. Deepwater rock fishing remains consistent on the 9.
Coronado Islands / Rockpile
More signs of yellowtail around now. They are roaming up and down the weather side of North Island and being found in the Middle Islands area near the Gun Site and the lee of South Island at Ribbon Kelp. Also, seeing building numbers from 28-inch to 35-inch barracuda. Lighthouse Kelp and South Kelp areas are also holding barracuda.
Slow-trolling sardines or mackerel is proving effective. Trolling Rapalas or DTX minnows should work well too.
Calico bass are now biting at the boiler rocks in the Middle Islands area. Throw swimbait right up into the boiler rocks and wind them out at a medium speed. Bass are also showing in the Middle Grounds, Ribbon Kelp, Lighthouse Kelp, and South Kelp areas.…Fishdope.com
Slow trolling sardines or mackerel is proving effective. Trolling rapalas or DTX minnows should work well too.
Calico bass are now biting at the boiler rocks in the middle Islands area. Throw swimbaits right up into the boiler rocks and wind them out at a medium speed. Bass are also showing in the MiddleGrounds, Ribbon Kelp, Lighthouse Kelp and South Kelp areas.…Fishdope.com