Almaco Jack Attack

“Gary, Have you ever tried to explain that amberjacks are extremely rare in Baja? And that all the fish being identified as amberjacks recently are really Almaco jacks?” texted Steve Crooke, Scientific Adviser for the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) providing biological assistance for both State and Federally managed fisheries and who worked for the California Department of Fish and Game for 38 years.

Almaco jacks are much more robust, shorter, and stockier in their bodies, plus they feature a dark bar that extends through the eye to the base of the dorsal. The few amberjack Crooke has seen, traveled down the Mexican coast and to the south. He did count a few gill rakers to be sure.
Regardless of what you call them Amber or Almaco, they are biting now!

Springtime Roosterfish

Couldn’t be more stoked for my buddy @thehawgfather for landing his first big rooster this morning!!! He’s been chasing this fish for five years and we got lucky and spotted a school of them and Mike fired his @fishlabtackle lure into them and managed to connect with this beauty. We got a couple of nice pictures and got him back in the water for a safe release…Wesley Brough, Cabosurfcaster

Baja Grouper Steal Show

At Gonzaga Bay, the big grouper to near 100-pounds have nudged yellowtail, cabrilla, and pargo farther down the catch list, while yellowtail continue to be big news up and down Baja from BOLA to Muertos Bay. As April rolls in, the north winds are subsiding and larger numbers of billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are beginning to show up in more catch reports.

Baja Spring Sportfishing Begins

The yellowtail bite that had been en Fuego has somewhat slowed from all the pressure. Despite that, we were able to get quite a few nice yellowtail on both days. Knox, age five, was stoked on his first yellowtail which was almost as big as he was! And his dad, Doryan, is so happy that he now has a new fishing buddy for life.

Cabo Swordy on 30-pound Tackle

A swordfish on 30-pound tackle took three and a half hours to subdue aboard the Pisces Sportfishing’s “LISTO” out of Cabo San Lucas. This was in addition to double-digit roosterfish that were released by several different groups fishing aboard Pisces’ charters.