Bajabytes Sport Fishing Update May 10, 2023 Our Dad, the one and only Ralph Clock, left his earthly life on May 8, 2023, surrounded by his entire family. He lived life to its fullest, and while our hearts are heavy with grief, we are so lucky that he was our Dad. A memorial and celebrationContinue reading “Baja in May is Good”
. Crews mostly fished inshore at the beginning of the week, with some wind and choppy seas. However, they still produced, primarily in our “Other” Category – catching mainly sierra mackerel, bonito, and grouper. But by Wednesday, we saw the marlin begin to show up at the 11:50 Bank, and by Saturday, the fleet had released 100 marlin total! Compared to last week, when we saw about 15% of the boats releasing marlin, we had nearly 50% of the boats land ’em this week. The weather also got friendlier towards the end of the week, with winds dying.
The week’s highlight was the wahoo that anglers hooked into while trolling closer to Punta Gorda or Cardon. Not the typical season for these highly prized pelagics, but it proves that you can never really know what might happen. These fish prefer warmer waters, but the bite was sporadic daily, and slow trolling live bait was the best bet, particularly the elusive chihuil. We saw one monster 79-pound wahoo landed and several others over 50 pounds, so of the handful brought in, they were of impressive size.
Good day. Limits on robalo, grouper, pargo and corvina with Captain Rubin Duran at Lopez Mateos….Mark Rayor
Marlin bite picked way up compared to last week. We had 141 Marlin Released total for the fleet, with the Top boats, such as Pisces 37’ BBII releasing 23 Billfish in the week. Their best day they went 10 for 14 on Striped Marlin. Pisces 35’ Bill Collector 2 also did well in the week with 19 Released; going 7 for 9 on their best day. Only one Dorado caught and a few Skipjack Tuna and still a few good inshore catches of Sierra Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper, Ladyfish, Bonita, Triggerfish, etc….Rebecca Ehrenberg
There was encouraging news that the yellowfin tuna were biting better the last few days – drift-fishing with strips of squid on the Iman Bank was the most successful. We also saw tuna ranging from 10 to 90-pounds, with an average of 20 to 50-pounds. A couple of charters caught up to 5 fish each, though overall numbers were not high; you had to be patient and be at the right spot when the bite was on. Again, the best action was found early in the morning.
Anglers saw great action for dorado. Limits were common, with many releases scattered throughout the region. However, small to medium-sized fish were being found closer to shore, and some larger specimens were on the offshore grounds where there were marlin and sailfish. These fish were readily caught with lures and various bait.
Bait supplies consisted of ballyhoo, mullet, slabs of squid, and the sardina also rebounded recently, schooling close to shore near the marina jetties.
Good Fishing…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas
More GRANDE ROOSTERFISH are Coming through. Roosterfish released on Pisces 66′ Friday Bank yesterday! Plus, some huge bottom critters for exercise…Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet