Quieter Crowds, A Few Quality Tuna ~ April 24, 2022

April 24, 2022

Much quieter week in Southern Baja, as Easter break is over and we saw less vacationers arriving. Though weather conditions are ideal, high temperatures in the low 80s, plenty of sunshine. Variable winds still picking up later in the morning from the north. Unpredictable transition period weather patterns now, ocean conditions were still greenish, particularly to the north, water temperature averaging in the 69 to 72 degree range. Quite a bit of marine layer moisture and at times fog, but burning off as the sun rose higher in the sky.

Anglers were able to find various bait sources, anchoveta, caballito and slabs of squid were most common. The majority of local charters were concentrating their efforts on the grounds of Iman and San Luis Banks. This is where they found a mix of bottom species, highlight being an occasional nice amberjack or grouper. Overall it was not consistent though and there were more of the Pacific bonito than anything else.

These same grounds were also holding some quality sized yellowfin tuna, no significant numbers though. Anglers had to work hard to have their chances at these tuna, then once they did get lucky enough to hook up, they also had to deal very some very aggressive and hungry sea lions. Sizes for these yellowfin ranged from 20 lb, up close to 100 lb. Most of these tuna were striking on strips of squids. Every day there were a handful of tuna accounted for and we are optimistic than when conditions do improve some we will see some more consistent action from these grounds.

Not much being reported on any other surface action, such as marlin, dorado or wahoo, again the conditions are not the best for these species now, but as warmer weather takes over this shooed help stabilize and improve conditions.

Inshore action was very limited as well, a handful of sierra and jack crevalle was the main deal, still cold and off colored for roosterfish.

Good Fishing, Eric

Cold Green Water, Bottom Action ~ April 17, 2022

April 17, 2022 

This is the local Easter Vacation week, very busy times, especially so over the weekend. Earlier in the week we saw a lot of vacationing families going out fishing, then business dropped, as many charter crews were not even available, as they were taking extended days off to enjoy themselves with family and friends on the many local beaches. Weather was ideal, highs near 80 degrees, moderate winds later in the day, though the ocean temperature was averaging a chilly 66 to 69 degrees, also was very off colored and green to about 15 miles offshore.

Anglers were finding a mix of available bait options, some caballito, slabs of squid and a larger type of flat bellied sardina, these work well for all around action, durable in the live bait wells. The majority of local fleets are now fishing on the grounds from off of Palmilla/Red Hill to Gordo Banks, Iman and San Luis Banks.

With the cold green water conditions the main action now has been working the bottom rocky areas. Pacific bonito has been the most common, striking best on yo-yo style jigs, early in the morning a handful of nice red snapper (huachinango) were accounted for off the grounds to the north and some miscellaneous grouper species. Nightlight catches included amberjack and grouper to 50 lb., as well as yellowtail to over 30 lb., though these were not common catches.

Not much heard at all on billfish, dorado or wahoo activity, conditions are just not right now for these species. Though we have continued to see an occasional yellowfin tuna being found on the grounds from Iman to San Luis Banks, striking mainly while drift fishing with strips of squid and average weights were in the 60 to 75 lb. range, very nice grade of fish, though they were few and far between. As conditions rebound later this month, as weather becomes progressively warmer, we do expect to see improvement for these yellowfin and other surface pelagics. Closer to shore there were some sierra and jack crevalle found, water still a bit cold and green to find roosterfish action.

Aggressive sea lions have been hanging on the same fishing grounds, making things more difficult, hanging around, just waiting for their chance at an easy meal, even attacking the larger yellowfin tuna and of course the red snapper and bonito are favorites as well. Surprisingly quite a few whales are still being seen this late into the season.

Good Fishing, Eric

Transition Period, Scattered Action, a few Tuna ~ April 10, 2022

April 10, 2022

Anglers –

More spring break vacationers are now arriving and this next week is local Easter week, where many families go on extending beach camping excursions. Despite the crowds, not a high percentage of anglers are now visiting. Weather is in a transition period, more marine moisture, scattered cloud cover, all around cooler conditions, as well as unpredictable winds from the north and switching from the south over the weekend. Greener water now to about fifteen miles offshore, ocean temperature averaging 69 to 72 degrees. 

Bait fish remain scattered, some caballito rebounded inside the marina, no sardinas ro speak of and strips of squid are being used for chance at the yellowfin tuna. Most action recently has been centered from Iman to San Luis Banks areas. This is where a mix of bottom species and a handful of yellowfin tuna were being found.

Big problem with aggressive sea lions hanging around these same grounds, often taking more than their share of anglers hook ups. The Pacific bonito were the most common fish, with some schooling red snapper found as well, an occasional amberjack or grouper up to 40 lb. The highlight though were a few yellowfin tuna on these same grounds, only a few anglers were lucky enough to land one, these tuna averaged 60 to 75 lb. with at least one tuna over 100 lb. landed by a local commercial pangero. These yellowfin hit on strips of squid, as well as on caballito.

Dorado and wahoo remained very scarce, as were marlin, we only saw a couple of scattered striped marlin throughout the week. Still quite a few whales hanging around late into the season, waiting for currents to shift before heading back to their northern feeding grounds.

Not much being found close to the shore now, a few jack crevalle, colder green water has not been favorable for roosterfish and sierra just never showed much this season.North of Cerralvo Island there has been reports of good yellowtail action while using sardinas for bait, too bad this action would not shift south and into our range.

Good Fishing, Eric