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

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