May 1, 2022
Perfect climate now in Southern Baja, warming trend, clear sunny skies, with lighter winds, average highs and lows of 65 to 80 degrees. Crowds of anglers are also light, so ideal time now to plan a trip. Anglers are using various baits, including sardinas, anchoveta, caballito and strips of squid. Main action is now centered on the grounds from La Fortuna, Iman and San Luis Banks.
Water temperature is warming in recent days, ranging from a chilly 67 on the Pacific, up close to 75 degrees in the direction near Vinorama. Actually warmer water is found closer to shore, to about five miles out where cooler currents are sweeping through. Overall the conditions are rebounding nicely, cleaner blue water is pushing in, as we are still in a transition period, this year everything seems like we are a month behind of so, hopefully with this new month we see more consistent patterns and improved fishing action.
Not much at all going on for surface action for exotic pelagic species, fishing action is now centered over the various rocky high spots, mainly to the north of Punta Gorda. Using a combination of bait and yo-yo style jigs anglers are working hard to find a variety of species. Also having to deal with aggressive sea lions, they have taken up residence on these same grounds, just waiting around for anglers to arrive and then hook into fish so that they can get easy meals, can be very frustrating. Most common catches have been for the Pacific bonito, but also a few nice cabrilla, red snapper and amberjack in the mix.
Yellowfin tuna have been encountered occasionally on the grounds from San Luis to Iman Banks, but a fish or two and not every day. These tuna are hanging around, just in small schools, being very finicky as well, as to when they actually will strike. The few that have been hooked into have been striking on the strips of squid and average sizes have been 60 to 80 lb., nice quality. We are optimistic that with the weather now settling down and warming up we should see some more consistent action. A few wahoo have been see swimming around, these fish normally go on a bite this time of year, so we are waiting to see what happens in the coming weeks.
Not much going on close to shore now, should see the annual migration of schooling mullet appear later this month, this will bring in more jacks, roosterfish, dogtooth snapper and others. This is the time of year where things can change in a hurry and every season can be a bit different as what develops.
Good Fishing, Eric