Fish Report North

May 2, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands. Unsettled conditions and unusually strong winds have taken their toll on the waters surrounding the Islands. Between blows, the yellowtail and barracuda were biting at Ribbon Kelp, down the lee of South Island, to the Five Minute Kelp and South Kelp Ridge. Most of the yellowtail are 4 to 8 pounds with a few to about 15-pounds around the south end of this stretch. Both yellows and barracuda are eating surface iron and fly-lined fin bait. Farther down the beach at the Rockpile it was slow with catches of yellowtail and bottom fish.

Ensenada. The focus lately has been on yellowtail off Salsipuedes and tuna offshore. The good news is that the local bait receiver should begin selling live bait by the first of May.

Closer to home around Todos Santos, yellowtail, barracuda and bonito have been showing on the surface feeding beneath the bird schools — usually early morning before the winds kick up. Then it’s time to fish the bottom for rock and lingcod plus an occasional better-grade yellowtail. If the wind backs off in the afternoon, it’s ‘run and gun’ time again, watching for the telltale flock of birds.

Colonet. While weather became a factor recently, the rumored bluefin and yellowfin tuna have sounded more enticing than the yellows at Colonet, causing most San Diego Sportfishing boats to venture farther offshore with mixed results. When the weather backs off for a few days, the yellows seem to stay there, and  maybe just a click or two more eager to bite. If not, there are still plenty of rockfish to go around.

San Quintin. In spite of the inconsistent weather, the good news is the availability of plenty of live mackerel to fill the live well to the brim. On the right day, the fishing produced limits for some yellows. Many caught running and gunning early morning before shifting to bottom fishing for lings, red rock cod and even a halibut or two.

Another welcome addition was the good bite of calico bass around San Martin. Most were suckered with artificial swimbaits. On the spearfishing front, reports were good at both the Isla and reefs for an impressive array of species.

Bahía de los Ángeles. The annual spring run of yellowtail is slowly gaining steam as both the sea and daytime temps begin climbing, while the dreaded North Winds became less and less of a factor.

Cedros Island. Several early groups, eager to get the season started, reported good catches of yellowtail along with a great calico bite in the kelp.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com.