Fish Report North

May 16, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands  Epic fishing is reported at the islands and surrounding waters. First there are fish along the weather side of North Island and out one to two miles from the island. Much of this is breezing fish with a possibility of running into big, bluefin tuna in the same area.

Also from the middle grounds to the Ribbon Kelp (as well as South Kelp Reef to the Rockpile) there is the possibility of running into big bluefin — again, mainly breezers with some jumbo bonito mixed in.

The yellows are all the same grade — in the 15 to 22 pound class. The bonito are toads with nearly every fish over 10 pounds and many in the 14 to 15 pound class. Then there are the bluefin from the 20 pounds up to 100 pounds. 90 percent of the action right now is on breezing schools of fish, both yellowtail and bonito. There is a tonnage of birds on this stuff so keep looking for bird schools! It’s the surface iron that’s working best and the private boats are doing best right now.

These fish appear to be boat shy and they don’t stay up for very long. You need to act quickly. Getting in front of the school is really important! The yellows will jump on a jig going away from in front of them. Casting behind them or to the side of them will normally spook them. If you are having trouble getting bit on these fish you might want to consider how you are approaching them.

Ensenada  Reports from the area from just above Salsipuedes down to at least Punta Banda indicate that yellowtail have continued to be found on the surface breezing around.

Best time is when the wind isn’t blowing and the seas are calm. Then you can see the schools from a long distance. Surface iron is accounting for about 100% of the catch. For whatever reason, the fish just don’t want sardine or mackerel.

San Quintin Continued squirrelly weather has hampered anglers but then on days when it’s flat calm, artificial lures and scampis are the hot ticket for lunker sized calico bass in the kelp. After the bass bite has subsided, the bottom fishing produced limits of fish including reds, whites and sculpin.

Bahía de los Ángeles After making mackerel not far from the launch ramp between Ventana and Smith Islands, anglers caught 15-pound cabrilla along with limits of 5- and 15-pound yellowtail.

Cedros Island Season officially begins this month with the first fly-in groups arriving mid month at the various operations on the island. Reports of yellowtail and calico bass being caught by the residents of the Island are encouraging news.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com.