Northern Baja Fish Report

May 30, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands Recently, some yellowtail has been showing from early morning through mid-day from the Middle Grounds to Ribbon Kelp. The action, however, has been on the slow side. Better action has begun to happen in the afternoon and evening around the Rock Pile with boats scoring at the Finger Bank chasing the breezing yellows. There are also breezing spots of fish below the Rockpile with a few in the Rockpile area proper, though they were very hard to get to bite. A well-placed surface iron scored most of the fish caught.

Ensenada Good showing of yellowtail on the La Joya Bank. The “Otaria” landed four and lost more than that. Confirming the action was the “El Dorado” scoring limits in spite of cranky seas stirred up by strong winds. Farther offshore rumors of bluefin on the Banda Bank were tempting . . . pretty sure the fleet will be all over them as soon as the weather settles down.

Good news! Live bait for purchase is now a reality. The two phone numbers to call if you want to purchase live bait in Ensenada Harbor: The barge will be on-call Monday thru Thursday, Friday thru Sunday – open 5 a.m. and closing depending on demand. To dial from the U.S. you begin with 011 52 (646) plus the number.

San Quintin When most of the stock spots haven’t produced, San Quintin Bay has provided solid action for anglers willing to put in the time whenever the weather has fussed and fumed outside — being rewarded with some nice-sized flat rascals (halibut) for you flatlanders adding a bit of spice with a few monster bites from the huge grouper and black seabass lurking near the bottom.

San Felipe Pesca La Baja, a tournament series of five events promoted by SEPESCBC for the third year, shattered attendance records with 138 participants. The first event in San Felipe was the startup of the International Championship “Fishing Baja.”  There were many qualifying fish brought to the scale. The largest was also a record for the event – a 147.6-pound black seabass brought to the scales by  Ricardo Elizondo. The next of the five events will be held in Gonzaga Bay on June 10 -11, followed by events in Bahia de Los Angeles, July 15-16, San Quintin, August 19-20 with the finale held in Ensenada, September 23-24.

Bahía de los Ángeles Yellowtail action, while slow getting started, is heating up as fast as the weather with plenty of limits, plus some trophy-sized ones in the mix. Fishing in front of “Las Animas,” using a double-dropper loop with shrimp flies and whole squid, anglers were landing limits of two-pound cabrilla along with some ten-pound pargo.

Cedros Island Recent groups of kayakers fishing the Island are reporting some extraordinary calico bass action with an occasional yellow in the mix.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com