Fish Report

May 25, 2020 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

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Nathan Brown, Silverado, Calif found the rumors about good fishing from shore to be true. Landing 5 species, sierra, jack crevalle, halibut and a rare WSB.


 

It is now approaching 90 days since sport fishing ceased in Baja Sur, with only a handful of boats going out to catch fish to distribute to local families in need.

Although it is unclear exactly when the different authorities will reach an agreement on what date they will allow sportfishing to resume, there are favorable reports of improved conditions streaming in from throughout Baja Sur’s primary sportfishing areas which include Loreto, La Paz, East Cape, and Los Cabos.

A word to anglers who are planning a trip to one of the areas listed above soon: do not waste this downtime! This is a great time to check tackle, sharpen hooks and spool some fresh line on all those reels sitting on the shelf.

The reports seem to indicate that the 2020 summer sportfishing season is shaping up to be one for the record books in many ways.

All of you Baja veterans who have complained that the recent fishing in Baja isn’t what it was in the “good old days,” along with those of you that have read or heard about how good it once was – according to reports that tell of both the quality and quantity of many species of fish, as well as the ample bait to be had, your time is coming soon. Don’t miss out!

Cabo San Lucas

Only a handful of various local fleet boats have secured permission from the Port Captain to go out to fish leaving at 6-a.m. and must return no later than 3-p.m, this is according to Rebecca Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet.

Noting that it had been very windy recently on the Pacific side, they still sent out their 32-foot Bill Collector that has been making frequent runs to San Jamie Bank. With little pressure, they have been successful at catching limits of yellowfin in the 20- to 40-pound class, which are being distributed among their staff and families in the Barrios.

Meanwhile, the 42-foot Caliente crew caught grouper, cabrilla, and a few pargo fishing the pinnacles a few miles offshore to add to the catch they distributed.

On the Cortez side, the winds were less, and the sea was much calmer once you got up to San Jose. Nathan Brown, Silverado, Calif., spent several days fishing from shore with some remarkable results. Using his Shimano surf outfit equipped with a Stella spinning reel, he caught sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, and a rare white seabass.

LOCATION: San Jaime, with light pressure holding school-sized yellowfin with a few striped marlin, along with an occasional stray dorado, as well as some roosterfish, jack crevalle, sierra, and white sea bass up in the Sea of Cortez from shore.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Sunny skies, with day time temps in the high 90s and lows in the high 60s with 12-to-15-mph winds picking up midday on the Pacific side.

AVERAGE WATER TEMP:  70 to 73F

BEST LURES:  Live and dead mackerel and caballito bait mostly, squid, lures, chumming, cedar plugs and feathers for the yellowfin tuna.

East Cape

Water - 77-to-79 degrees.  Warmer than normal, gin clear, and flat water.

Air - Cool mornings, highs in the low 80s. Very light afternoon breezes. Beautiful Spring weather.

There has been no real fishing pressure for over six months.  It has very obviously helped the gamefish population and the fishing overall. The bay is loaded with a real variety of bait. Tootsie roll sized squid, sardina, Spanish mackerel, and caballito are everywhere. The squid and sardina are getting chased up onto the beaches; lots of them are along most tide lines.

A few local gringos are going out, but almost all the fishing is being done by locals.

Those few anglers that are lucky enough to fish are CASHING IN.

Yellowfin -  Quite a few are taken from the beach off the lighthouse! The largest is around 50 pounds. The biggest fish was taken on Megabait. Squid and cast chrome crocodiles have been working as well.

Lots of the schooling tuna are close inside, a half-mile off the beach from the lighthouse south to Rincon.

Nice fish in the 10- to 30-pound range – with limits for all. The bite is best early in the morning.

All anglers fishing off boats are using squid.

Dorado - Quite a few have been taken from the beach. Lots of mid-sized fish around, unusually close inshore. None taken from off the beach are over 10 pounds. Anglers are using dead bait picked up at the tide line – squid, sardina. Good bait!

Anglers targeting dorado off the boats are using both squid and sardina; the sardina are picking up more fish. Nice-size fish to 20 pounds.

Inshore - Big schools of roosterfish are roaming close inshore chasing bait up onto the beach. Lots of huge fish. It has been years since schools this size have been seen.

Anglers are taking lots of pompano off the beach.

Striped marlin – two to three miles off La Ribera. There are tailers and jumpers everywhere, as well as lots and lots of stripers around. The locals are taking advantage!

La Paz 

There are reports of clean water filled with large sardina and mullet schools attracting sportfish in large numbers in La Paz and Muertos Bay. The variety is extraordinary.  Inshore rock and reef fish like pargo, yellowtail, and amberjack are crashing shallow water bait like sardina, ballyhoo, and mackerel. Yellowtail have even been seen in the marinas.  Big roosterfish are cruising the beaches, and schools of dorado, with fish up to 30 and 40 pounds, are gathering in both areas.  Tuna over 100 pounds are at the islands, plus jack crevalle, sierra, bonito, cabrilla, and other species are joining in the party.