Fish Report North

January 11, 2016 Edition

Coronado Islands. The yellowtail bite slowed a bit at the Islands and now it seems they have moved inside on the flats closer to shore. There are fast moving schools throughout the Tijuana Flats all the way to the Rock Pile but they aren’t on the surface, so it can be a bit harder to find them. However, a good way to locate them is to slow-troll live mackerel or sardine while watching the sonar for marks near the bottom. There have been a few better grade (30- to 45-pound) white seabass moving through as well. Sardines on a dropper loop have picked a few when meter marks are found, but they seem to be a bit higher in the water column and they are biting on the drop.

fishkiller0223.jpgEnsenada. One group fishing aboard a local boat drove down from San Diego — a quick one hour fifteen minute drive from the border. As has been the case recently, the wind was up and the ride out was a little rough but nothing unmanageable. The southwest end of Todos Santos, as well as Punta Banda, didn’t produce any yellowtail. However, fishing the bottom was productive and they caught limits of rockfish and sheepshead by the end of the day. By afternoon the wind had laid down and it was a nice ride back to the harbor. Reel Adventure had similar results for bottom fish on New Year’s Day and capped it off with a nice-sized yellow for Dan Scott from Southern California.

San Quintin. Good fishing and better weather over the holiday was the perfect recipe for a kickoff of 2016. Jeff Sterr and his family scored nice-sized yellowtail on yo-yo iron. On another boat, Ricky Sonoda found similar action producing near limits for everyone with Captain George Catian. Weather is predicted to be nasty early in the week for a day or two before it settles back down. Thus far, the storms that have blown through haven’t slowed the fishing.

Bahia de Los Angeles. Fortunately the north wind took a holiday over the holidays allowing locals and visitors alike to take to the waters at least a few days with mixed results for spotted bay bass, rockfish and a few yellowtail.

Cedros Island. Up and down weather made the anchorage in the lee a welcome sight for yachts and sport fishers traveling up and down the coast. Not much going on . . . even making bait was tough.


Gary Graham, (760) 522 3710.   ,