Fish Report North

September 21, 2015

Coronado Islands

The best bite for yellowtail and bonito is on the weather side of North Island at the South End; big schools of yellowtail are roaming around and are responding to fly-lined sardines and top water iron. If you can get past the Mexican Navy (you must have all necessary permits and passports) and the sea lions, you’ll have a grand ol’ time catching the yellowtail. Also notable is the occasional wahoo hooked and landed by anglers trolling Rapalas for yellowtail near North Island.

Rocky Cairnes and his friends couldn’t believe their luck in landing this trophy-sized wahoo seldom seen this far north.A few miles outside of the islands are yellowfin tuna, dorado and a few marlin for those anglers seeking more variety and fewer sea lions.


The action remains as hot as the weather. Salsipuedes and Todos Santos Island are both producing limits of calico bass and yellowtail plus bonito and barracuda. Farther offshore from Banda Bank, Hidden Bank and Soledad Bank are holding pelagics including yellowfin tuna, skipjack, a few wahoo, striped marlin as well as dorado beneath the kelp paddies.

Along the coast, at San Miguel Reef there are limits of rockfish on the bottom and a mix of yellowtail and calico bass on the surface for the local sportboats out of Ensenada.

San Quintin

Rocky Cairnes and friends get together every year for a combo surf/fish trip to celebrate the life of their fishing buddy who passed away. Last year they honored him by crushing the tanker seabass and this year they honored him with a 50 pound wahoo.

Captain George spotted three fish while throwing iron from the bow; he quickly changed to trolling rapalas and marauders and had a double hook-up — one fell off and the other was boated.

“Fish were in clean, 74-degree water at the 240 Rock,” commented Captain Kelly Catian. “Plus there were some large dorado in the area.”

Bahia Los Angeles

While the dorado dominated and yellowtail cooperated for visiting anglers, some couldn’t resist snorkeling with whale sharks on Bahia close to the Rincon area.,