Baja's whale watching season is heating up from Ojo de Liebre Lagoon below Guerreo Negro to the tip of Baja.
Best bet is rockfish early, then scout for yellows feeding on red crab later in the day in the Gun Sight and Genoa areas; there are even some lingcod mixed in with the yellows. Another option are bonito scattered throughout the area … fast-troll small feathers until bit, then toss a little chum for fish running anywhere from 2 to 12 pounds.
We got an early report from the Reel Adventure...Wes Price and his grandson, Ryan Lancer, started the morning out right with a nice yellowtail. Hoping we get a great weekend report!..Edgar Sanchez, Marina Coral Store
We fished hard until lunch time for just 2 yellows. We watched the party boats keep 1 to 2 hanging at all times with some flurries of 6 or 8 fish at once. The fish just didn't want to bite wide open like they had the past few weekends. The party boats would brail bait like crazy and it would turn the fish on to the sardine; they'd hook a few and it would be over. We didn't carry that kind of bait and we struggled. There wasn't much current at all (Strike 1!) and all the fish were plugged with red crabs (Strike 2!) making it really tough to get a bite.
Photo Kelly Catian
The yellow tail continue to show over the whole area; the Island, Ben’s Rock, the 6 and the Breaks just to name a few are all holding yellows. The fish are both up on the surface and down deep in the Rockfish areas. There is also a steady stream of big bonito and barracuda showing up daily.
It certainly has been an unusual fishing season as we are still catching yellowfin tuna the last week of January which has never happened before! Our guests from LA and San Quintin had a great day on the water in Bahia Asuncion catching limits of nice yellowtail, calico bass, white fish, bonito, tuna and even a scorpion fish! Even though there was a huge swell, it was a hot sunny day with not much wind making it perfect for their first time fishing here.
January 21-27, that's all I needed to know … I had a shot at phenomenal January fishing. And it didn't disappoint! We had three really solid days on the water, with the first being the best and tampering off a little each day from then on. We fished some of the popular local offshore high spots and were greeted by seagulls sitting over red crabs the first day. That lead to my first ever January YFT that steam-rolled a sinking 4.5-ounce Megabait-style jig. Fresh sashimi! http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/labocana-bcs-january-fishing-at-its-finest.575342/
The big news is that mackerel are being caught up near Punta Colorado and at a reasonable hour. The bait sellers haven't yet starting selling bait (mackerel and the other big baits) but they soon will have the goodies to stick on our hooks!
It's been on-and-off cold, wet and rainy the past week or so. Usually, it's just windy. Not much fishing going on, but captains "complained" that the water was a chilly 72 degrees last week! Some sierra around and there's more yellowtail showing up...and then this strange guy caught by Scott Burnham on a crankbait from the beach. Most of you have never seen one. I know what it is.…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International
While dorado and wahoo were found by boats trolling offshore, inshore provided more variety with sierra and jack cravelle being the primary targets inshore. On the high spots off of La Ribera there were pargo, cabrilla and grouper for some patient anglers fishing deep. There were even a few early season yellowtail in the mix.....Cindy Kirkwood, East Cape Tackle, noted,
Jeff and Donna visited us from Denver, Colorado, and had fantastic fishing aboard Andrea, catching 7 dorado at Cerro del Golden and Gaspareño spots...Pisces Sportfishing