Posts Categorized: Fishing

May 2021 Baja Fishing Report

  After what seems like months of gale wind warnings extending from the border down the West Coast of Baja, reports of waters teeming with baitfish both in and offshore are an encouraging hint of things to come as May begins to unfold. The kelp beds that extend from the U.S. border to Ensenada are… Read more »

April 2021 Baja Fishing Report

      Gail warnings and frigid water temperatures seem to be a familiar litany from the U.S. border down to Bahía Asunción, and this should be remembered as April sashays in.   At the Coronado Islands’ Rockpile, twelve- to twenty-pound yellowtail have been biting, despite the intermittent howling winds. JRI 66 yo-yo iron is… Read more »

March 2021 Baja Fishing Report

  So far as 2021 settles in, the weather has remained a factor for the few boats venturing below the border to fish during the decent weather windows.  They found good calico, sand bass, and barracuda. Offshore, along the coast from the bull ring to Ensenada at the Coronados, bottom fishing produced limits of reds… Read more »

February 2021 Baja Fishing Report

    Over the past decades of writing Baja sportfishing reports, I don’t think one of my reports began with bluefin tuna catches and ended with them as well. In the northern sector when weather permitted, locals and visitors alike targeted the schools of bluefin gathered offshore from Ensenada, Colonet, and San Quintín. Many exceeded… Read more »

January 2021 Baja Fishing Report

While I don’t imagine that many are going to mourn the passing of 2020, all in all, it was a surprisingly good year for sportfishing for many in Baja. At least for those who managed to make it down. There was far less pressure on the fishery which demonstrated how quickly the food chain could… Read more »

December 2020 Baja Fishing Report

  While Southern California anglers content themselves with deep-drop swordfish, added to the always popular winter bottom-fishing scene, one of the most remarkable bluefin tuna years on record below and above the border has finally begun to fade as winter sets in.   Sportfishing continues to shine from the border south down Baja’s West Coast,… Read more »

November 2020 Baja Fishing Report

  Baja California, Mexico   With Halloween in the rearview mirror, the monsters that made their appearance at the end of October seem to have disappeared as the warm water moved out. Before the water turned over, one huge catch that deserves recognition is the 412-pound bluefin tuna that was weighed in on the pier… Read more »

October 2020 Baja Fishing Report

Baja California, Mexico Most of the Southern California fleet is staying busy offshore chasing bluefin, yellowfin, dorado, and a few striped marlin in SoCal instead of heading below the border.   There are some yellows around the Coronado Islands and the Rockpile – mostly little ones under six pounds with a few in the 15-… Read more »

September 2020 Baja Fishing Report

Just off the 9 Mile Bank in Coronado Canyon, there have been some good bird schools that were mostly on small bonito. Kelps to the south, around the 101 and 425 areas, are beginning to hold dorado but you must find the right one; there are a lot of empty kelps around too. Very few… Read more »

August 2020 Baja Fishing Report

The restrictions on non-essential travel at the U.S. land borders between Canada and Mexico were once again extended until Aug. 21, 2020. However, the restrictions do not apply to travel by air, water, or rail. That said, visitors crossing at Mexicali and San Ysidro in some cases have reported that they have been asked for… Read more »