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Baja Bytes

By Baja Bytes

Weekly Baja Peninsula Sportfishing Updates from Border to Tip by That Baja Guy-Gary Graham
Gary Graham turned his passion for all things fishing into a profession.
Whether it's boats, destination travel, adventure experiences, vehicles, tackle, methods, or just the spinning of a good outdoors tale, Graham has evolved into the go-to guy.

Award-winning photojournalist and speaker, Gary Graham has published 1,600-plus weekly editions of his Baja California fly and conventional fishing reports, two DIY books on saltwater fly-fishing, and feature articles.
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Bajabytes Sport Fishing Update February 14, 2023

2023 Sportfishing Tournaments offered in the upper section of the Baja Peninsula has something for everyone – from fishing the shore to chasing bluefin tuna on the high seas.
The various events offer fishing opportunities in Ensenada, San Felipe, Punta Bunda, San Quintin, Bahai De Los Angeles, Cedros Island, and the many destinations, beaches, and lagoons.
Visiting anglers can compete in events with entry fees that range from very reasonable to very dear.
In addition, when visitors and locals meet, they share their passion for sports fishing, comparing the ultra-new equipment to the techniques handed down from generation to generation

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How did we get to this fantastic number? Well, some boats headed to the Finger Banks, a little over 50 miles from Cabo and had non-stop, muscle-cramping, action-packed days that put them into double digits on marlin catches. “La Chingona,” a beautiful 46 ft Viking Billfish, led the pack this week, with 111 marlin in the 60 to 100 lb class released by anglers Adam Carlis, Charles Harris, and Kerry Stritt from Houston, Texas. As if this were not enough, they also caught 6 dorado. Definitely a fishing day they will never forget. On the same day, December 17th, “BBII,” another Viking Billfish, only a bit smaller at 37 ft, did a fantastic job of finding 61 marlin and 6 dorado for their guests, using a combination of live mackerel and frozen ballyhoo...Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing

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Baja Sur Fonmar at WORK!

Baja Sur Fonmar at WORK!

In operation FONMAR-CONAPESCA boat and equipment are retained for fishing in protected natural area

  • The crew were surprised in the vicinity of Isla Cerralvo fishing with oxygen tank

Fisheries in the State (CONAPESCA) carried out the retention of a boats and diving equipment for carrying out underwater fishing in a protected natural area without having the permit to do so.

On instructions from the Director General of FONMAR, Martín Inzunza Tamayo, the team from the Coordination of Management, Inspection and Surveillance in the Municipality of La Paz, headed by José Lizandro Olachea Burgoin, moved to the vicinity of Isla Cerralvo to carry out a joint surveillance operation with CONAPESCA personnel on December 1 and 2.

In the place, a boat with five people on board carrying out the underwater fishing activity was identified, which, upon noticing the presence of the authorities, fled, catching up with the FONMAR boat and requesting the CONAPESCA authorities to show the permits. corresponding.

The crew members could not prove that they had the corresponding permits, in addition to being scuba diving with oxygen tanks, which according to NOM-017-PESC-1994 must be done only with the lungs.

In the act, the federal officials of CONAPESCA carried out the retention of the boat, an outboard motor and fishing gear consisting of complete diving equipment, compressor, oxygen tank and diving hose.

FONMAR will continue to work in coordination with the surveillance authorities in response to the indications of the State Governor, Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío, to ensure the safeguarding and correct use of South California fishing resources.

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Big Tuna-Big Money

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Congratulations to all the winning teams taking home those big checks tonight at the #cabotunajackpot2022 awards ceremony - and thanks to everyone attending this evening, what a party!!!

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This was a fish well deserved!

@j_willfishin put in days and hundreds of casts for this one fish!! Plus, the bite was so satisfying because it was a feeding fish. This, combined with all the practice, knowledge, and skill of a surf fisherman, into ONE "make-it or break-it" cast! - HOOKUP!!!

No better feeling!! We got this fish back in the water, and it swam off strong! What a great time to experience this with a good friend! Congrats, brother!!...Cabosurfcaster

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Aug 16, 202211:28
Bisbee ECO AWARDS $1,614,425.00

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Bisbee begins the 2022 season with a record-shattering $1,286,385 winner (Team Stella June, angler Hugo Pina) in Bisbee East Cape Offshore. The first Million Dollar Winner in the ECO!

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According to July 26's  CatchStat, 72 Teams have already signed up. So could 2022 be the year the Team count swells to over 100? Stay Tuned!

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