By Baja Bytes
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.
Baja BytesMar 29, 2023
Baja in May is Good
Our Dad, the one and only Ralph Clock, left his earthly life on May 8, 2023, surrounded by his entire family. He lived life to its fullest, and while our hearts are heavy with grief, we are so lucky that he was our Dad. A memorial and celebration will occur in Newport Beach in July or August … Betsy Clock Bjornsen, Ralph Clock.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/05/10/baja-in-may-is-good/
Baja Roosters Tease
Fly fishing for roosterfish with @thereelbaja.
We did most of our fishing from the boat this past week, but we managed to get out on the beach some of the time. We are still taking the long run to the North for bait when fishing from the boat, as the island has good concentrations of sardina. Sooo, that is where we have been going, and that is where we have been doing the better part of our fishing. On the days we were on the beach, we saw good mullet schools but only a handful of sardina.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/05/02/baja-roosters-tease/
Baja Bytes from Surface to Bottom
What a difference a week can make! The billfish bite heated way up moving into this weekend, and with the marlin came a few nice dorado, too. And although There weren't many, the ones caught were of very decent size. Crews mostly fished inshore at the beginning of the week, with some wind and choppy seas. However, they still produced, primarily in our "Other" Category – catching mainly sierra mackerel, bonito, and grouper. But by Wednesday, we saw the marlin begin to show up at the 11:50 Bank, and by Saturday, the fleet had released 100 marlin total! Compared to last week, when we saw about 15% of the boats releasing marlin, we had nearly 50% of the boats land 'em this week. The weather also got friendlier towards the end of the week, with winds dying.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/04/26/baja-bytes-from-surface-to-bottom/
Baja Bottom Fish Rock
Action on the bottom showed signs of improvement recently, even though the bonito were still the most common species found. We saw a few more leopard grouper, Almaco jack, and red snapper (huachinango) while working for the rock piles with yo-yo jigs. In addition, we saw a mix of barred pargo, yellow snapper, triggerfish, and additional species, which are delicious eating fish. Scattered throughout these same grounds were a handful of dorado, a few of which was over 15 pounds. No wahoo were reported, though as the weather continues to warm, we expect water temperatures will also warm, and the wahoo should become more active, as they typically do this time of year.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/04/19/baja-bottom-fish-rock/
Baja Roosters Begin to Crow
Our spring season is in full swing with roosterfish, amberjack, yellowtail, sierra mackerel, grouper, mako, and thresher sharks, some decent mahi catches, and still, some marlin are around … Pisces Sportfishing…Pisces Sportfishing Fleet
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/04/11/baja-roosters-begin-to-crow/
Wahoo top Baja Catch
The week's highlight was the wahoo that anglers
hooked into while trolling closer to Punta Gorda or Cardon. Not the typical
season for these highly prized pelagics, but it proves that you can never
really know what might happen. These fish prefer warmer waters, but the bite
was sporadic daily, and slow trolling live bait was the best bet, particularly
the elusive chihuil. We saw one monster 79-pound wahoo landed and several
others over 50 pounds, so of the handful brought in, they were of
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Baja Spring on the Horizon
Captain Jose Antonio “Pepe” De la Peña Castillo and mates Arturo Peralta and Ulises on the 62 ft Viking “Chasin Tail” had heard some rumors that a few swordfish were seen finning at the 1150 Spot during the past several days. After tacking back and forth searching for the swordfish tail and dorsal, often referred to as a “two-finner,” they finally spotted some commotion on the surface, creating a large patch of white water. Suddenly the fish appeared near the top, confirming it was a feeding thresher shark...More
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/03/29/baja-spring-on-the-horizon/
FONMAR, CONAPESCA, PROFEPA, ROC, SEMAR working
Shrimp boat BUSTED in El Sargento
• As a result, 1,600 kilos of shrimp extracted without permits were retained, in joint action between FONMAR, CONAPESCA, PROFEPA, ROC and SEMAR.
Following the indications of the Governor, Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío, in the sense of permanently monitoring the correct use of marine resources on the South Californian coasts; personnel from the Fund for the Protection of Marine Resources (FONMAR), the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA), the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) and in response to complaints from the fishing sector, Network of Citizen Observers A.C. (ROC), an inspection and surveillance operation was recently carried out in the area of the Gulf of California, in front of the fishing town of El Sargento in the municipality of La Paz, obtaining as a result the lifting of two reports on the shrimp boat " Sebastián XV” for breaking the law.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/03/07/fonmar-conapesca-profepa-roc-semar-working/
FONMAR declares to protect Sportfishing
Highlighting the participation in the form of the federal deputies members of the Fisheries Commission, Leonor Coutiño Gutiérrez and Ángel Miguel Rodríguez Torres; Porras Domínguez pointed out that it is necessary to join efforts to stop the initiative to catch the dorado for commercial sale if it were presented before the Congress of the Union, since “it is a commercial fisherman and not recreational anglers who want to catch dorado for commercial sale.”
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/02/28/fonmar-declares-to-protect-sportfishing/
Fonmar Sportfishing Forum
"First Annual Sport Fishing Forum in Baja California Sur," during which the status of sport fishing in Baja Surwill be analyzed.
February 22 and 23 at the Hotel Tesoro in Cabo San Lucas, BCS.
· There will be limited space; pre-registration is open at www.foros.fonmar.gob.mx.· Sustainable fishing unites us! · #FonmarBCS · #foroannualpescadeportiva2023
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/02/20/fonmar-sportfishing-forum/
Baja (Norte) Tournaments Announced
That Baja Guy - Gary Graham
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
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/02/15/baja-norte-tournaments-announced/
Baja Sur Spring Sportfishing Tournament Dates announced
A total of 181 fish were caught TODAY, with the dorado picking waaaay up!!! 122 of those 181 fish were dorado (with anglers and crews respecting limits and more than half of those Released), we also had blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, wahoo, and tuna.
52-pound dorado landed on Pisces 31' Tiburon, plus more dorado and striped marlin Released!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/02/07/baja-sur-spring-sportfishing-tournament-dates-announced/
“Annual Sport Fishing Forum in BCS”
"Annual Sport Fishing Forum in BCS" will bring together policymakers, academics, and researchers.This event seeks to undertake actions that favor a sustainable development of sport fishing.
At a press conference was presented the "First Annual Forum of Sport Fishing in Baja California Sur", organized by the State Government through the Fund for the Protection of Marine Resources (FONMAR) to be held on February 22 and 23 in Cabo San Lucas.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/01/31/annual-sport-fishing-forum-in-bcs/
Whale Watch Season Begins
Bajabytes Sport Fishing Update January 24, 2023
The season’s opening trip was terrific in Laguna Ojo de Liebre! There were many whale moms and babies and mating trios to see. Of course, they were still a bit shy, but we saw a bit of everything – breaching, spy hopping, courtship, and those cute little newborns! I’d say we saw about 30 whales in front of our camp.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/01/24/whale-watch-season-begins/
899 marlin released!
Bajabytes Sport Fishing Update January 17, 2023
Cabo San Lucas
Incredible fishing continues in Cabo with excellent catch success rates for the fleet and CRAZY numbers of marlin caught and released just this week. We had 899 marlin released in Total! In addition, we had 141 dorado caught, 192 yellowfin tuna, and 56 in the “other” category, including species like sierra mackerel, thresher and hammerhead shark, grouper, wahoo, bonito, and skipjack.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/01/17/899-marlin-released/
Stripers and Snook kick-off 2023
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/01/10/stripers-and-snook-kick-off-2023/
CRAZY MARLIN WEEK IN CABO
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
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2023/01/04/crazy-marlin-week-in-cabo/
BajaBytes Wrap for 2022
Cabo is experiencing fabulous billfish fishing at present in what traditionally would be a slow time for anglers. Boats have been fully booked for many days; no more slow season in Cabo! Not only do we have fish, but it's also a nature show. While fishing, anglers can see whales, dolphins, turtles, and sea lions.
Striped marlin have been the predominant species recently, with no signs of catches slowing down anytime soon, as long as bait stays in the area.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/12/27/bajabytes-wrap-for-2022/
Cabo Billfish still on fire
Billfish: Cabo is experiencing fabulous fishing right now, in what should traditionally be a slow time for anglers going out, boats were fully booked many days; no more slow season in Cabo! Not only do we have fish, but it’s also a nature show out there, while sportfishing anglers can see, whales, dolphins, turtles and sea lions. Striped marlin was the predominant species this week, with no signs of catches slowing down anytime soon, that is as long as bait stays in the area...Pisces Sportfishing Fleet
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/12/21/cabo-billfish-still-on-fire/
Baja Sur Fonmar at WORK!
In operation FONMAR-CONAPESCA boat and equipment are retained for fishing in protected natural areaThe 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.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/12/13/baja-sur-fonmar-at-work/
Billfish Explode at Fingerbank
Billfish are off the charts with double-and a few triple-digit release days at the Finger Bank. As the action ramps up early before the first of the year.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/12/06/billfish-explode-at-fingerbank/
Snook and Wahoo Show in Baja Sur
Wide open snook bite at Lopez Mateos in Magdalena Bay and full-on wahoo bite at Baja Tip.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/11/29/snook-and-wahoo-show/
Baja Thanksgiving Sounds Fishy
Snook and White Sea Bass at Lopez Mateos plus wahoo outside!
Striped Marlin, Wahoo and dorado at Los Cabos is just the beginning of the fishy Thanksgiving we are anticipating!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/11/22/baja-thanksgiving-sounds-fishy/
Yahoo Wahoo a Snapping
The week started out calmly, with three nice days, before the wind from the north blew Thursday through Saturday. Until the wind slowed the bite, great action for wahoo was reported on the grounds to the north of Punta Gorda, as wahoo were hitting on trolled Rapalas and various bait. Most fish averaged 25 to 35-pounds, though one wahoo weighed over 60 pounds. Some morning charters landed as many as four wahoo.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/11/15/yahoo-wahoo-a-snapping/
Big Tuna-Big Money
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!!!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/11/08/big-tuna-big-money/
Big Fish-Huge Checks
At the Awards banquet held on the A.P.I. Cruise Ship Pier in Cabo San Lucas Saturday Night. Wayne Bisbee announced that for the second time in Black and Blues forty-two-year history. There would be three checks handed out exceeding ONE MILLION DOLLARS totaling $7,387,925 the largest amount ever awarded in a Sportfishing Tournament,
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/11/02/big-fish-huge-checks/
Bisbee Cabo Tournaments Continue
CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS, Mex. October 24, 2022 – Wayne Bisbee, owner, and manager of Bisbee tournaments, proclaimed that the 2022 Bisbee Offshore Series Jackpots amounted to a spectacular $3,469,035 this year, in addition to the millions of dollars awarded in the 42-year-old flagship, the "Bisbee Black and Blue." In addition to the 2022 East Cape Offshore Tournament's payout of $1,286,385, the Los Cabos Offshore tournament hit the million-dollar mark for the fourth consecutive time in its 24-year history with its 2022 total of $ $2,182,650 Jackpot Prizes up for grabs, which resulted in the multi-million-dollar figure.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/10/25/bisbee-cabo-tournaments-continue/
Cabo Tournament Time!
Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Oct. 16-20, 2022
The 2022 LCBT began with the sound of the thunder and roar of 53 boat engines going from idle to full throttle as the flare signaling the start of the first day of the 3-day event streaked across Baja Sky. A total of 307 anglers aboard the boats headed for their favorite hot spots in search of a winning black or blue marlin weighing over 300 pounds worth thousands of dollars.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/10/18/cabo-tournament-time/
Los Cabos Million Dollar Tournaments Begin!
Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Oct. 16-20, 2022
Each October, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament kicks off the season with a fun, participant-focused event in one of the most action-packed fishing destinations in the world – Cabo San Lucas. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean and the legendary Sea of Cortez meet, it is the dream destination of the competitive angler. In addition, it provides a plethora of billfish action and world-record-size gamefish to lure the big money and big fish tournaments, which is complemented by an all-star lineup of accommodations and activities.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/10/11/los-cabos-million-dollar-tournaments-begin/
Yahoo Baja Wahoo…Finally
Pisces crews and their anglers scored in the local Marlini tournament
Pisces 37’ BBII took First Place in the Wahoo Division with a 41.8-pound wahoo, and 46’ La Chingona took Third Place Wahoo with a 33-pound wahoo. Second Place went to Team Hyper. Pisces 40’ Coronita also participated and had a good day with several Dorado and 2 Striped Marlin Released. …Pisces Sportfishing Fleet
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/10/04/yahoo-baja-wahoo-finally/
“COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING” Results
Baja California Sport Fishing
"COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING" Results
ENSENADA – The International Championship, "COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING," is held in collaboration with the State Association of Fishing Clubs of Baja California.
"With an economic impact estimated at 370 million pesos, sportfishing generates an economic renaissance and well-being for thousands of families in the state," observed the Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SEPESCA), Alma Rosa Garcia Juarez, during the award's ceremony.
On behalf of Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda, García Juárez thanked the competitors who followed the tournaments in San Luis Gonzaga, Bahía de Los Ángeles, San Quintín, and Ensenada.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/27/copa-baja-california-sportfishing-results/
Cabo Billfish & Dorado On-Fire
Anglers saw great action for dorado. Limits were common, with many releases scattered throughout the region. However, small to medium-sized fish were being found closer to shore, and some larger specimens were on the offshore grounds where there were marlin and sailfish. These fish were readily caught with lures and various bait.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/20/cabo-billfish-dorado-on-fire/
4th BAJA CALIFORNIA CUP SOON
4th Annual Championship Tournament and Grand Final
Ensenada, B.C., September 23 and 24.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Registration and Captains Meeting.
Place: “Monumento al Pescador”, located in the tourist
walkway in the Sport Fishing docks, ASIPONA facilities
Registration hours: from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Inauguration of the tournament and meeting of captains: 7:00 p.m.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/13/4th-baja-california-cup-soon/
IGFA Dorado Record Nearly Broken
Pay close attention to Hurricane Kay. The forecast is for the storm to hug the Baja coast and come up as far as Guadalupe Island on Friday, September 9, before swinging out to the west.
If the storm comes that close, we can expect to see a big southern swell, and most likely, we will see showers and thunderstorms. San Diego might be close enough to experience tropical depression or tropical storm force winds.
We could see much stronger wind if it slips a few more miles north.
Please keep a close eye on the latest forecast and conditions for your local area before you head out!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/06/igfa-dorado-record-nearly-broken/
The Copa Baja California 3rd round
The Copa Baja California was a great event, and I am thankful that my fishing buddy, Pat McDonell, made the trip with me. I talked Juan Cook into taking us out to fish the tournament, and it took so much stress off me to be able to fish with him since he has everything dialed in wherever he fishes. I needed this trip; I just needed to get over feeling violated by the theft of my truck and backpack in broad daylight. I'm very blessed! …Chris Wheaton
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/30/the-copa-baja-california-3rd-round/
Baja Wahoo Worth 50K and New Car!
The 2022 Van Wormer Wahoo Gold Cup
Last Saturday, 43 teams with 137 anglers participated in the 2022 Van Wormer Wahoo Gold Cup for a prize-winning wahoo to take to the scale.
By the time the scale closed late in the afternoon, there were 6 qualifiers weighed in.
Congratulations to Team Pinche Aviles! They brought the largest wahoo in for weigh-in - a 42.4-pounder. That was enough for Tournament Director Kit McNear to declare them the Official winners of the 2022 Wahoo Gold Cup. In addition to $50,000 USD, which included all four jackpots, the team took home a 2022 Volkswagen Polo.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/23/baja-wahoo-worth-50k-and-new-car/
Baja Sportfishing Turns Fishy!
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
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/16/baja-sportfishing-turns-fishy/
Bisbee ECO AWARDS $1,614,425.00
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!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/09/bisbee-eco-awards-1614425-00/
Monster Dorado in Cabo
Over the past several weeks, the bull dorado catches have dazzled recent visiting anglers. Multiple fish have tipped the scale at 35-, 40-, and even a few have been in the 50-pound class. Esaul Valdez won the Dorado Shootout last week with a 57-pounder. Is it just a flurry, or will the bite continue throughout August?
It's a good bet that some teams entering the 23rd Annual Bisbee Offshore will take a chance in the Dorado Jackpot. Meanwhile, rumors of BIG BLUE MARLIN are driving up the team count. According to July 26's CatchStat, 72 teams are signed up. Could 2022 be the year the Team Count goes beyond the 100 mark?
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/02/monster-dorado-in-cabo/
BENEFICIARIOS DE LA 25.ª ANUAL DE BARRAS Y ESTRELLAS
Estamos muy orgullosos de apoyar y asociarnos con algunas de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro más merecedoras y valiosas, todas las cuales se dedican a mejorar las vidas de los jóvenes y sus familias. Como beneficiario de Stars & Stripes, las organizaciones benéficas no solo reciben la asistencia financiera que tanto necesitan, que pueden usar para expandir sus programas, sino que también pueden aumentar la conciencia pública sobre su causa y misión a través de la red S&S. Obtenga más información sobre los beneficiarios de este año a continuación.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/28/barras-y-estrellas/
BENEFICIARIOS DE LA 25.ª ANUAL DE ESTRELLAS Y RAYAS
Estamos muy orgullosos de apoyar y asociarnos con algunas de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro más merecedoras y valiosas, todas las cuales se dedican a mejorar las vidas de los jóvenes y sus familias. Como beneficiario de Stars & Stripes, las organizaciones benéficas no solo reciben la asistencia financiera que tanto necesitan, que pueden usar para expandir sus programas, sino que también pueden aumentar la conciencia pública sobre su causa y misión a través de la red S&S. Obtenga más información sobre los beneficiarios de este año a continuación.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/28/beneficiarios-de-la-25-a-anual-de-estrellas-y-rayas/
Baja Bisbee ECO Begins
The 23rd BISBEE EAST CAPE OFFSHORE IS HERE!!! Registration is next Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Buena Vista Oceanfront & and Hot Springs Resort.
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!
Is last week's record-breaking 57-pound dorado caught by none other than Esual Valdez in the Dorado Shootout Tournament an omen? Local Captains are chattering about additional monster blue marlin spotted recently.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/26/baja-bisbee-eco-begins/
Baja Tournaments Highlight Week
The “Fishing in La Paz” tournament, which attracted 167 Teams competing for more than ONE AND HALF MILLION DOLLARS last weekend was an exciting kickoff for the “Fishing in the Five” series, which will have more than 60 tournaments in the five municipalities of Baja Sur and will conclude in the municipality of Loretto in 2023.
Stay tuned for more details of this event and the many tournaments throughout Baja Sur to follow!
Baja Bull Dorado are back…
We haven't seen dorado numbers like this in YEARS! A bull dorado over 40 pounds was landed. That's at least one Big Bull a day for the past week!.Rebecca Ehrenberg
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/05/baja-bull-dorado-are-back/
It’s All About the KIDS!
The Stars and Stripes Charity Tournament, one of the most unique and successful charity events honoring "It's all about the Kids," celebrated its 25th anniversary with nearly a thousand attendees from around the world. Participants traveled to Cabo to help raise funds for those less fortunate and enjoy the many things the area offers.
Over 50 teams participated in the two-day Sportfishing Tournament. It began with a spectacular parachute jump by U.S. Veteran and paraplegic Dana Bowman as he floated toward the beach with the flags of the United States and Mexico fluttering beneath his chute.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/28/its-all-about-the-kids/
BAJA GROUPER INTIMIDATE
More GRANDE ROOSTERFISH are Coming through. Roosterfish released on Pisces 66' Friday Bank yesterday! Plus some huge bottom critters for exercise…Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/21/baja-grouper-intimidate/
Big Baja Fish in June…You Bet!
Once again, June is delivering bragging-sized fish for local and visiting anglers. Boats are seeing 200-pound bluefin tuna cavorting just offshore of Ensenada just below the border.
Fifty-pound dorado are caught off Loreto, East Cape, and San Jose del Cabo near the tip of Baja.
Trophy-sized roosterfish weighing in somewhere north of fifty pounds are released from La Paz to the tip of Baja.
Yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds are being brought in to both Cabo and San Jose.
With the catches and size fish above underscoring the summer action on tap this year in Baja, what are you waiting for?
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/14/big-baja-fish-in-june-you-bet/
HEADING TO THE SPORTS FISHING WORLD CUP IN ITALY.
The Head of the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Government of the State of B.C., Dr. Alma Rosa García Juárez, in coordination with the National Federation of Sport Fishing, AC, and the State Association of Fishing Clubs of Baja California, made the delivery of appointments and official flag to the members of the Mexican Sport Fishing team made up of two teams with eight sport fishermen from Ensenada, Baja California, who were the winners of the Gold and Silver Medal within the "XVI NATIONAL FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP OF SPORTS "BIG GAME TROLLING 2021" held in Huatulco, Oaxaca, giving them the opportunity to represent Mexico in said world event to be held in Pescara, Italy from September 10 to 17, 2022. In this world event, the participation of 12 countries is estimated (Spain, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Germany, Senegal, Croatia, Switzerland, England, Brazil, Panama and Mexico
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/07/heading-to-the-sports-fishing-world-cup-in-italy/
BIG Baja Roosters
Locals in the La Ventana/Muertos Bay area below La Paz are calling this one of the best roosterfish bites in the last decade! They declare this will be a once-in-a-lifetime "season to remember" if the bait remains throughout the summer.
Upon hearing about the outstanding roosterfish bite, fly anglers worldwide are flocking to the area to try their hand at catching the trophy-sized roosterfish that are being caught and released in unprecedented numbers.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/31/big-baja-roosters/
Over 100 Baja Kids Attend IGFA Passport Clinic
A hundred girls and boys attended the First Children’s Sport Fishing Clinic given by the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sepesca). The free training for minors from 7 to 13 years old was witnessed by dozens of parents, in the Plaza de la Ventana al Mar, on Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd. The clinic was endorsed and sponsored by the International Sport Fishing Association (IGFA). It included the participation of the Sport Fishing Clubs of Baja California, and the ‘Pure Vids’ Club of Ensenada, according to Alma Rosa Garcia Juarez, head of SEPESCA.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/24/over-100-baja-kids-attend-igfa-passport-clinic/
$577,800 Awarded at MPE Tourney
The Third Annual Marina Puerto Escondido Fishing Tournament payout exceeds HALF-MILLION DOLLARS!
During the two-day event, 51 Teams competed for $577,800. The huge sum was awarded to those Teams catching the largest Yellowtail, the largest Dorado, and Releasing the most Billfish each day during the event.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/17/577800-awarded-at-mpe-tourney/
Roosters Romp in Baja Sur
The good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach. Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released. Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!...Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/10/roosters-romp-in-baja-sur/
Baja Bluefin Dazzle
From the border to Ensenada, down to San Quintin, the local sportfishing fleets offer adventure fishing trips offshore to catch monster-sized bluefin tuna seldom found this close in range.
Ensenada is in the protected harbor of Bahía de Todos Santos, approximately 70 miles from the U.S./San Diego border. The third-largest city in Baja, California, Ensenada is also the busiest seaport. Locals often refer to their fishing as "La Cenicienta del Pacífico" (The Cinderella of the Pacific) because of its impressive list of species of fish that live in its waters.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/03/baja-bluefin-dazzle/
La Paz Gillnetters Plunder
Shooting your own foot! Fishing responsibly and minding life on the sea is one thing, but stupidity mixed with negligence is quite another deal, and the latter is becoming more commonplace. I saw this net killing hundreds of baby roosterfish – a species with very little commercial value, but a huge value for sport fishing! Here they are being caught for basically no purpose other than laziness to retrieve the nets. Yes, I spoke to the owners of the nets, and they were completely indifferent – all these fish will end up rotten on the shore
Leonardo Gonzalez Photography, La Paz, Baja California Sur.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/26/la-paz-gillnetters-plunder/
Baja Easter was fishy
Typical Easter week—crowded beach, some wind, and few folks fishing. At the Lighthouse, Mark Rayor reported that some “Fly Guys” hooked and lost a yellowtail from the beach on a “fly.” However, it didn’t last long before it got away. Nevertheless, they did catch and release a nice-sized jack crevalle.
On the positive side, despite the large crowds, all of the weekend’s trash was bagged and picked up early in the week.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/19/baja-easter-was-fishy/
Bluefin Tuna off San Quintin
West of Ensenada / Upper 500 / 480 / 238 / 1140 Finger
Almost the entire fleet was here yesterday on 1.5-day trips and are back up at the dock today.
So what happened yesterday??
Probably one of the best bluefin tuna fishing days of all time!
All of the boats reported full limits!
The bite was wide open during the night, and it didn't die off very much during the day either. Boats were still scoring bluefin off the kelp and on jig stops all day long.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/12/bluefin-tuna-off-san-quintin/
3,000-Pound Blue Marlin Restored
In 1976 a commercial fishing boat out of Bora Bora caught a 3000-pound blue marlin that was weighed on a commercial truck scale as it was too big to weigh on a fish scale.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/05/3000-pound-blue-marlin-restored/
1st Cabo 2022 Swordfish Landed
This 260-pound (surface) swordfish becomes the first of the 2022 Season in Cabo!
The fish was caught aboard Gaviota IX (not a Pisces Vessel) with Captain Cesar Ruiz at the helm and Mate Plutarco Cesena. Captain Cesar is no stranger to the landing surface swordfish as he has caught EIGHT of them so far in the Cabo area but had not caught one in many years.episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/29/1st-cabo-2022-swordfish-landed/
Copa Baja California Dates Set
GET YOUR RODS READY! The International Sport Fishing Championship, "Copa Baja California," already has dates for their first two tournaments.
The "Copa Baja California" fishing championship in San Luis Gonzaga will kick off on June 17 and 18; the Bahía de Los Ángeles will be on July 29 and 30; San Quintín is on August 27 and 28, and the final championship is in Ensenada on September 23 and 24.
First-timers or seasoned anglers have found the four events an ideal way to be introduced to uniquely different fisheries in Northern Baja. In addition, fishing with the many local teams and getting to know them is always an insight into local knowledge that is invaluable on return trips to the various areas.
All the specific details of prizes, regulations, and inscriptions will be announced soon through the social networks of https://www.facebook.com/BCPESCAACUACULTURA, or https://www.facebook.com/PESCADEPORTIVABC,
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Baja Tournaments Begin
This past weekend, Lori Heath and I went on a 1.5-day trip on "Old Glory" with Captain Kley Williams, who had received information that there were signs of bluefin and yellowtail southwest of San Diego. So we headed to that zone looking for tuna and yellowtail paddies.
We had good weather and stopped several times in the dark and early morning on deep tuna marks. One angler got hit but did not connect. As the sun came up, we spotted jumping tuna and were excited to know we were in an area holding fish. Late morning we slid up to a kelp paddy, and it was "game on" for 7 to 12-pound yellowtail on flylined sardines, yoyo jigs, colt snipers, and surface irons!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/15/baja-tournaments-begin/
Baja Village devastated by fire
At least 50 hectares of forest burned in the small town of Santiago, 55 kilometers north of San José del Cabo. A fire in a palm tree forest in Baja California Sur damaged or destroyed at least 40 homes on Friday night. The fire burned about six hectares of forest, damaging dozens of properties. The area’s characteristic high winds blew the flames out of control.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/08/baja-village-devastated-by-fire/
Baja Bottomfish Booming
We did see a mix of yellow and red snapper, a few Almaco jacks, leopard grouper, white fish, triggerfish, and bonito. The highlight was a rare 57-pound black sea bass, legal in Mexico, not in California. However, they are not a very common catch locally.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/01/baja-bottomfish-booming/
Baja Sur Receives GREEN LIGHT
The Federal government has announced that 16 states have turned “Green” in the pandemic semaphore, or stoplight. Among those states is Baja California Sur, your favorite one.
Green indicates that we are SAFE, and most restrictions, if not all, can be lifted. The final decision on the restrictions will be made public Tuesday by the Health Committee that involves federal and state health authorities and the Los Cabos Coordinating Council, formed by most local business associations.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/02/22/baja-sur-receives-green-light/
Baja Whales and Tails
The waters off Baja Mexico are home to more than 1/3 of the World's Marine Mammals.
From Ensenada to the tip of Baja and on up to Loreto on the Sea of Cortez side, the mid-winter Baja Whale extravaganza is presently one of the best in several years. Some of the whales you might encounter include:
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://bajabytes.com/2022/02/15/baja-whales-and-tails/
IGFA Announces 2022 Tommy Gifford Award Winners
One of the longest-tenured charter boat captains in Mexico's Baja East Cape region, Jesus Araiza held a remarkable front row seat to the evolution of Baja sportfishing stretching back to 1955. Not only was he one of the first "tag & release" captains in the East Cape area, but he was also awarded the High Skipper Award for "tag & release" 19 different years during his career. His reputation as one of the top captains at the "Ranch" was legend, and he was so popular that he was often booked several seasons in advance. Jesus retired in 2008 from Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort, a neighboring hotel, leaving the day-to-day fishing to his sons. Today, his grandson, Tony, captains the "Retriever," a 66-foot Viking fishing out of Cabo San Lucas. Sadly, Araiza passed away at age 79 on April 8, 2021, quietly at his home in Los Barriles, BCS, surrounded by family members.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/02/08/igfa-announces-2022-tommy-gifford-award-winners/
1st Jackpot Sport Fishing Tournament in Punta Banda
Stripers Continue to Dazzle Cabo Anglers
This episode is also First, on the Finger Bank, boats and clients willing to go the distance could expect to release double-digit and, in some cases, triple-digit scores of striped marlin. In addition, day after day, some of the boats returned with blue (marlin) flags, along with red (release) flags, strung from top to bottom on the outriggers.
In 2021, Pisces Sportfishing boats had 6,407 billfish released for the ENTIRE year.
In the first three weeks of 2022, Pisces released 2,052 marlin ... @pisces_sportfishing!! An incredible record-breaking start to this year, without a doubt, plus that is an amazing comparison!available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/25/stripers-dazzle-cabo-anglers/
Fonmar “Fishing in the Five”
A new series of 53 fishing tourneys named “Fishing in the Five” will take place in the five municipalities (La Paz, Loreto, Los Cabos, Comondu and Mulege) of our Southern Baja state. They will be coordinated by Fonmar, the state’s fund for the protection of marine resources. Of the 53 tournaments, only 14 will allow catch of billfish and all include prizes for catch and release categories.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/18/fonmar-fishing-in-the-five/
Sammy Hagar named Cabo San Lucas Ambassador
On January 5, 2022, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient Sammy Hagar was honored to be named the first Los Cabos Ambassador of Tourism during an award ceremony presided over by secretary of tourism, economics, and sustainability in Baja California Sur, Maribel Collins, municipal president of Los Cabos Oscar Leggs Castro, senator of the Mexican Republic Lucia Trasvina and director of tourism Donna Jeffries.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/11/sammy-hagar-named-cabo-san-lucas-ambassador/
Rain from Border to Bahía Ascensión
Stars & Stripes Tournament is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Happy New Year!!
Don't forget to register for the 25th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament. Be sure to register early, as you will not want to miss this event!!
The 24thStars & Stripes Charity Tournament donated the 300 pounds of fish caught to feed the local Los Cabos community! In addition, they give back in many other ways. They provided hospital equipment and training for doctors in LaPaz for heart patients, plastic surgery for children, and mastectomy patients. They also award college scholarships to teens through Building Baja's Future. They work through TLC, Tilly's Life Center, transforming youth's lives, and they improve the lives of critically ill kids and their families through Miracles for Kids, plus many, many more programs.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/04/rain-from-border-to-bahia-ascension%e2%80%af%e2%80%af%e2%80%af/
Baja catches climb as 2022 arrives
Merry Christmas from deep in the hinterlands of Baja Sur! The word "Epic" is overused in fly fishing, but this catch is epic in every way for Daniel Kim, who traveled from New York City for the opportunity to experience a winter grande from the beach. It's as good as it gets! ...Lance Peterson
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/28/baja-catches-climb-as-2022-arrives/
A Baja Merry Christmas
Bucket List trip to Magdalena Bay @ Lopez Mateos…Mark Rayor
I had the pleasure of fishing with Rubin Duran on his 21-foot Mako, “Sofia,” for three days last week out of Lopez Mateos. Unfortunately, the forecast called for strong winds in the Pacific, so we elected to stay inside the estuary, which is more protected from the elements, rather than going offshore.
Each morning, motoring a short distance from the launch ramp, we spotted pelicans feeding on Monetary sardines. Rubin only had to toss his cast net once each day to make all the bait needed to fill the well...Captain Mark Rayor
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/21/a-baja-merry-christmas/
Baja wahoo and Tuna as Christmas Looms
There isn't a report on a specific location as being the best as too many places were finding fish over the last month. Being light and energetic, I've been fortunate to fish in areas where no other boats or people had been for days. Some places wore me out with skippies, triggers, or sierra. But I loved it.
I certainly haven't hired a captain to guide me to the big sport fish as there was no heavy tackle in the budget! Ha-ha. I just had a Baja Catch book and a powerful will to catch a diverse number of fish to eat while camping with the "little PVC boat that could."
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/14/baja-wahoo-and-tuna-as-christmas-looms/
Mex ONE 48 Years Old!
HISTORY CALIFORNIA PENINSULAR
December 1, 1973 - 48 YEARS AGO
On December 1, 1973, on the inauguration of Luis Echeverría Álvarez, the President of Mexico, the Federal Highway 01, Benito Juárez García, "La Transpeninsular," was completed and ran through the Baja California peninsula. Mex 1 passed through the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, beginning in Cabo San Lucas, and ending in Tijuana. The total length was 1,711 kilometers, of which 713 km. was in Baja California and 998 km. was in Baja California Sur.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/07/mex-one-48-years-old/
Thankful for another BANNER week!
We did it again win wahoo category on Orsan tournament 2021 with this beauty 51 pounder, fishing with my three brothers was epic win a tournament with them thanks at my amigo Dany to make this happen…Jaqueline sportfishing
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Baja Fall Action Continues
Stripers Reappear at Magdalena Bay
AFTCO CELEBRATES BLUEFIN’S RETURN
Bluefin, the very fish that ushered in California's sportfishing, vanished from its coastline for nearly a century. The giant bluefin returned this year, rivaling the golden era of the past. With pacific bluefin populations still well below historic levels, every angler on the west coast is wondering if this fishery is here to stay or if the golden years are here and now.
Folklore Films by AFTCO presents "Year of the Bluefin" — a story told with a whisper of the past, something only someone like Greg Stotesbury, a bit of a legend around these parts, could manage. Seasoned, just as you would imagine, he is a man who has spent many long, hard days on the water, and he has spent his best ones offshore somewhere in the Pacific chasing sails, marlin, tuna — you name it, he's caught it.
Stotesbury pulls out a weathered rod, getting everything in Place to stretch some line, preparing for another trip. The rhythmic click with each turn of the reel handle releasing the smell of salt wafting through the air sets the scene for the richness of his tale. aftco.com/folklore Click here
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/11/09/aftco-celebrates-bluefins-return/
Cabo Tuna Tournament Nov. 3rd
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Bisbee Black and Blue awards its 20th OVER A MILLION DOLLAR CHECK
For the 20th time in the 41-year history of the BLACK and BLUE, a ONE MILLION DOLLAR check was presented to the tournament winner!
Team BRANIFF, a FIRST-TIME WINNER aboard a Pisces Fleet boat, the 58′ Dona Homa, with Captain Lupe at the wheel and angler Andres Pineda on the rod, caught what turned out to be the largest fish weighed in during the event – a 489-pound blue marlin earning the
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/26/11594/
Almost a Million!
41st Bisbee 23rd Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Congratulations to the winners for their remarkable achievement under harsh conditions: Team Pelagic Gear, with Victor Julio Pizarro, Captain and Jeffrey Aaron, angler; Daniel Arieta, angler, mate, Tony Berkowitz, angler, Brandon Cotton, angler, Mario Cubillo, angler & mate, Joe Frizzelle, angler, Kevin Hibbard angler & mate, Ron Kawaja, angler, Chris Raya, angler for their 319-pound Black Marlin, the only qualifying billfish landed in the two days of fishing. The catch earned them an astonishing $863,480.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/19/almost-a-million/
October 8th, 2021, we had a shock! About 9:00 a.m., a little-known species was discovered on the beach near Los Frailes in Baja Sur. It was a crocodile, and though it was already dead, it was fresh; its temperature reading was perfect and complete.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/12/whatta-croc/
Triple Digit Dorado
Wahoo! Fall Arrives
Wahoo! Fall ArrivesSeptember 28, 2021
Pisces 35′ Valerie with Captain Roberto Sandez, aka “El Jefe,” were killing it this week. This boat had a 100% Catch Success Rate in five days of fishing. They had five billfish released, including a 250-pound blue marlin, a striped marlin, and a sailfish. Plus, 14 dorado, 25 yellowfin tuna (20 to 60-pounds each), and this nice wahoo yesterday. No wonder El Jefe is considered one of the “best in the business” and has been a Captain with Pisces for 33 years.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/28/wahoo-fall-arrives/
Baja Sur low Covid risk
The federal health ministry has named our Southern Baja state as one of four with very low risk of Covid-19 contagium. As of Friday, there were only 48 positive cases in Los Cabos and 3% of hospital beds – both public and private – were occupied with Covid patients. Restrictions might be reduced this Tuesday when the state’s health commission meets. Hoooray!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/21/baja-sur-low-covid-risk/
OLAF Drenches before moving on
Hurricane Olaf hit the Los Cabos resort area, forcing around 20,000 tourists to stay inside their hotels. "The State Council of Civil Protection of BCS canceled dozens of flights," said Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotels Association, "However," she continued, "no deaths were reported."
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/14/olaf-drenches-before-moving-on/
Yellowfin arrive @ Baja’s Tip
The cow-sized yellowfin tuna were in the count. The charter fleet and private boats found some smaller yellowfin tuna a bit farther offshore, leading into September, which shaped up to be a hot month for fishing.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/07/yellowfin-arrive-bajas-tip/
Hurricane Nora Fizzles
This episode is also available as a blog post: Fishing days aboard Pisces 46' La Chingona: Big bull mahi-mahi and blue marlin released, too…Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet.
Let’s Talk Turtles!
Baja Bull Dorado Tease
The occasional big bull was taken while trolling for marlin. Smaller schooling dorado mixed with the tuna. Most on sardina.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/17/baja-bull-dorado-tease/
Huge Black Marlin wins Bisbee
This was the last fish and the LARGEST fish of the day and of the entire Bisbee East Cape Offshore for that matter. I approached Hugo Pino, a legendary local angler who won last year’s Los Cabos Billfish with both Tuna and Marlin catches aboard the Stella June (a 593 pounder that time); and who now, with today’s monster fish, clinched the win for the Tiger Spirit. It was an epic team effort, especially after yesterday’s happenings, when they had an issue with the boat’s hydraulic system that didn’t let them get out to their fishing grounds as quickly as they would have liked. “Slow and steady”, Pino said. They fought the fish close to two and a half hours, on a Shimano reel with 100 lbs line and 400 lbs leader. The BLACK MARLIN weighed in at an impressive 597 POUNDS. A BIG congratulations to anglers and crew aboard!...Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/10/huge-black-marlin-wins-bisbee/
Bisbee ECO begins today
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20,000 juvenile Totoaba Released
-- Earth Ocean Farms (EOF), with the support of the federal and local governments, released 20,000 juvenile Totoaba, raised through sustainable aquaculture practices, as part of the yearly effort to restock the Gulf of California. This release adds up to other efforts carried out by EOF, resulting in the restocking of over 140,000 totoabas since the aquaculture company was created in 2014.
The Totoaba is an endemic fish of the Gulf of California that is in danger of extinction, due to illegal fishing for its swim bladder. This conservation effort took place at Playa Santispac, Municipality of Mulege, in Baja California Sur, chosen for having the adequate characteristics for the juveniles to thrive, such as several small islands that offer protected surroundings.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/27/20000-juvenile-totoaba-released/
Dorado Shootout Winner earns $142,205
Team Juampi and angler Daniel Diestro from La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico, take the 2021 Dorado Shoot Out with their 46.6-pound dorado. In addition, they won a 2021 Volkswagen 4x4 Amarok and all the Jackpots worth a grand total of $142,205.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/20/dorado-shootout-winner-earns-142205/
Sardina die off
Thousands, maybe millions of sardina discovered on 9-mile stretch of the shoreline of Vizcaino Bay. Along with lobster, sea bass, and other species. According to local fisherman and head of fisherman’s union. The phenomena was probably caused by extraordinarily high sea temps.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/13/sardina-die-off/
Giant snook caught at Cabo
Wesley Brough – aka Cabosurfcaster shares his recent catch of a potential IGFA All-Tackle World Record White Snook on the Pacific side of a Cabo San Lucas beach.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/06/giant-snook-caught-at-cabo/
Hurricane Enrique Fizzles…Bite sizzles
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/29/hurricane-enrique-fizzles-bite-sizzles/
Yellowfin Tuna in the house
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/22/yellowfin-tuna-in-the-house/
Dorado return to Loreto
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/15/dorado-return-to-loreto/
Big Baja Dorado Return
Some big bull dorado in the 40- to 50-pound range were caught on ballyhoo trolling for marlin as well. A few nice wahoo from 30- to 50-pounds were taken on Rapalas at the Vinaramas white cliffs.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/08/big-baja-dorado-return/
Baja blue or yellow-fin tuna on the menu
We saw decent signs of bluefin. There weren’t many surface signs but we were able to mark the few we saw around 150’. We hooked one off a flat fall rigged with heavier hooks and leader. We haven’t gotten a weight, but we based it off the one we hooked and landed and they have to be bigger fish. We were very glad we had the heavier tackle this time around
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/01/baja-blue-or-yellow-fin-tuna-on-the-menu/
Swordfish Float at Los Cabos
This 240-pound swordfish at the Official Certified Weigh Station, according to my friends the Abaroa’s aboard the ‘What a Journey.’ Javier, Jr. called me after the almost two-and-a-half-hour fight ended.
They had made it happen for angler Evan Pritchett and his son from Texas.
Evan was proud to have landed one this season after sighting and trying to land at least twenty fish without success. He fought the fish on a Shimano 30 Tiagra with 60# line and 200# leader. This was another surface sword that took a live cast bait. Congratulations to the anglers and crew! …Rebecca Ehrenberg, Weighmaster
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/25/swordfish-float-at-los-cabos/
Smart Skipper™ The Next Step in Marine IoT Technology
Smart Skipper™ consists of innovative Smart Mate devices and the Smart Skipper™ app. Smart Mate devices use Bluetooth 5.0 mesh technology, which does not require line of sight to each device, dramatically improving connectivity and ease of installation even in the most demanding of marine environments.
The dedicated onboard smart tablet or phone relays the Smart Mate boat data to the cloud via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
Security features include geofencing, unauthorized entry monitoring, and motion detection. Safety features include fire detection, battery voltage, and current monitoring, high water alarm, bilge pump activation, run time, and more.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/21/smart-skipper-the-next-step-in-marine-iot-technology/
MPE Tournament Kicks Off 2021 Baja Season
Thirty teams consisting of locals and visitors met in competition last weekend in Marina Puerto Escondido, Loreto, with excellent results.
Mother nature provided ideal conditions during the two days of the tournament, underscoring the fishability of the fertile waters of Marina Puerto Escondido. The waters surrounding Loreto lived up to their reputation for being one of the most prolific fishing grounds in the Sea of Cortez.
It was a long wait since the First Marina Puerto Escondido Tournament took place in 2019. Team “TAG,” the overall winner of first place in 2019 returned seeking a repeat performance only to be nudged out of the “release” top spot by the time of catch in the release division by newcomer “Team La Chingona.”
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/18/mpe-tournament-kicks-off-2021-baja-season/
Baja Summertime’s Here
Our boat, the “Pastime,” has been in Baja for months, first La Paz and then Ensenada because of the Covid-19 protocols. The trip, however, had been planned because of my desire to take the boat to Cedros Island.
My friends, Carl Robbins, and Bruce Hollingsworth, my grandson's father-in-law went on the trip with my wife, Margie, and me. We were gone a week, leaving on Saturday morning and returning the following Saturday night.
his episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/11/baja-summertimes-here/
Roosterfish on fire
Roosterfish on fire at East Cape and Muertos Bay for both Fly and Conventional tackle. May is the month!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/04/roosterfish-on-fire/
May Day May Day
Almaco Jack Attack
“Gary, Have you ever tried to explain that amberjacks are extremely rare in Baja? And that all the fish being identified as amberjacks recently are really Almaco jacks?” texted Steve Crooke, Scientific Adviser for the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) providing biological assistance for both State and Federally managed fisheries and who worked for the California Department of Fish and Game for 38 years.
Almaco jacks are much more robust, shorter, and stockier in their bodies, plus they feature a dark bar that extends through the eye to the base of the dorsal. The few amberjack Crooke has seen, traveled down the Mexican coast and to the south. He did count a few gill rakers to be sure.
Regardless of what you call them Amber or Almaco, they are biting now! prov
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/20/almaco-jack-attack/
Couldn’t be more stoked for my buddy @thehawgfather for landing his first big rooster this morning!!! He’s been chasing this fish for five years and we got lucky and spotted a school of them and Mike fired his @fishlabtackle lure into them and managed to connect with this beauty.
We got a couple of nice pictures and got him back in the water for a safe release…Wesley Brough, Cabosurfcaster
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/13/springtime-roosterfish/
Swordfish, Yellowtail, Big Snapper WOW! Whatta Week
Awesome swordfish catch today for Roger Lewis caught aboard his son Greg’s boat, a 60’ Bertram “Cloud Nine.” This was a bucket list fish for Lewis that he had sought since 1978 fishing in Cabo. He finally landed this prized catch at age 76 in the company of his grandkids.
BIG SNAPPER on Pisces 28’ Andrea plus some great days aboard Pisces 28’ Andrea! Today, this awesome daughter and father duo, Hannah and Larry Simmons had five of these nice snappers! On previous days they’ve released multiple striped marlin and some roosters
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/06/swordfish-yellowtail-big-snapper-wow/
Baja Grouper Steal Show
Baja Bytes – March 30, 2021
At Gonzaga Bay, the big grouper to near 100-pounds have nudged yellowtail, cabrilla, and pargo farther down the catch list, while yellowtail continue to be big news up and down Baja from BOLA to Muertos Bay. As April rolls in, the north winds are subsiding and larger numbers of billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are beginning to show up in more catch reports.
The consensus seems to be that spring is arriving just a tad early.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/30/baja-grouper-steal-show/
Baja swordfish and yellowtail shatter records
Cabo swordfish explode as 43-year-old Pisces fleet leads the Los Cabos fleet with record back-to-back “swordy” catches two days in a row — Thursday, Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann caught one, and Friday Pisces 35’ Bill Collector caught another two.
According to Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International, some of the best yellowtail fishing in 25 years continues at Bahia de Los Muertos. Not to be outdone, the Loreto area up to Bahia de Los Angeles, is also enjoying extraordinary yellowtail action according to locals.
Also, there have been outstanding grouper catches at Gonzaga Bay, and, a positive update from Cedros Island has been reported on the improvements to the airstrip while all the operations on the Island complete preparations for the upcoming season.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/23/baja-swordfish-and-yellowtail-shatter-records/
Baja Spring Sportfishing Begins
With gale warnings in effect at the border, there isn’t much to talk about on the West Coast of Baja until you get to Bahía Asunción. There, our buddies Ross and Daniel joined forces and found only a few chunky calico bass for their efforts.
Meanwhile, on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, Spring seems to have arrived a tad early. From BOLA and Gonzaga, there were impressive catches of good-sized yellowtail and big grouper.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/16/baja-spring-sportfishing-begins/
Cabo Swordy on 30-pound Tackle
A swordfish on 30-pound tackle took three and a half hours to subdue aboard the Pisces Sportfishing’s “LISTO” out of Cabo San Lucas. This was in addition to double-digit roosterfish that were released by several different groups fishing aboard Pisces’ charters. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/09/cabo-swordy-on-30-pound-tackle/
Baja yellowtail challenge anglers
March 6, 2021
“An acre of boiling yellowtail on the surface and right off the arroyo!” This was the picture painted for me by one of our most requested captains – Captain Tony Davis!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/02/baja-yellowtail-challenge-anglers/