Although there are some yellows at the Islands, they are not biting very well. There is some sign of them along the weather side of North Island, the Middle Grounds, the Lighthouse and South Kelp. The water is still a bit off color at the spots below South Islands.
Slow trolling either sardine or mackerel are good choices for catching one.
Also from the Middle Grounds down to Ribbon Kelp there are some short barracuda with some legal-sized mixed in. There have also recently been some bonito ranging from two to ten pounds.
Tijuana Bull Ring and below
On the sandy bottom there are some halibut along with some nice-sized sand bass. On the rock bottom areas there have also been some sculpin and ling cod. All the way down the coast along the kelp line, there are still a few yellowtail and barracuda; watch for the seagulls and terns picking close to the water.
Use the same trolling method mentioned for the islands (slow trolling either sardine or mackerel) or trolling an X-Rap artificial if there isn’t any live bait available.
There are plenty of bluefin around; however getting them to bite is the challenge.
They are all mixed up in size, with spots of 20- to 30-pound fish being found next to spots of 100+ pound fish. The most productive method seem to be flying a kite with a yummy flyer skipping beneath it. Some boats in the area are flying the kite with the yummy flyer and some are fishing the double-trouble rig. Both are having limited success.
A recent red tide in the bay and around Todos Santos Island has had a serious impact on the fishing. While action has slowed, local charters are scoring a mixed bag of yellows and barracuda on the surface and rockfish plus a few lingcod on the bottom. When the bite shuts off they have been heading west to find the clean water, then searching for kelp paddies that have yellowtail under them.
Yoyo Iron Yellowtail! At the high spot the water was found to be dirty and not much happening. However…the hard bottom area to the south off Camalu was holding some 20-pound class yellowtail willing to jump on the yoyo iron. The dropper loop sardine is also working but the jig is out fishing the bait 2-1.
Locals are rejoicing as the summer season begins to heat up with many favorites including: yellowtail, white seabass, halibut , calico and barracuda … all chewing finally! Fun fishing!
Large yellows and calicos were biting at Punta Norte recently. Water was 63 degrees and red crabs have invaded the island. Every fish caught was stuffed with them. Surface and yoyo Kicker jigs were working on both.
Bahia de Los Angeles
Summer fishing has begun here as the yellows up to 30 pounds, along with a good mix of cabrilla, grouper and rockfish, are all being found, both along the shoreline as well as the waters surrounding the islands. All that’s missing are the dorado.
The second of the tournaments of the International Sportfishing championship “fishing the baja” took place on June 18th.
Matías Arjona Rydalch, representing the Governor of the State, Francisco Kiko Vega de La Madrid, fired the flare over the Gonzaga Bay as 153 registered competitors aboard 54 boats raced for their favorite hot spot.
At press time the final results were not available. However participants reported “tough conditions with strong currents and swell hampered the fishing.” Apparently, the Surface Division was won by a small yellowtail and a black seabass captured the Bottom Division.