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Written By: FishSniffer Staff, February 12, 2014
Location: Baja California,
Everyone saw a drop in the marlin bite this week as the currents ran stronger and the baitfish scattered a bit,” reported Captain George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing. “Combine that with the full moon and we were not too surprised at this. It made every marlin caught all the more desirable though, and a few boats were lucky enough to release several per trip.”
“With the strong current and scattered bait, trolling while looking for tailing fish to throw bait at was a better method than soaking a live bait deep on the high spots. The better areas to fish for marlin were still on the Pacific side and to the northern edge of our daily fishing area. Specifically, around and to the inside of the Golden Gate Bank offered more opportunities to hook a billfish than other areas. Marlin sizes were ranging from 90 pounds to 180 pounds with an average of 110 pounds,” said Landrum.
“We were all excited the week before last when suddenly the catches of yellowfin tuna increased from almost nil to almost limits. Combined with the fact that the fish were not too far away and we were almost partying on the docks. Well, things changed a bit and the fish moved away. Not out of reach, but you needed to dedicate an entire day to fishing for them as it took a while to get out 30 to 40 miles and then find the porpoise pods the yellowfin were associated with. Boats that made the trip reported excellent fishing for yellowfin between 12 and 25 pounds with a few larger fish to 45 pounds in the mix. The only problem with going out there was that you needed to be early on the fish, boats that appeared later did not have as good of luck as the early arrivals. And, from all the reports I received, there were no other species found on the way out there or on the way back except for an occasional striped marlin. As you may have guessed, this was around the edges of that temperature break,” related Landrum.
“Dorado continued to be caught by boats working near the shoreline, but there were fewer of them this week and the average size was around 12 pounds, down a pound or two from last weeks average. We had one client out this week who managed to catch two dorado on the fly rod, chumming to get them close enough to cast to, and this was on the Cortez side of the Cape, around the Cabo Del Sol area. So it appears that there are some fish around in the warmer Cortez water as well now. With the water cleaning up a bit in this area, there may be a bit more effort put in by the local fleet to work the waters around the 1150 and the Seamount,” said Landrum.
“Inshore it’s sierra, sierra, sierra. If you wanted to catch sierra there was almost a guarantee offered by the Panga Captains! Of course you had to put in a bit more effort than last week as the currents moved the sardinas around and the sierra moved with them. The bait broke up into smaller schools and the sierra followed suit, becoming scattered up and down the coast and not heavily concentrated in one area like they were last week.”
“Trolling hootchies and watching for fish breaking the surface was the key, and once you found where there were fish, chumming and fishing with strip baits resulted in fish that were slightly larger than those caught on the hootchies. A few Roosterfish as well as Grouper and Snapper were found, and plenty of Skipjack bit on the hootchies as well,” continued Landrum.
Dorado Surprise La Paz Anglers
ìIt was not the best week for fishing this past week. Well, maybe the fishing would have been better if it hadn’t been windy,î exclaimed Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International. ìIt was pretty stiff this past week so fortunately, we didn’t have too many anglers and those we had, we were able to have them put off their fishing until it got calmer.î
ìAs the week wound down, the winds diminished and we were able to get out. I told the anglers that most likely with the cooler temps and off-color water, they would find some action with maybe some bonitoÖsome snapperÖmaybe some sierra. Indeed, they did get those species, which are typical of this time of year in the winter. However, again, with the surprises! We got into dorado again! I have no idea why dorado would still be hanging out, but some really fun 10-15 pound school-sized fish showed up and were a real treat. Close to shore and willing to eat! This is pretty unusual to be getting dorado this time of year, but no one complained!î
ìAs well, I guess we still have rooster fish in the area also! It’s again normally a fish we don’t see in January, but such a popular exotic fish that everyone wants to try for one. So when they do happen to pop up, it’s a bonus. We hooked and released several 30-40 pound fish off Punta Perico.
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