Fish Report

BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands Unsettled conditions have resulted in much cooler water currents moving into the islands. Instead of the clean blue water that has been common all spring, now it’s a funky green 58° water holding a few bonito according to the few boats fishing there recently. The fishiest spot was at the South Kelp Ridge (SKR) where bonito and barracuda were the by-catch by the boats that were calico bass fishing. Overall, there has been nothing like it for the past several months.

Captain Kelly Catian with angler Charlie Burris.Passports are now required to fish within 12 miles of Mexico, in addition to the FMM permits. The Mexican Navy is in the area and they are stopping and checking the few sport boats there.

Ensenada Locals and visiting sportfishers are finding yellows on the surface that seem to be pretty picky and not wanting to bite. Basically, the fish feeding on red crab wouldn’t bite while the others feeding on small anchovies did seem to be more eager. Reel Adventure scored on lingcod, reds, whitefish and a few calicos in the kelp.

There seemed to be more chasing of the bird schools than catching for the fleet; however, Gamefisher did manage to land seven yellows.

The weather has been calm in the mornings with winds freshening in the afternoons — up to 20 knots.

Based on reports from the San Diego sportfishing fleet which had been reporting that they were sighting yellowfin offshore during their return from long range trips, the Selena departed at zero-dark-hundred on an exploratory trip looking for the yellowfin.

San Quintin Few anglers have been making it down to fish since the labor problems last month. Yellowtail action remains the top catch with some quality reds and lingcod rounding out the limits. There were reports of a black seabass being landed. They are protected in the U.S but not in Baja. A few larger halibut were caught as well.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com ,