Fish Report North

December 28, 2015 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands

After several weeks of stormy weather a few boats have ventured out. Loaded with 3 to 5 inch anchovy from Mission Bay Bait Barge they found the off-color 62.5° water. The middle grounds held a smaller grade of yellows to seven pounds eager to bite. However, ultimately the sea lions shut the bite down. At the Rock Pile, red crab were thick attracting large schools of nice-size bonito; same story on the weather side of North Island. For the first time in months there were also a few halibut landed,  an indication of the season transitioning into winter.

 

Ensenada

Sketchy weather kept most party boats tied to the dock more often than not. On the better days the scores included yellowtail, barracuda and bonito on the surface out at Todos Santos Island, plus plenty of lingcod, reds and other rockfish to fill the sacks.

While some private boats fishing farther offshore found yellowfin tuna in the rapidly cooling water signaling the end of one of the best seasons on record.

 

San Quintin

Watching the weather carefully, several regular groups of anglers took advantage of summer like weather and drove down from California for a few days of fishing. As one angler put it, “Awesome day, smooth seas and in spite of dirty water from the recent storms, it was wide open fishing for yellowtail, bonito and barracuda —multiple hookups and totally insane action for December with Captain Chato.” Captain Juan Cook reported similar conditions a few days later at San Martin Island.

 

Bahia de Los Angeles

Village filling up as families arrive for a quickie Christmas holiday in spite of the sporadic North Winds. Anglers were scratching out fair catches of yellowtail at the Islands as well as closer to shore on the windy days along with lots of spotted bay bass plus a good mix of reds lings and other bottom fish.

 

Cedros Island

Yacht sport fishers transiting down the coast to Los Cabos report grumpy seas and in some cases it was barely fishable. The wahoo bite at Benitos Island has disappeared as the cold, green water moved in. Inside the lee of Cedros the few boats anchoring there found ample mackerel to fill their bait tanks before moving on down the line toward the Promised Land.

Gary Graham, gary@garycgraham.com.  ,