A monthly Baja fishing report by Gary Graham -That Baja Guy
Welcome to Baja – where the weather is in its transition period – just right for many, not too cold and not too hot.
For the anglers in your group, whether on the beach, inshore or offshore fishing, either on the surface or down deep, it is almost a given that they are going to catch something fun, which they can usually have the crew fillet and have it prepared at a local restaurant or back at your hotel.
For those not interested in going out on a boat to catch fish, shore fishing is an intriguing option. If that sounds appealing, there are several local guides available who are offering beach trips, and who provide tackle and expertise. The catch possibilities are colorful jacks, cabrilla, grouper, red snapper, roosterfish, sierra and even an occasional dorado, or yellowtail. Also included are opportunities for sun and beach on their half or full days trip.
For newcomers or seasoned anglers, the choices are limitless. The largest fleet of sportfishing boats for hire in all of Baja is at your service in Cabo and San Jose. They range from an open outboard powered skiff (if you have a small group), to huge sport fishers that offer all the creature comforts you could imagine.
Offshore there are billfish ranging from sailfish to giant blue and black marlin weighing hundreds of pounds, along with yellowfin tuna ranging from small to monster size and wahoo.
Up inside the Sea of Cortez from La Ribera past Los Barriles to Los Muertos Bay there are miles of beaches to explore on ATV’s, with or without a fishing guide. ATVs can be rented by the hour or day.
Weather is usually mild, although north winds are always a consideration in March, diminishing in April. Frankly, the half-day beach and inshore trips are your best choices; save the full-day offshore trips for billfish and tuna on calm days.
As north winds settle down in La Paz, the inshore at Bahia Los Muertos will be the hot spot for the same species list as Cabo San Lucas. During April, there may be dorado, sailfish and striped marlin, plus early arriving yellowfin tuna in the lee of Cerralvo Island. For those not interested in the hour-long van ride to Muertos, La Paz Bay and the few surrounding islands should provide good fishing.
March in the Loreto area offers some Humpback whales and fin whales inside the Loreto Bay National Marine Park feeding on krill. In addition to good yellowtail action in deep water, anglers can expect to find smaller roosterfish as well as cabrilla, grouper and other rockfish around the local nearby scenic islands.
Keep an eye out for the Desert Bighorn Sheep that cavort along the ridges on Carmen Island.