All That’s Fishy – March / April 2022
By Gary Graham - That Baja Guy
If the first two months of this year’s inshore action is any indication, March and April fishing should be fantastic here in Cabo San Lucas.
The roosterfish, jack crevalle, and sierra have been off the charts, with some trophy-sized roosterfish released in the mid-20-pound range. For many, just watching them darting back and forth with their rooster comb-like dorsals breaking the surface is enough to get the adrenalin pumping. Although all roosterfish are released, keeping a few toothy sierra for a fresh fish dinner is always an option.
While fishing around some of the pinnacles found inshore on the Pacific Coast, just a few miles offshore from the Arch and up north to Cabo Falso is another fishing option.
Oddly enough, other members of the jack family 'on steroids' are the rockstars of the pinnacles – the yellowtail. They are always looking for a hapless baitfish to eat. The yellowtail is considered pound for pound to be one of the hardest fighting fish found in Baja. Joining them in the same neighborhood are several types of grouper, pargo, and cabrilla, all very delicious.
For you big game enthusiasts, welcome to Nirvana! Over the past few months, the offshore action has been STUNNING. According to Rebecca Ehrenberg, Vice President of Conservation, "During the first month of 2022, our fleet released 2,361 marlin, along with excellent catches of tuna (one that weighed 275 pounds), dorado, and wahoo, in addition to the inshore species caught. And, we expect to have a great spring season!"
Not to be outdone, up at Gordo Banks off San Jose del Cabo, the panga fleet has been scoring some nice-sized wahoo, dorado, and excellent grades of yellowfin tuna, with a few exceeding the 100-pound mark.
In the East Cape area, there is more windsurfing than fishing as the seasonal north winds do their thing. However, when it backs off for a day or two, there are still a few striped marlin around not too far from shore. Another option are the sierra caught along the shore either from the beach or on the local tin boats.
La Paz has been enduring a stronger and more frequent North wind season. However, it should be in remission by early March. Good news for both locations. Although as the winds recede, sea temp should begin to climb, resulting in more sardina appearing along the shore and attracting schools of gamefish back to both areas.
In the meantime, at Loreto, where North winds are also frequent, patience paid off for local anglers biding their time but ready to go the minute the winds stopped. So, they fished frantically during the calm days that often lasted an entire week and were rewarded with some of the best catches of trophy-sized yellowtail (some as large as 30 to 40-pounds), as well as dorado and roosterfish on the surface, plus cabrilla, pinto bass, reds, and yellow snapper.
All in all, the momentum demonstrated in the two fisheries, both at the tip of Baja and inside the Sea of Cortez, bodes well for the fishing you might find during your March and April visits.
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