From Land’s End to La Paz


By Gary Graham

Not to be outdone by the weather in the U.S., we here in Baja Sur are suffering from one of our own hottest summers in recent memory; this gives us one more good reason to spend as much time as possible on the water, even though the fishing currently is more about quality than quantity. Simply stated, it’s “bucket list time!”

At Loreto there was a head-turning 302-pound yellowfin tuna caught recently, one of the largest so far this summer. Add to that the other monster tuna taken this year off Loreto weighing up to 424.6 pounds, and it’s enough to convince you that’s the place to go tuna-shopping. The striped marlin, dorado and some leftover winter yellowtail are around for the taking as well. Inshore, around the many islands in the area, there has been excellent roosterfish action. And bottom fishing for cabrilla and grouper along with other rockfish has been outstanding.

The La Paz and Los Arenas areas are in full summertime mode as yellowfin tuna to over 100 pounds are frequently intimidating unsuspecting anglers. Again, it has been one of the best roosterfish seasons in years, plus the return of dorado that have been MIA in the previous few years have added to the excitement of the anglers.

From La Paz to the tip of Baja, wahoo have come alive this month. While not the jumbo variety, they are nice-sized and hungry; their steaks are a top contender for almost everyone’s dinner plate.

The huge pargo is another remarkable trophy fish that has been a frequent visitor to the scales at the hotels in the East Cape area. With most of them weighing more than 50 pounds, in addition to being tough fire-engine red fighters, they are one of the best-eating bottom fish in Baja!

The big gamefish tournaments have already begun and huge blue and black marlin are the primary targets. August kicked off with the first of the Bisbee series, the East Cape Offshore (ECO). The remaining two Bisbee’s as well as other events will be held in October in Los Cabos.

The ECO held in East Cape’s Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort, where billfish over 300 pounds is the minimum weight, has kicked off with a bang! The largest in the Billfish Category on the first day was a 538-pound black marlin and in the Gamefish Category, the largest dorado was an impressive 50.5-pounds — one of the largest dorado taken this season in the area. Rounding out the top catches for the event so far was a 102-pound yellowfin tuna.

At Puerto Los Cabos, the beaches on both sides of the entrance jetty have been producing jack crevalle and roosterfish for surfcasters, as well as the prized black or white snook that often put on a show in this area.

Offshore, the banks are loaded with bait, which in turn is attracting yellowfin tuna from football-size to several hundred pounds. Adding to the excitement is the seasonal arrival of black and blue marlin that usually hang around until November.

With the water temps continuing to climb into the mid-80s, it is a safe bet that more sailfish will arrive soon. There already have been some released on both the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side.

Staying closer to shore, from Cape Rocks to Cabo Falso, smaller pangas are finding plenty of skipjack, small tuna and dorado to add to the roosterfish and jack crevalle weighing up to 50 pounds.

Not to be ignored is the excellent bottom fishing action at pinnacles up above Cabo Falso producing snapper, grouper and a few cabrilla. This is always a great way to have a super-fresh fish dinner prepared at your hotel or at the restaurants in town.
Now’s your chance to add to your personal catch list! Boats, Captains and fish – they are all waiting for you.