June 13, 2016 5:43 pm

by Gary Graham Visitors to Baja Sur arriving by air, land or sea share one thing in common — the predictable signature spring weather that is one of the foundations of Baja’s popularity. Sportfishing is another fundamental that, although isn’t as predictable as the weather, more often than not promises an extraordinary adventure. The remarkably large number of exotic fish found in the fertile waters surrounding the tip is rarely found anywhere else in the world and they seldom all bite at the same time. Seemingly sophisticated anglers arrive with enough fishing tackle to open their own stores; they are intent on catching a specific species for one reason or another, i.e., their bucket list, never caught one, favorite fish to catch, etc.  They insist on targeting that special fish regardless of the advice of their Captain and crew and they are willing to sacrifice their entire trip in search of it even though it may be inaccessible. At present, the most talked about fish seems to be the wahoo, which has been consistently in catch reports from Baja’s tip to La Paz.  Although usually an incidental catch, some boats have been scoring multiple fish from barely 10 pounds up to 50 pounds with best results being in the early morning close to shore. Yellowtail, normally more of a winter catch, recently reappeared at La Paz – nice-sized ones up to 30 pounds. In the billfish category, striped marlin and sailfish will be the most likely targets. Usually thick this time of year, they are scattered now; the good news is if you find one, chances are there will be a few more around. Another popular choice is yellowfin tuna that have been found traveling offshore beneath large porpoise schools searching for food. Most are fish up to 20 pounds with a few missed in the school five times that size. Inshore, a few miles off Land’s End, the roosterfish bite has been steady for fish up to 25 pounds — all released — which is good news. Mixed in are some healthy jack crevalle in the same size class — another release candidate, along with all the bonito you want. If you happen to hook one of the much sought after white skipjack with horizontal white bars, they are a great choice for ceviche. Another inshore choice is to fish the bottom close to shore for cabrilla, pargo and grouper — all great table fare that your favorite restaurant will be delighted to prepare for your lunch or dinner. While fishing and weather are outstanding, remember: don’t waste your trip targeting a species of fish that aren’t biting.    ]]>