A BAJA FISHING TRIP TO SAN ROQUE ON THE
PACIFIC COAST JUST NORTH OF BAHIA ASUNCION
July 22, 2005, Igor Doncov, San Roque, Baja fishing report, Mexico:
My son, Alex, and I fished the San Roque area that's just north of the village of Asuncion on the Pacific coast of Baja California.
We fished from shore and from a 14-foot Gregor. We caught some very large calico bass. We had numerous double hookups on calicos from the boat and some jumbo bass from shore. The bass were feeding on pelagic red crabs on the reef just in front of the lighthouse. All fish were caught on medium action rods with Penn 550SS reels and 12-pound P-line. They were all caught on swim baits in a variety of colors, with root beer, black, and dark green being best. The best fishing was in about 50 feet of water.
We launched the boat from the protected cove that all the pangueros use and were equipped with balanced boat wheels to get it to the water's edge. The water temperature was in the 60's and had not warmed up enough to bring in the yellowtail and halibut. Air temperature was in the comfortable low 80's and we used a blanket at night.
There was a ton of bait in the water and you could catch mackerel during daylight hours. The gravel and dirt road leading in from the paved road was in bad shape and we averaged about 7 m.p.h.
The commercial fishermen were either gathering seaweed or fishing for white seabass.
We were there for a week. There were no other tourists except for a couple of diver spear fishermen for a few hours of our first day. They had been there for 3 days and claimed that they were not equipped to dive in such cold water. They said they had seen a 400-pound black seabass during a dive.