Baja California, Mexico



Sept. 30, 2005, Juanchys Aguilar, Laguna la Bocana, Baja fishing report, Mexico:

We had excellent fishing at La Bocana for the past five days this week, good Baja fishing for yellowtail. Although they were not big, we caught a lot of them of 8 to 12 pounds, and also some yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds, while fishing off the Baja coast only 6 miles from La Bocana.

We also caught medium-sized dorado, two black sea bass of 122 and 160 pounds, and we saw wahoo under the boats while fishing.

The weather was 77 to 78 degrees, with no wind.

For me, grouper fishing is a challenging form of fishing, as they break the leaders while the pangas are fighting them. This is a good fight. We have been catching grouper up to 125 pounds. They are difficult to pull up, as they go into their caves, although we are only fishing about 40 feet deep. We have caught the biggest grouper while trolling with Rapalas of 25 centimeters, with wire leader, and also with live mackerel and bonito. In this Baja fishing area, green and orange fluorescent has been the best color for the Rapalas.

Here are La Bocana, the grouper need to come in to spawn every year, and we catch them in 10 to 11 feet of depth, with a weight of 8 to 10 pounds. But, one needs to release these fish back to the water in order to protect them.

We hope for a good weekend, and that this dangerous Hurricane Otis doesn't do damage to this rich fishing area, so that some of our fish here will live.

Sept. 24, 2005, Juanchys Aguilar, Laguna la Bocana, Baja California Sur, Mexico Fishing Report:

Today, 10 commercial fishing boats, working only 1.2 miles from the Baja coast at La Bocana, found excellent fishing for yellowtail, not big today, 8 to 10 pounds.

They also caught a lot of bonito, fishing with iron. Baja fishing weather was clear at 72 degrees, and they fished 30 feet deep.

Martin, Mario and Cesar Aguilar caught 3 black sea bass of 210, 180 and 140 pounds, at the famous Gringa bank, 6.2 miles south of La Bocana, in a water temperature of 75 degrees, clear blue color, 130 feet deep.

I went in my fishing boat 2 miles southeast of La Bocana, in the lagoon, accompanied by Sr. Beltran. We caught 70 live sardinas by casting with the atarraya net, and we were fishing only for fun, and we caught 17 grouper of 8 to 10 pounds. The water was clear and 79 degrees, and amazingly we were fishing only 10 to 11 feet deep.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, the Presidente of the city of Mulege, Sr. Pedro Osuna, arrived at La Bocana to fish with me. We went directly to Rocas Ballenas, off the Baja coast, and 6.3 miles south of La Bocana. Sr. Pedro had never fished for yellowtail before, and this day he caught four by hand and six with a fishing rod. He was accompanied by his secretary, his son, and another friend. In total we caught 35 yellowtail of 10 to 12 pounds, 2 calicos bass of 6 to 8 pounds, and bonitos.

Capt. Domingo had 40 yellowtail and three groupers of 25 to 30 pounds, caught with Rapala Magnums of 18 centimeters.

Capt. Martin Miurillo also went fishing with 6 Americans, fishing only with casting iron, and they caught about 45 to 50 yellowtail.