BAJA FISHING WITH JOINTED REBEL LURES AT EAST CAPE
Nov. 12, 2005, Alan Wise, Punta Colorada, East Cape Fishing, Baja Caiifornia Sur, Mexico:
My wife, Carol, and I just returned from a 7 day stay at Punta Colorada, fishing from a panga for 4 of those days. Fishing dates were Nov 3 through Nov 9.
We fished on the panga, Bohemia, with captain Alonso all four days. He's never failed to put us on fish. Sea temperatures were in the low to mid 80s, flat and calm every day. There was a light westerly breeze in the morning and a light southeasterly breeze in the afternoon. Just enough, to keep it comfortable.
We arrived at East Cape 2 days after the end of a 4 day blow from the North.
Fishing on Nov 4, we fished cut squid off of Cabo Pulmo for a steady morning bite on Yellowfin tuna, 15 pound to 40 pound class and one 18 pound amberjack. The afternoon fishing found us off of La Ribera for 1 sailfish and 1 marlin, both released, fishing live mackerel.
The next morning I fished the East Cape beach for steady action on ladyfish, Mexican lookdowns, and several beautiful jacks. All the fish came on black/silver and blue/silver jointed Rebels lures.
On Sunday, it was back on the panga, and fishing just got better and better every day. With a scoop of mackerel, we stayed all day off of La Ribera for 3 sailfish and 3 marlin hooked, fought, and released at boat side. We did join the fleet farther offshore that afternoon chasing tuna under the porpoise schools but few boats had little luck getting them to go. A few were caught on blue/white hoochies.
The final two days of fishing at East Cape, we switched between tuna off Cabo Pulmo and billfish off La Ribera. We lost track of the actual bill fish count after 12 fish but estimate it close to 18. Numerous times we had double hookups going. The last day, the wahoo made a showing off of Cabo Pulmo. We were sawed off immediately on the squid chunks with mono but couldn't get them to go on the wire. One cruiser stayed in the area all day and picked up 4 in the afternoon.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip and what I would consider wide open on billfish.
East Cape sportfishing weather was punctuated with a light westerly breeze in the morning and a light southeast breeze in the afternoons. We fished 40 pound outfits with 9 foot 100 pound leaders and 7/0 Owner gorilla live bait hooks for the billfish. We prefer Punta Colorada as our #1 choice in East Cape fishing destinations.