BIG BARRACUDA BUT NO YELLOWTAIL CAUGHT
DURING CASTRO'S CAMP BAJA FISHING TRIP
Sept. 23, 2004, Rick Doepping, Castro's Camp, Erendira, Baja California, Mexico:
We fished out of Castro's Camp with Capt. Conrado on Tuesday the 21st. There were three of us. My brother Kim Doepping. My brother-in-law Frank Lorenzetti, and myself. We left the Castro's Camp fishing launch ramp at 8:30 a.m. The swells were big and we got knocked around pretty good. Within 30 minutes we were landing big barracudas one after another, but there were no yellowtails or corvina (white sea bass) to be found.
We made the decision to fish for rock cod, and ling cod because of the weather. We caught big red rock cod and legal size ling cod.
We fished 3-5 miles north of Erendira and 3-5 miles from the shore. We used jigs (white, blue/white, and large chrome Krocodiles. For the rock-cod we used jigs all colors and I also used 3oz. to 5oz. sliding sinkers, with a 1oz. lead head on the end. I topped the lead head with a yellow or red grub and two or three strips of squid. This combination was awesome. I caught a fish on almost every cast. I would cast it out and let it sink to the bottom, then reel it in slow. It worked great. Castro's Camp didn't provide the squid, we brought the squid with us. We fished 185-205 feet for the rock cod. Castro's Camp fishing water temp. was in the high 60's.
We have our freezer full of fillets. Although we were unable to catch the yellow tail or corvina, we had a great time at Castro's Camp. We caught fish all day long. We paid $140 total for the three of us. Capt. Conrado and his family cleaned all the fish and put them in plastic bags for us. We gave him a $40 tip and he was very happy. We will be back again. It was a great time.