KAKAK AND ALUMINUM BOAT
FISHING AT GONZAGA BAY
Oct. 14, 2005, Ken Jones, Papa Fernandez, Gonzaga Bay, San Felipe, Baja, Mexico Fishing Trip Report:
I went fishing at Papa Fernandez last week, Oct. 5-10, with friends Todd Garber, Chris Gessel, and Bret Hambrick.
Fishing from a small aluminum boat and kayak, we caught a wide assortment of fish with water temperatures in the low 80's.
Sierra were hitting chrome spoons and blue Yozuris off the points. Triggerfish and Bass as usual were hitting anything that moved or tasted good. Barracuda were hitting chrome and blue Rebels, Corvina hitting blue Rebels and blue Yozuris.
The catch also included numerous Ribera Cabrilla, Coral Hogfish, dozens of Green Jacks, and a large Leopard Grouper.
Most everything was caught trolling slowly tight to shore as described in "The Baja Catch."
Gessel was the first to encounter a small Whale Shark cruising Gonzaga Bay and while he KNEW they are harmless. But when something twice as big as your kayak turns to follow you, it gets one to wondering. The Shark seemed to hang around the whole time and was spotted off and on.
Winds were a problem at least 50% of the fishing trip, though the bays themselves are fishable with an onshore wind. The offshore winds tend to screw up just about everything including camp life. Everyone at Papa Fernandez including the neighbors were pleasant and helpful as always.
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