San Quintin, Mexico:
Flat Seas, Red Tide, Tough Bait, And No Yellowtail For Local Anglers

Aug. 5, 2005, Stan Woodward, San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico:

We fished at San Quintin last weekend with flat seas, red tide, bait tough for a couple days and virtually no show on yellowtail.

The sand bass bite at the island was epic, but a long drive to catch sand bass.

Fishing for reds was also excellent with cut squid and diamond jigs in 260-480' of water. We caught several lings but nothing of size. No white seabass either as all the coastline was choked with red tide.

The San Quintin skippers I fish with said it has been a very unremarkable summer, so maybe it's back to San Quintin as a fall hot spot like the good old days 20 years ago.

The roads to San Quintin were good, lots of gas available, waved through all the military check points, 55 minutes at the border Monday at noon, although shortly thereafter the police closed the access road to the border and routed all cars to Otay. I will say that the sportfishing panga fleet at San Quintin is as nice as anywhere in Baja although some are pretty pricey.

We stayed at the Old Mill four nights, which surprisingly was not full and fished Friday-Sunday, July 29-30 and-31. We fished on the Romy with Capt. Lilo of Pedro's Pangas. Water temps were in the low 60's and pretty flat every day. No swell to speak of. It did get windy a couple afternoon and the run back to the San Quintin boat ramp in the bay was kind of wet. Nobody ran offshore while we were there. Every morning most of the pangas ran to the sand bass bite like horses to the barn.

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