Santa Rosalia, Mexico:
Yellowtail And White Seabass Caught In Windy Fishing Conditions At Isla San Marcos

April 9, 2005, Mike Kanzler, Isla San Marcos, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico Fishing:

It was a week of unusual fishing at Santa Rosalia, and some surprises of the bajo.

Santa Rosalia weather was fishable for most of the week, but with a few days of high winds that kept some off the water. Air temperatures are still nice and cool during the early and late hours of the day at 60 degrees with afternoons reaching the 80s. It's starting to warm up a bit. Water temperatures in our Santa Rosalia fishing area are a bit up to about 66-67 degrees and with good visibility of about 30 feet.

I made a fishing run with Jim Higgins and Jim Mullen of San Diego. Fresh up from a bachelor party in Cabo, they stopped by to get in some fishing and with luck catch some to take home to prove partying wasn't all they were doing down in Baja.

We made the run up north of the haystack for bait, after which we made for the bajo. While in route, I noted it was getting windy, and it did. This made my fourth run in a row with 25 or better knots of wind. However we did produce 3 yellowtail of 24-18 pounds and headed back.

A few days later, it stayed calm the whole day. I can't tell you how good that made me feel. With Mike Perkins of San Diego we started at the famous 110 bajo after catching bait. We began by getting some strange bites, kind of like triggerfish or maybe pargo.

The fish would make short runs and then stop. Finally, Mike hooked one and from the way it fought, I knew it wasn't a yellowtail. No long runs or head bobbing. When I saw the fish I got a big grin on my face. white seabass of about 18-20 pounds or so. Wow. After a few more drifts we caught a yellowtail of the same size and then Mike started getting the strange bite again. I was thinking no way, not another White Seasbass. But there it was, a second croaker about the same size. Talk about luck. I've only caught 6 white seabass in 13 years! Well, bring the boat count up to 8. We ended the day with 2 whites, 4 yellowtail and one cabrilla, all caught with the slider sinker live bait method.

I did fish again today with some friends on the island, along with my son, and we totaled the morning for 4 yellowtail, 6 cabrilla and some firecracker yellowtail.

Yellowtail fishing off San Lucas Cove, Mexico

SAN MARCOS YELLOWTAIL--Jim Mullen and Jim Higgins of San Diego fished at Santa Rosalia with Kid Jurel Mike Kanzler and caught some nice yellowtail at the 110 bajo north of Isla San Marcos. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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