Wow! is all that can be said about this week's yellowtail fishing at the San Marcos Island bajos. It was one of the best weeks this year, hands down! With the weather perfect, it doesn't get any better than this.
The weather this week had some light morning breeze out of the west, but laying down by 9 a.m. Air temperatures were nice in the mornings, around the mid 70s, with afternoon highs in the mid 80s. Water temperatures were 78-80 degrees, and with great visibility of 40-plus feet. Offshore water temperatures were warmer and had better visibility.
As for what's going on offshore with the dorado and billfish action, it's not much, and with what's going on here, who cares anyway? Even the big 90-foot sport fisher Don Juan has been fishing the insane yellowtail bite here on the Isla San Marcos bajos rather than look for the needle in the haystack.
In the beginning of the week, I had Hugh Cobb, owner of Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle of Oceanside, Calif., and his son David down from Mill Valley, along with Mike Mercado of Fallbrook, for three days of fishing. Bait is easy picking early in the morning outside the San Lucas Cove trailer park, and with that done we were off to the bajos. Two spots that have really been kicking out the forkies are the 110 bajo and a spot called the No Name bajo. We took near limits of yellowtail for the three days, in the 23-27 pound class, with a few at 30 pounds here and there. The best part was we were back at the ramp by 10 a.m. on all of the days, and tired too.
Next, was Walter Cox, his son, and their friend Al. We had two days of more yellowtail action and the bite was getting even better! We were pulling limits by 9:30 a.m. The commercial pangas and my friends on the sport fisher Don Juan showed up too. It was surreal seeing 20-plus local boats, a 90 foot sport fisher, and 7 center console boats fishing the same drift, and everyone bent to the rail!
Next, my good friend Joe Miller his two sons Jon and Josh came down from Napa, Calif. It was the best run of the week. It was Joe's kids' first Baja Mexico fishing trip, and it was so wide open if those yellowtail could jump they would have been jumping in the boat. Nothing's better than see someone get tooled on their first big yellowtail. We had full boat limits in a couple of hours. Joe's sons are hooked on Baja for life!
All the fish this week were caught on 4-6 ounce slider sinker rigs fished with live mackerel close to the bottom.