Summer's in full gear now in the Santa Rosalia fishing area, with hot weather and the start of strong southeasterly winds. Morning air temperatures are at 80 degrees, and once the sun comes up it hits the 90s, which starts up southeasterly blows with the lighting clouds on the far horizon. This is summer in the central Sea of Cortez, Baja California.
Water temperatures are now at a steady 80 degrees and most likely stay this way until October. Visibility has been up and down due to windy conditions, 20-40 feet on some days, and on calmer ones to 60 feet.
Even with the warmer water, the yellowtail at Santa Rosalia are still a sure thing during the early morning hours, with a 2-4 fish per boat average, for what boats are here anyway, which is not much.
I had an old friend, Jose Weilly from Mexico City, out for a few days of fishing. We where able to catch a few really quality Yellowtail every morning we fished. Some of the fish were close to 30 pounds, but with an 25 pound average. We fished the No Name bajo and the waters close by with slider sinker and dropper loop rigged live mackerel. Once 9 a.m. comes around, we headed out for a little Dorado action, which is sort of on the pick, here-and-there side of things, but if one works at it, limits can be at hand using live slow trolled mackerel.
That's about it for this week. Fishing at Santa Rosalia is still pretty decent if you get up early and catch bait.
I'm on the second day of the Santa Rosalia Dorado Tournament. Yeah yeah, I got asked as a favor by Brenda Goodson, owner of Las Casitas Hotel in Santa Rosalia if we could please fish it. Myself, I'm not much of the tournament guy, but for a friend no problem. We're doing pretty good so far, but still have a day to go. I'll inform you Mexfish readers on the final standings next week.
The San Lucas Cove trailer park real estate development deal did not go as planed, so will remain as it always has.