There wasn't much fishing this week at Santa Rosalia, but the great weather and clear water tells me to do more diving.
Santa Rosalia weather has been great for the most part, with little if any wind, and some light afternoon breezes. It's just hot is all. Air temperatures are in the 90s for daylight hours and not cooling down much during the evening. Water temperatures are 83-85 degrees all over, and we have super visibility out there inshore and offshore, 40-80 feet in most areas.
Fishing is pretty slow. I did fish once this week and did surprisingly good on the yellowtail, with 5 fish and a few missed on some of the deeper bajos of Isla San Marcos. All fish were caught using live mackerel fished on the dropper loop rigs down deep in 190-270 feet.
With the great clear water and the kids still out of school, diving is the order of the week. We've been going everyday, sometimes just looking and other days collecting scallops, clams of all types, lobster, octopus and just having fun.
I've read the report about the long liner panga fishing for dorado around here, and yes, I have seen it too. But the word I got from my friend who is a local fish buyer is that permits were issued for the capture of dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish), only limited permits. It seems right now that they are no longer here.
I will make a point about this. I agree it's not a good type of fishing method and don't like it, but please don't try and tell me that's the reason for the lack of dorado this year!
This year, months before the long liners showed up and dorado where supposed to be here, they were not. It's just a strange year. These fish grow fast, mature and produce eggs in 8 months and are worldwide. It's just a slow year and nothing more. It happens. I have been living here for over 13 years and have seen great years, good years, and bad years on all species of fish here and yes, we need to curb the fish take. I see a lot of guys who fish here and bring 2 to 3 big coolers and load them up with fillets, and then when they have a slow trip, blame the people who live here. Now, if that's not the kettle calling the pot black, I don't know what is. That's my view and I'm sticking to it.