After which point you need to decide, inshore Pargo/ Cabrilla or head out offshore for Striped Marlin/Sailfish. All are plentiful and well within range.
Dorado are the main species and spread out through the La Paz boundaries. inshore fishing for Pargitos, trigger fish and Cabrilla is still solid when the currents are not too strong. Offshore the bite for, Striped Marlin and Sailfish is pretty consistent trolling small to medium size lures or ballyhoos
This week the yellowtail moved into the bay literally 10 minutes outside the marina. These fish were consistently some of the largest of the year averaging 25lbs with some brutes tipping the scales at 35lbs.
A few Dorado are being caught around the island near the sargasso paddies. This should continue to improve as the conditions continue to change to our summer pattern.
A few Almaco Jacks cousins to the AmberJack around the seamounts. This is the season for Pez Fuerte. So far they’ve been on the smaller size 20-30lbs but the 60/80 pounders won’t be far behind.
Cabrilla and snapper are hanging on the rocky high spots as they also are finishing the spawning season.
We are still having killer days on the yellowtail, cabrilla and snapper but finding these schools is becoming more difficult. The yellowtail have moved up in the water column, chumming sardines then casting into the boil seems to be working best.
There has been more reports of the Tuna bite at the North end of Cerralvo island. It’s a total hero or zero dea
The fishing in general is quite good. They seem to be moving around a lot more than normal. most of the normal yellowtail spots are close to each other so you just keep moving around until you find them. some paddies are starting to hold Dorado in the 20lb class. Bottom fishing has been especially good on the falling tide. Pin either a Mackerel or sardine with 4-6 oz of lead on any metered structure and you will find Cabrilla and Pargo in the 12-15 pound class eager to bite. Good news on the Tuna front. The north end of Cerralvo is giving up a few 150-200 lb class daily. It’s a hero or zero deal. But you’re patience will be rewarded if you’re willing to put in the time.
I saw boats anchored on the high spot of the seamount chumming sardines with yellowtail boiling all around them. Casting live baits or artificial swim baits into the boils was automatic bendo.
We also have Cabrilla and large Pargo mixed in. These fish are still pre spawn so I’m guessing we have a few more weeks of this before they move on to cooler waters.
Normally after the yellowtail move out we start getting into their larger cousins the brutal Pez Fuerte.
The majority of the fishing currently is with our spring species and patterns.
On the seamounts and rocky spots Yellowtail and Almaco Jacks, cousins to AmberJacks are being caught using live bait with either weights or downriggers. Both Cabrilla and Pargo Mulato are mixed in so it’s a nice variety. Once again we are finding Dorado in the bay. There was a few reports of Wahoo on the chew outside around Punta Norte and La Reina.
I really can’t say much more about the dorado. The key is purchase your bait and get after it right away. The first boats on the fishing grounds will limit out in minutes. 15-20 lb class fish is the norm with the occasional 30 lb bonus fish coming over the rail. The wahoo fishing hasn’t developed yet but the water is still a few degrees too warm. My guess by next month we will be in full swing for these speedsters. We are starting to catch some Sierra and roosters inshore. These are normally cool water species, not sure hats going on there. The Sierra are great eating grilled or smoked. Bottom fishing has been good when the currents aren’t raging for Pargo, cabrilla and trigger fish.
IMO, October is the best month for fishing and weather. The humidity starts to drop along with the morning air temperature. October is also the best month for and the largest variety of Pelagic’s.
Usually the Dorado are in pairs but many times they’re in schools of 8-10 fish. Since we are now later in the season the fish have had time to put on a few pounds, so 15-25 pounds are common.
Inshore fishing off the points or rocky areas are still giving up Pargo and cabrilla as well as trigger fish and large pacific Bonito. All are great eating and a blast on light tackle. Regarding the Bill fish action it’s just plug and play off the seamounts, El Bajo or El Charro or the East side of Cerralvo Island. The Striped Marlin aren’t huge but scrappy. The bigger guys should be moving in soon. Especially now the tuna are working their way up.
Dorado are being found under the buoys which now have been outfitted with palm fronds or just scattered offshore chasing schools of ballyhoos. Striped Marlin and Sailfish are mixed and plentiful in the channel between punta Coyote and Cerralvo island, and all the way down to Punta Gordo. There are plenty of rooster fish off the beaches, if you’re looking for some exciting site casting or slow trolling live bait this is your chance. I have heard reports of better wahoo activity on the south end of Cerralvo. Inshore there are plenty of Cabrilla, multiple species of Pargo and triggerfish. These are all excellent eating and a blast on lighter tackle.