The ¾ day boat Dolphin (I remember fishing aboard her when she was brand-new) had a good day on April First, no fooling, when she logged 125 yellowtail for 25 anglers. On an overnight, Prowler had 17 ‘tails and a bluefin tuna, fishing from Fisherman’s Landing.
Mission Belle found 53 yellows for 42 anglers from Pt. Loma Sportfishing.
Daiwa Pacific’s six fishermen also limited out with five apiece, while Sea Adventure had 27 fish for 25 H&M stalwarts.
At Seaforth, 33 anglers took 13 bluefin and 93 yellowtail. The San Diego, a ¾ day boat, got 23 for 54, and the El Gato Dos got 15 for six. It seems local fishing not only is hanging in there, the weekend was pretty damn good.
Skipper Matt Kaullen reported April 2 for the Independence:
“We arrived in the lower zone mid day yesterday. Pretty good life around and we were able to make a good day of it. Bruce Sogioka shows off a sample with this beautiful fish 202-pounder. We are hanging tight and hoping for more action.”
The next day Kaullen posted: "Similar conditions today. We had two more fish over 200 pounds, including one that Richard Jones got weighing 202 pounds. We are still blessed with great weather and the forecast looks good. We are gonna give it another go here again tomorrow."
Royal Polaris posted March 28:
“Well it was just another day at the office, with excellent weather, and good fishing. It was our typical day, with a few fish in the morning, and a couple at mid-day, and the bulk coming in late afternoon. It was our best day yet, with another three fish over 200 pounds coning in, and the majority of the fish in the 140 to 180-pound range. We also added a handful of Wahoo to our catch.
“Lucky anglers today, Mike Brown with a 213-pound Yellowfin tuna, Kirk McCoy with a 204-pound Yellowfin tuna, and Joe Amagrande with a 202-pound Yellowfin tuna.
“Mike Brown also had another two fish in the 180 to 190 range. Adam Hinkle gets honorable mention. On his first trip, he caught his personal best five times, and yes, he did get five showers. Also, if you know Don Burnside, he's famous for chunk fishing, but yesterday he caught four sardine fish in the late afternoon; way to go Don.”
“Well it’s over, and what a trip,” noted the report March 29. “We ended having 19 over 200 pounds, and many more in the 170 to 199-pound range. To top it off, we ended up with 129 Wahoo for the trip; what more could you ask for?”
Southern Cortez Waking Up
Jonathan Roldan posted his weekly report from the La Paz/East Cape area April 3:
Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay
“On the days we were able to get out, there were a few tuna around that were a nice grade, 15 to 40 pounds. Those fish were over by the island and eating chunked bits of fresh squid. Some days they would show up and other days, it was a gamble. If you went out there and put in the effort, but the fish didn’t show, sometimes it was too late to try to put in the time for other species. So, it was swinging for the fences. But every now and then a boat would connect.
“Closer to Muertos Bay, there was a nice mix of fish including snapper, pargo, some nicer cabrilla over the rocky areas, bonito, jack crevalle and even a few sierra. The nicest surprise was finding some decent early-season rooster fish running 15-40 pounds. This was especially good on the windy days when we couldn’t get too far away from the beach, which made for perfect hunting for the gallo. It’s good to know the roosters are around.
“We were finally able to put out our La Paz boats with more consistency this past week as there were some better days where the winds weren’t so erratic or strong. Finding bait was the issue. If the winds blew, then getting and finding the live bait became problematic. However, using a combination of trolling, jigging and baits, there was a good mix of fish, if not a lot of them.
“Hefty 30 to 45-pound yellowtail were taken and others lost in the rocks. There were even a few 15 to 20-pound dorado, which is a bit nuts to have them so early since they are a warm water fish, but a good sign because the last two years, the dorado bite has been a bit anemic, especially with the larger dorado. Inshore, there were triggerfish, jacks, roosters and bonito. Daytime temps have been in the high-80’s to low 90’s, but cooler at night dropping pretty far down into the high 50’s.”