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That Baja Guy-Gary Graham
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OLAF Drenches before moving on
Hurricane Olaf hit the Los Cabos resort area, forcing around 20,000 tourists to stay inside their hotels. "The State Council of Civil Protection of BCS canceled dozens of flights," said Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotels Association, "However," she continued, "no deaths were reported." This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/14/olaf-drenches-before-moving-on/
06:15
September 14, 2021
Yellowfin arrive @ Baja’s Tip
https://bajabytes.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/pisces-5.jpg?w=860 The cow-sized yellowfin tuna were in the count. The charter fleet and private boats found some smaller yellowfin tuna a bit farther offshore, leading into September, which shaped up to be a hot month for fishing. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/07/yellowfin-arrive-bajas-tip/
09:34
September 7, 2021
Hurricane Nora Fizzles
This episode is also available as a blog post: Fishing days aboard Pisces 46' La Chingona: Big bull mahi-mahi and blue marlin released, too…Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet.
10:27
August 31, 2021
Let’s Talk Turtles!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/24/lets-talk-turtles/
11:05
August 24, 2021
Baja Bull Dorado Tease
The occasional big bull was taken while trolling for marlin. Smaller schooling dorado mixed with the tuna. Most on sardina. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/17/baja-bull-dorado-tease/
09:27
August 17, 2021
Huge Black Marlin wins Bisbee
This was the last fish and the LARGEST fish of the day and of the entire Bisbee East Cape Offshore for that matter. I approached Hugo Pino, a legendary local angler who won last year’s Los Cabos Billfish with both Tuna and Marlin catches aboard the Stella June (a 593 pounder that time); and who now, with today’s monster fish, clinched the win for the Tiger Spirit. It was an epic team effort, especially after yesterday’s happenings, when they had an issue with the boat’s hydraulic system that didn’t let them get out to their fishing grounds as quickly as they would have liked. “Slow and steady”, Pino said. They fought the fish close to two and a half hours, on a Shimano reel with 100 lbs line and 400 lbs leader. The BLACK MARLIN weighed in at an impressive 597 POUNDS. A BIG congratulations to anglers and crew aboard!...Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/10/huge-black-marlin-wins-bisbee/
13:41
August 10, 2021
Bisbee ECO begins today
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/08/03/bisbee-eco-begins-today/
11:25
August 3, 2021
20,000 juvenile Totoaba Released
-- Earth Ocean Farms (EOF), with the support of the federal and local governments, released 20,000 juvenile Totoaba, raised through sustainable aquaculture practices, as part of the yearly effort to restock the Gulf of California. This release adds up to other efforts carried out by EOF, resulting in the restocking of over 140,000 totoabas since the aquaculture company was created in 2014. The Totoaba is an endemic fish of the Gulf of California that is in danger of extinction, due to illegal fishing for its swim bladder. This conservation effort took place at Playa Santispac, Municipality of Mulege, in Baja California Sur, chosen for having the adequate characteristics for the juveniles to thrive, such as several small islands that offer protected surroundings. More Info This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/27/20000-juvenile-totoaba-released/
12:10
July 27, 2021
Dorado Shootout Winner earns $142,205
Team Juampi and angler Daniel Diestro from La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico, take the 2021 Dorado Shoot Out with their 46.6-pound dorado. In addition, they won a 2021 Volkswagen 4x4 Amarok and all the Jackpots worth a grand total of $142,205. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/20/dorado-shootout-winner-earns-142205/
09:46
July 20, 2021
Sardina die off
Thousands, maybe millions of sardina discovered on 9-mile stretch of the shoreline of Vizcaino Bay. Along with lobster, sea bass, and other species. According to local fisherman and head of fisherman’s union. The phenomena was probably caused by extraordinarily high sea temps. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/13/sardina-die-off/
12:51
July 13, 2021
Giant snook caught at Cabo
Wesley Brough – aka Cabosurfcaster shares his recent catch of a potential IGFA All-Tackle World Record White Snook on the Pacific side of a Cabo San Lucas beach. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/07/06/giant-snook-caught-at-cabo/
12:48
July 6, 2021
Hurricane Enrique Fizzles…Bite sizzles
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/29/hurricane-enrique-fizzles-bite-sizzles/
11:31
June 30, 2021
Yellowfin Tuna in the house
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/22/yellowfin-tuna-in-the-house/
14:12
June 22, 2021
Dorado return to Loreto
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/15/dorado-return-to-loreto/
14:52
June 15, 2021
Big Baja Dorado Return
Some big bull dorado in the 40- to 50-pound range were caught on ballyhoo trolling for marlin as well. A few nice wahoo from 30- to 50-pounds were taken on Rapalas at the Vinaramas white cliffs. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/08/big-baja-dorado-return/
15:42
June 8, 2021
Baja blue or yellow-fin tuna on the menu
We saw decent signs of bluefin. There weren’t many surface signs but we were able to mark the few we saw around 150’. We hooked one off a flat fall rigged with heavier hooks and leader. We haven’t gotten a weight, but we based it off the one we hooked and landed and they have to be bigger fish. We were very glad we had the heavier tackle this time around This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/06/01/baja-blue-or-yellow-fin-tuna-on-the-menu/
12:23
June 1, 2021
Swordfish Float at Los Cabos
This 240-pound swordfish at the Official Certified Weigh Station, according to my friends the Abaroa’s aboard the ‘What a Journey.’ Javier, Jr. called me after the almost two-and-a-half-hour fight ended. They had made it happen for angler Evan Pritchett and his son from Texas. Evan was proud to have landed one this season after sighting and trying to land at least twenty fish without success. He fought the fish on a Shimano 30 Tiagra with 60# line and 200# leader. This was another surface sword that took a live cast bait. Congratulations to the anglers and crew! …Rebecca Ehrenberg, Weighmaster This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/25/swordfish-float-at-los-cabos/
08:22
May 25, 2021
Smart Skipper™ The Next Step in Marine IoT Technology
Smart Skipper™ consists of innovative Smart Mate devices and the Smart Skipper™ app. Smart Mate devices use Bluetooth 5.0 mesh technology, which does not require line of sight to each device, dramatically improving connectivity and ease of installation even in the most demanding of marine environments. The dedicated onboard smart tablet or phone relays the Smart Mate boat data to the cloud via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Security features include geofencing, unauthorized entry monitoring, and motion detection. Safety features include fire detection, battery voltage, and current monitoring, high water alarm, bilge pump activation, run time, and more. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/21/smart-skipper-the-next-step-in-marine-iot-technology/
02:51
May 21, 2021
MPE Tournament Kicks Off 2021 Baja Season
Thirty teams consisting of locals and visitors met in competition last weekend in Marina Puerto Escondido, Loreto, with excellent results. Mother nature provided ideal conditions during the two days of the tournament, underscoring the fishability of the fertile waters of Marina Puerto Escondido.  The waters surrounding Loreto lived up to their reputation for being one of the most prolific fishing grounds in the Sea of Cortez. It was a long wait since the First Marina Puerto Escondido Tournament took place in 2019. Team “TAG,” the overall winner of first place in 2019 returned seeking a repeat performance only to be nudged out of the “release” top spot by the time of catch in the release division by newcomer “Team La Chingona.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/18/mpe-tournament-kicks-off-2021-baja-season/
14:31
May 19, 2021
Baja Summertime’s Here
Our boat, the “Pastime,” has been in Baja for months, first La Paz and then Ensenada because of the Covid-19 protocols. The trip, however, had been planned because of my desire to take the boat to Cedros Island. My friends, Carl Robbins, and Bruce Hollingsworth, my grandson's father-in-law went on the trip with my wife, Margie, and me. We were gone a week,  leaving on Saturday morning and returning the following Saturday night. his episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/11/baja-summertimes-here/
11:22
May 11, 2021
Roosterfish on fire
Roosterfish on fire at East Cape and Muertos Bay for both Fly and Conventional tackle. May is the month! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/05/04/roosterfish-on-fire/
10:39
May 4, 2021
May Day May Day
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/27/may-day-may-day/
09:34
April 27, 2021
Almaco Jack Attack
“Gary, Have you ever tried to explain that amberjacks are extremely rare in Baja? And that all the fish being identified as amberjacks recently are really Almaco jacks?” texted Steve Crooke, Scientific Adviser for the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) providing biological assistance for both State and Federally managed fisheries and who worked for the California Department of Fish and Game for 38 years. Almaco jacks are much more robust, shorter, and stockier in their bodies, plus they feature a dark bar that extends through the eye to the base of the dorsal. The few amberjack Crooke has seen, traveled down the Mexican coast and to the south. He did count a few gill rakers to be sure. Regardless of what you call them Amber or Almaco, they are biting now! prov This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/20/almaco-jack-attack/
12:15
April 20, 2021
Springtime Roosterfish
Couldn’t be more stoked for my buddy @thehawgfather for landing his first big rooster this morning!!! He’s been chasing this fish for five years and we got lucky and spotted a school of them and Mike fired his @fishlabtackle lure into them and managed to connect with this beauty. We got a couple of nice pictures and got him back in the water for a safe release…Wesley Brough, Cabosurfcaster This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/13/springtime-roosterfish/
12:20
April 13, 2021
Swordfish, Yellowtail, Big Snapper WOW! Whatta Week
Awesome swordfish catch today for Roger Lewis caught aboard his son Greg’s boat, a 60’ Bertram “Cloud Nine.”  This was a bucket list fish for Lewis that he had sought since 1978 fishing in Cabo. He finally landed this prized catch at age 76 in the company of his grandkids. BIG SNAPPER on Pisces 28’ Andrea plus some great days aboard Pisces 28’ Andrea! Today, this awesome daughter and father duo, Hannah and Larry Simmons had five of these nice snappers! On previous days they’ve released multiple striped marlin and some roosters This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/04/06/swordfish-yellowtail-big-snapper-wow/
09:21
April 6, 2021
Baja Grouper Steal Show
Baja Bytes – March 30, 2021 Que Pasa At Gonzaga Bay, the big grouper to near 100-pounds have nudged yellowtail, cabrilla, and pargo farther down the catch list, while yellowtail continue to be big news up and down Baja from BOLA to Muertos Bay. As April rolls in, the north winds are subsiding and larger numbers of billfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna are beginning to show up in more catch reports. The consensus seems to be that spring is arriving just a tad early. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/30/baja-grouper-steal-show/
09:10
March 30, 2021
Baja swordfish and yellowtail shatter records
Cabo swordfish explode as 43-year-old Pisces fleet leads the Los Cabos fleet with record back-to-back “swordy” catches two days in a row — Thursday, Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann caught one, and Friday Pisces 35’ Bill Collector caught another two. According to Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International, some of the best yellowtail fishing in 25 years continues at Bahia de Los Muertos. Not to be outdone, the Loreto area up to Bahia de Los Angeles, is also enjoying extraordinary yellowtail action according to locals. Also, there have been outstanding grouper catches at Gonzaga Bay, and, a positive update from Cedros Island has been reported on the improvements to the airstrip while all the operations on the Island complete preparations for the upcoming season. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/23/baja-swordfish-and-yellowtail-shatter-records/
14:08
March 23, 2021
Baja Spring Sportfishing Begins
With gale warnings in effect at the border, there isn’t much to talk about on the West Coast of Baja until you get to Bahía Asunción. There, our buddies Ross and Daniel joined forces and found only a few chunky calico bass for their efforts. Meanwhile, on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, Spring seems to have arrived a tad early. From BOLA and Gonzaga, there were impressive catches of good-sized yellowtail and big grouper. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/16/baja-spring-sportfishing-begins/
15:32
March 16, 2021
Cabo Swordy on 30-pound Tackle
A swordfish on 30-pound tackle took three and a half hours to subdue aboard the Pisces Sportfishing’s “LISTO” out of Cabo San Lucas. This was in addition to double-digit roosterfish that were released by several different groups fishing aboard Pisces’ charters. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/09/cabo-swordy-on-30-pound-tackle/
09:58
March 9, 2021
Baja yellowtail challenge anglers
March 6, 2021 “An acre of boiling yellowtail on the surface and right off the arroyo!” This was the picture painted for me by one of our most requested captains – Captain Tony Davis! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/03/02/baja-yellowtail-challenge-anglers/ 
11:14
March 6, 2021