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“COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING” Results
Baja California Sport Fishing "COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING" Results ENSENADA – The International Championship, "COPA BAJA CALIFORNIA SPORTFISHING," is held in collaboration with the  State Association of Fishing Clubs of Baja California. "With an economic impact estimated at 370 million pesos, sportfishing generates an economic renaissance and well-being for thousands of families in the state," observed the Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SEPESCA), Alma Rosa Garcia Juarez, during the award's ceremony. On behalf of Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda, García Juárez thanked the competitors who followed the tournaments in San Luis Gonzaga, Bahía de Los Ángeles, San Quintín, and Ensenada. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/27/copa-baja-california-sportfishing-results/
12:22
September 28, 2022
Cabo Billfish & Dorado On-Fire
Anglers saw great action for dorado. Limits were common, with many releases scattered throughout the region. However, small to medium-sized fish were being found closer to shore, and some larger specimens were on the offshore grounds where there were marlin and sailfish. These fish were readily caught with lures and various bait. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/20/cabo-billfish-dorado-on-fire/
08:55
September 20, 2022
4th BAJA CALIFORNIA CUP SOON
4th Annual Championship Tournament and Grand Final Ensenada, B.C., September 23 and 24. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Registration and Captains Meeting. Place: “Monumento al Pescador”, located in the tourist walkway in the Sport Fishing docks, ASIPONA facilities Registration hours: from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Inauguration of the tournament and meeting of captains: 7:00 p.m. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/13/4th-baja-california-cup-soon/
07:54
September 13, 2022
IGFA Dorado Record Nearly Broken
Pay close attention to Hurricane Kay. The forecast is for the storm to hug the Baja coast and come up as far as Guadalupe Island on Friday, September 9, before swinging out to the west. If the storm comes that close, we can expect to see a big southern swell, and most likely, we will see showers and thunderstorms. San Diego might be close enough to experience tropical depression or tropical storm force winds. We could see much stronger wind if it slips a few more miles north. Please keep a close eye on the latest forecast and conditions for your local area before you head out! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/09/06/igfa-dorado-record-nearly-broken/
10:35
September 06, 2022
The Copa Baja California 3rd round
The Copa Baja California was a great event, and I am thankful that my fishing buddy, Pat McDonell, made the trip with me. I talked Juan Cook into taking us out to fish the tournament, and it took so much stress off me to be able to fish with him since he has everything dialed in wherever he fishes. I needed this trip; I just needed to get over feeling violated by the theft of my truck and backpack in broad daylight. I'm very blessed! …Chris Wheaton This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/30/the-copa-baja-california-3rd-round/
09:19
August 30, 2022
Baja Wahoo Worth 50K and New Car!
The 2022 Van Wormer Wahoo Gold Cup Last Saturday, 43 teams with 137 anglers participated in the 2022 Van Wormer Wahoo Gold Cup for a prize-winning wahoo to take to the scale. By the time the scale closed late in the afternoon, there were 6 qualifiers weighed in. Congratulations to Team Pinche Aviles! They brought the largest wahoo in for weigh-in - a 42.4-pounder.  That was enough for Tournament Director Kit McNear to declare them the Official winners of the 2022 Wahoo Gold Cup. In addition to $50,000 USD, which included all four jackpots, the team took home a 2022 Volkswagen Polo. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/23/baja-wahoo-worth-50k-and-new-car/
10:45
August 23, 2022
Baja Sportfishing Turns Fishy!
This was a fish well deserved! @j_willfishin put in days and hundreds of casts for this one fish!! Plus, the bite was so satisfying because it was a feeding fish. This, combined with all the practice, knowledge, and skill of a surf fisherman, into ONE "make-it or break-it" cast! - HOOKUP!!! No better feeling!! We got this fish back in the water, and it swam off strong! What a great time to experience this with a good friend! Congrats, brother!!...Cabosurfcaster This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/16/baja-sportfishing-turns-fishy/
11:28
August 16, 2022
Bisbee ECO AWARDS $1,614,425.00
Bisbee begins the 2022 season with a record-shattering $1,286,385 winner (Team Stella June, angler Hugo Pina) in Bisbee East Cape Offshore. The first Million Dollar Winner in the ECO! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/09/bisbee-eco-awards-1614425-00/
09:59
August 09, 2022
Monster Dorado in Cabo
Over the past several weeks, the bull dorado catches have dazzled recent visiting anglers. Multiple fish have tipped the scale at 35-, 40-, and even a few have been in the 50-pound class.  Esaul Valdez won the Dorado Shootout last week with a 57-pounder. Is it just a flurry, or will the bite continue throughout August? It's a good bet that some teams entering the 23rd Annual Bisbee Offshore will take a chance in the Dorado Jackpot. Meanwhile, rumors of BIG BLUE MARLIN are driving up the team count.  According to July 26's CatchStat, 72 teams are signed up.  Could 2022 be the year the Team Count goes beyond the 100 mark? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/08/02/monster-dorado-in-cabo/
18:12
August 02, 2022
BENEFICIARIOS DE LA 25.ª ANUAL DE BARRAS Y ESTRELLAS
Estamos muy orgullosos de apoyar y asociarnos con algunas de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro más merecedoras y valiosas, todas las cuales se dedican a mejorar las vidas de los jóvenes y sus familias. Como beneficiario de Stars & Stripes, las organizaciones benéficas no solo reciben la asistencia financiera que tanto necesitan, que pueden usar para expandir sus programas, sino que también pueden aumentar la conciencia pública sobre su causa y misión a través de la red S&S. Obtenga más información sobre los beneficiarios de este año a continuación. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/28/barras-y-estrellas/
09:55
July 29, 2022
BENEFICIARIOS DE LA 25.ª ANUAL DE ESTRELLAS Y RAYAS
Estamos muy orgullosos de apoyar y asociarnos con algunas de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro más merecedoras y valiosas, todas las cuales se dedican a mejorar las vidas de los jóvenes y sus familias. Como beneficiario de Stars & Stripes, las organizaciones benéficas no solo reciben la asistencia financiera que tanto necesitan, que pueden usar para expandir sus programas, sino que también pueden aumentar la conciencia pública sobre su causa y misión a través de la red S&S. Obtenga más información sobre los beneficiarios de este año a continuación. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/28/beneficiarios-de-la-25-a-anual-de-estrellas-y-rayas/
00:38
July 28, 2022
Baja Bisbee ECO Begins
The 23rd BISBEE EAST CAPE OFFSHORE IS HERE!!! Registration is next Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Buena Vista Oceanfront & and Hot Springs Resort. According to July 26's  CatchStat, 72 Teams have already signed up. So could 2022 be the year the Team count swells to over 100? Stay Tuned! Is last week's record-breaking 57-pound dorado caught by none other than Esual Valdez in the Dorado Shootout Tournament an omen? Local Captains are chattering about additional monster blue marlin spotted recently. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/26/baja-bisbee-eco-begins/
10:40
July 26, 2022
Baja Tournaments Highlight Week
The “Fishing in La Paz” tournament, which attracted 167 Teams competing for more than ONE AND HALF MILLION DOLLARS last weekend was an exciting kickoff for the “Fishing in the Five” series, which will have more than 60 tournaments in the five municipalities of Baja Sur and will conclude in the municipality of Loretto in 2023. Stay tuned for more details of this event and the many tournaments throughout Baja Sur to follow! https://wordpress.com/post/bajabytes.com/13805
11:55
July 13, 2022
Baja Bull Dorado are back…
We haven't seen dorado numbers like this in YEARS! A bull dorado over 40 pounds was landed. That's at least one Big Bull a day for the past week!.Rebecca Ehrenberg This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/07/05/baja-bull-dorado-are-back/
10:13
July 05, 2022
It’s All About the KIDS!
The Stars and Stripes Charity Tournament, one of the most unique and successful charity events honoring "It's all about the Kids," celebrated its 25th anniversary with nearly a thousand attendees from around the world. Participants traveled to Cabo to help raise funds for those less fortunate and enjoy the many things the area offers. Over 50 teams participated in the two-day Sportfishing Tournament. It began with a spectacular parachute jump by U.S. Veteran and paraplegic Dana Bowman as he floated toward the beach with the flags of the United States and Mexico fluttering beneath his chute. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/28/its-all-about-the-kids/
15:49
June 28, 2022
BAJA GROUPER INTIMIDATE
More GRANDE ROOSTERFISH are Coming through. Roosterfish released on Pisces 66' Friday Bank yesterday! Plus some huge bottom critters for exercise…Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/21/baja-grouper-intimidate/
11:19
June 21, 2022
Big Baja Fish in June…You Bet!
Once again, June is delivering bragging-sized fish for local and visiting anglers. Boats are seeing 200-pound bluefin tuna cavorting just offshore of Ensenada just below the border. Fifty-pound dorado are caught off Loreto, East Cape, and San Jose del Cabo near the tip of Baja. Trophy-sized roosterfish weighing in somewhere north of fifty pounds are released from La Paz to the tip of Baja. Yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds are being brought in to both Cabo and San Jose. With the catches and size fish above underscoring the summer action on tap this year in Baja, what are you waiting for? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/14/big-baja-fish-in-june-you-bet/
13:59
June 14, 2022
HEADING TO THE SPORTS FISHING WORLD CUP IN ITALY.
The Head of the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Government of the State of B.C., Dr. Alma Rosa García Juárez, in coordination with the National Federation of Sport Fishing, AC, and the State Association of Fishing Clubs of Baja California, made the delivery of appointments and official flag to the members of the Mexican Sport Fishing team made up of two teams with eight sport fishermen from Ensenada, Baja California, who were the winners of the Gold and Silver Medal within the "XVI NATIONAL FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP OF SPORTS "BIG GAME TROLLING 2021" held in Huatulco, Oaxaca, giving them the opportunity to represent Mexico in said world event to be held in Pescara, Italy from September 10 to 17, 2022. In this world event, the participation of 12 countries is estimated (Spain, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Germany, Senegal, Croatia, Switzerland, England, Brazil, Panama and Mexico This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/06/07/heading-to-the-sports-fishing-world-cup-in-italy/
18:43
June 07, 2022
BIG Baja Roosters
Locals in the La Ventana/Muertos Bay area below La Paz are calling this one of the best roosterfish bites in the last decade! They declare this will be a once-in-a-lifetime "season to remember" if the bait remains throughout the summer. Upon hearing about the outstanding roosterfish bite, fly anglers worldwide are flocking to the area to try their hand at catching the trophy-sized roosterfish that are being caught and released in unprecedented numbers. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/31/big-baja-roosters/
11:29
May 31, 2022
Over 100 Baja Kids Attend IGFA Passport Clinic
A hundred girls and boys attended the First Children’s Sport Fishing Clinic given by the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sepesca). The free training for minors from 7 to 13 years old was witnessed by dozens of parents, in the Plaza de la Ventana al Mar, on Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd. The clinic was endorsed and sponsored by the International Sport Fishing Association (IGFA). It included the participation of the Sport Fishing Clubs of Baja California, and the ‘Pure Vids’ Club of Ensenada, according to Alma Rosa Garcia Juarez, head of SEPESCA. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/24/over-100-baja-kids-attend-igfa-passport-clinic/
09:50
May 24, 2022
$577,800 Awarded at MPE Tourney
The Third Annual Marina Puerto Escondido Fishing Tournament payout exceeds HALF-MILLION DOLLARS! During the two-day event, 51 Teams competed for $577,800. The huge sum was awarded to those Teams catching the largest Yellowtail, the largest Dorado, and Releasing the most Billfish each day during the event. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/17/577800-awarded-at-mpe-tourney/
10:23
May 18, 2022
Roosters Romp in Baja Sur
 The good news is that more roosterfish have moved into the area, especially close up to the rocks and those long stretches of flat beach.  Most of the fish I’m seeing are 15-30 pounders and, as far as I can tell, all getting released.  Hopefully, especially if the larger ladyfish baits or mullet move into the shallows, we’ll start seeing the really big monster roosters up to 100 pounds!...Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/10/roosters-romp-in-baja-sur/
12:28
May 10, 2022
Baja Bluefin Dazzle
From the border to Ensenada, down to San Quintin, the local sportfishing fleets offer adventure fishing trips offshore to catch monster-sized bluefin tuna seldom found this close in range. Ensenada is in the protected harbor of Bahía de Todos Santos, approximately 70 miles from the U.S./San Diego border. The third-largest city in Baja, California, Ensenada is also the busiest seaport. Locals often refer to their fishing as "La Cenicienta del Pacífico" (The Cinderella of the Pacific) because of its impressive list of species of fish that live in its waters. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/05/03/baja-bluefin-dazzle/
11:43
May 03, 2022
La Paz Gillnetters Plunder
Shooting your own foot! Fishing responsibly and minding life on the sea is one thing, but stupidity mixed with negligence is quite another deal, and the latter is becoming more commonplace. I saw this net killing hundreds of baby roosterfish – a species with very little commercial value, but a huge value for sport fishing! Here they are being caught for basically no purpose other than laziness to retrieve the nets. Yes, I spoke to the owners of the nets, and they were completely indifferent – all these fish will end up rotten on the shore Leonardo Gonzalez Photography, La Paz, Baja California Sur. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/26/la-paz-gillnetters-plunder/
07:42
April 26, 2022
Baja Easter was fishy
Typical Easter week—crowded beach, some wind, and few folks fishing. At the Lighthouse, Mark Rayor reported that some “Fly Guys” hooked and lost a yellowtail from the beach on a “fly.” However, it didn’t last long before it got away. Nevertheless, they did catch and release a nice-sized jack crevalle. On the positive side, despite the large crowds, all of the weekend’s trash was bagged and picked up early in the week. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/19/baja-easter-was-fishy/
14:46
April 19, 2022
Bluefin Tuna off San Quintin
West of Ensenada / Upper 500 / 480 / 238 / 1140 Finger Almost the entire fleet was here yesterday on 1.5-day trips and are back up at the dock today. So what happened yesterday?? Probably one of the best bluefin tuna fishing days of all time! All of the boats reported full limits! The bite was wide open during the night, and it didn't die off very much during the day either. Boats were still scoring bluefin off the kelp and on jig stops all day long. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/12/bluefin-tuna-off-san-quintin/
11:49
April 12, 2022
3,000-Pound Blue Marlin Restored
Que Pasa In 1976 a commercial fishing boat out of Bora Bora caught a 3000-pound blue marlin that was weighed on a commercial truck scale as it was too big to weigh on a fish scale. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/04/05/3000-pound-blue-marlin-restored/
12:23
April 05, 2022
1st Cabo 2022 Swordfish Landed
This 260-pound (surface) swordfish becomes the first of the 2022 Season in Cabo! The fish was caught aboard Gaviota IX (not a Pisces Vessel) with Captain Cesar Ruiz at the helm and Mate Plutarco Cesena. Captain Cesar is no stranger to the landing surface swordfish as he has caught EIGHT of them so far in the Cabo area but had not caught one in many years.episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/29/1st-cabo-2022-swordfish-landed/ https://bajabytes.com/2022/03/29/1st-cabo-2022-swordfish-landed/
09:24
March 29, 2022
Copa Baja California Dates Set
GET YOUR RODS READY! The International Sport Fishing Championship, "Copa Baja California," already has dates for their first two tournaments. The "Copa Baja California" fishing championship in San Luis Gonzaga will kick off on June 17 and 18; the Bahía de Los Ángeles will be on July 29 and 30; San Quintín is on August 27 and 28, and the final championship is in Ensenada on September 23 and 24. First-timers or seasoned anglers have found the four events an ideal way to be introduced to uniquely different fisheries in Northern Baja. In addition, fishing with the many local teams and getting to know them is always an insight into local knowledge that is invaluable on return trips to the various areas. All the specific details of prizes, regulations, and inscriptions will be announced soon through the social networks of https://www.facebook.com/BCPESCAACUACULTURA, or https://www.facebook.com/PESCADEPORTIVABC, WhatsApp 646 289 5605 Email copabajacalifornia@gmail.com. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/22/copa-baja-california-dates-set/
12:39
March 22, 2022
Baja Tournaments Begin
This past weekend, Lori Heath and I went on a 1.5-day trip on "Old Glory" with Captain Kley Williams, who had received information that there were signs of bluefin and yellowtail southwest of San Diego. So we headed to that zone looking for tuna and yellowtail paddies. We had good weather and stopped several times in the dark and early morning on deep tuna marks. One angler got hit but did not connect. As the sun came up, we spotted jumping tuna and were excited to know we were in an area holding fish. Late morning we slid up to a kelp paddy, and it was "game on" for 7 to 12-pound yellowtail on flylined sardines, yoyo jigs, colt snipers, and surface irons! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/15/baja-tournaments-begin/
12:27
March 15, 2022
Baja Village devastated by fire
At least 50 hectares of forest burned in the small town of Santiago, 55 kilometers north of San José del Cabo. A fire in a palm tree forest in Baja California Sur damaged or destroyed at least 40 homes on Friday night. The fire burned about six hectares of forest, damaging dozens of properties. The area’s characteristic high winds blew the flames out of control. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/08/baja-village-devastated-by-fire/
11:27
March 08, 2022
Baja Bottomfish Booming
We did see a mix of yellow and red snapper, a few Almaco jacks, leopard grouper, white fish, triggerfish, and bonito. The highlight was a rare 57-pound black sea bass, legal in Mexico, not in California. However, they are not a very common catch locally. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/03/01/baja-bottomfish-booming/
07:18
March 01, 2022
Baja Sur Receives GREEN LIGHT
The Federal government has announced that 16 states have turned “Green” in the pandemic semaphore, or stoplight. Among those states is Baja California Sur, your favorite one. Green indicates that we are SAFE, and most restrictions, if not all, can be lifted. The final decision on the restrictions will be made public Tuesday by the Health Committee that involves federal and state health authorities and the Los Cabos Coordinating Council, formed by most local business associations. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/02/22/baja-sur-receives-green-light/
11:47
February 22, 2022
Baja Whales and Tails
Que Paso The waters off Baja Mexico are home to more than 1/3 of the World's Marine Mammals. From Ensenada to the tip of Baja and on up to Loreto on the Sea of Cortez side, the mid-winter Baja Whale extravaganza is presently one of the best in several years. Some of the whales you might encounter include: This episode is also available as a blog post: https://bajabytes.com/2022/02/15/baja-whales-and-tails/
11:26
February 15, 2022
IGFA Announces 2022 Tommy Gifford Award Winners
One of the longest-tenured charter boat captains in Mexico's Baja East Cape region, Jesus Araiza held a remarkable front row seat to the evolution of Baja sportfishing stretching back to 1955. Not only was he one of the first "tag & release" captains in the East Cape area, but he was also awarded the High Skipper Award for "tag & release" 19 different years during his career.  His reputation as one of the top captains at the "Ranch" was legend, and he was so popular that he was often booked several seasons in advance. Jesus retired in 2008 from Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort, a neighboring hotel, leaving the day-to-day fishing to his sons. Today, his grandson, Tony, captains the "Retriever," a 66-foot Viking fishing out of Cabo San Lucas. Sadly, Araiza passed away at age 79 on April 8, 2021, quietly at his home in Los Barriles, BCS, surrounded by family members. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/02/08/igfa-announces-2022-tommy-gifford-award-winners/
16:55
February 08, 2022
1st Jackpot Sport Fishing Tournament in Punta Banda
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/02/01/1st-jackpot-sport-fishing-tournament-in-punta-banda/
10:11
February 01, 2022
Stripers Continue to Dazzle Cabo Anglers
This episode is also First, on the Finger Bank, boats and clients willing to go the distance could expect to release double-digit and, in some cases, triple-digit scores of striped marlin. In addition, day after day, some of the boats returned with blue (marlin) flags, along with red (release) flags, strung from top to bottom on the outriggers. In 2021, Pisces Sportfishing boats had 6,407 billfish released for the ENTIRE year. In the first three weeks of 2022, Pisces released 2,052 marlin ... @pisces_sportfishing!! An incredible record-breaking start to this year, without a doubt, plus that is an amazing comparison!available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/25/stripers-dazzle-cabo-anglers/
14:10
January 25, 2022
Fonmar “Fishing in the Five”
A new series of 53 fishing tourneys named “Fishing in the Five” will take place in the five municipalities (La Paz, Loreto, Los Cabos, Comondu and Mulege) of our Southern Baja state. They will be coordinated by Fonmar, the state’s fund for the protection of marine resources. Of the 53 tournaments, only 14 will allow catch of billfish and all include prizes for catch and release categories. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/18/fonmar-fishing-in-the-five/
09:51
January 18, 2022
Sammy Hagar named Cabo San Lucas Ambassador
On January 5, 2022, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient Sammy Hagar was honored to be named the first Los Cabos Ambassador of Tourism during an award ceremony presided over by secretary of tourism, economics, and sustainability in Baja California Sur, Maribel Collins, municipal president of Los Cabos Oscar Leggs Castro, senator of the Mexican Republic Lucia Trasvina and director of tourism Donna Jeffries. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/11/sammy-hagar-named-cabo-san-lucas-ambassador/
11:19
January 11, 2022
Rain from Border to Bahía Ascensión    
Stars & Stripes Tournament is in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photos Happy New Year!! Don't forget to register for the 25th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament. Be sure to register early, as you will not want to miss this event!! The 24thStars & Stripes Charity Tournament donated the 300 pounds of fish caught to feed the local Los Cabos community! In addition, they give back in many other ways. They provided hospital equipment and training for doctors in LaPaz for heart patients, plastic surgery for children, and mastectomy patients. They also award college scholarships to teens through Building Baja's Future. They work through TLC, Tilly's Life Center, transforming youth's lives, and they improve the lives of critically ill kids and their families through Miracles for Kids, plus many, many more programs. https://www.starsandstripestournament.com/index.asp This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2022/01/04/rain-from-border-to-bahia-ascension%e2%80%af%e2%80%af%e2%80%af/
09:02
January 04, 2022
Baja catches climb as 2022 arrives
Merry Christmas from deep in the hinterlands of Baja Sur! The word "Epic" is overused in fly fishing, but this catch is epic in every way for Daniel Kim, who traveled from New York City for the opportunity to experience a winter grande from the beach. It's as good as it gets! ...Lance Peterson This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/28/baja-catches-climb-as-2022-arrives/
06:15
December 28, 2021
A Baja Merry Christmas
Bucket List trip to Magdalena Bay @ Lopez Mateos…Mark Rayor I had the pleasure of fishing with Rubin Duran on his 21-foot Mako, “Sofia,” for three days last week out of Lopez Mateos.  Unfortunately, the forecast called for strong winds in the Pacific, so we elected to stay inside the estuary, which is more protected from the elements, rather than going offshore. Each morning, motoring a short distance from the launch ramp, we spotted pelicans feeding on Monetary sardines.  Rubin only had to toss his cast net once each day to make all the bait needed to fill the well...Captain Mark Rayor This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/21/a-baja-merry-christmas/
10:26
December 21, 2021
Baja wahoo and Tuna as Christmas Looms
There isn't a report on a specific location as being the best as too many places were finding fish over the last month.  Being light and energetic, I've been fortunate to fish in areas where no other boats or people had been for days.   Some places wore me out with skippies, triggers, or sierra.   But I loved it.  I certainly haven't hired a captain to guide me to the big sport fish as there was no heavy tackle in the budget! Ha-ha.  I just had a Baja Catch book and a powerful will to catch a diverse number of fish to eat while camping with the "little PVC boat that could." This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/14/baja-wahoo-and-tuna-as-christmas-looms/
09:01
December 14, 2021
Mex ONE 48 Years Old!
HISTORY CALIFORNIA PENINSULAR December 1, 1973 - 48 YEARS AGO On December 1, 1973, on the inauguration of Luis Echeverría Álvarez, the President of Mexico, the Federal Highway 01, Benito Juárez García, "La Transpeninsular," was completed and ran through the Baja California peninsula. Mex 1 passed through the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, beginning in Cabo San Lucas, and ending in Tijuana. The total length was 1,711 kilometers, of which 713 km. was in Baja California and 998 km. was in Baja California Sur. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/12/07/mex-one-48-years-old/
09:40
December 07, 2021
Thankful for another BANNER week!
We did it again win wahoo category on Orsan tournament 2021 with this beauty 51 pounder, fishing with my three brothers was epic win a tournament with them thanks at my amigo Dany to make this happen…Jaqueline sportfishing This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/11/30/thankful-for-another-banner-week/
10:27
November 30, 2021
Baja Fall Action Continues
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10:25
November 23, 2021
Stripers Reappear at Magdalena Bay
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07:46
November 15, 2021
AFTCO CELEBRATES BLUEFIN’S RETURN
Bluefin, the very fish that ushered in California's sportfishing, vanished from its coastline for nearly a century. The giant bluefin returned this year, rivaling the golden era of the past. With pacific bluefin populations still well below historic levels, every angler on the west coast is wondering if this fishery is here to stay or if the golden years are here and now. Folklore Films by AFTCO presents "Year of the Bluefin" — a story told with a whisper of the past, something only someone like Greg Stotesbury, a bit of a legend around these parts, could manage. Seasoned, just as you would imagine, he is a man who has spent many long, hard days on the water, and he has spent his best ones offshore somewhere in the Pacific chasing sails, marlin, tuna — you name it, he's caught it. Stotesbury pulls out a weathered rod, getting everything in Place to stretch some line, preparing for another trip. The rhythmic click with each turn of the reel handle releasing the smell of salt wafting through the air sets the scene for the richness of his tale. aftco.com/folklore Click here https://youtu.be/Nkc1VQjr2yo  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/11/09/aftco-celebrates-bluefins-return/
14:13
November 09, 2021
Cabo Tuna Tournament Nov. 3rd
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12:26
November 02, 2021
Bisbee Black and Blue awards its 20th OVER A MILLION DOLLAR CHECK
For the 20th time in the 41-year history of the BLACK and BLUE, a ONE MILLION DOLLAR check was presented to the tournament winner! Team BRANIFF, a FIRST-TIME WINNER aboard a Pisces Fleet boat, the 58′ Dona Homa, with Captain Lupe at the wheel and angler Andres Pineda on the rod, caught what turned out to be the largest fish weighed in during the event – a 489-pound blue marlin earning the This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/26/11594/
11:49
October 27, 2021
Almost a Million!
41st Bisbee 23rd Los Cabos Offshore Tournament Congratulations to the winners for their remarkable achievement under harsh conditions: Team Pelagic Gear, with Victor Julio Pizarro, Captain and Jeffrey Aaron, angler; Daniel Arieta, angler, mate, Tony Berkowitz, angler, Brandon Cotton, angler, Mario Cubillo, angler & mate, Joe Frizzelle, angler, Kevin Hibbard angler & mate, Ron Kawaja, angler, Chris Raya, angler for their 319-pound Black Marlin, the only qualifying billfish landed in the two days of fishing. The catch earned them an astonishing $863,480. https://bisbees.catchstat.com/Default/Tournament/TournamentCategoryPayouts?TournamentID=127 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/19/almost-a-million/
09:57
October 19, 2021
Whatta Croc?
October 8th, 2021, we had a shock! About 9:00 a.m., a little-known species was discovered on the beach near Los Frailes in Baja Sur. It was a crocodile, and though it was already dead, it was fresh; its temperature reading was perfect and complete. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/10/12/whatta-croc/
12:05
October 12, 2021
Triple Digit Dorado
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10:31
October 05, 2021
Wahoo! Fall Arrives
Wahoo! Fall ArrivesSeptember 28, 2021 Pisces 35′ Valerie with Captain Roberto Sandez, aka “El Jefe,” were killing it this week. This boat had a 100% Catch Success Rate in five days of fishing. They had five billfish released, including a 250-pound blue marlin, a striped marlin, and a sailfish. Plus, 14 dorado, 25 yellowfin tuna (20 to 60-pounds each), and this nice wahoo yesterday. No wonder El Jefe is considered one of the “best in the business” and has been a Captain with Pisces for 33 years. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/28/wahoo-fall-arrives/
12:16
September 28, 2021
Baja Sur low Covid risk
The federal health ministry has named our Southern Baja state as one of four with very low risk of Covid-19 contagium. As of Friday, there were only 48 positive cases in Los Cabos and 3% of hospital beds – both public and private – were occupied with Covid patients. Restrictions might be reduced this Tuesday when the state’s health commission meets. Hoooray! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://bajabytes.com/2021/09/21/baja-sur-low-covid-risk/
10:54
September 21, 2021
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 07, 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!
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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
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11:25
August 03, 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 06, 2021
Hurricane Enrique Fizzles…Bite sizzles
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11:31
June 30, 2021
Yellowfin Tuna in the house
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14:12
June 22, 2021
Dorado return to Loreto
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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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 2021
May Day May Day
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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 06, 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 09, 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 06, 2021