2014 FISHING SEASON IN FULL SWING
It is an El Nino year which has brought unusually warm water to our area early on in the season. We had yellowtail this year in June instead of starting to show in late August. We also had many more storm this summer…one every week in September!!! The surfers are stoked!
Luckily we received NO damage here in the village unlike many areas in Baja Sur. The fishing has been great with a variety of species like white sea bass, big calicos, yellowtail, grouper and as expected we now have tuna, wahoo and dorado very close to shore and are looking forward to an excellent fall season here in Asuncion. Here are some photos of the last few months of fishing.
THANKSGIVING FISHING…alot to be thankful for!
Our fly-in guests were thankful the yellowtail were big & bountiful on their first visit to Asuncion. They caught several big fish in the 30-45 lb range over 3 days as well as bonita, skipjack and calicos and are planning their return visit next month for more big fish.
FALL FISHING IS FINE IN ASUNCION
October is when the best yellowtail fishing begins attracting anglers from all over the continent. Here are some of our fall clients who come back year after year to take advantage of the nice weather here and great fishing!
Lobster season began Oct.1st which always improves the inshore fishery as the bait in the traps attracts more fish and we are all excited to have our first fresh lobster dinners of the season!
Captain Juan Arce’s day job is fishing for yellowtail for the local cooperativa….which is handy as he can keep an eye on where the fish are day to day. He was surprised to catch a sierra last week!
YELLOWTAIL BITE WIDE OPEN IN SEPTEMBER
The water temps are up in the 70’s and yellowtail are everywhere in the 15-40lb range on the surface so trolling has been most productive. Kayak fishers are delighted with all the fish so close to shore. Giant calico bass are plentiful as well as bonita, barracuda and even some sierra!
Halibut, corvina and yellowfin croakers are being brought in from the beaches.
FISHING TOURNAMENT HUGE SUCCESS!!!
The fishing cooperativa California de San Igancio held it’s annual fishing tournament to raise funds for it’s student scholarship program. It was very well attended and organized. There were over 60 participants for panga and shore fishing catagories and it was a perfect fishing day for everyone.
The feast they put on was fantastic, ceviche, seafood cocktails and BBQ’d yellowtail prepared by the coop volunteers. I loved the BBQ they had set up in the back of a pick up for warming up the tortillas!
Everyone had a wonderful day and this event is growing and becoming a really popular event and will be held the first weekend in September every year.
COOLER WATER SLOWS THE YELLOWTAIL BITE DOWN
Ocean temps cooled way down this week which has affected the yellowtail bite. But these anglers from California & Las Vegas were the only fishers that caught yellowtail all week so they were pretty happy with a few tails, calicos and sheepshead.
But the halibut fishing from shore and spearfishing has been HOT! and nice big calicos are still being caught from the rocks and pangas. We hope the fishing improves for this weekend’s fishing tournament on Aug.18th, a part of the Traditional Fiestas that run from Aug.15-18.
YELLOWTAIL SEASON UNDERWAY A MONTH EARLY!!!!
Early hurricanes has pushed warm water up to Asuncion a month earlier than usual bringing lots of bait and yellowtail with it. Anglers Leslie and Geoff visiting here for the first time from Loreto were pleasantly surprised to hook into some BIG tails and obtain easy limits of YT and calico in a short time.
Leslie was the fish whisperer of the day as withing 5 minutes of throwing out the rapalla brought in a 50 pound yellowtail that was on the surface very close to shore. Her second fish was over 40 pounds too…what a fisher!
So after months of waiting, our fishing season has officially opened here in Bahia Asuncion!!!
Don’t forget about the fun TRADITIONAL FIESTAS FISHING TOURNAMENT on August 18th!
JANUARY/FEB YELLOWTAIL BITE IS STILL HOT! HOT! HOT!
Visitors have been enjoying good yellowtail fishing all month…here are some of their fish.
Robert & Russ Carmona are a father-son team who own the Surf Motel at K.38 in Rosarito Beach. They came in search of big yellowtail and were not disappointed. Robert who turns 80 this year did a great job landing 2 big tails, then Russ jumped in the water where the birds were and speared a 44.5 lb yellowtail and wrestled into the panga…to make their trip extra special
DECEMBER FISHING BEST MONTH OF THE SEASON
BIGGEST FISH OF THE YEAR CAUGHT ON DEC.30TH
The biggest fish so far this season was caught on Dec. 30… this monster weighed in at 48.7 pounds…the funny thing was that these guys caught so many big fish so fast, nobody knew just who caught the biggest one!
This father-daughter team were also newcomers to Asuncion and they had a wonderful time seeing the sights, hiking, eating seafood and of course fishing…David & Sarah both caught the biggest fish of their life and look forward to coming back.
While the weather may be cooler, the fishing is hotter! The yellowtail just keep getting bigger and bigger and for many, they come in December in search of their personal best. Here are some of our fishers with their catches.
One of our loyal clients Art Casillas and his amigo Jesse who spend every Christmas with us, tell us that every year he gets the fish of his dreams. Here is is proud of the biggest fish he’s ever caught.
NOVEMBER FISHING GREAT AS USUAL
You have to fight off the dorado these days to get at the nice yellowtail underneath them! Fishing has been spectacular throughout November with the fish getting bigger every week. Easy limits of yellowtail, big calico, dorado and even some barracuda, wahoo, big eye tuna, skipjack & bonita…a real mixed bag.
We had an excellent month and all our anglers were delighted with their fishing and stay in Asuncion. The yellowtail just keep getting bigger with fish in the 15-30 pound range now.
Being in a wheelchair didnt stop Louis Greif from Iowa from catching some nice fish…here he is with one of them with his son Denny. They had a great day on the water with Capt. Juan and we all enjoyed the fish as sashimi and BBQ’d that afternoon.
As usual, Michell Greif from Iowa got the biggest fish of the day and was real proud of her yellowtail. She & her husbad Denny have been thrilled with all the great fishing they have done from shore, pangas and their kayaks too.
FLY IN FISHERMEN LOVED ASUNCION!
We had 2 fly in fishing groups this month who said it was their best fishing experience EVER! Some of them are coming back with their families in a few weeks. Our air strip is excellent and the military checks on the planes at night. We can arrange a fly-in fishing charter for you leaving from San Diego.
The yellowtail bite just keeps getting better with bigger fish every week…they are up to about 30 lbs. now. One charter produced 10 different species of fish…yellowtail, dorado, wahoo, bonita, skipjack, calico bass, sand bass, grouper, white fish & halibut.
The shore fishing has been on fire too…these guys caught 6 species in one session.
the kayak fishers have also been real happy with their catches of world class calico, yellowtail and halibut too. The weather has been spectacular…calm seas, not much wind and air temps in the 80’s, water temps in the upper 70’s…couldnt be nicer!
SEPTEMBER IS YELLOWTAIL MONTH
Larry Kellerman from Pta.Banda is one of our regular clients and according to Capt. Juan…one of THE best calico fisherman Juan has taken out. Here he is with his booty…his limit of yellowtail, bonita and big calico bass! Of course we made a big plate of sashimi to feed the other guests!
The area is thick with yellowtail this month and some are even being caught off the beach now! The shore fishing has been incredible and clients of ours caught 8 different species in a couple hours at Los Choros beach, leopard shard, yellowfin & spotted croaker, corvina, corbina, halibut, and a couple different species of perch…they cancelled a panga fishing trip because their coolers were so full of shore fish!
Panga fishing has been very productive with limits of 15-25 lb yellowtail, big calico bass, bonita and dorado with hopes of the tuna appearing any day now!
AUGUST…..GREAT FISHING ALREADY!
The ocean temps warmed up to 75 degrees and the fishing is fantastic! There are good sized yellowtail in the 25-30 lb range and out 4 miles it’s like dorado soup. My daughter Sirena hooked her first dorado and there were so many fish everywhere on the surface, she couldnt tell which one she’d hooked. They caught and released dorado on every drop and Sirena said her arms felt like silly putty afterwards. The weather is perfect for fishing and very few tourists around.
Yellowtail season is in full swing…a month early!
Fishers have been very happy with the quantity and quality of early yellowtail this July. Most anglers have limited out quickly and left fish biting. Trolling green rapalas has been the most effective and of course spearfishing. The water temps are starting to warm up now too. Halibut fishing from shore has also been great. Here is a family from Mexicali who had a wonderful day fishing and visiting the sea lions on Asuncion Island.
Yellowtail bite is ON!
Our amigo David invited Juan out fishing in his new tin boat and they managed to christen it with yellowtail blood. Even though it was foggy with a big south swell hampering trolling, they brought home a couple nice fish which immediately got sliced into sashimi and then Nancy made seared yellowtail and David BBQ’ed his famous butterfly yellowtail steaks to perfection. There are lots of fish being caught this week so it looks like we are in for an excellent season.
Fishermen also report large numbers of halibut so hopefully the swell will calm down to get some shore fishing in.
FISHING NEWS FLASH….YELLOWTAIL HERE A MONTH EARLY!
Capt. Juan heard rumours of yellowtail being caught in a net fishery near here so he and his brother decided to find out for themselves. Juan was delighted to catch his first yellowtail of the season…a nice 25 lb fish! The town was all abuzz with the news and in the following days more fishermen have landed some really nice big YT…this is excellent news as it is over a month and a half early for yellowtail here which indicates it’s going to be an awesome fishing season….come on tuna!
There is nothing like the delicate flavour of a freshly caught grilled halibut. Shore fishers are delighted to be catching them again from the beaches in town. Here is Stan with a real nice one…his first of the season!
SPRING BOTTOM FISHING IS GREAT SO FAR!!!
All of our clients and amigos who have bottom fished with Juan the last month have limited out easily within a couple hours. Most of the time, they get a fish every drop and are catching whitefish, calico, sand bass and sheepshead. Check out this enormous bass Juan caught a few days ago!!!!!
It is abalone season in Asuncion and the fishery is going very very well…the abs are plentiful and excellent quality. We also saw our first halibut at the beach on the weekend so shore fishing should pick up now.
FEBRUARY WEATHER IMPACTS FISHING
There has been a big swell present for much of the month of February resulting in green water making yellowtail fishing nearly impossible…but the surfers sure are happy! So anglers have been concentrating on bottom fishing. Most fishers have been limiting out on calico, whitefish, sheepshead, rock cod and grouper. Fishermen have been enjoying watching all the whales passing by on their northbound migration. Lobster season is drawing to a close and will end on Feb.29th and abalone fishing will begin shortly after.
JANUARY FISHING STARTS OF HOT HOT HOT!!!
Happy New Year everyone and all our friends, family and clients are very very happy with this week’s fishing. Everyone is hauling in big yellowtail from 30-45 lbs close to town. The weather has been fantastic with summer air temps between 75-80, calm winds and seas to make fishing even better! We look forward to more great fishing throughout January and February.
November was great but December has been spectacular with the yellowtail bite producing quality fish between 30-40 lbs both trolling and jigging. Anglers have been amazed at how fast they get their limits of big fish and so close to home! Here are some of the fish from the last couple weeks.
NOVEMBER FISHING….IT JUST GETS BETTER!
This last week of November was the best yet with schools of big yellowtail in the 25-35 lb range only 10 minutes from the beach. Anglers got their limits often in under 2 hours. The weather was superb too…air temps in the low 80’s, water temps around 70 with calm winds and seas.
Here are some photos of this weeks fishermen. It was alot of fun seeing David Rose’s young boys Sean & AJ haul in some big fish…they were so stoked! they had a blast camping at Campo Sirena, fishing and exploring.
The yellowtail just keep getting bigger as the year progresses and this week’s anglers are pulling in 25lb plus fish now yo yo-ing at San Pablo. Water temps are still in the low 70’s and fishing weather has been good with light winds and pretty calm seas. This was Brian’s first time fishing with us here and they had a great couple days on the water and look forward to coming back again. He and his fishing partner Bob went home with a nice mixed bag of yellowtail, calico, white fish and big bonita that we smoked up.
Dan Doyle and his family from Arizona had a great week here and the newest member of the family is getting her baja experience early…Bella is a year old and already posing with grandpa’s fish! It was her first time her little toes had ever been in sand and she sure loved the beach…sure wish I came to baja when I was one!…lucky kid
OCTOBER ENDS UP ON A HIGH NOTE!
The last charters of the month were terrific for our guests…our loyal clients Doug, Stan, Greg and Steve had a good week here. the yellowtail bite wasnt wide open and they had to work jigging for their fish but the calico bite was spectacular and Doug, the calico whisperer caught this trophy calico..6.7 lbs!!
Here are the boys after one of their charters.
Randy & Jim from Nevada had a great day out with Capt. Juan the last day of October and that day the YT bite was wide open with easy limits of 15-21 lb fish. This was their first time in Asuncion and they will be back next month for some bigger tails! Even their wives enjoyed the village!
OCTOBER BRINGS WIDE OPEN YELLOWTAIL BITE
Asuncion is bustling with visitors this month with fishers catching nice yellowtail, big calico, and even halibut. Water temps are in the 70’s and the weather has been nearly perfect for fishing. This big beauty was caught while they were jigging for yellowtail over the rocks…Jay thought he was snagged on the bottom or a rock and sure was suprised and excited when he saw this huge halibut surface! Here is Howard posing with the day’s big prize…which will be ceviche soon!
Anglers have been mostly getting their limits of yellowtail in the 18-28 lb range jigging close to San Pablo and smaller fish trolling around San Roque. Kayak fishers have been limiting out on big calicos there as well and shore fishers are still getting some halibut, corvina and croaker as well. Here are some photos of last week’s fish and fishers.
SEPTEMBER….FISHING SEASON CRANKS UP!!!
The water temps are up in the mid 70’s and most anglers are reporting easy limits of medium size yellowtail in the 15-25 pound range this month both on the troll, jigging and some smaller fish have even been caught off the rocks off the point by our house. Capt. Juan Arce even saw dorado swimming around the boat and a couple tuna were just caught a couple days ago so looks like the tuna season may be early this year …woo hooo
tony from Vancouver was pretty stoked when he got this nice white sea bass off his kayak…he’s been getting lots of yellowtail, halibut and calicos as well close to shore. Shore fishers are getting lots of corvina and halibut as well off the town beaches.
AUGUST BRINGS WARM WATER & WIDE OPEN YELLOWTAIL, CALICO & HALIBUT BITE
The ocean temps rose quickly this month up to 77 degrees which brought in the yellowtail just in time for the fishing tournament which was part of the Traditional Fiestas. Here is a little slide show of that week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fXdqC899z0
We waiting a long time but finally the yellowtail are here in abundance and they are everywhere!!! Hello sashimi, fish feeds and smoked bonita and YT. Relatively calm seas and light winds have made for spectacular fishing the last couple weeks for calico, YT and halibut are being hauled in off the little pier too.
SUMMER FINALLY HERE
The kids are out of school and the weather has warmed up with perfect air temps in the low 80’s. Lots of people are heading here from the gulf side for relief from the heat. The halibut have moved in and the beaches and pier are swarming with locals catching fish. The calico fishing has greatly improved as well but water temps are still not high enough for yellowtail or tuna…yet. Here is a halibut we got spearfishing in San Roque.
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The weather has been fantastic in the mid 80’s with pretty calm seas and winds making fishing more enjoyable. All our clients have been really happy with the great yellowtail fishing the last couple weeks…lots of 15-25 lb YT being brought in jigging deep in the San Pablo area. Here are our amigos Dan & Barbara with their fish of the day. Dan also caught some nice calico from his kayak this week.
Also good calico bass and sheepshead with some white fish and bonita for a mixed bag. It has been great to have my family here this week….here is the Bondy clan proud of their fish! They are having a great time snorkeling, shorefishing, eating lobster and playing with their new great nephew.
the bondy’s goofing around with their yellowtail…
Fishing has been spotty the first couple weeks, coupled with cloudy, foggy weather and few anglers, it was very slow. But some of our long time clients who didnt really care what they caught hit the yellowtail jackpot on Oct.21st. They got 20 nice size YT from 12-22 lbs as well as limits on big calico, some whitefish and bonita. They were also thrilled by the shore fishing in front of Campo Sirena…the best they have ever had! Each fish they caught was the biggest they had caught in their lives beach fishing. They couldnt wait to get in from panga fishing so they could run down to the beach to catch more corvina, yellowfin croaker, halibut and surf perch.
It is great to have this team back for the 3r year in a row. They are a fun bunch who love to fish and vacation in Asuncion. We are glad they had such a successful fishing trip…couldnt have happened to nicer guys.
YELLOWTAIL BITE WIDE OPEN…FINALLY!!!!
Better late than never!!! The yellowtail are in close to shore now and thick and hungry. Asuncion enthusiasts John Migeot and Danny Verrier had an oustanding couple days of fishing in the area….a real mixed bag. They loved all the huge calico in the 10 lb range at San Roque Island and had a blast catching bonita that we smoked the next day…caught some real big barracuda too but the highlight were the 12 yellowtail one after another less than 4 miles off of Asuncion. They trolled mackeral color blue with black spots exraps and the fish ranged from 20-38 lbs. Here are some more pics of the fun.
Lobster season starts next week too….yummy!
F’ish are moving in!! The water has warmed up to the mid 70’s finally and there is bait fish everywhere. Bonita are plentiful and the calicos are huge out at Asuncion Island. Lobster season starts sept.15!!
The yellowtail seem to be full of bait and dont want to take the lure but they are around. The water was a bit turbid from a big swell this week which also affected the fishing…september should be awesome!!!
It’s been a great week for calico bass fishing with all anglers limiting out on nice size cabrilla…still no yellowtail biting as the water temps dropped back down. Lots of halibut being brought in from the little pier in the village and out in the cove at San Roque too.
Finally the ocean temps have warmed up to hit the 70 degree mark just offshore a bit which has brought the first yellowtail of the season in. Our amigo Ian speared these two under a kelp paddy north of San Pablo after enjoying a great surf up there on the big swell coming in.
Halibut are moving into the beaches now as well and calico are showing up out at the island so looks like our summer season is now officially underway!
Fishing is also a family affair with us..Juan’s uncle Javier (below)could barely lift his fish and his brother Armando reeled in some nice yellowtail too. Our daughter Sirena made excellent sushi out of her YT. Son in law Adrian caught some nice big cabrilla trolling near San Roque.
I LOVE shore fishing at our secret spot that always yeilds limits of delicious yellowfin croaker that we BBQ up immediately.