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Old 11-12-2011, 12:00 PM
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Default Mag Bay, Nov. 12 - Hot Wahoo in Cold Water Outside, Snook and more inside

THT Members: I prepared this report for a west coast forum, but thought some of you east coast fishermen might enjoy it. Mag Bay is about 700 miles south of San Diego on the Baja Pacific coast. There is an estero with hundreds of miles of shoreline bounded by mangroves where fishing is often good for snook, pargo, corvino, grouper, etc. On the Ridge offshore this time of year is often great for wahoo, marlin, yellowfin tuna and dorado.


I fished for wahoo yesterday and the day before outside Mag Bay, launching in Puerto Lopez Mateos. The SST has cooled a few degrees over the past week to around 70, but the hoos apparently don't have anyplace better to be. The surface conditions were good Thursday, with just a little bump, and just about perfect yesterday. There was a nice full moon to illuminate the boca at 4:00 a.m. and allow easy arrival at the high spot by sun-up.

There were no long range boats on site either day, and I shared the fishing spot with only two other boats each day, all from Loreto. Thursday, it was an all Bluewater armada with Bob Meyers and Gene Story on Bob's BW 2150 What a Boat Bob, and Jim King with sidekicks Avery and Dick on Angel Fire. Yesterday I fished with Mike/Rosy Sheffer and Barry Wilkerson on the Sheffers' Tabasco, and Bill Klaser on Reel Duck Too with PLM captain Ruben Duran at the helm. The only boat of the four not considerate enough to catch a fish close by so I could get an action photo was What a Boat Bob. That was not for want of action, however.With Captain Ernesto Duran, son of Ruben, providing guidance, Bob and Gene caught five fat hoos and went home happy.The wahoo were patrolling in schools, and all boats had as many double hook-ups as single. I caught 14 fish over the two days and got an opportunity to practice C&R wahoo for the first time this year. RDT had 11 hoos yesterday and Tabasco 10. Angel Fire got 3 hoos Thursday and a 6' mako shark that couldn't resist a Yo-Zuri Bonita.

Thursday and Friday Ruben fished inside the estero with a trio of fishermen from Los Barriles who make an annual fall pilgrimage to Lopez Mateos. They caught easy limits of pargo, corvina, etc., and seven nice snook. I traded a wahoo for one of the snook. A 50# wahoo for a 20# snook may not sound like a very good deal, but there is usually a glut of wahoo at my house and I seldom get snook, so I was happy with it.

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Ruben with snook and other catch from Thursday.
Ruben and Ernesto cleaning fish.
Angel Fire, Tabasco and Reel Duck Too boating fish.
Five fat hoos aboard Reel Duck Too.
Various fish at or aboard Soledad. Photos of two on deck are doubles. Note variety of lures.
Full moon setting, and sun-rise at the high spot.
The most prolific lures this trip, and the last, as well. The BigBiteOffshore Wahoo Bite and XXL will be good as new with new skirts, but the YZ Bonita had its back broken and will go into retirement after 20 hoos, or so.

WARNING: If you don't like to see pictures of fish dead or in distress, stop right here.
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Truly an awesome report bill!! I have to tow my boat down there soon!
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Bill, all that blood and guts is making me hungry. How tasty was that snook? I've always heard they are excellent. I think I need to learn a little Spanish. Another great post,always appreciated.
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Here are some shots from November 11th which shows the ports and conditions where he was fishing found on our baja South region imagery.
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Here are some shots from November 11th which shows the ports and conditions where he was fishing found on our baja South region imagery.
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Tom.....That is it, alright. I've been fishing recently 20 - 25 miles NW of Thetis Bank where the wahoo have been holding.
South of Cabo San Lazaro marlin and dorado are teeming in the warmer water. Last fall, south of the Entrada, near the bottom of the images, the world record yellowfin (406#) was caught by the long range boat Vagabond working out of San Carlos.
There are a lot of options over there this time of year.
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great report!
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what kind of camera do you have?
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Gotta love those hoos!!!!
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Great report and pics!

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