I was invited to fish on the world famous 47' Rivera "Dos Panchos". Frank Brown Jr, Gordon and Terry were all onboard in search of some homeguard yellowtail. We headed out around 7pm and the weather was downright balmy. Felt like we were on the Sea of Cortez. Flat calm, no wind, miles of visibility and around 70 degrees. We headed for the Bajo for no love on the yellows. Did not see any birds diving and no reports of yellow from any of the boats that were out. And there were quite a few. We ended the day early with some nice lings and a couple of nice reds. It was a great day to be on the water.
Sunday Esvin and his wife Tidy Hernandez were on board the It's 4 Reels and the weather cooled down about 10 degrees. The seas started out a little sloppy but settled down as the day wore on. We started out the same way as the day before as we headed towards the Bajo for a couple of sculpin and some small olive rockfish. We were waiting for something to happen but it never did. Tidy wanted to see a whale so around 10:30am we headed for the island to see if any were around. As soon as we rounded the north end we saw our first grey whale. He/she came up a couple of times and sounded. Seas were calm by this time and we decided to head to Punta Banda to fish for rockfish. We saw another whale on the way to the spot but decided we needed to start fishing. We fished some pinnacles outside the point and Esvin and I caught a couple of nice lings. After a few drifts with very little action it was time to head to my go to spot inside Punta Banda. The wind came up a little and made for some fast drifts but we did
start catching some nice rockfish. Or should I say Tidy did as she out fished us 2 to 1 for a while. We were just about to call it a day when the "birds" started to make their move. Something was causing them to start diving and feeding but after chasing them around the southwest end of Bahia Todos Santos for a while we saw maybe only one spot of fish come up, but we couldn't determine exactly what they were because they were quite a distance away from us. Again we were going to head back when we saw another group of birds crashing the water closer to shore so we went in for one more try. This move paid off big as it was wide open calico and sand bass on the plastics. Esvin and I
caught fish up to 6lbs. throwing gulp shads in an orange/pinkish color. We had both sand and calicos following hooked fish right to the boat. We made several drifts in the area and landed 15-18 bass. Most of the calicos were released but I did keep a nice one that we cooked whole ate later on at my sports bar (Tequilas Bar & Grill). It was fun fishing using medium freshwater bass gear in less than 50 feet of water. Good times in Ensenada.