As the rain came down on the sportfisher Eclipse on the first day of an EPIC 2.5 day trip, it was not the typical winter rain storm normally experienced along this stretch of the northern Baja coast in mid-winter.
"We got warm rain from 10am to around 2-3pm on Friday at Colonet but no wind with it," said Danny Lynch of www.fishdope.com , who helped organize the trip along with Pam Sharp, pro-staffer for bait wraps and Seeker rods.
I sure hope they were prepared for at least some rain, as I posted a special updated forecast just before their departure. "Many guys on the trip saw it before we left and your forecast was right on," Lynch relayed to me after the journey down south.
And the fishing? "There were MASSIVE schools of Yellowtail on the Colonet high spot and on the ridge just outside. So much Yellow it was all but impossible to catch lingcod or rockfish," Lynch said. He also told me there were a ton of red crabs in the water.
YoYo jigging was the way to go, with Lynch reporting 90% of their hookups that first morning on the heavy iron, with quality fish averaging 22-28 lbs. The HOT jig was the Bait Wraps brown squid 6xjr. I'd believe the old standby blue/white or scrambled egg pattern would also produce in this type of bite. Other recent trips in that area also report success on the dropper loop rig, but when they're biting the iron, why bother with bait?
It's been my experience fishing the Colonet area for yellowtail can be "on" or a cold zone, prone to upwelling, even during the summer season.
It's a spot where fishing is often controlled by water temperature and color, similar to San Martin Island just down the coast another 50 miles or so. However, with the absence of a persistent wind to turn the water over and following a warm water season, all the ingredients are in place for a phenomenal winter yellowtail bite along the northern Baja coast.
My buddy Danny was obviously excited about this trip, relating to me his final thoughts of what he described as yet another epic trip: "Hands down the best wintertime trip I have ever seen or been a part of."
My friend Pam Sharp carried a similar tune: "We got rained on.... Other than that, it could not have been a better trip! Awesome fishing with the fabulous crew of Eclipse Sportfishing, nice group of anglers, incredible good food.... Nothing more you could ask of a trip!!"
Chef Jason, serving up fantastic meals in the Galley of the Eclipse