Of all of the places we have been fishing over the years, both fresh and salt water, once we fished the Sea of Cortez we were spoiled on fishing any where else. This fantastic ecosystem has well over 1000 varieties of fish. Many of these are close enough to shore so you do not need a boat.
If you wish to go after the bigger game fish that frequent these water you will need a good sized boat. Our little 14 foot Alumacraft with a 25 horse motor just doesn't cut it out on the "big water" in high waves. There are plenty of big game fish that live here including Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, and Striped Marlin. They are majestic and absolutely beautiful to see and exciting to catch.
There are about 30 species of corvinas and croakers making
their unique croaking sounds around the Baja Gulf. Some varieties found
include: White Seabass, Gulf Corvina, Orange-mouth Corvina, California
Corvina, Yellowfin Croaker and Spotfin Croaker. The popular jacks
include Yellowtail, Pacific Amberjack, various Pompanos, Jack Crevalle
and the strong-fighting Roosterfish. To see what some of these look like just click the link under the Fishing in The Sea of Cortez on the right.
The two photos below are Jan Lee reeling in a small yellow fin tuna that ended up on the dinner plates a few hours later ..... uuummmm good.
Most blue marlin caught on sportfishing tackle weigh between 150 and 400 pounds, and it is an awesome sight when such a fish, or a larger one, spears through the surface in the distance and leaps high in the air. It may do this repeatedly, then run great distances, sound deep, and resist capture till the angler is weary. Large baits and trolled plugs are the normal offering, pulled at 4 to 8 knots, and tackle ranges from 30 to 130 pound outfits employed on both flat lines and outriggers.
Found in Pacific waters and most abundant in North America off southern California and Mexico, Striped marlin do not grow as large as blue marlin, but are revered for their acrobatics. No billfish jumps more often, and striped marlin are likely to make successive greyhounding leaps across the surface. They are more frequently caught than blue marlin, and are often found in near-shore environs. Striped marlin are a good light-tackle billfish; 30 to 50 pound outfits and 4/0 to 6/0 reels are commonly used.
Dorado are pelagic and primarily found in the blue-water environs of warm seas. Most Dorado are located by trolling, usually while fishing for other blue-water fish. A quick trolling speed is employed, as Dorado are very fast swimmers. Sometimes anglers keep a hooked Dorado on the line near the boat to encourage a school to stay around, and this may result in catching several fish out of a school.
Roosterfish may be found in loose groups, and are often spotted under working birds. They are caught by boaters who drift and troll, but also by casting anglers and surf fishermen. Sandy-bottomed locales are good, as are bays and sections of mild surf. Smaller fish are usually closer to shore. Trolling with strip bait, live bait, plugs, and feathers is popular; casting and live-bait drifting, particularly when a group of roosterfish is located, may be very effective.
Tackle is often quite stout, but medium-action gear with 15 to 20 pound line has merit, and fly rods and light spinning or bait casting gear can be used as well.
Inhabiting Atlantic and Pacific waters, wahoo usually are
caught well offshore in tropical and temperate environs, and found
singly or in small groups, sometimes around wrecks and reefs. They feed
on flying fish, herring, mackerel, and other schooling species.
From www.fishsniffer.comLA PAZ - Gold Cup Fishing Tournament - Sept.