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Viscaino Peninsula maybe the 2014 Mag Bay
Southern California anglers continue to savor a fishing season to remember that began in May 2014 and has produced some remarkable catches. Although fall is here and winter is soon to follow, the fishing hasn’t slowed all that much. There are tuna beyond San Clemente, striped marlin appearing in gangs in trolling patterns resulting in multiple hookups and just yesterday, the second day of October, one excited Captain excitedly declared on his VHF radio, “It’s just like Mag Bay with several fish behind every lure at once — a real Indian attack!”


ACCORDING TO THE most recent SST’s from Terrafin, the water temperatures slightly south of Bahia Tortugas are approaching 80 degrees.

Now forgive my raised eyebrows at the captain’s hyperbole. We have been on the water for two days, the first and second day of October, and yes, there were reports of similar “attacks” by other boats here and there, but they were laced with comments about lack of eyeball fish in-between. Those of us who fish Mag Bay on a regular basis would consider, one, two or even three such events to be a pretty slow day.

We had such an event ourselves aboard the C Bandit, a 75-foot yacht sportfisher built by Titan Marine USA which allowed the owner, Bill McWethy, to qualify for his 16-pound button from the Marlin Club of San Diego … a second time. (Another story.)

It’s a crap shoot as to when the SoCal season will burn itself out. It appears that the warm water push was still 74 degrees on the 9 Mile Bank yesterday and farther down the Baja Coast the water is even hotter which may be good news for sportfishers who usually journey to Magdalena Bay for a final-final to top off their season. According to the most recent SST’s from Terrafin, the water temperatures slightly south of Bahia Tortugas are approaching 80 degrees.

Up and down the Viscaino Peninsula the reports seem to support the theory that offshore fishing is lighting up.


“THERE’RE A LOT of wahoo in La Bocana, BC. Incredible fishing!”

Shari Bondy of La Bufadora Inn, Bahía Asunción, excitedly reported last week, “We’ve been waiting years for the tuna to show again so it’s going to be a great fall season here. Water temps are still very high — around 80 — and air temps are also in the 80s. Yesterday a guy caught a huge wahoo… woo-hoo!”

Confirming that the phenomena is coast-wide throughout the area, La Bocana Adventure, ( along with Juanchys Aguilar gleefully posted that, “There’re a lot of wahoo in La Bocana, BC. Incredible fishing!”

And even farther south at Punta Abreojos the reports have been similar — very encouraging news for this remote coastline that is often overlooked. For the most part, the sportfishing by locals is in pangas that remain close to shore. Offshore a bit farther, the billfish are found on various banks and high spots that are both uncrowded and easily accessible.

The area can be a suitable option for private boats wanting to extend their season. The distance from the border is around 375 miles to Bahia Tortuga where fuel and other limited supplies are available. From there the coastline stretches south nearly a 110 miles with villages, Bahía Asunción, La Bocana and Punta Abreojos, about 180 miles short of the Magdalena Bay entrada. Less crowded with limited supplies and anchorages, they are out of range for most of the Los Cabos fleet.

For those of you who prefer to drive down and tow your boat the distance by road from the border to Viscaino is 400 miles and headed west to Bahía Asunción is another 65 miles.

For Punta Abreojos continue on Mex 1 for 29 miles to the turnoff heading west 50 miles.

If you are planning to fish with local charter services, be aware that most of the sportfishing offered in Bahía Asunción, La Bocana and Punta Abreojos is aboard pangas with a few exceptions. All three villages offer lodging, fuel and other services including restaurants and markets, etc.

While visiting this virtually ignored stretch of Baja’s west coast with its gritty Baja charm, you will travel back in time to a forgotten Baja that many crave to find. If you are looking for an escape from the glitz and glam’ of the popular tourist destinations, this is it!

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