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VIDEO- Epic Gathering of Flying Rays in Baja
A record-breaking school of mobula rays arrived off the coast of Baja and did something totally unexpected. Fortunately for nature lovers, National Geographic was there to film this stunning show by these sleek, mysterious ocean dwellers. I wonder what they're actually almost seems like they're celebrating.

Video by National Geographic Society.

Local Yellows Nibble
Net Update by Bill Roecker

No wide-open bite yet, but on Thursday, April 17, at least two San Diego boats found some biting yellowtail at the Coronados Islands. Malihini of H&N reported a catch of 22 yellows, and Seaforth’s San Diego took 13, along with a lingcod. Rockfish were also caught by Malihini.


Rick Marin at H&M said, “The bite’s pretty consistent, with 20 to 40 fish a day. The little ones are around 12 and the best fish around 40 pounds. It’s mostly been a jig bite on yoyo iron. A good color has been mint and white but no particular color is that much better than the others. Larger jigs are getting the most bites, like the full-size Salas 6X and the Tady 4/0. The water’s still off-color, about 62 degrees, with lots of krill.”

Seaforth spokesman Mike Gauger said, “San Diego was mostly fishing on the anchor, with flylined mackerel and surface iron in sardine color. Bob Fletcher got 5, and three were with treble-hooked mackerel. They’re fishing in more places now, in improving conditions, around South Island and The Middle Grounds.”

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San Diego CCW law struck down

SAN DIEGO — In a major victory for gun rights activists, a federal appeals panel in California has rejected a law in San Diego County that requires applicants for concealed carry permits to demonstrate “good cause” as to why they need a gun for personal safety.

A three-judge panel rejected a district court’s ruling last week in favor of the county after plaintiffs appealed. The plaintiffs argued that “by defining ‘good cause’ in San Diego County’s permitting scheme to exclude a general desire to carry for self-defense, the County impermissibly burdens their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

The district court erred “because San Diego County’s ‘good cause’ permitting requirement impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self defense,” wrote Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs who were denied concealed carry licenses because they could not establish “good cause,” as well as plaintiffs who anticipated they would be denied.The California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) was an additional plaintiff in the case.

WON hits Coronados yellows

Bite continues as weather holds

WON joins a few skiffs and boats
Mission Belle for a Tuesday
hot at the big forkies


SAN DIEGO -- With some weather coming in, and the yellows at the North Island of the Coronados biting the yo yo iron on Monday in flat seas, a Tuesday run was in order for WON.

This writer and fellow staffer Ben Babbitt (sales) took a shot at the yellows, setting up with five other private boats that ran to bird schools as the fish popped up, usually when found by side scanning sonar and heavy chumming of sardines by the Mission Bay-based 3/4-day sportfisher Mission Belle that stayed in a 1/4-mile area at North Island, looking,  stopping, chumming and throwing jigs -- and scored 20 of the forkies yesterday (Tuesday). The sportfisher had been on the fish for several days after discovering the bite when rockfish season closed in the U.S. and he went looking at the islands. 

It was not wide open by any means, but the fish were of nice quality, although they were skittish and hard to find, more so than previous days. Most skiffs caught two to three of the fish after pitching, dropping and retrieving iron all day. All the work is a nice reward.

You've got to love big January yellowtail. I must add that the crowd was small, which was nice, but it points out the issue with the new FMM.

Certainly one made component to the trip that probably turned off a lot of others like us on skiffs was the FMM by Mexico, now required through the landings (sportfishers) or website (private boaters) if you plan to leave U.S. waters by boat, enter Mexican waters and return to U.S. waters and fish or recreate within 12 miles of the coast or islands while in Mexico. 

The websites to visit, then pay are:

Since we took Ben's new 22-foot panga, Caballito, Ben handled the application for the boat, entering the website the night before, posted the info for his passport and mine, listed the captain (Ben) and the passengers (me) and paid 304 pesos, and e-mailed the receipt and paperwork to the Rosarito port captain and printed it out himself to have on the boat. A real pain, but it worked.

The immigration site was typically "clunky," said Ben, who used it for the first time, and there was some confusion about the final fee by credit card. The amount Ben paid for the boat and the two passengers was about $23 in U.S. money, but I always thought it was $23 a PERSON. The port captain confirmed by e-mail the day after we fished (today)  that the two-person/$23 transaction was fine, so perhaps the cost really is $23 per BOAT and passengers listed. In other words, it might pay to have one guy pay the fee and do the application online for everyone on board the skiff. You might experience something different, a fee of $23X the # of passengers.

Anyway, we went, got some fish. Here's a shot of my yellow, a typical size fish being caught (some bigger,  I saw), caught on an Avet camo Raptor, Graftech rod, 40-pound Yo-Zuri line and Salas 6xJr jig.

Fun day on the water, but as they say when yo-yo-ing, "It's a grind."

Or, as skiff extraordinaire Greg Trompas said yesterday while fishing near us (his guys scored a pair of big ones), "You drop 340 times and the 341st drop is worth it."


Cabo web access down for at least three days
Cabo San Lucas January 3, 2013 1:00 P.M.


Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing just reported that all Internet in Cabo San Lucas has failed as of two hours ago. According to Mexican Officials, it may take up to 72 hours to repair the fiber optic cables and restore the service. Anyone attempting to contact businesses or personal friends via the Internet should expect delays in response. Ehrenberg continued that satellite and cellular internet service has also been effected.

Updates will be posted as they become available.

Gary Graham

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