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This yellowtail bite has a catch: You must fly to Baja to get it

March 24, 2009 |  9:05 am

Bill Evans, a recent transplant to La Paz, displays one of the yellowtail he caught off La Paz.Until something of quality begins to bite in Southern California waters, Outposts will continue to tease anglers with quality catches made elsewhere.

The yellowtail at right was caught off La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez, by Bill Evans, who recently moved to the Baja California Sur capital from Northern California.

Jonathan Roldan, who runs Tailhunter International, shared the photo along with a fishing report for the region, which states there are plenty of yellowtail being hooked, but many are being lost as the powerful jacks bolt for structure.

"These fish are not only tough, but when you get into the 25- to 40-pound fish and surround them with rocks, reef and other structure, the fish has the edge," Roldan reports.

The yellowtail pictured below was caught by Pasadena's Michael Brady, who was fishing well south of La Paz, on a Gordo Banks Pangas excursion out of San Jose del Cabo.

Fleet owner Eric Brictson says this is a transition period and soon marlin and other offshore game fish will filter into the region. His catch total for the last week: 53 charters accounting for one striped marlin, two mako sharks, four hammerhead sharks, three yellowfin tuna, five wahoo, 76 dorado, 45 bonito, 23 amberjack, 92 yellowtail, 14 jack crevalle, 26 roosterfish, 218 sierra, 15 cabrilla, three grouper, 18 triggerfish and 22 Humboldt squid.

-- Pete Thomas

Michael Brady of Pasadena poses with a 27-pound yellowtail caught off Palmilla Point while on a Gordo Banks Pangas trip.
Photos: Bill Evans, top, a recent transplant to La Paz, displays one of the yellowtail he caught off La Paz. Credit: Tailhunter International.  Michael Brady of Pasadena, above, poses with a 27-pound yellowtail caught off Palmilla Point while on a Gordo Banks Pangas trip. Credit: Gordo Banks Pangas

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