Baja East Cape

Some say the East Cape hubs of Buena Vista and Los Barriles, magnificently situated on Bahia Las Palmas, are the Los Cabos of twenty years ago. Famous for its gamefish, Bahia Los Palmas stretches from Punta Pescadero south to Punta Arena Sur. Blue and black marlin are plentiful from June to December, and the area explodes as the fishing resort crowd moves in. Roosterfish, yellowtail, wahoo and tuna are also abundant. Whatever your expectations, rest assured, there are miles of isolated coastline, pristine waters and an ample array of sports and activities for every taste, from diving to board sailing.

Anglers come to these abundant waters to fish while divers enjoy the clear waters that team with over 800 species of fish. The waters off the East Cape region are justifiably famous in the sports-fishing world. The variety of species coupled with their amazing numbers make this area a true dream for the fisherman. Yellowtail, tuna, marlin, dorado, roosterfish and pompano are just a few examples of the fish that can be found in East Cape waters. Off the coast of Cabo Pulmo is the Pulmo Reef National Marine Reserve which offers a splendid living coral reef for diving explorations. In fact, this marine park offers the only living reef system in western North America and was designated a national marine park in 1993. Some species of fish within this reserve are found nowhere else in the world. In addition to the variety of rare and beautiful fish, sea turtles, giant mantas and hammerheads can also be seen here. The best time to dive and snorkel in these waters is from March through October when visibility is at its optimum.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baja's East Cape

The "East Cape" sportfishing area of southern Baja California, Mexico, is solid gold water for the large or small boat angler who wants to catch really big fish. The relatively calm seas and very close proximity of glamour fish to shore here make East Cape a very special place where dreams can come true. This is where legends are made, and it is here that many "tin boat" anglers catch that "fish of a lifetime." Although its northernmost waters are usually accessed by sportfishing boats coming south out of La Paz, from a fishing point of view "East Cape" might be defined as the area between Canal de Cerralvo in the north, to the deep trench that touches the shore at Punta los Frailes in the south. This is the last section of "pure" Sea of Cortez, for south of Los Frailes, the fishing waters begin to show more properties of the open Pacific Ocean, such as surf and swell. Some well-known East Cape fishing areas visited by the area's multitude of charter cruisers, pangas, and private boats include: El Sargento, Bahia de la Ventana, Isla Cerralvo, Canal de Cerralvo, the "88 bank," Roca Montana, Punta Arena de la Ventana, Punta Perico, Ensenada de los Muertos, El Cardonal, Cerro Verde, Punta Pescadero, "The Pyramids"