Fishing Story From Mexico’s Bahia Concepcion
JOHN M. DERBY
March 23, 2017
winter in Mexico would be complete without a Fishing Story,
and to be honest this has not been the best winter for fishing
off the eastern coast of the peninsula state of Baja California
For instance: The Annual Yellowtail Tournament had barely
enough fish to feed all the entrants, and some of the people
who had fished the tournament for years came home skunked.
However, almost one week later, a couple of men on kayaks
were trolling in Bahia Conception, and limited out on Sierra
— the beautiful and tasty fish which looks like a
huge ocean-going trout migrating in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf
This was enough to set the local fishermen into a frenzy,
and it was two days later that we went after the Sierra,
which has delicate white meat and is excellent for Ceviche.
Trolling blue and silver Rappalas, we were out on the water
early, with big expectations to limit out.
However, that did not happen, and as the hours drifted away,
we found ourselves going out of the entrance of the bay
to the open water. Before we knew it we were over a depth
of 70 feet, and we were not sure what we might catch. Trolling
wasn’t working so we switched to bait hooks, and dropped
At first the catch was light, the small rock bass and other
fish which we caught, we did not recognize. Then the rock
bass got larger, and one was possibly the largest we had
ever caught, and would make a great dinner for two.
Then our first Trigger fish hit, and this was a surprise
because something about the weather had made Trigger fish
harder to find and catch this year. The Trigger is a small-mouth
fish with very sharp teeth, which likes to nibble on the
bait before eventually taking the hook.
Probably one of the best tasting fish found in the Sea of
Cortez, the Trigger rates at the top as a fighter and will
match pound for pound with the toughest in the water. Using
light fishing gear, the Trigger fish will give you all the
battle you want, dragging the pole under the water and then
waiting a spell and then doing it all over again.
Our second catch was one of the biggest Trigger fish we
had ever caught and when you get a 4-pound fish on an 8-pound
line, you are in for a battle. The fish seemed to sense
it was in for a long battle because every 10 feet it would
run and take out more line. It took slow and steady reeling
to bring the large fish up to the boat and once the fish
saw the bottom of the boat, it was off again.
It has been some time since we used the fishing net in our
boat and it was hidden under the life jackets when we yelled,
“We are going to need the net!”
When the trigger surfaced we were both pooped. There is
no way we could have lifted it into the boat with just the
hook and line.
It wouldn’t even fit in our cooler chest it was so
big, and we just let it flop around on the floor in the
back of the boat. The day might have been done except for
another Trigger which came out of the same hole, not as
big, but very feisty.
All three made for a good dinner enjoyed by not only us,
but our neighbors because it was way too much fish for us.
We rate this fishing day on the Sea of Cortez as one of
NOTE: One week later, John Adams of Hilmar, who was skunked
in the tournament, caught three, 20-pound-plus Yellowtail
off the coast of Mulege, Mexico, and probably could have
caught more but the bait fish were boiling around his boat
driving the sea birds crazy.