(pronounced ba-ha), California is Spanish for Lower California. It stretches
south over 11° of latitude from Tijuana on Mexico's northern border into the Pacific
Ocean, enclosing a stretch of water called the Gulf of
California but more often known, after the leader of Spain's conquistadors, as the Sea of
Fishing and diving the Baja has no equal. Called the "Forgotten peninsula," the
Baja lies between the Pacific Ocean and the fertile waters of the Sea of Cortez. Born of
geological faults and volcanic activity, the islands of the Sea of Cortez are distinctly
individual without inhabitants. The surrounding waters teem with big fish, lobster, clams
and every form of aquatic life.
Those who have fished and dived the waters from San Diego to Panama say there is nothing
as exciting and full of adventure as the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, and
nothing as beautiful, serene and teeming with life as the waters around the islands and
bays in the lower half of the Sea of Cortez.
Anglers can bring home limits of blue, black and striped marlin and sailfish, dorado,
wahoo, grouper and tuna. Something is biting every season of the year. Scuba divers can
commune with playful sea lions; giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks, moray eels and
countless tropical fish in what Jacques Cousteau called "The World's Aquarium."
The southern part of the Sea of Cortez is great from April to mid-July. The warm and
gentle winds warm the water to 74 degrees by June. The large reef fish, such as grouper
and pargo, as well as ambeyjack, yellowtail and pargo, (the large migratory fish),
inundate the waters and seamounts that surround the off-shore islands of Catalina, Santa
Cruz, San Diego and San Francisco.
You can cruise south toward Cabo San Lucas after rooster fish around Bahia Los Muertos
where the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez creating a paradise for fish and fishermen. As
the weather warms in July there is good blue marlin and dorado fishing outside of La Paz,
near Espiritu Santo
and Cerralvo Islands.