SEA OF CORTEZ, BAJA

Baja (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,THE SEA OF CORTEZ. FORGOTTEN PENINSULA. WONDERFUL DIVING, FISHIN, SIGHTSEEING TOURS 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 Cortez.

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.