Many species of fish are caught in the Gonzaga complex. For our purposes the complex covers the area from Puertocitos to Punta Final. And encompasses the Enchanted Isles, also known as Las Encantadas. On our trips there we have caught these fish and others too. The major players were Spotted Bay Bass, found on almost every rock pile or rubble reef. Golden Spotted Bass, usually found in deeper water. Cortez Barracuda, top water around current brakes. Mexican Needlefish, normally shallow around sandy beaches. Many different species of Snappers, all rocky reef dwellers from less than a pound to guys over 30 pounds and stories of larger ones around the islands. Cabrilla like the rocks and a lot are caught in shallow water. I’ve spotted them in two feet of water sunning themselves on top of a rock. When they take a top water plug on the surface your heart beats in a rapid rhythm. If it does not then you are not alive. These fish explode when they hit and are immediately in their cave or rock, you will have a better chance to land them when they are hooked in deeper water. You still have to stop them from getting to their hiding spot. Another fish in this same area is the grouper, again many different species. From the little Ribera grouper, with needle sharp teeth who folds up like a potato chip to the much bigger Gulf grouper who can grow to a couple hundred pounds.
Let us not forget the Cortez Halibut inhabiting the edges of sandy areas, nor the bone fish usually found along sandy beaches and bays. Then the croaker family, to include the Totuava, White Sea Bass and Orange Mouth Corvina. There are Jacks, Yellowtail, Skipjack Tuna and Dorado too. Those are the major players with the exception of the Rooster Fish, who can grow to over a hundred pounds and the Trigger fish. There are many different reef and bait fishes to be found along the edges of the Sea of Cortez, life is diverse and bountiful. Let us not forget the Sharks and the Rays. So many fish to catch, so little time, that is the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy it and treat it with respect so our childern and their children an experience it.