Cabrilla (seabass) are anywhere where there are submerged rocks and reef. Near the populated areas they are small but the farther away north, south or even east off Carmen and the other islands you get, the larger they become. There are hundreds of miles of coastline here that support cabrilla. On the fly they are easy to catch by casting and retrieving a heavy fly just above the rocks.
Cabrilla are opportunistic feeders and wait in their reefy den for dinner to swim by. Once they spot something that looks good they pounce out of their cave with mouth wide open and swallow it whole. Sometimes when conditions are just right they will follow a fly or jig to the surface, and even jump out of the water for it like a freshwater bass.
Weighted flies work well on Cabrilla. They hit very hard and their escape tactic is to dive into the rocks and wait you out. Focus on getting them up and up and out of the rocks immediately after the hook-set.
Giant Grouper are found on most seasonal fishing charts for Loreto. Their season is the same as the Cabrilla but they’re caught infrequently in very deep water on conventional gear only.
Cabrilla and Grouper species are available throughout the year but best from March through July, and October through November.