Sea Sniper was born as an answer to a passion. First building wooden spearguns in the bay area, south of San Francisco, California, it evolved years later into a way of life. We live next to the sea, breathing it, talking for countless hours about fish, fish patterns, places to go for the next capture . . . guess you can say that we are obsessed.
We host individuals and groups, providing accommodations, excursion packages, etc. and do what we can so our guests can have a fine time while here. Our focus is primarily on spearfishing, fishing with rod and reel and documenting with video, the marine landscape and its inhabitants.
Sea Sniper Baja is situated on the Bay of La Ventana, approximately 38 kms southeast of the city of La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico. Our strategic location on the Sea of Cortez facilitates easy access to the Pacific Coast as well. This allows us to take advantage of two bodies of water very different from one another, different currents, water temperatures and different fish migrations.
One of the most common is blue water hunting, searching for pelagic species like Marlin, Wahoo, etc. For Grouper, Pargo/Cubera, etc., the hunting is around reefs, seamounts, sunken structures, in caves, far from the coast or near the coast.
Of sport fishing importance, for pelagics we have the Striped Marlin, Blues and Blacks, Sailfish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado. Around reefs, bottom or structure, you will find Groupers, Cabrilla, Barred Pargo, Pargo Amarillo, Pargo Liso, Pargo de Raizero and Dog Snapper or Pargo Prieto. Species that frequently visit the reef and that are a lot of fun to hunt, like Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Yellowtail and Amberjacks.
Our winters are characterized for the predominance of winds. These can be local, where you can work around the island or the “coya” type as called by the local people. These are cold systems coming from the north and limiting because they encompass large areas and affect navigation. At the end of summer the potential for hurricane systems is present, mainly for the month of September. ‘Thanks to modern technology, these can be detected and monitored and allow time for preparation to minimize damages and setbacks.
Because of the weather in the Sea of Cortez, from mid March to the end of July, then the period beginning in October to mid December. For the Pacific side from June, July, August, September, October, November, December and January. These are the ‘high’ periods where you can find better sea conditions and larger number of fish.
Just like any other sea, this is influenced by moon cycles, up-currents, type of bottom, presence of plankton, etc. In general, the best visibility happens in the months of June, July, August, September and October.
For general use the ‘pangas’, which are fiberglass boats of normally 23 feet in length, outfitted with 4-stroke Honda engines, basic electronics, like radio VHF, GPS and fishfinders. They are appropriate for these seas and capable of distances of up to 80 nautical miles a day.
Unfortunately, the commercial shark fishing has been practiced here through generations. There is a need to protect these animals and regulate the catches. Of the many places that I have been to, this is one where bleeding your fish while in the water does not feel dangerous at all!
The currents can be strong at times, depending on moon cycle, but the boats are always nearby and it is not considered dangerous. Some Scorpion Fish can be an inconvenience if you are not alert at the time of approaching the reef. They do not attack, but present an almost perfect camouflage with their surroundings. During the summer there are ‘jelly fishes’ that can be very painful, and last, and considered at a personal level as very dangerous, other boats. Main reason why your boat needs to stay close and your captain alert in case of approaching craft.
The captains of the boats come from a long tradition of commercial fishing. They know the sea and its inhabitants. Throughout the years they have shown an interest in our sport and have been trained to understand the needs of spear-fishermen. They know and understand the importance of currents, proper positioning, the role of tides in the behavior of fish, equipment, etc.
Optimum is three persons and their gear.
First is to determine what type of fishing they are interested in doing. Depending on the fish they are targeting, blue water hunting, in reefs, near the coast, etc., most of the time, when you travel with friends, your level as a spear hunter is compatible. This always helps us to form groups. Normally, you will end up diving with your group of friends. On some occasions there will be that diver that exceeds the norm, capable of diving much deeper, or looking for a trophy fish, that requires time and attention. They will need a specific boat and captain.
After all the photos and video, we make sure it is bled and on ice. A specimen is allotted to dinners, and if the client will be transporting fish, his catch is cleaned, filleted, packaged and stored in freezer boxes. Any excess will be donated or given away to local people.
To help out, or even bypass high costs of acquisition and transportation, in the last year we have built 8 new spearguns designed for blue water and available as rental equipment and includes float lines, and rigid buoys of divinicell.
As already mentioned, the client must have a good time during their stay. According to their aptitudes and/or needs, can choose to spearfish in reefs at different depths, fish in reefs close to shore, more relaxed and lots of fun. There is always the option of fishing with rod and reel.
Most of them opt for some rest. They will eat something and drink a beer or two. Talk about the day’s adventure and catch with other divers or captains. They fix video or work on equipment for the next days, etc.
Of course! Families are very welcome. Normally we take care of groups of freedivers/spearfishermen. But, recently we have included other activities with the idea of providing entertainment to those non-divers.
We have many options; kayaking, SUP paddle, ATV riding, mountain biking, hiking the mountains and island, expeditions to document gray whales, dolphins, mantas and whale sharks. We also offer excursions to historical towns in the region, to the mountains where you can see ancient Indian paintings, as well as to nearby pueblos or the city of La Paz.
We try to keep it affordable to everybody, with customized packages that suit their needs and pocket. We will start with the basic price per person, and depending on the number of persons, location (Sea of Cortes or Pacific side), as well as length of visit, come to an acceptable cost without sacrificing quality of experience.