About Alijos Rocks

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    Alijos Rocks is located 500 miles south of San Diego and 150 miles offshore. When you see these rugged, desolated rocks you are seeing the summit of a mountain that is close to 12,000 feet high with only the last 112 feet above water. At this distance from San Diego on the mainland you will find Magdalena Bay, which is one of the largest naturally protected bays in the world, further south is Cabo San Lucas.
    This is a popular spot for summer/fall 7 -10 day trips for Wahoo , medium grade Yellowfin Tuna and Large homeguard Yellowtails.
    In past years there has been some cow 200+ lb yellowfins caught in this area but it is rare. Sometimes Alijos can be shark infested as well with difficulty reeling in your catch through the packs of toothy critters.

    Rocas Alijos
    (or Escollos Alijos, in English also Alijos Rocks) are a group of tiny, steep and barren volcanic islets or above-water (as well as below-water) rocks in the Pacific Ocean at

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    24°57′31″N 115°44′59″W / 24.95861°N 115.74972°W / 24.95861; -115.74972. They are part of Comondú municipality of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, and situated about 300 km west of the mainland. The total surface area is less than 1,000 square metres. The official area figure of 0.012 km²[1] (12,000 m²) appears too high in comparison with photographs.

    The group consists of three principal rocks and numerous smaller ones. South Rock, the largest of the group, is 34 meters (111 ft) high, with a diameter of only 14 meters (46 ft) (position

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    24°57′03″N 115°44′55″W / 24.95083°N 115.74861°W / 24.95083; -115.74861). Middle Rock is 18 meters (59 ft) high and about 10 meters (33 ft) in diameter. North Rock, 200 meters (656 ft) north of South Rock, is 22 meters (72 ft) high, with a diameter of 12 meters (39 ft). The rocks in between those are either submerged or so low that they are barely visible among the heavily breaking waves. The rocks seem to be known since the early Spanish history of Mexico; they can be found on a map from 1598. The first description is from 1704, by pirate John Clipperton. But only in 1791 the first exact description was made by a Spanish sailor. South Rock was climbed for the first time in 1990 by an expedition (October 31 through November 7, 1990) under the leadership of Robert Schmieder, who edited a monograph about the rocks Rocas Alijos: Scientific Results from the Cordell Expeditions

    The group is located at the transition zone between two major biologic provinces, at a latitude where the Pacific Current turns westward to form the North Pacific trans-oceanic current. The rocks are nesting sites of many sea birds.

    The two other Mexican island groups in the Pacific Ocean that are not on the continental shelf are Guadalupe Island and Revillagigedo Islands.

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