Loreto, Mexico



Sept. 4, 2005, Gary Phillips, Loreto, Mexico Fishing Trip Report:

Amid all the bad fishing news coming out of Loreto this summer, three hombres decided to make a quick, 22 hour, trip to Loreto to try a quick shot at the fishing.

I, David Mahlum his son, David C. Mahlum, fishing with third generation panga captain, Alfredo Rubio Quintana, headed south of Island Carmen about 1 in the afternoon.

Somewhere about 3 miles south we put out the trolling rigs and within 5 minutes we were hooked up to a couple of blue marlin. While working these big guys, there were several other large marlin swarming the boat looking for some of the action. It took about 45 minutes to work the beautiful blues up to the boat. He was released after the photo op.

As soon as this excitement died down, we started out fishing again with the trolling rigs and immediately we had two more hookups with small dorado.

For the next twenty minutes, the perfect blue water around the panga was swarmed with the bright yellow color of the dorado as they fought to get onto anything we threw into the water. Within an hour we had had our fill and called it a day keeping 11 dorado and releasing many more.

On the way out and back into Loreto, we saw many bat rays leaping out of the water. We stopped to snorkel at a sea mount and saw many more tropical fish and a large turtle.

All in all, it was a spectacular afternoon, arriving in Loreto around 10 a.m., and we had to leave by early the next morning.

Alfredo is an excellent guide. He has lived in Loreto his entire life, as his father and grandfather before him. He remembers the best of the old days. However, this day was the best he had seen all summer this year and it was a good one.

Alfredo can be reached at 011-53-613-135-0134 or at rubiosportfishing@hotmail.com.

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