MULEGE, MEXICO: June 24, 2000, Marty Robison & Jens Kolbowski, reporting for baja-web.com. Air Temp 70º-85º, Water Temp 77º. Sea: calm. Skies: clear. Wind: slight easterly. Going home for the summer. Next report from me in October.
Marty Robison. Billfish: Many of these fish are showing up in small sizes, slapping at our feathers everyday. So far all the large ones have been released. Bonita: Scarce, a few here and there. Bottom Fishing: Triggerfish, cabrilla, red snapper all taken on cut bait or small sardines. Cabrilla: Very good, but everyone is fishing for dorado and other surface fish.
Dorado: Excellent fishing. These fish are in the spotlight now at Mulege with all fisherman going after these fun ones. Kelp paddies are the prime areas for most of the fish. Most paddies carry a school of all size fish. Trolling near or casting into paddies is successful. Big bulls reported up to 40 pounds. Grouper These are being caught by the Cabrilla fisherman - A few big ones - up to 35 pounds. Pompano: Schools are showing up in local areas, trolling with Krocodiles. Rooster fish: Spotty, a few schools have been seen. Sierra: No reports. Squid (calamari): Big schools of big squid are in the area, for those who like the big ones. Found at the deep reefs with squid jigs, some are 50 pounds. Triggerfish and Snappers : Excellent biting, good early am and late pm, off rocky points and taken on cut bait, it is easy to catch your limit.
Yellowfin Tuna: Some small yellowfin have been caught around the Tortuga Islands area. Showing signs of an early season here. Yellowtail: The water temperatures are getting warmer, nice yellowtail can be caught on deep reefs. Live bait is necessary.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Monday, June 19, 2000, Marty Robison & Jens Kolbowski, reporting for baja-web.com. Weather: 70-85. Seascalm to choppy. Skies cloudy. Winds slight easterly. Water Temperature: 77. Many turtles are being seen. Billfish: Being seen daily, so far all fish hooked have been released. Mako sharks are also seen with the billfish. Bonita: Scarce. A few here and there. Bottom Fishing: Triggerfish, cabrilla, red snapper all taken on cut bait or small sardines. Cabrilla : Very good, but everyone is fishing for dorado and other surface fish. Dorado: Excellent fishing. Many big ones in the area, within 12 miles of the river. Good from Chivato Point to Concepcion Point . Fish are being taken by feathers only. Grouper: These are being caught by the cabrilla fisherman. A few big ones up to 35 pounds. Pompano: Schools are showing up in local areas, trolling with Krocodiles. Roosterfish: Spotty. A few schools have been seen. Sierra: No reports. Squid: Big schools of big squid are in the area, for those who like the big ones. Triggerfish-Snappers: Excellent biting, good early a.m. and late p.m., off rocky points and taken on cut bait. It is easy to catch your limit. Yellowfin Tuna: Some small yellowfin have been caught this week, around the Tortuga Islands area. Showing signs of an early season here. Yellowtail: The water temperatures are getting warmer, nice yellowtail can be caught on deep reefs . Live bait is necessary.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: BAJA ON THE FLY, San Carlos, June 24, 2000, Gary Graham. Temperatures: 84-degree high during the day dipping to the low-60's with strong winds in the afternoon. Water temperature: 72 degrees in the Mag Bay mangroves and 66 offshore. STRIPED MARLIN - None reported. DORADO - None. TUNA - None reported. SIERRA - Poor. CORVINA - Poor. SNOOK None reported. YELLOWTAIL - None reported. Tel 800-919-2252; Fax 760-746-7260; firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: BUENA VISTA BEACH RESORT, week ending on June 24, 2000, Axel Valdez. Boats out: 125. Weather Temperature: High 80´s-mid 90`s. Water Temperature: Inshore 70° - 77°, Offshore 78° - 83°. Fish Counts: Blue Marlin, 5 (4 released); Striped Marlin, 30 (26 released); Sailfish, 8 (8 released)); Dorado, 43 (5 released); Shark, 2 (1 released); Tuna, 21 (0 released); Roosterfish, 0; Amberjack, 5 (4 released); Trumpet fish, 1 (1 released); Skip Jack, 17 (15 released); Bass/Grupper, 6 (5 released); Jack Crevalle , 3 (3 released); Red Snapper, 2 (2 released); Needlefish , 0; Pompano, 3 (2 released); Triggerfish, 5 (2 released); Sierra , 1 (1 released); Yellowtail, 0; Rainbow runner , 0. Water Temperature: Inshore fishing water at East Cape is cold some spots even 69 degrees (69-75 degrees), but still the warmer water is coming, since the boat are running now only about 25 miles range to find the 80 degrees waters. Offshore Captain Mario from the Porque No found a spot with water up to 84 degrees (79-84 degrees).
Weather Temperature: The temperature this week was not to usual for summer, since the temperature it's in the low 90's, and the evening breeze dropped continuously below high 80's. Fishing Spots and Distance: The fleets are going south from La Ribera all the way to Cabo Pulmo, in the 20-30 miles. Some of the captains adventure north, but they found themselves with no luck. Successful lures: Chivato (orange/yellow), Purpuras (purple/black), green/black and they are also trying the petrolero (black/orange). Since there is a lot of flying fish in the area, we are also using the fly fish lure (white/blue). I fished this week and the black and purple was good for the dorado , and the Chivato worked for the billfish. Still we were exchanging all colors; you just got to be trying different menus. And we always had a big lure in, this due to the blues that are in. Bait Used: Sardine for the dorado, tuna and inshore fishing. The live bait for the billfish still the same, barracuta, radadillo, jurelito. Highlights of the Weeks: The huge dorados, we had 5 days now with at least one dorado over the 50 lbs margin. It has been continuously the 40 lbs average per dorado. Not quantity, but quality fish. Even with the bad days that we had this week, we managed to average over one billfish per boat. But it was common this week to see at least one boat with no flags up, us being the one for two days, but still everyone is catching fish, if is not in the first day it will be in the second. Weeks Comparison: The percentage per boat was better this week. Still last week we had more variety, since we had boats going for inshore fishing and the tuna was still hot. But the big blues are in together with the sails, we are starting to see less striped marlin (which is normal) and if you add the big dorados, you will find yourself expecting a good vacation. Buena Vista Beach Resort; Tel 800-752-3555; email@example.com.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: RANCHO LEONERO, June 24, 2000, Roy Baldwin. A blustery week at East Cape with Hurricane Carlotta churning things up for several days, with calm conditions returning for the weekend. Daytime highs near 90, evening lows about 70, variable water temp from 80 to 83 deg, with green water to about 10 miles out. Blue marlin have made an early appearance, with a number of fish to 300 lbs taken, and some unlucky fishermen getting spooled in the process. The marlin are taking mostly lures, with green/black and blue/white working best. The big bull dorado bite continues, with fish nearly all over 50 lbs located outside, from 10 to 20 miles out, from Leonero to Cabo Pulmo, mostly on live caballitos and blue/white marlin lures. The roosterfish bite continues (our manager, Gary, landed and released 10 roosters on Friday morning), with fish from 10 to 40 lbs mixed in with jacks and pompano, inshore from Buena Vista to the lighthouse, taking live mullet, caballitos and sardinas, with shore fishermen continuing to take roosters, jacks and pompano during the evening hours. Gus Gusterson of Auburn, CA, while fishing 4 days on Leonero cruisers and pangas, took striped marlin (his group total was 14 stripers), dorado, roosterfish, pargo, jacks, bonito, and pompano. Tel 011-52-114-86503; firstname.lastname@example.org.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: LA PAZ, Sunday, June 18, 2000, Jonathan Roldan's Adventure Services. For the most part, these are the good days of summer when there's a lot of smiles. You can almost take your pick right now. If you want tuna, the best shot is to head for the Las Arenas side where the yellowfin have more or less taken out a lease for the last few weeks. The fish aren't as big as they had been, but most are that fun 20-30 pound class, but I'm still seeing the occasional 40-60 pound bad boy. Boats are taking 3-5 fish per day. Some days are better and some days a little less, but the counts are also rounded with the occasional big amberjack, pargo, cabrilla and even a wahoo now and again. As for the dorado at La Paz, get to the buoys early and hit them hard and there's dorado to be had. The 88 has been especially productive for a few boats this week, but you have to be at the right buoy at the right time and it can be banner. Generally, if you really have your heart set on the dorado, the super pangas and mini-cruiser busting out of La Paz have yanked 4-8 fish per boat each day with some really nice fish estimated at 40-50 pound bulls racked at times. Most of the fish are not too far out either being between the islands and around floating weeds or debris. This is really uncomplicated fishing and it's great. Bring a pocketful of hooks and a few leads and you're good to go! (626) 333-3355 (direct office phone); (626) 333-0115 (FAX); (323) 349-8111 (pager); (877) 310-7734 (toll free operator message pager); email@example.com (e-mail)
LORETO, MEXICO: ARTURO'S SPORT FISHING, Loreto, June 20, Arturo Susarrey. Last week we had a couple of cloudy days because the tropical storm was close to Los Cabos, but that didn't affect us here. We didn't have rain, only some south wind. Dorado: In Loreto fishing north of Punta Lobos (Carmen Island) there are LOTS of them. Robbie Nolte-Smith caught a 54-pound bull dorado on June 20th with Poncho Susarrey as skipper, plus many others in the 40-pound range. Robbie and her husband have been coming to Loreto each year for over 40 years! Robbie Nolte-Smith: "Poncho and Arturo are the very best fishing guides in Loreto!" Sailfish & Marlin: Same as the dorados. A lot of them too. Bait: We recommend that you buy bait for $1 each. Note: If you want to make reservations, please do it on time, because the next months are very busy. Tel 011-52-113-5-07-66; Fax 011-52-113-5-00-22; firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: BAHIA DE LOS ANGLES, Monday, June 19, 2000, Abraham Vazquez, Camp Gecko. Daggett's Camp, Guillermo's and Camp Gecko are very busy right now with the Vagadundos del Mar tournament and Midriff Cruise gang in Bahia de los Angeles . Reports to follow from group coordinator Larry Young. However, here's a photo transmitted from the bay by Roberto Edwards, June 9th, Brian K., of Brea, Calif., with a 37.7 pound yellowtail. Fishing results may be excellent for this event. Dr. Abraham reports good conditions and large yellowtail breaking in the outer channels.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: JIGSTOP TOURS, trip ending June 23, 2000, Larry Burson, 6-day trip aboard the San Felipe panga mothership, Captain Villegas . The hot Cabrilla fishing continues with this trip scoring 431 Cabrilla, 89 Yellowtail, 18 Pargo, 6 Grouper, and 1 Black Seabass. The most productive area for Cabrilla was Puerto Refugio at the North end of Isla La Guardia. The hot spot for grouper was Isla San Luis, on the Baja coast off San Luis Gonzaga. The water temperature was 70-71 degrees. Winds of 15 to 20 knots were encountered at times, causing the ship to make moves to find calmer waters, but the best fishing was where the wind was blowing. Live bait was hard to get, but each night they could get some. Trolled lures worked well, especially the "Cabrilla Killers". The new Yo-Zuri Hydro Magnums and the Mirror lure 111 produced some good fish as they both dive very deep. The Cabrilla are big and mean! Many larger ones are lost, especially when fishing with live bait. Trolling with 40 lb line gives you some help, using the momentum of the boat to get their head up and out of the rocks. Phil Lippincott of Lake Forest weighed in a 78 lb Black Seabass. Dick Lippincott of San Juan Capistrano boated a 57 lb Grouper. Jeff Plucinsky from Palm Desert scored a 52 lb Grouper. Bryan Porter from Carson weighed in a giant Cabrilla! It showed 28 lbs on the scale! Paul Peterson from San Diego nailed a 48 lb Grouper. Larry Burson, President, Jig Stop Tours. Tel 800-521-2281; Fax 949-496-1384; email@example.com.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: BAJA SPORTFISHING, INC., trip ending June 23, 2000, Gustavo Velez, 6-day Midriff Islands trip aboard the panga mothership, Erik. Fishing was average at the southern islands, very good at Isla San Esteban and extraordinary at the Golden Reef. We had 2 days of wind and poor fishing. Water temperatures averaged 78 degrees. Fish Counts: 152 yellowtail to very good size; 24 pargo of good average size; 213 cabrilla; 3 grouper to 39 pounds; 170 very large squid; 207 miscellaneous. Tel 619-523-1822, 800-770-2341; Fax 619-523-9896; firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: SEA OF CORTEZ SPORTFISHING, trip ending June 22, 2000, Bob Castellon, 6-day Midriff Islands trip aboard the panga mothership, Celia Angelina. Fishing was generally good throughout the Midriff islands, with water temperatures ranging from 79.5 at Isla San Lorenzo to 71 at Bahia de los Angeles. Daily high air temperatures ranged from 73 to 95 at Punta Final. There were more sailfish sighted in the northern Cortez than I have seen in the past ten years, at least 12 of them on this trip, with the last one seen at Puertecitos. I have never seen one that far north before. We fished at El Cardenoso, Isla San Esteban, San Francisquito, Bahia de los Angeles, Punta Remedios, Punta Final and the Golden Reef on the last morning. Fish count: 3 golden cabrilla (released), 138 yellowtail (to 20 pounds), 184 cabrilla, 52 pargo, 1 grouper, 318 miscellaneous, 14 corvina , 126 squid. Note: at San Francisquito we once again observed pangueros killing porpoise for use as shark bait, an illegal and destructive practice that should be stopped. Tel 626-333-9012; Fax 626-336-1966; San Felipe 011-52-657-71778.