EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fishing for all species--including the season's first blue marlin and big numbers of school-sized yellowfin tuna--turned on for boats out of Bahía de Palmas last week, as summer conditions settled in with calm seas and water temperatures of 74 to 82 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said, "Big tuna were caught at Los Frailes on live bait. Also, marlin have really shown up off La Ribera and the lighthouse!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Curt Collier returned from 3 days of fishing with Steve Button at Verdugo's, finding slow-going at first, but then picking up on his last day: "On our way toward the shark buoys we tossed to a tail that decided to bite! Steve then boated a nice 40-pound bull dorado on a blue-and-white surface skirt. Shortly after, another tail was spotted and hungry. Steve released the 160-pound striper after an hour and forty!
"We were surprised the marlin were so spunky. On the way in, I landed a 42-pound bull dorado that our crew skillfully spotted under a single bird. The crew were fantastic! More fresh dorado at Tio Pablo's! As we were packing, Hal, Teri, and Howard came in early with 20 football tuna to 20 pounds and 4 dorado to 35 pounds. They shared some tuna so Steve and I came home with a nice mix."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 97 boats chartered, with a catch including released fish of: 57 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 47 dorado, 281 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo, 10 roosterfish, 12 snapper, 8 jack crevalle, 1 amberjack, 3 bonita, 27 pompano, 38 triggerfish, 26 cabrilla, 9 skipjack, 1 sierra, and 1 needlefish.
The hotel reported tuna averaging 20 to 30 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House, reported for 255 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 135 striped marlin, 17 sailfish, 186 dorado, 1,403 yellowfin tuna, 15 wahoo, and 2 roosterfish. East Cape weather was in the high-80s, with minimal winds and generally flat seas. Moyers said offshore fishing was generally south. About the tuna bite, Moyers said, "There are simply tuna galore! I cannot state it any clearer!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said the bulk of the tuna were close in, under two large porpoise schools, one of them about 10 miles straight off the hotel, and the other about 15 miles off the lighthouse. All anglers were limiting on fish of 20 to 40 pounds, mostly on cedar plugs and hoochies.
Ireland called last week's wahoo action "the best wahoo bite we've ever seen," with 5 to 10 fish per day for the fleet, to about 100 pounds, only 3 to 5 miles off Leonero. Most fish were caught on dark Rapalas, Marauders, or marlin lures.
Ireland said 27 boat departures fishing in the "Let's Talk Hook Up" Tournament had a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin; 1 broadbill swordfish, 200 pounds, first of the season; 7 sailfish; 21 striped marlin; 42 yellowfin tuna; 25 dorado; 3 wahoo; and 1 roosterfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Mark Harpin and his fishing partner had a watershed day on tuna, landing 20 on the fly on Friday, plus a couple of dorado, and a striped marlin. "This week's fishing is what East Cape is all about," Graham said. One the beaches, Graham reported lots of shots at quality fish, including a roosterfish that took off with a client's hooked bonefish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Vista Sea Sport, Mark Rayor reported excellent diving conditions on the Cabo Pulmo Reef, with surface water temperatures over 80 degrees, and the water "gin clear" and abundant with sea life including hammerhead and whale sharks, manta rays, and giant grouper. Rayor said federal agents were at Cabo Pulmo last week, discussing plans for increased protection for the marine park, and that they had also reportedly issued citations to several boats with over-limits of tuna. "Looks like these guys might be the real deal," Rayor said. "Sure hope so. All the literature they had on parks and rules all over Mexico looked very impressive."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Local bottom fish limits, and albacore catches about 35 miles out, paced the action at Bahía de Todos Santos last week.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 147 anglers fishing through Saturday, with a catch of: 9 yellowtail, 56 barracuda, 7 calico bass, 1 halibut, 19 albacore, 172 lingcod, 217 rockfish, 24 whitefish, 10 grouper, and 172 snapper.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Erick Ptacnik of Gordo's Fleet said on Saturday that boats were averaging 8 to 10 albacore, mostly caught early in the morning, about 35 miles out.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Lily Fleet, Sammy Susarrey said boats ran into big numbers of log barracuda 1 mile off Punta Banda, plus multiple schools of yellowtail to about 15 pounds. The Tamara fished 38 miles out on a heading of 208 degrees from Marina Coral and caught 11 albacore of 17 to 20 pounds, plus 7 yellowtail to 12 pounds on kelp paddies. Water temperatures averaged 63 degrees, in calm weather and flat seas.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Barney Phillips of Tecate launched at Marina Coral: "We started fishing at 117.10 31.37 near the 400 Spot, water temperature 60.1, with lots of meter marks on bait.
"We trolled on out to the 238 and passed on to the 295. The water temperature dropped to a cold 59 to 59.5. No other boats and no fish.
"We trolled south on a 117.10 line toward the 400 and the 450. The temperature came up to 60.6 and the jigs went off on a double for 2 nice albies. At 117.11 31.39 we had a triple, then another triple for 8 albies from 20 to 25 pounds. All stops were on Rapalas, no bait fish. Water deep blue and clean. Seas flat calm. A good grade of fish this early in the season."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Punta Banda, Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fished for limits of calico bass and bottom fish, plus a nice 30-pound yellowtail caught by regular client Jay Johnson, with Beto Zamora on the Vonny I.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Yellowtail were elusive, but limits continued on calico bass, halibut, large lingcod, and bottom fish. Tony Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather over the weekend was under a very heavy marine layer, with water temperatures of 59.5 to 61 degrees. Yellowtail were seen, but were not hitting. Mike Muehl, Tim Sullivan, and Brahm Rossiter of San Diego landed 3 halibut to 17 pounds while fishing near the lighthouse with live bait, on the Fany 2. Tim and Chad Daniels of Escondido caught 5 halibut to about 21 pounds, fishing with live bait at Isla San Martin, on the Pinta with Capt. Jaime.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said clients caught limits of large lingcod to about 25 pounds, and a group including his son, Pete Jr., Brian Bunting, and Bob Hultquist, limited out on bottom fish, including 4 halibut averaging 18 pounds.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, local angler Julio Meza said he launched at the Old Mill with Conrrado Gonzalez and fished Ben's Rock and the 6 Spot for lingcod to 24 pounds, plus sculpin and "frogs," a fish that "looks like a lingcod, but is yellow and blue on the belly, and has like little branches over the eyes." Meza promised to send a photo of the "frogs," and said he also trolled 20 miles out in 61-degree water for tuna, but came back empty-handed.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Regular San Quintin angler Joe Martin said he took a break from Baja and had an enjoyable day fishing the Point Loma kelp beds with Point Loma Sportfishing, catching plenty of calico bass and barracuda that were "headed for the tempura batter."
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MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said anglers were getting broken off by unknown fish at the entrada, some yellowtail were found under birds, and good numbers of halibut to 10 pounds were on the flats at Punta Belcher. In the mangroves, good action was found on corvina, plus some grouper, cabrilla, and pompano. San Carlos weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 60 to 66 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Continued wind and rough seas plagued the Pacific side, and most boats headed for warmer water on the Cortez.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported for 39 boats with a catch including released fish of: 45 striped marlin, 25 yellowfin tuna, 30 dorado, 4 wahoo, 4 jack crevalle, 4 roosterfish, and "lots of barrilete, and sierra."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported on 75 boats chartered with a catch including released fish of: 35 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 8 dorado, 18 sierra, and 9 roosterfish. "Gusty winds and choppy seas slowed fishing for all species," Solmar reported. "Most of the action took place off Whale's Head."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 20 striped marlin, 7 wahoo, 1 sailfish, 12 dorado, and 69 yellowfin tuna. Edwards said most boats fished on the Cortez side around Destiladeras.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said 58 percent of boats chartered caught billfish, and 73 percent caught all species combined, with the better action found as the week progressed. Some boats did well, including quadruple release days for Ni Modo, and Adriana, and triples for Andrea and Valerie. Inshore pangas did well on roosterfish, jack crevalle, snapper, yellowtail, and larger sierra.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures very cool, in the mid-60s and low-70s on the Pacific side. On the Cortez, water temperatures were seen as high as 83 degrees.
Landrum said, "There are plenty of striped marlin around, but most of them were just swimming around with their mouths closed. Boats were seeing as many as 30 fish a day." Action was generally slow on yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo. Some of the best fishing was inshore for roosterfish of 6 to 30 pounds, caught from the Hotel Solmar up to San Jose del Cabo, and lots of sierra, which Landrum called "the fish of the week."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said local water temperatures averaged 75 to 77 degrees, with seas generally calm. Mackerel and sardina bait was becoming harder to find, and more bolito were showing up in the area. Some good billfish action was found in blue water within a mile of shore, but the dorado action was slow on fish of 10 to 30 pounds. Limited numbers of yellowfin tuna were caught by boats running 20 to 30 miles out. Bottom action was average on a mix of species including amberjack, pargo, grouper, and cabrilla. Shore fishing produced a very large 15-pound sierra, pargo to 30 pounds, roosterfish to 40 pounds, and jack crevalle to 25 pounds. An 80-pound class roosterfish was reported caught by a panguero off the beach just north of La Playita, Brictson said: "He had deep line burns on his fingers, in proof of the tremendous battle." Two snook to 25 pounds were also reported off the beach.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Fishing on the Las Arenas side was still mixed, but improving, with some excellent catches last week.
Yo Yamamoto fished with Tortuga Fleet pangas, and had a spectacular turn-around after a slow outing on his first day: "With our skippers suggestion, we headed due east from the south end of Cerralvo Island, approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, and ran into a large group of dolphins and birds. We fast trolled through the dolphins and immediately hooked into a tuna. As my partner was fighting the tuna, 2 dorado followed to the boat. The skipper chummed with bonita and we were able to hook those 2 dorado, which weighed close to 40 pounds each.
"We succeeded in chasing the tuna for the next hour and caught 11, on all double hookups, between 20 and 30 pounds. As often as I have fished in the Sea of Cortez, I never had such a day."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Ralph Coomber and his son, Skip also fished with Tortuga Fleet, and lucked out on yellowfin tuna of 90 and 100 pounds in generally slow conditions: "Everyone agreed the water temperature had dropped and the fish were all very much outside our range. We understand that East Cape did very well at the time we were doing poorly. Our trip was made by getting very lucky and catching these two."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Fleet said over the weekend that fishing action was improving steadily. Four large dorado were landed with Capt. Nufo. Capt. Hugo had a wild day, losing 5 large wahoo in a row with a lady client.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said, "Overall, I'd almost say this was a break-out week." Roldan said there was good variety caught on sailfish, marlin, pargo, yellowtail, skipjack, bonito, and dorado, plus "more needlefish than we could ever want." On the La Paz side, the water was clearing and boats were finding striped marlin and dorado between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Lee Wood of Oceanside Senior Anglers fished with Pirate's Fleet on both sides of the hill, with a group including George Ruble, John Norman, Bill Woodcook, Ron Casapulla, Fred Kaczmarek, Rich Miller, and Vern Francis. They found slow going on the La Paz side, but did better when they switched to Las Arenas: "Bait was around the other side of Cerralvo to be purchased. The wind was much lesser than at La Paz, and four pangas caught a total of 21 dorado that day. But we were plagued by the needlefish all day long. Overall we caught 42 dorado, one yellowtail about 18 pounds, many cabrilla and pargo, and also some triggerfish."
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 73 to 75 degrees near town, and 78 to 80 degrees north of Isla Carmen. Dorado to 32 pounds were hitting at Punta Lobos, and a 90-pound sailfish was also caught there, at the northeast corner of the island.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said her pangas were finding dorado far outside Isla Carmen, up to 45 miles from the marina, plus continued deep yellowtail.
Loreto weather was very calm in the mornings, with some southeast breezes in the afternoons, and clear water was way offshore. "Dorado are in the blue water and that's about 45 miles east of us," Bolles said. "Head for the rising sun and keep going. Look for birds. There's no sargasso to hold them in any particular spot."
LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto angler Rod Lewis had a good story about asking a fishing operation in Costa Rica if they could put him in a panga. The reply: "Thank you very much for contacting us! Panga-style fishing is not available, but we could get someone who could take you out on a kayak. Please let us know if you need any further information."
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto on the beach, Wendy Wilchynski reported clients Greg Cleary, and Stephanie and Steve Tranberg loaded up last week on large dorado.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: San Lucas Cove regular Jim Mori returned from a month of fishing: "I can truly say I have had enough yellowtail fishing. No problema from first to last day in soaking a mackerel off the north end of San Marcos and getting 6 or 8 bites.
"Huge schools of anchovettas off north end of San Marcos Island. Earlier, in late April and May, the big yellowtail were on the surface sucking up surface iron. Now they are down on the sea mounts and reefs. They have been replaced by their smaller brothers, as well as 50-foot finbacked whales, requiem (grey smooth hound) sharks, sierra, barracuda, greenjacks, ladyfish, needlefish, dolphins, Humboldt squid, sea lions, and more species of sea birds than one can imagine.
"All these animals have to do is sit in the water, open their mouths, and let the anchovettas in, as I did several times with a dip net.
"Some of the most fun on the trip was the late evening, light tackle fishing at the mouth of the cove when the tide was running. We tossed 1/4-ounce jig heads with grub tails on 6-pound line. This is where the leatherjackets came from, as well as bonefish, grunts, triggerfish, spotted bass, barracuda, mackerel, bigeye jacks, and lots of shortfin corvina."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko reported great fishing on 10 to 12-pound yellowtail, up to 20 per boat, on the inner islands and at Punta Pescador and Punta Quemado to the south. Most fish were caught on iron. L.A. Bay weather was in the high-80s, down to the mid-60s at night, and there were lots of bait fish in the bay.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Gordon Byrne reported on a Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Capt. Villegas, returning to San Felipe on May 25 with a catch of: 163 yellowtail, 25 to 32 pounds; 148 cabrilla, 12 to 22 pounds; 3 grouper, 35 to 65 pounds; 15 pargo, 15 pounds; and 1 black seabass, 165 pounds.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fishing on the Capt. Villegas, angler Bill Lynd of Bishop said he and his wife Patty did very well using MirrOlure 111MR lures in Fire Tiger, Orange, and Hot Pink colors, and his catch also included a rare golden grouper, the orange color phase of the leopard grouper or "cabrilla."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on June 6 with a catch of: 114 yellowtail, 20 to 25 pounds; 1 grouper, 66 pounds; 3 black seabass, 45 to 55 pounds; 1 leatherfish, 25 pounds; 6 white seabass, 40 to 48 pounds; 100 cabrilla, 8 to 14.5 pounds; 74 squid, 18 to 35 pounds; 14 red snapper, 10 to 14 pounds; 3 broomtail grouper, 10 to 12 pounds; 5 sheephead, 8 to 10 pounds, 278 spotted bay bass; 53 small yellowtail. Midriff water temperatures averaged 72 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on June 5 with a catch of: 87 yellowtail to 25 pounds, 52 cabrilla, 9 white seabass to 30 pounds, 8 rockcod, and 102 miscellaneous fish. An earlier trip reported a catch of: 106 yellowtail, 84 cabrilla, 14 white seabass, 61 pargo, 2 grouper of 38 pounds, and 287 miscellaneous fish.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: The San Felipe panga mothership Erik reported a rescue of two people whose boat had sunk off the north end of Isla Angel de la Guarda. Dana Kerby of Ensenada said Ann Jeanette George and Matthew Strope of San Diego were crossing from San Felipe to San Carlos when their boat began taking on water, they ran it close to shore, where it sank, and spent the night on the island before being spotted by Michel Baudet of Los Angeles, who was fishing with Gerald Hopkins and James Brown in a panga with Capt. Ricardo Rios. The couple were taken aboard the Erik and returned to San Felipe, Kerby said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: In San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said she's had several visits from readers of Western Outdoor News who were curious about the store, and she commented on the San Felipe's rapid development in recent years:
"There are many lots for lease available in campos both north and south of the town. The town is changing, no doubt about it. There are droves of people buying property out in El Dorado and some of them are building very fancy houses. The golf course is being built. It may well be PGA certified, which means that the face of San Felipe will change completely.
"I myself have mixed feelings about it. The bay, however, continues to ebb and flow with all its primordial serenity. Today, it is royal blue with a fast running tide."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Local angler Bill Molden said the San Carlos Yacht Club hosted its Third Annual Tournament with 34 boats reporting a catch including released fish of: 13 marlin, 14 sailfish, 9 tuna, 1 wahoo, and 98 dorado. Water temperatures averaged 82 to 85 degrees. Fishing was slightly slower, with the best action 10 to 14 miles from town.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Vince Radice of the Sonora Sports Center said the Profepa federal enforcement agency had issued citations to several illegal sea cucumber boats, and was planning a campaign to stop sea turtle poachers.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: 49 sailfish, 5 striped marlin, 53 yellowfin tuna, and 8 dorado. Mazatlan weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures near 80 degrees, and calm seas.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said sailfish numbers were lower but still good. Only about 10 boats per day were fishing. Capt. Mecate on the Aqua Azul had two great days in a row, slow trolling live bonito, for a 250-pound blue marlin plus another lost on the first day, and then a 300-pound blue landed on the second day. Inshore fishing for jack crevalle was outstanding, Kunze said. Zihuatanejo weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees.