BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Summer yellowtail action kicked into gear throughout the Midriff section of the Sea of Cortez last week, as water temperatures warmed into the low-70s.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko reported good yellowtail counts on fish of 12 to 30 pounds inside the bay and south past Punta Pescador. Yellowtail were found at Isla Smith, Isla Piojo, and Soldado Reef, hitting on blue-white jigs, trolled surface lures, and live bait under birds. Vazquez said mackerel was scarce, but sardinas were working. The fishing was also good for leopard grouper, sandbass, goldspotted bass, and jawfish around the inner islands. L.A. Bay weather was cool, with a prevailing west wind, and air temperatures ranging from the high-60s at night to the high-80s during the day. Local water temperatures were 65 to 72 degrees.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas on the Pacific side camped at remote Bahia de las Animas and loaded up on cabrilla from the beach. Saenz said local commercials were working yellowtail and manta rays, and apparently were taking protected sea turtles. "The area is very rich in clams and fish and other sea creatures," Saenz said. "It was hot and beautiful, and isolated."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Stan Woodward flew to the San Francisquito resort and reported: "Friday morning, we ran to the Barril high spots to the south in one of the pangas. We managed a few yellowtail on jigs and the no-can-miss black-purple deep diver MirrOlure. The yellows were 12 to 15 pounds.
"After lunch, we launched our aluminum and headed to the north point. Water was still green everywhere and 68 to 70 degrees. Nothing much happened with the jigs. Out went the MirrOlures. A few minutes later, WHAM! After a pretty tough fight we boat a nice yellowtail pushing 25 pounds, maybe more.
"We barbecued yellowtail for dinner and had Josephina in the camp cook up rice and beans and tortillas. In the middle of the night the Milky Way just seemed to explode across the skies...a fabulous sight.
"Saturday morning we awoke to flat seas and pushed off in the aluminum for the point. We fished outside, hooking and landing a legit 30-pound yellowtail on a blue-chrome Iron Man #3 after quite a tussle.
"Inside off the point we saw a center console that slow trolled by. It was from an 80-foot Hatteras anchored around the corner. Man were they catching! They were making bait and slow trolling on 100-pound for big yellowtail, cabrilla and a 50-pound grouper. Their smallest yellowtail was 27 pounds.
"They handed off a couple baits and we gave it a try ourselves, catching another 30-pound yellowtail after a great fight. Seeing is believing! One of the camp pangas had caught 17 smaller yellowtail. That evening we just fished the jigs. We hooked 4 yellowtail in about 140 feet of water and never got a crank on one of them. Even buttoned down on 30-pound and 40-pound we couldn't stop 'em, pretty impressive fish."
At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather has been hot, and D.C. Comics writer Bob Haney has been working in the air-conditioned store for the past week: "I never knew how much work and planning goes into comic book writing, fascinating to see. We told Bob that he is our very first 'resident writer' and that we are now officially on the road to becoming the 'City Lights' of Baja.
"The bay is pale aquamarine blue today and there are lots of small sail boats, and people in the water. Folks come in redolent of Coppertone and shedding little trails of sand. It's definitely summertime."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Local yellowtail action picked up in Bahía de Todos Santos last week, as the offshore albacore bite continued.
Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said boats targeted large barracuda and yellowtail of 18 to 25 pounds, breezing on the surface, 2 miles inside Islas Todos Santos, using lightweight jigs and large anchovies, in water temperatures of about 63 degrees. University Point was also producing good results on calico bass caught with live bait and Scampis.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the Pescadores de Ensenada at Marina Coral said his boat Bad Dog scored 3 albacore from a triple jig strike on Friday the 13th in rough seas: "There are a lot of fish running deep at 150 feet, chasing large meatballs of bait fish. We tried dropping iron on these meatballs but met with no success. The problem was getting the jigs to the right depth in these seas. The wind was howling all day and night. The paddies were dry with no one home." Ross said other club boats finding albacore included Melody with 1, Patron with 4. Most of the fish were caught and metered just below the 238, a few miles into the blue 60-degree water, Ross said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Punta Banda, Ivan Villarino said the Vonny's Fleet pangas scored well on limits of calico bass of 4 to 5 pounds, lingcod to 9 pounds, and a few halibut, in calm sea conditions.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of the Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said anglers scored on yellowtail last week, including fish in the 20 to 25-pound class caught by Frank Leblanc and his group. Saenz said several local trawlers had moved in close to shore, however, and were seen seining yellowtail from Punta San Jose to Bahía Soledad. "Today we had a minor clash," Saenz said. "Our pangas all had hook-ups in a large school of yellowtail, and one of those trawlers with the big net came up and scooped up the fish, taking one of our yellowtail hooked to a Rapala."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tony Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said water temperatures averaged 58 to 60 degrees, and there were lots of yellowtail around Isla San Martin, but the main catch continued to be steady limits of bottom fish. Marquez said there was very little bait in the bay, and seas were calm in the mornings with some afternoon breezes.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Alan Tokunaga fished the surf recently at Playa San Ramon north of town and reported 2 halibut to about 26 inches, plus nice barred surf perch to 2.5 pounds, but mostly 1.5 pounds.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Dave and Juanita Fitzpatrick of Rancho Cielito Lindo said they are doing great and are now hooked up to the internet 24/7 via a satellite hookup. Their new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Local angler Julio Meza said Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing scored on 14 yellowtail at Isla San Martin, and a 43-pound halibut was also reported, but most boats were finding only a few yellowtail, and smaller halibut. Meza said he still had not caught tuna in several trips over 30 miles out, trolling up to 8 rods. Outside water temperatures were about 62 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Pedro's Pangas, Pete Hillis reported steady limits of calico and sandbass, plus lingcod and red rockfish at Isla San Martin, and a 22-pound yellowtail caught at the 210 Spot. At the 6 Spot, a salmon species was also caught, the first seen by locals in 30 years, Hillis said. Anglers fishing with Pedro's this week included Perry Veasey, Carlos Enrique with a group from Hawaiian Gardens, CA, and a special bachelor party group for Mike Barrera of Newport Beach that included Dennis McNamee and Mike's brother Jim, who drove in from new Mexico.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather was rough outside, but beginning to turn. Local water temperatures averaged 62 to 66 degrees, and the main bite was on corvina in the mangroves.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Scattered offshore conditions continued at the tip of Baja last week with cool water temperatures on the Pacific side, and most boats fishing on the Cortez.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 41 boats with a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 hammerhead shark, 10 roosterfish, 6 yellowfin tuna, 4 dorado, 1 wahoo, and a "plethora" of sierra and bonita.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet checked in with 77 boats chartered and a catch including released fish of: 63 striped marlin, 3 dorado, 18 skipjack, 15 roosterfish, and 10 sierra.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 23 striped marlin, 13 dorado, 1 wahoo, 11 skipjack, and 27 yellowfin tuna. Although only about half of Gaviota Fleet boats caught marlin, Edwards said many more were seen, but only 1 out of 5 or 10 fish took bait.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg called the fishing "pretty good, but not as good as we expect it to be for June." Overall, 55 percent of Pisces boats caught marlin, and 80 percent scored on all species combined. Ehrenberg said captains were baiting up to 8 marlin per day, but the fish were reluctant to bite. Top catches for the week included triple releases by Karina and Valerie.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was less windy in the afternoons, and daytime highs were in the mid-90s. Water temperatures continued cool on the Pacific side, mostly in the 61 to 68-degree range, but up to about 81 degrees on the Cortez side.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said water temperatures ranged from 74 to 77 degrees, and the most consistent action was close to shore, trolling with live mullet for good counts on roosterfish of 15 to 50 pounds, plus larger sierra, and large jack crevalle to about 25 pounds. A few snook were caught from shore near the San Jose estuary.
Offshore action was limited to scattered catches of striped marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, and a few wahoo. Bottom fishing was spotty in strong currents.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: A local resident of San Jose del Cabo reported some local sportfishing pangas taking up to 8 roosterfish per day, and one commercial panga that had 35 roosterfish. No enforcement was present in the La Playita area.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Excellent catches of school-sized yellowfin tuna continued to set the pace for boats out of Bahía de Palmas last week. Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 183 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: 2 blue marlin, 75 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 106 dorado, 1,096 yellowfin tuna, 8 wahoo, 15 triggerfish, 5 cabrilla, and 1 roosterfish. East Cape weather was mostly calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures ranging from 77 to 82 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Moyeous said 37 boats had a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 3 roosterfish, 47 dorado, 282 yellowfin tuna, and 2 wahoo.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 100 boats with a catch including released fish of: 39 striped marlin, 34 dorado, 710 yellowfin tuna, 7 wahoo, 12 roosterfish, 2 jack crevalle, and 2 ladyfish. The wahoo included a fish weighed at 125 pounds that was caught during an outing by Tim Cleavers and Brian Jarvis of Escondido.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said most of the hotel fleet was fishing about 10 miles off Cabo Pulmo, finding about 5 to 6 blue marlin per day, plus striped marlin, sailfish, wahoo, big numbers of tuna, and solitary dorado to about 20 pounds. Roosterfish to 65 pounds continued on the beaches from La Ribera to the Punta Arena light. The catch of the week included 115-pound wahoo caught by Dave Clark of St. Louis, MO.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport said diving conditions at Cabo Pulmo were returning to normal after some south winds early in the week. Surface water temperatures were at 81 degrees, with strong currents and good visibility. Sea life featured bottle nose dolphin and giant manta rays.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said beach fishing was producing ladyfish, pompano, roosterfish, and jacks.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing in San Diego said he will have two guided trips this summer at Hotel Punta Colorada, on August 1-4 and 5-8. The trips will feature both near shore fishing, and off shore trips accompanied by pangas, 619-461-7172.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said conditions improved on both sides of the hill last week. On the La Paz side, dorado led the action, in a triangular area bounded by the north end of Isla Cerralvo, Isla Espiritu Santo, and Rancho las Cruces. On the Las Arenas side, bait continued to be scarce, but improving catches were made on dorado, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mino Shiba of Mosquito Fleet reported more excellent yellowtail action at San Evaristo, where he is getting ready for a series of remote trips this winter. Locally, Shiba said dorado to about 30 pounds were caught in open water on the La Paz side, plus a few striped marlin, in water temperatures of 72 to 74 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: A group of Southern California anglers had a good, 12-night stay at the Hotel los Arcos while fishing with David Jones' Fisherman's Fleet. The group, including Stephen and Ruby Pasco, Marvin Masuda, Mike and Karen Riley, Dave Uradomo, Ron Sakurai, Lori Ishikawa, Stephanie Hada and Howard Hada, fished the Las Arenas side for wahoo, tuna, roosterfish, pargo perro, yellowtail, amberjack, pargo mulato, "the ever-present" needlefish, and "lots of dorado," according to Howard Hada.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Lori Ishikawa said the group had a hard time finding bait but still did well on tuna, mostly school sized, but ranging up to about 100 pounds, plus dorado of 20 to 30 pounds, one snapper that was in the 50-pound class, and a released roosterfish in the 90-pound class. A tailing marlin took a sardina, but was lost at color on 40-pound line, Ishikawa said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Art Coleman of Temecula had a good trip with Tortuga Fleet, finding slow-going on his first day of fishing with his wife Patty and Tortuga's Capt. Jorge, but making a comeback on his second day: "Jorge was determined to find fish for us. We went about 5 miles beyond the shark buoys and my wife caught her first tuna and dorado. This was my wife's first time out. I'm happy to announce, I have a new fishing partner!"
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tortuga Fleet's Dos Hernandez reported over the weekend that La Paz weather had turned hot, about 95 degrees, and the fishing on the Las Arenas side was much better on tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, dorado of 20 to 30 pounds, with some to 50 pounds, and about 6 to 8 wahoo per day landed by local pangas. Water temperatures at the shark buoys were measured at 80 degrees, Hernandez said, and the fish were moving closer. Some tuna were caught at Punta Perico, and a marlin was lost about 5 miles off the lighthouse. Earlier in the week, one panga reported seeing 7 marlin in a morning in very clear water off the south end of Isla Cerralvo. Bait was also becoming more available.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey reported Loreto weather in the high-80s with water temperatures of 73 to 75 degrees near town, and 78 to 80 degrees at the north end of Isla Carmen. Dorado up to 35 pounds were off the north end of the island, and yellowtail up to 32 pounds were still being caught at Punta Cholla, Susarrey said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles reported on Sunday at she had a client hooked up on a blue marlin that had taken a cast fly somewhere off Isla Carmen. Yellowtail were still being caught off the bottom, and the main dorado bite was still about 35 miles from the marina in an arc between the north end of Isla Carmen and Isla Coronado. Bolles said the largest fish caught during a tournament last week included yellowtail of 30.6 pounds and dorado of 35.9 pounds. A very large wahoo was lost off Punta Lobos by Capt. Eulogio Davis Sanchez, Bolles said, that was estimated at just over 6 feet long.
Bolles also said some people claiming to be from the Loreto Marine Park told her they would begin charging $2 per day to her clients entering park waters, and that cash payments would be accepted, rather than the customary bank receipts.
LORETO, MEXICO: Peter Jensen of Rancho Palos Verdes said boats out of Puerto Escondido were scoring on 20 to 45-pound dorado, plus about 1 to 2 marlin hook-ups per outing. While standing on the Puerto Escondido pier, Jensen said he could see yellowtail breezing in the channel and cruising by beneath him.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said clients Fred Ermey and Bud Nolen of Washington State came in with 3 dorado and a sailfish after fishing with Capt. Beto about 10 miles past Punta Lobos.
LORETO, MEXICO: Linda Ramirez of Alfredo's Sportfishing said clients fished with Capt. Chuy and returned with 4 yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds.
LORETO, MEXICO: Chuck Campbell of Shadow Hills, CA had a great day with Capt. Pedro Mayoral Davis of the Loreto Pangueros Cooperativa at the marina: "Ninth straight year. No squid or mackerel available some mornings. Plenty of sardines inside the marina. Some dorado, yellowtail and sails a few miles east of Isla Carmen. Plenty of bottom fish on both sides of Isla Coronado. I accidentally hooked a marlin on a spoon while casting for bonita. It came about 15 feet from the panga, out of the water, and shook out the spoon! A sail broke my Penn Slammer Rod. I had the fish boatside and quiet when he woke up, went under the panga and snapped the rod. A wonderful time to visit Loreto."
LORETO, MEXICO: Troy Cline announced the annual "Fishin for the Mission" benefit tournament, on July 24-26, that pays virtually the entire $150 entry fee to benefit the Loreto mission and other charities in Loreto. Last year, 22 boats and 115 anglers raised $3,400 dollars, Cline said. For registration or information, contact Cline at 949-291-0952, Troy-Cline@excite.com.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Dorado season moved into full tilt last week. Alejandro Rosas Romandia of Tijuana's Club de Pesca fished out of the Hotel Serenidad with Juan A. Bujazan and Marcos Lujan for limits of dorado 32 pounds, in weather of about 90 degrees, and water temperatures averaging about 80 degrees.
At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson reported yellowtail still available at Isla San Marcos, and the dorado fishing "great, very, very good." Sailfish and marlin were also available, Johnson said, and she reminded everyone about the special pig roast on July 12 that is being organized by 50-year Baja pilot Larry Hahn to honor her father, the legendary Don Johnson. This promises to be one of the largest gatherings ever in the long history of the hotel.
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 13 with a catch of: 241 yellowtail, 18 to 39 pounds; 1 grouper, 55 pounds; 9 white seabass, 14 to 18 pounds; 101 cabrilla, 12 to 15 pounds; 30 squid, 12 to 35 pounds; 28 red snapper, 8 to 14 pounds; 2 broomtail grouper, 18 pounds; 1 sheephead, 8 pounds; 320 spotted bay bass; and 2 shark, 25 pounds. Midriff water temperatures averaged 70 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Alex Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc. reported on a shortened 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on June 12 with a catch of: 151 yellowtail; 102 cabrilla; 1 grouper, 80 pounds, caught on a MirrOlure; miscellaneous sheephead, pargo, squid, etc. Velez said the Erik fished at Refugio, and Bahia de los Angeles. Fishing time was shortened when water was discovered in the boat's diesel fuel, and repairs were made.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, a 6-day trip by the Erik returning to San Felipe on June 5 had a catch of: 178 yellowtail; 18 grouper, 60 to 90 pounds; 206 cabrilla; 200 miscellaneous fish and squid.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Local angler Bill Molden said the fishing slowed down last week, as water temperatures rose to 82 to 84 degrees and the blue water moved about 8 miles offshore. "We're having to go 35 miles to find fish of any size," Molden said. "A few marlin and sails have been inshore, but that's about it. If you can stand the heat, there are still yellowtail at Isla San Pedro Nolasco."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid were averaging about 3 sailfish per day. The fleet had a catch including released fish of: 92 sailfish, 1 striped marlin, 3 dorado, and 20 yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan weather was calm in the low-90s, with weather temperatures in the low-80s, and the best fishing was 22 to 28 miles from Marina el Cid.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said the tuna have scattered, but boats were getting about 1 blue marlin per day about 12 miles out. Sailfish were steady at about 2 to 4 hookups per day, and larger roosterfish were feeding in the surf.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said the blue marlin were being caught with slow-trolled barrilete, bridled with 10/0 hooks in front of the eyes. David Stolfi of Dallas fished with well-known Capt. Luis Maciel on the Gringo Loco and hooked a 101-pound sailfish, followed by a 250-pound blue marlin that hit 5 minutes after the lines were put back into the water. Zihuatanejo weather was about 90 degrees, with water temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees.