BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: The summer yellowtail run hit high gear last week, from Bahía de los Angeles south to San Francisquito, as hot weather in the low-100s arrived and Midriff water temperatures climbed into the mid-70s.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said the weather was very humid, the yellowtail action was excellent, and water temperatures were rising so fast, he expected the fish to go deep soon. Vazquez said his cruiser, the Gecko III, was finally running again, after an exact replacement manifold was miraculously discovered in the village: "It turns out that Sammy Diaz had bought a manifold 12 years ago, and it was the wrong one for their boat. So he had been hanging on to it all this time--just for me!"
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: L.A. Bay guide, Igor Galvan said his 29-foot, 225-h.p. panga was scoring on excellent catches of yellowtail and white seabass, with the yellowtail hitting best around Soldado Reef to the south.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Eddie Abate fished 3 days with Mike Ragan and Bill Biehler on Galvan's Igor's II. After catching 12 yellowtail to 24 pounds the first day, Abate said the second day produced 14 white seabass on iron. The third day produced limits of white seabass to 20 pounds, with scrambled egg working best. "We saw a lot of sargasso and are planning another trip in August in hopes of some dorado," Abate said.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Also on Galvan's boat, Herm Meister of Oregon fished with Mychal Kempt and Gary Whalen for 19 yellowtail and 1 white seabass. "We were south of the bay and there must have been 8 to 10 other boats, all having the same luck," Meister said. "Lots of hollering. After we caught limits, we had lunch and just enjoyed the sights."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Alejandro Rosas Romandía of Tijuana's Club de Pesca Deportiva said club members Federico Valdez M. and Jesus Arteaga stayed at Casa Diaz and fished with Chubasco in 69-degree water for slow action on small yellowtail and cabrilla at first, but then, they caught 12 baqueta to 32 pounds at Bajo Guadalupe north of Isla Smith.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Chris Okamoto and Larry Fukuhara of San Pedro also started out slow for goldspotted bass, cabrilla to 12 pounds, and small yellowtail, but on Friday they hit a good bite of yellowtail, 7 to 11 pounds, on iron at Soldado Reef. "We ended up catching and releasing about 20 in an hour," Okamoto said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Fishing continued good for barracuda, white seabass, bottom fish, and a few yellowtail, as water temperatures averaged about 62 degrees. Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said offshore boats found slow going at the 295, 400, 238, and lower 500 banks, with lots of meter fish and birds, but no action.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross of Pescadores de Ensenada at Marina Coral said boats were finding slow action outside.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Inside, bottom fishing was excellent. Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported pangas limiting on sandbass, calico bass, lingcod, and rockcod, in water temperatures averaging 62 degrees. Local weather was foggy in the mornings, with ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Bill Owens, Tom and Charlie Johnson, Sal Rodriguez, and Steve and Marc Waters fished with Vonny's Fleet pangas at the tip of Punta Banda for good counts of barracuda, large lingcod, and assorted bottom fish, with guides Beto and Cruz Zamora. After fishing with the top-rated Beto, Owens said, "This guy is GOOD. I think he can see under water. I learned more just watching the guy for 3 days than in most of the rest of my 40-plus fishing years!"
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Lee Wood of Oceanside Senior Anglers said a group of 19 aboard the Pacific Voyager fished the Coronado Islands for limits of sandbass, calico bass to 5.4 pounds, and barracuda of 6 to 8 pounds.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak Fishing said he's got trips planned to Puerto Santo Tomas Resort on July 18 and August 8
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: At the resort, Sam Saenz reported everything fine, with steady fishing action for all boats, and a second child on the way. "According to my wife and the doctor," Saenz said, "we are going to have another child. Consequently at 70 years of age, I will have my hands full with two young children."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 10 boats fished last week for continued limits on sandbass, whitefish, rockcod, large lingcod, and calico bass. "No yellowtail were brought in on our boats and I didn't hear any other reports of yellowtail," Hillis said. One boat looked 25 miles outside for albacore, but came back empty. San Quintin weather was overcast in the mornings, with water temperatures of 58 to 60 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: John Gilkerson fished out of the Old Mill Hotel with Jim and Matt Bentley on his boat A-SALT-WEAPON, for limits on lingcod to 18.5 pounds at the 240 Spot and Ben's Rock, in very cool water temperatures measured as low as 54.5 degrees.
Gilkerson had an unusual experience with carnivorous lingcod: "I caught a nice lingcod, about 10 pounds. When I opened its mouth, inside was a baby lingcod about 3 or 4 inches long. Inside that baby lingcod's mouth was another baby lingcod about 1.5 inches long, about half of which was sticking out of the first ones mouth. It was most amazing. We pulled the 2 baby fish out and dropped them over the side. The smallest one swam away!"
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Stan Vath fished out of Campo Lorenzo with Alan Landry of Ventura and John Greene of Camarillo for limits of lingcod, red rockfish, sandbass, olive rockfish, sheephead, and large sandbass. Vath said a 43-pound halibut was caught by Lorenzo last week on a lizardfish at Isla San Martin.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, local angler Julio Meza reported good local action on a wide variety of bottom fish plus one small white seabass.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather was still rough outside. In the mangroves, the best action was on a few small snook, several grouper, and some pargo. San Carlos weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 64 to 69 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Fishing was improving but still scattered at the tip of Baja. Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 66 boats with a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 64 yellowfin tuna, 78 dorado, 25 roosterfish, 4 wahoo, 2 hammerhead shark, 1 mako shark, 7 jack crevalle, 5 pargo, and 25 sierra.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported on 75 boats chartered with a catch including released fish of: 55 marlin, 3 sailfish, 62 dorado, 23 yellowfin tuna, 4 hammerhead shark, and 22 roosterfish.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 25 striped marlin, 4 wahoo, 22 yellowfin tuna, 1 skipjack, and 44 dorado. Gaviota Fleet boats averaged about 1 marlin for each 2 days fished, Edwards said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg reported 42 percent of boats scoring on marlin.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said 5 boats chartered had a catch including released fish of: 4 striped marlin, 6 dorado, 1 tuna, 2 needlefish, and 2 jack crevalle. Cabo weather was occasionally windy from the southwest in the afternoons, with water temperatures of 72 to 80 degrees.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said water temperatures averaged 72 to 77 degrees, and mackerel and mullet bait was plentiful. Pangas from La Playita were running past the Gordo Banks for yellowfin tuna in the 80 to 130-pound class, but inshore fishing was slow. "With the lack of inshore fishing, pangas were making this longer than normal run," Brictson said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Joe Flores of La Mirada fished out of La Playita. "We caught quite a few grouper, in the 32-pound range," Flores reported. "Small dorado were caught, but very scattered. Big tuna were being caught about 15 miles from shore. One person from our hotel caught a 120-pound tuna. Another caught a 140-pound tuna."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, Richard Maeda of Chino, CA fished near the Gordo Banks with Capt. Juan on the Tom Cat of Victor's Fleet and landed a 70-pound dorado. "This is my first time fishing in Baja," Maeda said. "Also my first bull dorado and the largest fish I have ever caught. My wife and family say it sure tasted good!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fishing continued good on school-sized yellowfin tuna last week, in water temperatures averaging 80 to 85 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House, reported for 221 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: 6 blue marlin, 60 striped marlin, 88 dorado, 752 yellowfin tuna, 3 wahoo, and 10 roosterfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 108 boats chartered with a catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 69 dorado, 812 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 7 roosterfish, 1 shark, 10 snapper, 3 jack crevalle, 1 amberjack, 3 bonita, 1 pompano, 27 triggerfish, 38 cabrilla, and 6 skipjack. The best fishing areas were south and southeast of Los Barriles.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Moyeous of Rancho Buena Vista reported a catch including released fish of: 18 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 30 dorado, and 353 yellowfin tuna.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said the tuna averaged 15 to 45 pounds, and the strong inshore bite on roosterfish to 65 pounds continued on all area beaches.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: IGFA representative Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly described the excellent roosterfish bite: "More larger fish have been caught from the beach on the fly than I can ever remember. Since early May, several over 50 pounds, half-a-dozen over 30 pounds, and many 20 pounds or more. Who knows what the remaining season will bring!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Resident angler Chuck Meredith landed a 69-pound 14-ounce dorado on his super panga Mr. Chuck. The big fish hit a petrolero lure on the way out for tuna, Meredith said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dave Kim reported on an excellent trip out of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort: "The crowd at Verdugo's seemed to be very friendly, seasoned Baja fishers. The first day we limited about 10 a.m. Then we went inshore to slow troll for rooster along Punta Pescadero.
"The second day, it took us longer to find the porpoise, but we limited and went in to El Cardonal to snorkel and spear fish. Great reef!
"Shore fishing was fun for ladyfish on light tackle. Hooked up about 30, but only landed four! They keep jumping and shaking the hook.
"Rented kayaks from Punta Pescadero Hotel and had a blast catching trigger, pompano, and jack with squid tipped Krocs. Night fishing in front of Verdugo's with squid was also good for snapper, pompano, and jack. Everything was released."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Cabo Pulmo, Pepe Murrieta of Pepe's Dive Service reported 100-foot visibility and water temperatures averaging 78 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport reported a spectacular encounter with a whale shark: "What a day! A humongus whale shark showed up. This shark appeared to be pregnant and seemed to enjoy the interaction with us. We spent more than 2 hours swimming and taking pictures and it never sounded once. This was an experience nobody on the tour will ever forget. We had so much time with this thing we took one panga to the beach and picked up snorkelers to see it."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Fishing action heated up on both sides of the hill last week. Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said on the La Paz side, "This may well be the best dorado fishing I've seen in years!" Roldan said the dorado were hitting from Las Cruces, up the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo, and all the way up to El Bajo: "I have never seen this concentration of dorado in years, with boats stacking up easy limits most times of fish up to 40 pounds."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: On the Las Arenas side, Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said, "We had better fishing this week for lots of hookups on big pargo, wahoo, marlin, and dorado. Friday was very good. We don't have sardinas, but we have mackerel, and the fish are hitting big baits. One day we had wind. The weather is hot, 95 to 100 degrees, and our customers are happy!"
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mino Shiba of Mosquito Fleet said the dorado are in the 10 to 35-pound range, and the mix also included yellowtail of about 15 pounds. Shiba was completing preparations for his remote safari-style fish camp trips to San Evaristo this winter, which will feature generators, fans, tents, fish freezing, toilets, showers, and fishing on the bajos around Isla San Jose. La Paz water temperatures averaged 72 to 74 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Fishing was slightly slower last week in occasionally windy conditions. Pam Bolles of Baja Big Company said most of the dorado were found north of town. Some boats found hot action, and others did poorly. Some good catches of yellowtail, marlin, and sailfish were also made. "Being in the right place at the right time has been key, and this week the hot spot is waaaay to the north off the Punta Pulpito region," Bolles said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Alejandro Rosas Romandía of Tijuana's Club de Pesca Deportiva said members Joe de Anda, Pedro Garcia de Leon, Rene Gonzalez, and Wilfrido Palazuelos had so-so action on De Anda's boat Pepe Lupe: "No limits. The lack of sargasso has made the pangueros innovate. They are tying together palm branches, take them to the fishing spots during the night, and fish around them next day. Four of the dorados were caught beneath them."
LORETO, MEXICO: Linda Ramirez of Alfredo's Sportfishing had no dorado report, but said clients brought in yellowtail to 25 pounds at midweek.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Sal and Nick Pilato fished with Emerson Holden and Capt. Popo Davis for limits on yellowtail and dorado, plus a sailfish that died during the fight. Loreto water temperatures averaged 77 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported clients scoring well on dorado, sailfish, yellowtail, and marlin, with some returning to the hotel by 10 a.m. Irwin Gersh reported double hookups on yellowtail at Punto Lobos, Wilchynski said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen said the Carnaderos de Loreto bait cooperativa was working all night long in an effort to keep up with the demand, but was only catching about half the bait needed. Water temperatures were 77.9 to 80.2 degrees on the bait grounds between the Bar Penthouse and Isla Coronado. Petersen said squid disappeared last week, and bait was selling out very early.
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Sumner, Ron Spencer and their group fished a week with Capt. Ismael Murillo and his nephew Luciano to test tackle variations on dorado and billfish. "Our results produced some real surprises," Sumner said.
Among his findings, Sumner said, "Using nearly all Spectra and only 30 to 40 feet of mono top shot was the biggest surprise of the trip. You can feel absolutely every twitch of the fish. For Loreto fish, we all came away thinking about what we have been missing all these years. I'm filling all my reels to the brim with Spectra."
Sumner's group also found no difference between fluorocarbon and mono leaders on the species encountered at Loreto, and also no direct correlation between leader or line weight and the number of hits experienced: "Guys using regular 80-pound leaders got hooked up just as often as those...connecting directly to 40 or 50-pound line."
In comparing his custom-swiveled circle hooks to J-hooks, Sumner's group found generally more hookups with J-hooks, but fewer injured fish with the circle hooks. "So, the real issue becomes how much you are willing to sacrifice in hookup rate to get the advantages of circle hooks," he said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Brian Maguire from North Tustin trailered to Loreto with Mike Berkus and his 24-foot boat, Maguire's sons, Ryan, 5, and Shane, 7, and Berkus' son, Mikael, 7, for a great time fishing about 10 miles outside Isla Carmen. "Young Ryan was the first to hook up when the rod designated to him went off!," Maguire said, "a nice 28-pound fish. Shane too soon hooked up. After about 25 minutes, we saw color. What Shane had foul-hooked ended up being a large squid of about 30 pounds."
Maguire's wife, Karen, also broke off the day's only sailfish on 40-pound line after a fight lasting almost an hour.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fifty-year Baja pilot, Larry Hahn of El Paso confirmed that the legendary Francisco Muñoz and his wife Lisal will attend the special Saturday Night Pig Roast at the Hotel Serenidad that will honor "40 Years in Mulege" for the hotel's Don Johnson and his family. About 13 planes and 50 guests are planning to attend the party on July 12, Hahn said.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Keith Williams and Jordan Barnes fished out of the Hotel Serenidad for excellent results on dorado with the hotel's Capt. Alex: "Fantastic trip. Bait was abundant each day. We fished approximately 20 to 25 miles out of the harbor on an 85-degree heading, in 83-degree water.
"The dorado wasted no time. Our first fish was a nice 48-pound bull. We consistently caught nice dorado with the live bait and flying fish pattern lures. We ended up with 9 fish the first day. None weighed under 25 pounds.
"At Isla Tortuga, the water was a little cooler at 80 degrees. All of a sudden all 4 trolling lines went bonkers. Within 10 minutes, we landed 4 tuna to 20 pounds. We ended up with 7 tuna for the day.
"On Wednesday, Alex brought more fuel and we headed toward Isla Tortuga. We make it out approximately 35 miles when conditions started looking real good with 84-degree water. All four trolling lines went off. We had 3 dorado and a sailfish going all at once. The sailfish broke off and we landed the 3 dorado. We ended up with 7 dorado and 4 tuna."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jeremy Roberts fished in his 21-foot boat with guide Octavio out of Puertecitos, and caught limits of goldspotted bass and 7 yellowtail at the offshore Golden Reef.
Roberts reported high winds on his last day: "We were amazed when the wind started picking up the water off the sea and blowing it around. Seemed like a hurricane. It took 2 hours to go 17 miles to Dead Man. I was shaking. It took over 2 hours back."
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 27 with a catch of: 153 yellowtail, 20 to 32.5 pounds; 5 grouper, 25 to 45 pounds; 1 black seabass, 61 pounds; 1 dorado, 18.5 pounds; 19 white seabass 30 to 68 pounds; 142 cabrilla, 8 to 12 pounds, 88 squid, 20 to 45 pounds; 19 red snapper, 12 to 14 pounds; 3 broomtail grouper, 8 to 12 pounds; 9 sheephead, 8 to 10 pounds; and limits of spotted bay bass. An 18-pound grouper and a 16-pound golden grouper were released. Midriff water temperatures averaged 75 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 26 with a catch of: 236 yellowtail, 93 cabrilla, 7 white seabass, 1 black sea bass, 86 giant squid, 3 grouper to 46 pounds, and 242 miscellaneous fish. Castellon said the Celia Angelina's next trip would feature a group of kayak anglers led by Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak Fishing.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Alex Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc. reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on June 26 with a catch of: 278 yellowtail; 213 cabrilla; 97 pargo; 7 grouper, 50 to 70 pounds; 5 black sea bass, 40 to 70 pounds; 17 white seabass. The Erik fished at San Esteban, San Lorenzo, Ensenada Grande, San Bernabe, and found very good action at Golden Reef, Velez said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was very hot, up to 109 degrees, with high humidity that had the streets deserted and people falling "down on their knees in front of the air conditioner." Meders said a "stolen car" story had a happy ending last week, when a customer's broken down Suzuki was found by police on the Mexicali highway where it had been parked by its owners. A previous search had missed it.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Local angler Bill Molden said the best offshore fishing was around Isla San Pedro Nolasco, in 83 to 85-degree water, 30 to 40 miles out, on a heading of 170 to 270-degrees. "We still have a few tuna, with many billfish and big dorado being spotted and caught," Molden said. Inshore fishing was slow.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: 83 sailfish, 5 striped marlin, and 13 yellowfin tuna. Inshore boats did well on bottom fish, permit, and roosterfish. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-90s, with calm to moderate seas. The best fishing was 12 to 25 miles from Marina el Cid on a heading of 195 to 265 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said tropical storms muddied the action last week, but offshore boats were still hooking 3 to 6 sailfish per day.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said the port was closed 1 day, but the sailfish were only 5 to 6 miles out. Capt. Martin on the panga Isamar released 12 sailfish, and the Gitana and Vamonos II both released 6. Inshore roosterfish action was outstanding, with boats releasing up to 7 fish per day.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said large schools of bait fish were all along the coast. Ron Rienhardt and his son Jeffrey fished light tackle with Capt. Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos I, and raised 9 sailfish, hooked 6, and landed 3. They also caught 7 roosterfish to 40 pounds.