CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Significant numbers of blue marlin finally showed up at the tip of Baja last week.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 6 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 15 striped marlin, 9 dorado, 22 skipjack tuna, and 141 yellowfin tuna to 150 pounds.
The largest fish of the week was a 650-pound blue marlin caught by the Anamar IV, Edwards said, and several others were landed in the 250 to 300-pound range. Gaviota Fleet boats fished around the 95 Spot for both tuna and marlin.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 64 boats with a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 30 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 223 yellowfin tuna, 36 dorado, 1 wahoo, 3 skipjack, and 10 roosterfish.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported on 96 boats with a catch including released fish of: 20 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 85 yellowfin tuna, 38 dorado, and 25 skipjack. The Solmar IV with Capt. Fernando landed 18 tuna in one outing, to 110 pounds, 20 miles off Palmilla, for Oregon anglers Greg Greenberg, Rod Alan, and Roger Alan.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 8 boats over the weekend, with a catch including released fish of: 6 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 28 yellowfin tuna, 6 dorado, and 1 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Hebert of Reel Easy Sportfishing reported on 9 boats with a catch including released fish of: 43 yellowfin tuna to 45 pounds, 3 dorado, 3 blue marlin to 250 pounds, 12 bonito, 2 sailfish, 16 large squid, and 1 striped marlin. Most boats fished on the Cortez side, from Chileno to the inner Gordo Bank, Hebert said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet commented on last week's Mercury Light Line and Fly Championship tournament, July 24-26, which was promoted by Baja Anglers: "A new tournament for Cabo, and the most regulated in our history. Certified observers, trained by IGFA, were aboard each boat. Although a small event by Cabo standards, everybody had a lot of fun and the fishing was good. Winning team consisted of Joe Dowdell and Ken St. Germaine from Homestead, FL. All billfish were released, but tuna, dorado and wahoo were weighed. Next year's dates have been set for July 21-24." Overall winners Dowdel and St. Germain qualified to represent the tournament in the 2004 Rolex/IGFA Tournament of Champions.
About last week's fishing, Ehrenberg said Pisces Fleet boats found improved action for billfish last week, including the season's first black marlin, a 290 pounder released by the Andrea by Jim Claeys of Renton, WA. The week's catch also included blue marlin to over 500 pounds, although most caught were 180 to 300 pounds. Overall, 54 percent of Pisces' boats caught billfish, and 96 percent scored on all species combined. Dorado catches were few and far between, Ehrenberg said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Fly Hooker Sportfishing, Capt. George Landrum said Cabo weather was hot, in the high-90s, with some light rains, little wind, and calm to glassy seas. Water temperatures were up to 87 degrees on the Cortez side, and up to 79 degrees at the Pacific banks. Inshore water remained green.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Landrum said billfish action was still generally slow, with blue marlin caught mostly straight south, and some stripers on the Pacific banks. The steadiest bite was on school sized yellowfin tuna. Dorado remained scattered. Inshore, some roosterfish to about 30 pounds were caught. Landrum noted that the purse seiners seen last week had departed the area.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey at Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 292 anglers with a catch of: 326 sandbass, 3 dorado, 679 albacore, 227 lingcod, 365 rockcod, and 157 red snapper. Offshore boats were fishing 20 to 35 miles off Isla Todos Santos, Susarrey said. Local bottom fishing continued good in calmer seas and sunny weather.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda caught limits of lingcod, rockcod, calico bass, and sandbass. Spencer and Samantha Nagel, and their father, from Rancho Santa Margarita caught limits on the Vonny III. Miguel Figueroa and his family also limited on the Vonny I. Punta Banda weather was variable, with some light showers early in the week. Water temperatures averaged 63 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Lee Wood of Oceanside Senior Anglers said 14 club members fished about 110 miles south of San Diego on the Voyager out of Seaforth Landing last week, landing 57 albacore in about 4 hours of fishing. "We had 3 anglers with limits of 5 fish each," Wood said. "The fish averaged 25 pounds. The smallest was 18 pounds." Wood said all club members caught at least 1 fish, and the jackpot, 31-pound albacore was caught by club president Don Maquet. "The charter master was Rod Morris, who did a fine job of making sure those who had no fish were kept at the rail while trolling, so they could catch at least one," Wood said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: A spell of windy weather beginning on Wednesday knocked a hole in the albacore bite last week. Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said some boats were still scoring on 6 to 8 combined albacore and yellowtail. The winds were dying down by Sunday morning, Hillis said, and boats were getting out again.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Jim Harer of the Old Mill Hotel said the wind made kelp paddies hard to find. Most local boats were booked to capacity, Harer said, and the hotel was also seeing about 3 private boats per day. Good bottom fishing included lingcod to 20 pounds.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tony Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said when the wind picked up, "rough seas forced many boats to come back early" and offshore water temperatures dropped from 70 to 67 degrees. One cruiser ran 25 miles out and was forced to turn back.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Kevin Facius of San Diego fished out of the Old Mill Hotel and found lukewarm action on calico bass, but salvaged the day with bottom fishing at Isla San Martin. "Usually, I like to fish light tackle with artificial lures for calicos," Facius said. "The skipper and I decided to save the day by trying our luck on some bottom fishing. We fished in 200 feet of water with cut squid, and the skipper and I took limits of quality rockcod, lings and whitefish. All in all, it was a darned good trip." Facius fished on the Amalia out of Tiburon's Pangas in water temperatures in the low-60s. The calico bass were at the kelp line around the south end of the island, he said, and the bottom fish were between the island the boca.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sal Pilato of San Pedro beat the odds during a trip out of the Old Mill Hotel with Pedro's Pangas, and friends Bob Morris, David Barns, Emerson Holden, and Rick Broderson Sr. and Jr. "Pete was there, and he told us there was no albacore for the last 3 days, but the skipper will go where you want," Pilato said. "We went for albacore, over 50 miles south. We all got limits of 5 apiece. The other boat went for halibut. They got one of 36 pounds. They came for albacore, and yes, they got their limits too."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Expert local angler, Julio Meza, had a good outing on his boat Santa Monica: "I fished with my sisters-in-law, Ana and Anabel, and my friends, Diana and Marina. Can you believe it! Four nice girls on my boat! We landed 9 albacore. A few dorado have been caught by Miguel. Chito had a marlin strike, but broke off. Big John from Campo Lorenzo had 5 white seabass to 55 pounds."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather was calm and clear in the high-80s, with local water temperatures of 67 to 73 degrees. Firecracker yellowtail were working under birds at the entrada, and in the mangroves smaller snook were landed and larger ones broken off.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said there was some overcast and drizzle last week, but so far the tropical storm season has delivered mostly flat seas and moderate swells. A decent bite on 30 to 100-pound yellowfin tuna, associated with porpoise, was located about 13 to 20 miles off San Jose del Cabo. "The best technique was to race to where the fish were seen feeding, and quickly throw live baits into the boils," Brictson said. Some pangas scored on as many as 15 tuna in a day, as the bite moved slightly farther out and off Chileno during the week.
Inshore, pangas landed roosterfish to 50 pounds, and some snapper, jack crevalle, and grouper. Beach fishing was slow, but some snook were caught on sardina and mullet.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Local resident Bob Grimes reported that some of the gill netters who have been decimating near shore fish populations at La Playita and Palmilla were forced to move last week by local authorities. Other gill net pangas based at Distiladeras were still working, Grimes said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fishing went into a lull for boats out of Bahía de Palmas last week. Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 188 boats from mixed fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 14 blue marlin, 35 striped marlin 11 sailfish, 66 dorado, 444 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo, and 5 roosterfish. East Cape weather was in the mid-90s, with generally calm seas, some afternoon wind chop, and water temperatures of 80 to 87 degrees.
"The fishing is as slow as it has been all year," Moyers said. "The striped marlin and dorado numbers are absolutely dismal." School-sized yellowfin tuna topped the counts, with most coming from 28 to 40 miles straight out from Los Barriles, or 25 to 30 miles off Punta Pescadero to the north.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 61 boats with a catch of: 4 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 36 dorado, 61 tuna, 1 wahoo, 2 roosterfish, 2 jack crevalle, 3 amberjack, 5 bonita, and 1 triggerfish. Fishing was spotty in all directions. Most tuna were in the 3 to 5-pound range. Inshore fishing was also slower.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Moyeous reported on 22 boats with a catch including released fish of: 7 striped marlin, 6 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 4 roosterfish, and 7 dorado. Bob Walker of San Jose, CA released a 308-pound blue marlin, Moyeous said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Barnes-Webb of Rancho Leonero said, "The fishing was a bit slower than expected." Sailfish were mixed with small tuna about 30 miles out, and roosterfish to 50 pounds continued on most area beaches.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said offshore boats were looking in every direction, "a clue that action is tough to find." Inshore, Graham recommended trying the clear side of the color break, and on the beaches he said, "Look for the clean water pockets from Rancho Leonero to the lighthouse. When you find one, pound it."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Local resident George Bergin reported that East Cape legend Jimmy Smith returned to his home in Los Barriles on Friday, after being treated for pneumonia at the intensive care unit of Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport said diving conditions at Cabo Pulmo were clear and 81 to 82 degrees again, after a session of cold, green water.
In addition to larger amberjack, grouper, manta rays, and snapper, Rayor reported an extraordinary encounter with a monstrous jewfish estimated at 500 to 800 pounds:
"We sighted this huge fish at a dive site called Las Casitas. It is in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park near Iguana beach. It is about 50 feet deep and has unique rock formations with cavern-like pockets. It was a great surprise to encounter this huge jewfish. It was very social, not afraid of us, and stuck around for about 15 minutes while we watched and took pictures.
"My first guess was around 500 pounds. It may have been closer to 700 or 800 pounds. I tend to be conservative. We spent a lot of time close enough to touch. When it swam, its belly dragged in the sand."
Rayor also reported heavy gill nets around Punta Perico, south of La Paz.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said last week's fishing was slow on the Las Arenas side of the hill. "Our captains tried hard to find dorado," he said. "They went to the buoys, sometimes good, and they went north to Isla Cerralvo. They caught some 35 to 45-pound dorados. We still don't have sardinas. We're using mullet." Hernandez said Las Arenas weather was in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 86 degrees at the buoys, and 84 degrees north of Isla Cerralvo.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tim Pace of Aurora, CO fished with Tortuga Sportfishing, together with his 16-year-old son Alex, and Capt. Gerardo, catching dorado and one cabrilla. "Bait fish were scarce," Pace said. "Suggest bringing an assortment of Lucky Joes and letting your skipper know you have them. We scored our live bait much quicker than the other pangas.
"Fishing was generally slow over the four days. The skippers would make a mad morning rush out to a selected spot. A few fish would be caught. The rest of the day they would work hard for meager results."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said Las Arenas had one of the slowest weeks of the year. "Fortunately, we were able to move all our people so they could fish on the La Paz side," Roldan said. With large sardines and some caballito available, Roldan said boats scored on dorado in water of 80 degrees or better.
LORETO, MEXICO: Guille Mendoza of the Sportfishing Cooperativa at the launch ramp reported on 14 pangas with a catch of: 45 dorado, 20 yellowtail, 11 grouper, and 1 wahoo. Loreto weather was generally sunny, with 2 rainy evenings, and light breezes.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said dorado action was the best since mid-June, with 25 to 50-pound fish coming from San Bruno and about 15 miles outside PUnta Lobos. Large numbers of sailfish and marlin were also present, but no tuna. "Also getting yellowtail off Punta Lobos in 150 feet of water," Bolles said. "We're seeing squid again and are able to catch it about 2 miles off the marina in the mornings. Mackerel are lean at times. The bait sellers sell out by 5:30 a.m. There's plenty of sardinas."
Bolles said recent billfish catches included a 300-pound class blue marlin, broken off on the fly after 3 hours.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said floating debris from rains earlier in the week had brought the improved dorado action, with the best action found on 35 to 45-pound fish, east of Isla Carmen. Some boats caught up to 10 yellowtail at Punta Perico, Susarrey said. He recommended buying bait very early, since the large number of fishing boats was using up the supply.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said the fishing was up and down, with some clients limiting and others getting skunked. Some large fish were caught, she said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Craige Harvey of El Centro trailered his boat La Vyvyan to the recent Fishin' for the Mission tournament: "Caught and released 2 marlin to 110 pounds and 4 sailfish to about 130 pounds. Must have seen 30 or more.
"We had consistent fishing on dorado from 25 to 45 pounds with a couple of wide-open bait stops. Dent Deal found a temperature break about 31 miles east of Punta Lobos that jumped up to 86 degrees, and the water turned into a nice clean and clear blue. It was like someone hit a switch. That is where we did most of our fishing. Offshore there was not even an ounce of sargasso, so the fish were spread out.
"We also fished inshore one day and caught a grab bag of fish including leopard grouper, sierra, barred pargo, skipjack, and triggers."
LORETO, MEXICO: Mark Hein also trailered his boat to Loreto: "Lots and lots of striped marlin. Quite a few sailfish. You had to hunt for the dorado.
"It seems that all of the boats were fishing north off San Bruno to about 18 to 20 miles north-northeast from Punta Lobos. The water where the dorado were hanging out was 83.5 to 84 degrees, blue and no sargasso.
"The dorado were nice sized, 25 to 38 pounds.
"A chubasco blew through and dumped buckets of rain as well as put on a spectacular thunder and lightning show. All in all a good trip, but a little off from the years past, as far as the number of dorado."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the historic Hotel Serenidad reported slow sport fishing, due to commercial pangas working heavily in the Mulege area: "Our fishermen saw 4 big pangas with nets, fishing about 1 ton each daily, around Punta Inez. I don't know where they are from. Not from Mulege. It has to be from Sonora or Sinaloa. I went fishing. No fish. No fish. Out of 8 pangas, no one caught fish. Thanks to the corrupt Mexican authorities. This is very malo, on the TV."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said dorado fishing slowed down last week as stronger tidal currents reduced local water temperatures. "The catches have been 2 to 3 fish per boat," Vazquez said, "and the yellowtail became active again." Yellowtail catches were made south of Isla Angel de la Guarda, and at Punta Las Animas and El Soldado to the south. L.A. Bay weather was hot but tolerable, in the low-90s, with high humidity, clouds, and some thundershowers. Water temperatures in the outer channel dropped to about 77 degrees, but was still in the low-80s inside the bay.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Filiberto "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 Aug. 1 with a catch of: 149 yellowtail, 19 to 31 pounds; 4 grouper, 65 to 85 pounds; 8 dorado, 14 to 21 pounds; 136 cabrilla, 10 to 15 pounds; 6 squid, 20 to 35 pounds; 15 red snapper, 8 to 14 pounds; 3 broomtail grouper, 10 to 18 pounds; 3 sheephead, 8 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; 3 shark, 18 to 25 pounds; 3 grouper released, 20 to 25 pounds. Midriff water temperatures ranged from 75 to 80 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 July 31 with a catch of: 207 yellowtail, 43 cabrilla, 7 dorado, 16 pargo, 7 white seabass, 200 spotted bay bass, and 556 miscellaneous fish. Castellon reported dorado very far north, in the Puertecitos area.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Several reports were received of continued problems with reservations and lost deposits on the panga mothership Capt. Villegas, involving trips booked by Gordon Byrne and Ernie Penaloza, d.b.a. Cortez/Pacific. Boat owner, Hector Villegas said he had received none of the missing deposits.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Local angler Bill Molden said a 275-pound blue marlin was caught last week by Sean Lawley on the Lawley Gagging. Fishing was generally good, 20 to 28 miles out, in water temperatures averaging 85 degrees, for dorado to about 38 pounds, and tuna to about 35 pounds. The best color all year has been black-purple, Molden said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 22 sailfish, 14 yellowfin tuna, 7 dorado, 1 shark, and easy limits of 8 to 10-pound red snapper. Boats were averaging about 2 billfish per day. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm with some squalls, in the high-90s, with water temperatures in the mid-80s.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Javier Peña of La Papalota Resort at Lake El Salto said 20 boats had a catch including released fish of: 65 bass under 5 pounds, and 15 bass of 5 to 10 pounds. The largest bass of the week weighed 9.7 pounds, Peña said. Weather at the lake was in the high-80s, with a water temperature of 71 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said good numbers of blue marlin were caught last week, feeding close to shore on 5 to 10-pound skipjack tuna. "Almost all of the action is taking place between 8 and 10 miles out of Zihuatanejo Bay," Kunze said. "Our blue marlin normally average about 250 pounds. These fish are between 120 and 200 pounds." Local weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 75 to 90 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said very few boats were fishing, perhaps 10 per day, but 2 to 4 sailfish were also being raised. Tuna were located more than 40 miles out. In the surf, 40 to 50-pound roosterfish were reported.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinski of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said anglers caught skipjack tuna, roosterfish to 60 pounds, yellowtail jack, rainbow runner, and bonito. Four blue marlin in the 250 to 350-pound class were reported, Lushinsky said.