LORETO, MEXICO: Hurricane Ignacio's heavy rains kept boats in port for a few days, but the weather and fishing quickly returned to normal. Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said conditions were calm and sunny by the weekend, with water temperatures averaging 86 degrees.
Boats were finding lots of fish on debris to the north, including sailfish to 150 pounds, dorado to 35 pounds, and cabrilla to 12 pounds. Yellowtail to 25 pounds were caught at Isla Carmen.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the water was still brown and murky, but with clear blue streaks mixing in. Only one of the 3 buoys placed at the San Bruno bajo survived the storm, she said. The fishing was "pretty decent" over the weekend: "We went out Saturday and found lots of dorado, 5 to 10 miles east of buoy. They were large, mid-30s to low-40s."
LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto resident Don Bear, his daughter Inge, and Jim Buchmiller fished 2 days with Capt. Paulino Martinez at week's end, 22 miles northeast of town, for a catch of 13 dorado as large as the high-30s. Weather was clear and pleasant, with only a slight chop.
LORETO, MEXICO: At El Fuerte Sportfishing, Ty and Juanita Miller reported 2 new arrivals pending, a baby girl due in December, and a diesel-powered Albemarle 28, El Fuerte II, that will be added to the fleet at about the same time.
LORETO, MEXICO: Gregorio Segoviano of the Carnaderos baitsellers' cooperativa said the main bait available was caballito, with only a few mackerel being found, and most of those after midnight.
LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto resident Jeff Petersen said the storm passed over Loreto with winds of about 40 to 50 m.p.h. The only disruption of service in town was the loss of water for about 17 hours, Petersen said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Local yellowtail showed up in good numbers for pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda. Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet scored yellowtail to 20 pounds at midweek, and by Sunday, he had John Keeler and his family from Los Angeles with yellowtail limits on fish of 13 to 22 pounds, fishing on the Vonny I. Punta Banda weather was sunny in the mid-70s, with water temperatures averaging 63 degrees. Fishing for bonito and barracuda was also good.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 324 anglers with a catch of: 287 yellowtail, 376 sandbass, 40 yellowfin tuna, 3 bluefin tuna, 9 dorado, 240 skipjack, 1 albacore, 324 lingcod, and 481 rockfish.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Louie Prieto of Hacienda Heights and friends fished on the Charro for a 15-pound yellowfin tuna, 12 yellowtail to 17 pounds, and "mucho skipjack," mostly on the troll with cedar plugs, Rapalas, feathers, and 1 yellowtail on a trolled Fish Trap, about 30 miles outside Isla Todos Santos.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Alejandro Rosas, his son Alex, Rene Gonzalez, and friends, fished on the Shir-Lee out of Sergio's Sportfishing Center. Rosas' group of 8 anglers caught: 9 bluefin tuna to 52 pounds, 6 yellowfin tuna to 20 pounds, 54 yellowtail to 32 pounds, 3 dorado to 30 pounds, and limits of skipjack. "Not bad for a no-albacore trip," Rosas said.
Rosas also had a great fishing story: "Salvador Salinas leaves a Shimano rod and reel leaning on the rail, in order to get a beer. In seconds, it goes flying over the rail, being pulled by a fish. Next to Salvador was Guillermo Rueda, untangling a backlash for almost 10 minutes. Guillermo began reeling in his now untangled line, and all of a sudden, another line is caught on his. Surprise! A fishing rod and reel (Shimano) come to the surface. Salvador gets the fishing gear and starts reeling in. Surprise! A 28-pound dorado is at the end of the line! Joy! Smiles! That's a true fishing story."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Bob Selvin of the Los Angeles Rod & Reel Club said he and 5 friends are scheduled to fish Isla Guadalupe and the Sacramento Reef in mid-September on of skiffs carried by the Pacific Quest, and asked anyone with information on the area to contact him, RKSTBRED@aol.com.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Marina Coral, Steve Ross of Pescadores de Ensenada said more than 40 people attended the specially-permitted club lunch on Isla Todos Santos. Club boats in attendance included: Wide Open, Melody, Los Pangueros, Blackjack, and Um Bwana. Ross said, "This was the first invitation I know of to board this island, other than government officials and marine biology groups. We found ourselves fortunate to be guests."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said offshore fishing was up-and-down in green water, with boats averaging about 1 to 2 yellowfin tuna per rod. Inshore action featured some 20 to 30-pound yellowtail caught at the point. San Quintin weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures at about 70 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Don Fagan, manager of the Luhr Jensen lure plant in Ensenada, fished with Capt. Beto out of the Old Cannery Restaurant for limits on cabrilla and rock fish, 8 large whitefish, and 1 sheephead.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Andrew Luts of Escondido, CA had some details of his marlin catch with Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing's Marinero II. Luts said the fish hit a pink-white jet-head feather near the 240 Spot, and required 2.5 hours to land on 50-pound line. "It dragged us 8 miles!" Luts said. The catch was a team effort by himself, Anthony Fahme, and Phil Luts.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tony Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said the Yolanda came to the rescue last week, when El Gorron out of Pedro's Pangas began taking on water about 12 miles off the point. "Our boat was close. Then arrived Lilo on the Romy, and El Gordo on the Fany 2. Kelly from El Capitan was on his way, plus others. These guys are there when you need them. If you are out fishing in San Quintin, don't expect the Mexican coast guard. Do expect a lot of local captains that are ready to help when needed."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Jim Derr of Riverside, CA, Jay McIlwee of San Clemente, CA, and McIlwee's sons Jason and Max fished out of Don Eddie's for limits of yellowfin tuna and skipjack, and a 20-pound dorado, at the 240 Spot: "We had planned to fish 2 days, but caught so many fish the first day we had no room in our coolers, so we only went out 1 day. The few boats who targeted rockcod caught near limits of lingcod on live bait to 20 pounds."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Gene Allshouse of San Quintin Sportfishing, noting reports of slow offshore action, fished the bottom with clients Dave Bahia, Mike Quesada, Dave Bahia Jr., and Mark Quesada, all of Riverside County. "It broke my heart to go bottom fishing in tuna season, but we had quite a productive day. We had 4 lingcod over 25 pounds and a couple of smaller ones, with a nice catch of red rock cod as well."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catain of El Capitan Sportfishing said good offshore water cooled and moved out to about 20 miles during the week. Inshore boats found good yellowtail action at Isla San Martin and the 6 Spot.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather and water were still unsettled from Hurricane Ignacio. Offshore, tuna to 50 pounds, a few dorado, and a fair number of billfish were reported 15 to 30 off the entrada on headings of 240 to 270 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Fishing quickly returned to normal after the distant passing of Hurricane Ignacio. Cabo San Lucas received some wind and rain, but little or no damage, as the storm went up the Sea of Cortez, about 50 miles to the east.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 12 boats from Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 3 small blue marlin, 13 striped marlin, 4 dorado, 1 wahoo, and 3 tuna. Gaviota Fleet concentrated on the Pacific side near the Jaime Bank, Edwards said. Top boat for the week was the Gaviota IX, with 5 releases in 2 days.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on 6 boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 4 striped marlin, 1 dorado, and a few school-sized tuna. The aftermath of the storm left water conditions mixed and green in areas, and there was no bait for a couple of days, Landrum said. As expected, dorado were beginning to hold on floating debris washed into the sea by storm run-off.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 36 boats with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 20 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 40 yellowfin tuna, 28 dorado, and 8 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 4 boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin, 12 yellowfin tuna, 5 dorado, and 1 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported on 38 boats with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, 5 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 12 dorado, and 15 skipjack.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg described the local effects of Hurricane Ignacio as "the biggest non-hurricane we've ever had," with improved fishing after the reopening of the port on Monday. Seventy percent of boats caught billfish, including 28 striped marlin and 11 blues, and 90 percent landed all species combined, including 80 yellowfin tuna averaging 30 pounds. Water temperatures averaged 85 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jack Davidson of Torrance, CA and his group of 8 anglers fished on the Pacific side 3 days with Capt. Luis Olascoaga on the Blue Marlin, releasing 5 marlin, 1 sailfish, dorado, and 46 tuna from football size to a high of 185 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Danny Delgado of Westminster, CA and Jerry Nacey of Garden Grove, CA fished with their sons Daniel Delgado and Aaron Nacey, aboard the panga Frigate Bird with Capt. Mundo, plus 2 days on cruisers: "Daniel, 9, landed a nice 30-pound yellowfin without any help. I had just deployed a small pink-and-blue lure on a TLD20 with 30-pound when a blue marlin estimated between 450 and 500 pounds took this offering. I fought this guy for an hour and ten minutes. He punished me on this set up. The old Shimano stood it's ground in the long run. This big broad beauty was released to fight another day. It was a fun ride for the boys! Both are quite the diehard fishermen."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said La Playita was cut off by flooding in the estero area, but services were restored in about 3 days. Post-storm fishing was scratchy, with very little bait available in cloudy, green water. Water temperatures were back up to about 80 degrees. Humboldt squid to 40 pounds were caught by commercial pangueros, and local beach anglers were waiting for snook to appear in the clearing water around the San Jose del Cabo boca.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fishing was recovering quickly, after taking the brunt of Hurricane Ignacio, which passed about 20 miles off the coast. At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said storm damage to roads was minimal, with only one washout between Los Barriles and San Jose del Cabo. Hotel boats resumed fishing on Thursday, Verdugo said, finding 5 blue marlin, and large dorado, which had been virtually absent before the hurricane. "Well, now there are some good-sized ones," she said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Moyeous of Rancho Buena Vista said 10 boats in a shortened week had a catch including released fish of: 1 sailfish, 4 dorado, 57 tuna, and 36 skipjack. "No damage," Moyeous said. "We lost a couple of trees, and a few palm fronds flew by."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 41 boats with a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin, 14 striped marlin, 7 sailfish, 22 dorado, 80 tuna, 2 wahoo, 6 roosterfish, 19 snapper, 39 bonita, 2 pompano, 8 triggerfish, 9 squid, and 10 skipjack. Water temperatures dropped about 10 degrees during the storm, but were back up to about 80 degrees, Near shore water was cluttered with debris. Boats were fishing directly east, about 30 miles out.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported cooler weather at about 90 degrees, and water temperatures as high as 87 degrees. Dorado to 55 pounds were caught, plus limits of tuna, Ireland said. Inshore, a 55-pound roosterfish was taken from a kayak, and the top prize of the week was a yellowfin tuna weighed at 240 pounds caught by Tim Wright of Moreno Valley, CA.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said beach action was still hampered by turbid water, out to several miles from shore, but conditions were improving daily. "Another week and it should be back to normal, with Bubba cruising up and down the beach looking for mullet," Graham said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House, reporting for the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, said there were few anglers in the area, except for the diehards, but more were arriving daily: "Maybe we needed to have the water get stirred up a bit, as the fishing was pretty bleak just prior to Iggy."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Vista Sea Sport, Mark Rayor said diving conditions were ugly for 4 days, but the Cabo Pulmo reef was flat and clear by the weekend. The reef was loaded with sea life, including the "VW-sized" jewfish and the 6-foot tiger shark that have been spotted in recent weeks. A search party looking for the Bajaprechaun settlement in the arroyo came back without seeing them, Rayor said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez was hoping over the weekend that Hurricane Ignacio might have broken the "bait curse" that has held the Las Arenas side in its grip for weeks: "After the chubasco, one of the boats found sardinas! Looks like we'll have dorado in a few days. All we need is bait!"
Hernandez reported weather in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 86 to 88 degrees. The water was green and loaded with trash, clearing daily. On Sunday, pangas caught 4 dorado of 35 to 40 pounds, plus others of 25 to 30 pounds, and a 90-pound sailfish. The Las Arenas side was cut off for several days after the rains, Hernandez said, but overall, there was very little damage.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said Las Arenas boats were averaging 3 to 4 dorado per day, including a few 40 pounders. On the La Paz side, some boats were limiting on small dorado, including some of 20 to 25 pounds. Several marlin were lost, in still-unsettled water conditions, with temperatures of 74 to 82 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mino Shiba of Mosquito Fleet said his pangas released a striped marlin and a sailfish. Some large dorado were caught at the Bajo on trash lines. Water temperatures were 78 to 82 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tim Stemwedel of Fresno, CA said he felt the bait shortage on the Las Arenas side was due to near shore commercial netting of sardina. "They are using gill nets next to shore that catch everything," Stemwedel said.
Just before the storm, Stemwedel and Richard Lee of Fresno, CA fished with Jack Velez Fleet for a release catch of over 50 dorado in 2 days, he said.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said fishing was still slow: "Bad, they are not catching anything." The runway was in good condition, and the weather was clear, about 85 degrees. During the storm, Johnson reported some flooding on Mex 1 between Mulege and La Paz: "Our desert will be green."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles' Camp Gecko, Abraham Vazquez said local boats were catching 2 to 4 dorado per day, on scattered weed lines, in the main channel, or south at Las Animas. Water temperatures were down to about 81 degrees, but clear and blue. Small yellowtail were also caught south at El Soldado. Mackerel bait was hard to find. L.A. Bay weather was cooler, in the low-90s, with occasional rain and lightning.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: L.A. Bay guide, Capt. Igor Galvan said he caught 10 dorado to 29 pounds off Punta las Animas, in water averaging 82 degrees.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Chugey Sepulveda and Corey Chan of San Diego fished a Zodiac at L.A. Bay for some good yellowtail on the north side of Isla Smith, plus large goldspotted bass on the bottom. Camping at Punta la Gringa, they caught all their yellowtail on iron, about 180 feet deep, Sepulveda said. They also saw a few dorado jumping in the bay.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Chris Okamoto and Larry Fukuhara of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA reported on a trip aboard the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours mothership, Jose Andres. "The yellowtail are running pretty large this year. Most of the fish were in the 25 to 30-pound class and fought really hard. Anglers should bring a MINIMUM of 50-pound line for jigs and 60 to 80-pound for bait. There were a lot of dorado around, and we caught many trolling feathers. We had a great time and ended up with lots of cabrilla and yellowtail, and I got 1 grouper in the 30-pound class."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Harold Davis of Davis Boats in Paso Robles, CA said his group of 29 people and 10 boats took a rain check for its scheduled trip on the mothership, Capt. Villegas. Referring to the recent problems of boat owner, Hector Villegas, Davis said the boat looked clean and well cared for, and his group in San Felipe had no problems in rescheduling their trip. The only problem they had, Davis said, was with an official at San Felipe, who insisted on collecting $50 for each of the 10 boats, even though they all already had their permits. It was unknown what this $500 charge was for. Davis added that he has not had contact with the Villegas' former booking agent, Ernie Peñaloza, and he had not received any refunds from him for the missing deposits he had paid earlier.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: In continuing developments following the Villegas booking disaster several weeks ago, Austin Jenkins said his group of 4 anglers won a court judgment against Peñaloza which included free replacement trips aboard Peñaloza's former client boat, the mothership Erik. However, Jenkins said the Erik's owner, Gustavo Velez was refusing to honor the court settlement.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Contacted by phone, Velez said that he had earlier agreed to the replacement trips, but later decided against it.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Steve Petroff of Helendale, CA said the Santa Paula police department was continuing to interview victims of the scam involving Villegas, Peñaloza, and Peñaloza's former partner, Gordon Byrne.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma, AZ said he fished out of Puerto Peñasco and caught 10 dorado larger than 10 pounds on 20-pound tackle, and lost 3 bulls in the process. "Super-sizing to 50-pound line and larger 12-inch marlin lures," Davis said. "This past month has been the best dorado action I've ever seen in the northern gulf."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said rough seas from Hurricane Ignacio "kept all but the insane off the water." Water temperatures were in the high-80s, and some tuna, dorado, and billfish were caught 30 to 40 miles out.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet had only 2 boats go out during the week, for a catch including released fish of 1 sailfish, and good counts of mojarra and bottom fish. Mazatlan weather had returned to normal by the weekend, but there were only a few anglers in town, Hernandez said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats at Marina el Cid were averaging 4 sailfish per day. Inshore action featured roosterfish, permit, and easy limits on snappers. Aries Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 106 sailfish, 6 yellowfin tuna, 2 dorado, and 1 mako shark. Mazatlan weather was in the upper 80s, with water temperatures in the mid-80s, and the best fishing was 18 to 36 miles from Marina el Cid on a heading of 220 degrees.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Frequent Cabo San Lucas angler Merle Erickson of Chicago reported a booking problem with Master Baiters Sportfishing, but he and his partner had an incredible trip on yellowfin tuna anyway.
Erickson said that after his prepaid reservation on the boat High Maintenance was not honored, when he and his fishing partner Doug Hanna arrived at Puerto Vallarta, they switched to Enzo Paulin Ruiz' 34-foot Yaloray with Capt. Gurumina and first mate Flaco. Fishing 3 days from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, Erickson said they caught yellowfin tuna that taped out at 150, 180, 200, 220, 250, and 250 pounds, plus a 250-pound blue marlin. "We farmed a bunch of fish as well," Erickson said. "It was a great trip, although we had a major, major problem with Master Baiters Sportfishing."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Robert Rueda of La Habra Heights, CA said he fished in a panga with Capt. Oscar Perez and caught 2 tuna estimated by locals on the dock to weigh 240 to 300 pounds. "The equipment wasn't the best, but these guys were knowledgeable, and great company," Rueda said. "It was once in a lifetime, and well worth the $220 it cost me to go out."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said seas were calm at about 82 degrees and clear blue close to the beach. Only a few boats were fishing for about 2 to 3 sailfish per day. On the beaches, Capt. Luis Maciel was reporting "mucho, mucho, muchisimo gallos," red-hot action on roosterfish.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said there were no tuna, and only few dorado in the mix. Jacks, black skipjack, and mackerel were also in the surf. Capt. Santiago fought a marlin for 6.5 hours on Sunday, Phillips said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: At Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters, Stan Lushinsky said Andrew Kimbrell of Washington, D.C. landed 15 roosterfish of 45 to 70 pounds in 2 days with Capt. Adolfo Espinoza. During 3 other days, Espinoza landed 18 roosterfish and 20 yellowtail jacks. Ixtapa weather was calm and clear in the low-90s.