EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fishing was improving but still sluggish, as occasionally rough conditions continued for boats out of Bahía de Palmas last week.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 102 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: 5 blue marlin, 20 striped marlin, 17 sailfish, 19 dorado, and 655 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was sometimes rough, in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 79 to 87 degrees. Moyers said the mainstay yellowfin tuna were still mostly footballs. Bait available included caballito and some small sardina.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 18 boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 3 dorado, 86 tuna, and 69 bonita.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: La Ribera resident George Bergin said heavy rains from storms following Hurricane Ignacio was disrupting the fishing, "bad news for road and game fishing. The locals are catching some nice pargo brought in by the food flowing out of the lagoons. Big squid here now too but not enough pesos per kilo to bring fleets in this iffy weather."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: On Saturday afternoon, East Cape resident Chip Shapley said water temperatures jumped 3 degrees in a few hours off the Punta Arena lighthouse and his boat caught a dorado, released a sailfish, missed another sailfish, and missed a blue marlin. One of the sailfish left a short piece of its bill fouled in the rigging of a trolled Marauder lure. "A closer look showed a smaller piece of the bill had impaled the Marauder, broke once, then the new bill tip slid into the wire ring and broke again," Shapley said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said on Sunday, "Wide open fishing continues this week. Plenty of good bait combined with lots of floating debris made for some exceptional fishing. Limits for all anglers daily of both tuna and dorado, mixed with a wide open billfish bite and lots of wahoo made this one of the best fishing weeks of the year. Dorado, by far the best bite of the year. On Saturday we had more dorado than tuna. All anglers limiting with schooling fish from 15 to 25 pounds, and some larger fish to 50 pounds under floating debris."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said, "In spite of some wind and rain this week, fishing continued on the upswing," with tuna leading the action offshore, and skipjack and bonito closer in. On the beaches, Graham said, "Still waiting for the water to clean up before the roosters and jacks get going again."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport said excellent diving conditions returned to Cabo Pulmo after a 3-inch rain. Visibility was 60 to 80 feet, with a bottom water temperature of 78 degrees. Rayor was also looking for photos to confirm a report of a tiger shark in the 1,500-pound class that was said to have been caught at El Cardonal. Rayor said reports listed the shark's stomach contents as including "2 turtles and a goat."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Lenthal of Los Frailes relayed a report of a dengue fever fatality at Cabo Pulmo: "A neighbor said that since Ignacio and the tropical depression that passed through a few days later they have been inundated with mosquitos, and the wife of a local inn keeper in Cabo Pulmo died."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 272 anglers with a catch of: 205 yellowtail, 18 bonito, 159 barracuda, 324 sand bass, 2 dorado, 190 skipjack, 18 lingcod, 498 rockcod, 9 whitefish, and 69 red snapper.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja said he fished with Jack Henderson of El Cajon, CA, and his group on the Hook with Capt. Pedro Moreno, and reported lots of skipjack and one lost dorado south of the 295: "Skipjack everywhere for miles so we decided to steam back to Todos Santos Island where there were reports of yellowtail action. It looked like a stampede with all of the sport boats racing back to try and salvage the day. At the island we immediately spotted 2 marlin and went to work with bait, feathers, and lures. They stayed with us, breaking water, but never showed any interest. We did finally catch a yellowtail. We decided to hit the bottom and promptly brought up a decent catch. The water temp was a steady 68 degrees."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross of Pescadores de Ensenada said early-morning yellowtail fishing was good at Isla Todos Santos Norte: "Starts up gangbusters at first light and goes until 8 a.m. where it slows down. Bad Dog, Wide Open, M.A.D. and Shanna Marie teamed up on Sunday to whack them pretty good." Ross reported 68-degree water in the bay, and 71 degrees, green, and dirty at Punta Banda Bank.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures said his group of 22 anglers fished on the Indian, 65 to 80 miles out of San Diego in rough conditions for good action on yellowtail: "We caught 30 on one paddy, 5 to 20 pounds. Next paddy, 1 dodo. Next 3 paddies, mucho yellows. I caught and released 12 on my blue mac jig."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Berukoff of Los Angeles reported slow action on yellowtail and hungry seals last week. Surf fishing at Estero Beach was slow, Berukoff said, although there was a lot of bait in the water. Some perch and bass were caught on frozen squid.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Amy Ferreira of Don Eddie's Landing reported the hotel full over the weekend and boats doing well on yellowtail in warm weather and calm seas. Yellowtail and yellowfin tuna were caught on Friday, with 40 landed by 6 boats, and another striped marlin was also reported. Inside the bay, 7 halibut of 20 to 35 pounds were caught in 45 minutes by Gabriel Davila, Pro Davila, and Juan Eggli of Los Angeles, Ferreira said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Pedro's Pangas, Pete Hillis said 23 boats fished during the week, and the Old Mill Hotel sent out about another 10 boats. Jon Franks of Los Angeles fished on the Pelicano and got limits of yellowfin and skipjack, despite being in a wheelchair. "This guy is such an avid fisherman, he has a wheelchair that is custom outfitted for fishing," Hillis said.
Hillis said most of the week's yellowtail averaged 20 to 30 pounds and were caught 1 to 3 miles off the point. The yellowfin tuna were 12 to 20 miles out on headings of 180 to 210 degrees. Some limits were caught in the 30 to 40-pound range. The week's largest dorado, a 21 pounder, was hooked on a kelp paddy. One boat got limits of sandbass and calico bass, plus 6 white sea bass of 30 to 40 pounds at El Socorro, Hillis said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Stan Vath said local white seabass expert John "Big John" Bakerink won the surface division of the 11th Annual Campo de Lorenzo Labor Day tournament, with 6 white seabass caught in a few hours, weighing 47 pounds, 40 pounds, and 4 more in the 30s. The bottom fish division was won by Mike Franklin with a 25.5-pound lingcod, fishing on Bill Harris' boat, Sandy Vath said. Dennis Thompson of Saugus, CA caught yellowtail of 24 and 28 pounds on iron, aboard the Vath's boat.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Local angler Julio Meza said Bakerink's winning white seabass were caught after a late 10:30 a.m. launch. "Some anglers made a side bet," Meza said. "Purse, $280. Big John got back to the dock by 12:20, with the trophy and the money in his pocket. He uses chrome Krocodiles on one rod, and plastics on the other."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing reported thick yellowtail right at the point on Labor Day and good action on yellowfin tuna about 9 miles out. Catian said one day his boat had 13 yellowfin, 11 yellowtail, and 1 bonito, plus lots of skipjack released. Water temperatures were 66 to 67 degrees at the point and 70 to 73 degrees, 10 miles out.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Max Stevens of El Cajon, CA had a good day with his family on his own 21-foot boat out of Cielito Lindo: "Within 15 minutes we had our bait tank full. Headed out past the point for a hot yellowtail bite just half a mile from the beach. Went 14 miles out to blue water, 68 degrees. Almost right away, we had a triple hook up with feathers, and soon after three 20-pound yellowfin were on the boat. We had 3 striped marlin chase yellowfin around the boat and 12-year-old Sean managed to hook one for about 2 minutes. By noon we headed back to the Wet Buzzard Bar at Cielito Lindo with 9 yellowfin, 1 yellowtail, and enough fish stories for happy hour."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Joe Martin of San Diego, his wife Bev, her son Kevin Otto, and Jeff Grinnan fished with Capt. Bear for 6 yellowtail caught a mile off the point on blue-white jigs, plus yellowtail to 23 pounds at the 240 Spot and Ben's Rock. "We also landed 15 bonito," Martin said. "They were boiling on the surface and took irons of whatever color we threw out. They are headed for the smoker." The following day, Martin said they headed farther out and nailed 14 yellowfin tuna to 23 pounds and "...at least 150,000 skipjack. What a pain in the..."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tony Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing reported the first place team in the hotel's 3rd Annual Labor Day tournament: Tim Swarthout, Rick Rutherford, and Larry Rutherford of El Centro, CA. The first place individual prize went to Rutherford for a 27.04-pound yellowfin tuna. Second place went to Vincent Delgado of Vista, CA for a 26.14-pound yellowfin; and third place went to Al Tarin of Los Angeles with a 25.06-pound yellowfin.
Twenty-five anglers competed in the two-day tournament, with a total catch of: 64 yellowfin tuna, 103 yellowtail, lots of skipjack, and 1 barracuda. Water temperatures were 69 to 72 degrees, in calm sunny weather.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The fly reported orangemouth corvina biting from the entrada to Devil's Curve, and the Los Barriles estero producing lots of spotted bay bass and smaller snook on outgoing tides. San Carlos weather was cloudy and calm in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 69 to 76 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Distant tropical storms caused occasional rain, wind, rough sea conditions, and mixed fishing conditions around the tip of Baja last week, including two brief port closures.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 12 boats from Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 5 striped marlin, 7 dorado, and 7 yellowfin tuna. Edwards said the best fishing continued to be on the Pacific side around the Jaime Bank, and water temperatures were 80 t0 84 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 50 boats with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 27 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 60 yellowfin tuna, 50 dorado, and 3 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 8 late-week boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 7 striped marlin, 10 yellowfin tuna, 8 dorado, and 3 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said 44 percent of boats caught billfish, and 89 percent landed all species combined, fishing both the Pacific and Cortez sides. Forty-six percent caught dorado of 25 to 50 pounds, and 27 percent landed yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said spells of rough weather pushed swells to 12 feet, with wind gusts of 35 to 40 m.p.h. Clear blue water was out about 15 miles. Inshore water was cool and green, with slow action.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Solmar Fleet, top catches included a triple striped marlin release plus a 300-pound class blue marlin release by John Stacey of Houston, on the Solmar IX with Capt. Tony.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said high surf from a series of tropical storms caused up to 12-foot surf and raised havoc with fishing for pangas out of La Playita. "By the weekend, conditions were clear," Brictson said. "Plenty of work remained on the beach of La Playita, where there was tonnage of debris to deal with before panga fleets could resume fishing." Inshore and bottom fishing were slow in churned-up water conditions.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: At Palmilla Bay Sportfishing, Luis Duhart said some pangas did get out on Friday, but "didn't catch a thing, except for barrilete." Earlier, some dorado were caught on debris about 2 miles off the Hotel Westin, and others were caught close to shore. "We have had rain for 4 days now," Duhart said, "and it is expected to be raining for the next 5 days. The streets are a mess."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: John Snow of San Diego was in San Jose del Cabo to fish with his regular Capt. Pata, but said, "San Jose is a mess. I don't believe they have gone out in 2 weeks. The sea is angry and would not be fun anyway."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said that despite recent rains, the road to Las Arenas was open and pangas were fishing daily, although, "it takes a little longer to get to the beach." Hernandez said Las Arenas pangas averaged 3 to 4 dorado per day to about 40 pounds, and a 100-pound class sailfish was released. "Bait is still difficult," he said. "We are getting some ballyhoo (halfbeaks) and some mackerel. No squid or sardina." Two pangas blanked, except for the sailfish, at the 88 Bank.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mike Hutton of Lake Forest, CA and his family used halfbeaks during a 5-day stay with Tortuga Sportfishing and they did well on dorado, especially his daughter, Alicia: "Our first day we got 8 real nice dorado between 25 and 35 pounds. Our captain, Calamar, didn't seem to mind using his gas! My 12-year-old daughter caught the largest fish that day. On our second day we caught 9 more dorado with my daughter catching the largest AGAIN. This time it was about 40 to 45 pounds. She fought the fish for over an hour all by herself. Our captain was extremely patient with her." On their third day, Hutton said Tortuga arranged a beach stay for them including a hammock, umbrella and table, "right next to the governor's house."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said the La Paz crowds thinned out after Labor Day, and fishing did seem to be on the upswing, with post-hurricane trash lines holding dorado to 50 pounds and most of the better fishing on the La Paz side. "Looks like were getting back up to speed again with the dorado," Roldan said. "No tuna, but the mahi are sure being good to us again. If you get the right spot at the right time, it can make your trip."
LORETO, MEXICO: Wind and rain hampered the action as local resident Don Bear, his daughter Inge and Jim Buchmiller fished in Bear's boat 5 days with Capt. Paulino Martinez: " We had only 3 days of serious offshore fishing. Less than outstanding. The 5-day totals: 14 dorado (5 undersized), 1 sailfish, 2 large jack crevalle, 2 pargo mulatto, 2 pargo amarillo, 2 sierra, and probably 20 to 25 miscellaneous, including the ever-present barrilete and needlefish, and undersized cabrilla, mero and pargo."
Bear said the weather turned beautiful for the weekend, and he caught 5 nice dorado on Saturday, in the first day of the Arturo's tournament, about 35 miles out, at Bajo de Punta Lobos. Other pangas caught 2 to 4 dorado, plus a sailfish while fishing at the buoy 22 miles north.
Recent rains have caused mosquitos and fears of dengue fever, Bear said, and the town had begun spraying the streets. There were many washouts on the roads.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company returned from a trip to La Paz, saying the area of Ciudad Constitucion was heavily damaged from Hurricane Ignacio: "Bad scene going through there, and you can just imagine what it must be like off the carretera in the barrios."
LORETO, MEXICO: Gregorio Segoviano of the Carnaderos baitseller's cooperativa said they lost 3 nights of fishing due to rough weather. Bait was caught in 60 feet of water between the north beach and Isla Coronado, mostly jurelito. Bait boats were leaving about 9-10 p.m., and returning about 1-2 a.m. Bait sales were starting about 5 a.m., and by 8 a.m., the pangas were back at the dock. Adult-sized red snapper were seen feeding inside the marina.
LORETO, MEXICO: Paul Lepore of Huntington Beach, CA and friends Jerry Graham and Alan Patalano fished 3 days with Arturo's Sportfishing for 7 dorado to 30 pounds, a sailfish, and 12 roosterfish averaging 12 pounds at San Bruno. Lepore's group fished to 25 miles out, and saw some wind and rain.
Lepore also reported being checked by U.S. Custom's agents for Mexican fishing licenses upon their return to the San Diego airport. "Of course we had them," Lepore said. "I asked the officer what he would have done if we did not have them. Initially he said he would have confiscated our fish, but ultimately he said he would have just issued a warning."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said Mulege received rain and wind to 55 k.p.h. The highway to La Paz was temporarily closed again. The hotel was open for business, although the kitchen was on vacation, and fishing was still very slow.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said dorado action was slower, with boats averaging a couple per day, but some lucky catches still being made, south at Las Animas, and north at Punta Remedios. Water temperatures were back up to 83 degrees, and yellowtail were also caught again at Soldado and Coronadito, but they were on the small side. Other sightings included a few sierra, jack crevalle, mako shark, and hammerhead shark. Many triggerfish and bass were caught from the beaches. Mackerel bait was scarce.
L.A. Bay weather was hot in the upper-90s, with high humidity, and some stiff south winds that kept boats ashore. There were many mosquitos around. Water temperatures were 81 to 86 degrees in the outer channel, and 83 degrees 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 Sept. 5 with a catch of: 199 yellowtail, 20 to 26 pounds; 3 grouper, 80 to 107 pounds; 1 leather bass, 26 pounds; 5 dorado, 12 to 18 pounds; 44 cabrilla, 9 to 14 pounds; 35 red snapper, 7 to 10 pounds; 11 broomtail grouper, 12 to 18 pounds; 5 sheephead, 6 to 8 pounds; and limits of spotted bay bass. Two grouper of 18 and 23 pounds were also released. Midriff water temperatures were 78 to 80 degrees.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernández Kelly of Flota Bibi Fleet said rough weather and very few visitors knocked out the action last week, with the port closed on 3 days. One boat that managed to get out caught 3 sailfish, and one light tackle boat caught 2 bonita. "That was it!" Hernández said. "I hope it gets better very soon!"
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Mazatlan weather was rainy most days, and only 4 Aries Fleet boats fished out of Marina el Cid for a catch including released fish of: 8 sailfish, and 1 dorado. Pangas reported good activity on snappers and permit. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-80s with choppy conditions.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Cabo San Lucas' Pisces Fleet said huge black marlin were seen at El Banco, including a monster fish caught by Capt. Adolfo Sandoval and mate Victor M. Torres aboard the Sea Arrow. Ehrenberg said the fish, reported taped at 1,270 pounds, was caught in 1 hour and 20 minutes, on 80-pound line, with a Calstar 655XXH rod, and a Shimano Tiagra 50LRS reel.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Frequent Cabo San Lucas angler Merle Erickson of Chicago fished in Puerto Vallarta after the incident and said Capt. Adolfo told him the fish came out of the water at the transom on the strike.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said sailfish action was steady at 1 to 2 fish per day, and the 6 to 8-boat daily fleet was finding about 1 blue marlin per day. Debris lines from recent rainfall runoff was holding dorado of 20 to 28 pounds. Blue water at 82 degrees was very close to the beach. Roosterfish action was still exceptional at 5 to 7 per day, with fish averaging 30 to 45 pounds. Almost all roosterfish were taken on 6 to 10-inch goggle eyes (caballito).
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said Andrew Kimbrell of Washington, D.C. fished with Capt. Adolfo Espinoza on the Dos Hermanos, and in one day caught 10 roosterfish to 60 pounds, 10 yellowtail jacks, 1 needlefish, and 1 skipjack tuna. Zihuatanejo weather was occasionally stormy, with moderate to rough seas.