SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Steady limits or near-limits of yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, and bottom fish were caught by most boats out of Bahía de San Quintín last week, as good weather continued in the mid-80s. Amy Ferreira of Don Eddie's Landing said 3 more striped marlin averaging about 125 pounds were also caught, including one landed with Capt. Bear, on the Reel With It, by anglers Rob Ferry, Scott Harris, and Darren Palmberg of San Diego.
The largest two yellowfin tuna caught during the week weighed 45 and 80 pounds, Ferreira said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Pedro's Pangas, Pete Hillis reported water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees, and "no wind to speak of." Hillis said he had 15 boats fishing over the weekend, and the Old Mill Hotel had 9 boats out. Most anglers had limits or near-limits on tuna of 30 to 35 pounds, and yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds. Excellent bottom fishing continued on large lingcod and rockcod.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Chuck Cross of Garden Grove and friends reported 3 yellowfin, a dorado, and 12 lingcod, fishing with Capt. Miguel out of Pedro's Pangas.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing said tuna were close in, and yellowtail were caught close to the point, and at the 6 Spot, 240 Spot, and Ben's Rock. Catain reported outside water temperatures of 70 to 73 degrees, and 67 to 69 near shore.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Local angler Julio Meza and his cousin Paco fished on Meza's boat the Santa Monica for 9 white seabass to 47 pounds and 3 yellowtail to 28 pounds. Of the white seabass, Meza said, "We saw hundreds under the boat. They hit Krocodiles and swim baits.
Meza said the areas fished included El Pabellon, El Socorro, Arroyo Hondo, and Haystack, and the fish hit in 60 to 80 feet of dirty, green water.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, reports were received of a gas fume explosion in a panga with clients aboard, operated out of Tiburon's Pangas. Minor injuries were reported that required an overnight hospital stay by two clients.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 213 anglers with a catch of: 154 yellowtail, 212 sandbass, 4 yellowfin tuna, 355 skipjack, 244 lingcod, and 326 rockcod.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Gordo's Sportfishing, Maryssa Ptacnik reported boats finding albacore, yellowfin tuna, and skipjack, 35 miles outside Isla Todos Santos. At the island, yellowtail, bonita, and large barracuda were caught.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky ran the Scott's Johnny on a 197-degree heading, 75 to 85 miles south of Point Loma with Dave Zanath of Arizona and Scott Bolleter of Texas, and caught yellowtail and dorado in 71.2-degree water, and albacore about 10 miles further south in 68.8-degree water. The catch included 7 yellowtail to 24 pounds, 2 dorado to 22 pounds, and limits of albacore, Hradecky said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda found cloudy mornings and light breezes. Limits of yellowtail to 22 pounds were caught on the Vonny I and Vonny III by Sam Simonian and his group from Fountain Valley, CA and Orange County.)
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the fishing action jumped a notch on Sunday. Joel Brown of Ontario, CA fished on a panga and caught 6 bonita and 2 yellowtail to 20 pounds, "within kayak distance," Saenz said. Other pangas were also into the bite. Saenz said the water was alive with bait and birds. The weather was excellent. Bottom fishing featured steady limits of lingcod, whitefish, calico bass, and rockcod.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said most boats out of San Carlos were concentrating on the recently opened commercial shrimp season. Dorado were reported 6 to 8 miles outside the entrada, and marlin and tuna out towards the Thetis Bank. Broomtail grouper were caught on the pinnacles south of the entrada, and in the bay, yellowtail were caught at the commercial pier. San Carlos weather was clear and calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 69 to 76 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: School-sized yellowfin tuna led a steady pick on mixed species at the tip of Baja last week.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 49 boats with a catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 114 yellowfin tuna, 35 dorado, and 12 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported on 76 boats with a catch including released fish of: 18 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 36 dorado, 76 yellowfin tuna, and 6 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 5 weekend boats with a catch including released fish of: 4 striped marlin, 18 yellowfin tuna, 5 dorado, and 2 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on 3 boats with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin of 250 and 300 pounds; 3 dorado of 15 to 35 pounds; and 6 yellowfin tuna of 25 to 40 pounds.
Landrum said Cabo weather was excellent in the mid-90s, with light breezes and water temperatures of 80 to 81 degrees on the Pacific side and up to 84 degrees at the Gordo Banks on the Cortez side. The best marlin action was within 5 miles of the arch, and the yellowfin tuna were caught in all directions. Inshore fishing was led by roosterfish and other jacks on both the Pacific and Cortez sides.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 24 Gaviota Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 7 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 5 wahoo, 12 dorado, and 92 yellowfin tuna. About 50 percent of Gaviota Fleet boats caught billfish, and the best fishing was found on the Pacific side, from San Cristobal to the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said 45 percent of boats caught billfish, and 93 percent landed all species combined. Billfish catches included striped, blue, and black marlin, plus sailfish. One blue marlin lost by La Brisa was estimated by the captain at 700 pounds. Most boats caught 1 to 5 yellowfin tuna of 30 to 60 pounds. The largest landed weighed 100 pounds.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said few anglers visited last week, and the fishing was generally slow. "Our crews tried the Gordo Banks and Punta Gorda, but there is nothing there," Duhart said. Some dorado and tuna to about 20 pounds were caught, and one boat also caught a wahoo. Recent unsettled weather made water conditions dirty and cold, and driving in the La Playita area was still hampered by residual flooding.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: At Gordo Banks Pangas, Eric Brictson said rainy days made the desert green: "It is incredible how rapidly southern Baja can change from a parched dry desert to a lush green tropical-like paradise."
Despite calm sea conditions, Brictson said fishing was slower. Boats were looking for action in all directions. A scattered, thin bite prevailed on a wide variety of species, with dorado the most commonly caught. Pangas were averaging a couple of mixed fish per day. Beach fishing around the San Jose del Cabo estero produced a few medium-sized snook, croaker, and jacks, and the beaches were still covered with debris from Hurricane Ignacio.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 92 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa de Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 16 striped marlin, 32 sailfish, 33 dorado, 301 yellowfin tuna, and 1 wahoo. East Cape weather was calm in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 83 to 87 degrees. Although Moyers called the billfish bite "decent at best," the yellowfin tuna count included some quality fish caught about 30 miles off Los Barriles, and south towards Las Barracas and Cabo Pulmo.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 32 boats with a catch including released fish of: 7 striped marlin, 23 sailfish, 19 dorado, 108 tuna, 2 amberjack, 33 bonita, 17 skipjack, and 13 sierra. Hotel boats were fishing in all directions, north and south, with the best production found generally south.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 10 boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 42 bonita, and 159 tuna of 15 to 40 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Barnes-Webb of Rancho Leonero reported improved supplies of mackerel and sardina, and a strong bite on billfish, "with blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish located about 7 to 15 miles off the lighthouse." Sailfish, tuna, wahoo, and dorado were all biting aggressively," Barnes-Webb said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said, "While the inshore seems to be recovering slowly from the past few weeks of wind and rain, it is still not worth the effort. Time spent further offshore will be much more productive." Pockets of clear water were beginning to appear along shore, Graham said, but conditions would be better in a week.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russell Fritz of La Ribera had quite a shark story, as relayed by Paul Roos: "We caught a tiger shark, and while trying to land it, a huge great white made two passes at the tiger, trying to eat him. Four of us saw the great white, and it wasn't a mass hallucination."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles reported that the jaws of the very large shark recently caught 8 miles off Punta Pescadero were bought by his neighbor Larry Mesch for $180. "The jaw set is truly impressive," Meredith said. "The jaws go from shoulder to shoulder. One can see this shark could have swallowed anyone whole, if it was so inclined. When the stomach was cut open, they found 2 full-sized turtles and a full-sized goat."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Vista Sea Sport, Mark Rayor said photos of the shark indicated it may have been a mako, rather than a tiger shark, as initially reported. Diving conditions at Cabo Pulmo were "as good as it gets," Rayor said. "You could see a dime on the bottom in 50 feet." Sea life sightings included grouper, pargo, amberjack, schooling bigeye jacks, sting rays, eels, and Rayor's first personal sighting of the large tiger shark that has been hanging around the reef: "One might think looking at a man-eating shark close up would be frightening. Well, it wasn't. It was just cruising the edge of the reef in his own world. Like I wasn't there. What a sight!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Pepe Murrieta of Pepe's Dive Service said he thought the diving last week was the best of the year. Sightings on the coral reef included a 1,000-pound class jewfish, Murrieta said, and water temperatures averaged 84 degrees in calm conditions, with no thermocline.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape residents noted the unaccustomed absence of local legend, Jimmy Smith, who was driven to the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla, CA by Chuck Potter of La Ribera. Smith, 75, was suffering from lung and chest problems, but was cheerfully receiving a steady stream of visitors and well-wishers.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said a few yellowfin tuna were caught by one of his pangas on the Las Arenas side, breaking a long drought for that species. "We've been waiting all season for tuna to show up," Roldan said. "It was somewhat like catching the first albacore of the season in San Diego." Otherwise, the main catch at Las Arenas was about 3 to 4 dorado per boat, including some quality fish to about 30 pounds.
On the La Paz side, Roldan said the action was steadier on dorado, and some large blue and black marlin were seen.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tortuga Sportfishing, Gerardo Hernandez reported very few visitors last week on the Las Arenas side, but more reservations coming up. Dorado to about 35 pounds were caught, and water temperatures were 84 to 86 degrees near Isla Cerralvo.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said fishing action dropped off during the full moon: "The moon is still very high overhead and very bright in the crucial early morning hours. The fish are finicky. Daytime fishing is very slow. Evening is slow too." Loreto weather was in the mid-90s, with humidity about 60 percent and light winds from the south. Dorado were seen on debris, but not biting actively. Sailfish were also present, but not interested. Yellowtail were active at depths to 300 feet at La Vaca and Punta Lobos. "Make sure you pay attention when they hit, because you're fishing within inches of the bottom," Bolles said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported water temperatures of 83 to 84 degrees. Dorado were caught at San Bruno, east Isla Coronado, and off Punta Lobos, and small yellowtail to 22 pounds were caught north of Isla Monserrate. A recent tournament was won by a dorado weighing 39.71 pounds.
LORETO, MEXICO: George "Flaco" Thayer of Hemet, CA and Dennis Burke of Newport, OR fished out of the Hotel Oasis with Capt. Alfonso "Poncho" Susarrey for 2 days and caught 9 dorado to 42 pounds, plus a released sailfish, about 25 miles east of town:
"Poncho said all the others were heading north, but we would go looking for basura floating from the storm. This worked well. The second day, Poncho started out east, but he kept looking back at Isla Carmen. Poncho did a little 'sight' fishing. We saw the dorado swimming toward us before we could get our bait in the water! I would highly recommend Poncho, as he is very gringo friendly and knows how to get the pescas."
LORETO, MEXICO: Ty Miller of El Fuerte Sportfishing said he's been busy with clients, and he hopes to have his new boat ready by January for fishing the southern islands and the Tambobiche area on overnight trips. Water temperatures out of Puerto Escondido averaged 86 degrees, and the action was on dorado and a few sailfish. Yellowfin tuna were seen but not caught, Miller said, and bait was scarce.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Adler of the panga mothership Iron Eagle said he spent the whole summer obtaining the necessary permits and he was ready to begin operations out of his Puerto Escondido base, with a group of local guides, operations manager Alejandro Collin, and office staffer Iliana Vargas. Two American captains will operate the mothership itself, Adler said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto resident Don Bear said he fished last week in 88.5-degree water. Local panguero Francisco Murillo had a good day on 4 dorado and a 300-pound marlin at the Punta Lobos bajo, Bear said.
LORETO, MEXICO: At the Carnaderos baitsellers' cooperativa, Gregorio Segoviano said very little bait was caught during the bright full moon. "One of five who worked the night sold sardinas to two boats," Segoviano said of Thursday night, the slowest of the week. September marked the beginning of the slow season for the carnaderos, Segoviano said, even though October was perhaps the most beautiful month of the year at Loreto.
LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto resident Jeff Petersen said he was planning to fish with the carnaderos for night pargo next week, and their new lights were up and running well.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said fishing was still slow, and "business is still very slow, but we will survive." Several fly-in groups were scheduled to arrive soon, including Baja Bush Pilots, Flying Samaritans, and Flying Doctors. Hotel founder and family patriarch, Don Johnson, was returning from a brief checkup at Hospital del Prado in Tijuana. Mulege weather was hot, but cooling off noticeably.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said the weather was in the low-90s, down to 72 at night, and water temperatures were down to the upper-70s in the bay, with patches of 80 degrees outside. Dorado action was slower, with only a few caught, and most boats were fishing for yellowtail, caught deep on jigs, and some on live bait. The main catch was mixed bottom species. Many whales and dolphins were present, and the post-Hurricane Ignacio mosquito bloom was mostly gone.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Don Alfano of West Hills, CA fished with his brother Frank, and Michellen Blondon of Redondo Beach, CA out of Guillermo's Sportfishing with Capt. Tito. Alfano reported 3 dorado to 20 pounds caught at Punta las Animas on live mackerel. "The sargasso is very spotty, and so are the dorado," Alfano said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ralph Strahm of Holtville, CA and his group of six flew into Alfonsina's on Gonzaga Bay in his Beech Bonanza: "The resort was empty, but the kitchen prepared great meals, and we had the bay to ourselves. The top performers were the jointed lures catching sierra, bay bass, lots of corvina, sculpin, lots of pompano, and too many cochis! Because of the warm water, the boys snorkeled out in the bay for hours at a time. The gill netters are still working the bay and back bay."
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma, AZ fished with his wife, Diane, on their boat Hammertime, straight south of Puerto Peñasco in 200 feet of blue water for some peanut dorado, plus a few keepers, "but nothing to brag about."
"Did an hour or two of relatively high-speed trolling while searching for sargasso," David said. "We never even saw a sliver of weed that whole day." A large 4 by 6-foot chunk of foam, anchored in about 185 feet of water, was loaded with 4 to 5-pound chicken dorado. Davis said he ended the day on a hot bite of sierra at Isla San Jorge.
Davis also described an intense, old Baja experience with jumping porpoise:
"Around mid-afternoon I spotted splashing on the western horizon. We came up on one of the most incredible experiences. It was literally a wall of white water maybe five miles across with the silhouettes of high jumping dolphins across it's entire length.
"We slowly ran into the middle of them, and it was like we didn't exist. I can seriously estimate there were at least 1,500 animals, probably more. Mixed with them were hundreds of porpoising California sea lions and several finback whales.
"The dolphins would jump as high as they could and come down on their sides to make a huge splash. We couldn't figure out what was going on until the wall started to close into a horseshoe shape. Then we saw they had been herding a mile-wide swath of sardines.
"Once the noose closed, it was just unbelievable. The birds resembled a tornado, with a black cloud pouring down from the sky into the water. The whales rushing into the melée was really wild. We took four rolls of film and got plenty of good shots to prove it all."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Vince Radice of the Sonora Sport Center said at least 2 more whales were confirmed caught in gill nets last week, in addition to the 3 reported earlier.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernández of Flota Bibi Fleet said improved weather allowed 6 fishing days last week, with a catch including released fish of: 17 sailfish to 69 pounds, 7 bonita and skipjack tuna, and 1 dorado. Mazatlan weather was at 88 degrees, with humidity of 58 percent.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said six offshore Aries Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: 20 sailfish and 3 dorado to over 40 pounds. Inshore boats found good action on roosterfish, permit, and snapper. Sea conditions were good, and the best fishing was 20 to 32 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said boats continued to catch 1 or 2 sailfish per day, in addition to a few 20-pound class dorado holding on weed lines. "The 82-degree blue water is close to the beach," Kunze said, "but offshore fishing can only be rated as fair." About 6 to 8 boats per day were fishing out of Bahía Zihuatanejo. The inshore roosterfish bite continued excellent, with boats averaging 5 to 7 fish per day, of 30 to 42 pounds.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported improved offshore fishing. Mike Visocky fished 3 days on the Dos Hermanos, Lushinsky said, and caught 16 sailfish, plus a missed blue marlin, with Capt. Cheva.