SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said 10 boats fished last week, including Ernesto Fernandez’ group from San Diego who had bottom fish limits of lingcod, red rockcod, and whitefish, plus some nice white seabass.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin, Harry Thompson, and Jack and Ed Purdy found excellent bottom fish action, including an 8.7-pound vermillion rockfish caught on a homemade jig, plus lingcod to 12 pounds, at the 240 spot. “For some reason, the yellowtail are not biting for the last three weeks,” Meza said, “Just one 20 pounder by Capt. Jaime last week.”
Meza also said he pulled three boats off the mud last week, and others simply waited for the tide to refloat them.
Fishing south with Will Harrison, Meza said they found 59-degree water, and no white seabass.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Larry Biedebach of Campo Lorenzo said water temperatures were 54 to 56 degrees, with intermittent wind and sprinkles, increasing to “gatos y perros” over the weekend, but Fred Suhr’s group of San Diego Anglers club members, managed a nice catch of lingcod and red rockfish, plus a 7-pound 1-ounce calico bass caught by Suhr near Isla San Martin.
Biedebach also mentioned some boaters running aground in Bahia Falsa, including one who “found himself fishing for mudsuckers” until the tide floated him. “Remember,” Biedebach said, “False Bay is false, and it’s a LEFT turn out of the channel!” About some other anglers pulled free by Julio Meza’s boat, Biedebach said jokingly, “That can be explained. They’re from FRESNO!”
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Campo Lorenzo resident John Bakerink noted the recent death of Baja legend Arnold Senterfitt, founder of Baja Bush Pilots, whom he accompanied on some of Senterfitt’s many early trips to measure landing strips with his famous measuring wheel.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Barstow, Bryan Butler and Larry Bates from St. George's Pub in Paso Robles, found calm seas and “fantastic fishing for lingcod, salmon grouper, sandbass, whitefish, and big red rockfish,” while fishing on Barstow’s boat out of the Old Mill Motel. Barstow said they did so well that St. George’s was planning a free fish fry for all comers: “If anybody is in the area, come on in for a feed!” Barstow, an old San Lucas Cove veteran, said San Quintin water temperatures were in the high-50s.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing reported flat seas, and plenty of bottom fish, including a huge 27-pound lingcod, fishing up to 350 feet deep at the 240 and 15 spots. Catain reported clean, 60 to 61-degree water at El Socorro. No yellowtail or white seabass were caught.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny’s Fleet said pangas at the tip of Punta Banda located several more pods of surface yellowtail during the week. On Saturday morning Sam Navarro and his fishing partner from San Diego caught five yellowtail of 17 to 23 pounds, plus limits of rockcod and lingcod, with Capt. Beto Zamora on the Vonny I, with all fish caught on the locally-made aluminum jigs. During the week, Bud Moritz and John Newman of San Jose also caught three yellowtail, plus bottom fish. Ensenada weather was cold in the mornings, with swells of 2 feet and water temperatures averaging 57 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross’s boat Bad Dog hit a 2-inch rope in 58-degree water, 20 miles south of Ensenada, which was cut free of the prop by boat guest and professional diver Juan Lu. The Bad Dog found no bottom fish south of Ensenada, but returned for five vermillion rockfish and one bocaccio at the Punta Banda Bank. Ross also reported a boat returning from Punta Colnett with 10 Humboldt squid to 38 pounds.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Larry Risen of Carlsbad and his group fished with Capt. Chaca for limits of rockcod, rockfish, lingcod, whitefish, croaker, and several large barracuda and sheephead, plus one lost white seabass. Risen reported another panga with three white seabass of 25 to 40 pounds. A second day of fishing was cut short by winds. Risen said his group paid $35 per night for a bunkhouse, and $35 per person for the panga.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said Brian Hunt of Napa fished out of Puerto Lopez Mateos with Capt. Ruben Duran for limits of corvina at Boca Santo Domingo. “There are lots of whales in the bay, and you can see them from shore,” Hoyt added.
Mag Bay Outfitters’ new website was online at magbayoutfitters.com, and the new phone numbers were: 011-52-613-131-5279, and 760-250-7593.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: At Puerto San Carlos, Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said several nice grouper were reported at Devil’s Curve, and halibut were biting on “almost any sandy beach.” No snook were caught in the mangroves. San Carlos weather was clear in the high-60s with water temperatures of 66 to 74 degrees.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Last week’s fishing report for Lopez Mateos, of excellent catches at Boca Santo Domingo on leadheads and jigs, was submitted by Brad Murakami of Delta, British Colombia.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 75 boats with a catch including released fish of: 21 striped marlin, 71 yellowfin tuna, 22 dorado, three wahoo, 43 huachinango, one mako shark, four jack crevalle, many sierra, and 18 skunks.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg called the action “inconsistent.” Twenty-eight percent of Pisces boats landed marlin, and 74 percent scored on all species combined. An off season blue marlin weighing 350 pounds was caught by the Adriana, and the Valerie scored a triple marlin release. Sergio Siuillomi of Italy also scored a triple on Ni Modo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said about 25 percent of Gaviota Fleet boats landed marlin. Yellowfin tuna lead the counts. Overall, Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, 161 yellowfin tuna, 9 dorado, and 6 sierra, with the best action at the Jaime Bank.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega Rodriguez of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 20 striped marlin, 83 yellowfin tuna, 22 bonita, 41 sierra, 32 dorado, and 8 wahoo. The top boat for the week was the San Lucas V with Capt. Benito Peralta, who had a 5-outing catch including released fish of: 3 marlin, 8 tuna, and 10 dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on five boats with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin and three yellowfin tuna of 10 to 40 pounds. Cabo weather was windy toward the weekend, at about 80 degrees, with a strong southerly current, and water temperatures of 68 degrees close to shore, and 74 degrees about 5 to 12 miles out. Many gray and humpback whales were present.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said water temperatures were 68 to 72 degrees, with the warmer water 10 to 20 miles off shore, where improved catches of yellowfin tuna were found. La Playita pangas fished mostly near shore for improved catches of sierra, pompano, pargo, and jack crevalle, plus a few football tuna. Many African pompano were also caught, and some boats reported as many as 15 fish of four to 10 pounds. Bottom catches with iron included cabrilla, grouper, pargo, amberjack, and bonito. Dorado counts were not significant.
Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo described the heavy construction at La Playita for the new marina project: “Picture La Playita with all the old approaches fenced off. The soccer fields are all fenced off. The new access road up the coast is graded smooth apparently preparing it for paving. A few places left to beach camp off the road. Enjoy it for now.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chip Shapley and Fred Green of Rancho Leonero fished from their inflatables for sierra and a mix bag: “Launched before first light. We were treated to a miniature light show of phosphorescence in our prop washes. Fred could not help but notice some glowing specs inside his Zodiac, along with two inches of water, as a seam had opened up in his boat. Fortunately his boat is self-bailing. He scored on double hookups of sierra and African pompano.
“I had a good day taking two pompano and a 12-pound, 27-inch pargo. On these three trips, we also took a green jack, triggerfish, a Pacific mackerel, a few yellow snapper, a ladyfish, and a Mexican lookdown. All fish were caught on Jointed Rebels and Rapalas.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said a few dorado were caught from the pyramids to the Punta Pescadero buoys, but not much else. East Cape weather was clear, with decreasing winds, in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 66 to 68 degrees. Inshore and beach fishing yielded a few jacks and the usual early morning sierra.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said flat weather prevailed during the second half of the week, as water temperatures averaged 69 to 72 degrees.
“Lots of striped marlin north from Punta Pescadero to Cerralvo,” Ireland said. “Some dorado in the same area. The early roosterfish bite continues, with fish biting aggressively south, from the lighthouse to Los Frailes. A 70 pounder was taken this week. A continued strong sierra bite off most area beaches. Lots of quality bait in the water.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner said he made great catches of sierra, plus jacks, ladyfish, and two roosterfish follows, right in front of Hotel Punta Colorada, on fly cast Clouser minnows, and Rapalas with a spinning rod.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Chugey Sepulveda of San Diego fished on a private super panga out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez: “Windy every day. A few small dorado around. Fished one day. Good drenching.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said good spring conditions prevailed at Cabo Pulmo, with 69-degree water at depth, and sea life sightings including a friendly turtle, large amberjack, schooling dog snapper, and clouds of reef fish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Several East Cape residents reported renewed gill net activity very close to shore from Punta Colorada to the Punta Arena lighthouse. One boat was reported as the Pescadores del Cortez IV, Mat. 0304069713-3. Three or four nets were being set each evening and pulled just before dawn.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the wind was much lighter last week on the Las Arenas side, with some clouds, air temperatures in the low-70s, and water temperatures in the low-70s at Ensenada de los Muertos, Punta Las Arenas, Punta Perico, and points south. About 20 commercial pangas fished per day, half out of Ensenada de los Muertos and half at Punta las Arenas, for sierra, pargo lisa, and a few yellowtail and cabrilla. Three or four sportfishing pangas fished per day for some pargo, yellowtail, and sierra, with no fish reported over 20 pounds. Hernandez also announced that for the first time, Tortuga Sportfishing will be at the Long Beach Fred Hall Show this March 3-7.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said: “The yellowtail bite at El Bajito northeast of Espiritu Santo Island picked up right where it left off before the winds. The fish are ranging in size from punks to some decent sized 20 to 25 pounders. The fish are eating mostly bait, so losing jigs isn't really an issue. In the same areas, some toad-sized pargo and cabrilla were also coming up on the live bait as well.”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: James Curtiss of the Cortez Club reported water temperature on the La Paz side at 68 degrees. Two Mosquito Fleet boats fished at El Bajo for yellowtail of 25 to 35 pounds, all caught on live bait. Boats also reported 12 to 15 sierra each on the east side of Espiritu Santo, with fish weighing up to 14 pounds. Mike Marsh speared two dog snapper east of the island, weighing 27 and 32 pounds.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tim Stemwedel of La Paz found flat 70-degree water at El Bajo, but, “could not buy a sardine. Fished all over with nada. Great water day though!”
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the north winds layed down last week and air temperatures were in the low-80s, with a water temperature of 65 degrees off the downtown breakwater.
Yellowtail action was mixed. “Most of the fleet chose to go north, to San Bruno and Puerto Almejas. Those boats, including my own Francisco Munoz, ended up getting skunked. Its not easy to live with Francisco when he comes in empty.” Bolles reported only two small pinto bass caught on that trip, while jigging for bait.
Other boats fishing all around Isla Carmen found little action except for one that loaded up with seven yellowtail at Punta Cholla, on and near the surface with flylined caballitos. Another Baja Big Fish boat at Isla Carmen lost several yellowtail and boated one medium fish.
Later, some pangas ran into a brief flurry of 15 to 20-pound yellowtail, at Punta Pulpito to the north, but the action died again the next day.
“There is clearly some connection between the change in the weather and the fickle bite going on,” Bolles said. Inshore fishing for resident species was also spotty and generally slow.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo’s Sportfishing said schools of yellowtail were found at Punta Pulpito and south of Isla Ildefonso, with fish averaging 22 pounds, and some boats catching 10 or 15 of them.
LORETO, MEXICO: Gregorio Segoviano of the Carnaderos baitsellers’ cooperativa said water temperatures averaged 62.8 degrees, and some yellowtail were caught on bajos north and east of Isla Coronado.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen said the carnaderos haven’t had enough business to justify the long, cold nights fishing for bait, although they did run out to Isla Coronado when sardina were reported there, catching some and returning to the marina, only to have no customers.
LORETO, MEXICO: Brad Murakami fished out of Puerto Escondido: “Very difficult bait situation in the last few days. We made three bait and headed to Six Mile reef. I hooked and landed a nice 25-pound yellowtail and we lost two others. Out of bait, we threw iron, and trolled Magnum CD18s and CD26s with no luck.
We decided to go back to Punta Baja and try and jig more bait. There were two boats from Loreto. We gladly took five baits and invited them to follow us back.
“We were already hooked up to two more fish as they pulled up to Six Mile. We ended up hooking seven more fish on the bait they offered us, and they hooked two and landed one nice one, which was the first ever jurel by the young boy.
“All the eight fish I hooked were on flylined baits, and the fish I lost were all due to the enormous downward pulling power of these fish. The fish I landed weighed from 25 to 34.5 pounds, and these were probably several of the finest fights I've ever experienced anywhere.
“Whoever those generous fishermen were that gave us those baits, I'd say they helped give me one of my most memorable days of fishing in Baja.”
Murakami also reported two golden jacks, or Palometa amarilla, of 8 and 17.5 pounds, caught on a 1.5-ounce chrome-green Krocodile off the Puerto Escondido dock.
LORETO, MEXICO: Juanita Miller of El Fuerte Sportfishing at Puerto Escondido said a new fuel dock is being installed, and work has begun on the first of 150 new moorings.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in resident Ron Grant returned from the Hotel Serenidad in Mulege, reporting some strong north winds in the mid-70s. “Only got two days fishing,” Grant said. Yellowtail fishing was reported best north of Isla San Marcos and at Punta Teresa. Grant also said more than 100 whales were at Laguna San Ignacio, and the road was still rough but improved enough to handle RVs.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson said fishing for yellowtail was improved and the temporary gasoline shortage was expected to be over by the weekend.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: San Marcos Mike Kanzler said last week’s weather went back and forth between wind and calm days, with water temperatures in the 61 to 63-degree range, and visibility of 20 to 25 feet.
Fishing was also up and down, and one day Kanzler said he came within a single fish of breaking his string of “yellowtail on every trip,” which goes back to September.
“Wow! What a tough day it was!” Kanzler said. “Fished with Doug Pierson and his friend John until 2:30 p.m. and had four bites and got only ONE fish. Almost got skunked and messed up my streak. Close one!”
On other days, Kanzler had very good to average action in variable conditions with Gordy Muller and his friend Fred of Las Vegas, and locals Daniel “Piojo Loco” Sanchez Chiquete and Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove.
“The bite might be slowing up,” Kanzler said. “I'll find out next week. Always kind of slow after the new moon.” Most yellowtail were taken on live caballitos, and a few on iron.
Inshore fishing was fair on lots of bass, barracuda, and a few halibut taken off the San Lucas Cove rock spit, a little north of the entrance.
Kanzler, who lives on Isla San Marcos, said he will host an “Isla San Marcos Yellowtail Shootout” fishing tournament on the weekend of May 22-23, to help repair hurricane damage to the elementary school and church used by the people living on the island.
The tournament will be sponsored by Kanzler and the main employer on the island, the gypsum mining company, Compañia Occidental Mexicana, S.A. De C.V (COMSA).
The entry fee for the tournament is $25, and 100 percent of proceeds will go toward much-needed repairs of the two buildings, Kanzler said. More information is available at Kanzler’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Lee Wood and a group from Oceanside Senior Anglers drove to Bahia de los Angeles, and found great fishing with Capts. Guillermo and Igor Galvan: “Hugh Cobb of Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle, Mike Mercado, George Afansev, and Dennis Dennat were on Guillermo's boat, and Gerry Aldridge, Ed Dennis, Doug Ibbetson and myself on Igor's boat.
“We fished Guadalupe Reef and found some nice yellows in the 10 to 18-pound range. Then we caught some good-eating spotted bass and jawfish for our dinner fare that evening. The water was calm until the noon wind picked up for our ride back to shore.
“On Sunday we switched boats. The fishing was a little better. The yellows were larger, up to 30 pounds. Around 10:30 all the fish got lockjaw. But by that time we had boated between 12 and 16 yellows and were ready to go back to shore.”
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Tempe, Ariz. reported mixed fishing in 59-degree water, out as far as Isla San Jorge: “We did manage to catch some nice goldspotted bass and two decent pinto bass at a reef about 26 miles out. Also, the wife caught the single biggest triggerfish I've ever seen in my life, and trust me, I've seen a bazillion of them. We were both surprised because in all the times we've fished this reef, we've never caught a trigger there. If they're going to be this size, bring 'em on!
“Tried trolling San Jorge Island with Rapalas and MirrOlures, but just didn't seem to be anybody home right now. We usually always manage to pick some sierra and grouper there, but I think the water is too cold right now and they've headed deeper.
“On Sunday, we caught a sculpin and an octopus. Other boats were doing well if they had live bait. The boat docked next to us had two very large leopard grouper in the 25-pound range from a reef about 20 miles out on 185. They had also caught a white seabass and some large red snapper earlier in the week.
“You need to be wary of the afternoon north winds at this time of year. Best advice is to get an early start and get back early.”
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO:An article in Western Outdoor News helped to save the life of an 11-year-old child after she was critically injured in a car accident in Sonora, Mexico earlier this month, it was reported by Celia Diaz of the nonprofit, volunteer-operated Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) in Chula Vista (619-425-5080).
According to Diaz, among about 27 Americans evacuated from Mexico so far during February, was an 11 year old girl who was gravely injured when her family’s vehicle was run off the road by a truck near Hermosillo. A family friend was able to telephone BEMCC, and the child’s life was saved after she was flown to the UCSD Trauma Center within 24 hours of notification. According to Diaz, the friend had found BEMCC’s phone number in an issue of Western Outdoor News.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said yellowtail action was improved on 18 to 27-pound fish, caught around Isla San Pedro Nolasco mostly on jigged iron, but also some with trolled lures. Water temperatures were holding in the high-50s.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said the Aries IV caught the fleet’s first broadbill swordfish of the year, a 70 pounder that hit a rigged bait about 25 miles out of Marina el Cid for Gary Long and James Bush of Northbend, Ore.
“The boats have been seeing swordfish for a couple of weeks now, but finally, one got hungry,” Edwards said.
Aries Fleet had a combined 15-outing catch including released fish of: one broadbill swordfish, two striped marlin, two dorado, 74 yellowfin tuna.
Inshore, Edwards called the action “preposterous” on a huge mixed catch of: 58 red snapper, 21 grouper, one permit, 100-plus yellowtail, 30 seabass, one “rabbitfish” (possible gulf coney), and 100 croaker. Mazatlan weather was mostly fair with light breezes, in the low-80s, with water temperatures in the high-60s. The best fishing as 25 to 30 miles southwest of Marina el Cid on headings of 195 to 240 degrees.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said nine offshore boats had a catch of: one broadbill swordfish, 34 yellowfin tuna, and two skipjack tuna. “Many swordfish and shark have been seen this week,” Hernandez said. “We also saw many striped marlin, but they weren’t hungry.” Three bottom fishing boats had fair catches of baqueta (gulf coney) and mojarra. Mazatlan weather was sunny in the 80s, except for fog at the end of the week.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said Capt. Luis Maciel of the panga Gringo Loco landed a 250-pound yellowfin tuna for John Green of Seattle, Wash., about 30 miles out of Zihuatanejo Bay. “This kind of confirms the commercial pangueros’ reports of tuna being at about 40 miles,” Kunze said.
Otherwise, fishing was fairly slow, with 78-degree blue water out at 16 miles, and the fleet averaging only one or two sailfish per boat. A few scattered dorado in the 25 to 35-pound range were also caught.
Inshore, the roosterfish bite improved, with several nice 35 to 40 pounders taken about 25 miles south, at an area called “Antennas.” Zihuatanejo weather was mostly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 72 to 78 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said the sailfish bite was slower, but some large marlin to a reported 500 pounds were landed. “Looks like the ‘April current’ has shown up in February. It seems the cool water current is here to stay,” Phillips said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Capts. Adolfo and Cheva, of the Dos Hermanos I and Dos Hermanos II, had 21 combined outings for a total catch including released fish of: 15 sailfish, 11 dorado including a 77 pounder, 36 bonito, one grouper, four roosterfish, 12 rainbow runner, and 12 yellowtail jack.