ENSENADA, MEXICO: A flurry of early spring albacore action blew open for boats fishing off Ensenada last week.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: WON Editorial Director Pat McDonell fished in his boat out of San Diego for unlimited action on albacore of 15 to 30 pounds, plus some bluefin tuna, found "everywhere" about 20 to 30 miles off Islas Todos Santos, in calm, deep purple water of 63.0 degrees.
Yellowtail were also caught on paddies closer in. Outside, the tuna were caught on the troll and on bait, in very flat water and overcast conditions. McDonell said, "There were fish coming in waves. Very unusual for this time of year. It's more like summer out there."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Tom McInally fished his boat Wide Open two days out of Marina Coral at midweek for 13 albacore, plus two yellowtail off a kelp paddy the first day, and nine albacore and two thresher shark the second day. One shark, caught by Brett Clarke of Huntington Harbour, weighed 109 pounds, and the second, caught by Donald Smith of Great Falls, Mont., weighed 160 pounds. McInally said: “The most life I have seen in years, bait balls, whales, porpoise, mola molas, and threshers. Hard to believe it was March.”
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky’s boat Scott’s Johnny, skippered by Mike Bratton, had limits of albacore at the 295 bank by 10 a.m. around GPS numbers 31.34 117.22. Hradecky said conditions were phenomenally flat all day.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said on Saturday the Tamara got two 35-pound albacore at the 295 bank, and then moved closer in for multiple triple jig strikes and many more fish on live bait, in water temperatures averaging 61 degrees, around GPS numbers 31.30 117.11. Three anglers scored on a total of 19 albacore, Susarrey said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Maryssa Ptacnik of Gordo’s Sportfishing said local boats caught bonita and barracuda, but not many yellowtail. One offshore boat caught eight albacore and a large yellowtail about 25 miles outside Islas Todos Santos.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino said Vonny’s Fleet pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda caught yellowtail, lingcod, and limits of rockfish all week long, in partly cloudy and foggy weather in the mid-60s, with water temperatures averaging 61 degrees.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said flat cloudy conditions prevailed most of the week, but winds on Sunday pinned boats to shore. Several pangas found super hot bottom fish action on lingcod, rockfish, whitefish, and sheephead. Jim Ellis and Lee Fritz of Cathedral City lead the action with a 27-pound lingcod and a 15-pound sheephead.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak Fishing had a guided kayak trip scheduled to Puerto Santo Tomas on April 2-4, and another to La Bufadora on April 16-18. The trips include food and accommodations for $145-$165 per person, 818-345-5824. Spike also has trips to Rancho Leonero at East Cape in April, June, August, and October.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro’s Camp said 26 pangas last week had heavy counts on barracuda, red rockfish, lots of mixed bottom fish, and five white seabass including an unusual 61 pounder, in clear blue water of 58 to 59 degrees. Local weather was good for most of the week, but windy on Saturday and Sunday.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said local weather was in the mid-70s by 10 a.m., with water temperatures steady at 59 degrees, and choppy seas that stirred up the water. No yellowtail or white seabass were caught, but Richard Neese of Torrance and his family fished in wind for limits of lingcod and rockfish.
Earlier, Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing reported good action south of town on calico bass, sandbass, and rockfish in less than 100 feet of water.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said winds kept most boats in the esteros, for good action on corvina, cabrilla, pompano, and a few snook. San Carlos weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 66 to 74 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 31 Gaviota Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, 11 dorado, five Humboldt squid, and 167 yellowfin tuna of mostly 15 to 30 pounds, plus a few in the 50 to 70-pound range. Gaviota Fleet boats fished in water temperatures of 68.5 to 70.5 degrees, from about 20 miles south of the arch to Cabo Falso.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 90 boats with a catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, one small broadbill swordfish, 116 yellowfin tuna of 35 to 80 pounds, 32 dorado, two wahoo of 60 and 65 pounds, four amberjack, 35 Humboldt squid, one mako shark, many sierra, and six boats skunked.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 16 percent of boats landed billfish during the week and 89 percent caught all species combined, as water temperatures reached 72 degrees in many places. Many marlin were seen and some broadbill swordfish seen but not hooked. Sixty-six percent of Pisces boats landed yellowfin tuna of 20 to 45 pounds, and 21 percent landed dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega Rodriguez of Solmar Fleet said 56 boats had a catch including released fish of: nine striped marlin, 45 yellowfin tuna, five dorado, two wahoo, five Humboldt squid, and four bonito. The top catch of the week was by Thomas Fuller of Las Vegas with a striped marlin and six yellowfin tuna on the Solmar I.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said four boats had a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna of 8 to 45 pounds, and two 25-pound dorado. Cabo weather was partly cloudy and clearing, in the high-90s, with local water temperatures in the mid-60s, but a spot of clear blue water up to 75 degrees about 40 miles south.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said local water temperatures ranged from 69 to 73 degrees, and pods of 10 to 80-pound yellowfin tuna were found from just a few miles off Punta Gorda, out to about 30 miles. Some boats caught 6 to 12 fish, and most also landed a dorado or two. Bottom fishing was fair.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of San Jose del Cabo said the La Playita pangas brought in some good tuna catches on Thursday and Friday, but the action died on Saturday. On the new marina project: “Heavy earth moving equipment is still poring in and dump trucks ply the roads from early in the morning ’till dusk. Locals continue to complain about the noise, dust and displacement of many long-time residents who cannot show proper title on their homes.”
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo and Keith Henrikson of Cabo San Lucas fished with Capt. Miguel Banaga in the panga Suzy for a “panga grand slam” of dorado, wahoo, and two tuna of 35 and 45 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Excellent yellowfin tuna catches were made by boats heading south last week. On Sunday, Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service had a wild day on his boat Jen Wren, with his wife Jennifer: “Just the two of us. What a fire drill! Tuna bite wide open, most in the 40 to 60-pound class. I had to jump in the water to get Jen’s first fish off the prop. Later, I caught her in the face with my rod butt! By 11 a.m., we had limits and said uncle. What a day!”
Rayor said sea life sightings at Cabo Pulmo included jumping humpback whales and manta rays, many sea turtles, and schools of huge grouper, and jacks. Cabo Pulmo water was slightly green, with 40 to 50-foot visibility.
Also, a 20-peso per day user fee is now in effect for the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, with paid visitors identified by wrist bands, and all revenues going to park operations.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said, “The hotel cruisers here are importing fish into Los Barriles!” Meredith reported hotel boats running up to 70 miles for good counts of tuna and dorado outside the Gordo Banks. Water temperatures were 70 degrees at Los Barriles, and up to 77 degrees at the fishing grounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 27 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: six striped marlin, 10 dorado, 192 yellowfin tuna, eight pargo, and five roosterfish. East Cape weather was generally calm, in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 68 to 71 degrees. Most boats ran south toward San Jose del Cabo for tuna.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista said 27 boats had a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, eight dorado, and 96 yellowfin tuna. The Ranch’s “Fourth Night Free” special runs to the end of April.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rod Albright of Buena Vista said, “Looks like spring is here and the weather sure has improved. Flat seas and warm temps have arrived.” Boats were fishing about 45 miles south for good tuna and dorado, and a few marlin released: “I think within a couple of weeks they should be a lot closer.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said: “Fishing broke wide open, as striped marlin, dorado, tuna, wahoo, yellowtail, pargo and sierra were all biting aggressively as the bite moved closer in, south from the lighthouse to Los Frailes.” Ireland said tuna of 40 to 50 pounds were caught 3 to 5 miles offshore from the Punta Arena light to Los Frailes.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said beach fishing was best at La Ribera and the Punta Arena light. La Ribera produced some nice roosterfish, and jack crevalle were caught near the hotels. Sierra were still on the beaches, but “be out early, or you’ll miss the snap,” Graham said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: George Bergin of La Ribera said his neighbors Dave Sward and Ken Norness scored on two tuna and a wahoo just north of the Gordo Banks in flat seas and water temperatures averaging 72 degrees. “The fleet headed south at flank speed,” Bergin said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: James Curtiss of the Cortez Club reported on 10 super pangas and three cruisers with a catch of: 31 yellowtail of 20 to 36 pounds, plus one 40 pounder; three cabrilla to 12 pounds; five pargos of 8 to 10 pounds; and eight sierra of 6 to 8 pounds. La Paz weather was calm and sunny, with water temperatures of 65 to 68 degrees, and boats were fishing mostly around El Bajo.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Betty Hill-Crofoot of La Paz said, “The winds have finally died bringing warm sunny days.” Hill-Crofoot said she and her husband Tad fished at El Bajo on their boat WICO, for five nice fish identified as white seabass, plus two yellowtail and a couple of other yellowtail lost. “The best fishing was in a water depth of just over 100 feet, but the triggerfish also liked those depths. We had a lot of fun as long as our bait lasted.” Sea conditions were “like glass,” with water temperatures in the lower to mid-70s.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: On the Las Arenas side, Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather and fishing both heated up, with air temperatures in the mid-90s, and water temperatures of 74 degrees at Los Piles and 72 degrees at Punta Perico. Good catches of pargo lisa and pargo perro of 25 to 30 pounds were made, plus yellowtail to 30 pounds. Some pargo estimated at 35 to 40 pounds were lost in the rocks. Many sierra and cabrilla were also caught.
Hernandez said the email address on his business card given out at the Long Beach Fred Hall Show was incorrect. The correct address: email@example.com.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Don Ballentine of San Isidro said local commercials scored on yellowtail at Punta Perico, but shrimp trawlers were working the area: “The draggers are going up and down out in front here. Supposedly taking shrimp. They take everything else too. The boys are still catching some though.”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said boats on the La Paz side were landing two to four fish a day, and on the Las Arenas side, “that little smack of a bite has finally turned on! I've heard of dozens of hookups from the anglers and they are telling me at times that almost every bait or jig that hits the water is getting INHALED!”
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said Saturday that yellowtail of 20 to 40 pounds were on a hot bite, with most boats running north to San Bruno. Punta Lobos also gave up some fish in the 30 to 40-pound class. Inshore fishing produced cabrilla, baqueta, pargo, triggerfish, and some roosterfish. Mackerel, bigeye, and sardina bait was available at the marina, where the water temperature was 73 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo’s Sportfishing said daytime temperatures were in the mid-80s. At the San Nicolas remote camp north of town, Richard Robinson’s group of 12 anglers caught 150 yellowtail in a day and half, on fish averaging 24 pounds and the largest at 33 pounds. Yellowtail of 24 to 32 pounds were also caught at San Bruno reef. Andrew Towles’ group of four anglers caught 21 yellowtail in two days.
LORETO, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera had the contact information for his recommended Loreto guide, Capt. Loreto Velis Murillo, 011-52-613-135-0494.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline returned from the Hotel Serenidad in Mulege and reported outstanding weather except for some morning and evening fog. Water temperatures averaged 70 degrees, and yellowtail were caught at Isla San Marcos and around Punta Teresa, hitting best on live bait caught just off the river mouth. Grant said 50 planes were parked at the hotel runway, many bringing whale watchers going to Laguna San Ignacio. The road there was the best he’s seen in several years, Grant said.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said the weather was excellent at about 80 degrees and lots of yellowtail were caught by local boats.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said the week was hotter than normal, in the high-80s, with calm days and some hot, dry wind, as water temperatures rose to 66 to 68 degrees. Kanzler reported yellowtail action at Isla San Marcos very slow: “I fished twice at the north end and got skunked, that’s right, broke my streak.” Inshore fishing was very good for nice leopard grouper, snappers and “too many” barracuda.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Kanzler made his first trips of the year to Isla Tortuga for what he calls “inshore extreme” fishing, leaving two hours before sunrise and tossing plastics at first light. He recorded 46 leopard grouper and a barred pargo on one morning, mostly released, and a leopard grouper of 16 pounds on another morning. “When you fish ’em shallow, in tight, that's a different animal!,” Kanzler said. “They fight you all the way to the boat, trying to cut you off on the sharp rocks.”
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said good, windless weather at about 80 degrees prevailed last week, and most boats caught 10 to 20 yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds north at Guadalupe reef. “All the yellows have been caught on blue-white jigs, casting out to boils or just dropping them down,” Vazquez said. Water temperatures at Guadalupe reef were 60 to 61 degrees, and up to 67 degrees in the bay.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Capt. Igor Galvan of Bahía de los Angeles said he got two yellowtail of 15 and 17 pounds at Guadalupe reef, then moved to Los Machos on the big island for six more yellowtail under birds, in 57 to 60-degree water.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At remote Caleta San Francisquito, Beto Lucero said the weather was about 90 degrees, and there were millions of yellow jacket wasps flying around, due to last fall’s hurricanes. Commercial fishermen were catching a few yellowtail and squid, and the roads out to Bahía de los Angeles and El Arco were both in good condition.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Randy Morishita of Carlsbad and a group of four-wheelers supported by two other vehicles drove into remote Caleta Calamajué for a good trip of fishing with local pangueros. “Calamajué is beautiful, just as described in The Baja Catch,” Morishita said. Local pangueros presented the group with a 3-gallon bucket of fresh clams and took them fishing for two days of action on mixed species.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo reported an unusual Cortez halibut of over 15 pounds caught by Larry Labree, at a spot 1.5 miles off the point. “They were on the top of a reef in about 40 feet of water,” Tillander said. “The reef is about 300 feet wide and drops almost vertically to 120 feet. Larry caught it right at the drop off. He was using a jig with a piece of bay bass on it and just bumping it on the bottom. This is the spot where I had 25-pound test line cleaned off the reel twice in January.”
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the thermometer hit 104 degrees last week and lots of people were in the water, plus many spring breakers being bussed into town in waves. The annual spring parade featured kids dressed as bumblebees, butterflies, bunny rabbits, flowers, and assorted woodland creatures, “always one of my favorite parades of the year,” Meders said.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Puerto Peñasco and Mike Auditore fished in beautiful conditions on El Gato Blanco, for plenty of mackerel and sardina bait at 20-mile-reef, and heavy action on red snapper of 8 to 10 pounds, big goldspotted bass, large shortfin corvina, whitefish and sheephead, plus a big break-off, all at 51-mile reef. “The fishing was pretty steady the whole time on the reef,” Burnett said. “The Rock n Reel experienced a very similar catch.”
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of San Carlos said yellowtail action at Isla San Pedro Nolasco picked up at the end of the week: “Friends went out and caught nine, 15 to 20 pounds, in about four hours of trolling live mullet.” Blair said one boat reported a water temperature of 70 degrees, and radio chatter indicated better fishing.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 38 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: 20 striped marlin, 22 sailfish, five dorado, and two mako shark. Bottom fishing pangas landed numerous corvina, pargo, mojarra, baqueta, cabrilla, triggerfish, and other species. Mazatlan weather was partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 73 degrees, and the best fishing was 20 to 30 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kim Moore of Charter Dreams said sailfish action was some of the best in recent memory as boats at Sayulita scored on three to five hookups per day: “Fun on light tackle tossing live goggle-eyes into the schools and waiting for a sail to go dancing across the water!” Sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and some small yellowfin tuna were also caught 5 to 8 miles north of El Banco, in water temperatures of 74 to 76 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze reported 78-degree clear water only 6 miles off the beach, but few dorado or sailfish being caught. Abundant black skipjack were present and at least one blue marlin per day was caught by the fleet. Roosterfish were slow in the surf line. Zihuatanejo weather was mostly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 72 to 78 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said captains were working hard for every strike, but Debbie Pavon landed a 370-pound blue marlin, two sailfish, two dorado, and other species, in three days of fishing on the Marlin Azul.