LORETO, MEXICO: Flurries of spring yellowtail erupted both north and south of town last week. Arturo Susarrey of Arturo’s Sportfishing said Pete Gray’s group at the remote San Nicolas camp to the north had two slow days, and then very good action on yellowtail around Punta Pulpito.
Richard Castaneda’s group also found very good action at San Bruno reef, including a 43 pounder. Brian Miyazaki caught 14 yellowtail averaging 24 pounds and including another 43 pounder at Isla Catalan.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Puerto Escondido to the south, Ty Miller of El Fuerte Sportfishing said, “‘Incredible’ is the only word I can think of that describes the yellowtail bite we are experiencing off Isla Catalan. It’s one of those bites where you just get tired of pulling on fish. This is by far the best I have ever seen it on the outside.” Water temperatures out of Puerto Escondido averaged 73 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said sea conditions were a little rough at times during the week, but San Bruno gave up some quality yellowtail anyway. Both boats scored on jigged iron, and also lost large several fish. Female yellowtail were showing eggs ready to spawn within days. Cabrilla of 12 to 15 pounds were also caught at San Bruno, and water temperatures averaged 74 degrees off the downtown malecon.
LORETO, MEXICO: Gregorio Segoviano of the Carnaderos baitsellers’ cooperativa said they’ve been getting consistent jurelito at night and during the afternoon, and sardina and platino in the mornings. Mackerel were still small. “Loreto sportfishing is off and running, stronger and earlier this year,” Segoviano said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto noted a big banner hanging above a street for Semana Santa urging the people of Loreto to forego the Baja tradition of eating protected sea turtles for Easter. “My sons suggest this poster is likely a high school project,” Petersen said, “admonishing town folks that turtle is neither seafood nor fish but red meat, not to use Easter as an excuse. A growing awareness. A tradition to disestablish.” Petersen said he ran out to Isla Catlan with the Carnaderos baitsellers, between winds, for rock fishing in 71.4-degree water.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said a late-week boat out of Marina Coral reported a triple albacore hookup, plus a couple more on bait, about 10 miles out from Punta Banda. Lily Fleet boats inside the bay found flat seas but slow action in 60-degree water.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Capt. Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said the Don Juan II fished mostly on the bottom in 59-degree water for lingcod and red rockfish. Another boat reported good action on bottom fish in heavy currents at the Soledad bank.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny’s Fleet, Ivan Villarino said scattered yellowtail, good bonito counts, and bottom fish limits continued for pangas at the tip of Punta Banda. Charles Beck of Torrance caught one yellowtail, six bonito, and bottom fish limits with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. Punta Banda weather was partly foggy in the mid-60s, with 3 to 4-foot swells, and water temperatures averaging 60 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio’s Sportfishing Center reported on 67 anglers with a catch of: 10 barracuda, 40 calico bass, 153 lingcod, 251 rockcod, 145 whitefish, 46 sheephead, and 33 red rockfish.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Paul Montgomery of Vista and Tom Kingsley stayed in a cabin at nearby La Bocana and fished with Capt. Willie and Capt. Jorge Kamel for three days, for good action on rockfish, mostly reds, plus a few lingcod mixed in. Fishing between Punta China and La Bocana, and at Soledad reef, Montgomery said the water was cold at 57 to 58 degrees, very dirty, and swelly, with afternoon wind. “Glow-in-the-dark white Scampis or Tady 4/0 with glow-in-the-dark was almost mandatory. We used a strip of squid with the Scampis,” Montgomery said.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: At Puerto Santo Tomas Resort, Sam Saenz said the strongest winds were on Saturday, but Sunday flattened right out. Only a few pangas fished, but Pete and Victor Gomez of Temecula loaded up with bottom fish, including rockcod, lingcod to 15 pounds, and sheephead.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak fishing led 18 anglers out of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort for “stellar” fishing on rockfish, lingcod, whitefish, sole, and bass. Spike said his group was undeterred by some swelly conditions early during their three-day trip. Spike also reported excellent accommodations and dining at the resort. A return trip is scheduled for October.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Mike Steele of San Diego fished with Capt. Uvaldo out of Castro’s Camp early in the week and scored on “max limits” of reds to 6 pounds, browns, whitefish, sculpin, and lingcod to 13 pounds. “Limited by 11:30 a.m.,” Steele said. “Typical Castro’s-type day. No issues. Lots of birds. Stopped on the way in and jigged 10 nice barracuda to 9 pounds.” All fish were caught on Castro’s squid bait, or 6-inch Scampi’s in red and root beer.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: At Castro’s Camp, Fernando Castro said 18 pangas fished during the week for big numbers of red rockfish, lots of barracuda, and full limits of bottom fish, in light blue water of 57 to 58 degrees. Conditions were generally good except for some rain on Thursday and Friday. Several inquiries were received for the phone number at the camp: 011-52-646-176-2897.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said eight boats fished during the week mostly for limits of rockcod, lingcod, and some Humboldt squid up to four feet long. There was some wind and rain that shortened the fishing day on Friday, but conditions were good again by the weekend. Weekend anglers included Brian Bunting, and friends Pete and Jessie, all from the Riverside area.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Lorenzo Biedebach of Campo Lorenzo reported on April 1 that camp residents fished in calm, 72-degree water for big counts of crappie at Broma Cave on Isla San Martin, and others landed bluegill at Tonto Inlet. San Quintin local Julio Meza was also seen with a nice trout caught off the pier. “I’ll stake my reputation on it,” Biedebach said.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported San Carlos weather as hazy in the high-60s, with local water temperatures of 64 to 70 degrees. Windy conditions flattened out by midweek and some grouper, corvina, and plentiful cabrilla were caught near the entrada. Halibut action in the bay, and snook in the mangroves were both slower.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Jeremy Roberts of San Diego reported on a mixed trip with some organizational problems during a drive-down trip to fish on the Iron Eagle mothership out of Bahia Santa Maria. Halibut fishing was good inside the bay, Roberts said, and the Thetis Bank produced good whitefish, sheephead, and a fish called “cuba.” One yellowtail was caught at the entrada, in cold, windy weather.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 26 Gaviota Fleet outings produced a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, 48 yellowfin tuna, 15 dorado, and one wahoo. Edwards noted inshore water temperatures down to about 63 degrees “almost good for salmon.” Gaviota Fleet boats fished from Chileno to the Gordo Banks.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 72 boats with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 46 dorado, 146 yellowfin tuna, six wahoo, three ocean skipjack, and five skunks. El Rebelde lost an estimated 300-pound broadbill swordfish after a three-hour battle, Garcia said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said 35 percent of fleet boats caught marlin, and 87 percent landed all species combined. Some good catches of yellowfin tuna at 20 to 40 pounds were made about 15 miles out, and some scattered dorado were also found, plus a few wahoo of 60 to 80 pounds. Pisces boats fished the Cortez side to San Jose del Cabo, in water temperatures of 64 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, 72 yellowfin tuna, 12 skipjack, 27 dorado, 12 sierra, and four wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was occasionally windy to 35 knots, in the mid-90s, but calming by Wednesday, with water temperatures in the mid-60s to 15 miles out, and up to about 75 degrees farther out. Most of the tuna caught were footballs, Landrum said. The dorado were running from about 25 to as much as 50 pounds. Inshore fishing was generally slow, due to wind-caused cool water upwellings. “Hopefully Easter week will be more productive and comfortable,” Landrum said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of San Jose del Cabo said fishing was generally slow, with few boats going out, but a few amberjack and dorado were caught. Tolbert reported that a young spear fisherman from Oregon drowned and was washed up in the surf after a search by the Navy and the local La Playita panga fleet.
Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said near shore water temperatures fell to 64 to 67 degrees during the spell of windy weather. Pangas fishing the bottom around Punta Gorda caught amberjack, yellowtail, grouper, and pargo. Sierra of 2 to 8 pounds were caught around Punta Palmilla, but surf anglers found slow action due to cold water and scarce bait.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 71 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: one blue marlin, eight striped marlin, one sailfish, 49 dorado, and 45 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees. “The fishing absolutely took a dump this past week!” Moyers said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo George said cruisers were finding 25 to 30-pound yellowfin tuna, dorado of 25 to 40 pounds, and striped marlin.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bob Tilley of Fallbrook and Frank Baca arrived at Buena Vista to set up a base camp, and they fished with Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service on Rayor’s boat Jen Wren: “When Mark learned that Frank’s fishing acumen was limited to small bluegill in New Mexico, Mark went into the ‘Rayorado’ mode on the Jen Wren to change this man’s life forever. First ocean fish, a big bull dorado!”
Tilley said marlin fishing was slow, but Baca was “converted” anyway. Tilley returned to Tijuana and San Diego by bus: “American blood and guts movies with Spanish subtitles were continuous. Overall our trip was comfortable. Ear plugs, toilet paper and a blow up neck pillow will make the trip more pleasant.”
Rayor said the water temperature at Cabo Pulmo was 73 degrees at depth with mild currents, and sea life sightings included hammerhead and tiger shark.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said: “Dismal catching conditions. Worst ever. Still nothing way out. The 200-ton a day trawlers are stripping the Mag Bay areas of all bait fish. The Cabo bait supplier Franchesca simply can't get any, due to all the commercial activities.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland said, “Most of the action was inshore this week. The pargo, grouper, sierra and roosterfish bite was wide open.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper of Los Barriles said: “Slow week, although the weather was great. Saw two marlin brought in all week, less than one dorado per boat, and zero to two tuna per cruiser.
“I fished Thursday and had six barrilete and one trigger for six hours of lure dragging. There was some success on cabrilla during the week off the pyramids.” Leeper said he was seeing about four out of about 30 cruisers near Verdugo’s fishing per day. Bottom action for the commercial pangas was also slow, due to a lack of bait in the water.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said inshore anglers Rocky Dixon and his son Strawn scored on jacks to 20 pounds, pargo, skipjack, sierra, and a few smaller roosterfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Don Anderson of Newport Beach fished out of Playa del Sol on Miss Petunia and Maria II, mostly 15 to 20 miles straight out, for a count of 10 dorado of 25 to 40 pounds. Tuna were seen under porpoise but not caught, and striped marlin action was very poor. Bait was scarce, mostly sardina and a few caballitos. Anderson said he got a couple of the dorado from under a turtle.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Brad Meister of La Ribera and San Clemente fished about 5 miles southeast of Los Frailes and got five tuna, including a 70 pounder that fought for an hour and 20 minutes on 30-pound line. Meister said he also has the bill from a small marlin that had rounded fins similar to the “white marlin” reported by George Bergin of La Ribera.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Several Los Barriles residents reported problems last week with the local Pemex station after all but one of the pumps were sealed by officials. “The line is practically to TJ,” one said. “It is not unusual to wait 45 minutes or an hour.”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Damon Davis of Las Brisas Villas said his cruisers snuck north out of La Paz between winds last week for very good action at the distant Las Animas spot, 10 miles east of Isla San Jose: “We ran an overnight trip to Las Animas and found outstanding yellowtail fishing for the 45 minutes we were able to fish the island because of the winds. We managed five yellows and not one was under 25 pounds. We retreated to Isla San Jose where we found a few scattered yellowtail and cabrilla.” Earlier, Davis said Las Brisas boats found some roosterfish, including a 52 pounder, but the action did not last. El Bajo produced a handful of yellowtail.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said anglers were still scarce on the Las Arenas side, even though the fishing was quite productive last week, in good weather in the mid-80s after a period of wind, and water temperatures in the mid-70s at Isla Cerralvo and Punta Perico. Pangas caught pargo, yellowtail of 30 to 35 pounds, lots of sierra, cabrilla, parguito, and lots of large and small roosterfish. Good-sized dorado and a few wahoo were at the buoys.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said, “We've definitely had a better bite on the Las Arenas side this week.” Roldan said yellowtail and pargo were caught off Punta Perico and at Isla Cerralvo, and there were very good numbers on roosterfish: “It's turning into perhaps the best rooster fishing season I can remember. I had a few clients who used the word ‘hundreds’ when they described the size of the schools, with all the double and triple hookups they could handle!”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Tim Stemwedel of La Paz and Fresno fished on his boat Buena Vida at El Bajo: “A good mix on temperatures to 73.4 degrees. Lots of barrilete, pargo to 6 pounds, many cabrilla from 4 to 7 pounds. Also there was school of tuna in the 80 to 120-pound range that kept crashing the chum, but I had no luck in hooking any of them. No yellowtail in sight. Also found a lot of sargassum off the north end of the island. Dorado will probably will start to show in few weeks.”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: At his home in San Isidro, south of Ensenada de los Muertos, Don Ballentine reported that so far his 15-foot, beach launched Gregor aluminum boat has landed 39 marlin, the largest a 440-pound black caught last year. Five others were lost. “It averages 1 gallon per hour,” Ballentine said. “If I run out to the 88, 26 miles, fish for 4 to 5 hours, and come home I will be into my second 6-gallon tank.” Ballentine said he built his own transverse-tube mounted wheel system for launching in front of his house, and he averages about 60 to 100 miles per day of trolling.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said weather conditions were fishable, in the low-80s, all week, despite winds the last couple of days. Water temperatures were 69 to 71 degrees, with good visibility at 35 to over 60 feet. The yellowtail spots off the north end of the island were still dead, but Kanzler fished three days at Isla Tortuga: “With my long-time friend and mentor of fishing plastics, Richard Marsell of Fallbrook, along with his grandson Evan Laird.
“Rich, with over 40 years of fishing calicos with plastics, has forgotten more than most people will ever know. He makes one to three trips a year to fish with me. The main target is cabrilla first, then all the other species.
“We took care of business, catching and releasing over 90 cabrilla, four barred pargo, two yellow snapper, and even one 20-pound yellowtail, all on Modern Methods MONDO Baits in the 6 and 8-inch sizes.”
Kanzler said inshore angler Larry Chaves, out of San Lucas Cove, trolled down towards San Bruno and caught eight sierra in just over half an hour.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said yellowtail were caught in midwater at Los Machos, Punta Remedios, and Guadalupe reef, most on blue-white jigs. Bottom fishing inside the bay was also productive. The weather was very windy in the upper-60s, with water temperatures of 59 to 67 degrees. The road was generally okay, but with some potholes near the village.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Ric Felder of Glendale, Ariz., fished on his boat End of the Line out of Puerto Peñasco for two days of good action: “Bait was plentiful on the reefs including Pacific mackerel and sardines. After making bait on the 16-mile reef we headed for the 51-mile reef on calm seas. The catch included a dozen California white seabass from 18 to 23 pounds, two gulf groupers at 22 and 33 pounds, and some broomtail groupers from 15 to 23 pounds. On Sunday, my son Ryan picked up a 57-pound grouper at the 15-mile reef.”
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos said scattered yellowtail, and some grouper, red snapper and calicos (cabrilla) were caught locally on the bottom. Water temperatures were in the high-60s.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said: “Well, just when we thought the yellowtail bite was slowing, bam, here they are again.” Molden said several boats at Isla San Pedro Nolasco reported good catches of yellowtail on jigs and on the troll, in water temperatures as high as 70 degrees. “Just a couple of weeks away, the first signs of dorado and other migratory fish start showing up, and I can tell you that the ‘fleet’ is anxious to get with the program,” Molden said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid averaged one billfish per day, and inshore fishing remained hot on a variety of species. Aries Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 28 striped marlin, 24 sailfish, five dorado, 56 pargo, three cabrilla, 42 sierra, 40 barracuda, and limits of mojarras and triggerfish, plus miscellaneous species. Mazatlan weather was calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 75 to 76 degrees, and the best fishing was 20 to 25 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said water conditions looked good, but the fishing was slow: “Late March to the end of April is historically a slow time for us because we get a cold green water current for about six weeks. But the cold water is gone. With 78-degree blue water only a few miles off the beach, we are all wondering why the fishing is so slow.” Capt. Santiago was releasing about two sailfish per day on his panga Gitana, but he was running 22 to 25 miles to do it. Zihuatanejo weather was overcast in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 72 to 78 degrees.
Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said very little inshore action was reported, other than a strong bite on sierra for a few days. Capt. Jose Vargas on La Bamba, found two, 400-pound class blue marlin, a 210-pound yellowfin tuna, and seven sailfish for a client who fished five days.