LA PAZ, MEXICO: Roosterfish action went from “very good” to “super good” over the weekend on the Las Arenas side. Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International reported Sunday evening: “Roosters! All you wanted! As fast as you could go, in Muertos today! The weather got blustery, and it still didn’t stop ‘em. Got some awesome photos, some great shots.”
Earlier, Roldan had reported roosterfish as large as 80 pounds on the Las Arenas side.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Also on the Las Arenas side, Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing was good for high counts of tuna, pargo, dorado, and many smaller species, in addition to the plentiful roosterfish, in water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees. Las Arenas weather was in the high-80s, and many roosterfish of 60 to 70 pounds were caught around Punta Arena, Hernandez said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Don Ballentine of San Isidro said most of the dorado caught in the area were still small, but a friend from El Cardonal scored on a 60-pound wahoo out at Isla Cerralvo. Marlin were at the 88 bank. Ballentine said his boat was being repaired, and he expected to be back on the water this week.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Eugene Bernosky of El Sargento reported hot fishing for jack crevalle to 20 pounds, using chrome Krocodiles and black-silver Rapalas, near the Las Arenas lighthouse: “Jack crevalle feeding for several hours this morning. Trolling from the boat 100 to 200 yards from shore. Birds were going crazy. Jacks were in a frenzy.” Bernosky said kayak fishing produced a few cabrilla of 2 to 3 pounds, and local guides reported good action for yellowtail and larger cabrilla off the north side of Isla Cerralvo.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: On the La Paz side, Luis Lopez of the Cortez Club reported on Mosquito Fleet boats, including five cruisers, 15 super pangas, and one panga on the Las Arenas side, with a catch including released fish of: 15 roosterfish of 20 to 45 pounds, 12 yellowtail of 25 to 40 pounds, five cabrilla to 10 to 18 pounds, and eight pargo of 8 to 10 pounds. La Paz side boats fished mostly at El Bajo and El Bajito, off the north side of Isla Espiritu Santo, in water temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees, in mostly fair conditions with some north wind.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Arturo Davis of Las Brisas Villas said the Black Magic fished a couple of times on the La Paz side, and found moderate success on yellowtail and roosterfish around Islas Espiritu Santo and Partida. “Didn’t see the volume of fish like we saw the last few weeks,” Davis said. “However, still some scattered fish throughout the east side of the islands.” Davis said roosterfish went to 30 pounds, and yellowtail averaged about 10 pounds. El Bajo was green, with a water temperature of 70 degrees, and produced a few cabrilla and pargo, plus “all the skipjack you could ever want.”
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez Cordova of KCHTS Sportfishing said three anglers on the Don Juan II limited on red rockfish and lingcod close to Islas Todos Santos, in windy conditions and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees. Earlier trips produced good counts of reds and rockfish, a few lingcod, and a nice halibut of 47 pounds. Saturday’s trip was canceled due to wind.
Other boats reported big bonita at the Soledad bank. The San Pedro I caught three albacore 30 miles off Islas Todos Santos on a heading of 235 degrees, in 62-degree water.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Tamara fished 18 miles off Marina Coral and found some nice schools of 15-pound albacore and 20 to 25-pound open-water yellowtail in 60.7-degree water. The albacore hit black-purple, green-black, and red-black feathers. Another boat reported log barracuda and large bonito at Punta Santo Tomas.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny’s Fleet, Ivan Villarino said weekend pangas at the tip of Punta Banda again scored on yellowtail, plus continued limits of bottom fish, in light breezes and water temperatures averaging 60 degrees. Bill Owens and his friends, Steve Greer, Robert Willis, and Roy Hall limited on Saturday on the Vonny I and Vonny III. Earlier, Tony, Shelli, and Drew Rivera, and Benjamin Miller, all of Pasadena, scored on yellowtail and bottom fish on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ray Madrid reported on difficulties launching a 22-foot boat at Camalu’s Pirate’s Cove Motel, with his fishing partner Bill Alexander: “I was driving a 4x4 Dodge truck. There was a 2 to 3-foot sloping drop-off with pebbles. I was unable to launch the boat, as the back tires would spin due to the pebbles. I would not recommend this ramp for boats over 16 to 18 feet unless you had another vehicle to help out. Nice motel with clean rooms and hot shower, only $30 per night. Nice restaurant and bar. They do have pangas for rent at $140. Pirate Cove Motel, 011-52-616-163-6416.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Joe and Bev Martin of Santee, and Dennis Lundquist, fished on the Martins’ boat Big Eye Candy five miles off La Jolla for five small bonito, a vermillion rockfish, several whitefish, and a 23-inch lingcod released, in 64-degree water.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro’s Camp said 12 pangas fished during the week, for good counts of red rockfish, lingcod and barracuda, in light blue water of 57 to 58 degrees. The weather was good for most of the week, but windy with some rain on Saturday and Sunday. Despite the weather, boats were still able to fish through the weekend, Castro said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said 11 boats fished during the week. Yellowtail were still slow, at about one or two per boat, but bottom fishing for red rockfish, whitefish and lingcod was excellent. San Quintin weather was in the mid-70s by 11 a.m., with water temperatures of 58 to 59 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing reported white seabass close to 50 pounds caught by some boats, and a 36 pounder caught on his boat with Jimmy and Mark Chi, on chrome-blue iron. “The barracuda were so thick it was hard to get the jigs down,” Catian said. “Most of the whites have been caught on the coast in 80 to 100 feet, south of the point, and the bigger ones up near San Martin Island.”
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather was clear in the low-70s, with local water temperatures of 64 to 70 degrees. Few anglers were in town, as the mangroves produced modest action on corvina and cabrilla, plus a few leopard grouper at Devil’s Curve.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 37 Gaviota Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 11 dorado, and 286 yellowfin tuna, with many boats limiting on tuna. Gaviota boats found smaller tuna on the Cortez side early in the week, then into the 40-pound range on the Pacific side, as winds abated, Edwards said.
Edwards also relayed reports of commercial seiners in the area “which may be the end of the local tuna fishery for awhile, if they begin to make sets.”
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 76 boats, with a catch including released fished of: four striped marlin; 580 yellowfin tuna taken and about another 200 released; two albacore; 17 skipjack, 39 dorado, two mako shark, and an 80-pound wahoo caught by Mike Ekker of Kewaskum, Wis., on the Cabo Magic.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather had some afternoon wind and chop. Water temperatures ran a cool 63 to 67 degrees, from the Golden Gate bank southwards, and 70 to 72 degrees in other areas. Billfish and dorado were scarce, and most of the action was on yellowfin tuna of 25 to 40 pounds. Inshore fishing was slow in rough water, but some sierra, plus some yellowtail to 25 pounds, were caught around the lighthouse.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said marlin were not cooperative, but broadbill swordfish were caught by the 86-foot Felina after a three-hour fight by Jeff Leitzinger of Los Angeles, and also on the 42-foot Ni Modo for Richard Webb of Parger, Ariz. Overall, 19 percent of Pisces boats caught billfish and 93 percent landed all species combined, mostly football tuna of 15 to 30 pounds. Dorado action was slower, on scattered fish of 25 to 55 pounds. Pisces boats fished on the Cortez side in water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: one broadbill swordfish, three striped marlin, 268 yellowfin tuna, 20 skipjack, 10 sierra, and four snapper.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said warmer water moved closer to shore and the La Playita panga fleets were able to get into the yellowfin tuna action, with boats averaging about five to 15 tuna, plus plenty of skipjack. Dorado were scattered and scarce, but included a few bulls of 40 to 60 pounds. Inshore boats concentrated on sierra around Punta Palmilla, and some jack crevalle and smaller roosterfish were also caught. On the beaches, jack crevalle were seen in feeding frenzies, as they pushed bait up out of the water. Bottom fishing was slower.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on six surf fishing sessions and four panga trips near La Playita, producing 20 species overall, including two personal new ones, yellowtail and octopus.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo said shrimp trawlers were working as close as 500 yards from shore at Punta Gorda in recent weeks: “They are fishing at night, with no running lights.” Illegal gill netting in the San Jose area has been under pressure lately from some honest local officials and also from sportfishing captains cutting their nets, Grimes said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Boats out of Bahia de Palmas found improving overall action last week. Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 16 boats with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, four sailfish, 18 roosterfish, 22 dorado, 29 tuna, two wahoo, and eight pargo.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo-George of Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort said the fishing was definitely on the upswing and the Verdugo boats were landing yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds, dorado of 20 to 35 pounds, some striped marlin, a couple of wahoo, and lots of roosterfish to about 20 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 94 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: 31 striped marlin, 84 dorado, and 120 yellowfin tuna. Moyers said the striped marlin action was mostly north, between Punta Pescadero and Isla Cerralvo, in water temperatures of 68 to 74 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 22 boats with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, two sailfish, 43 dorado, 52 tuna, one wahoo, eight roosterfish, one shark, two snapper, 12 jack crevalle, three amberjack, 10 bonita, three ladyfish, one pompano, eight triggerfish five cabrilla, 22 skipjack, and 34 sierra. Fleet boats fished mostly north off the 88 bank, in water temperatures of 73 to 76 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Verdugo’s, Gary Leeper said tuna were plentiful around the 88 bank, although the average size was down into the 20-pound range. Boats also caught two to three dorado into the high 30-pound range, fishing 12 to 25 miles out in scattered action. Water temperatures were 74 to 76 degrees, Leeper said, and, “Weather was pretty calm until today, which looks like a blower.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Also at Verdugo’s, Randy Dale said earlier that hotel boats did well on the football tuna, “No giants. Lots of marlin. Between Verdugo's boats and the other hotels, must be 15 marlin, one sail.” Dale, who fishes from his 21-foot Aqua Sport, also reported a 45-pound dorado on Easter, caught about 20 miles out: “ Oh well, got plenty of fish to eat!”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said, “Very steady fishing, with yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, dorado, roosterfish and pargo all biting consistently.” Ireland said striped marlin were seven to 20 miles out, yellowfin tuna were 20 to 35 miles north, and dorado action “really picked up the last few days.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service had a near miss on a broadbill swordfish, with Capt. Chuy on Rayor’s boat Jen Wren: “About 100 yards in front of our boat I see some water movement. Chuy immediately says broadbill! I'm lookin’ like how the hell could you tell that little movement is a broadbill? Sure enough, up pops the swordie. We slow-troll a mackerel in front of him and stop the boat. The fish sinks and a moment later I get smacked. My heart is racing. The fish comes back and hits it two more times, but never takes the bait. He popped up again about 50 yards away. We worked on him for another half-hour until he just sank and we couldn't find him again.
“It was exciting. The most amazing thing to me was that Chuy instantly knew. Later he told me he could tell because they swim differently than a marlin or shark. Do I have a lot to learn!”
Rayor said diving at Cabo Pulmo has been excellent, with water temperatures of 73 to 74 degrees at depth, visibility of 30 to 50 feet, and sea life sightings including whale shark and manta rays.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: A group of about 18 anglers including Rob Hixon and his son Robbie Hixson, and Sierra Marquina, all of La Jolla, fished out of Rancho Buena Vista for good action on yellowfin tuna 20 to 30 miles out from the hotel. Hixson fished with Capt. Antonio and deckhand Salvador on the Cristina, which landed 22 tuna to 55 pounds over two days.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Noel Huelsenbeck of Del Mar reported on a very slow trip out of Hotel Punta Colorada, with his father and two friends: “Four people for three full days of fishing with great weather yielded two small pargo, two small cabrilla and two small roosters. We basically left Punta Colorada to fish 30 feet off the shore of Leonero on the one day we decided to fish for inshore species, and that's were we got the only fish of our trip.”
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said spring winds made beach fishing tough, but the bait receivers at La Ribera produced a mixed bag of ladyfish, skipjack, jacks, roosterfish, and a pompano for anglers including Joe Turmes of Boise, Idaho, who also scored on offshore dorado and a marlin. On the roosterfish, Graham said, “Plenty of fish in the 5 to 18-pound class being hooked. Already seeing some toads on the good days.”
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said yellowtail fishing most of the week was a pick bite north of town in questionable weather. The Irwin Gersch-Steve Spies group fished with Paulino and Francisco Martinez and averaged about three yellowtail per day, plus a few cabrilla and huachinango, mostly from San Bruno. A few boats went as far as Punta Pulpito and Isla San Ildefonso. Bear said all yellowtail were hooked on surface mackerel. The weather was very windy Sunday afternoon: “A strong north wind has come up and turned the water a frothy white.”
Bear said the Martinez brothers and Francisco “Chopi” Murillo have organized their two pangas and two super pangas into a sportfishing cooperative. Bookings: Paulino Martinez, 011-52-613-135-1568; Francisco Martinez, 011-52-613-135-0205; or Don Bear 011-52-613-135-0348, 619-390-3171.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said winds made it tough to get a fix on fishing last week: “The weather has mucked up most of our plans this week as we only had two out of seven days with adequate sea conditions.”
Boats reaching as far north as San Bruno caught only a few yellowtail. Inshore fishing was good in all locations for cabrilla, pargo, barracuda, sierra, triggerfish, and ladyfish, and roosterfish expected soon: “I am just starting to hear about roosterfish. As their numbers increase, so will the reports.” The bait supply at the marina was spotty, and anglers were catching their own at Isla Coronado.
Bolles also relayed a report from local angler Bill Erhardt, who saw four marlin and lost a dorado in 77-degree water at Isla Catalan, in addition to landing five yellowtail to 30 pounds. At the downtown marina, the water temperature was 74 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said hotel guests returned with good-sized yellowtail from all directions, fishing with Capt. Gregorio and his family. The hotel was full, and up to four boats per day were fishing, Wilchynski said.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Tim Farwell of Carlsbad and his wife Shannon returned from an excellent week at San Lucas Cove: “Had a great time and the weather was perfect, mid-70s. My nine-month pregnant wife and I fished our newly acquired 12-foot aluminum boat for four days and did great every time out. The Haystack was the call, and we caught at least 30 fish in five different drifts in three hours of fishing on our last day.
“Every drop to the bottom brought up a different fish, rock cod, snapper, cabrilla, trigger, spotted and flag bass, and of course the dreaded lizard fish. We also caught many barracuda and mackerel.
“I did get rocked by two large fish, most likely cabrilla. They went into the hole and didn't come out. Oh yeah, lots of yellowtail being caught at Tortuga, 15 to 30 pounds. San Marcos Mike (Kanzler) was hooking up daily.”
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos called it “another wide-open week at Tortuga island.” Santa Rosalia weather was in the mid-80s and windy from the northwest early in the week, then switching to southern winds by Friday, with water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees, and 10 to 25 feet of visibility.
Fishing at Isla San Marcos was still on the slow side, with a few boats finding some yellowtail and leopard grouper, plus a few snapper.
“The main focus right now is Isla Tortuga, as always in April,” Kanzler said. “I've not fished my home waters one time this month. Even the local pangas make the most runs during this month.”
Kanzler said he ran to Tortuga with Gary Green of Kingman, Ariz., and Gary MacFarland of Sebastopol, Calif., for 11 yellowtail of 20 to 23 pounds, fishing with bigeyes and blue-white Salas 6X Jr. iron, dropped about halfway down a 160-foot water column.
The following day, Kanzler scored on 13 more yellowtail with Alan Lewis and Bud Kimball of Santa Cruz, plus one 6-pound leopard grouper, and a 34-pound baqueta.
“Both days we had other boats from Punta Chivato fishing alongside us, including Doug Moranville of La Jolla, and they all caught as many fish as us,” Kanzler said.
Inshore fishing out of San Lucas Cove was steady for kayaks up to Haystack on small cabrilla, nice bass, some snapper and sculpin, and plenty of barracuda.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Capt. Igor Galvan said the April doldrums have begun: “Normal for April. No fish. The weather is very good. No wind. But no fish, until about the second week of May. It will get better then. I can’t wait for May.”
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo said good catches of large goldspotted bass, to 7 or 8 pounds, were made about two miles off the point, in about 45 feet of water, right next to a 120-foot drop-off, in water at 70 degrees. All fish were caught with cut bait on the bottom. Tillander also reported a local panga returning with two sierra and 20 goldspotted bass, and were yellowtail reported around Isla San Luis.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was perfect, about 70 degrees, with a bit of breeze and white caps on a gray sea: “Lots of activity all week. Many people swimming and using boats. The town is still very crowded, as in Semana Santa, and three times as many fireworks, but the great exodus will start today. We should be getting a quiet spell for a little while. The vendors have been doing wonderfully. There is hardly a female over the age of three, in or around town who doesn't have her hair braided.”
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard sent a historic photo showing the early settlement in 1958 with just a couple of tents. Magee said fishing action picked up last week for sierra and yellowtail to 24 inches around the Islas Encantadas, plus leopard grouper along the coast and on the high spots. Corvina were caught from shore and from boats, with 5-inch Storm lures.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Visitors to the Puertecitos and Gonzaga Bay areas reported heavy poaching of endangered totoaba by both sport and commercial pangas. Some fish were in the 50-pound range.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said water temperatures hit 72 degrees and dorado were caught about 35 miles south of the marina. A few yellowtail were also still being caught at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, on the troll and with jigs.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 29 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid with a catch including released fish of: 35 striped marlin, four sailfish, and 11 dorado of 25 to 45 pounds. Inshore action was consistently good on pargo, sierra, some barracuda, and limits of triggerfish. Mazatlan weather was mostly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees, and the best offshore fishing was 18 to 22 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 78-degree blue water was 5 miles off the beach, and boats averaged about two sailfish per day, fishing mostly about 12 miles out of Zihuatanejo on a heading of 210 degrees. Blue marlin were caught in good numbers. One boat had three hookups out of seven shots, fishing about 25 miles out, Kunze said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Dr. Lombardo landed eight sailfish, nine sierra, and eight bonito in two days of fishing on the Dos Hermanos. No roosterfish were reported due to rough sea conditions, which were mostly choppy, with water temperatures reported at 80 to 82 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said tuna, dorado, and roosterfish were all spotty.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Zihuatanejo weather as mostly cloudy in the high-80s with water temperatures of 72 to 78 degrees. Graham’s all release roosterfish fly tournament was scheduled at Zihuatanejo on Oct. 6-11.