BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported good action on almost all species, lead by yellowfin tuna under porpoise about 25 miles out, roosterfish, ladyfish, pompano, and lookdowns on the beaches, dorado into the double-digits north off Punta Pescadero, and a “Katy-bar-the-door” marlin bite that had “boats making the charge for home with so many flags that their outriggers look like they might break from the strain,” Graham said.
“All in all you could safely say that the East Cape was going off big time this week.” HOT EAST CAPE FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 57 boats with a catch including released fish of: 24 striped marlin, one blue marlin, four sailfish, 18 roosterfish, 11 dorado, 24 tuna, and one wahoo. RBV’s catch of the week was a 166-pound yellowfin tuna for Melvin Dang of Honolulu.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja author Ann Hazard reported on a super hot initiation for her father Togo Hazard’s new 29-foot Blackman, Dusty B III, fishing for its first six days out of Buena Vista Beach Resort, and scoring on 26 striped marlin, plus roosterfish and other species. Hazard said the Dusty B III fished in an incredible “Marlin Stampede” near the Gordo Banks with about 70 other boats, almost all with simultaneous hookups: “Vicente Cosio, my dad's captain says, this only happens once every decade and it was magnificent.” Another late week day produced 12 tuna, one dorado, and a sailfish, as Hazard said, “My dad has never had a better week!” EAST CAPE FISHING FOR TOGO HAZARD’S DUSTY B III.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Mensik of Phoenix also got into the marlin stampede, fishing out of Buena Vista Beach Resort when “all hell broke loose!” Mensik said his boat, the Vamanos, ended up with 45 tuna and 5 marlin, and 500-pound class blue marlin was also caught by a private panga: “Bait boils the size of houses popping up, marlin and sailfish everywhere. The action lasted until we left around 3:30 but other boats were still in this fish rich area catching them when we pulled away. Wild time!” EAST CAPE MARLIN FISHING PHOTOS.
LA RIBERA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera hotel boats were running south, after reports of big tuna in that direction, and “they come back late in 4-foot seas with lots of white flags.” As for himself, Bergin said, “I'm catching my share of small to medium dorado in close with squid trailed behind a hoochie. I'm back on the beach in my tin boat before the wind comes up.”
Bergin also reported an unidentified fish caught by Jim Bauer and Carlos Perez, that looked like a gulf grouper or broomtail grouper, but with an eye closer to the mouth. The mystery fish was caught in 50 feet of water, at 83 degrees, on a chunk of mullet, in front of Scott Glenn’s house, halfway between La Ribera and Rancho Leonero.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Kevin McCarthy of Chester, N.J., and his sons Kevin, 18, and Tom, 15, fished out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez early in the week, and ran into a marlin pile-up south at Destiladeras: “I've never seen anything like it. At any time we could see over 50 boats working the area and it appeared that everyone was catching marlin. It was incredible to see these fish crash on the huge schools of mackerel.”
McCarthy said some boats returned to Palmas with as many as 11 marlin flags flying. On another day, McCarthy also found very good tuna action: “Very exciting fishing as we witnessed 40 to 50-pound airborne tuna feeding on large schools of sardines. Acres of the ocean boiled with jumping sardines as they tried to escape.” SUPER HOT EAST CAPE FISHING PHOTOS.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Lindon Lewis of Carlsbad, had more details from his fishing for tuna with his wife Anna out of Rancho Buena Vista: “We fished on the Helena. We requested tuna fishing and headed due east into the morning sun for about two hours.
“We then turned south for another 30 minutes and met up with 17 other cruisers that had located a huge school. We trolled with jigs and landed 10 or so fish in the 10 to 15-pound range.
“The mate then set the lines up for live bait and threw chum. We were immediately reward with three, 30 to 35-pound tunas. My wife also caught a dorado.
“The sea conditions, were calm, with afternoon chop. Water temperature approximately 78 degrees. I was a bit awed, it being my first trip.”
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said a midweek run by the Tamara found the 238 bank loaded with yellowtail to 12 pounds and albacore to 20 pounds, and many other boats caught limits in the same area, in clean, 64.5-degree water. Earlier, the Tamara found large schools of yellowtail to 12 pounds and albacore of 25 to 30 pounds, 52 miles off Marina Coral, around GPS numbers 31.11 117.15, in water temperatures averaging 63.5 degrees. On Friday, Susarrey said the Tamara got three fish per rod.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Brad Meister of San Clemente fished with his brother-in-law Kevin Ferguson of Beaverton, Ore., on a two-day trip to the Ensenada area on the Bright and Morning Star, finding good action as Meister caught eight albacore and Ferguson won the boat jackpot with a 30-pounder.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said steady fishing continued inside Bahia de Todos Santos for barracuda, yellowtail, daily bottom fish limits, and some white seabass for the Don Juan II. The Don Juan II also fished offshore with three anglers for three albacore to over 30 pounds, one yellowtail, and one large bonita, around GPS 31.16 117.16. Ensenada weather was mostly calm, with some afternoon wind, and water temperatures averaging 63 degrees. Sanchez said another offshore boat sent an unconfirmed report for 40 albacore at GPS 31.46 117.03.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio’s Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 26 midweek anglers with a catch of: 161 yellowtail and 62 albacore. Full day offshore boats were taking good catches of albacore and yellowtail about 30 miles outside Isla Todos Santos. Local boats filled sacks with bottom fish, including some halibut into the 25 to 30-pound range.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny’s Fleet said pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda caught steady limits of lingcod and other bottom species, including a snap of white seabass last week. Anglers finding limits or near-limits during the week included Frank Ramirez and his wife, Mel and Terri Higgins of Chatworth, and Randy and Randy Wehrcamp Jr., all fishing with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I, or Capt. Cruz on the Vonny III. Punta Banda weather was partly cloudy in the high-60s, with 3-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross, fishing with Juan Lu, reported good albacore action, with limits by 9 a.m., for his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral and several other boats in the same area, around the lower 500 spot, in blue 63 to 64-degree water. “Most boats caught limits of fish as it was very good fishing for albacore,” Ross said. ENSENADA ALBACORE FISHING.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro’s Camp said last week had excellent conditions, with good weather, and clean, blue water of 59 to 60 degrees. Anglers, including Dean Connolly, Marco Estudillo, and Tony Arroyo, all of San Diego, caught big numbers of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, and some white seabass.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said only eight boats went out last week, despite the hot offshore albacore bite. On Friday, two of three boats opted to fish near shore for limits of red rockcod and lingcod. One offshore boat with Capt. Miguel got three albacore of 35 to 40 pounds. Paul Brewer’s group from Buena Park fished on the Skipjack and on the Romey a second day, and Brewer caught a 40-pound albacore. Hillis said Steve Barstow of Paso Robles could be contacted by anglers wishing to go to San Quintin on accompanied charter bus trips: 800-894-7239. “They are taking all seven of our boats Sunday and Monday. They plan to go out one day for the bottom fish and the second day, for the albacore,” Hillis said. San Quintin weather was in the mid-70s, with little or no wind, and water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.
Earlier, Hillis said the all boats were concentrating on albacore: “Julio Meza went out and found a huge school. Everyone followed him out and the story now is albacore!”
Hillis also had a local report for San Quintin bottom fishing action just before the albacore bite, and he commented on safe weight limits for boats fishing at San Quintin. SAN QUINTIN FISHING AND BOAT SAFETY WEIGHT LIMITS.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin found excellent yellowtail action, on flat seas and clear blue water, on his boat Santa Monica at the 240 rock, including fish of 24, 27, and 28 pounds for Enrique Melero of Spain, Hans Backhoff of Germany, and Conrrado Gonzalez of Mexico. Meza said the three biggies came on a triple hookup while trolling live mackerel at the rock. Other yellowtail hit trolled lures, but “no tuna this time,” Meza said, adding that water temperatures averaged 63.4 degrees, and the area, 6.5 miles from the point on a heading of 247 degrees, is sometimes hazardous in rough weather conditions.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of El Captian Sportfishing reported five limits, 25 albacore to 30 pounds, by 11 a.m., 13 miles off the point on a heading of 260 degrees, in blue water of 62 to 64 degrees: “We were getting doubles, triples, and some on bait as well.” Catian said he also found hot yellowtail action on the troll at Ben’s Rock and Isla San Martin. SAN QUINTIN WIDE-OPEN ALBACORE FISHING.
MAGDALENA BAYMAG BAYBAHIA MAGDALENA, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said San Carlos weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees. Few boats were fishing offshore, the entrada produced some deep yellowtail, and the few boats fishing the mangrove channels found decent numbers of corvina, spotted bay bass, and a few pompano.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Dannilo Matthews of Cabo Magic reported on 51 boats with a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, 38 striped marlin, 38 yellowfin tuna, two yellowtail, 27 dorado, three wahoo, two hammerhead shark, miscellaneous catches including roosterfish, skipjack, jack crevalle, and needlefish, and three boats skunked. Boats fished in improving conditions during the week, with water temperatures of 76 to 84 degrees, and many boats opted to fish closer to Cabo San Lucas, rather than run 30 miles up the Cortez side to the best marlin action.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures warming to about 71 degrees on the Pacific side and up to about 82 degrees on the Cortez. Many boats returning from runs up the Cortez side scored triple and quadruple marlin releases. CABO FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet called it “a pretty spectacular week” for marlin, as many fleet boats scored multiple releases, in warming water temperatures of 76 to 80 degrees. Pisces top boats included Ni Modo, with an amazing nine-release day for Nolan Draney’s group from Mission Viejo, and Tracy Ann with seven releases. “Cabo San Lucas boats routinely caught one or two striped marlin a day, with three and four fish a day not uncommon,” Ehrenberg said.
Inshore action was also good as light tackle angler Jim Burger of New York fished on a panga for three days and caught 10 roosterfish, three sierra, three jack crevalle, four red snapper, and a 60-pound hammerhead shark, plus needlefish and triggerfish, all totaling about 330 pounds. CABO SAN LUCAS HOT MARLIN FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 28 striped marlin, 14 sierra, nine dorado, seven roosterfish to 45 pounds, seven yellowfin tuna, and five skipjack. The top boat for the week was the Solmar II with Capt. Jose Cesena, with a five-outing catch of seven striped marlin, three jacks, two dorado, and two roosterfish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported the best billfish action at Destiladeras on the Cortez side: “According to Roberto Marquez, Cabo San Lucas fishing had been best in the Destiladeras area, and while some billfish had been caught from Gray Rock to Chileno Bay, the percentages were just so much better for the boats willing to make the run toward Frailes.” CABO FISHING.
SAN JOSE DEL CABOLOS CABOS, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert, author of the forthcoming “Adventure Guide to Baja Sur & Los Cabos,” said fishing action continued to improve in rising water temperatures, and the La Playita panga fleet had good catches of marlin and a scattering of dorado from Punta Gorda up to East Cape. Sierra, roosterfish, jacks, and grouper were also in the mix. Tolbert also noted that June is the beginning of Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting season around Los Cabos, and vehicles should stay off the beaches. SEA TURTLE PRECAUTIONS AT SAN JOSE DEL CABO.
SAN JOSE DEL CABOLOS CABOS, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said striped marlin and dorado dominated offshore fishing and they were found anywhere from two to 12 miles off San Jose del Cabo. Along the beaches, anglers scored on some roosterfish, sierra, jack crevalle, and pargo, and Freddy Pino of La Playita got lucky on three snook of 20 to 40 pounds. SAN JOSE DE CABO FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International reported hot tuna action on the Las Arenas side: “After two years of slack tuna fishing, the tuna came up hard in the best tuna bite we've had in ages! It started on the Las Arenas side at midweek under the porpoise about 10 miles East of Cerralvo Island. The fish just exploded with 50-100 plus pound yellowfin grabbing air and crashing the baits!”
Roldan said he also got up the nerve to try the “elote” (corn) flavored ice cream at La Paz’ famous La Fuente handmade ice cream parlor: “BLECH!!!!! Never thought I'd say that about a Fuente flavor, but it was like eating frozen sweet corn chowder!!! I dug to the bottom of the vaso for the strawberry-vanilla! I couldn't hang with the corn!” LA PAZ HOT FISHING FOR TUNA.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the week was excellent as clients had good action on pargo to 50 pounds, dorado to 58 pounds, and tuna to 160 pounds, and even a black marlin, plus lots of smaller fish. Las Arenas side weather was calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 76 at the buoys and up to 88 in other fishing areas. Roosterfish were plentiful, and continued to grow larger each week along the beaches.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Arturo Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said, “Fishing really picked up on the La Paz side.” Davis reported huge schools of dorado and tuna spread out from El Bajo to the north end of Isla Cerralvo, in water temperatures of 77 to 83 degrees. “Most the fish are on the smaller side but definitely a few of the nicer grade are mixed in,” David said. Large pargo were present but biting sporadically on El Baja, but Davis said, “but the size of the fish keeps us going back almost daily to see if they are going to cooperate.”
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tim Stemwedel of La Paz fished on Friday, catching “many dodos and a sail” in calm seas at 83-degree water, just outside Isla Espiritu Santo. Stemwedel said there were many dorado and sailfish, plus a few marlin in the area, and sargassum weed was present in the area.
Fishing again on Saturday, Stemwedel caught lots of dorado and several small tuna under Sargassum weed, about 20 miles east of Isla Espiritu Santo.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Joe Flores and Max Lizarraga of La Mirada fished three days on the Las Arenas side with Tortuga Sportfishing and had good action on yellowfin tuna and dorado, including a 52-pounder that their Capt. Jorge Hirales chummed up on their last day. Flores praised Hirales and Tortuga’s guesthouse operation, saying, “Jorge had plenty of gas to go anywhere and wasn’t afraid to use all of it to look for fish. He also took his time in filleting the fish making sure no meat was wasted.” The three-day catch, in widespread fishing all the way to the 88 bank off Isla Cerralvo included 11 tuna, four dorado, and a big pargo. LA PAZ FISHING WITH TORTUGA SPORTFISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Joseph Gener of Whittier and his brother Julio Gener of Costa Mesa fished two on the outside of Isla Espiritu Santo with Pirates Fleet for a catch of three dorado to about 30 or 40 pounds, several pargo, and a grouper. Joseph reported that the biggest dorado took both his and his brother’s bait at the same time, so they both caught it: “We hooked him and reeled him in. First my brother would reel, then me. That was my brother’s second dorado and first time that's ever happened to me.”
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished three days of Islas Catalan and Carmen, and on Saturday caught two striped marlin east of Carmen, plus about a dozen dorado, including two of 25 and 30 pounds. “Dorado action is spotty for want of paddies,” Erhardt said. “The majority of the dorado I caught as well as those I saw caught by other fisherman last week were smaller fish in the 10 to 15-pound range.” Erhardt said water temperatures at the islands averaged about 81 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported abnormally hot weather with high humidity. Bait was plentiful, including squid to be caught, and sardinas plentiful in the marina, as about 30 pangas per day were fishing. Bear said the informal cooperativa of pangueros Paulino Martinez, Francisco Martinez, and Chopi Murillo has a new email address: email@example.com, and can also be phoned at 011-52-613-135-1568, 011-52-613-135-0205, or 011-52-613-135-0348. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said dorado fishing was very good, and the best action was south of town last week. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto Wendy Wilchyski said hotel clients had a good fishing week: “Looks like the dorado are finally here!” Clients fishing with Capt. Jose Cruz came back with lots of dorado, plus cabrilla, and a sailfish, after fishing outside Isla Coronado and Punta Lobos, at the north end of Isla Carmen.
LORETO, MEXICO: Larry Parker of Upland reported dorado limits over four days of fishing, and other members of his group with dorado to 50 pounds, amberjack to 67 pounds, big snappers, and “mucho grande” triggerfish, cabrilla, and pinto bass: “Most of the fishermen we spoke to were having the same experience, with wide-open bites available when fish are found.” Parker said mackerel baits were small, so hooks down to about 3/0 should be brought for rigging them. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Art Myers of Durango, Colo., said he did well on dorado during a trip with Baja Big Fish Company, but the fish were located a long run from town: “Dorado action picked up. Limited in about an hour, but the boat trip was 30 miles out and back in flat seas. On the way back, we observed seven trawlers anchored off the north tip of Punta Concepcion. They weren’t fishing, but I won’t presume what they do at night.”
LORETO, MEXICO: At the Hotel Oasis, Ana Benziger reported a 47-pound dorado caught by guest Creg Muth, and a 60 pounder caught by Bob Whedon of California who fished with Capt. Loreto “Tito” Murillo. The big dorado was caught 10 miles south of Punta Lobos, Benziger said.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said he ran is boat Alacran over 60 miles on Wednesday, and found no fish. Rista’s search took him about 12 miles to the Punta Teresa bajo, northwest about 15 miles, and back to Mulege, in water temperatures averaging 79.7 degrees, 15 to 20 knot winds, and 3 to 4-foot morning swells. Rista said he saw no Sargassum weed in the area, but got reports of dorado caught between Islas San Marcos and Tortuga to the north, and later around Islas Santa Inez off Punta Chivato, also to the north.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in resident Ron Grant returned from the Hotel Serenidad reporting very hot and close-by dorado fishing off Islas Santa Ines after a strange two-week period when almost no dorado were caught: “All hell broke loose as one boat found some weeds and good-sized dorado, 3 to 5 miles due east of Santa Ines Island. He gave a call on the radio that he found the fish and all boats came in and all loaded up.” Grant said Mulege weather was excellent in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees. MULEGE DORADO FISHING AT ISLAS SANTA INES.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson reported rooms 80 percent full and several groups arriving. Ron Grant reported the runway in good condition.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported continued yellowtail for everyone, off the north end of the isla, plus dorado only 4 to 5 miles outside. Kanzler said he had a group of fly anglers, his first ever, out in two boats where they scored on 15 to 20 dorado on the fly per day, of about 10 to 15 pounds. Isla San Marcos weather was about perfect, in the mid-80s, with light breezes, and water temperatures of 77 degrees at the isla and 78 to 81 degrees farther offshore. ISLA SAN MARCOS DORADO FLY FISHING.
Kanzler also took issue with a recent report of 50-pound yellowtail from San Francisquito, including a photo of a fish that was apparently smaller. Kanzler backed up his claim by sending in a photo of himself with a weighed 53-pound yellowtail that he caught in 1995, his personal best: “The fish also had a LENGTH of 60 inches! I'm 5 feet 8 inches.” YELLOWTAIL SIZE ANALYSIS AND PHOTO OF A TRUE 53-POUND YELLOWTAIL.
SAN LUCAS COVE, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay said the commercial squid fishing season was in full swing and there were also a few gill nets being set inside the cove. Lindsay also said a few items have been reported missing: “This is due to the transit squiders. One coming here must protect his gear and keep it out of sight. This is true anywhere one may travel.” Lindsay also reported that city water is being brought to the cove for the first time: “For showers and washing your stuff. Yes, the old well will be a thing of the past.”
CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELESL.A. BAY, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said overall fishing was excellent, with 8 to 20-pound yellowtail all over the bay, including close to shore right in front of town. “You can imagine how crazy this is. Everybody that has anything that floats, kayaks, small inflatables, etc., is out there catching yellows,” Vazquez said, adding that this is the first time he’s seen yellowtail so close in his 20 years at the bay. L.A. Bay weather was perfect, in the upper-80s, with light breezes. Water temperatures averaged 74 degrees inside the bay, and 72 in outer waters. VERY CLOSE L.A. BAY YELLOWTAIL FISHING.
CASA DIAZ, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELESL.A. BAY, MEXICO: Mark Baker of Hemet, his brother Bob Baker of Carlsbad, and Nicole Venegas of Anza fished out of Casa Diaz for two days of yellowtail limits inside the bay, fishing mostly around Isla Ventana and over to Isla Horsehead with Capt. Pepe. Baker said the fish were everywhere throughout the area, and were hitting bait and lures from the surface to the bottom. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING OUT OF CASA DIAZ.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was perfect, in the high-80s, with calm seas, and cool nights, but there were few visitors in town. Meders also relayed reports of work beginning on a very large resort on the beach just south of town. SAN FELIPE REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a six-day trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina out of Puerto Penasco, returning to port on June 17 with a catch that included the season’s first dorado caught by the San Felipe mothership fleet. The Celia Angelina’s catch: full limits of yellowtail to 36 pounds; 36 dorado to 14 pounds; 132 giant squid; 250 miscellaneous fish; three grouper under 25 pounds and one golden grouper released. CELIA ANGELINA SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on June 17, with a catch of: 298 yellowtail, 497 cabrilla of 10 pounds and larger; 13 pargo, 12 white seabass including a 35 pounder, seven grouper of 33 to 52 pounds, and 43 miscellaneous fish. MIDRIFF ISLANDS TRIP BY THE SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP ERIK.
ALPHONSINA'S, GONZAGA BAY, MEXICO: Erik McElvany of Alphonsina’s at Gonzaga Bay had additional details about his big grouper catch reported earlier. GONZAGA BAY FISHING AND AREA DETAILS.
ROCKY POINTPUERTO PENASCO, MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point relayed a report from Mike Auditore who fished on his boat El Gato Blanco at the 51-mile reef and caught a monster 45-pound pinto bass (spotted cabrilla) on a live corvina. “I don't know how big pintos get, but this has to be pushing the upper limit,” Burnett said.
SAN CARLOSGUAYMAS, MEXICO: Norman Don of Tucson said San Carlos fishing was tough, in 82-degree water, close to shore, and a south chop of 1 to 3 feet, but calm in the afternoon: “Doc Marlin tagged and released 1 stripe marlin (originally hit the blue and white short corner, but was fed a dead ballyhoo), one sailfish (right outrigger, silver mylar lure/ballyhoo combo), and two dorado, both caught on lure ballyhoo combinations on Saturday on the reef. Ricochet on Sunday released a sailfish that was caught on a dead ballyhoo. Most boats reported very few fish.”
GUAYMAS, MEXICO: Baja old-timer Chuck McReynolds of Pasadena made a mainland trip to Guaymas, and struck out on trying to arrange for some panga fishing with the locals. GUAYMAS NON-FISHING MISADVENTURE.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said six offshore charters had a catch including released fish of: 10 sailfish, three bonita, two skipjack tuna, and one yellowfin tuna. One bottom fishing charter scored on big numbers of triggerfish, mojarra, red snapper, and one gulf grouper. Mazatlan weather was in the low-90s, with sunny skies and calm seas.
MARINA EL CID, MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid averaged about 1.5 billfish per outing. Offshore boats had a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, one striped marlin, 37 sailfish, three yellowfin tuna, three shark, and 41 dorado. MAZATLAN FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said water temperatures were in the low-80s, and a number of blue and a few black marlin were caught last week. “Not much releasing going on with the charter boats, but remember, the clients can make the difference and let the crew know that these fish should be put back when possible,” Hjort said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
MANZANILLO, MEXICO: Chris Barger of Novato, Calif., relayed a fishing report from his father in Manzanillo. “No outrageous hot bite to report,” Barger said, although his father did have a rare experience with a porpoise that hit a dead bonito bait: “He caught a small bonito so rigged it like a fresh dead mullet. He had a porpoise come up and slam it. It was on for a minute but the light rig gave way early in the battle. He saw the whole strike. He said the tuna in the area are small 6 pounds, and some sailfish and marlin are being caught but it wouldn’t be worth a special trip to this area now.”
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament, said boats caught four to six sailfish per day only five miles off the dock, but the big news was the apprehension of some local longline pangas: “The sportfishing fleet is finally getting some action from the government against the commercial panga longliners, with two arrested this week, and boat and lines confiscated.”
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said wide-open fishing action was found by both offshore and inshore boats, in calm to moderate seas. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On the Fly, said 80-degree blue water was only half a mile off the beach, and sailfish were plentiful but tuna and marlin were scarce. Zihuatanejo weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 78 to 85 degrees. ZIHUATANEJO FISHING AND COMMERCIAL PANGUERO ARREST.