EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Very good blue marlin numbers were racked up at East Cape last week, including some fish over 500 pounds caught in the middle of an ongoing, mega-hot dorado bite.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 40 boats with a catch including released fish of: 11 blue marlin, 16 striped marlin, 299 dorado, 25 tuna, six roosterfish, two snapper, 12 jack crevalle, five amberjack, 20 bonita, three ladyfish, three pompano, two triggerfish, one cabrilla, 30 skipjack, and two needlefish. Boats ran only about 30 minutes for billfish and dorado, and farther out in search of tuna, in water temperatures of 81 to 84 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett had a great week on his boat Fat Cat out of Los Barriles that included striped and blue marlin, dorado, and an experience with a very large marlin, possibly a even grander class black or blue, hooked and lost just two miles off Punta Pescadero, as he fished with his wife Silvia: “The reel was a Tiagra 50 Wide LRS with 3/4 of the spool filled with 80-pound Spectra and topped with about 250 yards of 80-pound mono. I was down to less than a quarter of a spool when the fish finally stopped it's run and started jumping. It was at least a quarter of a mile away, but it still looked huge!” Burkett said the big fish was almost leadered three times but broke off as it went under the boat. EAST CAPE HUGE MARLIN STORY.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore fishing for blue marlin and sailfish picked up, but striped marlin slowed down a bit. Dorado were very close to shore: “The dorado were so close that Rancho Leonero manager Gary Barnes-Webb jumped into a panga and came out to join in the fray...It was a fine line between offshore and inshore, with dorado only a few miles off the beach.” EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 164 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: 14 blue marlin, 65 striped marlin, 26 sailfish, 664 dorado, and 248 yellowfin tuna. EAST CAPE FISHING FLEETS.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rod Albright of Buena Vista reported a 500-pound plus blue marlin caught by Mike O’Dell on his boat Sonrisa. “The scale at Buena Vista Beach Resort bottomed out at 500 pounds, so who knows for sure the exact weight?” Albright said. “I did the basic formula, and came up with 526.” The big blue was caught 6 miles off Punta Pescadero after it hit a blue-purple lure.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported very good fishing for blue marlin and dorado, plus some sailfish, striped marlin, and yellowfin tuna. At midweek, one boat also caught a 100-pound plus tuna.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, Gary Barnes-Webb reported limits of marlin and dorado for all anglers in very warm water over 85 degrees. Dorado were schooling from 300 yards to four miles out, and large roosterfish to 60 pounds were on all area beaches. Yellowfin tuna were 20 to 30 miles out and few boats fished for them. EAST CAPE FISHING.
PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dave Lester of Temecula and his “Pez Gringos” roosterfish anglers group including Don Willson, Joe Bishop, Stephen Schoppe, Ron Burgess, and Len Salazar, reported an excellent trip out of Hotel Punta Colorada with three fishing days producing a 300-pound blue marlin caught by Willson, very hot action on dorado, tuna to 55 pounds, and the winning roosterfish, a 48 pounder caught by Burgess. More days of fishing at Cabo San Lucas produced the largest dorado for the group, a 47 pounder caught by Lester. EAST CAPE FISHING AT HOTEL PUNTA COLORADA.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions at Cabo Pulmo went from good to great. “The thermocline has disappeared and water temperature at depth is 80 degrees. Visibility is from 60 to 100 feet,” Rayor said. Sea life sightings included clouds of yellow snapper, huge grouper, and colorful reef fishes.
PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jerry Moore of San Diego and his girlfriend Charli Ballow fished on the panga Patricia with Capt. Arigo out of Hotel Punta Colorada for a two-day catch including released fish of: two roosterfish to 60 pounds, four tuna to 20 pounds, super hot action on wide-open dorado, and three striped marlin landed and three lost on 12 shots. EAST CAPE FISHING.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny’s Fleet said pangas at the tip of Punta Banda caught steady limits of bottom fish and calico bass last week, several yellowtail including fish of 20, 25 and 33 pounds, and a 30-pound white seabass caught by James Kelly of Huntington Beach on Saturday. Ensenada weather was cloudy in the mornings with sunny afternoons, in the mid-70s, with water temperatures averaging 63 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said boats found wide-open barracuda and good counts of yellowtail at the bajo during the week, including a six-yellowtail day by the Don Juan II. The Samantha Starr reported three yellowtail and lots of barracuda, and the Dana Lee had a one-day catch of two white seabass plus calico bass at University Point. El Dorado fished up to 75 miles out looking for albacore and found only a few, but loaded up with yellowtail on kelp paddies around GPS numbers 31.45 117.45.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Lily Fleet, Sammy Susarrey said the Amigo was back in the water and ready to fish after a complete renovation, and the boat looked great in its berth at Marina Coral. The Amigo got a 90 percent makeover, Susarrey said, “This boat was a four-pack, and now it’s a seven-pack, and we have more space in the cockpit and fish hold. Before, it cruised at 8 knots, and now it cruises at 13 knots. We start fishing this weekend.”
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey at Sergio’s Sportfishing Center reported on 31 anglers with a catch of: 126 yellowtail, 135 barracuda, 46 albacore, six lingcod, and seven rockcod.
CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA: Celia Diaz of the nonprofit Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) said two U.S. soldiers were evacuated to the U.S. from the Ensenada area after an automobile accident and assault by unknown assailants. Two U.S. women were also assisted in having their babies registered as U.S. citizens after they were born unexpectedly in Mexico. Other evacuations of Americans were effected in Ciudad Obregon, Guaymas, and Puerto Penasco. The BEMCC provides 24-hour-per-day emergency services for a tax deductible membership fee of $30 per year, 619-425-5080. BEMCC EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said all pangas scored bottom fish limits during the week, and the surface bite picked up on barracuda, bonita, and the return of yellowtail after a three-week lull. On Saturday, three pangas caught yellowtail, including a 25 pounder by Jann Packard of Ventura.
CASTRO'S CAMP ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro’s Camp said 18 pangas fished during the week in mostly calm weather, with some west wind, and clear blue water averaging about 64 degrees, for continued heavy catches of red rockcod, lots of barracuda, and 28 white seabass.
CASTRO'S CAMP ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Sonny Ly of Carlsbad and companions Dario, Sergio, and Rudy fished two days out of Castro’s Camp for heavy catches of red rockcod, lingcod to 9 pounds, whitefish, sheephead, sandbass, and other species. “Bait fish were around, but no top water action besides barracuda,” Ly said. Erendira weather was moderately windy, on flat, clear water, and Ly’s group used 6-inch Scampis and chrome iron with squid.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of El Captain Sportfishing reported steady catches of yellowtail during the week, centered around the 240 spot, including the first and second place fish of the July 4 Don Eddie’s tournament that weighed 27.2 and 26.5 pounds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING WITH EL CAPITAN.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Don Eddie’s Landing, Tony Marquez reported 23 anglers in six boats fished in the Fourth of July tournament, in calm seas and with good yellowtail action. Tournament winners were: Lisa Castagnola, first place, 27-pound yellowtail; Monte Kotur, second place, 26-pound yellowtail; Austin McKeever, third place, 25-pound yellowtail. Later, John Casler of Mission Viejo scored on eight yellowtail of 25 to 27 pounds on the Yolanda with Capt. Armando Duarte, and he came back the next day with seven more yellowtail of 25 to 33 pounds, all at the 240 spot. DON EDDIE’S SAN QUINTIN FISHING TOURNAMENT RESULTS.
CIELITO LINDO, MEXICO: Alan Tokunaga said he surf fished at Playa San Ramon for spotty action, and moved down to El Tranquillo, just below Socorro for “a lot of weeds.” Finally, Tokunaga said he caught at few fish at Cielito Lindo in clearer water: “We had fish tacos and beer at the Buzzard for lunch, and stuck around for dinner at Cielito Lindo. Finished off with my favorite clam cocktail in Ensenada. Baja is not about how much fish you catch.” Tokunaga added that a Jeep pulled his 4WD out after he got stuck in a deep sand dune.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Julio Meza of San Quintin ran his boat Santa Monica outside for tuna with his nephew Daniel Meza Jr. and friend Paco Pinones, but they found nada, and came back to Isla San Martin where he trolled for limits of yellowtail to 26 pounds, on Rapalas with some red color on them, and Orange-Red MirrOLures, in choppy, 63.5-degree water.
PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters reported Capt. Ruben Duran had scored big time on grouper to 30 pounds outside Boca Soledad near Puerto Lopez Mateos. Duran also reported a large black sea bass at well over 100 pounds. Mag Bay Outfitter’s new 17-foot Carolina skiff fished the esteros surrounding Lopez Mateos had found great action for corvina, leopard grouper, and cabrilla. PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.
SAN CARLOS, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Graham said fishing at the San Carlos entrada improved on early morning yellowtail, and corvina, grouper, and cabrilla were caught in the mangroves. San Carlos weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees.
PUNTA HUGHES, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Brian Freitag of Mag Bay Tours said the surf and fishing camp at Punta Hughes was seeing 62-degree water, and fishing has been good for yellowtail, pargo, and corvina from the rocks around camp. One panga ran out to the Thetis Bank and landed a few yellowtail to 20 pounds and a handful of football tuna. “We have our first trailer boaters arriving today, so we should have a better idea of conditions later in the week,” Freitag said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 27 Gaviota Fleet boats with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, one sailfish, 22 dorado, and 30 yellowtail.
The Fish Cabo reported a six-outing catch including released fish of: one small black marlin, eight striped marlin, six dorado, one wahoo, two roosterfish of about 45 pounds, and four yellowfin tuna of 170 to 180 pounds.
The Juanita VIII reported a five-outing catch including released fish of 14 dorado to 60 pounds, four yellowfin tuna of 50 to 60 pounds, and five roosterfish.
Edwards said the largest fish of the week caught at Cabo San Lucas was a 525-pound blue marlin taken by the Minerva IV. Cabo weather was sunny in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 79 to 85 degrees, and boats fished from Cabo Falso to San Jose del Cabo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 72 boats with a catch including released fish of: three blue marlin, four sailfish, 35 striped marlin, 83 yellowfin tuna, 86 dorado, two wahoo, and five boats skunked. Top catches during the week included a 70-pound dorado and a 60-pound wahoo on the Cabo Magic, and an 80-pound yellowfin tuna on the Manana.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo weather as humid in the high-90s with water temperatures of about 74 degrees on the Pacific side and up to about 85 degrees on the Cortez said. Billfish action slipped slightly last week, but some boats still did very well, and fishing remained good for small to medium tuna and dorado, with a few larger fish also in the mix. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mark Feaster, his son John Feaster, and Greg Frank, all of Vacaville, fished from the beach and in boats for two weeks, and Feaster reported good action for roosterfish on a chrome and blue Ranger lure, and more roosterfish, dorado and tuna on the boat. Feaster’s largest roosterfish from the beach was a 40 pounder that measured 54 inches. CABO SAN LUCAS BEACH AND BOAT FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 34 striped marlin, 56 dorado, 39 yellowfin tuna, four skipjack, two roosterfish, and one hammerhead shark. The top boat for the week was the San Lucas IV with Capt. Adelberto Agundez, with a five-outing score of four striped marlin, 11 dorado, and nine yellowfin tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING WITH SOLMAR FLEET.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the La Playita panga fleet concentrated on dorado and yellowfin tuna last week, and boats averaged about two to eight tuna of 5 to 50 pounds, on live bait, from the Gordo Banks to Iman. Pangas could not launch one day last week, due to high surf conditions, and Brictson said that with the construction of the new marina, this may be the last year that the traditional launching method is seen at San Jose del Cabo. High surf and swells also caused a shortage of live bait. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of San Jose del Cabo, author of the forthcoming “The Adventure Guide to Baja California Sur,” said few anglers were in town following the Fourth of July weekend. La Playita pangas were catching a mixed bag of dorado, yellowfin tuna, and a few striped marlin, and roosterfish action was good for shore anglers.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported some good concentrations of dorado earlier in the month, and a recent run of roosterfish, but local pangas killing too many of them. “Most of the gringo fishermen are pretty ignorant, and leave it up to the capitan to decide what to keep...I have seen one of their capitanes kill 10 roosterfish or around 20 small dorado in a day,” Grimes said. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING OVER LIMITS.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tortuga Sportfishing, Gerardo Hernandez said fishing on the Las Arenas side was very good for dorado, but with fewer tuna and only in smaller sizes, off Punta Perico and around Isla Cerralvo. Some pangas ran out to the buoys at the 88 bank but had no luck there. Many marlin were seen in larger sizes, but most clients were opting to fish for dorado. Las Arenas weather was hot in the high-90s, with water temperatures in the fishing areas of 76 to 78 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Cortez Club said about 14 Mosquito Fleet pangas and about three cruisers fished daily, for dorado to 50 pounds, marlin to 500 pounds, pargos to 18 pounds, wahoo to 50 pounds, and amberjack to 40 pounds, fishing mostly around the north end of Isla Cerralvo. La Paz area weather was hot, in the mid-100s, with some southern breezes, water temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees, and 40 to 80 feet of visibility.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said La Paz weather was hot and humid, and the fishing on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides was generally good for dorado and tuna, with some up and down variation. LA PAZ FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto, fishing with Jim Oestreich of Carlsbad, Frank and Betsy Woolrich of Lakeside, and Mike Maxwell of Lakeside, reported on four days with Capts. Paulino Martinez and Chopi Murillo for a catch of 19 dorado on at least 40 shots or hookups, and one blue marlin lost. Bear said other boats averaged three to four fish per day: “The dorado fishing apparently slowed down relative to earlier in the week, when many boats were back in with limits before 10 a.m.”
The blue marlin lost was hooked by Bob Mead of Dallas on 10-pound spinning tackle. “It was on for 3 to 5 minutes and jumped several times before its tail cut the line. Unfortunately, Bob had a very short shock leader, but it was exciting while it lasted!”
Bear said he fished 16 to 20 miles northeast of town in 84 to 86-degree water, and most of the fish hit sardines. Loreto weather was hot, humid, and mostly flat with some wind.
“The town is packed with fishermen,” Bear said. “There is a line of boats to get in the water every morning. The scene at the baitsellers' pangas is obscene. So the drill is to get to the marina early, 5 a.m., when both sardines and mackerel are available. Fishermen should have their pangas reserved before they arrive in town.”
LORETO, MEXICO: Ana Benziger of the Hotel Oasis said Bob Whelen of Placerville caught a 60-pound dorado with Capt. Loreto “Tito” Murillo. Hotel anglers were also still catching yellowtail, including Gary Paugh and his son Lee who landed a 26.5 pounder at Punta Pulpito with Capt. Gallo.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said boats ran long distances last week for spotty action on dorado and billfish, although conditions improved by Friday as most boats returned with limits. Bolles cautioned all anglers that local officials have been checking for fishing licenses and bag counts. Loreto water temperatures averaged 81 to 88 degrees. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Dean Mitchell of San Diego reported on a very good trip out of the Loreto marina with Capt. Manuel Torres of Juncalito (011-52-613-135-0240). Fishing with his friend Matthias “Grouper” Gruber, Mitchell said they did very well on limits of 20 to 35-pound dorado, on two days, about 5 miles southeast of Punta Pulpito, plus a 45-pound wahoo. “There were plenty of sailfish in the area too,” Mitchell said. “This is Loreto fishing at its prime.” LORETO FISHING WITH MANUEL TORRES.
LORETO, MEXICO: Kristian Palleson of Loreto said dorado fishing was spotty during the week, in calm weather. “Most of the dorado are being caught north of Isla Coronado, about 7 miles past. The sardinas are working best when fish can be found. There is an incredible amount of flying fish in the water this year.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo’s Sportfishing said on Saturday that Loreto weather was calm in the mid-90s with some afternoon breezes, and the dorado moved north about 25 to 30 miles to the Punta Pulpito area. “We have been seen groups of fisherman having a hard time trying to find dorado,” Susarrey said. “Most of regular pangas are having difficulties because they have two-stroke motors and require more fuel to get where the fish are.” On Saturday some schools of fish averaging 18 pounds were also reported closer in, on the south side of Isla Coronado. Sailfish and marlin were caught at La Vaca off Isla Carmen, and off San Bruno, also to the north.
LORETO, MEXICO: At midweek, Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said clients were doing well on catch and release dorado action, including Dennis and Penney King of San Clemente who limited on fish of 15 to 40 pounds during two days with Capt. Gregorio about half an hour north of Isla Coronado.
PUERTO ESCONDIDO, MEXICO: At Puerto Escondido, Ty Miller of El Fuerte Sportfishing said water temperatures averaged about 85 degrees and the radio was silent following the disastrous fire at the Tripui resort. LORETO FISHING AT PUERTO ESCONDIDO.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Jose Lopez of Chula Vista and his family trailered their Klamath boat to East Cape and Loreto, where they found slow action on artificials at East Cape, and then super wide-open dorado action at Loreto. “So many dorado it was something out of a TV show,” said Lopez. The fish were found two days in a row very close to town, outside Isla Coronado. SUPER HOT LORETO FISHING FOR DORADO.
PUNTA CHIVATO, MEXICO: Mike Bowers of Meridian, Idaho, camped three weeks at Punta Chivato with his 15-foot Boston Whaler and caught lots of dorado plus a striped marlin, but said the weed paddies were scattered and fishing was disrupted by an oil slick that fouled the sea for several days. Purse seiners were also working from Santa Rosalia to Isla San Marcos, and high winds swamped some boats and dragged anchors at the Punta Chivato campground anchorage. However, said Bowers, “Camping was awesome at Punta Chivato. People were friendly and fishing as a whole was good.” PUNTA CHIVATO FISHING AND CAMPING.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said fishing was still sporadic: “One day some dorado are north, other south, sometimes straight out, and some days none at all.” Mulege waters were cooler at 81 to 85.8 degrees, and no weed lines were present, just a few small paddies. Some 12 to 15-pound yellowfin tuna and several blue marlin were also caught. Mulege weather was hot and humid.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said Santa Rosalia weather was hot but dry, with water temperatures of 77 to 80 degrees inshore, and 80 to 84 degrees farther out. Reef fishing produced some yellowtail around the isla, and a nice bottom catch of grouper to 35 pounds, but the best catch of the week was made by running up to Caleta Santa Maria where good numbers of dorado were found on weeds: “So we run for Santa Rosalia about two miles north and five miles offshore, putting us on the southern edge of Caleta de Santa Maria, and like years past, the paddies where there with hundreds of fish under them. We caught and released plenty of nice dorado in the 8 to 15-pound class, and a few close to and right at 20 pounds, keeping five of the larger bulls.” Bait was hard to make, but available at the entrance to the Santa Rosalia marina. SANTA ROSALIA AND ISLA SAN MARCOS FISHING.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELESL.A. BAY, MEXICO: Elijah Hayward, of Fallbrook and Bahia de los Angeles, reported excellent yellowtail fishing in the bay for his Baja Fish Patrol group: “There has been a steady bite on the reefs off Isla Piojo and Horsehead. A pretty consistent surface bite with almost all of the fish being caught up close to Isla Piojo.”
Hayward said many whales and porpoise were present and yellowtail were pushing bait up close to the islands. L.A. Bay weather was sometimes windy, with 77-degree water found out in the channel, and Hayward said 10 to 12-pound dorado were present out there, where Adam Hayward caught a 22 pounder on surface iron. Gill netters were working the islands.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Dave Phillips of Las Vegas reported yellowtail caught from the beach at the remote San Francisquito resort “right in front of the huts.” Phillips said the action lasted only a few minutes as four fish in the 10 to 12-pound range were caught on iron. But said Phillips, “Overall the fishing was a little spotty with few birds working the area.” SAN FRANCISQUITO BEACH YELLOWTAIL.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELESL.A. BAY, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin trailered his boat Santa Monica to L.A. Bay and fished mostly north with his father Julio Meza Sr., sister Monica Meza, and nephew Daniel Meza Jr.: “The first day, we put the Santa Monica in the water at 3:30 a.m. and went 100 miles north to fish the Islas Encantadas for limits of white seabass to 30 pounds using squid and frozen mackerel.” Meza said they fished about 180 feet deep around Islas San Luis, the Golden Reef, and El Choydo, in water temperatures averaging 78 degrees. They caught medium cabrillas on their way back to L.A. Bay, arriving about 5 p.m.
On a second day, the Santa Monica fished the inner islands for small yellowtail, mostly around Islas Smith and Coronadito, using live bait 180 feet deep, in water temperatures averaging 74 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on July 9, 2004, with a catch of: 120 yellowtail, 18 to 32 pounds; three grouper, 55 to 65 pounds; one black sea bass, 90 pounds; two white seabass, 38 to 44 pounds; 101 cabrilla, 9 to 14.5 pounds; 71 red snapper, 12 to 16 pounds; three sheephead, 7 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; one shark, 29 pounds; and 85 miscellaneous fish.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures said he made his 21st annual trip on a Tony Reyes mothership and landed a wide range of species, including a 52.5-pound yellowtail at Snake Island, and a 55-grouper at La Raza, using his unique jointed-iron lures.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on July 8, 2004, with 24 anglers and a catch of: 197 yellowtail, 186 cabrilla of 8 pounds or larger, 21 white seabass, seven grouper of 26 to 48 pounds, 28 pargo, and 302 miscellaneous fish and giant squid.
ROCKY POINTPUERTO PENASCO, MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma fished out of Puerto Penasco in 82-degree water, and found good action of juvenile yellowtail, and an unknown silver-grey jack with vertical bars. Chub mackerel and several large schools of Pacific spadefish were observed, as well as small manta rayas, and sargassum paddies thick with Portuguese Man-O-War. Fishing at Isla San Jorge produced lots of sierra, needlefish, ladyfish, leopard grouper, finescale triggerfish, spotted sand bass, and barracuda. Davis said the water looks promising for a show of dorado later in the summer: “Conditions are looking great for some really super dorado action in the next few weeks. Lots of sargasso paddies along well defined current lines are offshore, beginning at 25 miles.
“Didn't even try to catch the spadefish as we were so stunned and blown away by the size of the schools in the crystal clear water under and all around the boat.
“We had a riot of a time catching the yellowtail and jacks on the sargasso paddies. I found that if the paddy had a booby or two hanging around it was sure to be holding fish. We used several sizes of Sabiki rigs and just dropped them next to the weed. Within a second or two we had a fish on every hook! Two or three drops and we caught every fish on the paddy. This is the second summer that I have caught numbers of juvenile yellowtail in the sargasso.”
ROCKY POINTPUERTO PENASCO, MEXICO:During June, Neff Nash of Tucson fished the Isla San Jorge area on two trips for slow fishing hampered by windy conditions, in unusually cool air temperatures of about 90 degrees: “Southerlies blowing steadily without any break in their force. On the first trip, I got out to San Jorge Island and it took twice as long as usual due to the wind. The fishing was very slow. I never got back out on that trip, or on the second one either. I came home early on both.”
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos said action improved last week for the Andele II and Too Much Fun, as one marlin and one sailfish were released, plus 16 tuna and 10 dorado landed, in three outings. The Pelicano also got into a large school of dorado, 35 miles out on a 240 heading. Water temperatures on the fishing grounds averaged 85 to 87 degrees.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said fishing picked up last week on dorado and billfish caught anywhere over 5 miles out, in water temperatures holding at a steady 85 degrees. “If you are willing and able to venture out 45 miles, there have been reports of some really good yellowfin catches out in the Tortuga area,” Molden added. A 300-pound blue marlin was also caught on Wednesday by the Rhythm and Blues.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: one small blue marlin, 45 sailfish, 82 yellowfin tuna, and 47 dorado. Boats averaged about two billfish per outing, and the largest tuna of the fish was a 196 pounder caught on the Aries VII. Inshore fishing continued hot on easy limits of dorado for all boats. Mazatlan weather was cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 84 to 85 degrees.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said 80-degree water stayed closed to shore, but sailfish action slowed last week. “A lot of this can probably be attributed to the moon phase. As we go into the dark phase, I am very certain the blue water fishing should pick up,” Kunze said. Boats averaged about one or two sailfish per day. Zihuatanejo weather was party cloudy in the low-90s, with a chance of thunderstorms and water temperatures of 80 to 89 degrees.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said football yellowfin tuna were also caught from 5 to 30 miles out, in sporadic, fast-moving pods, and the beaches were still hot on roosterfish, jacks, and sierra
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said the Dos Hermanos I fished offshore and inshore for a six-day catch including released fish of: seven sailfish, one dorado, five skipjack, eight roosterfish, six yellowtail jack, two bigeye jacks, 26 bonito, two sierra, and six needlefish. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.