LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Billfish action was sluggish, but good, close-in catches of medium yellowfin tuna and dorado lead the charge at East Cape last week.
Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 307 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: 11 blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, 54 sailfish, 867 dorado, 1,168 yellowfin tuna, and seven wahoo. Fleet boats fished outwards to about 25 miles in all directions, in calm seas and water temperatures of 80 to 88 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on eight boats, with a catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, one blue marlin, eight sailfish, 39 dorado, and 68 tuna.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 27 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, one striped marlin, three sailfish, 68 dorado, 62 tuna, one roosterfish, 96 snapper, one amberjack, five bonita, one pompano, 10 triggerfish, one cabrilla, 10 skipjack, and two parrotfish. Hotel boats fished mostly off La Ribera. EAST CAPE FISHING.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported continued yellowfin tuna limits for all anglers, on fish of 5 to 35 pounds, concentrated 3 to 4 miles off Cabo Pulmo. Lots of sailfish, with "two or three per boat not unusual" were reported just outside the tuna, in calm seas and water temperatures of 83 to 86 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said good-sized dorado were caught less than three miles in front of the hotels and tuna were only a few miles beyond that. "Dorado, were close to shore and aggressive, and dominated the scene all week. It doesn’t get much better," Graham said. Beach fishing activity was light, as most anglers focused on tuna and dorado. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.
LA RIBERA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said, "Tuna, dorado, tuna, dorado, tuna, dorado, at Cabo Pulmo and in front of La Ribera."
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Werner Hradecky of Buena Vista and San Diego fished three days with Capt. Javier Cota on the panga Alexis and did well despite some windy conditions. "We found a school of porpoise around 5 p.m. and caught five nice yellowfin to 100 pounds, a nice 30-pound dorado and a sailfish, all in the same area." They fished about 20 to 28 miles out and 15 miles south of Isla Cerralvo, Hradecky said, and he also landed a blue marlin, just before flying home on his last day.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said the Don Juan II found very-hot yellowtail action at the end of the week, fishing near the 238 spot at GPS numbers 31.32 117.08. Six anglers fished a large area for 90 yellowtail averaging 8 pounds, plus three yellowfin tuna and three 10-pound dorado. Local boats found steady action in and around the bay. Sanchez added that KCHTS is no longer booking for the boat Samanta Star. ENSENADA FISHING.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught bottom fish limits and about two to three yellowtail per boat, plus some yellowtai limits on fish as large as 36 pounds, all week long. A nice 23-pound white seabass was caught by Krys Gwizdak and Ed Kurzawa of Long Beach on Thursday. Punta Banda weather was cloudy in the mornings, in the mid-70s, with light breezes, and 3-foot swells. PUNTA BANDA FISHING.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Early in the week, John Migeot and Joe Horvath of Mission Viejo fished with Vonny's Fleet's Capt. Beto for yellowtail limits at Islas Todos Santos, plus bonito and barracuda. "The fish were 10 to 15 pounds and were all caught on CD14 Rapalas and Ivan Villarino's special iron. It was as good as it gets," Migeot said, referring to the custom made aluminum jigs sold at the Vonny's Fleet tackle shop. "We didn't have time to make bait. We were too busy catching fish. It was a great day of fishing."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Amigo scored at the end of the week on about four yellowfin tuna per rod, close to the Punta Banda Bank around GPS numbers 31.32 117.02. The Tamara landed limits of yellowtail of 12 to 15 pounds, plus some bonito and medium barracuda, in blue water averaging 64.5 degrees, inside the bay and at Islas Todos Santos.
CORONADO ISLANDS, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky of San Diego fished on his boat Scott's Johnny and scored yellowtail limits, plus six dorado and a mako shark released, for six anglers just northwest of the Coronado Islands.
CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 16 pangas, with a catch of: 11 white seabass, seven large yellowtail, 20 bonita, and lots of barracuda, rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and bass. Castro's camp boats fished in clear blue water of 62 to 64 degrees, 3 to 6 miles from the coast, at depths of 50 to 120 feet. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported heavy yellowtail action on Friday at the 240 spot, for himself, Chris Pierce, and Dave Brown, as six yellowtail of 23 to 25 pounds each were landed, but at least 10 others lost on 40-pound test tackle. "After we were out of bait and our gear all destroyed, we called it a day," Catian said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Catian reported good action on 15-pound tuna about 8 miles out, in water temperatures over 70 degrees, and water temperatures of 67 degrees close to the beach. Catian, formerly of El Capitan Sportfishing, gave his new contact information for K&M Offshore Sportfishing: 011-52-616-103-6704, email@example.com. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 20 boats fished during the week, mostly outside for tuna. On Saturday, Capt. Hector of the Romey scored on 15 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 15 pounds, 10 to 12 miles out, on headings of 240 to 260 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
PLAYA SAN RAMON, SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Alan Tokunaga of North Hollywood and Tad Hirai fished the surf at Playa San Ramon for lots of smaller barred surf perch and some to about 2 pounds, caught on motor oil-colored grubs, in warm, clear water, with few weeds. Tokunaga said commercial net boats were working the beach, "Maybe that's why we haven't caught a halibut this year."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin fished his boat Santa Monica about 8 miles south of the boca with Enrique Melero, Pepe Porragas, and Conrrado Gonzalez, and they landed six white seabass of 20 to 30 pounds, in dirty, 63-degree water: "By noon we were in the middle of a huge shoal of white seabass...when the sun showed up the curbinas went crazy." SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Capt. Ruben Duran of Puerto Lopez Mateos fished through the week until Saturday and reported daily catches of dorado, tuna, grouper, and sierra.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said rough seas prevented most boats from going outside. A few dorado, wahoo, and marlin were reported 14 to 18 miles out. In the mangrove channels, corvina were scattered in all directions, and the anticipated snook bite had not begun. San Carlos weather was cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 74 to 82 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.
PUNTA HUGHES, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: John Gilkerson of Cypress, Calif., said he and Jim and Jimmy Bentley were preparing for a return trailer boat run to the Mag Bay Tours camp at Punta Hughes, fishing the area for a week, and then stopping at San Quintin on the way home.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 98 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 62 yellowfin tuna, 284 dorado, 15 wahoo, and good numbers of white skipjack and bonita. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 71 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 55 dorado, 28 yellowfin tuna, two sailfish, and 11 wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING FLEET REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 26 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, two sailfish, four wahoo, 39 yellowfin tuna, and 61 dorado. Gaviota Fleet boats fished in excellent sea conditions, mostly on the Pacific side, in water temperatures of 82 to 83 degree degrees, and on the Gordo Banks in water temperatures of 84 to 85 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Flyhooker Sportfishing reported on six boats, with a catch including released fish of: 28 dorado of 10 to 30 pounds, four yellowfin tuna of 10 to 12 pounds, two wahoo of 20 and 25 pounds, and many bonita and skipjack. Cabo San Lucas water temperatures were about 80 to 84 degrees on the Pacific side, and up to about 85 degrees on the Cortez side, in generally good weather in the low-90s. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 23 percent of fleet boats caught billfish, 87 percent caught dorado, 29 percent caught yellowfin tuna, 16 percent caught wahoo, and 99 percent caught all species combined. "This was the best wahoo week we've had so far this year," Ehrenberg said. Pisces boats fished mostly on the Pacific side, in water temperatures of 79 to 80 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said last week saw one of the best wahoo bites in recent years for the La Playita panga fleet. "For about five days running, pangas were reporting an average of 4 to 8 wahoo in the 25 to 50-pound class each morning, with many other hookups lost," Brictson said. The best wahoo bites were at Iman bank and the inner Gordo Bank, and pangas also had good catches of school-sized yellowfin tuna and dorado, in flat sea conditions and water temperatures averaging 81 degrees. Bottom fishing yielded amberjack, grouper, dog snapper, cabrilla, pargo, and bonita, but beach fishing continued slow except for small croakers at La Playita. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Artie Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said La Paz-side fishing was generally improved, in clearing and cooling water at 82 to 85 degrees. Davis fished a day at La Reina for two dorado, two wahoo, and two sailfish, and said he's also been seeing active tuna in the area, but no biters so far. Outside, at the 88 bank, the Black Magic got a few dorado, and saw tuna and blue marlin. LA PAZ FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said he ran into a super-hot wahoo bite on the Black Magic at La Reina: "In the span of about 2 hours, they put 10 wahoo aboard and only stopped when the clients couldn't do anymore." But the wahoo scattered the next day, and fishing action on both sides of the hill was led by small pods of dorado, including some bulls to 50 pounds. La Paz weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures in the mid-80s. LA PAZ FISHING.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing on the Las Arenas side was good for 25 to 35-pound dorado, 15-pound tuna, and 30 to 35-pound wahoo, with lots of sardina and squid bait in the water. The weather was near perfect all week long, with water temperatures in the 80s. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet at Cortez Club reported about six boats fishing per day, "all returning with limits of fish every day," on dorado of 15 to 50 pounds and pargo of 8 to 20 pounds, in water temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto and his son Doug fished four days with Capt. Paulino Martinez for good numbers on dorado, with a catch including released fish of 90 dorado and one leopard grouper during the trip. About the dorado, caught mostly on a buoy set by Pancho Susarrey at San Bruno, Bear said, "Our worst day was 13 dorado, while our best was 34." Most of the dorado were chicken-sized, but others went to a high of 48 pounds, in mostly flat conditions, and water temperatures of just over 85 degrees. Virtually no other sport anglers were fishing. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Mitchell Rose fished with Joe de Pillo of Loreto and Capt. Rigo Martinez for good action on yellowtail, 200 feet deep at Punta Pulpito 35 miles to the north, plus a few small dorado, and a return trip to town that featured Capt. Rigo diving different spots for parrotfish, cabrilla, pompano, lobster, scallops, and chocolate clams. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported continued dorado catches, increasing in average size to about 18 to 35 pounds, plus sailfish and marlin, northeast of Isla Coronado. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Ana Gloria Benziger of the Hotel Oasis said fish caught during the week included dorado of 22 to 29 pounds, yellowtail of 17 to 24 pounds, cabrilla of 7 to 12 pounds, and a 120-pound sailfish. Water temperatures averaged 85 degrees. The dorado were caught 25 miles northeast of Isla Coronado, and the cabrilla at Punta Pulpito, about 35 miles north of town. The hotel was offering a fourth night free special fishing package through April.
LORETO, MEXICO: Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said divers were at the hotel, but no anglers.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said local dorado action was improved, as boats averaged about two to three fish each, in smaller sizes up to about 25 pounds, around Punta Chivato and south toward Punta Concepcion. Mulege weather was also improved, with flat seas and water temperatures in the mid-80s. Barber added, "The commercial calamari fishermen in that area have been reporting that their lights are bringing many huge dorado to the surface at night." MULEGE FISHING.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, fly-in angler Ron Grant reported "really nice" weather, and boats hoping for about one to five dorado, mostly outside Punta Concepcion, plus steady bags of red snapper and spotted cabrilla (pinto bass) on the bottom. The runway at the Hotel Serenidad was in good condition. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said fishing action was still in the September doldrums, with cooler fall weather in the high-80s, and water temperatures still warm at 82 to 86 degrees. Kanzler and other local boats scratched up a few dorado, and a run to Isla Tortuga on Saturday produced a nice double hookup on sailfish, but no yellowtail or bottom fish. "Couldn't get a break on the wind at Tortuga for any shot with the bottom fish, for the second time there in the last two weeks, but did find out there's still plenty of billfish for those wishing to fish for them," Kanzler said. At San Lucas Cove, municipal water was installed for reliable showers and boat washing. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said the weather was mostly calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures dropping quickly to about 77 degrees inside the bay, and 79 degrees in the outer channel. Good yellowtail action was found at Roca Bernabe, and close by at Islas Smith and Horsehead. Whale shark, barracuda, and bottom fish were also present, and the road was in excellent condition.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Laura Mosqueda and her group from the Los Angeles area drove to Raquel and Larry's Beach Motel at Bahia de los Angeles and enjoyed several days of viewing the whale sharks and other sea life in the bay with panga Capt. Ricardo: "After about an hour of searching we found a beautiful, big whale shark. Jumping into the water with our snorkeling gear we had a wonderful encounter with this huge, plankton-eating fish." L.A. BAY ECO-TOURING TRIP.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on Oct. 1, 2004, with a catch of: 233 yellowtail, 18 to 36 pounds; three dorado, 14 to 16 pounds; 56 cabrilla, 8 to 12 pounds; 54 squid, 12 to 28 pounds; one red snapper, 14.5 pounds; one broomtail grouper, 9 pounds; two sheephead, 6 pounds; 16 spotted bass; three shark, 18 to 25 pounds; and 18 miscellaneous fish. JOSE ANDRES ANGLER TRIP REPORT.
PAPA FERNANDEZ, BAHIA WILLARD, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard said water temperatures averaged 82 degrees, and fishing was still really slow. Magee was using 6-pound test from shore for "small bass, not even one trigger." Locals were working hard for very few corvina from shore, and a few large sierra on the troll. "But not a lot of fish showing any place," Magee said, "like one per boat."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the panga mothership Erik was dry docked for maintenance at San Felipe in preparation for its departure for La Paz scheduled about Oct. 10, 2004.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: In San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was perfect in the high-70s, and "the bay looks like a mill pond." But Meders said there will be few visitors in town until the season gets rolling during the second weekend of October. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
LAS GLORIAS (TOPOLOBAMPO), SINALOA, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, about 50 miles south of Topolobampo, launched his boat at Las Glorias with Herman Gerhardus and Horacio Penuelas, running out about 21 miles on a heading of 210 degrees for a catch of 20 wahoo to 18 pounds, plus seven dorado to 15 pounds. LAS GLORIAS, SINALOA, WAHOO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said five boats fished during the week for a catch including released fish of: eight sailfish to 82 pounds, two dorado, 18 skipjack tuna, and one 15-pound red snapper found on the way in. Boats fished 15 to 25 miles off the lighthouse marina in water temperatures averaging 88 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid fished closer to shore last week, about 18 miles out. Edwards reported 17 offshore boats with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin to 238 pounds, 52 sailfish, one wahoo, three roosterfish, and 64 dorado. One inshore super panga caught three roosterfish and a wahoo. Mazatlan weather was calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 87 to 88 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said the best offshore lure color last week was orange-green.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier, Bill Heimpel of Starfleet said water temperatures averaged 82 degrees, and boats found good action on dorado of 30 to 50 pounds, plus sailfish and some blue marlin. The largest fish caught during September was a 387-pound blue marlin, and the largest dorado weighed 56 pounds. MAZATLAN FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kim Moore of Charter Dreams said few boats fished out of Puerto Vallarta last week, and the fishing action seemed slower during the full moon phase, although two, 200-pound class tuna were reported, plus a 350-pound marlin, and many tuna of 40 to 80 pounds were caught. Puerto Vallarta weather was calm in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 87 degrees in the bay, and 86 degrees farther out. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr Marlin reported good action on Saturday at Corbetena while fishing on Larry Lionetti's boat El Pescador, for one black marlin, four large bull dorado, three tuna, and a wahoo. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said offshore fish were feeding on crabs, puffers, squid, and some larger fishes, and for tuna, "...heavy leaders, big J-hooks, and big baits is definitely not the recipe for success right now, so be adaptable and you'll score with consistently nice fish in the 150 to 200-pound range." For good billfish release rates, Temple recommended that anglers bring their own circle hooks and insist that crews use them: "I would say that right now 85% of the billfish caught down here are killed..." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard and San Quintin cruised to Puerto Vallarta on his boat Tinknocker with Larry Thompson, Dennis Thompson and Bob Dawson, and reported on his first day of fishing at El Banco with a catch including yellowfin tuna of 102 and 118 pounds, two sailfish, and a 50-pound wahoo. A second morning surrounded by jumping tuna produced no hookups, and Vath said he was also exploring a river area for snook. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING TRIP.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing reported on one day of offshore fishing with Laura and Charlie Keller of Houston, for a catch including released fish of: five tuna of about 80 pounds, plus others lost, one dorado of 25 pounds, one sailfish, and a marlin lost. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said sailfish action slowed down to about one fish per boat during the full moon, but Terry Carter, in town to guide during Baja On The Fly's Jacks or Better roosterfish tournament, fished one day with Capt. Santiago on the panga Gitana, and released one sailfish out of five shots. Inshore action was improving as river runoff slowed and near shore waters cleared. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said 20 to 35-pound dorado are still holding in the runoff debris and current lines, and most boats are getting two or three per day. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 83 degrees, as entrants began arriving for Baja On The Fly's Jacks or Better roosterfish tournament, which includes a $1,000 top prize for guides coming from across the U.S.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said the evening showers were lighter than in previous weeks, and inshore waters were clearing as a result. Clear blue water at 80 degrees was just a couple of miles off the beach.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said the Dos Hermanos fished four days for a catch including released fish of: five sailfish, eight bonito, five needlefish, 19 roosterfish, and 20 yellowtail jacks. The super panga Sirena reported nonstop bottom fishing action on red snapper a mile offshore. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.