CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: As the Los Cabos fall big money tournament season began last week, Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 117 boats, with a catch including released fish of: seven blue marlin, 16 striped marlin, six sailfish, 115 yellowfin tuna, 206 dorado, 60 skipjack, eight wahoo, one mako shark, 16 red snapper, and seven boats skunked.
Garcia reported that Mexican angler Arturo Rivero won the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament with a blue marlin caught on Big Brother with Capt. Jaime Pinuelas. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Flyhooker Sportfishing said billfish action was steady as the tournament season began, with blue marlin and sailfish in warmer water on the Cortez side and striped marlin scattered, as deep blue water as warm as 86 degrees pushed down from the Cortez side to the Gordo Banks area. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Cabo boats were not sharing fishing information as the big money tournament season approached: "With so much money hinging on the big fish for the Bisbee's Tournaments, I can't blame them for being secretive." Gaviota Fleet reported on 59 boats, with a catch including released fish of: six blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, six sailfish, four wahoo, six skipjack tuna, 73 yellowfin tuna, and 84 dorado. The Fish Cabo reported on five outings, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, two striped marlin, and two dorado. The Juanita VIII reported on three outings, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, one striped marlin, and one sailfish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Fishing said his boats found good action at Las Rosas in the bay for medium to large bonita, and at Punta Santo Tomas for log barracuda and bottom fish limits. Capt. Guillermo Gomez also fished his boat El Dorado at Santo Tomas with the same results. Other offshore boats reported yellowfin tuna at the lower 500 bank. ENSENADA FISHING.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda averaged about one yellowtail per day, plus steady limits on lingcod and bottom fish. Jay Johnson of Punta Banda caught two yellowtail plus bottom fish limits on Friday. Ensenada weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, with light breezes, 3 to 4-foot oceans swells, and water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Alejandro Romero of Tijuana fished on El Mago with Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet as the captain and had a great day 35 miles offshore around the 238 spot on limits of yellowfin tuna and yellowtail, skipjacks, and eight peanut dorado. About Susarrey, Romero said, "He still is to me, the best live bait caster in all of Baja." ENSENADA OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 56 anglers, with a catch of: 170 yellowtail, 63 yellowfin tuna, nine dorado, 128 skipjack, and one albacore.
CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp at Erendira south of Ensenada said 21 pangas fished during the week for a catch of: seven white seabass, five yellowtail, a few bonita, and many barracuda, red rockcod, lingcod, and cabrilla. Castro's camp boats fished 70 to 140 feet deep, 4 to 8 miles from the coast, in water temperatures averaging 60 degrees. Erendira weather was mostly good, but with rain and some wind on Sunday. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported on a week of scratchy fishing in rough conditions around the 240 spot, Ben's Rock, and south at Socorro for too many barracuda, and a few white seabass, calico bass, sandbass, and yellowtail, plus the usual bottom fish. Halibut fishing inside the bay produced a 40-pound black seabass in about 20 feet of water for Bob Chambers on the Offshore III. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Don Eddie's Landing, Eddie Marquez reported good weather all week, but Sunday with clouds, mild winds, and a cool air temperature of 68 degrees. On Sunday morning pangas were fishing south and reported white seabass at Socorro, plus yellowtail at the 240 spot. Bottom fishing produced limits at the 180 spot, as San Quintin water temperatures averaged 65 to 67 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja took a group from the Senortuna fishing club to San Quintin to fish with Tiburon's Pangas and Capt. Oscar Catian at the 240 spot, around Isla San Martin and south around Socorro for full ice chests of barracuda, bonita, and bottom fish including red rockcod, lingcod and whitefish. Included in Moore's group were George Valenzuela of Irvine, Mel and Rosie Shimizu of Los Angeles, Glen Cheh of Whittier, and John Yong of Anaheim. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Moore also reported on another trip with Tiburon's Pangas, scoring on sandbass, cabrilla, barracuda, rockcod, and a 42-pound white seabass for Frank Palstring's group from Claremont and San Dimas. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Magdalena Bay weather was in the low-80s with some wind in the afternoons. Dorado were holding 10 miles outside the San Carlos entrada on headings of 210 to 240 degrees. A recent run farther out to the Thetis Bank yielded dorado. Only a few marlin were spotted outside. In the mangroves, corvina were spread throughout the bay in water temperatures of 72 to 79 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said overall action was slightly slower last week, but boats still did well on small to medium yellowfin tuna and smaller dorado, plus a big spread of other species including sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, skipjack, amberjack, dog tooth snapper, rainbow runner, pompano and others. Capt. Hugo out of Punta Palmilla reported a 500-pound class black marlin landed from a panga. Live bait was still scattered along the beaches, but shore anglers at La Playita reported wide-open action on small croakers and pompano on light tackle. Pangas were still catching some wahoo, in slower action, from the Gordo Banks to San Luis. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow reported on 14 surf fishing sessions around La Playita in water temperatures of about 83 degrees, and four panga fishing sessions with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome, for a total of 29 fish species caught, including one new species, the longfin croaker. One good panga trip yielded a 60-pound dog snapper, a 10-pound dorado, a 20-pound yellowfin tuna, and a 25-pound wahoo. Snow said San Jose del Cabo weather was improved in the 90s, with adequate sardinas supplied by the carnaderos. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 17 boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, two blue marlin, 14 sailfish, 49 dorado, and 58 yellowfin tuna.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Werner and Evette Hradecky of San Diego fished two days with Capt. Javier Cota on the panga Alexis for a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, three sailfish, two roosterfish of 38 to 45 pounds, and three yellowfin tuna of 35 to 45 pounds, fishing around Punta Pescadero and northwards to the east side of Isla Cerralvo. EAST CAPE PANGA FISHING.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, Roy Baldwin reported slightly slower action, but fish found closer in, with yellowfin tuna of 10 to 60 pounds and dorado of 15 to 45 pounds a mile off Cabo Pulmo, and sailfish 5 to 10 miles out. Only a few anglers fished inshore, but the Coastal Kayak Fishing group led by Dennis Spike was doing well, with catches of dorado, tuna, grouper, pargo, and roosterfish. EAST CAPE FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said Cabo Pulmo water temperature was 82 degrees at depth, with visibility of 60 to 100 feet, and flat conditions, low wind, and mild currents. Sea life sightings included turtles, big grouper, hammerhead shark, and schooling bigeye jacks.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles reported most hotel boats fishing far outside for tuna and billfish, and slow action closer in: "Actually slim pickings presently. I fished off the lighthouse, trolled lures, drifted live bait, dead bait, and nothing worked. A liquid desert. Finally went and bottom fished in 230 feet of water, in front of Punta Colorada, and caught some bottom fish for dinner." Meredith reported water temperatures of 83.5 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather in the high-80s with water temperatures of 79 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Gary Furness of Santa Rosa fished three days on the Alma Rosa III out of Hotel Playa del Sol and reported two striped marlin, four dorado to 30 pounds, and one day with 10 sailfish and a marlin sighted after a 90-minute run, but no bites. "Overall fishing was a scratch affair," Furness said. "Every day a couple of boats had lots of flags, a few where skunked, and most had one to three flags." East Cape water temperatures were 82 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Andrew Pickerel of Torrance and Yutaka Suganuma fished out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez on El Loco for "decent fishing with a good variety although the size was on the small side" on dorado, yellowfin tuna, and a striped marlin. Pickerel said the tuna were caught 40 miles northeast on hoochies, and the dorado were caught in water as shallow as 20 feet. EAST CAPE FISHING.
PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing had a group of eight kayak anglers at Hotel Punta Colorada for good action on dorado, tuna, a wahoo, and two sailfish caught and released by Jon Shein and Adrian Sharp. Sammons' group fished with panga support in flat, calm conditions and water temperatures of over 80 degrees for six full days and two half-days of action. EAST CAPE KAYAK FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said fishing was good on both sides of the hill, for dorado of 10 to 40 pounds on the La Paz side off the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo, and a good mix of dorado, tuna, and pargo on the Las Arenas side, plus some roosterfish at Ensenada de los Muertos. LA PAZ FISHING.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing from the Las Arenas side was good for medium dorado and also tuna around Rancho las Cruces to the north, and also around San Isidro and Punta Perico, on fish of about 25 to 30 pounds. Striped marlin and pargo mulato to about 20 pounds were also caught, in good weather conditions in the low-90s, with water temperatures in the 80s. LAS ARENAS FISHING.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Larry Powers and Carlos Touche of Tucson and Santa Barbara fished with Tortuga Sportfishing and has a great time on dorado to 30 pounds caught north and south of Ensenada de los Muertos on light tackle, plus lots of squid. Powers said sardina bait was available in "almost endless" quantities, and he and Touche caught easy dorado limits. LAS ARENAS FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet said about 38 pangas and eight super pangas fished during the week out of Cortez Club on the La Paz side for steady counts on dorado, pargo, and many skipjack, which were being used for bait. The biggest dorado of the week weighed 45 pounds, but most were 15 to 30 pounds, caught mostly around Isla Espiritu Santo.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said dorado were still being caught at the San Bruno buoy north of town, as Capt. Francisco found limits for three anglers there early in the week, on fish of 10 to 15 pounds, caught on live mackerel. Sailfish were also seen in the area, and deep yellowtail were present offshore at the La Vaca seamount off Isla Carmen. Inshore fishing produced pargo and cabrilla at San Bruno and San Basilio, and small roosterfish were present along the beaches north of town. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said several hotel guests limited on dorado at midweek, fishing with Capt. Manuel Torres out of Juncalito and running about 15 miles past Isla Coronado. "They got into a fishing frenzy!" Wilchynski said. "Everyone had fish on! They saw a turtle and also lots of dolphin that followed the boat on their return. All in all, a great trip." Included in the action were Judy and Andy Devercelly of El Cajon, and Richard and Jay Aherns of La Mesa.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was good, with some seasonal west wind, and dorado of 10 to 12 pounds were caught north of Isla Coronado, plus marlin and sailfish in the same area. Mackerel bait was catchable at Isla Coronado or for sale at the marina. LORETO FISHING.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said good weather and sea conditions prevailed last week, as early fall water temperatures cooled to about 79 to 81 degrees and the dorado bite thinned out. "The dorado count is dropping off," Barber said, "The local guides are also reporting a decreasing dorado count and are just about ready to put this season to bed and start concentrating on yellowtail, pargo and cabrilla." Some boats reported yellowtail from the Punta Chivato area on live bait, and Bill Hamel at San Lucas Cove said numerous sailfish were in the area, Barber said. Tom and Patti Higgenbotham caught a few dorado about eight miles off Punta Concepcion, and Tom and Marge Leach were on a boat camping trip south at San Nicolas. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORTS.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey relayed a report from Jim Apple at La Posada saying that two boats fished Saturday, and returned with a total catch of three dorado and three sierra. Mulege weather and sea conditions were "perfect."
ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said offshore fishing in the Santa Rosalia area was hampered by winds last week, but he did make some runs out to Isla Tortuga for good action one morning with Randy Reddingius of Encinitas and Zach Swallows of San Marcos for two sailfish on five hookups, plus a striped marlin and a blue marlin caught by other boats in the area out of San Lucas Cove and Punta Chivato. Fishing at the island on two other days with bass experts Rich Marsell of Fallbrook and John Turner of Redondo Beach produced a mostly-released catch of: 65 leopard grouper, six chino mero, one barred pargo, and one sailfish. With windy conditions outside, most boats fished inshore for a wide range of species, from Haystack south to Punta Chivato, including sierra, dorado, cabrilla, skipjack, small yellowtail, corvina, and spotted bay bass. Santa Rosalia weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING.
SAN LUCAS COVE, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay said he and his wife Olivia escaped serious injury when a van driven by Lindsay's brother, Bob, was run off the highway south of El Rosario by a large truck and rolled over. "Thank God we had our seat belts on, and with the help of a lot of wonderful people, both Americans and Mexicans, and our new best friend Richard, a Hawaiian man, we got to a hospital and they sewed up two cuts on my head and found a hairline fracture on my shoulder."
More fishing reports and information for Santa Rosalia, Mexico, can be found in the Mexico Fishing News archives.
Bahia de los Angeles Fishing
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said medium to small yellowtail to 20 pounds plus some white seabass were caught on local reefs and Guadalupe reef to the north. Some dorado and lots of barracuda were also in the area, as water temperatures dropped rapidly to 76 to 77 degrees, and whaleshark sightings at the south end of the bay reached eight to ten per outing. Vasquez reported no mosquitos at Camp Gecko. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Dave Phillips of Las Vegas and John Aman of Lake Arrowhead drove into San Francisquito and reported good action on near shore yellowtail, with double hookups on Rapalas and iron. Phillips reported no dorado, but some boats caught them to the north. The road south from L.A. Bay was in good condition. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Stan Woodward of San Francisquito relayed reports from visitors to the resort area who found slow fishing except for firecracker yellowtail and peanut dorado, in warm water full of small bait. Woodward reported mosquitos still a problem in the area, but no other damage from the September rains, except for a new sand berm off El Barril. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: John Whitaker of Manhattan Beach and a group of 14 fished at San Francisquito and found good action on small dorado and small yellowtail caught with fly rods and jigs, plus grunts, barracuda, and cabrilla. Whitaker reported the runway in good condition, heavy concentrations of small bait in the water, and lots of biting bugs. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PAPA FERNANDEZ, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard said inshore fishing picked up last week from the Enchanted Islands south to Punta Final on barracuda, pompano, triggerfish, spotted bay bass, and sierra, including a 36-inch fish with a 16-inch girth caught by Ray Ginocchio of Walnut Creek. Magee said visitors should be aware that Baja 1000 pre-race vehicles are traveling the road south of Puertecitos at high speeds. PAPA FERNANDEZ FISHING.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik reported from Mulege on Saturday morning that it would arrive at La Paz over the weekend for a 10-day ecotouring trip organized by Peter Ott of Orange County.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was windy in the high-70s, with a water temperature of 82 degrees over the weekend. San Felipe was busy with local events scheduled, and many visitors were in town. The annual Shrimp Festival was scheduled Nov. 4-6. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sport Fishing reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning with 17 anglers to San Felipe on Oct. 9, 2004, with a catch of: limits of yellowtail and spotted bay bass, 46 pargo, one grouper, and 85 miscellaneous fish. Castellon said the Celia Angelina fished in perfect weather and bait conditions. The big fish of the trip were a 46-pound grouper caught by Jim Hix, and a 29-pound yellowtail by Jeff Hix, both of Whittier.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said, "The catching is good, if you can find them." Yellowfin tuna were found around Isla San Pedro Nolasco and around onshore points, and small dorado were present but scattered. Billfish were caught 11 miles out of San Carlos, and some boats ran 55 miles to Isla Tortuga for larger dorado, wahoo, and billfish, in water temperatures holding steady at 82 to 84 degrees.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 25 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 64 sailfish, one blue marlin, 11 dorado, 11 yellowfin tuna, and one wahoo. Mazatlan weather was clear in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 83 to 85 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre reported the best offshore fishing about 18 miles out.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier, Tadeo Herandez of Fota Bibi Fleet reported on seven boats, with a catch including released fish of: eight sailfish, three dorado, two mako shark, and 25 bonita and skipjack tuna. Flota Bibi Fleet boats fished in 88-degree water, 15 to 25 miles offshore.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr. Marlin said the best fishing action, on 10 to 12 sailfish strikes per day, was located outside, 5 to 7 miles north of Corbetena, and also around El Banco. Late in the week, boats also ran south for tuna of 100 to 150 pounds on dolphin, in cooler weather and water temperatures in the mid-80s. Wayne McFarland of Morris, Ill., caught a 700-pound class black marlin on the Top Gun. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard and San Quintin reported on two more days of fishing at Puerto Vallarta on his boat Tinknocker, with slow action at Corbetena for yellowfin tuna, but dorado, sailfish, wahoo, and pargo available one day, and another day with still no tuna, but a 50-pound dog snapper and a 37-pound wahoo. One tuna strike that day broke off. TINKNOCKER PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING LOG.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Lionetti said his boat El Pescador fished two days at Corbetena and caught a black marlin that could not be released, plus a 300-pound class yellowfin tuna and a bull dorado for David O'Connell of Ixtapa, before a rain squall chased them off the water. "Bumpy and extremely wet but happy ride home," Lionetti said. "The water was blue and the sky holding moisture in the early morning from a tormenta moving towards us from the south. David O'Connell landed the fatty using a goggle eye on a circle hook and 130-pound leader. The fish was played dead-boat and landed with three gaffs."
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said offshore boats averaged two to three sailfish per day, and Capt. Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos II averaged six roosterfish per day inshore. Brian Berger, winner of the recent Jacks or Better tournament, also fished on the Dos Hermanos II and released two sailfish on the fly. Kunze reported 80-degree blue water one mile off the beach. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said brothers Brian and Michael Berger finished in first and second place in his Jacks or Better catch-and-release fly fishing tournament last week. The first and second place winners of the concurrent Guide's Challenge competition were Jim Klug of Bozeman, Mont., and John Ryzanych of Castro Valley. JACKS OR BETTER TOURNAMENT REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported that the first and second place winning captain of the Jacks or Better tournament was Capt. Adolofo Espinosa, with a total boat fly fishing catch including released fish of: 34 Spanish mackerel, six jacks, four needlefish, six tiger grouper, one bigeye jack, 11 greenjacks, and one pompano. Fishing during the week was hampered by some rainy weather, including a port closure. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as occasionally rainy, in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 76 to 78 degrees.