PUNTA HUGHES, MEXICO: More boats began fishing offshore out of Magdalena Bay last week for good results around the Thetis Bank on wahoo, marlin, dorado, tuna and other species.
Bill Burkett and his wife Silvia of East Cape, trailered their boat Fat Cat to the Pacific side and had a good day of action while fishing out to the Thetis Bank and staying at the Mag Bay Tours remote camp at Punta Hughes. The Fat Cat, fishing together with the Unreel, accounted for two wahoo, plus skipjack, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and steady strikes on striped marlin, between the San Carlos entrada, Punta Hughes, and the Thetis Bank itself, in water temperatures ranging up to 76 degrees at the high spot. FAT CAT THETIS BANK TRIP.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said his clients John Sullivan and Frank Baldwin fished with Mag Bay Outfitters out of Puerto Lopez Mateos and had good action including a 20-pound snook, in the mangroves, and then ran out to the Thetis Banks for dorado and tuna, some wahoo lost, and just a few marlin seen but not caught. Graham said the famous Thetis Bank fall bait balls had not yet appeared: "It sounds like my timing is pretty good as I will be heading down for three days of fishing in the esteros and three days offshore midweek." Magdalena Bay weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 72 to 79 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik fished out of Magdalena Bay during a week shorted by heavy wind. The Erik finally did get out to the Thetis Bank with 13 anglers, and had a reported catch while fishing offshore and around the islands that included: 18 dorado, 85 yellowtail, 35 cabrilla, 15 grouper, 202 tuna, 17 wahoo, one golden grouper, and one striped marlin. ERIK, MAGDALENA BAY PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUNTA HUGHES, MEXICO: Earlier, John Gilkerson of Cypress, Calif., trailered his boat A-SALT-WEAPON to San Carlos with Jim and Jimmy Bentley, and fished five days out of the Mag Bay Tours Camp at Punta Hughes, finding very good offshore action out to the Thetis Bank on marlin, wahoo, large bonito, dorado, skipjack, yellowtail, broomtail grouper, other grouper species, a released mako shark, and some fish that could not be pulled off a 97-foot deep high spot with 60 and 80-pound line.
Gilkerson reported cooler than expected water temperatures of 72 to 74 degrees, some wind, and plenty of rain on the way back up Mex 1, but overall an excellent trip: "We had another great trip with the expected fantastic fishing found offshore in the Magdalena Bay area...The meals at the camp were excellent as usual. The accommodations and overall comfort of the camp are unbelievable for such a remote location." THETIS BANK FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas skipped a couple of days of fishing due to rough weather conditions, but he was fishing again by the weekend for bonito on the surface and the usual bottom fish including rockcod and lingcod, a few nice sandbass, and some calico bass. "Hopefully, it will pick up again this week," Villarino said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At KCHTS Sportfishing, Gerardo Sanchez said Capt. Guillermo Gomez of the panga El Dorado reported 22 yellowtail on kelp paddies at the 238 spot, but no tuna, in 66-degree water. Inside the bay, the best action was on medium to large bonita at University Point and good bottom fishing at El Bajo. Other boats reported good bottom fishing south at Punta Santo Tomas.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Lily Fleet, Sammy Susarrey said the Amigo fished at the San Jose reef and at Punta Banda bank for cowcod and red rockcod that were feeding on squid. Fishing about 100 feet deep at the San Jose reef also produced calico bass, white seabass and big lingcod on Scampis and Salas 6X Jr. jigs, in flat water averaging about 65 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross said his boat Bad Dog is now in winter mode at Marina Coral, scheduled for rockcodding on alternate weekends. Earlier, Ross fished on the Bad Dog with Tom McInally of Wide Open around the 238 spot for slow action on three small yellowtail and a 14-pound bigeye tuna, in 66-degree cobalt blue water, while working a kelp paddy found by Capt. Memo of the charter panga El Dorado. BAD DOG ENSENADA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said weather and sea conditions were good until winds arrived on Sunday. Although the recent series of storms has brought more rainfall to the area than during the past three years, Saenz said the access road has remained open, with just a few shallow puddles. Few anglers fished last week, but two pangas went out on Saturday, coming back with full limits of barracuda, bonita, and bottom fish, but no yellowtail. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING REPORT.
CASTRO'S CAMP, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said wind and a forecast for rain on Saturday caused some cancellations last week, but 11 pangas still got out for heavy catches of bottom fish, plus barracuda and bonito, in water temperatures of about 57 degrees. "Because rain was forecast for the weekend, we had to cancel a group of 20 people for Saturday, but today on Sunday seven boats went out," Castro said. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said eight boats fished during the week for limits of rockcod and lingcod at the 180 and 240 spots, but no yellowtail or white seabass. Hillis said his pangas now have new four-stroke motors. San Quintin weather over the weekend was clear and sunny, with chilly evenings and mornings.
HAVANA, CUBA, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported visiting Cuba with a group sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, and fishing one day for white marlin on a 33-foot boat with Conrrado Gonzalez also of San Quintin, out of Marina Hemingway in Havana. They started fishing at a drop-off about 300 yards from shore, in rough conditions, and had a great day on the Caribbean, with two missed white marlin strikes, and three barracuda landed. Said Meza, "Using a bunch of 30-year-old lures, rigged with 400-pound leader and the longest Bimini knot I've ever seen, we trolled for about 5 hours watching how beautiful the Caribbean is, and all the towns and cities thru Pinar del Rio."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 56 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, one sailfish, five wahoo, 11 yellowfin tuna, and 318 dorado averaging about 15 pounds. Water temperatures were 80 to 81 degrees in good sea conditions, and fleet boats found their best action on the Pacific side at the Golden Gate and Jaime banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on four boats with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, two sailfish, and 24 dorado. Landrum said Cabo San Lucas weather was cooler in the high-80s, with good sea conditions and water temperatures of 82 to 83 degrees in all directions. Fishing for marlin and sailfish was best on the Pacific side. Landrum reported overall results of the W.O.N. Tuna Tournament, with 179 teams fishing two days: one tuna of 209 pounds, three tuna over 100 pounds, three tuna over 70 pounds, one tuna of 50 pounds, two qualifying wahoo of 40 and 55 pounds, and no qualifying dorado over 40 pounds. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 42 yellowfin tuna, 132 dorado, 17 skipjack, 14 wahoo, and two sailfish. The top boat for the week was the San Lucas V with Capt. Benito Peralta and six-outing a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, 23 dorado, 17 yellowfin tuna, and four wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported good crowds of anglers at San Jose del Cabo, and the La Playita pangas catching mostly football tuna and some dorado and skipjack. Wahoo action was slow, and other miscellaneous catches included jack crevalle, sierra, small roosterfish, croakers, and a couple of snook. San Jose del Cabo weather was near-perfect in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
pecies fishing specialist John Snow of San Diego said, "The surf fishing is almost nonexistent!...We spent the day chasing tuna and caught two footballs. No mas! Surf fishing is slow. I continue with trips of three fish, each a different species." Snow did, however, report learning a new technique for catching the elusive Sally Lightfoot crabs, by hunting them in the dark at 3 a.m.: "Apparently, they sleep at night and are duck soup."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported on three boats Monday, 11 boats Tuesday, 10 boats Wednesday, six boats Thursday, six boats Friday, and six boats Saturday, 42 boats total, with a combined catch including released fish of: 65 dorado, 140 tuna, eight striped marlin, and 12 sailfish.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on a quiet week, with six RBV boats fishing for a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, four sailfish, eight dorado, 20 tuna, and 30 bonita.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 153 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa de Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 38 sailfish, 256 dorado, 346 yellowfin tuna, 19 pargo, and one roosterfish. East Cape air temperatures were down to about 90 degrees, with water temperatures of 77 to 83 degrees. Said Moyers, "We're winding down the season down here on the East Cape." The dorado count included some fish of 35 to 45 pounds, and yellowfin tuna were mostly footballs, caught mostly south. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 22 boats with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, four striped marlin, five sailfish, 24 dorado, 26 tuna, one wahoo, 18 snapper, five bonita, and 22 skipjack. Fleet boats fished mostly from the hotel south to Los Frailes, in some wind and dropping water temperatures. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported water temperatures down to 81 degrees and fishing greatly improved on Friday and Saturday, after a spell of rough weather early in the week. Billfish and dorado were caught 10 to 15 miles off Rancho Leonero, and yellowfin tuna of 5 to 10 pounds, with some to 45 pounds, were located off Cabo Pulmo. RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Pudge Kleinkauf's group from Alaska fished in improving conditions following north winds early in the week for a few dorado and skipjack on Thursday and good catches of skipjack, dorado, yellowfin tuna 20 miles out, and a sailfish release for Larry Pemberton of Tacoma. Beach fishing produced a few jacks, despite wind waves and off-color water. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said he was blown off the water by north winds until Saturday: "The north wind shut us out all week...We actually got a dive off today!" Rayor reported 80 degrees at depth on the Cabo Pulmo reef: "We are between fall and winter, and so is the sea life. Hordes of schooling jacks and grunts everywhere, plus random sightings of about everything that migrates through. This is the time that anything can happen."
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles trolled north to Ensenada de los Muertos and Punta Perico and caught some dorado of about 12 pounds, in rapidly dropping water temperatures of about 78 degrees. Meredith commented ironically on passing the La Paz pangas coming south: "...Most of the rental pangas from Muertos Bay and the Punta Perico area were trolling south to Punta Pescadero looking. We passed by each other scratching our heads." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Barb Albright of Buena Vista said she and husband Rod fished with friends on the Senior Don at the Inner Gordo bank early in the week, and they caught a wahoo: "Nice fish, good eating!"
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Doug Brown of Camarillo reported on the East Cape Invitational tournament held at Rancho Buena Vista in late October, with 24 anglers in eight teams fishing for three days. The winning team was Team Chingadera with Mike Marquez, Gary Martin, and Sergio Perez, catching four wahoo. The largest fish was a 78-pound tuna by Bert Ellie. All billfish were released. EAST CAPE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Earlier, Paul Oldaker of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Bruce Kelso of Denver fished three days out of Hotel Playa del Sol for slow results on: one sailfish, three 20-pound class yellowfin tuna, four black skipjack, and one 10-pound dorado. "Overall a below average trip," Oldaker said. "The winter winds have arrived early so generally rough conditions." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said action was improved over the weekend on the Las Arenas side for dorado, small tuna, and snappers, following strong winds early in the week. Sardina bait was available, and water temperatures in the fishing area around the south end of Isla Cerralvo were 78 to 82 degrees. LAS ARENAS, LA PAS FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said five days of strong winds knocked out early week fishing, but by the weekend, dorado limits were caught 4 to 7 miles north of Islas Coronado and Carmen on fish of 8 to 12 pounds, with some to 20 pounds. Also caught were sierra, cabrilla, dog snapper, roosterfish of about 18 pounds at San Bruno, and a few yellowtail at Isla Coronado. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto fished immediately before and after the winds, which caused a closure of the port on Monday. Fishing one day with Ray Harper of Lemon Grove and Capt. Paulino Martinez, Bear reported no dorado, four roosterfish, one cabrilla, and five black skipjack at San Bruno and El Mangle. On Friday, Bear fished at Punta Tintorrera for five small dorado under 10 pounds, in flat conditions and water temperatures of about 78 degrees. LORETO FISHING TRIP REPORTS.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchyski said, "We've been really slow in the fishing department!" One boat went out with a fly angler, Trevor Hart of Washington State, who caught one cabrilla with Capt. Gregorio. Also caught while fishing northeast of Isla Coronado were a small dorado and a yellowtail, both on conventional tackle.
PUERTO ESCONDIDO, MEXICO: Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., reported that the Tripui RV park was open at $16 per day for full hookups, and permanent residents were rebuilding after the disastrous fire in June. Kammer said he went fishing and caught a dorado, two large sierra, and a skipjack tuna on Friday, and other boats caught big yellowtail at Isla Carmen.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported very rough seas Monday and Tuesday, and water temperatures down to about 75 degrees, but some boats still going out and catching a few dorado of about 5 to 10 pounds. Barber fished with Gary MacFarland in rough conditions Thursday and they were turned back from Punta Concepcion to catch a few triggerfish and cabrilla around Krocodile Point. Other outings, including Tom and Patti Higginbotham boat camping near Punta Chivato, found a few yellowtail, scattered dorado, some sierra, and some cabrilla. By Sunday, some boats were doing well on sierra at Islas Santa Inez and dorado close to town. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORTS.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad reported windy conditions, but Capt. Alex fishing two days for dorado and sierra both days, plus lots of squid, in 75-degree water.
ISLA SAN MARCOS, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported more very slow fishing, plus plenty of wind early in the week, including some of 50 knots. Kanzler tried fishing on Thursday, and found bait at San Lucas Cove, but scored on just three yellow snapper at the bajos north of the isla, and no yellowtail at all. A long run down to Punta Chivato with live bait resulted in one 18-pound yellowtail and two leopard grouper of 5 to 7 pounds. Santa Rosalia weather was much cooler in the mid-70s, with water temperatures holding at 75 to 77 degrees, and Kanzler said, "...It's been a dismal fall season...There's a new moon coming and with that fishing might improve greatly. Keep your fingers crossed." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING TRIP REPORTS.
SAN LUCAS COVE, MEXICO: Jim Mori of Sonora, Calif., returned from an extended stay at his San Lucas Cove place, and reported: "Every year is different. This year the bait was totally absent from the bay outside the cove until the last week of October. It meant a run to Santa Rosalia in the dark. Then if one wanted sails and big dodos, it was another 25 miles to Tortuga. I only did that twice in the big boat as I have just as much fun inshore in my tin boat. Inshore there were lots of big sierra and lots of Mexican bonitos, many more than I've ever seen there.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: At Caleta San Francisquito, north of the resort, Beto Lucero reported a hot session on 7 to 10-pound yellowtail right in front of the caleta, with about 15 caught in an hour and a half by his brother Memo Lucero of San Ignacio, Bill Gilmore, and Peter Sturken. "The fishing is going on right now," Lucero said on Sunday.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko reported medium to small yellowtail scattered around the deep reefs of the bay, but the weather very windy for eight of the past ten days, with water temperatures dropping quickly to 69 to 71 degrees. Vazquez said winds gusted to 50 m.p.h. for more than 48 hours at one point, and he lost his well-known old cruiser, the Gecko III, when it broke anchor in a strong wind and foundered on rocks. "...With a little luck the Gecko IV will be coming soon," Vazquez said. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA BUFEO, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo snuck in one good day of fishing from the beach in front of his house for sierra to 5 pounds, yellowtail to 10 pounds, and small pompano, all caught on Krocodiles and Kastmasters, in perfect weather in the mid-70s and water temperatures of about 80 degrees. The next day, the wind started blowing 40 to 50 m.p.h., with 6 to 8-foot seas, and sand blew out to sea, staining the water yellow-brown all the way out to Isla San Luis: "We gave up and came home." PUNTA BUFEO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fili 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 Nov. 5, 2004, with a catch of: 156 yellowtail, 18 to 21 pounds; four cabrilla, 6 to 7 pounds; 24 white sea bass, 15 to 17.5 pounds; and 97 spotted bay bass.
PAPA FERNANDEZ, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard reported water temperatures down to 76 degrees and lots of wind last week, with gusts to 55 m.p.h., and "no bite to speak of," except for sierra and pompano. Magee said there was lots of bait in the water, and the Baja 1000 prerunners were driving on the road at high speeds. PAPA FERNANDEZ FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said both the water and air temperature were about 70 degrees on Sunday, and the town was cleaning up from the big crowd that arrived for the annual Shrimp Festival. Sunday weather was calm with a few morning sprinkles. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said water temperatures dropped to 74 degrees and the dorado bite was ending: "The dorado are on their last gasp...it won't be long now." Good catches of sierra and bonita were made at Isla San Pedro Nolasco and Punta San Antonio, and the town was filling with winter visitors. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: At El Tortugo, a fishing village 20 miles south of Guasave, Sinaloa, Manuel Gerhardus fished inshore on Horacio Penuelas' boat Michellina for a big catch of 60 pargo of 2 to 7 pounds and one snook.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 22 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 83 sailfish, 36 dorado, 16 yellowfin tuna, and one shark. Inshore panga fishing was good for limits of red snapper plus some sierra, roosterfish, and dorado. The Aries I scored an eight-sailfish release day, and the Aries I landed a 264-pound blue marlin. Mazatlan weather was occasionally rough, including one day of port closure, but calm by the weekend, in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 81. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said one blue marlin caught last week weighed 280 pounds. About 37 boats were expected to compete in the Tenth Annual Billfish Classic Tournament on Nov. 10-13, 2004.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said offshore water temperatures were 85 to 86 degrees, and flying fish showed up in big numbers last week to hold billfish, giant tuna, and good-sized dorado on the high spots, but Temple advised anglers to be sure their boats had bait prior to leaving the marina: "Live bait is absolutely necessary to catch these fish and anglers should know this in advance...If you're looking to target these world-record potential giants make sure your captain and crew have an abundant supply of live bait before you leave the marina...Don't just rely on catching skipjack once you get out to the fishing grounds." Temple said black marlin were also arriving, but not enough marlin and sailfish are being released at Puerto Vallarta. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr. Marlin said fishing was good for sailfish and dorado inside the bay in clear, blue water, and boats did well at Corbetena on sailfish, dorado, tuna, and some marlin. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath or Oxnard and San Quintin reported on two more days of fishing out of Puerto Vallarta on his boat Tinknocker, with a total catch including released fish of: one yellowfin tuna of 130.6 pounds caught by his wife Sandy, a 50.3-pound dorado, two more yellowfin tuna of 60 and 100 pounds, a 55-pound wahoo, and one sailfish. TINKNOCKER FISHING TRIP REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said the blue, 82-degree water moved out 20 miles last week and fishing slowed down to about one to two sailfish per day, plus a couple of 15 to 20-pound dorado from a current line located about 18 miles out. Inshore roosterfish action remained outstanding, as the panga Cobra reported five fish of 30 to 42 pounds caught near Troncones. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 83 degrees.