LA PAZ, MEXICO: Artie Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said the month-long dorado party continued last week, and even got better, as easy limits were found everyday at the same location off the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo.
"As the weeks go by, the fish seem to have gotten bigger," Davis said. "Yesterday we had limits for three anglers and didn't get a fish under 25 pounds, with the biggest tipping the scales at 54 pounds." Davis said there were lots of smaller fish around as well, but he was improving the grade of fish caught by trolling skipjack baits. "Our best day of the week saw us catch and release over 20 fish," he said. The Black Magic also ran out to El Bajo one day, and scored on seven wahoo, a sailfish, and a few pargo, in about two hours of fishing time. La Paz weather was sometimes breezy, but fishable, in the low-80s, with water temperatures averaging about 75 degrees. LA PAZ HOT DORADO FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said his boats at Isla Espiritu Santo caught 10 to 40-pound dorado: "Limits are not unusual using sardines or slow-trolled slabs of dead bonito." Roldan said the larger fish were being hooked on trolled one-pound bonito, and surprise warm water catches last week included a sailfish and a yellowfin tuna mixed in with the bonito. On the Las Arenas side, Roldan said there were dorado southwards toward Punta Pescadero, plus sierra, cabrilla, and an occasional wahoo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported a very good week on the Las Arenas side, with productive fishing every day for dorado, tuna, wahoo, and some marlin, in generally calm conditions, except for some morning wind. Las Arenas weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees in the main fishing areas south of Isla Cerralvo and around Ensenada de los Muertos. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of La Paz said he caught pompano, triggerfish, and assorted species inside of Bahia de la Paz and within a few minutes of his small boat, over-the-beach launch spots near the malecon.
Eddy said two of his launch spots, are free, and the third charges $10 in-and-out. About his downtown launch spots, Eddy said, "The best one is near the end of Cinco de Febrero. It is fully paved, from the street down to mid-tide..." LA PAZ FISHING AND SMALL BOAT BEACH LAUNCH SPOT REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said fishing was steady in the bay, with limits of red rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish. Capt. Memo Gomez of the El Dorado reported bottom fish limits at Santo Tomas and the Soledad bank, in fairly strong currents.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Don Fagan of the Ensenada Luhr Jensen plant and Tom Tamarine fished locally on the 31-foot charter boat Top Dog, with Capt. John Strickland, and they did well in 59-degree water for a mixed bag of whitefish, bonito, cabrilla, lingcod, sculpin, cabezon, and other species, while alternately bottom fishing and fly-lining live anchovies. Fagan said the Top Dog is fully equipped and also fishes offshore in summer, 011-52-646-186-1291. ENSENADA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda continued to catch steady limits of lingcod, calico bass, sandbass, and rockcod last week, in calm seas, with 2 to 3-foot ocean swells and water temperatures averaging about 61 degrees. On Friday, Michael Yeschenkon and his sons from San Francisco also caught a nice halibut on the Vonny I, and earlier, the Vonny III scored on two yellowtail plus bottom fish limits. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
CASTRO'S CAMP, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had 16 boats out last week, for steady catches of bottom fish limits, plus bonita, barracuda, and three mako shark on the surface. Erendira water temperatures averaged 62 degrees, 7 miles off the coast, and heavy bait was in the area, in clear blue water. Castro said blue shark were also seen last week, as his pangas fished 4 to 7 miles from the coast. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he found wide-open yellowtail on both jigs and bait at the 240 spot and also the 15 spot. "There are a bunch of tuna crabs, and the yellows are on the reefs," Catian said. "Excellent jig fishing right now." Other bottom fishing outings produced large red rockcod and lingcod, plus some scattered whitefish. San Quintin weather was calm in the mornings, with 8 to 15-knot afternoon winds, and water temperatures in the low to mid-60s.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Magdalena Bay trip by the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, fishing with 15 anglers at the Thetis Bank and the San Carlos entrada on Nov. 14-18, 2004, for a catch including released fish of: 265 tuna of 10 to 40 pounds, seven wahoo of 15 to 40 pounds, 15 dorado to 30 pounds, 40 yellowtail of 7 to 35 pounds, 52 leatherback grouper of 5 to 25 pounds, 17 cabrilla of about 20 pounds, two sheephead, and 143 miscellaneous fish. After the trip, it's last of the season, the Erik dropped off most of its anglers at San Carlos before departing for San Felipe. ERIK, MAGDALENA BAY FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Magdalena Bay weather in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. John Lyddon of Corona del Mar landed a 30-pound class snook near the Puerto Lopez Mateos boca with Capt. Ruben Duran, and the best offshore action was south of Punta Tosca for heavy action on striped marlin, plus some dorado and tuna. Halibut were "thicker than sand fleas" on some Magdalena Bay beaches, Graham said. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 36 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: one small blue marlin, nine striped marlin, three wahoo, two skipjack tuna, and 64 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo reported on five outings, with a catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, four dorado, and four yellowfin tuna. The Juanita VIII reported on seven outings, with a catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, 14 dorado, and three yellowfin tuna. Cabo San Lucas weather was partly cloudy in the low 80s, with water temperatures of 77 to 78 degrees, and the best fishing was on the Pacific side from Cabo Falso to the Golden Gate bank. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 109 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 53 striped marlin, 38 yellowfin tuna, 99 dorado, three wahoo, 24 skipjack, two red snapper, and 19 boats skunked. "Many guests reported seeing an assortment of life on the water including marlin, who were just not interested in lures nor live bait, porpoises, manta rays, and several sea turtles," Garcia said. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said Cabo San Lucas fishing was variable, with slow action some days, but with some boats during the week scoring marlin triples, and even a quadruple release day by Andrea. Some marlin were caught with live bait that was weighted and sunk to the bottom, and Ehrenberg said, "This is a phenomenon we believe to be exclusive to Cabo, when for a few weeks of the year you can bottom fish for marlin." Overall, 41 percent of Pisces boats caught marlin, 50 percent landed dorado, and 18 percent caught yellowfin tuna. Pisces boats fished mostly on the Pacific side, in water temperatures of 76 to 77 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a fleet catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, 46 yellowfin tuna, 96 dorado, 23 jacks, and 19 wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, John Plozizka of Litchfield, Ill., and Gary McMurray, Mike McMurray and Jeff Solem of Phoenix, fished five days out of the Hotel Hacienda on the boats, Joanna, Marisol III, Dorado III, and Edith IV, for a total catch including released fish of: 11 dorado to over 20 pounds, 20 yellowfin tuna to about 30 pounds, about a dozen bonita and skipjack, two striped marlin, and one wahoo of about 40 pounds caught by Plozizka, who noted that he and another member of his group were charged $50 and $100 for excess baggage by American Airlines and Alaska Airline. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the wahoo bite in the San Jose del Cabo area picked back up last week, as La Playita pangas scored on as many as three per day, out of up to 10 strikes. "The bite was up and down," Brictson said. "Some days anglers would average about one wahoo, while on the very next day it would be more like two or three." The largest wahoo caught during the week weighed 57 pounds, and they preferred slow-trolled live baits, including chihuil which were being caught at the Inner Gordo Bank. Onshore supplies of live sardina bait remained slow, and surf anglers also found slow conditions. Bottom fishing was improved, with amberjack to 35 pounds and grouper to 15 pounds caught on jigs. San Jose del Cabo weather was occasionally windy, but with fairly small swells and water temperatures of 73 to 77 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported that the Los Cabos Hotel Association has budgeted $5 million for promotion during 2005, and two high-speed boats are being added to the navy fleet at La Paz, with their duties including patrols for illegal fishing. Grimes also noted that officials are checking for sportfishing licenses: "Revenues continue to be collected from tourist sportfishing licenses, purportedly to be used to combat illegal fishing. It is likely that the primary focus of Mexican officials will be to check gringo fishermen for their Mexican fishing licenses, so the Americans who have fished in San Jose Del Cabo for years without getting licenses would be well advised to get them." BAJA SUR FISHERIES REGULATION ENFORCEMENT REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., fished on a friend's panga for a 35-pound dorado off the arch, and on another day they caught live chihuil bait on the Inner Gordo Bank and scored on a 50-pound wahoo and a 22-pound dorado. Kammer commented on the rapid pace of development around the new marina project: "The new harbor is looking good, but will still take some time...This area is changing faster than ever, but we still have a great time here."
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 17 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one black marlin, five striped marlin, one sailfish, 60 dorado, 10 tuna, five snapper, two bonita, two skipjack, and eight sierra. Fleet boats continued to fish about 25 miles out, northwards on windy days and in all directions on calmer days. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, angler Gary Leeper said the weather was windy last week, but calming by the weekend. "Not a lot of boats fishing," Leeper said, "but the ones that have were rewarded with lots of small to medium 20-pound dorado, mostly on bait, just about everywhere they fished." Leeper also said boats found a fair number of striped marlin, and good action on sierra, in East Cape weather in the 80s, with cooling water temperatures of 75 to 79 degrees.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported typical November weather at East Cape, with calm mornings, breezy afternoons, and surface water temperatures of 77 to 80 degrees. Ireland said Leonero boats had, "...exceptional East Cape fishing for this time of year, with dorado everywhere, lots of billfish outside, some tuna and a wide-open inshore bite." Wahoo were, "within 1 mile of the beach, straight out in front of Leonero," Ireland said. Top fleet catches included a 400-pound black marlin released. RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 68 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 striped marlin, 11 sailfish, 196 dorado, 114 yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, and 11 sierra. The dorado and yellowfin tuna were mostly in the 15 to 20-pound class, and Moyers said the one wahoo reported was caught south off Destiladeras on a Rapala. East Cape boats were fishing mostly north for the dorado and tuna, from Punta Pescadero up to about Isla Cerralvo, winds permitting. East Cape weather was in the low-80s, with wind in the afternoons, and water temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORTS.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported seasonal winds, and hotel boats finding some dorado and tuna on better days. Beach fishing was tough on windy days, but "not bad on days that the wind backs off," Graham said. Some large roosterfish were present, in water temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees. On Thanksgiving, Gary and Yvonne Graham celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, and were headed to Zihuatanejo for their Sails and Tales all-release sailfish fly tournament on Dec. 3-7. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said, "It was windy most of the week but that didn't stop the Thanksgiving crown from diving." Rayor reported water temperatures on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef down to 74 degrees, but with clear blue visibility, and sea life sightings including rays, jacks, snappers, and sea turtles.
LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said his neighbor went out on a calm day last week and limited on sierra, plus dorado of 15 to 18 pounds, while fishing fairly close to shore in front of Punta Colorada. "Water temperatures were 79 degrees, all around here. It's keeping our days and nights nice and comfy," Bergin said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto had good weather last week, with sea surface water temperatures of 60 to 73 degrees, and anglers made good catches of sierra, plus cabrilla, red snapper, roosterfish, and yellowtail. Susarrey said the winter yellowtail season looked very good, "one of the best," as they have showed up at his winter yellowtail fishing camp at San Nicolas, 35 miles north of town: "We would like to send best wishes to our 2004 clients including the ones that stayed at our San Nicolas Fishing Camp, and we hope they come back again to enjoy this great adventure." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported that the pangueros of the local Carnaderos baitsellers' cooperativa have been waiting until midnight to begin fishing for bait, in order to give time for the moon to move out of the sky. The pangueros were fishing about 60 feet deep and catching "primarily macarela with an occasional bigeye in the mix," Petersen said. They were getting enough bait for the sportfishing boats, but Petersen said it was still a good idea to arrive early: "Sardinas are available in the marina. Watch for Augustin, the carnadero in the white boots, packing the net."
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said Todd Petersen of Colorado and sons Dylan, 11, and Riley, 12, fished in windy conditions with Capt. Gregorio, staying close to protection around the west sides of Islas Carmen and Coronado for a good catch of cabrilla, bonita, "...and some others that they weren't sure what they were."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said local fishing was still in the doldrums, between the dorado and yellowtail seasons, and the main catch was on plentiful barracuda hitting jointed Rebels: "If you like barracuda, however, Mulege is the spot! Troll the smallest broken-back Rebel you can find, s-l-o-w-l-y, and you'll get a boat load...Troll parallel to the beach." Barber said his father-in-law, Chi-Chi Meza is getting a dozen barracuda in 10 to 15 minutes, in 20 feet of water in front of the lighthouse. Other Mulege anglers were running north for yellowtail off Isla San Marcos, wind permitting, and local bottom fishing was steady but unspectacular. MULEGE FISHING REPORTS.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson said the weather was occasionally cold and windy, and the local fishing was "still not good," as a large group promoting Volvo cars came through town last week, including people from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Japan.
ISLA SAN MARCOS, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned home after a two-week trip to the U.S., and reported excellent early winter yellowtail action around the north lighthouse and on the 110 bajo north of the isla. One bottom fishing session with two anglers produced nine yellowtail, topped by a 32 pounder, plus ten more lost and one eaten by a seal. Other anglers, including many tin boats out of San Lucas Cove, scored on limits or near limits with slow-trolled mackerel tight to the north end of the island. Santa Rosalia weather was mostly calm in the low-70s, with water temperatures dropping rapidly at 70 to 73 degrees. ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SAN LUCAS COVE, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove said the cove's tin boaters fished locally in good weather for "nice-sized cabrilla, some very tasty Mexican bonito, sierra, and of course, spotted bay bass." Lewis said the water temperature at San Lucas Coves was at 73 degrees, and "martini temperature just above freezing."
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista reported San Francisquito with some wind from the north at 5 to 10 knots, and water temperatures averaging 72 degrees. Yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds were hitting early and late in the day, under bright, sunny skies. Crenshaw said most of the fish were about 20 pounds, but about 20 percent were in the 30-pound range. The beach and runway were in good shape again, following September's torrential rains.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Beto Lucero of Caleta San Francisquito said he's been having problems with his satellite internet system, but it was working again on the weekend. Lucero said, "20-pound yellowtail are still going strong right outside the caleta."
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of Del Mar reported yellowtail still plentiful at the caleta, and new palapas and beach improvements under construction.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported that the panga mothership Erik returned safely to its home port of San Felipe at 1 a.m. Saturday morning, after its multi-week fishing trip around the tip of Baja to the Magdalena Bay and offshore Thetis Bank areas.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Mark Baker of Hemet drove down to San Felipe with Bob Baker of Carlsbad and Nicole Venegas of Anza, and they fished locally with Capt. Alex for a good catch of shortfin corvina of 6 to 7 pounds, plus croaker, at the wreck straight out from town, and catch-and-release spotted bay bass off the lighthouse beach at Punta Estrella, in water temperatures estimated at about 75 degrees. Baker noted that on the drive home, they left sunny San Felipe, drove through heavy rain, and ended up with a foot of snow on the ground in Anza: "We went from the warm sun of San Felipe to a blizzard in Anza all within a half day." Baker recommended Capt. Alex saying, "...He's a good fisherman and speaks very good English...His phone number is 011-52-686-573-1484. Ask for Danny Perez." SAN FELIPE LOCAL FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather on Sunday was a cool 75 degrees, with big whitecaps on the bay and a fast-running tide. San Felipe was packed with visitors, but Meders said the local fireworks tradition was getting out of hand: "Some of them sound like serious BOMBS...No bueno." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Arthur Pina of Tucson and his son fished on their own boat and also on a 31-foot charter boat with Jon Kay of Tiburon Charters, and they found good catches of red snapper of 5 to 9 pounds, on reefs 12 and 21 miles out of Rocky Point, plus four large fish broken off, and a 10-pound fish similar to a dog snapper. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said the bonita and yellowtail bite "slowed to a crawl" in falling water temperatures of 69 to 71 degrees: "A couple more degrees and the bonita will be gone. Yellowtail fishing should be picking up as the water cools." Molden reported good bottom fishing, and good catches of sierra and corvina.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 13 offshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, 36 dorado to 31 pounds, one yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, and one skipjack tuna.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Hernandez said the best fishing was 15 to 25 miles off the Lighthouse Marina. Mazatlan weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures of about 86 degrees. Some broadbill swordfish were also sighted during the week.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier, Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 21 offshore boats for the week of Nov. 14-20, 2004, with a catch including released fish of: five sailfish, 96 dorado to 32 pounds, 12 skipjack tuna, five shortfin mako shark, and one wahoo of 55 pounds.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported Puerto Vallarta weather as occasionally windy from the northwest, with water temperatures averaging about 80 degrees, and a continued epic season of big yellowfin tuna caught by the Prime Time, including last week's fish of 255, 300.6, and 329.7 pounds. Of the 300.6 pounder, caught by Hunter Heatley, Temple said, "I just couldn't believe it was six hours...his 301-pound giant will go down in the history books as one of the toughest battles on stand-up I have ever seen...He pulled as hard as anyone, with over 35 pounds of drag, for 6.5 hours and beat the behemoth..." PUERTO VALLARTA BIG TUNA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was holding just off the beach, and boats averaged about eight sailfish shots per day, and about three releases per day on conventional tackle. Dorado were mixed in with the sailfish but not targeted, as boats landed about one per day. Inshore action was steady on roosterfish, jacks, and sierra. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Lots of sailfish, lots of them. Double digits by almost all captains."
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as clear in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 83 degrees. Graham said, "Our Sails and Tales Sailfish on the Fly Tournament will begin on Dec. 3, and it should put our participants right in the thick of the bite."