CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Strong seasonal winds, dropping water temperatures, and spells of rain knocked out fishing in parts of Baja last week, but Cabo San Lucas striped marlin action got hot, as many boats scored multiple releases.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported wild up-and-down striped marlin action on the Pacific side of Cabo, as some boats were skunked, but others scored spectacular catches, including a five-release day by Ruthless, four-releases by Andrea, and a pair of back-to-back, seven-release days by Ni Modo. "Double and triple marlin days were had by numerous boats, too many to mention," Ehrenberg said. But there were also quite a few skunk trips, as boats saw fish, but could not get them to bite. Other outstanding Pisces catches included blue marlin of 482 and 550 pounds, and a 300-pound class yellowfin tuna. Dorado and tuna were generally slow. Of 96 billfish landed by Pisces Fleet during the week, all but three were released, as boats fished in water temperatures averaging 77 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS MARLIN FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on four boats, with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, five yellowfin tuna of 10 to 15 pounds, and two dorado of 12 to 15 pounds. Landrum said, "Again, striped marlin were the fish of the week...Almost every Cabo San Lucas charter boat out there got shots at marlin on every trip...If things go as they did last year, Cabo San Lucas marlin action should continue through February." Landrum said some boats found striped marlin in packs and scored on as many as six to nine fish per day, fishing mostly close in, on the Pacific side. Some boats were just parking and dropping mackerel deep for them. Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly cloudy, but basically calm along the Pacific side, in the low-80s, with water temperatures of about 77 degrees on the Pacific side, and 78 to 79 degrees on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS MARLIN FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Landrum said striped marlin action was improving: "...the bite on the striped marlin has begun to take off. The fish have been fairly close as well, which really helps." Landrum said he also fished with a friend at the Iman bank near San Jose del Cabo and, "...I was shown what a good wahoo bite is! We had 10 strikes on live bait and landed two fish in the 40-pound class." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 22 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, one yellowfin tuna, and 13 dorado. The Juanita VIII and Fish Cabo reported on eight outings, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 10 dorado, and six yellowfin tuna. Edwards said Cabo weather was mostly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of as low as 73 degrees on the Pacific side, to about 78 degrees on the Gordo Banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FLEET FISHING REPORTS.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 76 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 61 striped marlin, 55 yellowfin tuna, 62 dorado, 30 pargo, four wahoo, one roosterfish, and four boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said Ensenada weather was mostly cloudy, with some light rain, in the mid-50s, with 3 to 5-foot ocean swells and water temperatures at Punta Banda averaging 56 degrees. Only one panga fished last week, and on it Jay Johnson and a friend caught full limits of red rockcod, sandbass, and a nice halibut. "The weather was beautiful, sunny, and calm," Villarino said. "There was no surface action, but that will change."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said there was some wind and rain last week, but fishing was steady, in water temperatures averaging 60 degrees, for bonito and bottom fish, close to Marina Coral. The Don Juan II also fished south of Ensenada and found good action at Punta Soledad and Santo Tomas.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on six anglers, with a catch of: 12 bonito, 18 lingcod, 27 whitefish, and 22 sheephead.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral had a follow-up small fish story to the 4-pound albacore he caught at the 238 spot in November, a 19-pound broadbill swordfish caught at Alijos Rocks on the Qualifier 105 that now sits above his fireplace: "The first bite spooled me. Then I hooked the 19 pounder, which when he came to gaff, there were only four strands of wire left of the original 49."
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Rich Buquet of Escondido and he and his fishing partner Tobey drove into Puerto Santo Tomas Resort for two days of kayak fishing and limits on lingcod, olive rockfish or Johnny Bass, and other bottom species, while fishing 75 to 100 feet deep with squid-tipped plastic and iron, about one to two miles northwest of the resort. "We camped at Sammy's Puerto Santo Tomas Resort," Buquet said. "We also took the 4-wheel drive trail and went north to the end." PUERTO SANTO TOMAS KAYAK FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said his Starband satellite was offline, but he expected it to be back in service soon at his regular email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASTRO'S CAMP, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had 11 pangas fishing during the week for continued heavy catches of red rockcod, large lingcod, whitefish, and mixed bottom fish. Water temperatures in the fishing area 6 to 7 miles from the coast averaged 60 degrees. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING REPORT.
CASTRO'S CAMP, MEXICO: Full-time RV traveler Smokey Stover and his group pulled into Castro's Camp on the first stop of their "Roving Rods" Mexico fishing caravan, and five anglers took a panga out for a big catch of bonito and bottom fish: "My guess is the bonita weighed at least six pounds each...One person sat on top of the cooler to keep the lid closed!" Stover said they fished with Capt. Mauricio several miles north of Castro's Camp. The next stop for Stover's caravan trip is Bahia de los Angeles. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING CARAVAN TRIP REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said he had six boats fishing during the week, as crowds thinned out between the winter holidays. Boats going out caught limits of rockcod and lingcod at the 240 spot, and the Rommy with Capt. Hector limited on yellowtail averaging 20 pounds at the 15 spot. Hillis said San Quintin winds picked up on Friday, so no boats fished over the weekend, and rain was falling on Sunday.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: Les Heil of San Diego and La Bocana, north of Abreojos, reported on four days of offshore fishing with Capt. Juanchy (KAROL_36@MSN.com), for 10-plus yellowtail per day of 30 to over 40 pounds, a grouper of about 40 pounds, and a wahoo that snipped off 200-pound leader "without setting off the clicker." Heil, who has a home near the village, said bait was easy to make each morning, and La Bocana weather was good in the high-70s, with water temperatures in the lower-70s. The best fishing was at Roca Ballena, south of the boca. LA BOCANA YELLOWTAIL FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: At La Bocana, Capt. Juan "Juanchy" Aguilar reported on Sunday that he had caught a lot of fish over the weekend.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said relentless north winds made fishing difficult for the La Playita panga fleet, as boats fished where and when possible for reduced counts on all species, except for slightly better action on dorado. Most boats caught two to five dorado, Brictson said, on fish to about 30 pounds. Some football yellowfin tuna were caught but, "The problem was having a day when the wind slacked and enabled San Jose del Cabo anglers to effectively chum without drifting too fast," Brictson said. Wahoo were much slower, and striped marlin were active, but too far out to be targeted. San Jose del Cabo weather was windy in the mid-70s, with cooler water temperatures of 73 to 76 degrees. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow returned from a trip to San Jose del Cabo and reported a total of 26 species caught during seven surf fishing outings and four panga trips, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. Snow said very strong wind was a factor, as he caught one new species during the trip, a Pacific needlefish. San Jose del Cabo weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 77 degrees, and by far the most prevalent species was orangeside triggerfish, which Snow said could be caught "at the level of 500 per day if one were so inclined." Snow's species count of fish caught or observed in the bait tank included: flag cabrilla, Pacific creolefish, longfin croaker, dorado, graybar grunt, green jack, jack mackerel, guineafowl puffer, longnose puffer, Pacific needlefish, Mexican night sergeant, Pacific porgy, sergeant major, barred serrano, black skipjack, dog snapper, blue and gold snapper, mullet snapper, yellow snapper, tinsel squirrelfish, finescale triggerfish, orangeside triggerfish, banded wrasse, Cortez wrasse, spinster wrasse, and sunset wrasse. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., continued his panga fishing visit to San Jose del Cabo and reported on the proper method of catching the all-important chihuil live bait for wahoo. "If you have never fished for the chihuil for bait, it is the most challenging bait I have ever caught," Kammer said, "but for every chihuil bait, you will get a wahoo bite." Kammer said he uses small hooks on handlines while chumming for chihuil at the Gordo Banks, and he learned the technique from the guides at Gordo Banks Pangas. SAN JOSE DEL CABO CHIHUIL BAIT CATCHING REPORT.
RANCHO BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on five boats, with a catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, six sailfish, six roosterfish, 29 dorado, 27 tuna, and one wahoo.
LOS BARILLES, MEXICO: Curt Collier of Long Beach, and Steve Button of San Jose, fished two days with Capt. Jesus on the cruiser Deborah Lee out of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, and Collier reported a catch of: 15 dorado, including fish of 28, 34, and 50 pounds; one striped marlin released, and another lost. Collier said they fished in 76-degree water around Punta Pescadero to the north, and his 50-pound dorado was weighed on a calibrated scale at Verdugo's. A third scheduled day of fishing was blown out. EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported windy conditions, settling down toward the weekend, and cooling water temperatures of 75 to 77 degrees. East Cape fishing was spotty, with few boats venturing out. Dorado averaging 15 pounds were the main catch. Offshore boats did find blue and striped marlin, and a few sailfish, about 10 miles straight off Rancho Leonero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA COLORADA, MEXICO: Earlier, species fishing specialist Peter Langstraat of Holland fished mainly from shore out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada for three weeks in October and November, and said he caught up to 22 fish per 2 to 3-hour session, with his top species counts of: 151 ladyfish, 38 needlefish, and 23 jacks. Langstraat said he caught three roosterfish during his trip, all about 25 inches long, and new species included Mexican hogfish, Cape Razorfish, and Smoothtail Mobula Ray. EAST CAPE SPECIES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said, "Strong north wind kept us on the beach most of the week." Rayor said he did dive on Saturday, and found big schools of grunts on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, in bottom temperatures of 73 degrees, with 40 to 50 feet of visibility: "Divers can swim in and get lost among all the fish. It has been loads of fun." On Sunday, Rayor said he got another dive trip off, and found excellent conditions at Cabo Pulmo, with sea life sightings including four early season humpback whales, jewfish to over 300 pounds, large grouper, a sea turtle, a large golden cabrilla, and lots of moral eels.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said very few anglers were fishing on the La Paz side, between the winter holidays, but he had some boats go out on the Las Arenas side for light tackle fun on sierra, cabrilla, and nice-sized pargo lost in the rocks. "...Again, hard to gauge the blue water species because the anglers didn't want to fish offshore, but wanted to concentrate on inshore species," Roldan said. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said few anglers fished on the Las Arenas side, but his pangas still fished and scored on a good variety of species, while staying mostly close to Ensenada de los Muertos and Punta Perico. Species caught included dorado, sierra, sailfish, marlin, some tuna, and bottom fish including cabrilla and pargo. Sardina bait was available at Isla Cerralvo, but on days too windy to go that far, Tortuga boats fished with halfbeak baits. Las Arenas weather was windy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures holding up well at 76 to 80 degrees. Hernandez said there were few anglers in La Paz, as winter closed in last week, but Tortuga had a good year and has added another van to its fleet. Hernandez said he is also planning to attend the Fred Hall Long Beach show again in March. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of the Cortez Club said winter winds limited fishing days last week, but 10 super pangas and four cruisers did get out, and they each caught five or six dorado in decent sizes, fishing mostly around the south end of Isla Espiritu Santo. Lopez said La Paz weather was cooler, and water temperatures were much cooler at about 68 degrees in the fishing area. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Artie Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said, "These nortes really showed their strength this week. They blew hard, hard, hard, everyday, giving us no opportunity to even consider fishing. Monday through Wednesday was about as windy as I have seen here, as it blew a steady 20 to 30 knots all day and night." Davis said seas flatted out a little on Thursday and Friday, but were still basically unfishable.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: From his beach house at San Isidro, south of Ensenada de los Muertos, Don Ballentine said, "Strong wind all week. The strongest yet for the year. Held the tide in, highest for the year. Left driftwood clear up on the boat ramp from my property to the beach. It doesn't look like it will settle down any time soon. I do not think anyone has been out fishing unless it was in a protected bay somewhere. Constant north winds blowing hard. Sail board people must be having a blast."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of La Paz reported on a relatively slow morning inside the bay while fishing with jointed Rebels and a CD14 Rapala from his beach launched tin boat with 2-h.p. Honda motor. Fishing near El Mogote on the far side of the inner bay, Eddy caught a few spotted bay bass to about 13 inches long, many lizardfish, and a larger pargo or triggerfish that broke him off on 20-pound line. LA PAZ BAY TIN BOAT FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was very windy last week, but some boats fished locally around Isla Coronado for 12 to 18-pound yellowtail, in very cool water temperatures of 57 to 68 degrees. North of town, yellowtail and cabrilla were reported around San Nicolas and San Juanico, and roosterfish of 25 to 40 pounds were caught at San Bruno. Susarrey said his crews are moving north to set up his San Nicolas remote fishing camp and trips there will begin in early February. Information for the four-day San Nicolas trips: Bluewater Tours, 562-799-8475. Mackerel and caballito bait was available at Isla Coronado, or for purchase at the downtown marina. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said, "Monday marked our first day of the winter season as far as I'm concerned," as strong winds ripped the Loreto area. Bolles said, however, that very late season dorado were still present, in water temperatures of 73 to 78 degrees, and "In a couple to a few days...we'll be back out there seeing what's left." Until the winds hit, dorado were caught in good numbers close to shore and close to town, including off the Puerto Escondido dock. Yellowtail of 10 to 15 pounds were showing from near town, north to San Bruno, with fish to over 20 pounds at Isla Ildefonso. Abundant sardina were available at the marina from 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., sometimes in numbers that allowed throwing nets from the dock. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said strong and constant winter winds kept boats pinned to shore for most of the week, so much so that he had time to sharpen hooks until there was no metal left, and also to compose a fishing report as a 32-line poem in eight stanzas, including the lines, "We could go fishing, but to no avail/Cause we're between dorado and yellowtail/Yes, there's cabrilla and triggers to be had/But to go fishing now you would have to be mad." Barber said one outing by local anglers to the north end of Isla San Marcos produced six yellowtail to about 40 pounds for John Dinning, and Tom and Patti Higgenbotham, in water temperatures in the very low-70s. MULEGE RHYMING FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said Santa Rosalia fishing was knocked out for six straight days by wind last week, but he did get out to the 110 bajo north of the island on Saturday with Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove, and they scored on seven yellowtail of 22 to 28 pounds, plus a 5-pound cabrilla, on iron and midwater mackerel. Kanzler said they lost part of one yellowtail to a seal that was forced to let go of the fish when the boat was circled on top of it. Later, they enticed the seal over to some commercial pangas, and left to fish elsewhere: "...all's fair in love and war and fishing too!" Kanzler said, "The fish are out there." Kanzler said he expected surface yellowtail action soon. Santa Rosalia weather was windy to over 50 knots at times, in the mid-70s, with water temperatures dropping to 69 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista said San Francisquito water temperatures fell to 66 degrees, with 20-knot north winds: "The fishing died totally. Nothing on the surface. No dorado, yellowtail, or skipjack. Nada."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Jeff Riolo of San Diego and his group fished two days on a new super-duper panga with Capt. Guillermo Galvan at Bahia de los Angeles, and they caught 30 yellowtail of 10 to 15 pounds, plus a 25-pound white seabass. Riolo said they fished with live mackerel on Galvan's fully-equipped boat, in good weather and water temperatures of 64 to 65 degrees, off the northwest side of Isla Angel de la Guarda, and along the Baja coast at Punta Remedios: "Fishing two days this past week with Guillermo at Bahia de los Angeles was a great experience....Bahia de los Angeles is a beautiful place." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours said the San Felipe panga mothership Tony Reyes departed on an exploratory cruise to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta last week, with tentative plans for running long range trips to the area in November and December of 2005.
GONZAGA BAY, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Gonzaga Bay said water temperatures were much lower and the fishing was so-so for corvina in front of his house, good action on triggerfish to 6 pounds caught with squid, and pompano around the islands. Large schools of skipjack were seen at Punta Final, but they weren't biting. PAPA FERNANDEZ, GONZAGA BAY FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA BUFEO, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo said the weather was good during the last week of November, with water temperatures at 70 degrees, and he caught lots of sierra, a few small yellowtail, spotted bay bass, barracuda, and a small halibut in front of his house, using Krocodiles exclusively. The sierra were so thick "you couldn't get a Krocodile through them to fish for the yellowtail," Tillander said. The best sierra fishing, on fish running to over 5 pounds, was between Islas San Luis and Spire. PUNTA BUFEO FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Robert Everett of Las Vegas and San Felipe said he fished off the harbor breakwater in late November and caught several very small cabrilla, a few medium sierra, and a 6-pound corvina, by casting chrome spoons. Other anglers reported doing well in the bay on sierra and corvina, but "nothing of any size." Everett said his neighbor in San Felipe went commercial shrimp fishing, and showed him the head of his third mako shark of the year, from a fish about 10 feet long. "He says they go into his nets to eat the shrimp and fish that are caught, so he beats them with a boat paddle until he feels they're safe to bring in," Everett said. "Some of those panga fisherman are some tough hombres." SAN FELIPE LOCAL FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: In San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said Sunday was very windy and cold, at about 60 degrees, and the shoreline of San Felipe bay had surf rolling in rapidly from a gray sea. Night temperatures were down to 52 degrees, and there were few visitors in town between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. "The Christmas rush to the shore will commence all too soon," Meders said, "...all the locals are dressed for skiing, including me." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said water temperatures dropped to the mid-60s last week and "the weather has been cool, to say the least." Bonita were still being caught at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, as well as yellowtail at Punta San Antonio. "If you can get to the reef, depending on weather, at 11 miles out, there are some good catches of pargo being reported," Molden said.
KINO BAY, MEXICO: Lupytha Ballesteros of the Kino Bay RV Park at Kino Bay, Son., said late November catches by park visitors included three yellowtail and 19 true bonito at Isla Tiburon by Mel Johnson of Yuba City and park owner Fausto Garcia of Hermosillo. Larry Roserbaum of Aztec, N.M., also caught four yellowtail averaging 20 pounds, and Leroy Brace of Albuquerque caught a 32-pound white seabass.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Yomahira Aguirre of Marina el Cid reported on 26 offshore and inshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: four sailfish, 11 roosterfish, six permit, 10 snappers, 57 tuna, 16 dorado, and two mako shark.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Tony Tringali and his wife Christine of Boynton Beach, Fla., fished one day at El Banco with Capt. David of Mr. Marlin, on the Barabbas, for a catch of five yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds, and a 350-pound class black marlin broken off. "A great day all around," Tringali said. "We had goggle eyes in the live well and were able to catch skipjack on the bank as well. It seemed as though the skipjack were a hotter bait because they would get bit almost immediately after being presented. We were not able to get a solid hookup with them, though." PUERTO VALLARTA EL BANCO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said anglers found excellent sailfish action last week, in near-perfect conditions, "almost as soon as the boats exit the bay." Top catches included 10 sailfish in a day by Rick Drake on the Dos Hermanos II with Capt. Cheva, and seven sailfish for Scott Olson on the Vamonos II, with Capt. Jaime Morales. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was clear and calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 82 to 83 degrees, and blue water within one mile of the bay. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported that his Sails and Tales all-release sailfish fly fishing tournament for anglers and guides was underway over the weekend, with guides and anglers from Florida to Washington entered in the competition. Competing guides included Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo; Jim Dobson, Basalt, Mont.; Lance Peterson, Sequim, Wash; and Ryan Halby, Fallbrook, Calif. The tournament, scheduled Dec. 3-7, 2004, was being held at the Villas Mexicanas in Zihuatanejo, and part of the proceeds will benefit the local orphanage, Casa Para Ninos del Pacifico.