LA BOCANA, MEXICO: LA BOCANA (BAJA CENTRAL PACIFIC COAST) - Continued winds kept anglers ashore for several days along both coasts of Baja last week, but good yellowtail action was reported by some boats getting out at San Quintin and along the central Pacific coast in the Punta Abreojos area.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: At the village of La Bocana, north of Punta Abreojos, Capt. Juanchy Aguilar reported an excellent catch on Saturday for his boat Karol, fishing at the offshore Whale Rock reefs for seven grouper of 12 to 40 pounds, yellowtail of 30 to 35 pounds, calico bass, and bonito of 7 to 9 pounds. Aguilar said live mackerel bait was readily available at the boca, and the water temperature 1.3 miles south of the village was 70 degrees. The offshore water temperature at Whale Rock was 66 to 67 degrees, and other boats also reported good catches of 35 to 40-pound yellowtail, Aguilar said. La Bocana weather was warm, with no wind, on Saturday. LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT. LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove on the Cortez side crossed over the peninsula to the village of La Bocana for a "recon" trip, and reported on meeting Capt. Juanchy: "His email address is Karol_36@msn.com. He's 'the man' there as far as the fishing goes, a very nice fellow and an excellent artist. He paints beautiful fish on enamel or porcelain dinner plates."
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: Earlier, Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., reported on a very good trip to the Abreojos area, fishing inside Estero de Coyote and offshore out of La Bocana, 10 miles north, with Capt. Juanchy. At Estero de Coyote, Pierson fished in 65-degree water for hot action on large spotted bay bass, broomtail grouper, sandbass, halibut, and assorted species, including a run of chihuile catfish right in the channel: "I found fish-a-cast paradise...These catfish were only in the fastest waters on the moving tides and fought faster and harder by far, pound for pound than the bass or groupers."
From La Bocana, Pierson ran outside in 69-degree water and fished the reefs for dorado, and a total of 29 yellowtail to 42 pounds, in two short morning sessions. Pierson said he was also broken off by the area's large grouper, and next time will take heavy wire leader. ESTERO DE COYOTE AND LAGUNA LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said he had only one panga fish at the tip of Punta Banda during the week as Ensenada had wind and rough water conditions, but bottom fishing was still good. Another panga was fishing on Sunday morning in much improved conditions, and Villarino said, "We're hoping for better weather next week."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said Ensenada weather was very foggy toward the end of the week, but fishing action in the bay was steady, in large ocean swells and average water temperatures of about 60 degrees. The Don Juan II took surfers out to Isla Todos Santos, and found schools of bonito, plus bottom fish at Punta Soledad and Santo Tomas.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross at Marina Coral said Ensenada weather was stormy and his boat Bad Dog "stayed in the slip and watched the wind and rain."
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said not a single sportfishing panga went out last week, but the local commercial fishermen brought in good catches of rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish. One fisherman also caught two, 40-pound white seabass, and some bonito were seen on the surface. Puerto Santo Tomas had some fog, but very little wind. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had seven boats out this week, in sometimes windy conditions through Saturday, but flattening back out on Sunday, with good catches of red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and bass. Water temperatures in the fishing area 6 miles out averaged 60 degrees, with clear blue color, and the fish were caught on various rubbertails, plus salted sardines and bonito, and frozen squid. Anglers fishing with Castro's Camp during the week included: Jim Turley, Robert de la Torre, Bob Neilson, Harry Hebler, Rafael Beltran, Rudy Soto, and Sun Nan. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Eddie Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said few visitors were in San Quintin, but some diehard anglers were in town for good bottom fishing and, "for those going for yellowtail, they are having a field day." Marquez said yellowtail up to 22 pounds were coming from the 6 and 15 spots, and the high boat caught 26 fish. The yellowtail were deep, and were best caught by yo-yoing jigs from 140 to about 70 feet, Marquez said: "We're not seeing anglers coming back empty handed."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Alan Tokunaga of North Hollywood, Tad Hirai, and Kenji Watanabe surf fished at Playa San Ramon north of San Quintin for "a decent bite on 1-pound perch," in on-and-off rain last weekend. Tokunaga said the perch were caught 45 to 50 yards out, on the slack tide: "We picked at them all day long for limits."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he has a new U.S. phone number and now be called direct at San Quintin from the U.S. by dialing 949-370-6532: "No need to dial 011 or 52." Catian's partner, Monte Kotur, can be reached at 949-370-6568.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the few offshore boats fishing out of Magdalena Bay reported three to five billfish per day, plus a few dorado, tuna, and wahoo, while fishing mostly south of Punta Tosca. The mangrove channels produced spotty catches of corvina, cabrilla, and a few leopard grouper. Magdalena bay weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FLY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said striped marlin fishing produced some excellent catches last week, as many Pisces boats scored triple or quadruple releases, and some came close to double-digits. The Valerie with Capt. Benito Agundez had an eight-release day, seven-release outings were recorded by the Kathy Too and Felina, and Tracy Ann had a five-release day. Overall, 79 percent of Pisces boats scored on striped marlin, and 89 percent on all species combined, although yellowfin tuna and dorado were basically slow. Striped marlin action was mostly on the Pacific side, from the old lighthouse up toward the Golden Gate Bank, in water temperatures averaging 78 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 76 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 104 striped marlin, 66 dorado, three yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, one cabrilla, 10 sierra, and one mako shark. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo San Lucas fishing weather was mostly calm and sunny in the mid-80s last week, with water temperatures averaging 74 degrees on the Pacific side and 78 degrees on the Cortez. Striped marlin lead the boat counts, but Landrum said reports also included a 600-pound class out-of-season blue marlin, "a sign that there is still a chance for one of the beasts!" Striped marlin were scattered in feeding pods in all directions and distances, with some boats releasing up to six per day. Yellowfin tuna and dorado action continued to slide. With good sea conditions prevailing, few boats fished inshore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Joe Kim of Vernonia, Ore., said he and Bill Hanson fished with Gaviota Fleet on the Gaviota VII, and they caught five striped marlin at the Golden Gate Bank, by drifting live mackerel between 60 and 80 feet deep. One marlin got tangled and was brought up dead, but the other four were released. Kim said they had a total of seven strikes for the day, and "We would have caught more, but we ran out of bait!"
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said striped marlin action was rising last week, although visitor levels were in a lull as the Christmas travel season approached. The Gaviota IV, Juanita VIII, and Fish Cabo reported on a total of 11 outings, with a combined catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, and eight dorado. Gaviota reported a fleet catch including released fish of: 40 striped marlin, one sailfish, six skipjack tuna, 34 dorado, and 71 yellowfin tuna, fishing mostly close on the Pacific side, from Cabo Falso to the San Cristobal ridge. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a fleet catch including released fish of: 54 striped marlin, 23 yellowfin tuna, 76 dorado, and 12 skipjack. Solmar Fleet's top boat for the week was the Solmar III with Capt. Jose Cesena, and a five-outing catch including released fish of: 17 striped marlin, 11 dorado, and 14 yellowfin tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 54 total sportfishing pangas from all fleets launching at La Playita last week, with a typical day's catch per panga of about: two to six yellowfin tuna of 8 to 20 pounds, one to four dorado of 5 to 27 pounds, one to two sierra of 2 to 4 pounds, and a mix of miscellaneous species including triggerfish, pompano, and pargo. Brictson said winds were slightly less strong last week, with local water temperatures of 72 to 76 degrees, and most boats were fishing fairly close to shore. Pangas were picking up bait along the beaches from Palmilla to Chileno, and then backtracking to fish from Punta Gorda to La Fortuna. The Inner Gordo Bank did produce some tuna to 75 pounds on live chihuil and chunk baits, but the action was scattered and inconsistent. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, Randy Morishita of Carlsbad and his fishing partner Rasheed fished four days in good sea conditions with Capts. Jesus and Chame of Gordo Banks Pangas, for good action on a range of species including tuna, dorado, snapper, wahoo, pargo, and a released sailfish. Morishita said Capt. Chame made the day by helping to recover a 73-pound yellowfin tuna from a sea lion, and then baiting a sailfish that was reeled in by Rasheed in 8 minutes. "It was a trip to remember," Morishita said. "Lots of different species to fill the coolers." The following week, he and Rasheed fished "Baja Catch" style at Percebu south of San Felipe for catch-and-release action on 40-plus spotted bay bass, and a couple of mojarra. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported not enough boats fishing last week for a meaningful report, as East Cape weather was consistently windy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. "...Only a handful of boats actually fished and those anglers caught enough fish for dinner," Moyers said. "The fact is, there just aren't many hooks in the water." For the previous week, Moyers reported on 59 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: four blue marlin, 23 striped marlin, six sailfish, 160 dorado, and 16 yellowfin tuna. Boats were fishing mostly northwards in windy conditions, for a downwind ride home. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said very few boats fished out of Los Barriles last week, in windy conditions. Leeper fished at midweek, and caught a 25-dorado only three minutes from his anchorage at Verdugo's, but then fished all the way to Punta Pescadero and caught only two small skipjack. On Saturday, he was skunked in two hours of fishing. Sierra were available off El Cardonal and Rancho Leonero, and pangueros caught snapper when bait was available. East Cape weather was windy in the 80s, with water temperatures averaging 72 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported few boat departures during the week, but good fishing on calm days, with striped marlin and dorado off Punta Pescadero, and sierra taking live bait, hoochies, and chrome off most area beaches. East Cape weather was windy early in the week, but calming and sunny by the weekend, with cooling water temperatures of 73 to 75 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "Winter has definitely arrived and fishing has begun its annual slow down." Some fish were caught on days with calm weather: "Billfish and tuna are on the outside, and inshore there are still a few dorado for the persistent ones...Sierra have begun their annual snap, so bring some wire." East Cape water temperatures were 71 to 75 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said, "Strong wind has shut us down."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing said his East Cape guided kayak fishing trips to Hotel Punta Colorada this year will be on: May 10-14, May 14-18, July 5-9, July 9-13, and Oct. 23-28. Sammons said this year he will also be guiding private group billfish and big game trips by appointment, 619-461-7172.
LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said it was windy last week, but anglers still had fun close to shore around Ensenada de los Muertos on sierra, and some dorado and pargo, in water temperatures averaging about 76 degrees. Sunday morning, the weather was very good, and Hernandez said, "...We are hoping that next week will have better conditions." LAS ARENAS, LAS PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said, "I'm glad we don't have to go too far for fish, because there are days when it's really howling outside...Winds are up with more frequency." Nevertheless, Roldan said pangas on the Las Arenas side did score on cabrilla, snapper, and lots of sierra, plus some blue water dorado and a sailfish hookup. On the La Paz side, dorado continued to be present off Isla Espiritu Santo, in sunny weather, with dropping air and water temperatures.
LORETO, MEXICO: Very few sportfishing boats were active at Loreto last week. Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto reported no anglers at all fishing out of the hotel.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto said he fished earlier at Punta Pulpito with the Carnaderos baitsellers pangueros and they caught mackerel during a spell of calm weather, and had a good session on yellowtail with live bait, then on crushed dead baits, using 80-pound hand lines. Petersen joked that since he's "old and feeble," he himself used a 120-pound hand line.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said winds kept most boats off the water last week, and Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday were the only fishable days. Some local guides ran north to the Isla San Marcos bajos for good results on yellowtail of 30 to 40 pounds, caught with live bait. Local pangueros Manuel Diaz, Chichi Meza and Loreto "Tito" Meza had good catches of triggerfish and pargo right in front of the Mulege lighthouse, and the best single local catch of the week was a 30-pound class yellowtail caught by Jim Galvin south of the mine, while fishing with Marty Robinson in about 30 feet of water. Mulege weather was mostly windy, with water temperatures of 67 to 70 degrees. "We're going to be praying to the Great Kahuna this week in the hopes for calmer water," Barber said. "The water has just been too rough to go out." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said the Santa Rosalia area was blasted again last week by winds of over 40 knots, with gusts to 50 knots, and water temperatures dropped to 68 degrees. Kanzler got out two days, on Sunday and Tuesday, and did well at the bajos north of the isla, on yellowtail in the high 20-pound class, holding halfway down in the column in waters 100 to 240 feet deep. "All the signs are there for great fishing," Kanzler said. "This spot is where it all happens every winter season...Any day now it will happen, most likely after this blow." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roark Ludwig of San Diego relayed a report from Guillermo's Sportfishing at Bahia de los Angeles, saying that action was very good for limits of yellowtail on blue-and-white iron, plus white seabass of about 20 pounds. Guillermo's new super-duper panga has an enclosed head, Ludwig said, and together with Igor Galvan's panga, it brings to three the total of 29-foot boats available at L.A. Bay. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Capt. Igor Galvan said fishing was very good for yellowtail and a few white seabass, north along the coast at Punta Remedios, for fish in the 16 to 25-pound range. Water temperatures averaged 72 degrees last week, in fair weather, and a few finback whales were also present in the channel.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours announced the winners of the season-long running, yellowtail tournament for the panga mothership Jose Andres. The two biggest yellowtail of the year were: 47.0 pounds, caught by Benjamin Maddox Jr. of Garden Grove, on the trip returning to San Felipe on June 2, 2004, with guide Ruben Orozco; 37.2 pounds, caught by Dean Sheehy of Bakersfield, on the trip returning to San Felipe on June 25, 2004, with guide Victor Olachea. The charter masters for the trips were Denis Quesnel and Tony Gullen, respectively, and the captain of the Jose Andres was Capt. Alfonso Hernandez.
BAHIA WILLARD, MEXICO: At Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard, Doug Pierson reported few people around and the weather "very cold for Baja. No outstanding fishing to report. Everyone has left for Christmas."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the end of the week had basically perfect, sunny weather in the mid-60s, with a water temperature in the bay of 65 degrees. Many visitors were in town, and the bay was active with sea birds: "The bay has been cerulean blue and calm as a lake for two days, plus a large school of fish has attracted hundreds of birds. They put on a spectacular diving show yesterday." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Neff Nash of Tucson reported that researcher Jennifer Rupnow was at Cholla Bay organizing a program to develop a fisheries management plan for grouper species. "She has already succeeded in educating the Cholla Bay angling population on the negative effects of overfishing groupers, especially during spawning aggregations, and has plans to begin a tagging program, among other projects," Nash said. "It's the first program of its kind to protect groupers in the Sea of Cortez."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said water temperatures were in the mid-60s last week and the yellowtail bite came on strong at Punta San Antonio and Isla San Pedro Nolasco. Yellowtail were caught on trolled lures, and Molden said, "It won't be long until the jiggers get in on the action with increased numbers of fish."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Yomahira Aguirre at Marina el Cid said anglers found slower action last week, but were still catching fish, in generally good weather conditions.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said billfish action slowed down for Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid, as most boats concentrated on yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds. Fourteen Aries Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, two striped marlin, and 116 yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan weather was sunny in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 83 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said water temperatures warmed to 81.4 degrees and as high as 84.5 degrees, in variable water conditions, with some wind and currents pushing things around. Offshore boats caught mostly yellowfin tuna, dorado, and some marlin, including fish in the 600-pound range. "Big tuna in the 300 pound class have been busting and tearing up bait schools...," Temple said. "What a sight to see those fish tearing up baits." Fish stomach contents showed squid and the first paper nautilus of the season, Temple said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said cooler currents moved in last week, and sailfish counts were down to about one or two releases per day, in water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees. Yellowfin tuna, mostly footballs, but including one fish of 180 pounds, were caught in the cooler water, from 4 to about 22 miles out. Inshore roosterfish action slowed down from as high as 18 fish per day for Capt. Adolpho on the Dos Hermanos, to about four per day, plus several jacks per day in the 18 to 25-pound range. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Mike Newell of Laguna Beach took first place in his Sails and Tales sailfish fly fishing tournament last week, with two sailfish landed within about an hour of each other. June Thacker of Marathon, Fla., won second place with a sailfish landed in the last hour of the tournament's final day. Lance Peterson, of Sequim, Wash., edged out John Dobson, of Basalt, Mont., to win the guide's competition portion of the tournament. SAILS & TALES FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT RESULTS.