SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: With howling winds shutting down the whole Sea of Cortez last week, Pacific side yellowtail at San Quintin provided some of Baja's best action, as boats found good weather and big counts of 15 to 23-pound fish.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Eddie Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing reported wide-open yellowtail action in near perfect sea conditions on Saturday, as three boats scored on a total of 84 yellowtail of 15 to 23 pounds while fishing at the 6 spot. Marquez said, "We started fishing, yo-yoing our irons from 140 to 70 feet deep...At 11 a.m. the wind changed from west-to-east, and the yellowtail came to the surface, creating a semicircle at my estimation of a 3-acre area. We started reeling them in until we had our limits." San Quintin weather was mostly calm in the high 70s at the fishing grounds, with water temperatures of 61 to 63 degrees. "All and all, a fisherman's dream," Marquez said. "If the good weather holds, this San Quintin yellowtail fishing run should last until late January." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said, "Everyone is getting limits of yellowtail and all the rockcod and lingcod they want." Anglers fishing during the week included Rich Shary of Long Beach, Brad Halden, Willie Reeves, and Shary's brother, Chris Shary from Florida, who fished two days on the Rommy with Capt. Hector, for a catch including: 28 yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds, 12 lingcod of 8 to 12 pounds, and limits of rockcod. San Quintin weather was sometimes windy earlier in the week, but calm, warm, and beautiful in the afternoons by the weekend. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin and members of his family fished in 61.5-degree water at the 240, 15, and 6 spots for an excellent day's catch of 17 yellowtail of 12 to 18 pounds. "We fished every bottom drop where we metered some action, from 140 to 180 feet deep," Meza said. San Quintin weather was calm, and Meza said he used iron jigs. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds were caught in good numbers at the 6 spot. Catian said he had a frustrating session there, as he loaned some jigs to San Quintin Capt. Tito, and then watched him and Kurt "Chato" Lundquist's boat load up, while he couldn't buy a bite. "Tito's guys were BOTH on...on OUR Jigs!" Catian said. San Quintin weather was foggy with some swell, with water temperatures of about 62 degrees, and the yellowtail were hitting well on blue-and-white iron. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said the weekend weather was mostly sunny in the mid-70s, with calm breezes, 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 59 degrees. Vonny's Fleet pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda found limits of calico bass, sandbass, rockcod, and one "vieja" or sheephead, landed by angler Sam Navarro of Temecula on Saturday.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he sent seven pangas out last week, fishing in 64-degree water, 6 to 7 miles from the coast for big numbers of bonito and barracuda, and plenty of bottom fish, including large red rockcod and lingcod, cabrilla, and whitefish. Erendira had some wind and large surf, but Castro said he was able to keep fishing with no problems. Castro's Camp pangas fished with salted sardines and bonito, frozen squid, and all colors and types of rubbertails. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Earlier, Alfredo Paullada of San Diego fished with independent captain Conrado Castro, and found some big red rockcod and lingcod, but only a few of them, fishing up to about 320 feet deep and 14 miles out. "For some reason, the fish had 'lockjaw,'" Paullada said. "We saw very good marks." Erendira weather on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, was fairly windy in the afternoon. Paullada said they fished all day and came back in the dark, but "no cigar...We were the only fishing boat out of Erendira on Sunday the 12th." ERENDIRA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: John Carroll of Chula Vista and his group fished out of Erendira with independent captain Victor Castro for a good catch of medium red rockcod and assorted rockfish, in good morning sea conditions with wind in the afternoon, about 3 or 4 miles straight out. Said Carroll, "Fun was had by all and we will be back. This was my first trip back down there in five or six years. Before that I was down there for 12 years at least 15 times per year." ERENDIRA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto drove across the Baja peninsula and fished the area around Boca Santo Domingo, near Puerto Lopez Mateos, using live shrimp and lisa baits for good action on corvina and two snook. "We fished the high tide to the bottom, north and south of Boca Santo Domingo, both sides," Petersen said. "Excellent corvina. Robalo have been slow, but two did come up in the mix."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore boats at the Thetis Bank found wahoo last week, and some billfish were still being reported to the south of Punta Tosca. Few boats fished in the mangroves, but some decent action was found for corvina and sierra, plus some grouper, pargo, and a few snook. Magdalena Bay water temperatures were 69 to 75 degrees, in clear, calm weather. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said good striped marlin action continued on the Pacific side, 2 to 15 miles offshore, from the Old Lighthouse north to the Golden Gate bank, as 85 percent of Pisces charters landed billfish, including a six-release day for Valerie, a quintuple release for Ni Modo, and quadruples for La Brisa, Ruthless, Rebecca" and Valerie. Overall, Pisces released 99 striped marlin out of 103 landed. Other fish caught included two wahoo over 100 pounds. Dorado were slow at just 12 percent of charters, and yellowfin tuna were even slower at 5 percent. Cabo San Lucas weather was clear and calm at the beginning of the week, turning cloudy, with water temperatures averaging 75 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 53 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 60 striped marlin, two sailfish, 11 yellowfin tuna, 24 dorado, 10 sierra, two wahoo, and two boats skunked. Garcia said the Golden Gate bank area on the Pacific side gave anglers their best shot at multiple releases. Many whales were present in the area. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was cloudy, but without rain, at the end of the week, in the high-80s, with water temperatures as low as the high-60s outside the Golden Gate Bank, and up to about 74 degrees on the Cortez side. Striped marlin were present in good numbers, as offshore boats saw up to about 30 per trip and some scored quintuple releases. Landings would have been higher, Landrum said, except for heavy bait concentrations in the water. Inshore fishing remained slow on sierra and scattered roosterfish and jack crevalle. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch for the week including released fish of: 62 striped marlin, two blue marlin, 36 yellowfin tuna, 68 dorado, 16 jacks, and four wahoo. The top Solmar boat for the week was the San Lucas VI, with Capt. Albarado Agundez and a four-outing catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, 15 dorado of 30 to 58 pounds, and 23 yellowfin tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 21 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 40 striped marlin, two dorado, and 14 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VII reported on a total of three outings, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin. Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly sunny in the mid-80s, with water temperatures ranging from 71 degrees at the Golden Gate bank, to 75 degrees on the Cortez side. Most boats fished 3 to 10 miles off Cabo Falso. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: The La Playita panga fleet found overall improved action last week, including an average wahoo catch of more than one fish per boat. Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 62 pangas from combined La Playita fleets, with an approximate catch of: 65 wahoo, 190 dorado, 155 yellowfin tuna, five striped marlin, 120 skipjack, 50 pargo, 40 triggerfish, and 20 sierra. Brictson said the wahoo ranged from 15 to 45 pounds and hit best on trolled live chihuil baits. Tuna and dorado averaged 10 to 25 pounds. Bait was plentiful again in the San Jose del Cabo area. The weather was variable in the low-80s, with water temperatures averaging 75 degrees, and the water color an exceptionally clear, deep blue-purple. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo, and Gene Story, fished on the Celia of Mijares Fleet at La Playita and found slow action for one line-shy tuna broken off on 20-pound line at the Iman bank, a farmed dorado in the same location, and a 30-pound wahoo caught on the way home, inside the Inner Gordo Bank. "We should have stuck it out!" Roos said. "The boats that stuck it out down off Punta Gorda had a nice mixed catch, on an average of a couple of football tuna, one or two dorado, about one wahoo per boat, and a nice show of cookie-cutter huachinango of around 6 to 8 pounds." Most boats were fishing inside the Inner Gordo bank with trolled sardina and chihuil baits. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather as dominated by mostly windy conditions, in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. "This is the time of year that drives the locals nuts," Graham said, as few fish were reported offshore, inshore, and on the beaches. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House, reporting for combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, had no boat or fish count for the second week in a row, and said, "The end of the fishing season that was 2004 is officially upon us. This past week saw very little fishing on the East Cape as the north winds blew fiercely for much of the week." East Cape Smoke House was scheduled to resume fishing reports in a few weeks.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said the wind laid down enough on Sunday to get off a quick dive trip to Punta Pescadero, where he found surprisingly clear water and a bottom temperature of 71 degrees, with mild currents. "The reef is loaded with life, clouds of grunts and colorful tropical fish," Rayor said.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland reported: "Cool mornings in the 60s and afternoon highs in the upper 70s, with partly cloudy, windy conditions most of the week." Ireland said striped marlin were present off Punta Pescadero, but were picky biters, dorado of 10 to 15 pounds were concentrated in the same area, and lots of sierra were "taking live bait, hoochies and chrome, off most area beaches."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather was very windy, and only 5 to 10 combined sport and commercial pangas attempted to fish during calmer periods on the Las Arenas side last week, finding slow action on some sierra, pargo, and a few remaining dorado, in Canal de Cerralvo and around the Punta Arena lighthouse. Hernandez said Las Arenas weather was cloudy in the low-70s on Sunday, but water temperatures were holding up at 74 to 76 degrees. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said, "Definitely in winter mode now." Roldan said there were still a few dorado around, but the focus on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides was on inshore species, with a nice bite on snappers and cabrilla to 5 pounds. "At Arenas there was a really nice bite of sierra mixed in with a few roving dorado. Bait is not a problem," Roldan said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported on Saturday: "This has been the longest period of windy days, during this week, and during this winter season, with the lowest temperatures, 62 to 69 degrees. We haven't caught any yellowtail for the last 10 days, due to the Santa Ana wind, although we know they are located around the Punta Pulpito area, 35 miles north of Loreto."
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported no anglers at the hotel for the second week running, saying, "On that note, the Villas de Loreto staff wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said, "Right now, Saturday afternoon, it's completely overcast and windy as hell. If the seas are reasonable, then I will go out...It should take a day or two for it to slow down here, but it is much calmer than it was at 4 a.m. when it was literally howling. Hopefully it will be nice this week. Lots of folks in line to go out. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said constant north winds of 15 to 25 knots kept most boats off the water during the week, but some yellowtail were caught here and there. Marty Robinson reported surface schooling yellowtail spotted around the Islas Santa Inez, and a few fish were also caught, by Manuel of the Oasis RV Park at Isla San Marcos, and John Dinning and Tom and Patti Higgenbotham in the same area. Don and Donna Garcia trolled MirrOlures at the north end of the island for one small yellowtail and a 15-pound cabrilla. But, said Barber, "The last fishable day was Monday and it looks like we're not going to be able to get out again until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said high and nearly constant winds of 25 to 40 knots ripped the Santa Rosalia area again last week, and in fact for the entire month of December, he's seen only six fishable days so far, and has personally fished four of them. Kanzler did fish on Sunday a week ago, and scored on a yellowtail and some cabrilla at the 110 bajo, and also landed a 31.5-pound yellowtail on the surface after seeing boilers near diving bluefooted boobies. "When I see boobies diving it's usually on fair-sized bait fish, due to their long narrow beaks," Kanzler said. "I made my way over there and while en route saw what I've been waiting for this month, big yellowtail breezing on bait!" Tin boat anglers out of San Lucas Cove did well in sheltered water near shore, winds permitting, on sierra and leopard grouper, both north and south of the boca. Kanzler said on Saturday that he was unable to get outside for a water temperature and visibility reading. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said he had "no report on fishing, because of north winds. Boats have not been going out this week at all." L.A. Bay weather was howling wind, in the low-70s, with water temperatures in the 60s. Vazquez said the new gas station in the village was nearing completion. The surrounding desert was very green, following the recent rains.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Capt. Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a two-week exploratory cruise to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Dec. 8, 2004. The Tony Reyes followed the Baja coastline to Isla Catalan and then crossed the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan and turned southwards, reaching Puerto Vallarta and exploring the fishing grounds at Corbetena, El Banco, and the Islas Marias. "The purpose of the trip was to explore and learn about new sportfishing areas along the coast of the Mexican mainland," Reyes said. TONY REYES CRUISE TO MAZATLAN AND PUERTO VALLARTA.
LA COSTILLA, MEXICO: Earlier, Tim Farwell of Carlsbad fished at Campo la Costilla south of Puertecitos and found super wide-open action on triggerfish and cabrilla to 6 pounds, fishing with rubbertails, then painted leadheads, and finally just the plain lead with hooks, as fish chewed on his lures: "We fished in 20 feet of water and picked up fish on every drop...I started with a twin tail plastic and it soon turned to a green leadhead that even more quickly turned into just a leadhead. The fish hit EVERYTHING!" Farwell camped at La Costilla and found the best action on the first point south of the cove in rising winds. Farwell said he's upgrading his Baja beach boat, and his 12-foot Sea Nymph with extras is for sale, firstname.lastname@example.org. CAMP LA COSTILLA FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Ed Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said warm winds from the north, bringing air temperatures in the mid-70s, dominated the weather last week, and the town's panga fleet stayed anchored in the bay. "The pangas are taking a much deserved rest on the beach below the bookstore," Meders said. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point fished on his new boat Constancia at the 51 mile reef, with Mike Auditore, and with the Arca de Noe as a buddy boat, and Auditore landed a nice halibut after fighting two sea lions for it. "Unfortunately, the dinner bell also rang for two sea lions that appeared out of nowhere," Burnett said. "Thank God for circle hooks because the halibut was hooked so well right in the corner of the jaw that the sea lions couldn't pull him off...This is only time in 20 years of fishing we've ever had a sea lion bother our catch like that when fishing out of Rocky Point. Sharks, occasionally yes, but not sea lions." Burnett reported Rocky Point water temperatures at a surprisingly warm 70 degrees, with strong currents and swells offshore. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on seven boats, with a catch including released fish of: one sailfish, three dorado, and one skipjack tuna. "This week the catch has decreased a lot, and the business too," Hernandez said. "It is common in the two weeks prior to Christmas." Mazatlan weather was calm in the high-80s, with the water temperatures at 77 degrees. Earlier, Hernandez reported on 55 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, 9 sailfish, 135 dorado, 79 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, five shortfin mako shark, and 25 skipjack tuna. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, six striped marlin, two sailfish, 19 dorado, 181 yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Most of the yellowfin tuna weighed 15 to 30 pounds, and a few were larger, Edwards said. Mazatlan weather was mostly sunny in the mid-80s, with water temperatures steady at 77 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported wide-open big tuna action for six days running last week, fishing with brothers Adrian and Kyle Michas of New York and North Carolina, respectively, for a six-outing total catch of: 34 yellowfin tuna, including seven over 200 pounds; three black marlin released to about 500 pounds; two sailfish; and seven dorado. Temple said the brothers released all the billfish, four of the dorado, and 29 of the 34 tuna, including two over 200 pounds. "The bite was so good the anglers and crew spent over 56 straight hours offshore, opting to stay overnight on the boat for two consecutive nights, rather than drive away from the wide-open giant tuna fishing," Temple said. Puerto Vallarta weather was calm and clear, with water temperatures warming from 78 degrees to over 82 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA GIANT TUNA REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said Puerto Vallarta offshore fishing bounced back and forth between slow days and very good days, in variable water conditions. "Offshore fishing continues with sails and dorados, but depending on water conditions, the area of a hot bite can vary from day to day," Hjort said. "We have blue water, blue-green water, and green water, and it changes daily." Inshore, Hjort said Esperanza Sportfishing scored on a steady roosterfish bite on fish to 50 pounds, caught with slow trolled skipjack and caballito baits, at the Islas Marietta, and north of Punta Mita. Mixed with the gallos were inshore amberjack, snappers, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, pompano, needlefish, and sierra. Puerto Vallarta weather was in the 80s, with slightly less strong northerly winds, and water temperatures of 79 to 82 degrees, depending on currents. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said he fished three days last week with Capt. Adan on the panga Gitana, and tagged 10 sailfish in about 7 hours of total fishing time. "I got six on Monday by noon," Phillips said, "and I got fish number ten at 7:30 Wednesday morning, back to the dock at 8:30." Phillips said some boats released nine sailfish per day. Some scattered dorado to 45 pounds were also caught, plus sierra, yellowtail, and two to three roosterfish per day on the beaches.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said sailfish action was very good, close to the beach, with boats averaging about four to six releases per day, and inshore boats doing well on roosterfish and jacks at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. Doug Murphy of New Jersey fished two days on the Vamonos II, and landed six sailfish his first day, and two 45-pound dorado his second day. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly announced that Ed Kunze has been appointed a representative of the International Game Fish Association, bringing to three the number of IGFA representatives on the staff of Baja On The Fly, including Kunze, Graham, and Graham's wife Yvonne.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported offshore boats with one to two sailfish per day, plus some dorado and yellowfin tuna, and inshore boats scoring on yellowtail jack, roosterfish, and sierra. Blue water was 6 miles off the beach, and Edwards said, "The inshore action was far enough away to require an extended fishing day of 10 hours duration." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.