SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported very good action for 25 to 30-pound winter yellowtail on the surface, between winds, at the bajos north of the island. Fishing on Monday with Gordy Muller and his partner, Kanzler's boat scored on 11 yellowtail out of 15 hookups, and it had the bajos all to itself, except for one panga and one tin boat out of San Lucas Cove.
For the next two days, Kanzler returned to the bajos with members of Kevin Ward's family from San Diego, and found a fleet of anglers from San Lucas Cove, San Bruno, Santa Rosalia, Punta Chivato, and even Mulege, as he and Alan Lewis' boat loaded up on yellowtail into the 30-pound class. "It isn't all that often that I get to fish with guys that really know how to," Kanzler said. "We slammed them, more fish on the bait than iron, but all on the surface." Santa Rosalia weather was very cool, as low as 47 degrees early in the morning at San Lucas Cove, with water temperatures down to 66 degrees. ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said his boats fished close to Punta Santo Tomas in 61-degree water for excellent catches of very large whitefish, and some red rockcod, in generally excellent weather, with slight Santa Ana winds, and calm, flat seas. "All trips had excellent results," Susarrey said. Near the Islas Todos Santos inside the bay, Lily Fleet boats also caught large bonito of 8 to 10 pounds.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught limits of sandbass last week. Punta Banda weather was partly cloudy, in the mid-60s, with calm seas, 3-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 59 degrees. Anglers fishing on the Vonny I during the week included Ed and Jeannie Lynch of Huntington Beach, and sisters Izabella and Olivia Lackner of Chicago.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said the Don Juan II fished locally in good weather most of the week, but Sunday was cloudy. Whale watching season was starting, so Sanchez said there will be fewer fishing trips for the next several weeks.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said five pangas fished during the week, including the groups of Randy Castillo and Hank Sho, for good numbers of red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, lots of cabrilla, and many bonito and barracuda. One panga fished on Monday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Castro said: "They had a perfect day. The people didn't want to stop fishing, but they finally had to come in because it was starting to get dark." Erendira weather was generally good, with some afternoon and evening Santa Ana wind, and surface water temperatures averaging 58 degrees in the main fishing area 6 miles from the coast. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin fished Saturday on his cousin Paco Pinones' boat Mariandrea for wide-open yellowtail action on fish to 22 pounds at the 240 spot. Meza said they also caught Humboldt squid to over 30 pounds, in completely wind-free sea conditions, and a water temperature of 61.4 degrees. They fished with jigs only.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Meza fished on his boat Santa Monica with Conrrado Gonzales for easy yellowtail limits by 11 a.m. at the 6 and 15 spots, in flat seas and water temperatures of 60 to 61.8 degrees. Meza said sea conditions were good, but they left the San Quintin dock in chilly 38-degree morning air, before dropping jigs on every meter mark they found: "The best action was at 10 a.m. on our way back, fishing the 15 spot, where we saw big schools under the boat." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said only a few boats fished during the week, as most customers stayed close to home prior to the holidays. Some boats fishing at the 6 and 15 spots got good numbers of quality yellowtail and lingcod. San Quintin weather was generally good, but with cooler temperatures and some winds starting to pick up over the weekend.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Eddie Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said Peter, James, and Danny Park from Granada Hills fished three days on their 21-foot boat out of the hotel last week for a catch of: 18 yellowtail to 20 pounds, 36 lingcod of 8 to 12 pounds, 82 red rockcod, 12 whitefish, and 1 sheephead. Marquez said the group fished mainly at the 6 and 15 spots, 120 to 140 feet deep, using iron and live bait for the yellowtails, live bait for the lingcod, and frozen squid for the rockcod. San Quintin weather was mostly calm in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 60 to 63 degrees. DON EDDIE'S LANDING, SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said two boats fished early in the week and found wide-open yellowtail action at the 15 fathom spot, in freakishly clear water conditions, despite predictions of rough weather: "The water had 100-foot plus visibility, no jòking. You could see your jig hit the bottom at 120 feet and watch it all the way up. Unreal...Chris and Oscar spent 20 minutes just drifting over the 15 spot and looking down. They said it was incredible." Catian said his boats loaded up using live bait on fish boiling on the surface. Later, Catian said an alert by Tiburon's Pangas allowed him to find and rescue a small private boat drifting with a dead battery about 3 miles south of the boca: "We arrived on the scene to find a very frightened woman holding her daughter and three very relieved guys...made it back to San Quintin in time for a couple beers!...Thanks to Tiburon for coordinating the rescue effort." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Magdalena Bay weather as clear in the high-60s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. Offshore boats found good sea conditions and catches of a few billfish, dorado, tuna, and wahoo. Inside the bay, some firecracker yellowtail were caught at the entrada, and the mangroves produced some small corvina as the annual gray whale migration approached. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 23 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 23 striped marlin, one blue marlin, 13 dorado, and 19 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a total of five outings, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, five dorado, and eight yellowfin tuna. Edwards reported Cabo weather as stable with excellent sea conditions and water temperatures steady at 75 to 76 degrees. Good winter crowds were in town, but Edwards said, "While Cabo San Lucas is full of people, there are not too many anglers in the vacationing crowd and the daily fishing boat activity is a bit slow." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 49 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 44 striped marlin, one sailfish, 27 dorado, six yellowfin tuna, lots of inshore sierra, and 10 boats skunked. Garcia said all 10 skunked boats fished on a single, unusually slow day, Dec. 21, 2004. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jeff Steinke of Fort Frances, Canada, reported on four days of fishing on Pisces Fleet's Tracy Ann and Cabo Magic's boat Cabo Magic, for a catch including released fish of: 10 marlin, and four nice tuna. Steinke said he also beach fished along the Pacific side of Cabo near the lighthouse: "Big sierra were around with some kicker rooster's too. A few jacks and some pesky needlefish were also mixed in....I had one rooster about 50 pounds almost beach himself trying to eat my Ranger which I pulled from his mouth before he clamped down." Steinke said he surf fished with "a local expert beach-angler named Cabo Joe, Joe Horn...He taught me how to catch fish from the beach. I was skunked until we became friends. I met him on the beach in front of Pedregal." CABO SAN LUCAS CRUISER AND BEACH FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said the striped marlin bite became scattered from north to south last week, but boats that located fish still scored on about three fish strikes per day. "Early in the week all the fishing action was up the coast on the Pacific side..." Landrum said. "As the week went on...the fishing action was centered about five miles to the south of the 95 Spot, then moved off to the southwest." Yellowfin tuna were mostly footballs to 40 pounds, and dorado averaged about 20 pounds. Inshore fishing was slow on scattered roosterfish and jacks. Cabo San Lucas weather was windy during the afternoons, in the low-80s, with water temperatures averaging 75 degrees about 30 miles south of the arch. FLY HOOKER, CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a fleet catch including released fish of: 48 striped marlin, 37 yellowfin tuna, 33 dorado, seven wahoo, 14 bonita, and a 138-pound thresher shark caught by the Solmar IV off the lighthouse, by Cleveland anglers Bruce Haynes, Eddie Picone and Tom Baker. SOLMAR FLEET, CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Bob Wilhelmy of La Ribera fished with Capt. Julio on the Cortez Cat, about 10 miles southeast of the Jaime Bank on the Pacific side, targeting wahoo, but instead releasing three striped marlin of 125 to 175 pounds. "Fishing was good in Cabo," Wilhemly said. "We were looking for wahoo, but caught nothing but marlin!"
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 59 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of about: 14 wahoo, 160 dorado, 205 yellowfin tuna, 125 skipjack, 60 huachinango or red snapper, 40 triggerfish, 12 rainbow runner, three striped marlin, six amberjack, and 15 cabrilla. Most La Playita pangas were fishing close to shore around Punta Gorda, in some wind, but generally favorable sea conditions, with dropping water temperatures of about 72 to 74 degrees. Brictson noted that local commercial pangueros have not been setting gill nets in the San Jose del Cabo area this season, and "hopefully the negative pressure will encourage them to think twice before setting their indiscriminate nets." Tuna and dorado were mostly about 15 to 25 pounds. Inshore boats around Punta Palmilla saw increasing numbers of sierra, although sea lions and heavy bird concentrations interfered with sportfishing. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Stan Woodward of Manhattan Beach and Doug Coffey of La Mesa fished two days with Francisco "Mochenco" Casesus' Francisco's Fleet (formerly Victor's Fleet) at Punta Palmilla for a catch of: 17 dorado to almost 30 pounds, four tuna of 18 to 22 pounds, two large sierra, one triggerfish, and a 52-pound wahoo landed by Coffey. Woodward said their panga had good luck catching chilhuil live bait at the Gordo Banks, scoring on 13 of them one morning and a "magical" 21 the following day. "...Boat pressure was light, only 8-10 pangas making bait each morning," Woodward said. He also recommended Francisco's Fleet, booked through the Jig Stop in Dana Point: "He was the backbone behind Victor's for years before Victor Gutierrez left. I have fished with all of them in the last dozen years, and they are all just what we want...friendly, hard working and fishy." PLAYA PALMILLA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Dale Prichard of Redondo Beach and Casey Van Alden of Trinidad, Calif., fished with Capt. Eduardo Guluarte of La Playita for good action on wahoo, dorado and tuna, fishing mostly about 2 miles off Punta Gorda: "Casey caught a 30-pound plus dorado...Eduardo fishes for Punta Gorda Fleet. He is the brother of Antonio who won the first W.O.N. Tuna Tournament. His family has been fishing La Playita for a long, long time." LA PLAYITA, CAPT. GULUARTE FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo said good numbers of offshore species were caught on some days last week, and good numbers of fish were present within 1 or 2 kilometers of shore, from Punta Gorda to the Iman Bank. Grimes' son, David, caught a 50-pound wahoo on a jig, about one kilometer off Punta Gorda, and the best action on tuna and wahoo was on chihuil live baits caught at the Gordo Banks. "If you go to the Inner Gordo Bank to catch chihuil, wahoo and some tuna of good size are hitting the chihuil, as long as the big needlefish don't kill them first," Grimes said. "A few wahoo are hitting lures such as Marauders and Rapalas, although fishing with lures is a little slow." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said, "Needless to say, there has been more partying than fishing this week." However, some boats did go out in windy conditions for small dorado at the buoys, and also from shore up to about three miles out. The hotel's Ronnie Verdugo also reported seeing "quite a few" marlin two miles off the Pyramids, and sierra were present inshore. East Cape weather was cool, in the 70s, with morning water temperatures at the Verdugo's mooring at 71 degrees. MARTIN VERDUGO'S BEACH RESORT, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Verdugo's, Marisol Verdugo said the super panga has been fishing full and half days, for dorado of 20 to 25 pounds, sierra, and some striped marlin.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said some boats brought dorado limits back from Punta Pescadero last week, but overall, "The wind quit for only two days here, then came howling back to it's normal winter fishing conditions." Meredith noted that many East Cape deckhands and crews have made their seasonal move to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, where wind shelter behind the mountains at the tip of Baja gives some protection: "Many cruisers from Los Barriles have already moved down there, to Cabo San Lucas...It has always been this way. Just life for Mexican fisherman here." LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said there were few boats fishing last week, as East Cape water temperatures cooled to 71 to 73 degrees, with partly cloudy, windy fishing conditions most of the week. Striped marlin and dorado of 10 to 15 pounds were located to the north off Punta Pescadero and lots of sierra were taken by beach anglers, but overall there was very little fishing pressure. RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported some decent action despite seasonal winds: "While East Cape fishing continues to be good for this late in the year, the winds have made it difficult to enjoy." A few East Cape boats fishing north off Punta Pescadero did manage some catches of dorado, several marlin, and even a late season sailfish. Yellowfin tuna and black skipjack were also located south off Cabo Pulmo, but Graham said, "It’s an ugly ride home if the dreaded north wind cranks up." Beach fishing was slow, due to windy conditions, as East Cape weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said water temperatures from La Ribera to Cabo Pulmo were down to 71 degrees, but visibility was good, as the area was invaded by thousands of mobulo manta rays so thick that "we have had to be careful navigating our boats for fear of hitting one." Sea life sightings also included pargo and grouper in the shallows. EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported that local fisherman Ramon Almanza found an unusual fish floating about 150 feet from shore that appeared to be a species of frogfish: "It's not a stargazer. It has a huge gapping maw of a mouth, and the lower jaw juts out a couple of inches further than the upper. It looks like Antennarius avalonis..I know it's a frogfish, but I just can't find the exact one." LA RIBERA FROGFISH REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: On the Las Arenas side, Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said only about 10 or 12 pangas fished during the week, but the winds were not too strong, and the action was good for sierra of 6 to 8 pounds, pargo of 12 to 15 pounds, dorado of 15 to 20 pounds, some wahoo, and squid of 25 to 30 pounds. Las Arenas weather was much cooler, about 50 degrees in the morning, with dropping water temperatures down to about 72 to 74 degrees. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said Loreto weather was consistently windy: "Out of the past ten days Loreto winds blew for eight of them...Today Loreto is in a strong norte pattern." But yellowtail were a "sure thing" at Punta Pulpito for those willing to get wet. "If you have mackerel you'll be dialed in," Bolles said. "They're biting in the middle of the water column, about 90 or so feet down." Yellowtail were also present closer to town, at Isla Coronado, and roosterfish were active along the beaches both north and south. Bolles also said some late season dorado of 8 to 20 pounds were caught close to shore. Loreto weather was windy in the high-70s, with sea surface water temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported, "No fishermen, and it's been windy to boot!" but wished everybody a Merry Christmas.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said last week had two good days, on Monday and Tuesday, and winds kept most boats off the water after Wednesday, as Mulege water temperatures held up at about 64 degrees. Several boats ran north to Isla San Marcos, where good yellowtail action was found on MirrOlures and live mackerel, including five yellowtail in the 30 to 40-pound range by Marty Robinson's group, five yellowtail of 14 to 24 pounds by Jim Galvin and Roger Promise on John Dinning's boat, and two fish of 24 and 27 pounds by Tom and Marge Leach. Barber fished around the lighthouse with Jointed Rebels for 12 barracuda, four mackerel, and one sierra, and two boats out of San Lucas Cove found eight yellowtail, including some large ones, off Punta Chivato. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said, "Winds are blowing in Mulege, little fishing going on at this time. Everybody waiting for a window. I'm planning on going out next week." Rista also said that during his drive down, he passed four trailer trucks overturned by high winds on Mex 1, all within about half-a-mile of each other near the Laguna Chapala dry lake south of Catavina.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Mike Massey relayed a report from Jim Apples at La Posada saying, "The wind has been blowing strong and I have not been able to get outside the bay. I did manage to get some nice clams inside for some clam chowder and linguini with clam sauce."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant reported two good wind days out of seven during his last trip down: "The boats that did venture out found some small yellowtail on top with iron at Isla Santa Ines, and large mossbacks in the deep holes just north of San Marcos Island." Grant noted that Mexico landing and flight plan fees are now down to about $50 to $60 per year for multiple entry permits: "This really cuts down on the cost of crossing the border."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the wind finally stopped on Saturday, after blowing for nine days: "...The fishermen were getting really sick and tired of having to harbor their boats. The water has been downright ROUGH...The fishermen really need a break..." San Felipe weather was cloudy and very cool at about 60 degrees, with calm seas and a water temperature of 60 degrees. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of Guaymas-San Carlos fished on the 18-foot boat Camborac with his nephew Clemente Avila of Mazatlan for good results on yellowtail to about 20 pounds at Punta San Antonio. "The yellowtail bite has been great...from about 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.," Almada said. "After that, they are gone, but in those two hours I think everybody there gets a few fish." In two outings, Almada said he caught three yellowtail each time, using Rapala Magnum CD18s and CD22s. Boats returning from Isla San Pedro reported 10-plus yellowtail catches. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said Mazatlan sea conditions were rough last week with swells and winds, "maybe not hurricane type, only 11 m.p.h., but enough to make people sea sick." Flota Bibi Fleet sent 12 boats out fishing, for a weather-constrained catch of only one sailfish and four dorado. "Several of the trips were not concluded and decided to return early," Hernandez said. Mazatlan weather was calm again by the weekend, with a forecast for the week in the mid-80s, with possible rain and clouds.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 16 Aries Fleet boats fishing out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: four sailfish, seven striped marlin, 26 yellowfin tuna, and seven dorado. The best offshore fishing was 23 to 28 miles southwest of the marina, in water temperatures of 77 to 78 degrees, and nighttime air temperatures were down to as low as 50 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Agurrire reported about 22 boats fishing during the week.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time adventures said his boat Prime Time continued to score on huge yellowfin tuna last week, landing tuna of 240 and 175 pounds, and releasing an estimated 250 pounder for angler Daryl Williamson of British Colombia. Also released was a 500-pound class black marlin: "The big black DETONATED on the short live bait and everyone was diving out of the way as the fish skyrocketed past the gunnel a few short feet away...pretty exciting stuff." Temple said Puerto Vallarta offshore water color was "a beautiful cerulean blue color" as 80.5-degree currents pushed up from the south. Dorado, sailfish, and school-sized tuna were also abundant. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said boats released three to five sailfish per day last week, and blue water was just off the beach at Zihuatanejo bay. Yellowfin tuna of 12 to 20 pounds were also abundant: "I had noticed a well defined area holding 80.5-degree water, with the rest of the areas all in a scrambled egg pattern of 83 to 85-degree water. The body of cooler water paid off with a huge sailfish tagged and released, and a couple of fly caught yellowfin tuna." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with sea surface water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said sailfish action was excellent last week as boats scored three to four releases on seven to eight shots per day, plus some 35 to 40-pound dorado, and a few yellowfin tuna. Inshore action was very hot on roosterfish about 20 miles north, as Capt. Adolfo of the Dos Hermanos I reported 19 roosterfish of 30 to 40 pounds plus 12 jack crevalle, during a three-day outing. The best offshore fishing area was 8 to 12 miles outside Zihuatanejo bay. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament noted that for the third year in a row, local guide Capt. Santiago Valdovinos Olea of the panga Gitana was named by the Billfish Foundation as the third leading sailfish release captain in the world.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Tom Phillipson of Dana Point and Richard Bonelli of Aliso Viejo fished inshore and offshore four days with Capt. Calli on the super panga Zapalito Gordo, from Zihuatanejo southwards to Vicente Guerrero, for good but not spectacular action on sailfish, needlefish, jacks, a couple of 7-pound yellowfin tuna, and a 40-pound roosterfish. On their best offshore day, Phillipson said they landed four sailfish within two hours: "The inshore action is far north or south right now, but the sailfish are right there...Going down to Vicente Guerrero was a great remote experience." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING TRIP REPORT.