IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: While much of Baja was hounded by wind and rain last week, anglers at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on Mexico's southern mainland coast enjoyed calm seas and very good sailfish action just a few miles outside the bay.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said that in current offshore conditions, anglers at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo can expect to raise about 5 to 10 sailfish per day, and release an average of three to four. On Saturday, John Wilkinson fished on the panga Gitana with Capt. Santiago Valdovinos, and he tagged seven sailfish. In three days, Rick Erdman and his son fished on the Gitana II with Capt. Adan, and released a total of 12 sailfish.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said, "A lot of sailfish are being caught." First-time fly angler Bob Nelson fished with Capt. Martin on the panga Isamar and released his first sailfish. "It was the first time he had ever had a fly rod in his hands, and he was a little more than impressed about the experience," Kunze said. Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos also ran 30 miles south to Papanoa and reported eight roosterfish averaging 35 pounds, plus eight jack crevalle taken on slow-trolled live bait and surface poppers. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO SAILFISH REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with light breezes and sea surface water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Earlier, Stan Richards of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said, "Excellent fishing conditions for both inshore and offshore species continued in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo last week." Top boats for the week included the Gran Jefe, with 24 sailfish shots and three dorado hookups for fly angler Miles Mcfall, as anglers enjoyed calm conditions, with plentiful bait in the area. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Craig Miller of Irvine and his wife Yvonne fished with Capt. Jaime Hernandez on the super panga Arena and reported Yvonne's first sailfish, caught about 10 miles outside Zihuatanejo Bay. "The water was beautiful and very flat, which afforded us the opportunity to view over 50 sea turtles, incredibly acrobatic porpoise, approximately 30 sailfish, and sea life ranging from crabs to sea snakes," Miller said, also recommending the Arena and Capt. Hernandez: "...covered seating and toilet!" IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Capt. Memo Gomez of the charter panga El Dorado, email@example.com, said on Sunday, "This week we had little action, because of bad weather, and the port was also closed from 2 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, a waterspout was forecast, but it seems to have gone away.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said bottom fish were present, but his pangas did not go out last week, due to "showers, strong winds, and hazardous seas." Ensenada weather was mostly stormy, in the mid-50s, with water temperatures at the tip of Punta Banda estimated at about 55 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross reported on the chances, with questionable weather being forecast, of him fishing on his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral last week: "...uh, I don't think so...even if Loren Nancarrow is only half right."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said Ensenada weather was not good, but it wasn't completely bad either, and the Amigo actually did fish two days last week, finding good action on red rockcod, calico bass, and lingcod while fishing at a spot only about 100 feet deep at the San Jose Reef, in water temperatures of about 60 degrees. Susarrey said, "The ocean water temperature has been about 60 degrees, unusual for this time of year, when it is normally about 55 degrees. But last year, the water temperature was also warmer than normal." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Mark Blucker of Campo la Jolla noted that the bait netting boats working to collect mackerel and sardine feed for the commercial tuna rearing pens in Ensenada Bay were cleaning out the forage fish population near shore, and Blucker said he felt they were responsible for reducing the area's populations of bass and halibut: "These waters are quite shallow, no more than 25 feet deep, and the killing of slow-growing bass and other non-migratory fishes is unavoidable when using a big net...This also demonstrates how easily a commercial fleet can destroy a fishery in only two years." ENSENADA BAY TUNA PEN DAMAGE REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the lower access road from the highway was closed by "more rain in the last three months than the whole of the last three or four years." The upper road, maintained by the Punta China cement plant, was still open. Saenz said no visitors have been at the resort for three weeks, as weather cancellations were made, including a 40-member kayaking group. Local pangueros pulled their pangas after three of them sank last week, and one of the tuna rearing pens in the bay also disappeared. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS RAIN AND ROUGH WEATHER REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Rich Buquet of Escondido says his group canceled its third annual fishing trip to Puerto Santo Tomas Resort because of last week's rain, and the flooding of the lower road to the resort from Mex 1. "Sam Saenz...tells me and others that the river is running for the first time in eight years, closing the lower road," Buquet said. "The upper road from the highway into Puerto Santo Tomas is open..." Buquet said he will reschedule his trip for a later date. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING TRIP WEATHER CANCELLATION.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said few boats fished out of San Quintin due to bad weather reports in Southern California, but some boats that did go out found limits of yellowtail at the 15 and 240 spots. "The only problem this week came from the large number of seals in the local fishing waters," Hillis said. "They were chasing the lines each time someone had a fish on." Anglers catching yellowtail limits with Capt. Hector, included Cary Davis of Livermore, and Young Lee, Dave Kim, and Tom Kim of Orange County. Pedro's Pangas sent a total of four boats out during the week, as San Quintin air temperatures ranged from about 45 degrees in the mornings, to about 65 degrees during the day. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: Capt. Juanchy Aguilar of remote Laguna la Bocana on the Pacific coast north of Punta Abreojos, reported very good commercial panga fishing, in excellent sea conditions last week, as boats exited the boca and fished the reef line running north and south from Roca Ballena. On Friday, Aguilar said three pangas fished commercially outside for two black seabass of 95 and 148 pounds, 750 bass, 12 yellowtail, and nine bonito, in water of 65 to 66 degrees, about 169 to 180 feet deep. Comparable results were obtained the following day, including yellowtail up to 48 pounds. "We were very happy that for four hours our Penn 4/0s didn't stop screaming," Aguilar said. "It was Saturday and it was time to go home." LAGUNA LA BOCANA COMMERCIAL PANGA FISHING REPORT.
LA BOCANA, MEXICO: Earlier, Les Heil of San Diego reported several days of slow fishing in variable conditions out of La Bocana. Heil said mackerel bait was hard to find, and the fishing was for just a few yellowtail to a high of 30 pounds, with Capts. Juanchy and Domingo: "Getting out it was choppy with a south wind and the live bait didn't happen...Thursday looked really nice, and it was, but once again the fish didn't cooperate...the water was green at Roca Ballena, so we traveled further south to Gringa Banks for a few yellowtail." Heil said he left his center console panga at La Bocana and will make a return trip for whale watching season. LAGUNA LA BOCANA VILLAGE SLOW FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said rough sea conditions made offshore fishing tough out of Magdalena Bay last week, but the weather was clear and calm again, in the low-70s, by the end of the week. Water temperatures were 69 to 75 degrees as the San Carlos entrada produced fair-to-good fishing for small yellowtail, leopard grouper, and barracuda. In the mangroves, few boats fished, as tourist whale watching tours began. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING AND WHALE WATCHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 40 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 26 dorado, and 29 yellowfin tuna. The high boat for the week was the Gaviota 8, with Capt. Juan Dominguez and a catch of four billfish for three outings. The best fishing was found on the Pacific side, from Cabo Falso to the Golden Gate Bank, in water temperatures of 73.5 to 74.5 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported steady, moderate fishing action during the week, as 89 percent of boats landed all species combined, 54 percent landed striped marlin, 45 percent caught dorado, and only a few yellowfin tuna were found, although Capt. Tony Nungaray of the Felina reported a 400-pound class tuna lost at gaff. "Tony has proven himself many times, so we believe him," Ehrenberg said. "...there goes another world record." Pisces boats fished a wide area on both sides of the arch, in generally calm seas, and water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 65 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 33 striped marlin, 85 dorado, 40 yellowfin tuna, "bunches" of sierra, and a handful of roosterfish. CABO MAGIC, CABO SAN LUCAS DAILY FISHING RECORD.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported marlin action slowing down during the week, in cooler weather in the low-80s, with water temperatures close to the tip of Baja at 72 to 73 degrees. "Quite a few Cabo San Lucas charter boats came in flying no flags at all, let alone a marlin flag," Landrum said, adding that the main bite at the end of the week was within 8 miles of the arch, and many boats ran past them. Yellowfin tuna of 35 to 80 pounds were caught on trolled live bait at the Gordo Banks, but the dorado bite was slower on scattered, 6 to 8-pound fish. Inshore, sierra action picked up in cooling water, with good catches of fish in the 4 to 5-pound range on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, 65 dorado, 47 yellowfin tuna, and 16 bonito. Solmar Fleet staffer, Jose Luis Sanchez fished with his 15-year-old godson, Andrew Samuels of Temecula, with Capt. Javier Abaroa on the 33-foot cruiser, Solmar II, and they got lucky and caught and released three striped marlin, all taken on live bait, while fishing about 25 miles off Cabo San Lucas. Sanchez and Samuels also got lucky when they managed to land both marlin from a double hookup: "Although not uncommon to hook two marlin at one time, doubles are very difficult to get to the boat." Solmar's top boat for the week was the San Lucas VI, with Capt. Adalberto Agundez and a six-outing catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, 18 yellowfin tuna, and 17 dorado. SOLMAR FLEET CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 84 combined fleet pangas fishing during the week out of La Playita, with a total catch of about: 160 yellowfin tuna, 252 dorado, 210 skipjack, 95 sierra, 280 pargos, 24 cabrilla, 80 triggerfish, and two wahoo. "Pangas fishing out of San Jose del Cabo found the all-around fishing to be just short of spectacular, considering that it is January," Brictson said. Most of the dorado were 5 to 15 pounds, and the tuna were mostly 10 to 20 pounds. Bottom fishing was also decent, but anglers were sometimes having to wait until about 7:30 a.m. for bait, which was being caught south in the Santa Maria area. San Jose del Cabo weather was only occasionally windy, in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly said East Cape fishing was slow, as "winter had definitely returned...North winds made for a tough week of offshore fishing." Several days of wind scattered the local dorado bite, but sierra were plentiful near shore, from the Punta Arena lighthouse southwards toward Cabo Pulmo. Some sierra were also found by boats going out early to the pyramids area just north of Los Barriles. On the beaches, Selzer said, "There were some roosterfish at the lighthouse before the wind came, but five-foot surf and dirty cold water has shut off the shore fishing." East Cape weather was windy, in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE WINDY WINTER WEATHER FISHING REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort in Los Barriles, Marisol Verdugo said the hotel super panga fished some full days and some half days, mostly for dorado and sierra, with few marlin being caught in the area.
LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported morning whitecaps at midweek: "Very quiet here at the resorts." Bergin said some small school-size dorado and spooky tuna were around, and a few sierra were caught on the south side of Punta Arena.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service at Buena Vista said the Cabo Pulmo reef was "so jammed with sea life right now it is hard to describe. In a word I would say tonnage." Sea life sightings included manta rays cruising the surface, bat rays near the bottom, guitar and electric rays in the sand, hordes of jacks, grouper, pargo and grunts, and an occasional shark." Rayor said diver Rick Martin of Lakeport, who once lived in Micronesia, dived on the reef and "he was very surprised to find so much life." Cabo Pulmo water temperatures at depth averaged 71 degrees, with mild currents and good visibility.
LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Earlier, Baja Beach Captain, Mike Reichner at La Ribera said a friend fished off an anchored commercial fleet boat that was bottom fishing for huachinango, and instead got into a hot bite on dorado in about 200 feet of water: "They were fishing bait on the bottom...and he just flylined live sardinas behind the boat and couldn't keep the dorado off!...It makes sense, a bunch of boats all anchored together, sending down a wad of bait to the bottom, perfect habitat and chum, cover, food, and the predators come running." On the beaches, Reichner said he's seen plentiful sierra up to 15 pounds, and has caught two sierra of 10 pounds himself. Reichner added that he would like to rent out his place at La Ribera when he's not there during the summer months, for $100 per week, firstname.lastname@example.org. EAST CAPE BEACH FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Thursday and Friday were windy on the Las Arenas side, but there were good quantities of fish, and the main problem was an extreme lack of anglers. The few pangas fishing out of Ensenada de los Muertos did well on dorado, sierra, wahoo, and pargos, which were hitting on sardina bait. By Sunday, Las Arenas weather was pleasant, in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 68 to 72 in the fishing areas. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said flexible anglers outmaneuvered the wind last last week, and on the La Paz side "everyone got out fishing and everyone caught fish," especially on a developing bite of 6 to 10-pound pargo straight out from town at Isla Espiritu Santo. "There are also yellowtail now building on El Bajito," Roldan said, "but only on days when the wind subsides." On the Las Arenas side, Roldan said the bite was a bit slower on sierra and snapper. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was improved in the low-70s last week, with clouds but less wind. Yellowtail of mostly 25 to 30 pounds were caught at Isla Coronado and also north at Punta Pulpito, and roosterfish and sierra were reported 8 to 10 miles north of town. Mackerel and caballito baits were available at the downtown marina, or could be caught at Isla Coronado. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported good weather, but still no anglers at the hotel: "No fishermen this week!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the dorado are definitely gone for the winter, but yellowtail, roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla, barracuda, bonita, corvina, and sierra were all present in Loreto waters, in water temperatures of 64 to 72 degrees. "There are more yellowtail now, all around Loreto," Bolles said. "There are big ones and medium-sized ones feeding deep in the water column, 90 to 200-plus feet deep." Productive yellowtail areas included the east side of Isla Coronado, the deeper channel between the island and shore, and 35 miles north of town at Punta Pulpito. Loreto weather was developing the winter "norte" pattern of regular windy afternoons, and Bolles said this makes it a good season for half-day light tackle fishing trips near town. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said wind and rain plagued the area most of the week, but Friday was beautiful, and he and Gorm Irwin trailered Irwin's boat north to Santa Rosalia to fish for yellowtail at Isla San Marcos. They got a late start due to the town launch ramp being blocked by a truck, but did get out to the bajos, where they borrowed live mackerel bait from "San Marcos Mike Kanzler," and Barber managed to score on a nice 30-pound yellowtail. Other Mulege anglers catching yellowtail at the island on Friday included Tom Leach and his group, with three fish to 29 pounds on five hookups. Don Kemp fished south of Mulege at Punta Santa Teresa, using MirrOlures for five cabrilla, two pinto bass, and one small yellowtail. Barber added that local Mulege guides were catching yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds. Mulege water temperatures were at 62 to 63 degrees. MULEGE AND ISLA SAN MARCOS YELLOWTAIL FISHING.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Paul Rista of Mulege reported water temperatures of 64 to 66 degrees, and not many boats going out, due to rain and wind.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said last week started off with slow fishing and wind, but ended with red-hot yellowtail action at the bajos, in water temperatures averaging 64 degrees. Early in the week, Kanzler, Alan Lewis, and Kevin Ward fished in weak currents for five, 10-pound yellowtail, one cabrilla, and one sawtail grouper, but a return session to the bajos on Saturday produced 12 yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds, and Kanzler said he was back at the dock by 11 a.m. "Some fish were starting to do the surface thing and most likely they will do it more in the next few days in our Santa Rosalia fishing area, with tides getting bigger in the upcoming days ahead," Kanzler said. ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said very few anglers were in the village, but yellowtail averaging about 20 pounds were present in their usual winter grounds at Bajo Guadalupe and Los Machos. Bottom fishing and surface barracuda fishing was good inside the bay, and there was a nice run of halibut reported by shore anglers. The village gas station was nearing completion, and the road from Mex 1 was paved and in good condition, as L.A. Bay had relatively wind-free weather, with cooler water temperatures averaging 60 degrees. Vazquez also requested that the family who "rescued" his cat, Mitch, please return it: It is well fed, fixed, has his shots, and is a great cat and my companion. It does not need to get "rescued." CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
PLAYA SAN RAFAEL, MEXICO: Earlier, Denise Coppersmith of Laguna Hills and her husband Chris stayed at Bahia de los Angeles' Camp Gecko and drove south to fish from shore at remote Playa San Rafael for a great beach catch of 10 halibut to 27 inches long, mainly by casting Krocodiles. "Being a woman, and a chicken, I wanted to make sure that we had enough time to get there, fish and get back before dark," Coppersmith said. "Chris and I managed to reel in 10 great halibut within 30 minutes!...I am sure we could have caught more but at this point we knew we had little ice, a long ride back and lots of fish to clean." PLAYA SAN RAFAEL HALIBUT SHORE FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: In late December fishing, Bob Burnett reported on a beach casting trip to Alfonsina's at Gonzaga Bay, throwing mainly Krocodiles for unlimited pompano from shore, on the front sides of the incoming and outgoing tides, at the mouth of the back bay behind Alfonsina's. "I caught them on virtually every cast, to the point of fatigue from fighting so many of the razor-fined little critters on light tackle," Burnett said. "I also caught several pez gallo and a couple of flatties, along with some surf perch and a few unknowns." ALFONSINA'S, GONZAGA BAY SHORE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Arthur Pina of Tuscon fished on a friend's brand new boat out of Rocky Point over the New Year's weekend, and reported very slow fishing, but in good sea conditions, with not much to be seen except pelicans: "The fishing was bad...There was not a bait fish to be had. A couple of other boats went fishing at the 51 mile reef out of Rocky Point and came back with some nice snappers, but not many...We were able to try fishing at different reefs, but they were also empty." ROCKY POINT SLOW FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Sean Lawley of Sierra Vista, Ariz., his wife Kate, and sons Grant and Drew fished on New Year's Day on their boat Deal Maker, and laid claim to the first yellowtail of the year caught out of San Carlos. The fish hit a trolled live mullet about 7:20 a.m., Lawley said, and was caught just around the corner from the marina at Punta San Antonio: "We were only out about an hour-and-a-half and did not catch anything else. We were back to the dock by 9 a.m. The weather was clear and nice, and so was the water, maybe 1-foot swells. It was a nice day."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said rough seas and the winter holidays reduced the number of boats fishing last week, as 16 Aries Fleet charters had a catch including released fish of: nine sailfish, four striped marlin, seven dorado, three yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Inshore bottom fishing continued good for red snapper. Mazatlan weather was sometimes windy, in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 75 to 76 degrees, and the best fishing area was 25 to 28 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre reported at midweek: "These last two days, we had very rough waves, but anglers still caught fish."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said Puerto Vallarta water conditions were near-perfect, with "even bluer water and more bait" and warming water temperatures averaging 82 degrees. Yellowfin tuna of 60 to 300 pounds were feeding actively: "Late mornings and afternoons have offered spectacular fishing for yellowfin on live baits with a good mix of dorado, sailfish, wahoo, and marlin mixed in." Fish landed during the week included tuna of 130, 150, 185, and 284 pounds, plus a 450 to 500-pound class black marlin released. Temple said although the tuna were feeding strongly, they were still picky biters of hooked baits, and the proper presentation was all-important for success. PUERTO VALLARTA YELLOWFIN TUNA FISHING REPORT.