CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: CABO SAN LUCAS - A big winter storm brought plenty of rain all up and down both coasts of Baja last week, but fishing at Cabo San Lucas produced some very good striped marlin catches despite the weather.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 80 percent of Pisces boats landed billfish, including an outstanding eight-release day for Valerie, and quadruples for Rebecca and Andrea, although only 8 percent of Pisces boats caught dorado, and 7 percent landed yellowfin tuna. Pisces Fleet found its best action around Faro Viejo and at the 95 spot, in water temperatures averaging 70 degrees. Inshore fishing produced "lots of sierra, as many as you wanted to catch." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 45 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 50 striped marlin, seven dorado, and 50 yellowfin tuna. The Juanita VIII and Fish Cabo reported on five total outings, for a combined catch including released fish of: five striped marlin five dorado, and two yellowfin tuna. Cabo San Lucas weather was in the low-80s and cloudy with rain predicted, with water temperatures of 68 to 70 degrees on the Pacific side, and 73 to 74 degrees on the Cortez. Gaviota Fleet boats fished in all directions, but close to shore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 62 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 54 striped marlin, eight dorado, six yellowfin tuna, six roosterfish, six red snapper, 40 sierra, and three boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo sea conditions were beautiful all week, except for a rainstorm on Friday and early Saturday that dropped two inches of rain. Water temperatures over the weekend were about 67 to 70 degrees on the Pacific side, and 71-72 degrees on the Cortez. Striped marlin fishing was concentrated about 14 miles south of the arch, yellowfin tuna were slow, and dorado fishing in 60 to 150 feet of water was productive for inshore boats. The winter sierra bite was hot on fish of 3 to 6 pounds, all along the Pacific side up to El Migrino. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 49 striped marlin, 44 dorado, 76 yellowfin tuna, and 23 sierra. The top Solmar boat for the week was the El Torito with Capt. Antonio Romero and a five-outing catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, 17 yellowfin tuna, and 13 dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said, "We got rained out, very cold and wet." Only two Vonny's Fleet pangas launched at Campo Villarino last week due to bad weather and sea conditions on most mornings, but David Valentich of San Diego did get out to the tip of Punta Banda for a few bottom fish, and Jeff Grande and a friend got wet but caught some bottom fish and a few small bonita. "That's it for the week," Villarino said. Ensenada weather was wet in the high-50s, with water temperatures at Punta Banda averaging 57 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Amigo scored on big Humboldt squid at north Todos Santos island, 2.5 miles out of Marina Coral on a heading of 290 degrees, and also fished at Maximino reef north of Santo Tomas for a good catch of red rockcod in the rain. The water in the bay was cloudy at 55.6 degrees, but clear at 58 degrees at Maximino reef.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross of the Bad Dog at Marina Coral said he fished at the 238 bank and watched a friend reel up five albacore, but "I arrived at sunrise and trolled all morning for no bites in 60-degree, cobalt blue water." Ross said he saw rockfish at the Punta Banda bank, but got no bites there either: "The local rockcod fisherman say the rockcod are full from eating squid. We went home at the end of Saturday with no fish from all day fishing and all day no catching."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said eight boats fished during the week, for continued heavy counts of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, some bonita and barracuda, and more big Humboldt squid. Erendira weather was good from Monday to Thursday, but with rain and 15 m.p.h. wind on Friday and Saturday, plus ocean swells to 5 feet. Conditions were basically perfect again at sunrise Sunday morning, with clear blue water at 59 degrees in the fishing area 7 miles from the coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he tried fishing at a little-used commercial spot and scored on large red rockcod and lingcod of 12 to 15 pounds, plus a cowcod for John Magenheim and his fishing partner Tony, in clean water at 59 to 60 degrees. Earlier, Catian fished with Denis Quesnel of Action Lures and used his jointed jigs for very good results on yellowtail at the 15 spot: "We found the yellows down near the bottom on the south side of the reef, the same place they've been for almost a month." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures said of the trip, "We caught 17 yellows to 17 pounds on blue-white and scrambled egg jigs, and also did great on lings to 15 pounds. The reds to 8 pounds were everywhere. On the way in, we caught giant bull calico bass on my mini-jig squid colors."
BAJA CENTRAL PACIFIC, MEXICO: Matt Quilter of Costa Mesa and his group explored the 30 miles of remote Pacific coastline south of El Rosario where Quilter said they found good camping and friendly fishermen, but few opportunities for shore fishing: "I was not able to find a single point with deep enough water to throw plastic, and the beaches were cobble and rock, and choked with seaweed and grass." At Campo Nuevo, Quilter traded beer for fish with commercials who had a catch of sheephead, whitefish, sargo, and "one lonely calico bass." Quilter asked that anyone with ideas for good shore fishing spots in the area email him, email@example.com. PUNTA BAJA AREA SHORE FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the Devil's Curve mangrove channels produced two snook of 16 and 12 pounds last week, and the San Carlos entrada yielded small yellowtail, barracuda, and a few leopard grouper. The California gray whale population was heavy in the area, and the annual whale festival was in full swing at Puerto Lopez Mateos to the north. Magdalena Bay weather was in the high-60s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 78 combined fleet La Playita sportfishing pangas, with a catch of: 195 dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna, 25 bonito, 180 pargo, one golden grouper, 25 amberjack, 10 yellowtail, two gulf grouper, 18 cabrilla, six striped marlin, four mako shark, 50 triggerfish, and four rainbow runner. Brictson said dorado fishing was better close to shore, and pangas fishing around Punta Gorda averaged about three to five dorado per day in the 15 to 20-pound class. Sardina bait was scarce, but mackerel were available, as local water temperatures ranged from 70 to 72 degrees. As more boats began fishing the bottom for the winter, catches included pargo, amberjack, yellowtail, gulf grouper, cabrilla, golden grouper, bonito, and triggerfish. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said San Jose del Cabo weather ranged from gorgeous to rainy last week, and the fishing was for striped marlin and dorado caught up to about 5 miles off Punta Palmilla and in front of the Westin Hotel. Some sailfish were also reported by other boats. The combined catch including released fish for three fishing days reported was: two striped marlin, and six dorado to 20 pounds. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather with east winds, clouds, some scattered showers, and water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. Marlin fishing was decent, but dorado and beach fishing were slow. One Buena Vista boat on Tuesday caught one marlin, two dorado, and two tuna, and one tin boat caught a dorado and hooked a marlin close to shore. Sierra were scarce, and ladyfish were seen off the beach. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported launching his panga Soplado through tough surf and showery conditions a couple of times during the week, for four bonito and one small dorado one day, and one dorado plus a dorado lost and a marlin missed on another day. Fritz said the Two Awesome scored on five marlin releases before noon one day, and East Cape weather was beautiful again by Saturday. Fritz said he measured the water temperature during the storm on Thursday at 72 degrees. Of his panga launching technique, Fritz said, "We have only swamped the boat once in many launchings, and that was probably due to poor timing, and big surf." LA RIBERA BEACH LAUNCH AND FISHING REPORT.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said, "Dorado are concentrated off the buoys at Punta Pescadero, limits for all anglers, with fish to 20 pounds aggressively taking live bait and hoochies." Ireland reported striped marlin at Punta Pescadero, yellowfin tuna off La Ribera, and sierra and jacks biting well inside. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said few divers were in the area, but he did get a trip off on Friday: "The biggest highlight was watching whales breaching."
RANCHO BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: George Carter announced his annual fishing tournament at Rancho Buena Vista, July 10-16, 2005, with room still available for six people, 310-541-8388.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Al Goss of Galt, Calif., had a recap of last fall's Huie Invitational Tuna Tournament hosted at Hotel Palmas de Cortez, which raised $5,000 to benefit the local community. Ten boats and 30 anglers participated in the event, Goss said, and this year's event is scheduled Oct. 8-12, 2005. HUIE BENEFIT TOURNAMENT REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of the Cortez Club said rains kept some boats ashore last week, but some anglers did get out and they caught pargos, cabrilla, yellowtail, and sierra. Also caught at El Bajo was a grouper of nearly 100 pounds, by Mino Shiba, former owner of Mosquito Fleet, and Western Outdoor News staffer, Kit McNear. They also caught yellowtail on the north side of Isla Espiritu Santo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz was pounded by two days of nonstop rain, but sunny again by the weekend. Boats on the La Paz side scored on yellowtail at El Bajito northwest of Isla Espiritu Santo. La Paz side water temperatures were down to 62 to 64 degrees, but some warmer water close to 70 degrees was located at the south end of Isla Cerralvo, where a few yellowfin tuna were caught. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said there was good fishing for big numbers of pargos at Punta Perico before the rain hit on Friday, and some sierra and dorado were also caught. The weather was sunny again by the weekend, but no boats had fished for the last few days. Las Arenas side water temperatures were in the 70s, and very few tourists were in the area. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
SAN NICOLAS, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said the week was cloudy and rainy, but Pete Gray's group was at the San Nicolas remote camp 35 miles north of Loreto, where good fishing was found around Isla Ildefonso for yellowtail and large cabrilla that hit jigs on the surface. "The best catches were made by the ones with experience in casting jigs," Susarrey said. "Some boats caught 20 yellowtail and cabrilla in one morning." Mackerel bait was available on the Punta Pulpito reef near the San Nicolas Camp, and near town at Isla Coronado.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported Loreto weather seasonally cool, in the mid-70s during the daytime, with lows into the high-30s. Yellowtail fishing was centered around Punta Pulpito, 35 miles north of town, and locally at La Cholla, on Isla Carmen. Loreto water temperatures were 62 to 72 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported that her father Cliff, cousin Bob Sluser, and his wife Debbie fished on the back side of Isla Carmen with Capt. Gregorio and came back with a cabrilla and a yellowtail, both weighing about 20 pounds. "Unfortunately the weather got the best of them and they had to come in early," Wilchynski said, "but there was fresh fish for dinner!"
LORETO, MEXICO: On Friday, Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported, "Rain all day...lots of water on the roads, and blustery." Earlier, Petersen and members of the carnaderos baitseller's cooperativa visited the San Nicolas remote fishing camp operated by Arturo's Sportfishing 35 miles north of town: "I fished and camped this week south of Pulpito for jurel. The high point of the journey was visiting Arturo Susarrey´s remote camp where visitors fish from this warm comfortable M.A.S.H.-type setting. It´s a hell of a bang for the buck." Petersen said the carnaderos were fishing nightly for mackerel and platino, "Not plentiful, but covering the needs of the sportfishing fleet. Sardina have been scarce."
LORETO, MEXICO: Troy Cline said this year's Fishin' For The Mission benefit tournament will be held July 14-16, 2005. About 70 boats are expected for this year's tournament, Cline said, Troy-Cline@excite.com, 949-496-1554.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported good winter fishing for yellowtail and cabrilla between spells of wind that gave some anglers a good soaking: "Virtually every fishing hole in the Mulege area is yielding a lot of fish if you can get out. Yellowtail are plentiful and they are being caught on live bait, yo-yo, and trolling. Cabrilla and leopard grouper are also plentiful and are best caught trolling MirrOlures, or equivalent, or by casting a Krocodile into one of the many boils where the fish are feeding." Top catches for the week included Gene Lee's 30-pound cabrilla caught far south at Punta Santa Theresa. "They took a beating returning to port and all Gene wanted to do was to fillet the fish and hit a warm shower, so no pictures were taken," Barber said. Mulege water temperatures averaged about 63 degrees, and yellowtail were biting at Islas Santa Inez and Punta Chivato. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said about an inch of rain fell during a 42-hour period last week, "Lots of mud." Rista went fishing Saturday, going out about 20 miles toward Isla Tortuga in choppy conditions and a water temperature of 62 degrees, and he missed on yellowtail but did score on pargos of 4 to 6 pounds.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Doug and Peggy Magee of Bahia Willard drove south for a few days at the Hotel Serenidad and reported the hotel busy with lots of guests, the food excellent, and the hotel's Johnson family thinking positively and moving forward as their land title dispute with the local ejido progresses.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported a spell of slow fishing in the Santa Rosalia area, with fishable weather most of the week, but highlighted mainly by a squid fishing run in the middle of the channel. "Next week should be better," Kanzler said. "I kind of needed a break anyway." One very unusual catch reported by Kanzler was a good-sized white seabass, caught by Brent Taylor of Middleton, Idaho, while fishing with Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove. Santa Rosalia water temperatures averaged 64 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA SQUID AND WHITE SEABASS FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Kanzler also sent a photo essay, showing what it's like to go fishing for yellowtail with him on a typical morning, here on Feb. 3, 2005. ISLA SAN MARCOS YELLOWTAIL FISHING PHOTO ESSAY.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Cala San Francisquito, fly-in angler J.L. Terry said the runway was in poor condition following rains on Thursday and Friday, but the weather was sunny and the sea glassy flat on Sunday. "Caught a bunch of bottom fish this morning," Terry said. "I trolled for yellowtail too, but did not find them. Today is like glass." The central Baja desert was as green as New Zealand, Terry said, and he was planning to be at the caleta for two to four more weeks.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was clearing after several days of rain that kept people indoors, and the local water temperature was 63 degrees. San Felipe celebrated with 80th anniversary of the founding of the puerto, and Meders said she met "Papa Neutrino," David Pearlman, who was building a raft to sail down the Sea of Cortez and possibly beyond. SAN FELIPE TOWN AND "PAPA NEUTRINO" RAFT VOYAGE REPORT.
BAHIA WILLAD, MEXICO: At Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard, Peggy Magee reported rain during the week, and the Laguna Chapala road from Mex 1 wet but passable, "No problems getting through."
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix fished on a reef about 50 miles south of Rocky Point on his boat El Gato Blanco, and scored on two white seabass to over 30 pounds, and three goldspotted bass. Auditore fished on the high tide with mackerel and sardina baits, and said another boat on the reef caught more white seabass, goldspotted bass, and a black sea bass of about 60 pounds. Rocky Point seas were flat enough to run at 35 m.p.h., and the water temperature was about 60 degrees. ROCKY POINT OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, said the weather was poor all week at his launch spot at Las Glorias, south of Topolobampo, and his boat Mamanina did not go out.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said offshore boats were still averaging about one billfish per day and inshore fishing was very good for mixed species including pargos, pompanos, triggerfish, and mojarra. Aries Fleet reported an offshore catch including released fish of: five sailfish, 29 striped marlin, 19 dorado, 19 yellowfin tuna, and six mako shark. Mazatlan weather was mostly cloudy with showers, in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 73 to 75 degrees, and the best fishing was 24 to 29 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said Mazatlan fishing was just so-so last week, as 12 offshore boats reported a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, one sailfish, two dorado to 37 pounds, and one shortfin mako shark of 64 pounds. The mako shark was caught on the Paty C., with Picho and Alex as crew, by the Don Ackerman family who came to Mazatlan on the Holland America cruise ship Oosterdam. The best fishing area was about 26 miles out on headings of 180 to 220 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet reported 80 percent of offshore boats scoring on striped marlin, blue marlin, or sailfish, and good light tackle action on inshore snappers, triggerfish, and mixed species. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said unpredictable winds kept him off the big tuna banks some days last week, but he did get out there for some super wide-open action on tuna in the 100 to 150-pound range. Describing one day's fishing, Temple said, "...we lost count at twenty and the grade on the fish jumped to 100 to 150. We had the place all to ourselves and literally anything you threw out there got hammered....dead bait, plastics, you name it. We had triples and quads going all day long." But on other days, the Prime Time was forced to fish near shore, and Temple said, "Still a lot of fun but it's a little frustrating when you know what's out there beyond the horizon." Temple said the Prime Time crew also had some fun making caballito baits, and finished a "tournament" in a near dead heat with counts of 49 and 50 fish for mate Trev and himself. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING AND CABALLITO "TOURNAMENT" REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Andrew Pickerel of Torrance fished one day at El Banco on the charter boat Yolaray and caught three yellowfin tuna to 80 pounds and a 20-pound dorado while they fished around two commercial seiners working the bank. Two more fishing days scheduled were canceled due to wind, Pickerel said, and seiners were also spotted working at Roca Corbetena. Of the heavy commercial fishing in the area, Pickerel said, "If they aren't careful their cash cow of tourism could get affected." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING AND COMMERCIAL SEINER REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said sailfish action was very good last week as boats averaged up to about five releases per day. Capt. Cheva of the Dos Hermanos II had back-to-back days of 8 and 10 releases, and Capt. Santiago and his brother Capt. Adan on the Gitana and Gitana II averaged five releases each per day for seven days. Blue marlin were also showing up offshore, and Kunze said he's received another 250 billfish tags from NOAA in La Jolla for distribution to local captains. Roosterfish action returned as multiple fish catches of fish in the 30 to 40-pound class were caught on long runs north and south of town. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING AND TAGGING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament noted that Capt. Santiago of the Gitana placed third in world billfish tagging last year, and Phillips estimated that Santiago and his brother Adan would need over 400 tags this year. Phillips said, "It is important that the sport fishermen help if they want the research done. Order the tags, use them properly, and let's get the data we need!"
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said sailfish continued to produce good numbers as anglers averaged about two to three releases per day, and inshore fishing was also good. Capt. Adolofo of the Dos Hermanos I reported on six offshore and inshore outings, with a catch including released fish of: 30 sailfish, three dorado, 18 Spanish mackerel, 14 bonito, 33 yellowtail jack, one roosterfish, and one shark. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as clear in the high-80s, with sea surface water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported good sea conditions at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo except for one day with strong winds, and average water temperatures at 80 degrees inshore and 82 degrees offshore.
HUATULCO, MEXICO: Erich Licht reported on two weeks of fishing around Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca, and said, "Offshore fishing was off due to a green current but would you believe 15-pound sierra mackerel along the shore?" Licht said his other trips to the area have produced good offshore action for sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. Prices for pangas were comparable to East Cape, but with less sportfishing development, and decent hotel rooms were available for 200 pesos per night. HUATULCO SPORTFISHING REPORT.