PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported a strong surface yellowtail bite all week long for his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda, as anglers caught from two yellowtail up to full limits every day except Thursday, plus steady limits of bottom fish, bonito, and calico bass
The bite got stronger toward the end of the week on fish up to about 20 pounds, Villarino said, as yellowtail limits were scored on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday by anglers including Gary Sainsbury of Fallbrook, Oliver Storm and Brian Vandenbroucke of Encinitas, local angler Pam Shier, Jay Johnson of Fontana, Len Selover of Garden Grove, Lee Baillie of Twenty-Nine Palms, Doug Knox of Vista, and Walter Korbler and friends of San Diego. All the yellowtail were caught on the surface with the locally made aluminum jigs, Villarino said. Ensenada weather was cloudy and mostly calm, in the mid-60s, with water temperatures steady at 59 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral fished at the Punta Banda Bank on Saturday and reported limits of vermillion rockfish and 15 Humboldt squid, in calm, flat seas. "The local shark fishermen have been harvesting these squid for several days instead of fishing for sharks," Ross said. "This drove down the price, and now they are fishing squid for little money."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet fished on the private boat Coast to Coast with four anglers at the Punta Banda Bank on Saturday and reported a super-hot run of 24 Humboldt squid averaging 25 pounds, all caught within an hour. "We saw them 5 feet deep," Susarrey said. Log barracuda and small to medium bonita were also caught at Isla Todos Santos. Earlier, Lily Fleet's Amigo fished at the Punta Banda Bank for another catch of 25 Humboldt squid, plus some bottom fish. Water temperatures in Bahia de Todos Santos were 60 to 61.8 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on a total of 32 anglers fishing on the Shir-Lee, El Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 43 bonito, 101 lingcod, 97 rockcod, 61 whitefish, and 96 sheephead.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 17 boats fished last week, for lots of squid, lingcod, red rockcod, barracuda, whitefish, and cabrilla, with Sunday especially good for larger fish. Several groups of 10 to 12 anglers came to Erendira, Castro said. Fishing conditions were very good over the weekend, following swells as large as 7 to 8 feet earlier in the week. The water temperature in the main fishing area, about 3 miles out, was 59 degrees. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Andrew Moss of Escondido, Jeff Reid, and Chris Vail fished two days with Pedro's Pangas, for bottom fish and barracuda limits at Socorro the first day, and quick limits of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish to 8 pounds, a 12-pound sheephead, barracuda, and calico bass the second day at Isla San Martin and the 15 spot. Moss said bait was easy to make in the bay, and green-silver Fish Traps worked best at Socorro. At Isla San Martin, the barracuda action was a fish-per-cast on surface jigs. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Ed Duitsman of Hinkley, Calif., fished two days on his boat Daycare out of the Old Mill Hotel, in rough conditions with "huge swells and breakers at Ben's Rock" for a catch of eight yellowtail and lots of bottom fish including lingcod, sheephead, whitefish, bonita, and red rockcod. Hinkley fished with his sons John and Brian, his brother Van Duitsman, Van's kids Tim and Ben, and friend Dave Turner, around Ben's Rock and Isla San Martin, in water temperatures of 58 to 59 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing recapped fishing during January and February, as boats caught limits of red rockcod, whitefish, lingcod, assorted bottom fish, yellowtail to about 20 pounds, barracuda, calico bass, halibut, a few white seabass and black sea bass to 136 pounds. Don Eddie's two-night, one day fishing special was $140 per person, for triple or quadruple occupancy, including a case of beer, bait, and continental breakfast, 011-52-616-165-6061. Tournament dates were: July 2-3, 2005, and September 3-4, 2005.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja, Gbtours@gobaja.net, said his two-day San Quintin trip scheduled March 25 is $370 per person: "The yellowtail bite has been steadily increasing with boats also successfully landing white seabass."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said his new 28-foot boat, the Offshore was out of the mold and being outfitted for service beginning in early May. The Offshore will be built as a forward pilothouse walk around with a 9-foot by 13-foot rear deck, Catian said: "This boat will be the first of its kind here in San Quintin...It will be a safer, more comfortable boat for the whole family. There's a flushing toilet and a place to lay down for the kids...This boat was made for rough seas and made to keep her crew safe, warm and dry." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Lance Wehrman of Portola, Calif., relayed a weekend report from Capt. Domingo at Laguna la Bocana near Punta Abreojos: "There are a few grouper around and a few yellowtail. The water temperature is cool and the winds have been strong."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said despite windy conditions some offshore reports were received for yellowfin tuna out at the shark buoys. In the mangrove channels, only a few boats fished, for some corvina and snook. At the San Carlos entrada, small yellowtail were present, and some larger fish, possibly grouper or white seabass, were reported broken off. Only about 20 migrating whales remained in the San Carlos area. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters at Puerto Lopez Mateos said there were only a few migrating gray whales left in the area. Outside, lots of wind blew on the Pacific last week. Inshore, Rick Haney of San Juan Capistrano and John Haney of Virginia found slow fishing on the Carolina skiff Lobo Viejo, except for "all the sandbass you want."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said marlin fishing slowed down last week, but Pisces boats still managed 12 of 13 marlin released, as compared to none at all during the same period last year. "This is what we expect during March," Ehrenberg said. Overall, 15 percent of Pisces boats scored on marlin, while 55 percent caught yellowfin tuna, and 18 percent landed dorado. Pisces boats fished in all directions, in water temperatures averaging 68 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 48 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, three dorado, one skipjack tuna, and 72 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined 10 outings, with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, one mako shark, one dorado, 28 yellowfin tuna, 37 sierra, and three yellowtail. Edwards said Cabo water temperatures were as low as 66 degrees near shore, rising to 71 degrees farther south and west. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on four outings by El Budster I, with a catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, two dorado, and three yellowfin tuna. "The fishing has been very slow the last four days," Dillon said. "This is due for the most part to the 2-3 degree drop in the water temperature. As the water gets warmer, the fishing will get better." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 135 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, 326 yellowfin tuna, 26 dorado, 15 yellowtail, nine wahoo, 240 sierra, 30 pargo, 42 roosterfish, one mako shark, 12 skipjack, and seven boats skunked. Garcia said the blue marlin was caught on March 6, 2005, aboard the Annika, and was weighed at 600 pounds. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said, "the striped marlin seem to have taken a vacation," as few fish were willing to bite last week. With cool water of about 71 to 72 degrees moving in close to shore, the best offshore action last week was on football yellowfin tuna, with some fish going to about 80 pounds, caught in all directions under porpoise. Dorado were scarce. Inshore, the sierra bite continued on the Pacific side up to El Migrino, but in occasionally rough water. Landrum also noted that local authorities have been checking all departing boats for licenses and permits, and the local Conspesca office was moved to a new location across the street from the Hotel Mar de Cortez. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING, A LICENSE ENFORCEMENT REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 28 late week boats, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, 24 dorado, and 108 yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers said, "The striped marlin fishing has really slowed down. Some boats are feeling lucky just to bring in one fish, but that's normal in March. Expect the marlin fishing to get better sometime in April." Earlier catches during the recent hot marlin bite included Franee Lucassen of Holland with four releases in a day on fly tackle, and Hal Alterwein of New York with a five-marlin release day on 20-pound spinning gear.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Bill Lynd of Green Valley, Ariz., and his wife Patty fished inshore with Capt. Ramon on his panga Cheers, 011-52-624-108-8280, and caught daily limits of sierra just off the hotels on the Pacific side of the arch. Lynd, fishing with a fly rod, said, "We had several double hookups and Patty caught a 15-pound amberjack...Had a great time." CABO SAN LUCAS INSHORE FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 58 combined La Playita panga fleet boats, with a catch of about: 120 African pompano, 520 sierra, 115 dorado, 15 roosterfish, eight yellowfin tuna, one striped marlin, eight yellowtail, 240 pargo, and 65 amberjack. Offshore fishing was generally slow on all species, but inshore fishing improved around San Luis on a variety of fish lead by a good bite on African pompano: "African pompano are showing up, ranging in sizes from 5 to 15 pounds, great fighters on light tackle and even better table fare, very firm white fillets." San Jose del Cabo weather was excellent, with water temperatures at 68 to 71 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said fishing conditions were very good last week, as cruisers and pangas fished at Iman, San Luis, Vinorama, and the Gordo Banks for lots of sierra, plus pargo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, and one 80-pound class roosterfish caught by Joe Meolano of Carson City, Nev., at the Inner Gordo Bank. Mackerel bait was plentiful last week, but sardina were scarce. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Ed Raphael of San Clemente reported on two days of panga fishing out of San Jose del Cabo, for mostly smaller fish, but including 23 sierra one day, and a large amberjack on a deep diving Yozuri lure. "We ran across millions of small red crabs," Raphael said. "We scooped some up for bait and we were able to catch some small pargo...Big fish were scarce on inshore fishing." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, reported generally mediocre fishing around East Cape, with some scattered spots holding dorado and marlin, and a few yellowfin tuna showing up about 15 to 20 miles straight out from Los Barriles. "We are still seeing dorado on the boat line here at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort," Leeper said, also noting that angler Glen Milner caught a 20 pounder from his float tube and "is threatening to revolutionize inshore fishing." East Cape water temperatures were warming at 69 to 71 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 13 boats, with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, eight dorado, two roosterfish, eight snapper, one amberjack, two skipjack, and six sierra. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported good weather in the mid-70s with some afternoon wind and water temperatures of 69 to 71 degrees. "Green water inside has pushed the bite a bit further offshore," Ireland said, as striped marlin were reluctant to bite and located 5 to 10 miles off the Punta Arena lighthouse, along with dorado of 10 to 20 pounds. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly said north winds at the end of the week slowed the fishing, although he did catch three small roosterfish at the Punta Arena lighthouse. East Cape boats were fishing south, and Selzer said there was a brief flurry of striped marlin just before the wind started: "We saw six boats hooked up with marlin at one time. One boat had two on. They were only about three miles out from La Ribera." Fly anglers caught a few early morning sierra at La Ribera. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported outstanding East Cape weather and "unbelievable" diving conditions at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef. "The water is post card quality blue," Rayor said. Bottom temperatures on the reef were at 71 degrees, with mild currents, and sea life sightings featuring bigeye jacks chased by sea lions, and humpback whales with calves.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas side weather was good during the week, except for a freakish snap of wind that lasted an hour on Saturday morning: "This was not a problem for the fishermen at Los Piles behind the island, and so we began catching bait which is now found in this area." Fishing was improving at the island and around Ensenada de los Muertos, and the catch included dorado, yellowtail, and more pargos and cabrilla. Whales, and wahoo feeding on bait, were also seen at the Isla Cerralvo. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz side anglers got caught in some wind, but still scored on pargo, roosterfish, sierra, one wahoo lost, and more stubborn dorado at the south end of Isla Espiritu Santo. "I cannot believe some of the species we're getting right now," Roldan said. Roldan also noted a rumor that the Pichilingue Pemex station near the new Costa Baja luxury marina development may not be relocated, as originally announced. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said La Paz water temperatures were 68 to 71 degrees, with highly variable visibility, and sea life sightings at El Bajo included hammerhead shark, yellowtail, and amberjack. At Isla Espiritu Santo, pargo larger than 40 pounds were seen. Tomba noted that the local conservation organization Seawatch lead a successful release of a young humpback whale from a net four miles outside the bay, and also that a memorial service was held at the Salvatierra wreck for well known La Paz diving figure John Riffe. LA PAZ FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said pangas averaged about eight fish per boat at the San Nicolas Camp, 35 miles north of town, with the catch including yellowtail of 18 to 30 pounds, pargo, and cabrilla. Closer to town, boats averaged about three yellowtail each around Isla Carmen and between Isla Carmen and Isla Coronado, but, "The best yellowtail fishing in the Loreto area is at Punta Pulpito," Susarrey said. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto interviewed local captain Jesus "El Cuate" Murillo Osuna of Arturo's Sportfishing, who described his life as a fisherman in Loreto and reported good yellowtail action at Punta Pulpito last week: "We caught 13 jurel, or yellowtail, yesterday at Pulpito on the surface with live bait and with irons between 200 and 250 feet." Sportfishing captain Murillo said he's been fishing since the age of eight, and first used a fishing rod when he was 16. LORETO FISHING REPORT AND INTERVIEW.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported tough local fishing conditions due to persistent winds, with boats averaging one or two yellowtail per day. Capt. Eulogio Davis Sanchez took clients north to San Bruno and caught six yellowtail out of eight hookups. A 60-pound baqueta was reported at Punta Perico. Bolles noted sargassum weed appearing around Isla Coronado and south of town, signs of a possible early dorado season. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said Mulege weather was excellent last week at 75 to 80 degrees, with calm seas and water temperatures of 66 to 69 degrees. Capt. Alex fished three times for yellowtail of 26 to 30 pounds and cabrilla of 10 to 15 pounds. Rista said he fished 145 feet deep on Saturday and caught just one small yellowtail and a barracuda: "The nicest item in Baja at this time is that everything is in bloom. The desert is alive and it's awesome." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove said, "March is typically one of the weaker fishing months for yellowtail around Santa Rosalia and this month is no exception." Boats averaged about one or two yellowtail per day, and inshore fishing produced catches of corvina, sierra, a few red snapper, and spotted bay bass. Water temperatures averaged 68 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Jim Heath of Roseville trailered his new 18-foot boat to Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles and ran north to Guadalupe reef four times, missing the early bite three times but getting there by 6:45 a.m. on his last day and scoring on seven yellowtail in a surface bite that lasted two hours. Heath also noted the very heavy vegetation in the area and during the ride down: "...A massive field of flowers. We were dumbstruck at the display." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Sr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours said this year's schedule will include some extended group ecotouring voyages by the panga mothership Jose Andres around the La Paz area and also around the islands of the Sea of Cortez.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the seagoing raft being constructed by "Poppa Neutrino" David Pearlman is nearing completion for a cruise down the Sea of Cortez scheduled to begin March 23, 2005. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix reported on a wind-shortened day out of Rocky Point on his boat El Gato Blanco, fishing at Bird Island for goldspotted bass and a few sculpin and barracuda, before returning to Rocky Point in 20 m.p.h. winds and seas of 6 to 8 feet: "It took me an hour and a half to go 28 miles." Auditore said another boat fishing earlier in the morning scored on five pinto bass to 25 pounds and a grouper of 75 pounds. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Don Dufek of Flagstaff fished out of Rocky Point with his son Jonathan and daughter Margo, finding less than ideal weather conditions, but still catching leopard grouper, gulf grouper, red snapper, barred pargo, and a couple of larger fish broken off: "My daughter Margo, had a ball..Never before has she experienced fatigue from fighting fish." ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Arthur Pina of Tucson fished 45 miles straight south of Rocky Point with Capt. Jon Kay of Tiburon's Charters on the Sea Senor and reported a catch including a 65-pound gulf grouper, white seabass of 16 and 30 pounds, and "all the fish that we could handle" in about two hours of fishing. Sea conditions were good, and the water temperature was 63 degrees in the fishing area, Pina said. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said billfish action was still sluggish at about one fish per three outings, but inshore fishing was hot on red snappers, palometa, corvina, pargo, triggerfish, mojarras, grunts, and chili verdes. Edwards reported on 61 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 24 striped marlin, one sailfish, 20 yellowfin tuna, and 16 dorado. Mazatlan weather was sunny, with water temperatures of 68 to 69 degrees inshore and up to 71 degrees offshore, and the fleet was fishing about 20 to 33 miles out. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said Puerto Vallarta had some north wind and large swells last week, but boats including the Yolaray and El Amo still got got out and scored on yellowfin tuna of 40 to 110 pounds, plus inshore jack crevalle. "Those that locate the fish are putting some nice catches on board," Hjort said. "I expect Puerto Vallarta's fishing to return to a more normal pace here quickly, as we have the nice water and lots of bait." Sailfish, dorado, and inshore roosterfish were scattered. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said the seasonal cool March current has scattered the fish: "It's that time of the year again. The cooler, green current has moved into the area and the fish took off south and west. It came a bit early, hopefully it will leave early. The good part of it is that a few more marlin and tuna may start showing. Capt. Santiago reported the water as 'cold and dark, with few fish'"
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said last week's dramatic drop in water temperatures, about 5 degrees, to about 75 degrees inshore and 78 degrees offshore, was actually not as much as in some previous years. Despite a sharp drop in offshore action, catches included a 280-pound blue marlin by Capt. Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos I, who also reported an estimated 200-pound class yellowfin tuna lost after a 45-minute fight. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said the cool March current scattered all species except for larger jack crevalle that were caught in good numbers to 25 pounds. Offshore catches included a 250-pound black marlin by Capt. Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II, and a smaller blue marlin by Capt. Pepino on the Whiskey II. Capt. Martin on the panga Isamar reported inshore fishing for about 10 jacks of 10 to 20 pounds per day. Inshore catches also included a chula, or kawakawa caught by Baja On The Fly client Matt Herman. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the high-80s.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Kil Song of New Jersey reported finding an "old timer" in the New York area who had six original S&G VK3 metal jigs of the exact type described earlier as the "Mystery Tuna Jig" used by Capt. Luis Maciel of Zihuatanejo. The authenticity of Song's discovery was confirmed by personal inspection of one of the jigs by Gene Kira. "The guy who sold the jigs to me said he got them about 20 years ago at the factory of the original maker before he died and his wife took over," Song said.