CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Striped marlin action was generally slow at the tip of Baja last week as boats concentrated on school-sized yellowfin tuna, but Cabo Magic Sportfishing reported its second big blue marlin caught in as many weeks, this one a 580 pounder landed March 19, 2005, aboard the Cabo Magic by anglers Louis and Janet Yoson, and Joe and Chris Garato of New Jersey.
"The blue jumped on a trolled custom lure made locally by High-5 Lures," Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic said. CABO SAN LUCAS DAILY FISHING REPORTS.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported sluggish marlin action, but a big catch of 539 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 39 pounds, plus some in the 80 to 100-pound range. Overall, 84 percent of Pisces boats caught tuna, while only six percent landed marlin. Dorado fishing was also slow at 15 percent, as Pisces boats fished mostly up the Pacific side in water temperatures averaging 68 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 40 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, three dorado, one wahoo, and 148 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined 10 outings, with a catch including released fish of: 85 yellowfin tuna. Most tuna caught were 35 to 65 pounds, Edwards said, and many Humboldt squid of 20 to 25 pounds were also reported. Inshore water temperatures were a cool 67 to 68 degrees, up to about 71 degrees offshore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 59 yellowfin tuna, 16 striped marlin, 27 dorado, 23 yellowtail and five roosterfish. The top Solmar boat for the week was the Solmar IV with Capt. Mario Arballo and a six-outing catch including released fish of: 32 yellowfin tuna, 11 striped marlin, 10 dorado, three roosterfish and one wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Flyhooker Sportfishing said marlin action continued slow, and the bulk of the catch was yellowfin tuna of 10 to 15 pounds, with a few larger. Dorado were caught on kelp paddies drifting down the Baja California coast, and inshore fishing was scattered on sierra and yellowtail, but improved on bottom fish including pargo, grouper, and amberjack. The gray whale migration was slowing, with fewer seen each day. Cabo water temperatures were at 66 to 67 degrees near shore, and up to 72 degrees 15 miles out. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on three midweek outings by El Budster, with a catch of: seven Humboldt squid reported at 70 to 80 pounds about 14 miles off the lighthouse, six dorado, and four yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 13 midweek boats, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, 95 yellowfin tuna, 16 dorado, and one wahoo.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said Ensenada weather had rain and clouds during the week, but some pangas did get out to Punta Banda for steady yellowtail counts from two fish up to full limits, plus limits of bonita, calico bass, and barracuda. Anglers fishing late in the week included Joel Spydell, "Dirty" Dave Palmiatto, Paul Sharmin, Roy Justice, Dan Willibey, Jeff Johnson, Kim Giberson and Mark Blucker. Ensenada weather was partly cloudy in the 60s, with water temperatures at 59 degrees.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Mark Blucker of Costa Mesa and La Jolla Camp, and Kim Giberson of Irvine, fished Friday at Punta Banda on a Vonny's Fleet panga, and did well with five yellowtail to 20 pounds, plus large bonita, red snapper, and lingcod. Blucker said he learned a lot about fishing at Punta Banda, even though he's launched his own boat out of La Jolla Camp for years. ENSENADA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said his boat is still out of the water receiving new paint and interior work for about two more weeks.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said no boats fished last week as he was out of town on business.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportmen's Pub in Paso Robles said he has six charter fishing bus trips scheduled from May to October, three to San Quintin, two to Bahia de los Angeles, and one to Ensenada: SportsmenPub@Charter.net.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 21 boats fished last week, and they were able to fish every day, despite some rain and wind. Castro's Camp boats continued to catch lingcod, red rockcod, sheephead, whitefish, and more giant Humboldt squid, in water temperatures averaging 58 degrees in the fishing area 4 miles from the coast. Castro said some trips were canceled last week, due to a weather forecast for rain, but everybody who came to Erendira was able to go fishing. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 12 boats fished last week, despite wind and rain on Saturday that turned boats around at the point. Dave Sherman, Glen Emmerson, and Karl Woehstien fished on the Paloma with Capt. Pato and caught 10 yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds, plus giant squid and large lingcod, at the 15 fathom spot. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said four boats fished during the week, in choppy but fishable conditions, for limits of red rockcod, lingcod and squid, while fishing 180 to 240 feet deep, mostly at the 180 and 240 spots. San Quintin weather had some wind and rain, but was flat again on Sunday and boats were going out again. Water temperatures were 57 to 60 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Ray Madrid of Long Beach and his group fished two days on Bill Alexander's boat Hard Eight with local Capt. Gato, and they found sunny skies and good sea conditions, but a fairly slow bite. "We had to work for our limits," Madrid said, as they fished in 57 to 58-degree water at the 15 and 240 spots, Ben's Rock, and Isla San Martin for slow limits of bottom fish, one 20-pound yellowtail, and one 15-pound Humboldt squid. Madrid's group stayed at Don Eddie's Landing. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Keith Williams of Redondo Beach and 17 members of the King Harbor Yacht Club of Redondo Beach fished two days on several boats out of Pedro's Pangas and Don Eddie's Landing, finding superabundant Humboldt squid throughout the area that made it difficult to get to the fish. Williams said boats fished from Isla San Martin in the north, all the way south to El Rosario, but could not get away from the squid. "It didn't matter where you fished, the giant squid were still there making the fishing real tough," Williams said. "It wasn't uncommon to have two or three of these giants on your rockcod rig after they chewed up your fish...We all ended up with some nice fish and lots of calamari." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Jim Marsh of Rancho Penasquitos and Rudy Camacho fished with Capt. Hector out of Pedro's Pangas, fishing in green, murky water at El Socorro for 14 cabrilla, but none of their targeted white seabass. Marsh said they fished about a mile-and-a-half off shore, moving in and out of the kelp in 70 to 80 feet of water. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said anglers at the entrada reported one halibut, one grouper, yellowtail and lots of barracuda. The esteros were slow for mainly corvina. Plentiful squid were throughout the area, and lots of whales were still present in the bay. Magdalena Bay weather was calm and partly cloudy in the low-70s, 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 58 combined La Playita panga fleet charters, with a catch of about: eight yellowtail, 24 pompano, 32 cabrilla, 92 pargo, 40 amberjack, 10 roosterfish, 220 sierra, 26 dorado and six yellowfin tuna. With offshore fishing slow, most pangas were sticking close to shore, and their best catch was sierra of 2 to 7 pounds, caught off Punta Palmilla. Water conditions were off-color and cool at 66 to 69 degrees near shore. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo fished in a super panga with Capt. Miguel Banaga of Mijares Fleet at La Playita, and reported unlimited Humboldt squid averaging 30 pounds, about 16 miles off Cabeza de Ballena: "We could have caught 100 of them but quit keeping them after five...A hundred of them would have weighed around 3,000 pounds and we would have become a submarine!" Fishing on reefs off San Jose del Cabo, Roos reported just a few small pargo and cabrilla, in cold, green water. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SQUID FISHING REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 24 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, 10 dorado, eight roosterfish, 24 snapper, two jack crevalle, one amberjack, one yellowtail, four cabrilla, two skipjack, and four sierra. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Zulema Verdugo said the hotel had three boats in the water, and during the week the catch included seven striped marlin, dorado of 37 to 45 pounds, and 10 yellowfin tuna on Friday.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 52 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa de Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, 19 dorado, two yellowfin tuna, 14 roosterfish, and 10 sierra. Fishing was generally slower and scattered on all species. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said few boats fished last week, as the hotel filled with families for spring break. Striped marlin were north off Punta Pescadero, yellowfin tuna were under porpoise at Isla Cerralvo, and roosterfish were south. Dorado were "conspicuous by their absence." East Cape weather was mostly clear in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly reported "definitely slow" fishing conditions both offshore and inshore, with lots of boats coming back with nothing. Shore fishing produced a few ladyfish, but Selzer said, "I haven't caught a roosterfish or jack in days." East Cape weather was windy in the low-70s at the end of the week, with water temperatures of 64 to 71 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Rob Hixson of La Jolla reported slow fishing Saturday out of Rancho Buena Vista, as most boats were skunked in green water. Earlier, some boats scored on marlin and the year's first yellowfin tuna, up to five per boat.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said a cold current dropped water temperatures on the Cabo Pulmo corral reef to 68 degrees, and also turned the water green with limited visibility.
LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said on Friday he got skunked in 10 miles of inshore fishing due to a cold current that knocked local water temperatures from 76 degrees down to 69 degrees in two days, and also brought "bizillions" of pelagic red crabs to the area that were filling up the fish. Bergin noted two dead dolphin on the beaches, "Maybe because of nighttime gill netting." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said two large roosterfish were reported at the pyramids and at El Cardonal. Leeper ran south to Los Frailes early in the week, but caught no fish, despite lots of porpoise in the area. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier in the winter, Peter Langstraat of Holland reported an overall catch rate of 7.3 fish per morning while beach fishing and fishing from his aluminum boat out of Hotel Punta Colorada. The top species caught were ladyfish, sierra, and triggerfish, plus a 25-pound dorado Langstraat caught by casting a Krocodile from the beach at the lighthouse. Langstraat also reported gill nets working every day during his stay, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 24, 2005. EAST CAPE BEACH AND INSHORE FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said fishing was better on the La Paz side of the hill last week, although there wasn't much to get excited about on either side. Several early season marlin were seen, and Roldan said, "Checking the La Paz fishing area water temperatures, things are definitely warming...Inner waters are also warming with stuff closer to La Paz in the upper 60's already." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Chris Hilton of Baja Pirates Fleet said boats caught two to three yellow of 20 to 30 pounds per outing, and overall, 10 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds were caught during the week. Chris Farales landed a 100-pound grouper at Isla Espiritu Santo. La Paz side weather was slightly breezy at 80 degrees, with water temperatures at 70 to 72 degrees. Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates said seven new boats have been added to the fleet.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said conditions were slightly cooler on the Las Arenas side last week, but the fishing was steady around Punta Perico for pargo liso, cabrilla, yellowtail and some dorado. Tortuga pangas were able to run out to Isla Cerralvo for plentiful bait, and commercial boats were fishing a pelagic red crab concentration at the south end of the island for huachinango. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mike Alaniz of Highland Park said he and several friends were scheduled to fly to La Paz for a trip on the San Felipe panga mothership Tony Reyes. "It will be the second time in the last 15 years we don't fish the Midriff Islands," Alaniz said. The Tony Reyes was scheduled to fish in the La Paz area several weeks, with trips out to Isla Cerralvo and the Gordo Banks.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said yellowtail fishing was slowed by lots of wind during the week. A group of anglers at the San Nicolas winter camp 35 miles north of town got in only one day of fishing due to wind, catching cabrilla and huachinango. Other boats fishing north of town reported three to five yellowtail per day. Loreto weather was mostly windy in the mid-70s. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said windy conditions kept most boats close to town, south of a line between Islas Carmen and Coronado, and fishing was generally slow in all directions. Capt. Eulogio Davis ran as far as 10 miles south of Isla Catalan and reported only one yellowtail caught at Punta Perico on the way home. Another boat ran north and circled Isla San Ildefonso but got skunked. Earlier, a 134-pound grouper was caught on iron at Isla Carmen by Jim Luithly and Jeff Abbott, and kayak angler Bill Clarke got into a hot bite on pargo, corvina, wrasse, roosterfish, and triggerfish at Puerto Escondido. Loreto water temperatures were measured at a warm 75.5 degrees on the back side of Isla Carmen and sargassum weed was seen on the surface. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said early in the week he and Charlie Licha were chased back from San Bruno to Isla Coronado by a fast-moving fog bank. At San Bruno, they caught one yellowtail of about 20 pounds, out of three strikes, plus a huachinango and about a dozen whitefish. At Isla Coronado, they caught a 15-pound dog snapper. Loreto weather was windy through Wednesday, then flat in the low-80s to the end of the week. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto spoke with local captain Alfredo Rubio Quintana, who described how his family has built up a fleet of four super pangas during 25 years of fishing, and about how they gaffed yellowtail and roosterfish from the beach in the old days, right in front of Villas de Loreto. Capt. Alfredo also reported catching four 12 to 15-kilo baqueta last week at Isla Carmen. LORETO FISHING CAPTAIN INTERVIEW AND REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Nacho Davis of the Carnaderos baitsellers' cooperativa said the recent bout of heavy winds have raised sargassum weed to the surface, and fish were already "egging" or laying their eggs in it. "With the water already heating up, the dorado are going to come in sooner at Loreto," Davis said. Small shrimp fry have also appeared in the area around the downtown malecon, another sign of a good season ahead. LORETO BAITSELLERS FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said fishing was good for boats that got out between winds and awkwardly timed tides last week. At Isla San Marcos to the north, boats averaged up to about two or three yellowtail per trip, and yellowtail were also caught at Punta Chivato, Isla Santa Inez and Punta Concepcion, on live mackerel and trolled MirrOlures. At the "mine" area south of Punta Concepcion, Barber said leopard grouper were "thick as fleas," and his father-in-law recently landed half-a-dozen of them weighing 5 to 7 kilos. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Gary Black of Huntington Beach fished with Ken Wright, from Isla Santa Inez all the way up to Isla San Marcos, and they saw fish boiling on bait, but only picked off a few with cast jigs. "It was a tough pick, but beautiful fishing weather and water conditions made for a great day on the water," Black said. Mulege water temperatures were 66 to 67 degrees. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Lee Wood of Oceanside Senior Anglers said his group of six anglers fished two days out of Casa Diaz with Capts. Hildalgo and Pepe, and they caught many yellowtail of 8 to 20 pounds, plus lots of spotted bay bass and jawfish, at bajo Guadalupe north of Bahia de Los Angeles. Wood said the water temperature was a chilly 50 degrees, but the fishing was outstanding. The other anglers on the trip were Mike Mercado, Vern Francis, Dennis and Doug Dannat, and Don Gallagher. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANIMAS, MEXICO: Tim Farwell of Baja Air Ventures said he just returned from guiding a remote fly-in trip to their new Campo las Animas ecotouring site, which is one small bay south of the old facility of La Unica, located just outside the south end of Bahia de los Angeles. Farwell, who flies clients down from Brown Field in San Diego, said the water temperature at Bahia de las Animas was a cool 58 degrees, with strong wind after 2 p.m, but his group caught scorpionfish, jawfish, and unlimited bass. Gray whales and killer whales were also seen. CAMPO LAS ANIMAS FISHING AND ECOTOURING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said San Felipe weather was at 80 degrees over the weekend, with some whitecaps on a blue bay, and the spring break crowds were already arriving: "This is always a loco week and everyone prepares for it, but somehow I never get used to it." On the beach, the sea-going raft being built by Poppa Neutrino was nearly ready for its launch down the Sea of Cortez scheduled to begin about March 21-23, 2005. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Ric Felder of Glendale, Ariz., fished two days on his boat End of the Line with Bill Hayden of Phoenix. About 50 miles south of Rocky Point they found a wide-open bite on white seabass to 30 pounds, plus a sawtail grouper, while fishing about 285 feet deep. The following day, Felder made spotted bay bass baits off Cholla bay and ran 16 miles south of Rocky Point for three gulf grouper to 40 pounds and a spotted cabrilla, at a depth of 110 feet. Water temperatures both days were at 68 degrees. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported generally slow offshore fishing in cool water, as 51 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid reported a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, two sailfish, seven dorado, one mako shark, and two yellowfin tuna. Inshore boats continued to find mostly limits on a good variety of species, including pargos, corvina, triggerfish, and mojarras. Mazatlan weather was sunny in the low-80s, with enough wind to close the port one day, and water temperatures of 68 degrees inshore to 71.5 degrees offshore. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said last week's catches included striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna offshore, and snapper, triggerfish, and mojarra inshore. "Everyone had fun this week, though not all boats came back with fish," Palmeter said. "It was a little slow, but that happens."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said the recent spell of very slow yellowfin tuna fishing appeared to be ending, as the Prime Time scored on "all fish over 100 pounds and biggest was about 160." Caballito baits also began biting again, as the Prime Time loaded up with 200. "...There's going to be a fair amount of chum flying through the air for the next few days, and who knows what that kind of activity will bring," Temple said. Mixed schools of tuna of 100 to 200 pounds were seen cruising and feeding on crabs, squid, and bait fish. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Temple described the very slow tuna fishing, saying, "Cow Town fishing is shut down...right now each and every fish is cause for celebration." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Gal Hever of Thousand Oaks fished two offshore days out of Puerto Vallarta and was nearly skunked both days, as he ended up with a total catch of a couple of dorado, pargo, and skipjack, and two yellowfin tuna of 20 and 30 pounds. "The fishing sucked, the company was great, and the surfing was amazing, 12 footers on Friday," Hevers said. Many tuna were seen, but they were not biting, and even bait was hard to make, as several anglers fished several hours and ended up with only 14 caballito. SLOW PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said the seasonal cold March current had blue water pushed out to 30 miles and boats running even that far out were raising only one or two sailfish per day. No signs of tuna or marlin were reported. Inshore fishing produced good catches of jacks to 22 pounds, and Capt. Felipe on the panga Yellowfin caught six pompano of 12 to 15 pounds, plus two amberjack and six kawakawa, all while drifting life bait at the white rocks. Inshore, Kunze said he chased jacks with fly tackle client Andrew Cornell and at times the area of biting fish was "over 5 acres in size." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Things remain the same as last week, cold current, slow fishing. Who knows about next week? I would bet on a month from now."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.