CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet called last week's fishing "surprisingly good," as some boats including Valerie, Andrea, and Yahoo scored triple striped marlin releases on fish to about 190 pounds.
Overall, 32 percent of Pisces boats released marlin, 35 percent caught yellowfin tuna including some boats with over 20 footballs, and 23 percent landed dorado. Also included in the catch were several wahoo of 40 to 65 pounds, and a huge 380-pound hammerhead shark caught by Ni Modo on March 29, 2005. Pisces boats found their best fishing on the Pacific side, as local water temperatures averaged 71 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Dave Palmer of Fiesta Sportfishing reported a 150-pound broadbill swordfish caught by Tom Wright and Matt McGrath while fishing with crew Martin and Victor on the Carolina. Palmer said the fish was caught on the surface at the Gordo Banks on March 25, 2005, after it hit a live bait on 300-pound leader and 80-pound line. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo had excellent weather last week, in the low-80s, with mostly flat seas, but cool water temperatures as low as the mid-60s on the Pacific side. Billfish, dorado, and tuna were still spotty, but some good catches of striped marlin and tuna were made, and on Wednesday one boat found a kelp paddy loaded with wahoo: "...There must have been several dozen big wahoo, ranging in size from 60 to 105 pounds taken from it." Humpback whales were still present but thinning out. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 53 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, two wahoo, 15 dorado, and 99 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined nine outings, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, 29 yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, and one dorado. Edwards said the best chances for billfish were found offshore at the 95 and 1150 spots, in 71 to 72-degree water, as near shore water was cooler at 67 to 71 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 16 late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 36 yellowfin tuna, 24 dorado, and 18 wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Robert Wilhelmy of La Ribera and Kurt Wilhelmy fished on the Cortez Cat 20 miles south of Cabo, and Kurt released a striped marlin after a 45-minute fight on April Fool's Day. "Lots of action all day long," Robert Wilhelmy said.
PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fished at Punta Banda every day last week, mostly for limits of rockcod, bottom fish, barracuda, bonita, lingcod, one white seabass, and a rare, bright yellow kelpfish caught by Jay Johnson's grandson Josua on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto. Villarino said the meat from the kelpfish "tastes like halibut." Some yellowtail were also caught, including two nice ones by Johnson and Josua. Punta Banda weather was mostly clear in the mid-60s, with water temperatures averaging 59 degrees and some patches of red tide. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Joe Ludka of Long Beach and his group fished on the panga El Dorado with Capt. Memo Gomez about 3 miles north of Isla Todos Santos for good results on red rockcod, whitefish, sculpin, olive rockfish, and sheephead, plus some nice bonito that hit trolled lures on the way back: "We had a great time and were really happy with our varied assortment of fish." Fishing with Ludka were his son, Little Joe who was celebrating his 18th birthday, and Jon Hocker. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral said he passed up fishing on Friday due to Santa Ana winds that were making 1-foot swells inside the marina, but the weather fooled him and laid down by 11 a.m.: "I watched this from my trailer in total disbelief." Ross said commercial fishermen reported "very big swells" at the Banda bank, however. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 60 anglers fishing on the Shir-Lee, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: two yellowtail, 91 bonito, 106 barracuda, 30 calico bass, and 29 sandbass.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the Easter week was celebrated with no winds and calm seas: "About five pangas went out and everyone loaded up with full limits of bottom fish, with lingcod up to 20 pounds being the dominant fish. Many bonita were also caught with Rapalas and with squid and anchovies."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 18 boats fished last week, for steady catches of big lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, cabrilla, and sheephead, in 59-degree water, about 7 miles from the coast. Erendira weather had some Santa Ana winds during the week, but was calm by Sunday. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said boats getting out through wind caught large lingcod to 10 pounds, sheephead, calico bass, and four yellowtail to 17 pounds, plus Humboldt squid that were all over the bay. Eddie Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing fished commercially one day with Capt. Alfredo Peralta, and they caught 450 pounds of rockcod and lingcod in 5 hours. San Quintin weather was in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 59 to 61 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said San Quintin weather was beautiful toward the end of the week, but with some clouds and wind beginning on Sunday. During the week, John Ackley's family group fished two days on the Rommy and Garron with Capts. Hector and Miguel, and got limits of calico bass, sandbass, rockcod, lingcod, Humboldt squid, and one yellowtail. They fished at Socorro, and the 15 and 240 spots. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Allan Tokunaga of North Hollywood and Tad Hirai fished the surf at San Ramon beach north of San Quintin and scored on limits of barred surf perch to 2 pounds 6 ounces, but only on the top of the rising tide. At Camalu, heavy weeds stopped the fishing, but Tokunaga said they had a good dinner at the new hotel. SAN QUINTIN SURF FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures said he fished with Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing and did well on lingcod to 20 pounds, plus one 18-pound yellowtail. Quesnel said they fished two days with live bait and his jointed metal jigs, in swell, wind, and cool 56-degree water.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the weather cleared and settled last week, and snook up to a reported 25 pounds were caught in the mangrove channels at Devil's Curve. Sierra and a few firecracker yellowtail were caught at the San Carlos entrada. North at Puerto Lopez Mateos, Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said lots of pompano and some large snook were caught at Boca de Soledad. Magdalena Bay weather was calm in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the combined La Playita panga fleets sent out about 55 boats last week, with a catch of about: 18 roosterfish, 22 amberjack, 26 dorado, 360 sierra, 28 giant squid, 14 jack crevalle, 28 pompano, 10 yellowtail, 65 pargo, 45 yellowtail snapper, one golden cabrilla, 36 cabrilla and 14 yellowfin tuna. The top story of the week was the barehanded catch of a 30-pound snook by surfer Nathan Browne, who noticed the fish struggling in shallow water while surfing off the San Jose estuary. Good supplies of sardina bait were available, and San Jose del Cabo weather was mostly good inshore, with more wind farther out, as water temperatures ranged from 65 to 72 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said few anglers went out last week, but those fishing with sardinas and small mullet out of La Playita caught sierra, pargo, and a few cabrilla. Pangas fished mostly within 3 or 4 miles of Punta Palmilla. Angler, Marisol, from Mexico City fished on the Cristine with Capt. Gustavo and caught five sierra, one cabrilla, and three more sierra lost to sea lions. "Most boats returned with a similar catch," Duhart said. "The weather is great and the water still cold."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said about half of last week was blown out, but boats that did fish scored on marlin, and he personally averaged one dorado per trip. Very few yellowfin tuna were caught, although inshore boats found skipjack tuna. Most East Cape boats were fishing off Punta Pescadero to the north, or Punta Colorada to the south. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said Saturday was a good fishing day for the hotel fleet as the cruiser Pescadory scored five marlin releases for angler Mr. Brewer. On Sunday, the hotel sent out four cruisers and one super panga.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 109 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 85 striped marlin, 31 dorado, 45 yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, one pompano, two roosterfish, and 38 skipjack tuna. Wind was a factor in the counts, Moyers said, as most boats fished north around Punta Pescadero or off La Ribera, in water temperatures of 65 to 73 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said it was a "so-so" week, as striped marlin were concentrated about 5 miles off Punta Pescadero and in another area about 10 miles off La Ribera. Tuna counts were down, as boats were held close to shore by wind on some days, and dorado fishing was for a few scattered fish to about 25 pounds. Inshore, roosterfish and jacks were caught from Rancho Leonero south to the Punta Arena lighthouse. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported strong north winds and mixed results for fly anglers, with some fair inshore fishing for skipjack at La Ribera, some ladyfish, and a first roosterfish on the fly for Steve Tomilson of New York. East Cape water temperatures were 67 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said on-and-off north winds cleared up by the weekend, and conditions at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were improving again, with 71-degree water, mild current, and 40 to 50 feet of visibility.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the period of March 18-24, 2005, Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort, reported on 14 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, three dorado, one yellowfin tuna, one roosterfish, two snapper, two pompano, two skipjack, and three sierra.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier in the week, Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported, "No boats out there now in that lumpy stuff."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the wind was up and down on the Las Arenas side, but his boats found some very good fishing for yellowtail at the north end of Isla Cerralvo, and a lot of pargo are being seen in the same area. Capt. Hugo Lucero also reported sighting marlin and wahoo off the south end of the island. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International called it a pretty good week of fishing on the La Paz side, as boats caught yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds at La Reyna and La Reynita, and 30 to 50-pound roosterfish inshore at Isla Espiritu Santo. On the Las Arenas side, pargo to 20 pounds and school-sized dorado were caught around Ensenada de los Muertos. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said diving was hampered by days of wind, in water of about 68 degrees on the La Paz side, but dorado were seen on the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo, and spearfishing catches included yellowtail of 20 to 34 pounds, pargo to 32 pounds, and a cabrilla of 27 pounds.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported tough fishing in mostly strong winds last week, but her boats still managing about one yellowtail per rod. Heavy fishing pressure was sending lots of boats out of the marina when winds permitted: "I would guess that at least 50 Loreto boats from town went out on Saturday. I sent out five, and three out of five got at least one fish. The other two got skunked." Signs of an early dorado season continued as a striped marlin and a sailfish were caught on Tuesday, and Capt. Francisco reported flying fish off Isla Coronado. Loreto water temperatures were 64 to 74 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Mitchell Rose of Hollywood fished three days on Joe de Pillo's 26-foot boat Baja Invader Two, and reported quality yellowtail, cabrilla, and jack crevalle at San Bruno. "I didn't see too many pangas out there at all...maybe 5 or 6," Rose said. "Even with Joe's boat we couldn't get to Punta Pulpito on two days."
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said wind made conditions were tough last week, but boats that went fishing anyway caught about two to three yellowtail at San Bruno and Pulpito, plus some cabrilla and snapper. The weather flattened back out on Saturday. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto interviewed local sportfishing captain Enrique Davis Romero, whom Petersen called "one of the nicest guys on the planet." Capt. Davis spoke of his fishing experiences since the age of 12, of working at Ed Tabor's old Flying Sportsmen Lodge, and of the damage caused by commercial commercial longline boats. CAPT. ENRIQUE DAVIS ROMERO INTERVIEW.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said, "There was no fishing in Mulege this week." Very strong winds blew each day, Barber said, and even at his protected place on the river his anemometer recorded 30 knots at times. Earlier, Ralph and Barbara Lane ran out to Punta Concepcion and scored on two nice sawtail grouper of 34 pounds and another of 12 pounds, while fishing 240 feet deep with live bait: "They were home by 9:30 that morning and had the fillets on ice in time for brunch." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey returned from a family trip to La Posada reporting winds that pinned him inshore all week, but local fishing still producing over a hundred catch-and-release small bass, plus some cabrilla, grunt, and a couple of puffers: "Those little bass really saved the days. As always, we had great food, great friends and cold beer at Posada and in Mulege." Massey said there was a lot of floating sargassum weed in the water, possibly an indicator of a good dorado season ahead, after a couple of disappointing years. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Roger Pramhus of Coyote Bay said the wind was finally calming down on Saturday and about 35 boats were entered in a local yellowtail tournament scheduled on Monday: "The darn tides have us back into the river and ramp by noon or so, or else we are stuck out there until much later in the day...Most will bait fish I imagine, but some will try their luck pitching iron and trolling." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said it was a week of "high seas adventures" as he made the tough run out to Isla Tortuga through winds up to 25 knots, "in the dark, mind you," and was rewarded with catch-and-release action on 10 yellowtail, 14 yellowtail plus six leopard grouper, and 54 leopard grouper on the three mornings, respectively. Other days were completely unfishable, even by Kanzler's standards. Santa Rosalia weather was still cool in the mid-70s, with water temperatures steady at 66 degrees, and about 20 feet of visibility. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove said the new Santa Rosalia Pemex station looks to be about a month from opening. It is owned by the same group that owns stations as far north as Vizcaino, Lindsay said.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Capt. Igor Galvan said local action was for bottom fish and leopard grouper along shore, in water temperatures of 58 to 60 degrees. Winds came from the west on some days, but with calm days in between.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of San Diego relayed a report from Beto Lucero at Cala San Francisquito, saying, "It has been blowing 40 miles an hour and cold like winter. No one fishing." However, the forecast looked like it should be good for the next two days, Crenshaw said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said annual maintenance on the San Felipe panga mothership Erik is about complete, and the boat is sporting new colors this year, blue with white letters. The Erik was booked from April 9, 2005, through mid-October, with spaces still available later in the season.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard said there wasn't much fishing last week, due to "wind, wind, and more wind." Magee said he recorded 41 m.p.h. one night, although the air temperature was into the 80s during the day, and water temperatures were up to 78 degrees. A few boats fishing caught large sierra and a few small yellowtail.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said San Felipe was crowded with tourists between spring break rushes, and the weather was at 76 degrees and humid. On the malecon, the vendors were doing a good business, and in the bay, the seagoing raft of Poppa Neutrino was launched on Monday and began its voyage down the Sea of Cortez. "We could see the tiny dot of his craft as it approached the bend around the southern point of the bay," Meders said. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma relayed some additional notes about the launch ramp at Puertecitos from his recent trip to the area: "Beware! There is a handmade stone seawall on the north edge of the ramp made of very large rough volcanic rocks. Bring some good large boat fenders or you will be patching holes in your hull. The operation there is gated and has a full time security guard. The hotel and restaurant area can handle parking for several large trailered boats. The rooms are $45 a day and the restaurant was good and serving meals all day. The beach is clean with nice new palapas and no beggars or venders to bother you."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 62 Aries Fleet offshore boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: seven sailfish, 23 striped marlin, five dorado, five yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Inshore boats found slower action last week, but caught cabrilla, corvina, triggerfish, pargo, pompano, and mojarra. Cooler water temperatures of 70 to 71 degrees slowed the bite, Edwards said, and offshore captains were working hard and searching a wide area in search of billfish. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
Earlier, Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet reported some striped marlin still around, and good concentrations of sailfish and dorado seen, but very few yellowfin tuna in the area.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said tuna and dorado returned to offshore waters late in the week, but during the dry spell, the Prime Time spent a day of family-style fishing for mixed species less than a mile from shore, for a nonstop catch including the boat's first African pompano. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said inshore fishing picked up a bit, with most boats scoring on jack crevalle and black skipjack. "The action on the jacks, when we find them busting bait on the beach, has been about as exciting fishing as I have ever had," Kunze said. "There will be from 100 to 300 birds diving on the melee...It is strictly run and gun action, and very productive." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said warmer water was still out 40 to 50 miles, as one marlin and two sailfish were reported by offshore boats. Inshore fishing was steady on jacks, Spanish mackerel, and bonito, but with no roosterfish caught. Capt. Adolofo on the Dos Hermanos I reported a 26 jack and 10 bonito day. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said on Sunday: "Not much improvement. The offshore bite remains off, as the cold current is hanging in here. Inshore fishing showed a slight improvement, with plenty of jack crevalle, sierra and a fair number of chula, or kawakawa."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported water temperatures of 78 to 79 degrees in some offshore areas and boats seeing fish but not able to get them to bite. Inshore water temperatures were at 74 degrees, and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was sunny in the high-80s.