MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad reported over the weekend that on Friday, the hotel's Capt. Alejandro caught the first three dorado of the Mulege season, just north of Islas Santa Inez. "This is great!" Johnson said. "It is still early. It seems we will have a good season."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said Capt. Alex's three dorado on Friday were in the 10 to 15-pound range, and they hit a Rapala and live bait, in windy conditions and 71-degree water. Rista also reported that on Wednesday, he caught an 8-pound yellowfin tuna, 15 miles southeast of Mulege, on a feather, also in 71-degree water.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said that in addition to the season's first dorado, very good yellowtail and leopard grouper action continued last week, as boats scored good counts on yellowtail into the 30-pound range, and very good fishing for "cabrilla," or leopard grouper in the low-teens. Most of the action was around Punta Chivato, where Wayne Morrison and Dale Behymer returned from one trip with three yellowtail of 26, 33, and 28 pounds, plus eight leopard grouper of 7 to 13 pounds. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Roger Pramhus of Bahia Coyote reported an early week dorado prospecting run south toward Isla San Ildefonso that produced no strikes at all during 25 miles of trolling in water no warmer than 70.5 degrees. Returning to jig deep in 250 feet of water off Punta Teresa produced good numbers of goldspotted bass. Roosterfish of 20 to 30 pounds were also caught inside Bahia Concepcion. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., fished south of the Mulege river boca for good catches of 4 to 8-pound barred pargo horsed out of the weeds with 40-pound tackle, plus some larger triggerfish, a few porgies, and "millions of spotted bay bass." O'Brien reported heavy spotted bay bass concentrations on both shores of Bahia Concepcion, south of their range as described in The Baja Catch. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda found mostly slow bottom fishing and some calico bass last week. Punta Banda weather was cloudy in the mornings, with clear skies and some wind in the afternoons, 3-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures at 59 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral fished outside the 295 spot in rough seas on Saturday, covering about 120 miles of water, for a catch of two bonito to 8 pounds, plus another lost on the prop. "It was so rough out there that at one time our props almost came out of the water," Ross said. Another boat reported two albacore and some yellowtail in green water right on the 295, and Ross said that's where Bad Dog hooked its fish: "Bonito, when properly chilled immediately upon capture makes excellent sashimi and poki." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said fishing conditions were mostly good at Erendira, but with some wind, and 34 boats fished in the past two weeks, for steady catches of lingcod, red rockcod, calico bass, and whitefish, plus some large Humboldt squid. The water temperature in the main fishing area 3 miles from the coast was at 56 degrees. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Earlier, Chris Kugel of San Diego went down to his place at Castro's Camp and fished with Capt. Waldo, finding foggy conditions and so-so fishing for mixed bottom fish, including a 12-pound lingcod caught by Kugel's friend from England, John Bird. Kugel said they fished on one of Castro's Camp's three new boats. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather was variable last week, with some wind, and some days clear and warm. Only a few boats were fishing per day, and Garcia said, "This makes us think that perhaps some of the anglers that drive long distances...are getting hurt by the price of the gasoline." Steven Granger's group fished three days at the 6, 15, and 240 spots, and at Isla San Martin, for limits of rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish. Water temperatures were 58 to 60 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., took his Gregor tin boat to fish at remote Estero de Coyote on the Baja Pacific coast, and reported, "For the most part the estero is now sterilized." O'Brien said commercial gill netters have returned to the area, and productive fishing was restricted to a single deep channel in the estero that produced big spotted bay bass to 4 pounds, small barred bass, one porgy of 8 pounds, and no broomtail grouper. Trolling was "completely unproductive," and all fish were caught with cut bait. ESTERO DE COYOTE, BAJA FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported continued Humboldt squid at Magdalena Bay, but fishing slow in the mangroves: "Several boats spent a couple days pounding the Devil's Curve zone with dismal results." Wind and high seas prevented confirming reports of tuna about 20 miles outside the entrada. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 62 to 71 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 72 percent of Pisces boats released striped marlin last week, including triples, quadruples, a quintuple for Valerie, and a six-release day for Andrea. "...With the moon waning and both air and water temperatures increasing, we will see even better numbers in the upcoming weeks," Ehrenberg said. Tuna, dorado, and inshore fishing were sparse, as Pisces boats found the best action on the Cortez side, in water temperatures of 69 to 70 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 37 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 27 striped marlin, seven dorado, and 39 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo reported on three outings, with a catch including released fish of: five striped marlin. Water temperatures around the tip of Baja were variable, with 67 to 69 degrees on the Pacific side, and 72 to 73 degrees in the best fishing area outside the Gordo Banks on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 87 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 28 striped marlin, one sailfish, four skipjack, three mako shark, 40 sierra, 20 yellowfin tuna, 10 dorado, three wahoo, 10 pargo, seven jack crevalle, four yellowtail, and 19 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS DAILY FISHING RESULTS.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said steady northwest winds last week created at dust haze over the Cabo area that looked like smog from the sea. Fishing conditions were generally better on the Cortez side, with flatter seas and water temperatures up to about 74 to 75 degrees, compared to 67 to 69 degrees on the Pacific side. Striped marlin led offshore fishing action for another week, as tuna and dorado remained scarce. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on four outings by El Budster and El Budster I, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, and two mako shark.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Art Coleman of Temecula and his son Brent Coleman scored their first ever striped marlin releases during three days of fishing with Capt. Julio Torres of the Gaviota Fleet boat Gaviota IX. Coleman said they baited about 25 marlin during the three days, but the fish were full of squid, so only two were hooked up. "My son got his on a live bait and I got mine on a trolled dead bait," Coleman said. "I have never had a captain work so hard to get us on the fish...I can't say enough about the crew and the service from the Gaviota Fleet." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on six boats, with a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, eight dorado, and 14 yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 53 striped marlin, 37 dorado, 31 sierra, 24 yellowfin tuna, and two wahoo. The top Solmar boat for the week was the San Lucas VI, the Capt. Adalberto Agundez and a six-outing catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, nine dorado, 11 yellowfin tuna, and 11 sierra. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas, reported on about 84 combined La Playita panga fleet boats, with a catch of about: 16 yellowfin tuna, 145 sierra, 40 dorado, 92 pompano, 45 jack crevalle, 12 roosterfish, 220 pargo, 85 cabrilla, six yellowtail, 22 striped marlin, and four hammerhead shark. Brictson said some monster tuna were being spotted on the nearby Gordo Banks: "These fish are ranging from 20 pounds up to possibly 300 pounds...They were gorging on the abundant red crabs and squid." The well-fed tuna were bait shy, but were seen clearing the water, and some fish of 40 to 104 pounds were caught. Water temperatures were 69 to 74 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 43 boats, with a catch including released fish of: nine striped marlin, seven sailfish, one dorado, one wahoo, nine roosterfish, 20 snapper, three jack crevalle, two amberjack, four bonita, 34 ladyfish, five pompano, nine triggerfish, two cabrilla, two skipjack, and two sierra. Hotel boats were fishing a wide area, 25 to 35 miles out, as late season north winds continued to affect some days. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said, "The fishing has been slow, mostly for striped marlin and some sailfish." Winds stopped on Sunday, Verdugo said, so perhaps the season was changing.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said East Cape water temperatures were at 71 to 73 degrees, with green water inside that was churned up by intermittent north winds on several days. The striped marlin bite continued about 15 miles straight off La Ribera, and tuna were far out, about 50 miles off Los Frailes. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith said the wind howled on Friday and Saturday, making it tough to get to the fish, about 50 miles out. After fishing far outside on Thursday, Meredith said, "The fish were found at the 50 mile range...If you get out that far, and the wind comes up, you are screwed in any size boat available here...Anyway, the fish schools are out there. Marlin, sailfish, dorado, tuna, and some wahoo." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles fished three days on his boat Fat Cat, finding no fish at all the first day of trolling a warm spot of 76 degrees, about 25 to 40 miles southeast of Los Barriles. Ladyfish baits produced two roosterfish of 35 and 45 pounds released at the mouth of the San Bartolo arroyo on the second day. The third day in the same general area produced a couple of roosterfish lost, and then no fish again, while trolling 75-degree water off Punta Pescadero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Lance Petersen of Baja On The Fly fished the beach southwards of La Capilla, and reported few if any game fish, very little bait, including some small scattered schools of mullet and some halfbeaks. "I eventually spotted a pair of small jack crevalle on the prowl near La Salina," Petersen said. "While I did not get them to eat, I was stoked to take a couple of casts at cruising fish." Phil Bryna of Alaska landed a roosterfish on the beach near his hotel. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported landing a 160-pound broadbill swordfish, his second, while fishing on his boat Jen Wren, with Chuy Cota, about 42 miles off Buena Vista. Rayor said the swordfish hit a flylined mackerel and required 45 minutes to land: "Now have two notches in my belt, not to mention a freezer full of my favorite fish, and can't wait to do it again." EAST CAPE SWORDFISH CATCH REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rayor said diving conditions are very good at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, although few people were diving last week. Sea life sightings included three reported whalesharks and a pod of killer whales, although Rayor said, "We...did not have tours to see them firsthand." Rayor also noted that a previous report about his inspectors' role in enforcing gill net violations was inaccurate. CABO PULMO DIVE REPORT AND GILL NET REPORT CORRECTION.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said East Cape fishing produced all the usual offshore species, but the caveat was possible wind, and the fact that the fish were at least 40 miles out of Los Barriles: "Hotel cruisers have been very active the last two weeks, and have been traveling the distances to find the...game fish...Saturday we had stiff winds and the hotel boats did poorly." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 16 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, one blue marlin released, four sailfish, four dorado, 12 tuna, one wahoo, and 14 pargo.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 197 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 sailfish, 29 dorado, 170 yellowfin tuna, 20 pargo, one wahoo, three pompano, 12 roosterfish, and four sierra. Generally slow fishing picked up at the end of the week on school-sized tuna, Moyers said. East Cape weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said his boats fished around Los Piles on the back side of Isla Cerralvo, for a variety of species including pargo liso, pargo perro, pargo lunarejo, and cabrilla. Bait was readily available in the same area, and also at the north end of the island, Hernandez said, as long as the wind allowed them to get out. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said most boats on the La Paz side concentrated on mixed species inshore fishing for larger snappers and pargo, plus some larger roosterfish of 50 to 70 pounds. Some scattered dorado were landed and one marlin lost by Tailhunter boats, but Roldan said, "...We're still transitioning from cooler to warm waters with a little of this and a little of that..." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day southern Sea of Cortez islands trip by the panga mothership trip Tony Reyes, returning to La Paz on April 15, 2005, with a catch of: 138 yellowtail to 34 pounds; 125 cabrilla to 18 pounds; 28 pargo, 8-24 pounds; four dorado to 22 pounds; three amberjack to 16 pounds; 84 miscellaneous fish; and 12 fish released. The Tony Reyes fished in water temperatures of 70 to 76 degrees, with two days of strong wind, and favorable breezes on other days. Plenty of live bait was found, and the best jigs were 6XJrs. in various colors, and MirrOlures in pink and purple.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Chartermaster John Chow also reported on a six-day southern trip by the Tony Reyes, returning to La Paz on April 22, 2005, after fishing at Islas Santa Cruz, Catalina, San Diego, San Jose, Las Animas, and San Francisco, in water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. PANGA MOTHERSHIP LA PAZ TRIP REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet said last week boats caught snappers, cabrilla, and dorado on the east and west sides of Isla Espiritu Santo, and a marlin at the north end of Isla Cerralvo. La Paz side water temperatures were 70 to 72 degrees, with 30 to 50 feet of visibility. Finback and blue whales were seen around Isla Espiritu Santo and just outside the bay.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Piratas Fleet said roosterfish were the "hot ticket" on the La Paz side last week, as Ron Fulkrod landed a fish estimated at 90 pounds at La Salinita, and Jimmy Head caught three roosterfish estimated at over 50 pounds. Phillips said dorado were also showing outside, and yellowtail were steady at El Rey. La Paz weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures in the low-70s.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was very good most of the week, but with late season north winds on Friday and Saturday. Yellowtail fishing continued slow at Pulpito and Islas Carmen and Coronado. Four super pangas fishing the north side of Isla Catalana south of town returned with nine yellowtail of 20 to 28 pounds. Bottom fishing for cabrilla was steady at Islas Carmen and Coronado, and bait was available early at the marina, or at Isla Coronado.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported plenty of mackerel caught by the baitsellers on Thursday night: "Just left the guys at the marina. Mucho macarela. Mucho last night." On Wednesday, Petersen fished on Smorgasbord Reef at the north side of Isla Catalana with Al Jorgon and Ron Morton, in 71.3-degree water, for a catch of: four yellowtail, four huachinango, four spotted cabrilla, one whitefish, and "a couple of rocks." Petersen said they fished all iron.
LORETO, MEXICO: Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said no anglers were at the hotel, but boats fishing far outside were reporting dorado: "...It's going to be a great season."
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Nacho Davis of the Carnaderos y Pescadores de Loreto baitsellers' cooperativa said bait fishing was slow last week, mostly for jurelito, with just a few smaller mackerel in the mix: "Very slow. Several sport fishing boats have tried for bait this week, outside the marina with poor results. Encourage your capitan to stop by the bait boat. You can get to the fishing grounds early, with bait ready. We are working all night for you."
LORETO, MEXICO: Chuck Byard of Redding and his brother Mitch Byard of Torrance fished four days with Loreto Capt. Alphonso Murrillo, finding very good fishing for limits of cabrilla caught deep around local reefs, but not much action for yellowtail. Byard said they fished four days in a row, despite some wind, and saw lots of sargassum weed in the water. There were scattered reports of dorado over 40 miles out, plus unconfirmed reports of a few yellowfin tuna in the same areas. About 10 to 12 pangas per day were fishing out of the downtown marina. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said local waters produced steady action on yellowtail of 20-30 pounds, but the main event was the release of a striped marlin on the way out to fish at Isla Tortuga with Bruce Mullen of Idaho and two of his friends. Kanzler said the striper hit a flylined mackerel after being spotted finning on the surface, and is only the second marlin he's caught in Santa Rosalia waters in April, the last one being in 1997. Santa Rosalia weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures slightly cooler at 67 to 68 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said fishing continued slow last week: "There are no yellowtail...water temperature at Bahia de los Angeles is still cold at 60 to 62 degrees." Some triggerfish and bottom fish were caught locally. Vazquez said the new gas station is almost ready to open, and is even stocked with chips. The recently launched Gecko IV was being outfitted for fishing. L.A. Bay weather was settling, in the mid-80s, after a period of cold winds. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on April 28, 2005, with 19 anglers and a catch of: 65 yellowtail, 198 cabrilla, 12 white seabass, six grouper, and 250 miscellaneous fish, many released. The Erik fished at Pulpito, Punta Diablo, Isla Vibora, Animas, Partida, the north end of San Lorenzo, Ensenada Grande, and Isla San Luis. Fishing at the Golden Reef on the final day of the trip was not possible due to winds.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on April 29, 2005, with a catch of: 122 yellowtail, 18-24 pounds; 80 cabrilla, 8 to 12 pounds; 70 Humboldt squid, 10 to 15 pounds; two white seabass, 12 pounds; 19 red snapper, 7 to 10 pounds; one broomtail grouper, 13 pounds; 404 spotted bay bass; 20 sheephead, 7 to 8 pounds; 85 miscellaneous fish; and one grouper released, 30 pounds. The chartermaster for the trip was Ed Valov, and the Jose Andres reported Midriff waters temperatures averaging 75 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez landing at Bahia Willard said the water temperature was at 73 degrees, but winds kept fishing activity close to zero last week. Two boats went out one day with little success. "We have two groups coming in this week, the wind should stop soon, and the tides are better," Magee said. "With a little luck, by next week our fishing will be more fun."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was in the high-70s and lots of people were in the water. San Felipe was busy with events including a race, parades, truckloads of children being transported through town for El Dia De Los Ninos, and plenty of partying. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos reported over the weekend that the dorado and yellowfin tuna bite seemed to be following a pocket of warmer, 70 to 72-degree water farther offshore, to about 25 to 40 miles, after being in the 20-mile range last week. "There have been 20 to 25-pound dorado and 50-pound yellowfin tuna caught in good numbers...," Molden said. "The water color is still green, but the warmer water is starting to blue up a bit." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported offshore fishing slow last week, as Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid fished out to 40 miles without finding much. Geronimo Cevallos of Aries Fleet said, "The skippers are seeing fair numbers of billfish, but they can't get them to bite." Offshore waters were at 75 degrees, and 73-degree inshore fishing waters produced better action on mixed species including snappers, jacks, mojarra, cabrilla, and a few yellowtail. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said the full moon caused some slow periods of inshore fishing, due to high tides and large swells, but offshore fishing continued to improve on sailfish, marlin, and some yellowfin tuna. Three days of fishing by the McKee party produced a catch including released fish of: nine sailfish, one needlefish, seven jacks, three sierra, 13 bonito, and four yellowfin tuna. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said blue water was about 5 to 6 miles off the beach, boats averaged about two sailfish per outing, and at least one blue marlin was landed by the fleet each day last week. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament reported yellowfin tuna also present within easy range. Rough surf continued and made inshore fishing for roosterfish "tough to get."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.