ENSENADA, MEXICO: Fishing at the tip of Punta Banda produced another hot run of yellowtail last week as good catches were scored by Vonny's Fleet pangas beginning on Monday, in water temperatures averaging 60 degrees, and ocean swells of about 3 feet.
Jay Johnson caught a 28-pound yellowtail on Monday with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I, followed by a string of limits or near limits most of the week for anglers including Carl Jules of Whittier, Bo Bohannan of Ventura, Jerry Stussman of Westlake Village, Greg Culbert of Ojai, Robert Mandel of Ventura, Tommy Harris of San Francisco, and many others. Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said the action slowed on Friday, but bounced right back again on Saturday with yellowtail limits for two pangas on fish averaging 24 pounds. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve and Gail Ross fished on their boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral on Saturday and caught limits of vermillion rockfish, 160-feet deep, in 58-degree water. Off Punta San Jose, they also caught canela rockfish, calico bass, and one halibut, using anchovies from Mike's bait barge. Earlier, Ross said the Bad Dog landed a 12-pound yellowtail at Isla Todos Santos, and a big sea lion jumped up on the swim step in an attempt to grab the fish while it was being filleted in the marina. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said two boats fished at the end of the week around Isla Todos Santos, finding no action on the surface, but limiting on mixed bottom fish in 61-degree water. The weather in Bahia de Todos Santos was foggy, but with no wind, and species caught included: rockcod, lingcod, olive rockfish, calico bass, whitefish, and sculpin. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said fishing was slow inside the bay last week except for some barracuda around Isla Todos Santos, but he ran south to Santo Tomas with six anglers on the Don Juan II and got limits of bottom fish, sheephead, and salmon grouper. One offshore boat reported green water and no fish at the 238 spot.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 24 boats fished during the week, including two large groups led by Manuel Fierro and Juan Aguilar, who caught lingcod, red rockcod, calico bass, whitefish, and sheephead, in clear blue water of 58 degrees, about 3 miles from the coast. Erendira weather had some light winds early in the week, but was flat after that, with some afternoon clouds. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said the marine layer clouded the weather last week, and strong currents hampered fishing, with winds to 14 knots in the afternoons, ocean swells to 5 feet, and water temperatures at 58 to 60 degrees. Kevin and Mark Patterson of San Diego fished anyway at the 240 spot on the City Slicker, and they had a nice catch of lingcod, rockcod, sheephead, and a good-sized yellowtail. Information on the Don Eddie's tournaments of July 2-3 and Sept. 3-4, 2005, firstname.lastname@example.org. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 10 boats fished last week, including the Paloma with Capt. Miguel, who brought in limits of rockcod, lingcod, and barracuda for Robert, John, and Connor Boyle. The Humboldt squid run was fading, as only two were caught during the week. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Alan Tokunaga of North Hollywood said he fished the surf for two days with his nephew William Kus at Playa San Ramon for a fair catch of barred surf perch to 2 pounds. Tokunaga said all fish were caught on plastics and, "The surf was clean of kelp, which is my biggest problem. The outgoing tide was best."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin announced this year's second San Quintin Sportfishing Tournament, sponsored by the Club de Pesca of San Quintin, July 23, 2005, with $75,000 in prizes, including a $30,000 boat. Cash prizes will be awarded for sandbass, white sea bass, yellowtail, dorado, and tuna, Meza said. The entry fee is $50. Information, email@example.com.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., reported on a Baja safari-style tin boat trip to Estero de Coyote and Laguna la Bocana on the Pacific coast, and Mulege and Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles on the Cortez coast. Pierson said he found very slow fishing at Estero de Coyote because of heavy gill netting, except for spotted bay bass in the channel described in The Baja Catch. Also, small snook of 2 to 4 pounds were seen in the spot marked on The Baja Catch fishing map. Winds hampered fishing at Mulege and L.A. Bay. BAJA FISHING SAFARI REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said westerly winds continued to interfere with offshore fishing at Magdalena Bay last week. Inshore, a few small yellowtail were reported at the San Carlos entrada, and some corvina, leopard grouper, and cabrilla were caught in the mangrove channels. Magdalena Bay weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures at 62 to 71 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported good striped marlin concentrations, early in the week off Punta Gorda, and shifting later to around the 1150 spot, as some boats averaged about two fish per outing, and some released four or five. Some yellowfin tuna of 10 to 25 pounds were found on the temperature break between the Pacific and Cortez sides, about 25 miles south of the arch. Inshore fishing was steady on sierra and a few roosterfish caught on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on eight outings by El Budster and El Budster I, with a catch including released fish of: nine striped marlin, one dorado, one roosterfish, and 11 yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 18 late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, 24 dorado, four yellowfin tuna, and three wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 79 percent of fleet boats released striped marlin last week, including two five-release days for Ruthless, and two triple release days for Rebecca. But, said Ehrenberg, "Not everybody was lucky. There were several boats that were 'skunked,' but all saw fish." Fishing for tuna and dorado was slow, as 86 percent of Pisces boats landed all species combined, while fishing mostly up the Cortez side from Chileno to Destiladeras, in water averaging 72 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said the Fish Cabo reported on two outings, with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, and four yellowfin tuna. Cabo San Lucas weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with very good sea conditions on the Cortez side, but cool water of 67 degrees and heavy breezes on the Pacific side.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a week's catch including released fish of: 56 striped marlin, 19 yellowfin tuna, 29 dorado, and 36 sierra. Solmar's top boat for the week, was the Solmar II, with veteran Capt. Javier Abaroa and a six-outing catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, seven yellowfin tuna, 17 dorado, and 22 sierra. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Charlie Whitesell of Cabo San Lucas fished with his brother Dean on the panga Cheers with Capt. Ramon, and reported a good catch of large sierra from Solmar beach northwards about two miles, plus two large jack crevalle. Whitesell said the fish were found boiling about 200 yards off the beach, in 72-degree water. Offshore boats averaged about two to three marlin per day, about 10 miles south of the arch.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 92 La Playita sportfishing pangas, with a catch of about: 48 striped marlin, 44 yellowfin tuna, 22 dorado, 18 amberjack, 110 sierra, 22 pompano, 190 pargo, 76 cabrilla and nine wahoo. Brictson said idyllic weather conditions prevailed last week, with water temperatures of 74 to 76 degrees on the Cortez side of Cabo San Lucas, and the beginnings of a southern swell indicating the arrival of the summer season. Local fishing featured a brief run of wahoo of 40 to 50 pounds that appeared for boats fishing from Iman to Vinorama, and 200 to 300-pound class yellowfin tuna were again seen at the Gordo Banks, although none were hooked. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 60 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 66 striped marlin, two sailfish, five dorado, one tuna, three wahoo, two roosterfish, 16 snapper, three jack crevalle, two ladyfish, three squid, two cabrilla, and five skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said hotel boats found a good bite on wahoo off Los Frailes, and very good marlin fishing. Although tuna and dorado fishing was still slow, one 50-pound dorado was caught. About five to six boats fished per day out of the hotel.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said last week's catch included a 60-pound wahoo caught by Greg George off white sand beach south of Los Frailes. Offshore fishing included some striped marlin success, but few tuna and dorado, as East Cape boats were running as far south as the Gordo Banks off San Jose del Cabo to find fish. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said water temperatures were up to 80 degrees off Los Frailes to the south, and the offshore bite for billfish moved in that direction. Boats fishing 3 to 20 miles offshore averaged more than one billfish per outing. Tuna were hit-or-miss on fish of 10 to 20 pounds found about 50 miles out. Dorado were spread out and not biting actively. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ed Tschernoscha of Lomita reported generally slow fishing at midweek, but hooking a 58-pound dorado on Miss Petunia out of Hotel Playa del Sol, plus three football tuna. Curtis Oakley of Redondo Beach also caught a 43-pound wahoo, and Tom Hall caught a striped marlin of about 150 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he fished three times last week, with varying results, but including a "demented grouper" that hit a 10-inch Marauder lure trolled in about 100 feet of water at 7.5 m.p.h. Fishing the reefs at Las Barracas was good for pargo biting on trolled live mackerel and horsed up off the rocks by hitting the boat throttle. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said beach anglers caught a few smaller roosterfish on the fly, and some dorado and pompano were found inshore. Offshore billfish action picked up at the end of the week, as several boats reported multiple releases. East Cape weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 71 to 78 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Craig Jones of Los Angeles fished out of Hotel Punta Colorada for four days with Russ Fritz of La Ribera and Gene Fukumoto, finding generally good conditions but mostly slow fishing with Capt. Pelon of the Tres Amigos for one striped marlin, one dorado, and a mixed inshore catch of pargo, cabrilla, pompano, triggerfish, and sierra, plus one day completely skunked. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said surface water temperatures warmed up, with up to 90 feet of visibility, on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, but the bottom temperature was still at 70 to 73 degrees. Kent and Rita Smith of Oregon and their family fished aboard the Jen Wren off Punta Pescadero and landed two nice dorado, plus a sailfish released.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Torrance Eddy of La Paz fished with local pangueros and also launched his small aluminum boat at Los Barriles, and reported good fishing for barred pargo, porgy, dog snapper, red snapper, and other snapper species, in perfect weather conditions. Eddy said they fished at night, and made their own mackerel, sardina, and squid bait: "It was a great adventure. I fished from my boat for a couple of hours on another morning by the shore near the Pemex station and caught something similar to a porgy and a puffer. We were in water of 60 to 100 feet. We were anchored the whole time. None of us ever got snagged or lost a fish in rocks."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Roberts of Huntington Beach said he's organized a kid's fishing tournament for tuna, wahoo, dorado and released billfish at Rancho Buena Vista that already has about 50 participants, June 18-21, 2005. The entry fee is $50, and the contact is RBV's Tami Mouyeos, 800-258-8200.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the north winds finally stopped on the Las Arenas side last week, and the catch was for a variety of species including pargo liso to about 25 pounds, dorado, marlin, snappers, and cabrilla. Abundant sardina bait continued to be available along the back side of Isla Cerralvo, and boats fished there and around Punta Perico. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz side inshore fishing kicked out a good variety of species, and on the Las Arenas side several big roosterfish of 50 to 90 pounds were caught and released: "Thankfully, most of these larger good fighting, but poor eating fish are released." Other species in last week's bag included pargo, cabrilla, a lost sailfish, and some wahoo cut off on mono south of Isla Cerralvo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said water temperatures were about 72 degrees around Isla Espiritu Santo and diving was good in about 50 feet of visibility. South of La Paz, water temperatures up to 78 degrees were seen, and a trip to the area by the Black Magic produced a catch including wahoo, sailfish, striped marlin, amberjack, and cabrilla. LA PAZ FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said all the yellowtail she saw cut open last week had already spawned. Yellowtail fishing was up-and-down on fish in the 20-pound class in the northern locations of Pulpito, San Bruno, and closer at Isla Coronado, and reports continued of yellowtail south at Isla Catalana. Local boats confirmed that dorado were definitely present in good numbers 30 to 50 miles east of town, but through Sunday were reluctant to bite. Loreto water temperatures were 68 to 75 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said yellowtail action continued fairly slow, in calm weather with warming temperatures. Boats fishing at Pulpito and Puerto Almeja were catching about two to three fish per day, of about 24 to 32 pounds. Most boats caught cabrilla and pargo of 8 to 15 pounds in the same locations. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said dorado fishing last week ranged from very good to so-so, depending on the day. Dustino and John Dinning fished about 14 to 18 miles out on a 60-degree heading and loaded up on 14 bull dorado released, plus three kept to 40 pounds, while trolling along a commercial set line, in near-perfect conditions and 75 to 76-degree water. Other boats scored on variable catches of dorado to 40 pounds, fishing in all directions, and on Sunday another big school was found by Marlin Larsen about 20 miles out. Mulege weather was mostly very good in the mid-80s. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey of Mission Viejo relayed a report from La Posada on Bahia Concepcion, saying dorado were being caught off Punta Chivato and 10 miles east of Punta Concepcion: "They say they are small, but it is a good sign for sure."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said dorado were also caught at Islas Santa Inez, and cabrilla plus steady yellowtail at Isla San Marcos.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported warming weather in the 80s, water temperatures of 71 to 73 degrees close to shore and a few degrees warmer offshore, with super-clear visibility, and catch-and-release dorado action about 15 miles east of the island. "It was all you could catch!" Kanzler said. "We took our limits and headed for the barn." Yellowtail fishing around the island was also very good, with larger fish to over 30 pounds boiling on the surface, and the timing was right for the island's Yellowtail Shootout tournament on May 21-22, 2005. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Paul Robotta of San Diego and his group found some wind at Bahia de los Angeles, but were able to get out one day with Capt. Manuel Cortez, for plentiful bottom fish including jawfish, cabezon, spotted bay bass, and mixed species. Yellowtail to 15 pounds were seen breezing, but would not bite. On another windy day, Robotta's group traveled south to Bahia de los Animas and found a panguero who took them out in calm conditions for about 20 red snapper and two small yellowtail. Water temperatures at Bahia de los Angeles were in the low-60s. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, John Aman and his group drove into San Francisquito and reported some yellowtail showing up, including a 40-pound class fish caught just north of the resort with a white Salas 6X Jr. "I just installed my new bait tank," Aman said, "so I will definitely be fishing live bait more in the future." SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Celia Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing said the panga mothership Celia Angelina had a very good run to the Golden Reef area during a four-day trip out of San Felipe, returning with a catch of: 14 black seabass to 250 pounds, 119 yellowtail to 26 pounds, four pargo, and six white seabass to 40 pounds, plus limits of spotted bay bass. The Celia Angelina fished in excellent conditions and water temperatures of about 70 degrees. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
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 May 13, 2005, with a catch of: 65 yellowtail, 18 to 25 pounds; two white seabass, 15 to 16 pounds; 173 cabrilla, 8 to 11 pounds; 50 squid, 8 to 14 pounds; 16 red snapper, 10 to 14 pounds; three broomtail grouper, 12 pounds; six sheephead, 8 pounds; many large spotted bay bass; and 95 miscellaneous fish. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP 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 with 21 anglers on May 12, 2005, with a catch of: 178 yellowtail, 112 cabrilla, 26 pargo, two grouper to 48 pounds, 13 white seabass, one black seabass of 75 pounds, and about 400 miscellaneous fish. The Erik fished in warming water temperatures from Punta Final, up through the islands, to the Golden Reef. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez on Gonzaga Bay reported water temperatures up to 72 degrees in the bay, and fishing on the upswing for sierra and firecracker yellowtail at the islands, plus a wide variety of species caught along shore during several days of The Baja Catch style fishing, including: halibut, corvina, Mexican lookdown, bronze striped grunt, Cortez grunt, sculpin, sierra, yellowtail, Panamic graysby, spotted bay bass, triggerfish, needlefish, and a couple of birds released. GONZAGA BAY FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather turned hot, in the mid-90s, with a water temperature in the bay of 80 degrees, and "calm as a mill pond." The town had few visitors, as it prepared for the Memorial Day rush. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said water temperatures were steady at 72 to 74 degrees last week, with blue water about 30 miles out, and continued good catches of 10 to 20-pound dorado, plus some fish to about 30 pounds. Yellowfin tuna retreated to about 40 miles out. Molden said, "It's a tough jaunt to find them." Billfish, though not biting actively, were also caught in good numbers. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert reported on Saturday that his boat Catch-22 found flat conditions and plenty of dorado again.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, made his first run out of Las Glorias, south of Topolobampo, and scored on a 40-pound dorado, 38 miles out on a heading of 210 degrees. Gerhardus said the fish hit in 78-degree water and calm seas: "It hit a cedar plug and did not fight much until we landed it. We almost got thrown out of the boat."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gary Black of Huntington Beach and his group fished with Capt. David Cabanillas of the Aries Fleet boat Aries IV, and reported a "beautiful day of fishing on the water" for three striped marlin, half-a-dozen more marlin and sailfish unbuttoned, and three yellowfin tuna, while fishing 20 to 25 miles out of Marina el Cid. With live bait unavailable, Black said the fish were all hooked on lures and trolled dead mullet. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 30 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 25 striped marlin, 21 sailfish, and 12 yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan weather was excellent, with water temperatures at 71 degrees inshore and 75 degrees offshore, and the best fishing area was 18 to 25 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "It's the middle of May and we are all scratching our heads wondering where the fish are. Conditions have been great for over two weeks, but fish are a bit scarce. Roosters are still spotty inshore."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said fishing was very slow for all offshore species except blue marlin last week, even though clear blue water at 82-degrees was only 5 to 6 miles out. Boats averaged about one sailfish per day, and no tuna or dorado. The fleet sent about eight boats per day offshore, and about one blue marlin per day was brought in, out of about three to four hookups. "One of the reasons the catch ratio is low," Kunze said, "is because the big marlin are often taking the baits on the sailfish gear, and are spooling the reel." Kunze guided fly angler Josh Vincent one day, and averaged about one fish per four casts on black skipjack. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported on 113 boats fishing for three days in the annual Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Billfish Tournament, with a catch of 150 sailfish over the minimum weight of 60 pounds. Very few dorado were caught, with the winning fish at 30 pounds. Capt. Aldolofo of the Dos Hermanos I reported on two days of inshore fishing, with a catch of: 10 tuna, five mackerel, 15 bonito, four needlefish, and one jack. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.