SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing reported the first San Quintin yellowfin tuna of the season caught on Tuesday by Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing: "Kelly just called to give us the good news. We congratulate Kelly for being the first to catch the tuna this year."
Garcia said about 35 boats fished during the week. San Quintin weather was in the high-60s, with ocean waves of 2 to 5 feet, and afternoon winds to 18 knots. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At K&M Offshore Sportfishing, Catian said the season's first tuna on Tuesday were followed by 10 more the next day, all of 15 to 25 pounds, located in 64-degree water at 27 miles out. "We worked the porpoise schools by trolling at 10 plus knots while brailing bait," Catian said. "...The water was flat as a board." One tuna was also caught on a chrome Action-Lure. SAN QUINTIN YELLOWFIN TUNA REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Chris Peirce of Hermosa Beach reported that Catian's earlier run to the same offshore area had produced 15 yellowtail on paddies.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said a private boat brought in 10 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 25 pounds at midweek, but winds after that prevented more offshore trips. During the week, Pedro's Pangas had 15 boats out, for limits of rockcod, lingcod, and a few yellowtail. On Sunday morning, winds were calming, and more offshore tuna trips were planned. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Tim Moore of Go Baja reported on a two-day trip out of Tiburon's Pangas by three anglers who found no yellowtail outside in rough conditions their first day, but scored on lingcod, rockcod, red snapper, sandbass, and sugar bass at Socorro. On their second day, fishing in improved conditions, they filled two 120-quart ice chests at a spot found by running 45 miles south of the boca at 25 knots. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino said his Vonny's Fleet pangas fished hard at Punta Banda last week, and just about every boat scored on multiple yellowtail of about 15 to 25 pounds, including several full limits, plus some barracuda limits, calico bass, and bottom fish. Punta Banda weather was mostly calm in the high-60s, with 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross reported on a run by his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral, with marinero Jando Ruiz, blanking on yellowtail at La Bufadora, but scoring on a 15-pound yellowtail at north Todos Santos Island, and then finding unlimited log barracuda, plus calico bass of 3 to 6 pounds, at Bajo San Miguel. Ross reported red tides at Marina Coral and Ensenada harbor, with "dead fish everywhere" and "a few floating lobsters to boot." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Lee Wood reported on an albacore trip aboard the Pacific Voyager by 20 members of Oceanside Senior Anglers and Escondido Senior Anglers, traveling 95 miles south of San Diego into 62-degree water for a catch of 33 albacore of 22 to 30 pounds. "We started to troll around 7:30 a.m., and we had our first albacore on the deck around 8:15 a.m., and in the next five-and-a-half hours we landed 33 nice albacore," Wood said. PACIFIC VOYAGER ALBACORE FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 83 anglers aboard the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: five yellowtail, 40 barracuda, six calico bass, two albacore, 288 lingcod, 513 rockcod, 56 whitefish, and 50 red snapper.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 23 boats fished during the week, with a catch of eight yellowtail, and steady counts on lingcod, red rockcod, sheephead, whitefish, and some barracuda. Erendira weather had some wind on Friday and Saturday, but was very calm the rest of the week. Castro said some areas of light red tide were present, with some brief periods of cloudy water, but other areas were clear, as boats fished in 60-degree water about 6 miles from the coast. Plentiful bait was present, and white seabass were seen.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said excellent corvina and pompano action was reported at Magdalena Island by Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters. Devil's Curve and Los Barriles produced grouper, corvina, snapper, and a few smaller snook. A few small dorado showed up, 20 miles outside the San Carlos entrada, but few boats were fishing offshore because of rough seas. Magdalena Bay weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 61 to 71 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said, "I was on the island in my jeep and local fisherman had corbina and pompano. Only a mile off the island for the fish."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said striped marlin provided the bulk of the offshore action last week, as almost all fishing was on the Cortez side due to continued wind and cold water on the Pacific side. Good numbers of football tuna were available to the south and one 200-pound fish was reported from the Gordo Banks. Inshore fishing produced a few late season sierra, some pargo, and a good showing of roosterfish. Cabo San Lucas weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 57 to 67 degrees on the Pacific side, and 79 degrees on the Cortez. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 70 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 17 striped marlin, 60 yellowfin tuna, three dorado, three mako shark, two wahoo, 22 roosterfish, one bonita, 26 sierra, four jack crevalle, and 10 boats skunked.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 45 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, one mako shark, three dorado, one roosterfish, and 39 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo I reported on five outings, with a catch including released fish of 14 striped marlin, and one roosterfish, all caught up past the Gordo Banks on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 12 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, and many limits of yellowfin tuna to 25 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on five midweek boats fishing at the 1150 and 95 spots, and the Gordo Banks, for a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, and 11 yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported greatly improved fishing last week, with 59 percent of Pisces boats catching billfish and 89 percent landing all species combined, including two broadbill swordfish. Inshore fishing was good for roosterfish of 15 to 40 pounds, plus some red snapper. Dorado and tuna continued slow and scattered, in water temperatures averaging 72 degrees. Pisces Fleet boats fished inshore by Faro Viejo, and up the Cortez side to Destiladeras. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Todd Hochstedler of the Got Caught reported on a 40-mile run up the Cortez side on Tuesday that produced three marlin releases for Cliff Long of San Diego. "We actually did almost 110 miles in the boat this day," Hochstedler said. "We lost a few others that got off and must have seen about 15 of them." Three other boats had catches of two sierra, one marlin, and 17 tuna, respectively.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Solmar Fleet, Benjamin Ortega reported several boats doing well on striped marlin by running up toward East Cape. Multiple releases included four stripers plus a blue marlin for El Torito, a triple by the Solmar IV, and a double by the Solmar I, which fished in rough waters at the Jaime Bank on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Kent Rodriguez of Fresno fished out of the historic Hotel Hacienda, opened in 1963 as the first resort in Cabo San Lucas, and said he was told that the hotel had been sold and would close in September as the property is converted to a time-share development: "We've been staying at the Hacienda for the past eight years, and were just sick that this is happening to such a fine establishment that is part of Cabo's past."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 85 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of about: 16 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna, 165 roosterfish, 120 jack crevalle, 28 amberjack, 55 pompano, eight hammerhead shark, six dorado, 70 sierra, 60 dogtooth snapper, 230 yellowtail snapper, 38 cabrilla, 45 parrotfish, and 95 triggerfish. The yellowfin tuna were mostly 25 to 30 pounds, but also included a 190 pounder caught by Capt. Chato off the Iman Bank, landed after a 3-hour fight on 40-pound tackle. Good roosterfish action along the beaches was found from La Playita to Punta Gorda, as local water temperatures averaged 72 to 76 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported greatly improved panga fishing during a late-week session with Capt. Pata on the Salome: "Two-hundred pounds of fish in the box by 9:30 a.m., so we quit early, two mammoth dog snappers and a large amberjack, the first in three years."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo commented on illegal commercial gill net fishing in Mexican waters, and the lack of enforcement of Mexican fisheries regulations: "The preservation of...sportfishing species...is vital to the well being of many thousands, perhaps millions, of Mexicans who depend directly or indirectly on the sportfishing industry." MEXICO COMMERCIAL FISHING VIOLATIONS REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 123 boats, with a catch including released fish of: three blue marlin, 138 striped marlin, one sailfish, 64 dorado, 137 tuna, two wahoo, one roosterfish, one shark, 16 snapper, five jack crevalle, two amberjack, 19 bonita, two ladyfish, two triggerfish, five cabrilla, and 10 skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smokehouse reported on 604 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: four blue marlin, 516 striped marlin, three sailfish, 106 dorado, 495 yellowfin tuna, two pargo, 10 wahoo, and eight roosterfish. East Cape boats fished both north toward Isla Cerralvo, and south to El Rincon. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 58 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 68 striped marlin, one blue marlin, eight roosterfish, 26 dorado, 48 tuna, two wahoo, two pargo, and 68 bonita.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said all cruisers and some pangas and super pangas were busy last week, with catch-and-release marlin daily, and tuna on some days. Along the beaches, roosterfish to 55 pounds were caught.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported continued mild weather in the low-90s, with water temperatures warming to 80 degrees off Isla Cerralvo to the north, and 74 degrees off Los Frailes to the south. Billfish were spread out, tuna were about 20 miles off La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo, and dorado were scarce. Inshore fishing was steady for roosterfish averaging 20 pounds. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported enough offshore billfish present to give fly anglers a handful of shots per day, and "plenty of football-sized tuna to provide sashimi for cocktail hour." On the beaches, clients landed smaller roosterfish and jacks. "We had lots of Bubba sightings, but, unfortunately, no takers," Graham said. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported a tin boat run to Punta Arena in fog that produced no fish in three hours. Locals Russ Fritz and Brad Meister were catching lots of wahoo north at Bahia de la Ventana, and some scattered marlin and tuna were reported by other boats. "The water is still frigid, keeping the weather unseasonal," Bergin said. On Sunday, water temperatures were at 78 degrees, but with "no bait, no dorado, and lots of marlin, but picky."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Russ Fritz of La Ribera said his 11-year-old grandson Jonny landed his first marlin: "He stuck to the rod like a trooper, for 1 hour and 5 minutes, and only asked to be helped when he needed to use the bathroom...Tail wrapped again, and died on the line, so we brought it in to be smoked. I'm not sure what is happening, but that's three out of the last five marlin in my boat to come in tail wrapped."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said the water temperature at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef was up to 74 degrees with improved visibility at 60 feet. The recently seen tiger sharks did not return last week, but other sea life sightings included big schools of jacks, plus giant grouper and tuna. Gary Street fished on Vista Sea Sport's Jen Wren with Capt. Chuy Cota and Mark Rayor, and landed a 52-pound dorado, plus two striped marlin releases, about 25 miles off Buena Vista.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported "one of the best wahoo and striped marlin bites in recent memories" last week, as La Paz waters from Isla Espiritu Santo north of town to Isla Cerralvo in the south produced good offshore catches for boats on both sides of the hill. Inshore fishing produced a continued big variety including the usual pargos and amberjack, and even some late season yellowtail at La Reina. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported good wahoo fishing around the south end of Isla Cerralvo, with boats catching up to two fish in the 30 to 45-pound range. Schools of pargos, amberjack, and yellowtail were present near the island, but Hernandez said his boats did not fish for them, and instead fished offshore for tuna and dorado, which "little by little are making their appearance." LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet reported steady fishing, with yellowtail of La Reina at the north end of Isla Cerralvo, several amberjack to 60 pounds, and smaller striped marlin released along the west side of the island. Limits of pargo and cabrilla, plus some roosterfish, were found on the west side of Isla Espiritu Santo, in water temperatures climbing into the mid-70s.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said, "The fishing is the pits, but everyone is having fun! Hoping for better times soon."
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Sumner of Las Vegas and his group fished three days in variable conditions with Capts. Ismael Murillo and his nephew Luciano, and caught yellowtail of 30 to 45 pounds, plus one day in Sumner's panga with six sailfish releases and another sailfish lost. "We also baited but missed the hookups on three different marlin," Sumner said. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata at the Hotel Oasis said William Ross fished with Capt. Francisco Martinez Jr. early in the week, running 45 miles east of town for a 55-pound dorado.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, 33-year Baja veteran Tony Cherbak of San Juan Capistrano reported very slow fishing out of Juncalito with Capt. Jose Torres, catching three leopard grouper and one spotted cabrilla while fishing Isla Monserate and the coast to Bahia Agua Verde: "Jose said that, other than the migratory species...virtually all the inshore species were nonexistent...I think the commercial pressure and lack of any conservation programs have really hit the area hard." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported on the first annual Pelican Reef Dorado Tournament last week, with two days of fishing, and the top prizes going to: John Haberman, 33-pound dorado; John Haberman, 2-day total of 57 pounds; Bart Santos, 15-pound yellowtail; John Dinning, pargo; Hugo Gutierez, blowfish. Special billfish release prizes went to Bill Lenox, Jane Brooks, and John Dinning. Said Barber, "A committee is being formed to plan for next year's tournaments...We are planning to have three tournaments during the year with significantly improved prizes and formats." MULEGE PELICAN REEF DORADO TOURNAMENT REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported superb yellowtail fishing last week at the bajos north of the island: "It was one of the best weeks this year, hands down!...It doesn't get any better than this." Fishing all seven days at the bajos, Kanzler and his anglers limited out on 23 to 30-pound class yellowtail by 9:30 to 10 a.m. All fish were caught with Kanzler's sliding egg sinker rig and live mackerel close to the bottom. Santa Rosalia weather was perfect in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 78 to 80 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista relayed reports from San Francisquito for hot yellowtail, white seabass, grouper, and Humboldt squid, with light breezes, and water temperatures at 69 degrees.
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 June 17, 2005, with a catch of: 352 cabrilla, 12 to 20 pounds; 24 yellowtail, 19 to 28 pounds; 20 grouper, 45 to 55 pounds; 14 red snapper, 12 to 16 pounds; 12 spotted bay bass; 11 corvina, 12 to 14 pounds; seven white seabass, 20 to 30 pounds; one black sea bass, 55 pounds; one sheephead, 10 pounds; and six grouper released, 20 pounds.
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 June 16, 2005, with a catch of: 250 yellowtail; 178 cabrilla; three white seabass, 33 to 49 pounds; 82 red snapper; four grouper, 27 to 53 pounds; 36 leatherback grouper, 20 to 50 pounds; and 217 miscellaneous fish including a number of large sheephead. The Erik fished at several Midriff locations, including a new spot similar to the Golden Reef, Kerby said. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Celia Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, with a catch of: 126 yellowtail to 40 pounds; 104 cabrilla to 14 pounds; nine Mexican rockcod to 40 pounds; 31 pargo to 16 pounds; six white seabass; 12 sheephead, 101 spotted bay bass; and 38 Humboldt squid. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee at Papa Fernandez on Gonzaga Bay reported hot night winds and so-so fishing for a few yellowtail and the usual spotted bay bass and triggerfish "there for the taking." On Saturday night a U.S. angler was bitten by a rattlesnake in his camp near El Faro, and was taken to the St. James clinic in San Felipe. The bite was later found to be venomous, and the patient was transferred to a hospital in Calexico. Magee said, "There has been an abnormal amount of contact with the little critters this year. At this time the victim is doing well." GONZAGA BAY FISHING AND RATTLESNAKE BITE REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was perfect at 90 degrees, and many people were in the water enjoying the bay, in calm conditions: "San Felipe has been very much a 'seaside resort' for a couple of weeks now." The Title Company Bookstore was due to close for the season next week, and will reopen at the end of August. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of San Carlos reported on a midweek run by his boat Catch-22, releasing two striped marlin and losing a third, in blue water, with 2-foot seas: "We had a good day. We stayed in close and never went passed the reef. Back to the marina by 1 p.m." Another boat loaded up on football tuna, Calvert said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 28 offshore boats for Aries Fleet out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin of 280 pounds, 15 striped marlin, 21 sailfish, 18 yellowfin tuna, and one dorado. Inshore fishing was excellent for red snapper, as three super panga outings caught more than 80 of them. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-80s, with light afternoon breezes, and water temperatures of 77 to 78 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said Aries Fleet offshore boats were fishing 20 miles south of the marina.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree water was still close to the bay, and the fleet averaged about two to three sailfish per day, plus slower but steady shots at blue marlin. Inshore fishing for roosterfish was improving: "We are moving on into the season for them now...The best roosterfish action is taking place about 26 to 30 miles south." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Sailfish are steady at two to four per boat. The marlin bite has tapered off to some degree, but there are still enough around to make some days interesting. The best news is the roosterfish are a bit easier to get to and more active."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported a good mix of offshore and inshore fishing, as boats scored on sailfish, marlin, tuna, shark, bonito and dorado offshore, and yellowtail jacks, needlefish, bonito, and some roosterfish inshore. The Grande Jefe reported a 160-pound yellowfin tuna. "Warmer inshore waters in the upcoming weeks should make for some red hot roosterfish action," Lushinsky said. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported weather in the mid-80s, with light breezes, scattered clouds, and water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.