EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Wayne Bisbee of the Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament held at Buena Vista Beach Resort on Aug. 2-6, 2005, announced first place money of $224,244 for a 344-pound blue marlin caught by Rancho Leonero resident Charlene Stanford on the boat Adam's Folly.
"This is the largest individual payout in East Cape tournament fishing history," Bisbee said. The blue marlin was the only qualifying fish caught during the tournament during three days of fishing by 56 teams. Overall, 64 striped marlin, 24 blue marlin, and 28 sailfish were released during the event. The largest tuna caught was 48.5 pounds, by Bodo Meschkat, on the Dusty B III, winning $9,408. The largest dorado caught was 53 pounds, by Cliff Wilson, on the Que Sera, winning $9,408. The top three release boats during the tournament were the Dos Amigos, Bottom Line, and Sneak Attack, respectively. BISBEE'S EAST CAPE OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: On Saturday, Bob Lewis of Glendora reported: "There was a 344-pound blue marlin weighed today, a 48.5-pound tuna also today, and along with yesterday's 53-pound dorado, those are the winning fish for the Bisbee's."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: In other East Cape fishing, Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported striped marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish starting 5 miles offshore, and lots of tuna early in the week under huge schools of porpoise 15 to 20 miles off the Punta Arena lighthouse. Dorado were still slow, and a few wahoo were caught. On the beaches the roosterfish bite stayed strong from La Ribera to Las Barracas. East Cape weather was in the low-90s, with some afternoon southeast breezes and water temperatures of 84 to 88 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported all boats fishing daily, mostly for tuna up to 75 pounds, released striped marlin, and some blue marlin and sailfish, but not many dorado.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles reported on seven days of fishing on his boat Fat Cat and on Dan Steimle's boat Viviendo Bien, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, six striped marlin, two sailfish, and one 25-pound dorado. During the recent Bisbee's East Cape Tournament, Burkett's team on the Viviendo Bien lost a contender blue marlin estimated at about 400-pounds that hit twice but came off both times. EAST CAPE FISHING AND BISBEE'S REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported yellowfin tuna to the 30-pound class caught by angler Michael Hibbard while fishing out to 10 miles off Cabo Pulmo. East Cape weather was calm in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 73 to 88 degrees and humidity at 55 percent. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were "Tidy Bowl blue" and as good as it gets. Water temperatures were in the mid-80s and Rayor said hordes of sea life were on the reef: "Visibility would be spectacular, but it is impossible to see through all the fish."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported a good Saturday run south to Soledad bank with four anglers for limits of rockcod, one cowcod, six lingcod, and 10 salmon grouper, in perfect sea conditions with "zero" wind, and a water temperature of 66.7 degrees. Earlier, Gomez reported an early week trip south to Bahia de Soledad with four anglers, in good sea conditions and 65-degree water, for limits of very good-sized rockcod, 10 salmon grouper, and six lingcod. Gomez said he fished about 10 miles south of Punta Banda at depths of 300 to 400 feet. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing said he cut a midweek tuna trip short with five anglers, due to cold, green 58-degree water, and returned to fish the bottom at San Jose for limits of rockcods, olive rockfish, lingcod, whitefish, and red rockcod, using squid bait and 5-inch plastics. Argonza relayed reports of tuna found 45 miles out of Marina Coral at 250 degrees, and he had two more tuna trips scheduled. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda were still fishing in red tide conditions, but calico bass were starting to bite on swim baits, and rockcod action was steady. A couple of firecracker yellowtail and sheephead were also caught, including one yellowtail by Vonny Fleet's new staff addition, Capt. Hector Zamora. Punta Banda weather was in the mid-70s, with light breezes and a water temperature of 62 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported excellent bottom fishing at San Jose reef in 61-degree water for large lingcod and red rockcod, a 45-pound halibut, and some white seabass to 30 pounds, while fishing 100 to 180 feet deep. The Tamara also fished the kelp beds at Maximino reef for good results on calico bass and four yellowtail to 15 pounds. Susarrey said on Thursday there was no red tide at Maximino reef. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 215 anglers on the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee Too, Shir-Lee, El Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 18 barracuda, 1,166 rockcod, 246 whitefish, 242 sheephead, and 80 red rockcod.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 23 boats fishing out of Erendira for the week, with a catch of: nine white seabass, six yellowtail, lots of large red rockcod, and many lingcod and whitefish. Erendira weather was good all week, with a very calm sea, clear blue water, and a water temperature of 62 degrees in the main fishing area 6 miles from the coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Gabriel Davila of Upland reported a good day with Capt. Jaime Garcia on Friday, trolling out 27 miles, and coming back to the 15-mile mark for four kelp paddy yellowtail of 23 to 30 pounds, and one dorado of 22 pounds out of four dorado hookups, plus wide-open skipjack of 10 to 15 pounds at another spot. Davila and fishing partner Joe Ruiz of Long Beach fished again on Saturday but had no luck in rough sea conditions. "At about 12 noon most San Quintin boats opted to go to the 240 spot to try their luck with bottom fish," Davila said. "We elected to go in and get an early start on the road home." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Stan Woodward of Manhattan Beach fished three days on the Romy with Capt. Lilo of Pedro's Pangas and reported no yellowtail or white seabass, but excellent fishing for red rockcod in 260 to 480 feet of water, and "epic" sandbass action at Isla San Martin, but "a long drive to catch sandbass." San Quintin water temperatures were in the low-60s with some afternoon winds, and a heavy red tide was present along the coast. "Nobody ran offshore while we were there," Woodward said. "Every morning most of the pangas ran to the sand bass bite like horses to the barn." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said Scott Pringle and Melissa Ivey of Hanford fished over the weekend with Capt. Hector on the Romy for limits of yellowtail to 20 pounds, plus large seabass and rockcod.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Monte Kotur of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported K&M's Capt. Kelly Catian with "wide-open dorado on paddies" on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005. On Thursday, angler Perry Veasey and his group scored on 14 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 25 pounds, plus yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds, all on paddies.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Gustavo Goytia of Los Angeles reported on a near full-length Baja run down Mex 1 with stops at Puerto Santo Tomas Resort, El Rosario, Mulege, and La Paz where he fished with Tortuga Sportfishing for marlin, hot action on light tackle mixed species, four dorado, and two roosterfish including one estimated at about 90 pounds. A day after returning home, Goytia headed south again to Castro's Camp, for a catch including red rockcod, lingcod, and four large white seabass: "Everyone in my neighborhood who I know is always short on cash and have kids. They have enough Baja fish for at least the next four months." BAJA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported warming water temperatures to 76 degrees and good fishing outside the Puerto Lopez Mateos boca for yellowfin tuna and dorado just a few miles offshore. Bonito, dorado, skipjack, and some yellowtail were under birds at the San Carlos entrada. In the mangrove channels, sierra, corvina, halibut, and some snook were caught. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 62 to 76 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 75 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 45 striped marlin, 25 dorado, 25 yellowfin tuna, three skipjack, three jack crevalle, and 22 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo weather at the 100-degree mark, with water temperatures of 80 to 86 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side and 75 to 80 degrees on the Pacific side. Steady striped marlin counts averaged one to two releases per boat from the Pacific side, with some boats scoring three or four releases. School-sized tuna and dorado were present but scattered. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on five early week boats, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, two tuna, 18 dorado, and two wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 13 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna of 30 to 45 pounds, five dorado of 40 pounds, one wahoo of 50 pounds, and one blue marlin of 200 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Robert Cassidy of Lake Elsinore reported on an early-July fishing trip up the Sea of Cortez side with Redrum Sportfishing for two striped marlin and several dorado, including a 50-pound class fish caught by his wife Kerry. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 67 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: one black marlin, one blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, nine sailfish, one wahoo, 32 dorado, 44 yellowfin tuna, eight rainbow runner, two yellowtail, 22 amberjack, 16 roosterfish, 14 cabrilla, 40 huachinango, 28 yellowtail snapper, 22 jack crevalle, and 15 bonito. Overall fishing was slower than normal, both offshore and inshore, with live bait scarce. San Jose weather was calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 78 to 85 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: On Friday, Bob Lewis of Glendora reported: "The La Playita fleets had very few boats out. Beautiful conditions but very few fish. Bait is still scarce and jigs are not bringing big numbers. I saw some small tuna, a sailfish and some bottom fish at the table."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported fishing "pretty slow" out of La Playita early in the week: "We saw some marlin hanging from the hooks on the beach that were so small that from a distance they looked like dorado. There were scattered small tuna and a few random other species." Grimes also recommended La Playita panga Capt. Jaime Arista Castro, 011-52 624-151-3033: "His panga leaves the beach while the hungover capitanes of the cooperativa have not even arrived..." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo said he's begun looking for new brackish water species in the open San Jose del Cabo river estuary: "The...river opened up to the sea, and all sorts of goof balls have showed up for the abundance of new free chow. With more time exploring, I am discovering more and more places to find new species." Snow reported on seven surf fishing and five panga fishing sessions in the past two weeks, with 30 fish species observed, including two new ones, the sand grunt and round stingray. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, Jim Eakin of Glendora and his family group fished three days out of La Playita with Capts. Antonio and Marcello of Guluarte Fleet, for three marlin lost, two manta ray, four jack crevalle, two 40-pound yellowfin tuna, a 30-pound amberjack, and a needlefish. "Another great San Jose del Cabo fishing trip with Antonio and Marcello," Eakin said. "They fish hard and teach you while you fish." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said good concentrations of dorado of 10 to 20 pounds were being fished daily from the north end of Isla Cerralvo to Las Cruces, on weeds and in open schools. To the south, the first school-sized tuna of about 15 pounds were caught off Punta Perico. Wahoo were seen in the Cerralvo channel, but not hooked last week. Hernandez said the water color is improving on the Las Arenas side, but water temperatures last week were a little cooler than normal at 74 to 76 degrees. Las Arenas weather was very hot and calm, to 105 degrees during the day and 80 degrees at night. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported consistent dorado action on the La Paz side last week: "...If you're gonna put in a few days of fishing at La Paz, it's gonna be pretty hard not to catch a dorado right now." Most fish were in the smaller classes, but Roldan said there are also more 15 to 40 pounders in the mix and he weighed a couple of dorado in the 50-pound class. Dorado were also holding on the Las Arenas side. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said heavy school-sized dorado concentrations invaded the slot between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo last week, with fish up to 20 pounds caught. Other catches in the same area included two mako shark and four striped marlin released by Rafael Correas. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo provided most of the fishing action last week, mainly for smallish dorado of 15 to 20 pounds, with some 30 to 35 pounders mixed in. The Maui Sporting Goods diving group found cooler than expected 72-degree water but sighted wahoo, marlin, and sailfish at El Bajo, and also speared a 77-pound amberjack there, plus cabrilla, pargos, and large triggerfish at Isla Espiritu Santo. LA PAZ DIVING AND FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said local captains found a mixed bag of fish including baqueta, cabrilla, yellowtail, other bottom fish, a few scattered dorado, some yellowfin and skipjack tuna, and relatively abundant sailfish and marlin last week, but nothing wide-open. Loreto weather was calm, hot, and humid, with a brief chubasco that sent boats running for shelter on Tuesday, and water temperatures at about 84 degrees. "Sailfish are being routinely caught here right now," Bear said, "although many fishermen are passing them up in preference to spending the time hunting dorado and tuna." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported clear weather for the week, and water temperatures of about 81 degrees, but dorado fishing still a scattered pick in the local area. Boats fishing during the week found steady sailfish action, some yellowtail, and plenty of triggerfish on the bottom. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey relayed a report from Jim Apple at La Posada: "He talked to someone who picked up two sailfish and two dorado one day last week so maybe there is hope. Basically, it just sounds inconsistent this summer."
MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson said the hotel's September fishing special includes three nights, panga, and lunches, for $250 per person, double occupancy, and the pangas can hold up to four anglers.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said fishing was slow last week, with just a few yellowtail caught on bait at the bajos north of the island, some dorado on paddies between the island and Isla Tortuga, and slow action at Tortuga for a nice sawtail grouper of about 25 pounds on iron while fishing with artificial lure enthusiast Mark Shannon and his wife Leslie. Kanzler reported a few hours of near-hurricane force winds that came up within a few minutes one morning while he was fishing north at Caleta Santa Maria: "The winds went from 0 to 60 knots in the drop of a hat! I've never seen it get that bad and close to hurricane CAT 1 in my 13 years living here." Santa Rosalia weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures steady at 83 to 85 degrees, and visibility at 30 to 60 feet. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Hogan of San Bruno south of Santa Rosalia said he fished on Wednesday, and had a sailfish and dorado in the pattern, but no hookups, before the big chubasco hit: "The chubasco came in very quickly and we took cover in San Lucas Cove. Torrential rains and wind. We have a new respect for the weather down here!"
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike McGettigan of the conservation organization Sea Watch reported observing heavy panga longlining for dorado about 3.5 miles northeast of the north tip of Isla San Marcos on July 9, 2005, while filming a shark camp story with National Geographic. McGettigan said 14 longline pangas from Guaymas, supported by four shrimp boats, were taking 7 to 14 tons of dorado per day. "Most of the fish, 80 percent that we saw, were small about 10 to 12 pound females," McGettigan said. "We saw them bring in about 15-20 fish while we were there." According to Mexican fisheries regulations, dorado are reserved for sportfishing and may not be targeted specifically by commercial fishing boats. SANTA ROSALIA DORADO LONGLINING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported dorado still wide-open inside the bay on Sunday, with limits of 8 to 28-pound fish caught on live bait and weeds 3 miles off Punta Pescador. "All Bahia de los Angeles fishing boats are coming back loaded today," Vazquez said. Earlier, Vazquez said, "So far they seem to be increasing in numbers. We have been catching them on live bait under the sargasso and at times have more than 20 under the boat." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of San Francisquito reported "dorado and yellowtail are in full bore" over the weekend. The dorado were located on weeds or anything in the water, about 6 miles out, on a heading of 100 degrees. "...They are moving in and have hit off the points close to shore," Crenshaw said. "If you go out, try to troll the weed line or any floating object and you will get them. Most are in the 12-pound class, but bigger showing." San Francisquito weather was at 86 to 90 degrees, with a water temperature of 76 degrees. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Jason Jarrard of Costa Mesa and John Tebault kayak fished and dived out of Camp Gecko and reported excellent, almost fish-per-cast action on grouper, pargo, and cabrilla along the south side of the bay and at Don Juan Cove. "It took an hour crossing the bay to the outside," Jarrard said, "but once there we hit reef after reef and cove after cove of ten pound grouper, fat cabrilla, toothy pargo and snapper. Not lying, a fish every cast to every three casts." Getting a ride to Don Juan Cove the next day, they scored on more grouper and pargo, using lures only, with short wire leaders as described in The Baja Catch. Water temperatures were at 75 to 85 degrees in the bay, and 75 to 80 degrees in the channel. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Aug. 5, 2005, with a catch of: limits of yellowtail; 160 cabrilla, one black sea bass, 32 white seabass, 15 sheephead, three dorado, 60 squid, and two roosterfish released. Reyes said plenty of bait was available, and the weather at the islands was at 95 to 100 degrees, with 80 percent humidity. SAN FELIPE 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 Aug. 5, 2005, with a catch of: 321 yellowtail, 18 to 31 pounds; two black sea bass, 65 to 85 pounds; one white seabass, 25 pounds; 53 cabrilla, 8 to 14 pounds; three red snapper, 14 pounds; five sheephead, 7 pounds; 69 spotted bay bass; and 45 miscellaneous fish.
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 Aug. 4, 2005, with a catch of: 117 yellowtail, 82 cabrilla, eight white seabass, 28 pargo, four dorado, four grouper of 25 to 86 pounds, and 101 miscellaneous fish. The 86-pound grouper was caught the last day of the trip at the Golden Reef by Mike Scolaro. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Rick Felder of Glendale, Ariz., fished earlier in the week about 16 miles southwest of Cholla Bay on his boat End of the Line, and reported three gulf grouper of 30, 40, and 65 pounds, all caught on live grunts in about 100 feet of water, with a surface water temperature range of 87 to 92 degrees. Felder said he made grunt baits about two miles out of Cholla Bay in about 30 feet of water. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Robert Dryden of Tucson reported on two days of early-August fishing on the Ricochet with Allan Smith and Mark Kuhn, finding just a couple of small dorado and a skipjack 5 to 20 miles out their first day, but coming back the second day with a sailfish and 250-pound class blue marlin released, plus another 500-pound class blue lost after a three-hour fight. All fish were caught on rigged halfbeaks. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of the charter boat Prime Time left his northern fishing grounds at Prince Rupert, B.C., and was returning to Puerto Vallarta last week, with the Prime Time's first charter for the season scheduled Aug. 14, 2005. Of the targeted giant yellowfin tuna fishery at Puerto Vallarta, Temple said, "Last season we had 29 yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds, and six tuna over 300 pounds. This year, we’re shooting for 50 tuna over 200 pounds, and 10 over 300 pounds." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was only two miles out, and offshore boats averaged two to three sailfish per day, about 10 to 12 miles out. Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos fished inshore for three days and averaged two roosterfish over 35 pounds plus three or four jack crevalle of 18 to 20 pounds per day. Few boats were fishing. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Sailfish are two to three per day for boats fishing, a few marlin are still in area, there are no tuna or dorado, and inshore roosterfish are hitting but scarce."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.