MULEGE, MEXICO: The mid-Cortez Mulege and Santa Rosalia areas produced steady late season fishing last week on continued offshore mixed billfish and small dorado, and inshore sierra, yellowtail, cabrilla, and corvina.
Rick Barber of Mulege reported generally good weather last week and fishing productive for good counts of small dorado and sierra, some sailfish and marlin, two yellowfin tuna, and 20 to 30-pound yellowtail caught north at Isla San Marcos.
Catches included Hank Tussy and Mary Landgraf with five dorado and two sierra at Isla Santa Inez, and John Haberman with eight small dorado and 10 sierra at Punta Hornitos. Mulege water temperatures were at 77 to 78 degrees. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported few anglers visiting Ensenada last week. On Saturday, Steve Lai, Peter Wang, Daniel Chang, Oliver Alfonso and Bo Smith fished with Capt. Beto and Capt. Hector on the pangas Vonny I and Vonny II for a catch of: 10 lingcod, and three yellowtail of 23 to 26 pounds.
"The winter yellowtails are now in at Ensenada," Villarino said. Punta Banda weather was mostly calm in the high-60s, with 3-foot ocean swells, and a water temperature of 60 degrees. PUNTA BANDA PANGA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dan Fleming of National City noted several observations during his recent trip to Puerto Santo Tomas, including a checkpoint move from Maneadero to a point farther south, restricted access to the coastal property between Santo Tomas and Punta Banda, and rumors of a 50-net aquaculture farm and LNG terminal in the area. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS AREA REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 20 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, for heavy counts of red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, calico bass, and barracuda: "Lots of everything." Bait fish continued to be seen in concentrations along the coast with lots of birds over them. Erendira had some northeast winds in the afternoons, but not enough to affect fishing, in clear blue water, about 5 miles from camp.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported on 10 boats fishing during the week in some windy conditions. Anglers Joen Zuniga, Gil Lopez, Pedro Perez, and Jim DeCoursey of Los Angeles fished on the Rommy with Capt. Hector for limits of calico bass, sandbass, barracuda, and red rockcod at the 240 spot and Isla San Martin. One boat ran south to Socorro and returned with two white seabass of about 20 pounds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported good yellowtail action during the first week of November for anglers Jimmy Chi, Lawrence Li, and So Kin Ming, who used iron at the 15 spot for yellowtail on one day. On another day, they ran south for white seabass, calico bass, sandbass, rockfish, and barracuda. San Quintin weather was flat and glassy both days, with water temperatures in the low-60s. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on Baja's semi-remote Pacific coast reported continued very good yellowtail action. Aguilar guided San Diego anglers George Bishop, Jonny Arrieta, and Kevin Beddoe on Beddoe's 26-foot boat for a four-day catch of: 77 medium Baja yellowtail of 28 to 34 pounds, 21 medium dorado, calico bass, and five grouper of 30 to 32 pounds. A one-day catch on Aguilar's boat Karol included 17 yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds. La Bocana weather had some windy days, with a water temperature of 72 degrees. LA BOCANA BAJA FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto trailered his boat to Magdalena Bay and fished solo at the offshore Thetis Bank area for two days out of Puerto Lopez, for a skunk trip one day, but two wahoo of 36 and 49 pounds his second day, plus five yellowfin tuna to 15 pounds caught while returning to the Boca de Soledad entrada. Another boat fished by Jim Luithly and Andres Cota for two days scored on five wahoo to 49 pounds, one marlin, one dorado, and one yellowfin tuna. Water temperatures at the Thetis Bank were down to 73 degrees. Erhardt also noted that fishing licenses and boat permits were being checked at Puerto Lopez Mateos. THETIS BANK MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of East Cape trailered his boat Fat Cat to Magdalena Bay and fished four days out of the Mag Bay Tours camp at Punta Hughes, together with three other boats, the Makaria, Mascot, and Badfish. Burkett reported some good action south of the San Carlos boca and out to the Thetis Bank for some dorado, wahoo, school-sized yellowfin tuna, and up to six or seven marlin in a day for some boats of the group, plus a view of a Magdalena Bay-style fall fish pileup: "In about a 2-square-mile area there were thousands of birds, fish, sea lions and porpoise feeding on bait balls. One 38-foot Cabo fishing only live bait reported a 40-fish day. It was exactly the bite Mag Bay is famous for..." MAGDALENA BAY OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Magdalena Bay weather as clear in the mid-70s, with the water temperature at 70 to 77 degrees, and offshore fishing scattered from the San Carlos boca to the Thetis Bank. Enrique Soto reported some yellowtail under birds at the entrada. The mangrove esteros produced some corvina and grouper, but few snook. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters at Puerto Lopez Mateos said anglers aboard the charter boat Mar Gato caught yellowfin tuna and a marlin halfway between the offshore Thetis Bank and Boca de Soledad. The boat Prime Time caught wahoo and saw many marlin at the Thetis Bank. Guide service is available for anglers wanting to take their boats out through the Boca de Soledad entrada just north of Puerto Lopez Mateos, 011-52-613-131-5279. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 78 outings by the Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Gaviota Fleet, with a catch including released fish of: five blue marlin, 42 striped marlin, two sailfish, 75 dorado, and nine yellowfin tuna. Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly calm, with water temperatures at 78 degrees on the Pacific side, and 82 degrees at the 95 spot. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic Reported on 110 boats, with a catch including released fish of: five blue marlin, 75 striped marlin, one sailfish, 27 yellowfin tuna, 71 dorado, one wahoo, 32 roosterfish, and 12 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 53 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 27 striped marlin, three blue marlin, one broadbill swordfish, 25 yellowfin tuna, 36 dorado, and one sailfish. Solmar's top boat for the week was the Solmar IV with Capt. Mario Arballo and a six-outing catch including released fish of: nine striped marlin, one blue marlin, 12 yellowfin tuna, and 23 dorado. SOLMAR CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 10 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, eight striped marlin, 17 dorado of 25 to 40 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo weather windy on the Pacific side with a strong temperature break of 77 to 83 degrees, and calm on the Cortez side at 84 to 85 degrees. Billfish action was centered around the 1150 and 95 spots, and yellowfin tuna were mostly school-sized fish during the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament: "We kept our fingers crossed for better tuna action this week but it just did not materialize, at least for the big fish." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 54 percent of charters landing billfish, 62 percent with dorado, and few tuna caught, although a 303 pounder was weighed during the recent Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 165 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: 680 yellowfin tuna, 620 white skipjack, two striped marlin, 12 sailfish, four shark, five wahoo, 85 dorado, 15 dog snapper, 18 amberjack, 16 grouper, 20 cabrilla, 40 pargo, 45 sierra, and 12 rainbow runner. Brictson noted local opposition to three commercial purse seiners working off San Jose del Cabo: "The local pangueros from La Playita were so upset they contemplated taking action into their own hands by surrounding the boats in their pangas and slashing nets with machetes. Maybe this is what it will take to get some action taken..." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported winds diminishing toward the end of the week and fishing on the upswing, mostly for small yellowfin tuna, dorado, and some pargo. The bait supply was improving, but was still mainly 1 to 2-inch sardinas. A 150-pound class grouper was caught by a local captain on a dead bolito dropped to the bottom, and the captain reported two others broken off. San Jose del Cabo weather was in the low-90s. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: David Gassman of Truckee reported scratchy fishing for his group of four anglers fishing one day on a cruiser with Palmilla Bay Sportfishing and four days in pangas with Gordo Banks Pangas, for a catch of: a few 15 to 35-pound yellowfin tuna, one amberjack of about 15 pounds, some triggerfish, one cabrilla of 15 pounds, and a small yellowtail jack. Fishing conditions and bait were difficult due to heavy boat traffic from the Bisbee's tournament. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 281 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol, with a catch including released fish of: 181 yellowfin tuna, 16 blue marlin, 90 striped marlin, 97 sailfish, 70 dorado, and one wahoo. East Cape weather was calm after a period of winds, with water temperatures of 78 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mike Reichner of Baja Beach Captain reported on three days of shore fishing at the Punta Arena light, with a one-morning catch on Luhr Jensen Stingers of: 32 ladyfish, two small roosterfish, three small jacks, one grunt, and one lookdown. Another angler landed a 47-pound roosterfish in front of Hotel Punta Colorada. Beach conditions at the end of week were calm, with the water temperature in the low-80s. EAST CAPE BEACH FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing reported an excellent spell of kayak billfish action out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada for anglers Scott Demoss, Corey Wyrick, David Schlottman, Daryl Laroque, Kurt Schindler, and George Pflaum. Fishing five days off Punta Arena, the six kayakers landed a total of: four striped marlin and three sailfish, plus another marlin and sailfish landed from a panga. "While the plan had not been to target billfish on this trip, it made for a very memorable experience for all the anglers," Sammons said. EAST CAPE KAYAK BILLFISH REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather with winter-style north winds early in the week: "...There were a few yellowfin tuna to be found on the outside. As the wind increased, the East Cape fishing boats moved closer to shore and found a few skipjack and small jacks to round out the day." Winds diminished at midweek but left inshore waters mixed, with little fishing action. East Cape weather was calm in the mid-80s by Saturday, with water temperatures of 80 to 86 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were "spectacular" last week, with the water temperature at 79 to 81 degrees at depth, mild currents, and 80 to 100 feet of visibility. Sea life sightings included white tip shark and a huge mako shark at El Cantil: "That was the first time I have sighted one under water and it was a rush."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Larry Miller of Huntington Beach reported his first striped marlin ever while fishing out of Rancho Buena Vista. Larger yellowfin tuna were out 50 to 60 miles: "I caught my first striped marlin and had to kill it...when it engulfed the bait. The deckhand said it was going to die; that was a real bummer." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista said he caught a sierra about 40 meters off Hotel Palmas de Cortez and commercial pangueros were bringing in jumbo coolers of red snapper from south of his place: "They also fished for several nights near Punta Pescadero and over four or five nights had good catches of snapper and pargo including three or four dog snappers that exceeded 15 kilos." EAST CAPE PANGUERO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 108 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 26 striped marlin, 27 sailfish, 10 dorado, 79 tuna, five roosterfish, 33 snapper, three amberjack, one ladyfish, two pompano, 14 triggerfish, 10 squid, one cabrilla, and 12 skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said action on the Las Arenas side turned variable last week, with some slow days but other days producing good catches of dorado, tuna, pargo, amberjack, marlin, and sailfish, plus two wahoo of 25 and 40 pounds caught by Capt. Rigo south of Isla Cerralvo. Humboldt squid were still being caught for bait about 2 miles off Ensenada de los Muertos, and some sardina were also showing up at Punta Perico. Las Arenas weather was sunny and mostly calm. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter international said fishing was still up-and-down on the Las Arenas side for a variety of species available for anglers "willing to catch 'what's eating.'" Abundant Humboldt squid continued to be caught and Roldan said one of his captains commented, "Some days there's more giant squid than fish." On the La Paz side, fishing was steadier on continued dorado plus pargo caught inshore. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported Loreto weather as mostly calm, with water temperatures of 74 to 82 degrees. About a dozen boats per day were finding yellowtail averaging 25 pounds about 150 feet deep at Punta Perico on the outside of Isla Carmen. Fishing 150 feet deep was also productive at San Bruno to the north for the boat Maravilla for a catch of four yellowtail averaging 20 pounds, five cabrilla under 5 pounds, and a 7-pound pargo. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of the Voodoo Lounge at San Lucas Cove reported yellowtail to 33 pounds at the Isla San Marcos bajos, yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds off the south end of Isla Tortuga, and a continued strong billfish bite moving east and south a few miles for striped marlin, blue marlin, and some dorado as well. Santa Rosalia weather was in the mid-80s, with the water temperature at 77 degrees, and inshore fishing around San Lucas Cove was excellent for cabrilla, sierra, and corvina. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay reported San Felipe weather in the high-70s and the annual Shrimp Festival ending with the awards ceremony on Sunday: "The town has been full of visitors all weekend with the street vendors and the restaurants all doing very well...The shrimp look great this year...I'll be making scampi this evening." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Esther Johnson of Santiago's Ocean Services said Colorado Red Snapper were being caught at the 28-mile reef in about 200 feet of water. "On one of our fast 32-foot boats we can get out there in about one hour," Johnson said. "Rocky Point weather has been the greatest and the waters are finally cooling down, making fishing just wonderful."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said the yellowfin tuna bite slowed to a crawl as an algae bloom clouded local waters "and I'm not sure that has not put an early demise to our tuna bite." Bonito were caught at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, and dorado were still small and about 25 miles out or more. Water temperatures were in the mid-70s: "I've taken all my offshore fishing gear off the boat and put on the jigging iron. Time for the yellowtail..." SAN CARLOS, SONORA, FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 30 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 25 sailfish, one blue marlin, two striped marlin, 17 dorado, and 10 yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds. Inshore pangas caught 160-plus red snapper, eight sierra, one jack crevalle, three bonito, 20 pargo, and 15 mojarras. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures stable at 77 degrees inshore, and 82 degrees offshore. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing reported on four offshore runs by the charter boat Lorena last week, with a catch including released fish of: nine dorado 20 to 60 pounds, one black marlin of about 400 pounds, two sailfish, and two yellowfin tuna to about 180 pounds. Puerto Vallarta seas were moderate with a water temperature range of 82 to 85 degrees. "The dorado are caught at Corbetena, between El Moro and Corbetena, as well as the ride between Punta de Mita and El Banco," Quinonez said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on a combined three outings by the Puerto Vallarta charter boats Marla 2 and Arca de Noe, with a catch of yellowfin tuna of 190, 80, 280, and 175 pounds, while fishing at Roca Corbeteña in flat seas and a water temperature of 84 degrees. The tuna wanted small baits and were caught on trolled, flylined and kited caballitos, Osuna said: "There were tunas everywhere you looked, but they were feeding on something very small like a little squid, because these fish weren't baiting too good." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard reported on two days of fishing out of Puerto Vallarta on his boat Tinknocker, finding slow going for large yellowfin tuna both days, but also getting into a fight with a very large marlin that almost spooled 1,000 yards of line set at 55 to 60 pounds of drag: "...It rocked me on a pinnacle...The side plates were smoking hot and untouchable. I have never seen or felt a fish pull like this!" TINKNOCKER PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said both inshore and offshore fishing improved last week at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. About 15 offshore boats per day were averaging about one sailfish each, plus a few dorado and blue marlin. Inshore fishing picked up strongly on roosterfish and jacks. Capt. Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos averaged three roosterfish and 10 to 15 jack crevalle per day. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was calm and clear in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said both inshore and offshore fishing improved last week, as offshore boats scored on one to four sailfish hookups per day, plus one blue marlin landed, and inshore boats found catch-and-release action on up to 53 yellowtail jacks per day, plus some roosterfish, bonito, and one snook. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was mostly calm, and the bait supply was good. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.