CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported continued super-hot striped marlin action for boats making the long run to the Finger Bank about 50 miles north of Cabo on the Pacific side:
"The only problem is that the very best action has been...over 50 miles away...Fishing operators are beginning to feel the pinch in fuel costs and some are charging extra to go the extra 20 miles beyond the normal day fishing grounds, but it is usually well worth it." Top catches for the week included a 12-release day for Blue Thunder, 11 releases for Happy Boy, and 17 releases for two outings by Tracy Ann. Overall, Pisces Fleet released 193 marlin for the week out of 197 landed. Cabo San Lucas weather was near-perfect, with water temperatures averaging 77 to 78 degrees on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported boats still scoring very high striped marlin counts around the Finger Bank: "It is not uncommon to hear of boats getting 30 bites...A dozen releases on a Cabo San Lucas day trip to the Finger Bank was common this week...I just hope the fish continue to move in our direction so everyone can get in on the bite." Yellowfin tuna and dorado were scattered, and few wahoo were reported. Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly flat in the high-80s, with water temperatures at a cool 72 degrees at the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side, and 79 to 81 degrees on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 66 striped marlin, two sailfish, 42 dorado, 33 yellowfin tuna, four blue marlin, and seven jack crevalle. Solmar's top boat for the week was the San Lucas VI with Capt. Adalberto Agundez and a six-outing catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, one sailfish, 17 yellowfin tuna, and 14 dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 14 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, and 10 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds. El Budster scored five-marlin releases for the John O'Connor grouper on Monday.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 75 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: one small blue marlin, 69 striped marlin, three wahoo, and 28 yellowfin tuna. Cabo San Lucas weather was in the low-90s with some northwest breezes and water temperatures at 74 to 79 degrees on the Pacific side, as the best marlin action was found at the Golden Gate Bank. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught steady limits of rockcods, lingcod, whitefish, olive rockfish, sculpin, and one yellowtail last week. On Friday, Jay Johnson fished with Capt. Beto for a full cooler including a red rockcod at 9 pounds. Ensenada weather was mostly calm in the mid-60s, with 3-foot ocean swells and the water temperature at Punta Banda at 60 degrees. PUNTA BANDA PANGA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 46 anglers fishing on the Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 30 bonito, 22 barracuda, 82 lingcod, 189 rockcod, 52 whitefish, and 62 red rockcod.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Fishing out of Ensenada the previous Saturday, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported 61-degree water and 6-foot swells at the north end of the Punta Banda Bank for easy limits of quality rockfish at 370 feet: "Nothing but reds from the smallest weighing 3 pounds to the largest at 6 pounds...a 4-pound whitefish and one cinnamon rockcod. Not one junk fish...This was Ensenada rock codding at it's best...No stinky salmon grouper and best of all...no seals." ENSENADA BOTTOM FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported flat calm seas all week and pangueros venturing out farther than usual for full sacks of fish: "Under the present weather conditions they can venture out further to penetrate more remote areas." James Ellis' group from Los Angeles caught full limits during two days of fishing, and the top angler for the week was Diane Lujan of Nuevo, Calif., who caught a 35-pound manta ray and lingcod in the 10-pound class. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Paul Montgomery of Vista and his brother Bevin Montgomery of Kettle Falls, Wash., drove into Puerto Santo Tomas and fished with Capt. Ramon out of Sergio Gomez' cabins at La Bocana, finding no surface action, but wide-open numbers on quality bottom fish that were "almost too easy." Montgomery said they fished one day north around the Soledad reef and two days south around Punta China, in 60-degree water about 160 to 230 feet deep. The road in from Mex 1 was in reasonable shape and the road north to Puerto Santo Tomas was rougher. LA BOCANA BOTTOM FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had 23 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, for a catch of red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, calico bass, and barracuda. Erendira weather had some Santa Ana wind, but with calm seas and very warm temperatures all week and boats were able to complete fishing each day. The water temperature was 62 degrees and clear in the main fishing area 7 miles from Castro's Camp.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said few anglers fished at San Quintin last week and Pedro's only sent eight boats out, but two of them scored on white seabass to 35 pounds south at Socorro. On Friday, one boat caught six white seabass plus limits of calico bass and sandbass, and on Saturday Capt. Hector limited on white seabass for angler Jeremy James of Long Beach. San Quintin weather was chilly in the mornings, with winds sometimes a problem. SAN QUINTIN SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported on a big surf hunting trip to Isla San Martin with paddle board clients from Encinitas, finding "12 to 15-foot faces, big hollow tubes, and a tight wall section that freight trains for 500 yards...Overhead surf all day!" SAN MARTIN ISLAND SURFING REPORT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Chuck Byard of Shasta, Rob Smyth, and Vito Cacucciolo fished five days on Smyth's boat out of La Bocana on the semi-remote Baja Pacific coast with Capt. Juanchys Aguilar as their guide, and Byard reported over 100 yellowtail caught, including many releases of fish under 20 to 25 pounds, four grouper landed plus others broken off, and some smaller halibut caught inside the lagoon. The yellowtail and grouper were caught mostly on mackerel baits around Whale Rock about 6 miles south of the La Bocana estero, in 63 to 65-degree water and about 30 to 40 feet deep. LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters at Puerto Lopez Mateos said fishing was good from Boca de Soledad outwards to the Thetis Bank last week for marlin, dorado, and yellowfin tuna in the 70-pound class. The marlin and dorado were caught on both fly and conventional tackle, in flat conditions and water temperatures of 71 to 72 degrees. The Pacific Venture reported on six days of fishing offshore: 72 marlin raised, 45 hooked, 17 released, 18 dorado. Fishing in the mangrove channels produced very good action for corvina, grouper, spotted bay bass, and some snook. PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported offshore action very active off Magdalena Bay for tuna, marlin, and wahoo: "As always, when the Magdalena Bay fishing area goes off it is an explosion heard all the way up the coast." Boats fishing the offshore banks from Punta Tosca through the Thetis Bank area and northwards reported big bird schools showing white water. The Magdalena mangrove channels produced good results on grouper, corvina, and spotted bay bass for Baja On The Fly guides Josh Dickinson and Lance Peterson. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 68 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto camped and fished two days out of Puerto Lopez Mateos and reported fairly slow conditions using shrimp and mullet baits for a catch including colorado snapper, barred pargo, grouper, snook, and corvina. "The Puerto Lopez Mateos fishing area is clearly changing," Petersen said. "...There is much increased activity...Six very big, very nice sport fishers sat at anchor as we left the Puerto Lopez Mateos waterfront." PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Earlier, Bill Erhardt of Loreto reported on two days of fishing out Puerto Lopez Mateos, for a striped marlin each day, plus his limit of yellowfin tuna on one day. Erhardt said he's been launching his boat at a spot about three-quarters of a mile up the "river" along the south side of town: "...I have been launching there and now know the better spots for getting in and out at high and low tide." PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS FISHING AND BOAT LAUNCH REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 112 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch in mostly windy conditions of: 580 yellowfin tuna, 1,250 skipjack tuna, one blue marlin, three striped marlin, eight sailfish, 27 wahoo, 55 dorado, 12 grouper, 22 cabrilla, four dogtooth snapper, 15 amberjack, eight roosterfish, and 38 sierra. The yellowfin tuna and skipjack tuna were caught by pangas working scarce and small sardina baits inshore and northwards to the Iman bank area when winds permitted. Currents were strong and hampered bottom fishing, as cooling water temperatures averaged 77 to 80 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Ray Madrid of Long Beach and his son Andy Madrid fished three days with Capt. Humberto of the Tomas Cantor panga fleet out of La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, for slow action and a total of six small yellowfin tuna of about 10 to 12 pounds their first day at the Iman Bank, and two skunked days after that. "We did see several wahoo landed, with the biggest being 72 pounds," Madrid said. "There were a few nice 40-pound dorado around but hard to find." Sardina bait was plentiful but very small and most anglers were using #2 hooks. LA PLAYITA PANGA FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 158 boats from Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: five blue marlin to 365 pounds, 51 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 16 wahoo, 211 yellowfin tuna, and 95 dorado. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said some cruisers and super pangas fished through windy conditions for good-sized dorado, plus some striped marlin.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported five days of north wind and fewer boats fishing, but anglers still scoring on striped marlin, sailfish, and some blue marlin about 3 to 5 miles off La Ribera, dorado of 10 to 20 pounds at Las Barracas to the south, plus some dorado to 50 pounds off Punta Pescadero to the north. Inshore fishing was slow due to wind-driven, dirty water conditions. East Cape weather was windy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 79 to 80 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported mostly windy conditions at East Cape last week: "Fewer and fewer boats went out this week in the East Cape sportfishing area, as a result of the north wind and fewer guests in the hotels...It is safe to say that East Cape is slipping into its winter mode." Some yellowfin tuna and billfish were available, and roosterfish were present on the beaches but were difficult to fish because of wind. East Cape weather was mostly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 79 to 84 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported north winds all week and the winter season beginning to influence conditions on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef: "The diving water temperature is...currently in the high 70's...With this change comes a migration of different sea life...I don't look forward to pulling on my wet suit...but the rewards of sighting sea life we don't see in the summer will make it worth it." EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Raymond Yu of Burbank reported on a six-day trip to fish the La Paz area by the San Felipe panga mothership Tony Reyes, with an 18-angler, limited load catch of: 35 dorado to 42 pounds, 13 wahoo to 54 pounds, 70 cabrilla to 16 pounds, 35 snappers to 10 pounds, three shark to 25 pounds, one striped marlin, and 114 miscellaneous fish. The Tony Reyes fished from Isla Espiritu Santos near La Paz to as far north as Isla Catalan about 100 miles north. "The best bites occurred between San Francisco and San Jose islands," Yu said. "Our pangueros, as usual, were very helpful...Six days living onboard this mothership was very relaxing...I highly recommend this trip to the fishing enthusiast." LA PAZ PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported dropping water temperatures but dorado including some 30-pound bulls still available on the La Paz side: "The fish are sizable and respectable...despite the fact that it's almost December...It's definitely windy and choppier with each passing week, but my skippers swear to me that we'll continue with dorado into December." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto fished two days in a brief spell of good conditions early in the week with Capt. Paulino Martinez for a catch of: one yellowtail of 31 pounds, two cabrilla of 8 and 15 pounds, two hammerhead shark about 5 feet long, one yellow snapper of 9 pounds, two skipjack tuna, two black skipjack, one ladyfish, one needlefish, and one spotted cabrilla. No bait was available at the marina, but mackerel were easily caught at Lagrima at the southeast corner of Isla Coronado. Loreto water temperatures were at 77 to 78.5 degrees and conditions were very windy again by Wednesday "when the north wind returned with a vengeance." Bear also noted a recent meeting held in town where government officials discussed plans for possible marina improvements. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported on Thursday: "Today, November 17th, the north winds blew strong and only diehards went out."
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchyski said angler Jerry Jimenez of Huntington Beach fished with Capt. Gregorio at Islas Coronado and Carmen for a nice catch of cabrilla and pargo. "The wind has kept a lot of people on the ground, but the hard core ones are catching some bottom fish," Wilchynski said. "Hopefully the wind will die down soon."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline returned from a fly-down trip to the Hotel Serenidad and reported choppy water and north winds in the Mulege area, but some dorado and tuna still around, plus yellowtail in deep holes. Mulege weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures holding in the high-70s, as the town celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Mulege Mission established in 1705. The Hotel Serenidad runway was in good condition. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey of Mission Viejo and Gerry Moses drove to Mulege, finding good road conditions but plenty of wind during three attempts to fish out of Massey's place at Posada Concepcion: "Tom and Patty Higginbotham of Mulege said it blew hard all weekend and the Pelican Bar yellowtail tournament was pretty tough on anyone that fished it, including them." One outing at Punta Concepcion had several missed strikes on 20 to 30-pound dorado, but overall, the trip netted just a few pargo caught in protected waters near shore. On their final morning, Massey said, "The wind came up during the night...the dust was so thick over the water it was hard to see the other side of the bay." MULEGE WINDY FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., reported on a trip with Bob Cody to Bahia Concepcion early in November, with good tin boat catches of dorado and sierra around a dead seal, and near shore trolling for spotted bay bass, spotted cabrilla, barred pargo, yellowtail snapper, and one corvina. Shore casting at Las Naranjos produced good catches including spotted bay bass, barred pargo, triggerfish, shortfin corvina, yellowtail snappers, 6-pound puffer fish, and assorted other species including a possible true sea snake. BAHIA CONCEPCION FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported howling winds most of the week in the Santa Rosalia area. Some boats did get out to the Isla San Marcos bajos for 20-pound yellowtail and inshore fishing around the cove was good for heavy counts of barracuda, bonita, sierra, and some firecracker yellowtail: "If the wind stops by Sunday or Monday, there will probably be a mass exodus to the fishing spots as everyone is pretty tired of cleaning reels, retying lures and bait rigs, and generally looking out to sea..." San Lucas Cove weather was in the low-80s, with local water temperatures at 70 degrees. SAN LUCAS COVE FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: John Aman of Lake Arrowhead returned from San Francisquito and reported fishing for just a few hours due to winds: "The winds came up and it was a mess. I caught one small yellowtail, cabrilla, and there were tons of barracuda. So, we moved up to Gonzaga Bay and wound up in San Felipe for the Baja 1000. It was an uneventful trip, but enjoyable!"
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 Nov. 17, 2005, with a catch of: 89 yellowtail, 10 to 14 pounds; one grouper, 45 pounds; two black sea bass, 50 to 250 pounds; seven white seabass, 18 to 25 pounds; three cabrilla, 12 pounds; six red snapper, 14 to 15 pounds; 65 spotted bay bass; and 18 shark, 40 to 45 pounds.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said San Felipe was celebrating the 20th of November revolution on Sunday with a parade going on "over an hour and no end in sight...everyone at San Felipe seems to be having an excellent time...I am trying to spot the kids I know but there are so many children involved in the festivities that it's almost impossible to single people out." San Felipe weather was near-perfect at 76 degrees with clear skies. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Lloyd Robinette of Casa Grande, Ariz., Paul Robinette, Joe VanCamp and Marine Richman fished in tough, windy conditions out of Rocky Point on Robinette's boat Arca de Noe: "At 20 miles out the wind dictated we stay close in. We diverted over to the Caballo area 22 miles southeast of Puerto Penasco...After 2 hours of fishing we boated three fish in the 2-pound range." Robinette reported two other boats attempting to fish in the area, but very strong currents and a 1.2 m.p.h. drift. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos reported windy weather in the low-80s and falling water temperatures in the low-70s. "Isla San Pedro Nolasco is holding big yellowtail and a few bonita if you can get there," Molden said. "It has been rough for the last couple of days so the fishing has been around the points out front of San Carlos...The outlook for the next five days is not encouraging. Let's hope for flatter seas."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier in the week, Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos reported rough water and some local boats with yellowtail and some bonito at Punta San Antonio. One offshore boat out 35 miles on a heading of 210 degrees caught some dorado and billfish, and one yellowfin tuna.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Chris Edmonson of Tucson reported on hooking a marlin with his shock-corded handline while cruising a 24-foot sailboat from San Carlos to Mulege: "...The cord stretched out to its max and snapped the line at the end! As I looked back, a fair sized, 125 to 150-pound marlin was doing the tail dance to clear itself of the hook. Good thing the line snapped...I had in mind something a good deal smaller." Edmonson stayed at the Hotel Serenidad in Mulege and returned to San Carlos in 30 to 35-knot winds. SAN CARLOS SAILING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet non-tournament boats fishing out of Marina el Cid last week averaged about one billfish per day, with a total catch including released fish of: 12 sailfish, one blue marlin, seven striped marlin, five dorado, and one yellowfin tuna. Catch results did not include boats fishing in the Mazatlan Billfish Classic tournament. Inshore boats scored easy limits on sierra and barracuda, plus pargos. Mazatlan weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 76 to 77 degrees in the best offshore fishing area 23 to 28 miles out of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Quinonez of PV Marlin reported Puerto Vallarta water temperatures at about 81 to 84 degrees, and fishing spotty during a seven-day string of mostly short fishing trips for one marlin, five sailfish, two wahoo of 55 and 70 pounds, and two dorado. "This week was rare for us in the fact that we were tunaless," Quinonez said. "...All but one trip was 6 to 8 hours and one only four. That makes it tough to head out after those guys." Boats fishing in the local tournament also found slow action on all species. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing reported dorado to about 50 pounds, some sailfish, and lost shots at a blue marlin and cow-class tuna, plus one session at Roca Corbeteña with "tunas jumping everywhere" but no bites. Offshore tuna action was slowed by the continued presence of commercial seiners in the Puerto Vallarta area. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported 80-degree blue water 8 miles off the beach, and offshore boats averaging about one to two sailfish per day over the full moon period, plus about eight blue marlin per day for the fleet of about 15 boats fishing daily. Inshore fishing was good for roosterfish of 35 to 40 pounds and jack crevalle of 8 to 16 pounds. Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos fished inshore three days for six roosterfish and 31 jacks released. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported the results of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Total Tag & Release Tournament, with boats fishing three days in slow conditions: First place, Capt. Adolfo Espinosa, anglers Larry Kent and Brian Bushell, seven sailfish released. Second place, Capt. Jose Vargas, La Bamba, angler Tom Branoff, four sailfish and one marlin. Third place, anglers Jorge and Fernando Chavez, Pelagic, one marlin. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees. Baja On The Fly's "Sails and Tales" all-release sailfish fly tackle tournament was scheduled Dec. 1-6, 2005, with three days of guided fly fishing: 800-919-2252.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said, "A slight warming of the ocean temperatures at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo brought a modest upswing in...fishing activity last week but our captains are still reporting seeing many more fish than are willing to bite...Captain Adolofo reported baiting 10 sailfish in one day but was only able to get one to strike." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.