EAST CAPE, MEXICO: School-sized dorado produced December limits for East Cape anglers willing to tough it out in winter-style winds last week. Bill Burkett of Los Barriles reported on two good days of dorado and striped marlin fishing at the Ensenada de los Muertos buoys aboard the East Cape boats Fresh Catch and Too Awesome.
Burkett's first day saw 20 mackerel turned into 19 dorado averaging 15 to 25 pounds, most of them released, plus one striped marlin and one sailfish. The second day of fishing produced more dorado and four striped marlin released. "There were hundreds, if not thousands of dorado at and around the buoy and everyone was hooked-up constantly," Burkett said. "We only fished at one buoy and there were about six other East Cape boats fishing it with us." Seas were running 3 to 4 feet in the area and the water temperature was in the mid-70s. EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Louie Prieto of Hacienda Heights and Ed Shubin fished two days out of Hotel Playa del Sol on the charter boat Suzie T, and reported a total of 27 dorado to 37 pounds caught at the Punta Pescadero shark buoys: "It was awesome to see them jump out and fight for the lure...We had bought 20 mackerel...the first ones that hit the water were instant dorado...This buoy was just loaded with dodos from 8 to 10 pounds on up to 40 pounds." East Cape winds were strong for four afternoons in a row, but fishable in the mornings. EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported surf fishing difficult in 4 to 5-foot breakers as steady 10 to 20-knot winds kept most trailer boats ashore. On Saturday, Fritz launched through 2 to 3-foot breakers at La Ribera and fished in sheltered water south of Punta Arena for sierra and hot, multiple hookup action on skipjack tuna: "Two triples and three doubles on the toothy bonitos, changed our moods completely." East Cape water temperatures were at 78 to 80 degrees, under cool, cloudy skies. LA RIBERA FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape weather near 80 degrees, calming at the end of the week after several days of wind, with water temperatures at 71 to 73 degrees. Fishing between winds continued good for 10 to 15-pound dorado north of Punta Pescadero, billfish about 5 miles straight off La Ribera, and a weekend run of football yellowfin tuna just a quarter-mile off the Punta Arena lighthouse. "On Saturday one charter boat took or released 30-plus tuna in 2 hours of fishing, with multiple double and triple hookups," Baldwin said. EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, reported plenty of wind but lots of dorado around: "...Showing fish in all areas that boats tried, with north being the favored area due to wind." East Cape boats running as far north as the 88 bank off Isla Cerralvo found larger fish, and dorado caught closer in averaged 8 to 10 pounds. Other boats reported tuna to the south of Cabo Pulmo. EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Brad Meister of La Ribera reported on a launch over the beach on Friday with Alonso Juan Diego for a catch of: four small dorado, five pargo, one triggerfish, and three skipjack tuna: "...No 500-pound black marlin, but a real good time especially in a bare bones panga with like-minded mellow fishermen."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported north winds two to four days at a time, but the few anglers fishing with dorado limits coming mostly from the Punta Pescadero shark buoys.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported: "East Cape...was windy and cool all week with not many boats fishing...The few boats that ventured out were rewarded with good action for both dorado and striped marlin." On the beaches, Graham said, "While the wind persisted at East Cape most of the week...the determined were rewarded with decent action...for ladyfish, sierra, pompano, lookdowns, jack crevalle and even a few smaller roosterfish...from Bartle Beach out to the Punta Arena lighthouse." East Cape weather was mostly windy in the high 70s, with water temperatures at 79 to 84 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported: "...The dorado are so numerous it's hard to fathom...Boats are getting shots at 30 or more fish...from little 10 to 15-pound 'chickens' right up to bruiser 35 to 45-pound fish..." EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport Dive service at Buena Vista reported East Cape diving conditions in the winter pattern, with a water temperature at depth of 71 degrees and 30 to 40 feet of visibility. Rayor noted the discovery of a new diving spot north off Ensenada de los Muertos that is loaded with coral heads and sea life in about 45 feet of water: "There were beautiful coral heads peppered on top of long bars of rock ledges...It was loaded with...jeweled and green moray eels...Mexican goatfish, with electric and bullseye rays snoozing in the sand along the ledges...I asked...if there was a name for this area...No one was able to come up with anything." EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught limits or near limits of bottom fish during the week, plus three yellowtail of 18 to 20 pounds for Jay Johnson and his friend Marla from Lengueta Arenosa, who fished on Tuesday with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. Also scoring on bottom fish during the week were anglers Dean Craft, and Adam and Nick Billmann of Pahrump, Nev. Ensenada weather was mostly cloudy in the low-60s, with generally calm seas and Punta Banda water temperatures at 59 degrees. PUNTA BANDA SPORTFISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on two late-week outings out of Ensenada with a total of six anglers fishing at Bajo San Miguel for two days of limits on whitefish, red rockcod, six sheephead, and four lingcod. Weather at Bajo San Miguel was warm, sunny, and flat, with a water temperature of 59 degrees. ENSENADA SPORTFISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Lee Wood of Oceanside Senior Anglers reported on a rockcod trip by 15 club members, fishing south out of Seaforth Landing on the boat Pacific Voyager for a catch of: 116 rockcod, including reds to 5 pounds, and four lingcod including the jackpot 11.6 pounder caught by Van Vandermeer. "This trip had three anglers who had never fished for rock cod before," Wood said. "All came home fat and happy after the great day's fishing and the great meals prepared by chef Jeff." Club members on the trip included: Bob Perry, Ali Aslinejad, Ron Parker, Will Cozzens, Ron K. Gary Weed, Virg Hardin, Bill Shew, Jim Rost, Doc Summers, Pat Cassidy, Armond Martineau, Ray Kavandi, and jackpot winner Van Vandermeer. SENIOR ANGLERS ROCKCOD FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said he found slow fishing at the Punta Banda bank on Thursday but moved south to fish 220 feet deep at Maximino Reef for good action on rockfish, red rockcod, and four barracuda, on medium sardine baits, while fishing in clear, 59-degree water. MAXIMINO REEF FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported on an outing to the Punta Banda bank in glassed off conditions, fishing 300 to 400 feet deep in 62-degree water with Juan Lu and Alex Ruiz for easy limits of rockcods and whitefish of 3 to 5 pounds: "They were eagerly eating our frozen squid for bait...We were...stopping on fish-covered spires and moving on to the next one...Ensenada's Banda Bank was swarming in mackerel for miles. Porpoise were feeding on the masses with thousands of birds crashing everywhere." Ross said is boat was preparing to fish off Ensenada for broadbill swordfish over the holidays: "Preparing for this fishing trip has been like getting ready for an African lion safari. From the rods and reels, the lines, the leaders, the baits, the generator, the cyalumes, the sinkers, knowledge of tactics, and I have talked to my commercial longline buddies for advice. I just hope that the weather will cooperate." ENSENADA SPORT FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 15 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, with the catch including red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, calico bass, and lots of barracuda. Erendira weather had some northwest winds on Monday and Tuesday, but flattened out for the rest of week, with some morning clouds. Water color was clear blue in the main fishing area 7 miles out from Castro's Camp, and bottom fishing was with scampis and lures of all colors. Heavy bait and pelican concentrations continued in the area.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported San Quintin weather as beautiful and flat, very cold at night but warming to the mid-70s by 11 a.m., with no wind on Sunday. Two outings by Joe Ferris and Al and Steve Draciano of San Diego with Capt. Hector on the Romy during the week found no white seabass while fishing south at Socorro, but limits of rockcod, lingcod, and large bonita at the 240 and 6 spots. SAN QUINTIN SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Darrell "Smitty" Smith of Redondo Beach reported on two days of fishing out of the Old Mill at San Quintin with Capt. Hector on Pedro's Pangas' charter boat Romy, blanking on white seabass at Socorro and the 15 spot, but loading up in deeper water for full limits of rockcod and lingcod both days. Bait was scarce so most fish were caught on blue-white or white jigs tipped with squid and yo-yoed off the bottom: "Both days we scratched at bait getting only a few macks so we used frozen squid tipped jigs. I blame the lack of white seabass on the huge numbers of anchovies that were in the shallower areas...but filled up on bottom fish...limits of rockcod both days." SAN QUINTIN SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported on three surfing and sportfishing outings the previous weekend, finding good surf conditions over shallow rock reefs south of San Quintin, and fishing for one white seabass, calico bass, barracuda, and bonito off Arroyo Hondo, plus two yellowtail, red rockcod and bottom fish at the 15 spot. On Saturday, Catian said, "...The swell was getting huge. We saw some guys coming from Isla San Martin with a Jet Ski and tow board and they said they went out there but thought it was too big!" SAN QUINTIN FISHING AND SURFING REPORT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on the semi-remote Baja Pacific coast reported good grouper fishing in very shallow, 28 to 35-foot deep water at a spot called "Roca de la Linea" located offshore about 5.6 miles south of the village. "...We caught 14 grouper of 25 to 30 pounds, and one grouper of 80 pounds," Aguilar said. "We also lost 20 or more fish...It is really too shallow, and you have to use 90 percent of the drag of your reel...and they go into caves and shred your line...Some we have fought like this at times have weighed 120 to 130 pounds. If you fish with steel leader, they won't take it." Fishing inside the lagoon was good for smaller halibut, spotted bay bass, croaker, and grouper. La Bocana offshore weather was cloudy, with northwest winds of 11 to 12 knots, and water temperatures at 77 degrees reported. LA BOCANA, BAJA FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Mag Bay weather in the low-70s, with water temperatures at 68 to 75 degrees. Offshore boats fishing from Punta Tosca to the Finger Bank area reported very large tuna and plentiful bait in the area. In the mangrove channels, the catch included snook, palometa amarilla, and a few sierra and corvina. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported continued excellent striped marlin catches on the Pacific side, including 17-release days for the Cabo San Lucas charter boats Sr. Moment and Valerie and an eight-release day for Tracy Ann, with the fish concentrated in 72-degree water at the Golden Gate Bank and also about 2 miles off Faro Viejo. Overall, 81 percent of Pisces boats scored on striped marlin, and 94 percent on all species combined, including dorado and yellowfin tuna at about 19 percent. "We did have a full moon this week and Cabo San Lucas did see the fishing drop off a little at the Golden Gate for a day and move closer to the Old Lighthouse," Ehrenberg said. "However, the next couple of nights were cloudy and fishing moved up to it's normal speed...Tuna catches ranged from one to 12 fish in the 20 to 45-pound class. We had several small mako sharks around 40 pounds. Inshore it was some roosters and sierra." CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 37 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Fish Cabo, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 62 striped marlin, 10 dorado, 11 yellowfin tuna, and five Humboldt squid. "Golden Gate banks continues to be most productive area for the billfish but some good catches were also made near Cabo Falso drop-off," Edwards said. "The catching remains very good for most Cabo San Lucas sportfishing boats and just awesome for others, as the billfish remain on the eager-bite mode." CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 86 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 114 striped marlin, one sailfish, 48 yellowfin tuna, 33 dorado, five wahoo, six roosterfish, 14 sierra, eight grouper, one bonita, and one jack crevalle. CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported continued hot striped marlin action far north at the Finger Bank: "I made it up there on Thursday and we released 17 fish ranging from 60 to 130 pounds while fishing with live mackerel, tossing them to the feeders." Closer to Cabo, striped marlin counts were also good from the lighthouse northwards, but billfish action was slow on the Cortez side. Yellowfin tuna of 10 to 40 pounds were caught from the lighthouse to the Jaime Bank area, but dorado were very scarce. Cabo San Lucas weather was partly cloudy at about 80 degrees, with water temperatures at 74 to 75 degrees on the Pacific side, and 72 to 73 degrees on the Cortez. CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on nine outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, one sailfish, four yellowfin tuna of 20 to 40 pounds, three dorado of 15 to 20 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 41 striped marlin, 39 dorado, 33 yellowfin tuna, five wahoo, and seven Humboldt squid. Solmar Fleet's top boat for the week was El Torito with Capt. Antonio Romero who had the highest marlin catch for the season thus far, and a five-outing total catch including released fish of: 31 striped marlin, 22 dorado, 32 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, and seven Humboldt squid. CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 68 combined La Playita fleet pangas at San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 235 yellowfin tuna, five striped marlin, one sailfish, 160 skipjack, 42 dorado, 35 pargo, 40 triggerfish, 14 amberjack, 22 cabrilla, eight grouper, 45 roosterfish, and 90 sierra. The yellowfin tuna were caught mostly with sardina bait near shore from Cabo San Lucas to the Iman Bank. "...Often they were simply found inshore over structure while chumming with the sardinas," Brictson said. "Over the weekend the bite really did pick up, as pangas were averaging anywhere from 10 to 20 yellowfin per outing." San Jose del Cabo weather was sometimes windy in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 70 to 75 degrees. LA PLAYITA PANGA SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported steady winds most days and generally slow fishing for all species, but lots of small tuna caught by pangueros on Friday off Punta Ballena: "This morning I watched about seven pangas heading west from La Playita, in the direction of Punta Ballena, and none came east. Inshore fishing is still slow." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said dorado were still available on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides: "...Most of the fishing action [is] taking place on the Las Arenas side since that's the most protected from winds...Some days are better than others depending on the conditions...You have to be fishing there at the right place at the right time as the fingers of warmer water move in and out." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto fished north at Punta Pulpito on his boat Baja Californian on Saturday for a catch of seven yellowtail plus miscellaneous fish, in 67.1-degree water and "perfect" sea conditions. Petersen's group fished with mackerel and jigs for slow action around Punta Pulpito and Isla San Ildefonso, and finally found yellowtail under birds south of Punta Pulpito. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported Loreto water temperatures at 63 to 73 degrees, and yellowtail feeding on structure 90 to 300 feet deep in local areas. Boats were fishing out to Isla Carmen and north to Punta Pulpito when winds permitted. Loreto Capt. Nacho Quintero fished in rough conditions off La Cholla and reported a 50-pound plus yellowtail caught, then returning to the marina as nortes arrived about 11 a.m. LORETO SPORTFISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said guest Jerry Jimenez of Huntington Beach fished with Capt. Gregorio between Islas Carmen and Coronado for yellowtail of 25 to 40 pounds, spotted cabrilla, bass, and grouper.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported steady yellowtail action between winds and seas running up to 3 to 5 feet: "The yellowtail are definitely here...At this time of the year, they can be boated using either live bait or lures...The fish are there and are biting." Yellowtail of 5 to 33 pounds were reported by boats fishing in all directions, from Isla Santa Inez to the points at the north end of Bahia Concepcion. On one outing, Marty, Jim and Dudley Young trolled MirrOlures under birds at Isla Santa Inez and scored on yellowtail of 18, 28, and 33 pounds. Sierra of 20 to 24 inches were also caught in the area and off the Mulege lighthouse. MULEGE SPORTFISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned from a visit to the U.S. and fished five days last week, finding the bajos productive for yellowtail in the 25-pound class and sawtail grouper to 20 pounds. A run to the bajos on Thursday with Alan Lewis produced seven yellowtail of 23 to 28 pounds. On Saturday, Kanzler fished with his son Michael and picked up two yellowtail under birds in the season's first surface bite. Santa Rosalia fishing area weather had some wind, but was fishable in the 70s, with greenish water at 62 to 64 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported water temperatures at 61 to 62 degrees and inshore fishing very good for the tin boat armada on firecracker yellowtail and large schools of barracuda, but with bonita and sierra scarce. "...If someone wanted to have a real ball with a flyrod, the barracuda have moved in," Anderson said. "While they are a real nuisance when you are trying to make bait, they would be a lot of fun with light gear." Yellowtail were beginning to show on the surface at the Isla San Marcos bajos and were caught on flylined bait, jigs, and trolled plugs. SAN LUCAS COVE FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay reported San Felipe weather in the high-60s and the town preparing for the Christmas and New Year's holidays: "...Nearly always very busy with lots of tourists...Of course the festivities have already begun...The night before last my neighbors threw a party that was still going strong at 6:30 a.m." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of San Carlos and Fernando Almada of Guaymas announced the launching of a new sportfishing service, Catch-22 Sportfishing Adventures, with fishing operations to begin with four boats in the spring of 2006. Catch-22 Sportfishing Adventures will run boats of 22 to 34 feet, with an office at the San Carlos marina and a website at catch22sportfishingmx.com. Calvert said he anticipates having an official IGFA weigh station at San Carlos: "All boats are equipped with top of the line Shimano equipment and captains that know the best local fishing hot spots." SAN CARLOS SPORTFISHING OPERATION ANNOUNCEMENT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 14 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, one sailfish, and three dorado. Inshore and bottom fishing pangas scored easy limits on sierra and red snapper. Mazatlan fishing area weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 70 degrees inshore, and 73 degrees in the best offshore fishing area about 23 to 26 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN SPORTFISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on two charter fishing outings to Roca Corbeteña by the Marla II, for a catch including a bluefin trevally for angler Barry Fisk of Illinois, red snapper, grouper, one sailfish, and a few yellowfin tuna of 20 to 75 pounds. "We saw tunas crashing all day. But there is a lot of small bait fish," Osuna said. "That's why they are not too aggressive to nail the caballito. Maybe in two or three more days they will be hungry..." Puerto Vallarta sea conditions were nearly calm, with water temperatures at 75 to 76 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA SPORTFISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Ed James of Concord, Calif., fished in overcast conditions a mile off the coast in an area 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta the previous week on the Top Gun with Capt. Juan Moll of Mr. Marlin and reported four sailfish caught on small caballito baits about the size of sardines. More sailfish were seen in the area in groups of two's and three's.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported improved offshore fishing. Capt. Martin on the panga Isamar fished six days and released 25 sailfish, caught mostly in an area 25 miles out on a heading of 210 degrees. Capt. Santiago on the panga Gitana fished two days and released five sailfish his first day, plus inshore jacks to 35 pounds and sierra to 8 pounds his second day. A fly tackle trip beach fishing trip north of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo produced no big jacks but decent action for black skipjack, green jacks, and sierra. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sailfish action improving, with blue water within 8 miles of shore and boats averaging about one to three sailfish per day. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO SPORTFISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees.
HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing reported big numbers of yellowfin tuna averaging about 14 pounds at San Austinillo near Huatulco, plus dorado, wahoo, other jacks, and sailfish very tight to the beach. "I landed a dozen yellowfin tuna this morning in an hour while fishing about a mile from here," Weissman said. "The sailfish yesterday were jumping in view of the beach...Our guests have been having a good time fishing." SAN AUGUSTINILLO, MEXICO SPORTFISHING REPORT.