LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said this summer season's sizzling dorado bite continued last week as huge numbers of fish were reported outside of Punta Pulpito and very heavy concentrations of mackerel and squid bait were present within 2 miles of the downtown marina.
Two days of fishing close to Loreto on Bear's boat produced catch-and-release action for 30 dorado to 50 pounds. Another outing by Capt. Paulino Martinez' panga scored 20 dorado around a dead whale. Loreto sportfishing area weather was very hot and humid with warming water temperatures at 85 to 87 degrees. HOT LORETO DORADO BITE CONTINUES.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported continued excellent dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish) counts close to town in hot summer weather and very calm seas all week except for light breezes on a couple of days. A total of 58 charter pangas fishing out of the hotel during the week reported a catch including released fish of 246 dorado between 16 and 37 pounds, plus yellowtail, marlin, and miscellaneous fish. HOT SUMMER DORADO ACTION.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jim Zacharias of Lakeway, Texas, and Phil Brown fished 3 days early in the week with Arturo's Sportfishing's Capt. Davis and reported dorado limits each day plus 1 marlin landed.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody out of Marina Coral reported on an offshore run Saturday for yellowtail limits on a single kelp paddy in 70.9-degree water, with most fish at 10 to 12 pounds and 2 yellowtail at 24 and 27 pounds. "All the yellowtail were on bait," Ostberg said. "Gordo's had great bait. Maybe we'll find yellowfin tuna or dorado next week with the warm water." The Melody also had triple and quadruple jig strikes on bonito on the return trip to Ensenada.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on 2 offshore runs by the 33-foot charter boat Matador, fishing around the Ensenada 238 spot and south of Ensenada at the Soledad Reef for a combined catch of: 8 barracuda, 14 yellowtail to 28 pounds, 37 bonita, 9 calico bass, 60 red rockcod, and 12 salmon grouper. The Matador fished in water temperatures averaging 67 degrees around Ensenada bay and 67 to 68.5 degrees off Punta Soledad.
Earlier, Argonza reported on another offshore run with 3 anglers by the Matador, fishing a kelp paddy about 3 miles north of the Ensenada 450 spot for a catch of: 9 yellowtail of 15 to 30 pounds, and 25 bonita. Earlier in the day, the Matador saw big numbers of yellowtail and some bluefin tuna around the 238 and 450 spots but could not get them to bite. Another outing by the Matador with 5 anglers had a catch in 65-degree water at the Punta Banda boiler rocks of: 14 calico bass, 5 sandbass, 2 bonito, 2 barracuda, 9 red rockcod, 1 lingcod, and 1 sugarbass. GOOD ENSENADA YELLOWTAIL AND BOTTOM FISHING.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught steady bottom fish limits plus some larger yellowtail last week, including yellowtail of 25, 26, and 40 pounds. Anglers catching yellowtail, lingcod, bonita, calico bass, and mixed bottom species with Capts. Beto and Hector on the Vonny I and Vonny III included John Rubio and his sons Trent and Greg of La Quinta, Joshua Chambers of Elsinore, Jay Johnson of Ensenada and his daughter Diana, and Barry Curtis and his children Cailin, Brayden, and Trystan. Punta Banda weather was mostly sunny at 80 degrees with light breezes, ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet, and water temperatures averaging 64 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral reported on a run with 4 anglers Saturday, fishing locally and then offshore around the Ensenada 238 spot for a catch of: 2 Humboldt squid to 18 pounds, 2 lingcod per rod, miscellaneous bottom fish, and 6 yellowtail to 19 pounds, plus 5 bonito per rod caught at north Isla Todos Santos. Ensenada fishing area water was blue offshore, green inside, and 69 degrees in all locations. Anglers fishing on the Bad Dog included Ross, Gail Ross, Juan Lu Cardona-Sepulveda, and marinero Jando Ruiz.
Ross also reported on 2 earlier offshore runs, fishing mostly around the 238 spot for a catch of: many bonito to 14 pounds, yellowtail, 1 albacore, 2 blue shark, and 1 dorado. "We have 3 other reports from locals of marlin spotted in the 238 area," Ross said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on a Friday run with 2 anglers by the charter panga El Dorado, fishing the Farito area 3 miles out of Ensenada on a heading of 270 degrees for a catch of: 12 yellowtail, barracuda limits, bonito limits, 10 sandbass, and 4 calico bass. Gomez said he fished in good weather and sea conditions in 72-degree water about 70 feet deep.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Louie Prieto of Hacienda Heights reported on an offshore run to the Ensenada lower 500 spot by his boat It's 4 Reels! out of Marina Coral for very good action on large bonito of 6 to 10 pounds and bonito seen into the 14-pound class. "These fish were boiling and free swimming everywhere between the lower 500 and the 238 spot," Prieto said. "I definitely saw some in the 14-pound class swimming just off the bow of our boat. I heard reports of bonito being caught up to 18 pounds!" Ensenada offshore fishing conditions were calm with water temperatures of 66.7 degrees outside up to 70.0 degrees closer to shore. BIG BONITO OFF ENSENADA.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 292 anglers fishing on the charter boats Ensenada Clipper, Shirlee-too, Shirlee, Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 230 yellowtail, 314 bonito, 90 barracuda, 29 sandbass, 2 yellowfin tuna, 4 bluefin tuna, 4 albacore, 59 lingcod, 67 rockcod, 1 whitefish, 15 salmon grouper, 3 sheephead, 12 cowcod, and 10 red rockcod.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported good fishing weather all week with no big swells or wind. Both bottom and surface fishing continued very good, with yellowtail, barracuda, and bonito all caught on the Soledad Reef. On Saturday, Diane and Joe Lugan of Nuevo, Calif., fished the area on a panga out of the resort and Diane, 68 years old, landed 20 yellowtail of 7 to 15 pounds. "They also loaded up with rockcod," Saenz said. "Last year the yellowtail never came in. However things are looking up this year. This type of catch per panga has not occurred since the last El Niño."
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Saenz reported surface fishing action at Puerto Santo Tomas coming to life, as bonita, yellowtail, and barracuda were caught by charter pangas. Jim Ellis and his group from Palm Springs fished in 2 pangas for large bonita to 15 pounds and 1 yellowtail of 15 pounds plus another lost. "By 9 a.m. their arms were tired of bringing in the big fish using Rapalas," Saenz said. A second day of fishing off Rancho Viejo produced big counts of bottom fish. Shawn Boyd of Encinitas also scored on large bonito, yellowtail, and bottom fish during the week.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had 28 boats fishing out of Erendira for the week in good weather and sea conditions and very clear blue water at 64 to 65 degrees for heavy counts of red rockcod, whitefish, lingcod, calico bass, and sandbass on the bottom, plus bonita, yellowtail, barracuda and white seabass. Good concentrations of bait continued to be seen in the main fishing areas.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said his boats found wide-open yellowtail fishing with Rapalas and jigs only at Isla San Martin. "We are not wasting time trying to get live bait," Hillis said. "Almost all San Quintin charter sportfishing boats got limits." Two boats also fished about 20 miles offshore, finding good conditions, no tuna, and kelp paddies with schools of yellowtail on them. San Quintin weather was "hot and beautiful." WIDE-OPEN YELLOWTAIL AT SAN MARTIN ISLAND.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Fresia Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing reported the results of Don Eddie's 4th of July San Quintin Fishing Tournament: first place, Benny Gutierrez, San Diego, yellowtail, blue and white iron, 38.6 pounds; second place, Doug Mcvay, Long Beach, white seabass, live bait, 29.5 pounds; and third place, Juanita Martin, Big Bear, yellowtail, chrome iron, 27.4 pounds. All the fish were caught in the El Rosario Area. "The catches for the tournament were plentiful and the weights were on the high side," Garcia said. "Awards were also presented to the winning captains: first, Alfredo Peralta on the panga Ana; second, Jaime Garcia on the panga Yolanda; and third, Bertoldo Garcia on the panga Fanny 2." San Quintin fishing area weather for the tournament was mostly clear, with 5-foot swells, afternoon winds to 12 knots, and water temperatures at 59 to 68 degrees.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: It wasn't exactly Baja fishing, but Mexico reporter Paul Whitehead of Corona, Calif., had an interesting fishing report from his recent trip to Tahiti where he watched the locals fish for albacore with drop buoys in 82-degree water and saw small skipjacks for sale at $10 each. "I hope to never be so hungry that I would pay $10 for a skipjack that had been in the sun all day," Whitehead said. DIFFERENT KIND OF FISHING AT TAHITI.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said a few dorado were caught 10 to 20 miles outside the San Carlos entrada and some reports of large yellowfin tuna were received for the area west of Cabo San Larzaro. At the San Carlos entrada itself there were some yellowtail and sierra under birds. The Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced some snook near Devil's Curve. Anglers fishing the northern channels at Puerto Lopez Mateos reported good action for corvina, grouper, and a few palometa amarilla. Offshore boats leaving the Puerto Lopez Mateos boca reported good tuna fishing and some dorado near the Thetis Bank. Magdalena Bay sportfishing area weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 61 to 66 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported his first blue marlin hookup of the season. "The hook pulled with the fish 300 yards out," Landrum said, "but that is my first of the year, so now for me, it is 'official' and the big gear is coming out." Water temperatures around the tip of Baja were warm at up to 80 degrees on the Pacific side and nearing 90 degrees on the Cortez side. "There were also a few black marlin," Landrum said. "Surprisingly, there were still a lot of striped marlin as well. Most of the billfish action occurred within 10 miles of shore." WARM WATER, BIG FISH AT THE TIP OF BAJA.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 111 Cabo San Lucas charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 40 striped marlin, 97 yellowfin tuna, 53 dorado, 10 wahoo, 23 roosterfish, 9 cabrilla, 7 bonita, and 15 boats with no luck.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jorge Narro of Pisces Fleet said 30 percent of charters landed yellowfin tuna averaging 20 to 40 pounds last week, 19 percent had dorado of about the same size, and 85.3 percent scored on all species combined, including billfish. Top outings for the week included 2 runs by the charter boat Ni Modo, with 5 striped marlin released each day. Overall, Pisces Fleet boats landed 74 striped marlin off Cabo San Lucas, with 70 released, and 8 sailfish, with 6 released. Cabo weather was at 100 degrees with water temperatures at 75 degrees on the Pacific side and 74 to 88 degrees on the Cortez side.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 11 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 2 yellowfin tuna of 30 pounds, 2 dorado of 25 to 45 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 32 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo San Lucas charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 28 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 1 wahoo, 18 dorado, and 64 yellowfin tuna. July fishing weather at the tip of Baja was hot at 104 degrees with some humidity and water temperatures at 80 degrees on the Pacific side and 86 to 87 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side. The best fishing area changed during the week from the Pacific side off Cabo Falso to the Cortez side at Destiladeras. CABO FISHING.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 72 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del CabO (Los Cabos), with a catch of: 4 blue marlin, 58 yellowfin tuna, 12 sailfish, 18 striped marlin, 38 dorado, 145 bonito, 14 amberjack, 21 roosterfish, 8 dog snapper, 28 red snapper or huachinango, and 88 barred pargo and yellow snapper. Top catches for the week included a 706-pound blue marlin landed by anglers Kevin Murphy and his son with Gordo Banks Panga's Capt. Chame Pino, and a 288-pound yellowfin tuna landed by Mike Rosenthal with San Jose del Cabo panguero Capt. Lalo Guluarte. Both large fish were weighed with Brictson's certified scale. Los Cabos fishing area weather was hot at 100 degrees with calm seas, and water temperatures at 83 to 84 degrees. BIG SUMMER FISH AT LOS CABOS.
Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo and his son Austin Lewis fished on their boat Dos Gueros for a striped marlin lost on a worn leader after 35 minutes, a large bull dorado that shook the jig after a couple of jumps, and a sierra hooked at the boat while at anchor at Punta Palmilla. "It seems odd to see sierra in 86-degree water but they are around," Lewis said, also noting the 706-pound blue marlin landed during the week by Eric Brictson's Gordo Banks Pangas. "I am sure we will hear from Eric on this one," Lewis said. "One of his pangas caught the blue marlin on Tuesday. I was told it weighed 706 pounds. I got there when it was on the ground and being cut up. It bit a petrolero jig." Lewis also noted that the new marina at San Jose del Cabo now has docks where boats are able to tie-up: "They are putting more in now. They are telling us November for the marina opening. For sure before Christmas. We will see about that."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 70 East Cape charter fishing boats, with 215 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 31 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 13 dorado, 106 yellowfin tuna, 24 roosterfish, 1 shark, 46 snapper, 2 jack crevalle, 3 pompano, 27 triggerfish, and 47 skipjack tuna. East Cape sportfishing water temperatures were at 78 to 85 degrees and most fleet boats fished about 20 to 30 miles out and southwards from La Ribera to Los Frailes.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said all boats were busy last week, catching mostly yellowfin tuna. Dorado were slow at 3 or 4 fish per boat and marlin action was good for mostly catch-and-release.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported warm water temperatures at 86 to 90 degrees and the hot East Cape bite of the last few weeks backing off a bit except for striped marlin. "The strong marlin bite continues unabated," Ireland said, "while yellowfin tuna have mostly moved outside, along with the occasional bull dorado." Inshore fishing continued strong, with fewer roosterfish caught, but good numbers on jacks, pompano, pargo, plus some near shore dorado. WARM SUMMER FISHING CONDITIONS AT EAST CAPE.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera fished on his panga Friday, finding near-perfect water conditions about a mile off the Punta Arena lighthouse at 88 degrees, 4 knots of wind, and about 40 hotel boats circling for marlin, tuna, and dorado. "A striped marlin, about 100 pounds, hit the bait rig and my pal brought it to the boat for a clean release," Bergin said. "It was a perfect catch on a perfect day. The fish was robust and moved away on his own. We caught a small dorado on the way back. Doesn't always happen that way and I don't take days like yesterday for granted. We were on the water for 6 hours and used 4 gallons of gas at $2.29 a gallon. A lot of fun for $10."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said tropical conditions prevailed at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef park last week, with water temperatures at depth in the mid-80s and visibility slowly increasing to 60 feet. "However, with all the fish around, you're normally not looking that far." Pickering said. "There are some huge gulf grouper and dogtoothed snapper around the park. During night dives, slipper lobster have been plentiful, as have the sea hare as they mate. Mobula manta ray are still jumping on the surface."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said fly tackle anglers Ed Lowery and his son Nick fished offshore and inshore 3 days for a total of 9 fish species last week, including yellowfin tuna, skipjack, bonito, triggerfish, jack crevalle, ladyfish, snapper, pompano, cabrilla, and needlefish. "They also saw billfish and roosterfish, but couldn't get them to bite," Graham said. "On shore, with dark clouds of bait strung up and down Bartle beach, it is not hard to figure out where to fish. The diving pelicans are a dead giveaway where the fish are feeding. Just a few yards outside the bait are herds of ladyfish, jacks swimming along the bottom, and roosterfish grabbing any bait that strays from the school." East Cape fishing area weather was clear in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 74 to 85 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tom Kelly reported good action on roosterfish to 60 pounds while fishing with his wife Kristy with Capt. Santos on a super panga out of Rancho Leonero. "We fished off the Punta Arenas lighthouse and boated 6 roosters from 35 to 60 pounds with several others coming up to the baits," Kelly said. "This included a double hookup on two 45 to 50-pound fish that happened so quickly on our first baits that I couldn't finish putting my second shoe on and fought him wearing only one shoe. The big fish of the day I hooked on a size 1 Owner circle hook. The roosters were eating a variety of baits including mullets, caballitos and sardinas. The key to raising them was to have lots of sardinas for chum."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending June 29, 2006, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 554 charter boats from combined fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 1,640 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 7 blue marlin, 222 striped marlin, 18 sailfish, 416 dorado, 1,157 yellowfin tuna, 39 pargo, 13 wahoo, 1 amberjack, 2 pompano, 10 cabrilla, and 4 roosterfish. East Cape sportfishing area weather was mostly calm at 100 degrees, with water temperatures of 78 to 90 degrees.
"This fishing week East Cape again saw an average billfish count, a nice dorado count, and an outstanding yellowfin tuna count," Moyers said. "It's the southern locales that are yielding the best numbers." The good action for yellowfin tuna was found mostly south from Rancho Leonero to Los Frailes and included some fish in the 40 to 50-pound class. East Cape sportfishing area weather was mostly calm at 100 degrees with some afternoon breezes and water temperatures of 78 to 90 degrees. EAST CAPE GOOD YELLOWFIN TUNA COUNTS.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape beach-launched boat fisherman Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista said he's decided to upgrade his fishing boat from a very lightweight Catalina Wherry rowing boat to a 14-foot MirroCraft "tin boat." "I love and always will love my little wherry but it's really limited in what it can do safely," Eddy said. "The MirroCraft open 14-foot aluminum skiff is over 24 inches deep and 5 feet wide. I get invited for marlin and tuna and don't need a bigger boat, and if I had one, I would need too much help getting it in and out of the water."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Werner Hradecky of Buena Vista said he jumped in the water and swam with a hooked marlin during an outing on his boat Bad Company off Punta Pescadero with Scott Bolleter and his son Nick Bolleter. "I jumped in and swam with a marlin last week," Hradecky said. "Scott, who came down from San Antonio, took the photos. The water was 84.8 degrees and calm."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said big numbers of dorado were hitting in La Paz fishing waters last week in water temperatures nearing 90 degrees and over limits were seen. "There is no reason to be taking as many fish as I've seen," Roldan said. "One guy was bragging about 100 fish today as I listened in a restaurant. That's stupid. I heard someone else talking about 50 yesterday." Anglers also scored on marlin, sailfish, some yellowfin tuna, and lots of big pargo broken off in the rocks. HEAVY DORADO ACTION AT LA PAZ.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported Las Arenas side weather at 92 to 95 degrees with very clear water everywhere at 82 to 85 degrees. Sardina bait was in good supply just north of Punta Arena de la Ventana and mackerel baits were available at the south end of Isla Cerralvo. Tortuga charter pangas fished mostly north of Punta Arena toward Las Cruces for good counts of dorado and marlin around buoys and some yellowfin tuna around Punta Perico. Anglers fishing during the week included Mike Hutton of Lake Forest and his son who caught many dorado with Tortuga's Capt. Jorge Lucero.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures fished a week on the Las Arenas side of La Paz with Fisherman's Fleet and reported good action for yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, roosterfish of 25 to 35 pounds on 5-pound ladyfish baits, dorado to 40 pounds, and 1 sailfish and 1 striped marlin on trolled bonito baits. Quesnel said he discovered during one fishing session that his "jointed iron" Action Jigs work well when trolled for tuna. "Believe it or not, I had never trolled my 4-ounce chrome lure before," Quesnel said. "We caught 2 tuna on bait and 10 on my lure."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said fishing and diving trips on the La Paz side found very good action for marlin, sailfish, and dorado last week. Spearfisherman John Perretti dived on sargassum weed paddies between San Lorenzo Channel and La Reina on Isla Cerralvo on the panga Paty Ledy and scored on 5 dorado of 20 to 40 pounds. La Paz side weather was hot, with water temperatures close to 90 degrees and visibility near 100 feet. "There have been some colder thermoclines starting at about 40 feet," Tomba said, but most divers have been comfortable in a 3mm suit."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Don Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad in Mulege said, "Dorado fishing here is the best I've seen in 10 years!"
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported on 2 outings, with 9 dorado and 2 kept on his first day and no fish caught his second day. "I got skunked, as did 4 other boats out there with me," Barber said. "I also took a refreshing swim in the 86-degree water. It was like a lake out there, smooth as glass and deep blue! Gorgeous! There's no question that we're picking up lots of dorado right now and the way it's going we should continue that bite until they leave in October. Generally, if they don't pass us up and go north immediately, they stay around all summer. Jorge Yee, the owner of my park, took his cousins from Tijuana out on Friday and they boated 18 dorado. Large marlin are also being caught. A 400-pound marlin was boated last Thursday and a bigger one swallowed a yellowfin tuna that an angler was trying to boat. He fought it just to the boat when the big marlin decided that he wanted it more!"
MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey of Mission Viejo, Calif., fished 4 days out of Posada Concepcion south of Mulege with Gerry Moses, and reported catch-and-release action for dorado limits-plus in hot action about 10 miles outside Punta Concepcion. "The dorado were literally boiling on the surface at times, in groups of 10 to 20 fish," Massey said. "I have never seen dorado do that before. From a distance they looked like dolphins." Most of the dorado were 10 to 15 pounds, but Massey said he decked the largest fish of the trip, a 30 pounder, with his 20-pound spinning outfit. "Kicked my butt good," he said. "I had some great battles. Anyone heading down should take a couple pounds of squid to cut up and hold the fish around the boat." Massey stayed at Loreto before flying out and reported local anglers there also doing very well on dorado. EXCELLENT MULEGE DORADO ACTION.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Wayne Neff of San Diego fished with his family out of Punta Chivato south of Mulege and reported very hot weed paddy action for dorado 4 to 6 miles off the beach, billfish located 8 to 10 miles out, yellowfin tuna 8 miles out, excellent reef fishing in front of the hotel with Jointed Rebels, and a heavy-duty encounter with giant Humboldt squid that tore up hoochies trolled at dorado speed, including one squid that apparently grabbed and devoured a sea bird that was sitting on the surface. "I watched the squid take down a full-sized bird sitting on the water," Neff said. "Never saw another trace of the bird." SQUID ATTACKS BIRD IN HEAVY MULEGE AREA FISHING.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said local yellowtail fishing rebounded last week after several days of slow action. "Now there seem to be yellowtail in many places," Vazquez said. "The hot spots have been Guadalupe reef, Smith Island, Piojo Island, Punta Don Juan, Soldado reef, and also Isla Partida and the other side of Isla Angel de la Guarda." Dorado were still not present in the area although water temperatures were at 77 to 81 degrees. Humboldt squid were still caught in good numbers. Bahia de los Angeles fishing area weather was hot at 100 degrees with high humidity and very little wind. YELLOWTAIL FISHING RETURNS IN HOT SUMMER WEATHER.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: For the previous week, Vazquez said local yellowtail fishing slowed down suddenly. "Yellowtail fishing is fair to poor," Vazquez said. "I don't know what happened to the great bite we had but it is not here now. There is a good yellowtail bite at the big island but it is too far for most boats." Good action continued for Humboldt squid, grouper, and cabrilla. Bahia de los Angeles fishing area weather was in the low-80s with some strong wind and rain and water temperatures at 74 to 80 degrees.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin towed his boat Santa Monica to Bahia de los Angeles and reported good fishing with jigs for cabrilla at Isla Cardenosa and Isla Partida south of Isla Angel de la Guarda, and also for cabrilla and pargo at La Vibora and Punta Diabo on the island. Bahia de los Angeles weather was windy to 45 knots, Meza said, and another session at Refugio was cut short. While fishing at Candeleros, 100-pound leaders were broken off by grouper, and many cabrilla were caught. Meza fished with his wife Alma and Valery Beckwith of Fish Trap lures.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on two, 6-day Midriff Islands trips by the panga motherships Erik and Andrea Lynn, returning to San Felipe on July 6, 2006, with a catch of: Erik: 167 yellowtail; 147 pargo; 2 grouper of 51 and 92 pounds; 7 white seabass; 87 cabrilla; and 490 miscellaneous fish. Andrea Lynn (with half divers, and half anglers): 130 yellowtail; 246 pargo; 4 grouper of 45 to 60 pounds; 11 white seabass; 137 cabrilla; and 320 miscellaneous fish. The Erik and Andrea Lynn fished at Isla Angel de la Guarda, Punta Diablo, La Vibora, the Enchanted Islands, San Luis Gonzaga, and the Golden Reef. Bait supplies were good. Midriff weather had some wind but was generally good.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of the Longfin Tackle Store reported on two 6-day Midriff Islands trips by the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga motherships Jose Andres and Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on July 7, 2006, with a catch of: Jose Andres: 104 yellowtail to 23 pounds; 11 white seabass to 73 pounds; 163 cabrilla to 14 pounds; 88 red snapper (huachinango) to 16 pounds; 90 spotted bay bass; 45 miscellaneous fish; and 68 other released fish. Tony Reyes with charter master John Chow: 300 yellowtail to 30 pounds; 2 grouper to 48 pounds; 2 white seabass to 30 pounds, 112 cabrilla to 16 pounds; 42 giant Humboldt squid; 48 red snapper (huachinango); 19 sheephead; 196 spotted bay bass, 89 whitefish, and 118 miscellaneous and released fish. Midriff fishing weather was generally good during the week. "Both the Tony Reyes and Jose Andres now carry kayaks available for angler to use at their leisure," Ward said. Some openings were available for Midriff Islands trips through October and La Paz trips following.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ward also reported on 2 earlier 6-day trips by the Tony Reyes and Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on June 30, 2006, with a catch of: Tony Reyes, with charter masters Pat and Denis Reigle: 286 yellowtail to 35 pounds; 7 grouper to 80 pounds; 222 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 51 giant Humboldt squid to 15 pounds; 42 red snapper (huachinango) to 15 pounds; 1 broomtail grouper of 12 pounds; 25 sheephead to 15 pounds; 165 spotted bay bass; 3 shark released; 25 miscellaneous fish; and 88 other fish released. "Midriff weather was mild," Ward said. "Yellowtail and cabrilla bit well, and the new cook on the boat is settling in very well. The group has rebooked for next year during the same week." Jose Andres, with charter master Tony Gullien: 96 yellowtail to 35 pounds; 2 grouper to 55 pounds; limits of cabrilla to 17 pounds; 17 red snapper (huachinango) to 18 pounds; 3 sheephead to 14 pounds; 40 spotted bay bass; 1 shark; 45 miscellaneous fish; and 92 other fish released.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on June 29, 2006, with a catch of: limits of yellowtail and cabrilla; 51 pargo; 9 sheephead; 1 grouper; 2 released golden grouper; 2 grouper under 25 pounds released; 67 spotted bay bass; and 150 miscellaneous fish. Charter master for the trip was Richard Lennox. Midriff fishing weather was hot but with no wind. The Celia Angelina fished from Snake Island north to the Enchanted Islands in air temperatures of 78 to 93 degrees and water temperatures of 74 to 81 degrees. A 130-pound grouper was caught by 15-year-old Chase Burke of Carlsbad, Calif., on a MirrOlure 111 purple demon trolling lure and 60-pound line.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Ollie Peltier of Rocky Point reported an excellent day of dorado fishing in 87-degree water at the 51-mile bank with Joe and Steve Heilman of Phoenix for a quick catch of 9 dorado of mostly 10 to 12 pounds on 16 hookups, with the largest at 20 pounds and the smallest at 5 pounds. "It was the best day of dorado fishing that I can remember for this Puerto Penasco area," Peltier said. "At the 51 mile bank it was as blue as I've seen it. You could see lots of dorado down 20 to 30 feet when you would bring one to the boat." Fishing at the 43-mile reef, Peltier's boat also had a catch of: 2 leopard grouper of 15 and 18 pounds; 2 red snapper of 10 and 12 pounds; and 9 gold spotted sand bass of 4-6 pounds. EXCELLENT DORADO DAY AT ROCKY POINT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Peltier also reported on the JJ's Cantina benefit Rocky Point fishing tournament held June 16-18, 2006, with 14 boats fishing in Phase II of the 3-phase cumulative point count competition. Tournament boats caught gulf grouper, leopard grouper, triggerfish, halibut, and goldspotted bass, and Peltier skippered a boat for JJ's Cantina owner Joe Anacleto for first place points on skipjack and corvina at a reef called "Bruha" or "witch's hat." ROCKY POINT JJ'S CANTINA TOURNAMENT REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Rick Felder of Glendale, Ariz., fished on his boat End Of The Line with Chuck "Lucky Chucky" Blair on high spots 11 to 16 miles west of Rocky Point for a catch of: 3 gulf grouper of 35, 40, and 50 pounds, and 1 leopard grouper of about 10 pounds. Another 6 bites were lost to breakoffs and pulled hooks. "I have been fortunate to fish with Chuck since I was 10 years old," Felder said, "and I have probably learned 70 to 80 percent of what I know about catching grouper from Chuck over the last 25 years." Rocky Point water color was blue at about 10 miles out with many flying fish but no sierra seen. "Sierras, which are usually very plentiful this time of year, starting in May and running all the way through summer, have been very scarce this year." Felder said. END OF THE LINE TRIP OUT OF ROCKY POINT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said, "The dorado bite is in full swing. Nice dorado are being caught at between 5 and 30 miles in all quadrants out of San Carlos." Billfish were also reported in San Carlos fishing area waters holding at 85 to 87 degrees and sea conditions were good. The boat Too Much Fun landed an estimated 50 to 60-pound wahoo 15 miles out on a heading of 260 degrees. Molden said, "If you are willing to run the 55 miles to Isla Tortuga there are reports of large schools of dorado, and the billfish are 'everywhere.'" About 15 boats per day on average were fishing out of San Carlos.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of Catch-22 Sportfishing said all boats fishing this week had good catches of dorado and also released at least a couple of billfish. Almada and Catch-22's Steve Calvert fished themselves on Saturday and found good sailfish action 12 miles out of San Carlos on a heading of 210 degrees. "We had at least 10 or 12 sailfish come into the spread," Almada said. "We hooked 3, lost 1, and released 2."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Calvert said, "The billfish bite has finally turned on at San Carlos." Fishing in 88.7-degree water 7 miles out of San Carlos with his daughter Laura earlier in the week, the Catch-22 released 1 sailfish and 1 striped marlin, plus landing 4 dorado. "The billfish were jumping everywhere," Calvert said.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Bill Parks of Phoenix reported 5 dorado landed by his boat No Le Hace while fishing with his daughter Christy Parks on Saturday, and another 5 dorado caught the following day. Parks fished 5 to 10 miles out of San Carlos on a heading of 180 degrees in mostly flat water at 80 to 82 degrees. Visibility while diving at Isla San Pedro Nolasco was at 40 to 60 feet.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet offshore boats found very good action for dorado at the shark buoys off Mazatlan and the best dorado bait last week was shrimp. "You won't believe what the hot bait was for these critters, shrimp," Edwards said. "It's the first time I've ever heard of it." Edwards reported on 34 offshore and inshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 9 sailfish, 2 striped marlin, 3 large roosterfish, 8 yellowfin tuna, and 228 dorado. Mazatlan sportfishing area weather was cloudy and humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 86 to 87 degrees. SHRIMP BAITS FOR DORADO AT MAZATLAN.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 13 charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 15 dorado to 42 pounds, 1 sailfish, and 12 skipjack tuna. Offshore boats fished up to 25 miles out, Hernandez said, and the best action on dorado was with shrimp baits and also skipjack tuna and squid baits. Mazatlan fishing area weather was clear in the high-80s, with some wind and water temperatures at 88 degrees. FLOTA BIBI FLEET MAZATLAN REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Manny Ocaranza of the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Pacifico reported an outstanding run to El Banco on Saturday, scoring on yellowfin tuna of 323 pounds and 239 pounds for his anglers. Of the largest fish, Ocaranza said, "It ate a bleeding skipjack not 12 feet from the boat. The fish was weighed at 323 on Pacifico's certified Scalemaster II scale." Saturday water conditions at El Banco were blue at 85 degrees. "It looks like we are ready for a great early season on the big fish," Ocaranza said. BIG COWS AT PUERTO VALLARTA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said his boats Marla II, Marla II, and Arca de Noe all had good fishing weeks at Puerto Vallarta. Fishing aboard the Marla II, Jose Vicente Chao of Offshore Angler and Tom Mathias from Shakespeare Fishing Tackle landed yellowfin tuna of 225 and 130 pounds respectively after a double hookup at El Banco and a 40-minute fight. Puerto Vallarta offshore waters were flat and green at 88 degrees. MORE BIG TUNA AT PUERTO VALLARTA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing and the charter boat Lorena said he missed a couple of cow class yellowfin tuna but hasn't scored yet on the larger grade of tuna, and hoped for heavy rains to arrive for better fishing conditions. "We are hoping the rain comes soon," Quinonez said. "Usually by this time of year the bay is full of debris and the fish hang out just on the outside in the blue water." CHARTER BOAT LORENA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said few boats fished at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo last week but roosterfish action continued very good inshore in 82-degree water and offshore sailfish counts were steady at about 2 to 3 fish per day. "This last week or 2 has only seen a total of about 7 to 10 boats a day fishing," Kunze said, "but they are averaging 2 to 3 sailfish each in the blue water, or about 4 large roosterfish per day of 30 to 40 pounds if they are concentrating on the inshore fishery." Some dorado were also caught offshore. Ixtapa fishing area weather was in the mid-80s, with thunderstorms and water temperatures of 78 to 84 degrees.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 El Cid Caribe fleet boat charters, including some short trips of just a few hours, at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 1 white marlin, 4 sailfish, 2 dorado, 6 dog snapper, 8 sierra, 5 barracuda, and 4 grouper. Cancun fishing area weather was humid and cloudy in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 81 to 83 degrees. CANCUN EL CID CARIBE FLEET FISHING REPORT.