LA PAZ, MEXICO: This summer's wide-open dorado fishing on both sides of the hill at La Paz. exploded even wider last week as anglers witnessed nonstop, mind-boggling action on quality fish including many bulls into the 30-pound class.
Christopher Bruno of Stockton, Calif., and his wife Alix reported on 2 days of phenomenal light tackle dorado action for 25 fish landed, including releases, on the La Paz side with Tailhunter International's Capt. Martin. "It was like fishing in an aquarium," Bruno said. "I was jerking my bait away from fish because I thought a 10-to-15 pounder was too small! I was casting live bait to specific fish like a fly fisher! Their pectoral fins would light up like a blue beer sign so you could see them glowing from 20 yards away. I saw 18 boats in one 2-acre spot, with every boat hooked up on dorado. Our buddy boat caught 51 fish, including releases, in 2 days using heavier tackle and with the captain also fishing." TOTALLY WIDE-OPEN DORADO AT LA PAZ.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: The usually conservative Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing gave a rare "excellent" rating for dorado action at the Las Arenas side buoys and off Las Cruces, and also for the very large average sizes caught at the 88 bank on the east side of Isla Cerralvo. "The dorados are just excellent," Hernandez said. "We caught huge ones at the 88 bank and many at the buoys. Some pangas also found yellowfin tuna of very good size, and very, very big sailfish. Words cannot describe how good the fishing is." Las Arenas side weather was "hot enough" at 95 to 100 degrees, with the water temperature at 86 to 88 degrees in the various fishing areas, and sardina bait was readily available.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz' already wide-open dorado bite went totally ballistic. "Last week the full moon dorado bite was phenomenal at La Paz, and I thought it couldn't get better," Roldan said. "I was wrong. This week the dorado in front of La Paz between Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Cerralvo exploded day after day with more dorado than I have seen in several seasons." Dorado averaged 10 to 30 pounds, Roldan said, "with boats catching and releasing as fast as they could and being plugged sometimes as early as 9:30 or 10 a.m."
"I had one laughable experience this week," Roldan said. "Each of 2 ladies on board was fighting a fish. The captain had another one. I was holding a rod with a fish in each hand. One of the wives screamed. There were so many dorado jumping through the air that one fish jumped into the panga then jumped out again and it wasn't even hooked." La Paz weather was hot and humid in the low-100s, with water temperatures in the low-90s. "There isn't really much else going on besides the dorado, but no one is complaining," Roldan said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Roldan also noted that Alaska Airlines will begin flights to La Paz on Oct. 30, 2006, with service 3 times per week that will partially solve the problems caused by the shutdown of Aerocalifornia flights in June due to maintenance problems.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: David Nagoda of Tucson and his wife rented a 36-foot sailboat from The Moorings in La Paz and sailed northwards to the Isla San Francisco area for several days of cruising in excellent fishing conditions that produced a sailboat trolling catch of 3 striped marlin, 2 dorado kept out of over a dozen hooked into the 50-pound class, and lots of sailfish and other sea life seen. "It was pretty wild, like a fish farm," Nagoda said. "You could see all of the fins zipping around. The fishing was phenomenal out there, the best I've ever seen, and I've been fishing in the Sea of Cortez for over 40 years." SAILBOAT FISHING CRUISE TO ISLA SAN FRANCISCO.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody out of Marina Coral said the fishing off Ensenada was very good Friday as 3 anglers caught their limits of 2 dorado each, plus limits on yellowtail in 73.2-degree water at the 450 spot. "They were all quality yellows with an average of 18 pounds and a jackpot at 30," Ostberg said. The dorado were 15 to 20 pounds.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said most of his pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda caught yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds last week, plus limits or near limits of bottom fish, calico bass, barracuda, and bonito. Angler Jay Johnson scored limits and 2 yellowtail to 30 pounds on Monday with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. Other anglers fishing with Capts. Beto and Hector included Brian Foley, Daniel Ramboz and his daughters Monica and Dawn from Orange County, and Bob Conell who landed a 22-pound yellowtail with Capt. Hector on Saturday. Punta Banda fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with light breezes, 2-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 65 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral fished Saturday with Gail Ross and marinero Jando Ruiz for a count of 3 dorado and 1 yellowtail at the 450 spot. The largest dorado, at 26.7 pounds, was caught by Gail Ross. "One dorado was caught on the troll and 2 dorado and the yellowtail were caught on a kelp paddy," Ross said. Ensenada offshore waters were rough in the morning, but laid down in the afternoon at 72.4 degrees. Other boats in the area had similar reports. Ski Plikaytis's boat Bwana reported yellowtail and dorado limits at the 450 spot.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Ross said he fished in the Puerto Salina tournament, but did not place with a catch of 1 mako shark of 75 pounds and a 10-pound bonito. "It was a fun tournament and we returned to Marina Coral Saturday night pooped," Ross said. "Too much fun."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the charter boat Tamara fished Saturday with charter master Jaime Pomares at the Ensenada 238 spot for a catch of 12 dorado to 20 pounds and a couple of bonito to 10 pounds. Ensenada offshore weather was very bumpy, with clean, 69-degree water. The charter boat Amigo turned back toward Ensenada in rough seas at 8 a.m., Susarrey said, but later fishing at Islas Todos Santos produced many bonito and some red rockfish and lingcod.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Donald Rubi of Duarte, Calif., reported on a run with 5 anglers aboard the 44-foot Ensenada boat Big Hook with Capt. Pat Hook, fishing locally for a catch of about 12 bonita of 9 to 10 pounds, 6 barracuda, and 2 yellowtail including a 14 pounder. "We spent the good part of the day trolling from Ensenada to Punta San Miguel to Islas Todos Santos to Punta Banda and points in between," Rubi said. "Bottom fish were few and far between with strong currents not allowing even 10 or 12 ounces to stay on the bottom."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported on several outings by the Ensenada boats Trobin Robin, Boomer, and the charter boat Amigo, fishing around the 238 and 450 spots for about 3 yellowtail per rod of 12 to 25 pounds on mackerel baits. Bottom fishing at the Punta Banda bank was good for larger sized fish. Offshore water was purple at 69 degrees and inshore water temperatures as warm as 72 degrees were seen inside the bay. "The water is hot," Susarrey said. "Sometimes we are stopping on the way back for good sized calico bass at Punta Banda."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 48 anglers fishing aboard the charter boats Ensenada Clipper, Shirlee-too, Shirlee, El Cazador, and Quest, with a catch of: 68 yellowtail, 95 bonito, 22 barracuda, 4 halibut, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 2 bluefin tuna. Full day private charter and open party trips to the outer banks were leaving daily.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: John Duffy of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Johnny Ferretti fished a day with Capt. Marcos of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort for good catch-and-release action with lures around the Soledad reef on: 14 large bonito, 2 yellowtail, 4 lingcod, 5 large whitefish, 4 red rockfish, and 5 olive rockfish. "The entire Puerto Santo Tomas area is loaded with big bonito," Duffy said. "We did not have any bait. We caught the bonito and yellowtail on Rapalas. The whitefish were great. At first we wondered if it was a yellowtail when Johnny hooked it." Puerto Santo Tomas weather was variable, with dead calm, rain, some wind, and hot sun all in a morning. LARGE BONITO AT PUERTO SANTO TOMAS.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Gilbert Bautista of Northridge, Calif., and his group of 22 people fished 3 days out of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort on a panga with Capt. Marcos Juarez Vazquez, a 17-foot private boat, and an inflatable boat, for consistent action on several yellowtail per outing, barracuda, bottom fish, and "uncountable bonita to 15 pounds." "Many of the bonita were huge," Bautista said. "Most of the fish were caught trolling and on the slide after a stop. We left them biting but had too many fish to bring back." Kayakers at the resort also did well on catch-and-release bonita. Puerto Santo Tomas fishing area weather was variable and unsettled, with water temperatures of 60 to 63 degrees. BIG BONITO TRIP AT SANTO TOMAS RESORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported mostly good fishing conditions except for some wind Friday night. Several pangas fished during the week for continued good surface action at the Soledad reef for yellowtail of 6 to 20 pounds, averaging about 2 to 5 fish per outing, plus lots of bonita and bottom fish.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Saenz said, "We had a fabulous week, a full house. The surface bite continues strong around the Soledad reef, bringing in up to 20-pound yellowtail and tons of bonita and barracuda. Some pangas brought in up to 12 yellowtail." Bottom fishing was also strong for whitefish, rockcod, and lingcod including a 22 pounder caught by a school teacher from Albuquerque.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Shawn Boyd of Carlsbad reported on his road trip to Puerto Santo Tomas and good results while fishing with Capt. Marcos out of the resort for: 1 yellowtail of 14 pounds, 5 red rockfish, 10 large bonito, 2 lingcod, 10 sugarbass, and "a lot of bass" during a second outing. "We are going back in 3 weeks," Boyd said. "You got too check this place out. I cannot believe that nobody knows about this old-school Mexico getaway 1 hour south of Ensenada." BAJA RUN TO PUERTO SANTO TOMAS.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 33 boats fishing during the week, for continued heavy action on bottom fish, lingcod, kelp bass and sandbass, bonita, yellowtail, and barracuda, plus an improving bite on white seabass. "The white seabass are biting better now," Castro said, "but they are still not at 100 percent. The yellowtail and barracuda are biting very well." Heavy bait concentrations continued in water temperatures of 65 to 67 degrees, with clear color and good weather conditions off Erendira.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Art "Smitty" Smith of Rosarito Beach and his brother fished on one of the new boats out of Castro's Camp for very good results on bottom fish. "As usual we cleaned up on big reds and lingcod," Smith said. "Had all the fish we needed by about 1 p.m. Castro's has a great fishing place going there." BOTTOM FISHING RUN TO CASTRO'S CAMP.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Campo Lorenzo reported on the winners of the 2006 Third Annual San Quintin Sportfishing Tournament held out of the Old Mill on Saturday, July 22, 2006, with 242 anglers fishing on 89 boats. "Julio Meza did an awesome job putting together the sponsors, prizes and tournament," Vath said. Final results: Grand Prize, trophy and $5,000 Buena Vista Beach Resort fishing trip: Debbie Biedebach. Grand Raffle Winner, 195 CC Triton Boat with 90 h.p. Mercury: Sonya Cordova. Dorado: first place, Debbie Biedebach, 8.60 kg.; second place, Francisco Quinonez, 5.65 kg.; third place, Ramses Villegas, 5.00 kg. Yellowtail: first place, Ricardo Carrillo, 12.35 kg.; second place, Mike Fisher, 10.25 kg.; third place, Taylor Leeper, 10.25 kg. White Seabass: first place, Jose Gusman, 24.25 kg.; second place, Adan Placencia, 24.20 kg.; third place, Jaime Garcia, 10.95 kg. Sandbass: first place, Ted Snellen, 2.75 kg.; second place, Isis Barbosa, 2.55 kg.; third place, Daniel Simmons 2.50 kg. Tuna: none caught. TOURNAMENT REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather was at 80 degrees, with some variable winds and small thunderstorms over the mountains, clear water offshore at 69 to 73 degrees, and ocean swells to 5 feet. Local hotels and boats were booked to capacity as anglers caught limits or near limits of yellowtail, barracuda, and bonita, plus white seabass. "The fish have been caught practically on every fishing spot," Garcia said, "including Playa San Ramon, Isla San Martin, and the 240, 180, and 15 spots."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said his boats were busy during the week for the San Quintin sportfishing tournament. Fishing was still wide-open for yellowtail plus large bonito on Rapalas and jigs at Isla San Martin, including 11 yellowtail to 24 pounds for anglers Sam Lund and Verne Randall of Solana Beach, Calif. White seabass also showed up at Socorro.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: The previous week, Julio Meza of San Quintin reported the season's first yellowfin tuna and dorado caught by local boats, as his boat Santa Monica ran out about 32 miles on Thursday, July 13, 2006, and landed 2 tuna on 3 strikes, 4 dorado on 7 strikes, and 8 out of 12 yellowtail. The yellowfin tuna hit trolled plugs and the dorado and yellowtail were caught on live bait at kelp paddies. San Quintin offshore fishing water was at 68.8 degrees and clear blue. Meza also reported good local fishing. "There are lots of yellowtail around Isla San Martin and la punta," he said, "tons of bonita everywhere, big sandbass, lots of calico, and white seabass on-and-off everyday." SEASON'S FIRST DORADO AND TUNA.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on the semi-remote Pacific coast of Baja said he fished on his 22-foot panga Karol on Thursday with Shi Hoshi and his son Tetsu Hoshi of Agoura Hills, Calif., and they caught 54 medium to large calico bass in 3 hours about 2 miles south of the boca. Aguilar fished with large Scampis in 30 feet of fairly cloudy water, in calm, cloudy weather. Later, they fished inside the laguna and landed 26 good sized halibut to about 32 pounds on small Scampis and 15-pound line. The halibut were caught in clear water about 6 feet deep very close to the beach. "It is common to see these halibut near the beach from June to the middle of August," Aguilar said.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: John Gilkerson reported on a Baja trailer boat run with his boat A-SALT-WEAPON and anglers Matt Bentley of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Jim Bentley of Garnerville, Nevada, with stops at San Lucas Cove on the Sea of Cortez in Baja Sur, and San Quintin on the Baja Pacific coast. Fishing at San Lucas Cove produced quality yellowtail action at Isla Tortuga and the 110 bajo off Isla San Marcos, large cabrilla and sawtail grouper, and nuisance Humboldt squid, but very slow action on dorado. At San Quintin, good counts were scored for lingcod at the 240 spot and yellowtail at Isla San Martin, plus lots of sandbass at Socorro, but no white seabass. BAJA TRAILER BOAT RUN.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Mike Gravert of Elk Grove, Calif., said he completed a 3,879-mile, 7-week Baja trailer boat trip with his 20-foot Alumaweld boat and anglers Keith Haenggi and Kellee Scharlack, with stops on the Baja Sea of Cortez coast at Mulege, Loreto, La Paz, Los Barriles, and also at Cabo San Lucas. "Our trip was inspired by The Baja Catch," Gravert said. "After reading it for years and flying down there to different locales and fishing out of pangas we decided we had to take a trip on our own."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jason Perr of Gone To Baja Productions said a free, world premier showing of his new film "Sea of Demons: Demonio Rojo, the Truth Behind the Humboldt Squid," would be presented in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Pacific Theater on July 25, 2006, at 8 p.m. "This will be a free screening and is open to everyone," Perr said. "The theater has 1,000 seats and we are looking to fill them all with people who love diving and want to see something new." Information: seaofdemons.com.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the low-80s with water temperatures at 61 to 66 degrees. At Puerto Lopez Mateos, Diana Hoyt reported good dorado, yellowfin tuna, and skipjack fishing a few miles outside the boca. A fair showing of yellowtail and giant squid to 50 pounds was reported offshore at the Thetis Bank. The Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced mostly corvina, grouper, and spotted bay bass, plus lots of halibut on the sandy flats.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 68 Cabo San Lucas charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin, 15 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 44 yellowfin tuna, 24 dorado, 10 roosterfish, 2 wahoo, and 14 boats with no luck.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 42 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo San Lucas charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 1 wahoo, 15 dorado, and 59 yellowfin tuna. "Catches were up for some and down for others with little consistency anywhere," Edwards said. "There was no real concentration of fish in the areas fished from the Jaime Bank to Cabo Falso and outside of Chileno to the 95." Cabo weather was very hot and humid to 102 degrees, with water temperatures up to 84 degrees on the Pacific side and 88 degrees on the Cortez side.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 17 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin of 180 and 200 pounds, 3 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 1 yellowfin tuna of 30 pounds, 5 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds. On Tuesday, with just a single 20-pound dorado reported for 3 outings, Dillon said, "It is a very slow day. Only about 10 percent of the boats caught fish."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Los Cabos fishing area seas were mostly calm by the weekend after a period of swells from distant tropical storms, with water temperatures at 77 to 80 degrees on the Pacific side, up to 84 to 85 degrees to the south, and 86 degrees on the Cortez side. Billfish action was spotty for a mix of striped marlin and blue marlin. "We are now in Hurricane season," Landrum said. "Fishing is not bad right now, but it's nothing to write home about."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported spotty action for sportfishing boats at the tip of Baja, with some striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, yellowfin tuna, and dorado caught, but no outstanding catches except for an estimated 75-pound dorado landed by the Yahoo. Fifty-six percent of Pisces charters released billfish, 20 percent found dorado, and 11 percent caught yellowfin tuna during the week. Most boats fished the Cortez side in water temperatures averaging 85 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS CHARTER BOAT FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers said midsummer inshore action slowed down in warming water temperatures. "The roosterfish are here and there are some really big ones," Hartman said. "They do happen to have a solid case of lock jack and don't want to eat a fly very well. They are even taking a slow trolled mullet or caballito cautiously. We are catching a few jacks and ladyfish, but the inshore action has slowed down. It will remain mostly the same until the fall when the water temperatures start to drop." Offshore fishing produced some good action for marlin, including 7 marlin hooked on the fly in one outing by Corbett Davis of Florida, and 2 striped marlin for brothers Ian and Narin McLean of Canada.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 112 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 1,008 yellowfin tuna, 210 dorado, 1 black marlin, 3 blue marlin, 10 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 1 wahoo, 240 skipjack, 95 snapper species, and 8 cabrilla. "The long awaited wide-open bite for yellowfin tuna finally happened at Los Cabos," Brictson said. "The hot spot was the Iman Bank. Fly lining with live sardinas while chumming the fish into a surface feeding frenzy was the way to go." Most yellowfin tuna were about 15 to 30 pounds, but the week's action also included a certified 307 pounder landed by anglers Jeff, Shane, Casey and Jimmy Becic of San Diego, fishing on their own super panga with local Capt. Hector Arripez. Los Cabos fishing area weather was hot with possible approaching tropical storms and water temperatures at 80 to 85 degrees. LOS CABOS YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT AT 307 POUNDS.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Randy Morishita of Carlsbad, Calif., and fishing partner Maged Rasheed went out 2 days on a La Playita fleet panga with Capt. Jesus Pino of Gordo Banks Pangas and reported good action for a 50-pound class dorado and 70 to 80-pound yellowfin tuna their first day, and dorado plus "fill the boat" action on 16 football tuna their second day. "Motoring out towards the Iman and San Luis area in dark blue 80-degree water, you could just feel that the bite was on," Morishita said. "The bigger fish took their toll on us with our lighter tackle. Jesus Pino put us on fish." LA PLAYITA PANGA FISHING.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported "great fishing" at Los Cabos last week, with water temperatures at 87 to 88 degrees, light winds, and calm seas. Lewis fished on his boat Dos Gueros early in the week, landing a striped marlin, dorado, and tuna during the day. He said on Friday, "The last 2 days have seen skyrocketing tuna counts. The fish are pretty much in wide-open boiling schools on the San Luis bank."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of Baja Books & Maps at San Jose del Cabo said work was underway at the Puerto Los Cabos marina project last week to repair recent storm surf damage. "They have also completed 4 new palapas for the pangueros," Tolbert said. "The idea is to move the pangas which are currently beached between the jetties in anticipation of opening the mouth to the harbor. Tomas Cantor indicates that no one is moving until the proper papers are in order. This will not of course be the final spot for the pangueros. They will eventually have their own area with slips which will take all of the thrill out of a panga ride! It does not appear that there will be enough slips to accommodate all the pangas. In the past couple of days they have significantly raised the height of the ends of the jetties. There has been a continuos string of semis hauling huge boulders, one or two per trailer, as well as dump trucks with smaller loads. There seems to be a big push to get this done. Hey look at the weather, more waves to come!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 124 East Cape sportfishing boats, with 363 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 23 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 92 dorado, 291 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo, 13 roosterfish, 107 snapper, 5 amberjack, 21 bonito, 3 ladyfish, 4 pompano, 36 triggerfish, 4 cabrilla, 1 skipjack tuna, and 3 rainbow runner. Most fleet boats fished south 25 to 35 miles.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said East Cape fishing was "okay" for fleet boats last week for yellowfin tuna, small dorado, and a couple of blue marlin hooked but lost at Los Frailes and the Punta Arena lighthouse. Larger tuna to about 130 pounds were caught about 20 miles out toward the end of the week, plus some inshore pargo and roosterfish at La Ribera.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said, "Marlin, tuna and dorado are still biting well for East Cape boats, but a little more work is needed to bend the rods." Fleet boats averaged about 1 marlin, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 2 to 3 dorado per outing, Ireland said. Marlin were centered north off Punta Pescadero, and tuna and dorado were about 5 miles out between Cabo Pulmo and Los Frailes. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 86 to 90 degrees. RANCHO LEONERO FLEET REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 881 anglers fishing on charters boats out of Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 105 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 412 yellowfin tuna, 231 dorado, 66 roosterfish, 23 wahoo, 2 amberjack, 7 cabrilla, 12 pompano, 38 pargo, and 16 triggerfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore action was good for fly fishing anglers last week. "While it was a long ride, the tuna bite was great if you got there early," Graham said. "Football-sized tuna were sucking up wasabis flies like they were going out of style." Beach fly fishing produced a few roosterfish "if you could get past the pelicans, needlefish and ladyfish." East Cape weather was clear in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 74 to 87 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said action for his panga Soplado was good for tuna and wahoo last week, but spotty for marlin. "The marlin were very picky eaters," Fritz said. "There are lots of huge squid in the area. The billfish hooked were quick to throw up big chunks of partially digested squid. Kind of gross, but that's fishing." Mike Taber of Vista, Calif., lucked out on his first saltwater fish ever, a 40-pound wahoo caught aboard the Soplado. East Cape waters were at 86 to 89 degrees. "Sardines for bait are so plentiful that the birds are sitting on the beach with bellies too full to fly," Fritz said. "Some rain has fallen by the shore this week, but not enough to make things green yet, although most plants are sprouting small leaves. In the mountains though, more rain falls almost every afternoon, and they are greening up nicely."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Harvey Barish of Cypress, Calif., announced the results of the 2006 Los Amigos Marlin Tournament held out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez on July 13-17, 2006. With 53 anglers fishing on 16 boats, the combined fish count, including all billfish released except for 1 that died during the fight, was: 35 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 36 dorado, 37 tuna, 2 wahoo, 1 roosterfish, and 25 other fish. Award winners included: Boats: first place, El Loco II, Capt. Julio Cota; second, Fresh Catch, Capt. Mario Cota; third, Tio Tico, Capt. Jorge. Teams: first, Mike Briley, Robert Briley, Luis Vargas; second, Matt West, Hank Williams, Tony Digiovanni; third, Eric Bobb, Nathan Hale, Terrell Hale. Individual: first, Robert Briley; second, Terrell Hale; third, Hank Williams. Most release points: Robert Briley.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said water temperatures at depth on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef went as high as 85 degrees last week, with variable visibility of 40 to 80 feet. Sea life sightings included huge grouper, jacks, dog snapper, diamond stingray, whitetip shark, mobula manta ray, hammerhead shark, and dolphin. "Even marlin have managed to make an appearance although we have not been lucky enough yet to spot any while diving," Pickering said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported hot weather with high humidity, calm seas, and continued huge quantities of dorado in local waters last week. As an example of how many dorado were present, Zapata said a group of 44 fly fishing anglers fished for 6 days and hooked about 2,000 dorado, with almost all of them released. "They also caught 21 sailfish trolling, and giant squid, skipjack and all kinds of rockfish," Zapata said. "Everything was catch-and-release." The fishing was centered 5 to 6 miles east of San Bruno in water temperatures of 87 to 89 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: Baja pilot Larry Hahn of El Paso said his son just fished at Loreto and found dorado "jumping into the boat." "Two hours and you're back with your limit," Hahn said. "The Hotel Oasis is doing super as usual."
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Currie of Long Beach fished 3 days on a panga with Capt. Valente Murillo Davis out of the Hotel Oasis, for a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin of 75 pounds, 5 cabrilla to 15 pounds, 1 yellowtail of 20 pounds, 4 dorado of 25 to 30 pounds, and 1 sailfish. The small blue marlin was the first fish ever for the hotel's Gloria Maria Benziger, 6 years old. "She did have a little help from me, her padrino," Currie said. GOOD MIXED CATCH WITH CAPT. VALENTE MURILLO.
LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported 90 percent of charter pangas with dorado limits at locations including Bajo de Punta Lobos northeast of Isla Carmen, Bajo del Medio, where fish attracting buoys were set out, and about 10 miles off San Juanico. Dorado sizes were very good, averaging about 15 to 35 pounds. "Definitively this is an excellent dorado season for Loreto," Susarrey said. "The last 3 weeks have been the best ones so far." EXCELLENT DORADO SEASON FOR LORETO.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline, Calif., said, "Dorado season is here. Find the weeds and you will also find the fish." Dorado were centered about 15 to 18 miles out of Mulege on headings of 060 to 065 degrees. "This would put you about 5 to 8 miles out from Punta Conception in front of the mine area," Grant said. Dorado of 10 to 20 pounds were hitting jigs and any color feather. Some football yellowfin tuna and many sailfish were also present. Mulege weather was hot and humid, with water temperatures in the low-80s. DORADO SEASON IN FULL SWING AT MULEGE.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At Mulege's Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson said, "The fishing is great!" Angler Gary Thomas was fishing daily at the nearby Islas Santa Ines for about 7 to 8 dorado per day. "You can get more," Johnson said. "Gary says they are jumping into the boat by themselves."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Wayne Copeland of Yorba Linda, Calif., fished 6 days out of San Lucas Cove last week and reported the dorado bite suddenly going from slow to wide-open on Monday and the super-hot action continuing until he pulled his boat on Thursday. "On Monday the dorado bite went wide-open," Copeland said. "My boat as well as my buddy George Starr's boat had schools of dorado in excess of 100 fish holding. The largest concentrations of dorado I have seen in my many years of fishing Baja." The dorado were centered up to 3.5 miles off the north end of Isla San Marcos. "Any farther out and the bite dropped off drastically," Copeland said. Santa Rosalia fishing area water temperatures were at 81 to 86 degrees. DORADO BITE TURNS ON AT SANTA ROSALIA.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said his fishing results last week ran contrary to earlier reports of poor dorado action off Santa Rosalia. "It took me all of one day to shoot that down into Davey Jones' locker," Kanzler said. "Two boats got over 100-plus chicken dodos. Nothing over 15 pounds, but it's tons of fun on light tackle." Fishing was also good at Isla Tortuga for baqueta as a run during the week produced fish of 30 and over 50 pounds. "It's the biggest baqueta, or rooster hind, I've caught or seen," Kanzler said. Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was hot and very humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 80 degrees inshore and 87 degrees out at Isla Tortuga. GOOD SUMMER DORADO AND BAQUETA FISHING AT SANTA ROSALIA.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay said, "The dorado bite has broken loose at the 110 bajo." Angler Tom Walton of the old Federal Employees' Rod and Reel Club released 10 dorado of 11 landed, to a high of 15 to 20 pounds, with lots of smaller fish also. Water temperatures at the isla were about 79 to 81 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on 2 Midriff islands fishing trips by the panga motherships Erik and Andrea Lynn, returning to San Felipe on July 20, 2006, with fish counts of: Erik: 103 yellowtail, 98 cabrilla, 3 grouper, 6 white seabass, 89 pargo, 197 spotted bay bass, and 320 miscellaneous fish. Andrea Lynn: 142 yellowtail, 189 cabrilla, 5 grouper, 6 white seabass, and 345 miscellaneous fish. The Erik and Andrea Lynn fished in some wind, calming by the end of the week.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Veronica Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on July 21, 2006, with a fish count of: 240 yellowtail, 18 to 30 pounds; 3 grouper, 45 to 65 pounds; 132 cabrilla, 12 to 18 pounds; 80 red snapper (huachinango), 8 to 16 pounds; 3 broomtail grouper, 18 pounds; 5 sheephead, 12 pounds; 87 spotted bay bass; and 1 shark, 14 pounds. Midriff islands water temperatures averaged 84 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Reyes also reported on a 6-day islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on July 21, 2006, with a fish count of: 112 yellowtail, 20 to 25 pounds; 3 grouper, 30 to 66 pounds; 1 dorado, 10 pounds; 75 cabrilla, 3 to 14 pounds; 25 red snapper (huachinango), 3 to 8 pounds; 15 sheephead, 2 to 17 pounds; 30 spotted bay bass, 2 to 3 pounds; and 2 shark, 13 to 20 pounds. Midriff islands weather was generally good, but fishing was slower during the week in water temperatures averaging 78 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Reyes reported on a 6-day Midriff fishing trip by the Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on July 14, 2006, with a fish count of: 64 yellowtail, 20 to 30 pounds; 1 grouper, 45 pounds; 224 cabrilla, 12 to 14 pounds; 10 red snapper (huachinango), 10 to 12 pounds; 5 broomtail grouper, 14 pounds; 6 sheephead, 9 pounds; 37 spotted bay bass; and 22 miscellaneous fish. Midriff water temperatures averaged 80 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista relayed reports from his house at San Francisquito, saying both weather and fishing were unfavorable last week. "They are catching some firecracker yellows," Crenshaw said. "The water has gone from 79 to 87 degrees and back to 80. They have had several inches of rain, leaving the dirt runway unusable with large puddles of water. Mosquitoes will be a problem in the next month or so." A Tony Reyes panga mothership said fishing was slowed by large amounts of giant squid in the water so aggressive they were attacking trolled Rapalas.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said 29 Aries Fleet offshore and inshore boats had a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin of about 200 pounds, 12 sailfish, 57 dorado, and 25 yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan weather was in the low-90s, with rain squalls and some rough seas, and water temperatures at 85 to 86 degrees. Offshore boats fished about 24 to 29 miles out for billfish and at buoys 22 miles out for dorado. MAZATLAN OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing said fishing a Puerto Vallarta picked up last week but big yellowfin tuna were still elusive. "The rain has finally come and the billfish have started to move in a little closer," Quinonez said. A 12-hour trip by the charter boat Lorena scored a 300-pound class blue marlin and a sailfish. Angler Liam Agnew caught his first ever marlin, a good sized blue. "The big cow tuna are far and few between right now," Quinonez said, "but we are keeping our fingers crossed that they will be here soon. We are still waiting for the 300 pounders and it should be soon."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Thomas Lin of Torrance, Calif., reported on 5 days of fishing off Puerto Vallarta last week on the Mr. Marlin charter boat Top Gun, for a catch with Capts. Juan Pablo Moll and Tony Ocaranza that included 3 blue marlin of an estimated 200, 350, and 750 pounds caught during 1 outing. "The fishing was on the slow side," Lin said. "I have not seen the bird schools that I am used to. There was also small crabs that the captains felt contributed to the slower fishing." THREE BLUE MARLIN IN 1 DAY.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said all three fleet boats did well last week on yellowfin tuna including a 180 pounder, sailfish, pargo, and marlin while fishing at Roca Corbeteña and El Banco. Yellowfin tuna were present in good numbers, but the bite was still slow due to numbers of pelagic red crab in the water. "These fish are still feeding on red crabs," Osuna said. "The only way to catch them is by using the kite or the helium balloon." Puerto Vallarta weather was cloudy and mostly calm, with offshore water temperatures at 88 degrees. FISHING GOOD, BUT WITH MANY RED CRABS PRESENT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said the Ixtapa sportfishing fleet averaged 2 to 3 sailfish per day through the full moon period. "The sailfish action has slowed down a bit," Kunze said. "By the middle of this next week, because of the new moon period, I really expect these numbers to increase." Blue, 82-degree water was a couple of miles off the beach and some small dorado and small yellowfin tuna were also showing up. The best action continued to be for inshore roosterfish and jack crevalle, with boats averaging about 5 roosterfish of 25 to 40 pounds and at least 8 jacks of 15 to 25 pounds, Kunze said. Capt. Adolpho, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fished at Puerto Vicente Guerrero for 2 days and got 18 roosterfish. Ixtapa fishing area weather was partly cloudy with tropical storm winds in the mid-80s and with water temperatures of 78 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 8 outings by the charter boats Gran Jefe, Dos Hermanos I, La Bamba, and Marea Azul, with a catch including released fish of: 15 sailfish, 13 bonito, 2 yellowfin tuna, 6 roosterfish, 4 jack crevalle, 8 bonito. Sailfish were centered 15 to 18 miles out in 87-degree water. Ixtapa fishing weather was humid with rain squalls, in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 84 to 87 degrees and 1 day of port closure due to rough seas.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Cancun offshore fishing slowed down last week and there were few anglers in the area. The El Cid Caribe Fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun reported on 10 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 1 sailfish, 4 barracuda, 1 jack crevalle, 2 sierra, and 1 grouper at 50 pounds. SLOW OFFSHORE FISHING AT CANCUN.