SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Stiff winter-style north winds cooled water temperatures, knocked fish counts down, and kept boats from fishing some days along the length of the Sea of Cortez last week.
At San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos), Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 116 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: 55 yellowfin tuna, 15 rainbow runner, 2 wahoo, 65 dorado, 365 sierra, 135 skipjack, 16 amberjack, 14 cabrilla, 205 triggerfish, 38 pompano, and 42 yellow snapper.
Los Cabos fishing area pangas stayed mostly close to shore in the wind shadow of the Baja peninsula. "Fishing action was flat-out cold," Brictson said. "Fishing for yellowfin tuna has slowed to a standstill." San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was windy in the mid-70s, with water temperatures holding at 79 to 81 degrees. WINDY FISHING FOR THE SEA OF CORTEZ.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reported a record week with 50 species caught or observed, but no new ones. "Late November is a period of transition with the water cooling offshore, bringing all sorts of exotics closer to shore seeking warmth or the plentiful sardinas, I am not sure which," Snow said.
Five surf fishing sessions produced catch-and-release action for 57 fish of 10 species including a small roosterfish and a 48-inch reef or bluespotted cornetfish. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 82 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said few anglers visited the Baja coastal area of Ensenada last week but the fishing weather was good at Punta Banda and pangas continued to catch good counts of bottom fish plus a few yellowtail.
On Friday, Jay Johnson of Ensenada fished on the panga Vonny I with Capt. Beto Zamora for limits of mixed bottom species plus 1 nice yellowtail. On Saturday, Capt. Beto fished with Greb Abgela and Peter York of San Diego for limits of bottom fish, salmon grouper, whitefish, and bonita. The charter panga Vonny III with Capt. Hector also scored limits of bottom fish and bonita for Leonard Luna and Glenn Spears of Los Angeles. Ensenada weather was sunny in the mid-60s over the weekend, with light winds, 1 to 2-foot ocean swells, and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 59 degrees.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported good weather during the week at Erendira on the Baja coast south of Ensenada, with boats fishing daily in very clear 63 to 64-degree water. Sixteen boats fished out of Castro's Camp during the week for good counts of bottom fish including red rockcod and lingcod, plus bonito and a few barracuda on the surface. Some bait fish were seen in schools along the coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said some late season white seabass were caught last week, as anglers Angel De Guzman and Roy De Cauwer of San Jose, Calif., fished south at El Tranquilo with Capt. Pancho Berrellesa for a catch of 4 white seabass including fish of 40 and 61 pounds. "They decided that they wanted to try at this late date in the fishing season and see what kind of luck they would have," Garcia said. De Guzman and De Cauwer fished on the Skipjack cruiser Panchita with live bait and Krocodiles in clear water of 59 to 62 degrees. WHITE SEABASS STILL BITING AT EL TRANQUILO.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported good weather in the San Quintin fishing area, but with cooler morning temperatures requiring warm clothing when leaving the bay in the mornings. Few anglers were present at San Quintin. "No boats from my landing have been down south," Hillis said. "Most fishermen have been concentrating on the large rockcod and lingcod." John Yasui of San Diego and his group fished on the charter boat Pelicano with Capt. Miguel for full limits of bottom fish.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Rob Smyth of Redding, Calif., and his group fished with Capt. Juanchys Aguilar last week at La Bocana on the Baja Pacific coast north of Punta Abreojos, and Smyth reported wide-open yellowtail fishing with catch-and-release counts of about 60 fish per day in 75-degree water about 7 miles straight south. Fishing with Smyth were Dan Hancock and Ed Roach, also of Redding. "We also found a dolphin that was tail-wrapped in a lobster trap rope," Smyth said. "He was very tired, but calmed down as we worked to free him. I swear, he knew what we were doing, and even made eye contact with me. We finally got him free and he swam off. It was a real 'feel good' thing."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto reported on 2 fishing days each of the last 2 weeks off the Baja coast outside Magdalena Bay's Puerto Lopez Mateos, missing his targeted wahoo but finding some wide-open dorado action, 14 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, and 5 striped marlin released. Erhardt fished on his boat Soledad out of Boca de Soledad from The Ridge to the Thetis Bank and southwards of the San Carlos entrada. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was mostly flat but with some days of 10 to 20-knot wind. Offshore water temperatures were at 78 to 79 degrees the first week and 75 to 76 degrees the second week. OFFSHORE FISHING AT THE RIDGE AND THETIS BANK.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "After a week of cooler temperatures and wind off Magdalena Bay, the fishing snapped back for both dorado and marlin. Most of the action was reported up above the Thetis Bank. However with fewer boats fishing the Pacific out of Mag Bay, it is difficult to know what else is happening closer to Bahia Santa Maria." Inshore fishing produced grouper, corvina, and an excellent bite of spotted bay bass A free-entry Mexican government sponsored wahoo tournament was scheduled for Puerto Lopez Mateos on Dec. 8-9, 2006, with the top prize a panga with 60-h.p. Suzuki motor. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was cloudy in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 70 to 78 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon said most boats opted not to pound upswell to the Finger Bank and fished closer to home around the Golden Gate Bank again last week. "The long run to the Finger Bank was too punishing for most boats," Connolly said. "The Golden Gate Bank was far enough." Action around the Golden Gate remained good for striped marlin, plus some sailfish, and 1 very good day for 7 wahoo and 7 marlin releases by the boat Gladiator. "Northern winds and big swells cooled the water and may have been responsible for the large amount of striped marlin tailers spotted heading toward Cabo," Connolly said. GOLDEN GATE BANK FISHING STEADY FOR MARLIN AND SOME WAHOO.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side of Cabo remained the hot spot for striped marlin last week as Pisces boats averaged 1 to 4 marlin releases and top boats included Ni Modo with 8 and 7-release days. The stripers were closer to the surface than the previous week. "Last week our boats bottom fished for them," Ehrenberg said. "This week the preferred method for catching them was drifting with live bait." Some sailfish, dorado, and a few yellowfin tuna were also caught. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was sometimes lumpy on the Pacific side, with average water temperatures of about 77 degrees. STRIPED MARLIN FISHING SURFACES AT THE GOLDEN GATE BANK.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo San Lucas fishing water temperatures around the tip of Baja were stable at 80 to 81 degrees. The concentrated striped marlin bite at the Golden Gate Bank became scattered and boats trolled and drifted bait in different areas. "A few boats have gone up the Sea of Cortez around Punta Gorda and have done fairly well," Landrum said. "There was a halfway decent bite off the Red Hill area."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 43 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin under 300 pounds, 41 striped marlin, 55 yellowfin tuna, 38 dorado, and 2 wahoo. "The billfish bite at the Golden Gate continues pretty good," Edwards said. "Most of the boats that stay with it wind up with 2 to 3 billfish per day." Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was mostly sunny in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 77 degrees at the Golden Gate Bank and 82 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side at the Gordo Banks. Good supplies of live bait continued at the Golden Gate.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic Sportfishing reported on 90 charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 39 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 66 dorado, 8 yellowfin tuna, 3 yellowtail, 3 bonita, 20 roosterfish, 35 pargo, 6 cabrilla, and 6 boat with no luck.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 13 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin of 200 pounds, 14 striped marlin, 7 yellowfin tuna of 20 pounds, and 19 dorado of 25 to 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Art Coleman of Temecula reported on 1 day of fishing at the Golden Gate Bank aboard the charter boat Top Gun for a catch including 2 striped marlin caught on a double hookup using an artificial lure and a dead mackerel bait. "Both fish were released in good shape," Coleman said. "The Top Gun is a great boat, very fast, and got us to the banks in a very short time. The crew did a great job on the double hookup. It got crazy for a while." Cabo San Lucas Pacific side weather was windy to 20 knots, with swells of 3 to 4 feet.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said December winds were blowing at East Cape last week. "The trick is to get out fishing on one of the calm days," Graham said, "or at least as early as possible on the windy days." Blue marlin and striped marlin were present from Punta Pescadero north to the 88 Bank off Isla Cerralvo, and tuna and dorado fishing was concentrated to the south off Cabo Pulmo. East Cape fishing area weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 74 to 84 degrees. WINDY WINTER-STYLE WEATHER.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista said East Cape fishing area weather was windy with big swells toward the end of week and he did not fish on his beach launched aluminum boat. "The wind blew really hard well out into the gulf because the surf was higher here yesterday than after Hurricane John," Eddy said on Friday. Trolling Jointed Rebel Fastracs with 2 anglers the previous week from Buena Vista south to Rancho Leonero produced 11 sierra of 22 to 25 inches and a big triggerfish for the cooler. JOINTED REBEL FISHING FROM BUENA VISTA TO RANCHO LEONERO.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported strong winds during the second half of the week that prevented Las Arenas side boats from fishing offshore around Isla Cerralvo. Boats fishing near shore around El Sargento found good action for sierra in number, pargo mulato, and cabrilla to 15 pounds. Bait was concentrated at El Sargento where the best fishing was also found. Winds continued on Sunday and Hernandez said his pangas would probably again be prevented from fishing offshore around the island. WINDY FISHING CONDITIONS ON THE LAS ARENAS SIDE.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said strong winds shut down a good mixed species bite at La Paz last week. "Winds came up late in the week making it pretty snotty to be out on the water so we canceled some trips," Roldan said. "It definitely seems like the seasons are finally changing. Earlier it was continued great dorado action out of La Paz and a good mix of cabrilla, sierra, roosterfish, pargo and even some tuna out of Las Arenas." La Paz fishing water was in the high-70s.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis said winter-style winds ruled the seas at Loreto last week. "Since Tuesday we have had the north-northeast and north wind," Zapata said. "The fisherman will have to wait for weather conditions to improve. Next week will be better."
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said yellowtail and windy days were both arriving for Loreto's winter fishing season. "The winds and seas have been increasing," Bolles said. "This is still transition and the north winds will continue to be unpredictable. For December you should expect 5 to 6 blown-out days per week. More calm days than that it should be considered a bonus." Medium-sized yellowtail were reported around the east side of Isla Coronado, plus resident reef species such as cabrilla, pargo, and sierra. "It's nice to see sierra again," Bolles said. "They've been scarce for the past 3 to 4 years due to persistent gill netting." YELLOWTAIL AND WINDS SHOWING UP FOR THE WINTER FISHING SEASON.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported Santa Rosalia fishing area weather windy in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 71 degrees. "Winter winds have taken over and shut down fishing except for Monday and Tuesday," Anderson said. Two runs to the Isla San Marcos northern bajos produced some quality yellowtail and cabrilla for Anderson and Alan "Scotty" Wallace. "He managed to land a really nice yellowtail and a real quality cabrilla so he was really happy for the day," Anderson said. "The wind started blowing the next day and we have been sitting on the beach repairing tackle, tying new rigs, and generally waiting for the wind to stop."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista said boats reported good yellowtail fishing at San Francisquito on the Sea of Cortez Midriff shore south of Bahia de los Angeles. "The average is 4 yellowtail per hour in the 30-pound class," Crenshaw said. The San Francisquito resort cabañas were not in optimum condition and boat availability was questionable. "One cabaña has no roof so that only leaves 4," Crenshaw said. "Boats are problematical. However, Ernie, who lives on the hill, usually will take people out and Juan is there. Also Beto is usually in the port and might be convinced to take you fishing with enough incentive. The fish camp is down at El Barril. Go down there and get a guide if need be." San Francisquito water temperatures were at 70 degrees.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., reported on a local San Carlos shore fishing session and an outing on his boat No Sniveling with his mother Janet Richardson of Mesa, Ariz., for a combined catch of 13 sierra and some orangemouth corvina of 4 to 10 pounds. "We took No Sniveling out one morning and caught nice sierras at Punta San Antonio trolling Rapala Magnums in green dorado pattern," Collins said. "My mother and I also fished from the shore near Marina Real to catch a nice batch of corvina."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 31 boats from Aries Fleet fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid for a catch including released fish of: 31 sailfish, 3 striped marlin, 6 blue marlin, and 12 dorado mostly of 40 to 55 pounds. "The billfish are averaging a bit more than 1 per boat day," Edwards said. "Blue marlin were still biting, but all blues were under 300 pounds." Mazatlan fishing area weather was mostly sunny in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 82 to 83 degrees. Aries Fleet boats fished about 24 to 29 miles southwest of Marina El Cid.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said, "It was a great Puerto Vallarta fishing week for big fish. The tunas and marlin were biting really good, nailing the skippies and some caballitos." Marla's boats fished just 2 days and were chartered by 2 groups of free divers for the rest of the week. "The free divers saw so much life around La Roca Corbeteña," Osuna said, "a lot of bait like skippies, greenjacks, rainbow runners and also a lot of huge schools of big tunas from 150 pounds up to 200 plus." Divers on the Marla's boat Arca de Noe speared a yellowfin tuna of 235 pounds. Puerto Vallarta offshore fishing boats generally did well on tuna, marlin, sailfish, and dorado. "Looks like next week is going to be great fishing again," Osuna said.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said, "To be honest, we caught too many giant tunas to count. It's that crazy down here right now. Also, I just bought a new Cabo 40 Express charter boat called the Conquistador." Puerto Vallarta offshore fishing by the Prime Time Adventures boats Frantic Pace, Top Gun, Chappy One, and Bad Influence produced very good action for blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, dorado, and many large yellowfin tuna including fish of 250 and 288 pounds for anglers Michael Bogart and Steve Danziger. Temple also noted that he caught his first-ever personal blue marlin last week, a 450 pounder. "After guiding anglers to literally hundreds of marlin releases," Temple said, "I'd never had the opportunity to reel one in for myself." Puerto Vallarta fishing area water temperatures were in the mid-80s, with continued currents from the south. GOOD OFFSHORE FISHING FOR PRIME TIME BOATS.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Marisela Hernandez of Chelita Sportfishing said the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Chelita was pulled for repairs last week and was scheduled to begin fishing again by Monday or Tuesday.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago reported in detail on his 2 Puerto Vallarta fishing days with Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures, with hard-core action at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña aboard the boats Prime Time and Bad Influence prouducing a great catch of 2 black marlin in the 500-pound class released in about 90 minutes of fishing, plus blue marlin and tuna. After his second day of fishing, Erickson said, "It was an incredible day. We made it back to Punta Mita about 7:20 p.m., after dark. Thanks to Josh for a killer trip." DOUBLE BIG BLACK MARLIN DAY FISHING WITH JOSH TEMPLE.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Mark Rein of Phoenix, Ariz., reported on an outing by his boat Big Kahuna to El Banco and Roca Corbeteña with Tony Ocaranza for a catch in very active water of 1 yellowfin tuna of 145.6 pounds. "The rest of the day was a series of short bites and pulled hooks," Rein said. "This was by far the most active fishing day I have experienced since arriving at Puerto Vallarta in July. There clearly were lots of fish in the area." A night fishing session in the marina produced a 30-inch snook, some snapper and catfish, and a big bite that broke off after shredding 2 feet of leader that was attributed to a "crocodile" by another boater. "He had seen a big one in the lagoon next to the marina earlier in the day so I just think that was on his mind," Rein said. NIGHTTIME MARINA FISHING FOR SNOOK ABOARD BIG KAHUNA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing said the charter super panga Dhamar fished at El Banco for 1 yellowfin tuna of about 180 pounds and 2 sailfish. Fishing earlier during the Puerto Vallarta tournament on Nov. 17-19, 2006, produced a catch of 1 sailfish per day plus 6 dorado.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said clear 82-degree water continued about half-a-mile out of Zihuatanejo bay and cobalt blue, 84-degree water was 10 miles out. "The fishing has been off a bit this week," Kunze said, "and with the full moon ahead, I don't see it improving. However, all the captains are telling me the fishing is going to bust wide-open after the full moon period." Action was up-and-down offshore for sailfish and for roosterfish inshore. "Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos feels the roosters appear to be moving around," Kunze said. "Capt. Santiago had one of the good days yesterday, taking 6 roosters, 4 on surface poppers, and 2 on live bait." Inshore fishing was good for sierra, small jacks, and black skipjack.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported sailfish showing up for El Cid Caribe boats fishing offshore of Puerto Morelos near Cancun last week. Eighteen boats had a catch including released fish of: 8 sailfish, 32 barracuda, 4 yellowfin tuna, 8 yellowtail snapper, 1 grouper, 1 Spanish mackerel, 4 king mackerel, 2 amberjack, and 17 dog snapper. Cancun fishing area weather was cloudy in the high-80s, with light winds and water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees.
MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla on the Mexican Atlantic coast near Veracruz reported good weather and good fishing last week as commercial fishermen scored on early season peto or king mackerel and a big haul of commercial shrimp. "There were so many shrimp caught that the price fell 30 percent, a restaurateur's dream," Burns said. "We still await the time, in the very near future, when the peto are so thick that you pull them into the boat as fast as your hands will work." GOOD KING MACKEREL AND SHRIMP FISHING ON VERACRUZ COAST.