CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon reported very good striped marlin fishing on the Pacific side for boats working from Cabo Falso northwards to the Golden Gate Bank and Finger Bank.
Top outings were reported by the boats Success, with 18 stripers at the Golden Gate and Summertime with 10-marlin and 7-marlin days. The Falcon fished at the Golden Gate Bank for 2 days, releasing 19 striped marlin on 28 hits, including 4 triple-hookups. "There were lots of good scores throughout the week for Cabo San Lucas boats fishing at the Gate," Connolly said. "The Falcon fished by drifting mackerel to metered fish."
A few dorado and some yellowfin tuna were also caught. "Yellowfin tuna were not everyday," Connolly said. "But if you need a tuna fix, the odds are reasonably decent. Allow a couple of days for tuna." CONCENTRATED STRIPED MARLIN ON THE PACIFIC SIDE.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic Sportfishing reported on 46 Cabo San Lucas charters, with a catch including released fish of: 51 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 20 yellowfin tuna, 74 dorado, 2 roosterfish, 3 sierra, and 1 cabrilla.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 3 outings on the Pacific side from the beach at Faro Viejo out to about 5 miles, fishing with a total of 5 clients for a catch including released fish of: 3 striped marlin, 13 sierra of 3 to 11 pounds, 2 dorado of 10 to 15 pounds, 1 pompano of 2 pounds, 2 skipjack of 3 to 4 pounds, and 3 roosterfish of 10 to 11 pounds. "Amazingly, we hooked the 3 marlin on a triple hookup," Druck said. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather on the Pacific side was mostly calm, but with 1 day of big swells and surf, with the water temperature at 84 to 85 degrees. LOCAL FISHING ON THE SUPER PANGA CHEER'S.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 6 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, 2 limits of yellowfin tuna of 25 to 35 pounds, 15 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 40 pounds, and 8 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported rough waters off Ensenada last week. "Too rough to go out," Villarino said. "Hopefully we'll be fishing soon." Earlier in the week, Jay Johnson fished at Punta Banda with Capt. Beto Zamora on the panga Vonny I for limits of bonito plus some whitefish, Johnny bass, and vermillion rockfish, returning to the beach by 11 a.m. as ocean swells built up. "We smoked up all the bonita," Villarino said. Local Ensenada fishing area weather was sunny with light winds on Saturday, with ocean swells of 3 to 4 feet and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 59 degrees.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach reported on a Baja fishing trip with Todd Garber to Puerto Santo Tomas Resort south of Ensenada, finding no bottom fishing action in tough sea conditions with high winds and swells, but good surface fishing for bonito with Puerto Santo Tomas Resort's Capt. Marcos. "Marcos was patient and guided the panga through rough seas to catch the bonito on blue Yo-Zuris," Jones said. "Bottom fishing was nonexistent. The bonito were still biting. I had no idea how strong they were. One look at the boat and they said bye-bye and took off again. Fun! Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort was a fantastic host. Puerto Santo Tomas is a great getaway under any conditions." GOOD BONITO FISHING IN TOUGH DECEMBER SEA CONDITIONS.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Robert Everett of Las Vegas, Nev., and guests Roy Tienda and John Kashiki fished out of Castro's Camp with Capt. Oscar Barrios for full ice chests of whitefish, red rockcod, sandbass, and lingcod, including a 10 pounder caught by Kashiki the second day. Bonita action on the troll was also very good. Erendira fishing weather was sunny and calm, with the water temperature at 62 degrees. "Perfect conditions for December," Everett said. "Excellent results on bonita up to 8 pounds. A lot of excitement. Several times we had hookups when trolling as soon as our Rapalas started moving. All in all, it was a very good trip to Castro's Camp, with a lot of excitement." GOOD DECEMBER BONITA AND BOTTOM FISHING OUT OF CASTRO'S CAMP.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said just a few boats were still present to fish the November-like action offshore of Magdalena Bay last week. "There are plenty of bird schools holding dorado, marlin, and a few with tuna as well," Graham said. Fly fishing tackle angler Brad Ellis trailered a panga from Rincon on the Cortez side of Baja and fished outwards to the Thetis Bank, running from bird school to bird school and hooking several marlin mixed with schools of dorado. Angler Don Armstrong fished with Baja On The Fly on the charter boat Mar Gato out of Puerto Lopez Mateos for 3 days of multiple striped marlin hookups on fly and conventional tackle. The Magdalena Bay mangrove channels also produced good fishing for pargo, grouper, and a few corvina. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was cloudy at 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 70 to 77 degrees.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 43 combined La Playita fleet charter pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 58 yellowfin tuna, 44 dorado, 33 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 125 skipjack, 33 pargo, 12 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, 15 roosterfish, 2 grouper, 65 triggerfish, and 66 sierra. "As the holiday season approaches there are still only slight crowds of vacationers traveling to Los Cabos," Brictson said, "but we expect the numbers to increase in the next few weeks." San Jose del Cabo hosted the local event of the Baja California Sur Governor's Cup fishing tournament, with first and second place going to 2 yellowfin tuna of about 50 pounds each caught by Capt. Tony Miranda. "Tony on his new panga Hooker proved that skill and a little luck can be the right combination," Brictson said. "Tony took home both a new panga with motor and an extra $2,000 in cash, just in time for Christmas!" More than 60 Mexican pangas were entered in the local tournament. GOVERNOR'S CUP BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR FISHING TOURNAMENT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo said fishing was generally slow last week, as commercial divers were working the beaches to the east. "Their main quarry is supposed to be oysters, but they are carrying Hawaiian sling harpoons, and they are bringing in everything, like a giant vacuum cleaner," Grimes said. "Dave Grimes and Ty Haajar fished in the Baja California Sur Governor's Cup fishing tournament, leaving the beach at Palmilla with Capt. Jaime Arista Castro. They caught 3 yellowfin tuna at the Inner Gordo Bank. First place for snappers in the tournament was won by a pargo weighing about 60 pounds. This was the best day of fishing in quite a while, and they caught small tuna and some larger ones of 30 to 50 pounds. They also caught a lot of bonito."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 20 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of about 8 sierra per boat plus a few striped marlin and dorado caught off Punta Pescadero. "It is an abbreviated report due to the fact that not a lot of boats went out," Dalmau said. "Sierras are being caught out in front of Punta Colorada down to the lighthouse point." Humboldt giant squid were also caught off Rancho Leonero and 3 pargos were reported near Punta Colorada.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said some offshore boats found a few billfish between winds north off Punta Pescadero and some tuna and dorado were caught down south below Cabo Pulmo. "Offshore action can be found when the north wind takes a day off," Graham said, "although it sounds like most of the volume has moved further down off Cabo. Dorado and tuna action was reduced to being in the right place at the right time." Inshore and beach fishing produced early morning sierra followed by other species. "The action usually begins with sierra, and then the ladyfish, small jacks and roosterfish will show up as it becomes lighter. The fishing will last until the wind shows up," Graham said. "You may also get a shot in the afternoon if the wind backs off enough." East Cape fishing area weather was sunny in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 76 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said strong winds kept his boat on the beach most days during the week. "It did let up enough for us to get a tour off to Cabo Pulmo one day," Rayor said. "It was a pleasant surprise to find that the winds have not hurt diving conditions or affected the sea life." Water temperatures at depth were at 74 to 75 degrees, with mild current. Visibility on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef was about 40 feet. "The reefs are so full of life we wouldn't be able to see beyond 40 feet no matter how clear the water was," Rayor said. Sea life sightings included grouper weighing hundreds of pounds, electric rays and sting rays, manta rays, yellow snapper, and big schools of grunts and colorful reef fish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said on Friday, "Even if the wind were not howling right now there would be little serious fishing going on at East Cape. Not too many clients are at the resorts here; some are closed." Strong winds prevented the mainland Mexico Pemex barge from crossing the Sea of Cortez to the Baja side, causing a brief shortage of gasoline. Bergin also noted that some of the area around Isla Espiritu Santo was reported to be closing to fishing because of a marine park being established there.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of La Paz' Tailhunter International sportfishing service at La Paz said strong north winds knocked out most of the fishing last week. "Crummy week!" Roldan said. "We had anglers earlier, but we had to cancel most fishing trips because the winds were whipping so hard. By the time the winds calmed down, all the fishermen had gone home." Roldan noted that the fall season offered exceptional fishing and water conditions this year. "We really were living on borrowed time," he said. "The dorado bite continued a good 2 months longer than expected, with great conditions. However, 2 weeks ago the winds whipped up out of the north and it's amazing how fast the water temperatures dropped a good 5 to 10 degrees to the lower 70s in some spots. I think the warm water season has finally come to a close.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove 10 miles south of Santa Rosalia said stiff north winds kept boats off the water until Friday when he fished the Isla San Marcos bajos on his Moosea Boat together with Jim Greene of Montana for a catch of 1 yellowtail each, plus another 2 yellowtail caught by Anderson's wife Marika. "On Saturday the whole crowd went out fishing, but things really slowed down," Anderson said. "The only person who managed to catch anything was Becky Pierce who caught a nice cabrilla, a 25-pound class yellowtail, and an amberjack." Santa Rosalia fishing weather was calm again on Sunday, with cooling water temperatures at 65 degrees. "No wind, so if we can just get the fish to bite, everything will be wonderful," Anderson said.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix reported a good day of fishing at the 50-mile-reef south of Rocky Point the previous weekend on his boat El Gato Blanco, for a catch including: 3 halibut of 20 to 30 pounds, 1 black sea bass of 65 pounds, and a pinto bass or spotted cabrilla of 46 pounds. "We had another good day fishing at the reef along with 5 other boats," Auditore said. "Everyone was catching fish. The halibut hit chunk bait and the other fish hit on live mackerel. We fished for an hour-an-a-half and then the bite stopped." Fishing with Auditore were Ross Burger of Phoenix and Ruben Mendez of Rocky Point. Sea conditions off Rocky Point were nearly flat with swells of 1 to 2 feet. "We were able to motor as fast as we wanted," Auditore said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 20 offshore Aries Fleet boats fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin under 300 pounds, 7 sailfish, 11 dorado, and 1 mako shark. Thirteen Aries Fleet inshore super pangas continued to do well on mixed species, with a catch of: 40 pargos, 27 red snapper, 54 triggerfish, and 101 sierra. Mazatlan weather was mostly sunny in the mid-80s, with light breezes and inshore and offshore water temperatures averaging 78 degrees. "Most of the sailfish were taken on rigged baits while the blue marlin were best on artificials," Edwards said. "The best Mazatlan offshore fishing area continues to be southwest of the Marina El Cid."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said his Puerto Vallarta charter fishing boats found very good offshore action for medium-sized and larger yellowfin tuna last week at El Banco, in 85-degree water, excellent sea conditions, and very light north breezes. Anglers Bob Vangrin of Novato, Calif., Mike Moose of San Rafael, Calif., and Kelly O'Ward of San Geronimo, Calif., fished 4 days on the charter boat Marla III and landed more than 45 yellowfin tuna of 100 to over 200 pounds plus a very large black marlin over 800 pounds with Capts. Danny Osuna and Alonso Osuna. Capt. Scott Osuna also found good tuna action during the week, averaging over 8 fish per day. "This week the tuna fishing went wide-open for all the charter boats," Osuna said. "They are taking and nailing any type of live bait we slow troll. There are also some big dorados and sailfish in the area too. We are expecting to have another great week of fishing. El Banco and Roca Corbeteña are loaded with fish."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Marisela Hernandez of Chelita Sportfishing had a slow day of fishing on the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Chelita. "This has been a great week for tunas at El Banco in small to medium sizes-plus," Hernandez said. "But what happened when I went out fishing yesterday was that the bite slowed down. We put 1 tuna on the boat and I lost 3 others. Overall it was a beautiful fishing day at Puerto Vallarta, with the water nice and warm and a 2 to 4-foot gentle swell. I hope to go out fishing again in a couple more days!"
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Puerto Vallarta's Prime Time Adventures Sportfishing said, "Offshore fishing this week has set a new high for our charter boat Top Gun. From the first minute you put a bait out until you gaff your last fish, it's pandemonium all day long." A charter trip with Johnny Morris and Bob Rich produced a catch including released fish of 7 yellowfin tuna into the 180-pound class, some sailfish, and a blue marlin in the 400-pound class. "I'd say the boys had a great first day and definitely set the tone for the rest of their trip," Temple said. "You can sure put the smack down on the giants out there right now." Temple also noted that he was picking up Prime Time Adventure's new Puerto Vallarta fleet charter boat the Conquistador, a 40 Cabo Express. "I'm looking forward to getting that baby home in the next few days," he said. "Look for fishing reports from the deck of that machine coming soon."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said very few anglers were present at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. "According to boat owner Abel Cortez, the area remains with very slow angler activity which is unusual for this time of year," Edwards said. "While hotel bookings are peaking for the holidays, they are filled with non-fishing folks this season. For the few folks that are fishing, the inshore and offshore catches seem to be excellent." A total of 17 inshore and offshore fishing days by the charter boats Dos Hermanos I, Dos Hermanos II, Gran Jefe, Janeth, Secuestro de Amor, and Marlin Azul produced a catch including released fish of: 8 sailfish, 3 yellowfin tuna, 5 dorado, 48 bonito, 39 jack crevalle, and 11 roosterfish. Ixtapa fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with very light sea surface breezes and water temperatures at 85 degrees inshore and 88 degrees offshore. All of the sailfish were taken on rigged trolling baits. The best offshore fishing area continued to be 15 to 20 miles straight out from Zihuatanejo bay.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 8 charter boats from the El Cid Caribe fleet fishing short days out of Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 9 king mackerel, 6 sierra, 9 barracuda, 4 yellow snapper, and 2 dorado. "According to fleet manager, Mario Anzoategui, the fishing continues to be pretty good but he believes counts would be better if longer charter days were being taken," Edwards said. "Even so, all anglers are having a few bites and have the opportunity to land some fish." Cancun fishing area weather was mostly cloudy in the mid-80s, with scattered showers, fairly calm seas, and even water temperatures at 82 degrees.
MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, near Veracruz on Mexico's Atlantic coast, said last week's weather was improved and the fishing was outstanding. Mexican commercial fishermen landed so many true red snapper or huachinango that the co-op stopped accepting the prized table fish and the price dropped. "There was so much huachinango," Burns said. "A restaurateur's dream come true. The fisherman's wives were going from restaurant to restaurant selling the premium fish at a nice discount. There will be some very happy customers this weekend at the El Manglar as I pass on any discount I get." Other species caught in local fishing along the Mexican coast included cojinuda, boquilla, rubia, and anchoa. Some peto or king mackerel were caught, but the fishermen were still waiting for the season to begin. ATLANTIC MEXICO FISHING PRODUCES BIG CATCHES OF RED SNAPPER.