SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported improved yellowfin tuna fishing on San Jose del Cabo's Gordo Banks as 48 combined La Playita fleet pangas turned in a catch last week of: 105 yellowfin tuna, 112 dorado, 66 sierra, 12 striped marlin, 18 pompano, 10 cabrilla, 36 pargo, 11 amberjack, 45 bonito, and 1 wahoo.
San Jose del Cabo fishing picked up as local water temperatures warmed slightly to 72 to 75 degrees and some striped marlin also moved around the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula into the Sea of Cortez.
"The Gordo Banks once again came to life and anglers found great action on yellowfin tuna on both the inner and outer banks," Brictson said. "Striped marlin fishing has now spread out, with the marlin being found from the Pacific Ocean into the Sea of Cortez."
Brictson also noted that La Playita panguero Capt. Tony Miranda won his second panga and motor of the season with a 141-pound tuna that took first place in the Cabo San Lucas event of the Baja California Sur Governor's Cup fishing tournament series. Miranda also won a panga in the Governor's Cup event held at La Playita last month. IMPROVED TUNA FISHING AND ANOTHER WIN FOR TONY MIRANDA.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo and his fishing partner Rick Bennett fished at the Inner Gordo Bank on their super panga Sumarlin with Capt. Miguel Banaga on Friday for a catch of: easy black skipjack chunked for bait, 1 small dorado, 1 huachinango of 8 pounds, and 2 yellowfin tuna of about 35 pounds. "Miguel butterflied the huachinango and his family and I ate red snapper stuffed with shrimp at his condo that night," Roos said. Roos also noted that beach development for the new Puerto Los Cabos marina at La Playita was cutting off access and making conditions more crowded for the traditional pangas launching over the beach there. "Parking is very limited unless you have a 4x4," Roos said. "You may wish you had come to the beach via taxi or were dropped off by a friend." FISHING AT THE INNER GORDO BANK AND CONSTRUCTION AT LA PLAYITA BEACH.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo fished out of La Playita beach on Thursday for a catch of 3 yellowfin tuna of 18 to about 40 pounds, and 1 dorado of over 20 pounds. "This week has been calm," Lewis said. "That allowed the fleet to get out and tuna counts are way up." Lewis also noted that he is booking pangas and cruiser fishing trips at San Jose del Cabo. "If anyone wants to go I can plug them in," Lewis said. "There are some new generation super pangas here that are really nice, with 2 bait tanks, live bait tubes, and 225-horse Hondas." Information, email@example.com, 760-494-3623. SPORTFISHING TRIPS OUT OF LA PLAYITA.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his beach-launched pangas fishing at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda did well last week for bottom fish limits on lingcod, mixed rockcods, and sandbass, plus a flurry of surface yellowtail early in the week. On Monday, Jay Johnson fished on the Vonny I with Ensenada yellowtail guru Capt. Beto Zamora and scored on 4 yellowtail of 25 to 27 pounds on aluminum jigs and trolled plugs. Anglers fishing at midweek with Vonny's Fleet included Brian "Calico" Foley of Ensenada's Campo La Joya, who scored bottom fish limits with Capt. Beto. Local Ensenada fishing area weather was calm on Sunday morning, in the mid-60s, with ocean swells of 2 to 4 feet and the water temperature at 57 degrees.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said tough Baja Pacific coast winter sea conditions off Erendira caused many boat cancellations. "Last week we had 9 boats fishing and this week 3 boats," Castro said. "We are making good use of this slow weather period to do maintenance on both our boats and our cabins. We already have many reservations for 2007 and we're looking forward to a very good year." Boats that did fish out of Castro's Camp during the week caught lingcod, red rockcod, mixed bottom fish, and bonita on the surface. Erendira fishing water was very clear at 59 to 60 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported a week of poor fishing weather at San Quintin. "We had on-and-off winds, rain, and high seas," Hillis said. "In fact, two Americans got their vessels caught on the rocks at Isla San Martin." San Quintin sportfishing area weather calmed on Friday, and 2 boats fished Saturday for mixed rockcods, bonita, and barracuda. On Sunday morning 2 more boats were fishing for yellowtail in the 15 to 20-pound class reported earlier at Ben's Rock and the 15 spot.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said San Quintin weather was up-and-down last week, with moderate winds and seas. K&M boats fishing on local high spots with Capt. Oscar scored good counts of yellowtail and bottom fish. "The yellowtail took drifted live bait and the reds and lingcod hit iron," Catian said. "This weekend, I've got a kayak fishing trip out to Isla San Martin. We'll be using the big Parker boat as mothership and bait barge." San Quintin fishing area weather at the end of the week was flat with water temperatures in the low-60s.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the few boats still fishing the Baja coast outside Magdalena Bay reported continued very good dorado action, plus some striped marlin, under bird schools from the San Carlos entrada out to the Thetis Bank. Mangrove channel fishing produced a wide-open white seabass bite for 6 croakers caught by Ken and Adam Knight of San Marcos, Calif., and Linda Miller of Long Beach, Calif. "Other action included the seemingly ever present spotted bay bass that were biting almost anything that drifted by them," Graham said. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was cloudy in the mid-70s, with water temperatures at 72 to 73 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon reported continued very good striped marlin action for Cabo boats fishing up the Pacific side at the Golden Gate Bank and also northwards to Magdalena Bay. On its best fishing day of the week, the Falcon leadered 9 stripers on 12 hookups. "The best fish story belonged to the boat Patriot," Connolly said. "They released 49 stripers on their best day at Magdalena Bay." Tuna and dorado were scattered but with some good catches made, including 25 dorado released by the boat Mouse Trap at the 95 spot. VERY GOOD STRIPED MARLIN FISHING ON THE PACIFIC SIDE.
Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter panga Cheer's reported on 3 local outings last week, including 1 trip with fly fishing clients, for a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 8 dorado of 6 to 10 pounds, and 1 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 15 pounds. The Cheer's fished on both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific sides out to about 5 miles, in good weather and sea conditions. Local Cabo San Lucas water temperatures were at 71 to 72 degrees. PANGA FLY FISHING AND CONVENTIONAL FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 64 Cabo San Lucas charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 47 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 16 yellowfin tuna, 138 dorado, 2 jack crevalle, 2 yellowtail, 5 Humboldt squid, 15 sierra, and 22 pargo.
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: 26 striped marlin, and 34 dorado of 15 to 40 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was overcast with light showers on Sunday, with some northwest wind and chop on the Pacific side and water temperatures at 73 to 74 degrees on both sides of the arch. Striped marlin at the Golden Gate Bank dominated the counts. "There is still a great bite going on at the Golden Gate," Landrum said, "with giant balls of bait. The majority of the marlin have been caught while drifting baits deep. It has not been uncommon for boats to hook and fight 6 or 8 fish a trip." Yellowfin tuna were centered about 35 miles southwest. Dorado fishing improved for some boats finding double-digit catches on fish in the 20 to 30-pound class. Inshore fishing produced good sierra action.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Geri Christman of Cabo San Lucas and the boat Reel Dream reported on run up the Pacific side to El Migrino with her husband Dave Christman and Capt. Ernie Cosio for an intense bite on medium sized sierra that lasted just over an hour. "The water was a little rough, cold and windy but very well worth it," Christman said. "We caught them on hoochies and had a blast. On way back to Cabo San Lucas, in close to shore, 2 whales were alongside our boat for at least 15 minutes which made our trip extra special."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 57 striped marlin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 23 dorado, 1 mako shark, 1 roosterfish, and 12 sierra. Edwards said the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas continued to produce the best action, although most boats fished with good results closer in around Cabo Falso. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather had some west wind, with offshore water temperatures at 76 degrees on the Pacific side and 71 degrees on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS WINTER MARLIN FISHING.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Jan. 11, 2007, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 22 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 66 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, 42 dorado, and 3 yellowfin tuna.
For the sportfishing year 2006, Moyers said reporting hotels in the East Cape fishing area sent out 8,250 boats, with 23,612 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 69 blue marlin, 3,441 striped marlin, 2 black marlin, 508 sailfish, 7,454 dorado, 14,077 yellowfin tuna, 643 pargo, 91 wahoo, 154 sierra, 24 yellowtail, 103 pompano, and 506 roosterfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "With few exceptions at East Cape, the north wind kept the majority of the fishing fleet on their moorings most of this week. The few sportfishing boats heading out found a mixed bag including a few billfish, an occasional dorado, and if they were lucky enough to find a porpoise school, a tuna or two." Large Humboldt squid were still being caught in shallow water in front of Hotel Palmas de Cortez. Beach fishing was slowed by constant pounding wind waves for most of the week. East Cape fishing area weather was cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 70 to 76 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said East Cape near shore tin boats scored well on medium-sized sierra to the north at Punta Pescadero and to the south at La Ribera. Scattered dorado and some striped marlin were also available. "The tuna are evidently quite a ways out," Leeper said. East Cape weather had some fairly calm days, with water temperatures at 69 to 70 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport diving service at East Cape reported some days with calm seas, no wind at all, and comfortable boat rides to the Cabo Pulmo coral reef. "Humpback whales have showed up in full force and we are sighting mothers with their calves on almost every tour," Rayor said. Bottom water temperatures at Cabo Pulmo were at 68 to 70 degrees, with 20 to 40 feet of visibility.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported an excellent sierra bite for La Paz pangas fishing on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides. "You don't have to go out very far either," Roldan said, "which is nice on those days when the north winds blow." In Bahia de la Paz, sierra were caught on the troll in front of the Pemex refinery. "Many of the headlands in the bay where there's some type of drop-off can hold the sierra schools." Roldan said. One panga fished outside at Isla Espiritu Santo for 2 dorado of 15 and 25 pounds. On the Las Arenas side, pangas fished close to shore for sierra, and out at Isla Cerralvo for pargo and mixed species when winds permitted. La Paz fishing area air and water temperatures were in the high-60s.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said there was some wind and rain on the Las Arenas side last week, but good Humboldt squid action continued throughout the area surrounding Ensenada de los Muertos and Punta Arena de la Ventana. Tortuga boats used squid and sardina baits for mixed pargos, sierra, and some continued dorado to 20 or 30 pounds. Las Arenas side fishing weather was cool in the 60s, with some calm and clear periods allowing boats to fish. SPORTFISHING AT LAS ARENAS FOR PARGOS, SIERRA, AND DORADO.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Betty Hill-Crofoot of La Paz reported a 25-pound dorado landed Wednesday aboard her boat WICO by John Ferlin of Bellingham, Wash., while fishing off Bonanza Beach at the south end of Isla Espiritu Santo. "It is hard to believe the dorado are still around," Hill-Crofoot said. "Even with the cooler winter temperatures and all the wind we have had." JANUARY DORADO AT ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said stiff and almost constant north winds have prevented most Loreto fishing boats from going out for the past several weeks. "Today we canceled another day of fishing," Bolles said. "We've had to do this several times this week and we sent nobody out. Yes, there are fish out there, but the winds have prevented us from getting them." Some Loreto boats fishing around the sheltered south and southeast corners of Isla Coronado caught yellowtail to about 20 pounds, and near shore boats landed sierra, pargos, cabrilla, and roosterfish. Bolles said Baja Big Fish Company's new downtown store was open for business, booking fishing trips and serving espresso and cappuccino. WINTER WINDS AND CAPPUCCINO FOR BAJA BIG FISH COMPANY.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto relayed a report from his neighbor Charlie Licha for an outing with Loreto sportfishing Capt. Alvaro Murillo on Tuesday, fishing with squid strips on the bottom and also with trolled mackerel for a catch of: 1 pargo of 10 pounds, 2 yellowtail of 10 and 12 pounds, 3 cabrilla of 6 to 11 pounds, and 9 pinto bass or spotted cabrilla. "Charlie also lost a 'freight train hit' on a trolled mackerel that was speculated to be a super-large cabrilla or pargo," Bear said. Licha and Murillo fished the north side of Isla Coronado until winds came up in midmorning. Loreto fishing area weather was "howling for the last week."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove south of Santa Rosalia on Baja's Cortez coast said, "This week tuned out the best fishing we have had for quite some time. Big yellowtail were cruising the deeper reef north of San Marcos Island. We are coming into a waning crescent moon phase, which causes tidal movement on the bajos." Anglers doing well on the Isla San Marcos yellowtail bajos included Jim Greene of Montana and Bud and Becky Pierce from Washington State. Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was mostly windy, with water temperatures of 60 to 61 degrees. GOOD WINTER YELLOWTAIL FISHING FOR TIN BOAT FLEET.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Brian Benson of San Diego reported on a New Year's Eve outing at Bahia de los Angeles with Capt. Igor Galvan for a total of 16 yellowtail of 12 to 15 pounds caught at Isla Angel de la Guarda. "We headed out to the big island and fished at Los Machos," Benson said. "We used irons and caught most of the yellowtail off the bottom. However, later in the day we found a large group of birds and caught a few yellowtail on the surface." Sea of Cortez Midriff Area fishing weather was very calm. "We were lucky to be fishing on the first day of no winds in almost a week," Benson said. "Other boats seemed to be catching a few yellowtail here and there. That night we partied the night away at Guillermo's and then on to the town dance at Casa Diaz for the New Year's countdown." Benson's fishing group included his wife Misti Benson, brother Mikey Benson, and Sarah Ortiz.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Bill of San Diego and his wife Vanessa trailered to Bahia de los Angeles with their boat Baja Taxi and fished 4 days out of 8 with mackerel baits and jigs around Islas Smith and Horsehead for a catch of mostly goldspotted bass, plus spotted bay bass, triggerfish, barracuda, and firecracker yellowtail. Bill said they stayed at Larry and Raquel's Motel. "Raquel is deeply missed by us and anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet her," he said. Bahia de los Angeles fishing area weather was sometimes windy at 25 to 30 knots, with water temperatures at 60 to 62 degrees. FISHING INSIDE THE BAY OUT OF LARRY AND RAQUEL'S.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of San Felipe's Title Company Bookstore said the weekend northern Baja weather was cold at 55 degrees and this week's local San Felipe town swap meet had few visitors. "But luckily," Meders said, "the two weeks after Christmas were the most crowded with tourists that I have seen in at least ten years." The San Felipe Players drama group scheduled 3 performances of "Cooking with Gus." "This is the last performance for some of the original founders of the Players," Meders said. "We do stand and give them a huge farewell ovation." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Ollie Pelter of Rocky Point reported on an offshore trip Tuesday aboard the boat of Joe Anacletto of JJ's Cantina, fishing the bottom of the tidal change about 43 miles out of Rocky Point for a 3-hour catch of: 22 goldspotted bass to 6 pounds, 10 red snapper to 12 pounds, 4 spotted cabrilla to 36 pounds, and 3 leopard grouper to 15 pounds. "The larger fish were caught on bonita and bonefish baits," Peltier said. "The others were caught on squid." Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico weather had afternoon winds and water temperatures in the mid-60s. Other anglers aboard included Jim Peltier, "Monchie," and Mike Thornton. OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP WITH JOE ANACLETTO.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported very good fishing for sierra last week by Aries Fleet charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina el Cid. "Almost anything that flashes in an artificial lure will get bit," Edwards said. "Light tackle fishing action for sierra is probably as good as it gets." Catches including released fish for about 18 charter boats fishing out of Marina el Cid included: 12 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 1 dorado, and full Mexican limits for sierra. BIG SIERRA COUNTS FOR BOATS FISHING OUT OF MARINA EL CID.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago reported on 2 epic days of yellowfin tuna action with Puerto Vallarta Capts. Danny and Alonso Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing, fishing at Roca Corbeteña for a hectic total of 10 tuna landed between 105 and 215 pounds, about 8 or 9 other tuna missed or lost, 3 dorado, and a 300-pound class black marlin lost. "I have caught bigger tuna before, but Monday was the best tuna fishing I've ever experienced," said Erickson. "Thanks to Danny and Alonso for a phenomenal trip. What a great two days of fishing." EXCELLENT TUNA FISHING WITH MARLA'S AT ROCA CORBETEÑA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Rod Halperin of Western Outdoor News relayed a fishing report from John Mestrin of Blue Water Tours who fished with his son Julian Mestrin aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II for 2 days of action between Christmas and New Year's that produced a catch including 2 yellowfin tuna of 145 pounds plus other tuna of 160 and 170 pounds, and a 221-pound cow landed by Julian Mestrin.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing reported continued good offshore fishing for the charter panga Dhamar. On Monday, anglers Irving and Danny Kenzy of Santa Rosa, Calif., landed tuna of 100 and 120 pounds. The Dhamar also fished 3 other days during the week for good results on dorado.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Marisela Hernandez of Chelita's Sportfishing said the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Chelita fished locally and on the bottom last week. Anglers fishing during the week included Brendan O'Halloran who landed a dorado of about 25 to 30 pounds and released a sailfish.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said Ixtapa sportfishing boats averaged 2 to 3 sailfish per day last week following the passage of the full moon. "Those fishing numbers will increase this next week," Kunze said. Good numbers of small dorado plus some to 35 were also caught. Inshore fishing by the charter boats Gitana and Dos Hermanos found pockets of good roosterfish action both north and south of town. "There are lots of them confined in certain areas," Kunze said. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was clear in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 82 to 84 degrees. SAILFISH CATCHES HOLDING UP FOR IXTAPA SPORTFISHING BOATS.