ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his beach-launched pangas scored 4 to 7 yellowtail per outing last week off the end of Ensenada's Punta Banda and out to Islas de Todos Santos. "What a week!" Villarino said. "It was good for yellowtail."
The only trip reported without yellowtail during the week was an outing on Friday by the Vonny I with Brian "Calico" Foley of Campo La Joya, who did not target them. "Brian didn't want yellows. Ha, ha!" Villarino said.
Other anglers scoring yellowtail with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I and Capt. Hector on the Vonny III included Joel Spydello, Dave Palmiotto, Wess Whitehall, Barry Lewis, and Sam Navarro. Yellowtail caught at the island and Punta Banda weighed 15 to 23 pounds.
Ensenada fishing area weather over the weekend was clear in the high-70s, with 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, calm winds, and the water temperature off Punta Banda at 58 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported on a run to the Punta Banda rocks on Saturday targeting yellowtail with anglers Gail Ross, Juan Lu, and Joseph Carter.
"We threw iron on puddling yellowtail, but no hookups," Ross said. "We then trolled Yo-Zuris close to the rocks for nothing." The Bad Dog also fished at the Banda Bank for easy limits of vermilion rockfish and a 9.5-pound lingcod on slabbed squid baits and Berkley Gulps.
Ensenada fishing waters were "calm and flat like a lake" at 59 degrees.
Puerto Santo Tomas Fishing
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the road into the point from Baja's Highway Mex 1 was in good condition. Ocean conditions were mostly calm, but with some periods of high surf during the week. Richardo Sanchez and his group from Los Angeles fished at the Soledad Reef north of the point on 4 pangas and returned with full Mexican sportfishing limits of mixed bottom fish including lingcod to 14 pounds and a 10-pound sheephead. "Bonita came back to the Soledad reef area after they had been gone for over a month," Saenz said. "One panga landed 3 of them while trolling with Rapalas." Other pangas fishing during the week scored on Humboldt giant squid to 5 feet long. "This must be some type of El Nino ocean weather bringing big squid and bonita for this time of the year." Saenz said.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 19 boats fishing about 7 to 9 miles off Erendira south of Ensenada during the week, for big counts of large red rockcod, plus good numbers of lingcod, bonita, and some large Humboldt squid. Baja coastal fishing weather was very calm, with some Santa Ana winds on Saturday and Sunday that did not cause rough water. The water in the main fishing areas was very clear at 56 to 57 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported good fishing weather at San Quintin at the end of the week. "People looking for a long weekend could not have asked for more," Hillis said. "San Quintin produced great weather and the winds left us alone as well." Al Leburd, Bob Collins, and Jack Hill of Chula Vista fished with Capt. Hector on the charter boat Rommy for limits of large mixed rockcods, lingcod, and whitefish, plus 4 Humboldt giant squid at 45 pounds. "On Sunday morning, they were headed out to try their luck on surface action, hoping to find some nice yellowtail," Hillis said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Ed Ellis of Bakersfield and his group drove to San Quintin and fished 2 days with Tito's Pangas for big ice chests of red rockcod, whitefish, and lingcod caught at the 240 spot. "We stayed with Tito at Tito's Pangas," Ellis said. "He has 3 nice rooms located right down from the San Quintin launch ramp. While fishing we had 3 different seals following us around and having their free lunch on us." Another group staying at Tito's had good results while hunting for black brant on the bay. Anglers fishing with Ellis included Marton Lightner, Manuel Gutirrez, James Pruitt, and Tony Borado. BOTTOM FISHING AT THE 240 SPOT WITH TITO'S PANGAS.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the winter California gray whale migration at Magdalena Bay continued to see increasing numbers last week. "Enrique Soto of Puerto San Carlos reported over 50 whales seen on a 3-hour trip Friday," Graham said. "Huge schools of large squid have appeared and have been washing up on the sandy beaches." Fishing was good for corvina in the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels, but few anglers were present in the area. Some snook were caught at Devil's Curve. Mexican commercial fishermen found marlin and dorado about 10 to 22 miles outside the Puerto San Carlos entrada while fishing for shark. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 65 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing boat Falcon reported good winter season striped marlin action on the Cortez side around the Cabo San Lucas 1150 fishing spot. "Our worst day for striped marlin was 0 for 5 on jigs, and our best day was 4 for 4," Connolly said. "You are more likely to catch a marlin than not. There were 50 boats prowling there most days." Yellowtail showed up at the Cabo rocks and sierra were numerous inshore. Cortez-side water temperatures were at 68 to 72 degrees. FALCON FINDS WINTER STRIPERS STEADY AROUND THE 1150 SPOT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported very steady striped marlin fishing close-by on the Cortez side of Cabo last week. "More and more fish are moving around the tip of Baja into the Sea of Cortez," Edwards said. "Anglers were almost guaranteed a billfish or 2 this week." Forty-eight outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, had a catch including released fish of: 76 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 2 dorado, and 10 yellowfin tuna. The best marlin action was found at the 95 spot, 1150 spot, and Cabrillo Sea Mount. Cabo San Lucas fishing area water temperatures were variable from 67 degrees close to the arch to as high as 75 degrees at the Cabrillo Sea Mount. CABO MARLIN FISHING STEADY ON CORTEZ SIDE.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas weather calming at the end of the week in the low-80s, with water temperatures ranging from as low as 64 degrees on the Pacific side to 74 degrees 30 miles offshore to the south. Billfish concentrations continued to move eastward into the Sea of Cortez. "This is normal for this time of year," Landrum said. "The fish seemed to be holding in the area bounded by the 95 spot, the 1150 spot, and San Jose del Cabo." Yellowfin tuna and dorado were scattered and no wahoo were reported. FLY HOOKER CABO SAN LUCAS REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Cabo Anglers said the Cortez side produced steady striped marlin opportunities for fly fishing anglers last week. "The fish are mostly around 100 pounds and are readily taking the fly," Hartman said. "One to three shots on the fly is the average day." Dorado fishing "almost vanished, normal for late February and March," Hartman said. "Fly fishing for yellowfin tuna is slow." Inshore fishing produced 5 to 15-pound roosterfish in schools plus good action on sierra along the Pacific side.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 3 outings for the week, fishing on the Pacific side northwards from Faro Viejo and at Santa Maria and the 95 spot on the Cortez side, with a total of 8 anglers, for a catch including released fish of: 29 sierra of 3 to 7 pounds, 2 black skipjack, and 3 bonito of 2 to 4 pounds. One outing at the 95 spot produced no fish in cool water and lots of wind. "We looked for marlin at the 95 bank about 10 to 15 miles from Cabo," Druck said. "The water was part green and part blue. No fish." Cabo San Lucas inshore water temperatures were at 69 to 71 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 14 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 17 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 12 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, and 3 mako shark of 30 to 40 pounds.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 64 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 134 yellowfin tuna, 42 dorado, 9 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 365 black skipjack, 28 pargo, 18 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, 22 bonito, and 12 hammerhead shark. The steady yellowfin tuna action was mostly for fish of 20 to 40 pounds around the Inner Gordo Bank and Iman Bank. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was variable, with some strong winds from the south and off-colored water, and water temperatures of 69 to 71 degrees. Brictson noted the accelerated work schedule of the Puerto Los Cabos marina project at San Jose del Cabo, with completion hoped for within a matter of weeks. "San Jose del Cabo panga fleets are becoming more cramped and difficult with each passing day," Brictson said. "Everyone is hoping for the project to be finished as quickly as possible." GORDO BANKS PANGAS FISHING & PUERTO LOS CABOS CONSTRUCTION REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Feb. 8, 2007, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 29 charter boats from combined Baja sportfishing fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 85 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, 74 dorado, 8 sierra, and 2 roosterfish. East Cape weather was in the mid-70s, with some afternoon winds, and the water temperature at 64 to 74 degrees. "The dorado are in the 10 to 12-pound class," Moyers said, "but that's typical for this time of year. East Cape anglers reported most of the dorado action straight off Los Barriles, 14 to 16 miles, and to the south off La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Feb. 1, 2006, Moyers reported on 13 boats, with 37 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 6 striped marlin, 19 dorado, and 2 roosterfish.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said East Cape inshore and beach fly fishing last week produced good sierra bites from gray light until well after sunrise. "Our guide reported that between releasing fish and retying flies he barely had time to take photos," Graham said. "In the right place at the right time, ladyfish and small roosterfish were found chasing small schools of sardina right to the beach." Offshore boats reported some billfish and dorado outside Punta Pescadero to the north and also south off Punta Arena. East Cape fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the high-70s, with the water temperature at 65 to 70 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jennifer Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista reported winds toward the end of the week after several days of good diving conditions. "Although it's windy now, we're expecting great diving and calm seas for the weekend and into next week," Rayor said. "The first part of this week was spectacular." On the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, water temperatures at depth warmed to 70 degrees, with visibility at 50 to 60 feet.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the Las Arenas side of La Paz had strong winds last week, but by Sunday pangas were fishing for yellowfin tuna outside of Isla Cerralvo again. Sardina bait was in good supply at the island. Inshore boats fished for mixed pargos around Punta Perico. Humboldt giant squid continued to be caught in all fishing areas and some dorado were caught close to shore on some days. MIXED OFFSHORE AND BOTTOM FISHING FOR TORTUGA PANGAS.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said fishing waters around La Paz showed warming surface temperatures last week. "In some places from Isla Espiritu Santo south to Isla Cerralvo and Punta Pescadero there are patches of 70-plus degree water," Roldan said. "That's unseasonably warm." Windy conditions prevailed during the week as pangas fished mainly for sierra. Larger snappers were cut off on the rocks in shallow water around Las Arenas. "Putting them into the boat is probably the toughest part," Roldan said. "One of our clients had six biters. The captains confirmed they were pargo. Rocks don't move!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported a period of calm weather at the end of the week. "Hopefully we have some nice weather days ahead," Bolles said. "Lots of folks have cabin fever and want to fish." Loreto fishing area weather had been mostly windy, with few boats fishing for some yellowtail of 10 to 15 pounds around Isla Coronado and larger yellowtail to about 20 pounds outside Isla Carmen. Some brief surface bites were reported north of town at Punta Pulpito and Puerto Almejas. "These occurrences are too short lived and too distant, given the weather, for us to reach them," Bolles said. Bolles also noted on Saturday that local officials were checking for Mexican fishing licenses. YELLOWTAIL FOUND IN SCATTERED BITES BETWEEN WINDY PERIODS.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported strong winds through the middle of the week with good yellowtail fishing at both ends. Anderson's Moosea boat scored 6 quality yellowtail on Sunday and did not fish again until Saturday when limits of 22 to 31-pound yellowtail were caught on the Isla San Marcos bajos. Sea life was abundant in Santa Rosalia waters and commercial Mexican squid fishermen were busy. "Whales and dolphin were really abundant today," Anderson said. "It is an extra bonus to be able to watch all the sea life as we travel out to the island and return." GOOD BAJA YELLOWTAIL FISHING WHEN THE WIND ISN'T BLOWING.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported winds to 25 knots at the end of the week following a good weather period that had lasted about 10 days. Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was in the low-70s, with water temperatures at 60 to 62 degrees, and visibility down to about 10 to 15 feet due to heavy plankton concentrations. Two fishing runs to the Isla San Marcos bajos produced a total of 14 yellowtail in the 25 to 32-pound class. Kanzler also noted a striped marlin caught on a handline by local Mexican fishermen Rigo Mendoza and Leon Nuñez. "A marlin is super rare this time of year," Kanzler said. "It's 'Old Man of the Sea' fishing stuff down here daily, I guess." RARE FEBRUARY STRIPED MARLIN CAUGHT BY LOCAL PANGUEROS.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking Bahia de San Felipe said the town's Carnaval festivities began Saturday morning and were scheduled "throughout the day and into the night." San Felipe weather was cloudy at 79 degrees. "San Felipe is very comfortable and people are enjoying strolling around in their spring clothes," Meders said. CARNAVAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND TOWN NEWS.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Jesse White of Desert Hills, Ariz., reported on 2 late afternoon fishing sessions with Jeff Boyd at reefs 40 to 51 miles out of Rocky Point on their boat Just Hammered for a catch in calm seas including 1 black sea bass of 95 pounds, 1 gulf grouper of 80 pounds, and 1 red snapper, plus ocean whitefish and goldspotted bass. The black sea bass was landed by White's uncle Brian Pasha of Ohio who was fishing for his first time in Mexican waters. "We took 3 bags of fresh fillets to Balboa's Restaurant," White said. "It was great!" BIG GROUPER AND BLACK SEA BASS ON OFFSHORE BAJOS.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Ollie Peltier of Rocky Point reported on a run to reefs at 41 and 43 miles out of Rocky Point by his boat Dos Borrachos, fishing with Bobby Jackson, Larry "Bubba" Rice, and his brother Jim Peltier in water at 61 to 62 degrees for slow action on 1 spotted cabrilla of 25 pounds, 1 leopard grouper of 25 pounds, some mixed bottom fish including goldspotted bass, and 1 fish lost on the way up. On the return trip to Rocky Point the Dos Borrachos passed within 100 feet of a pod of finback whales. OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP BY THE DOS BORRACHOS.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Abel Anaya of Jon Jen Charters at San Carlos reported warming water temperatures at 68 degrees near shore and 67.5 degrees out at Isla San Pedro Nolasco. Some dorado were reported to the south. "After a few days of northwest winds, activity returned to Punta San Antonio," Anaya said. "Yellowtail are back again. San Carlos charter boats and private boats are doing well everyday. The First International Rescate Yellowtail Tournament started with 12 boats and every boat caught fish." Yellowtail were caught on jigs and live bait. San Carlos fishing conditions at the end of the week were "like glass..
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Mazatlan inshore fishing boats found concentrated action on jack crevalle last week. "Most of the Aries Fleet super pangas had catches of 20 to 40 jack crevalle released," Edwards said. "It was easy fishing, especially on light tackle. Most anything moving through the water got hit." A total of 40 Aries Fleet offshore boats had a catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, 7 mako shark, 7 dorado, 2 roosterfish, 25 jack crevalle, and 1 grouper. Mazatlan fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 73 to 74 degrees. JACK CREVALLE HITTING ANYTHING FOR INSHORE BOATS.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported good offshore mixed fishing action at Roca Corbeteña for the charter boats Marla II, Marla II, and Arca de Noe last week, including yellowfin tuna to over 100-pounds, amberjack, pargo, yellow snapper, red snapper, dorado, and some grouper. Other Puerto Vallarta boats fishing about 5 miles off Punta de Mita found some striped marlin, sailfish, and dorado. Puerto Vallarta fishing conditions were improving, with warmer water at 77 to 79 degrees and clearing color. "This week we had really great fishing," Osuna said. "We nailed the tunas pretty good using the slow troll kite technique and drift fishing too." MARLA'S SPORTFISHING FLEET REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said blue marlin action picked up sharply for offshore boats fishing out of Marina Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Bay last week. "On Thursday, 6 big blue marlin hit the dock, and then on Friday, another 8 blues were landed," Kunze said. The largest blue marlin caught were reported at about 750 pounds. Offshore boats also averaged 2 to 3 sailfish per day. "Inshore fishing is kind of unknown at this time," Kunze said. "Most sportfishing captains are telling their clients to try for the marlin." Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees. BLUE MARLIN ARRIVE IN NUMBERS.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said, "Many captains are reporting hooking blue marlin within 10 miles of shore due to large schools of bonito throughout the area. Most of the boats are having an opportunity or two of raising the fish." Charter boats including the Dos Hermanos, Secuestro de Amor, La Bamba, Bloody Hook, Gran Jefe, Bacalao, and Esturion reported on 15 fishing days, for a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin to 230 pounds, 19 sailfish, 9 dorado, over 100 bonito, 13 shark, 25 sierra, 15 yellowtail jacks, and 2 roosterfish. "Sailfish were best on the rigged baits and blue marlin on the bonito," Edwards said. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with calm seas and water temperatures at 80 to 81 degrees.