CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing boat Falcon reported slower striped marlin action last week as the billfish moved off the 1150 spot on the Cortez side.
"On our boat Falcon we had a slow week," Connolly said. "We were working the 1150 area a bit too long, along with most of the Cabo fleet. The 1150 spot dried up as the fish moved off to parts unknown." Some striped marlin were found later in the week on the Pacific side, as the Falcon landed 3 marlin on 7 strikes during its last 2 fishing days. STRIPED MARLIN FISHING SLOWER AT THE TIP OF BAJA.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 40 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 46 striped marlin, 37 yellowfin tuna, 4 dorado, 1 mako shark, 24 sierra, and 2 roosterfish. "Water temperatures at the tip of Baja California have been continuously changing," Edwards said. "The Cabo San Lucas billfish average has fallen to just above one. The Golden Gate Bank was the best fishing area this week if the wind allowed." Cabo San Lucas water temperatures ranged from 70 degrees on the Pacific side to 72 degrees at the Gordo Banks and 1150 spot. MIXED WATER TEMPERATURES AND MARLIN ACTION FOR CABO BOATS.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 15 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 4 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 35 pounds, 1 mako shark of 35 pounds, and 3 dorado of 25 to 40 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter panga Cheer's reported on 3 outings during the week, fishing along the beach and out to 5 miles off Faro Viejo with a total of 5 anglers for a catch including released fish of: 23 sierra to about 5 pounds, and 2 skipjack. Cabo San Lucas inshore fishing weather was sunny and mostly calm on the Pacific side, with water temperatures at 69 to 71 degrees. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's included, Ruggero Garsetti and Andrew Garsetti of Italy, Hall Dillon, and John Frizek and Bill Phillips of Alaska.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported consistent action for 102 striped marlin and 22 sailfish during the week, with all but 1 marlin released. Top outings included the charter boat Ni Modo with 4 stripers and 3 sailfish released, and Yahoo with a 5-marlin release day. Dorado, yellowfin tuna, and inshore panga fishing were slow. "Cabo San Lucas should now see an increase in sierra and snappers before an influx of football-size tuna in April," Ehrenberg said. BAJA STEADY ON MARLIN, AS TUNA AND DORADO SLOW.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said quality yellowtail action continued for his pangas fishing at Punta Banda last week. "This week was good again for yellows," Villarino said. Anglers scoring on bottom fish plus yellowtail of 18 to 26 pounds with Vonny Fleet's Capt. Beto Zamora during the week included Jay Johnson, Debbie Oslin, and Don Fredette and his group. On Monday, Brian "Calico" Foley fished in slower conditions, but still managed a catch of lingcod, red rockcod, sandbass, and Johnny bass. "We caught wind, rain, and rough water for the rest of the week," Villarino said. Ensenada fishing area weather on Saturday was partly cloudy in the low-60s, with 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, winds at 4 m.p.h., and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 58 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported "big wind" off Ensenada on Friday. "Staying home with the heater on," Ross said. Earlier, Ross commented on his big load of red rockcod at the Banda Bank. "Rockfish fishing at Ensenada couldn't have been any better," Ross said. "We caught very little junk fish. We had no problem with 'easy limits.'" GOOD BOTTOM FISHING FOR THE BOAT BAD DOG.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Conal True, director of Ensenada's totoaba breeding laboratory at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, said another release of the endangered fish was scheduled at San Felipe this week aboard the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga mothership Jose Andres. "This time we will release 2,000 juveniles, 5 months old," True said. "We are also holding onto another 2,000 totoaba for a grow-out trial. We hope to generate some interest with the commercial shrimp farmers." Thirty-nine adult totoaba being raised at the laboratory were expected to begin spawning in 2008. The brood stock was collected south of San Felipe last year aboard the Jose Andres.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp at Erendira reported 16 boats fishing during the week for good numbers of large red rockcod about 7 to 8 miles out. The water in the main fishing areas was very clear at 56 to 57 degrees. Baja coastal weather was variable, with enough wind on Friday to bring boats in by 11 a.m. Anticipating more wind, boats launched very early on Saturday, but the weather calmed again, and anglers were able to fish normally. One boat also fished Saturday afternoon for very good results.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Brent Tavernelli of Spring Valley reported on a run to Castro's Camp with 8 anglers for heavy counts of red rockcod and mixed rockfish, with one group fishing with Capt. Oscar on the charter boat Don Vicente and another group on the boat Castro IV. Species caught included starry, flag, honeycomb, bocaccio, squarespot, copper, and brown rockfish, plus whitefish, sheephead, lingcod, and some Humboldt giant squid to 40 pounds. GOOD BAJA FISHING RUN TO CASTRO'S CAMP.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said fishing was good last week, although few anglers visited the San Quintin area. Hillis fished on the Pedro's charter boat Rommy with Capt. Hector and anglers Oscar Guzman of Ensenada and Raul Oscena of Visalia, Calif., for large red rockcod, lingcod, 1 yellowtail, and 6 Humboldt giant squid at the San Quintin 15 and 6 spots. "I got tired of ganion fishing and changed to a Salas 6X," Hillis said. "I got the only yellowtail of the day at 18 pounds and also the largest rockcod, lingcod, and squid." San Quintin weather had some wind and rain during the week, but was calm on Sunday morning, although cold enough at first light to put ice on the boats.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported yellowtail caught the San Quintin 15 spot, plus large red rockcod, lingcod, bass, Humboldt giant squid, and barracuda at other bottom fishing locations, Isla San Martin, and Playa San Ramon. "Yellowtail have been hanging around the 15 fathom spot since late January," Catian said. "If you put the time in, you can scratch up a decent bag. With rockcod at an all-time high commercial price, a lot of San Quintin fisherman are targeting them so the more generic spots are thinned out with only smaller fish showing. There's a lot more out there than just the 240, the 15, and the 6. Please release the small lingcod. When they're gone, that's it."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Randy Peters of Lakewood, Calif., reported on an outing with Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing, fishing with his children Kellie and Daniel around the 15 and 240 spots for a catch of about 25 red rockcod, 3 lingcod, a few bonita, and some Humboldt giant squid. "The seals were a bit of a problem as they followed us from spot to spot," Peters said. "These squid were easily 40 pounds. They wore both my kids and me out." San Quintin fishing water temperatures were at 57.8 degrees. SQUID, SEALS, AND ROCKFISH WITH K&M OFFSHORE SPORTFISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported limits of small yellowtail under 15 pounds at local high spots for his boat Santa Monica. "There are squid up to 30 pounds everywhere," Meza said. "The yellowtail are very busy with the squid, so they do not take the easy meals on the hook." Sandbass fishing with swim baits was also good south of San Quintin bay in 59-degree water. Meza's 5-year-old nephew Elias was also getting in on the action. "I do not touch his rod," Meza said. "Sometimes he cries and screams, but he refuses help. He wakes up at 4 a.m. and he calls me on the radio asking if we are going fishing."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Sal Pilato of San Pedro, along with anglers Bob Morris and Herb Galvez, made a Baja fishing run to San Quintin and Camalu for limits of bottom fish in both locations. On Tuesday, Pilato's group fished at San Quintin on the charter boat Rommy with Capt. Hector of Pedro's Pangas for limits of mixed rockfish, whitefish, and lingcod in windy conditions. Wednesday action with Capt. Lee Moreno and his son through the surf at Camalu on the boats Tania I and Tania II produced limits of lingcod, whitefish, rockcods, sheephead, and 1 Humboldt giant squid of about 35 pounds. At Camalu, Pilato's group stayed at the Cueva del Pirata Hotel.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the California gray whale migration on Baja's southern Pacific coast was in full swing last week and "every hotel in Magdalena Bay is sporting a 'No Vacancy' sign." The few boats fishing offshore of Magdalena Bay reported marlin seen, but most dorado were gone as water temperatures continued to decline. In the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels, some corvina to 10 pounds were caught. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy at 80 degrees, with the water temperature at 65 to 72 degrees.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 106 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off the Baja coast at San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 54 yellowfin tuna, 12 yellowtail, 285 sierra, 55 dorado, 6 striped marlin, 8 hammerhead sharks, 5 mako sharks, 12 amberjack, 38 cabrilla, 185 pargo, 8 pompano, and 14 surgeonfish. Massive construction continued on the Puerto Los Cabos marina project as La Playita pangas operated on the very crowded beach in anticipation of the project's completion in a few weeks. "The La Playita panga fleets are barely able to function," Brictson said. San Jose del Cabo fishing waters were green at 70 to 72 degrees. PUERTO LOS CABOS MARINA CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on 4 surf fishing outings with 13 fish caught, mostly small, but including a 2-pound giant clown hawkfish, or chino mero. A rarely seen juvenile chino mero at about 2 inches long was also found in a tide pool. Four panga outings with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome fished in some wind for many small assorted species on sabiki rigs, 2 very small dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, and a striped marlin.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported some days with less wind and more striped marlin showing for East Cape charter boats fishing 15 to 18 miles north last week. "There was one report of an East Cape boat hooking 7 marlin earlier in the week," Graham said. Some scattered dorado were also caught in Bahia de Palmas. Inshore, jack crevalle were in their pre-spawn concentrations, but not biting lures or bait. East Cape weather was clear at 80 degrees, with water temperatures at 65 to 72 degrees. MARLIN ACTION PICKS UP NORTH OF BAHIA DE PALMAS.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 33 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 a catch including released fish of: 42 striped marlin, 24 dorado, 80 sierra, and 4 roosterfish. East Cape fishing weather was in the high-70s, calm in the mornings with afternoon wind and chop, and the water temperature at 66 to 75 degrees. "Environment-wise, we had a bad week in terms of the north winds," Moyers said. "Anglers made due and simply headed north for most of the week." For the previous week ending Feb. 15, 2007, Moyers reported on 27 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 19 striped marlin, 48 dorado, and 1 pompano. East Cape water temperatures were at 66 to 73 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported on a run Friday by his beach-launched aluminum boat Reina Maria II, trolling lures with 3 guests aboard down to Rancho Leonero and back for a 3-hour catch of: 3 small bonito, 1 sierra, and 1 yellow snapper. "I probably would have caught more if I'd been alone and working it hard," Eddy said, "but as usual, there are enough fish close in to catch dinner and have a good time."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of East Cape's Vista Sea Sport diving service at Buena Vista reported bottom temperatures at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef at 70 to 71 degrees, with 40-foot visibility. "Monstrous schools of bigeye jacks have moved onto the reefs and are being sighted on every dive, along with giant grouper, clouds of yellow snapper, and colorful reef fish," Rayor said. East Cape weather was mostly good during the week but blowing at 25 knots on Saturday morning. Divers Rob and Laura Townsend of Boise, Idaho, completed their PADI Open Water Diver certification at Vista Sea Sport with final check dives at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Steve Crouch announced the 19th annual Crouch/Roberts No Kill Billfish Tournament to be held at East Cape's Rancho Buena Vista on July 5-9, 2007, with an entry fee of $250. Information: Tami, 800-258-8200; firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-355-6441.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said his pangas on the Las Arenas side south of La Paz had good fishing weather 3 days last week. On calmer days, pangas fished for mackerel baits, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, and mixed pargos at the north end of Isla Cerralvo, and marlin and dorado at the south end of the island. On windy days, yellowtail, dorado, and sierra were caught close to shore around Punta Perico. TORTUGA PANGAS FISHING AT ISLA CERRALVO ON CALMER DAYS.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported Loreto fishing area weather calming late in the week after several days of wind and some rain. The San Nicolas yellowtail fish camp north of Loreto was ready to begin fishing. "We are doing some fishing and are finding yellowtail schools at Bajo del Pulpito, north of Isla San Ildefonso, and on the south side of Punta Pulpito," Susarrey said. "The yellowtail average 15 pounds."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline, Calif., reported on a driving trip down Baja's Mex 1 highway to Mulege for good fishing between winds both north and south of town. "There were lots of birds working the yellowtails for throwing iron," Grant said. "The fishing area of choice was around the Santa Inez islands." Baja's Mex 1 highway was in good condition. "I drove down Baja for the first time in several years," Grant said. "Gas was no problem. The pot holes around Cataviña are gone." The Mulege area whale watching season was at its peak. GOOD YELLOWTAIL FISHING AND WHALE WATCHING.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of Santa Rosalia's San Lucas Cove RV Park reported 4 days of good fishing weather and very good winter yellowtail action on the bottom and on the surface around the Isla San Marcos bajos for 25 to 30-pound fish. "These fish are the strongest yellowtail I have ever caught," Anderson said. "If they hit on the surface you might get lucky with 30-pound line. Almost everyone who fishes this regularly uses 60 or even 80-pound." Visiting anglers getting in on the action included Ed Duitsman's group from Hinkley, Calif., aboard Duitsman's boat Day Care. "These guys really managed to get in the groove very quickly and started pulling in fish," Anderson said. HEAVY DUTY YELLOWTAIL FISHING AT ISLA SAN MARCOS BAJOS.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Hugh Cobb of Oceanside Senior Anglers reported on 3 days of fishing on boats out of Guillermo's by 14 club members for a catch of 70 yellowtail of 8 to 22 pounds plus some miscellaneous bottom fish. "All the fish were caught on iron," Cobb said. "We caught most of our bigger fish at Guadalupe Reef, but the numbers were better at Isla Angel de la Guarda." Bahia de los Angeles weather was very windy early in the week, but calm by Wednesday.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported strong west winds and daytime high temperatures in the 60s, with water temperatures in the high-50s. Few boats were fishing. Work continued on the village development project, including the new sail-shaped monument, boulevard, lamp posts, electric power line from Punta Prieta, and paving at the airstrip.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Robert Rodriguez of Wilmington, Calif., and his group fished 2 days with Joel's Eco Tours early in the week for a catch of 6 yellowtail of 15 to 18 pounds, all caught on lures in water to 260 feet deep, plus a mixed bag of sandbass, spotted bay bass, triggerfish, and "L.A. Bay lingcod." Angler's fishing with Rodriguez included Rudy Lopez and Jose Martinez.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking San Felipe Bay said the town had sunny weather in the high-60s on Sunday. The Baja 250 offroad race seemed to be "on," as support vehicles were arriving. A bookstore visitor photographed an unusual flock of white pelicans that were briefly seen at San Felipe. "I had never seen white pelicans before and he had never seen any around here," Meders said. "He said it seemed very unusual." NORTHERN CORTEZ VISITED BY WHITE PELICANS.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Jesse White of Desert Hills, Ariz., reported on 2 days of offshore fishing out of Rocky Point with his partner Jeff Boyd on their boat Just Hammered, for a catch including: 1 halibut of 10 pounds, 2 gulf grouper of 68.9 and 71.8 pounds, 1 pinto bass or spotted cabrilla of 19 pounds, and some calico or goldspotted bass. The bigger gulf grouper was just 14 ounces short of winning the phase one of the local JJ's Cantina annual fishing tournament, which was won by a black sea bass. Rocky Point offshore weather was windy at times, with the water temperature at 61 to 62 degrees. WINTER GROUPER FISHING ON NORTHERN CORTEZ REEFS.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of Catch-22 Sportfishing reported the results of the San Carlos Yacht Club Rescate yellowtail fishing tournament held Feb. 17-18, 2007. With 12 boats and 44 anglers fishing for 2 days, a total of 56 yellowtail were caught, 36 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday, with boats about evenly split between Punta San Antonio and Isla San Pedro Nolasco. The largest yellowtail was caught by angler Chase Clayton at 24.8 pounds, aboard the boat Hattador. The winning boats in the $100 pool were, in order: Debbie's Delight, Que Rico, and Hattador. The winning boats in the $500 pool were: Que Rico, Hattador, and Catch-22. Only 1 boat entered the $1,000 pool, and no prize was awarded. The San Carlos fishing area had good sea conditions and 64-degree water temperatures for the tournament.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards reported seasonally slower offshore fishing in Mazatlan waters as water temperatures dropped last week. Twenty-nine offshore Aries Fleet boats fishing out of Marina El Cid had a catch including released fish of: 4 striped marlin, and 5 dorado. Inshore boats provided the better fishing opportunities, as 15 Aries Fleet super pangas caught: 96 jack crevalle, 1 dorado, 18 sierra, and 29 triggerfish. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm, with green water at 70 to 72 degrees. SLOWER OFFSHORE FISHING IN COOLER WATER TEMPERATURES.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said blue marlin fishing continued very good for offshore boats fishing out of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo last week. About 40 boats fishing one day, including commercial pangueros, accounted for 30 blue marlin caught. "Other fishing days have not been quite so plentiful," Kunze said, "but we are still seeing a minimum of 10 blue marlin per day being hooked and landed." Offshore boats also averaged about 1 or 2 sailfish per day. Fly fishing angler Onno Van Veen of Holland had an exceptional outing with Capt. Santiago on the charter panga Gitana, releasing 1 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin of about 100 pounds, and 2 sailfish. Few boats fished inshore during the week. Ixtapa fishing area weather was sunny in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees. BLUE MARLIN ACTION CONTINUES FOR MEXICAN SPORT AND COMMERCIAL FISHING BOATS.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported sailfish action up-and-down last week. Top outings included Capt. Adolofo Espinosa on the charter boat Dos Hermanos I with an 8-sailfish day and a 5-sailfish day, but Edwards said, "As currents and water temperatures changed, some very good days were followed by days with little action." Inshore fishing was slow. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was mostly calm at 90 degrees, with water temperatures at 79 degrees inshore and 81 degrees offshore.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 22 outings by the El Cid Caribe fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 3 sailfish, 3 grouper to 40 pounds, 26 king mackerel, 6 barracuda, 15 dog, red, and yellow snappers, 1 amberjack, 4 jack crevalle, 10 tuna, 6 wahoo, and 5 Spanish mackerel. Cancun fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with east winds, light surface chop, and water temperatures stable at 80 degrees.
MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar at Tecolutla, Mexico, near Veracruz reported good catches by local commercial Mexican fishermen. "Anyone I've spoken to flashes a big grin and tells me that the boat was full," Burns said. Tecolutla was scheduled to host its annual Snook Fishing Tournament on March 15-28, 2007, with prizes including a new car, an entry fee of $137, boats available for about $275 for the 3 fishing days, and hotel rooms for $13.70 for 2 people. Information, Restaurant El Manglar, email@example.com, or telephone, 011-52-766-846-0515. ATLANTIC MEXICO SNOOK FISHING TOURNAMENT.