LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis said local weather improved last week and 5 pangas with 11 anglers fished at Loreto fishing locations around Isla Carmen and north on the Baja coast at Punta Pulpito for a catch of: 34 yellowtail, 2 triggerfish, and 2 sheephead.
"There was plenty of yellowtail at Punta Lobos, Tintorera, and La Choya, but they were not biting," Zapata said. "At Punta Pulpito they found a lot biting." Hotel Oasis anglers fished with Loreto Capts. Francisco Martínez Castro, Francisco Martínez Jr., Antonio Davis Castro, Martin Davis, and Francisco Murillo Davis.
LORETO, MEXICO: Ed Raphael of San Clemente reported "five days like glass" during a stay at The Inn at Loreto Bay and good yellowtail fishing along the outside of Isla Carmen during a panga trip out of Arturo's Sportfishing for a total of 5 yellowtail caught. "I was impressed with the Penn gear on the panga," Raphael said. "We went out towards Coronado Island and made bait. We headed down the back side of Carmen Island and that is where we hooked into a couple of larger yellowtail. Around the south end of Carmen we saw many whales. Two of them were blues."
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported that his boat Baja Californian was making progress toward becoming a charter boat for fishing, diving, and other water related activities. "On the Loreto side, the Baja Californian is multiple licensed and ready to serve sportfishing, offshore or inshore, day or night, snorkel and diving, and ecotourism," Petersen said. "On the Puerto Adolpho Lopez Mateos side at Magdalena Bay, we're licensed and ready as well, with boats and the first 2 vacation rentals with full service kitchens, American bathrooms, and comfortable beds and bedrooms, with capacity to fish inside or outside, specializing in the mangroves. We have a 12-passenger van with reclining captain's chairs for the ride, fishing east or west."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported no home guard yellowtail for his Ensenada pangas fishing at Punta Banda last week, but plenty of bottom fish including lingcod, reds, and mixed rockcods, plus a pair Humboldt giant squid at 23 and 25 pounds for Garry Griffin of San Diego and Orville Richter of Minnesota who fished Tuesday with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. On Monday, Jay Johnson of Ensenada fished on the Vonny I for a good day on bottom fish. Local Ensenada fishing area weather on Saturday was partly cloudy in the mid-70s, with 2 to 3-foot ocean swells and the water temperature at 58 degrees.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported good bottom fishing for pangas working north of Soledad Reef just north of the point, with limits of lingcod, rockcods, sheephead, and whitefish. No bonita were caught on the surface. Anglers fishing during the week included Dan Murry, Todd Christian, Steve Smith, and Bill Seltz. Puerto Santo Tomas weather had wind for 3 days during the week but was calming by the weekend. The road in from Baja's Highway Mex 1 was "passable and acceptable to most people," Saenz said.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported no changes in the fishing, as 18 outings during the week produced continued heavy counts of large red rockcod, plus lingcod, mixed bottom species, barracuda, and some large Humboldt squid. Erendira weather along the Baja Pacific coast was good with some light northeast winds that did not stop fishing. The water in the main fishing area 7 to 8 miles from the Baja coast was very clear at 55 to 56 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported just a few boats fishing out of San Quintin during the week. "Not much to report," Hillis said. "The few boats that did go out got rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish at the 15 and 240 spots."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Julio Meza of San Quintin reported on an unusual run of several outings without catching yellowtail by his boat Santa Monica. "Today, I went fishing with my wife and my brother Daniel and kids, on one of the best weather days at San Quintin," Meza said. "We fished in flat, calm water, but no current and no fish. We did not find the yellowtail again this time after several trips. Something happened. The Humboldt squid are everywhere, huge up to 50 pounds. The squid make it difficult to drop jigs now. Maybe the moon phase is not right."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Matt Quilter of Costa Mesa reported on an excellent remote Baja surf fishing trip to the Pacific coast between Punta Blanca and Punta Canoas for very good surf action on three nameless points including a session of light tackle white seabass in a "tiny little cove you could almost pee across." "Each point yielded different species, from corbina and sandbass to sheephead and white seabass," Quilter said. "Green plastic caught most of the fish, but Gulp sand crab baits turned out to be very productive as well. I'm just hoping I can remember where these spots are for next year. It was by far the best Pacific-side Baja camping and fishing trip in recent memory." REMOTE PACIFIC BAJA SURF FISHING TRIP.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Magdalena Bay pangas were working one of the best California gray whale watching seasons in recent memory. "Both Puerto San Carlos and Puerto Lopez Mateos have had a steady steam of tourists from all parts of the globe seeking a whale photo op," Graham said. With few boats fishing, the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced good catches of pompano and corvina, plus a few snook and grouper near Devil's Curve. Offshore, some marlin and dorado were reported. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 65 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jorge Navarro of Pisces Fleet reported 60 percent of charters releasing billfish last week and 80 percent with all species combined. Of 58 marlin landed, 56 were released. "Tuna and dorado are very slow, with only 4 boats coming back with each species," Navarro said. "Panga fishing was really good, with a lot of sierra and roosterfish, as well as some yellowtail." Cabo San Lucas fishing vacation area water temperatures were at 70 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon said, "Striped marlin fishing was a bit tough this week and boats were scattered everywhere. One marlin was a good day. It was pretty easy to get shut out." The more productive fishing spots during the week included Pozo de Cota, the Golden Gate Bank, and the 1150 spot, but Connolly said, "Each spot seemed to be good for one day only, one and done." Some boats scored a dozen or more yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds while fishing 15 to 35 miles straight south of Cabo. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather had mostly light winds, with the water temperature at 70 to 74 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers reported good inshore fishing around Cabo San Lucas. "We are having a lot of fun catching sierra mackerel, small roosterfish, jacks, and cubera snappers on the fly and light spinning gear," Hartman said. "Offshore action has been striped marlin only, with very few dorado or yellowfin tuna around."
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: 8 striped marlin, 27 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 35 pounds, 3 dorado of 20 to 25 pounds pounds, and 3 sierra.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter panga Cheer's reported on 3 half-day local outings during the week, fishing along the Pacific side beaches from Faro Viejo northward for a catch including released fish of: 39 sierra of 4 to 9 pounds, and 12 roosterfish of 6 to 8 pounds. Local Cabo San Lucas fishing water temperatures were at 69 to 71 degrees, with good weather and mostly calm sea conditions.
Two more local outings on the Sea of Cortez side off the Hotel Marquis Los Cabos produced a catch including released fish of: 38 sierra of 4 to 8 pounds, and 1 roosterfish of 5 pounds. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's during the week included: Jim Fagerlie, Nya Fagerlie, Gake Winston, Alan Trask, Dick Morrisson, Jeff Harlow, Theresa Buenger, Al Trask, Charlie Trask, and Mario Domenis.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 39 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 12 yellowfin tuna, 4 dorado, 3 mako shark, and 1 wahoo. "Ever-changing water temperatures and the full moon made Cabo San Lucas a real challenge as the fishing area one day didn't exist the next," Edwards said. "Live bait was the hot ticket, but some fish were still being taken on the mackerel-colored artificials." Most boats fished close to Cabo San Lucas, around Cabo Falso on the Pacific side and out to about 4 miles. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was mostly good in the high 80s, with water temperatures ranging from 69 degrees at the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side to 72 degrees at the Gordo Banks on the Sea of Cortez side "with everything changing, daily," Edwards said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 58 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 1 yellowfin tuna, 68 dorado, 22 roosterfish, 260 mixed pargo species, 6 yellowtail, 2 striped marlin, 205 sierra, 2 hammerhead shark, 38 Mexican bonito, 28 amberjack, 66 cabrilla, 16 pompano, 15 surgeonfish, and 72 triggerfish. "There were reports of red crabs floating up to the surface," Brictson said. "It is the season for huachinango and with the appearance of these red crabs the action on these true red snapper could break loose at any time." San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was good in the mid-80s, with water temperatures warming at 70 to 74 degrees. LOS CABOS AREA PANGA FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reported on a tidal pool bailing session that produced some assorted blennies and a front row seat for an encounter between a large octopus and a Sally Lightfoot crab. "A very large octopus changes from black to tan with white spots, and envelops the Sally Lightfoot," Snow said. "Two clouds of black ink and, poof, they were both gone." Snow noted that the octopus was later collected for observation after it also attacked his shoe. BAJA TIDE POOL LIFE OBSERVATIONS.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said small roosterfish provided beach fishing action last week, but seasonal winter winds limited offshore boats to a few billfish and occasional dorado. "The Baja winter pattern continued this week," Graham said, "with a few great days and wind on others. Winds continue to scatter the small bait fish along the shore. The jacks seemed to have disappeared, but were replaced by small groups of 'young and dumb' roosterfish quite willing to bite almost anything. In a couple of months they will become much more selective." Some pompano were also seen near shore, but were not biting. Local commercial Mexican fishermen caught pargo just off the beaches. East Cape fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 65 to 72 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending March 1, 2007, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 29 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 83 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 2 striped marlin, 14 dorado, and 31 sierra. East Cape fishing area weather was at 80 degrees, calm in the mornings with wind and chop in the afternoons, and the water temperature was at 65 to 73 degrees. "The fishing was pretty slow this week as the winds really picked up nicely for the wind surfers," Moyers said. "Most East Cape fishing boats were coming home early in the afternoon. The billfish bite was relegated solely to a couple of striped marlin, if you can believe that. The sierra were landed inshore off El Rincon and Punta Pescadero."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport diving service at East Cape said seasonal winds calmed at the end of the week and diving conditions improved. "The water has been flat and calm and East Cape weather has been gorgeous," Rayor said on Saturday. "This has made for comfortable boat rides and exciting viewings of humpback whales and a swim with a whale shark. It's early in the season for whale sharks at East Cape." East Cape diving conditions at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef had mild currents, 30 to 40-foot visibility, and water temperatures at depth of 72 to 73 degrees. Sea life sightings included schools of bigeye jacks, giant grouper, sea turtles, snappers, and reef fish. "It's good diving and only going to get better," Rayor said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said La Paz fishing area weather warmed up last week into the mid-80s and the wind calmed down as well, but fishing was mixed for tuna and yellowtail of 30 to 40 pounds, plus pargos of 20 to 35 pounds. Good numbers of sierra were present around Ensenada de los Muertos and sardina baits were plentiful at the north end of Isla Cerralvo. LAS ARENAS PANGA FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported generally slow action as winds calmed down after a mostly windy week for his pangas fishing at La Paz. "Kind of a down week," Roldan said. "Fishing didn't exactly climb back on track, but it's hard to know because there weren't that many anglers. Things look promising, but even when we got out it was more fishing than catching. We did get some yellowtail hookups that couldn't be stopped before the fish hit the rocks." For the previous week ending March 4, 2007, Roldan said, "The yellowtail are here, 20 to 60-pound fish. But because of the winds, half the days we have to cancel the boats or we just can't get to where the fish are holding. Every week, it's a little better, but it's frustrating knowing these toad-sized forktails are there. Our whale watching trips to Magdalena Bay have been really good."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Rocio Gajon of the Cortez Club at La Paz reported good diving conditions at El Bajo at the end of the week. "The air temperature is 75 to 80 and no wind," Gajon said. "We have been able to get to El Bajo where the hammerhead shark sea mount is. The water has been cold in that area, 65 degrees, so these magnificent sharks don't need to swim deep. Divers have been enjoying this show at just 75 feet, little schools of 7 to 12 hammerheads. We haven`t seen any whale sharks around yet." Cortez Club sportfishing charters caught yellowtail around Isla Espiritu Santo and local high spots.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported yellowtail fishing on the Isla San Marcos bajos breaking open on Saturday after a slow period during weak tidal currents. "San Marcos Mike Kanzler told me years ago that the tide movement was one of the most important things in yellowtail fishing," Anderson said. "I am convinced that he was absolutely right." Santa Rosalia Mexican commercial fishing pangas were loading up on 2,000 to 2,500 pounds of Humboldt giant squid per outing. Heavy sea life concentrations in the Santa Rosalia area included pilot whales, sperm whales, and dolphin. YELLOWTAIL FISHING ON TIDAL CURRENTS.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned from a trip to the U.S. and found good weather but slow action in the Santa Rosalia area for 3 yellowtail in 2 outings. "I need to get ready for the real fishing season, April, May and June," Kanzler said. "All hell will be busting loose for sure." Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was in the 80s, with water temperatures at 62 to 64 degrees. SLOWER YELLOWTAIL ACTION FOR LOCAL BOATS.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of San Felipe's Title Company Bookstore said the weekend weather was at 83 degrees on the bookstore balcony, with 30 percent relative humidity and a surprising number of vacationers in town, considering the moving of the Baja 250 race from San Felipe to Ensenada. "Apparently many of the people who usually combine the Baja 250 with a vacation at San Felipe have decided to come anyway and just enjoy the beach and the mountains without having to watch out for careening trucks and vehicles," Meders said. "This is a nice surprise for the town's businesses after all the gloom and doom for the last week." More heavy tourism business was expected as the spring break crowds begin to arrive in the coming weeks.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Mazatlan offshore fishing continued slow last week as 31 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina El Cid reported a catch including released fish of: 5 striped marlin, and 1 dorado. Twelve Aries Fleet inshore super pangas had a catch of: 12 jack crevalle, 9 palometas, 114 pargo, 33 laras, and limits of mojarra. "Seasonal water temperature fluctuations and full moon conditions added to the offshore fishing dilemmas for anglers and crews," Edwards said. "It was truly a long week for the boats that fished offshore waters." Mazatlan fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 72 degrees inshore, 70 degrees 10 miles out, and 72.5 degrees 14 miles out.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sportfishing boats averaged about 1 sailfish per outing and the fleet also caught a combined 4 or 5 blue marlin per day. Commercial Mexican fishermen reported yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin located about 40 miles out. "The 80-degree blue water is just off the beach," Kunze said. "However, most of the action appears to be a long boat ride off shore." Capt. Adan of the charter boat Gitana II landed blue marlin for anglers John Erickson and John Torres. Inshore, jack crevalle were still plentiful and active. "Now is the time for the light line and fly rod enthusiast to hit the water," Kunze said. "You will be exhausted before noon." Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 15 outings by the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo charter boats Bloody Hook, Secuestro de Amor, Gran Jefe, Leydy, and La Bamba, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin of 260 pounds, 18 sailfish, 3 marlin, 1 dorado, 5 shark, and some bonito. "Changing water temperatures significantly slowed the sailfish bite as several of our skippers reported sighting multiple fish but found them very reluctant," Edwards said. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was sunny in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 77 degrees inshore and 80 degrees offshore.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 15 outings by the El Cid Caribe Fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: king mackerel, 1 African pompano, 1 permit, 8 Spanish mackerel, 2 tuna, 4 barracuda, 2 amberjack, and 2 grouper. "King mackerel remain the best action," Edwards said. "Most of the fish are in the 12 to 20-pound range and perfect for light tackle anglers." Cancun fishing area weather was partly cloudy at 90 degrees, with easterly breezes at 9 to 12 knots, and even water temperatures at 80 to 81 degrees.
MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar at Tecolutla on the Mexican Atlantic coast near Veracruz reported better luck for beach-caught pompano last week after being skunked earlier. "I landed a pompano per day from Tuesday through Thursday," Burns said. "Last week when I said I'd be back I meant it. Oh, what a convoluted path life and fate weave." Burns' pompano were caught while shore casting with "sand flea" baits. "On my second cast of this bait, proven time and time again to produce, I found myself on the happy end of a fishing pole and a pompano," Burns said. BEACH FISHING FOR POMPANO A SUCCESS WITH SAND FLEA BAITS.