LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported a very good mix of species caught last week by anglers on both sides of the hill at La Paz, including an unusual chili sea catfish, a halibut-like gulf sand dab, and a big variety of other fish types. "It was a week of surprise fishing here," Roldan said.
"Talk about variety! I counted over 24 species of fish caught by our anglers. We caught yellowtail, dorado, billfish, pargo, roosterfish, jacks, wahoo, cabrilla, and amberjack. About the only fish that didn't show up were the tuna. It seemed like every fish had a day and then went to ground. It made for a real potluck for both our Las Arenas and La Paz fleets."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said, "We had a week of great fishing action for anglers who returned to the U.S. with a big variety of fish in their ice chests." The fishing area around the south end of Isla Cerralvo produced good numbers of mixed snappers, amberjack, wahoo of various sizes, and dorado of 25 to 35 pounds.
"We also released a lot of marlin as anglers targeted wahoo," Hernandez said. La Paz fishing area weather was warm in the 90s. Anglers scoring a mixed bag of fish species during the week included Tomita, Grant, Mark, Derek, and Ron Uchimiya, Gil Lopez, and John Slater.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said dorado of 12 to 25 pounds were showing along Bonanza Beach and the channel between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo as La Paz side water temperatures warmed last week. "Bait is good," Phillips said. "A few roosterfish are being caught along the northeast end of Espiritu Santo Island. The north end is still yielding nice pargo and cabrilla."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported good panga fishing all week at Punta Banda, with bottom fish limits for most boats, a couple of 20-pound yellowtail on Monday for Jay Johnson and his family on 2 pangas, and good bass action for Brian "Calico" Foley on Friday. The local Ensenada fishing area had good weather except for some wind on Friday, partly cloudy skies, 2-foot ocean swells, and the water temperature at Punta Banda steady at 59 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody at Marina Coral reported yellowtail boiling but reluctant to bite in 63.4-degree water inside Punta Banda on Saturday. "We managed to catch 2 on a slow troll with live bait," Ostberg said. "They were quality fish 31 and 19 pounds." The Melody also fished the bottom at the Banda Bank for a catch of: 11 quality red rockcod, 3 whitefish, and 6 salmon grouper. The water temperature at the Banda Bank was at 58.9 degrees, with some red tide present. "Many boats are making the 125 to 150-mile run looking for the albacore but we chose to stay close to home this week and put some fish on the table," Ostberg said.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 15 anglers fishing locally on Thursday aboard the charter boat Shir-Lee, with a catch of: 320 barracuda, 3 yellowtail, 1 bonito, and 14 calico bass.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral reported on an outing Friday for slow local fishing on targeted white seabass and yellowtail at El Farito, the Three Sisters tuna pens, and north Isla Todos Santos, before loading up with bottom fish limits at the Banda Bank in dark, discolored, 58-degree water. "We also spotted a very large swordfish on the Banda Bank and tried to bait it but could not get it to go," Ross said. Also fishing aboard the Bad Dog was angler Juan Lu.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Ross commented on problems getting live bait for Ensenada boats. "Getting live bait in Ensenada is a trick," Ross said. "I haven't heard about Mike so the only game in town is Gordo's box supplied by their seiner the Maria Veronica. I decided to have my Marinero Juan Lu take the boat out at midweek and stock up my bait receiver. He made 2 runs out to the seiner for a heavy supply of mixed horse sardines and small mackerel. On Thursday, Juan announced, "Someone stole all our bait out of the receiver." I had to take the boat to Gordo's box to get some more. All of the sardines had either bite marks, red gill rakers, or bruises from the net handling. Most of it rolled."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Jeff Daniels of Ensenada's Campo La Jolla reported on a local beach launch by George Conlan, with his son Chris and grandson Michael, fishing in 60-degree water at Tres Hermanas for a catch including: 7 halibut of 4 to 7 pounds, 2 sculpin, 2 sandbass, and a few rockfish.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said he had excellent weather and sea conditions all last week. Two pangas fished out of Puerto Santo Tomas during the week and both came back with full limits of rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish. "The biggest fish were a 9-pound lingcod and 1 giant squid," Saenz said. "Surface fishing activity was minimum. Only bottom fishing was carried out. Several schools of bonita were spotted but no trolling was done."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Tere Castro of Castro's Camp reported 33 boats fishing off Erendira during the week, in cloudy weather but with calm seas, for heavy counts of bottom fish, but slower action on yellowtail. "We could see big schools of yellowtail," Castro said, "and we also saw a lot of bait." Water temperatures at Erendira averaged 56 to 57 degrees in the main fishing areas 4 to 8 miles off the Baja coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported 8 boats fishing out of San Quintin on Saturday morning. "There is still good white seabass and yellowtail fishing," Hillis said, "and 1 boat decided to go north and got 12 nice lingcod and limits of rockcod." White seabass averaged about 35 pounds, and yellowtail about 12 to 20 pounds. "Chrome Krocodiles have been the best for the white seabass, and live bait and jigs in blue-white and scrambled egg have been doing the best on yellowtail," Hillis said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported good yellowtail action but no white seabass found during an outing Saturday aboard his boat Santa Monica with fishing partner Genaro Lopez, SAGARPA representative for the state of Baja California. "We found clear green water south of the bay at 53 degrees and windy but good action on yellowtail up to 22 pounds on live bait and blue-and-white jigs," Meza said. Other San Quintin fishing area boats reported some white seabass to 20 pounds and many yellowtail limits.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen Pub in Paso Robles, Calif., said he still has space available on his 5-day charter bus Baja fishing run to San Quintin scheduled June 21-25, 2007. "We depart Paso Robles at midnight and make pickups in Southern California," Barstow said. "We fish 3 days and return home on day 5." The price of $825 includes the bus trip, accommodations, 3 days of fishing, shirts, 1 dinner, and refreshments on the bus. Anglers fish 4 per panga with Tito's Sportfishing and the group will stay at the Old Mill Hotel. "The bus we travel on is a 47 passenger, but I limit the group to a maximum of 25 so there is plenty of room inside and in the cargo holds," Barstow said. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Derek Arneson of San Diego, Calif., reported on 2 days of fishing out of Puerto Salina on the Baja coast north of Ensenada aboard his 17-foot boat, finding very good calico bass action on fish of 2 to 5 pounds in 61-degree water plus a steady pick of red rockcod. "Most of the action was just outside the kelp in 60 to 70 feet of water," Arneson said. "All the fish were caught on 5-inch MC Swimbaits." Also fishing aboard the boat was Richard Arneson.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Magdalena Bay fishing area weather in the mid-80s, with clear skies and water temperatures of 65 to 72 degrees. Offshore winds continued most of the week, but near shore commercial net boats did well on snook caught in the surf line at the San Carlos boca. "One report said they had 30 snook weighing 35 pounds and 1 monster in the 50-pound class, plus a few huge pargo," Graham said. "It’s no wonder there is little action for the sportfishing fleet." The best inshore fishing during the week was in the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels for "easy limits" of halibut, sierra, grouper, cabrilla, and corvina.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 20 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 9 striped marlin, 2 dorado, 5 yellowfin tuna, and 50 skipjack tuna. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was clear in the mid-90s, with mostly light swells and surface winds, and the water temperature ranging from 73 degrees on the Pacific side at Cabo Falso to 81 degrees up the Cortez side at Los Frailes. Most boats fished up the Cortez side north of Punta Gorda. "Just when the fishing started to pick up again, it fell off just as fast as we came to the top of the full moon," Edwards said. "There were charters other than fishing, and those days made it appear a lot worse that it may have been."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing super panga Cheer's reported on 7 outings during the week, fishing on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides with a total of 12 conventional and fly fishing anglers, for a catch including released fish of: 16 roosterfish of 3 to 13 pounds plus a roosterfish of about 25 pounds lost at leader, 3 dorado to 16 pounds, 3 marlin lost, 1 amberjack of about 7 pounds, 1 sierra, 1 bonita, 2 jack crevalle to 25 pounds, and 4 yellowtail of 8 to 19 pounds. The Cheer's fished from the beach out to about 8 miles in water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported good concentrations of roosterfish in the surf around Cabo San Lucas, including a fish estimated at about 60 pounds that was hooked from the beach near Faro Viejo by Wesley Brough of Cabo San Lucas and San Diego but which was cut in half by a large shark before it could be landed. "The roosterfish took over an hour to subdue on 20-pound test," Ehrenberg said. "As he was bringing it up through the surf the shark took all but the head. Judging from the teeth marks, it could have swallowed the whole fish. I guess no more swimming for us at this spot! It was practically in the surf."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic Sportfishing reported on 44 boats fishing during the week, with a catch including released fish of: 18 striped marlin, 1 mako shark, 12 dorado, 5 yellowfin tuna, 14 roosterfish, 7 jack crevalle, 5 pargo, and 20 sierra.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 10 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 2 yellowfin tuna of 30 pounds, and 8 dorado of 20 to 35 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said, "Fishing for billfish this week was definitely tide related, with the best bite happening close to the tide change on most days. During the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament, 23 boats released 325 billfish. The large majority were striped marlin. There were a few sailfish mixed in, as well as 2 reported small blue marlin." Cabo San Lucas fishing area water temperatures were highly variable, with temperatures as low as 62 degrees on the Pacific side, up to about 79 degrees on the Cortez side.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 61 combined La Playita fleet charter pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 18 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna, 5 golden jack, African pompano, 105 yellow snapper, 15 dorado, 46 roosterfish, 82 sierra, 9 dog snapper, 11 amberjack, 19 jack crevalle, 4 mako shark, 18 Mexican bonito, 25 cabrilla, and 28 surgeonfish. Inshore fishing was excellent for mixed species. "On Thursday the bite off the La Laguna shipwreck was absolutely wide-open for pompano averaging 6 to 10 pounds and with several close to 20 pounds," Brictson said. "One monster 30-pound golden jack was also landed." Bait supplies were plentiful for mullet, sardina, bolito, chihuil, and mackerel. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was ideal in the high-80s, with water temperatures steady at 77 degrees from the Gordo Banks to Destiladeras, but with cold 61-degree water found to the west of Cabo San Lucas. "That is an incredible difference in such close proximity," Brictson said. "Obviously the more consistent fishing has been in the warmer water."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Brictson also noted the near completion of the new Puerto Los Cabos marina at La Playita just northeast of San Jose del Cabo. "I think they are getting very close to actually opening the channel of the new marina to the ocean," Brictson said. "It will be nice when it is finally open. Some of the slips are completed in the panga area."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: John Plozizka of Salisbury, N.C., and his wife Cheryl reported on an outing aboard the charter panga Katie with Capt. Jesus of Gordo Banks Pangas for a catch of 26 fish including chopa, red snapper, sierra, grouper, and a surgeonfish released. "We also had some hookups with roosterfish, but didn't land any," Plozizka said. "The Tropicana restaurant prepared ceviche with some of the sierra and it was awesome. They also grilled red snapper for our main meal. Delicious." Plozizka also fished a day out of Cabo San Lucas aboard the charter boat Fish Tale II, seeing lots of marlin but landing just needlefish and 1 mackerel. "We had hoped for tuna or a marlin or 2, but were happy with the pleasant weather and very friendly folks we met at the Tropicana and all over Baja, along with the fine inshore fishing," Plozizka said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 205 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 460 yellowfin tuna, 198 striped marlin, 11 sailfish, 106 dorado, 68 roosterfish, 5 wahoo, 50 triggerfish, 5 snapper, 5 mako shark, 12 jack crevalle, and 6 sierra. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 77 to 79 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Greg George of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said lots of boats fished out of the hotel last week and close-in marlin action was very good from La Ribera to the Punta Arena lighthouse. "Some days the fish were really biting good and others you had to work a bit," George said. "I have heard about getting blues but cannot say I have seen one." Yellowfin tuna action was spotty about 30 to 40 miles out for fish to 40 pounds. Some dorado to 55 pounds were caught. East Cape fishing area weather had wind on some days, with the water temperature averaging 79 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore marlin action offered few shots for fly fishing anglers last week, although some conventional tackle outings produced good counts. "The largest number I saw was 6 blue flags flapping in the wind," Graham said. East Cape inshore fishing produced ladyfish and small roosterfish for fly anglers working sardina teasers. "There were a few roosters up to 25 pounds mixed with them, putting on a good show and eating the chum, but they never got hot for the fly," Graham said. East Cape fishing area weather was clear in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 70 to 82 degrees and flat seas until strong south winds to 20 knots arrived on Friday. "With the increase in the wind the bait guys will probably have a tough time for the next few days," Graham said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jeff deBrown of The Reel Baja reported fly tackle beach shots last week for medium sized roosterfish, jack crevalle, and some good schools of pompano. Inshore fishing produced roosterfish, jacks, and "as many big ladyfish as you wanted." Offshore, deBrown said, "Marlin seemed to be not quite as picky as last week with more fish coming into the teasers. If you were willing to spend the time you had a chance." On Saturday, Bob Chilton landed his first-ever marlin on the fly, 1 of 3 fish to crash the teasers. East Cape fishing area weather was mostly fair in the low-90s, with strong south wind on Friday, and water temperatures of 72 to 81 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported on an outing aboard his beach launched tin boat, trolling a Rebel Fastrac and another 6-inch plug northwards for a 13-pound skipjack landed off a double strike near the San Bartolo canyon. Eddy also trolled a large deep diving lure about a foot long for a second probable skipjack lost and an 8-pound dorado landed. "The lure was almost as big as the dorado," Eddy said. Bottom fishing for triggerfish produced no results. East Cape inshore water temperatures were reported at 79 to 80 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Andy Atchley of Imperial Beach, Calif., reported on 2 days of fishing out of Hotel Punta Colorada aboard the charter boat Mahi Mahi with Capt. Ramon and mate Peter for a catch with fellow anglers Kit Kyburg and John Kovarovic of: 3 marlin released, 1 injured marlin kept, 1 large sailfish, and 17 yellowfin tuna, and release action on jack crevalle, ladyfish, sierra, pargo, needlefish, corbina, cornetfish, and wavyline grunt.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported consistent striped marlin action for hotel boats. "At least one marlin per boat with lots of multiple releases," Ireland said. "They are 2 to 6 miles directly in front of the hotel. Jumpers are everywhere you look. Dead flying fish is very effective, almost guaranteed." Inshore fishing produced jacks, pargo, roosterfish to 40 pounds, and pompano to 10 pounds.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ed Tschernoscha of Lomita, Calif., reported fishing aboard the charter boat Tres Hermanos with Capt. Ramon during on a 5-day stay at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort by the King Harbor Marlin Club on May 17-21, 2007, for a catch including released fish aboard Tschernoscha's boat of: 4 striped marlin, 1 roosterfish, and 5 pargo. "The marlin were off Punta Pescadero," Tschernoscha said. "The inshore was best for us in front of Rancho Leonero and north."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazaly of the Vista Sea Sport dive service at Buena Vista reported the water temperature averaging 81 degrees at depth at Punta Pescadero last week, with visibility at 25 feet. A night dive at Cerro Verde found an excellent mix of unusual sea life sightings. "There were sea hares everywhere," Cazaly said. "We saw a slipper lobster, a couple of small rays swimming along in the darkness, and 2 large stone scorpionfish pretending they weren’t really there. At one point we turned our torches off and waved our arms around causing the phosphorescence to light up around us. It was really cool."
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported good weather all last week, with the Sea of Cortez "like a pool most days" and the air temperature at 90 to 95 degrees. Despite the approaching full moon, some dorado limits were caught by boats fishing out of the hotel. Eight pangas fished about 25 miles east of Punta Lobos on Isla Carmen during the week for a catch including released fish of: 1 sailfish, and 18 dorado averaging 20 pounds. Anglers fishing out of the hotel included: Marcus, Wolf, and Shawn Michelson, John Ponce, George González, Bob and Mary Ann Altaffer, Don and Anderson Eddlemon, Lawrence Stohr, Ken Draeger, Steve Nielsen, and Anna Webber. Charter captains fishing during the week were: Isidro Mendoza, Martín Davis Castro, Antonio Davis Castro, Frederico Martínez, Alfonso Susarrey, Servando Davis, Martín Perpuli, and Plácido Davis.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported on runs with good results last week by several commercial and sportfishing pangas. Capt. Paolino Martinez made 2 commercial fishing trips at San Basilio and Isla Coronado for a catch of: 4 pargo colmilludo or large dog snapper to 20 pounds, and several cabrilla to 15 pounds plus some smaller ones. Two pangas of the Leon family loaded up with large yellowtail "to the gunwales" at San Bruno on Wednesday. And Capt. Francisco Martinez took sportfishing clients from the Hotel Oasis out 52 to 53 miles on Thursday and Friday for 8 dorado caught per day plus others lost. "On Thursday the fish were located around a palm trunk," Bear said. "On both days the dorado schools contained numerous fish of good size. Mackerel were the bait."
LORETO, MEXICO: Jerry Hahn of Anthony, N.M., reported on a trip out of Loreto for mixed fish limits of red snapper, medium grouper, and yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds while fishing out of the Hotel Oasis with Bob McFadden and Len Shermer. "We left the hotel at 5:30 and had fish in the boat at 6:30," Hahn said. Hahn's group fished at Isla Coronado with mackerel baits.
LORETO, MEXICO: Alejandro Rosas of Tijuana reported dorado limits for 2 days while fishing with fellow anglers Pedro Garcia de Leon and Joe de Anda of the Club de Pesca Deportiva de Baja California aboard De Anda's boat with Capt. Joel Davis. "We caught limits of dorado both days and a couple of sailfish that were released," Rosas said. The dorado weighed to about 30 pounds and were centered about 18 miles east of Punta Lobos on Isla Carmen. "We also saw close to 10 striped marlin jumping both mornings and in the afternoons," Rosas said. "It was quite a sight. Beautiful just to watch them." Loreto fishing area weather was calm and windless in the mid-80s, with the water temperature at 78 degrees.
LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported dorado moving farther from town. "We're still able to catch dorado off Loreto but they moved well offshore, from being only 20 miles out to 40 to 55 miles out," Bolles said. "Sea temperatures have cooled along the shoreline to 72 degrees and that's not optimum dorado water. We have sargasso in the water. We're not having quality dorado fishing just yet. Not to worry. It's still early." Loreto fishing area water temperatures were at 69 to 73 degrees inshore and 71 to 80 degrees farther out.
LORETO, MEXICO: Troy Cline of Loreto's Fishin' For The Mission tournament said this year's event will be held July 12-14, 2007, with proceeds going to benefit the Loreto Mission and other organizations. "We have grown into Loreto’s largest tournament," Cline said. "We had 68 boats and about 350 people last year and we gave $23,800 to the mission, the Internado school for poor children, and local schools. The cost is $150 per boat, which includes raffle prizes, T-shirts, beer during the tournament and at the awards meal, and dinner at the mission. Each boat can have 4 anglers and 1 captain." Information: www.fishinforthemission.com.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline, Calif., returned from a fly-in trip to Mulege's Hotel Serenidad and reported good weather in the mid-90s with light winds and steady dorado action. "Fishing is good as the dorado season is now in full swing," Grant said. "I also noted several pods of sailfish in the area, and lots of grass in the water on heading 065 degrees, 20 to 25 miles outside the lighthouse. The Mulege fishing tournament was just completed with wahoo caught. They are not normally found in waters this far north." The Hotel Serenidad airstrip was in good condition.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Marv Perrigo of Mulege reported the results of the Mulege Dorado Tournament held May 25-26, 2007, with 3 surprise wahoo to 52.03 pounds landed and the largest dorado at 33.08 pounds caught 32 miles out by John Dinning on his boat Mi Mujer. "The wahoo, unusual to the fishing grounds near Mulege, were landed all without wire leader since the target fish was dorado," Perrigo said. "The first day a 49-pound wahoo seemed a sure win in the largest other fish category until Bill Havik landed a 53.03 pounder on day 2." Second and third places in the dorado category were won by Roger Grubbs and Marv Perrigo who fished on the boat Dock Holiday about 46 miles straight out from the lighthouse. "Many dorado in the 15 to 25-pound class provided an outstanding fish barbecue for the awards banquet at Bart’s Jungle restaurant," Perrigo said. Mulege fishing area water temperatures averaged about 77 degrees.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported Santa Rosalia fishing area weather in the low-90s, with some west wind in the mornings, settling down to light southern breezes in the afternoons. Water temperatures continued cooler than normal, but with steady yellowtail fishing on yo-yo iron and 4-ounce sliding sinker rigs. "It's as good as it can be without surface action," Kanzler said. An outing with Randy Reddingius, Garrett Parge, and Zach Swallows, all from San Diego, Calif., produced about 7 yellowtail of 23 to 32 pounds. Kanzler also noted that his Isla San Marcos fishing trips were booked solid for the month of June.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: David Arambula of San Diego reported on a 5-angler Memorial Day trip to Bahia de los Angeles, finding very hot yellowtail action for 21 medium to large fish in less than an hour with Capt. Fidel on the charter panga Gordo V. "Just as fast as it started, it ended," Arambula said. "We moved to do some bottom fishing and caught lingcod, snapper, sheephead, cabrilla, monster whitefish, sculpin, a shark, bass, and other types of fish, and a snake, yes, a tiger-looking snake." Fishing with Arambula out of Casa Diaz were fellow anglers Jamaul Tate, Tam Le, Avelino, and Phirun Khieth.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Dave Phillips of Las Vegas reported on a drive-in Baja trip to San Francisquito by his group just before Memorial Day, finding very good yellowtail action in "silky smooth" water just outside the bay and all along the cabañas. "A huge hall each day," Phillips said. "All of the fish were taken on iron, primarily Salas 6X Jr., and all color patterns worked." The road to San Francisquito was in excellent condition. "The cabañas and surrounding area are in the best shape they have been in years," Phillips said. "They are doing a nice job cleaning the place up." Anglers fishing on the trip included John Aman, Chris Duensign, and Junio Hickman. "John Aman was our captain from his private boat," Phillips said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Alex Velez of Baja Fishing and Diving reported on 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trips by the panga motherships Erik and Andrea Lynn, returning to San Felipe on May 31, 2007, with a catch of:
Andrea Lynn with 28 anglers: 257 yellowtail to 30 pounds, 68 cabrilla to 12 pounds, 3 grouper to 56 pounds, 8 sailfish released at Isla San Esteban, and 300 miscellaneous fish.
Erik with 15 anglers: 215 yellowtail to 25 pounds, 322 cabrilla to 10 pounds, 2 grouper to 40 pounds, and 5 black sea bass to 60 pounds.
Midriff fishing area weather was mostly calm as the boats visited Isla San Esteban, Refugio, Bahia de los Angeles, La Vibora, Ensenada Grande, and Isla Angel de la Guarda.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward Jr. of The Longfin Tackle Store reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trip by the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on June 1, 2007, with a catch of: 261 yellowtail to 26 pounds, 2 grouper to 65 pounds, 253 cabrilla to 20 pounds, 2 red snapper, 5 sheephead, 109 spotted bay bass, and 48 miscellaneous and released fish. Midriff fishing area water temperatures averaged 74.5 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez landing said a local angler reported 2 protected totoaba released. "A witness said the fish were dying on the surface as they were unable to descend because their air bladders were inflated," Magee said. "When fishing this area it is almost impossible not to occasionally hook a totoaba."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Charles Belnavis of Irwindale, Calif., reported on a 2-kayak fishing trip out of Gonzaga Bay with Peter Otto for a first day's catch around Isla Willard of: 1 hogfish of about 6 pounds, 3 leopard grouper of 3 to 7 pounds, 1 sculpin, dozens of ribera cabrilla or Panamic graysby, and many triggerfish. Northern Cortez fishing area weather was in the mid-80s, with the water temperature at 73 degrees. A second fishing day from Punta Willard north to Punta Bufeo produced: 1 leopard grouper of 3 pounds, 1 sculpin, and dozens of triggerfish, spotted bay bass, and ribera cabrilla. "I spoke with private boaters who were catching 6 to 8-pound yellowtail and sierra off Punta Final," Belnavis said. "There was tons of bait and mullet jumping everywhere. The Pemex at Gonzaga had gas."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures relayed a panga mothership report from Larry Crawford who fished the previous week at the Cortez Midriff Islands aboard the Erik. "Snake Island held some nice yellowtail to 25 pounds and also some pargo along the shoreline," Quesnel said. "Also cabrilla were on the back side of Isla Angel de la Guarda. The Golden Reef was okay for some yellowtail, cabrilla, and 1 grouper. No bait was to be found. Chrome jigs worked best."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of San Felipe's Title Company Bookstore overlooking Bahia de San Felipe reported "pretty hot" Saturday morning weather at 89 degrees and 48 percent relative humidity. "The sky is hazy and there are a lot of people swimming," Meders said. During the week San Felipe was visited by a high school band from Pasadena, Calif., that performed classical, contemporary, and traditional Mexican pieces. "It was a very talented and enthusiastic group," Meders said. "Unfortunately the folks who organized it apparently forgot to close off the street along the malecon and the music was hard to hear over the sound of the passing traffic." The town of San Felipe was readying its weekend celebration of Mexico's Dia de la Marina with a paella contest, queen's parade, dancing, and a simulated naval battle. "And that means a spectacular fireworks display I'm sure," Meders said.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Over the Memorial Day weekend, Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., reported on an offshore run out of Rocky Point with his wife Tina aboard their boat Murphy Girl for action including 5 break-offs on 130-pound line, 1 black sea bass weighed at 215 pounds that was measured at 70 inches long with a 51-inch girth, red snapper of 10 to 17 pounds, and goldspotted bass of 6 to 8 pounds. Of the big black sea bass Gustafson said, "I worked the fish towards the boat against the current, but there had to be at least 200 yards of line out. After an hour of fighting, it finally popped to the surface about 50 feet from the boat. Not long afterwards we hooked up with another big fish and it quickly broke the 130-pound line again. The fishing was hot. For 3 hours or so, every time I dropped a line to the bottom, a fish would bite immediately." Gustafson made mackerel bait about 16 miles south of rocky point and fished a reef 285 feet deep about another 40 miles out.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Esther Johnson of Santiago's Ocean Services said, "As close as 13 miles off shore we are hitting on big groupers up to 150 pounds. The fishing in this area is all bottom fishing off some reefs. One boat with only 3 fishermen brought in over 12 big fish."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 inshore super pangas with dorado limits plus all-day catch-and-release dorado action last week. "Dorado fishing at the buoys has produced very easy limits and full tilt catch-and-release action all day long," Edwards said. "It's a light tackle or fly fishing enthusiast's dream with most of the dorado in the 10 to 18-pound range. The dorado were very eager on anything that moved or looked edible." Thirty-four Aries Fleet offshore charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid also had a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 13 sailfish, 3 mako shark, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 4 dorado of 40 to 50 pounds. "Mazatlan fishing may just be getting back to some semblance of good action," Edwards said. "The full moon hasn't seemed to have made any substantial change to the bite." Mazatlan fishing area weather was mostly sunny in the low-90s, with water temperatures stable at 81 to 82 degrees. Aries fleet boats fished offshore about 27 miles southwest of Marina El Cid, with all dorado coming from the buoys.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier, Tony Rivera of Minden, Nev., reported on 2 days of super panga and cruiser fishing out of Mazatlan with Tina Kramer of Dayton, Nev., and her husband Brian aboard the charter boats Ansuelo I and Aries III, finding some peanut dorado around the buoys the first day and a couple of football yellowfin tuna about 25 miles out the second day. "They spotted several sailfish and blue marlin but only a couple of lucky boats were able to get these billfish to hit," Rivera said. "Reports were that later in the week the marlin and sails were far more willing to take trolled lures.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said angler Victor Giacalone landed 2 yellowfin tuna in the 100-pound class while fishing last week aboard Marla's new 32-foot charter boat Marla at Roca Corbeteña. Puerto Vallarta fishing area weather was flat, with the water temperature at 81 degrees. "There are a lot of tunas and pargos," Osuna said. "There is a big sailfish run 12 to 20 miles north of Punta de Mita. They are feeding everywhere, tailing, airborne, the sailfish bite is wide-open." Inshore fishing produced roosterfish, pargo, needlefish, jack crevalle, and greenjack. "The water is warming up and the tunas soon will be chewing on the skipjacks. We are ready. Our 32-foot Blackfin, Marla, is running great," Usuna said.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing said no charters were run last week by the super panga Dhamar as the boat was moved to its new home at the Cruz de Huanacaxtle marina and its papers were transferred. Boats fishing at Roca Corbeteña found some action for yellowfin tuna of 50 to 130 pounds, pargos, and fortune jack. North of Punta Mita, sailfish and some dorado were present. Puerto Vallarta fishing area water was slightly green at 78 to 82 degrees and some swell and weather was beginning to come up from the south on Saturday. "We're hoping it brings us the blue water," Gomez said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said the Ixtapa fishing area's recent red tide condition was starting to break up, but action was still slow. "The inshore game fish have yet to come back," Kunze said. "Offshore, the boat average is about 1 sailfish per day." A few yellowfin tuna were seen, but they were moving fast and hard to catch, Kunze said. Dirty water extended out about 12 miles from shore, with blue water found about 20 miles out. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was calm at 100 degrees, with the water temperature at 80 to 84 degrees.
MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company at Loreto commented on the recent passage of Mexico's Shark Norma 029, with some provisions considered detrimental to sportfishing in Mexican waters. "Without going into detail, this is the most alarming portion of this legislation we face," Bolles said. "The law now allows boats under 30 feet that hold commercial permits to fish for shark and rays within ten miles of the shoreline and boats from to 89 feet to fish from 15 miles of the shoreline. The protected area before this regulation was 50 miles. Several of the ways in which sharks and rays are fished commercially involve longlining which has been proven to yield a high proportion of incidental catch. These incidental catches being dorado, sailfish and marlin and other protected species. The new shark norma now reduces the protected zone from 50 to 10 miles."
MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet at Cabo San Lucas also commented on shortcomings of the new law as seen by the Baja California Sur sportfishing community. "We are against the Norma as currently published and it’s going into effect unless it contemplates the following," Ehrenberg said:
"a) Establish a percentage of incidental bycatch.
"b) The non-commercialization of all species reserved for sports fishing that are captured in an incidental manner. That all incidental bycatch of sports fish be donated to charity.
"c) Not allow boats in the medium size classification to fish within 50 miles of the coast, as the Norma currently proposes 15 miles throughout the country and 20 miles off of the western coast of the Baja peninsula.
"d) The regionalization of shark and ray fishing within the “ribereño” classification of boats, i.e the small boats with outboard motors up to 30 feet in length, so that the fisherman in this category from Baja California Sur dedicated to this activity can preserve the resource without the intrusion of boats and fisherman from other states.
"Without a norma there is absolutely no regulation as to where shark boats can fish. The problem is that if they are as close as 15 and 20 miles as the Norma states there will be a serious negative impact for the local ribereño fishermen, juvenile sharks and the species reserved for sports fishing.
"We reemphasize our request to the head of CONAPESCA and the Federal Government that they incorporate these proposals into the Norma 029."