CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet at Cabo San Lucas reported more very good summer striped marlin fishing last week as 91 percent of charters scored on a total of 186 striped marlin and 4 sailfish, with all sailfish and all but 1 striper successfully released.
"Once again, Pisces boats concentrated almost exclusively at the Golden Gate Bank," Ehrenberg said. "Boats caught anywhere from 1 to 10 striped marlin in a day, usually with a dorado or 2 thrown in. This was despite it being September, traditionally a slow time in Cabo."
Top outings during the week included the charter boat Valerie with a 10-marlin, 4-dorado day, and Ni Modo with an 8-release day. Dorado of 15 to 45 pounds were caught by 77 percent of Pisces charters, and 1 wahoo jumped into the cabin of the charter boat Mextime as the deckhand reeled in lures to clear the spread after a marlin strike. "The wahoo was quickly dispatched before damaging the boat," Ehrenberg said. "It went home in an ice chest." Yellowfin tuna were caught by only 5 Pisces boats. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was partly cloudy and cooler than normal for September.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing super panga Cheer's reported on 4 outings during the week with a total of 6 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 11 dorado of 8 to 30 pounds on fly tackle, 5 dorado lost on fly tackle, and bonito and skipjack on fly tackle. Druck reported an unusually unlucky day of fishing early in the week on the Pacific side as a total of 6 marlin and 4 dorado were hooked but all were lost. The Cheer's fished from the beaches at El Migrino and outwards on the Pacific side into the area around the Golden Gate Bank. Local Cabo San Lucas fishing area water temperatures were at 78 to 80 degrees, with good sea conditions. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's during the week included Raúl León and Gustavo Vizcarra of Mexico City, and Bill and Patty Lynd of El Paso, Texas.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 32 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo San Lucas charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 63 striped marlin, 3 sharks, 8 yellowfin tuna, and 71 dorado. "The stripers continue to be the main attraction on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas," Edwards said, "and the bite is really much better than it appears." Top outings during the week included a 12-release day on striped marlin for the Gaviota XI. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was partly cloudy and humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 81 to 82 degrees on the Pacific side and up the Sea of Cortez side, but slightly cooler at about 79 degrees within about 8 miles of Cabo San Lucas itself. The best billfish action was at the Pacific side Golden Gate Bank on live bait.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week Edwards reported on 22 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 44 striped marlin, 22 yellowfin tuna, and 70 dorado. Cabo San Lucas fishing area sea conditions were back to normal after wind and rain from Hurricane Henriette and 2 days of port closure. "The fishing days that were available were providing excellent action for the stripers," Edwards said.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 9 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, 3 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 90 pounds, 1 wahoo of 35 pounds, and 24 dorado of 15 to 35 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers reported good action for striped marlin and dorado on the Pacific side including several days of light tackle and fly fishing with Bertrand Kirszbaum of Switzerland and Stephan Warnier of Belgium that included one 2-hour session that produced 3 marlin and 2 dorado over 30 pounds on fly tackle. "It was awesome sight to see," Hartman said. "One time, we had 4 dorado and 1 striped marlin fighting for the fly. Every time we threw the fly the dorado and marlin would crash on it, with the dorado beating the marlin to the fly every time." Inshore fishing was slow for a few roosterfish. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures in the high-70s on the Pacific side and low-80s on the Sea of Cortez side.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said few anglers visited the Ensenada fishing area following the Labor Day holiday week, but pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda caught steady bottom fish limits or near limits including lingcod to 12 pounds, red rockcod, bonita, and Johnny bass. Anglers fishing during the week with Vonny's Fleet Capts. Beto and Hector on the charter pangas Vonny I and Vonny III included Sharon Kelly of Long Beach, Calif., and Chris Contreras of Los Angeles, Calif. Ensenada fishing area weather over the weekend was mostly cloudy in the mid-70s, with sunny afternoons, some winds to 12 m.p.h. later in the day, ocean swells at 2 to 3 feet, and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 62 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Nick Corona of San Marcos, Calif., reported on an Ensenada trip by 5 staffers of Valley View Casino in Valley Center, Calif., fishing offshore aboard the charter boat Selena with Capt. Manuel for a catch of 2 dorado to 30-plus pounds landed on kelp paddies. Also fishing aboard the Selena were Mike Tansley of Temecula, Calif., Raul Villalobos of Escondido, Calif., Roy Clay of the San Pascual Band of Mission Indians, and Alexis Laird of Escondido. "Mike Tansley hooked up on the first fish around a kelp paddy," Corona said. "We encountered some yellowfin without a bite and continued trolling until we ran into more kelp paddies. The first mate Alex, filleted the fish and it was back to San Diego with a cooler of meat." The Selena fished about 20 miles off Ensenada in 64 to 68-degree water and swells of 4 to 5 feet.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Chris Kugel of Castro's Camp south of Ensenada reported the death on Sept. 1, 2007, of Erendira matriarch "Mama" Ramona Rios de Castro. "A sad note," Kugel said. "Her funeral was on Monday it seemed that the whole village of Erendira attended. Those who met her during her long life were very lucky. She was a kind and loving woman. She will be missed."
Family representative Tere Castro said:
"Ramona Rios was born in 1918 in the small town of Guasavas in Sonora, Mexico. For her first 3 years she lived in Nacozaris and Pilares, small towns known for their mines. She lost her mother when she was 3 in an accident. She and her sister Refugio were left in the care of her father.
"In those years the mine companies in Sonora were owned by Americans. Ramona's father was a good construction man, and because of his abilities he was chosen to go and build houses in Douglas, Ariz., where the base of the mining company was. It was then that the family moved to the United States, and joining them were Ramona's Aunt Chonita and her grandparents. It was Chonita and her grandmother who raised Ramona as their own child. The family stayed and worked for several years in Douglas.
"Ramona’s father did not remain a constructor. Soon the family moved to the Coachella Valley and Imperial Valley, where he started working in agriculture. They also lived in Oxnard, Ventura, and Fresno, Calif. By the time school started they were established in San Pedro, Calif. It was in San Pedro, where the family grew, and was joined by Jesus Rios and Prospero Rios, both uncles of Ramona.
"Between 1935 and 1937 the family received news that the Mexican government was creating “ejidos” in Mexico. An ejido used to be a group of people that dedicated their life to agriculture. On December 13, 1937, Ramona at the age of 19 arrived in San Isidro and with a group of 100 people they formed "Ejido Erendira." At Erendira, Ramona met Vicente Castro, a fisherman, whom she married and formed a family with. They had 4 daughters and 3 sons, in order of birth, Vicente (deceased), Maria Magdalena, Conrado (deceased), Rosa Maria, Adela, Fernando, and the youngest, Carmen.
"In the 1940’s, Americans started visiting Ejido Erendira, and it was Vicente who took them fishing in his 14-foot panga, going out just a mile from shore by rowing with oars. Ramona was the one that convinced her husband to take more people out sportfishing, since at the time he was more interested in commercial fishing for lobsters and fish.
"In the 1950s Vicente acquired his first motor and more people started visiting. When his children got older they took over the business. Ramona spoke English so she was the contact person to make reservations by letter. She always was the strength of the family.
"In 1970, Vicente Castro died, but in 1976 with the help of his son Fernando, the family restarted the business. Ramona always loved seeing the port with a lot of fisherman. She always enjoyed talking to them and getting to know their stories. And, until she died, she always loved knowing that there still were people who loved her “Erendira” and who enjoyed coming to fish at Castro’s Camp."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: For the week Castro's Camp reported 26 boats fishing off Erendira, with good weather all week, the water at 63 degrees in the main fishing area 5 miles off the Baja coast, and midsummer catches steady for good counts of mixed bottom fish, rockcod, lingcod, bonita, barracuda, and some yellowtail and white seabass.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Marita Melville of Don Eddie's Landing said some windy weather during the week hampered fishing for San Quintin area boats, but steady bottom fish limits continued daily, plus a few yellowtail and white seabass. Capt. Juan Cook took anglers Luis Velasquez, Armando French, Ruben Laredo and Ron Blum out on the charter boat Sophia and toughed out strong afternoon winds for a catch including 3 white seabass to 73 pounds and 1 yellowtail of 17 pounds found in 66-degree water south of the bay at Socorro. "In the mornings there is no wind but starting around noon the wind starts blowing," Melville said on Saturday. "It has been that way all week but boats have gone out and have been bringing in limits of bottom fish."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported San Quintin fishing area seas calm over the weekend, but white seabass counts down at Socorro due to water stirred up by weather earlier in the week. "There are still a few yellowtail being caught," Hillis said. "Most anglers are opting to go for guaranteed rockcod and lingcod at the 240 spot."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Richard Hollo of Bloomington, Calif., and his wife Monica Hollo made a Baja run to San Quintin with their 22-foot aluminum trailer boat, fishing 5 days in varying windy and flat conditions for a catch including: several lingcod lost to a sea lion, scorpionfish, salmon grouper, sandbass, wide-open barracuda, and Monica's first-ever white seabass, a 30 pounder caught on a live mackerel-tipped jig dropped halfway to the bottom during a good bite under birds just south of the boca.
"The radio was alive with reports of seabass on the chew and we quickly made our way out of the bay to where the birds were working," Hollo said. "I was just about to head towards the kelp at Pabellon when Monica's rod began to bend and she set the hook. We boated the fish within sight of Capt. Alex of Pedro’s and the entire fleet knew that Monica had finally landed her seabass. Several captains and fisherman came by Pedro’s to see her fish and congratulate her. No wonder we love San Quintin so much." Hollo said they stayed at the guesthouses behind the San Quintin ramp area Old Mill Tackle Store, booked smoothly through the store after some confusion with other local accommodations. "Tony Hafen who runs the Old Mill Tackle Store set us up with a decent room at a reasonable rate and was very courteous to us during our stay," Hollo said.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on the Pacific Baja coast reported a good week for dorado of 30 to 40 pounds caught 7 to 9 miles south and good numbers of yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds. The south-central Baja fishing area had very good weather during the week, with clear blue water at 75 degrees. Some local grouper to 20 pounds were also caught, as well as good numbers of 40 to 60-pound grouper, called estacuda locally, on mackerel baits about 60 feet deep. On Saturday, 4 anglers fished on a pair of 16-foot aluminum boats in good sea conditions for a combined catch of 18 dorado and 18 yellowtail.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Sergio Martinez of Sylmar, Calif., reported on a 2-day trip aboard the San Diego charter boat Jig Strike, fishing out to about 120 miles southwest with 13 anglers for a catch of: 5 yellowfin tuna, 1 dorado, and 62 albacore to 43 pounds. "We had a nice trip," Martinez said. "All the albies were caught between 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday and we ran out of bait." The jackpot winner for the trip was Mark Houtz of Granada Hills, Calif., with the 43 pounder.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Alejandro Rosas of Tijuana reported a skunked day of fishing offshore of Ensenada aboard the boat El Magu that included about 8 hours of trolling and 12 dry kelp paddies checked out, but Rosas said he also scored a 17.2-pound freshwater largemouth bass caught at the private pond at his Rancho Buenos Aries near Tecate. Rosas said he hooked the big bass with a bluegill bait, 10-pound line, and an $18.95 Shakespeare rod and reel combo set from Walmart. "It measured 28 inches long and almost 25 inches in girth," he said. "The scale isn't certified, so you can give or take a pound. It could have been the biggest bass I have ever caught.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto trailered his boat Soledad westward across the Baja peninsula for 2 days of offshore fishing out of Magdalena Bay's Boca de Soledad where he found schools of barrilete, dorado, and small yellowfin tuna from about 2 miles off the beach outwards to the Thetis Bank, but no targeted wahoo or marlin. The best concentration of fish was on yellowfin tuna of 10 to 12 pounds about 20 miles west of the boca where the action was impossible to fish through.
"I experimented with various surface lures and dropped iron below the feeding frenzy on the surface in hope of attracting something bigger than the 10 to 12 pounders that were inhaling cedar plugs as fast as they hit the water, but no dice," Erhardt said. Scattered kelp paddies usually held dorado, as Erhardt's boat released dozens of smaller tuna, small dorado under 20 pounds, smaller yellowtail, and 10-pound barrilete during the trip. Magdalena Bay offshore fishing area weather was good, with little or no wind, closely-spaced swells of 4 to 5 feet, and clear blue water at 78 to 79 degrees. Erhardt noted that no other sportfishing or commercial fishing boats were seen. "It was nice to see that the seiners that descended on the area a couple of weeks ago did not sweep up all the fish," he said.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said good offshore action picked back up following rough weather caused by the distant passage of storm Henriette earlier in the month. "Plenty of smaller dorado and yellowtail can be found at the pinnacles in front of Boca de Soledad," Graham said. "Farther out, more marlin are showing. Football-sized yellowfin tuna were also found inside the Thetis Bank in a fairly large area stretching back towards shore." Graham noted that the Magdalena Bay commercial shrimping season opened during the week, so boats were concentrating on that. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 64 to 76 degrees.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 34 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 108 dorado, 26 yellowfin tuna, 3 striped marlin, 12 bonito, 2 sailfish, 28 assorted pargos, and 7 cabrilla. Los Cabos fishing area weather was ideal, with no tropical disturbances on the horizon, light crowds of vacationers, and ocean waters clearing at 78 to 81 degrees following recent storm Henriette. "Due to the off-colored water and strong current the fishing action was not up to standards and varied from day to day," Brictson said. The best fishing during the week was for dorado of 8 to 20 pounds concentrated at Palmilla, La Fortuna, and the Gordo Banks.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO:San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow said the La Playita panga launching beach at the new Puerto Los Cabos Marina was disrupted by rough seas during recent storm Henriette. "Where the pangas launch the major problem is small 10 to 500-pound granite rocks that have been washed off the breakwaters," Snow said. "Otherwise, there is lots of junk, trees, shrubs, and general debris, which is fairly standard. But in 30 days, you won't know the difference. I've seen this before, but much worse. The road to and from San Jose del Cabo is dry, just all dirt and bumpy. The river was at least 1 mile wide at some point."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 36 boats, with 126 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 15 striped marlin, 49 dorado, 54 yellowfin tuna, 37 roosterfish, 3 snapper, 9 jack crevalle, 1 amberjack, and 9 bonito. "Our crews are not going too far," Valdez said. "They are finding good-sized tuna to 65 pounds right in front of La Rivera. Striped marlin and blue marlin can be found about 20 to 35 miles out. There is also plenty of action inshore." East Cape fishing area weather was in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 80 to 87 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 193 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 562 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 51 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 229 dorado, 358 yellowfin tuna, and 13 pargo. East Cape fishing area weather was mostly calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 77 to 85 degrees. "The fish have either been close in or far out with very little reported in between," Moyers said. "Southern locales are still producing well with La Ribera being the hot spot. There haven’t been many anglers venturing north." Live bait available included sardina, mackerel, halfbeak, and limited caballito.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore boats found some of the best dorado fishing of the season on debris washed into the sea by recent storm Henriette. "Dorado from the teens up to the 40-pound class kept most rods bent much of the day," Graham said. On the beaches, more sardina bait fish appeared from La Ribera to the Punta Arena lighthouse and roosterfish were caught in sudden bites. "'Right place, right time' is the rule when these small jacks and roosters begin slamming the sardina against the beach," Graham said. "It can be a footrace to get to them before it's over." Early morning yellowfin tuna continued off La Ribera and offshore boats also scored on mixed striped marlin and blue marlin plus a few sailfish mixed in. East Cape fishing area weather was humid in the mid-90s, with light winds and water temperatures of 78 to 87 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported good mixed species action for dorado averaging 10 to 12 pounds, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, roosterfish, pargo, and some wahoo during the week as fishing rebounded from storm Henriette. "The fishing this week has actually been better than before the storm," Ireland said. "The dorado bite is the best we've seen in years, with limits for most anglers." School-sized yellowfin tuna were being preyed upon by billfish off La Ribera as boats released 2 or 3 per day. Anglers Mike Mason of Hawaii and Dan Walsh of Encinitas, Calif., fished 4 days on Leonero pangas and cruisers for a catch including released fish of: 23 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 40 pounds, 25 dorado including 4 bulls over 50 pounds, 5 roosterfish, 2 pargo, 2 striped marlin, and many skipjack.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jeff deBrown of The Reel Baja fly fishing guide service said East Cape fishing area weather was excellent during the week, with air temperatures in the high-80s and water temperatures at 79 to 83 degrees. Beach fishing improved dramatically as storm runoff from the arroyos slowed to a trickle, inshore water cleared, and good amounts of bait fish were found along the beaches together with roosterfish, jacks, ladyfish, Mexican lookdown, and pompano. Inshore fishing produced good roosterfish action at Punta Colorada and La Ribera. Offshore boats found much better counts of dorado, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, and marlin. "After the storm it took a few days for the water to clear up but once it did the fishing really turned on," deBrown said. "Each root ball or log in the water seemed to be teaming with dorado, the smallest being about 15 pounds and the largest around 45 pounds." Tuna were concentrated about 2 miles off La Ribera and marlin were plentiful throughout the East Cape area.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape tin boat angler Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista said his string of consecutive dorado catching trips with Jointed Rebel Fastrac lures ended last week as an outing on Sunday produced 1 yellowfin tuna on 2 hookups, also on Rebels, and a greenjack about 2 miles off Hotel Palmas de Cortez, but no dorado. "I lost a nice tuna close to gaff," Eddy said. " My 46-pound stainless steel leader broke, resulting in the loss of both the tuna and the Fastrac." Eddy said he also came within a few feet of 2 marlin on the surface about 3 miles northeast of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort. "One marlin had its back 2 or 3 inches out of the water," Eddy said. "I came so close, about 10 feet, I could have harpooned them. We exchanged glances and went on our separate ways. When alone in a small boat like mine, I leave those guys to the hotel guests."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazaly of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service said conditions at Punta Perico were very good with a bottom temperature of 81 degrees, flat seas, and visibility at 40 feet. "Everything has calmed down and returned to its usual splendor," Cazaly said. Sea life sightings during dives at Punta Perico, Punta Pescadero, and south on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef included: pinto lobsters, stone scorpionfish, Pacific creolefish, yellowtail surgeonfish, guitarfish, diamond stingray, green moray eel, jewel moray eel, octopus, burrito grunt, several species of parrotfish, nudibranchs, and an assortment of small reef fish.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said conditions in the La Paz fishing area improved daily during the week as waters settled from recent storm Henriette and yellowfin tuna were caught as close as 100 yards from shore on the Las Arenas side from Punta Arena de la Ventana down to Boca del Alamo. "The tuna were a nice grade of 20-pound size with some heavier tuna up to 45 pounds mixed in," Roldan said. Catches on the Las Arenas side also included dorado, roosterfish, pargo, and billfish. On the La Paz side, dorado of mostly medium sizes provided steady action. "Business as usual," Roldan said. "Trolling dorado-colored feathers or slabs of bonito was the ticket."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: For the previous week, Roldan said, "At least you can say it's never boring. Fishing started good but got spanked by Hurricane Henriette with 80 m.p.h. winds and a couple of days of rain. There was some flooding and damage but it was not as bad as it could have been. The dorado around La Paz got untracked within 2 days of the storm and fishing started to rip again albeit with mostly smaller fish. There were some nicer bulls taken and several billfish were also hooked. For Las Arenas, hard times lingered as bait normally caught around the island went deep and made it harder to fish. Some tuna averaged 20 to 40 pounds and a few dorado were taken but nothing to write home about."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said weather in the La Paz fishing area was cloudy in the low-90s but without rain during the week as Tortuga charter pangas on the Las Arenas side found their best action on yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds close by at Punta Perico and also at the south end of Isla Cerralvo. Exploratory runs outside the island to the 88 Bank were not productive for the hoped for larger dorado, but some fish to 40 and 50 pounds were caught northwards off Las Cruces. Good supplies of bait were available at the south end of the island and onshore at Ensenada de los Muertos.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said some boats got into a flurry of dorado action on debris following rains from storm Henriette, but the fishing had slowed down again by Friday. "Dorado fishing broke wide-open early in the week, according to Capts. Paulino Martinez and Joselino Murillo with fish of good size located under logs and other debris within 20 miles of Loreto," Bear said. On Friday, Bear fished with Capt. Martinez in hot weather and flat seas for 1 small dorado at Bajo de Punta Lobos, and then 7 small keeper-sized fish hooked with sardines at a buoy off San Bruno. "But the school suddenly disappeared when other pangas and a pod of bufeo killer whales, the all-black kind, showed up," Bear said.
Fishing later in the Isla Coronado channel produced lots of needlefish strikes and 2 yellowtail snapper on trolled sardina baits. "Judging from Friday's radio chatter, no one really found a school of good-sized dorado, except for panguero Abraham, who I am told found a log 37 miles out," Bear said. In other local action during the week, 12-year-old Brian Murillo fished 2 hours at first light for a catch on a Rapala at the downtown malecon of: 5 roosterfish, 2 barracuda, and 1 yellow snapper. The fish were caught on bait boils about 150 yards south of the Loreto marina. Capt. Paulino Martinez had an outing out of the Hotel Oasis for 1 striped marlin and 4 dorado. Bear noted that on Friday he and Martinez observed a school of mackerel about a quarter-mile across located about 1 to 2 miles off the marina, and a sailfish slashing the surface just another couple of miles out.
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished aboard his boat Soledad on Saturday for a catch on the canyon east of town of 1 sailfish and 1 dorado, but he said, "The fishing was really better than that." Erhardt said he had several more bites and 3 or 4 brief hookups including a marlin that came unbuttoned. Loreto fishing area water temperatures were at 86 to 87 degrees with a 2-foot chop. "Since the hurricane the fishing has remained pretty slow in Loreto, but there have been a number of nicer dorado brought into the marina," Erhardt said.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis reported excellent, hot weather in the Loreto fishing area at the end of the week, with sunny skies, calm seas, and the water temperature at 85 to 87 degrees. Some good fishing was found during the week for small dorado and a few larger ones about 20 to 35 miles out. Twelve pangas fished out of the hotel during the week, mostly at Bajo de Punta Lobos, Bajo Mercenarios, and Bajo San Bruno, for a combined catch of: 10 dorado averaging 18 pounds kept and about 30 dorado released, 2 yellowtail to 24 pounds, 2 pargo to 7 pounds, and 1 cabrilla at 9 pounds. Anglers fishing out of the Hotel Oasis with Loreto sportfishing Capts. Servando Davis, Francisco Martinez, Abel Davis, and Abel Davis Jr. included: Duane and Nancy Green, Dan and Daniel D'Amico, Graeme Atkinson, Ben Felix, and Sandra Salcido.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the Loreto fishing area received just 3 to 5 inches of rain from the southerly passage of recent storm Henriette, with winds gusting just barely above the tropical storm range. Storm surf to about 8 feet combined with a high tide moved some rock at the malecon, and water temperatures dropped several degrees. Dorado fishing returned to pre-storm levels during the week, with some fish of 12 to 25 pounds available off Punta Lobos and north off the San Bruno area. A local tournament the previous weekend was won by Loreto panguero Andres Cota with 2 dorado of about 37 and 45 pounds. Billfish action for sailfish, small black marlin, and some striped marlin was slower. Local fishing for pargo, cabrilla, and roosterfish continued good. The Baja Big Fish Company downtown Loreto store was scheduled to reopen for the season on Oct. 8, 2007, with charters available until then by calling locally at 135-1603. Sardina and mackerel baits were available for sale in and near the marina.
LORETO, MEXICO: Lynn Hamman of Loreto relayed reports of boats at Puerto Escondido south of town damaged by recent storm Henriette including Boardroom, La Petite, Erikazona, Backstreet, Moon Me, Rumline, Last Mango, and Western Sea.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of Mulege's historic Hotel Serenidad said her father Don Johnson was with family members in Tijuana and recovering well from a recent heart attack. "He is doing great," Johnson said. "He is with my mom and sisters." In recent fishing action, boats found relatively slow going in the Mulege area during the local segment of the statewide Baja California Sur Governor's Cup tournament. "Too bad there were not too many fish, but my husband and son participated and it was fun," Johnson said. "It looks like they will try to do it every year."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Hotel Serenidad fly-in angler Ronald Grant of Crestline, Calif., reported few visitors in the Mulege area and generally slow fishing. "All in all, fishing is really slow," Grant said. "There is little sport fishing going on. It's pretty slow in town and for the tourist." Mulege fishing area weather was hot and humid. The Hotel Serenidad facilities were mostly closed, but rooms were still available. Damage from storm Henriette was light, but the hotel runway still had some soft spots from the rain. "It seems the storm turned out over the gulf just before hitting the Mulege area," Grant said.
Grant also noted, "During my last 3 trips to Mulege in 3 months, I've noted a least 10 commercial fishing boats working 24 hours a day in Mulege waters. Some locals claim they are shrimpers but that's unlikely as it is too early for shrimpers in this area and shrimpers don't work 24 hours a day. I would suggest they are longliners. That would, of course, explain the lack of any big game fish in area."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported on a road trip to the Sea of Cortez side of Baja and a 2-day panga fishing cruise from Bahia de los Angeles northwards to Gonzaga Bay with Capt. Chubasco Diaz of Casa Diaz. Fishing northwards along the Baja coast from L.A. Bay produced excellent action for leopard grouper to good size, 8 dorado, and 1 barred pargo in water temperatures to 88 degrees. Fishing with Meza were Pedro Sors of the Mexican sportfishing television program "Caña y Carrete" and Antonio Lozano.
"It was a perfect trip," Meza said. "We started out from Bahia de los Angeles with 135 gallons of gasoline, 100 machaca burritos, and high hopes for the fishing. We made bait inside the bay and headed north, casting and trolling at all the points. We arrived at Alfonsina's at 6 p.m. and had dinner at Papa Fernandez where they prepared our fish of the day. We stayed in a bungalow and started our return at 5 a.m. the next morning, fishing at Punta Final and Calamajue and along Isla Angel de la Guarda. The weather was perfect, calm, and hot at 105 degrees. We fished by casting to the rocks for cabrilla and grouper, hundreds of casts per day, seeing the boils and the fish taking your lure." Meza noted heavy sea life present in Midriff waters including whales, dolphin, sea turtles, and sea lions. Mexican commercial boats were fishing the area for black market dorado, marlin, and endangered totoaba.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: For the previous week, Ruben Daggett of Daggett's Camp at Bahia de los Angeles reported some days of good Midriff fishing for dorado into the 40-pound class in 80-degree water at Punta Remedios, plus yellowtail of 18 to 20 pounds, many bonito, and 1 sailfish also landed during the week. Anglers Gary Holmes, Raul Orosco, and Danny Mogg of Los Angeles, Calif., fished 5 days with Capts. Ruben and Alfonso Daggett for up to 5 dorado per day. Bahia de los Angeles fishing area water temperatures were rewarming after a drop to about 75 degrees during storm Henriette.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Sept. 14, 2007, with a catch of: 160 yellowtail of 15 to 25 pounds, 77 cabrilla of 6 to 12 pounds, 3 pargo of 6 to 10 pounds, 81 spotted bay bass, and 7 dorado of 10 to 20 pounds.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on Aries Fleet offshore charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin under 300 pounds, 8 sailfish, 1 mako shark, 39 yellowfin tuna, and 74 dorado. Five inshore super pangas reported limits or near-limits of dorado plus dorado release action at the buoys. Mazatlan fishing area weather was humid and mostly cloudy in the high-80s, with mostly calm seas and water temperatures averaging 83 degrees. Offshore boats fished 23 to 29 miles southwest of Mazatlan.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Sept. 9, 2007, Edwards reported on 18 Aries Fleet offshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: 14 sailfish, 1 blue marlin, 5 dorado, and 10 yellowfin tuna. No Aries Fleet boats fished inshore. "For the first time in recent history no super pangas were fishing this week and no dorado information is available from the buoys," Edwards said. Mazatlan fishing area weather and sea conditions were settling after 2 days of port closure, with calm seas and the water temperature at 85 to 86 degrees. Aries Fleet offshore boats fished 24 to 29 miles southwest of Mazatlan.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago reported on 5 days of fishing offshore of Puerto Vallarta in some rainy weather at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña with Capt. Danny Osuna on the Marla's Sportfishing charter boat Marla for action including: 1 yellowfin tuna taped at 300 pounds, another tuna taped at 332 pounds and later weighed at 322 pounds, and a black marlin released that was estimated in the 700-pound class. Also fishing aboard the Marla were mates Challo and Alvino, and Erickson's fishing partners from New York and Dallas.
"I am still in shock after the last 3 days of my trip," Erickson said. "Two vaconas, including my new personal best tuna which weighed 322 pounds at the dock, and a new personal best on marlin. Danny Osuna is the best and hardest working captain I've ever fished with. I head back down in a couple of weeks." Puerto Vallarta fishing area offshore water temperatures were at 85 to 86 degrees, with blue-green color and good clarity. Puerto Vallarta fishing was variable but very good overall, as the Marla reported 13 tuna including 4 over 200 pounds caught the day before Erickson's trip began. Dorado and skipjack baits were also caught, along with good numbers of smaller tuna into the 70-pound range hooked on the kite.
The Marla's Sportfishing boat Marla II also found good action for up to 7 tuna per day into the 140-pound class, and the Marla's boat Arca de Noe landed a 270 pounder at Roca Corbeteña. Erickson's big 700-pound class black marlin was landed and released at Roca Corbeteña on Sept. 10, 2007. "The silhouette of the fish down 20 feet was just massive and radiating gold and copper," Erickson said. "I was pulling hard as hell, but could not budge the fish at color. I kept pulling and she came along the left side of the Marla in full profile. Alvino got the bill and removed the hook. We revived the marlin for about 5 minutes when she lit up and swam off. This was by far the biggest marlin I have ever caught, one remarkable fish."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter's Sportfishing and Tackle said Puerto Vallarta fishing offshore was good as the boat Terminal Blues reported on an early week trip to Roca Corbeteña for a catch including released fish of: 1 gut hooked black marlin of about 300 pounds kept, 4 sailfish released and 1 gut hooked sailfish kept, 2 dorado at 45 pounds, and 2 yellowfin tuna to 150 pounds. The fish were caught on trolled goggle eye and bonito live baits.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing said good offshore action at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña for the charter super panga Dhamar included 1 outing with a catch including 1 yellowfin tuna of 40 pounds, 2 large dorado, 2 smaller tuna, and 1 cow class tuna estimated in the 300-pound class broken off by angler Chato Machuca from Tepic, Nayarit. Another trip the previous week with anglers from Oregon produced tuna into the 50-pound class. "I'm hoping for more charters," Gomez said. "The fishing is wide-open out there."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said very few boats fished at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the week. "Not much is happening," Kunze said. "There are so few clients fishing and not many boats on the water." Boats that did fish averaged about 1 sailfish and 1 or 2 dorado per outing. Commercial Mexican panga fishermen reported about 4 or 5 dorado averaging about 25 pounds caught per day while fishing about 30 miles out. No inshore fishing action was reported. Ixtapa fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-90s, with very high humidity and water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said blue water moved back inside to with 7 miles of shore and boats fishing the area averaged 5 to 6 dorado of 25 to 40 pounds. The charter boat La Bamba made an offshore run with Reade Tilley's group from California for a catch of 5 dorado. Some sailfish were mixed with the dorado but Edwards said, "Angling pressure continues to be very light." Ixtapa fishing area weather had some nightly wind and rain, but with seas calm to moderate.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Edwards said very few boats fished in rough weather conditions. Capt. Adolofo of the charter boat Dos Hermanos I fished in tough conditions inshore for a catch including released fish of: 14 roosterfish in 4 outings.
CANCUN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported El Cid Caribe Fleet boats at Puerto Morelos near Cancun still out of the water due to continued back-to-back tropical storms.