CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: In a week preoccupied with yellowfin tuna during the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot tournament, striped marlin counts jumped for Cabo San Lucas boats fishing up the Pacific side at the Golden Gate Bank and Finger Bank.
Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported excellent striped marlin action on the Pacific banks as fleet boats released 272 stripers out of 274 landed and also released 2 sailfish, 1 black marlin, and a 325-pound class blue marlin. Overall, 75 percent of Pisces boats released billfish as some boats targeted trophy-sized yellowfin tuna for the Western Outdoor News tournament.
Top Pisces Fleet outings on the Pacific side included a 21-marlin release day for the boat Bill Collector, 16 releases for Fearless, 10 for Tracy Ann, and 9-release days for Halcon and Rebecca. "There were many other boats that had outstanding catches but we don't have space to mention them all," Ehrenberg said.
In the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot tournament, 125 teams fished 2 days, with the winners: first place, Katusha, 189-pound tuna, $126,360; second place, Borracho Amigos, 142.2-pound tuna, $167,180; third place, Picante Salsa, 139.9-pound tuna, $2,460. Optional jackpots: Bottom Line, 59.9-pound tuna, $80,000; Rehab, 79.6-pound tuna, $34,800; Minerva II, 79-pound tuna, $38,000; Solmar IX, 32.1-pound dorado, $70,400.
"This year there was a new division for wahoo and dorado with a 40-pound minimum," Ehrenberg said. "However, after the first day when none of these species were weighed in, the weight was lowered to 25 pounds." In non-tournament fishing, 49 percent of Pisces boats caught dorado of 10 to 25 pounds, 23 percent landed tuna, mostly of football size, 1 thresher shark was landed at the Golden Gate Bank, and some roosterfish were caught inshore. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was clear, with some chop on the Pacific side and water temperatures averaging 81 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo San Lucas fishing area boats were scoring double-digit striped marlin releases on the Finger Bank. "The wind picked up at the end of the week but is supposed to lay back down on Monday so our fingers are crossed that the fish will remain in the area or come closer to us," Landrum said, also noting that he had seen his first California gray whales of the winter migration, a pair of 50 footers just off the lighthouse.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 75 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 100 striped marlin, 89 dorado, 65 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo, and 3 skipjack tuna. "The billfish bonanza continues," Edwards said. "We have reports that marlin are all the way from the Ridge above Magdalena Bay to Cabo San Lucas. Those fish will probably be filtering down to Cabo during the next 2 months leading to even better action." Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was sunny in the low-90s, with good sea conditions in all directions and water temperatures at 81 to 82 degrees. Charter boats found good marlin action on the Pacific side from Cabo Falso to the Golden Gate Bank. "Live bait is still working best but significant numbers are biting at the artificials," Edwards said. The supply of mackerel and caballito live bait at Cabo San Lucas was very good.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of the Baja Anglers fly fishing guide service reported excellent striped marlin action on the Golden Gate bank. "Bait fishing is too easy right now," Hartman said. "It’s not unusual to catch over 10 marlin in a day using heavy gear. It’s much more fun with the fly and spin gear." Inshore fishing was inconsistent for smaller jacks and roosterfish. "Expect the inshore fishing to pick up," Hartman said. "Late fall and early winter is prime inshore fishing at Cabo San Lucas for jack crevalle, small to medium roosterfish, cubera snapper, and sierra."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 17 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, including the El Budster fishing 2 days in the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin of 190 pounds, 15 striped marlin, 41 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 80 pounds, 2 boats with yellowfin tuna limits at 10 to 20 pounds, 25 dorado of 15 to 25 pounds, and 7 skipjack.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter panga Cheer's reported on 7 local outings during the week, fishing on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides with a total of 12 anglers for a catch including released fish of: 26 yellowfin tuna of 1 to 10 pounds, 22 dorado of 6 to 20 pounds, 4 roosterfish of 6 to 10 pounds, 1 sierra of about 4 pounds, 1 small barracuda, and 1 flying fish that hit Druck in the shoulder and fell into the boat. The Cheer's fished in good local conditions, out to about 3 miles with sunny skies, some swell, and the water temperature at 77 to 81 degrees. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's included: Russell and Ralph Perko of San Francisco, Doug Ridges, Mike Walsh Sr. and Mike Walsh Jr., and Randy Daniels of England.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Brent Watson of Imperial, Calif., reported on a late-October run north to the Finger Bank on the Pisces Fleet charter boat Andrea with Capt. Orlando and first mate Salvador for 9 striped marlin releases in about 2.5 hours, plus a mako shark, and another marlin lost at the boat. "It was an incredible day and our captain Orlando and first mate Salvador really took care of us. There was only one other boat in the area," Watson said. "The crew both spoke fair English and had a great sense of humor." Included in the catch were first-ever marlin releases for Watson and his father-in-law Brent Michelsen of Michigan. Baja Pacific coastal weather at the Finger Bank about 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas was windless at 95 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: David Brackmann of Huntington Beach, Calif., reported an extraordinary trip up the Pacific side to the Finger Bank area by the boat Reelaxe on Nov. 3, 2007, fishing with an experienced team of 7 aboard, including 4 designated anglers and boat owner Chris Badsey of Dana Point, Calif., for a billfish release count of 179 striped marlin and 1 sailfish. The Reelaxe left Cabo San Lucas at 3 a.m., arrived on the Finger Bank fishing grounds at 7:30 a.m. after a rough trip up the coast and making bait at the Golden Gate Bank, and left the Finger Bank area at 6:30 p.m, Brackmann said.
"Eight permanently mounted tower, bridge, cockpit, and 2 underwater cameras were rolling and recording onboard continuously for the day, recording 72 hours of film footage combined," a statement released jointly by Brackmann and Badsey said. "The bite was nonstop, wide-open in a wide area around the bank with fish chasing large mackerel balls from the time we arrived with nonstop doubles, triples, and quads. We had released 102 fish by 12 noon. At 5:10 p.m., every bait, bird, seal, porpoise, and marlin disappeared. We tried slow troll, live and dead baits, but the bite shut down as quickly as it had started. We left the area at 6:30 p.m."
Anglers listed aboard the Reelaxe on the trip were: Chris Badsey of Dana Point, Calif., designated angler David Brackmann of Huntington Beach, Calif., designated angler Steve Brackmann of Huntington Beach, Calif., Saul Contrearus of Cabo San Lucas, designated angler Jose Espanoza of Cabo San Lucas, Dennis Poulton of Bakersfield, Calif., and designated angler Alex Rogers of Bakersfield, Calif. Brackmann said, "We were right around the southwest corner. I never went on the bridge while we were fishing. One of the fish we caught had a TBF tag in its left shoulder. We were not able to retrieve the tag."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported good, steady bottom fishing for all pangas last week at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda for Mexican limits of mixed lingcod, red rockcod, and bonita for the Vonny's Fleet client fish smoker. Anglers fishing with Capts. Beto and Hector included Brian "Calico" Foley of Campo La Joya, and firefighter Pat Brennan. Local Ensenada fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-60s, with light 3 to 4 m.p.h. breezes, ocean swells at 2 to 3 feet, and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 59 degrees.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said Baja coastal weather was very good all week, with no wind and "the ocean pretty much standing still." Very few anglers visited the Puerto Santo Tomas area and only 1 panga went sportfishing during the week, for full Mexican fish limits of lingcod, whitefish, rockcods, and mixed species. "They loaded up," Saenz said. "No surface action was reported, but all week long the weather was very pleasant."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Tere Castro of Castro's Camp at Erendira south of Ensenada said 16 boats fished in good sea conditions off the Baja coast during the week for continued heavy counts of very large rockcods, lingcod, calico bass, barracuda, and several white seabass. Water temperatures in the main fishing area 7.5 miles off the coast averaged 55 degrees. "The fishing has been very good for the rockcods," Castro said. "Almost every group we've had has left with a big ice chest of fish. We had a couple of groups that canceled because of the weather reports, but we were able to fish every day with no problem."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said very few anglers were in the San Quintin fishing area last week. Three boats went out, fishing mostly south at Socorro, for full Mexican limits of sandbass, calico bass, shallow water rockcods, lots of big barracuda on the surface, and 1 white seabass at 21.5 pounds. San Quintin fishing area weather was noticeably cooler in the low-70s, with mostly good sea conditions and normal afternoon winds. "You will need to dress warmly for the ride out in the mornings," Hillis said. "It's foggy and overcast until about 10 a.m." Anglers fishing with Pedro's Pangas Capt. Hector on the charter boat Rommy during the week included Pedro Rodriguez, Felipe Godinez, Neftali Aliceit, and Rudy Ruiz.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Shari Bondy of Baja Bed & Breakfast at Bahia Asuncion on Baja's semi-remote Pacific coast reported a good yellowtail fishing session by angler Hal Forsen of San Clemente, Calif., with Capt. Juan Arce Marron of Arce Bros. Sportfishing at Punta San Pablo for "the 4 biggest yellowtail of his life" and the biggest calico bass at 9 pounds. "Hal was like a kid as he danced around with his lovely fish," Bondy said. "As they reached the fishing grounds off Punta San Pablo, on his first cast a yellowtail stole Hal's tackle! He changed gear and caught some terrific fish." Kayak anglers working out of Baja Bed & Breakfast also did well on yellowtail, and several yellowtail were caught off the beach. Baja coastal fishing weather off Bahia Asuncion was mostly calm, with light afternoon winds and the water temperature at about 70 degrees. "The Baja Ha-Ha Sailboat Race passed by Bahia Asuncion on their way to Cabo," Bondy said. "We had our first cruising yacht visit us this week as the yachting season begins. There are 3 more lovely sailboats anchored here today."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Hal Forsen reported on his Punta San Pablo yellowtail trip with Capt. Juan Arce. "I had the absolute greatest day of surface iron fishing ever in gin clear water about a quarter-mile offshore," Forsen said. "Big model bass, bonito, and barracuda were competing with the yellowtail to get at my Kicker 25 Light and it was as wide-open a bite as I've ever seen in 45 years of fishing. We boated countless fish and I took home 4 yellowtail. I lost several fish to the rocks using a big heavy Kroc before getting smart and going to the light iron." Forsen's big calico bass and several more were caught on rubber at Isla San Roque.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Lopez Sportsman's Lodge at Puerto Lopez Mateos said Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was windy outside and on the bocas Friday, but fishing inside the mangrove channels was good for the charter panga Sonia Ann. "We fished live shrimp north of Boca Santo Domingo and back to Lopez," Petersen said. "Our catch was a 15-kilo grouper, 26-kilo pargo, and 1 corvina." Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was cooling seasonably, with increasing numbers of Canada geese seen. Petersen noted that the new Puerto Lopez Mateos launch ramp under construction was 10 meters wide and had an adjoining concrete pier, with service scheduled to begin in time for the local fishing tournament in December. Launching at a designated location, it was hoped, would help reduce the cutting of mangrove launch slots at many locations in the bay. "The stated reason for development of the ramp by the government is to protect the mangroves," Petersen said. "There's going to be a fine place to launch sooner or later." The new Lopez Sportsman's Lodge facility is just a stone's throw from the launch ramp area. Information: www.bajacalifornian.com.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Jeff deBrown of The Reel Baja fly fishing guide service at East Cape said he was moving over to Baja's Pacific coast for several weeks of live-aboard offshore charter fishing trips during the Magdalena Bay fall fish pileup for striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo. "I am offering a 7-day fishing package where we will live aboard a 40-foot vessel. I will only be taking 2 anglers per week so each of them will get plenty of fish at only $3,750 per angler. I have back-to-back trips until late December, and I still have some availability. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 204 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 1,480 yellowfin tuna of mostly 8 to 20 pounds, 455 dorado mostly under 15 pounds, 5 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 8 wahoo, 3 hammerhead shark, 1 mako shark, 7 dog snapper, 68 mixed snapper species, 38 sierra, 3 gulf grouper, and 29 cabrilla. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was ideal in the high-80s, with some south swell early in the week but mostly flat seas, inshore water green, offshore water cobalt blue, and water temperatures at 78 to 82 degrees. School-sized yellowfin tuna were the main quarry of the La Playita sportfishing pangas, with the most consistent action continuing to be found from the Gordo Banks to the Iman Bank. "Drift fishing while chumming with live sardinas was the most productive technique," Brictson said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jack Simpson of Mission Viejo, Calif., reported on 2 days of fishing with Gordo Banks Pangas for a catch at the Fortuna and Iman Banks of: 6 dorado of 10 to 15 pounds, 19 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds, a first-ever giant Mexican needlefish or agujon at 36 inches long, 1 wahoo lost, and 1 blue marlin lost. "The tuna were quite line shy unless you used fluorocarbon," Simpson said. "Bait was plentiful but small. We used 1 to 3-inch sardinas. It looked as though lots of boats were pre-fishing for the Western Outdoor News tuna tournament." Simpson noted that most Gordo Banks Pangas boats were still launching from the beach as construction continued on the new Puerto Los Cabos marina. "Poor Eric is still launching from the last little sand inside the new marina," Simpson said. "The road to the marina is still quite mixed up but we were able to find our way thanks to large 'Gordo Banks Pangas' signs showing the route."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported keeping his 21-foot boat Dos Gueros at the new Puerto Los Cabos marina for a few nights and fishing 4 days off the Baja coast as local boats targeted yellowfin tuna and dorado at the Gordo and Iman Banks. "The marina is functional now and there were 20 boats slipped when I checked out," Lewis said. "They have a tournament scheduled for Dec. 15th and told me they will be fully booked after that." Lewis said more slips are scheduled to be built but that they may be reserved for property owners. The marina launch ramp was "no more than 15 feet wide." "I'm not sure what that will mean for private boaters," Lewis said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Brent Watson of Imperial, Calif., reported 13 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds and 2 dorado to 40 pounds landed during late-October action with Gordo Banks Pangas Capt. Arturo Castillo aboard the charter panga Ginny. The count included a first-ever dorado for Watson's father-in-law Brent Michelsen. "The weather was beautiful and we fished the Gordo Banks," Watson said. "We had our limits within two-and-a-half hours."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 352 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 6 blue marlin, 70 striped marlin, 111 sailfish, 276 dorado, 860 yellowfin tuna, 72 roosterfish, 5 wahoo, 10 cabrilla, 29 pargo, 36 ladyfish, 45 triggerfish, 155 bonita, 10 pompano, 140 squid, and 35 skipjack. East Cape fishing area weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures in the mid-80s. "Most boats were heading south towards La Ribera," Dalmau said. "Other boats continued south another 20 miles. Every boat seemed to find tuna and dorado, with tuna ranging from football size up to 70 pounds."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape fishing area waters flat all week at 80 to 83 degrees, with good yellowfin tuna action inside and outside on fish of about 20 up to 100 pounds. "The smaller 20 pounders are providing limits for all anglers outside the Cabo Pulmo marine park," Ireland said. Striped marlin and sailfish were plentiful as some boats released up to 5 billfish per day including a few blue marlin. Some anglers limited on dorado averaging 10 pounds, but with some in the 40-pound class. Inshore, few anglers were targeting winter season sierra, cabrilla, jacks, and small roosterfish as most boats worked the offshore bite.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Nov. 1, 2007, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 184 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 525 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 19 striped marlin, 11 sailfish, 612 dorado, 677 yellowfin tuna, 4 pargo, 4 wahoo, 7 roosterfish, and 2 sierra. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with moderate afternoon winds and water temperatures at 77 to 83 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport noted that fishing clients during the week aboard his East Cape charter fishing and dive boat Jen Wren included 97-year-old Chuck Feller who caught his first-ever marlin. "His son-in-law asked if that was a record," Rayor said. "I told him when he stepped on the boat it was a record! He is going again tomorrow."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape tin boat angler Torrance Eddy reported on a good session for his beach launched aluminum boat on Saturday, trolling a 4.5-inch blue-silver Jointed Rebel Fastrac lure for about 10 hours for a catch of: 7 sierra, 1 grouper released, an 8-pound bull dorado, and a wahoo of 11 pounds. "Now that I've caught a wahoo on a Jointed Rebel Fastrac, I've set my sights on getting a marlin with one," Eddy said. "The wahoo was caught almost exactly 3 miles due north of Punta Colorada, the actual point rather than the hotel. The line was 20-pound Spiderwire and the lure had braided wire leader. I'm looking forward to some very serious eating. I was reading 'The Baja Catch' and it says that wahoo could often be found at the '50 fathom ledge.' Well, guess what? I made a waypoint on my GPS for where I hooked the wahoo and it matches exactly where 'The Baja Catch' has printed the number '50' for 50 fathoms on the East Cape fishing map on page 145 of the Second Edition."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Hans van den Berg of The Netherlands reported on his 12th holiday at East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada, fishing from shore from Oct. 12, 2007, to Nov. 1, 2007, for a variety of species including ladyfish to 2 feet 2 inches, and by trip partner Kees Broekhuizen, a needlefish of 3 feet 1 inch, and a Pacific jack crevalle of 2 feet 1 inch on live bait.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazaly of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said diving conditions were very good at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef last week, with water temperatures at depth in the low-80s and visibility to about 70 feet. Sea life sightings during trips to El Cantil, El Bajo, Los Frailes, and other locations included yellowtail surgeonfish, parrotfish, rays, a previously not seen species of nudibranch, and encounters with garden eels and a large green moray eel. "We drifted over to El Bajo from Los Morros, stopping to look at the lawn of garden eels all sticking out of the sand and swaying like belly dancers," Cazaly said. "We also stopped and interacted with a large green moray eel curled up under a ledge. It happily let us stroke our hands along its body whilst nudging the sensory organs on the tip of its nose against my finger."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas side fishing weather was sunny with windy and calm days alternating last week. Tortuga charter pangas continued to find very good action on yellowfin tuna of 20 to 50 pounds and dorado of 20 to 25 pounds off the Baja coast at Ensenada de los Muertos, San Isidro, and El Alamo. Tuna and dorado mixed with early season sierra were also caught at Punta Perico. Some wahoo were again found off the south end of Isla Cerralvo on trolled Rapalas in both purple and black-white. "We are having no problem finding a lot of fishing action," Hernandez said. "There is plenty of bait throughout all the usual areas, and the best fishing has been with the sardinas."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz fishing still produced some late season dorado, plus yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, jacks, cabrilla, pargo, and an occasional billfish. "I think the better part of the dorado season has passed us although there are still good bites to be had," Roldan said. "Our best and most consistent fishing is still for our boats out of Muertos Bay." Few anglers were in the La Paz area as summer season-style fishing tapered off. "Baits are very small so bring really small live bait hooks. Wahoo pop up every other day or so and large dark colored Rapalas are best for them," Roldan said.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Paul Doty of Yorba Linda, Calif., and his group fished on pangas 2 days out of Ensenada de los Muertos with Tortuga Sportfishing Capts. Rigo and Nufo for good action on dorado of 10 to 15 pounds, tuna of 17 to 22 pounds, cabrilla, pargo, 1 roosterfish, and 1 rare rainbow runner. Doty's son Joseph Doty of Anaheim, Calif., scored a first-ever dorado, and Jerry Clements landed a roosterfish with Capt. Nufo. "Special thanks go out to Gerardo Hernandez and his staff," Doty said. "I have to admit that he spoils his guests."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mike Carter of Todos Santos on the Baja southern Pacific coast trailered his boat El Suenero to La Paz with his wife Tori Carter for a catch of 1 nice bull dorado landed by Tori off the southwest end of Isla Espiritu Santo. "It was her first time fishing since suffering a broken ankle," Carter said. "The dorado took our newest lure on brand new line wound on my birthday rod and reel that we just unwrapped before leaving the dock that morning!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported falling water temperatures in the Loreto fishing area last week and slowing action offshore. "Last weekend the half-day trips to Isla Coronado were very good, but the best fishing is actually right in front of the marina," Bolles said. "There are lots of roosterfish, with some smaller yellowtail and dorado mixed in. I watched as a guy who was fishing the north break wall of the marina landed a dorado. We're not really going offshore anymore." On Friday, 3 boats were fishing and Capt. Francisco Muñoz was looking for yellowtail south at Isla Danzante. "We're finding dorado from 10 to 20 pounds along shorelines in front of the airport and marina," Bolles said. "The shorelines along Isla Carmen are no doubt productive as well but the winds will determine where we'll be able to fish."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported flat seas and "furious" yellowtail action on the 110 bajo north of the island. "It's the best big yellowtail bite in the past 5 years for November," Kanzler said. Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was in the mid-80s, with light breezes and calm sea conditions, blue-green water with 30 feet of visibility, and water temperatures at 71 degrees inshore and 76 degrees offshore and on the bajos. Good counts of sierra and bonita were also scored along the west shore of the isla. Three runs to the 110 bajo by Kanzler's boat produced a total of 30 yellowtail in the 25 to over 30-pound class. "I'm resting for tomorrow's run," Kanzler said.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Bruno reported sharply lower water temperatures at 68 to 69 degrees and yellowtail on a hot bite at the Isla San Marcos bajos. "Yellowtail have really taken off and decided to chew," Anderson said. "The size is excellent with 35-pound fish not uncommon. One panguero from San Bruno brought over 100 fish to the boat this week." Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was cooperative for smaller boats fishing the bajos north of the island. Big eye baits were easy to make near the mouth of the downtown Santa Rosalia harbor. "We managed 3 triples for the day, so you can imagine the fire drill that creates since the fish were so large," Anderson said. "Almost every boat had serious problems getting the fish off the reef and most boats actually lost more fish than they were able to bring to the boat." Boats fishing the yellowtail bajos during the week included the Sea Lioness, Will Bill, Moosea Boat, Larry's Toy, and Deep Dave. "Everywhere you looked someone was hooked up all of the time," Anderson said.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Mia Blanco of the Bahia de los Angeles website Bahiadelosangeles.info relayed a fishing report from Capt. Chubasco Diaz for plentiful smaller yellowtail plus bonita and pargo around the inner islands, and larger yellowtail to over 20 pounds at Estanque at the south end of Isla Angel de la Guarda.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at the south end of Bahia de los Angeles said local weather was still in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 71 to 75 degrees. Fishing was still good for yellowtail and bonita over local reefs on trolled Rapalas. Larger yellowtail were caught to the south at Roca Bernabe. Vazquez noted that the new electric power line was all the way into town and headed farther south. "Electric power poles have been put up all the way to Angelitos, the dark hill south of town," he said. "I don't think they will bring it all the way to Camp Gecko. As usual, they are grading the road south of town just in time for the race to mess it up. So we will have a nice road for 5 days and then bad for 3 years." Whale shark had begun their southward migration but a few were still in the bay.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach reported on a '"Baja Catch-style" trip to Bahia de las Animas south of Bahia de los Angeles, fishing tight to the shore and on islas with Jointed Rebel and Rapala lures by kayak and small aluminum boat for good counts of bonito, triggerfish, spotted bay bass, leopard grouper, sand shark, sierra, barracuda, assorted grunts, firecracker yellowtail, and miscellaneous fish including giant jawfish or bigmouth bastard. Fishing with Jones from a spot just north of the occupied panguero camp on Bahia de las Animas were trip partners Chris Gessel and Bret Hambrick. "One amazing scene was when we saw the water swirl and something large sent 3 or 4 different types of fish flying out and one was a beautiful golden phase grouper that was stunning in the afternoon light," Jones said. Jones' group also fished a day out of Bahia de los Angeles with Capt. Igor Galvan for 7 yellowtail to 20 pounds, 3 true red snapper, 3 goldspotted bass, and some bonito, caught mostly with mackerel baits on the bottom. "He is a great captain and I highly recommend him to anyone heading that way," Jones said. The road going north from Mex 1 to San Felipe was in "pretty brutal" condition. Baja Midriff fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 71 to 75 degrees.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista, Calif., reported on a month-long stay at Punta San Francisquito south of Bahia de los Angeles, with the water temperature dropping from 78 degrees to 70 degrees by Nov. 5, 2007, and the yellowtail large and biting strongly for his panga The Frigate. "Catching 4 to 8 'tails by 9 a.m. and quitting for the rest of the day to rest, relax, and read was the usual pattern," Crenshaw said. No dorado were caught but Humboldt giant squid were present daily. Central Baja Midriff weather had some very strong winds to 60 m.p.h. during the Southern California fires. "Beto Lucero had 2 of his glass windows on his house blow out due to wind on the north side at the port," Crenshaw said. "Notable was the lack of any bird action for the entire month, even on boils an acre across. Are they elsewhere breeding or what?"
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Alex Velez of Baja Fishing and Diving reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on Nov. 9, 2007, with a catch of: 210 yellowtail, 4 grouper, 79 cabrilla, 50 pargo, and limits of Humboldt giant squid. Midriff fishing area weather was favorable, with calm seas and the water temperature in the low-70s. The Erik fished at Isla Angel de la Guarda, Isla San Esteban, San Francisquito, Refugio, and the Golden Reef. The panga mothership Andrea Lynn was scheduled for its 14th shark diving trip. Trips to Magdalena Bay were scheduled for December.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Brent Parker of Murrieta, Calif., reported on a "The Baja Catch-style" trip to fish on Parker's 17-foot boat out of an isolated cove near Punta Final south of Gonzaga Bay for a catch by his 4-angler group of a couple of hundred yellowtail to 14 pounds, leopard grouper, pargo, bonito, barracuda, sierra, pompano, goldspotted bass, grunt, and a few other oddballs. "The majority of the fish were taken on the Rebels and Rapalas," Parker said after fishing around Isla San Luis and south to Calamajue. "The Baja Catch was a wonderful reference guide that showed us where and how to fish. Sadly, the only place that the book varied from reality at all was in the size of the fish. We did see a couple of shrimp boats and some gill netters working the Encantadas." Northern Sea of Cortez fishing area weather was good at 90 degrees, with clear water at 76 to 82 degrees. The road from Puertecitos south to Gonzaga Bay was in rough condition and required 5 hours to traverse. "We had a fabulous time and it would not have been the same without 'The Baja Catch,'" Parker said. "The Jointed Rebels performed real well. We knew exactly where to fish and how to fish and we enjoyed a real remote Baja camping adventure." Also on the trip were Parker's sons Blake and Kai Parker, and Bill Mattman. "I lost a new Shimano rod and reel while trolling a blue-and-silver Rebel Spoonbill," Parker said. "A yellowtail grabbed the lure and ripped the rod and reel right out of the boat!"
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jeremy Roberts of Upland, Calif., said his father Steve Roberts and uncle Don Roberts fished their boat Cow Killer at the Golden Reef south of San Felipe and caught "too many to count" of golden-eye or goldspotted bass, plus 8 surprise dorado. "While fishing down deep they noticed dorado," Roberts said. "I was just shocked that they migrated that far north and this late in the season."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking Bahia de San Felipe said the annual San Felipe Shrimp Festival was in full swing and the town was jammed with visitors. "The streets are full of tourists and the sanitation department is working practically around the clock to keep the streets relatively cleaned up, a really challenging job, believe me," Meders said. "This year's festival is quite elaborate with more complicated booths than usual. There is even one restaurant selling key lime pie!" San Felipe weather was near-perfect in the high-70s, with light winds.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: For the previous week, Mike Auditore of Phoenix, Ariz., reported on an offshore run by his boat El Gato Blanco for a catch with live bait in 267 feet of water during 2.5 hours of fishing that included: 15 red snapper to 12 pounds, 3 yellowtail to 20 pounds, and 1 white seabass of 15 pounds. "I was surprised to catch yellowtail out there. It's very unusual," Auditore said. "A charter boat did not do as well as us. I think our success was due to the live bait as the charter boat only had cut bait." Sea life sightings included lots of porpoise while making mackerel baits about 10 miles out of Rocky Point, finback whales, and a large manta ray with a wingspan of about 10 feet at the fishing spot. Rocky Point fishing area weather was calm in the morning, with some afternoon wind and the water temperature at 77 degrees.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: John Hilderbrand of Jon Jen Charters said San Carlos yellowfin tuna action was up-and-down as commercial fishing boats moved into the area. "We went out and loaded up on tuna, and then the tuna boats arrived with their helicopters," Hilderbrand said. "Bam, no more fish." Fish counts included a few small dorado, lots of bonito and sierra, and some scattered marlin. Yellowtail fishing was expected to improve as San Carlos fishing area water temperatures cool.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Lalo Munoz of Masatun Sportfishing said the charter boat Sueltame fished 23 miles out of San Carlos on a heading of 210 degrees on Monday, finding "countless" porpoise and humpback whales and a catch of: 2 yellowfin tuna to 26 pounds and 1 dorado. "We trolled through the porpoise for hours," Munoz said. "Finally, we hooked up." The Sueltame scored its fish in 78-degree water and calm seas, trolling Mean Joe Green and Zuker yellow-green feathers. Fishing aboard the Sueltame were anglers Jason Henault, and Bud Curtis and Brad Cobi of North Carolina.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of Catch-22 Sportfishing said San Carlos boats did well on yellowtail tuna of 25 to 35 pounds on Wednesday about 20 miles out as the charter boats Catch-22, Catch-22 Pez Vela, and Catch-22 Rubina reported a total catch of: 23 tuna, 3 dorado, and 1 marlin. "The other 7 or 8 boats there all did well," Calvert said. San Carlos fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with the water temperature at about 79 degrees.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 55 Aries Fleet offshore charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 15 blue marlin, 26 sailfish, 1 striped marlin, and 199 dorado from small to 40 pounds. "It was another record breaker for blue marlin although most of them were less than 300 pounds," Edwards said. Seven inshore boats scored a variety catch of: 2 roosterfish, 22 jack crevalle, 3 dorado, 49 pargo, 1 corvina, 51 permit, 15 mojarra, and 70 triggerfish. Mazatlan fishing area weather was in the mid-80s, with light winds, partly cloudy skies, and the water temperature even at 83 to 84 degrees. Offshore boats fished mostly with rigged baits 22 to 30 miles southwest of Mazatlan.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago reported a catch including a 295-pound yellowfin tuna weighed on a certified scale after it was landed aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla with Capt. Danny Osuna. "It exploded on a cabbie that was skipping behind the kite late in the afternoon on Nov. 6th about 6 miles west of Corbeteña," Erickson said. "It was the best strike I have ever seen in person or on TV or video. The big vacona came all the way out of the water on the take and sent white water flying everywhere." In 3 days of fishing aboard the Marla, Erickson caught 8 tuna, including the 295 pounder and several over 100 pounds. For his 2007 Puerto Vallarta fishing season of several trips with Marla's Sportfishing, Erickson's record was: at least 10 tuna of 100 to 200 pounds, 1 small blue marlin, 4 black marlin including one at 500 pounds and 1 in the 700-pound class, and 3 big yellowfin tuna of 295 to 322 pounds. "Thanks one more time to Capt. Danny and first mate Alvino for a great season and memories that will last a lifetime," Erickson said. Puerto Vallarta fishing area offshore weather was ideal in the 90s, with light winds and blue-green water in the low-80s.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters Sportfishing & Tackle reported 32 dorado of 35 to 40 pounds plus 2 sailfish caught during release action at Punta Mita by anglers April Brennan, Bob Haggerty, and David Brennan. "The dorado were caught casting goggle eyes in a boil of dorado at Punta Mita where the fishing has been on fire." Gabruk said. "They released a sailfish and came in with one after it was gut hooked and died. The hot spot has been just off the point at Punta Mita."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said 82-degree water was just off the beach again after a period of cold currents and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing boats were again averaging about 2 sailfish per day plus some dorado. Inshore roosterfish action was slow in high surf conditions. "Large waves hampered our efforts to get tight to the beach where the roosterfish hang out," Kunze said. "The roosters are usually right at the wave break, but with high surf this week, it's too dangerous to get close to them. The migration of more northerly roosterfish is starting to move into the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. December is one of our best months for roosterfish, but this run is almost completely over by mid-January."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Earlier, Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Capt. Temo reported the cold current moving blue water out to the 20-mile mark. "The cooler water does slow down the offshore bite and last week was no exception," Edwards said. "Several strikes from striped marlin were reported which is the norm in cold water conditions." Four offshore and inshore outings by Ixtapa sportfishing captains Temo, Adolofo, and Jose produced a catch of: 3 dorado, 21 bonito, and 8 jack crevalle.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Mario Anzoátegui of the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun reported few anglers in the area but fishing productive, as 4 short outings produced a catch of: 4 tuna, 6 king mackerel, 2 barracuda, and 1 red snapper. "Mario said that the number of sportfishing charters doesn't start to pick up at Cancun until the cold and snowy season arrives in the U.S.," Edwards said. "He recommends that a 6-hour minimum charter length is much better than 4-hours, allowing for a significant increase in fishing time."