LORETO, MEXICO: As local Loreto fishing boats enjoyed good post-spawn action for yellowtail close to town, Bill Erhardt of the boat Soledad reported early season dorado also arriving in numbers last week at Isla Catalan to the south.
"Right on cue during the first week in May, dorado swarming off Loreto continued to increase in size and number to include many fish in the 30 to 40-pound class," Erhardt said. "While billfish in the Loreto area continue to be picky, the voracious dorado will hit just about anything presented to them and then spit up stomachs full of squid."
Erhardt fished east of Isla Catalana in an area pocked with sardina bait boils, 8 to 12-inch squid, and "the first school of flying fish I have seen this year," he said, plus "many clumps of floating seaweed and a few nicely formed paddies as far as 50 miles offshore." One weed paddy east of the island produced 7 dorado into the 20-pound class. "Two trips to Catalana last week yielded a total of 20 dorado taken on marlin feathers, with 2 over 30 pounds," Erhardt said. "A 35 pounder caught on Saturday placed third in the Loreto Governor's Cup fishing tournament. First place in the torneo went to Mirella Ramirez, wife of Loreto's mayor, who presented a 41-pound yellowtail at the weigh-in." Another outing by Erhardt's boat east of the Loreto canyon found no yellowfin tuna but 2 more small dorado. Loreto fishing area water temperatures ranged from 73 to 77 degrees, with clear blue color offshore and mostly comfortable sea conditions but some periods of fluky afternoon wind.
LORETO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo reported on a week of fishing at Loreto aboard Gene Story's super panga Chili Queen for 3 yellowtail under the 30-pound qualifying weight in the Governor's Cup tournament. On another day, Roos and Story made a long run 27 miles to the southeast of Punta Lobos at the north end of Isla Carmen with Loreto Capt. Andres aboard for a wide-open bite on catch-and-release dorado found swarming around a whale carcass in water at 71 to 72 degrees.
"It was the largest school of dorado any of us had ever seen," Roos said. "For an hour or so, every cast was a hookup. I caught 10 dorado myself, all on the jig, releasing all but 2. Each of us had a dorado over 30 pounds and a couple more were over 20 pounds." Roos said that when some dorado was taken to be prepared at a Loreto restaurant, "They couldn't believe it was dorado as there was none in the markets and nobody had brought dorado in yet this year. This was the first!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company at Loreto said the spring post-spawn yellowtail bite was on at Isla Carmen with lots of hungry fish of 20 to 40 pounds and her boats were not going out any farther. "Fishing is really good for yellowtail, pargo, and cabrilla," Bolles said. "We have been having a seriously wide-open yellowtail bite. The best locations are on the north side of Isla Carmen and the key is to get out there early. Once the yellowtail finish their spawn they feed like there's no tomorrow and that's what they're doing right now off Isla Carmen, taking flylined live baits or lightweight jigs. They are in thick schools and competition amongst them is very intense. The yellowtail are now starting to show more breezing behavior, coming up for a few seconds and then diving down and moving to another spot, and as water temperatures rise they will start to feed below the surface where the water is cooler."
Bolles also noted that Baja Big Fish Company will be moving out of its new downtown Loreto store space due to the recent discovery that the landlord they were renting from apparently did not own the building. "I have to move my shop," Bolles said. "A partial, civil explanation is posted on my website, Bajabigfish.com. We'll be fine."
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the historic Hotel Oasis at Loreto reported on 13 pangas fishing locally in good, wind-free conditions during the week, with a catch of: 43 yellowtail of 22 to 31 pounds, and 1 amberjack of 38 pounds. "The fishing has been taking place from Punta Perico to Punta Lobos on Isla Carmen," Zapata said. "We have calm seas, no wind, and plenty of yellowtail." Hotel Oasis anglers Michael Volding and Emily Olson scored 4th place in the Baja state Governor's Cup fishing tournament with a yellowtail of 30.8 pounds. Other anglers fishing with Hotel Oasis Capts. Isidro Mendoza, Martín Perpuli, Martín Davis Castro, Antonio Davis Castro, Alfonso Susarrey, and Servando Davis included Mary Ann Altaffer, Warren Givens, Dennis Ratlief, Terry Mcintire, David Mcintire, Jay Mcintire, Bruce Devilbiss, Michael Fey, and Donna Fey.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet at Ensenada said his beach launched pangas fishing at Punta Banda scored Mexican sportfishing limits or near limits all week long on mixed bottom fish including lingcod, red rockcod, a few sculpin, Johnny bass, chuckleheads, assorted bottom species, and Humboldt giant squid. Anglers fishing on the charter pangas Vonny I with Capt. Beto, Vonny III with Capt. Vicente, and Vonny IV with Capt. Hector included Dave and Brenda Robu, Jack Johnson, John Midgeot, Melin Vertier, Eileen and Tom Kennedy, Kathleen and Frank Piedimonte of New York, and Beatriz Cardonoso, Gabriel Cardonoso, and Manuel Garcia, all of Baja California. Ensenada fishing area weather was overcast at 60 degrees, with light winds, ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet, and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 58 degrees.
Villarino also noted a change in Vonny's Fleet's morning panga launching time from the beach at Campo Villarino, with regular fishing days starting 1 hour earlier, at 6 a.m., and ending at 12 noon.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Tere Castro of Castro's Camp on the Baja coast south of Ensenada at Erendira reported about 15 boats fishing during the past 2 weeks, for good counts of mixed rockcods, lingcod, and whitefish, plus some bonita, halibut, and yellowtail starting to appear. "The yellowtail are starting to show," Castro said. "We've been deep fishing with bait or Scampis and we are catching about 4 or 5 a day." Baja coastal fishing weather was sunny and mostly wind-free, with water temperatures at 59 to 60 degrees.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of San Quintin's Pedro's Pangas sportfishing service reported light winds during the week. "There was nothing to keep the boats from going out fishing," Hillis said, "including even the smaller pangas. Everybody that went out got easy limits of reds and lings and there has been a great bite on large Johnny bass." Hillis said he fished 2 miles off the point on Tuesday with Pedro's Pangas' Capt. Hector for easy Mexican sportfishing limits in 2 hours. "All the good-eating fish you want," he said.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jose Angel Pacheco of the Cedros Outdoor Adventures Baja fly-down fishing service reported on a commercial fishing outing at the north end of Isla Cedros by a Mexican fisherman from the cooperativa with a catch of 2 yellowtail of about 44 pounds. Central Pacific Baja coastal fishing area weather was overcast with winds moderating after several days of rough seas.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Shari Bondy of Baja Bed & Breakfast at Bahia Asuncion said the Mexican commercial abalone harvest season was in full swing last week as pangas worked the Baja coastline with divers. "The boats are bringing in around 150 kilos a day," Bondy said. "This will be the last week of the season. The boats have been able to fill their quota quickly. We had very good weather and not much swell to impede the divers who gather abalone very close to the rocks on shore. We have been enjoying treating our friends to fresh abalone this month and look forward to the 'caracol' turban shell season next. They are like conch, absolutely delicious."
Few sportfishing boats went out at Bahia Asuncion but Capt. Juan Arce of Arce Bros. Sportfishing did make a trip with clients for some nice calico bass and a big grouper lost in the kelp. Bondy noted that Baja Bed & Breakfast is now associated with the Cedros Outdoor Adventures fly-down sportfishing service with flights to Baja fishing locations from Ensenada. "The van picks you up in San Diego and whisks you to Ensenada to board your charter flight," Bondy said. "I can personally vouch for Jose Angel Pacheco who is the head of Cedros Outdoor Adventures. He is a very professional, knowledgeable, bilingual guide whom I have known since the late 80s." Information, Bahiaasuncion.com.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported few sportfishing anglers in the Magdalena Bay area, with some small yellowtail and a few skipjack and bonito caught in cool water outside the San Carlos entrada, and some flurries of sierra just inside. "The tricky part is getting to them before they sink out," Graham said. Good halibut action continued on shallow beaches including Punta Belcher. Some snook, corvina, and pargo were reported north of Puerto Lopez Mateos, but no sportfishing boats targeted them. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 62 to 70 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet Sportfishing at Cabo San Lucas reported 51 percent of charters releasing striped marlin during the week, 1 boat with a broadbill swordfish, 39 percent with dorado, 1 wahoo at 45 pounds, and a total of 573 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds caught despite concentrated commercial purse seiner fishing just a couple of miles off the beach. "One day we counted 19 super seiners dropping their nets and working with spotter helicopters," Ehrenberg said. "As you can imagine Cabo San Lucas locals were outraged. However Mexican law does not consider tuna a sport fish, and tuna boats can fish anywhere except within a conservation zone. We have a conservation zone that runs from land’s end to Cabo Pulmo and is about 3 miles wide, but these tuna guys were professionals coming within 1 degree of the conservation zone. At our request, the Navy and Fish and Game went out to inspect the boats' gear and permits. The report was that all was in order, but nevertheless it got local people's blood boiling. We had good tuna catches despite the seiners but it did drop off considerably after they were in the area." Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was clear, with some early morning fog and moderate chop on the Pacific side. Local water temperatures averaged 74 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 25 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 21 striped marlin, 17 dorado, and 126 yellowfin tuna of 12 to 18 pounds. "Most Cabo San Lucas boats got back on some of the regrouped yellowfin tuna," Edwards said as local waters recovered from earlier commercial fishing. "Cabo billfish catching is still pretty good. The fish are seemingly contained for the most part from Cabeza de Ballena to Punta Gorda." Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was in the low-90s, with a sharp water temperature break running southwards from Cabo Falso, and ocean surface temperatures at 65 degrees on the Pacific side and 75 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 77 Cabo San Lucas sportfishing charters, with a catch including released fish of: 6 sailfish, 77 striped marlin 203 yellowfin tuna, 45 dorado, 7 wahoo, 12 sierra, 6 jack crevalle, 6 skipjack, 2 yellowtail, 2 mako shark, and 6 bonita.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of the Baja Anglers fly fishing guide service at Cabo San Lucas reported good inshore action on fly and spinning gear for yellowtail, roosterfish, sierra, jacks, and dog snapper, including an outing on the charter boat Flying Fish IV that scored a spinning tackle 50-pound roosterfish for Doug Semlerd of Virginia. Offshore fishing was slightly slower for 1 to 3 striped marlin per day, with dorado to about 20 pounds mixed in. Yellowfin tuna were much slower after the recent commercial net boat assault at Los Cabos, but was still producing fish. "The tuna have mostly left or been caught by the commercial fishing boats," Hartman said. "It's not the crazy action Cabo San Lucas had a few weeks ago but you can still catch 6 to 10 tuna a day."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Durance Lowendick of Marlin Masters Sportfishing at Cabo San Lucas reported most charters with 1 to 3 striped marlin during the week. "The best spots have been back on the Golden Gate seamount in the Pacific and the area 1 to 3 miles south of the land's end arch, as well as the 95 and 1150 spots in the Sea of Cortez," Lowendick said. Offshore counts also included school-sized yellowfin tuna and some dorado into the 50-pound plus class. Inshore fishing produced continued Humboldt squid near the cruise ships off Medano Beach, plus active concentrations of roosterfish and sierra mackerel.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing super panga Cheer's reported on 5 outings during the week with a total of 10 anglers, for a catch including released fish of: 1 good-sized yellowtail, 16 yellowtail of 7 to 8 pounds caught in less than an hour on jigs at the arch, 3 more yellowtail of small to 6 pounds at the arch, 4 amberjack of 1 to 2 pounds, 4 bonito of 3 to 4 pounds, 9 roosterfish of 2 to 5 pounds, 2 small skipjack, 37 sierra of 3 to 9 pounds, and 1 giant Humboldt squid of about 20 pounds. The Cheer's fished with live bait, octopus hoochies, and trolled lures on Cortez side beaches in water temperatures of 69 to 71 degrees and some windy sea conditions. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's included Carl Shakhnis of Canada, Sean Kostenuk and Ken Bond of Canada, Daniel Sinclitico, Ron Miller, Lara Miller, John Wilbanks, Cathy Wilbanks, and Raymond Hartounian and Hovik Khachekian of Los Angeles, Calif.
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: 8 striped marlin, 3 boats with Mexican sportfishing limits of yellowfin tuna at 10 to 30 pounds, 22 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, and 2 dorado of 25 to 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported plentiful striped marlin found close to Cabo San Lucas but the fish reluctant to bite on some days early in the week. "From just off the lighthouse on the Pacific side around to the Punta Gorda area the marlin were everywhere," Landrum said. "Early in the week they were on the surface sleeping and tailing and unfortunately they were also full on squid. You could throw baits to 25 fish and be lucky to find 1 or 2 hungry. At the end of the week the ratio improved and most boats were able to catch between 2 and 4 per trip." Live bait available at the Cabo San Lucas marina included continued caballito, plus mackerel brought to port by the live bait boat. Inshore pangas did well on roosterfish to 15 pounds, yellowtail to 15 pounds, sierra to 8 pounds, and an assortment of bottom fish including snapper and grouper to 10 pounds.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 55 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing out of San Jose del Cabo's Puerto Los Cabos marina, with a catch including released fish of: 17 yellowfin tuna, 24 dorado, 2 mako shark, 8 striped marlin, 142 yellowtail, 74 roosterfish, 8 pompano, 13 cabrilla, 6 amberjack, 78 Mexican bonito, and 122 sierra. Brictson noted the continued slow tuna action following the local campaign by a fleet of Mexican commercial purse seiners and with some commercial boats still working the area. "The seiners are gone now," Brictson said. "But the damage has been done. However, a few tuna are now moving onto the Gordo Banks, a nicer grade of fish to 50 pounds, and we have seen even larger ones. There is lots of bait in the water and the fish are moving fast, hard to entice." Los Cabos sportfishing pangas targeted yellowtail and dorado at the Gordo Banks, in variable ocean conditions and water temperatures of 73 to 77 degrees. Inshore fishing pangas concentrated on sierra, roosterfish, yellowtail, and Mexican bonito from Punta Palmilla to Chileno.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Rudy Gonzalez of Cypress, Calif., reported on a 27th wedding anniversary trip to Los Cabos with his wife Tina, staying at the Best Western Posada Real and fishing a day out of Cabo San Lucas for a first-ever striped marlin, and another panga day out of San Jose del Cabo for some yellowtail to 25 pounds, 1 grouper, and 1 dorado at 25 pounds. At Cabo San Lucas, Gonzalez described the outing that produced his marlin plus 1 dorado of 15 pounds and a jack crevalle, saying, "As I fought the jack crevalle to the boat, the captain cast a bait out and soon after I got hit by a dorado. We kept him in the water in hope of hooking his buddies, and the captain again cast out another bait on my 50-pound rod. Soon after, the line peeled off the reel. When I locked it up the water erupted with a nice-sized marlin. I fought it for 45 minutes. We decided to harvest it due to the number of hungry friends we had."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said plenty of billfish and dorado were being seen throughout East Cape's Bahia las Palmas but the fish were feeding on abundant squid and were lethargic. "But one boat threw out a handful of sardina bait to see if there were any dorado hanging out, only to have the sea erupt as a school of sailfish ran down every last one," Graham said. East Cape boats reported some larger dorado at 35 to 40 pounds, and one hotel reported 2 blue marlin landed. Yellowfin tuna were scarce as Mexican commercial purse seiners were spotted at East Cape. "I guess the large schools of tuna have left the building, compliments of the seiners," Graham said. Beach fishing produced a mix of ladyfish, pompano, and a some smaller roosterfish and jack crevalle. East Cape fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 66 to 78 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ana Lizeth Velazquez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 26 boats, with 79 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 19 dorado, 44 roosterfish, 1 shark, 1 snapper, 7 bonita, 3 triggerfish, and 19 cabrilla. Top fish caught during the East Cape Fiesta de Pesca event sponsored by Western Outdoor News included a 38.8-pound dorado, and another dorado of 40.7 pounds that took first place for the week. East Cape fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 71 to 74 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jeff deBrown of East Cape's The Reel Baja flying fishing guide service reported good fishing weather except for 1 midweek day of rough seas and strong north wind, and East Cape beach fishing "pretty good" for smaller roosterfish and jack crevalle plus some pompano and ladyfish. "The wind has died and the seas are back to being flat," deBrown said. "If you spend some time on the beach you will get your shots." Inshore boats saw good numbers of bonito and more roosterfish and jacks that were still into their spring spawn routine. Good numbers of striped marlin and sailfish were landed by offshore boats fishing from East Cape northwards to the 88 bank outside Isla Cerralvo. Larger dorado were also caught, including an unconfirmed 73 pounder reported. East Cape fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 67 to 78 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Larry Cooper of En Caliente Sportfishing at East Cape reported dorado of 30 to 56 pounds, 1 boat releasing 15 sailfish, and a run to the 88 bank by the charter boat En Caliente for a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 2 dorado at 32 and 49 pounds, and 1 wahoo of 67 pounds. "They shot up to Punta Perico and scored sardines, then ran out to the 88 spot east of Isla Cerralvo," Cooper said. "All the action was from the 88 then south 8 to 10 miles."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending April 24, 2008, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 138 charter boats from combined sportfishing fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 396 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 139 striped marlin, 35 sailfish, 221 dorado, 4 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 1 pompano, 15 roosterfish, and 1 mako shark. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 66 to 76 degrees and some days of moderate wind. "Most of the action this week was reported to the north," Moyers said. "It was off Punta Pescadero, Punta Perico, and Isla Cerralvo. Scattered action was also reported to the south off La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazaly of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service said water temperatures at depth on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were in the mid-70s, with visibility at 45 to 50 feet, not counting fish obstructions. "When we dropped down at El Bajo we could barely see 10 feet due to bigeye jacks numbering in the hundreds of thousands," Cazaly said. "It was a swarm of biblical proportions. It took all my concentration to keep tabs on my divers." Other sea life sightings on the coral reef and northwards off Punta Pescadero included sea turtles, schools of golden cownose rays, continued mobula manta rays, various grunts, guitarfish, Panamic porkfish, eels, cabrilla, surgeonfish, scorpionfish, and a species of nudibranch new to Cazaly. "I had previously not seen it before," Cazaly said. "I've been scanning my books but haven't come across it yet."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing at La Paz said cool northerly winds blew on some days and stopped his south side pangas from running out to the more distant locations around Isla Cerralvo and the offshore buoys. On good weather days, Tortuga pangas caught lots of pargo lisa and pargo perro to 30 or 40 pounds at Isla Cerralvo, plus many cabrilla and sierra. "On days when we also got out to the buoys we caught good dorado to 40 pounds," Hernandez said. "There are a lot of marlin and sailfish, and we are releasing them." Good concentrations of sardina bait was available at the island and also along the Baja coast at Punta Perico. "We've also been using Rapalas with good results these last few days," Hernandez said. Anglers fishing south of La Paz with Tortuga during the week included Steve Hamilton of Alaska, who did well on pargos, cabrilla, and sailfish with Capt. Nufo Lucero.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International at La Paz said, "We did a lot more inshore fishing this week as windy conditions outside made it tough to get to some of the spots like the 88 bank and El Bajo. But fishing inshore, we caught an abundance of species including big pargo, cabrilla, and roosterfish that everyone kept occupied, as well with sierra, small yellowtail, pompano, and the appearance of amberjack." Top catches during the week included a nice African pompano landed by 12-year-old Sebastian Villareal of Rosarito Beach, Baja California.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline, Calif., said Mulege fishing area weather was warming up, with calm mornings but some unpredictable winds and choppy afternoon sea conditions. Local boats were catching yellowtail by making long runs to Isla San Marcos off Santa Rosalia to the north, or southwards to Punta Santa Teresa. "Most sport fishermen are sticking closer to Mulege and catching bottom fish due to the late morning or early afternoon winds," Grant said.
Grant also commented on the recent hijacking of a private plane at the Hotel Serenidad runway. "Of course, the general feeling was drug trafficking," Grant said. "Because of this incident a lot of changes have been taking place in the Mulege area. The army has moved back in at the airport and is making constant recons of the entire area. The marines have moved back in the garrison on the hill. There is a naval gun boat normally just off the lighthouse that has all but formed a blockade of Concepcion bay. Boat are still permitted in and out of the bay but everything is stopped at night. Eight to ten drug agents, fully armed, are making raids of known drug areas and boats and are making several arrests, and indeed are finding drugs. All of this is putting Mulege locals on edge and has had an effect on tourists and fly-ins. As we know, the internet boards are affected and tourists are just not crossing into Mexico."
MULEGE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Patti Higginbotham of Mulege reported local anglers finding yellowtail boiling at Isla Tortuga and good roosterfish action inside Bahia Concepción. "Mark at Buena Ventura is reporting the roosters practically running up on the beach in front of the restaurant," Higginbotham said. "Gary Bendix hooked a granddaddy while jigging and the beauty was boated, photographed, and released."
The Mulege Dorado Fishing Tournament was scheduled for May 30-31, 2008, with proceeds supporting local student scholarships, the Mulege fire department, and the Rotary dental clinic. Information, Mulegefishingtournaments.com.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported Santa Rosalia fishing area weather mostly in the 80s, with variable light winds, erratic water temperatures ranging from 66 to 73 degrees, and fishing variable from so-so to very good. A run out to Isla Tortuga with Kevin Ward of the San Diego party boat Searcher and Chris Randel of the boat Indian found excellent surface yellowtail action and a count of 15 yellowtail, 5 leopard grouper, and 1 big sheephead. "We started on the southern end of Tortuga," Kanzler said. "Around noon we had about 8 yellowtail on the boat, and then a big patch of yellowtail decided to float right off the bow. It was about 200 to 300 fish easy! We had triple hookups on surface iron. One-hundred meters farther out, they up and float again, another triple on the iron. To end our day on an ecstatic note, we left them floating. However, fishing down here has still not jelled. Fishing te next 3 days on a charter, I totaled 5 yellowtail on one day and was skunked the next 2 days. That's how it goes."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Bruno south of Santa Rosalia reported air and water temperatures below seasonable norms and fishing slower than expected during the week. "The famous bajos of San Marcos Island are still in the doldrums and the better action is being found a long boat ride away at Tortuga Island," Anderson said. A run to Isla Tortuga with Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos produced yellowtail, cabrilla, and a surprise mako shark. "I thought I had hooked a billfish when the line started running for the surface and I hollered that it might be getting ready to jump," Anderson said. "But to our surprise a mako exploded out of the water." Another run to Isla Tortuga following reports of good surface yellowtail action produced just 1 medium sawtail grouper.
Anderson noted the annual Isla San Marcos Yellowtail Shootout Tournament scheduled for May 16-18, 2008, saying, "If you are in the area it is a wonderful opportunity to fish with some really knowledgeable people, learn a few things, help out a great cause with your entry money, and be a part of some great giveaway prizes and awards." Information, IslaSanMarcos.com.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a 3-day trip by the panga mothership Andrea Lynn, returning to San Felipe on May 5, 2008, with a catch of: 32 cabrilla, 25 yellowtail, 1 leatherback grouper, 56 sierra, and a good count of miscellaneous fish including spotted bay bass and corvina. For the short 3-day outing, the Andrea Lynn fished nearby locations at Roca Consag, Isla San Luis or Salvatierra, and the Golden Reef.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: The Andrea Lynn also returned to San Felipe from a 6-day trip on May 1, 2008, with charter master Ted Heckman and 24 anglers and a catch of: 223 cabrilla, 132 yellowtail, 4 grouper, 57 sierra mackerel, and 343 miscellaneous fish, including sheephead, spotted bass, and triggerfish. The Andrea Lynn fished in some windy conditions at Refugio, Cardonosa, Punta Diablo, Ensenada Grande, and the area around Bahia San Luis Gonzaga. "The water is still a little cool for good fishing in the San Francisquito and Isla San Lorenzo areas," Kerby said.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Sr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on May 2, 2008, with a fish count taken by crew member Fily Espinoza Montez of: 55 yellowtail of 16 to 23 pounds, 3 grouper of 45 to 81 pounds, 4 white seabass of 18 to 28 pounds, 203 cabrilla of 12 to 16 pounds, 66 Humboldt giant squid of 20 to 35 pounds, 4 red snapper at 14 pounds, 27 sheephead of 12 to 16 pounds, Mexican sportfishing limits of spotted bay bass, and 20 miscellaneous fish.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Jon Jen Charters of San Carlos reported very good yellowtail action early in the week with all boats loading up easily on the surface. "They were saying they could have almost gaffed the fish," Jon Jen said. Dorado were rumored in warming water temperatures 17 miles out of San Carlos as local boats fishing later in the week found yellowtail active but picky, and goldspotted bass and ocean whitefish were caught on the bottom. San Carlos fishing area water temperatures were at 71 degrees offshore, with green color, and 68 degrees near the harbor.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of Catch-22 Sportfishing at San Carlos reported good action for the charter boat Pez Vela at Isla San Pedro Nolasco with some outings getting Mexican yellowtail limits by noon or earlier. "Fishing the knife jigs has worked awesome," Almada said. "San Carlos water temperatures were at 69 to 70 degrees and our fishing depths were from 100 to 250 feet. Pink and green were hot!"
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Sean Lawley of Sierra Vista, Ariz., reported on a run across the Sea of Cortez to Isla Tortuga by his boat Just-In-Case for a catch of several grouper including a nice one on a green-red MirrOlure plus a couple of yellowtail in green, rough water at 68 to 69.5 degrees. "We headed in to Santa Rosalia and stayed the night," Lawley said. "The next day we headed back to San Carlos in high winds and rough seas." Also fishing aboard the Just-In-Case were Capt. Arturo Biaz, David Rothschiller, and Barry Albrect.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 26 Aries Fleet offshore charter boats fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 3 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 2 yellowfin tuna, and 9 dorado. "Unfortunately, Mazatlan fishing continues in a transitional state and boats are having to work very hard for a single strike," Edwards said. Mazatlan fishing area weather was partly cloudy and mostly calm at 90 degrees, with water temperatures at 72 to 73 degrees near shore and 76 degrees farther out. Aries Fleet boats searched for fish in a wide area, working mostly with slow-trolled rigged baits.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Jim Penn of Mazatlan Ocean Front Inn reported slow offshore fishing but improving action inshore. "We are getting some jacks, some pargo, we still have some corvina, and some snook are starting to show," Penn said. "We also are starting to see some roosterfish. Fish can be caught around the islands while trolling and also near the surf around the rocks near shore." For offshore fishing, Penn said, "Everybody is waiting for the dorado buoys to go out and the water to heat up some more so the warm water species start to move in. I don't have any real numbers but I think we are averaging about 1 fish for every 2.5 boat trips offshore."Mazatlan.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr. Marlin Sportfishing at Puerto Vallarta reported Roca Corbeteña busy with yellowfin tuna of 30 to 80 pounds, but the fish feeding on small crabs and reluctant to hit bait. "We're doing everything we can but most days were only getting 2 to 3 tuna hookups," Moll said. "We've had a few better days with up to 10 tuna, but I wouldn't count on it." An area of warm water 30 to 50 miles northwest of Punta Mita yielded a catch of 47 tuna of 20 to 30 pounds in about 3 hours. Billfish were slow, but Roca Corbeteña produced good action for 5 to 10 pargo per day at 10 to 40 pounds. Inshore fishing around Punta Mita and other northward spots found roosterfish of 40 to 60 pounds, amberjack, jack crevalle, and sierra. "Very soon we're going to start seeing lots more tuna at El Banco, more sailfish, and more dorado everywhere, but in the meantime we have more than enough to keep us busy," Moll said.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing at Puerto Vallarta said offshore fishing was off-and-on, but one session on a floating log just outside the bay scored 43 dorado plus 4 tuna to about 30 pounds. Roca Corbeteña showed no signs of blue marlin, black marlin, or giant yellowfin tuna, but smaller tuna were present. "This is the earliest we have seen the small tuna and the big guys are usually right behind," Quinonez said. "I think this will be a banner year down here at Puerto Vallarta." Fishing inside the bay produced many jack crevalle to 30 pounds and heavier.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said blue water was located about 12 miles out and sailfish were found 12 to 15 miles out with some double and triple strikes reported. "The Vamonos II reported a 7-sailfish day and Secuestro de Amor had a 3-sailfish day along with jack crevalle, pompano, and bonitos," Edwards said. The annual Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sportfishing tournament had about 130 boats entered and 5 new cars were awarded for the 3 largest sailfish, the largest marlin, and the largest dorado. Ixtapa fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with mostly good sea conditions and water temperatures at 80 degrees inshore and 82 degrees at 12 miles out, with clear color. Offshore boats fished mostly with slow-trolled rigged baits.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The fly, said inshore fly fishing was slow on roosterfish and jack crevalle during a run southwards to Puerto Vicente Guerrero. "But Capt. Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos told me he is getting good jack crevalle action up around Saladitas about an hour's boat ride to the north," Kunze said. The winning sailfish in the recent tournament weighed just 38 kilos or about 84 pounds. "This is a record low for weights in the 32-year history of the annual tournament," Kunze said. "Capt. Cali told me there were a lot of fish, but almost all of them were below the 30-kilo mark." Ixtapa fishing area weather was in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 11 outings by the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 1 white marlin, 16 dorado, 4 Atlantic barracuda, 3 king mackerel, 5 bonito, 1 yellowfin tuna, and 2 mutton snapper. "Longer charter fishing days of 6 to 8 hours have been producing better results," Edwards said. "The first white marlin of the season was taken this week aboard the boat Aries VI along with a barracuda, a king mackerel, and a dorado." Cancun fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with moderate easterly winds and stable water temperatures at 82 degrees in all directions. Most boats fished with ballyhoo, or halfbeak, baits.
MEXICO: David Burns of the El Manglar Restaurant at Tecolutla on the Mexican Atlantic coast near Veracruz reported a 78-kilo, or about 172-pound, tarpon winning the town's recent tarpon fishing tournament. About 50 boats from Tecolutla and the neighboring town of Gutierrez Zamora fished in the tournament for 3 days and landed only 6 tarpon, or sábalo in Spanish, most of them on the second day, but the fish were very respectable, all over 100 pounds.
"The tournament champion, Omar Montesoro of 'the next town' Gutierrez Zamora brought in the tourney winning monster after a long but rewarding fight," Burns said. "For his efforts he drove away in a new car packed with all sorts of goodies. The third day of the tournament was a wash, except for a stingray. When I asked Capt. Cero why, he replied, 'Look, if I go to a party and there is lots of fighting I don’t go back. It's the same for the fish.'"
Burns said tournament anglers fished at a spot about half-an-hour out called "Los Pinos." "Shore is visible," he said. "Anglers look for top water activity of sardines getting decimated, or they simply watch for jumping tarpon. They use heavy rods and reels and giant 'japonés' hooks, called circle hooks in English. They find the fish and troll with a dead whole saberfish, or machete, hooked through its snout. Once you get hit, you let the tarpon run for quite a bit, then set yourself down and start reeling for anywhere up to an hour-and-a-half."