SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the San Quintin fishing week ending July 27, 2009, Marita Melville of Don Eddie's Landing reported some boats finding good catches of white seabass south of the boca in generally calm seas and water temperatures averaging about 61 degrees.
Three outings to Socorro and around the Presidente by Capt. Juan Cook had a combined catch of 21 white seabass to 62 pounds, and another boat had 3 fish.
"On one day, Capt. Juan and Don Eddie came back in with 8 nice white seabass, and Fred Palmer and Bobby Palmer came back with the 3," Melville said. "Both boats were back on shore by 11 a.m." Both boats used chrome Krocodiles.
One outing by the charter boat Sofia produced 5 white seabass from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., also on Krocodiles.
San Quintin fishing area weather was mostly sunny and warm, with good sea conditions.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported San Quintin fishing area weather as overcast in the mornings, with afternoon sun warming up to the high-70s.
Dorado and larger yellowtail were caught on offshore kelp paddies, and some boats scored white seabass to the south at Socorro. Tuna species were scarce offshore.
Yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds plus some smaller fish were caught by anglers John Ellis and Daniel Venegas of Upland, Calif., during an outing aboard the charter boat Romy with Capt. Hector.
Also scoring yellowtail were George Alfaro and his wife Siami of Torrance, Calif., who fished aboard the boat Paloma with Capt. Miguel.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the Ensenada boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported "flag-waving cars in both downtowns" as he drove through Tijuana and Ensenada following Mexico's 5-0 soccer victory over the U.S. in New Jersey on July 26, 2009.
The Bad Dog departed Marina Coral at 0200 on Saturday morning for a catch of just 1 dorado at 14 pounds during more than 100 miles of fishing.
"We found dozens of huge kelp paddies," Ross said. "They were all empty except for one which had large boils everywhere but places where we were stopped.
"We slow trolled baits for nada and threw iron over the top for nada. I presume these were the 40-pound bluefin tuna we heard about.
"There were 2 super seiners with their nets capturing live tuna for the pen that was being trolled around them.
"The dorado ate a trolled Mean Joe Green Zucker 3.5 lure. We got one jig strike all day and covered the entire Inner Banks area in very warm blue water up to 72 degrees. I metered a lot of fish at 1,500 feet all day long and we trolled until sundown."
Ross noted radio reports during the day including 2 marlin lost by Capt. David Silva on the Azteca II.
On the following morning, the Bad Dog fished between north and south Todos Santos Islands but missed on the white seabass reported in that area the previous day by the Quest out of Sergio's Sportfishing.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jose Angel Pacheco of Cedros Outdoor Adventures reported on a 9-angler fly-down trip to Isla Cedros off the Baja central Pacific coast for 4 days of good yellowtail action on local high spots around the south end of the island and good catches of yellowtail into the mid-30 pound class plus barracuda and calico bass.
Top outings included 62 yellowtail caught by three 28-foot pangas on July 18, 2009, and about 36 yellowtail the following morning.
"The group left happy and satisfied, and with about 250 pounds of filleted fish," Pacheco said. "For the whole trip, we had great, mostly sunny weather in the low-80s on the ocean. The water temperature was 65 to 70 degrees."
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BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Shari Bondy of Baja Bed & Breakfast at Bahia Asuncion reported warming water temperatures off the central Baja Pacific coast as local catches were led by calico bass and halibut around the kelp beds near the village following a period of unusually large surf.
Bondy noted the annual Bahia Asuncion Fishing Tournament and Fiesta scheduled for Aug. 12-16, 2009, with the fiesta including horse, boat, and car races, a rodeo, kids' rides, music, and dancing.
The tournament entry fee is 100 pesos for boats up to 31 feet long, and 25 pesos for the beach fishing division.
There will be one day of fishing on Aug. 15, 2009, with prizes up to 25,000 pesos.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 26 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Tuna Time, with a catch including released fish of: 19 striped marlin, 2 dorado, and 36 yellowfin tuna. Edwards noted the low dorado count and the continued unseasonable scarcity of warm-water blue and black marlin in Cabo San Lucas fishing waters during the current midsummer fishing period. "Dorado counts fell to a new low," he said. "Very few blue and black marlin have been taken so far. This is probably due to the lack of feed biomass, especially skipjack, dorado, and yellowfin tuna."
Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was mostly calm at 100 degrees, with water temperatures ranging from 80 degrees locally on the Pacific side to 87 degrees at the Gordo Banks on the Sea of Cortez side.
Cabo fishing boats searched in scattered action from about 10 to 15 miles southwest of the arch around into the Sea of Cortez.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the fishing week ending July 26, 2009, George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing at Cabo San Lucas reported water temperatures of 81 to 87 degrees and some blue and black marlin starting to show up. "The blue marlin seemed to be between the 95 and 1150 spots and averaged about 200 pounds, with a few in the 400 to 500-pound range," Landrum said. "I saw one angler on a panga fight a black marlin for 4 hours standing up with no fighting belt and a single-speed Penn Senator reel. Talk about old school!"
Yellowfin tuna action was improving slowly on fish of football-size to about 80 pounds, but dorado continued scarce. "For no reason that I can see, most Cabo fishing boats are lucky to get one dorado," Landrum said.
Inshore fishing around Cabo San Lucas produced a steady pick on roosterfish of about 15 to 20 pounds, but with some large to very large roosterfish also caught.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the Cabo San Lucas fishing week ending July 22, 2009, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet Sportfishing reported a total of 6 blue marlin in the count, as 57 percent of Pisces Fleet boats caught billfish also including 17 striped marlin and 4 sailfish. All but 3 of the billfish caught were released.
Forty percent of Pisces Fleet boats also caught yellowfin tuna, mostly of less than 20 pounds, and just a single dorado was caught during the week. Inshore boats caught jack crevalle, roosterfish, and a few yellowtail.
Cabo San Lucas area fishing weather was calm to moderate at 100 degrees, with water temperatures averaging 82 to 87 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 8 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 6 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 60 pounds, 1 wahoo of 40 pounds, 1 roosterfish of 20 pounds, and 1 dorado of 25 pounds.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 44 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing out of San Jose del Cabo's Puerto Los Cabos marina, with a catch including released fish of: 23 roosterfish, 23 dorado, 22 yellowfin tuna, 19 amberjack, 18 huachinango, 16 jack crevalle, 15 bonito, 12 pompano, 11 hammerhead shark, 10 yellow snapper, 9 grouper, 5 sailfish, 4 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, and 2 wahoo.
San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was hot and humid, with some local showers but no large tropical storms and water temperatures of 82 to 86 degrees. Ocean currents continued strong, causing variable fishing conditions and generally slower action.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: For the period of July 14-23, 2009, San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reported limited live bait supplies and overall slow action as 3 panga outings produced 75 fish of 15 species topped by a 49-pound broomtail grouper. Two surf fishing sessions produced 16 fish of 5 species. Overall catches and observations included 93 species, of which 19 were new to Snow's list.
Fish and fauna species caught or observed during the period included:
Argus moray eel, azure parrotfish, barred serrano, barred serrano, basket star, bat ray, beach flounder, big claw purple hermit crab, big scale goatfish, bigeye scad, bighead sand perch, black spot wrasse, blue barred parrotfish, blue bobo, blue stripped sea chub, bradley's sea star, broomtail grouper, brown sea urchin, brown seafan, bumphead parrotfish, bumpy orange gorgonian, calico lizardfish, california halibut, california lizardfish, california sea hare, cortez angelfish, cortez rainbow wrasse, crab sp., deep water sea fan, eel sp., finescale triggerfish, flag cabrilla, flag serrano, flagfin mojarra, flatiron herring, fortune jack, fringed flounder, gafftopsail pompano, goldeneyed tilefish, hairy crab sp., keeltail needlefish, king angelfish, latin grunt, longnose eagle ray, Mexican barracuda, Mexican barred pargo, Mexican goatfish, Mexican hogfish, Mexican hogfish, Mexican hogfish, Mexican sand perch, midling thread herring, mimetic midshipmen, miscellaneous shells., misspelled blenny, mojarra grunt, orange spiny sea rod, orangeside triggerfish, oval flounder, Pacific creolefish, Pacific flagfin mojarra, Pacific leopard flounder, Pacific mutton hamlet, Pacific mutton hamlet, Pacific needlefish, Pacific porgy, Pacific seahorse, Pacific snake eel, Panamic horse conch, Panamic sergeant major, pilotfish, rasptail skate, red gorgonian, red seafan, red snapper, red swim crab, rough searobin, sally lightfoot crabs, sand grunt, sargo, scalloped hammerhead shark, scissortail chromis, shafted bonefish, shark tooth (fossilized), shortfin scad, skipjack bonito, speckled flounder, speckled guitar fish, spinster wrasse, spiny sand star, splitnose searobin, spotback scorpionfish, spotted Pacific scorpionfish, staghorn hydrocoral, star net basket star, starry rockfish, striped bonito, swell shark, threadfin bass, tiger snake eel, white gorgonian, white mullet, whitesnout searobin, and yellowfin croaker.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported 139 East Cape boats fishing in the recent 5th Annual Van Wormer Resorts Dorado Shoot Out as the top dorado was weighed at 59.5 pounds by anglers Doug Arndt and Kiko Vega aboard the boat Fresh Catch. Other top catches included a 13-wahoo outing by the boat El Loco II with anglers Harvey and Mark Barish.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing at La Paz reported cloudy skies and some wind, but no rain for charter pangas fishing on the Las Arenas side south of the city. "Some pangas had difficulty reaching the fishing areas, and we also had problems in throwing the cast nets for bait," Hernandez said.
Tortuga Sportfishing pangas did continue to catch dorado of 25 to 30 pounds at the north end of Isla Cerralvo and at Las Cruces. "The wind is less today in our fishing areas," Hernandez said, "and we're hoping to get some bigger dorado now."
Some marlin were seen by Tortuga Sportfishing pangas, but anglers did not target them.
La Paz fishing area air temperatures were at 98 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: For the La Paz fishing week ending July 25, 2009, Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported an unexpectedly slow tuna bite during the new moon period. "So much for the 'dark of the moon.' I don't believe much in moon phases," Roldan said. "The tuna bite at Las Arenas took a downturn. Same with the wahoo."
Pangas fishing the La Paz side continued to catch dorado. "Everyone got fish," Roldan said. "It was pretty hard not to get bit. The smaller fish were in the channel between the islands and the larger bulls were on the high spots, it seemed. You looked for patches of weeds, or you simply looked for big pile-ups of boats!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Russell Stringham of Victorville, Calif., reported on 2 days of fishing by his family group at Loreto with Tito's Sportfishing and Arturo's Sportfishing for a total catch during fishing 10 to 20 miles north of town of: 1 sailfish, 5 dorado of 10 to 35 pounds, and 1 roosterfish out of 4 fish hooked along the Baja shore. "The fishing was spotty but we caught fish both days," Stringham said. "The second day, the water was calm and it was very hot and humid that morning. We saw several whales and manta rays. We've had better fishing, but it was a good trip and the best for my 2 sons, Austin and Gavin.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Duitsman of Hinkleyville, Calif., reported on a Baja fishing trip to Santa Rosalia to fish with 2 of his children, Holly, 19, and Cory, 8, for 3 days aboard their boat Daycare for Mexico fishing limits of dorado in water at 82 to 84 degrees found at Isla Tortuga, about 2 miles off San Bruno, and about 2 miles off Santa Rosalia. Most of the dorado were about 10 pounds in weight, but some were caught at 15 to 30 pounds.
"I keep my boat in the village of San Lucas," Duitsman said. "Never any trouble in 20 years. We spent most of our time wake boarding around Isla San Marcos, whale and dolphin watching, and snorkeling.
"We launched the boat at Santa Rosalia. There was all the mackerel you wanted in the marina, but the problem was that they were huge. The dorado were not jumping in the boat. We had too work for them.
"One day we found a large weed patch 2 miles out of San Bruno. The dorado looked like they were flying, chasing flying fish. Easy hook-ups.
"We caught 2 dorado on cut squid. We were told you can feed the dorado out of your hand at night! We saw them, and I believe it."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of The Longfin Tackle Store reported on 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trips by the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga motherships Jose Andres and Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on July 24, 2009, with a catch of:
Jose Andres, with charter master Charles Belnavis of Irwindale, Calif., and a total 18 anglers: 176 yellowtail of 18 to 40 pounds, 84 cabrilla of 8 to 14 pounds, 3 sheephead of 12 to 14 pounds, 96 spotted bay bass, 3 red snapper to 14 pounds, 2 dorado of 12 to 14 pounds, 3 white seabass of 35 to 50 pounds, 1 grouper of 65 pounds, and 132 miscellaneous and released fish. Midriff water temperatures averaged about 83 degrees.
Tony Reyes, with charter master Clarence Becker of Victorville, Calif., and a catch of: 366 yellowtail to 35 pounds, 144 cabrilla to 12 pounds, 97 bass to 12 pounds, 7 sheephead, 4 pargos, 10 dorado to 20 pounds, 123 corvina, 27 Humboldt giant squid to 44 pounds, and 97 miscellaneous the released fish.
The Tony Reyes fished in good sea conditions at Snake Island, Isla San Lorenzo, and San Francisquito. "Yellowtail were biting good near the bottom, with many fish lost to the rocks," Ward said. "The dorado were caught trolling."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jack Simpson of Mission Viejo, Calif., reported on his trip ending July 17, 2009, aboard the San Felipe panga mothership Tony Reyes for a total species count for the boat of 32 species including 3 species added to Simpson's personal list: the stone scorpionfish, blue crab, and corvina. "I now have 55 varieties documented," Simpson said. "The weather was hot and humid, and windy at times. The seas even kicked up a little on the way out of San Felipe on Sunday. Mackerel bait was available about half the time, and the fishing was great for yellowtail and corvina."
The Tony Reyes fished at Sea of Cortez Midriff locations including Isla Partida, Punta Suspiro, Isla Estanque, Asamblea, Las Animas, Punta Refugio, Gonzaga Bay, and the Islas Encantadas. The boat's fish count included: 438 yellowtail, 103 cabrilla, 82 spotted bass, 7 pargo, 7 sheephead, 7 whitefish, 3 dorado, and 337 corvina.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Art Pina of Tucson, Ariz., reported on a run out of Rocky Point by his boat Big Daddy for a catch in very hot conditions about 25 miles from port of 1 gulf grouper at 45 pounds, 1 good leopard grouper, and another gulf grouper that got away when a rod broke off at the handle. Also fishing aboard the Big Daddy were anglers Dick Johnson and a friend "Arturo." Rocky Point fishing area water temperatures were at 82 to 88 degrees offshore and 88 degrees near shore.
"The water was great, as flat as a pool of oil," Pina said. "But then the heat set in, and I was not able to get the boat to drift. There was no breeze whatsoever and it was hot and humid.
"Dick hooked up the not-so-nice grouper that broke the rod, and just like that, I saw his reel and the rest of his rod towed to the bottom. By then, everyone was feeling the heat, and we decided to call it a day."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 7 Aries Fleet offshore charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin of 280 pounds, 6 sailfish, 12 dorado, and 17 yellowfin tuna. Seventeen inshore super pangas had a catch of: Mexico fishing limits of dorado plus many releases.
"Both inshore and offshore fishing at Mazatlan were fabulous for the dorado," Edwards said. "It's a light tackle dream. Fly fishing enthusiasts are having a field day with the dorado."
Dorado of 12 to 20 pounds were concentrated at offshore buoys from 6 to 20 miles off Mazatlan.
Mazatlan fishing area weather was cloudy in the low-90s, with calm seas and water temperatures stable at 83 to 84 degrees. Blue marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna were caught by offshore boats fishing 22 to 25 miles southwest of Mazatlan. Dorado were fished with live and dead ballyhoo and caballito baits, strip baits, and a variety of lures. Rigged mullet baits worked best for sailfish.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Gabruk of Master Baiters Sportfishing & Tackle at Puerto Vallarta said, "The town itself seems to be breathing a little easier these days. Mexico is no longer at the forefront of the influenza pandemic. Those enticed by cheap airfare packages will be able to afford a sports vacation for less dinero than in a bunch of years.
"High season for fishing at Puerto Vallarta is here, but as a whole, the fishing grounds are still pretty vacant of anglers. This year, the rainy season hasn't been all that rainy. Blue water is the secret, but it's not always easy to find.
"Heading out to Roca Corbeteña is a crap shoot. If the water is blue and clear, there are yellowfin tuna, sailfish, marlin, cubera snapper, wahoo and whatever else shows up. It all depends on conditions."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported improved sailfish action in addition to the continued inshore roosterfish bite for anglers at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, although the port was closed 3 days due to rough weather during the week. "Anglers are seeing many roosterfish in the 50-pound range," Edwards said. "All we need is more anglers." Ixtapa fishing area weather was mostly cloudy in the mid-90s, with seas calm and water temperatures at 82 to 85 degrees.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 outings by the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 26 Atlantic barracuda, 10 peto or king mackerel, 1 white marlin, 2 bonito, 2 Spanish mackerel, 1 amberjack, 1 shark, 1 jack crevalle, and 1 red snapper. Cancun fishing area weather was mostly cloudy in the mid-90s, with light winds and water temperatures even at 82 to 83 degrees.