BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Paulina Schreiner of Bahia de los Angeles said the week's strong earthquake in the central Sea of Cortez did not effect local fishing as boats caught yellowtail of 10 to 18 pounds plus dorado at Bajo Guadalupe, also called the Seven-Mile Reef.
"There is an abundance of sargassum paddies teaming with life," Schreiner said. "Live bait has been pretty sporadic, but large schools of bonita are easy to catch for making strip bait."
Baja Midriff area weather was in the mid to high-70s, with relative humidity to 70 percent. Water temperatures in the outer channel were reported at 82 degrees.
"Bahia de los Angeles has been pretty quiet, other than the few weekend warriors," Schreiner said. "But whale sharks are plenty."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Robert Cazares of Fullerton, Calif., reported on a good late-July trip with his father Jose Cazares to Bahia de los Angeles for 3 days of fishing with Capt. Rafa Cuevas and steady Mexico fishing limits of 30 to 40-pound yellowtail in water at 76 to 80 degrees at Guadalupe Reef.
"Bait was tough to catch, but it was the only thing that worked," Cazares said. "If you didn't catch bait, you pretty much weren't going to catch anything."
Some dorado were seen but not hooked. Few visitors were present in the village. "It was really weird to see it that way," Cazares said. "We had no problems on the road or getting sick with the swine flu, lol. We saw whale sharks in the bay."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ruben Daggett of Daggett's Camp at the north end of Bahia de los Angeles village reported bonita plus up to 16 yellowtail of 20 to 40 pounds caught at Guadalupe Reef by anglers fishing aboard the charter panga Heidi I with Capt. Enrique Daggett. Anglers fishing out of Daggett's Camp during the week included Mauricio and Johnny Jimenez of Los Angeles, Calif., Pablo Tapia Jr., and Almita Tapia. Water temperatures at Guadalupe Reef were at 84 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported good action for his charter pangas during the week including 2 white sea bass of 14 and 18 pounds, 2 yellowtail of 16 and 19 pounds, and Mexico fishing limits of calico bass caught by Brian "Calico" Foley of Campo La Joya while fishing with swim baits aboard the charter panga Vonny I with Capt. Beto. Other Ensenada anglers fishing with Vonny's Fleet during the week including Ricardo Rosales and his mom from Sylmar, Calif., and Jaime Smith of San Diego, Calif.
Ensenada fishing area weather was mostly sunny in the low-80s, with light winds in the afternoons.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the Ensenada boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported 2 dorado of 10 and 13 pounds and 9 yellowfin tuna of 8 to 18 pounds landed in blue 70.9-degree water about 30 miles southwest of Ensenada after receiving radio reports from Mike Krause aboard the boat Melody and Capt. Mauricio of the Sergio's Sportfishing boat Shir-Lee.
After hooking a 7-pound yellowtail on a kelp paddy at the 238 spot, Ross said, "We got a call from Melody and we pulled out all our trolling lures and ran south. Once we arrived, we immediately caught a tuna and so it went on single jig strikes on into the afternoon. The tuna were precisely on the tip of this bank and nowhere else to be found. Special thanks go to Mike Kraus and to Mauricio. Working together makes a day on the water more fun."
The Bad Dog's catch during the overnight trip with anglers Ross, Gail Ross, and Juan Lu was: 2 dorado, 9 tuna, 1 barracuda, 1 yellowtail, 1 flying fish, and a marlin seen behind the boat but not hooked in 71.4-degree water.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Donald Rubi of Duarte, Calif., reported on a local fishing trip aboard the Sergio's Sportfishing charter boat Ensenada Clipper, with about 22 anglers aboard catching an assortment of bottom fish including red snapper, treefish, whitefish, lingcod, rockcod, bonita to 10 pounds caught on the troll, and a 15-pound yellowtail caught by Johnny Hong of Torrance, Calif., on a flylined sardine bait.
Local Ensenada fishing area weather was calm in the morning, with wind and current in the afternoon. "Sixteen ounces was not enough to keep our lines from getting horizontal," Rubi said.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Marita Melville of Don Eddie's Landing reported more boats landing white seabass during the week, including 2 fish at 55 and 60 pounds landed near the boca. "Capt. Juan and Don Eddie were headed to Socorro when Capt. Gordo Garcia called in white seabass under birds at the point," Melville said. "They ran back and got hooked up immediately on trolled Krocodiles. There were 3 other boats there catching white seabass. The bite had died down for a couple of days, but looks like it has picked up again. It's going to be a great season."
Local San Quintin fishing area water temperatures were at 61 degrees.
Three other Don Eddie's Landing charters checked in with up to 8 white seabass, plus yellowtail, large sandbass, bonita, yellowfin tuna on Rapalas, and an 83-pound thresher shark.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported on 25 charters during the week, with good weather conditions and good action for yellowtail, dorado, and white seabass. "If you go outside and find a paddy, you're almost guaranteed yellowtail and dorado," Hillis said. "We also had a nice white seabass bite south at Socorro. They are picky and seem to be taking large chrome Krocodiles only."
Anglers fishing during the week with Pedro's Pangas included Rick and Kyle Hesley's group, Jon Hall, Robert Packner, and Rod Chiriboga.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported dorado, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and white seabass caught during the week's charter trips. San Quintin fishing area offshore water temperatures were at 68 to 69 degrees. The inshore white seabass were caught on sardine baits. Anglers fishing with K&M Offshore sportfishing during the week included Charlie and Shanti Burris of San Diego, Calif., Duane Diego of San Diego, Calif., and Chad Barron.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Shari Bondy of the Pacific Baja coastal fishing town of Bahia Asuncion reported regulations enforcement changes related to the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve.
"All charter operators must have permits to operate within the reserve and they must have insurance," Bondy said. "This is good for the client.
"Also, anyone fishing or kayaking in the area must buy a permit consisting of a bracelet for 46 pesos a day from the reserve office here. We provide the bracelet for our clients. The bracelets will also be available at Campo Rene and the fishing cooperativa in La Bocana.
"You can purchase a 'passport' for 260 pesos which is good for a year in any Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. These are available at the Biosphere Reserve office in Guerrero Negro.
"There has been a crackdown here on regulations, and fisheries officers are checking for licenses and limit violations."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: For the fishing week ending Aug. 1, 2009, Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported yellowfin tuna caught less than 10 miles off Magdalena Bay at Puerto Lopez Mateos, white seabass to 50 pounds plus yellowtail to 20 pounds caught off Cabo San Lazaro, and tuna and dorado at the shark buoys running out toward the Thetis Bank.
Fishing inside Magdalena Bay produced spotted bay bass, grouper, corvina, and Mexico fishing limits of sierra to 8 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 25 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo San Lucas charter fishing boats Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Tuna Time, with a catch including released fish of: 26 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 36 yellowfin tuna, 49 dorado, and 1 wahoo. The top boats for the week were the Tuna Time with Capt. Christian Lopez and the Gaviota VIII with Capt. Juan Dominguez. "Have you ever noticed how the same boats always show up as 'high boats for the week'?" Edwards said. "Overall, Cabo San Lucas fishing has improved this week as we came into the full moon. This may reflect better fishing on the horizon."
Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-100s, with water temperatures at 80 degrees locally on the Pacific side and up to 89 degrees running northeast to Los Frailes on the Sea of Cortez side. Caballito live bait was in good supply at the Cabo marina.
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: 3 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 7 dorado of 15 to 45 pounds, and 25 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the Cabo San Lucas fishing week ending July 29, 2009, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet Sportfishing reported 38 percent of charters releasing a mix of 2 blue marlin, 9 striped marlin, and 8 sailfish, 53 percent landing yellowfin tuna of 20 to 150 pounds, and just 4 dorado caught. Inshore anglers caught roosterfish including a 65 pounder landed off Chileno by the charter boat Bill Collector.
Pisces Fleet boats fished on both the Cortez and Pacific sides in water temperatures averaging 83 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the Cabo San Lucas fishing week ending Aug. 2, 2009, George Landrum reported billfish catches including a 600-pound class black marlin released by a local captain, and a 400-pound class blue marlin brought in by a local sportfishing fleet boat. "There were quite a few more released that were smaller," Landrum said. "The blacks were close to shore. The large fish mentioned was in less than 300 feet of water. The blue marlin were about 12 miles out." A few larger yellowfin tuna to about 150 pounds were reported by Cabo San Lucas boats as most of the tuna caught were from football size to about 60 pounds. Dorado fishing action continued slow. Inshore boats fished in water about 200 to 300 feet deep for mixed catches of smaller dorado, mixed-size roosterfish, grouper and snapper.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 43 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing out of San Jose del Cabo's Puerto Los Cabos marina, with a catch including released fish of: 70 dorado, 37 yellowfin tuna, 18 roosterfish, 15 bonito, 14 amberjack, 14 jack crevalle, 9 sailfish, 9 hammerhead shark, 7 rainbow runner, 7 dog snapper, 5 striped marlin, 5 grouper, 2 wahoo, and 2 blue marlin.
The San Jose del Cabo fishing area and the rest of southern Baja continued to avoid being hit by summer tropical storms forming off the coast of Mexico. Los Cabos fishing waters continued to experience variable winds and currents, with water temperatures ranging from 79 to 88 degrees. Good concentrations of skipjack, bolito, jurelito, concinero, and flying fish baits were present.
La Playita pangas found the best action from the Iman to the San Luis Bank as yellowfin tuna to about 80 pounds were caught. "In recent days, the tuna have seemed more active," Brictson said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending July 23, 2009, Felipe Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 63 East Cape fishing boats, with 118 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 6 blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, 21 sailfish, 33 dorado, 60 tuna, 5 wahoo, 39 roosterfish, 27 snapper, 1 jack crevalle, 2 amberjack, 4 ladyfish, 2 triggerfish, and 7 skipjack tuna. East Cape fishing area weather was in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 80 to 86 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the East Cape fishing week ending July 23, 2009, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 203 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 591 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 18 blue marlin, 37 striped marlin, 58 sailfish, 97 dorado, 215 yellowfin tuna, 32 wahoo, and 14 roosterfish. East Cape fishing area weather was in at 100 degrees, with water temperatures of 78 to 88 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazaly of Vista Sea Sport reported "absolutely stunning" diving conditions at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef during the week, with visibility at over 100 feet and water temperatures into the mid-80s at depth.
"A ripping current gave us a chance for a thrilling drift dive," Cazaly said. "We covered 2 dive sites on one tank as we swooped through the masses of fish."
Sea life sightings during Vista Sea Sport dive trips included schools of bigeye jacks, yellow snapper, a sea turtle encounter, and a rare encounter with a large manta ray during the ride home.
"It had a 12-foot wingspan," Cazaly said. "We donned snorkel gear and lowered ourselves over the side of the panga.
"Our face masks were filled with the sight of this amazingly graceful creature. She hung still for a few moments, curiously checking us out, then with a casual flick of her wings disappeared, leaving us wondering if she had even been there at all."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape tin boat angler Torrance Eddy reported on an outing aboard Rod Kubly's boat for a catch including a 25-pound yellowtail jigged from about 200 feet deep on a reef about 3.5 miles off the Baja coast between La Ribera and Punta Colorada.
"I had not heard of yellowtail in August, and even more unusual is that the water temperature at the surface is in the high-80s," Eddy said. Also caught during the trip were 2 red snapper of about 5 pounds, 1 amberjack of about 35 pounds, and a green jack.
A boat from Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort was also jigging at the same location and Greg George hooked up a small sailfish. "Sailfish on a jig!" Eddy said. "The yellowtail sashimi was divine, and the sailfish broke the line."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero commented on the midsummer season's warm water temperatures, saying, "The water at 81 to 89 degrees is very warm, warmer than normal. The Sea of Cortez is 5 degrees warmer than last year at this time."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the East Cape fishing week ending Aug. 1, 2009, Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported on the recent East Cape Bisbee's Tournament held at Buena Vista Beach Resort, with 54 boats fishing 3 days for 2 qualifying blue marlin topped by a 341 pounder caught by angler Kent Andersson aboard the Cap'n Jake. The top dorado was a 57.2 pounder caught by Alfredo Lucero on the boat Sails Call, and the biggest yellowfin tuna was weighed by angler Daniel Fisher aboard the Fisherman at 174.4 pounds.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing at La Paz reported hot midsummer weather with some cloudy skies, but with no rain and no local effect from the strong earthquakes recorded in the central Sea of Cortez during the week. "There was no damage and the only sense of it was from the news," Hernandez said. "The fishing at La Paz was very slow on some days, but our captains worked hard and found limits of dorado and tuna for our clients.
"Marlin were hooked and released at Isla Cerralvo, but no wahoo were found. Inshore, some smaller roosterfish were caught.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jack McGuire of Santa Ana, Calif., reported on his 6-angler, late-July fishing trip at La Paz with Tailhunter International for lots of small yellowfin tuna, some wahoo, and a hot session on 29 roosterfish of 5 to 8 pounds for 2 anglers, all on the Las Arenas side.
Fishing on the La Paz side produced dorado limits to 48 pounds on weed patches. "Wherever we found grass, we caught dorado," McGuire said. "All 3 boats limited every day, with many dorado released.
"Jonathan Roldan's service was excellent as usual, and his new restaurant and bar is fantastic."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: For the La Paz fishing week ending Aug. 2, 2009, Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported dorado still filling the fish boxes but in overall slower action. "We had some good solid fishing with a nice mix," Roldan said. "Dorado of 5 to 40 pounds were the backbone of our catch. If you put in 2 or 3 days on the water, everyone got fish. Other species this week included some sailfish and striped marlin, and a few wahoo."
Roldan also noted the death of Jack Velez, son of La Paz sportfishing pioneer Rudy Velez. "He was always a gentleman from the old-school," Roldan said of the younger Velez. "He could make anyone laugh, and best of all, could laugh at himself. Jack and his brothers ran with their dad. Their list of celebrities who fished with them back in the day included Clark Gable, Chuck Connors, Steve McQueen, James Garner, and others."
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Loreto's Baja Big Fish Company reported dorado moving into cooler near shore water temperature areas as midsummer offshore waters warmed beyond their preference ranges.
"Super-warm water is to be expected here until some major weather event dictates otherwise," Bolles said. "At this point we are looking for the cooler fishing water near the shorelines for dorado. They seem to prefer water temperatures from 78 to about 86 or 87 degrees, and then they become less interested in eating. The sailfish will tolerate a wider range in water temperatures and our super warm offshore water doesn't seem to be bothering them much. With our very warm water offshore, we have been focusing on the shorelines for sailfish, dorado, yellowtail, and grouper. So, at this time, our Loreto 'offshore' fishery has moved inshore.
"We continue to get reports of the number of sailfish present offshore. Loreto sportfishing captains are excited about giving clients the chance to see so many of them."
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bryan Replogle of Team Margarita Sportfishing at San Carlos said a few scattered sailfish and marlin were caught in local waters and some dorado were found 15 to 22 miles out. "My captain had one billfish come up on a 4-inch lure just a couple of hundred yards from shore," Replogle said. "A fair number of dorado are being found along the coast, along with a few sierra mackerel and skipjack."
San Carlos fishing area weather was dry and calm in the high-80s.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 4 Aries Fleet offshore charter boats out of Mazatlan's Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 2 yellowfin tuna to 90 pounds, 11 dorado, and 1 boat with limits of dorado. Most Mazatlan boats continued to fish inshore for easy limits on dorado. Mazatlan fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with light winds and water temperatures of 84 to 86 degrees. Offshore boats ran 20 to 24 miles southwest of Marina El Cid and fished mainly with rigged mullet. Boats fishing for dorado at the buoys used any baits or lures.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja on the Fly, said 88-degree blue water was "on the beach" during the week as local boats averaged 2 to 3 sailfish per day plus a few dorado in improving conditions.
Blue marlin were out 45 to 50 miles and were targeted by a few private boats, but not the sportfishing fleet, which was sending out just 5 to 8 boats per day, rather than the usual 20 to 30 per day.
Inshore fishing was good for rainbow runner and jack crevalle. Capt. Martin on the 31-foot boat Nautilus reported 15 roosterfish and several jacks caught on trolled live baits during a session on the color break outside the surf line at Pantla.
"There are very few people here, and even fewer boat charters," Kunze said. "Capt. Santiago of the panga Gitana said it has been so long since he has had a client that he is forgetting how to fish."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather as partly cloudy in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 90 degrees out to the 1,000-fathom curve and about 88 degrees farther out.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on nine, 4-hour outings by the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 8 Atlantic barracuda, 6 peto or king mackerel, 3 red snapper, 2 Spanish mackerel, 2 tuna, and 1 triggerfish. "All of the trips this week were short," Edwards said. "It just didn't allow time for the anglers to be overly successful." Cancun fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with some humidity, light southeast winds, and water temperatures warming to 85 to 86 degrees.