HEAVY BILLFISH CONCENTRATIONS SEEN OUT OF PUNTA CHIVATO
July 10, 2004, Mike Bowers, Mulege, Mexico Fishing at Punta Chivato:
Just got back from Punta Chivato last night. I was there for three weeks. Here are the highlights. On the good side. Lots of billfish. We saw as many as 12 in one day. We succeeded on my 15'3" Boston Whaler in landing a Striped Marlin. Saw and caught lots of Dorado but the kelp paddies had been scattered by wind. People were catching the usual Yellowtail off the 110 and 210 off of San Marcos.
On the negative side. There were four purse seiners working from Santa Rosalia to San Marcos area. An Oil Slick was detected about 5 miles east of Mulege and moved through the Punta Chivato area during the last of June and 1st of July. Rumors flew as to the source of the slick. We saw it for a good five days of our fishing and it stopped the fishing. No Oil made it to the beach at Punta Chivato.
High Winds kept us inshore for a couple of days. Fisherman who plan to anchor their boats need excellent mooring gear and bow and stern anchors. One boat was swamped and at least seven others broke loose from their anchorage while we were camped at Punta Chivato. My boat broke loose twice and we ended up taking it out and putting it back in at the ramp each day due to the big waves and heavy winds. Camping was awesome at Punta Chivato. People were friendly and fishing as a whole was good. My wife and I looking forward to a trip back again next year.
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