LOCAL ANGLERS FIND DORADO AVAILABLE ON CALMER FISHING DAYS
Nov. 13, 2004, Rick Barber, Mulege, Mexico Fishing Trip Reports:
The weather wasn't too cooperative again this week, and Mulege fishing water was unfishable a couple of days. On those days where the boats did go out, however, Mulege fishermen were able to boat both Dorado and Yellowtail.
Armando Arce Espinoza, a friend of my father-in-law, boated a nice 15 lb. dorado on Saturday near Punta Chivato. He was dunking cut-up barracuda when the fish took the bait. These Mulege Dorado don't seem to be too fussy nowadays. They'll readily take smaller live mackerel, cut bait, or my favorite, whole dead sardines.
As usual, the Yellowtail preferred live bait or iron that was yo-yoed deep. San Marcos, Santa Inez, Punta Chivato and Pt. Concepción all proved productive.
A very nice Dorado of about 20 lbs. was caught just outside the Mulege lighthouse by Manuel Diaz on Thursday. He was fishing for Triggerfish when the visitor showed up and Manuel tossed some cut bait in her direction.
Marty Robinson, of Mulege, fishing with friends Ralph Lane and Marlin Larsen, boated a big Leopard Grouper. Marty was trolling a MirroLure in about 25 ft. of water off the southwest corner of Isla Santa Inez when the lunker hit. They had a full day with a variety of fish hitting the lures. One of the commercial pangueros, who was trolling in the same area, pulled in a large Yellowtail on Friday.
Alan Moore, fishing with Tom Higgenbotham near Santa Inez, caught "one of everything" on Saturday using a MirroLure. He caught a Dorado, Cabrilla and Skipjack as well as other local critters. They had a good day.
Also fishing out of Mulege on Saturday were Tom Leach and Wayne Beck. Wayne has a beautiful new panga with a 90 hp Honda 4-stroke on it and he wanted to put it in the water to teach it how to fish. Although the water was "rough as a cob" outside Pt. Concepción, they managed to hook six Dorado, keeping four nice fish to about 20 lbs. The first two were hooked outside the point and the other four were caught a little closer to Mulege in flatter water. Tom and Wayne were trolling feathers, a Mean Joe Green on one side and a Mexican Flag pattern on the other. Water was reported to be about 75 to 77 degrees, depending on location.
Mulege area fishing guides "Gringo", Mateo and Alex also reported that Dorado and Yellowtail are here for the taking. The 'tails seem to be concentrated up north, in the bajos near Isla San Marcos, while the Dorado are just about everywhere. Just south of the hotel at Punta Chivato, the Hornitos light, and Pt. Concepción seem to be the hot spots. If the water is rough outside, try in about 60 feet of water right in front of the Mulege light, from Punta Prieta to Punta Hornitos.
All the action this time of the year hinges on the weather. We have had a lot of wind lately and the weather reports from California seem to indicate that we will continue to have windy conditions for the foreseeable future. Vamos a ver. The boat is ready to go. All I need is a little cooperation from the wind and I'm off.
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