Mulege, Mexico



July 22, 2005, Rick Barber, Mulege, Mexico Fishing Report:

I just got back to Mulege from a three-week vacation and shopping trip to Gringolandia where I picked up a few goodies for the house and for fishing.

In talking with the Mulege guys and gals who have been churning up the water in pursuit of the elusive dorado, I find that I didn't miss much. From all reports, most of the dorado are up around Isla San Marcos gorging themselves on calamari.

A couple of dorado have been picked up while fishing locally but not many.

John Haberman, one of our locals who regularly scores, reported going out 21 miles but came up with a big zero. While he was returning to Mulege, just off Pt. Concepción, he enticed a nice dorado to hit.

There is a lot of grass out there and the water is in the 80's so conditions are good for the dorado. Most appear to be up north, however, due to the abundance of food.

My commercial fishing sources tell me that there are a lot of very nice sized leopard grouper congregating around most of the rocky points: Pt. Concepción, Isla Santa Inez, Punta Prieta, The Mine, etc. One of my very good friends tells me that these fish are running in the 10-20 kilo class.

He also mentioned that there are a lot of roosterfish hanging around from Pt. Concepción to Punta Aguja, which is the lighthouse across the mouth of the Bay of Concepción from Mulegé, and into Santa Domingo, or Jingle Beach as the locals call it. Look for bait fish, usually close to the beach or rocks, being chased on the surface and either cast a Krocodile spoon into the meatball or troll MirrOlures through it. Use heavy gear as these members of the jack family are very tough fighters and will tear up any light tackle.

Mulege weather the past week has also not been too conducive to fishing either. Waves and wind have been the norm almost every day. John mentioned that he got pretty wet when he went out and used a lot of gas so he couldn't hang around after catching his dorado.

My father-in-law, who fishes commercially for triggerfish, also has been either staying at home or staying very close to home because of the conditions. Punta Prieta, about a half-a-mile from the entrance of the Mulegé harbor is about as far as he's been able to go this week. If the weather cooperates this coming week, he and I are going out to Santa Inez in my boat as I've gotten some reports of very large triggerfish hanging around that area.

It's good to be home and I can't wait to get the boat wet again.

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