Mulege, Mexico



Aug. 13, 2005, Rick Barber, Mulege, Mexico Fishing Report:

We had an interesting first part of the week here in Mulege if you like thunderstorms. Most did not affect the fishing as they arrived late in the afternoon. It's a beautiful sight, watching the lightning over the Bay and Sea of Cortez!

Anyway, the fishing was fairly good at Mulege although there weren't too many gringos here to take advantage of it.

Dorado are plentiful if you go north a bit to Isla San Marcos where the critters are still chasing the calamari squid and getting fat. A few, however, are working their way south to the Mulegé fishing area and can be caught off Pt. Concepción.

John and Janet Haberman and John Dinning have had some luck recently with dorado and, I believe I heard that a yellowtail or two were also brought in.

Bob Carey, who is down here on a short break from trying to make some money up in Gringolandia, also had some good luck this week. He went out 4 or 5 times this week and brought in 8 dorado and caught 2 sailfish.

Speaking of sailfish, one of our local guides, Manuel Antonio, gave my father-in-law a sailfish during the week. Chuy, my mother-in-law, made albondigas, meatball soup, out of some of the fish. It was absolutely delicious! I snagged two large fillets and smoked them. Have to admit that smoked sailfish is just about superb! I'm having trouble keeping some for our family.

As far as Mulege fishing in general goes, most of the local guides are taking their customers north of Isla San Marcos to score on dorado, yellowtail and sailfish although the same fish can also be found off the rocks or Punta Chivato in 100-240 feet of water.

Live bait still works best on the 'tails and sails, but both dorado and sails will take trolled feathers as well.

Leopard grouper, or "cabrilla," continue to show up in ice chests although there isn't much fishing pressure for them right now. Most Mulege guys and gals are still trying for dorado. Those who do prowl the rocky points with MirrOlures are being rewarded with some nice specimens. Roosterfish are still in the area and they are inclined to hit a MirrOlure being trolled close to the beach or rocks also.

I haven't been doing a lot of fishing lately as I've been quite busy working on the Mulegé Classic Tournaments committee. We're starting to get serious about our fall tournament which will be held on November 11th and 12th this year. First prize is going to be 30,000 Pesos. That's about $3,000 USD folks! Yep, we're going big time with sponsors like Tecate, Charkbait,, etc. We've also contacted Penn and Seeker Rods to see if they're interested in supporting our tournament. Can't give away too many rods, right? Second and third prizes will be 10,000 and 5,000 Pesos respectively. Rods, reels, tee shirts, etc., will also be given out as prizes. We'll have a website up soon but, in the meantime, you can e-mail me at for more information.

That's about it for this week at Mulege. It's a good time to head on down or get out on the water if you like dorado fishing. They're here and they're biting.

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