Mulege, Mexico



Aug. 28, 2005, Rick Barber, Mulege, Mexico Fishing Report:

After we got through some "interesting" weather the first part of the week, Mulege fishing turned out to be pretty good for the few fishermen who went out. Mulege got a few afternoon and evening "tormentas," or local thunderstorms, which kicked up the water a bit in the afternoon, but it was generally fishable by the morning. These are not uncommon this time of the year.

Two Mulege fishing guides took advantage of breaks in the weather to take some clients up to Punta Chivato and Isla San Marcos early in the week. There they pulled in some nice dorado and yellowtail. The yellows are still down in the bajos and prefer live bait. Later in the year, when the water is colder, they can be caught by trolling.

Bob Carey fished out of Mulege three days this week and did pretty well. On Wednesday, he was about a mile off Isla Santa Inez where he boated two nice dorado and a sailfish that measured 7 feet 7 inches tip to tip.

On Friday, he went south to the Punta Roas area for some diving and then headed about 3 miles offshore to do some trolling. There he boated a nice striped marlin. Both the marlin and the sailfish went into the smoker.

On Saturday, he had some motor problems so he stayed closer to home, going back to Santa Inez again. There he boated another bull dorado of about 25-30 pounds.

One of our local Mulege sportfishing guides, José Louís, took out some guests that were staying at the Hotel Serenidad. They went out to the Punta Chivato area and came back with two nice dorado and a sailfish. Other Mulege guides fishing that area are also scoring on dorado, sailfish and an occasional marlin or two. At this time of the year, billfish tend to be "pesty" but are a lot of fun to catch!

Manuel Diaz, Jr. tells me that a lot of sierra and roosterfish are hanging around the fish camp on the other side of the bay. The roosters are in the shallows and the sierra are hanging around the breakoff of the reef that is about a half-mile or so offshore. Sierras will readily hit a hootchie or a trolled spoon. There is a great section in "The Baja Catch" that deals with making hootchies for catching these fish. I make all mine "with panties" and the fish can't seem to resist them. Sierra is a great fish to catch because they are so versatile. They are excellent smoked, make outstanding ceviche, and are terrific broiled, baked or cooked on the barbecue.

Reports of other fish are spotty because Mulege fishermen aren't targeting them. The commercial calamari guys are telling me that dorado are plentiful up at San Marcos and off San Lucas Cove. I guess all we need is a few more fishermen to take advantage of the good fishing that is available. The commercial guys are hauling in 5-15 dorado at night during lulls in the action for the squid.

That's about it for this week. This coming week at Mulege looks good as far as weather is concerned so I may be getting the boat wet a time or two.

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