Puerto Santo Tomas, Mexico



July 18, 2006, Gilbert Bautista, Group fishing trip to Puerto Santo Tomas, Baja California, Mexico:

We had a big group of 22 people go down to Puerto Santo Tomas from Thursday to Sunday.

On Friday had a panga and a private boat, a Whaler, go out fishing. They scored Yellowtail, Big bonito, Barracuda and some rockfish. Andrew Bautista caught his first yellowtail and had a total of four for the day.

Total fish for 8 anglers were 14 Yellowtail, countless Bonita, 2 Barracuda and assorted rockfish. All the fish were caught between the front of Puerto Santo Tomas and Soledad reef. Lots of catch and release. Many of the Bonita were huge. Most of the fish were caught trolling and on the slide after a stop.

Fishing along the Baja coast on Saturday saw 2 pangas and the private boat hit the water for more of the same.

They hit 4 yellowtail, uncountable Bonita to 15 pounds, a few barracuda and later some rockfish on squid.

On Sunday we had an inflatable boat go out and score 1 yellow and a ton of Bonita and were in by 10 a.m. We left them biting but had too many fish to bring back.

Every day had a couple of kayaks go out in front of Puerto Santo Tomas and they also scored on big Bonita, all catch and release.

The water temperature was 60-63 degrees and the wind was off and on. Saturday night had lightning, thunder and some rain.

We stayed with Sam Saenz at Puerto Santo Tomas Resort. The Whaler was a 17 foot Montauk. It was launched at the ramp that opens to the ocean. The new one is not completed and it is horrible. The designer was incredibly incompetent. The sea and surf was sporadic due to winds. Winds came early then laid down by 7-8 a.m. Winds came back in the afternoon about 2 p.m. and settled again by early evening. The overall weather was acceptable and not extreme.

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