San Felipe, Mexico



Dec. 13, 2004, Tony Reyes Jr., Tony Reyes Fishing Tours, Tony Reyes Trip Report for Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:

After 15 days at sea, the Tony Reyes returned to port at San Felipe on Dec. 8, 2004. The purpose of the trip was to explore and learn about new sportfishing areas along the coast of the Mexican mainland.

We cruised southward along the coast of Baja California, and when we reached Isla Catalana, south of Loreto, we crossed over to the mainland coast of the state of Sinaloa, arriving at the port of Mazatlan. After loading provisions, we departed for the island, La Isabel, which is located 35 miles southwest of the Islas Marias. On Isla Maria Madre there is a prison, and there is a circular line 10 nautical miles out that marks the security zone of the island.

Isla Isabela is of volcanic origin, and is covered with tropical vegetation, and in its interior, one sees pineapples, banana plants, coconut palms, and sugar cane. The crater of the island forms a lake that fills with rain from tropical storms during the summer. There are iguanas all over the island, and it is also a breeding location for bobos and frigate birds.

The fishing at this island is good for dorado, tuna, sierra, wahoo, including the biggest, an 88 pounder caught by Marcos Meza O.

After visiting the island, we departed for Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, and we anchored at the pier there. At this port, cruise ships visit with up to 1,500 passengers. From Puerto Vallarta, we departed for the island "Corbetena," and we fished in this area. Here, are caught marlin, wahoo, and tuna. Afterwards, we went to "El Bajo," where there are tuna of over 200 pounds.

From this point, we began our return trip, arriving again at Mazatlan, then Guaymas, cruising to our home port of San Felipe and completing our voyage with good weather conditions.

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