San Felipe, Mexico



April 16-21, 2005, Dana Kerby, Baja Sportfishing, Inc., Erik, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Panga Mothership Fishing Report:

During the fishing trip out of San Felipe last week on the Erik, the Sea of Cortez was almost like glass for at least 4 out of the 6 days. A strong wind kept us from fishing in some areas, but we did visit Pulpito, Punta Diablo, Isla Vibora, Animas, Partida, the top end of San Lorenzo, Ensenada Grande, Isla San Luis in the Encantadas, and the Golden Reef.

There were only 17 people fishing on board, among which were Reel Sisters Alecia Cornelius and Regina Davis.

The catch was really good for the water being as cool as it was. Yellowtail 38; cabrilla 110, most of them in the 10 lb. range or better, with a number of them in the 20-30 lb. range; White sea bass 14; Grouper 8, a couple of them were 30-35 lbs; Pargo 9; 283 miscellaneous whitefish, triggers, sierra mackerel, etc., and 3 black seabass, one caught at the Golden Reef by Capt. Trinidad Rios that would have weighed in around 200 lbs. If it would have lived, they would have released it, but that was not to be. All in all, a great trip.

At the area they call "El Pulpito", which I believe they mean as pulpit, on the east side of Isla Angel de la Guarda below where that point juts out, about 2/3 of the way down, LOTS of cabrilla were caught trolling hot pink or orange MirrOlures. Mine was caught on an orange MirrOlure, as were most of the fish I caught during the trip when we trolled.

Bait was hard to come by the entire trip, but we did catch squid and used that for bait. The large black seabass that Trini caught was on 50-pound line and using a smaller live squid that he had just caught.

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