Santa Rosalia, Mexico:
Good Weather And Very Steady Multi-Species Fishing For Yellowtail, Dorado, And Cabrilla (Leopard Grouper)

July 3, 2004, Mike Kanzler, Isla San Marcos, Santa Rosalia, Baja fishing, Mexico:

First the weather, start of the week saw pretty much the same nice temps as last, 68-72 mornings and 84-87 days, with little to no humidity, however it didn't last now it really feels like summer is here to stay, 78˚ when I got up at 4:00 a.m. this morning and it's in the high 80s almost 90 and yes humidity, thank god there was a little cloud cover to day! Like always when the humidity's here, the strong southeast winds come up by midday to about 20 knots. Water temps. are 81-83 all around inshore and offshore with super vis. of 60-100 feet.

This week had my good friend Bud Neilson of Yorba Linda and his friend Mark Kramer of Covina for a five day straight run. We fished four days at Isla San Marcos and one day at Tortuga. the overall results where good on the yellowtail with a 3-4 fish a day avg. of fish 22-27#, Leopard grouper with 3-4 fish a day avg. of fish 5-9# Gulf grouper 1 about 35 pounds and excellent fishing on Dorado of 12-20# avg. outside of San Marcos and north of Santa Rosalia keeping only 3-4 larger Bulls only, per day, letting all the others go. Man we had a few days of just unbelievable numbers of dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish)! one day under a dead whale, think it might have been that one from Mulege a few weeks earlier and drifted up here, couple of hundred fish on it and the next day on a monster paddy hundreds on that one too.

For all the fish at the reef we used egg sinker and dropper loop rigged live bait, the Dorado where taken by fly lining live bait and casting surface Iron. The last two days of fishing saw a big change, the Yellowtail are going deep and fewer and farther between like every summer, last of the migratory Yellows have moved on and won't be back till October, from here on mostly home guard fish are the few that are taken, nothing new there, just don't miss what few bites you get every morning that's all.

Inshore report? Ok only from what I've seen coming and going back running over that area between San Marcos to San Lucas and north of Santa Rosalia back to San Lucas. There are some small Dorado within 1-2 miles from shore and skipjack too. On the bait grounds lots of those Chihuil seacats they are pretty good eating, but watch the fins! got poked real good today taking one of the Sabiki rig, dam it stung real nice.

Dorado caught at Santa Rosalia, Mexico

Mark Kramer of Covina with a 20-pound dorado caught with San Marcos Mike Kanzler. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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