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Cabo tuna found, La Paz gets a break
CABO SAN LUCAS — Mike Tumbiero of Renegade Mike Sportfishing said the tuna are biting and the charters are up as schools in the U.S. are taking a break and kids and families are heading south.

“It’s spring break and the tuna are biting,” Tumbiero said. “We had a pretty good day of tuna fishing. Found an area with lots of scattered porpoise early this morning. A couple of boats were already on it and complaining that it would not bite but lots of tuna were showing on the sounder. All the boats that were there gave up on it but I stuck it out and around 10:45 a.m. in the morning it started to bite.


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MIKE TUMBIERO, IN background, runs the Renegade Mike out of IGY marina in Cabo and said the tuna are around, and so are marlin on the Pacific side banks.


“It reminded me of the old fishing cliché, ‘Don’t ever leave fish to find fish.’ I called it in to the fleet and trash talked about why they left the school instead of keeping my mouth shut and loading up. Once a bunch of boats started to show up on it, it shut down again but we did manage to catch 10 nice smaller grade tuna from 10 to 25 pounds. Not a lot of tuna out there but if you get lucky and find the right school you can catch a few.”


Tumbiero said marlin action was best to the north on the Pacific side.


“Out around the Golden Gate Bank the marlin fishing is fair to good and with some luck you can release 3 to 5 marlin.”


In other Baja action:


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YELLOWTAIL, DORADO AND even wahoo were biting off La Paz for pangeros and customers, reported Baja Fishing Convoys.


LA PAZ — Baja Fishing Convoys reported the weather improved here and the fishing busted loose.


“Our lead boat captain, Favio, has reported that when the winds calm down the fishing has been amazing,” said Orchid Martinez of Baja Fishing Convoys. “As you can see for yourselves (in the pictures she sent) the yellowtail, dorado and wahoo bite is happening. They are currently using live bait as it is in abundance and all around the island. So don't worry if you run out of bait because you can make more right away!”


Yellowtail are biting at Cerralvo Island inside all the bait balls, she said. Dorado are near shore, and a wahoo was caught north of Cerralvo island by trolling a deep diver Rapala.


Baja Fishing Convoys is a new customer of WON with an Oct. 12-17 trip to La Bocana planned. Her company offers turn-key packages to Ventana Bay and other Baja destinations, many of them remote like La Bocana, L.A. Bay, Mag Bay, Cedros Island and Gonzaga Bay. Orchid will set up your complete package that can include flights from your hometown or out of the Tijuana airport with access to the convenient CBX bridge, accommodations, panga fishing with Favio and his fleet of local pangeros.


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HOTEL BUENA VISTA BEACH Resort guest Frank Ramirez visiting from near Houston spent a couple nice days fishing aboard the Alegria landing dorado and white bonita along with a dozen or so skipjack. Vicente Cosio and Marco Garcia put in the Dottie BII for the first time this season and brought in a solid yellowtail.


EAST CAPE — Enrique Luis Fraijo at Hotel Buena Vista reported that the East Cape busted loose with great weather and the fishing is showing signs of real promise for the spring and summer.


“We had a taste of spring with a few warm, mild days on the water,” said Fraijo. “Vicente Cosio and Marco Garcia put in the Dottie BII for the first time this season and brought in a really nice yellowtail. And, hotel Buena Vista guest Frank Ramirez visiting from near Houston, Texas spent a couple nice days fishing aboard the Alegria landing dorado and white bonita along with a dozen or so skipjacks.”


This is show season, and the hotel exhibited at the Fred Hall Long Beach show with Hotel Buena Vista family members Axel and Felipe Valdez in the booth.


“The brothers agreed it was great to see so many past and future Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort clients and industry associates,” said Fraijes. “This is the premiere event for west coast anglers and was the perfect opportunity for Felipe to promote his new surf fishing guide service.”


Also, Hotel Buena Vista’s fleet crew is ready to show off the Liliana, one of their 29-fot Phoenix cruisers, powered with twin 330hp Cummins turbo diesel engines.


“Crew members Captain Marco Yepiz and deckhand Daniel Sandez were both born in Baja California Sur and have a long history in the sportfishing industry,” said Fraijes. “Marco started his career as a deckhand in Punta Colorada, but it wasn’t until he worked with well-known Captain Adrian Montaño aboard El Robalo that he honed his trade. Now with 32 years of experience, Marco has become one of the most efficient captains in the area. Daniel was born in La Ribera BCS where his whole family has worked in the fishing industry as commercial or sport fishermen. Before joining our crew, Daniel worked as a deckhand Cabo. Together they make a great team.”


The Liliana has participated in many area competitions, including the Bisbee East Cape, the Bisbee Los Cabos and also the El Debate in Sinaloa Mexico. Most recently they won last year’s Dia del Marino Tournament which was a qualifier for the State Final Tournament. They took first place at the Roosterfish Tournament and also first at the Aero California Tournament.


In other East Cape news, Hotel Rancho Leonero is in full operation (they take winters off to update and renovate each year) and hotel owner John Ireland said the weather was perfect this past week.


“The water was 70 to 72 degrees, clear and flat early in the week with cool mornings warming up quickly,” said Ireland. “While there were very few boats out fishing this week there were lots of Spanish mackerel in the bay. Most boats fishing the bottom with the macs with big yellowtail taken on the close inshore drop-offs, mixed with cabrilla and grouper.


“There’s lots of small to medium sized dorado very close inshore and two were caught of about 5 pounds from the beach on topwater lures right in front of the hotel.“


Hotel Rancho Leonero, with Ireland and his staff, will be at its regular prominent spot at the 4-day Fred Hall Del Mar show that runs this week, Thursday to Sunday. Stop by and ask about the hotel’s available dates, its fleet of boats and its many updates ad well as activities.


LORETO — Rick Hills of pincheysportfishing.com said when the wind didn’t blow, the boats scored plenty of yellows. But, there were not many of those days this past week.


“We had almost a blowout this week due to a couple of days of freakish west winds and a few days of the typical north winds. The yellow and purple flags at the marina gave notice along with a chain across the ramp,” said Hill. ”The open days that we could hit the water continued the battle out at La Cholla for 20-pound class yellowtail with most boats getting at least a few 'tails in the boat. Mackerel has been the best bait but the smaller fish are also hitting sardinas and cut bait.”


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A NICE MIX of inshore and offshore species were available by Gordo Banks pangas that run out of Marina Puerto Los Cabos.


SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks pangas said it’s still fairly quiet in town as far as numbers of tourists arriving. Weather patterns were cool throughout the week, most days barely reaching 75 degrees, lows down to 55 degrees. Skies were mostly clear, only scattered cloud cover, winds were swirling from different directions, settling down late in the week. Ocean water temperatures ranged from a chilly 68 degrees on the Pacific to 72 degrees in the direction of the Sea of Cortez. Green water was reported throughout the entire region, later in the week areas north of Punta Gorda, towards Iman Bank and Vinorama were showing signs of cleaning up.


“All around the fishing was very slow this past week, as anglers were dealing with turned over water conditions and just not much was going on,” said Brictson. “We had scattered bottom action, when seas allowed, but not much surface action at all was reported. It was sporadic early in the week, becoming more difficult as the week progressed.”


He added, “Being optimistic that maybe the next day will be better, just the way the ocean conditions were it is not as simple as just completely rebounding overnight, as it can take a few days once the conditions do stabilize, so we are patiently waiting now for things to improve.”


Bait supplies consisted of sardinas, mackerel, ballyhoo and some slabs of squid. Anglers were using yo-yo jigs off the bottom structure, as well as the various whole and cut baits.


Early in the week there were some striped marlin found, but then with the greenish water that bite dissipated. On Monday there was also one nice 75-pound yellowfin tuna taken from a panga while drift fishing on the Gordo Banks with squid. That same day several tuna strikes were also lost, then that same afternoon conditions turned over and since then they have not seen the tuna. Only a few scattered dorado were found through the week, he said.


Brictson said that inshore, there were some sierra and smaller sized roosterfish found, but this action proved sporadic from day to day as well.


“This Sunday there is the annual San Jose del Cabo Fiesta Days fishing tournament, slated for dorado, tuna and wahoo, but it could be a tough go trying to find any of these species unless the water improves quickly.”


The combined sportfishing fleet out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina reported an estimated 66 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 4 striped marlin, 12 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, 12 wahoo, 9 leopard grouper, 85 bonito, 34 red snapper, 44 roosterfish, 4 yellow snapper, 2 amberjack, 8 golden eyed tilefish, 14 glasseye snapper, and 16 sierra.


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LA BOCANA OFFERS inshore offshore and mangrove fishing and the WON trip with Baja Fishing Convoys is slated Oct. 12-17 and is reserved for 12 anglers at $2,095 per person. The price includes flights from Tijuana to Guerrero Negro and back, meals, 5 nights lodging at the beachfront cabins and four days of fishing on super pangas.


LA BOCANA — The action inshore and offshore is improving as the weather warms. A WON trip to La Bocana is slated for 12 anglers, and as anyone who has fished it, the area is unique, a spectacular fishery, especially during the time period of the trip, Oct. 12-17. The $2,095 per person price includes flight from Tijuana to Guerrero Negro, 5 nights and four days of fishing.


La Bocana is on the west coast of Baja and offers a large variety of fish species because of its location at the mouth of a massive estuary that is legendary, with some groups enjoying catching dozens of different species, splitting time between fisheries inshore, offshore and the estuary and relaxing in the beachfront cabins and enjoying incredible cuisine.


La Bocana has a full-service restaurant with a full bar. While meals are not included in most trips, they are on the WON charter for 12 anglers. To book your spot on the WON trip in October, you must contact Cameron Gauci at Cameron@wonews.com. For all BFC trips, go to www.bajafishingconvoys.com for details.


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