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WON Editor Pat McDonell "retired" recently but remains busier than ever. His current WON duties includes the WON Baja weekly saltwater reports, hosting a few WON charter trips, and is the tournament director of the WON / Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot tournament.
Three Billfish Grand Slams off Cabo
Caliente gets two grand slams in two days with sailfish, blue marlin,   and striped marlin hooked and released, and one other Pisces boat gets a slam too; 25- to 70-pound wahoo and dorado go off on East Cape; San Quintin Bay in full swing 


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THE CABO MARLIN ACTION, as well as yellowfin has been red hot. The Caliente, a charterboat operating out of Pisces Sportfishing, scored two grand slams last week with consecutive one-day catches of a sailfish,  a blue, and striped marlin. 

CABO SAN LUCAS — Dave Brackmann, who with his brothers owns the charterboat Caliente booked out of Pisces Sportfishing, reported the billfishing was off the charts last week and the Caliente scored a three-billfish grand slam in one day. They went 1 for 2 on sailfish, 2 for 3 on stripers and 1 for 3 on blue marlin, and lost one black marlin or it would have been a super grand slam!  They got a slam the next day, too,  going 1 for 1 on blue marlin, 1 for 1 on sailfish and 3 for 3 on stripers.


“Fishing is off the hook right now,” said Blackmann. Come on down and fish with us!”


Rebecca Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing said  another of their fleet boats also scored the billfish Grand Slam, a testament to the quality of the bite right now as the big game season has busted open at the Cape.


Ehrenberg said that same day  Caliente got the first grand slam,  another Pisces fleet boat, the 30-foot Karina had a grand slam of billfish  of its own. They went 3 for 2 on blues, 2 for 4 on striped marlin and 1 for 1 on sailfish. Captain Orlando said they spotted 5 more billfish on the surface that didn’t take a bite.  


Also on this day, Pisces 31-foot Ruthless released 3 blues and 2 stripers, Pisces 28-foot Andrea released 4 blues and Pisces 28-foot Adriana released 1 blue.


The overall fishing for Cabo has been spectacular for billfish, but also the bigger tuna are starting to move in on the banks, reports indicate, and are also running with the 30- to 100-pound yellowfin under the porpoise. The colder water has delayed the tuna and dorado bite for almost two months, but conditions are now prime for marlin, tuna and dorado.


In other Baja action: Wahoo! at the East Cape! 


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BIG WAHOO CAME in with a vengeance off the East Cape for those targeting them, with the fish from 25 to 70 pounds. This one was caught aboard the El Rogalo of Scorpion Sportfishing.

EAST CAPE — Hotel Rancho Leonero’s John Ireland reported Sunday morning that the region had a very good week of fishing for billfish and quality wahoo by his fleet of super pangas and cruisers.


“We had the best dorado and wahoo fishing of the year this past week,” Ireland said. “A strong consistent billfish bite with lots of blues being released. The inshore fishing has been nothing short of spectacular with big amberjack, pargo, grouper and pompano all coming to the cleaning table, and 50-pound roosters were released all week. The only species not biting this week were the yellowfin.”


It is possible the larger schools of yellowfin have moved farther south 30 miles to the banks outside and north of San Jose Del Cabo. Read the Gordo Banks report below for more on that developing bite.


As for the wahoo, Ireland said they had the best so far this season with 25 to 70 pounders with nearly all boats targeting them scoring with multiple fish.


“It’s a long boat ride to the white cliffs off Vinarama but they are hitting the Rapalas, Marauders and live caballito,” said Ireland.



Dorado also went off, although in great numbers, they were not big, but offered great action on 7 to 15 pounders for the two keeper limit per angler.


“There were a few nice bulls mixed in,” said Ireland, with hoochies, Rapalas, and chunk squid getting limits with the best fishing so far this season.”


Inshore, the inside dropoffs are producing pargo to 40 pounds, amberjack 30 to 50 and nice grouper and pompano. Chunk skipjack and squid are the baits of choice and all anglers are scoring nice fish, said Ireland.


In other East Cape action, Scorpion Sportfishing reported the weather has been outstanding, with calm water, and the wahoo indeed drew a lot of attention.

“The main attraction was the arrival of wahoo,” said Scorpion’s Matthew Clifton. “Multiple strikes per day were common for boats fishing off the banks to the south. Rapala X-Rap Magnums were once again the big hit but we were also able to get some on ballyhoo.”


Striped and blue marlin were found just a couple miles off La Ribera and outside of Cabo Pulmo. Trolled ballyhoo and marlin lures were the way to go.


Clifton added that roosterfish continued to be found trolling live bait close to shore, the availability of live bait being the key. With the full moon, live bait was more difficult but that should improve soon, along with the yellowfin.


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WATERS OFF MAG BAY are cranking out big wahoo and yellowfin tuna for pangas, reported Baja Fishing Convoys.


MAG BAY — The ’Hoos’ are in full force at Mag Bay! Not only wahoo but tuna and dorado are there, too!


“Our boat captains took out some very lucky anglers and caught some very nice-sized wahoo today,” said Orchid Martinez of BajaFishingConvoys.com, which hosts group trips to the region. The wahoo were in the 70-pound class. The tuna were in the 50-pound class. “Let’s hope we catch some wahoo this big when we go in October on our next trip!”


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BILL EVANS WAS fishing out of La Paz where he lives at Bahia De los Muertos and scored this personal best pargo Liso (mullet snapper) while dropping down 20 to 30 dead sardines, and added one more sardine — with a hook in it. Check out the tail on that fish!


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IT’S CRAZY TO have yellowtail biting in August since they are normally cold water fish, but yellowtail have been chewing sporadically mixed with warm water fish like tuna and dorado around La Paz. Mark Buchanan was with Diana Vista when he hooked this forktail off Bahia de la Muertos south of La Paz.

LA PAZ — Jonathan Roldan at Tailhunter International said that summer is officially here and dorado are now 70 percent of the catch, ranging from 5 to 20 pounds.


“Some are larger, and they’re willing to eat bait, lures, and trolled jigs and can pretty much be found all over the area,” said Roldan. “Some fish are solitary, especially the larger ones or running in small groups. Smaller ones can be found in larger schools that can lead to some pretty wild rod-bending once you get them chewing and frenzied”


Best areas have been around the shark buoys, Punta Perrico, south of Bahia Muertos in front of Los Alamos, Punta Arena, Punta Gorda (larger fish), Punta Mejia and the southwestern and southeastern sides of Espirito Santo Island.


He added, “The best excitement is probably the increasing presence of tuna. This is about the time when the tuna ramp up, so hopefully this is a taste of what’s coming because it can be pretty spectacular when they get going. For the time being, we’re still seeing some of those big toad 50 to 100 pounds and bigger, but we’re seeing an increasing number of easier, but still fun footballs in the 10- to 40-pound class. There’s also been an uptick in the number of wahoo strikes as well as billfish getting more active.


Roosterfish are still around as well, most small but the larger 40 to 60 pounders are still around for those trying to check one off their bucket lists, he said.


In another report from the region, WON reader Gary Evans sent in a picture of his brother Bill Evans who lives at Bahia De La Muertos and scored a big pargo liso, a personal best, via a popular chumming method, dropping down 30 or so dead sardinas, one of them with a hook in it. He and others also scored quality dorado limits.


CEDROS ISLAND — Tom Gatch of Cedros Outdoor Adventures said WON charter guests coming down to the island in a few weeks should be getting excited. The fishing has been epic near the island. Bring the surface iron, for yellows and the calicos, as it’s off the charts on quality fish.


Visiting Cedros with a vengeance last week were USMC Vietnam vet Richard ‘Deek’ Takacs, 81, and Korean war vet, Ed Dennis, 83, for four days of world class yellowtail fishing, said Gatch.


“During their stay, they racked up over 15 quality grade yellowtail up to 35 pounds,” said Gatch. “They also ran into a full-blown attack of big bonito that kept them busy in between. Most of the yellowtail were taken on eggshell-colored yo-yo iron. Deek remarked that at times the surface was covered with red tuna crabs, and also confirmed reports from other visiting anglers that the massive schools of baitfish crashing the surface sounded like rain.”


In other action around the Island, Gatch said Rich Rose and his buddy Chris Gwizdak reported banner calico bass fishing with the duo catching and releasing more than 100 checkerboards a day between 3 and 7 pounds. They topped off their trip with limits of big yellowtail over 28 pounds, taken on live mackerel.


SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the news of yellowfin action, as well as wide-open dorado and some blue marlin action, boosted the number of anglers on the water this past week.


Brictson said bait suppliers were still able to find the schooling sardinas just north of the marina jetty, and there were some caballito, slabs of squid and ballyhoo. Most charters were now working the fishing grounds from the Gordo Banks and north to Vinorama.


“The best chance at the yellowfin tuna was at La Fortuna and the 25 Spot,” said Brictson. “Anglers were having chances at one, two or three tuna up to 65 pounds. Sometimes it has been hard to keep away from schooling dorado which were on these same grounds, as most were small and being released, though a few nicer fish were mixed in.”


He continued, “Outside of Cabo San Lucas we heard of a few cow-sized yellowfin tuna, and there were reports of some larger tuna seen on the Outer Gordo Banks. This time of year things can change rapidly.”


Bricston said, “Blue marlin were hitting throughout the region, striking on trolled lures, a few striped marlin as well, we also heard of at least one 300-pound black marlin that was landed from a small panga. Most of the blue marlin we have seen were in the 120- to 250-pound range.”


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L.A. BAY HAS been on fire for big yellows with quick limits a few hours on the bigger, tougher yellowtail. These photos were from the recent Baja Fishing Convoys trip to BOLA.

L.A. BAY — Baja Fishing Convoys’ Orchid Martinez said L.A. Bay last week produced solid action on a variety of fish on their last group trip.


“Our recent past trip this year to Bahia De Los Angeles was an awesome success!” she said. “With everyone meeting their yellowtail limits within two hours of arriving on the fishing grounds, there wasn't a pain-free muscle in sight! I know many caught a yellowtail or two, but the yellowtail in BOLA are some very strong beasts! The weight of these fish were 25 to 30 pounds, however they fight like 60-pound yellowtail on steroids.”


She added, “We stayed at our beautiful hotel on the beach a few miles north of town. Our fabulous personal cook made us delicious meals. The palapa bar by the beach quenched our thirsts with cold beers, mixed drinks and yes, Piña Coladas baby! After calculating all the fish that everyone caught we a figured we came back home with about 1,200 pounds of yellowtail fillets.” More Convoy trips are on the books. Call Orchid at Baja Fishingconvoys.com, (619) 483-7315.


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BILL JUBB AND PAT McDONELL hoist a lingcod and a big red after one of the drifts over Capt. Juan Cook’s favorite spot for drifting trap-hooked live mackerel. Every drop was a strike. That was followed up with great San Martin Island calico fishing on the surface iron by McDonell. They fished with Cook out of San Quintin Bay last Wednesday.

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JAMES COREY FISHED with three others in San Quintin Aug. 13 and 14 with Tiburon Pangas. Here, Karen poses with her nice lingcod. Corey has two lingcod, and Anthony, Angie and Karen each have a nice lingcod.

SAN QUINTIN BAY — WON Baja Reports editor Pat McDonell headed down Mex 1 last week with friend Bill Jubb, also of Carlsbad, and fished off San Quintin Bay on Wednesday with Capt. Juan Cook on his 23-foot Parker. Because the yellows had been plentiful but not particularly big, Capt. Cook suggested a lingcod spot he found (wide open every drop on mackerel) and calico fishing at San Martin Island. After finishing up with limits of lings to 15 pounds, the calicos at the island attacked the mint green surface iron with solid action on 3- to 6-pound checkerboards. More on that trip later in a feature on the area, but suffice to say, it was a great overall experience.


In other San Quintin action, WON reader James Corey emailed Sunday that he and three others went down to fish two days outside San Quintin Bay on Aug.13 and 14.


“We chartered a boat with Tiburon's Pangas,” said Corey. “This is our fourth time with Tiburon's Pangas and every time we had fantastic fishing.”


Continued Corey, “On our first day we caught one yellowtail and numerous red rockcod and lingcod. On the next day the water temperature dropped from 66 to 62 degrees and the surface fish weren't biting. We all caught some nice lingcod and more red rockcod. Tiburon pangas has a new panga that is roomy and nice and clean. The four of us easily fished on it.”


MIDRIFF The mothership, Tony Reyes, returned from a 6-day trip into the Sea of Cortez, and the group had wide-open yellowtail fishing.


“They started fishing at Las Animas Bay without live bait but it made little difference as the fish ate the jigs and trolled lures with a vengeance, catching medium-size yellows and some cabrilla,” said Tom Ward at Longfin Tackle in Orange. “Next, they moved to San Francisquito to fill the bait tanks that night, even with a full moon, and then the morning bite was crazy. Once the pangas were positioned over the reefs the yellowtail started biting and kept on to the point the pangas had to return to the big boat to unload the fish so they could continue fishing. That evening they moved to another place to fill the bait tanks again.”


Ward continued, “The fishing just got better and better with a nonstop yellowtail bite. Again they moved back to Las Animas Bay, making more live bait and then onto Refugio Bay where a variety of pargo, cabrilla and more yellows were boated. Last evening along the coast some anglers went swimming from the beach while others caught some pargo and cabrilla. The trip back to San Felipe was pleasant with some light breezes and moderate swells for a great group of anglers.”


The count was: limits of yellows, 67 cabrilla, 29 bass, 43 pargo, 8 sheephead, 7 barred pargo, 1 grouper, 1 black seabass, 1 halibut and 1 broomtail grouper and 224 assorted fish, all released.


For details on open spots in the next trips and the upcoming schedule, go to www.tonyreyes.com or the www.thelongfin.com.


LA BOCANA — It's summertime and La Bocana is fired up with its many various options to fish: estuary, inshore and offshore fishing.


“The Sander family fished with us (Baja Fishing Convoys) last week and went out with Capt. Issac and caught grouper, spotted cabrilla, calico bass, corvina and bonito all in a few hours,” said Orchid Martinez of Baja Fishing Convoys. “They also caught a huge grouper. However, they released it since La Bocana is enforcing a local rule where only one grouper can be killed per panga per day. Since our customers already had a grouper on board they had to release the biggun.”


La Bocana offers cozy cabin accommodations on the beach. Each cabin has its own bathroom, ceiling fan, and satellite TV. They have a full-service restaurant with delicious local cuisine. There is a full-service bar that accepts credit cards.


Baja Fishing Convoys still has a few spots open on the hosted Western Outdoor News charter Oct.12-17. If interested, call Orchid at (619) 483-7315.


LORETO — Rick Hill of pinchysportfishing.com said the town hosted a huge state-sponsored fishing tournament final in Loreto with teams from all corners of Mexico. No results, though. He did say that the big dorado of a few weeks ago had moved out of the immediate zone.


“Endless tons of bait fish are still everywhere you look,” he said. “The roosterfish action should be getting hot with more boats wanting to work close at the predictable areas. The best part of our fishing season is almost upon us!”


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Big tuna under the porpoise off Cabo
East Cape action settling down to simply outstanding, dorado moving in with some bulls to 50 pounds

CABO SAN LUCAS — There are two pretty amazing stories this week, one from Cabo where big tuna over 200 pounds and some others over 100 pounds were caught near porpoise, and there was a great catch-and release story for a marlin on the East Cape.


First things first, the big tuna have arrived in waters off Cabo. In fact, the yellowfin fishing has been solid northward up into the Sea of Cortez for the first time consistently this season. Last week we did not get a report from the area, but overall the billfishing has been outstanding for the fleets, and the tuna are starting to come in over 200 pounds mixed in with 60 to 100 pounders.


“When John Maltman and Nick Kronfeld from England booked their trip with us this summer they expected to tick some fish off their bucket lists, but they never expected what happened this Thursday on the Pisces Ruthless!” reported Rebecca Ehrenberg of the fleet. “The guys were out fishing about 40 miles out at the 240 Spot with Captain Beto Lira and Mate Frank Martinez when something hit the left outrigger that was skipping a cedar plug. As soon as Captain Beto slowed, something slammed the other lure on the left.”


At first the captain thought that the fish were wahoo, because of the strong, fast bite, and especially because Captain Julio on the fleet’s 31-foot Tracy Ann, who was in the area, had just caught a wahoo, too.


“It took them a good hour before they saw the fish, and that long back fin was unmistakable,” said Ehrenberg. "The fish hit at about noon and by 2 p.m. we had the 200 pounder aboard. The other big fish took them another three hours.


“We tried to help the anglers as they were exhausted,” said Capt. Lira, “but it still took us 30 minutes each (mate Frank and Capt. Lira) before we made some leeway and the anglers finally brought them to the boat. By then, the tuna had dragged us another 10 miles offshore."


Ehrenberg added, “At about 6 p.m. the guys were back on the dock and had enough fish to take back home with them to England for years to come! The Tracy Ann that day, Thursday, ended up landing a 100-pound tuna, plus another 5 smaller ones, the wahoo and also released two striped marlin. An epic day for anglers Joey Chapman and Lance Wright. Their tuna hit on a flying fish lure using a kite at the 240 Spot as well.”


In other Baja action:


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TROPHY CUBERA SNAPPER made for a fantastic single day on JenWren Sportfishing’s Vaquera as Jon Schwartz brought his three daughters to the East Cape for some bonding/fishing time. They caught three monster cubera snapper and a huge rooster — among other fish — near the shore.

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A HOTEL RANCHO LEONERO guest scored a hefty wahoo which are now in local waters and being targeted as ocean conditions have settled.

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THIS LURE WAS recovered from a marlin last week in the shallows just off the beach. The marlin swam away and as it turned out the marlin lure was recognized as having been lost by Mark Rayor of the Jen Wren fleet’s Vaquera two months prior.

EAST CAPE — Mark Rayor at Jen Wren Sportfishing said in his weekly blog, “For the last four weeks our fishing has been somewhat inconsistent. With hard work we have managed to scratch 'em out and put smiles on anglers faces every trip. Now the tide has turned and gamefish are returning to the party.


“What has been amazing is our spectacular weather. I don't want to jinx the weather or the bite but it is all very, very good. Now, the middle of August, in the midst of our hurricane season we haven't had a tropical storm even look our way. Humidity is down for this time of year, seas are flat and conditions couldn't be better. So far there has been seven tropical storms form in the Pacific and there are three more brewing but it has all headed south leaving us to enjoy the paradise we live in.”


He added, “The waters of the Sea of Cortez are 85 degrees and a beautiful cobalt blue. Live bait has been easy to find and this last week so were game fish.”


East Cape resident Gary Barnes-Webb posted a unique story last week and Rayor relayed it to WON. Barnes-Webb was headed down the beach on his way to work at the marina when he spotted a fish swimming along the stretch of beach in the shallows.


“I stopped to take a close look and noticed that the fish kept circling closer and closer to me,” wrote Barnes-Webb. “I also noticed it was dragging something. Anyway, I took all my clothes off (I was on my way to work remember!) and walked back into the water. Again the fish circled up to me. I managed to make a graceful dive and grab the lure it was trailing. I pulled the fish up onto the beach and freed it from the line which was wrapped round the gills and through the mouth. The lure had quite large shellfish growing on it so it must have been tangled for a while. So I had the honor of catching and releasing a marlin bare handed from the beach while stark naked!"


Rayor ready this post and added a photo of the shellfish-encrusted lure, and he recognized it was a lure he had lost on his boat the Vaquera about two months ago.


“What are the odds?” wondered Rayor.


John Ireland at Hotel Rancho Leonero said under clear skies and flat seas there were some spectacular East Cape catches.


“A good week of fishing” said Ireland. “A wide variety of species have been biting all week. Yellowfin, dorado, wahoo, sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, big pargo and amberjack, and lots of roosterfish over 50 pounds.”


He added the dorado fishing was the best of the season and the boats were going 40 miles south with schools of 5 to 20 pounders mixed with some big bulls.


The yellowfin are quality in the 20- to 50-pound class, most taken off Rincon on live cabbies or squid. “Boats are soaking bait for a couple of hours and picking up one or two. Wahoo are mixed in with the dorado, in the same areas as billfish. Most 20 to 50 pounds, a few 70 pounders were being caught and released,” he said.


LORETO — Rick Hill at Pinchy Sportfishing reported the emphasis was on competition this past weekend.


“There’s a big state sponsored tournament this weekend here and it’s actually the state final event and the fish have been kicking things up a bit. Marlin, dorado and all the ‘other species’ have been participating for anglers in a big way. The streets all around the marina area are choked with cars and rigs with trailers. I haven't seen a crowd like this since spring break. The final numbers will have to wait due to report deadline so stay tuned.”


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RETIRED FIREFIGHTER CRAIG BRASWELL of Chico, strains to hold up a hefty roosterfish estimated at 60 pounds that hit Craig’s little sardine right close to the rocks as they were fishing for shallow water pargo and cabrilla. The fish battled and pulled the panga around on light tackle for almost an hour which is why Craig says, “I could barely lift the fish!” The fish was released.

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A CRAZY MIX of fish for Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek as they hold up some of their catch. It included dorado (summer fish), pompano (spring fish) and pargo liso (mullet snapper…a winter fish). Dad Mike Akiyoshi with the photobomb. They are from Upland. They were fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz.

LA PAZ — Jonathan Roldan at Tailhunter International reported, “There is no doubt that this has been an incredibly crazy year for weather as well as fishing! It seemed that winter took forever to leave and summer to take hold and given the types of fish we’re catching, summer is still reluctant even though we’re now half into August.”


He said the week started somewhat sluggish and got better as it progressed. Lots of cloudy days (similar to San Diego gray skies of summer) kept things cooler which was appreciated by many of the anglers.


“We even had about a 30-minute downpour one afternoon like a mini tropical hurricane that caused a lot of flooding and winds then quickly blew out,” said Roldan.


He added, “Early in the week, we had the usual smattering of dorado mostly in the 10- to 20 pound class. But we continued to show up with unusual cold-water fish like pargo liso (mullet snapper), amberjack, giant dogtooth snapper, cabrilla, pompano, jack crevalle and even sierra.


“But, then the kicker showed up late in the week. Not only did 20- to 100-pound tuna show up (most fish lost after long battles on light tackle) but we started getting yellowtail!"


He said that in 25 years he has never seen yellows caught this late. “Mostly by May, these cold-water fish are long gone! I’ve given up telling folks what they’re gonna catch these days!”


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CEDROS ISLAND FISHING for calicos, big yellows and halibut has been spectacular the past two weeks, reported the folks at the Cedros Outdoor Adventures at the Baja Magic Lodge. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOM GATCH

CEDROS ISLAND — Tom Gatch at Cedros Outdoor Adventures said in his weekend report the past 10 days have produced the kind of fishing that Cedros has been legendary for.


“Huge schools of bait boiling on the surface have provoked kamikaze attacks from large bonito and hungry yellowtail. Boats report encountering massive numbers of red tuna crabs and swarming krill, which also cajoled an assortment of other species into a feeding frame of mind,” reported Gatch.


He said that in addition to the sizable number of calico bass being caught, many anglers have also been surprised to find that the “yellowtail” they thought was on the other end of their line actually turned out to be a big ocean whitefish in the 7- to 9-pound class.


In terms of fish stories here’s a few:


— Tom Wilkins and his daughter, Kaitlyn, both longtime visitors to Isla Cedros, brought mom along this time, and the whole family ended up having an epic fishing adventure. In addition to hooking and landing numerous calicos, Kaitlyn topped off her catch with a monster checkerboard that really made her day.


— The next day, Kaitlyn and Tom tied into a bonanza of yellowtail. Tom Wilkens said, “The massive schools of baitfish crashing the surface sounded like heavy rain, and there were boiling calico bass as far as the eye could see.”


— Patrick O’Leary, his dad, Michael, and fishing buddy, Bill Gallagher encountered similar conditions. O’Leary reported that they used their bait rigs to get small mackerel, then fly-lined them out to meet schools of hungry forkies. The trip yielded limits of yellowtail in the 35- to 40-pound class. On another day, Patrick brought a 48-pound yellowtail over the rail. The trio also caught and released a bevy of calicos while yo-yoing Colt Snipers through the water column, as well as several large ocean whitefish.


— Cedros aficionados Adam and Donna Walker returned to the Island with a party of six, and over a 6-day period took over 60 yellowtail in the 20- to 30-pound class, as well as a countless number of calico bass between 4 and 6 pounds that were promptly released.


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GORDO BANKS PANGAS are scoring yellowfin and dorado in local waters of Marina Puerto Los Cabos. The dorado took a while to arrive and the tuna are biting too, with some bigger yellowfin mixed in. It’s game time!

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Eric Brictson at Gordo Banks at Marina Puerto Los Cabos said the forecast appears to have tropical systems drifting off to the west, away from any contact with land.


“The next six weeks are historically the time when storms can strike this region,” said Brictson on his website GordoBanksPangas.com. “Water temperatures have recently ranged from 77 to 83 degrees, there have been two-meter swells and some south winds later in the day, but the overall ocean conditions have been favorable for anglers, with clean blue water now being found close to shore.”


Starting on Monday the yellowfin tuna finally decided to bite, this action was on the grounds from La Fortuna, Twenty-Five Spot, to Iman Bank.


“These yellowfin were ranging in sizes averaging 30 to 65 pounds, though we did hear of one tuna of about 100 pounds being landed Friday. Some charters had as many as four tuna, others felt fortunate with just one, but at least these tuna were becoming more active. The fish were hitting on sardinas, squid and some on chunk bait from skipjack or bolito.”


Dorado action was wide open on these same grounds, often not giving the tuna a chance to even get to any baits. Problem was that most of these dorado have been very small, but occasionally some larger fish were mixed in.


The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 69 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 2 sailfish, 1 black marlin, 4 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 450 dorado, 52 yellowfin tuna, 8 leopard grouper, 45 Mexican bonito, 14 yellow snapper, 1 island jack, 3 amberjack, 8 roosterfish, 6 jack crevalle and 38 triggerfish.


LA BOCANA — Three of 12 spots on the La Bocana charter with Baja Fishing Convoys remain for Oct. 12-17. It will be hosted by Orchid herself, and former WON editor Pat McDonell, who will be writing a feature on the group’s experience. The ejido co-op facility is dialed in by resident locals and offers great boats, oceanfront cabins, fantastic meals (yeah, lobster galore) and the $2,095 price includes the round trip flight from Tijuana to Guerrero Negro, 5 nights and four days of fishing and meals. There will be sponsor giveaways as well by WON. The fish at La Bocana is professionally processed, vacuum-sealed and flash frozen for $2 per vacuum seal bag. As for the fishing platforms, they are high-end super pangas.


To book your spot on the WON trip in October, contact Cameron Gauci at Cameron@wonews.com. Go to www.bajafishingconvoys.com for more details, and check out the various online posts and videos on La Bocana and other Baja Convoy hotspots.


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SAN QUINTIN LINGCOD fishing was “limit-style spectacular” out of San Quintin Bay for these anglers fishing with Capt. Juan Cook on the 11th. The yellows and white seabass took a break with colder water but conditions were already turning back to warmer temps by Sunday.

SAN QUINTIN — Capt. Juan Cook reported Sunday night that while the water turned over and yellows became tougher to get, and white seabass were not on the plate, the sand bass and calico bass and especially the lingcod fishing was spectacular, with limits for all his anglers Saturday.


Cook celebrated his birthday by getting limits for longtime friend Jerry Spencer and his friends. Weather is very cool, he said, so they went deep and nailed full limits on the Aug. 11. WON’s Pat McDonell will be fishing with Cook on Wednesday of this week and will have a report on the San Quintin Bay operation and a rundown on the area in general.


MIDRIFF — No report was available from the Longfin on the most recent trip. For details on open spots in the next trips and the upcoming schedule, go to www.tonyreyes.com or the www.thelongfin.com.


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381-pound blue takes Bisbee’s Offshore
Loreto bull dorado move in for consistent action, Cedros Island going off on yellowtail, bass

EAST CAPE — The great fishing seen over the past month at the East Cape did not translate into big catches for the most lucrative tourney that the region hosts annually.


The 20th annual Bisbee’s East Cape Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament was held over two days for the first time ever, and while the number of boats at the Aug.1-4 tourney was up just slightly from last year to 66 teams, the total jackpot increased to a record $790,000. This year the fishing was reduced to two days instead of three at the request of teams.


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TEAM EL SUERTUDO WON the Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament Aug. 1-2 at Hotel Buena Vista with a 381-pound blue marlin the first day of fishing. Tuna, billfish and dorado were targeted. No dorado were weighed that met the 30-pound minimum by the 66 teams. Only one billfish over 300 was weighed in although billfishing in general for stripers was very good over two days. Pictured is angler Bruce McDermott and El Suertudo captain Greg DiStefano.

That said, WON Road Trekker columnist Gary Graham was at the tourney based out of Hotel Buenavista and provided some basic tourney details as of Sunday evening. Billfish, tuna and dorado were all targets and there were Release Categories, and points could be earned for striped marlin and sailfish, with bonus points for black or blue marlin. There was only one qualifying 300-pound blue or black marlin weighed in, a 381 blue the first day by El Suertudo, which won $270,000 the first day and since no qualifying marlin over 300 were weighed in the second day, won the lion’s share of the prize money. Total payouts were not available by press time.


The biggest tuna was a 60-pound, 8-ounce yellowfin by Team Hotel Buenavista the second day with angler Esaul Valdez of the hotel heading up the team. The first day saw a 58.8-pound yellowfin by Team Snafu that won them $18,700. No dorado that met the 30-pound minimum were caught. Bisbees.com or its FB page will have the full details when posted this week.


In other Baja action:


LORETO — Rick Hill at Pinchy Sportfishing reported they had a big splash of big dorado and all within reach of the local pangas.


“Big fish and lots of them, at least for the first few days of the week,” said Hill. “Things slacked off enough to keep our feet stable and minds focused on the coming weekend's Baja state-sponsored tournament final. It's been a few years since we had good numbers of 48-inch dorado at the fillet tables and weigh scales.


“Weather is perfect Baja summer with variable and brutal force! Lots of bait and action wherever you want to fish!”


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RABBI SHELLY DONNELL has been a long-time visitor with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz. The rabbi was out with Captain Pancho and dropped a knife jig down called a Nomad Jig from Australia and went bendo on this huge dog-tooth snapper (pargo perro) outside of Bahia Muertos.


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JOE TREVES FROM Los Angeles gets a hand from son Matt and Captain Gerardo of the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz with an 80-pound tuna he wrestled off Cerralvo Island just east of Bahia Muertos that ate a live sardine on light tackle.

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HIS FIRST ROOSTERFISH was a dandy. Dave Payan visited from Roy, Utah and was out with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz and right-off-the-bat hooked this big roosterfish not far from the Las Arenas lighthouse. The fish was released.

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RICK CARLTON AND Bruce Husson from San Diego with a rare white marlin hooked just outside of Bahia Muertos fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz. The fish bit a small live sardine and was released swimming strong.


LA PAZ — Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International charters said he is still flummoxed over fishing in the area.


“Still crazy trying to figure out our fishing,” said Roldan. ”It seems we move two steps forward then one step back each week. We get excited about jags of fish like dorado, or marlin or tuna. And just when we’re all fired up, things change again.


“Every day, you can take your pick of words to describe the fishing and everyone has a different adjective for the day and it runs the full gamut from ‘awesome’ and ‘fun’ to ‘erratic,’ ‘anemic' or ‘crummy’! And the boats can be right next to each other and you’ll get completely different results from boat-to-boat, location to location and from day-to-day. Bottom line, everyone is catching fish. But not everyone is catching fish ALL the time!”


Roldan said that while it is now August, it still feels more like late May or June fishing, and it’s deceiving because the waters are blue, the days are hot and humid and it feels really tropical.


“I mean it looks like summer. It feels like summer. But the fishing isn’t summer. It’s more like springtime fishing. Just check out the variety of fish. We should be catching mostly bluewater / warm-water fish like dorado, tuna and billfish. And indeed, the dorado are probably 60 percent of the catch. But, it’s hardly wide-open on the chew. Dorado are scattered and we’re picking them up here and there.


“However, we’re still getting cold-water fish like the big mullet snapper (pargo liso), sierra (winter fish), snapper, cabrilla, amberjack and even an occasional yellowtail. Mix in the occasional billfish, plus bonito, jack crevalle and even the sporadic beast tuna of 50 to 100 pounds and there’s action to be held most day, for most boats. Here’s the deal…if you’re only coming down and fishing 1 day…you could have a great time or be that boat that just misses it. If you’re fishing 2, 3 or 4 days, you’ll have an off-day or two, but you’ll be going home with fish.”


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CEDROS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES is enjoying great weather and fishing. Jose Sanchez said that among other things they do for the island community was that they proudly support, with some prizes, the Cedros Island Kids Fishing Tournament. “It was a great effort from the organizers who we thank and congratulate for a great event,” said Sanchez.

CEDROS ISLAND — The summer season is in full gear now here.


“There is so much good fishing right now at Cedros: easy limits of yellowtail by most of our boats (mostly live bait and blue on white jigs), hundreds of calico released at the common spots, and other species available accompanied by an unbelievable spectacle of abundant sea life and dynamic interactions around the island that is keeping our clients entertained, amused and fascinated about this fantastic place,” said Jose Sanchez at Cedros Outdoor Adventures.


In other words, the yellows are quality and biting on the iron and live mackerel, calico bass fishing is world class, and pretty soon dorado or yellowfin – likely both – will “up” the offshore ante.


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GORDO BANKS ANGLERS got into dorado for consistent action last week.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Distant tropical storms Erick and Flossie headed far off to the west last week, causing no impact with land and by Sunday there was a new storm, Gil, expected to follow the same direction off to the west. Conditions are slowly evolving. Swells have been moderate, winds mainly out of the south later in the day, unpredictable from day to day when the breeze might pick up. Ocean temperatures are ranging from 80 to 86 degrees. High daytime temperature were averaging 90 degrees.


“The last few days there were sardinas found schooling just to the north of the marina jetty, so this has been a bonus bait option as well as caballito, ballyhoo and slabs of squid,” said Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas. “Dorado, spread throughout the area, particularly around the Iman Bank, were smaller in size, though a handful of larger fish to over 20 pounds were mixed in. There has been a lot of catch and release going on. Most charters were easily getting their two dorado limits.”


Yellowfin are still in the small size and reluctant eaters in the 15- to 25-pound class when they did hit a bait or lure.


“A few wahoo were reported, found trolling in open water on marlin and dorado grounds. Marlin action slowed down compared to previous week, though there were still chances at striped and blue marlin – also we saw at least one sailfish, have yet to report any black marlin this season. Bottom action consisted mainly of triggerfish, with an occasional leopard grouper, amberjack or snapper. Some days various shark species were also hooked into while trying the bottom action. Most charters are now concentrating more on surface bite.”


The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 72 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 2 sailfish, 3 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, 6 wahoo, 255 dorado, 8 yellowfin tuna, 11 leopard grouper, 12 Mexican bonito, 16 red snapper, 1 Pacific golden eyed tile fish, 4 yellow snapper, 9 amberjack, 6 roosterfish, 4 jack crevalle and 90 triggerfish.


CABO SAN LUCAS — No report from Cabo was available by press time. For full reports go to Piscessportfishing.com and you can follow the daily catches on their Instagram and Facebook social media platforms.


SAN QUINTIN — Capt. Juan Cook reported that while the white seabass bite that had blown up last week had slunk out as of the weekend, the yellowtail, rockfish and calico scene was still excellent on trips out of the bay to the usual reefs and high spots. WON is planning a run to the area the middle of the month to get a shot at the yellows and maybe find a white seabass. This has been prime time along the northern Baja coast for the big croaker. Castro’s Camp in Erendira posted pictures of big seabass just before the weekend.


MIDRIFF — The mothership Tony Reyes that runs out of San Felipe returned from a 6-day chartered trip led by David Dang from Valley Village, Calif. with 21 anglers.


“Yellowtail were between 15 to 45 pounds as well as some medium-size groupers were landed,” reported Dang. “Weather was breezy and humid with lots of changing currents making fishing a challenge sometimes. Plenty of live bait was around, resulting in a great red snapper bite at el refugio (La Guardia island) and some nice barred pargo were found at the Enchanted Islands.”


Dang added that white seabass are still biting with the largest being a nice 53 pounder for this trip. Yellowtail continue to bite yo-yo jigs (blue and white and green and yellow) and live bait. the MirroLures, Rapala X-Rap and Nomad lures working best for trolling for the cabrilla. For details on open spots in the next trips and the upcoming schedule, go to www.tonyreyes.com or www.thelongfin.com.


PUERTO VALLARTA — Stan Gabruk of Masterbaiters Sportfishing and Tackle here said El Banco is like this: “'What goes up, must come down,' or so the old saying goes. In the world of fishing, the equivalent saying would be ‘Fishing is Fishing.' What that means is you never really know what the conditions are going to be until you get out there. That was the case this week. After last week and the drastic increase in water temps, the fish were shocked and they took off. Now with the same water temperatures, we’re seeing our deep-water fishing grounds of El Banco / Corbetena are beginning to look like 15 years ago. Even inside the bay has seen some surprising species, throw in a trash line and abundant bait and you’ve got close to a fisherman’s dream.”


Gabruk said that El Banco after years of disappointing fish counts is showing a stronger and stronger pulse.


“It looks like the “good old days,” he said. “We’re seeing yellowfin tuna in the 40 to 60 range to possibilities of over 100 pounds of pure arm-burning action. Finally I can suggest El Banco and a 12-hour trip to fish city. Corbetena is much the same, but the tuna are just a touch smaller. At both locations we’re seeing blue marlin moving in. For now, the blues are about 300 to 450 pounds and they’re taking bait and they’ll be increasing in size as the weeks and months move forward. Dorado, yes dorado, in the 25-pound range have been boated off the high spots of El Banco, but not many yet.”


CORONADOS — Great yellowtail fishing for the skiff guys. Bob Vanian at 976BITE.com for the latest. Dorado have moved into the outer waters, and yellowfin are starting to move up. A good one-two-three (yellows, yellowfin, dorado) punch for a trip, and a fourth possible target if you run onto bluefin with poppers ready. The Sportfishing Association of California has posted a method to get the Mexican Conpesca website annual biosphere passes converted to English. It’s still a little confusing, but at least you won’t try to throw your computer out the window trying to get the document paid for ($20) and printed out. Make copies. Instructions are:


Download Google Chrome.

— Once Google Chrome has been downloaded, open the one-year permit link above on Chrome.


— Once on CONANP homepage, right click

– Click the Translate to English option

– Follow Instructions on CONANP page thoroughly

– Remember to print and download CONANP picture ID


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Summer, humidity and big game come to Baja Sur
A 254-pound yellowfin is hooked on a porpoise school 25 miles off Cabo, blue marlin and bull dorado catches surge as Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore begins the big game tournament season this week

CABO SAN LUCAS — Summer and the sort of conditions in Baja that signal it’s time to use heavy line and hydrate, arrived in the form of big-fish catches here and other areas of Baja Sur.


The Pisces Fleet’s Rebecca Ehrenberg reported Sunday night that while the schoolie tuna fishing off Los Cabos has cranked up several notches with warmer water, the most impressive tuna was caught by the charterboat Fin Addict, captained by Tito Oloascoaga and mates David Martinez and Tupacc Trejo.


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BIGGEST TUNA IN Baja waters, for a few months at least, is this 254-pound yellowfin caught on a lure trolled/skipped under a kite 25 miles south of the lighthouse while running with a porpoise school. The Fin Addict was captained by Martin Oloascoaga and mate David Martinez and Tupacc Trejo. Anglers were Terry Beck and family. The fight took one hour. PISCES PHOTO

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BIG DORADO ARE being caught off Cabo San Lucas as water outside and to the south warms. This bull dorado was caught by customers of Capt. Mike Tumbiero, owner/operator of the charterboat Renegade Mike last week.RENEGADE MIKE PHOTO

On the Fin Addict paying for the right to pull on pelagics was Terry Beck who pulled for an hour on the 254 pounder after it was hooked while the crew skipped a lure under a kite while running with porpoise about 25 miles off the Old Lighthouse. Which is to say, pretty much straight out from Cabo. It is one of the biggest taken so far this year in waters off Cabo.


The tuna and other schools of smaller yellowfin running with porpoise are a nice indicator that summer is finally underway, and the countdown begins for the big-game tuna and marlin tournament season in the fall. And, to further spice things up, bull dorado were being caught in waters north of Cabo on the Sea of Cortez side.


Pisces had several photos showing bull dorado taken last week (along with excellent striper releases), and Mike Tumbiero on the charterboat Renegade Mike (a 36-foot Bertram) sent in pictures of several big dorado, all caught on one trip. And, that’s not all. With the warmer water have come wahoo, caught on the banks up beyond the Gordo, such as the Iman and Vinorama. Not in big numbers but Gordo Banks’ Eric Brictson said the fish were quality in size. Big tuna, big wahoo and big dorado.


“The WON Tuna Tournament can’t get here soon enough,” said Ehrenberg of the 21st annual event Nov. 6-9 that drew 163 teams last year.


First things first. The first high-end tourney of the season is this week’s Bisbee’s Offshore, which runs Aug. 1-4 with two days of fishing August 2 and 3 for a variety of pelagics. The great news is, the blue marlin are solidly in those waters and are showing well near Cabo as well, said Ehrenberg.


“All blue marlin caught have been between200 and 250 pounds and are found at the 1150 and 130 spots mostly and hitting on lures (colors: purple, guacamayo). Pisces anglers released a total of 55 billfishthis week,” she said.


She added that an incredible Billfish Grand Slam by anglers Calvin Warriner and Calvin Warriner III from Colorado aboard the Pisces 31-foot La Brisa was accomplished with the tagging and releasing in one day of a sailfish, striped marlin and a blue marlin.


Let’s go back to the tuna fishing. The yellowfin are on quite a run off Cabo, said Ehrenberg.


“Boats looking for them have found upwards of 10 yellowfin per boat on average, with fish between 10 and 35 pounds each, and total numbers for the fleet hitting 224 fish. Dorado numbers are holding this week as well, with nice-sized bull doradomaking for some fun catches, mostly hitting on live bait.”


For full reports and a ton of great photos, go to Piscessportfishing.com and you can follow the daily catches on their Instagram and Facebook social media platforms.


Top locations off Cabo were the 130, 95 and 1150 Spots, Los Arcos, and Destiladeras. Top baits were live caballito and ballyhoo; best lure colors were guacamayo, blue/white, purple. Top lures for tuna were cedar plugs and feathers. Weather conditions were prime: Sunny, mostly calm, 3- to 5 -foot seas, and 80 to 83 degree water temps.


In other Baja action:


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LOTS OF BULL dorado were for the taking by Taylor Kooiman and Geoff Wilkinson from Los Angeles. Fishing with the Tailhunter Fishing Fleet in La Paz, they said they hooked another 12 fish and released them all before 9 a.m. TAILHUNTER PHOTO

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TREVOR HEFNER PULLED this nice dogtooth snapper (pargo Colorado) out of the rocks near Bahia Muertos fishing a sardine with the Tailhunter Fleet. TAILHUNTER PHOTO

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FROM LOVELAND, COLORADO, Kelly Jimenez has been fishing eight years with Tailhunter Sportfishing in La Paz and landed (and released) this big roosterfish just off the shore near Bahia Muertos with Capt. Pancho. She and her daughter also caught and released 14 smaller roosterfish. TAILHUNTER PHOTO

LA PAZ — Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International charters and WON’s Baja Editor for several years weighed in on Sunday. In a nutshell, he said it feels like summer!


“Hot, humid Baja, the way it’s supposed to be… finally!” said Roldan. “Very tropical conditions with daytime temps in the high 90s to low 100s now and lots of humidity. Everyone has their AC going which has caused some intermittent short power outages in town, but overall a nice time to be on the water and hitting the beach.”


He said that with the tropical conditions, they are getting some brief, but sometimes very strong rainstorms with flash flooding, lightning and thunder in the later afternoons and evenings that blow through certain areas then quickly dissipate.


“For the fishing, the dorado are finally the focus of our efforts as the waters have warmed and turned blue, although there’s still some colder green patches around,” Roldan said. “Schools of dorado or individual fish ranging from 5 to 30 pounds have been the norm. If you find the right spot, you can load up on limits in short order and/or catch-and-release as fast as you can let a fish go and hook up another one!”


Roosterfish are still around although not as many are showing up in the counts. That could be the result of more people targeting “meat” fish like dorado and other species.


“We’ve had some 30- to 60-pound roosters, but then other days when it’s not uncommon to catch up to a dozen smaller roosters from a school and release them all,” he said.


He said tuna are not in the game, around yes, but popping up and down just as quickly before pangas can get on them. A few marlin were hooked and released.


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DAVID MOLINA AND his party at the Cedros Outdoor Adventures Baja Magic Lodge scored plenty of bass, but the yellows were the number 1 targets and they did not disappoint. The group caught a 32-pound and a 46-pound yellowtail, and the final day, in just 2 ½ hours, they got into a wide-open yellowtail bite, taking 23 yellows in the 20- to 30-pound grade. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COA

CEDROS ISLAND — Tom Gatch of Cedros Outdoor Adventures and the Baja Dreams Lodge said the full range of fishing is now on display at the island.


“As each week goes by, the opportunities to catch a wide variety of species in the rich waters surrounding Cedros Island continue to expand,” said Gatch, who reports and posts anglers’ experiences after staying with COA. “That is one of the reasons why it remains a unique sportfishing venue that draws anglers from virtually every corner of the globe.”


He added, “This week, two groups came to the island with totally different intentions. Vince Cinquini and a few of his fishing buddies, all of which are dedicated calico hunters, landed with tackle boxes stuffed with plastic and ended up having the time of their lives catching and releasing quality calico bass up to 6 pounds or more during their trip.”


Gatch said David Molina and his party, however, had come to Cedros with a totally different target in mind, they were after the forktails.


Molina reported, “We were set up with blue/white 6x Salas surface irons as our primary weapon, with some Rapala stick baits as backup. We used our Sabiki rigs to pick up some mackerel on the way to the fishing grounds. There was so much life we were pretty sure that it was going to be fairly easy pickings. We also ended up encountering large bait balls all day long, which sometimes looked as big as a football field as hordes of the fish circled our boat. The diving birds joined in, and then the bonito showed up from below. It was a full-blown feeding frenzy as far as the eye could see.”


Molina continued, “In about 10 more minutes we were into the yellowtail and I ended up landing the first of two yellowtail in the 12- to 15-pound class. A little later, I tied into a beautiful 32-pound yellowtail and had thought that I was pretty much done for the day… but suddenly I hooked into something that nearly emptied my spool and after an exhausting 35-minute battle, I had a 46-pound yellowtail on board.”


Molina concluded his report to Gatch by saying, “We weren't sure if we were going out on the last day since we needed to be at the airport by 10 a.m. but we didn't go to Cedros to relax so of course we went out even though we only had 2.5 hours and that was probably the best decision we could have ever made. Long story short, in that short time we brought in 23 yellows all in the 20- to 30-pound grade. We could have easily hit limits if we didn't farm at least four or had another 10 minutes on the water.”


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SAILFISH AND BLUE MARLIN have moved in just in time for the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore tournament next weekend. In the other photo is a nice tuna taken on the Accurate TwinSpin. A 50-pound amberjack made Ken Czanecki's day. MARK RAYOR/JEN WREN PHOTOS

EAST CAPE — With the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament here this week, Aug. 1-4 with two days of jackpot fishing for big bucks, the fishing is prime for bigger dorado, billfish and tuna, and solid inshore fishing for non-tourney anglers. It’s very clearly summer now, with temps in the 90s and humidity is a factor. The East Cape enjoyed a rather mild early summer but now it’s “that time of year.”


John Ireland at Hotel Rancho Leonero said water temps are 82-85 degrees, warmer on the outside, clear and flat. As for fishing, said Ireland, guests had a good week out of the hotel.


“The dorado bite has improved, still lots of striped marlin mixed with blues and a few sails. Much bigger tuna all taken this week, not as much quantity but bigger quality, with the fish closer to shore off Rincon. Big roosterfish were released all week, 50 pounders were abundant. Not much fishing pressure inshore, anglers staying inside are catching big pargo and amberjack.”


The billfish will be a hard target for the Bisbee’s and the blue marlin are in the mix, with boats targeting billfish getting four to five stripers and then taking a blue marlin, from the inshore bank down to Frailles.


“Dorado saw a better week with schools of fish in the 10- to 25-pound class mixed with a few bigger bulls,” Ireland said. “They are closer inside, one to three miles off the lighthouse down to Rincon in the same areas as the tuna. Trolled hoochies and live and chunk bait are both working.”


He said the yellowfin were off Rincon, close to Pulmo Park just off the beach one to three miles, with the bigger fish 60 pounders and the smaller grade 20 to 25 pounds on chunk squid or live caballito.


Inshore roosterfishing has been “very good with all the beaches north and south of Leonero holding fish, some in the 50-pound plus range. Both live cabbie and flies have been working well,” said Ireland.


Mark Rayor at Jen Wren Sportfishing said East Cape weather has gone from very nice but hot too, and it’s no fun to be in the sun.


“While it is still comfortable after the sun goes down in the evenings daytime humidity is stifling,” said Rayor. “The fifth tropical storm of the season has passed in the Pacific and it is the time we are very vigilant and preparing to be ready if one heads this way.”


He said sea conditions have been mixed, with windy conditions one day and calm seas the next, so it just depends.


“I'm asked almost everyday ‘How's the bite?’ Right now that is a hard one for me to give a straight answer. It just depends. Looking at the photos I'm posting this week one would think fishing is good. Best I can say is ‘it depends.’”


Luis Enrique Fraijo at Hotel Buena Vista had a ton of great reports and summed it up, saying,We had such a beautiful week here at Hotel Buena Vista, hot summer days with a cool, afternoon breeze blowing from the southeast. Water temps are in the low to mid 80s, with lots of baitfish in the water around nearly all the fishing sites,” said Fraijo.


He added, “Big dolphin schools are seen all the way from Punta Pescadero, south to El Rincon, with lots of tuna underneath. The billfishing has been amazing. The bite is not too far from shore. Blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, a few wahoo and dorado are also past the lighthouse, south of Hotel Buena vista. Just a few steps from our beach you can see the roosterfish chasing bait along with schools of jack crevalle. These two fish are great for action. They are good, strong fighters, and most importantly, they are all released.”


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GORDO BANKS PANGAS saw open water trolling done offshore, with blue marlin strikes being reported daily, particularly around the 1150 spot, with also some striped marlin and bigger dorado to over 40 pounds.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 66 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 7 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 5 wahoo, 235 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 9 leopard grouper, 32 Mexican bonito, 14 red snapper, 7 yellow snapper, 8 amberjack, 9 roosterfish, 15 jack crevalle and 85 triggerfish.


Eric Brictson at Gordo Banks Pangas said they saw tropical conditions, high temperatures averaging 90 degrees, and south wind early in the week, settling down over the weekend.


“There was the development of Tropical Storm Dalila, and this system moved far to the west, with no impact on land, though there were local tropical disturbances flaring up early in the week over the mountainous region north of San Jose del Cabo and in La Paz, where they had major thunderstorms,” said Brictson. “It’s the time when this tropical actives increases.


“There were moderate ocean swells and southern winds the first half of the week, and this contributed to stirring up water conditions once again, greener currents along the shoreline, clean blue water found further offshore. Ocean temperature is now in the 78 to 85 degree range, off of San Jose and towards the north offshore, is where the water is now warmest.”


He said conditions are now cleaning up closer to shore, and added that it’s crazy how all through the month of July conditions were changing back and forth. It is now the season when things can change rapidly, both with the fishing action and the weather.


Bait vendors offered a mix of caballito, mullet, ballyhoo and slabs of squid. More open water trolling was done offshore, with blue marlin strikes being reported daily, particularly around the 1150 spot, also some striped marlin and nicer sized dorado to over 40 pounds.


“Most of the larger dorado reported are out on the marlin grounds. But that will change soon,” said Brictson. He added, “We had a surprise to see some activity by wahoo, a handful of these speedsters were landed while trolling offshore waters, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen these fish so that is a great sign. Along the shore there were still roosterfish and jack crevalle, though that action became less consistent and actually more anglers are opting to target the dorado which have been the main bite for local charters.”


LORETO — Rick Hill at Pinchy Sportfishing reported another week of hot weather and a little less than stellar fishing.


“If you don't mind catching short dorado then the action is easy,” he said. “Pargo and yellowtail are filling the gap as usual. The big schools of toro have moved on down the road to unknown locations. Roosterfish are hitting sardina and mackerel along the coastline from Punta Colorado past San Bruno. Not much interest in chasing and dealing with the sprinkling of billfish outside Punta Lobo.”


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BOB FRANCY SCORED a 53-pound white seabass on a bass/rockfish trip with Capt. Juan Cook on a run Saturday out of San Quintin Bay. It was not a total shock. Francy and his guys got limits of white seabass the previous day coming back from a bass and rockfish trip. JUAN COOK PHOTO

SAN QUINTIN — Capt. Juan Cook, now back at San Quintin Bay after a stint in Gonzaga and L.A. bays, started off the summer on the West Coast with a helluva catch. On July 26 Cook said he was back on the water with Bob Francy, Mike Muehl and Mike Morrell and they had limits of calicos and sand bass from 1 to 7 pounds, then on the way home they found the white seabass, and put three of them on his Parker charterboat.


On the July 27 the fishing was slow but they saw some big fish while bass fishing, and Francy got a nice surprise when he scored a 53-pound white seabass.


“It was a great way to finish their trip and Mr. Francy fishes San Quintin Bay every season and brings 18 of his closest friends,” said Cook, “ and all the other Francy boats did well with multiple seabass and lots of reds and bass and lingcod to 14 pounds.”


On Sunday, Cook took his family fishing. They found great sand bass fishing and nice rockfishing for reds, but no white seabass.


PUERTO VALLARTA — Stan Gabruk of Masterbaiters Sportfishing and Tackle here said they have seen a massive invasion of bait throughout the area. Water temps jumped to late summer levels and big tuna are biting at Corbetena.


“What we’ve seen is a lot of debris in the area,” he said. “Seaweed and floating debris coming down from the mountains via the rain engorged rivers. One of challenges this week is the drastic increase of the water temperatures. We’ve seen the water jump from 82 to the present 87 degrees! This is getting a little on the warm side and is a concern. With drastic temperature increases like this, it’s a sign of southern currents coming up from South America. You’d think this would be a help, but when it’s too warm, fish move. Right now the fishing at Corbetena, while not bad, has slowed considerably the last few days.


“Now don’t take this as an indication of what’s going to happen tomorrow because in the next hour or so everything could change. So this ‘snapshot’ is a fleeting moment, keep positive. Black marlin are still in the 500-pound range, stripers have all but moved out as you’d expect with their cooler water preference. Sailfish are picking up in numbers and size. “


Gabruk added, “Yellowfin tuna have probably gone down to cooler water. They’re out there, you’ll just need to get that downrigger working. Normally 130 to 150 feet is a good place to start. Your electronics will tell you what depth to set to, just look for the temperature break and start there. My last information was they’re still in the 60- to 200-pound range, just depends on your luck at the time. The whole area between Corbetena and El Banco is like this.”


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KIM, JAKE AND Greg Coggins fished with Jody and Jordan Hepton aboard the Lilliana with crew members Marco and Danny on a run out of Hotel Buena Vista and caught this beauty of a wahoo, not to mention they released more than a half dozen marlin and landed plenty of tuna. HOTEL BUENA VISTA PHOTO


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La Paz finally gets some summer consistency on dorado
East Cape Shootout pays out big money and a car to Team 52 Card Pickup/El Loco for its 25.1-pound dorado in rough conditions

LA PAZ — La Paz has had some great catches in the past few months, but anglers like a little consistency, and the waters have been anything but normal for this time of year.


Normal water temps are above, but cold water below has kept the bite from exploding day to day. Finally, the summer season seems to be unfolding on the dorado, the true indicator.


celebratinghisCELEBRATING HIS BACHELOR party, long-time Tailhunter Sportfishing angler Leif Dover from Atlanta brought his buddy, Brian O’Neil with him. Their first day fishing out of Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay they loaded up early on dorado then went chasing pargo and snapper in the shallows.

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IT’S SUMMERTIME, BUT big mullet snapper (pargo liso) have been showing up and spawning in the shallows near Cerralvo Island and just outside of Bahia Muertos and Las Arenas. Mark Buchanan and Diana Hernandez from San Diego hooked into several of these over the reef.


“It’s finally feeling more like summer-time with both the hot weather and the warm, bluer waters, and the fishing is almost there,” said Jonathan Roldan at Tailhunter International. “We still had some flurries of crazy winds, but overall, it’s seemingly more typical. It’s just that it seems like this fishing season, it’s taking its sweet time getting up to speed.”


He said dorado are traditionally the best indication of warmer months.


“We’ve had them on-and-off with our La Paz fishing fleets, but strangely, it’s not been quite so good with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet until about a week or so ago when the dorado seemed to have finally gotten into the game,” said Roldan. “This past week, some boats were limiting on the dorado by mid-morning with most fish in the 10- to 25 pound class. Catches were rounded out with bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, and rockfish like cabrilla and snapper.”


Roldan did add that there “must be some cold water around” as they are still hanging some big dogtooth and mullet snapper that they normally stop seeing about April and are usually spawning in schools during the springtime.


“It’s rare to have them this deep into the summer,” he said. “But, anglers were still catching them or at least hooking these powerful fish and getting broken off in the rocks. No wahoo to speak of this week. We had a few tuna hooked up, but lost them and billfish as well. Most folks were concentrating on the easier dorado bite. Only a few roosterfish as well, but again, that’s probably a function of the fact that the dorado are taking over everyone’s focus.”


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LONGTIME CEDROS ISLAND aficionado, Reebs Lures manufacturer Mike Ryba, brought his son and a fishing buddy to the COA’s Baja Magic Lodge. On their last day fishing they went up to Punta Norte and ended up having an epic day with nine full hours of a wide-open bite on big, trophy size calicos. Ryba managed 2 fish that weighed 9 pounds, and all ended up with several 8 pounders.


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JAIME SCHOOP, HIS son, Edward Schoop, and their fishing buddy, Jeff Penrod fished Cedros Island and in three full days of fishing boated 16 species of fish, which included calico bass, sheepshead, halibut, bonito, sand bass, croakers, and of course, yellowtail. They ended up limiting out on halibut on two of the days, with the largest tipping the scales at 17.5 pounds. They also caught tons of calicos and caught and released over 400 fish up to 5 pounds or more.

CEDROS ISLAND — Tom Gatch of Cedros Outdoor Adventures and the Baja Dreams Lodge filed a great report for the early season action as calicos, halibut and yellowtail keep rods bent.


“The acceleration of the hot, summer fishing around Cedros Island continues to put smiles on the faces of our visiting anglers, many of whom have never been to the Island before. While most seasoned veterans know what to expect when fishing in the region this time of year, it is always entertaining to watch the looks of amazement appear as first-timers suddenly realize the size and volume of fish that they will be catching on their Isla Cedros fishing adventure.”


He added, “Longtime Cedros aficionado, Reebs Lures manufacturer Mike Ryba, brought his son and a fishing buddy to the Island near the beginning of the week to get a taste of the action, and they were duly impressed.”


Ryba said, “The three of us departed Brown Field (in the new COA plane) in San Diego at 7 a.m., landed on Cedros a little before 10, and were able to get out on the water and fishing by 11a.m.


“It was a beautiful day and we managed about 25 to 30 mid-sized calicos each, most of them were taken on my Kelp Sassins plastics and swimbaits. The wind picked up a little later in the afternoon, so we headed back in.”


Ryba continued, “On the second day we went back to San Augustine to fish the kelp and boiler rocks for more calicos and ran into plenty of big, full speed biters that weighed up to 7 pounds. Needless to say, we ended up staying in and around that spot for most of the day.


“We planned a trip to Isla Natividad for our third day, but the wind was up and when we approached the Island we were greeted by hordes of red crab. It was so bad we took two casts and left for the south point again. Once there, we continued catching nice size calico bass for the rest of the day. We also tried to nail a few yellowtail but, unfortunately, the large bonito were outcompeting them and were always the ones who ended up with our jigs hanging from their mouths.”


He concluded his report by saying, “On our last day fishing we went up to Punta Norte and ran into some wind and a moderate swell, but we eventually made it around the point and ended up having the day of our dreams. We enjoyed nine full hours of a wide-open bite on big, trophy size calicos that left us panting for a break. I managed 2 fish that weighed 9 pounds, and we all ended up with several 8 pounders. We flew out of Cedros the next morning and were back in the States by 11:30 a.m. Overall, I would say that our trip was a 10 on the Richter scale!”


Gatch added that later in the week, Jaime Schoop, his son, Edward Schoop, and their fishing buddy, Jeff Penrod came to Cedros Island and encountered a smorgasbord of exciting angling opportunities.


“In three full days of fishing, we boated 16 different species of fish, which included calico bass, sheephead, halibut, bonito, sand bass, croakers, and of course, yellowtail,” said Schoop. “We had some red crabs show up during the trip that slowed the yellowtail bite, but Cedros is so much more than just yellowtail. We ended up limiting out on halibut on two of the days, with the largest tipping the scales at 17.5 pounds.”


Schoop finished up by saying, “We also caught tons of calicos and caught and released over 400 fish up to 5 pounds or more. We all really had a blast!”


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ROY THUN OF Valencia and his son Garrett had an ideal fishing trip to the East Cape where on the second day on the water they scored some huge roosters, going four for six on the pez gallos, 40 to 80 pounds.

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TEAM 52 CARD PICKUP and the El Loco charter crew with winning 25.1-pound dorado in the annual East Cape Dorado Shootout, held Saturday. That fish was worth some serious money.

EAST CAPE The East Cape season continued to sizzle and WON reader Roy Thun of Valencia and his son Garrett had an ideal fishing trip recently to the East Cape.


Fishing on Sunday was tough due to less than ideal bait, but on Monday, the fishing gods smiled on us,” said Roy. “We got nice healthy mullet and our panga skipper, Juan Carlos, took us to one of his rooster hunting grounds. We were the only boat there and within 10 minutes I was hooked up.


“We went four of six. I caught a 50-plus pounder. My son landed two huge pez gallos, with Carlos estimating them at 70 and 80 pounds.”


In other East Cape action, in the annual one-day Dorado Shootout held Saturday out of Palmas De Cortez, 125 teams competed in brutal weather conditions Saturday, with few dorado caught, but one 25.1 pounder by Team 52 Card Pickup won $145,000 in side pot money and a VW Amarok. Anglers were Aldo Ojeda, Chris Moyers and Jimmy Dias on the cruiser El Loco 1.


For the most part, East Cape weather and fishing was excellent — except for tournament days. Two weeks ago the El Senoritas ladies only tourney was slammed by wind, and ditto for Saturday for the Shootout. But otherwise on the East Cape, it was flat calm and beautiful with prime fishing.


John Ireland at Hotel Rancho Leonero said the water temps were 86 to 87 degrees and the water was clear blue and air was in the high 80s and low 90s.


“It was another good week of fishing in the East Cape,” said Ireland. “A very strong billfish bite all week, with big roosterfish in the 50 plus-pound class, released daily, with yellowfin plentiful outside under the porpoise, and some big tuna were taken daily off Rincon, and some dorado were taken there, too.”


Ireland added, “Over the past three weeks the fishing has returned to our normal wide-open July. Roosters 50 to 75 pounds are being released daily, biting both north and south.” As for billfish, he said, “There’s lots of striped marlin mixed with quite a few blues. Approximately one of every four fish released have been blues. Fishing the Dorado Shootout, every team I talked to had released at least one billfish. It was best off the drop off from La Ribera to Frailles while slow-trolling ballyhoo.”


In other East Cape action, Buenavista Beach Hotel’s fleet welcomed back Andrew Pereira, Betina Velez, the McIntee brothers, and all the crew members of the “Stoked on Fishing” television show.


“We had four days of intense excitement with anglers aboard our entire fleet,” said Luis Fraijo of the hotel. “From our super pangas, to the center consoles, to our cruisers, we saw it all and it was great. Hundreds of dolphins, manta rays, turtles, several kinds of sharks, blue marlin, sailfish, striped marlin, lots of tuna, dorado, wahoo, lots of roosterfish, and a 35-pound cubera snapper!”


He said dorado schools have been spotted near El Rincon, and the same for tuna, very close in compared to a few weeks ago.


“Lots of roosterfish activity all over the shoreline from Hotel Buena Vista to La Ribera. Ballyhoo, squid, mackerel, caballito and camiseta were preferred baits for tuna and marlin,” said Fraijo.


Going the distance also worked out for some folks. Felipe Valdez and the McIntee Brothers, Shae and Ryan adventured all the way to the Cerralvo Island with great results. They found a guy selling sardines and vamonos! The rest was history, lots of tuna in the 35- to 60-pound range.


And Andrew Pereira Jr. fishing alongside Andrew Sloan aboard El Cazador with Captain Manny Bocardo were slow trolling a mackerel near El Rincon and hooked and landed a 88-pound yellowfin tuna.


Other success stories saw Bob Fechtig aboard the Yanet catching tuna, marlin, and big roosterfish, and Bob Middleton fished with his favorite crew aboard the Vagabundo. He landed a bunch of tuna and caught and released a few billfish. The highlight of this trip was a blue marlin estimated weight around 350 pounds.


Coming up in tournaments is the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament with two days of big bucks fishing, slated Aug. 1-4.


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PISCES CABO ANGLER Whitney Becker with a 44-pound dorado on the Tag III charterboat.

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A BLUE MARLIN is released on the Pisces Sportfishing’s charterboat Bill Collector on a run out of Cabo San Lucas.


CABO SAN LUCAS — Rebecca Ehrenberg of the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet reported in on Sunday with a great marlin report and a mass of great photos as they had great weather and a great week of summer action. Go to piscessportfishing.com for the full fish report and photos.


“This week of fishing in Cabo was great overall, with a slight lull the first two days of the week, but then as water warmed even more, the fishing got hot!” said Ehrenberg. “Pisces 31 footer Tracy Ann anglers Guy Serio and Amy Schweers released 6 striped marlin in one day, and then released 2 blue marlin and a striped marlin the next. Pisces 42-foot Hot Rodand the Powell family from Texas also released 5 striped marlin in one day this week, and many other boats did great with a mix of billfish which included blue marlin, striped and sailfish averaging 2 to 3 per boat.”


Blue marlin were in the 200- to 250-pound range mostly, while the striped marlin were averaging 110 pounds. Pisces totaled 92 billfish caught and released this week.


“Dorado numbers were the best we’ve seen all year, finally making us feel like the summer fishing is here,” she said. “There were 30 dorado caught total this week, including a nice 44 pounder caught by Whitney Becker on the Pisces 37-foot Tag Team IIIon Sunday and an approximate 50 pounder caught on the C Rod, early in the week. We also saw a few nice wahoo and yellowtail, too.”


She said tuna numbers were also good, although not many boats searched for them, so they recorded just 100 tuna. Inshore fishing remains good, with jack crevalle, sierra mackerel, a few red snapper and still some nice roosterfish around, including a 45 pounder tagged and released on Pisces 24-foot Tres Marlins panga for angler Richard Pevey from South Carolina who ticked that fish off his bucket list. Another 45 pounder was tagged and released on the Pisces 31-foot Tracy Ann as well.


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GORDO BANKS PANGAS saw increased numbers of dorado showing up, though the majority were smaller sized fish, but again a couple of much larger bulls over 50 pounds were reported from a cruiser fishing near Cabrillo Seamount, but also scattered throughout the region, striking on a variety of trolled feathers and rigging baits.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — The combined sportfishing fleet launching out of the panga area from Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out an estimated 57 charters for the week and anglers reported an approximate fish count of: 1 blue marlin, 29 dorado, 27 yellowfin tuna, 1 broomtail grouper, 1 pompano, 1 porgy, 8 leopard grouper, 26 Mexican bonito, 16 red snapper, 4 yellow snapper, 11 amberjack, 15 roosterfish, 32 jack crevalle and 24 triggerfish.


Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said summer is progressing, with light winds and stable conditions and as of Sunday there no storms moving in.


“We are seeing mostly sunny skies, high temperatures in the mid-80s, but with the combined heat index it is feeling more like 95 degrees,” said Brictson. “Ocean conditions turned over yet again to start the week following strong south wind, this laid down the next day and since the conditions have rebounded, back up to 80 degrees and also blue within a couple miles of shore.”


Most of the fishing action for local fleets was concentrated from the Iman Bank and north to Vinorama where the water was cleaner. Using caballito, moonfish, ballyhoo and strips of squid, anglers were working the bottom structure for a few red snapper, bonito, cabrilla and amberjack, though this action was spotty, he said.


Some small yellowfin tuna were found near Vinorama, trolling hoochie type lures, drift fishing with strips of squid and also some on yo-yo iron.


“We saw increased numbers of dorado showing up, though the majority of these were smaller sized fish, but again a couple of much larger bulls weighing over 50 pounds were reported from a cruiser fishing near Cabrillo Seamount, scattered throughout the region, striking on a variety of trolled feathers and rigging baits.”


He said that shoreline anglers still had chances at roosterfish, though numbers were less now than in previous weeks, more jack crevalle than anything else.


“Best chances at billfish seemed to be straight offshore of San Jose del Cabo and towards the 1150 spot, though we did not have many anglers that did try this option, we heard of reports of some blue marlin strikes,” said Brictson.


LORETO — Rick Hill at Pinchy Sportfishing reported that everything from triggerfish to billfish are on the daily menu this week.


“Dorado are working the current lines that run north to south with fly-lined sardina being the best bait,” he said. “Still running small the dodos are plentiful and you can always find a "taker" in the bunch.


Hill added, “Bigger dorado are farther out in the offshore blue water. Finding the bigger models hasn't been easy with very spotty results for the boats traveling outside. Large schools of toro have been working the coastline outnumbering the roosters 20 to 1!”


MIDRIFF — The mothership Tony Reyes just returned from a chartered trip out of San Felipe to the famed waters of the Midriff, led by longtime chartermaster Mike Cross from Mission Viejo.


“They had good weather on the trip to the fishing grounds, fishing in the Snake Island area Monday morning,” said Tom Ward at Longfin Tackle in Orange which books the trips. “On Tuesday they fished around San Francisquito where they caught plenty of live bait. The big white seabass were biting on the reefs at about 200 to 300 feet but heavy currents moved in along with some strong afternoon breezes making fishing difficult. Next they moved north and big yellows were plentiful, eating jigs, with blue and white the best colors, and live bait. La Guardia Island’s north end held some good grouper fishing with many being broken off. The last day they fished around the Golden Reef, enjoying perfect weather but slow fishing.”


The count: Limits of yellows, 203 cabrilla, 329 bass, 3 pargo, 19 sheephead, one 84-pound black seabass, 3 white seabass, 2 broomtail groupers, 1 amberjack and 264 assorted fish, released.


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L.A. BAY’S YELLOWTAIL cooperated on a family outing for Capt. Juan Cook. He is now operating for the rest of the summer out of San Quintin Bay.

L.A. BAY — The fishing here is still excellent but the heat is on. Charter captain Juan Cook took his family out fishing in L.A. Bay and worked a spot they call La Mancha seven miles from town.


“Marciela quickly hooked up on a nice yellow. The next day I went fishing by myself, yellowtail and pargo, then picked up my family from the beach for a joy ride to Isla la Ventana where we had good fun and fishing.”


The heat is building in L.A. Bay, so it was time to make the summer move to the west coast.


“I’m back in San Quintin Bay to start my summer season here,” said Cook.


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