It was a stormy week in Loreto with high winds. We got out Friday 9/21 and started our trip out checking on the bottom fishing, it was a slow bite and a strong current. Caught a decent pargo then decided to move offshore. Heading offshore the water was still a little rough from the previous storm. We got outside Catalan and began trolling, finding porpoise and birds but unfortunately no tuna with with. Spotted a striped marlin that went under as we approached and were unable to get a bite. Continuing to troll we ending up landing a beautiful sailfish that we released. Overall it was a pretty slow day, which was also confirmed with reports from "Bad Company" and "Sea Esta" with them reporting with catching a shark, two yellowtail, and a grouper. Lots of good sign offshore just wasn't our day. Water temps 86-88, good water color, semi rough water.
Weather and water are still warm in Loreto. There has been a good amount of whale activity in the area, we have seen humpback, pilot, and orcas in the past week. Yesterday there was several whales in the area so fishing was not so great. Today we headed further offshore past Catalan, coming across some floating debris which led to some wide open fishing. There was a sea turtle caught up in the debris so that was the first priority to get the turtle set free. Upon doing that several large dorado were swimming around the boat and did not take long to start hooking up. We began trolling hooking up to more dorado, some small wahoo, and bonita. We saw several marlin in the area and began trolling the bonita and as luck would have it minutes later hooked up to a beautiful blue marlin who put up a great fight. Bottom fishing is still hit and miss, there are a lot of fish in the area but you need a full day on the water to cover some ground trolling offshore.
With temperatures up bottom fishing hasn't been so great. We set out with a plan of trolling for dorado and marlin with a hopes of maybe some tuna as well. Making out way out past Catalan we began trolling south and had our first strike. It was a good size dorado that put up a good fight. That need up being our only bite for some time. Being patient and continuing to troll some areas that looked to have good potential finally paid off. A striped marlin came checking out our MagBay lures and before tossing a live bait out it struck our lure hard and ran with it. The fight was on two customers shared the battle and we got it to the boat. Patience is key on days like this.
We headed out the past two days in search of the big yellowfin tuna. We had a dorado swimming around us as we were setting up. Our first attempt casting a live mackerel to it started well the after hooking up spit the hook. A quick second cast had a well set hook and landed this quality dorado (mahi-mahi-mahi). We did manage to get three very large tuna near the surface but they did not bite. It's a game of patience so we will be after them again.
Today weather conditions were ideal and the water was good. The bite was a little challenging, but we were able to get a good yellowtail, and some decent snapper and grouper. Just goes to show you how everyday on the water is different. Some days the fishing is incredible and the next day could be the complete opposite. Today was an in between day on catching but still a bunch of fun. You're not gonna be able to catch them sitting in the hotel so its always worth getting out on the water to have your shot at an incredible day!
This Friday the 13th will be one thats talked about for awhile. Today we had some first timers out on the boat with us, obviously we always want to deliver but with this being some of their first times we wanted them to have that hunger to want to do this many more times in the future. The weather and water was absolutely perfect today it was very calm and we were able to spot a few marlin we could cut to but didn't succeed. However we did get lucky on some very good yellowtail and cabrilla. After the bottom bite slowed down we suggested we should troll for marlin and dorado so thats what we did. Not long after we started trolling we had a striped marlin coming in to check out our lures. We quickly got a live bait in the water and had the marlin very interested after a few minutes of enticing the marlin with the live bait it finally struck. We hooked up to this marlin which put on a good fight, we landed the striped marlin got a few quick pictures then safely released it. As we were heading in for the day we got a call on the radio from Capt. Robert Ross advising us that tuna were spotted further south of our location. We were unable to make it down their but angler Frank Kavanaugh who was fishing with Ross was lucky enough to land a monster yellowfin tuna. But our day was not completely over, as we were heading into Puerto Escondido just outside of Danzante we spotted several Orcas (killer whales) They ended up putting a great show for us. We definitely succeeded at delivering for these first timers but may have set the bar a little high for their next venture haha.
We got out to our fishing spot for the day a little later than usual after spending some time trying to get bait. After being persistent we got our bait and got the lines in the water. Yellowtail were biting good today but getting them out of the rocks was the challenge. Sticking with it we piled a few yellowtail and some good sized cargo (snapper) on board. At one point we had a very large pargo coming up after a yellowtail we had hooked up, it was quite a site to see. Overall the bite was solid today in Loreto.
Today we headed out with a group of Dodger fans from Los Angeles. The skies were overcast with a slight drizzle here and there. We encountered a large pod of dolphins right away as we headed out into the Sea of Cortez. The bite started off well then died off shortly after. We managed to get a solid combination of yellowtail, grouper, and snapper on the boat. Was a good day for some family fun!
It's that time of the year again, Fishn for the Mission tournament. Fishing for the Mission is an annual tournament for Dorado with an "other species" category, that benefits the Mission and people of Loreto. It's a great event for our community. It is a two day tournament, yesterday being the first day our team decided to go out far with big hopes of finding big dorado since everything closer in has been small. Day one ended up being a long boat ride, not being able to find any sargasso left us with some small mahi-mahi mahi-mahi we caught while trolling. Day two started off with a bang, this morning the sun was barely even up as we came across our first paddy loaded with dorado. We had some fun for awhile but weren't getting the size we were hoping for continuing on with not a lot of luck a team decision led us to shoot for the other species category. So off with wishes to land some big alma jacks and or yellowtail. Our plan paid off and we landed some good sized yellowtail and cabrilla. Off to the scales we went. We ended up getting 3rd place in the "Other species" category but had a great two days on the water and caught a lot of fish. Overall the weekend was good for all participants. Thanks to all for organizing and participating in this great event hosted by Chris Wheaton.
On this Fourth of July we picked our customers up at the Loreto Marina and headed out north to look for dorado (mahi-mahi). Water temps were in the low 80s and the water color was beautiful. As we were headed out we came across a bunch of pangas on some sargasso so we joined in on the fun but there were a lot of small dorado so we played catch and release for a little bit and decided to look for bigger fish. We trolled around continuing to find small dorado. While fishing a kelp paddy we had a striped marlin come swimming by we threw two live baits at it and got it to bite. It was a perfect way for end our day
With the weather report not looking so great for the Loreto waters we suggested to our clients that it would probably be better to cancel yesterday and fish early today before an afternoon wind was supposed to arrive. They trusted our judgement and they were glad they did. We left Puerto Escondido made a quick stop to make some bait then headed out. Within minutes of arriving to our spot we were hooked up to a yellowtail. The bite was on!! We hooked up to several good sized yellowtail, lost a few but managed to put 6 on board. The yellows turned off for a bit but we landed a large cabrilla which put up a great fight, along with a few more cabrilla and a pargo. With the afternoon winds approaching and several great fish on the boat we all decided it was a good time to call an end to four great days of fishing together. Some full coolers will be headed home with these GREAT customers!
Today we decided to try and have another day like yesterday, but we were trying a different location. We went out northeast of Carmen a little just to come across a bunch of pangas on some dorado so we joined in on the party. Once again hooking up instantly to dorado. Being sure we could find some good seaweed we left the party and went offshore. Leaving 80˚ water we expected to find warmer water, that was not the case the water was cold and not attractive. After trolling some more back in the warmer water and catching some dorado we headed back in with another susccecful day in the books.
Today well today...lets just say it was one of those days you dream about! Weather was perfect with a slight breeze. The Sea of Cortez was absolutely beautiful, the water color and temp was the best we've seen in awhile. We were on the hunt for sargasso, heading offshore our eyes were working hard. Boom there it was the paddy we were looking for, instantly spotted and started hooking dorado. We caught a few and decided to keep going further out to see what else we could find, there it was again an area of sargasso and it was "wide open" on dorado!! The dorado were everywhere. After some fun chaos we decided to keep heading out and start trolling. The dorado were so thick we couldn't get away from them haha. Here they were again striking our Magbay lures. We limited out on dorado so pulled the lines in and continued further offshore to try and find some tuna and marlin. While trolling further out we had a solid marlin strike again on our Magbay Lures, continuing on we caught and released a beautiful sailfish. Making our way back to Puerto Escondido we had a very large stripped marlin checking out our lures, it was a very large and beautiful fish, we tossed a live bait in but had no luck. This is a day we will all talk about for some time.
After coming off two very tough days of fishing we had some luck. Yesterday the wind was blowing from the south strong enough to throw a wrench into our planned destinations. We fished a few different spots but only pulled a few small fish. Today the wind calmed down some giving us a chance to fish wherever we wanted to. Water temps are still a little all over the place, So we decided to bottom fish. Glad that choice was made because we landed some very solid fish. A monster pargo, almacojack, yellowtail, quite a few cabrilla and some more pargo. It was a great first day for this family as they will be fishing with us a few days while the visit Loreto.
Today we had a late start but things still turned out ok. We took off out of San Cosme around 11am to head to the fishing grounds. San Cosme is a private estate located about an hour South of Loreto but has proven to be close to some of the best fishing grounds in the world. The water temp has cooled down since tropical storm Bud pushed through last week. We were lucky to find water 80 degrees or warmer. We stopped on about 30 different kelp patties and were able to land 3 nice size dorado. There were a lot of patties with nobody home. The ones that did hold dorado only had 1 or 2 around so I would say overall we had a great day. The fishing in Loreto is really starting to heat up and it is looking like we will finally get the dorado season we have all been waiting for. Fingers crossed.
Today we left Puerto Escondido shortly after leaving the marina we spotted a mother and baby fin whale. We continued north in search of dorado we found a weed line that looked promising. We spotted some small dorado on the first patties then a large dorado on a bigger piece of kelp. We worked that one dorado then a few more appeared. We were unable to get a quick bite and our clients only having booked a half day wanted to go bottom fish. We continued north and caught some dinner. In the afternoon part of the crew went out for some fishing with the family, we already knew what was north so wanted to checkout south with a busy schedule ahead. We went south of Catalan where the water was green but had warmed back up to 82°, the weather was calm all day with a slight breeze. A good amount of striped marlin were seen. Large sargasso patties floating produced 3 dorado for us. While heading back in we spotted some porpoise and trolled the cedar plugs, as luck would have it the tuna were right there with them we landed a total of 10 yellowfin. Made for a great afternoon for some fishing in Loreto with the kids!
With Hurricane/Tropical Storm Bud approaching this week we had some clients reschedule their trip in the beginning of the week. That left us with some time for some maintenance, cleaning and time to prep for the storm. Bud came and went and fortunately was not too bad. We headed out this morning with a group of guys from Southern California. The swells were still up some from the storm. We found some weed lines but the storm dropped water temperatures down 7°, so off to some of our favorite spots to bottom fish it was. Right off the bat they got a good cabrilla (grouper), then several other groupers. The fight of the day came when an amberjack struck the mackerel like a freight train. It was a solid fight that had our customer wore out after. The waters calmed down as the day went on, we hope the temperatures climb back up this coming week.
Yesterday and today we had clients that wanted to get dorado, we left Puerto Escondido early in the morning both days hoping to fulfill their wish. We were on a direct mission to find dorado. We trolled feathers as we looked for any possible sign that would lead us to the dorado. We were getting into water temps ranging from 80-89º in the warmest spots, we were seeing more flying fish than in previous days so we were sure it would be a good day. We searched long and hard both days. We finally started to find small pieces of kelp (sargasso) which led us to very large patties, yesterday we found the dorado!! Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to get the bite. Today we were back on some more patties as well but the dorado weren't home. The anticipation is killing us because it's going to be any day until we are landing them!
After coming off several windy days we found ourselves chasing a tough bite. We fished several locations today but only managed to put a few on board. Hoping things start to turn around for the better but with storms approaching from down south we will just have to wait and see. A nice fresh caught dinner was had by all though!
Mother nature was against us here today in Loreto, we headed out after advising our clients that the wind was not looking to be good and would be wise to reschedule for later in the week. We arrived at our destination and the wind was howling and the Sea of Cortez was choppy as could be. We landed a good size grouper pretty quick and they decided the conditions were too much, so we headed back to Puerto Escondi. We are hoping the weather calms back down for everyone.