Wind has been an issue off and on and causing us to try and switch trips around to try and give customers the best chances for a great experience. There are still lots of dorado in the area ranging in all sizes. On Tuesday we caught some good sized ones along with having a 500lb+ blue marling striking the lures. We are spotting quite a few sailfish as well. Saturday we got out targeting rooster fish and dorado, we were able to get on the dorado no problem but couldn't get into any of the roosters. Water temps are hanging around 86-87, water color has been a little off. The forecast for this week only looks to allow a day or two of fishing the the hurricane will effect the second half of the week. Stay safe!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
We had an epic day being on the water in Loreto. We left out of Puerto Escondido Marina and ventured out into the Sea of Cortez. Passing two of the Islands of Loreto Isla Monserrate and Isla Santa Catalan we had an encounter with a humpback whale, so was great to have the chance do some whale watching on our way to do some offshore fishing. As we were trolling around we spotted some marlin that we casted some baits to but they just weren't hungry enough at that time. No too long after we had a dorado strike one of our jigs and we were able to land that fish. As we continued trolling through the waters of Loreto our Captain spotted birds in the distance so we made our way towards them and sure enough we found ourselves in a school of yellowfin tuna. A great time was had by all landing these powerful fish. After the bite turned off we made our way back to the marina but not before we had many dolphins putting on a show for us which was a perfect way to end an amazing day.
Location: Loreto, Baja Mexico. Local Loreto Islands
Activity: Half day Loreto fishing charter
Weather: The weather was amazing.
Water: The water temp was around 81.2 degrees
Catch: We caught our limits on Dorado and a few really nice bulls.
Misc: Loreto fishing charter clients had a great time today and I can't wait to have them back.
Location: Loreto, Baja Mexico. Local Loreto Islands
Activity: Full day Loreto fishing trip
Weather: The weather was perfect
Water: The water temp was around 80 degrees
Catch: We caught 14 dorado!
Misc: Today was the first day of the season that any charter boat in Loreto caught dorado. We had 10 anglers and we were able to land 14 good sized dorado. Incredible day on the water with awesome Loreto charter clients