loreto fishing

10/9-10/13

Leading up to the storm Sergio we were on dorado pretty well, along with billfish. Billfish we had four hookups and saw a total of seven in two days. Unfortunately those hookups didn't last long having a stretch of just bad luck and were unable to keep those fish on. Theres tons pf activity on the water despite water temperatures starting to decrease. Sergio came and went mainly just bringing the area lots of wind. The next day the winds calmed down and we headed out, getting outside of Catalan we spotted the birds and porpoise so we knew where we were headed. It was a great site when we arrived, birds all over, porpoise going crazy, and most importantly tuna jumping across the surface! Trolling cedar plugs and jigs it was game on, ended up with a four man limit. The ones we got were in the 20-50lb range. Lots of fun! Water temps have lowered to 83-84 Little churned up from Sergio and more wind in the forecast

10/2 and 10/5

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!

9/29

Got out with a plan to go after big marlin, that was quickly sidetracked as we found another pod of porpoise with birds again. We changed our course and headed that way putting on the trusty cedar plugs. Not long after entering the porpoise the lines were going off again. As we were landing the first yellowfin tuna more started to come to the back of the boat. We started throwing out sardines and fly lining sardines hooking up to some tuna that way as well. The tuna were a lot more active today as they were jumping across the surface as well. Caught some good size tuna with the biggest being 75lbs. There was definitely some bigger ones in the school just didn't get luck with them. Water is starting to get a little choppy with storms approaching, temps were 86.

9/21

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.

9/11

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.

7/27

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.

7/15/18

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!

7/11/18

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.

7/6-7/7/18

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.

6/28/18

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!

6/26/18

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. 

 

6/24/18

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.

6/22/18

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. 

6/20/18

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!

6/16/18

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. 

6/8/18 - 6/9/18

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!

6/7/18

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!

6/2/18

Today we were back on the waters of Loreto for day 2 with the same group. Water temperatures are slowly climbing, today the Sea of Cortez was knocking on the door of 80ºF. We were unable spot any dorado but we did get into a good amount of grouper (cabrilla), a few snapper (pargo), enough triggerfish for some ceviche for tonights appetizer, more importantly found some yellowtail which have been harder to lock in on this season. Overall it was a good day of fishing with tight lines most of the day.

6/1/18

To start off the month of June in Loreto we headed out for a day of offshore fishing. The weather was slightly windy and water temps are still slowly rising. We spotted several good size kelp patties unfortunately today there were no dorado home. We continued our way out further into the Sea of Cortez to some quality spots. We ended up getting into several grouper (cabrilla), some decent snappers (pargo) and some large triggerfish. We are expecting that any day the dorado will becoming in larger numbers to these spots. 

World Record Yellowfin Tuna!........Again

Huge tuna off Loreto 424.6 pounds

Several huge tuna taken at El Seco over three days

424.6 pound yellowfin just three pounds off all-tackle mark, is a pending 50-pound line class record; Huge tuna of 424.6, 319, 212.5 pounds are caught in three days at El Seco, a pinnacle south 50 miles south of Puerto Escondido. 

PAT McDONELL

LORETO – It’s wintertime in Baja. You don’t often see huge tuna being caught off Cabo, and you sure don’t see many big cow tuna being caught off Loreto in the news. That might be because you haven’t been paying close enough attention all these years.

This week’s report as Baja enjoys a mild winter and toasty water temps saw several huge tuna caught over three consecutive days at a pinnacle 50 miles southeast of Puerto Escondido in the Sea of Cortez. The biggest tuna over three days was a 424.6-pound beast caught Monday by Jorge Lazo of Tijuana, who the day before had caught a 319 pounder at that pinnacle called El Seco, The day before that, Saturday, a 212.5 pounder was caught by the group from Outpost Charters www.Outpostcharters.com

THE 424.6-POUND yellowfin was caught on the third day of fishing, on Monday at El Seco, a high spot off Loreto by Jorge Lazo of Tijuana, a crewman with outpostcharters on Robert Ross’ 37-foot Boston Whaler Rampage. The day before, Lazo caught a 319 pounder. For the full Baja report and more pictures, go to: www.wonews.com/t-BajaReport_Pat_011018.aspx

For most people, waters of Loreto are an outpost for big game fishing, the region better-known for its summer dorado fishing under floating sargasso grass and winter homeguard yellowtail action on reefs off Coronado and Catalan islands.

The reality is that Loreto and Puerto Escondido are jumping off points to some of the best big game fishing in the world. To be more specific, the playground for big gamers is El Seco, a conical mountain, a pinnacle rising from 2,500 feet deep to a mere 14 feet or less, is located about 10 miles southwest of Catalan Island. At various peak times, it attracts swordfish, black marlin, blue marlin, wahoo, and big tuna. This year the big tuna are early. Timing is everything. The beauty of the spot in terms of yellowfin tuna is you can anchor on it, and chunk frozen squid.

Jay Yadon owns Outpost Charters (www.outpostcharters.com). His father-in-law is Robert Ross, a Cabo native, champion motocross rider in his youth and a Newport Beach and Mexico real estate developer who is a big game sportfisherman and regularly fishes El Seco on his 37-foot Boston Whaler Rampage he runs from a quiet anchorage below a hillside home he built to the south of Puerto Escondido in an isolated town north of Aqua Verde. He picked that spot for a 10-room home overlooking the Sea of Cortez because it is undeveloped and a mere 11 miles from El Seco, and best of all, a natural estuary below provides safe anchorage.

Two years ago WON did a feature on Robert Ross when he caught a 450-plus pound yellowfin he did not weigh on a certified scale, although he did weigh it on a cattle scale after being gutted, and it weighed 430 pounds, but he measured it. It would have easily been the all-tackle record for yellowfin. He told WON at the time he has no desire to set any records. He just likes to catch big fish, and El Seco is a target-rich environment. He seems unconcerned about a secret getting out. The spot is far too isolated to be impacted by fleets and the big tuna and other big game species have their own schedule.

Yadon started Outpost Charters just after he moved to the area two years ago. El Seco is a prime charter spot for customers, and while Ross is not concerned about records, Yadon knows they are a great calling card. Thus, Yadon and Outpost Charters invested in two certified digital scales obtained through a friend, IGFA rep Chris Wheaton who directs the Loreto Fishing for the Mission charity tourney. Those scales came in handy over three days.

Anyway, when the big tuna are on El Seco, Yadon and Outpost Charters captains are alerted by local commercial pangeros who anchor on the shallow spot for smaller game. Yadon and Ross heard the tuna were on the reef late last week, the weather has been good, and he went out Saturday with Ross and crew on the Cast N Reel, a 40-foot Luhrs, one of the three charterboats based out of Puerto Escondido, a picturesque, natural harbor located 15 miles south of the town of Loreto. The bay is located 50 miles from El Seco.

Two boats fished as buddy boats all three days. Ross employed his sport fisher and the crew moved between boats on the three days of crew trips.

The first day on the bank, Yadon and crew on the 40-foot  Cast N' Reelanchored on the spot and began chunking frozen squid, and after 20 minutes a 212.5 pounder responded, and was caught on one of the two big outfits with Okuma 50W reels and Seeker custom rods. They rushed home to Puerto Escondido, posted some pictures on FB and sent some details and photos specifically to this reporter. Yadon said that night, Saturday, that winds had picked up and while he wanted to get out there again Saturday night, he waited until morning to head out again. On the boat was Jorge Lazo, a crewman with Outpost Charters and who like Yadon, is a son-in-law of Robert Ross.

“We had set up a chum line for a couple hours with the heavier gear (Okuma Makaira 50 wide reels with 100-pound P Line and 100-pound Hi-Seas pure flourcarbon),” said Yadon, who said Lazo was looking for a big yellowtail that had been caught there recently. And after the mackerel was slammed, they thought it was a big yellow.

“Jorge got 20 cranks on it, and then the fish figured out what was happening, and took off.,” said Yadon. “He was using 60-pound P-Line on an Accurate Valiant 800 and a Seeker rod, and was flylining a mackerel with a 6/0 Mustad hook. Super light gear, and the battle went on for 2 1/ hours resulting in the 319 pounder. They thought they had a line class record, but there is no 60-pound IGFA line class for yellowfin, and the record for 50-pound line they learned from rep Chris Wheaton back in the States was 285 pounds. So Lazo re-rigged the Valiant 800 with 50-pound line and 100-pound Hi-Seas’ pure fluorocarbon leader to go after the line class record the next day.

“We are heading back out with a few hundred pounds more of squid and hopefully we will have some more big fish photos for you,” Yadon told WON Sunday night. The word was, the big fish were on the pinnacle. Huge fish. One fish on the Sunday trip was on for an hour, hooked on chunk squid on the heavy gear, the Okuma Makaira 50W with 100-pound. “It pulled off 1,000 yards and snapped the 100-pound “like it was nothing,” said Yadon. “so we knew there were much bigger fish there than the 319.”

Sure enough, the two boats went out and Lazo, fishing on Ross' boat, hooked up with another big fish at El Seco on Monday, again using a mackerel over the chum slick to get the one he wanted for the world record on 50-pound line. The 424.6 pounder was gaffed after a battle of one hour and forty-five minutes in stand up gear. The fish was just three pounds off the all-tackle world record.

If the catch is submitted to the IGFA, it would obviously be the 50-pound line class record and would be the second biggest yellowfin ever caught on rod and reel that was weighed on a certified digital scale. The 427-pound yellowfin all-tackle record yellowfin will remain in the possession of Guy Yocum, caught in 2012 on his sport yacht El Suertudo on a multi-day trip out of Cabo.

By Monday night, the winds were cranking, and it took seven hours to get back to Puerto Escondido 50 miles northwest with the huge fish. This week the winds will blow, Yadon said. But by this Monday Outpost Charters will be back out at El Seco. The big fish are likely to still be there.

“Coming here this early, I think they will stick around a while,” said Yadon.

 

 

In other Baja action, there was a Cabo yellowfin of 322 pounds on 40-pound line, plus wahoo, football-sized tuna, and dorado are still in the mix in Baja Sur with 77 degree water at the Cape; San Quintin yellows are BIG! Ensenada also kicking out yellows.