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.
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 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.
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.