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.
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 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!