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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
Second day in a row we found the giant yellowfin tuna out of Loreto. We set up just like we did yesterday. We set up on the anchor and started chunking squid. The biggest difference this time was the fish came up on a live mackerel and took angler Jorge Lazo for a ride. It was caught on an Accurate Valiant 800 with 60 pound test and 100 pound leader. These size fish are only in Loreto for a limited time so we were really happy to land this big boy. He weighed in at 319 pounds even.
Today was an incredible day on the water. We left Puerto Escondido around 5:30 on the hunt for giant yellowfin tuna. We had some report from local commercial fisherman that had seen some crashing on the surface the day before. We got set up on our spot and started chunking squid. Around 11:30 in the afternoon we were hooked up. We ended up landing a 212.5 pound yellowfin tuna. The fight took about an hour and was caught on a Seeker custom rod and Okuma Makaira 50w with 100 pound Hi-Seas leader and 80 pound test. Great day of fishing in Loreto for tuna.
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.