Conditions update?

Endless Season Update July 25, 2014
REPORT #1404 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

Que Pasa

Weather dominates the report as squalls pound Baja from the tip to above Loreto. Short-lived they came and went but not without reminding locals how fast these storms can happen. Photos taken


I'm guessing it was probably that (Mesoscale Convective Complex). Just a fancier way of saying a somewhat organized cluster of strong thunderstorms that aren't part of a cold front or tropical system. They tend to last a lot longer than typical "single-cell" thunderstorms and can put down a lot of rain.-Chris Dunn the Fishing Weatherman


Thursday morning tell the story.


Entrance to the marina #Loreto was unsafe for awhile today… LaPamela Reina de Pesca



Pangas taking refuge on Coronado Island earlier today… LaPamela Reina de Pesca



There was nothing on the radar... yet in 7 minutes, as these photos show, a "torito" (little bull) storm showed up -- like a baby hurricane! All the boats had to come in! Thunder...lightning...high winds and rain. They came up fast and there's never a warning. Our La Paz boats also had to race for shore but we were back by 9 a.m. Our Tailhunter Fleet still caught dorado and sailfish…



Yes, it's rained in Cabo Thursday and there was some wind. The boats had already left and were fishing when the Port Captain closed the port. The boats did well though, catching striped marlin, sailfish and yellowfin tuna. We thought this picture was cute -- take it with a pinch of salt.. Pisces Sportfishing Fleet

Baja Norte

Coronado Islands

Hot yellowtail bite Friday at SKR. The yellows are also showing at the north end of South Island.
The fish are mixed in size with both 6- to 10-pound fish and 20- to 25-pound yellows showing.

Barracuda are at Ribbon Kelp and at South Kelp but the few boats fishing the Islands are all focused on the
good yellowtail action…




July has been a great month for fishing off of Ensenada. Bluefin to over 100 pounds are less than 30 miles from Ensenada Harbor and yellowfin are within 15 miles; yellowtail are off the paddies and the occasional flurry is inside with some nice bass and halibut fishing inshore.

Sunday and Monday had the It's 4 Reels offshore and we released eight (8) bluefin between 40 and 90 pounds on mega baits and Salas 6X heavy jigs, several yellowfin on the troll and firecracker-sized yellowtail on the kelp paddies. We also lost quite a few fish to break offs and pulled hooks…Louie Prieto, It's for Reel. He also added, "At this point we are still waiting for official notification that the closure applies to Mexican flagged vessels."

San Quintin



Most fun three days I've ever had! Can't wait to see you in October again, Compa, Felicidades, Chris Lilis! July 22, 2014K&H Sportfishing


Bay of Los Angeles


Hey everyone went to bola this past weekend just got home and vacuum sealed my fish. Fished sat with Alfredo Diaz made bait in the morning with sardines went out it was pretty much wide open yellow tail fishing got our limits i worked the jig all the way to bottom and up about half way. Yellows were at the bottom. My friends worked with live bait with good results. This was the best trip i ever had in my life and first time to Bay of Los Angeles. Second day we had limits of cabrilla, it was awsome...J Douglas

Baja Sur

Bahia Asuncion


Looks like we may even get a few sprinkles….Shari Bondy


Fishing has been unspectacular and unchanged for the past week. The summertime dorado fishing has been spotty at most of the usual hotspots. A frequently busy spot, the "funnel" (to the west of Coronado's white sand bay) has been totally dead for weeks. Seeing jumping fish and hooking up with a least some bonito used

to be guaranteed in this zone..not lately!

Bottom fishing and chasing after the newly arrived sailfish pods has been our "other option." Yellowtail have been consistent in the week's fish count along with pargo and pinto. One of our trips added a small (maybe ten-pound) grouper and an even more rare baqueta to the tally.


(I was told that if there was any way to get out to baqueta country with my handheld GPS, it would be a major feat ........ Catching one of these tasty fish, even a small one, can score a person more points than landing a 60-pound dorado and a 60-pound yellowtail on the same day! But somehow I doubt if the chicks would be impressed, sincerely.)


We saw a few 45-pound dorado, but I assured several clients that they were caught outside of the normal reach of the Loreto sportfishing fleet...Once you are out where you can't see land you might not be considered in the Loreto area. I've been forty miles north and forty miles south, but never so far east you can't see land!!!


- Mostly small dorado in the 10- to 15-pound range, yellowtail are running 18 to 20 pounds. We have caught some 25-pound toro while jigging for yellows on the high spots south of Carmen Island.


Small sailfish, estimated at 75 pounds are cruising outside of the marina. A few have been landed on live mackerel. No billfish on trolled lures this past week, but dorado (and the larger ones) have been consistently caught (dark blue with a touch of white was this week's action color).


We had a freak storm today with high gusty winds and a sprinkling of rain. In the middle of it I was thinking how some rain-washed arroyos could make my Monday fishing trip so much better. Then the rain stopped and I was sad at the realization that 1/4 inch of rain wouldn't put much debris out on my favorite current lines !... Rick Hill /Pinchy Sportfishing

La Paz, La Ventana and Las Arenas





































Rebecca Kendrick had also never fished salt water before and she also got into the dorado.


This time of year, waters are extremely warm…actually, warmer than usual…as a result of the "el nino" situation. This has given rise to rapidly forming storms that are not shown on weather advisories in the morning. However, out of seemingly clear skies, huge thunderheads suddenly build and the skies grow dark within minutes. Winds start whipping and waves emerge from calm seas, turning the ocean into a churning froth. Wind-driven rain doesn't fall so much as it shoots sideways from the gusts. It's time to get the heck off the water!


Several weeks ago, one of these storms turned into a huge waterspout between Cerralvo Island and El Sargento and Las Arenas. We didn't quite get that this week, but in the span of about 10 minutes, clear skies went dark and the oceans got treacherous. The pangas had barely been on the water, before they found themselves racing back to the beach made more perilous by waves now pounding the sands where the pangas had to land. Lighting strikes illuminated everyone scrambling around for shelter. Cell phone and electrical power gets cut off.


As the rains hit and everyone hunkers down….that's pretty much all you can do. There's a reason they call these "little bulls." Within an hour or two…sometimes in the span of minutes…it's over. The sun blazes back out. The winds turn off. The skies go clear and flat. Except for puddles of water, there's no trace.


And that's what happened Thursday morning.


But, the rest of the week was pretty grand!




Fishing definitely improved over the week before. Again, dorado were center stage, but there were fewer punk 5-pound dorado and more respectable 10- to 20-pounders and all willing to charge pretty much anything that was in the water. Some boats did better than others, but then the next day the boat that did poorly would be the big boy boat. Consistently, every panga we put on the water caught fish…or had opportunities to catch fish. One of the big problems was that the baits we have tend to be large. Hence, it takes longer than normal for the fish to really chomp the bait and get a hook down in their mouths. Anxious anglers would often tell me they pulled the trigger too soon before the dorado could eat and they would lose the hook-set and half-a-bait would come flying back to the boat…sans dorado!




Still our most consistent area. Our La Paz boats rocked some really nice 20- to 40-pound fish this week as they have now since June. The fish extend right from La Paz Bay towards Espirito Santo Island then around the corner to about El Rosario/Las Cruces where the larger bulls seem to have taken residence not too far from the beach. Co-incidentally, that's where large schools of baitfish have been seen.


The bigger news is the increased incidence of hookups with billfish including larger-than-normal sailfish and even some blue marlin. I don't remember seeing so many hookups on blue marlin as I have the past two or three weeks. Most of the sails and marlin are getting released, but one fish that couldn't be released was a hefty 300-pound blue…Jonathan Roldan,


Todos Santos

East Cape

Steve Huff, an inductee in the IGFA Hall Of Fame, has spent the last 40 years poling South Florida waters and becoming the most well-respected guide in the history of flats fishing. He recently visited East Cape beaches and caught and released this roosterfish on his final day of fishing.



John Ireland, Rancho Leonero and Joe Rafty, fishing Wednesday aboard the Maton, landed these tuna on sardina between Frailes and Vinorama where there were large schools with no porpoise about 1 to 2 miles off the beach. All boats scoring averaged fish to 40 pounds which is typical for August and September. This particular spot has been producing for the past five days.



Blue dawg in the house!…Team JenWren


It just cracks me up what 10 days of slow fishing can do. All I can say is it's not doomsday! In fact both Jen Wren boats took limits of tuna yesterday. Not just footballs either. Twice during the week we had yellowfin tipping the scales at 90 pounds!


We have already released more blue marlin this year than last year, plus sailfish and striped marlin have been plentiful. Even through what we have called tough fishing, boats have been able to go out and catch a billfish or two every day. It is really just the anglers insisting on targeting dorado and tuna that have gotten the goose egg.


Dorado have disappeared for the time being but tuna are starting to pick up the slack. The bait situation is the best it has been all year and even squid is starting to become available. No, it is not doomsday, just a normal cycle that is not uncommon…Mark Rayor

San Jose del Cabo




































The San Jose del Cabo sportfishing fleet fished the yellowfin tuna bite that developed north of Vinorama, some 20 to 25 miles north of Puerto Los Cabos Marina, a bit farther than what normal panga or local cruiser charters travel on a regular basis. We could see possible fuel surcharges soon, if this continues. The key has been the availability of live sardina, which are being found schooling near Los Frailes. Anglers were drift fishing with these baits and hooking into yellowfin tuna in the 25- to 45-pound class. This area where the fleet is finding these fish is very close to shore; so close that triggerfish are thick and skipjack are also out-numbering the tuna.


Dorado have been found more spread out … the majority being juvenile-sized fish, but there are some much larger fish mixed in, a few bulls weighing up to 50 pounds.


Open-water trolling saw a mix of billfish; actually last week there were sailfish, striped, black and blue marlin caught from local waters, but again no big numbers. Not much bottom action reported.


Some early morning pargo, bonito, cabrilla action on yo-yo jigs, but nothing red hot. Only an occasional roosterfish or jack crevalle found along the shoreline. …Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas

Los Cabos


































A 103-pound tuna, using a kite aboard the Knot Working, Christopher Schmitz, Houston, Texas … Pisces Sportfishing.



45-pound wahoo aboard the La brisa, Marilyn Glassock, Pipe Creek, Texas … Pisces Sportfishing



Joe Spinella, Sacramento, Calif., hooked this 297-pound blue marlin that unfortunately came up dead...Pisces Sportfishing


The billfish catches were much better this past week as the water temps increased to above the 90-degree mark on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula. Additionally, the dorado counts were up and a few wahoo were taken in the mix.


Cabo Climate: Air temps ranged from warm evenings at 78 degrees to daytime high at 95. This past week was a mix of partly cloudy days with a good mix of sunshine and overall, excellent fishing weather with a severe and unexpected rain on Thursday that closed the port and delayed airlines from flying into Loreto and on to Tijuana, departing from the San Jose Airport. Raining and blowing in Cabo and Loreto. Passengers flying into Tijuana from Cabo, via Loreto, were disembarked to await a weather break for the stop-over in Loreto.


Sea Conditions: Surface breezes, flowing mostly from the south and easterly directions, ranged from calm to about 9 mph. The Pacific side had stable water temps that reflected 87 to 89 degrees from the Finger Bank to Cabo Falso and then ratcheted up a couple more degrees as it rounded Cabo San Lucas and into the Sea of Cortez, reflecting temps at 90 to 92 degrees.


Best Fishing Area: The Herradura, (aka "Horseshoe") was the best area, just out to the south of Cabo Harbor about 12 to 14 miles or so.


Best Bait/Lure: Blue marlin taken on lures and bigger rigged baits. Most of the stripers taken on rigged baits and live baits and the sailfish were taken on the live baits. They are rigging dead caballito and skip-trolling them for about half the strikes…Larry Edwards, Cortez Charters