East Cape, July 2017

LOTS of marlin, most boats catching one or two a day.  Dorado schools off and on are making anglers happy.  Hotel Palmas de Cortez reports lots of action from all boats going out both big game and light tackle.

 Loreto, July 2017

Loreto fishing remains very hot, plenty of dorado, large cabrilla and lots of boats are reporting (and catching) striped marlin along with sailfish. Since dorado came in a bit late, good dorado bite should continue into August and September. 




Fishing Report



Hola Amigos,


It's been a great last few weeks down on the East Cape.  Water temperatures have been in the mid to upper 80's and air temps. in the low 90's and cooling down to mid 70's overnight.  The big news this past week was the arrival of some big tuna.  This past weekend we saw 5 tuna over 100lbs. On Friday during the 27th Annual East Cape Classic, we saw the El Tio come in with a 101lbs. yellowfin, then the Fresh Catch came in with a 168lbs. yellowfin and then after a 5 hour battle, the chureya came to the dock at 8pm with a 214lbs. yellowfin.  It was one of those days!  As I am writing this report the fleet is returning with limits on tuna all in the 15-50lbs. range.  Hopefully they are saving a few big ones for this weekends Tuna Shoot Out!


The wahoo bite continues to be one of the best ever, with some boats landing 2-4 wahoo a day.  Most have been while fishing Tuna on calamari.  Calamari has been the bait of choice these last few weeks.  Boat that do not have any have not been too successful.  Those with calamari have been able to land tuna, dorado and wahoo.  You can purchase 7lbs. bags of calamari at the dock before you head out for $20.00.  We recommend buying 2 bags per boat.  Chumming small pieces of Calamari helps keep the tuna around the boat.  Even though the big 214lbs. tuna was landed trolling a marlin lure, the majority of the tuna is being hooked on calamari chunks. 


The marlin bite has also been very good with lots of blues still around.  I believe we saw more blues this week than we did striped marlin or sails.  This is a good sign that the blue marlin population is on the rise.  The new C.P.R. program (catch, Photograph, and Release) has really made a difference in the amount of marlin taken, as we have seen a steady decline in the number each month.  This is in large part to your donations to the program which you can do by purchasing a C.P.R. t-shirt at the fishing office at the hotels.


Other species landed this past week include pargo, cabrilla, triggerfish, jack cravalle, roosterfish, and dorado.  The winning dorado this weekend for the East Cape Classic was over 20lbs.  Nice to see dorado over 10lbs. again.  We hope to see many of you this weekend at the Tuna Shoot Out and if you can't make it this weekend, we will see you soon!


That's it for this week amigos!  Eddie Dalmau/Baja's Van Wormer Resorts

214lbs. Tuna



168lbs. Tuna

168lbs. Tuna


101lbs. Tuna


129# Tuna


110# tuna




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Little Rooster








6 Tuna




It was another outstanding couple of weeks down on the East Cape, with all of our anglers going home with lots of fillets and smiles on their faces.  The fishing has continued to heat up as much as the weather.  The last few days including today as I write this report, the primary catch for the fleet has been Tuna, Wahoo, Stripe Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish.  We are also seeing a few dorado here and there, but not in any great numbers.  A few anglers landed some Leopard Grouper, so there is opportunity on grouper as well.  Pargo are also around for those taking the shots inshore. 


The primary catch though has been the yellowfin tuna.  They haven't been too big, but we have seen a few in the 50-60lbs. range.  Wahoo continues to impress, with one of the best wahoo season in the last 20 years taking place this season.  Some days anglers are landing up to 5 wahoo per boat, and up to 50lbs. in size.  We are also seeing quite a bit of billfish flags each day, which is typical for this time of year.  A few small blues in the 200-300 lbs. range have been landed, as well as striped marlin and Sailfish.  Many anglers are able to catch a variety of species all in the same day.  The fishing is very good, but not quite wide open.  Looks like we will have some great fishing for the last few months of the season, so make your plans to join us before the year comes to an end.  That's it for this week amigos!  Hope to see you down on the East Cape soon!  Eddie Dalmau/Baja's Van Wormer Resorts 



















The fishing down here is as good as it gets and I'm happy to say that almost everything is down here, with the obvious absences of dorado.  The dorado are being landed on the pacific side, but not in any great numbers.  They seem to have moved north and down deep into much cooler waters.  With the end of the El Niņo in sight, I feel that we will start to see them come back in the next few years. 



This has been a great season for billfish and these last two weeks have been as good as it gets in the East Cape.  With some boats hitting double digit releases in a day and many landing the grand slam (blue, stripe and sail in the same day), this is really what the East Cape is all about.  Great fishing, lots of variety, sunshine and cold cervezas!



We truly are spoiled down here when on an off year we can still land billfish in double digits each day, roosters over 60lbs., tuna over 300#, wahoo over 100#, swordfish over 300#, and now you can add big Amberjacks to the mix.  This week it's been your typical August with everything starting to overlap as some fish are swimming in and others are heading out.  The cross over months of August and September typically bring great variety to the East Cape.  This week we have seen lots of billfish which include a great number of Blue Marlin between 300-600lbs., striped marlin in the 200lbs. range, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, roosters and now Amberjack, just to name a few.  It's a great time to be down on the East Cape, hope to see many of you soon!  Eddie Dalmau/Baja's Van Wormer Resorts













JUNE 17, 2016

Los Barriles, B.C.S., Mexico


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Fishing Report


Hola Amigos!  Well the season continues to be very good, especially compared to the last two seasons.  We are seeing lots of different species down on the East Cape these last two weeks, and anglers are having some great days on the water.  It has not been wide open by any means, but there have been enough good days to send guest home with lots of fish and very happy.  The really fun part so far this season is the variety of species we are seeing from week to week.  Right now if you were to come fishing on the East Cape you could expect to catch blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, roosterfish, wahoo, pargo, cabrilla, jacks, sierra and even swordfish.

The marlin bite has been up and down depending on the day.  Somedays you will see one or two marlin flags on the boats and other days you'll see 3 to 6 flags per boat.  Many days it will depend on what else is biting or what the guest is looking for, but it has been very steady from week to week.    The new catch and release program has been very successful in lowering the amount of billfish that have been taken.   


The dorado bite has been very similar to the marlin bite.  Some days are better than others, but it has been steady from week to week.  We are still seeing bigger dorado than we were seeing last year, but most have been between 15-30 pounds.  I believe the new "release all dorado under 32 inches" program has also helped in not killing any dorado under 10lbs.


We have had a very good tuna bite these last two weeks.  As every other species some days are better than others.  We are seeing mostly football size tuna in the area, but the fleet has landed 4 tuna over 130lbs.  There was also a tuna caught by a private boat down here that weighed in at over 240lbs. 

The wahoo bite, which has very impressive all season, slowed down for a few days as the water temps. dropped about 5 degrees from one day to the next.  We did not see any wahoo for about 6 days, then in the last 3 days we started to see them again.  Yesterday we saw 5 landed by the fleet, so it looks like they are back in town.


The roosterfish have also been here all season and this week in no different.  The last few weeks we have seen quite a few roosters over 40lbs. and even some in the 50-60lbs. range.  Again this varies depending on the clients and what they are looking to catch, but those looking for roosters are definitely finding them.


And lastly, this week we were fortunate to have landed a few swordfish.  When that water cooled and the wahoo left for a few days, this brought a school of swordfish into the East Cape area.  We usually don't see swordfish that often in the Sea of Cortez because of our water temperatures, but there were a few around for about a week.


That's if for down here in Los Barriles!  Lots of species to be landed and lots of fun to be had!  Hope to see many of you down here soon!  Eddie Dalmau/Baja's Van Wormer Resorts