Baja Sur Fonmar at WORK!

Bull Ring
Small Craft Warnings! … 

Small Craft Warnings! …

San Quintin 
Cold and Windy! …Captain Juan Cook

Gonzaga Bay Bahía De Los Ángeles

North winds!

South (Baja Sur) 

In operation FONMAR-CONAPESCA boat and equipment are retained for fishing in protected natural area

  • The crew were surprised in the vicinity of Isla Cerralvo fishing with oxygen tank

Fisheries in the State (CONAPESCA) carried out the retention of a boats and diving equipment for carrying out underwater fishing in a protected natural area without having the permit to do so.

On instructions from the Director General of FONMAR, Martín Inzunza Tamayo, the team from the Coordination of Management, Inspection and Surveillance in the Municipality of La Paz, headed by José Lizandro Olachea Burgoin, moved to the vicinity of Isla Cerralvo to carry out a joint surveillance operation with CONAPESCA personnel on December 1 and 2.

In the place, a boat with five people on board carrying out the underwater fishing activity was identified, which, upon noticing the presence of the authorities, fled, catching up with the FONMAR boat and requesting the CONAPESCA authorities to show the permits. corresponding.

The crew members could not prove that they had the corresponding permits, in addition to being scuba diving with oxygen tanks, which according to NOM-017-PESC-1994 must be done only with the lungs.

In the act, the federal officials of CONAPESCA carried out the retention of the boat, an outboard motor and fishing gear consisting of complete diving equipment, compressor, oxygen tank and diving hose.

FONMAR will continue to work in coordination with the surveillance authorities in response to the indications of the State Governor, Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío, to ensure the safeguarding and correct use of South California fishing resources.

FONMAR-ITES Prepare Fishing Tournaments for 2023 in Mulegé and Loreto

The tournaments will be inshore in Mulegé and offshore based at Loreto.

To promote sport fishing among the student population and the community in general, the Fund for the Protection of Marine Resources (FONMAR) will support the realization of two sport fishing tournaments during 2023, organized by the Higher Technological Institute of Mulegé (ITESME) and the Higher Technological Institute of Ciudad Constitución (ITSCC).

The State Coordinator of Sport Fishing Tournaments, Juan Javier García Davis, as well as the Deputy Coordinator of Tournaments of FONMAR, Erick de la Vega Meza, met with the directors of these institutions in Ciudad Constitución and Santa Rosalía, Pedro Almaraz García and Rosaisy Flores Villavicencio, respectively; discussing the details for the preparation of these events.

The inshore competition at Mulegé will be held in May 2023, during the Celebrations for the Day of the Student, while the ITSCC will hold a High Seas Competition in the Municipality of Loreto with a date soon to be announced.

In response to the indications of the Governor of the State, Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío, FONMAR, directed by Martín Inzunza Tamayo, has a strong commitment to support the initiatives of the institutions and organized civil society that promote greater awareness of environmental conservation and correct use of the resources with tourism potential.

Ascension Bay

La Bufadora rainbow view

Our version of the winter storm – it rained for three minutes! It cleared up, then more wind and rain. My gardens are happy! …Shari Bondy, La Bufadora Inn

Conception Bay

Only two days of fishing this week. On the first day, we hit Punta Santa Rosa south of Mulege. The yellowtail bite was on early, and the Silver Glow Flatfall (MILF) was the early ticket. The first four drops resulted in FOUR BIG yellowtail. As the tide started to go back out, we switched to Pink/Glow Knife Jigs, and each had our limits by 11 am. 

On the second day, we went to Isla Tortuga – a 50-mile run from Bahia Concepcion. We hugged the shoreline at sunrise and had good yellowtail action on flat falls and speed jigs in 250 to 300 feet of water.  During the first hour, we had five big yellowtail and five big huachinango. Just like that, the bite died. We headed to deep water and worked hard for baqueta. They didn’t seem to be around, but fishing down 400 to 500 feet produced damsel bass and big rockfish.Nathan Burbey, Casa Concepción

Lopez Mateos 

Lopez Mateos snook for happy anglers

The beat goes on, one of the best snook bites in a long time….Salvaje Sportfishing


We caught barracuda and jacks (toro) instead of dorado this week. Unfortunately, the wind cut ocean adventures down 80%, with fishing taking the biggest hit!

It’s almost Christmas, and the Coronado beach bunnies are still showing up to hit the water, vastly outnumbering any fishing enthusiasts jaunting around in pangas!

One positive development has been the return of the seasonal bait receiver just outside the Harbor break wall. But, unfortunately, that’s a serious sign that any surface action must be ignored for the next ten weeks, or about the time everyone gets tired of whale watching!

We can get crabby about the wind, but Santa will soon be here.

If you are looking for a frozen turkey or a living (tons of fake) Christmas tree, we have you covered in Loreto. Lights, candy canes – all that stuff! …Rick Hill  

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La Paz 

MEXICAN MINUTE LA PAZ FISHING REPORT from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Dec. 3- 12, 2022

East Cape  

Lyle Burson a gyotaku EXPERT

the making of a gyotaku print


A huge triggerfish on the fly!

As we approach mid-December, fishing remains good. We continue to see fish on the East Cape and the Pacific side of the peninsula. 

On the East Cape side, it’s all about the wind! This is the windy season, and we saw lots of wind this past week. The port was closed for a couple days, and on the days it was open, anglers caught a few dorado and marlin. We are also starting to see good numbers of sierra giving anglers action. 


Puerto Los Cabos 

Limits of dorado and wahoo

During the recent full moon, the schools of caballito seemed to have vanished from inside the marina channel area, so the fleet relied more on ballyhoo or, if possible, catching their own chihuil on the Inner Gordo Banks. Around the corner on the Pacific side were large schools of mackerel and wide-open striped marlin action, but that activity had not yet shifted in the direction of San Jose del Cabo. Although, later this month, we expect these schooling mackerel will migrate toward the Sea of Cortez as they always do. Everything is slightly different this season with the ocean temperature warmer than normal.

The most popular fishing grounds recently have been from Punta Gorda, Cardon, to the Iman Bank. This is where anglers have been finding good numbers of dorado while trolling lures and various bait. We even saw a few dorado in the 30-pound range, though most of these dorado were in the 6 to 15-pound class. Wahoo were also a primary target species on these same grounds. Every day we see varying numbers of wahoo brought in, sizes ranging up to 40 pounds. Some fortunate anglers landed as many as four during a morning outing, though most charters were doing well to find one or maybe two. Of course as is usual, more wahoo were hooked up and lost than were actually landed. These wahoo often acted finicky, following the slow-trolled bait closely but not wanting to strike. The fresh live chihuil seemed to be their favorite. Others did strike on the rigged ballyhoo or on trolled Rapalas or skirted lead heads.

Yellowfin tuna action has not been going on at present, although we saw a couple of tuna caught this week – incidental catches on the same wahoo and dorado grounds. It would be nice if we saw the schools of sardina rebound. Those are always favored baitfish for chumming and enticing the tuna to feed. However, with water conditions still so favorable, we are optimistic for the fishing to remain steady into the new year.

Only scattered billfish are now on our local grounds, as the main action for the stripers is now over on the Pacific. Also, not much is going off on the bottom or along the beach stretches. …Good Fishing! Eric

Cabo San Lucas 


A dorado caught from shore on the Pacific side

Blessed with another Topwater Surprise this morning! A nice little bull dorado on the top water! Even though I can’t cast yet, it’s still exciting, getting people into some awesome fishCabosurfcaster

A hyge 209 pound yellowfin tuna

Here ya go , haven’t got one this big in about 6 years…Dave & Geri Christman. aboard the “Geri Lynn”

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