Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for July 8th – July 13th, 2012

July 16, 2012 – 1:15 pm

We just back from another fishing trip into the Sea of Cortez, this time we take 27 anglers in the best spots of the middrif Islands,  White Sea Bass still biting good in San Francisquito Bay, Two big Black Sea Bass were caught in this area too. We had a good weather,  We fish Partida Island Salsipuedes Island San Francisquito We spend two days in this area to give everybody chance to catch a big fish, lots a big fish were landed in this area but lots a big fish broke the line s too. we still catching live bait,  Dorados start to show but up in smaller numbers so far, but they will be here next months for sure, see you next report.


471                             Mixed Yellowtails                  Up to 28-lbs
177                             Mixed Cabrillas                     Up to 17-lbs.
252                             Spotted Bass                        Up to 4-lbs.
6                                 Pargos                                 Up to 17-lbs.
13                               White Sea Bass                    45 to 65-lbs
3                                 Black Sea Bass                    155-350 Lbs.
1                                 Groupers                               80-lbs
14                               Sheep Head                           Up to 15-lbs.
1                                 Pinto Bass                             15-lbs
2                                 Golden Cabrilla                       Catch/Released
Lots A miscelanius fish                                              Catch/Released
Charter Master  Mike Cross
27 Anglers.

Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for July 1st – July 6th, 2012

July 16, 2012 – 1:13 pm

This is the report straight from San Felipe;

We take 27 anglers this trip, they fish at Partida Island, San Francisquito Bay Lots of Big Yellowtails still biting in this area, with lots of bait available, Snake Island had lot of Medium size Yellowtails, Cabrillas were caugth most in Rasa Island and Partida, Weather in this week was little bit cooler, and humid, the bresses blew few times, they stay down south little bit more, and did pettry good descision, do not fish the few hours of Friday, Return to Port Friday at 4.00 P.M. with a high tide, easy to unload everthing, Water it is warming up the Yellowtails are biting deeper at the reefs, Bring plenty sinkers, Hooks, Jigs, Mirror-lures, bait rigs, etc.
621 (Limits)             Mixed Yellowtails                     from 12-lbs to 34-lbs.
272                         Mixed Cabrillas                        from 3-lbs to 21-lbs.
9                            Pargos                                    from 4-10 lbs.
60                          Spotted Bass                           from 3-5 lbs.
1                            White Sea Bass                       from 25-lbs.
1                            Black Sea Bass                       from 41-lbs.
2                            Sheep Head                             from 5-lbs.
4                            White Fish                               fro 3-5 lbs.
2                            Cow Fish                                 From 25-34 lbs.
1                            Parrot Fish  (Diving)                  from 6-lbs.
 Lots a                    Misc. Fish                      Catch-Release

Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for June 17th-22nd, 2012

June 26, 2012 – 2:07 pm

This is the report straight from Tony;

Hi Tom, We just back from another fishing trip, This time we take 26 Anglers to fish into the Sea of Cortez, fishing was good, lots a Yellowtails on San Francisquito area, We stay couple days fishing San Francisquito area because the fishing was so good, we caught plenty live bait, big White Sea Bass up to 60-lbs were caught at this area also lots a big Yellowtails up to 32-lbs were biting the live bait, this week we had strong currents, so fishing in 250-ft of water was not to easy, one big Stripe/ Marlin (190-lbs) was caught here also, Tom Watson from Temecula CA. Caugth the biggest White Sea Bass 60-lbs. Lots a big Cabrillas were caught along the Islands In Refugio Island plenty a medium Yellowtails and  Cabrillas Trolling were caught there, last day on the Enchanted Island produced two Medium Groupers up to 40-lbs and some Cabrillas, Weather it is getting warmer and humid, recommend to bring more DX Lures Green/Yellow, Mirror-Lures, Pink, Orange, Blue etc. Plenty 16-Oz. Sinkers, Hooks for bait 7/0 8/0 etc.

358       Mixed Yellowtails                    Up to 35-lbs
476       Mixed Cabrillas                       Up to 22-lbs
8          Pargos                                   Up to 15-lbs
45        Spotted Bass                          Up to 3-lbs
10        White Sea Bass                      From 40-lbs to 60-lbs
2          Groupers                                Up to 40-lbs
3          Sheep Head                            Up to 16-lbs
3          Golden Cabrilla                        Up to 18-lbs Released
1          Stripe/Marlin                            190-lbs
Lots a Miscellaneous                              Released
Lots a live Bait at San Francisquito.
Over all was a good trip with a little breeze from the south/east.
In this trip we had some free divers who enjoyed the nice water temperatures, they saw, lots a life in the water like Whale Shark, Turtles, Rooster Fish, Lots a Cabrillas and Groupers,
Tony Reyes M.

Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for June 10th-15th, 2012

June 20, 2012 – 3:43 pm


Tony Reyes and the Sea of Cortez deliver again

Heading back to the Tony Reyes one night last week after another awesome day of fishing we were talking about what color the sunset was, and how you would describe it to someone, we came to the conclusion that pictures or descriptions don’t really do it justice, you have to be there to really appreciate it but here is kind of what it looks like.

The other thing you have to experience in order to really understand is a week aboard the Tony Reyes for some of the best fishing you will ever experience, the 27 anglers that were on the annual Steve Enright charter were very excited to get the experience under way, as usual most of the faces were familiar with a few new additions and few subtractions, Ted Windom who had been a regular on our charter lost his battle to cancer a few weeks before our charter and was and will be sorely missed, he was always a joy to fish with and be around, he brought an infectious joy for life and fishing that spread to those around him.

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Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for June 3rd-8th, 2011

June 11, 2012 – 6:52 pm
        Tony just returned from a six day trip fishing in the Midriff Islands.  Wide open Yellowtail and Cabrillas between La Rasa and Salsipuedes Islands.  Yellowtails were boiling on the surface eating bait.  Light jigs casting on the surface were working very well.  In San Francisquito area they spent two days fishing because the fishing was wide open.  Nice weather calm and cool with occasional fog which is normal for this time of year.  Live bait was tough to catch.  Cabrillas are still biting on jigs like the salas DX, green and yellow is the best color.  Mirror lures orange, pink and blue are working very well.  Overall it was a very good trip.  The road to Mexicali to San Felipe has some construction and all anglers are reminded to obtain a free seven day visa at the border prior to the trip.
Limits            Yellowtail        up to 35lbs.
350                Cabrilla           up to 20lbs.
201                Bass                up to 4lbs.
2                    Pargos             up to 15lbs.
5                    Sheepshead       up to 15 lbs.
31                Whitefish            up to 5lbs.
2                    Groupers        up to 45lbs.
3                    Golden Cabrilla    released
232                Misc.  and released fish

Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for May 27th, 2012

June 6, 2012 – 11:42 am

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Fishing with Tony Reyes is simple the best! Tony’s trips are a great adventure, the best in fishing, and a great value.
   We had a week of cool weather and virtually no wind! Each of these trips is composed of a core group that knows each other a bunch or soon to be friends. We fished and explored the Sea of Cortez together. We saw many Osprey, thousands of Terns and Gulls and Sea Turtles were commonly seen. Fin whales, Killer whales
Pilot Whales and Dolphins were almost constantly in view. These trips are great “ECOTOURS”.
          Yellowtail to 33-lbs. were caught, many of the Cabrillas taken weighed 20-lbs or more. Even an early Dorado pounded on a trolled plug! This is a good Dorado season sign. We are all come home with a ice chest filled with frozen vacuum packed filets, all part of the trip. If you want an adventure of a lifetime, have one of these trips.
Doug Hogan  ” El Profesor”
273                Yellowtail                      Up to 30-lbs
431                Cabrillas                       Up to 20-lbs
4                   Pargos                          Up to 12-lbs
306                Spotted Bass                Up to 4-lbs
1                   Dorado                          Up to 15-lbs
1                    White Sea Bass            Up to 15-lbs
2                   Grouper                         Up to 25-lbs
3                   Sheep Head                   Up to 8-lbs.
33                 White Fish                      Up to 5-lbs
Lots              Miscelanius                    Released

Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for May 13th, 2012

May 23, 2012 – 2:23 pm

Big Jerry LeCompte, the Chartermaster wrote this amazing trip report;





Before I get to the important fishing stats, here’s some information about the border crossing, construction along the San Felipe highway and inspections/delays we encountered on getting out of the port on Sunday.


Border Crossing – the FREE Visa process seems to be working okay.  The agents know what we are looking for as long as you specify that you want the FREE 7-day Visa for San Felipe.  Otherwise they will want to issue a “normal” 6-month Visa with an accompanying fee.


Travel to San Felipe – there is considerable construction through  the downtown Mexicali route to San Felipe with associated detours around the construction.  The new border crossing route 7 miles East of Calexico is free of construction but make sure you know the route through Mexicali to the San Felipe road before going this way.  Once on the San Felipe highway you have smooth sailing until about km 90 where the road-widening project  starts.  There are a few detours but these were relatively short and in good shape.


Inspections/Delays – we didn’t leave the port until after 1 pm on Sunday due to inspections by the Port Authority, Mexican Army and probably others.  Not sure if this was just the start-up process for the trips this year or the implementation of new regulations.


Now the good part – FISHING.  Started the trip at Partida; then fishing for Yellowtail around La Raza, Sal se Puedes and the local islands.  Most of the fish were caught around boils but some were taken on trolling Mirrorlures.  Hottest jigs were Blue/White Salas 6X Jr, Yellow/Green DX,  Scrambled Egg Cristy II and various surface irons.  Big fish for the day was a monster Yellowtail weighing 44 pounds 3 ounces caught by Clark Bennett.  We saw a lot of cruising Yellowtail, some of considerable size, but they mostly ignored our lures.


We tried to catch live bait on Monday night with no success – same for squid.  Didn’t get any bait all week; so much for having no moon.


On Tuesday we tried fishing around San Franciscito and South on the Baja coast.   Eventually back to San Lorenzo.  Both locations produced continuing good Yellowtail action but some Cabrilla caught on both jigging and trolling.  Big fish for the day was a 33 pound 14 ounce Yellowtail caught by Mike Chesley.


Moved to San Estaben for Wednesday fishing starting with light winds, a little chop and fog around the island – beautiful!  Good numbers of Cabrilla were taken on jigs with fair numbers coming from trolling Mirrorlures; Orange and orange/stripe seemed to be the best performers with Hot Pink doing it’s usual good job.  One panga (Roman in #4) had an exceptional morning with 80 Cabrilla.  Big fish for the day was another Yellowtail – 28 pounds 2 ounces caught by Mark Rascon.


The weather for Thursday was a little rocky after moving along the East side of La Guardia to a spot just South of Refugio Bay.  Some Cabrilla were taken but most of the action was Yellowtail with the largest being 18 pounds 4 ounces caught by one of our rookies Cameron Simpson.


Moved to the Enchanted islands with a lot of wind along the way to complete the fishing after  deciding to skip trying for the Golden Reef.  Still some nice fish were caught, the largest being a 49 pound 3 ounce Grouper caught by our other rookie  Kris Casey trolling a Mirrorlure.


The crew did a great job taking care of us – something we’ve grown to expect and appreciate from a Tony Reyes trip.  Food was consistently good and served quickly.  All the guides kept their pangas neat and really seemed to enjoy their work.  Deck hands, engineers and Tony kept the mass of equipment, gear and fish organized and processed with great efficiency.  You can’t help being impressed with the smooth operation of a Tony Reyes Fishing Tour.  Let me express the thanks of everyone on the charter for a tremendous week.  Mucho Gracias Amigos!!


We only had one problem – at least for some – we ran out of beer on the big boat.  It is possible to consume 50 cases of beer because I saw it happen but it is rare.  We recovered the beers from the pangas on Friday and finished the week in good shape.  Since the charter fee covers 50 cases of beer and 40 cases of sodas, if you are worried about a shortage, toss in a 30 pack or so in your coolers for the trip down.  The delay in departing the port caused us such angst that we had to relieve it somehow, so we drank more beer – such is the way of fishermen.


Tony did his usual masterful job of squeezing the barka into a too-small spot at the dock.  We had the same confusion back at the port but it was complicated with two large semi-trucks with trailers on the dock and not much room for us to unload gear from the boat and get repacked for the return trip.  Like most thing in Mexico, this only took a little more time and patience to resolve.

The new border crossing took 45 minutes, which is about average.  I’m told the crossing in downtown Mexicali took something over an hour.


Tony just returned from the first 6 day trip of the year in the Sea of Cortez. They started fishing near Partida island with great weather catching a mix of Cabrilla and Yellowtails. They moved to Salsipuedes Island where they found schools of Yellowtail in the 20 to 44 pound range boiling on the surface. They were biting surface jigs and Mirrorlures. Cabrillas were found near the rocks and were eating the jigs well. The next day they moved to San Francisquito and fished near El Barril catching many large Yellowtails. They moved to San Estaban Island where they focused on Cabrillas and limits were caught there. The Cabrillas were biting the surface jigs, DX jigs and Mirrorlures.
    Water temperatures ran between 70 to 75 degrees. Bait as well as Squid was tough to get but should get better when the water warms up some. Thursday the wind blew and there was some fog from the south east they fished the Refugio area catching more Yellowtails and Cabrillas. They ended up fishing the Enchanted Islands where they caught a 49 Lb. Grouper with others breaking off the anglers line. More Cabrillas were landed and overall it looks like we are going to have a great fishing season.
Fish Count Weight LB.
Cabrilla Limits To 16lbs
Golden Cabrilla 1 C&Released
Miscellaneous 134 C&Released
Yellowtail 210 To 44lbs
Sheephead 5 Average
Spotted Bass 145 To 5lbs
Grouper 1 50lbs

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Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for October 23rd – 28th, 2011

October 31, 2011 – 11:27 am

The weather cooled down some and it was a comfortable trip. We fished San Lorenzo Island for a few days and it was good with plenty of 15-20 pound yellowtail. The live bait was plentiful in San Francisquito Bay and so we loaded up on it. The dorado seemed to have moved to another area, one with warmer water.

One of our guides caught a massive 110 pound gulf grouper in Salsipuedes Island, boyaa! Those guides are amazing anglers, they live, eat and breathe it, I suppose it makes sense.

Wednesday and Thursday the wind blew from the North and put a little more challenge into our fishing techniques. We ended up at The Enchanted Islands catching some sierra mackerel.

We limited out on yellowtail and its so much fun catching those glorious fish. Watching the birds feed on the bait fish and chasing those boils is so much fun! You are so excited, you cant wait to get your jig into the churned up water where the bait are and bam, you are hooked up!

Fish Count Weight LB.
Cabrilla 60 To 15lbs
Miscellaneous A Lot! C&Released
Yellowtail Limits! To 25lbs
Sheephead 3 To 10lbs
Spotted Bass 106 To 4lbs
Gulf Grouper 1 110lbs
White Sea Bass 1 20lbs
Pargos 4 To 12lbs
Sierra Mackeral 27 To 8lbs
Broom Tail 3 To 25lbs


Tony Reyes Trip Report and Fish Count for September 18th-23rd, 2011

September 27, 2011 – 11:16 am

Hi everyone, we just returned from another great trip. We went to different islands such as La Guardia, Rasa Island, San Lorenzo and San Francisquito. I love fishing the islands of The Sea of Cortez, its so much fun and you never know what you will catch!

The weather was nice and calm but warm. It made the pargos quite active and we caught a bunch between 6-12 pounds. Yellowtail from 15-24 pounds and some very nice Dorado in the 12-30 pound range, nice! Bait was available three nights and we made what we could then used it to great effect.

Part of this trip was an ecological trip from Julian, Ca. They very much ennjoyed the view, used kayaks, went snorkeling and fishing. We even enjoyed a BBQ party on one of the islands with classic carne asada, cold beer and delicious grilled fish,  how fun is that?

The last day we caught a bunch of spotted bass at The Golden Reef.

Fish Count Weight LB.
Cabrilla 56 To 15lbs
Red Snapper 38 To 16lbs
Miscellaneous Alot! C&Released
Dorado 65 To 30lbs
Yellowtail 176 To 24lbs
Sheephead 12 To 8lbs
Spotted Bass Limits To 5lbs
Broom Tail Grouper 2 To 20lbs
Pargos Alot! To 12lbs