Fishing Reports from Tony Reyes Excursions in the Sea of Cortez-
Tony returned from a 6 day trip into the Sea of Cortez with a wide-open Yellowtail bite going on. They started fishing at Las Animas Bay without live bait but it made little difference as the fish ate the jigs and trolled lures with a vengeance catching medium size Yellows and some Cabrillas. Next moving to San Francisquito to fill the bait tanks that night, even with a full moon, and then the morning bite was crazy. Once the Pangas were positioned over the reefs the Yellowtails started biting and kept on to the point the Pangas had to return to the big boat to unload the fish so they could continue fishing. That evening they moved to another place to fill the bait tanks again. The fishing just got better and better with a non-stop Yellowtail bite. Again moving back to Las Animas Bay making more live bait and then onto Refugio Bay where a variety of Pargos, Cabrillas, and more Yellows were boated. Last evening along the coast some anglers went swimming from the beach while others caught some Pargos and Cabrillas. The trip back to San Felipe was pleasant with some light breezes and moderate swells a great group of anglers---Life is Good. Thanks, Tom Ward, The Longfin www.tonyreyes.com www.thelongfin.com
Barred Pargos 7
Black Sea Bass 1
Broomtail Grouper 1
224 Misc. and released fish
The boat "Tony Reyes" just returned from a chartered trip led by long-time Chartermaster Mike Cross from Mission Viejo California. They had good weather on the trip to the fishing grounds fishing in the Snake Island area Monday morning. Tuesday they fished around San Francisquito where they caught plenty of live bait. The big White Sea Bass were biting on the reefs at about 200 to 300 feet but heavy currents moved in along with some strong afternoon breezes making fishing for them difficult. Next, they moved north and big Yellowtails were plentiful eating jigs, blue and white the best, and live bait. La Guardia island , north end, held some good Grouper fishing with many being broken off. 100-pound test is the minimum recommended for Grouper fishing. The last day they fished around the Golden Reef enjoying perfect weather but slow fishing.
Limits of Yellowtail
10 Grouper to 80 Lbs.
1 Black Sea Bass 84 Lbs.
3 White Sea Bass
2 Broomtail Grouper
264 Misc. and released fish
Thank You, Tom Ward, The Longfin www.tonyreyes.com www.thelongfin.com
Tony Reyes boat returned Friday evening from a 6-day open party trip. Anglers experienced some fog and a little wind which hampered the fishing somewhat. Plenty of live bait for a couple of days was available. Big Black Sea Bass, 400 Lbs., was caught on a dropper loop at La Guardia island. The Yellowtail are getting larger each trip as the summer months are here and the giant White Sea Bass are eating live bait quite well with many being farmed, lost, to the reefs.
217 YELLOWTAIL TO 32 LBS.
191 CABRILLA TO 20 LBS.
9 PARGO TO 14 LBS.
3 WHITE SEA BASS TO 64 LBS.
1 BLACK SEA BASS APPOX. 400 LBS
8 GROUPER MEDIUM SIZE
311 MISC. AND RELEASED FISH
Thank You, Tom Ward, The Longfin WWW.TONYREYES.COM WWW.THELONGFIN.COM
The boat "Tony Reyes" returned from a 6 day trip led by Charter Master Gary Gibbs of Cal Star Rods from Redondo Beach Ca. They had good weather and plenty of live bait from the San Francisquito area. They fished the main islands in the Midriff Island chain. Giant White Sea Bass, up to 68 Lbs. were caught with the live bait with many fish being farmed, lost, because of being broke off trying to get them off the bottom. Big Yellowtails were also hooked, up to 33 Lbs., from the same area. Cabrillas are large and biting trolled Mirrorlures and live bait.
6 Black Sea Bass
16 White Sea Bass
011 Miscellaneous and released fish
Thank You, Tom Ward, The Longfin www.tonyreyes.com www.thelongfin.com
Tony Reyes returned Friday from a chartered trip led by Chartermaster Dennis & Ann Jacob from Central Arizona. They had good weather except for the last day of the trip. Fishing was done around Angel De La Guardia and Salsipuedes islands. San Francisquito bay held live bait 2 evenings. Large Cabrilla were landed trolling and big Yellowtail came aboard on jigs and some trolling. Last day was up north but the wind made the great Grouper bite tough. Many large Grouper were lost.
2 Broomtail Grouper
203 Misc. and released fish
Adios, Tom Ward, The Longfin www.tonyreyes.com www.thelongfin.com
The boat "Tony Reyes" returned Friday evening from a chartered trip led by Clarence Becker of Victorville, California a long time Sea of Cortez angler fishing on these trips for over 30 years. They had very good weather according to Tony Reyes and were able to catch bait a couple of times during the trip. Cabrillas were hitting Mirrorlures on the troll as well as jumping on casted lures and fly lined live bait. Medium size Groupers were caught trolling the Nomad lures and the Mirrorlures. The last day of the trip Big Groupers were biting on big baits, small Yellowtails, and Barracudas, with only 3 big ones being landed and many more lost. Minimum of 100 Lb. test is recommended for these fish as anything less just does not do the job on these powerful Groupers. Weather in the Midriff islands is starting to warm up.
1 Cola Escoba (Broomtail Grouper)
223 Misc. and released fish
For information about the trips see www.tonyreyes.com or www.thelongfin.com Thanks, Tom Ward, The Longfin
Tony's boat the "Tony Reyes" just returned from a 6 day trip led by Roger Rohm.
1 Broomtail Grouper 12lbs
Lots of Misc fish released
Tony's boat the "Tony Reyes" just returned from a 6 day trip led by Charter Master Jerry LeCompte from Glendale Arizona .
BLACK SEA BASS 1
The week previous the boat landed a 400LB. Black Sea Bass on a charter led by Cal Star rods Gary Gibbs. Saludos, Tom Ward, The Longfin
Tony Reyes just returned from his 3rd trip of the season with fish eating jigs quite well. Blue and White seemed to be the best color for jigs with the Mirrorlure in pink being the trolling champion. The boat "Tony Reyes" will be running trips now until November
256 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 26-LB
278 CABRILLA UP TO 16-LBS
123 SPOTTED BASS UP TO 6-LBS
12 RED SNAPPERS UP TO 10-LBS
1 BLACK SEA BASS UP TO 144-LBS
8 GROUPERS UP TO 35-LBS
4 SHEEPHEAD UP TO 12-LBS
WEATHER WAS WINDY SOME DAYS MAKING DIFFICULT TO CATCH FISH, FISHING THE MAIN ISLANDS, NO LIVE BAIT YET, GOOD YELLOWTAIL BITE ON THE COAST
WE STARTED ON EL DIABLO POINT WERE WE CAUGHT ONE BLACK SEA BASS ON CUT BAIT ALSO LOTS A SPOTTED BASS AND SOME YELLOW LIVE BAIT. THAT MORNING EVERYONE CAUGHT YELLOWTAIL ON THE REEFS, THE WEATHER WAS WINDY AND CLOUDY WE STAYED IN THIS AREA YELLOWTAIL ON THE 250-FEET REEF. LATER WE MOVED TO SNAKE ISLAND WERE WE STAYED A COUPLE OF DAYS FOR SAFETY BECAUSE WE HAD A STORM COME INTO THE SEA OF CORTEZ, WEDNESDAY WE RETURNED TO REFUGIO POINT BECAUSE THE STORM WAS MOVING NORTH CLOSE TO GUAYMAS, WE FISHED IN REFUGIO THURSDAY MORNING LIVE BAIT AND JIGS PRODUCED YELLOWTAIL. CABRILLA AND PARGO AND COUPLE GROUPER THE STORM MOVED TO MAINLAND AND THE WEATHER GOT BETTER, MORE PARGO AND FEW DORADO ON THE COASTLINE, LAST DAY AT ENCHANTED ISLAND PRODUCED A FEW GROUPERS BITES LANDING JUST ONE. FEW BARRED PARGOS AND PINTO BASS., THE REST STILL THERE.
195 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 33-LBS
231 CABRILLA UP TO 18-LBS
119 SPOTTED BASS UP TO 6-LBS
29 PARGOS RED( BARRED UP TO 25-LBS
2 SHEEP HEAD UP TO 10-LBS
6 PINTO BASS UP TO 14-LBS
18 DORADO UP TO 18-LBS
8 GROUPER UP TO 78 LBS.
1 BLACK SEA BASS UP YO 56-LBS
242 MISC. AND RELEASED FISH
We returned from another fishing/exploring the Sea of Cortez leaded for Eric and Erik Bergstrom, We stopped in El Diablo point the first morning catching most Yellowtail and Spotted bass some Cabrillas with jigs and cut bait later went to Snake Island were we caught most Yellowtails and plenty live mackerel in the night, following morning was slow on Yellows but better and cabrillas and some Dorados, went to Salsipuedes island to explore fish snorkel and swim, during this night we stopped close to LA Bay to make bait and keep going north to the coast side, fishing was great in this area, catching big red snappers for all the pangas, cabrillas and medium-size Yellows, later went to Refugio Point to fish and kayak all this area, later we returned to the coast catching more pargo on cut bait, last day few Grouper broke the lines but landed two big ones.
105 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 30-LBS
125 CABRILLA UP TO 18-LBS
132 SPOTTED BASS UP TO 6-LBS
238 PARGO UP TO 20-LBS
8 GROUPER UP TO 108-LBS
2 BLACK SEA BASS UP TO 60-LBS
10 DORADO UP TO 18-LBS
LOTS A MISCELLANEOUS FISH CATCH/RELEASED
JUST 18 ANGLERS WENT FISHING THE REST SWIM. HIKE EXPLORE THE ISLANDS.
ANTONIO REYES M.
186 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 33-LBS
255 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 15-LBS
54 CABRILLAS UP TO 20-LBS
107 CABRILLAS UP TO 6-LBS
127 SPOTTED BASS UP TO 6-LBS
100 PARGOS REDS AND BARRED UP TO 28-LBS
1 SHEEP HEAD 12-LBS
1 WHITE SEA BASS UP TO 15-LBS
30 DORADOS UP TO 18-LBS
10 GROUPERS 120, 108, AND SMALLERS LOTS A BROKEN LINES.
4 BROOOM TAILS UP TO 14-LBS.
188 MISC. AND RELEASED FISH
WEATHER ON THIS TRIP WAS BETTER AND COOLER, FISHING SAN LORENZO ISLAND, SNAKE ISLAND, COAST FROM PUNTA REMEDIOS TO PUNTA FINAL, HAD LIVE BAIT FOR 3 DAYS, ENCHANTED ISLAND HAD A BIG GROUPERS AND BARRED PARGOS MOST BITE ON LIVE MACKEREL.
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Tony just returned from a 6-day open party trip into the Sea of Cortez around the Midriff islands.
They started fishing the Snake Island area and then moved to San Francisquito.
Live bait was difficult there so they moved to San Lorenzo island where they caught medium size Yellowtail and some Cabrilla.
They tried to get bait near Bahia De Los Angeles and found plenty of it. Wednesday was the best day of fishing catching bigger Yellowtail, Grouper, Black Sea Bass, Cabrilla and a variety of other species with several lines being broken and lures lost on Big fish.
The weather was okay with some clouds and a couple of hot and humid days.
378 Yellowtail to 30 Lbs.
220 Cabrilla to 20 Lbs.
46 Pargo to 25 Lbs.
10 Grouper to 120 Lbs.
287 Misc. and released fish
THE TONY REYES BOAT RETURNED FRIDAY EVENING FROM A 6 DAY TRIP INTO THE SEA OF CORTEZ.
THE TRIP WAS HEADED BY CHARTERMASTER DAVID DANG FROM VALLEY VILLAGE CALIFORNIA.
THE WEEK SAW A FEW DAYS OF LIGHT WINDS MAKING FISHING A LITTLE DIFFICULT. THEY FISHED SNAKE ISLAND, REFUGIO, SAN FRANCISQUITO AND THE ENCHANTED ISLANDS AREAS.
12 GROUPER TO 130 LBS.
2 BROOMTAIL GROUPER
June 23, 2018
Tony Reyes returned from another 6 day trip chartered by Cal Star Rods and led by Gary Gibbs from Redondo Beach Ca.
They fished the San Francisquito areas catching Yellowtail up to 28 Lbs.
Cabrilla fishing was excellent hooking fish casting jigs, Tady and Salas, in blue and white and green and yellow colors along with trolling Mirrorlures in pink color and Rapala X-Rap lures in mackerel patterns around Snake Island. Refugio and San Lorenzo.
The weather is warming up with live bait being caught but not in great quantity. There was some wind Friday morning.
303 Yellowtail to 28 Lbs.
Limits of Cabrilla to 20 Lbs.
1 Black Sea Bass 94 Lbs.
273 Misc. and released fish
Tony Reyes returned from a chartered 6 day trip led by Chartermaster Clarence Becker from
They had heavy fog Tuesday and Wednesday in the area of San Francisquito.
The Yellowtail were of good size but it was hard to spot them in the heavy fog. They fished Snake island
which had good fishing for Yellows and Cabrilla. Casting plastics at the rocks was producing some nice
fish. Trolling the pink Mirrorlure was very productive for Cabrilla.
321 Yellowtail to 30 Lbs.
234 Cabrilla to 20 Lbs.
10 Grouper to 30 Lbs
15 Pargo to 12 Lbs.
12 Sheephead to 12 Lbs.
274 Misc. and released fish
Tight Lines, Tom Ward, The Longfn www.thelongfin.com
June 2, 2018
Tony Reyes just returned from a 6 day chartered trip from Phenix rods.
Fishing was good especially for the larger Yellowtail of which a lot were lost. Cabrilla fishing was steady. Yellowtail were on the surface chasing bait so throwing jigs at them worked well with blue and white and green and yellow colors in Salas, Tady and Shimano jigs doing best.
Mirrorlures and X-Rap trolling lures are still the hot item in the pink, orange and mackerel patterns for trolling.
The last day they had some wind making the Grouper fishing difficult. Saludos, Tom Ward, The Longfin, www.tonyreyes.com
411 Yellowtail to 30 Lbs.
241 Cabrilla to 20 Lbs.
6 Groupers to 38 Lbs
1 Black Sea Bass 44 Lbs.
15 Pargos to 12 Lbs.
192 Miscellaneous and released fish
May 26, 2018
Tony Reyes boat the "TONY REYES" returned from a chartered 6-day trip led by Chartermaster Roger Rohm from Silverado, Ca.
They fished from San Francisquito north to Isla La Guardia with plenty of good size Yellowtail and Cabrillas around.
The large Grouper are starting to show up with more breaking off lines than were landed.
Some Golden Cabrilla were caught and released.
364 Yellowtail to 32 lbs.
211 Cabrilla to 25 lbs.
7 Grouper to 140 lbs.
5 Sheephead to 16 lbs.
21 Miscellaneous and released fish
May 19, 2018
Hola; Tony Reyes just returned from his 6-day trip led by Charter Master Jerry LeCompte from Glendale Arizona. Tony said the trip was great with extremely nice weather as is common this time of year.
The larger Yellowtail are starting to show up as the water temperature is rising slightly. Most of the fish were caught casting jigs or trolling Mirrorlures and Rapala X-Raps. Bait is showing up in the shallow waters and the schools of Yellowtail are moving north with the bait.
Cabrilla fishing continues to be excellent with large fish the order of the day.
The islands of Rasa and Partida were declared to be in a reserved zone for the production of fish so Tony is not allowed to fish close to those islands now.
There are still a few openings in Tony's schedule this year as can be seen at www.tonyreyes.com
285 Yellowtail to 28 Lbs.
314 Cabrilla to 22 Lbs.
13 Groupers to 40 Lbs.
287 Miscellaneous and released fish
May 12, 2018
Tony Reyes boat "Tony Reyes" returned Friday afternoon from a 6 day "Cal Star Rods" charter led by Gary Gibbs from Cal Star. Fishing was very good and the weather was great except for the last day and a half of the 6-day trip. They fished the main islands trolling Mirrorlures and X-Rap Rapalas and casting jigs at the shorelines for excellent Cabrilla fishing. Yellowtails were eating jigs yo-yo off the reefs. Cal Star brought lots of give-a-ways and raffle items for the anglers. Fresh Ceviche and an evening of Carne Asada topped off a week of outstanding meals prepared by the chef. Live bait has been elusive so far this season but Tony expects it to show up any time now as the water warms up.
350 Yellowtail to 22 lbs.
Limits of Cabrilla to 20 lbs.
12 Sheephead to 18 lbs.
3 Baquetas to 44 lbs.
6 Groupers to 38 lbs.
311 miscellaneous and released fish
May 5, 2018
The boat, Tony Reyes, just returned from a 6 day trip with 25 anglers of the "Let's Talk Hook-Up" charter. They went to San Esteban island where water temperatures were in the 60's with light winds in the morning which made the fishing difficult. They then went to Rasa and Partida islands which provided the best fishing areas of the trip. Trolling was very productive with Mirrorlures and Rapalas. Yellowtails were spotty and seemed to be a bit bashful this trip. Cabrilla fishing continues to be outstanding as it was last year. Tony attributes this to the fact that he is the only sportboat fishing the Midriff Island area of the sea of Cortez when there were 5 boats fishing it a few years ago.
126 Yellowtails to 20 Lbs.
458 Cabrillas to 22 Lbs.
3 Groupers to 85 Lbs.
187 Misc. and released fish
Thank You, Tom Ward, The Longfin
April 28, 2018
Tony Reyes just returned from his first 6 day trip of the season led by Charter Master Bluefin Jim from the Longfin tackle store. They had great weather with calm seas every day. They started fishing at Rasa island and Partida where they found good size Cabrillas trolling Mirro-lures and Rapalas. They moved to San Francisquito and Snake island areas where they found boils of Yellowtails in the 15 to 20 Lb. range. The Pangas returned every morning with lots of Cabrillas and Yellows. Enchanted island had Groupers and Cabrillas.
Water temperatures were 65 to 70 degrees. Old time angler Rod Wilson flew out from Wisconsin to fish with Tony as he had not done so for 20 years and said it was the best trip and the best boat and crew he had ever experience on a Tony trip. He is returning with an ice chest full of fillets. Tony asked me to remind anglers to remember to obtain a visa at the border upon entering Mexico. Tony is now running every week through November and then he moves to La Paz for the months of March and April
257 Yellowtails to 20 Lbs.
498 Cabrillas to 16 Lbs.
6 Groupers to 105 Lbs.
1 Black Sea Bass 70 Lbs.
231 Miscellaneous and smaller fish were released
November 4th 2017
Trip report with the charter master Jeff with Phenix Rods, we had great weather into the Sea of Cortez this week, catching lots a Cabrilla up to 24-lbs and Grouper, and Yellowtail, fishing the best places in the area produced, limits on Cabrilla and Yellowtail. Fishing on cut bait, live bait, and trolling along the shore permitted us to experience a great trip, we had customers from Canada who had a very nice first impression of these trips, catching plenty live bait on the nights, and lots a fish during the day, some big White Sea Bass were caught for one panga, other a big Cabrilla, other Big Pargo had everybody excited. We moved the boat a lot this trip and had the opportunity to fish many productive areas.
BROOM TAIL CABRILLA 29
SHEEP HEAD 12
MANY SMALLER FISH WERE RELEASED ON THIS TRIP TO GROW UP.
October 28, 2017
Departed San Felipe with moderate winds.
Heading to La Partida island where we started our fishing trip, catching some Pargo, Cabrilla and a mixed bag of bottom fish, later in the day we moved to Las Animas Island fishing for the afternoon.
Overnight we moved to San Esteban Island, where we stayed for a couple of days, protected from the strong Santa Ana winds. Fishing was good for Cabrilla, a couple big Groupers, and Yellowtail.
When the wind backed off we moved to San Lorenzo Island. Fishing the South point area, lots a fish were caught throughout the day.
In the evening we began the long run to the La Guardia Island. We reached Refugio point we got there in time to make live bait, and fish this extraordinary area. Cabrilla and Yellowtails were landed here. Smaller Yellowtail, but good size cabrilla.
The last day it was on to Enchanted Island where fishing was slow, only couple boats did well here, we finished another good trip with lots of satisfied customers.
We are waiting for the next group. Saludos
372 CABRILLA UP TO 18-LBS
299 YELLOWTAIL UP TO 28-LBS
85 SPOTTED BASS UP TO 6-LBS
55 PARGOS (A FEW BARRED ) UP TO 20-LBS
3 GROUPER 75-120 LBS
3 SHEEP HEAD UP TO 12-LBS
6 BROOM TAIL UP TO 12-LBS
LOTS OF MISCELLANEOUS FISH WERE RELEASED FOR SUSTAINABLE PURPOSES