Alternative destination for anglers

July 14, 2016 by Toribio Peña

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The Catch
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Shark (Hammerhead)
Tuna (Albacore)

The Log’s Travels: Loreto — Baja California Sur’s alternative destination for boaters and anglers
  Parimal M. RohitJuly 14, 2016

Loreto, a small coastal city on the east coast of Baja California Sur, hopes to penetrate the rotation of Mexico destinations with household appeal in the United States and Canada while separating itself from Los Cabos, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta as an ideal vacation spot for anglers, families, nature lovers, outdoorsy types and anyone seeking quiet getaways.

Loreto hopes to be synonymous with fishing the same way Bisbee’s has built up Los Cabos as an angling tournament destination. The city just hosted a Dorado fishing tournament out of Marina Puerto Escondido, June 30 – July 2.

As with any fishing destination the species of fish in local waters largely depends upon what time of year you visit Loreto.

The bites were scarce during The Log’s recent visit to Loreto but anglers participating in the recent dorado tournament caught (and often released) amberjacks, skipjacks, rooster fish, sailfish and hammerhead sharks. Dorado, marlin, sailfish and tuna are common bites during the warmer months of May through October. As the weather cools down between November and April anglers are likely to find bites of yellowtail, roosterfish and sierra.

Seabass and snapper are generally biting all year long in the Loreto region, while anglers can fish for grouper during the spring months.

While there are many places to drop anchor along the Loreto coast (and neighboring islands) The Log recommends launching out of Puerto Escondido or Marina Bahia Loreto.

Also be sure to either have the proper charts with you or fish with someone who knows the local waters. There is so much territory to cover and the ecosystem so diverse it is easy for an angler not familiar with the area to become frustrated by a lack of bites. There are, however, some areas where water depths and temperatures make for ideal fishing conditions – but you have to know where to look.

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