Surf Fishing, Puerto Peñasco Mexico

I was fortunate to be able to fish in Mexico over the weekend. One of the perks of living in Arizona is that we can be to the north end of the Sea of Cortez in about four hours. Rick invited me and Eric to stay in his condo and wade fish an estuary then pontoon the inshore waters around Puerto Peñasco a few weeks ago. He’s caught some awesome fish down there and I was really excited about the trip.

We crossed the border with no problem on Friday morning. You can feel a difference on the Mexico side. Its a night and day different from being in the US.
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The civil unrest from drug trafficking has caused big changes that I hope can be resolved, though it doesn’t look good for now. Ricks condo was great though, the grounds were pretty and it’s in a safe hotel zone.
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We drove straight to one of the estuaries and hit the high tide. With the full moon the tides were nearly six meters each day. Thats a lot of water moving in and out. The shallow estuary was pretty much a river with the tide rushing. It felt very foreign fishing there amongst the Panga guys making their meager living.
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We caught a lot of “Cabrilla”, a type of Sand Bass.
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Fun and aggressive fish. We were hoping for Pompano and Corvina but still happy for some fast action on the fly. With water temperatures near 90* still its a bit too early for the bigger gamefish to be in close to shore chasing bait.

Day two we fished right off the main boulevard in open water. Rick led off and kicked hard through the surf in the pontoon boat. I wont lie, I was apprehensive to be out in open ocean water in Mexico with my legs dangling in the water. Rick assured us it would be ok and it was. We caught more Cabrilla, some Trigger Fish, and one Panama Graysby. Fun fun throwing baitfish patterns in salt water.
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After hours of kicking around we were tired and hungry. A restaurant called Pollo Lucas fit the bill. Amazing Mexican food and Mexican cola (the kind that’s sweetened with cane sugar instead of corn syrup).
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The final day we headed back to the estuary for a few hours as the tide changed. At the turn off of the highway to the fishing grounds there was a group of people, some with guns. They ended up being federales checking the local fisherman for licenses and drugs. Our hearts started to pound seeing masked military looking guys holding automatic guns. For all we knew they were cartel members hijacking anyone that came by. They told us to go on through and once we talked to other fisherman (I speak spanish), we confirmed that they were the good guys.

Fishing was good the last morning. We all caught several and had a seal come up on the beach and say hello.
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Over the past year i’ve really started appreciating the entire experience of my fishing trips. The idea of the sum being more than the parts is really true. We didn’t catch the big game fish we were after this time but the whole trip was an experience I wont forget. Looking forward to more Mexico fishing in the future.

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23 Responses to “Surf Fishing, Puerto Peñasco Mexico”

  1. David Cooper Says:

    I’m not scared of dying but I’m not fishing in Mexico unless I’m catching bluegill or white bass.

  2. Estero Says:

    Were you fishing the 1st or 2nd estuary? The 1st estuary is at a turn off about 8 miles from town. Friday, my neighbors filled 3 buckets with Corvina and Pompano. Saturday I figured good to go on the incoming tide from about 11:00 – 1:30 and I caught 1 bonefish and a sunburn. My friends also caught only a handful of corvina. The bite just quit seemed to quit Friday at high tide…

    Dave…bluegill or bass?? Come on down, water is warm, beer is cold and the chica’s…well, you know.

  3. Kyle Says:

    Thanks guys. Estero, DANG! We chose to fish the second estuary. I believe its called La Pinta. Its down by the Mayan Palace hotel.

  4. Kirk Says:

    Spent a couple years in el hermoso estado de Sinaloa myself. That photo of the tortilla de harina was enough to get me salivating – add the sugar cane Coke, and that’s a great weekend right there. Fishing, even sub-par, is just a bonus! Thanks for sharing – way to get out.

  5. Rick Says:

    Estro, we talked about going there but decided to fish the low tide at the 2nd estuary. Big mistake. I have seen bones there but didn’t see any this trip in the sand behind the boat take off. what is the coral like in front of Los COnchas. i have always planned on going there too but didn’t know where I could launch.

  6. Rick Says:

    Estro, I think the full moon had an effect on the larger fish too. I’m sure they feed during the incoming tide and high tide when it is so bright with the full moon.

  7. Sharla Says:

    Love your photography and the artistic touches on this fishing blog! Always a fun read! You be careful about where you go, that sounded a little scary!

  8. Bill barvitski Says:

    I wish they would tell more about what flys or lures they used. Also was it best with tide combining in or out

  9. Kyle Says:

    Your wish is my command. 🙂 We fly fished the entire time. We threw sinking lines to get the flies down deep. Best fly by far was a small chartruese and white clouser minnow. I caught a few on the fly pictured above which was just EP Fibers with glued on eyes. We thought the tide would make a real difference but it seemed that the early morning hours were best for fishing. The ocean was so warm that I think that little reliefe in temperature overnight brought fish in closer to shore. By 2:00 pm the edges of the estuary must have been 95* water. Thanks for the comment Bill.

  10. Eric Says:

    Most of my fish also came on some variation of chartreuse and white, mainly a chartreuse and white clouser made with Supreme Hair instead of bucktail which makes it very translucent. I caught one on a Black clouser with olive crystal flash, a few on an all white clouser, a couple on a very small olive and white clouser/crazy charlie hybrid, and one on a pink Squimp.

    Good report Kyle, I’ve been craving Pollo Lucus for 2 days.

  11. Kyle Says:

    Thanks Eric. I agree, my best clouser was tied with EP fibers. Instead of buck tail.

  12. Hester Says:

    Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a totally

    different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

  13. Kyle Says:

    Thanks!

  14. Leo Hernandez Says:

    leaving for Rocky Pt May 28, 2013. I do not know the area so I don’t know where the estuaries are. On my only previous trip I have caught triggerfish, corvina and rock bass off the beach at Las Conchas , the end closer to town. Is that one of the estuaries? I used octopus and a silver lure. Most of the fish were smaller than 4 lbs. How do I get the bigger ones? Do they get bigger as you cast further out?
    Any tips on how to catch a big one?

  15. Kyle Says:

    Hi Leo,
    The estuaries are just south of las conchas here.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Puerto+Pe%C3%B1asco,+Sonora,+Mexico&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=31.241756,-113.207502&spn=0.028179,0.055575&sll=34.168218,-111.930907&sspn=13.944583,28.45459&oq=puerto+&t=h&hnear=Puerto+Pe%C3%B1asco,+Sonora,+Mexico&z=15

    You drive south on that caratera and take a sandy road down to the south side of the estuary. I think you plan is good for the lure. You should do will and be able to cast that out a long ways from shore. I’d stay near the rocks and fish early in the morning. You will see them when you get there.

  16. Scott Charters Says:

    Going down next week. I have slapped water on the first estuary and have been on the big one by the Mayan but did not fish. Which road did you take to get down on the north beach of that estuary? I see you had your pontoon boat, would you recommend it to fish.

  17. Kyle Says:

    Sweet, we were on the highway a couple of miles and took a dirt road down to the estuary. We fished on the South side where all of the Pangeros leave from that go out to fish bird island. The pontoon helped while fishing in front of main street but at the estuary wading was pretty effective. No pontoon needed there.

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  20. Mike Says:

    Just wanted thank you. Fly fished from shore near second estuary using flies you suggested caught several small silver fish that were aggressive jumpers and a few flounder. For a Trout fisherman from NM it was a blast.

  21. Kyle Says:

    Mike, so glad you got into them. Its a really neat place and your right, a nice change from the norm.

  22. Michael Says:

    What gear did you guys take down with you? I’ve been trying to find some saltwater fly gear for los conchas and haven’t been able to find any information on fly fishing in Rocky Point, let alone my specific beach. Cheers!

  23. Kyle Graf Says:

    Hi Michael, we just fished 6wts. There are fish all along the shore that love to eat small white and chartreuse clouser minnow flies. We did best fishing the estuary south of town but caught plenty of fish right out from the main marina too. Floating line is fine but intermediate sink works best. Good luck!

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