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The wife booked a cheap cruise out of LA to Mexico in March. One of the stops is Loreto, which I know is famed for its summer dorado fishing. My question is this: is it worth dropping $400-500 for a panga/guide for a day in March? From what I can tell, it's not a great time, any fishing would be along the shore; maybe some yellowtail, rooster fish, I'm not really sure, but no dorado that it's famous for. I'm going to call one of the guide services down their but you know what you're going to hear: "sure, it will be great, book with us." Appreciate any unbiased advice you all may have.

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You are correct. There could be Yellowtail and if you catch it right it could blow your mind! There may be small roosters and jacks inshore along with the usual suspects os cabrilla, pargo, ladyfish and possibly pompano. the biggest problem is the dreaded north wind. it is a fishermans nightmare and it is very prevalent that time of year.

you could go without a reservation to fish and if the conditions are ideal when youre there, you can always find someone to take you out. That is not high time at all so you might be able to haggle a really nice price for a day on the water. If all the fly guides are booked (which I doubt in March) you can hire a panguero to take you out to the fish. he will get you to the fish and throw chum to light them up and you just cast. Make sure you tell him very clearly that you want to release fish (if you do) or they'll have your fish gaffed before you even know what happened.
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You are correct. There could be Yellowtail and if you catch it right it could blow your mind! There may be small roosters and jacks inshore along with the usual suspects os cabrilla, pargo, ladyfish and possibly pompano. the biggest problem is the dreaded north wind. it is a fishermans nightmare and it is very prevalent that time of year.

you could go without a reservation to fish and if the conditions are ideal when youre there, you can always find someone to take you out. That is not high time at all so you might be able to haggle a really nice price for a day on the water. If all the fly guides are booked (which I doubt in March) you can hire a panguero to take you out to the fish. he will get you to the fish and throw chum to light them up and you just cast. Make sure you tell him very clearly that you want to release fish (if you do) or they'll have your fish gaffed before you even know what happened.
JBird, thanks for the advice, its much appreciated! Yes, I heard about the wind problems in the offseason. Maybe I'll wing it and check out the options/ conditions when I get there.

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If you plan on contacting anyone, contact Pam Bolles at the Baja Big Fish Company (bajabigfish.com). She could give you the skinny on what's going on. As mentioned, March is not prime time, but there are opportunities, however, you may be limited to using conventional gear.

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Default Re: Loreto Mexico in March

Though I have experienced April more then March in Loreto Yellowtail is the hot ticket using deep-deep jigs. As to fly fishing personally i found it a bust (though you might catch a predator like a shark or squid if your fly is big enough). The reason that was given me which seemed valid was the degree of plankton in the water up top. Literally (stupidly diving in to see Manta-Rays), I couldn't see 2'.

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p.s. I absolutely loved Loreto. Great place if you're savvy to resorts changing hands and government antics.
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