Hurricanes, Tropical storms, Chubasco or as the local’s call them Tormentas go with the territory if you spend much time in Baja in the fall months. Over the years our family has experienced many, ranging from “Whew, that one missed us,” to “OMG!”
Tropical Storm Lidia began as a distant threat that became much more as it made landfall at the tip of Baja and hurled up the center of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, barely grazing Los Barriles with more rain than wind, as the water flowed off of the mountainsides leaving arroyos flooded before washing out to the Sea.
Nearer the tip, at Los Cabos, Lidia dumped more than 28 inches of rain, flooding homes, stores, and resort hotels as well as the streets and arroyos.
The grim report was over 4,000 people were left seeking refuge in Cabo as their shelters and essential utilities were lost. Water was contaminated, stores were flooded or buried, transportation was disrupted, and the sheer number of those in need was overwhelming the local emergency services.
However, as in the past, the local, state and federal governments were remarkably swift in responding to local needs, though no one waited for their arrival. Everyone pitched in. Neighbors helped neighbors, and those from other areas not hit soon arrived, pitching in to help with the enormous cleanup task. Side by side they worked; there were no strangers here.
In the several days following the storm, telephone and electricity were restored; road crews in the cities and at different places along Mex 1 were already busily repairing the damaged roads, creating detours around the washed out gulleys.
The local communities sprang into action within an hour of Lydia’s exit as she continued northward. Donations of clothing, blankets, food and water poured in and volunteers began distributing the items to outer neighborhoods.
Although the work is daunting and will continue for some time, sportfishing fleets resumed fishing on Monday in Baja Sur and Baja.
Still very good fishing.
There are small yellows mixed with bonito out on the Flats along with some better grade yellows and big bonito on the weather side of North Island. Be sure and look at both Pukey Point and the Key Hole.
The Middle Grounds down to Ribbon Kelp has both yellow and bone.
From the Lighthouse to SKR also has yellowtail and bonito and it is in this area where you have the best shot at hooking a 12- to 20-pound bluefin.
Slow trolling sardine has been very effective for the private boater who doesn’t have a ton of chum to throw.
No word from the Rockpile in several days.
The Mexican Navy is there, checking boats on a regular basis for Vessel Temporary Import Permit , FMM and Valid Country of Residence Passport for each person on the boat (an FMM (Tourist Card) cannot be purchased without a passport anyway).
Required permits are listed on the CONAPESCA website for fishing within 12 miles of land, including the islands. The permits can be purchased through their website…fishdope.com
The Reel Adventure reported lots of dorado and yellowfin tuna. Rich Fagner was enjoying some smooth water before the storm arrived.
Locals reported Monday that the high winds, rain and thunder storms that were predicted didn’t materialize. A number of boats headed out as seas calmed and the six-foot swell dropped on Monday.
Were greeted by beautiful, calm day today with a soft south breeze. Next weekend looks good (so far) for fishing…Kelly Catian
While the storm Lidia hit the southern peninsula, at the Island some light rain and wind around 30 mph didn’t do much. This week, we continue to welcome guests, taking advantage of great weather (sunny, high 70s, light wind around the corners of the island; no need for AC).
Last week things were close to awesome with a variety and good-quality fish for the Señor Tuna group. They decided to target species and managed to catch nine different species. Anglers limited on yellowtail or yellowfin tuna using a variety of jigs, lures and live bait. The surprising highlight was probably a 60-pound white seabass while trying for calicos to the north of the island. …Jose Angel Sanchez, Cedros Outdoor Adventures
Tuesday morning we headed out at 0600 and went to the North end of Cedros to what Carl and I called :Jurassic Park”. Big wind, big swells, fog, blackness and 20+ degrees colder … absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t get many pics as it was too rough to stand up. We came back South just a bit to get out of the gale and found a slightly protected boiler.
Back on the Baja Peninsula
We didn't make it very far yesterday. After watching several people tear up their cars crossing the Catavina wash out we decided there could be worse places to spend the night. After a nice dinner & a good night sleep we took off the next morning. We are now just out of Guerrero Negro averaging about 35mph>NO HURRY NO WORRY
Posted by David McGinnis on Monday, September 4, 2017
South of El Rosario at Catavina, flowing water in both arroyos at each end of town washed out a section of Mex 1 that Government crews hoped to have repaired by Tuesday.
San Luis Gonzaga Bay: we are strong and will rebuild. We are working together as a community, helping one another…Donald Bribes
DATE: 4 Sep 2017 18:45PM PDT
AREA: Puertecitos to Laguna Chapala
ROAD: HWY 5
STATUS: “OPEN” … based on traveler’s reports. Beware of the rocks on the paved sections from rock slides. Gonzaga to Rancho Chapala muddy! …more info later.
BYPASS: None available currently
NOTES: Equipment operators are on location grading the worst spots in Bahía San Luis Gonzaga, Baja California, Mexico…Baja Weather & Road Conditions
I hit the ‘post Lidia’ Pacific Sunday. I figured it would be pretty messed up after the wind for the past 48 hours, but I was actually pretty surprised at conditions. The water was pretty lumpy and confused but the water quality was much better than before the storm — clean and blue and a bit warmer. Unable to hook any fish today but was encouraged by what I saw out there. One little surprise on the way in: I saw a couple of fins in the water ahead of me which I thought were a couple of sharks. As I got closer I realized they belonged to a marlin. I actually drove up to within 10-feet of it before it sunk out. Beautiful fish…Ross Zoerhof
Playa Buenaventura following Tropical Storm Lidia…Nathan Burbey, San Buenaventura
With tropical storm/hurricane “Lidia” headed this way, activities switched away from fishing to storm preparation.
During and after photos by Rene Olinger
The first job was to repair the boat trailers, fill the tires with air and start pulling all of the boats out of the water at the marina.
It’s now a few days after the storm hit and the boats are headed back to their marina “nests.”…Rick Hill, Pinchy Sportfishing
MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT for WEEK of Aug 27 Sept 3, 2017 from Tailhunter Sportfishing Tailhunter Sportfishing…Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International
Posted by Shelley Julienne Hayden on Friday, September 1, 2017
Arroyo north of town on Saturday
Things are getting back to normal for the guests of the Van Wormer Resorts’ Hotel Palmas De Cortez & Hotel Playa del Sol! … Storm Lidia packed a “punch” in Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico, but the hotels are in good shape; they have electricity, there is access to the airport in San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, and boats went out this morning! …
Anibal Miranda shared this photo from today! Chucky Van Wormer, Yayo Van Wormer, Eddie Dalmau, and the rest of the staff are safe!
.. LET’S GET BACK TO FISHING…Van Wormer Resorts
While the eyes of the world were focused on Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, Cabo and the East Cape fought their own skirmishes with Hurricane Lidia. Although there was a lot of rain and wind, Baja was blessed and thankfully, there was no comparison between the two storms.
Rancho Leonero is in good shape. Rancho has its own water and power, fuel tanks are full, Telmex cell phones have been working off and on, the rain has stopped, staff has cleared the grounds of fallen palm fronds and all is well.
Despite some delays on the highways, as of Sat. (9/2) guests have been moved to and from the airport and – best news yet – fishing boats went out on Sun. morning. It is business as usual……John Ireland
Hotel Buenavista announced that the hotel is up and running as well. Electricity and water are online, grounds are clear and they are 100% ready for your return.
Puerto Los Cabos
1st September 2017 – Tropical Storm Lidia #cabosanlucas #tropicalstorm #lidia #riu #villadelpalmar #walmart #cabostrong @skyriderprodutions
Posted by Sky Rider Productions on Friday, September 1, 2017
Ongoing cleanup continues, from the tonnage of debris from inside the marina, but our sportfishing charters are resuming operations this week.
Weather is clear now, but throughout the month of September we always follow the forecasts. Surf has subsided, though we could be relying more on strips of squid; who knows what the bait situation will be? It may be later in the fall before cooling currents bring back more sardina.
Before the storm, charters were catching good numbers of yellowfin tuna, using sardina and some on squid, off of the Iman Bank mainly; tuna ranged in sizes up to 60 pounds, most averaged in the 12- to 16-pound class. However, there could be the big cows just lurking around the banks … this is the time of year as long as the weather cooperates.
Mostly smaller-sized dorado (most under 10 pounds) were scattered throughout the zone with a few exceptions of fish over 20 pounds. Not as numerous as were the tuna, striking on trolled lures, as well as on various baits once fish were found. Only a few wahoo strikes were reported. More of the ’hoo were concentrated north in the Vinorama region. Maybe the slightly cooler water pushed in from the storm will trigger a wahoo bite.
Black marlin were being found near where the schooling skipjack and yellowfin tuna are located. For the anglers who did try trolling larger live bait, many reported strikes on black and blue marlin, and though most were lost, some were landed. A few striped marlin were hanging around as well as some sailfish…Eric Brictson, Gordo Banks Pangas
Cabo San Lucas
After the storm, the fish arrived … 40- to 50-pound tunas, amberjack and dorado from all the boats arriving early Monday…Gricelda Smokehouse