Panga fishing for Dorado in Loreto

On a recent trip down the Baja peninsula to Loreto, my friends and I had the opportunity to head out on a panga to fish for the famous dorado of the Sea of Cortez. Lodging was secured at the oceanfront Hotel Oasis near downtown Loreto.

Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez

We chartered Arturo's Sport Fishing for an early morning (6am) fishing adventure the next day. The owner, Arturo Susarrey, and family have been providing fishing trips since 1983 and came recommended.

After getting our fishing license, paying our fees and picking up bait fish we were off. Within an hour or so we were on a dorado. Our captain positioned us nicely and after 45 minutes of sore-armed fighting we had our first catch. Within 15 minutes or so, we had the next hit for another of our group. An hour-long battle, led to our second, and last, dorado of the day. We had landed a 42 and 44 lb. dorado.

Fish on!

When we booked we had asked for a trip to Isla Coronado after catching our dorado and were thrilled to arrive at this idyllic desert island. The beautiful sand beaches and clear waters are not to be missed. Plus it makes a great spot to eat lunch and enjoy a cerveza or two.

After we returned to the Loreto marina, Arturo's had arranged for the crew to pack and transport the fish to a recommended restaurant. We donated one fish to needy families. The other we had the chef cook up 1/2 in all different styles and gave the other half to the crew. If you've never had dorado (also know as mahi-mahi or dolphin-fish), it is one of the best tasting (and fighting) fish around.

Highly recommended and would do again. Thanks Loreto!

The motley crew enjoying fresh dorado

The beautiful Island of Coronado


Hotel Oasis
Baja California S/N and Blvd. Lopez Mateos
South end of the boardwalk of Loreto
Loreto, Baja California Sur   
Tel: 52+(613) 135-0211


Arturo's Sportfishing
Miguel Hidalgo
Loreto, Baja California Sur
Tel: +52 613 140 8522