INSHORE FISHING HOT FOR MULTIPLE FISH SPECIES
March 11, 2005, Larry Edwards, Cortez Yacht Charters, Mazatlan, Mexico Fishing Report:
Mazatlan billfish action picked up from last week, but still averaged only 1 fish for every third boat, and a fair number of Mazatlan fishing boats being skunked.
Offshore catches for 61 Mazatlan fishing days reflected 24 stripers, 1 sailfish, 20 yellowfin tuna and 16 dorado.
However, Mazatlan inshore fishing action was red-hot and "on-fire" with an 8-fish variety that offered fairly easy limit fishing for the light tackle enthusiasts and consisted of red snappers, palometas, corvina, pargo, cochitos, mojarras, burros, triggerfish, and chili verdes. According to Geronimo Cevallos, the general manager, the cooler waters inshore at Mazatlan are bringing in more and more fish everyday, especially the corvinas.
Mazatlan climate was sunny & warm, and temperatures ranged from 54 nights to 84 daytime highs.
Mazatlan sea conditions ranged from 68-69 degrees inshore to 70-71 degrees offshore and accounted for the drop in billfish numbers
The best Mazatlan fishing areas were scattered and ranged from 20-33 miles offshore. Rigged baits were best for the billfish and dorado, with the yellowfin being taken on feathers.
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