Tuna and sailfish lead East Cape sportfishing action

Mexico Fishing News, October 20, 2003



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Yellowfin tuna and sailfish led the lineup for boats out of Bahía de Palmas last week. Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 62 boats with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 6 striped marlin, 33 sailfish, 30 dorado, 47 yellowfin tuna, 3 wahoo, 3 shark, 72 snapper, 1 jack crevalle, 14 amberjack, 15 bonita, 1 yellowtail, 4 pompano, 6 squid, and 64 skipjack.

East Cape weather was mild and sunny, with water temperatures in the mid-80s, and most hotel boats were fishing south off Cabo Pulmo. Inshore fishing was still slow in discolored water.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 117 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin, 3 striped marlin, 24 sailfish, 77 dorado, 267 yellowfin tuna, and 20 wahoo. Most of the tuna were 35 to 50 pounds, Moyers said, with some bigger fish mixed in. Boats were fishing mostly south, but also off Punta Pescadero. The wahoo bite was centered 10 to 15 miles off Cabo Pulmo.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: East Cape resident, Rod Albright fished in both the Chuy's Catch and Release tournament at Buena Vista Beach report, and the Lynn Rose Classic out of Palmas de Cortez:

"First was the 7th annual Chuy's Catch and Release Tournament. With about 60 anglers on 17 boats the 2-day tournament was a big success. Every boat caught fish, with 19 sailfish and 5 blue marlin released. We caught the first blue marlin of the tournament but then nothing. The Valdez Family were great hosts. We will be back next year.

"Second was the 15th annual Lynn Rose East Cape Classic. This had around 150 anglers fishing on 53 boats. During 3 days, 183 billfish were released, a record for any tournament on the East Cape. The largest tuna caught was 132 pounds and the biggest dorado 40 pounds. This was one of the best fishing tournaments I have ever entered. Lynn Rose made another large donation to the local community."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 67 boats with a catch including released fish of: 3 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, 48 sailfish, 45 dorado, 53 tuna, and 4 wahoo.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, Gary Barnes-Web said, "Blue marlin and sailfish still dominating the action, with a few stripers also biting, with fish spread throughout the bay, from Cerralvo to Los Frailes." Other fish caught by the hotel fleet included tuna averaging 15 to 20 pounds, dorado to 60 pounds, and exceptional counts of wahoo to 75 pounds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said fly angler Jess Telles of Visalia, CA released an even dozen yellowfin tuna and bonito off Cabo Pulmo, and followed with two billfish lost the next day. East Cape beach fishing was still tough, due to flowing arroyos and debris left by the hurricanes.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport had a visit from his brother, Dave, who reported: "The vis was about 100 feet. The water was 85 degrees at 50 feet. There was so many schooling fish I thought every fish in the Sea of Cortez must be here. We had a whitetip shark swimming with us. At our safety stop on the way up we even had a wahoo pay us a visit. I dove in Hawaii in July and there is no comparison at all. Hands down this was the best dive I have ever been on."

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported lots of yellowtail on kelp paddies, 12 miles outside Isla Todos Santos, with most fish at 12 to 20 pounds. "We caught limits and returned to Punta Banda Bank for bottom fish," Susarrey said. "It's been amazing these last two days." The water at Punta Banda Bank was deep blue and clear with water temperatures averaging 65 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, the Lily fished inside the bay for calico bass and larger bonito to 10 pounds at San Miguel reef. A few yellowtail were also caught on Rapala CD14s. Fishing at Maximino Reef found 4 white seabass to 30 pounds, plus larger red rockfish and lingcod on the bottom. The fish were full of squid, Susarrey said, and the weather was flat and warm.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of Pescadores de Ensenada at Marina Coral reported on the club trip to Isla San Martin at San Quintin: "At daylight on Friday Bad Dog found the offshore bank a few miles past Ben's Rock where the Relentless and Big Game were perched. The water was 63 degrees and the bank came up to 70 feet.

"Most of the lingcod were about 5 pounds for Bad Dog, while Stacey Thayer and Ski Plikaytis of Um Bwana weighed in estimated 10 and 12-pound bonito which they released, and Mike Kuhar aboard Schatzi caught an 8.8-pound bonito.

"On Saturday, there were pangas slow-trolling mackerel just inside Isla San Martin in shallow water, where there was a slow pick on yellowtail. We were all plugged with small jack mackerel and some greenbacks caught in the anchorage. Gail Ross of Bad Dog caught one 10 pounder. Ski of Um Bwana caught a 9 pounder.

"The local lobster fishermen were pleased to sell us 21 lobsters for $2 apiece. The ride back to Marina Coral on Sunday was brutal in 7 to 8-foot seas."

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 92 anglers with a catch of: 221 yellowtail, 334 bonito, 4 white seabass, 192 lingcod, 278 rockcod, 14 sheephead, and 15 red snapper.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the weather and water conditions were excellent over the weekend, and there was a good surface bite on bonito and boiling yellowtail to about 12 pounds. "We had 4 pangas out this weekend, and all came back with 2 to 5 yellowtail, plus 5 to 9 bonita," Saenz said. The jackpot fish for the weekend, was a 15-pound lingcod caught by Lupe Marquez of Fresno.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 8 boats during the week found good action on yellowtail to 25 pounds, sheephead to 14 pounds, and limits of whitefish, large bonita, and lingcod. Anglers fishing during the week included Jessie and Travis Mullenix of Sylmar, CA, and Jim Nolan of Belmont Builders in Long Beach, CA. Many yellowtail were lost to seals at Isla San Martin.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing said he found warm, clear 70-degree water only 5 miles off the point at midweek, and angler Ron Mayeda and friends caught 9 yellowtail to 23 pounds. Monte Kotur and his group fished for 3 days and caught 40 yellowtail, plus lingcod, bonito, and barracuda on the north side of Isla San Martin. Dan Grospe fished with Capt. Oscar for yellowtail and halibut. San Quintin weather was warm with flat seas.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Expert local angler Julio Meza said he's been too busy planting strawberries to fish lately, but his new boat is almost ready.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the Thetis Bank fall fish pileup was getting started, as one local boat reported multiple marlin strikes, plus wahoo and dorado, outside Bahia Santa Maria. On a 240-degree heading, 17 to 20 miles outside the entrada, yellowtail were caught, and halibut were biting inside at Punta Belcher. The mangroves were active with corvina, pompano, spotted bay bass, and some smaller snook. San Carlos water temperatures were 67 to 79 degrees, in calm weather.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Striped marlin outnumbered blue marlin last week as the big billfish tournament season began, and competing boats struggled to find qualifying fish. Jose Luis Sanchez of Solmar Fleet reported on 104 boats with a catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, 5 blue marlin, 3 black marlin, 78 dorado, 49 yellowfin tuna, 5 sailfish, and 1 mako shark.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 120 boats with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 10 striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 112 yellowfin tuna, and 101 dorado.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said about 50 percent of Gaviota Fleet boats found billfish. Top boat for the week was the Gaviota VIII, with Capt. Juan Dominguez, who landed 5 blue marlin, 5 large dorado, and 21 yellowfin tuna in 6 outings. The fleet had a catch including released fish of: 8 blue marlin, 12 sailfish, 11 striped marlin, 3 mako shark, 2 wahoo, 62 dorado, 10 pargo, and 106 yellowfin tuna to 84 pounds.

Edwards also reported on the Fish Cabo, with a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin, 12 dorado, and 1 yellowfin tuna for 6 days; and the Juanita VIII with 2 sailfish, 1 black marlin, 1 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin, 3 dorado, and 8 yellowfin tuna, for 5 days. Gaviota Fleet fished mainly out to the 95 Spot, and around toward the Jaime Bank.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 44 percent of boats caught billfish last week, and 86 percent caught all species combined. Most boats ended up fishing on the Pacific side. Water temperatures as high as 90 degrees were measured at Punta Gorda. Rebecca landed a 370-pound blue marlin that could have won the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, but was on a regular charter trip.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo weather as excellent in the mid-90s, with water temperatures as high as 88 degrees on the Cortez side, and a persistent temperature break at the Jaime Bank. The post-hurricane band of near shore green water on the Cortez side was narrowing.

Landrum said, "Maybe I was premature on the good blue marlin showing last week." Yellowfin tuna action was scattered on 15 to 30-pound fish, with a few larger fish mixed in.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Fleet, Oct. 20, 2003--The big event that everybody wants to know about this week is the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, which took place on the 15th, 16th & 17th. There was a good turn out of 60 boats, with crews coming from far and wide, but unfortunately though not many big blue marlin were around.

Most anglers had plenty of action, but usually on sailfish, which didn't count, even for the release division, or on dorado.

The first fish to be weighed in on the first day barely made it, just over the 300-pound minimum, 301 pounds, aboard Gaviota VII, nevertheless a qualifier.

It was a hard call on a lot of fish. For instance Ruthless weighed in a 298-pound fish on the second day, which fell short. In fact several fish were between 40 and 10 pounds short of the minimum. The second day of fishing was the one that produced the winner, a 397-pound blue caught aboard Salsa by Michael Boicen, participating in his first tournament.

There were only three qualifying billfish which meant all three took prize money as follows:

1st: Salsa, $70,937, 397 pounds.

2nd: Reel & Deal, $205,450, 333 pounds. (They took most winnings as they entered all the jackpots.)

3rd: Gaviota VII, $9,112, 301 pounds.

The release division went to Country King, Finish Line, and Sneak Attack, who took home $8,166 each. A lot of fish were released but not everybody entered this division.

Top Tuna went to Baja Raiders for a 146.50-pound fish that netted them $9,975. Top wahoo was by Stock & Blonds for a 57.2-pound fish that paid $9,975. Largest dorado went to Bad Market for a 51.9-pound bull that paid the same amount.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said clear blue water at 80 to 84 degrees was only 4 or 5 miles off San Jose del Cabo. La Playita pangas found their best action from the Gordo Banks up to Vinorama, centered on yellowfin tuna caught with live sardinas. The Outer Gordo Bank produced tuna to 50 pounds, with pangas averaging 1 to 4 fish per day. Near Vinorama, 5 to 12 fish per day were caught, but the size was smaller, 8 to 15 pounds. Dorado counts were down. Many East Cape boats were making the long run south for tuna, Brictson said.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Dave Gassman of Truckee, CA and his group fished with Gordo Banks Pangas last week: "Our arrival revealed a brilliant green peninsula, with water everywhere. There's a lot of debris on the beach at La Playita.

"Pat Kralj and I launched at first light while a 35-pound class snook worked a school of sardinas within cast net range of the sand! With the río open to the sea, sardinas are plentiful on the beaches and bait tanks were filled quickly.

"North to San Luis-Vinorama, we hooked a 45-pound wahoo 5 minutes after the 16-ounce Spinner Jet purple-black went into the spread. Four wahoo hits. Only the first one stuck. Total: one, 45-pound wahoo and one, 45-pound bull dorado."

On three more fishing days, Gassman, Kirk Heuer of Corvallis, OR, and Pat Kralj of Lafayette, CA fished the Gordo Banks with chunk baits and sardina for a mix of yellowfin tuna to 45 pounds, a sailfish broken off, and one small dorado. "All in all, a great trip," Gassman said. "Eric Brictson took excellent care of us, and our panguero, Nico is first rate."

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said the super panga Cristine caught a 125-pound tuna with Capt. Gustavo at the Outer Gordo Bank. Most pangas were fishing northwards up as far as Los Frailes for tuna of 40 to 60 pounds. A 125-pound sailfish was released 10 miles off Punta Palmilla.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Inshore species specialist John Snow returned from 6 days out of La Playita with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome, reporting a total of 31 species caught, including some unusual ones: yellow bobo, possible bluestreak drum, an unknown fish, dusky sergeant major, unknown triggerfish, and tripletail. Snow fished from the panga and from shore, typically with light tackle and small baits, in sometimes rough conditions. One evening's report:

"Fishing one hour before sunset, at Km. 17, just north of El Tule, horrific rolling surf, 85-degree water, utilizing a fish finder rig, 15-pound test, 1.5-ounce barrel sinker, swivel, 15-pound test and size #4, Mustad 92553 hook with cut squid. Spent the majority of the time trying to avoid being hauled out to sea! Skunked!"



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mino Shiba of Mosquito Fleet said some smaller blue marlin were seen at El Bajo on the La Paz side, but the main catch was dorado of 10 to 30 pounds, on squid and skipjack strips in the bay. Commercial pangas were finding huachinango, yellowtail, and amberjack in cooling water.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said pangas landed a wide range of species including tuna, dorado, red snapper, pargo, cabrilla, sailfish, giant squid, striped marlin, yellowtail, amberjack, roosterfish, grouper and jack crevalle, in a "decent bite" that varied from day to day. Some 40 to 70-pound yellowfin tuna were seen at La Reina. Pangas on the Las Arenas side were running out of Ensenada de los Muertos and finding squid to 60 pounds at Isla Cerralvo. Roldan also reported excellent action on ice cream at La Fuente and tacos at Rancho Viejo during his evening tours for clients.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing was still generally slow for his pangas on the Las Arenas side, on small dorado, yellowtail of 15 to 25 pounds, and some smaller tuna. Sardina and squid were plentiful. "Our problem now is to find the fish," Hernandez said. La Paz weather was very good in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 82 to 84 degrees at Isla Cerralvo and south of Ensenada de los Muertos.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Joe Oliver of San Dimas, CA and Pat McCormack fished with Tortuga Sportfishing's Capt. Jorge: "Another great trip. Overall fishing was a bit slow, but fishing with Jorge is always great. Had a great time in a.m. catching 30-pound squid, pargo 8 to 10 pounds, and yes, I missed a few 40 plus. Those pargo are power houses."

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Tani Poe of Fountain Valley, CA and the 14-member "Leaky Panga" group fished the Las Arenas side for 3 days with Pirates Fleet on a trip arranged by John Mestrin's Blue Water Tours: "After making both sardines and giant squid, the 7 pangas took off in different directions with most fishing just a few miles off the lighthouse and old Las Arenas hotel.

"The recent hurricanes had left floating debris close to shore. Mike Teague and John 'Doc' De Young won the first day's jackpot with dorado at 40 pounds each. While most of the group was hooking up on dorado, Steve Poe noticed some local commercial fishermen working an area for tuna and he hooked into a large yellowfin tuna which snapped 40-pound line after a 1.5-hour battle.

"Day two, 5 large yellowfin tuna were caught that were estimated to weigh between 90 to 140 pounds, the big fish landed by Fernando Carrillo in just 45 minutes. These fish were not line shy with most fish caught using 60-pound line and the biggest hook in the box. Chunks of giant squid were used for chum and bait."



LORETO, MEXICO: Loreto resident Don Bear, Harriet and Ray Harper of Lemon Grove, CA, and Mike Maxwell of Lakeside, CA fished 4 days with Capt. Paulino Martinez for 70 yellowtail, 1 cabrilla, and about a dozen miscellaneous species. Bear said they fished at the San Juanico bajo, 27 miles north of Loreto, and the yellowtail were mostly small, about 8 to 15 pounds, but plentiful. "When you count lost strikes, the action was nonstop on 3 of the 4 days," he said. "We used caballitos, both large and small, along with anchovetas, but Mike Maxwell had considerable success with iron and even plastics." Caballito was caught just before dawn in front of the marina, and anchovetas were netted inside the marina. Loreto weather was perfect, in the high-90s, with flat seas, and water temperatures of 82 to 84 degrees. Only about 10 pangas per day were fishing the area, Bear said.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, OR, and John Bellusci of Bakersfield, CA stayed at the Orchard RV Park and did some "Baja Catch-style" fishing with guides Antonio and Abel: "Lucked out and caught dorado every day up by Punta Chivato along with daily mixed bags of 15 species. Lots of great fish but not one yellowtail. Did not try for yellowtail as everyday we failed in our attempts to catch mackerel for live bait. The dorado, sierra, barracuda and bonito were caught trolling lures and all other species caught bottom fishing with cut bait of bonito.

"My highlight was great catches of dog snapper on our 10-pound steelhead rigs right from the rocks at Krocodile Point. Although casting way out, all the snappers were hooked within 15 feet of shore. I figure your book at least tripled our catch because no one else caught hardly anything except one guy got a single 50-inch sailfish trolling. Thanks."



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahía de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said fishing was only fair, on yellowtail of 5 to 10 pounds, with a few at 15 pounds, on the back side of Isla Horsehead, all on blue-white iron. Barracuda, skipjack, and lots of seals were interfering with the fishing. Lots of triggerfish and bass were caught from shore. Out at the south end of Isla Angel de la Guarda, larger yellowtail, some grouper, and a few late-season dorado were caught. L.A. bay weather was in the high-80s, with little wind, and water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees in the outer channel, and 79 to 80 degrees inside the bay. Large numbers of whale sharks were just off the village and Vazquez warned boat operators to look out for them. The road was in average condition, the desert was green, and the post-hurricane mosquito bloom was in decline.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Filiberto "Fily" Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on Oct. 17 with a catch of: 136 yellowtail, 18 to 27 pounds; 2 grouper, 45 to 54 pounds; 4 dorado, 18 to 22 pounds; 90 cabrilla, 10 to 14 pounds; 20 red snapper, 10 to 14 pounds; 4 broomtail grouper, 8 to 12 pounds; 2 sheephead, 8 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; and 2 shark, 14 to 18 pounds. One grouper of 18 pounds was released. Midriff water temperatures averaged 80 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was very hot last week and the desert is covered with a rare growth of grass. Meders said people were coming into the store looking for a book to identify the very large moths that have appeared that move from flower to flower like hummingbirds. Meders reported being caught without jumper cables when her car died, and being rescued by a local man who simply removed the battery from his truck, turned it upside down, and touched the terminals to hers. "I had never seen anyone do that before, and I will remember it in the future," she said. In another story, Meders said a friend survived on palo verde seeds for three days when his car broke down in the desert: "I had no idea they were edible, but now my catering friend Jackie uses them all spring in salads. They are actually very good and taste something like pine nuts."



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden said the fishing started out with good catches of tuna, dorado, sailfish, and marlin, but was slowing down toward the end of the week. Near shore fishing was productive on pargo and sierra. Local water temperatures were holding in the mid-80s.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Norman Don of Tucson, AZ reported the Pure Joy with Capt. Gustavo released 2 sailfish and 1 marlin, and also loaded up with tuna and dorado. Steve Calvert of the Catch 22 reported limits of tuna on cedar plugs, 24 miles out of the marina on a heading of 225 degrees, Don said. Fifteen boats then headed for the area and had a wide-open bite on tuna to 40 pounds and dorado to 45 pounds, as the Catch 22 returned to the dock by 11 a.m. Striped marlin were "stacked up" at Isla San Pedro Martir, and "everyone is getting hooked up, but not necessarily releasing," Don said.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet said 8 boats had a catch including released fish of: 3 sailfish, 3 dorado, and 10 skipjack and bonita. "We had blue marlin action," Hernandez said, "but two of them broke the lines after 10 minutes." An estimated 5-foot dorado was also lost, as boats fished mostly 18 to 28 miles off the coast.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid were finding very good action on sailfish and large dorado at a temperature break 18 to 20 miles southwest of the marina. The Aries IV reported 7 sailfish releases, plus a released blue marlin for the Jeff Cleary group booked by Lynn Rose Tours. Another blue marlin estimated at 850 pounds was unfortunately lost when it took two gaffs and a boat cleat down with it. Mazatlan weather was clear in the high-80s, with calm seas and water temperatures in the mid-80s.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Ed Moore of Charter Dreams said 5 black marlin in the 400 to 450-pound range were released or lost at the Corbetena Bank, 38 miles out, on live bonita, and many sailfish were released at Corbetena and Yelapa. On Oct. 16, the Anticipation landed a 270-pound yellowfin tuna. Puerto Vallarta weather was sunny with evening showers, and water temperatures averaging 80 degrees.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: WON staffer Rod Halperin fished Corbetena 2 days on the private yacht Janice O, for wahoo and dorado on trolled marlin lures, a large dorado on live skipjack, several baits cut in half by wahoo, and several marlin and large tuna missed. On the second day, a 250-pound black marlin was landed on the first strike, and 10 subsequent strikes failed to connect. A very large tuna was lost after 1.5 hours.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said inshore fishing was very slow in large swells and muddied water caused by runoff from heavy rains. Capt. Adolfo Espinoza caught 1 roosterfish and a few yellowtail jacks. Offshore, blue water was out to 10 miles, no tuna or marlin were reported, and boats were raising a few scattered dorado and sailfish.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said 84-degree blue water was way out at 20 miles, but there was plenty of bait and fish out there. Boats averaged 1 to 2 sailfish and a couple of 25-pound class dorado per day. Kunze said Capt. Santiago on the panga Gitana found a seam of clear water only three miles off the beach and pulled 2 sailfish out of it. Four large rainbow runners were caught by John Dean of San Antonio, TX, slow trolling caballitos at White Rocks with Capt. Luis Maciel on the Gringo Loco.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported weather in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 75 to 86 degrees.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: John Mestrin of Blue Water Tours said he has received 200 the S&G VK3 "Mystery Jigs" from the manufacturer in New York, and he would be taking a good supply to Capt. Maciel on his next trip.

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BIG LA PAZ SUSHI--Fernano Carrillo caught a 140-pound yellowfin and Dennis Feinauer had a 105 pounder at La Paz, fishing on a trip arranged by Blue Water Tours. Photo courtesy Tani Poe.

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HOT HAMACHI!--A couple of amazing off-season yellowtail caught off the Las Arenas lighthouse near La Paz last week by Don Meluci and Leroy Garcia of San Diego, fishing with Tail Hunter International. They dropped big chunks of giant squid about 100 yards off the beach. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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LAS ARENAS CALAMAR--Pat McCormack caught this 30-pound Humboldt squid with Capt. Jorge of La Paz' Tortuga Sportfishing last week. Photo courtesy Joe Oliver.

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LORETO GOLD--Doug Bear (right) of University City, CA caught this nice 37-pound dorado with Capt. Paulino Martinez. Bear's father, Don, of Loreto reported very good yellowtail fishing last week, on 8 to 15-pound fish, in 82 to 84-degree water at the San Juanico bajo, 27 miles north of town. Photo courtesy Don Bear.

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GRANDE VALLARTA COW--Capt. Ed Moore of Puerto Vallarta's Charter Dreams reported this 270-pound yellowfin tuna caught last week by the Anticipation. Fishing was also good for black marlin at the Corbetena Bank in water temperatures averaging 80 degrees. Photo courtesy Kim Moore.

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