Large blue and black marlin caught at the tip of Baja

Mexico Fishing News, July 19, 2004



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Large blue and black marlin continued to be caught around the tip of Baja, including a reported 1,000-pound class black marlin landed by the Cabo boat Quien Sabe, and weighed on the beach at Punta Palmilla on July 10.

The big marlin, reportedly weighed at 1,110 pounds, was caught by angler Ryan Rupprecht, of North Kingstown, R.I., with Capt. Lino Verdugo. It was reported hooked about 14 miles off Palmilla on a green-yellow lure, and fought for six hours.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 56 boats with a catch including released fish of: four black marlin, four blue marlin, 34 striped marlin, two sailfish, 89 yellowfin tuna, 69 dorado, five wahoo, four white skipjack, and two boats skunked. Garcia commented on the thousand-pound marlin report for a fish not brought to the Cabo dock for a certified weighing: “We encourage any of you fortunate enough to be in similar circumstance to bring your catch to the marina of Cabo San Lucas so that official IGFA weight, measurement and photos can be taken. In Cabo, Minerva Smith, proprietor of Minerva's Baja Tackle shop is an IGFA Representative and can verify in an official capacity.” CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 49 boats with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, six blue marlin, 28 yellowfin tuna, 66 dorado, and 14 skipjack. Top boat for for the week was the Solmar II with Capt. Antonio Romero, with a four-outing catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, two blue marlin, 10 dorado, and seven yellowfin. tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 21 Gaviota Fleet boats with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, one wahoo, 19 yellowfin tuna, and 15 dorado. Seven combined fishing days by the Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII had a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin and five striped marlin. Edwards also noted last week’s 1,110-pound black marlin report by the Quien Sabe: “This fish bested the old record of a 1,100-pound blue marlin, taken by angler Mike Stevenson, Oceanside, while fishing aboard the Gaviota II, back in April 1995.” CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on four boats with a catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, two dorado, and one wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg commented on how little notice was made on the Cabo docks of the very large black marlin caught by the 28-foot Quien Sabe, but unloaded at Palmilla: “The sad thing, nobody really noticed this fish, as the client left from Palmilla and insisted on being dropped back off at Palmilla, so the fish was weighed there instead of in Cabo. If it had been weighed in Cabo, it would have brought a huge crowd out.” During the week, Pisces Fleet boats had a catch including released fish of: 35 striped marlin, nine blue marlin, one black marlin, and three sailfish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING. PISCES FLEET CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING, JULY 11, 2004.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



Saturday for four yellowtail to over 25 pounds, wide-open barracuda, and rockfish limits. The Dana Lee caught four yellowtail plus barracuda, and the Samanta Star reported seven yellowtail and other fish for four anglers. Earlier, boats scored on up to six yellowtail per day, plus white seabass, heavy numbers of barracuda, small bonita, and calico bass, in very warm 71-degree water, at El Bajo and University Point.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 17 anglers with a catch of 57 yellowtail.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Maryssa Ptacnik of Gordo’s Sportfishing said good numbers of yellowtail of 14 to 17 pounds were caught at Islas Todos Santos, and overnight boats scored on albacore and bluefin tuna.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Lily Fleet, Sammy Susarrey said the Tamara and newly refurbished Amigo found three straight days of yellowtail limits on fish to 20 pounds at Islas Todos Santos, plus nice calico bass and a few white seabass to 20 pounds. Susarrey said outside waters were slow, but fishing in the bay was excellent for yellowtail, on sardines and Rapala CD14s, in purple-black and green-yellow, in water temperatures of about 66.5 degrees. During the week, boats also ran south to the San Jose reef for excellent results on yellowtail and white seabass.

LA BUFADORA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak Fishing led 12 kayak anglers on a three-day trip out of La Bufadora and they scored on barracuda, lingcod to 7.5 pounds, calico bass, and yellowtail to 19 pounds. “It was hugely successful,” Spike said. Coastal Kayak Fishing's next La Bufadora trips are scheduled Sept. 10-12, Oct. 22-24, and Dec. 3-6. ENSENADA KAYAK FISHING AT LA BUFADORA.

PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny’s Fleet, Ivan Villarino reported pangas at the tip of Punta Banda with steady limits of mixed lingcod, red rockcod, calico bass, and some yellowtail up to 30 pounds, on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto and Vonny II with Capt. Cruz. Anglers fishing during the week included F. Scott, Dana, Dean, and Tyler Robinson of Simi Valley, Jay Johnson of Fontana (30-pound yellowtail), F. Maile Geronilla, Jesse Lozano, Gary Burke, and Ernie Hicks. Punta Banda weather was sunny in the low-80s, with 2 to 3-foot swells and water temperatures averaging 64 degrees. PUNTA BANDA PANGA FISHING.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said good weather prevailed all week and pangas brought back full limits of lingcod, rockcod, and calico bass, plus barracuda, bonita, and some yellowtail on the surface. Jim Ellis of Desert Hot Springs caught limits and his guide also scored on a 30-pound white seabass on Soledad Reef. On Sunday, Rick Wilson and his wife from El Cajon caught the jackpot fish of the week, a 35-pound yellowtail, also on Soledad Reef.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 16 boats fished during the week in clear water averaging 65 degrees, in nice, warm weather, for heavy catches of red rockcod, lingcod, and 32 white seabass, plus some barracuda and yellowtail.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro’s Pangas said 20 boats fished during the week, and Gabriel Camparo caught the season’s first two dorado, of 18 and 20 pounds, plus limits of yellowtail to 24 pounds, fishing with Capt. Hector on the Romey, and Capt. Pato on the Garron. Hillis said over 150 anglers participated in the July 17 tournament, and some yellowfin tuna were caught, in addition to the winning albacore over 30 pounds. PREVIOUS WEEK'S SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT OF JULY 11, 2004.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Campo Lorenzo said he fished north and up to 35 miles out during the July 17 tournament and caught a 12-pound dorado and a 14-pound yellowtail on a kelp paddy. "The tournament was a big success," Vath said. "We had a great day on the water."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen Pub in Paso Robles announced another charter bus fishing trip to San Quintin on Sept. 17-20, including three nights at the Old Mill, two days of panga fishing, drinks and snacks on the bus, and a banquet and drawing for door prizes, 800-894-7239. Another trip is scheduled for Bahia de los Angeles, Oct. 14-18. SAN QUINTIN FISHING BUS.



SAN ROQUE, BAHIA ASUNCION, MEXICO: Igor Doncov of Half Moon Bay and his son Alex visited remote Bahia Asuncion and San Roque on the Pacific Coast, finding the last 15 miles of road washboarded, and good shore fishing and near shore panga fishing in cool water in the 60s, for numerous calico bass to 8 pounds, and a 10-pound sheephead. Doncov said, “The large gamefish were not in at the time so we fished the kelp beds at the point from shore using plastics.” SAN ROQUE FISHING TRIP.



SAN CARLOS, MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported San Carlos weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees. Offshore conditions were unsettled due to the passing of tropical storm Blas, and the entrada was slow, but Isla Santa Margarita produced some yellowtail and grouper. Few boats fished in the mangroves.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of San Jose del Cabo, author of the forthcoming “The Adventure Guide to Baja California Sur,” said fishing took a back seat to weather last week as tropical storm Blas passed a few hundred miles southwest and brought big waves, some rain, and beach debris to Los Cabos. Pangas resumed fishing on Friday, and caught some dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and roosterfish. Bob and Austin Lewis of Encinitas scored on 13 tuna to 45 pounds on the panga Nohemy of the Jose Mijares fleet. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING AND NEWS.

LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Barry Hyatt of Long Beach and Greg Lyznicki of Laguna Niguel fished with Capt. Antonio "Tonio" Guluarte on the La Playita panga Yemille for good action on dorado to 30 pounds, yellowfin tuna to 20 pounds, and a roosterfish over 50 pounds. Hyatt report no sardina available, and very high surf as tropical storm Blas approached.

LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordon Banks Pangas said the La Playita panga fleets were pinned to shore for a few days by the passing of tropical storm Blas, but conditions were settling down as launches resumed on Friday. Yellowfin tuna were the main catch, plus a few dorado, and increasing hookups on large marlin in San Jose del Cabo waters, including the possible grander black marlin reported for the Quien Sabe, and a blue marlin reported at 750 pounds. Bottom fishing produced some quality fish, but not in numbers. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos said Greg Mohr of Phoenix landed a 275-pound yellowfin tuna with Capt. Gilberto Castor on the Helena. For the week, 44 boats had a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, six blue marlin, three sailfish, 91 dorado, 61 tuna, two wahoo, and one shark.

For the week ending July 9, 2004, 35 RBV boats had a catch including released fish of: 17 striped marlin, nine blue marlin including one of over 500 pounds caught by Shawna Wagner of San Diego, six sailfish, 12 roosterfish, 118 dorado, 68 tuna, and two wahoo.

BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky of San Diego and Steve Hougard of Encinitas fished on a cruiser out of Buena Vista Beach Resort and Hougard caught his first and second ever striped marlin, one about six miles southeast of the Punta Arena lighthouse, and the other just east of Buena Vista. About the second marlin, Hradecky said, "The water was beautiful and dark blue. The fight took Steve about 35 minutes and the fish must have jumped 20 to 25 times." An 8-pound dorado was also caught, in rough sea conditions, and Hradecky reported another day of fishing with nothing to show for it: "Got skunked for the first time in years. Tried for big tuna under the porpoise for five hours and it never happened for us. Did see another boat with a 100 pounder on the back swim step."

RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland reported slightly slower fishing due to tropical storm Blas, but blue marlin very active, good numbers of schooling dorado close to shore, and a 60-pound pargo caught by Byron George on 30-pound line, which Ireland said was “the largest we’ve ever seen taken on rod and reel.” EAST CAPE FISHING.

BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport Dive service said conditions at Cabo Pulmo could not be better, with 82-degree water at depth, and very heavy concentrations of sea life, including grouper, snapper, rays, and free swimming moray eels. Rayor said visibility was about 100 feet and “it would be better, but it is not possible to see through all the fish.”

On the fishing side, Rayor said of the run of big blue and black marlin off Baja Sur: “Yes! The big dogs are here like I have never seen before. We have had numerous opportunities at fish over 500 pounds. Yesterday we had one shatter the head of a marlin lure and bend over the point of a 16/0 stainless hook. In all my years fishing I have never had a lure destroyed like this one.”

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said fishing was back to normal after the passing of tropical storm Blas, with flat seas, calm conditions in the high-90s, and water temperatures of 75 to 88 degrees. Roosterfish and jacks were on the beaches, dorado close to shore, and tuna about 20 miles out. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.

LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles said he pulled his boat Fat Cat just before tropical storm Blas passed through, but not before he scored on a last minute 200-pound blue marlin and pulled hooks on two more: “We were back on our mooring by noon, due to increasing winds and building seas.” FAT CAT EAST CAPE FISHING.

PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fernando Hernandez of Covina, and his group of nine anglers fished three days out of Hotel Punta Colorada and found very good action on: 70 dorado of 15 to 20 pounds plus one 45 pounder, three wahoo, 15 tuna to 15 pounds, one yellowtail, and one 25-pound pargo. Hernandez said East Cape weather was sometimes bumpy and even rainy, "But, all in all, our first trip of the year was very good indeed." EAST CAPE FISHING AT PUNTA COLORADA.

PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Baja Fishing and Resorts said Michael Wagoneer of Anaheim fished three days on the Pez Gallo with Capt. Ramon out of Hotel Punta Colorada for a catch of: three dorado of 60 to 80 pounds; four wahoo of 50 to 80 pounds; one striped marlin; one sailfish; and eight yellowfin tuna of 70 to 160 pounds.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Artie Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said boats managed to go out four days despite the tropical storm, but found scratchy action on some smaller dorado, striped marlin, and a handful of pargo. At El Bajo, Davis said very large tuna were seen, but not hooked: “Amidst a crazy bite on bonita, a full foamer of HUGE HUGE HUGE tuna popped up behind the boat. They didn’t want anything with a hook in it, but I didn’t see a fish under 100 pounds, and saw a few that were probably too big to catch! Going to invest some time there this week.”

LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas side weather was hot and humid in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees in the main fishing areas south of Ensenada de los Muertos, where boats were catching a few 15 to 25-pound dorado, with very few fish larger, although the average size was increasing by the weekend. Due to rough conditions outside, pangas did not fish at the 88 bank.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said some boats found scattered dorado, but generally fishing was scratchy on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides due to the passing storm: “Even after it was over, the water and the fish at La Paz were turned over. In the long run, it'll push up more warm water, but it sure made for a pick bite this week on both the Arenas and La Paz sides.” LA PAZ FISHING.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Mosquito Fleet, Luis Lopez said about 24 pangas and two cruisers fished per day, and most of them returned with daily limits of dorado, striped marlin, blue marlin, some wahoo, cabrilla, and pargo. The dorado tournament of the Burch Ford-Western Outdoor News group was won by a 39.2-pound fish caught by the team of Jack McCulloch and Walter Hatch. Most boats fished west of Isla Espiritu Santo in hot weather in the high-100s, with water temperatures of 78 to 85 degrees.

RANCHO LAS CRUCES, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Greg Stoney of Ventura and his father Ed Stoney of Laguna Beach fished three days on their panga out of Rancho las Cruces, and scored on a blue marlin of about 300 pounds, plus a monster black marlin, taped out at 748 to 749.9 pounds, that hit a skipjack 30 feet from the transom and towed their panga backwards at 2.5 knots before it died deep. Said Stoney: “Nicky Rodriguez, owner of Las Cruces, and a hell of a fisherman, estimated, ‘That thing is a barrilete eatin' machine, every bit of 650-plus, and that is really conservative.’ He thought that the calculated weight was totally believable.” MONSTER LAS CRUCES BLACK MARLIN FISHING.

ISLA CERRALVO, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Russell Fritz of La Ribera ran his boat Morning Star north for an overnight trip to fish around Isla Cerralvo, but found very slow action: “We washed our lures for over 100 miles, with only one marlin strike, and no hook-up.” Fritz reported heavy concentrations of flying fish in the water, at 82 to 88 degrees, and lots of wind. RUN TO ISLA CERRALVO.



LORETO, MEXICO: Kristian Pallesen of Loreto said 49 boats fished in the Fishin’ for the Mission Tournament, and $6,250 was raised for the Loreto Mission, plus $1,000 for a local school. Top two-fish weights turning in during the storm-limited tournament were by: Dom Emilie, 56 pounds; Karen Ann, 55 pounds 2 ounces; and Baja Breeze, 55 pounds, 1 ounce. LORETO FISHIN’ FOR THE MISSION TOURNAMENT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said, "Weather has been very bad during the week." Dorado fishing slowed down during the spell of rough weather beginning on Wednesday when all boats were canceled. By Friday, some fish were found to 45 pounds, but averaging 18 pounds, and four fish per boat was considered a good day.

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported virtually every boat in town fishing in rough conditions during the Fishin' for the Mission tournament: "It appeared that there more folks that got seasick than I had ever seen on any one given day. This was because more people went out than I've seen, well...ever." Dorado were scattered and most boats returned with less than full limits. LORETO FISHING.

LORETO, MEXICO: Stan Woodward of Manhattan Beach had an up-and-down dorado trip out of Villas de Loreto, as his panga found a half-submerged gas can and scored on seven dorado his first day, and then blanked on his second. Woodward said another boat out of Villas caught 29 dorado out of 29 baits on a big weed paddy. LORETO DORADO FISHING.

LORETO, MEXICO: Shawn Cooper and his son Preston, 14, of Tucson fished two days with Arturo’s Sportfishing, and Preston caught his first ever dorado, a 47 pounder that hit a sardina north of Isla Coronada. Cooper said they caught four dorado their first day, and then fished Punta Pulpito their second day for three yellowtail to 22 pounds on cut squid. LORETO FISHING.

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, LORETO, MEXICO: Sal Pilato of San Pedro, Andy and Bob Morris, David Barens, and Emericson Holden limited on 12 to 18-pound dorado out of Puerto Escondido with Ramon Torres Sportfishing, and the next day Bob Morris caught a 150-pound striped marlin with 25-pound test line on a spinning reel. Pilato said the marlin required 45 minutes to land and was released healthy after it hit a live mackerel intended for yellowtail while fishing with Capt. Francisco Romero of Loreto. Most of the dorado were caught about 40 miles out.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Mike Massey of Mission Viejo got blown out three days and fished one day for a couple of dorado of about 20 pounds on the troll, but he said, “By July standards, it was a slow day. The fish are still scattered.” Massey said larger dorado were reported off Isla San Marcos, including some to over 50 pounds caught by commercial squid pangueros at night. WINDY MULEGE FISHING TRIP.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Gary and Peggy Thomas of Tracy fished out of Mulege for about 10 days from their 18-foot Zodiac and reported very consistent dorado action for at least a few dorado each day except one, two sailfish, two striped marlin, and two blue marlin, all caught on artificial lures. Thomas said water temperatures varied widely and quickly from 79 degrees to 86 degrees. MULEGE FISHING.



ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos spent the week dodging wind and rain from tropical storm Blas, but managed to score on yellowtail or dorado each day except one when he was kept on shore. Yellowtail were caught to 35 pounds north of the isla, and the dorado were caught on weeds near shore and a few miles out. One sailfish was also hooked and lost, as Kanzler described the week: "Not a bad four-day run, storm and all." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING OUT OF ISLA SAN MARCOS.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Elijah Hayward of Bahia de los Angeles, said his father Bob Hayward, saw jumping dorado under birds on a weed paddy in the channel, about half a mile south of Isla Piojo. “Dorado were seen free jumping and were on a short feeding frenzy surrounding the paddy,” Hayward said. No dorado were caught, however, and none were seen the next day, in water temperatures of 77 to 78 degrees. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES EARLY DORADO SIGHTING.

CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko reported water temperatures as high as 80 degrees and continued very good yellowtail fishing for as many as 30 fish per day. Vazquez said he also saw a marlin, but no skipjack at all. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING.

CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve McGill fished out of Camp Gecko with Phill Nisbeth, Brook Nisbeth, and Beth Nealner on Phill Nisbeth’s boat Lizard for very good yellowtail action around the inner islands, in good weather in the low-90s, water temperatures of 81 degrees inside the bay, and 74 degrees in the outer channel. “The waters were glassy and the wind calm,” McGill said. “Smith was holding the bigger boys with lots of tackle being lost to the reefs.” BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen Pub in Paso Robles announced a charter bus fishing trip to Bahia de los Angeles, Oct. 14-18, including four nights, three days of panga fishing, drinks and snacks on the bus, and a banquet and drawing for door prizes, 800-894-7239. Another trip is scheduled for San Quintin, Sept. 17-20. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING BUS.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on July 15 with a catch of: 278 yellowtail, 155 cabrilla, 52 pargo, 29 white seabass, nine grouper of 27 to 40 pounds, one black seabass of 32 pounds, and 378 miscellaneous fish including a lot of giant squid. The Erik had two days with wind, and fished farther to the north than usual. Kerby said the boat is scheduled to fish its way to La Paz, departing San Felipe on Sept. 26, and 12 openings are available for that trip, 800-770-2341,

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on July 16, 2004, with a catch of: 163 yellowtail, 18 to 30 pounds; one grouper, 27 pounds; 225 cabrilla, 14 to 18 pounds; 70 squid, 14 to 20 pounds; 12 red snapper, 8 to 14 pounds; 17 broomtail grouper, 17 to 24 pounds; 13 sheephead, 8 to 10 pounds; 87 spotted bay bass; and 84 miscellaneous fish. PREVIOUS WEEK'S JOSE ANDRES FISHING REPORT, JULY 9, 2004.

GONZAGA BAY, MEXICO: Ethan Schaffer of Encinitas reported unusually slow fishing at Gonzaga Bay and Punta Final, and noted that one area around Alfonsina’s and Isla Willard was heavily fished by panga motherships out of San Felipe. “It will be disastrous if nothing is done to stop the motherships from overfishing certain spots,” Schaffer said. PANGA MOTHERSHIPS AT GONZAGA BAY.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Chuck McReynolds of Pasadena reported a story in the Ventura County Star of July 16, 2004, saying that former San Felipe panga mothership booking agent Ernie Penaloza was being held in jail pending bail, in Santa Paula, on felony theft charges related to last year’s booking fiasco on the mothership Capt. Villegas. The Ventura County Star reported: “Penaloza, 46, pleaded not guilty Thursday to six counts of grand theft and two of violating the state's business and professional code...He remained in Ventura County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bail. Neither he nor his attorney could be reached for comment Thursday.” SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP AGENT ARRESTED.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix reported a fairly slow day in rough conditions for five anglers on his boat El Gato Blanco, fishing 275 feet deep at 51-mile reef for 20 goldspotted bass to 5 pounds, and a 12-pound red snapper in 83-degree water. ROCKY POINT FISHING AT 51-MILE REEF.

ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma, Ariz., had some additional information on the juvenile yellowtail he observed during a trip out of Rocky Point: “These little schoolie yellowtail had different colors depending on their size. The smallest ones at about 4 inches were metallic bronze with typical yellow fins. The larger ones at about 8 inches looked like typical adults. All fish were in schools of identical size animals.”



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said the 47th International Billfish Tournament was in progress over the weekend, in rough conditions, with about 40 boats entered but few spending the entire day out in six-foot seas.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos said about 20 tournament billfish had been caught by Saturday, but only about 10 dorado, plus a few small tuna under 15 pounds.



MARINA EL CID, MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 24 sailfish, one striped marlin, 10 yellowfin tuna, and nine dorado. Inshore boats continued to find easy dorado limits. Mazatlan weather was humid in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 81 to 83 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.

MARINA EL CID, MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said the main fishing area was about 18 miles out, and orange-green lures were working best. Fishing slowed down at the end of the week.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Earlier, Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 53 sailfish, six blue marlin to 325 pounds, 68 tuna to 47 pounds, and 86 dorado to 56 pounds. Star Fleet fished 12 to 25 miles out on headings of 170 to 230 degrees, in water temperatures of 83 to 86 degrees.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kim Moore of Charter Dreams reported a 650-pound black marlin caught midweek at El Banco, plus several yellowfin tuna from 200 to 275 pounds. Mazatlan weather was generally calm, with some scattered thunderstorms and showers. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was 1 mile off the beach, and roosterfish action was excellent, as all captains scored on at least three fish per day in the 35 to 40-pound range. Sailfish counts were down but improving at about two fish per day. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported French angler, Mr. Devocelle, fishing with Capt. Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos I, with four sailfish, two dorado, 18 yellowfin tuna, one skipjack tuna, and 32 bonito for three fishing days, plus two inshore days with a catch of seven yellowtail jack, 17 roosterfish including many over 50 pounds, seven needlefish, and three bonito.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was in the high-80s with thunderstorms and water temperatures of 80 to 89 degrees.

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CABO LEVIATHAN--The huge black marlin on the left, reported at 1,110 pounds, was caught off Punta Palmilla by Ryan Rupprecht of North Kingstown, R.I., fishing with Capt. Lino Verdugo on the Quien Sabe. Photo courtesy Dannilo Mathews.

LAS CRUCES MONSTER--The big black marlin on the right taped out at about 749 pounds after it hit a skipjack bait for Greg Stoney and his father Ed Stoney, fishing from their panga out of Rancho las Cruces, near La Paz. Photo courtesy Greg Stoney.

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BUFADORA SHOW OFF--Rich Ollis with a nice yellowtail caught near the tourist crowds at Ensenada's La Bufadora Blow Hole, during a kayak fishing trip with Dennis Spike's Coastal Kayak Fishing. Photo courtesy Rich Ollis.

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ERENDIRA FORKIES--BIll Stout, Sergio Blushten, Igor Blushten, and Felix Redkozub of Los Angeles scored on a nice haul of yellowtail out of Castro's Camp at Erendira, just south of Ensenada. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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Alex Doncov with a nice calico bass.

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Barry Hyatt's big La Playita roosterfish.

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EAST CAPE CUTIE--Steve Hougard caught his first two marlin ever out of East Cape's Buena Vista Beach Resort, including this "compact" model. Photo courtesy Werner Hradecky.

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Keri Redding and Brian Keate from Seal Beach got into some nice dorado on their first trip out. They were on Black Magic with Captain Artie Davis. They also hooked billfish and a wahoo that day. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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LORETO BENEFIT TOURNAMENT--Over $6,000 was raised for Loreto's historic mission and a nearby school as 49 boats fished in this year's Fishin' for the Mission Tournament and banquet. Photo courtesy Kristian Pallesen.

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LORETO WATERS--Steve, Dan and Ken Klibbe of Colorado, fished with Arturo's Sportfishing of Loreto for legal dorado limits.

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DORADO NUMERO UNO--Preston Cooper, 14, caught his first dorado with his dad Shawn and Arturo's Sportfishing of Loreto. It was a beautiful 47 pounder. Photo courtesy Shawn Cooper.

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SPINNING REEL MARLIN--Bob Morris whips a 150-pound striped marlin near Loreto with 25-pound line and a spinning reel. The fish required 45 minutes to land and was released. Photo courtesy Sal Pilato.

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WITH UNCLE MIKE--Jerry Baily caught this nice home guard 35-pound yellowtail off the north end of Isla San Marcos, near Santa Rosalia, fishing with Mike Kanzler. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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ROCKY POINT RED--Mike Auditore's boat El Gato Blanco.

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VALLARTA SUSHI FISH--Ken Eli and sons Tim and Pat fished on Charter Dreams' Anticipation and caught this nice yellowfin tuna at El Banco near Puerto Vallarta. Photo courtesy Kim Moore.

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