SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Good bottom fishing in very warm water up to 70-degrees followed on the heels of last week's First San Quintin Sportfishing Tournament which drew over 200 anglers to Bahia de San Quintin.
Tournament organizer Julio Meza of San Quintin reported a huge success for the event, held July 16-18, with 67 boats and 203 anglers fishing, and over 600 people attending the awards ceremony, including local newspaper and television coverage. The tournament enjoyed good weather and sea conditions, as $5,500, $3,000, and $1,500 in Shimano and Lowrance product prizes were won by: First Place, Lalo Arzate, 39.4-pound albacore; Second Place, Javier Bernal, 37.5-pound yellowfin tuna; and Third Place, Dave Brown, 34.4-pound yellowfin tuna. Many raffle prizes were also won, and Meza said another tournament was planned for September. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TOURNAMENT RESULTS.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 20 boats fished last week for very good action at Socorro on "all the white seabass, calicos, and sandies they could handle." Anglers getting in on the action included Joe Chavez of Perris, and Danny Knight of Long Beach, and their groups fishing on the Pelicano, Skipjack, and Romey with Capts. Miguel, Sapo, and Hector. Brian Bunting of Huntington Beach, and his friend Pete also fished with their kids for excellent bottom action "until their arms got too tired." San Quintin weather was calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures at a warm 70 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Jesse Morales of Lawndale and his wife made their first Baja trip, fishing with Capt. Chino out of Cielito Lindo, where Morales got a thrill by landing his first two dorado ever, weighed in at 15 and 20 pounds.
"We were hoping to catch some albacore or yellowtail, but Chino rewarded us with something much more special than that," Morales said. SAN QUINTIN DORADO FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Don Fagan of Luhr Jensen's Ensenada lure factory had slow action during the fishing tournament, but still enjoyed a great trip, and wound up winning a free fishing trip with Capt. Jaime and a free stay at the Hotel Maria Celeste. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TOURNAMENT TRIP.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said the Don Juan II found the best fishing inside the bay at Three Sisters, on lots of small yellowtail, sandbass, calico bass, and medium bonita. Larger yellowtail were caught at the bajo on trolled Rapalas, and some barracuda were found at University Point. Outside, the Don Juan II got seven albacore over 30 pounds, plus many more lost. Other boats reported over 20 albacore, and one boat at the 238 spot had two dorado and two yellowfin tuna in 68-degree water. Sanchez said the water temperature at the bajo was up to 71 degrees, only five degrees short of the highest he's ever seen there, 76 degrees.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas continued to bring back bottom fish limits, calico bass, barracuda, and steady yellowtail from the tip of Punta Banda, in sunny weather, with water temperatures averaging 64 degrees. Anglers limiting on the Vonny I, Vonny II, and Vonny III included Charmaine Hayes, and Drew, Jess and McKenna Thorpe of Las Vegas; Orlando Lara, Gus Lopez, and Larry Salomon of Palos Verdes; and Doug O'Hara and his group. VONNY'S FLEET ENSENADA FISHING.
ENSENADA OFFSHORE, MEXICO: Lee Wood reported on an overnight albacore trip on the Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Landing by himself and a group of 20 Oceanside Senior Anglers, fishing 80 miles south for a slow morning, in rough conditions, but finding a hot bite in the early afternoon that had everybody hooked up and about half the fish lost. "All in all, we managed to land 50 albacore and two yellowtail," Woods said. "There were a lot of tired old anglers on that trip home, but happy ones, as we all caught at least one of the fatties." The top fish for the trip was a 41-pound albacore caught by Pat Cassidy. OCEANSIDE SENIOR ANGLERS ALBACORE FISHING.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 84 anglers for the week, with a catch of: 184 yellowtail, 35 bonito, 130 barracuda, 58 calico bass, 15 white seabass, and 44 albacore.
ENSENADA OFFSHORE, MEXICO: John Gaebel of Mission Viejo reported very good albacore fishing on the Pescador out of Maria Coral for himself, Jeff Gaebel, Bill and Matt Douglas, and Randy Brecher, fishing at the 295 spot for near limits of albacore to 40 pounds and one 57-pound bluefin tuna. Gaeble also said a Mexican boat at Marina Coral reported 14 dorado plus albacore limits at the 238 and 450 spots. ENSENADA OFFSHORE FISHING.
LA BUFADORA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: At La Bufadora, Dale Whipperman of Dale's La Bufadora Dive said a Saturday boat fished in calm sea conditions for lots of yellowtail. During the week, two other boats went out during the week, one with divers, and another with three anglers who scored on 10 lingcod of 4 to 7 pounds, plus 15 rockcod of about 3 pounds. La Bufadora water temperatures were a warm 64 degrees on the surface, and 55 degrees at a 75-foot diving depth, with visibility at 50 feet. "The divers say they see lots of calico bass of about 3 to 4 pounds, big lings, and real big sheephead to about 30 pounds," Whipperman said. La Bufadora Dive: 011-52-646-180-1422; After 6 p.m., 011-52-646-154-2092.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At midweek, Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported several boats averaging two albacore per rod, of about 30 pounds, with a few up to 40 pounds, at the 238 spot, in water temperatures averaging 65 degrees. On Thursday, the Tamara brought back 11 albacore caught on the troll and on live bait. Earlier, Lily Fleet boats found excellent bottom fish action plus surface yellowtail limits on fish of 20 to 25 pounds for the Amigo and Tamara at Punta Santo Tomas in water temperatures of about 69.5 degrees. The yellowtail hit on Rapalas and were also yo-yoed off an 80-foot bottom.
LA JOLLA CAMP, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Mark Blucker of La Jolla Camp, his brother Eric von Blucker, and Paul Ward fished at the tip of Punta Banda for "only a few 'tails, lots of bass, and 'cudas." Blucker said he gaffed a fat 36-inch yellowtail for Ward that almost got away after it wrapped around a buoy line.
MARINA CORAL, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of Marina Coral said he fished on Mike Kraus' Blackjack and Tom McInally's Wide Open for a couple of small yellowtail off a paddy shared with Sergio's Sportfishing's party boat Shir-Lee, and most importantly, he caught a barracuda, his seventh species, to qualify for the San Diego Angler's All Around Angler of the Year competition. "Got to be a joke amongst locals as everyone was trying to help me catch a rather prevalent barracuda that kept eluding me week after week," Ross said. Ross said the Punta Banda bank had clear blue water, but no surface action, and a very warm water temperature of 74 degrees. Ross also reported excellent work completed on his boat Bad Dog by the Baja Naval ship yard in Ensenada. ENSENADA FISHING AND SHIPYARD REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the weather was excellent all week, warmer than normal, with cooling breezes, and with a good surface bite on yellowtail, bonito, and barracuda. The week's jackpot fish were a pair of 35-pound yellowtail caught by Jowel Brown and Ed Yates of Pasadena. Bottom fishing was also good all week, with steady limits for all. Commercial pangas made heavy catches at Punta China. Saenz said one panga brought in half a ton of yellowtail and white seabass.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 18 pangas fished during the week, in clear, blue, 66-degree water about 3 miles out, and good weather with a little wind from the west, for heavy catches of lingcod, red rockcod, barracuda, very large yellowtail, and 26 white seabass including a 60 pounder caught by Fred Renand of Santa Barbara, fishing with Capt. Ubaldo Romero.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported San Carlos weather as mostly cloudy in the high-90s, with local water temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees. Graham said action was picking up on snook, corvina, and leopard grouper in the mangroves, and on yellowtail at the entrada.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 68 boats with a catch including released fish of: 46 striped marlin, three sailfish, 40 dorado, 68 yellowfin tuna, four wahoo, one mako shark, five skipjack, and 11 boats skunked. A six-boat group celebrating the Cabo wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Chad Baron of Huntington Beach fished one day and had a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, seven striped marlin including a 218 pounder, five dorado including a 50 pounder, nine yellowfin tuna of 40 to 45 pounds, and one wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on three boats with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, seven dorado of 10 to 35 pounds, one small yellowfin tuna, and one seven-foot hammerhead shark. Cabo weather was mostly cloudy and often windy in the high-90s, with water temperatures dipping to about 79 to 80 degrees near Cabo, and to about 82 degrees on the Gordo Banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported about 60 percent of Gaviota Fleet boats landing billfish last week, as 35 boats had an overall count including released fish of: 24 striped marlin, two sailfish, 14 dorado, and 41 yellowfin tuna. Cabo weather was cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of about 78 degrees on the Pacific side, and 81 degrees on the Cortez side. Gaviota fleet fished on both the Pacific and Cortez sides. Edwards also reported that the nightclub Latitude 22 burned down, including the offices of the Fish Cabo, so reports for that boat would be delayed for a few weeks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING AND FISH CABO FIRE.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said seas were generally calm, despite some southern winds and the La Playita panga fleet averaged about five to 20 fish per day, including yellowfin tuna, dorado, and continued smaller wahoo at up to four for five per boat. Dorado and tuna were mostly school-sized, but a few larger fish were caught, and very large marlin were seen feeding on tuna around the Gordo Banks. Water temperatures offshore were 80 to 84 degrees. On the La Playita beaches more snook were caught, including a 45 pounder on 20-pound line, by 13-year-old local Jesus "Chatito" Bagana. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.
PUNTA PALMILLA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: At Palmilla Bay Sportfishing, Luis Duhart said, "We just had a nice week for fishing," as boats returned with tuna of 20 to 30 pounds and dorado of 12 to 18 pounds, caught mostly at the Gordo Banks. Duhart said the fishing slowed down with the arrival of wind at the end of the week, but boats caught some amberjack very close to the beach at Chileno.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of San Jose del Cabo and author of the forthcoming Adventure Guide to Baja Sur and Los Cabos, said most of the La Playita panga fleet fished north of Punta Gorda for dorado, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo, and construction continued on the new marina. SAN JOSE DEL CABO MARINA CONSTRUCTION.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 92 boats with a catch including released fish of: 11 blue marlin, 13 striped marlin, 15 sailfish, 194 dorado, 86 tuna, two wahoo, five roosterfish, 40 snapper, four jack crevalle, eight amberjack, 22 bonita, two pompano, 16 triggerfish, 11 skipjack, and 100 needlefish. East Cape weather was hot with cooling breezes, in the high-90s, and water temperatures of 82 to 85 degrees. Hotel boats fished both close in, and up to 30 or 40 miles out for tuna and blue marlin, including a 531 pounder caught by Togo Hazard on his boat Dusty B III. EAST CAPE FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Valdez reported on 55 boats with a catch including released fish of: six blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, nine sailfish, 142 dorado, 26 tuna, one wahoo, eight roosterfish, two shark, six snapper, one jack crevalle, three amberjack, 12 bonita, one ladyfish, two pompano, 10 triggerfish, 11 skipjack, and two needlefish. EAST CAPE FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said all boats were busy, with good action on a lot of blue marlin and sailfish, and still some dorado and tuna. Boats were fishing from 15 miles outwards from the resort.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles fished on his boat Fat Cat several days for generally slow action, but did land a blue marlin less than two miles off Punta Pescadero, plus a lost striper near Punta Colorada, and a 25-pound wahoo caught in the same location on a trolled Marauder. The blue marlin hit a 4-inch soft head lure, Burkett said: "We'd just put the lure out to try and catch a small dorado, or something else small. Never dreamed we'd draw the interest of a marlin. I now have that lure on a heavier leader." EAST CAPE FISHING, FAT CAT REPORT.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 417 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: 37 blue marlin, 50 striped marlin, 61 sailfish, 811 dorado, 619 yellowfin tuna, and seven wahoo. East Cape weather was calm in the mornings with afternoon chop, in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 81 to 87 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Baja Fishing and Resorts reported on a massive yellowfin tuna weighed at 242 pounds caught by Jim Andersen of San Clemente on Roger Cormier's boat Time Out, fishing out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez. Andersen said the big tuna was fought for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and a total of three rods were used after the first reel lost its gear drive, and the second rod developed a burr on its tiptop. Anderson credited the quick tying work by the Time Out's Capt. Gilberto and Mate Christian with getting him his fish: "I give all the credit in catching this fish to the crew of the Time Out. It’s true I battled this fish with all my might. However without the expertise of the Time Out’s crew there’s no way I would have landed this fish!" Anderson also credited his daughter Ashley for handing off when the fish overpowered her and almost spooled the first rod used in the fight. EAST CAPE FISHING FOR A BIG TUNA.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported dorado limits for all, and lots of striped marlin, spread throughout the bay, about 15 miles out. Yellowfin tuna averaging 20 pounds were concentrated 15 miles off the Punta Arena lighthouse, and roosterfish to 40 pounds were taking live bait along the beaches. EAST CAPE FISHING.
PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing had two groups of eight kayak anglers each fishing three days out of Hotel Punta Colorada for "all the dorado you could want," and large roosterfish caught around the lighthouse, including a 55 pounder by George Pflaum of San Diego. EAST CAPE KAYAK FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported continued outstanding conditions at Cabo Pulmo, with clear blue water loaded with sea life, a water temperature of 80 degrees at depth, mild currents, and flat seas: "Doesn't get any better."
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bob and Rene Tilley of Fallbrook fished twice with Rayor and landed five marlin, including a blue over 200 pounds, and a striper over 200 caught by Rene, plus dorado caught on some impromptu jigs rigged up by Rayor: "When we came back in, the dorado were enjoying the shade under the mooring buoy and Zodiac. All we had on board were big marlin jigs and a few lives. Mark had the equivalent of a broken, chromed radio antenna. We cut pieces in 2-inch sections, slid them on the lines, added a bare bait hook, and went wide open along the mooring line. It was great."
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Ken Cutroneo of Medford, N.Y., suffered an attack of East Cape needlefish and pelicans: "By the late afternoon the count was something like 63 needlefish, too many pelicans, one dorado, a few ladyfish." Other anglers did well on roosterfish, ladyfish, pargo, and jacks, and Graham also reported on the 531-pound blue marlin for Togo Hazard on his new boat Dusty B III: "It was the largest ever caught on his boat in his 39-year big game fishing career." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Steve Crouch reported on the 16th Annual Crouch/Roberts NO KILL Billfish Tournament at Rancho Buena Vista, won by the team of Lennie Scherer, Lou Debottari, Calvin Weddle and Wes Davis, with four releases of two blue marlin and two sailfish, over three days of fishing. A 256-pound blue marlin was caught by the Tag & Brag team, but did not qualify because it died during the fight. No dorado met the 25-pound minimum. Crouch caught the largest tuna, an 81 pounder hooked only 200 yards off the Punta Arena lighthouse. A 34-pound wahoo caught by Mark Wheeler of R&B Manufacturing took the most prize money at $3,000. EAST CAPE FISHING, NO KILL TOURNAMENT RESULTS.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista said fishing was very good, as highlights for the week included tuna to 93 pounds and a 250-pound class blue marlin.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Fred Green of Casa Verde at Rancho Leonero said his son-in-law, John Frantz of Livermoore caught a 50-pound class dorado only 600 yards off the beach. "Nearly as tall as he is, the fish took John 40 minutes to land and marked the final fish of the limit caught that day," Green said. Frantz fished on a Palmas de Cortez boat, in 85-degree water, and the dorado hit a live sardina on 30-pound line.
LA RIBERA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said he wasn't fishing, but friends caught blue marlin in close, not too many dorado, and very few tuna last week. Bergin said he expected plenty of tropical storm activity this summer: "I'm getting ready for a record hurricane season. I predict at least 12 storms. There's a sizable hot spot just south of Cabo and the Sea of Cortez is steaming."
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: On the Las Arenas side, Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather was beautiful until Friday when strong winds forced boats back to the beach before they could wet their lines. "Very wet ride!" Hernandez said. Then came rain, diminishing on Saturday morning, when boats sneaked out for some small dorado of 15 to 20 pounds, and some small yellowfin tuna. Las Arenas air temperatures were cooler, in the mid-90s, and water temperatures in the fishing areas of Ensenada de los Muertos, Boca del Alamo, and Punta Perico were 78 to 82 degrees.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said, "This has been the most up-and-down week of the season by far," as sporadic rain and wind had boats looking for windows of action on scattered offshore species on both sides of the hill. Derek Taguchi's group from San Diego adapted to conditions and broke out light tackle for jacks, roosterfish, small pargo, and dorado, and even some tuna and a few wahoo in the channel. Roldan said, "Both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides had their moments, both good and bad. You just had to hang in." LA PAZ, LAS ARENAS FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported very slow dorado fishing for most of the week, but some improvement on Friday, and better action on Saturday for himself and Capt. Paulino Martinez, as they caught seven small dorado of 7 to 15 pounds and released three of them, and also lost fish on three or four additional strikes. Bear and Martinez found the dorado on two stops, one 31 miles out on a 040-degree heading, and the other 28 miles out on a 036-degree heading. Reporting on five other pangueros' catches on Friday and Saturday, Bear said they totaled seven dorado and one striped marlin between them: "As you can see, it's far from wide-open dorado fishing right now." Loreto weather on Saturday was hot and humid, with dead calm water. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said variable weather with some strong winds at midweek kept the dorado scattered. Boats fishing in improving conditions averaged about two dorado per boat, of about 18 pounds, and the top fish for the week weighed 54.4 pounds. Yellowtail were caught at Punta Almeja, with the top catch at eight yellowtail averaging 18 pounds. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Larry Parker of Upland and his group of seven anglers found slow dorado action for three fishing days, but did come back with five sailfish released between Islas Carmen and Coronado. Parker said the dorado fishing was "tough" with only a few decent fish and many in the 5 to 8-pound range. Parker's grandson, Zachary Beissel, 10, landed his first blue marlin, a 125 pounder. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Loreto Shores Villas and RV Park, Lyle LaRosh fished Islas Catalan and Santa Cruz and reported good action on pargo to 47 pounds and yellowtail to 44 pounds. "Knocked 'em dead," LaRosh said. "A few chubascos made it interesting at night."
LORETO, MEXICO: Max Stevens of El Cajon returned from a very slow trip to Mulege and Loreto: "I just got back from 10 days in Mulege and Loreto and the fishing sucks! Many boats are coming back around 2 or 3 p.m. with NO FISH!"
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said, "Fishing has been down and the weather has been weird as well."
PUERTO ESCONDIDO, LORETO, MEXICO: Butch Bucciarelli of San Diego flew down to survey the Tripui fire damage to a friend's palapa, and tow back a boat, saying, "You cannot believe what fire does to a fiberglass boat. Nothing left but fiber strands and melted metal where the engine was. The aluminum heads all melted, even the pistons in the iron blocks." Bucciarelli said house trailers disappeared, and automobile windows melted and ran down their sides like molten lava. TRIPUI FIRE.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said Loreto dorado action was "less than stellar," and Bolles noted that water temperatures far offshore in the Sea of Cortez were reported at 87 to 91 degrees by some boats, and that recent southern winds might bring "extremely warm water to the south of us and elevate the sea surface beyond the liking of our dorado, sailfish and marlin." For conventional anglers, deep yellowtail were still being caught at Punta Pulpito and Isla San Ildefonso. LORETO FISHING.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said he fished several days between spells of high winds to over 30 knots for a few dorado and yellowtail to 23 pounds, and a 25-pound gulf grouper, but the best action of the windy week came during shore fishing from the isla when he and his son Michael scored on shortfin corvina to 6 pounds while casting from rocks about half-a-mile from his house. Other shore fishing around the island produced steady catches of barred pargo and other species. Santa Rosalia weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 82 to 85 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING.
SAN LUCAS COVE, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove said the Humboldt squid commercial season was in full swing with almost 100 pangas launching from between camp and the military base, in very hot and humid weather. "The last I heard, the fishermen were getting 1 peso, 80 centavos per kilo, or just under 20 U.S. cents. They really take in the shorts sometime. Last night, the wind blew them back in by 11 p.m." Lindsay said the squid fishermen were working about halfway out to Isla San Marcos, from Santa Rosalia south to Haystack.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said the weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures averaging 81 degrees inside the bay, and 77 to 79 degrees out in the channel. Water temperatures were expected to rise quickly on the quarter moon. Yellowtail fishing continued excellent, but no dorado were caught. "Sure hope the dorados make it up here soon," Vazquez said, "but for now we just have to settle for wide-open yellows and high humidity." The best yellowtail fishing was on both live bait and iron, in deep water about half a mile south of Isla Piojo.
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 23, 2004, with a catch of: 236 yellowtail, 17 to 36 pounds; 174 cabrilla, 8 to 14.5 pounds; 50 giant squid, 12 to 18 pounds; three grouper, 55 to 67 pounds; two white seabass, 12 pounds; 27 red snapper, 12 to 18 pounds; 15 broomtail grouper, 14 to 26.5 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; two shark, 14 pounds; five sheephead, 7 pounds; 84 miscellaneous fish; and two grouper released, 21 pounds. Chartermaster for the trip was Kevin Trent.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours also reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on July 23, 2004, with a catch of: 265 yellowtail to 25 pounds; 125 cabrilla to 10 pounds; 48 red snapper to 14 pounds; 34 sheephead to 10 pounds; eight grouper, 45 to 60 pounds; 235 spotted bay bass; 16 broomtail grouper to 30 pounds; three golden cabrilla released; and lots of miscellaneous fish. MIDRIFF ISLANDS FISHING.
PUNTA BUFEO, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo at Gonzaga Bay said the weather was very hot, over 100 degrees, with mostly dead calm seas, and no yellowtail or sierra were caught, but there were plenty of triggerfish, corvina, and spotted bay bass, plus some pompano starting to show, in water temperatures in the 80s. PUNTA BUFEO FISHING.
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 22, 2004, with a catch of: 418 yellowtail, 161 cabrilla, 47 pargo, 12 white seabass, two grouper of 42 and 84 pounds, 85 giant squid, and 562 miscellaneous fish. The Erik fished at Refugio, Punta Diablo, Vibora, Bahia de los Angeles, Asemblea, and Golden Reef.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos said he fished on the Andale II with Jose Arriola during the recent 57th International Billfish Tournament, and they brought in three marlin from a triple hookup, but he had to disqualify one of them because the rod was picked up by a non-tournament angler. Blair said the Andale II's Capt. Julio got a special trophy for bringing in the three marlin. Blair's Fishing San Carlos boats did well at late week, with catches of two marlin and seven dorado on one day, and the Andale II also pulled in a 55 pounder, but dorado fishing during the tournament was very slow. On Sunday, a 17-pound dorado took $2,000 prize money, and overall, more billfish were caught than dorado. SAN CARLOS FISHING AND INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT RESULTS.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos noted the overall slow fishing during the tournament: "There were 148 anglers with a catch ratio of 1:6. That's one fish per every six anglers for three days. Mighty poor pickin's if you ask me."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid averaged two billfish per day, plus easy limits on dorado, and some scattered yellowfin tuna. Inshore fishing was red hot on pargo, roosterfish, yellowtail jacks, red snapper, and "all-day dorado catching and releasing." Mazatlan weather was cloudy and humid with some light rain, in the high-80s. MAZATLAN FISHING.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre reported water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees and lots of dorado biting everywhere, with orange-green lures working best.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kim Moore of Charter Dreams said Puerto Vallarta water temperatures were at 87 to 89 degrees and big tuna and blue marlin in the 500-pound class were present at El Banco. Several large blue marlin were caught, but the tuna were not willing to bite. Some were caught in the 100 to 200-pound range. Puerto Vallarta weather was very calm, with afternoon and evening showers. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said blue water was 6 miles outside the bay and boats averaged three to five sailfish per day, plus roosterfish in the surf, a few dorado, and some scattered tuna. "Tuna are very hit-and-miss, and no marlin were reported," Phillips said.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported excellent weather, calm seas, and good offshore and inshore action. The Dos Hermanos had a a good inshore day landing 10 roosterfish and one yellowtail jack, and an offshore day with four sailfish, two yellowfin tuna, and one jack. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was beautiful in the 90s, with humidity but no rain. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said returning New Jersey angler and co-champion of last year's Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Total Tag & Release Tournament, Jerry Dailey, along with his wife Mary Ann, fished with Capt. Adolofo offshore one day for three sailfish and a bonito, and one inshore day for six roosterfish, two yellowtail jacks, and one large needlefish.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo was leaving for a trip to Baja California, but said Mark Tamim and his father Marwam Tamim, both of Dallas, fished a total of three days with Capt. Alex Vargas on the Esturion and Capt. Arturo Landa on the Janeth for a catch of: four jacks to 20 pounds, 15 jacks to 5 pounds, 15 bonito, three needlefish, and three roosterfish to 60 pounds. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo water temperatures of 80 to 89 degrees.