PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: The big yellowfin tuna season shifted into gear at Puerto Vallarta last week as fish approaching and perhaps exceeding 300 pounds were caught at El Banco, in light fishing pressure.
Experienced offshore angler Merle Erickson of Chicago fished four days on Charter Dream's boat Anticipation and one day on the Yoloray, and reported a catch of seven yellowfin tuna taped at 70, 80, 180, 190, 193, 265 and 306 pounds, one wahoo, and three dorado. The catch included Erickson's personal best tuna of 265 pounds, and his fishing partner, Doug Hanna's best of 306 pounds. Of the 306 pounder, Erickson said, "...too fat to fit through the door, so we have to turn it on its belly to slide it through...Capt. Ed. Moore slaps Doug on the back and says, 'There's your 300 pounder.'"
Cabo San Lucas regular Erickson, gave his personal impression of the Puerto Vallarta tuna fishery: "I hope that the Mexican government realizes sometime soon what an unbelievable resource it has in the fishery in Baja and off the mainland. With proper management, I believe that these fisheries would be unmatched in the world." BIG PUERTO VALLARTA TUNA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said angler activity slowed down for the September season, but "big yellowfin tuna and a good mix of black and blue marlin" were caught at El Banco and Corbetena, in water temperatures in the high-80s. Blue water was just outside the bay, and 20 to 30-pound dorado were 4 to 7 miles out. sailfish showed up at Islas Mariettas and El Moro. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kim Moore of Charter Dreams said Puerto Vallarta fishing was "hot, hot, hot!" on big tuna of 150 to 300 pounds caught on live bonita. Bait was scattered and difficult to make some days: "Those who had live bait did well, those who didn't struggled." Puerto Vallarta seas were fairly calm except for Monday, with blue water just outside the bay averaging 86 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Alanis of Master Baiter's Sportfishing reported that the dorado at Corbetena were 30 to 40 pounds, and sailfish were "all over between El Morro and Corbetena," mixed with big tuna, and blue and black marlin. Puerto Vallarta seas were flat, with royal blue, 85-degree water, just outside Islas Mariettas. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: John Gabruk of Master Baiter's Sportfishing said that giant yellowfin were present at El Banco in targetable numbers, adding that he weighed fish unofficially last month at potential world record sizes over 400 pounds: "We have weighed fish in over 400 pounds. But that was on uncertified scales. One was 412 pounds, in August!" PUERTO VALLARTA GIANT TUNA FORECAST.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Lionetti of Tiburon said he's made Puerto Vallarta the home port of his 50-foot boat El Pescador, which will be available for charter. Over the Labor Day weekend, Lionetti's wife Lena caught a 230-pound tuna at El Banco on standup tackle.
PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said several boats caught yellowtail limits at the tip of Punta Banda last week, in addition to steady bottom fish limits on rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish, plus bonita and calico bass. Even some shore casters climbing down the rocks near the tip of the point were doing well on yellowtail. Punta Banda weather was mostly sunny in the mid-80s, with 2 to 3-foot swells and water temperatures averaging 68 degrees. Early in the week, some boats had slow action in dense fog.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gaspar Lares of Paramount and Sergio Ramirez of Tijuana fished inside the bay at El Faro for about 2 hours with Capt. Memo on El Dorado for easy limits of calico bass and sandbass, plus lots of 1-pound bonita. "They were everywhere," Lares said. Moving to Punta Banda to avoid the barracuda, they caught two medium barracuda, plus two more bonita.
ENSENADA, OFFSHORE: Harry Thompson fished out of San Diego on his boat SeaDawg around the 302 spot for some small yellowtail, and then three dorado of about 15 to 20 pounds, in flat seas and water temperatures of 71 to 72 degrees. DORADO FISHING OUT OF SAN DIEGO.
MARINA CORAL, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Steve Ross fished around Punta Banda Bank on his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral for "nada" in 62.7-degree water: "Water green up and down the bank and to the outside of Todos Santos Islands. No bait anywhere. It was a desert. All the fishies went bye-bye. We got skunked."
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said fishing action improved in good weather last week. Pangas returned with full limits of bottom fish, and the surface bite on Soledad Reef was active for white seabass, barracuda, and yellowtail. David Borgas and Hector Lopez of Mexicali landed six white seabass to 35 pounds on Rapalas. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING.
CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 22 pangas had a catch of: 33 white seabass, 29 large yellowtail, and many barracuda, bonita, red rockcod, cabrilla, calico bass, and whitefish, fishing 3 to 6 miles from the coast. Erendira weather was excellent all week long, with clear blue water at 74 degrees. ERENDIRA FISHING.
CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Robert Everett of Las Vegas, and fishing partners Paul, Guss, and Gene, fished out of Castro's Camp for a catch of eight white seabass to 40 pounds out of 12 hookups, three barracuda, and several rockfish. "The key to our success was due totally to our guide," Everett said. "He kept us moving with the bait fish and the birds. We never stayed in one spot for more than 20 minutes." CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza fished on his boat Santa Monica with Pedro Sors of the television program "Cana y Carrete," using Krocodiles and Fish Trap swim baits for limits of white seabass to over 50 pounds. They fished south of the bay in flat seas, finding the best action in the afternoon, in 68-degree water.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said Pete Byrne of Long Beach brought a group of 16 anglers down and did well on yellowtail and white seabass, including a 55.8-pounder for Richard Francoeur of Lynwood, fishing with Capt. Pato on the Garron. Stephanie Gruver of Ramona landed a 47 pounder with Capt. Miguel on the Pelicano. San Quintin weather was sunny in the high-90s, with calm seas. Some small tuna were reported 12 to 20 miles out on a 240-degree heading. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Clay White of San Diego said his family had a great day with Pedro's Pangas' Capt. Miguel: "Before our captain Miguel could get the second of the four rods set up at our first stop, we had our first yellowtail hooked...Needless to say we are having a fish fry tonight." CLAY WHITE'S TRIP WITH PEDRO'S PANGAS.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Kelly Catian of El Capitan Sportfishing reported some great action around the 240 spot, in very warm water at 74 degrees, including a triple hookup on 15-pound tuna, plus dorado, and also yellowtail so thick he speared two 30 pounders with a single shot. Catian reported water temperatures as high as 75 degrees inside the 240 spot. "As warm as it gets." SAN QUINTIN FISHING WITH KELLY CATIAN.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Erik Landesfeind of Long Beach and his group fished two days with Capt. Hector on the Rommy out of Pedro's Pangas for a catch of: 12 yellowtail of 15 to 24 pounds, and five white seabass of 20 to 25 pounds, all but one caught on the iron, at Socorro, Ben's Rock, San Ramon, Isla San Martin, and the 6 spot. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported offshore waters still windy, but the Lopez Mateos mangrove channels producing grouper, pargo, and sandbass for Lance Magee and Harvey Tucker of Oceanside, with Capt. Ruben Duran, of Mag Bay Outfitters. Enrique Soto of San Carlos said a few anglers caught corvina, grouper, and corvina. San Carlos weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 67 to 78 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 78 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 27 sailfish, 158 yellowfin tuna, 129 dorado, six wahoo, 60 skipjack, 32 bonita, and one parrotfish. CABO MAGIC DAILY CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING RESULTS.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 19 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: four sailfish, two striped marlin, 14 dorado, one wahoo, 24 yellowfin tuna, and 43 skipjack. The Fish Cabo reported a three-outing catch including released fish of: two sailfish, and one dorado. The Juanita VIII fished three days for: three striped marlin, two sailfish, two dorado, six yellowfin tuna, and four skipjack. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on five outings, with a catch including released fish of: five dorado, 12 to 25 pounds; and four yellowfin tuna, 10 to 12 pounds. Cabo San Lucas weather was cloudy and humid in the high-90s, with warm water temperatures of about 86 degrees on the Pacific side, and 86 to 88 degrees on the Cortez side, as billfish were scattered, and most dorado and tuna caught were smaller, school-sized fish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 41 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, 30 yellowfin tuna, 23 dorado, 23 skipjack, nine sailfish, and four blue marlin. The top boat for the week was the Solmar IV, with Capt. Mario Arballo and a four-outing catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, nine dorado, and six yellowfin tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported a billfish catch including released fish of: 24 sailfish, nine striped marlin, and one blue marlin. Thirty percent of boats caught dorado of 20 to 55 pounds, and 18 percent caught yellowfin tuna, including a 256 pounder landed by David Sims of Texas on the Catch n Carey with Capt. Cain. The big tuna was hooked just one-and-a-half miles off El Arco. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Rick Cooper of Upland and his group fished four days during rough weather caused by distant Hurricane Howard, but still managed to catch: one marlin, one sailfish, one wahoo, 25 dorado, and 24 tuna. They also surf fished around Todos Santos for many sierra and a few red snapper, and had a long, 48-hour drive home through flooded roads. CABO SAN LUCAS STORM FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Fred Clark Jr. of Moreno Valley fished two days right after the passage of Hurricane Howard out of the Hotel Solmar with his father Fred Clark Sr., and they found slow going for one 32-pound dorado their first day, but then caught five tuna of 30 to 40 pounds on their second day, plus a 340-pound blue marlin that died during the fight and could not be released. They fished on the Solmar IV with Capt. Pepe, and Clark said the big blue almost stripped a Penn International 80W during a fight lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tom Fisher of Woodland Hills fished three days prior to Hurricane Howard and had great action on one sailfish, about 12 tuna to 40 pounds, eight dorado of 10 to 20 pounds, about 11 football tuna, and an 87-pound tuna that beat him up on 50-pound line. "I took a day off to spend time with family and to recuperate. Boy I was sore," Fisher said. "What a trip." CABO SAN LUCAS TUNA FISHING.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of Baja Books & Maps said the La Playita panga fleets did well at midweek on yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and a few dorado and blue and black marlin, but by Sunday afternoon, light rain was falling and people were tracking still-distant Tropical Storm Javier to the south. "The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength early in the week and the present tracking shows the storm passing the tip of Baja by Saturday," Tolbert said. "Anglers headed to Los Cabos should monitor the weather before heading down. Time to stock up on gas, water, and cerveza!" SAN JOSE DEL CABO STORM WATCH.
LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said fishing was very good last week after the passing of Hurricane Howard, but all eyes were on the possible approach of Tropical Storm Javier, forecast to become a hurricane and approach the tip of Baja. La Playita pangas scored on good counts of 15 to 30-pound yellowfin tuna around Iman bank, a few wahoo, large dog snappers, and another fantastic San Jose del Cabo panga catch, this one a 500-pound class black marlin that hit a five-pound yellowfin tuna and was landed after a two-hour fight. On the beaches, several 30-pound snook were landed, and a monster was reported at about 50 pounds. SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 11 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, three striped marlin, five sailfish, four dorado, 45 tuna, one wahoo, one roosterfish, four snapper, one jack crevalle, one amberjack, two bonita, two triggerfish, and three cabrilla. EAST CAPE FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 118 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: four blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, 47 sailfish, 154 dorado, and 402 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was occasionally windy and rainy, in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 82 to 89 degrees. Most of the tuna were caught south, from La Ribera to Los Frailes. EAST CAPE FISHING.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jerry Fukui of Playa del Rey and his son squeezed three cruiser days and half a panga day between spells of rough seas and rain during a trip to Hotel Palmas de Cortez, and managed some good action on football tuna one day, another day skunked, a day with four nice tuna to 60 pounds, and one good morning in a panga for a pargo, small snapper, one roosterfish, and a 30-pound amberjack. About their last morning, Fukui said, "The captain insisted on me only getting 5 baits! I'll know better next time...If you're planning on going down soon, fish along Rancho Buena Vista and get a lot of caballitos! The roosters are waiting!" EAST CAPE FISHING.
RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported all boats limiting on yellowfin tuna of 15 to 60 pounds, from the hotel south to Cabo Pulmo and 3 to 5 miles out. Dorado "limits for all" also continued in the same area, on fish of 15 to 20 pounds, Baldwin said. RANCHO LEONERO EAST CAPE FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 12 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, one blue marlin, nine sailfish, 14 dorado, and 54 tuna. RBV boats fished in water temperatures averaging 86 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham said the summer tropical storm parade far to the south kept beach action tough, with wind waves and off-color water. Offshore, sailfish and tuna supplied the best action, in "some grumpy seas," during spells of rough weather. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.
BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions on Friday were back to "spectacular" after a period of roughened seas. "The water turned from green to blue overnight," Rayor said. Cabo Pulmo water temperatures averaged 80 degrees at depth, and sea life sightings included large bull shark, whitetip shark, monster jewfish, big schools of bigeye jack, turtles, big snappers, and free swimming moray eels.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Carl and Lorraine Kelsey reported fishing on the Maria II out of Hotel Playa de Sol for a catch including released fish of: four tuna to over 60 pounds, one sailfish, and 10 dorado.
PUNTA COLORADA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner said he's returning to East Cape from his seasonal lavender ranch in Oregon and will resume guiding beach trips out of Hotel Punta Colorada in about a month.
LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dennis Braid of Braid Products and Richard Castaneda of Cass Tours sponsored the second annual Big Fish Round Up, Aug. 12-16, 2004, at Hotel Palmas de Cortez on the East Cape. Seventy-eight anglers participated, Castaneda said. Over 70 billfish were released, and limits of yellowfin tuna and dorado were caught. Top fish caught were: Yellowfin tuna, 67.8 pounds; wahoo, 20.8 pounds; and dorado, 50.5 pounds. The top billfish boat had 15 releases.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: New W.O.N. Baja Editor Jonathan Roldan said football tuna action in sometimes wet weather around Punta Perico, south of Las Arenas, was so hot it had some anglers "actually saying they are tired of fishing!" Wahoo action was also the "best wahoo bite I have ever seen" south of Isla Cerralvo, including a five-wahoo day for Rhea Estanislao of Torrance. On the La Paz side, rough waters prevailed, but some dorado were still caught. LA PAZ FISHING.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said his pangas caught good-sized dorado of 35 to 45 pounds, lots of small tuna, and some nice wahoo of 35 to 40 pounds south of Isla Cerralvo. Las Arenas weather was good again after the rainy spell, but hot and humid, with water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees. LA ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING.
LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mike Hutton of Lake Forest fished on the Las Arenas side with Tortuga Sportfishing for three days last week and found good action on 15 to 25-pound tuna and some 20 to 30-pound dorado around Ensenada de los Muertos, wahoo of 15 to 25 pounds in the Cerralvo channel, and a mixed catch of other species, fishing between attacks of needlefish and intermittent threatening weather. Some giant squid and a mako shark were also caught at Los Muertos. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet at the Cortez Club said about three super pangas per day fished on the La Paz side, finding mostly 20 to 35-pound dorado, from Isla Espiritu Santo down to Las Cruces. La Paz-side weather was hot in the high-100s, with water temperatures at about 80 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said dorado fishing started out slow during the week, but by Saturday his pangas were limiting on fish averaging 16 pounds, with some 30 to 40 pounders in the mix, caught about 5 miles east of Isla Coronado. LORETO DORADO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said only four anglers fished last week, with El Fuerte Sportfishing. They ran south and found lots of marlin, some pargo, and no dorado.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said very few boats fished last week, normal for September. Sailfish were active near town, on the northwest side of Isla Coronado, but dorado were scarce in that location and also at San Bruno. Capt. Francisco Munoz found a pod of striped marlin between Islas Carmen and Monserrate and landed one out of four hookups. Inshore fishing was good, especially on roosterfish just north of town and around Isla Coronado. LORETO FISHING.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported that Capt. Paulino Martinez won the recent dorado tournament held by the Club de Caza y Pesca de Baja California, with a 48.5-pound dorado caught at Punta Lobos on Sunday, edging out a 47 pounder caught the same day.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto described the scene during the dorado tournament: "It is Mexican in every way. A lot of campaneros knowing each other for a long time...preceding events of Loreto's fiesta. Many pangas in procession bringing the Virgin from Isla Carmen to the town. The winner received something like $3,500. Corona Girls present. Fine time." LOCAL LORETO TOURNAMENT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said fishing picked right back up after last week's heavy weather. On the reefs, Barber caught lots of triggerfish, pargo, snappers, sierra, and barracuda, using hoochies and jointed Rebels. A few quality dorado of 35 to 40 pounds were hooked north of Punta Concepcion, and many sailfish were caught from Islas Santa Inez to south of Punta Concepcion. Mulege water temperatures were 82 to 84 degrees. MULEGE FISHING.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At Mulege, Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad released a statement in both English and Spanish explaining the position of the Johnson family on the current land title dispute with the Ejido Mulege. Johnson said the dispute stems from a recision of a 1976 federal land expropriation of a part of the ejido's land that did not come to light until 2000. "We consider the lawsuit and the sentence issued against us by the Agrarian Courts not only to be unjust but illegal..." the family's statement said. "We will continue to fight until justice is made, we disagree with all the procedures and are sure we will be heard and protected by the judicial authorities..." JOHNSON FAMILY SPEAKS OUT ON THE HOTEL SERENIDAD LAND DISPUTE.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Mike Massey of La Posada said friends went down for two weeks recently, but only got in one day of fishing due to car and boat problems, and bad weather. "They caught some sierra and lost a dorado, but that was it. These guys are hardcore so it must have been bad," Massey said.
ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said fishing action on the reefs was super slow after the rough weather caused by Hurricane Howard's distant passing, and inshore action produced no fish at all. Water temperatures were 78 to 85 degrees inshore, and 80 to 85 degrees offshore. Kanzler said he's been invited to Isla Cedros on the Pacific side this week, to fish in a tournament sponsored by the Guerrero Negro salt plant: "I'm so jacked up! Couldn't sleep when I found out I was going." MIKE KANZLER ISLA SAN MARCOS REPORT.
SAN LUCAS COVE, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove said the recent rains have caused the grass to spring up beside Mex 1 and "animals, cows, horses, etc., are already feeding there. Anyone driving down here needs to be extra careful." Lindsay said there were only a few mosquitos around the cove, despite the rains: "I have seen times when the mosquitos would drive you inside early in the evening, but we have been lucky this year."
CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said small to medium yellowtail were deep at Punta Pescador and a few scattered dorado showed up at Canal de Ballenas. L.A. Bay weather was cooler following about 1.5 inches of rain, in the high-80s, with no mosquitos, and flies decreasing.
SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Roger Crenshaw of San Francisquito said recent rains last week caused flooding and road damage around the resort and caleta: "I would not attempt this trip without four-wheel drive right now. Fixing this is going to be a while." Crenshaw said the pouring rain lasted 24 hours, flooding the landing strip, and setting the stage for a mosquito infestation. Crenshaw said he fished three times, and caught some dorado, in 75-degree water. SAN FRANCISQUITO FLOODS.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Capt. Tony Reyes Jr., of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours, reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Sept. 10, 2004, with a catch of: 225 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 85 yellowtail to 20 pounds; 45 dorado to 20 pounds; one sailfish, 90 pounds; one roosterfish, 25 pounds; 15 pargo to 18 pounds; five broomtail grouper to 15 pounds; three grouper to 30 pounds; 100 spotted bay bass; and 45 miscellaneous fish. Midriff water temperatures averaged 80 degrees, in flat seas and cloudy weather. The best fishing was at the Enchanted Islands, and the best lure was the MirrOlure. TONY REYES MOTHERSHIP REPORT.
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 with 13 anglers on Sept. 9, 2004, with a catch of: 134 yellowtail, 75 cabrilla, 24 dorado, 20 giant squid, six pargo, five white seabass, and one grouper of 120 pounds caught by Marcos Wilson of Gilbert, Ariz. Kerby said this week's is the last Midriff trip of the season for the Erik, as the boat prepares to move to La Paz and Magdalena Bay for October. ERIK MOTHERSHIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said San Felipe weather was humid and hot in the high-90s, down to about 84 degrees at night. The town was beginning celebrations for Independence Week: "The festivities will get more and more hectic until the grand finale next Thursday when there will be the big parade...Viva Mexico!" SAN FELIPE REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said fishing was slow during the Labor Day tournament. Fishing was canceled on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, due to rough weather, and Sunday was also rough with rain and 8-foot seas. In two days of fishing on Sunday and Monday, 165 anglers on 33 boats weighed in only four dorado over 18 pounds, plus one wahoo, and had releases of three marlin and 34 sailfish. On Thursday, Molden said he and Scotty Lamberth fished on Lamberth's boat Sassy Lady 12 miles out on a heading of 230 degrees for two small dorado and two sailfish, in 86 to 89-degree water.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said action was good for the few Aries Fleet boats that fished last week out of Marina el Cid. Aries Fleet sent out six boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 sailfish, 26 dorado, and one yellowfin tuna of 88 pounds. Mazatlan weather was partly cloudy with some showers, in the low-90s, with water temperatures holding at 87 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.
MARINA EL CID MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Aries Fleet, Yomahira Aguirre said only about two boats per day fished out of the marina, although fishing was quite good in water temperatures of about 83 degrees, and green-orange lures worked best.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said simply, "Plenty of fish, no fishermen!"
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was close in and sailfish were present at a density of about two to three fish per day, but only about two or three boats per day were fishing. Inshore, roosterfish and jack crevalle were also present. ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Kunze also described last week's peaceful town march to protest sailfish commercial catches and a cruise ship pier in the bay: "About 1,200 to 1,500 people participated. That is a pretty good turnout, but most of them were protesting the proposed new pier." ZIHUATANEJO PROTEST REPORT.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters relayed reports of "almost no boats fishing this past week." The few boats that did fish offshore caught one to three sailfish each, but no tuna or dorado. Seas were moderately choppy and rough, with water temperatures of 83 to 85 degrees. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.
IXTAPAZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.