Los Cabos fishing and weather conditions settling down for fall

Mexico Fishing News, September 27, 2004



LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said early-fall fishing action improved last week, as local waters settled down after the distant passage of the summer's hurricanes and tropical storms, and Los Cabos weather cooled off into the low-90s.

"We have been extremely fortunate throughout the summer and now into the start of fall," Brictson said. "Though the tropical storm season still has another month left, it is not common to have storms develop so late in the season." La Playita pangas fished for good counts on yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds, dorado of 10 to 20 pounds, and some wahoo of 20 to 35 pounds, finding the best action off La Fortuna, Iman, and San Luis. Other catches included dog snapper, grouper, cabrilla, and amberjack on the rock piles, and an estimated 450-pound blue marlin brought in by a La Playita panga on Friday. Beach fishing was still slow, however, and sardina still scattered along shore as local waters continued to settle and clear. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: On Saturday, Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported the Tamara with eight anglers and the Amigo with six anglers finding wide-open fishing for school-sized tuna in flat, 66.8-degree water around GPS numbers 31.25 116.57. "Great day, fantastic, incredible day," Susarrey said. The two boats reported a combined total of 94 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 12 pounds, plus 30 yellowtail, by 11 a.m.

Susarrey said the Amigo fished earlier, 28 miles out of Marina Coral on a heading of 200 degrees, for triple and quadruple strikes on yellowfin tuna of 10 to 12 pounds. Some yellowtail of about 10 pounds were also caught on kelp paddies in calm, flat water at 70.2 degrees.

At the beginning of the week, the Amigo fished in 70-degree water inside the bay at University Point for two days and found white seabass to 15 pounds and limits of yellowtail averaging about 10 pounds. Punta Santo Tomas and the San Jose reef, Lily Fleet boats caught yellowtail to 20 pounds on bait, plus good-sized calico bass.

PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda continued to catch yellowtail most days, plus steady limits of calico bass and sandbass. Ensenada weather over the weekend was mostly calm, with 3-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures at Punta Banda averaging 66 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said conditions were a bit rough but fishable early in the week, as the Don Juan II fished at University Point for sandbass, calico bass, small bonitos, and yellowtail of 8 to 12 pounds. On Saturday, the Don Juan II fished with five anglers for seven yellowtail and limits on mixed bass and small bonito. Outer banks boats reported very good action Saturday for yellowfin tuna, some dorado, and yellowtail on kelp paddies, around GPS numbers 31.20 116.53, in water temperatures averaging 71 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 40 anglers, with a catch of: 325 yellowtail, 200 yellowfin tuna, and 25 skipjack.

MARINA CORAL, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral, noting bigeye tuna caught in Ensenada waters recently, researched exterior and interior methods of distinguishing them from yellowfin tuna. Ross said, "The bigeye tuna has a grooved liver with clearly visible striations. In the yellowfin tuna, these lobes are devoid of these striations..." Ross also noted a dozen exterior differences between the two fish, in particular the shorter pectoral fins on a bigeye tuna, and a first gill arch raker count of 18 to 22, as opposed to 27 to 33 on the yellowfin tuna. BIGEYE TUNA IDENTIFICATION GUIDE.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach ran down to Puerto Santo Tomas Resort with Chris Gessel, and found so-so fishing for rockfish and barracuda that was cut short by huge swells. Jones also noted another bad accident observed at Maneadero on the way home: "In the exact same spot as we saw a wreck a month ago, was another one, a car cut in half by a small bus..." PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.



CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 27 pangas fished last week for a catch of: 36 white seabass, 22 yellowtail, and many barracuda, red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and cabrilla. Weather and sea conditions were completely flat again by the weekend, after some Santa Ana winds earlier in the week, as water temperatures averaged 70 degrees. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING.

CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Rick Doepping of San Pedro, along with Kim Doepping and Frank Lorenzetti, fished in rough conditions with Capt. Conrado at Castro's Camp, and missed on yellowtail and white seabass, but had a good trip anyway on large barracuda, red rockcod, and lingcod. Richard Bartow of Carson said despite the sea conditions, the three anglers had a catch of: 10 barracuda, 10 lingcod, and an "ice chest full of reds." CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING TRIP REPORT.



CAMALU, MEXICO: Jeff Williams and Scott Morgan of Costa Mesa, and Eric DeVore of Dana Point, took a break during a surfing trip and fished one morning with Lee Moreno's operation at Camalu, riding out from the beach and scoring on two white seabass of 22 and 25 pounds, plus another lost to a sea lion, using Moreno's "slow drag" hooking technique. Williams said another panga had white seabass of about 35 and 50 pounds. CAMALU WHITE SEABASS FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 20 boats fished during the week for mixed limits of white seabass to 34 pounds, yellowtail to 22 pounds, and lingcod. Anglers included Paul Brewer and Mary Mismuff of Orange County, and Larry Marks of Bellflower, who fished with Capt. Hector on the Romey at Socorro. Some anglers had trouble with too many barracuda, Hillis said, which were large and cutting off lines, as some boats lost as many as 12 jigs. One private boat fished 10 to 15 miles out and reported lots of yellowfin tuna to 10 pounds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen Pub in Paso Robles said 16 anglers fished on his charter bus trip to San Quintin, using five boats out of Pedro's Pangas for good catches of white seabass and yellowtail to 30 pounds, plus big numbers of lingcod, rockcod, and whitefish. Barstow said there are still spaces available for his charter bus fishing run to L.A. Bay on Oct. 14-18. Tel. 800-894-7239. SAN QUINTIN BUS FISHING TRIP.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sandy Vath of Oxnard and Campo Lorenzo said her husband Stan started his long run to Puerto Vallarta with their boat Tinknocker on Sept. 18. "A few delays including Hurricane Javier," she said. "He reported that you could catch all the school-size tuna and dorado you wanted at the Ridge, but they only kept enough for a few dinners." Vath continued south from Cabo San Lucas at the end of the week in 2-foot seas, and was prepared for the Puerto Vallarta giant yellowfin tuna season with a certified scale.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go to Baja Tours reported on a good run by Bruno Sutherland of Tustin and Dave Shanor of Long Beach to fish with Capt. Oscar Catian of K&M Off-Shore Sportfishing, formerly El Capitan Sportfishing, for barracuda, white seabass, sandbass, and large lingcod, on the Marinero. They fished in off-color water about 5 miles off Tranquillo, south of San Quintin. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian, who recently left El Capitan Sportfishing to establish his new operation, K&M Off-Shore Sportfishing, with his partner Monte Kotur, said he will be part-owner of the new company and he is now working on their website. Catian's new phone number: 011-52-616-103-6704.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said good weather arrived last week, with water temperatures of 67 to 78 degrees. Dorado and marlin were present about 15 miles outside the San Carlos entrada on a heading of about 235 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 64 boats, with a catch including released fish of: five blue marlin, 16 striped marlin, 15 sailfish, 102 yellowfin tuna, 135 dorado, eight wahoo, two roosterfish, and "bunches" of skipjack and bonita. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 27 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, three sailfish, 10 striped marlin, five wahoo, 37 yellowfin tuna, eight skipjack, and 98 dorado. The Fish Cabo had a three-outing catch including released fish of: 10 dorado, and 21 yellowfin tuna. The Juanita VIII fished three days for a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, one sailfish, five dorado, and three tuna. The fish of the week for Gaviota Fleet was a 450-pound blue marlin caught by Don Will and Dennis Conners of Sonoita, Ariz., on the Gaviota VIII. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on five boats with a catch including released fish of: nine dorado of 18 to 35 pounds, seven yellowfin tuna of 18 to 100 pounds, two striped marlin, and one sailfish. Cabo San Lucas offshore action was generally improved in near-perfect weather in the mid-90s, with minimal winds and swells, and water temperatures of about 83 degrees on the Cortez side and a warm 85 to 88 degrees on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 42 percent of boats caught billfish last week, 75 percent caught dorado, 42 percent caught yellowfin tuna, and 94 percent caught all species combined. The fleet catch included nine blue marlin, with several in the 300 to 400-pound class and an estimated 800-pound class fish lost, 15 striped marlin, and nine sailfish. Pisces boats fished mostly close-in, from Faro Viejo to Chileno, in water temperatures averaging 84 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, seven sailfish, two blue marlin, three wahoo, 52 yellowfin tuna, 17 skipjack, and 56 dorado. The fleet's top boat for the week was the Solmar II with Capt. Javier Abaroa and a six-outing catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, 15 dorado, 13 yellowfin tuna, and three wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.



BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 53 boats with a catch including released fish of: four sailfish, 31 dorado, 20 tuna, one roosterfish, 15 snapper, two amberjack, 10 bonita, and 48 skipjack. Boats fished in all directions, from Punta Pescadero to Cabo Pulmo, and the best dorado action was close-in, just a few miles from the hotel, in water temperatures of 83 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING.

RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported: "The wide-open tuna and dorado bite continues, with limits for all anglers." The tuna averaged 25 pounds, caught about five miles out, from Rancho Leonero to Los Frailes, and the dorado were mostly 10 to 40 pounds, caught 5 to 8 miles off the Punta Arena lighthouse. EAST CAPE FISHING.

LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 245 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: 12 blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, 56 sailfish, 445 dorado, and 446 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was mostly calm in the mid-90s, with some afternoon breezes and water temperatures of 80 to 88 degrees. Boats were fishing in all directions. EAST CAPE FISHING.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said fly anglers concentrated on dorado plus a few skipjack, jacks, and an occasional roosterfish close to shore, and tuna in the 20 to 35-pound range farther out. On the beaches, Graham said, "Roosters appeared along Bartle Beach, but seemed to be doing more cruising than biting." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.

BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jennifer Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions at Cabo Pulmo were excellent with good visibility, a "superabundant" supply of sea life sightings, and water temperatures in the 80s. Of the coming fall season, Rayor said, "This is the nicest time of the year to dive down here with calm waters and no wind."

BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported fleet boats fishing in cooler water temperatures in the 70s for a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, six blue marlin, 24 sailfish, 21 roosterfish, eight dorado, and 115 tuna, including a 94 pounder on 30-pound test line for Bill Dorn of Carson, fishing on the Cristina with Capt. Antonio Nunez.

LA RIBERA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz and Chuck Potter of La Ribera had a fantastic day on the sea Saturday, fighting a huge thresher shark for over 13 hours, and then losing it while attempting to drag it to the beach at La Ribera. The shark, estimated to have a body about 10 to 12 feet long, plus a six-foot tail, was hooked by Potter on a live mackerel about 300 down, 4 miles off La Ribera, about 8:15 a.m. For the rest of the day and into the night, it towed Fritz' 18-foot panga, Soplado, about 15 miles offshore in 4 to 6-foot seas and winds up to about 25 knots. "While I would love to have eaten some of that shark, neither of us had the energy to fight him much more," Fritz said. "His energy was far from the picture we had in our minds after 13-plus hours. We thought he would be worn out, and we could deal with him easily. Not a chance." EPIC LA RIBERA SHARK BATTLE AT LA RIBERA.



LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather was cooler on the Las Arenas side last week, in the low-90s, and fishing action held steady on dorado of 15 to 40 pounds, tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, and wahoo of 35 to 40 pounds. Big numbers of Humboldt squid of 25 to 35 were also present around Isla Cerralvo, as water temperatures held steady in the mid-80s. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said windy conditions from the north on the La Paz side dropped water temperatures to the low-80s, and slowed the bite, but some boats still managed to find dorado. "Maybe we're transitioning into fall fishing a bit early," Roldan said. On the Las Arenas side, fishing was up and down for tuna and dorado, from Punta Arena south to Punta Pescadero. "In the next few days, we'll know better if this is something permanent or just a glitch on the radar," Roldan said. LA PAZ, LAS ARENAS FISHING.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Several La Paz area residents noted the closing of the Posada de Engelbert hotel by court order, due to a long-standing real estate title dispute.



LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported very few anglers in town. Three hotel guests fished for dorado outside Isla Carmen one day with Capt. Pancho but came back skunked, except for some jack crevalle. "They were going to bottom fish, but it got rough out there, and they decided to come back," Wilchynski said.

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen said the Carnaderos baitsellers cooperativa was taking the slow tourist season in stride: "Accepting September, always the beginning of slow times. Bright moon last night. Caught only 26 macarela, but sold to only one boat. That kind of thing." The carnaderos were expecting the bait to move out to the islas soon, as the fall season cools and the water clears, Petersen said. Work on the malecon expansion was proceeding steadily to make the new walkway about 10 feet wide, and there was talk in town that the marina launch ramp may also be reconstructed.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Ana Gloria Benziger at the Hotel Oasis reported Loreto water temperatures at 85 degrees. Dorado of 18 to 22 pounds, but including a 38 pounder, were caught 15 miles northeast of Isla Coronado, and yellowtail of 17 to 24 pounds and cabrilla of 7 to 12 pounds were caught at Punta Pulpito, about 35 miles north of town. The hotel's top captain for the week was Capt. Francisco Martinez Castro.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said water temperatures were holding at 82 to 85 degrees, and plenty of wind last week kept boats ashore some days. During the week, Barber said he was skunked one windy day along the west shore of Bahia Concepcion. Another boat crossing to Punta Aguja managed a small dorado, three sierra, and a couple of cabrilla. Four boats on Wednesday caught a total of seven dorado, 12 cabrilla, and a few sierra. Alex from the Hotel Serenidad scored on a 40-pound class yellowtail while fishing 280 feet deep at Punta Concepcion for pinto bass. MULEGE FISHING.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson at the Hotel Serenidad said the hotel is reopening on schedule with the Saturday Night Pig Roast scheduled on Oct. 2. Johnson said she was concerned that people might think the hotel is closed due to the current ejido land title dispute, which she said is not true. "We are open for business and the hotel is not closed," she said.



ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said early fall weather brought cooler days last week, but the fishing was still generally "September slow," with some winds still present, and only scattered action on a few yellowtail and mixed species. Kanzler did fish a day at Isla Tortuga in 15-knot winds, and his deckhand Daniel "Piojo Loco" Chiquete managed to catch a 20-pound yellowtail which was needed to prepare a sashimi banquet for Japanese V.I.P.s on the island. Moving to a spot on the sheltered south side of the island, they fished deep for more yellowtail, but caught two sailfish instead, on dropper loops. Another run to the yellowtail reef on the north side of the isla ran into a hot bite on sharpnose shark, but no yellowtail. Other trips by Kanzler and other local boats scored on triggerfish, a few dorado, and mixed species, in generally sluggish fishing, in water temperatures of 82 to 86 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING.

ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Kanzler also commented on using squid-colored jigs and his other iron jig fishing techniques and colors, responding to a message from Doug Pierson, forwarded by Smokey Stover. MIKE KANZLER'S IRON JIG COLORS AND TECHNIQUES.



CAMP GECKO, BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said fishing was slow due to five days of wind that finally stopped on Friday. An earthquake centered on Isla San Lorenzo shook the village but caused no damage, and whale sharks were present in the bay. L.A. Bay weather was pleasant and calm at the end of the week, in the mid-80s. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug and Peggy Magee of Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard said fishing was slow. One short outing close to shore produced one pompano, some small bass, and a few triggerfish. "Sorry to say, at the present moment fishing 'sucks,'" Doug said. "I'm certain it is just temporary."

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported a season recap for the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, with a total of 485 anglers fishing at the Midriff Islands for a combined catch of: 4,680 yellowtail including a 41 pounder; 3,909 cabrilla; six black seabass; 235 white seabass; 176 grouper including a 125 pounder; 1,062 pargo; 562 giant squid; 92 dorado; and over 5,000 miscellaneous smaller fish, many of which were released. Kerby said the Erik is scheduled for combined ecology-fishing trips to La Paz and Magdalena Bay during October and November. ERIK SEASON RECAP.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the last week of September brought cooler temperatures, as low as 79 degrees, with a pleasant relative humidity of 26 percent, as the commercial shrimp season began: "If the weather were like this all year round, none of us would be able to afford to live here!" SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said boats caught dorado 11 miles out on headings of 210 to 240 degrees. "They are small, but there are plenty of them," Molden said. "The sails are still here, and with all the bait, the stripes and blues should be in for the last hurrah! We're also hoping for some early fall tuna and big dorado." San Carlos weather was cooler in the mid-80s.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said seven Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid had a catch including released fish of: 24 sailfish, four blue marlin to 310 pounds, and 21 dorado. Mazatlan weather was cloudy with some showers, in the 90s, with water temperatures at 85 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said boats were fishing for dorado, sailfish and marlin about 25 miles out, and bottom fishing about 15 miles out.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said he was fishing between the off-colored nearshore water muddied by rains and clear blue offshore, and finding good action, as giant yellowfin tuna hit voraciously some days and took other days off, and blue and black marlin to over 700 pounds were also reported. Water temperatures averaged 87.5 degrees. Temple also reported on three days of fishing with a film crew and Dennis Braid of Braid Products, Inc., for a standup catch of 27 tuna between 125 and 200 pounds, with three fish kept. On his second day out of the three fished, Temple said Braid landed 15 standup tuna, with no fight lasting more than 15 minutes. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr Marlin reported a one-week fleet catch including released fish of: 18 yellowfin tuna of 150 to 300 pounds; six black marlin of 250 to 650 pounds; four blue marlin of 300 to 500 pounds; 25 sailfish of 50 to 100 pounds; 25 dorado of 30 to 50 pounds; and 10 wahoo of 30 to 50 pounds. "The fishing has been great...," Moll said. "The water turns blue once you get out of the bay, passing the Marietas Island." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said dorado and sailfish were caught at Isla Marieta, plus some wahoo reported by other boats, and marlin and big yellowfin tuna were at Corbetena and El Banco. Ken and Kim Sharp of Idaho fished at Corbetena two days on a super panga for a catch of seven dorado to 25 pounds and a 300-pound class tuna lost at the boat after a 2-hour fight. Puerto Vallarta weather was calm with afternoon thunderstorms. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Alanis of Master Baiters Sportfishing reported a yellowfin tuna taped at 349 pounds, caught on the High Maintenance by Kent Herzer of Westchester, Pa. The High Maintenance found 90-degree water at both Corbetena and El Banco, Alanis said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was 5 miles out, with well-defined current lines created by storm run-off holding 25 to 35-pound dorado. Offshore boats averaged about two sailfish per day, and school-sized yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds were hitting about 5 to 7 miles out. Inshore, some roosterfish were caught in turbid water. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said when clear water is found, inshore boats could score on several roosterfish per day: "If it rains a couple days before you fish, the roosters are tough." Only about two to six boats per day were fishing out of Zihuatanejo Bay, Phillips said, and most captains had pulled their boats for maintenance.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said some large swells, rain, and wind affected fishing during the week, as water temperatures averaged 82 to 83 degrees.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather in the mid-80s, with thunderstorms.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said the weather hampered fishing last week. Capt. Adolofo fished four days for a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, eight bonito, and four roosterfish. He and Capt. Cheva reported a drift net discovered with a dead sea turtle in it, but also a live porpoise, which they released. "The local captains have recently demonstrated against the use of these "cimbras," and with the help of local and government officials we are hopeful that they will be banned," Lushinsky said. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.

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LA PLAYITA ACTION--Pat Walsh of Venice scored on four wahoo plus four dorado by 10 a.m., in improving weather and sea conditions, with Gordo Banks Pangas' Capt. Tony. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.

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ENSENADA LIMITS--Pam Shier (center) and her friend from Campo la Joya caught two yellowtail and limits of calico bass and sandbass with Vonny's Fleet's Capt. Beto (right). Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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BIG CASTRO'S CROAKER--This 58-pound white seabass topped the catch out of Castro's Camp at Erendira last week for (from left) Earl Reifer, Carl Kimberlin, and Vicente Perez, all of Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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QUINTIN BUS TRIP--Steve Barstow (right), his son Chris Barstow (left), and John Heltsley with some of their catch from a 16-angler charter bus fishing trip the elder Barstow organized from Paso Robles to fish with San Quintin's Pedro's Pangas. Photo courtesy Steve Barstow.

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CAMALU BEACH LAUNCH--Jeff Williams, Scott Morgan, and Eric DeVore fished from Lee Moreno's beach launched panga at Camalu, north of San Quintin, and caught two white seabass of 22 and 25 pounds. Photo courtesy Jeff Williams.

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CAUGHT WITH CATIAN--Bruno Sutherland (shown) of Tustin and Dave Shanor of Long Beach fished with San Quintin's Capt. Oscar Catian on the Marinero for a nice catch of barracuda, bonita, white seabass, sandbass and large lingcod. Photo courtesy Tim Moore.

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CABO MIXED BAG--Mike Ekker of Kewaskum-Farmington, Wisc., and his group fished three days on the Cabo Magic for a catch including released fish of four blue marlin, one sailfish, one striped marlin, five dorado, and a wahoo. Photo courtesy Mario Banaga.

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BETWEEN THE EYES!--In a very rare photo showing Chuck Potter (left) with a shirt on, Russ Fritz kiddingly shows the distance between the eyes of the enormous thresher shark they fought for more than 13 hours last week off East Cape's La Ribera from his panga Soplado. The shark was eventually lost as they tried to force it to the beach well after dark, and Fritz estimated its actual size at about 16 to 18 feet long, including a 6-foot tail. Photo courtesy Russ Fritz.

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DORADOS OF LAS ARENAS--Victor Gurrola, Keith Tsuchiyama, Todd Iwata and Steve Sakata fished two days on both sides of the hill at La Paz with Tailhunter International and caught some nice dorado to 40 pounds. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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TORTUGA BOTTOM SAIL--Daniel "Piojo Loco" Chiquete fished at remote Isla Tortuga, off Santa Rosalia, with Isla San Marcos' Mike Kanzler, where he released this sailfish, one of two caught on the bottom while fishing for yellowtail. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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STAND-UP AT PUERTO VALLARTA--Dennis Braid (left) and Capt. Josh Temple of Puerto Vallarta's Prime Time Adventures with one of 27 tuna between 120 and 200 pounds caught in three days of fishing. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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LOTSA SUSHI--This Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna was reported by Master Baiter's Sportfishing as caught Sept. 21, 2004, and taped out at 349 pounds for angler Kent Herzer of Westchester, Pa., after a fight lasting 2 hours 45 minutes on the boat High Maintenance. Photo courtesy Daniel Alanis.

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CABO BLUE RELEASE--Dee Alessandro (left) and mate Edgar release a Cabo San Lucas blue marlin caught aboard Pisces Sportfishing's boat Tracy-Ann. Photo courtesy Tracy Ehrenberg.

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