Red snapper fiesta for San Jose del Cabo anglers

Mexico Fishing News, January 17, 2005



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Boats at the tip of Baja enjoyed good fishing action last week, for striped marlin at Cabo, and for a good mixed bag of species found by the La Playita panga fleet of San Jose del Cabo, including a hot bite on huachinango or true red snapper at Punta Gorda.

Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 98 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a total catch of about: three wahoo, seven striped marlin, 185 dorado, 245 yellowfin tuna, 45 cabrilla, 12 pompano, 45 roosterfish, 65 sierra, 10 amberjack, and 590 pargo. Overall fishing action was especially good for huachinango or true red snapper on the rock piles just north of Punta Gorda, as fish to 12 pounds hit strongly on flylined or lightly weighed sardina baits. Other inshore fishing also improved for sierra and for roosterfish of 8 to 20 pounds. San Jose del Cabo weather was clear in the mid-70s, with water temperatures dropping slowly into the 70 to 72-degree range. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said on some days last week his pangas skipped fishing at the tip of Punta Banda due to rain, but Capt. Beto did go out several times for good action on yellowtail, calico bass, and sandbass. On Wednesday, Lester Ellet and Joe Rodriguez of Whittier fished on the Vonny VI with Capt. Beto and scored on seven yellowtail, plus calico bass and sandbass limits, in overcast weather in the low-60s, with light 3 m.p.h. breezes, and water temperatures averaging 59 degrees.

"About 9:45 a.m. Beto called on the cell phone and all I could hear was screams on the boat," Villarino said. "Beto said, 'Le pegamos a los jureles.' That means, 'We hit the yellowtails.'" PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA GOOD WINTER FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said several boats at the Punta Banda bank on Saturday caught large Humboldt squid of 40 to 55 pounds. "We saw the squid on top today," Susarrey said. "It was an excellent day, flat and calm. We also got big bonito of 8 to 10 pounds, and salmon grouper. The water was clean." Ensenada water temperatures averaged 61 degrees, and Lily Fleet also captained the Wide Open at Punta Santo Tomas for sheephead and lingcod, in 130 feet of water.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Capt. Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said Ensenada weather was rough and rainy from Monday through Wednesday, but very sunny for the rest of the week, although anglers still had not returned and he had no boats going out. Inshore water around the bay was cold and off-color due to rainfall runoff.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: In Fallbrook, Rene Tilly reported that her husband Bob returned home safely on his drive up Mex 1 from Buena Vista in the East Cape area: "All roads were good, with some rain going into Catavina."



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said there was a little rain early in the week, but most days were sunny, with water temperatures of about 60 degrees, 6 miles from the coast. Castro's Camp sent 12 pangas out during the week for very good catches of lingcod, red rockcod, ocean whitefish, and bass. Castro said many very large squid were also seen in the water during the week.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said few boats fished last week, but there were yellowtail at the 15 and 240 spots. Bruce Kleege and Greg Limbach of San Diego fished on the Rommy with Capt. Hector for yellowtail limits, with fish of 15 to 20 pounds caught mostly on scrambled egg iron. San Quintin weather was cold in the mornings, but in the low-70s during the days, and the road to the bay from Mex 1 was passable and being maintained with imported sand and gravel. SAN QUINTIN FISHING AND ROAD REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said last week's rain stopped on Monday, and he got out two days with Rick Chase and K.C. Little. On their first day, Tuesday, they fished for white seabass south of the bay, but found only barracuda, bonita, and lots of bass and rockfish. On their second day, Catian said they ran out to the 15 spot after making mackerel bait, and got stopped right away by yellowtail to 26 pounds before leaving to catch some lingcod: "...We left the still feeding yellowtails, to pull on some lings? Don't ask me. Anyway we ended up with a great catch and the girls made fish tacos for everyone." SAN QUINTIN 15 FATHOM SPOT YELLOWTAIL FISHING.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the San Carlos entrada produced a few yellowtail and leopard grouper, with surface barracuda a pest fish, in water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. In the mangrove channels, corvina action slowed down, but only a few anglers were present anyway, as the gray whale population increased with new arrivals. An 80-pound grouper was reported caught at Puerto Lopez Mateos, and three or four whales were spotted there, but fishing outside the boca was slow due to unfavorable weather. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the low-70s. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING AND WHALE REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Smokey Stover reported on fishing at Magdalena Bay during a second leg of his all-Baja RV fishing caravan, with stops so far at Erendira, Bahia de los Angeles, Loreto, Magdalena Bay, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and La Ribera. While fishing at Puerto Lopez Mateos and Puerto San Carlos, Stover said the catch was halibut near the mangroves, and plenty of fish tortas at Jr.'s Torta stand in Ciudad Insurgentes. Earlier, at Loreto, Stover said, "Donna saw a lady wearing a T-shirt that said 'No More Stinking Fish Tacos' and immediately wanted one, just can't understand her feelings!" BAJA RV FISHING CARAVAN REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 75 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 91 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna, 46 dorado, 15 skipjack tuna, 50 sierra, 25 red snapper, four roosterfish, lots of triggerfish, and two boats skunked. DAILY CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING RESULTS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Cabo weather was down to the mid-50s at night, and into the high-70s during the day, with water temperatures right at the tip of Baja cool in the 68 to 70-degree range. Water temperatures about 20 miles out on both the Cortez and Pacific sides ranged from 72 to as high as 76 degrees. Striped marlin action peaked early in the week, with high fish counts found about 8 miles out on the Pacific side from the arch to the old lighthouse. San Diego long range boats working the Jaime bank area reported yellowfin tuna over 300 pounds. Wahoo, dorado, and local tuna were scattered and slow, but inshore fishing produced good catches of sierra to about 6 pounds, just up the Pacific side from the arch. CABO SAN LUCAS OFFSHORE AND INSHORE FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said, "We had a pretty fantastic fishing week here," as 75 percent of fleet boats scored on a total of 121 striped marlin, with 118 released, including seven releases for Kathy Too on Jan. 10, 2005, and two quintuple releases for Ruthless. Jeff Leitzinger fished on Felina and caught a striped marlin that had a whole, 5-pound sailfish in its stomach, and other notable catches included a 10-foot long, 300-pound thresher shark caught by the Josephine. Dorado and Tuna were small and scattered, mostly 15 to 25-pound fish. Cabo San Lucas weather was overcast with sea conditions flat on some days and fairly rough on others. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 38 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 38 striped marlin, one wahoo, 12 dorado, and 12 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined total of 10 outings, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 11 dorados, four yellowfin tuna, and one sierra. Cabo San Lucas weather was mostly sunny in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 70 degrees inshore, and 72.5 degrees offshore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 31 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: 21 striped marling, one sailfish, 89 dorado, 12 yellowfin tuna, and 19 sierra. East Cape water temperatures were down to 68 to 73 degrees, and most billfish, tuna and dorado were caught northwards of Punta Pescadero, while the sierra were caught on wire leadered sardina to the south off Punta Arena. East Cape seas were mild to moderate in the mornings, but with wind and swells in the afternoons. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: Gary Barnes-Webb of Rancho Leonero said East Cape weather was partly cloudy with intermittent north winds, in the mid-70s, with cool water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees. "With few guests, no boats fished this week," Barnes-Webb said. Earlier, John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said six boats fished during a one-week period, and they released five striped marlin, in water temperatures of 70 to 71 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said East Cape wind has cut down on his fishing days, but he's gotten out six times since Jan. 1, 2005, for a catch of: 11 yellowfin tuna, 17 dorado, and seven large sierra. "The sierra are all big this year at East Cape," Fritz said, "but not as numerous as in years past. The dorado are mostly small, only 10 pounds or so, with several in the 20-plus pound range. The tuna at East Cape have all been from 20 to 40 pounds, with two just over 80 pounds." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly reported generally poor fishing, with water temperatures at 70 to 74 degrees, and "the biggest surf I have ever seen at East Cape." Local anglers did well on sierra north of Los Barriles, and some small dorado and a few skipjack were at Punta Pescadero. A 25-pound roosterfish was reported at La Ribera to the south. "The sierra that were south of the lighthouse left," Selzer said. "A Spa boat went there on Tuesday and didn't get any." EAST CAPE SLOW WINTER FISHING REPORT.

BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said winds blew steadily during most of the week, but he did get a dive tour off on Saturday morning and found excellent conditions on the Cabo Pulmo corral reef, with good visibility, mild currents, and a water temperature at depth of 71 degrees.

LA RIBERA, MEXICO: At La Ribera, Jorge Bergin said he's been staying safe and warm on shore while the big winds blow from the north. On Wednesday, Bergin said Dave Sward and Russ Fritz got blown off the water. Very small dorado were reported around Cabo Pulmo, and some keepers were caught 5 to 7 miles northeast of Punta Pescadero. Sardina bait was on sale at the bait receivers, and the water temperature at La Ribera was 71 degrees.



LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said only six sportfishing pangas from all fleets combined fished out of Ensenada de los Muertos on the Las Arenas side last week, as winds kept most boats off the water. Fishing was slow for some small mullet snapper around Punta Perico, and small dorado caught to the south at Boca del Alamo. Hernandez said snappers were available across the channel at Isla Cerralvo, but his boats could not get over there due to wind. Sardina bait was in good supply at nearby Punta Perico. La Paz weather was windy in the low-70s, with water temperatures in the fishing areas steady in the low-70s. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of the Cortez Club said there was some wind on the La Paz side, but 10 super pangas and two cruisers did fish on the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo, and they returned with modest catches of pargo of 6 to 8 pounds, sierra of 4 to 6 pounds, and yellowtail of 15 to 30 pounds, all caught mostly on trolled sardina. La Paz side water temperatures averaged 68 degrees, and divers at El Bajo saw hammerhead shark, yellowtail, wahoo, and lots of black skipjack. LA PAS FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International was at the Pomona ISE show, but relayed reports of variable weather at La Paz, mostly sunny but with strong winds, especially late in the week on the Las Arenas side. Some boats did fish, Roldan said, and they did well on small pargo and decent counts of sierra around near shore reefs.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was mostly wind-free in the mid-70s last week, and good numbers of cabrilla, red snapper, and yellowtail of 20 to 25 pounds were caught around Punta Pulpito, about 35 miles north of town. Roosterfish and sierra were also available 8 to 10 miles north. Yellowtail and mixed species limits were caught by Bob Clark and Capt. Jesus Murillo, and Susarrey said the San Nicolas Camp remote winter fishing trips were scheduled to begin soon. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said there were still no anglers at the hotel, but, "we did buy some nice yellowtail the other day, so someone is catching!"

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Don Bear relayed a report from Charlie Licha and David Hill of Loreto. Licha and Hill fished 150 feet deep off Punta Lobos with Alvaro Murillo for a catch of: six yellowtail to 34.5 pounds, six ocean whitefish to 4 pounds, five triggerfish, and one sheephead of 10 pounds. All the yellowtail were caught with live mackerel bought at the marina, Bear said. Loreto weather was glassy calm, warm and sunny. LORETO GOOD WINTER FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said glassed off conditions prevailed at Mulege early in the week and anglers took advantage of it to score on yellowtail in 62-degree water. Pangas running north to Isla San Marcos caught full limits of yellowtail of 25 to 40 pounds. Cody and Andrea Spahn of Mulege scored on a 44 pounder by trolling a MirrOlure at Isla Santa Inez. "The yellowtail are mostly still up north but we anticipate that more of them will be moving south to the Santa Inez and Mulege fishing areas soon," Barber said. Barber fished the Isla San Marcos bajos on Tuesday and missed some heavy fish, saying, "I was fishing between Cody and Andy's boat and Mike Kanzler. I got some hits but they wouldn't stick either. It was especially frustrating because Mike and his gang were stacking them up on his deck like cordwood. The expert gets the blue ribbon again!" MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier Paul Rista of Mulege reported steady winds, no boats fishing, and water temperatures of 62 to 63 degrees.



ISLA SAN MARCOS, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported generally wide-open yellowtail action on the bajos north of the island, in glassed off seas at the beginning of the week, turning windy later, and water temperatures of 63 to 65 degrees. Several runs to the bajos by Kanzler, and by Kevin Ward's new boat, resulted in easy full limits before noon, fishing with live mackerel 150 to 240 feet deep. "On Monday...we did the bait and ran up to the same area that's been producing all those yellowtail," Kanzler said. "We caught 13 fish and were back at the dock by 11 a.m. The fish where just so active it was hard not to get bit." Kanzler said he's been invited to post on an internet board called Dark Lair, because of his former heavy metal days in the San Francisco music industry: "I've gotten more replies and views from one fishing post on Dark Lair than on all the ones I've done on fishing message boards over a year! What's up with that?" ISLA SAN MARCOS AND DARK LAIR MESSAGE BOARD REPORT.

SAN LUCAS COVE, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay noted after his recent full-length run on Mex 1 that speed limits have been lowered and were being enforced: "There is an attempt to slow down fast, mostly American, drivers in Baja. The max speed is now 80 k.p.h., unless of course, you are a bus or truck. Many small vibradores and topes have been added. It's hard to slow down to 50 m.p.h. when you are being passed, but when you get close to a town or city, beware. The man will get you."



SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: At Cala San Francisquito, J.L. Terry reported: "It's very windy and chilly. No one is fishing. The airfield is dry."



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of the Longfin Tackle Store reported this year's La Paz fishing schedule and some major refitting work done to both San Felipe panga motherships operated by Tony Reyes Fishing Tours. Ward, exclusive booking agent for both boats, said the wooden hulled Jose Andres has received a complete upper deck overhaul, with two new staterooms, and new air conditioning for all rooms and the galley. The steel hulled mothership Tony Reyes was in Guaymas for a major hull overhaul, including major construction to the upper deck and the addition of a water maker and six kayaks. The Tony Reyes will fish 17 weeks in La Paz this year, Ward said, and for that purpose a new house with a large parking lot was recently purchased there. TONY REYES MOTHERSHIP REFITTING AND WINTER SCHEDULE.

PAPA FERNANDEZ, MEXICO: Peggy Magee of Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard said the fishing was mostly on bass and triggerfish locally, with yellowtail reported at the Golden Reef, but the big news last week was the recovery of a 15-foot aluminum boat that drifted from Papa Fernandez and was recovered inverted, but otherwise intact and undamaged at Calamajue. The boat, belonging to Jim Wills of Chico, pulled its anchor in night winds that blew to 54 m.p.h. from the south, but then reversed direction and was found at Calamajue. "If wind had been continuous, the course of the overturned boat would have taken it just west of Puerto Penasco," Magee said. "And as it turned out, it went south 18 sea miles." During the five days his boat was lost, Wills reportedly fished with Jointed Rebel Fastracs and caught some nice cabrilla. PAPA FERNANDEZ FISHING AND CALAMAJUE LOST BOAT REPORT.

PUNTA BUFEO, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo noted that recent periods of constant wind have made feeding difficult for the local brown pelican population, and one bird actually entered his house in search of food. "When the wind blows, the water gets so rough that the birds can't see to dive..." Tillander said. "After two weeks of high winds the weak birds die off." Local fishing was for the usual spotted bay bass, barracuda, and triggerfish, but with no pompano around. One boat went out 18 miles to the Golden Reef and reported 30 yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds. PUNTA BUFEO FISHING AND WIND STARVED PELICAN REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was clear and warm, but with the water temperature in the bay at only 54 degrees. Meders noted recent robberies in town and said visitors should be cautious, especially at night. The annual Carnival festival was scheduled to begin on Feb. 4, 2005. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Jon Kay of Tiburon Charters reported very good fishing on Jan. 7-8, 2005 for black sea bass on a reef 20 miles out of Rocky Point. After making bait 105 feet deep, Kay said he fished in 60.2-degree water and caught three black sea bass to over 100 pounds, plus another larger fish lost. "The real action happened right at slack tide, but then went away shortly there after," Kay said.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of San Carlos-Guaymas fished on the bottom, in wind, Saturday on his boat Camborac, and scored on four yellowtail, 240 feet deep, in 61-degree water. Alamda said, "The yellowtail and red snapper bite has been good in San Carlos...but it's been awfully windy the last couple of days." Alamada reported good numbers of boats fishing around San Carlos on weekends, especially around nearby Punta San Antonio: "You can find yourself trolling with other 12 or 15-plus boats just at San Antonio Point, and there are lots of boats doing bottom fishing and trolling in some other areas."

LAS GLORIAS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, reported on a trip out of Las Glorias, south of Topolobampo with Herman Gerhardus and Horacio Penuelas. Gerhardus said he fished on his boat Alejandra up to 40 miles out of Las Glorias in 69-degree water and caught a single yellowfin tuna, on a heading off 230 degrees out of Las Glorias, in calms seas, with some wind in the afternoon. The tuna hit a yellow cedar plug, called locally "puros" or cigars.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 20 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with an offshore catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, four sailfish, seven dorado, 12 yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Inshore boats did well on jack crevalle and easy limits of red snapper and mojarra. Mazatlan weather was improved in the 90s, with water temperatures slightly cooler at 73 to 75 degrees, and the best fishing was 23 to 28 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 12 offshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, nine sailfish, four dorado, and two shortfin mako shark. Mazatlan water temperatures averaged 75 degrees, and the best fishing was 20 to 30 miles out on headings of 180 to 220 degrees. Earlier, Fota Bibi Fleet reported on 13 offshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, two sailfish, two dorado, one shortfin mako shark, and one jack crevalle. Two bottom fishing trips reported catfish and chiles verdes.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Steve Hubchen of Long Beach tried some guided surf fishing during a family trip to Mazatlan and missed out completely on his targeted corvina while fishing with local guide Sergio Escutia, but recovered nicely on a bite of small jack crevalle right in front of his hotel. "Luckily, in addition to my big surf fishing rig, I brought a small bait caster to Mazatlan," Hubchen said. "Using some small plastic grubs just like you would for surf perch in California, I had a blast chasing the schools up and down the beach." MAZATLAN HOTEL BEACH SURF FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said Puerto Vallarta fishing was sometimes inconsistent, but was basically decent on tuna at Corbetena, and sailfish and dorado closer in. Hjort noted that commercial tuna seiners have begun working the area and are knocking out the tuna action: "...Our gear vs. purse sieners is NOT fair. These boats will arrive 5 to 10 at a time and completely shut down our Puerto Vallarta fishing for a while." Puerto Vallarta weather was excellent in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 79 to 81 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING AND TUNA SEINER REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said the invasion of commercial tuna sieners put the fish on high alert, and he was actually skunked for two consecutive days, and "That is a very big hairy pill to swallow." As the week progressed, the Prime Time did manage to score on tuna of 90 to 150 pounds, but conditions were still touchy because of the heavy commercial boat traffic: "...The fish have showed, but so have the seiners, as there have been up to 14 of them working the Puerto Vallarta fishing grounds. This is good news for canned tuna lovers, but bad news for sportfishing fans." The Prime Time also missed getting a huge black marlin to bite a 20-pound tuna bait, as the Puerto Vallarta sportfishing fleet waited for the seiners to move out: "...We need the seiners to find some nice quality 20 to 40 pounders about 400 miles away. I wish them all the best with that." PUERTO VALLARTA TUNA SEINER IMPACT AND SLOW SPORTFISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said the sailfish bite was slower last week, but boats still raised three to four per day, and averaged one or two hooked, plus some boats with 30 to 40-pound dorado, and a showing of yellowfin tuna. "It is good to see the dorado and tuna back," Kunze said. "I have had fresh fish for dinner four nights this week." Most of the tuna were about 16 miles out, and they weighed about 60 pounds, but the panga Paola reported a fish of 250 pounds. The inshore roosterfish bite slowed to one or two per day. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said a couple of tuna over 200 pounds were caught, but the overall bite seemed slower on sailfish. Dorado remained spotty. Some good roosterfish were present, but were hard to find.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the high-80s, with light winds, and sea surface temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said a good bite of sailfish dominated offshore action. Rich Engle fished on the Dos Hermanos II and landed 13 sailfish and 18 yellowtail jacks in four days. Capt. Adolfo of the Dos Hermanos I reported 15 sailfish and one dorado for four days. Fishing inshore, Capt. Adolfo reported five roosterfish, 17 jack crevalle and four sierra for two days. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sea conditions were calm, with water temperatures averaging 83 degrees. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said the blue water was within a mile of the bay last week, and the best fishing action was less than 5 miles out.

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BEAUTIFUL BAJA DAWN--Rick Chase with some mackerel baits caught at sunrise with San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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GOOD ENSENADA FISHING--Lester Ellet (center) and Joe Rodriguez fished at the tip of Punta Banda with Vonny's Fleet's panga Capt. Beto (left) for seven yellowtail plus limits of calico bass and sandbass. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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CHASING YELLOWTAIL--Rick Chase fished with Capt. Kelly Catian of San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing and caught some nice yellowtail to 26 pounds at the 15 spot. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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REMOTE LA BOCANA--Capt. Juanchy Aguilar's panga Karol, at remote Laguna La Bocana, works both sport and commercial fishing, and here returns from Whale Rock, north of Punta Abreojos on Baja's central Pacific coast, with an impressive catch of January yellowtail. Photo courtesy Juanchy Aguilar.

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LORETO CAPTAINS--Skippers Roberto Romero (left) and Galy Flores with some nice winter yellowtail caught for Arturo's Sportfishing of Loreto. Photo courtesy Arturo Susarrey.

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IS THAT OUR GUY?--Baja's very own yellowtail guru, "Kid Jurel" Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos (center), is shown during an earlier life, on tour in Houston, Tex., 1987, with Steve "Zetro" Souza and Gary Holt of the San Francisco heavy metal rock band Exodus. Kanzler says he was also a cannibal on an album cover. Now he eats mainly fish. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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YELLOWTAIL BAJOS--Jorge Rodriguez, Agustine Casanova and Bill Connelly caught lots of yellowtail while fishing with Mike Kanzler at Isla San Marcos near Santa Rosalia. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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SONORA FORKIES--Alejandro Verdugo and Fernando Almada of Guaymas fished out of San Carlos, Sonora, on Almada's boat Camborac for four yellowtail in windy conditions. Photo courtesy Fernando Almada.

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ONE GLORIOUS TUNA--Herman Gerhardus (left) and Horacio Penuelas ran 40 miles out of Las Glorias, south of Topolobampo, on Manuel Gerhardus' boat Alejandra, but the only catch of the day was this yellowfin tuna that hit a cedar plug. Photo courtesy Manuel Gerhardus.

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WRAPPING TUNA--A fleet of commercial seiners knocked out the sport fishing for tuna last week at Puerto Vallarta. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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NOT FROM MEXICO--Baja kayak angler Trout Traubman sent this photo from a friend. The fish, if that's what it is, was supposedly washed up on the coast of Thailand after the recent tsunami disaster. Photo courtesy Trout Traubman.

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