Winter sailfish busting loose at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Mexico Fishing News, January 24, 2005



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: An already hot sailfish bite broke into the wide-open category last week for boats fishing in blue water only a few miles outside of Zihuatanejo Bay. Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said boats raised about eight sailfish per day last week while fishing about 5 to 8 miles out, in clear blue water of 80 to 84 degrees.

Capt. Santiago of the panga Gitana released seven sailfish, two days in a row, for angler Bill Grey of South Carolina, and he released 30 sailfish over a six-day period. Dorado were scarce, and tuna were at 35 miles out or farther. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was in the low-80s, with thunderstorms. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported wide-open offshore sailfish action and good inshore fishing. Many anglers were fishing at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, and all of his available boats were chartered on some days, Lushinsky said. Leading the action was David Horn, who fished three days offshore and one day inshore on the Dos Hermanos I for a catch including released fish of: 13 sailfish, two roosterfish to 45 pounds, and 20 yellowtail jacks. Abel Cortez of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said that most sailfish were released last week. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sea conditions were calm, with a good supply of bait in the area. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "It looks like the excellent fishing of the past two weeks will continue. The water is perfect, seas calm, and the fish are close." About 20 to 30 boats were fishing daily out of Zihuatanejo Bay, Phillips said.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo air temperatures ranging from 69 degrees at night to 90 degrees during the day, with water temperatures at 82 degrees inshore and 83 degrees offshore.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said his first albacore of the year was caught on Jan. 21, 2004, in 61.5-degree water, at the 238 bank, aboard a skippered private boat out of Marina Coral. The fish hit a green and black feather, Susarrey said. Mike's bait barge had good, big anchovies. On Sunday, Susarrey was scheduled to fish at the San Jose reef, and the Tamara was fishing at Punta Banda bank.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Capt. Mark Gillette, running the boat Knotty Buoys out of Cruiseport Village on Monday and Tuesday, found excellent action on red rockcod, fishing between 18 and 26 fathoms, just off Punta San Jose, in water temperatures of 60.5 to 62.8 degrees. "It was some of the best red fishing, if not the best red fishing I have ever seen," Gillette said. The Knotty Buoys also fished at the 1140 bank on Tuesday, and Gillette reported two areas of small, 1 to 5-pound albacore, with water at 60.5 to 63 degrees, in flat, calm, hot weather. "I almost thought they were bonito, but as we watched the fish puddle, we could see their pectoral fins as they rolled. We did not hook any," Gillette said. PUNTA SAN JOSE BOTTOM FISH AND OFFSHORE ALBACORE FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas stayed ashore most of the week due to high surf and rough water conditions at Punta Banda, but he was fishing again by Friday and sent three pangas out for lingcod, bass, rockcod, and a few yellowtail. One unusual "catch" made by Capt. Beto on Saturday was a large bird found floundering on the surface of the water, possibly a kind of osprey or sea eagle. The bird was brought ashore and later "released" as it flew away that afternoon. "...The eagle flew away saying 'thank you' to Beto for the rescue," Villarino said. "Another day in our Ensenada Paradise." Ensenada weather was partly foggy in the high-60s, with some ocean swells, and water temperatures of about 59 degrees. PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA PANGA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said the surf's been good, and he's been taking surfers out to Isla Todos Santos, and doing some fishing around the island, with good results on bottom fish and sheephead. On Saturday, Sanchez fished at the Soledad bank for good counts of whitefish, salmon grouper, and red rockcod, using the very quality anchovy baits available at Mike's bait barge.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At El Dorado Sportfishing, Capt. Memo Gomez reported only surf trips, and no sport fishing last week.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on six anglers fishing locally aboard the Clipper II, with a catch of: 34 bonito, 28 barracuda, 15 calico bass, 26 whitefish, and 13 sheephead.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross reported that Mel Ostberg's Melody and the Wide Open both got into the Ensenada Humboldt squid run, with nine squid to about 45 pounds for Melody on the Punta Banda bank and two for Wide Open on the San Jose bank. "Melody's largest weighed 45 pounds on my scale," Ross said. "They were all that size. Mel Ostberg...fought one for an hour and lost it when the hook finally pulled out. These were brutes that pull hard." Ross said he fished for squid on his own boat, Bad Dog, the following day, but found none and had to settle for two bocaccio and four starry rockcod. "We searched the entire bank looking for the squid.." Ross said. "They were gone or wouldn't show." ENSENADA SQUID FISHING REPORT.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's camp said 13 pangas fished during the week for good catches of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, and bass. Sea conditions at Erendira were favorable on Monday and Tuesday, but with high swells to 5 feet at midweek. By Saturday, seas were flat again in perfect weather. Fishing was best with sardine baits last week, Castro said. Heavy concentrations of bait and sea birds were seen in the fishing areas, 6 to 7 miles from the coast.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said some yellowtail were caught last week, but seals were a problem. San Quintin had good weather in the high-70s, calm seas, and water temperatures of 60 to 62 degrees. Anglers fighting both yellowtail and seals during the week included Ryan and Mitsuru Kubota of Hacienda Heights, Tomas Vasquez of Seal Beach, and Bill McCullough of Hemet, who brought in two yellowtail of 18 pounds, and some "half-eaten bonitas, barracuda and lingcod." Hillis said the best action was on scrambled egg and blue-and-white jigs.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Julio Meza of San Quintin fished on his boat Santa Monica with Conrrado Gonzalez, Enrique Melero and Fernando Arjona, finding beautiful sea conditions but fairly slow action for two yellowtail at the 6 spot, one yellowtail lost to seals at the 15 spot, and lots of sandbass and one white seabass south of the bay at El Pabellon. Meza said they fished in perfect, flat, and sunny weather, with water temperatures of 58 to 59 degrees: "It was a slow but nice San Quintin fishing trip." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing had new U.S. contact information for his U.S. partner Monte Kotur: 949-370-6568,



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the high-60s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees, and the boating focus at both San Carlos and Puerto Lopez Mateos was on whale watching as the Feb. 12, 2005, Festival Ballena Gris approached. The best fishing reported in the San Carlos area was for plentiful barracuda and some yellowtail and small grouper at the entrada. No fishing was reported in the mangrove channels. MAGDALENA BAY WHALE WATCHING AND FISHING REPORT



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 36 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: one sailfish, 22 striped marlin, eight dorado, and 36 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined total of 12 fishing days, with a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, one mako shark, 13 dorado, 12 sierra, and 20 yellowfin tuna. Water temperatures averaged 70 to 72 degrees, with a 68.5-degree break at the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Solmar Fleet, Benjamin Ortega reported on 62 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 57 striped marlin, 36 dorado, 55 yellowfin tuna, and 33 sierra. Solmar's top boat for the week was the Solmar III, with Capt. Jose Cesena and a four-outing catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, seven yellowfin tuna, one mako shark, and 11 dorado. Cabo San Lucas weather was in the low-80s, with light breezes, 2 to 4-foot seas, and water temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said fishing conditions were mostly good last week, although there were some showers on Wednesday night, and marlin fishing was very good on Wednesday, very close to shore, as many boats scored doubles, and one nine-marlin release day was reported: "...The fish were packed up and close to home. The area to fish was within 8 miles of shore just off the arch to the Cabo San Lucas lighthouse, and they were feeding heavily. Most Cabo San Lucas fishing boats that worked the area were able to get at least several fish hooked up..." Landrum said dorado action was slightly better on fish mostly smaller than 12 pounds. Tuna fishing was slow. Cabo San Lucas water temperatures ranged from 72 to as high as 77 degrees offshore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers said he fly fished with Van Rollo and his wife Lisa Rollo, and both caught fish that would have qualified for world records. Lisa Rollo caught a large dog snapper on 20-pound tippet that would have established a record since that category is open, Hartman said, and "Van also caught a 30-pound jack on the fly, that was surely a world record, but he released it, rather than kill it." CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Veteran offshore fly angler Boots Fawcett of Carlsbad fished four days on the Solmar III with Capt. Pepe Cesena, and on the fourth day, they finally got a first marlin on the fly for Bob Newcomb, also of Carlsbad, while fishing at the 95 bank in good sea conditions. "It was a 45-minute battle on a 20-pound tippet," Fawcett said. "The fish, which was released, was estimated by the crew to be 125 pounds...the fish fired and moved rapidly from starboard to port and viciously attacked the awaiting fly...a moment which I refer to as 'the leap in faith.' For what emanates from that moment is why some of us continue to fish for really big marlin with a fly rod." CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING MARLIN REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 116 combined fleet pangas launching at La Playita, with a catch of: five striped marlin, 465 pargo, 75 sierra, 25 roosterfish, eight yellowtail, five wahoo, 348 yellowfin tuna, 45 cabrilla, eight amberjack, 930 dorado, and "uncounted" numbers of skipjack and needlefish. "In last week's fishing..." Brictson said, " was the huachinango (red snapper) that were on such an incredible bite...but it was the dorado that took up the slack and went on such an incredible bite through most of the week." The main dorado bite was on fish of 5 to 12 pounds, plus some to 25 pounds, close to Punta Gorda. Brictson said some pangas hooked 30 or 40 in a morning, and many fish were released, although he reminded anglers that the limit on dorado is two per day. San Jose del Cabo weather was mostly good during the week, with water temperatures of 70 to 73 degrees. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo and Gene Story of Colorado fished at mid-month with Capt. Osvaldo of the Mijares panga fleet at La Playita, in good conditions following three days of wind, and found slow action early in the day around Punta Gorda and El Cardon, but then they ran to the Iman Bank in late morning, and scored on four yellowfin tuna to 14 pounds, five dorado to 20 pounds, and six red snapper to 10 pounds. "Other San Jose del Cabo sportfishing boats scored similarly," Roos said. "The fishing water temperature is staying warmer and we're convinced down here that there is a mini El Nino happening. An El Ninito?" LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said East Cape had "the finest fishing weather you can ask for" toward the end of the week and over the weekend. East Cape sportfishing activity was light, however, as the few boats fishing scored on numerous small dorado of 5 to 10 pounds, scattered throughout the area. Only a few marlin, and no tuna were reported, but good concentrations of halfbeak bait was present. Black skipjack were plentiful to the point of being a nuisance fish, and a good bite on pargo was reported off La Ribera. East Cape water temperatures averaged 70 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 36 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa de Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, and 29 dorado. "The fishing is pretty dismal, which isn't uncommon for January," Moyers said. Most boats fished north, due to prevailing winds from that direction, and most fish were caught around Punta Pescadero. East Cape weather was in the low-70s, with north wind in the afternoons and water temperatures of 67 to 72 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

RANCHO LEONERO: At Rancho Leonero, John Ireland reported good weather most of the week, with water temperatures at 70 to 72 degrees, and fishing mainly for striped marlin, dorado, sierra, and roosterfish. Offshore fishing was mainly north in the Punta Pescadero area, and Ireland said, "Inside fishing at East Cape saw lots of sierra in the mornings off most area beaches, taking chrome and hoochies, with roosterfish biting from Rancho Leonero south to the lighthouse." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner said beach fishing was "grim, despite the wonderful weather conditions." Reichner reported no sierra and only occasional jack crevalle, although the few caught were large: "I got one three days ago that weighed in the teens." Beach water temperatures averaged about 70 degrees, and boat anglers were catching dorado of about 15 pounds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly reported calm weather on Saturday, with an early sierra bite off Rancho Leonero and plentiful skipjack throughout the area. "Anything purple seems to work," Selzer said. "Everyone hopes the wind stays calm for a few days." East Cape weather was in the high-60s, with water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he, Fred Demuth, and Paul Roos of San Jose del Cabo were leaving for Puerto Lopez Mateos at Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side for several days of fishing and a possible run outside to the Thetis Bank. "The wind is still blowing on the East Cape. I am tired of home projects, so we are going," Fritz said.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said there was very little diving activity on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef last week: "Not much to report."



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said last week's weather on the Las Arenas side had some clouds and light sprinkles, but on Friday and Saturday, the skies cleared for two days of completely flat conditions and good fishing for sierra, mullet snapper, and even a few dorado. Commercial pangas fishing out of Las Arenas caught bottom fish including red snapper and cabrilla. About five pangas per day went fishing last week, including both commercial and sportfishing boats. Las Arenas weather was in the mid-70s, with water temperatures steady in the 70s. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said fishing at La Paz had some variable winds all week, but "fishing was pretty decent and typical for this time of year except for some dorado that popped up at Las Arenas that must've gotten lost to be here in winter." Pangas found good action for snapper and sierra, and at the end of week, for amberjack and yellowtail, with the largest at about 30 pounds caught in 50 feet of water.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: At the Cortez Club, Luis Lopez reported that the weather was good enough last week, and about three pangas and one cruiser fished daily for catches of sierra, pargo, cabrilla, yellowtail, and even a few dorado, all larger than 15 pounds. La Paz side water temperatures were holding steady at 65 to 69 degrees, and visibility for Cortez Club divers was 40 to 80 feet. La Paz weather over the weekend was basically perfect, and Lopez said, " can imagine an afternoon filled with sun, a calm sea, and most of all, another bikini that passes to and fro on the beach..." Cortez Club boats fished mainly on the west side of Isla Espiritu Santo, in the channel, and just off the beaches for sierra. LA PAZ FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto winds were calm after Tuesday, and yellowtail catches were good at Punta Pulpito, San Ildefonso reef, and Isla Coronado. The yellowtail at Punta Pulpito averaged 20 pounds, with some to 30 pounds, and at San Idlefonso reef and Isla Coronado they were smaller, averaging about 16 pounds, with some to 22 pounds. Susarrey said he expects an average of about 20 fishable days during the month of February from year to year, despite its reputation for wind. Mackerel, bigeye, and sardina bait was available at the downtown marina. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported calming weather after several days of nortes, and continued good yellowtail action at Punta Pulpito, 35 miles north of town. "While the seas were very rough throughout last week and on Sunday, they have since calmed with the change in wind direction," Bolles said. Boats running north through swells scored easy limits of 20-pound class yellowtail, while fishing 90 to 100 feet deep around Punta Pulpito. Capt. Francisco Munoz also fished at La Cholla in rough seas, and did get one yellowtail, plus several lost on rocks. "The swells were difficult to take for one not accustomed to them," Bolles said. "As Francisco's client brought in the fish he also gave back some of his lunch to the sea." Loreto weather was calming, in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 64 to 72 degrees. Species available for inshore fishing included roosterfish, pargo, cabrilla, barracuda, bonita, corvina, and sierra. LORETO YELLOWTAIL FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Loreto Shores, Jan Stark reported good results on yellowtail caught both on the surface and deep, close to town, plus some large grouper caught south of town at Isla Catalan. "It is time to go fishing," Stark said. "Very good size yellows being caught...a good day trip with weather beautiful."

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchyski reported good weather over the weekend. At midweek, W.J. Wells and Bill Sheperd Jr., of Los Angeles, fished straight out from town with Capt. Gregorio and came back with a good catch of cabrilla. "Even though it was late in the morning, they set off!" Wilchynski said. "They had a great time. They caught a bunch of great fish for dinner that night. It was a win-win day!"

PUERTO ESCONDIDO: At Puerto Escondido, Ty and Juanita Miller of El Fuerte Sportfishing announced that their business is being renamed Bisbee's El Fuerte Sportfishing and will move to Cabo San Lucas and begin fishing there on April 1, 2005. "For the last couple of months we have been polishing up the plan to merge El Fuerte Sportfishing with the famous Bisbee's of the Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournaments in Cabo San Lucas," the Millers said. "They have wooed us away from our beloved Loreto with an offer we can't refuse, to become the official Bisbee's sportfishing charter company!" Bisbee's El Fuerte will move both boats to Cabo San Lucas and will add a third boat soon. EL FUERTE SPORTFISHING MOVING TO CABO SAN LUCAS.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant reported that Mulege weather was in the mid-50s at night and mid-70s during the days, with winds keeping most boats ashore last week. "Yellowtail are out there, but we're having a hard time getting on the water," Grant said. "Seems like several days of wind each week with one or two days break." For pilots flying to Mexico, Grant said he had no problems getting a multiple entry permit while clearing customs at Mexicali: "I did take two copies of all aircraft papers, a one-year Mexican insurance policy, and copies of my medical and pilot's license. It cost $52 U.S. It took a little time, but it's good for the full year of 2005. No other costs except visitor's permits. A real change from the past few years."

MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege reported that a 31-foot sailboat, the Backstreet, was rescued by the Mexican Navy after becoming stranded on Bahia Concepcion: "...I translated for the Mexican Navy, Guaymas, and La Paz, and had the captain of the port at Santa Rosalia on the phone, and over to my house twice. Guaymas sent out a helicopter. The American Consulate of Tijuana was involved." BAHIA CONCEPCION SAILBOAT RESCUE.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported seven straight days of wind, but wide-open yellowtail action ever since at the bajos north of the island. Kanzler fished three days at the bajos with Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove and they scored on a total of about 34 yellowtail from the mid-20 pound range into the mid-30s. Some yellowtail hit on the surface, but many were close to a bottom about 180 to 260 feet deep, and many were lost on rocks. Santa Rosalia weather was calm by the weekend, in the mid-70s, with water temperatures of 63 to 65 degrees. Kanzler said underwater visibility was very poor, due to heavy concentrations of plankton in the area, and many finback whales were feeding on it in the channel between Isla San Marcos and the Baja coast. ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA YELLOWTAIL FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At Bahia de los Angeles, Capt. Igor Galvan said he fished on Friday at the Guadalupe bank, seven miles north of the bay, and caught 13 yellowtail of 12 to 19 pounds, on jigs and live bait. The water temperature inside the bay was 58 to 60 degrees.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of Cala San Francisquito reported strong winds of 30 to 40 m.p.h. late last week, and said he stayed on shore and worked on his boat: "We did have one glassy day last week but heavy fog came in also, strange." Beto Lucero was due back at the Cala, after a visit to Ensenada.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez said it rained some last week, but fishing was decent for pompano along the shore line, and boats that were getting out caught spotted bay bass and triggerfish. Gonzaga Bay weather was partly rainy, in the low-70s, with light winds, and water temperatures of 70 degrees in the bay, and 63 degrees at Cactus Point.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather over the weekend was about perfect, in the 70s, with the local water temperature at a cool 60 degrees. "Today and yesterday San Felipe bay has been cobalt blue and calm," Meders said, as the town prepared for its annual Carnaval celebration. At the bookstore, Baja author Graham Mackintosh gave a talk and announced that he will soon be going on another long Baja journey. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of San Carlos-Guaymas fished at Isla San Pedro Nolasco on his new boat Fish Stalker and found lots of commercial fishermen doing well with live bait, and lots of boats jigging and trolling. Almada said his boat caught four yellowtail in 240-foot, 64-degree water, plus several whitefish and spotted bay bass, while jigging and bottom fishing.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said yellowtail action was much better toward the end of the week. "The south end of Isla San Pedro Nolasco is now showing schools of yellowtail, but not in the numbers yet that we saw this time last year," Molden said. "The fish this year may be bigger, with 15 to 25 pounds the norm. If you locate a school, you'll catch fish." San Carlos water temperatures were holding in the low-60s and yellowtail were being caught in iron and by trolling with bait or lures.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 12 offshore boats, fishing 15 to 25 miles out on headings of 180 to 220 degrees, with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, four sailfish, three dorado, one shortfin mako shark, and one yellowfin tuna of 20 pounds. Two boats fishing on the bottom, around the lighthouse, Three Islands, Crestones Rock, Sea Lion Rock, and around Goat Island, had a catch including green chilis, clown triggerfish, red snapper, mojarra, creolefish, and spadefish, plus a few gulf grouper, jack crevalle, and needlefish. Local fishing was with fresh shrimp, squid, and Rapalas on the surface for the jack crevalle. Mazatlan weather was "pretty good," in the high-80s, with the harbor open daily, and clouds in the forecast, and water temperatures averaging 73 degrees.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported a catch including released fish for Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid of: five sailfish, 15 striped marlin, nine dorado, 17 yellowfin tuna, seven mako shark, four palometa, lots of pargo, and limits of triggerfish. The top offshore boat for the week was the Aries VII, with a one-day score of three striped marlin and one sailfish, all released except for one marlin that died at the boat. Mazatlan weather was partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with calm sea conditions, and water temperatures of 74 to 76 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre of Aries Fleet said 20 offshore boats and four inshore boats fished during the week. "The weather has been nice," Agurirre said. "Fishing is good. Marlin and sailfish have been biting."



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said Puerto Vallarta conditions were excellent, with heavy bait in the water, including a pelagic red crab different from the traditional "tuna crab," Pleuroncodes planipes. "Sardines, flying fish, skipjack, and most importantly red crab are available in mass quantity," Temple said. "...Anglers savvy enough to determine what kind of bait the tuna are feeding on that day are scoring big time with some exceptional catches." Top catches for the week included multiple 150-pound class tuna releases by Steve Danziger and his fishing partner Jeff, who also kept a yellowfin at just over 180 pounds. Other species available included dorado, sailfish, marlin, wahoo, and pargo, but Temple said, "'s hard to focus on those species with 5 miles of frothing tuna working around the boat." PUERTO VALLARTA TUNA FISHING AND RED CRAB REPORT.

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ZIHUATANEJO SAIL--Derek Fasio fished with Baja On The Fly out of Zihuatanejo on the panga Islamar, guided by Tom Guerin, and caught this sailfish on the fly. Photo courtesy Ed Kunze.

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LUCKY YELLOWTAIL--Ocean conditions at Ensenada were not the best early last week, but Gary and Marhgie Orwig (left) and Joel Spydell fished on two Vonny's Fleet pangas and both boats found yellowtail at the tip of Punta Banda. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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EL PABELLON CROAKER--Enrique Melero fished on Julio Meza's boat Santa Monica and caught this beautiful winter white seabass at El Pabellon, just south of San Quintin. Photo courtesy Julio Meza.

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COULDA BEEN A CONTENDA--Lisa Rollo with a dog snapper that could have qualified for a world record on 20-pound tippet, according to Baja Anglers' Grant Hartman at Cabo San Lucas, because that category is open. The fish was given to the crew for dinner. Photo courtesy Grant Hartman.

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NOT A TSUNAMI FISH--Keith Paul of St. Paul, Minn., along with many other alert readers, said last week's photo of a strange "chimaera" fish, reported to have been found in Thailand after the recent tsunami, was in fact part of an email hoax. The photo actually came from a collection taken in deep water during 2003. Here's another photo from this collection. Information:

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DEFINITELY FISHABLE--A photo of Isla Coronado taken at the Loreto Marina by Arturo's Sportfishing on Thursday shows that it ISN'T always blowing in January, despite some reports to the contrary. Photo courtesy Arturo Susarrey.

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VOODOO LOUNGE YELLOWTAIL--Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove's world famous Voodoo Martini Lounge fished with Isla San Marco's Mike Kanzler for a bunch of nice yellowtail at the bajos north of the island. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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SAN CARLOS YELLOWTAIL--Anglers Jesus Abaroa, Rodolfo Negrete, Miguel Rivas, Fernando Almada, Nacho Leblohic, and Carlos Almada fished at Isla San Pedro Nolasco for a nice catch of San Carlos yellowtail. Photo courtesy Fernando Almada.

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MAZATLAN BOTTOM CATCH--Flota Bibi Fleet's Tono Valdes with a mixed bottom fishing catch including green chilis, spadefish, mojarra, and chivito or Pacific creolefish. Photo courtesy Tadeo Hernandez.

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MAZATLAN CHIVITO--A Pacific creolefish caught last week by Flota Bibi Fleet. The fish is locally called "chivito" or "little goat" at Mazatlan. Photo courtesy Tadeo Hernandez.

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VALLARTA TUNA RELEASE--A 150-pound class yellowfin tuna is released by Capt. Josh Temple's boat Prime Time for angler Steve Danziger last week. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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PERFECT WINTER MORN--The morning sun rises over the Sea of Cortez, and below it, the yellowtail are biting off Santa Rosalia's Isla San Marcos. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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Mulege fishing reports and articles.

Santa Rosalia fishing reports and articles.

Bahia de los Angeles (L.A. Bay) fishing reports and articles.

San Felipe fishing reports and articles.

Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) fishing reports and articles.

San Carlos (Sonora) fishing reports and articles .

Mazatlan fishing reports and articles .

Puerto Vallarta fishing reports and articles.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing reports and articles.

Huatulco fishing reports and articles.

Cancun fishing reports and articles.

Mexico coastal fishing reports and articles.

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