Marlin bust loose for Cabo San Lucas charter boats

Mexico Fishing News, February 28, 2005



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported a big pulse of striped marlin on both sides of the arch last week, as two boats scored 10-release days, one released seven marlin, and several more had quintuple release days:

"What an incredible marlin fishing week at Cabo San Lucas! I don't know if it's because there are more boats fishing than before, but this past week at Cabo, was one of the best in years, if not the best ever..." Cabo San Lucas water temperatures averaged 70 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS MARLIN REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on three outings during the week for 12 striped marlin releases, but said the main concentration of fish south of the cape appeared to be moving out of range. Landrum said by Sunday the concentration was about 50 miles out and moving eastward about 5 miles per day: "Captains were saying that if clients wanted to get into the hot marlin action they were going to have to start doing overnight trips!...Unless the currents change and bring the concentration back, we will be looking at the scattered fish closer to home this coming week." Yellowfin tuna and dorado were sporadic and scattered. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 47 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 41 striped marlin, seven dorado, 27 yellowfin tuna, and four skipjack tuna. The Juanita VIII and Fish Cabo reported on a combined 10 outings, with a total catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna. Cabo weather was sometimes windy, with water temperatures averaging 71 degrees near shore, and 74 degrees farther out. Tuna fishing was best around the Jaime bank on the Pacific side, and marlin off San Jose del Cabo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Boots Fawcett of Carlsbad reported on five days of offshore fly fishing with Capt. Pepe on the Solmar III, and plenty of shots on striped marlin for himself and his son Grant. "The fishing was unbelievably good..." Fawcet said.

"Throughout the five days...we were continually entertained by the blowing, fluking and breaching of the pods of gray and humpback whales...With trolling rods, we would have taken twenty striped marlin." On fly tackle, Fawcett lost one striper and released another after a 25-minute fight, and Grant had eight hookups, but lost them all due to broken 20-pound tippet or hooks coming unbuttoned. CABO SAN LUCAS MARLIN FLY FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet, reported a catch including released fish of: 57 striped marlin, 19 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 33 sierra, 12 jacks and seven wahoo. The top single day catch for the week was seven striped marlin, with three released, by Don McKlosky of Kansas on the Solmar IX. The top Solmar skipper of the week was Capt. Mario Arballo of the Solmar IV, with a five-outing score including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, nine yellowfin tuna, 11 dorado, and 16 sierra. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Charles Whitesell of Glendale and Cabo San Lucas fished on the panga Cheers with his son Steve, and Capt. Ramon, and they caught two dorado to 25 pounds, and nine sierra to 8 pounds, plus a 35-pound class roosterfish released while fishing near the surf line at Faro Viejo. Whitesell reported the water temperature at 69 degrees, with a lot of flying fish and whales present. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: On Saturday, Steve Ross, Louie Garcia, and Errol Fitzpatrick fished out of Marina Coral on Ross' boat Bad Dog, and Ross caught a 5-pound albacore in his quest to capture the first albacore of the year flag for the San Diego Angler's sportfishing club. Garcia and Fitzpatrick also caught two albacore each, all of about 5 pounds, and Ross also reported a marlin seen, as the Bad Dog fished around the 450 spot in 59.8-degree water. ENSENADA ALBACORE FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Louie Garcia reported two of the albacore caught by him and Errol Fitzpatrick weighed 5.25 pounds and 6.5 pounds respectively.

PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas were chased by rain all week, and only two boats got out to fish the tip of Punta Banda, finding slow action on a few sandbass, calico bass, red rockcod, and sheephead. On Saturday, Capt. Cruz went out and returned with some lingcod of 5 to 6 pounds, and Capt. Beto got a good assortment of red rockcod. Ensenada water was still a little rough for fishing at 60 degrees, under overcast skies. "Hopefully, better hunting next week," Villarino said.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Capt. Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said Gaspar Lares and Sergio Torres caught limits of whitefish and rockcod, plus a couple of quality sheephead, fishing 120 to 140 feet deep at a local spot he calls "El Bajo Bueno." Because of a live bait shortage, all fishing was with cut squid, in water temperatures averaging 60 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said the weather was back to normal by Sunday, with calm seas, and the upper road to the bay from Mex 1 was open. Graham Howe of San Diego and Juan Jimenez of Lynwood brought groups to the resort that fished on pangas for mostly limits on lingcod, sheephead, whitefish, and mixed bottom fish to about 8 pounds, "except for seasick people who came back early."



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 16 boats fished during the week, about 4 miles from the coast, in clear, blue, 62-degree water, for good catches of lingcod, whitefish, and a lot of big Humboldt squid, plus one white seabass of 18 pounds. Erendira weather was raining and windy much of the week, but calm again by Sunday. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 10 boats fished during the week, for catches that included white seabass and yellowtail south at Socorro, and yellowtail and lingcod at the 15 and 240 spots. The yellowtail ran 15 to 22 pounds, and the white seabass to 36 pounds, with scrambled egg and blue-white jigs the hot ticket.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he found some new clients by pulling their vehicle out of the muddy road to the bay from Mex 1: " just so happened that they were looking for a boat for Saturday!" Catian took them south to El Socorro for good results on bass limits and yellowtail, and returned the following day with Randy Peters and Poun Keo for two white seabass of 53 and 30 pounds and a 25-pound halibut. Capt. Oscar fished the same area on the Offshore II, and put his clients on yellowtail, bass, and rockfish. EL SOCORRO FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Randy Peters of Lakewood reported on his day at El Socorro with Capt. Catian, and the green-yellow jig he used for his big white seabass: "After making bait easily...we saw hundreds of birds circling boiling fish...but could not hook a yellowtail. We did manage to catch several dozen nice sized sandbass on the Salas 6X jigs...I landed a 53-pound white seabass. Kelly swears that he hasn't even tied on a green and yellow jig for years as they are unproductive. Maybe he's changed his mind?" Peters said the road in from Mex 1 was for 4WD only. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen's Pub in Paso Robles drove down to San Quintin with Jerry Spencer, and his son Jerry Jr., where they fished with Capt. Jaime Garcia on the Mi Novia at El Socorro for a decent catch of sandbass, whitefish, bonito, and red rockcod, in clear weather and calm seas. After fishing at San Quintin, they continued south to Bahia de los Angeles. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said more boats are still involved in whale watching than fishing, but some small yellowtail and leopard grouper were caught at the San Carlos entrada. In the mangrove channels, no snook were reported. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the high-60s, with water temperatures at 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 81 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of about: three striped marlin, two mako sharks, 15 yellowtail, 18 amberjack, 24 cabrilla, 160 huachinango, 45 yellowtail snapper, 240 pargo colorado, 80 yellowfin tuna, 95 dorado, 18 roosterfish, and 180 sierra. The hottest bite of the week was on pargo colorado at Destiladeras: "This is a variety of snapper that move into the coastal areas during the late winter and spring time...the problem is that only an average of one or two fish out of ten strikes are actually landed because of their extreme close proximity to the rocky ledges...most pangas accounted for three or four of them...some of the more lucky and skillful anglers landed as many as eight fish in one morning." San Jose del Cabo weather was pleasant in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees, and the live bait supply was adequate on both mackerel and sardinas. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on seven surf fishing sessions and four panga fishing trips with Capt. Pata on the Salome, producing a total of 27 species caught, including five new ones: eastern Pacific bonito, jumping halfbeak, sharpnose lizardfish, and two unidentified species of sand perches of the genus Diplectrum. Snow reported overall slow action, cloudy weather, and water temperatures averaging about 70 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 10 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, 116 dorado, two roosterfish, one snapper, one amberjack, two bonita, and one yellowtail. Fleet boats were fishing very close to the hotel, in water temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

LA RIBERA, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said there was enough wind, rain, and even a bit of hail last week to keep some boats on the beach, but he got out on his boat with guests Monty and Jade Williams of South Dakota for two good days on dorado and sierra, plus enough black skipjack to stay awake between dorado strikes. "Dorado were caught yesterday, one-half mile off the beach, in the calm between storms, under cloudy skies, and with rain jackets," Fritz said. EAST CAPE STORMY WEATHER DORADO REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tim Selzer of Baja On The Fly reported generally slow conditions at the end of the week, with north winds and water temperatures of 67 to 74 degrees. At midweek, Selzer fished the beach for two small roosterfish, one small jack, and a couple of ladyfish. A panga trip on Friday came up short when last week's dead whale could not be located. "The fish are scattered, but most boats are going south," Selzer said. "Sierra have been hard to find." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 20 boats fishing during the last 10 days, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, 128 dorado, 48 yellowfin tuna, four roosterfish, four pargo, and 16 skipjack. RBV boats fished in average water temperatures of about 75 degrees.

RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported, "A wide open striped marlin bite, limits of dorado, and a strong roosterfish bite inside." Four boats on Saturday released 16 striped marlin from an area 10 miles off La Ribera, Ireland said, and dorado to 30 pounds were found throughout the bay with "limits for all anglers." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, resident at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said, "Nothing much happening on the East Cape. A few dorado, a few marlin, and a few sierra, but scattered. The water is cooling again to 70 degrees, after reaching 73. The best bet looks like inshore, where small dorado are working the bait on the boat lines."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said outstanding winter diving conditions continued at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with excellent visibility and a bottom water temperature of 70 degrees. Sea life sightings included giant grouper, schools of bigeye jacks chased by sea lions, jumping manta rays, and breaching humpback whales.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz fishing weather was perfect last week, with water temperatures at 62 to 68 degrees, and more winter dorado were caught around Isla Espiritu Santo, plus a striped marlin at El Bajo. Roosterfish and pargo, plus more dorado, were caught at Isla Cerralvo on the Las Arenas side. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather was good on the Las Arenas side, and his pangas fished at Los Piles and around Punta Perico for good caches of pargo, some sierra and cabrilla, and yellowtail, plus some wahoo. Few tourists were in the area, but reservations for fishing were coming in for March, and Hernandez said Tortuga will be at the Fred Hall Show. Las Arenas water temperatures were in the 70s. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of the Desea water sports service said he dove at El Bajo last week and found the area full of yellowtail and huachinango, plus some hammerhead shark and pargo, and lots of bait fish. Water temperatures at El Bajo warmed to 71 degrees, following a period of rain which had it down to 68 degrees, and visibility was good. "You could still see the top of the mount from the surface, and once past the surface, the visibility really opened up," Tomba said. In comparison, another trip to La Reina at the north end of Isla Cerralvo also found 71-degree water, but not much going on except barracuda. LA PAZ FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said last week's weather was sunny and calm, with water temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees, and yellowtail action was good for Joe Baima's group at San Nicolas Camp 35 miles north of town. Yellowtail were also hooked but lost to shallow rocks at La Choya, between Islas Carmen and Coronado. Susarrey said mackerel bait was available off the south side of Isla Coronado, and sardina were for sale at the marina for $10. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto fished with the Carnaderos baitsellers pangueros and reported generally calm nighttime conditions, and the main baits of macarela, jurelito and platino caught about 55 to 85 feet deep. On good mornings, up to about a dozen boats were fishing out of the marina, but on Thursday, only three boats fished and the Carnaderos were not able to sell all of their catch. "Other times, we are fortunate to have enough bait for the fleet," Petersen said. LORETO BAITSELLER'S REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Tom Bird of Loreto said fishing was a bit tough last week, as most boats ran north to Punta Pulpito for 1 to 2 yellowtail each, plus some cabrilla. David Hill of Loreto ran his 19 footer to the reef 2 miles north of Isla Coronado and returned to the dock by noon with two yellowtail caught on Salas 6X jigs. Loreto weather was spring-like and sunny, with the water temperature at 69 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski reported plenty of guests, but no anglers at the hotel. In last week's off-road racing, Wilchynski said she and Ron Bellerive finished in third place, as a car that started behind them somehow finished in second place without passing them. "What's that all about?" Wilchynski said. "Anyway we did a good clean race."

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported boats working around bouts of wind for moderate yellowtail catches at Punta Pulpito, and closer to town when conditions made the 35-mile run impractical: "Early morning is starting out calm but building from the north. Today by 9 a.m. boats were turning back from their journey north to Punta Pulpito. Most were fishing off Coronado by 10 a.m." Spring-like conditions included water temperatures of 66 to 73 degrees, and some sargassum weed was being reported by local captains, Bolles said. LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege said Capt. Alex caught four yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds in two outings. Rista ran south 40 miles to Isla San Ildefonso and found water temperatures of about 65 degrees, lots of dolphin, manta rays, humpback whales, and pangas fishing that had run north from Loreto. Rista said Capt. Alex has located a replacement 80 h.p. motor for his panga and could be contacted for charters at

MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson reported good weather last week at about 80 degrees, although pilots flying south from the U.S. were having problems with the storms in California and Arizona. Fishing was good, Johnson said, and Mulege is preparing this year's celebration of the 300th anniversary of the mission.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported good weather, but unproductive currents and generally scratchy yellowtail fishing last week. "I tried fishing one day during the middle of the week to make sure everyone that's been telling me it's slow was correct. It only took about four hours without a bite to figure they weren't kidding," Kanzler said. Two of Kanzler's boats testing the Isla San Marcos bajos with hard-to-find bait wound up the morning with just two yellowtail of about 20 pounds, on about six hits. Kanzler said he's seeing gray whales in the Santa Rosalia area for the first time since he arrived 13 years ago, and another usual white seabass was reported caught at the bajos, by an angler out of San Lucas Cove. Santa Rosalia weather was calm in the low-70s, with water temperatures steady at about 64 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Local residents continued to report rip-offs at the infamous Santa Rosalia Pemex gas station, and one commented that when the gas lever was fully depressed, air bubbles were introduced into the flow of gasoline: "There is a lot of air going through with the gas. A friend tried to put about 13 gallons into a 15-gallon drum, and got about 8 gallons."



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: The Guadalupe bajo north of L.A. Bay continued to kick out big numbers of yellowtail to about 20 pounds in surprisingly fishable winter weather last week.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said the weather and local yellowtail fishing were good last week, with 15 to 20-pound yellowtail caught northwards at Bajo Guadalupe, and some fish to 40 pounds caught on the surface around Isla Ventana. Fishing in the bay was also good for jawfish and bass. L.A. Bay weather was in the low-70s daily, with winds not too bad and only a little rain. The village's new gas station was ready to open in just a few more days. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING AND VILLAGE REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Mike Steele of San Diego and his group drove to Bahia de los Angeles through multiple washouts on Mex 1 and got in a very good day of fishing with Capt. Ruben Daggett at Daggett's Camp, even though Ruben was down with the flu. Fishing north at Guadalupe Reef, Steele reported 22 yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds, on jigs, and quitting at 12:30 when the boat was so full they had yellowtail jammed into the bait tank: "We chased birds, at one point seeing an area of boils 30 yards wide, while all five of us were hooked up with fish." Steele reported crews working rapidly to repair rain damage on Mex 1. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING AND ROAD REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen's Pub in Paso Robles and his group fished at San Quintin and then moved to Bahia de los Angeles, where they fished out of Casa Diaz for two days around Bajo Guadalupe, finding good action one day for 13 yellowtail of 16-20 pounds, and slower action the next day for two yellowtail, plus some bottom fish. Barstow said that on the return trip his group ran into problems at the U.S. border when they ended up in the Sentri lane by mistake and were required by U.S. officers to return to Mexico. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING AND U.S. BORDER REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach camped and fished north of Bahia de los Angeles and reported "fantastic" fishing for large 3 to 5-pound triggerfish, leopard grouper to 5 pounds, spotted bay bass, a 6-pound hogfish, and a 3 to 4-pound whitefish or tilefish. Jones got his best action with cast Krocodiles and said Baja was heavy with wildflowers and green foliage, but bugs were still not a problem. Returning to the U.S. via the Gonzaga Bay road, Jones ran into a lot of mud from Laguna Chapala to Coco's Corner and northwards. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING AND ROAD REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing, Inc., said two new generators have been installed on the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, and regular maintenance is on schedule for the boat's first Midriff Islands trip of the year on April 9-14, 2005. Spaces were available for several six-day Magdalena Bay trips out of San Carlos, with van pick up and return available via La Paz, beginning Oct. 23, 2005, and running through Dec. 2, 2005.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Eric Friedrichsen of Carlsbad reported on a kayak snorkeling trip in the Black Mountain area south of Puertecitos where he sighted an estimated 18-pound golden grouper, king angelfish, sergeant majors, Mexican hogfish, and an estimated 40-pound grouper that charged out of a cave and made him bang his head on the ceiling: "Next time I will take the camera and try to get a shot of that fantastic golden grouper." PUERTECITOS AREA KAYAK SNORKELING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the sun was out and 15,000 people were expected for the running of the Baja 250 race: "The main drag through San Felipe is apparently very slow going, since the race begins and ends up at the arches. Somebody just came in and told me that there is one lane open and that the traffic is practically at a standstill." San Felipe weather was in the mid-60s, and on the beach, "Poppa Neutrino" was working on the raft he intends to sail down the Sea of Cortez. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Sean Lawley of Sierra Vista, Ariz., reported on a multiday trip to Isla San Pedro Martir out of San Carlos on his boat Dealmaker, where his group caught yellowtail, cabrilla, and broomtail grouper with deep-trolled Rapalas in water at 64 to 65 degrees. Included on the trip were Lawley, his captain Pilo Alvarez Quintana, mate Edgar, Berry Albrecht of Sierra Vista, and Nick Nicolas of Ft. Worth, Texas. Lawley said they ran into a conservationist group at the island that was talking about the possibility of a no-fishing zone there.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said offshore fishing slowed down with the full moon and cooler water temperatures last week, as Aries Fleet boats spotted striped marlin about 22 to 30 miles southwest of Marina el Cid, but had difficulty getting them to bite. Inshore fishing was consistent on pompano, snappers, and some smaller corvina. Mazatlan weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 73 to 74 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said 85 percent of his boats caught striped marlin or sailfish last week, and the catch also included some larger dorado of 40 to 60 pounds, yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, and a couple of mako shark. Light tackle trips scored on snappers, triggerfish, mojarra, and pompano.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna action good some days on fish in the 175-pound class, and slow on other days for just two or three tuna slightly over 100 pounds. The undisputed top catch of the week was another 750-pound class black marlin release, this one by angler Kenvin Desantis. When the fish was leadered the first time, Temple said, " higher than the hard top and thank God it turned away from the boat or we wouldn't be here..." Puerto Vallarta water temperatures were back up to about 82 degrees, with clear "absolutely purple water all the way in the bay," Temple said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Sherman of Rochester, N.Y., fished out of Puerto Vallarta with Capt. Hector Arriaga on the 22-foot center console Bella del Mar, landing a striped marlin on light tackle at Roca Corbetena, and coming back to Islas Tres Marietas for a yellowtail and a 40-pound class jack crevalle on spinning tackle: "I now know why these jacks are called "toros"...a blast to catch on light tackle." PUERTO VALLARTA LIGHT TACKLE FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said warm, blue water moved farther offshore last week, and after checking satellite sea surface temperature charts, he decided to run past most of the fleet fishing 8 to 14 miles out. Guiding fly fishing client Kirk Strawn of Chicago on the panga Isamar with Capt. Martin, Kunze located sailfish 19 to 28 miles out on a 180 degree heading, and Strawn tagged three sailfish by 10 a.m. Capt. Santiago on the Gitana fished 20 miles out on a 200 degree heading, and scored six sailfish releases for conventional tackle client Russ Kirtchner of Indiana. Roosterfish action was slow. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported sailfish action unaffected by the full moon as offshore boats continued to average about three sailfish per day or better. Capt. Adolfo reported a nine-sailfish day on the Dos Hermanos, and the Janeth had 13 sailfish in three days. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said there were "no roosters to speak of," but Capts. Adan and Santiago were tagging four to six sailfish daily. On the local tagging program, Phillips said, "It sure would help if guys up the coast would get into tagging fish. We figured out last spring that the fish here move down the coast to Guatemala and Costa Rica. But where do they come from? Tagging will tell."

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Kil Song of New Jersey noted that he has located an older fishermen in New York who still has some original S&G VK3 jigs, otherwise known as the Mystery Jig used by Capt. Luis Maciel of Zihuatanejo.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: Brain Barragy, reporting for Baja On The Fly said they will begin offering trips to Huatulco in March, and good reports were received last week for yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin. HUATULCO FISHING REPORT.

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MONSTER PV TUNA--This 355-pound yellowfin tuna was reported caught at Puerto Vallarta on Sunday aboard Capt. Josh Temple's charter boat Prime Time with anglers Scott and Chris from Rhode Island. Details next week. Meanwhile, in this week's Puerto Vallarta section below, see photo and report of a 750-pound class black marlin release by the Prime Time. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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FIRST CLAIM ALBACORE--Steve Ross (center), Louie Garcia, and Errol Fitzpatrick fished on Ross' boat Bad Dog out of Ensenada, and Ross caught a 5-pound albacore in his quest to capture the first albacore of the year flag for the San Diego Angler's Sportfishing Club. Garcia and Fitzpatrick also caught two albacore each. Photo courtesy Louie Garcia.

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SAN QUINTIN CATCH--Brian Pham, Randy Peters, and Daniel Peters (left to right) along with Poun Keo fished with San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing for good results on halibut and white seabass. Photo courtesy Randy Peters.

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PARGO COLORADO--Gary Weis of Santa Monica with a real nice haul of pargo colorado caught out of San Jose del Cabo with Capt. Jesus of Gordo Banks Pangas. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.

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LA RIBERA TACOS--Monty and Jade Williams of South Dakota fished with Russ Fritz of La Ribera last week and did well on sierra and dorado half a mile off the beach. Photo courtesy Russ Fritz.

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LAS ARENAS WAHOO--Fishing was pretty good at La Paz last week, and even included this nice wahoo caught on the Las Arenas side with Tortuga Sportfishing by Bruce Burlison (left) and his fishing partner Ross. Photo courtesy Dos Hernandez.

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LORETO YELLOWTAIL--Wes Smiley and David Gray did well on yellowtail last week with Arturo's Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Arturo Susarrey.

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HOME BY NOON--David Hill of Loreto ran his 19-foot boat out to a reef 2 miles north of Loreto's Isla Coronado and was back at the dock by noon with two nice yellowtail caught on scrambled egg colored Salas 6X Jr. jigs. Photo courtesy Tom Bird.

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KID JUREL'S LANDING--Mike Kanzler (center front) of Isla San Marcos showed the island's excellent yellowtail fishing to (from left): Adriana Cravioto and Dalain Zuir of Mexico City, and Delia and Jose Antonio Iturriaga Hidalgo of Santa Rosalia. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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DAGGETT'S CAMP YELLOWTAIL--Ruben Daggett with a real nice haul of Bahia de los Angeles yellowtail he found for Mike Steele's group from San Diego. Photo courtesy Mike Steele.

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AT SAN PEDRO MARTIR--Nick Nicolas of Texas fished out of San Carlos on a multiday trip to remote Isla San Pedro Martir where he caught yellowtail on his brother-in-law Sean Lawley's boat Dealmaker. Photo courtesy Sean Lawley.

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MONSTER RELEASE--A 750-pound class black marlin is released by Capt. Josh Temple's boat Prime Time out of Puerto Vallarta last week. Shown are angler Kevin Desantis and Prime Time deckhands Trev and Caldo. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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FAR OUT SAILFISH--Kirk Strawn of Chicago fished with Capt. Martin on the Isamar, and his guide Ed Kunze took them past the fleet, out 28 miles from Zihuatanejo, where Strawn scored on three tagged sailfish by 10 a.m. Photo courtesy Ed Kunze.

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EMERGENCY EVACUATION THANK YOU--Celia Diaz (second from left) of Chula Vista's nonprofit Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) presents certificates of appreciation to members of the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a nighttime helicopter to Gonzaga Bay to evacuate 78-year-old Carol Schall who had fell and broke a hip in January. With Diaz are (from left): Capt. John Long, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego; Cdr. Sean Mahoney, Sector San Diego Response Officer; Schall's daughter Mindy Selinger; AST3 Mac Cunningham, USCG Rescue Swimmer; and LCDR Chuck Bell, USCG H-60 Pilot. The BEMCC provides collect call 24/7 emergency evacuation assistance from anywhere in Mexico for a tax deductible $30 per year membership fee, 619-425-5080.

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