Santa Rosalia's spring yellowtail fishing turns on at Isla San Marcos

Mexico Fishing News, March 28, 2005



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned to the island from a trip to the U.S., and reported the Santa Rosalia fishing area lit up again with lots of yellowtail of 20 to 24 pounds on the bajos.

Kanzler fished with Alan Lewis out of San Lucas Cove the first morning of his return, and they scored on 11 fish by 10 a.m. Another run to the bajos produced 10 yellowtail before 10 a.m. Kanzler and his seven-year-old son Michael also fished in the island's 16th annual pre-Easter cabrilla tournament, and Michael won his division and took a special prize with a big golden grouper, or golden cabrilla. Early spring weather at Santa Rosalia was still cool in the mid-70s, with water temperatures at 66 degrees. "I won second place in my division too... It's good to be back," Kanzler said. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Tamara fished at Punta Banda bank on Sunday for good results on red rockcod and bottom fish, but no more Humboldt squid were caught. Commercial pangas reported albacore to 12 pounds and a few kelp paddy yellowtail to 10 pounds at the 238 bank. Ensenada weather over the weekend was warm and sunny, and inshore and offshore water temperatures were stable at 62 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier Susarrey said the Tamara fished locally in 61-degree water and caught 5 to 8-pound barracuda at the Todos Santos islands, and bonita on trolled feathers two miles farther out. At San Miguel reef, medium lingcod and red rockcod were caught. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

PUNTA BANDA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda scored on one to seven yellowtail last week, plus steady counts including some limits of rockcod, calico bass, lingcod, and barracuda. On Friday, John Chen and Katarina Chen of Redwood City, and Tom Fiene of Portola Valley, went free diving at Punta Banda on the Vonny III with Capt. Cruz Zamora and got sheephead, barracuda, bonita, and lingcod. Ensenada weather was partly cloudy in the low-60s, with light breezes and water temperatures steady at 59 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Paul Montgomery of Vista and Tom Kingsley fished three days with independent Capt. Ramon at Puerto Santo Tomas, finding slow going in wind and swells, for some lingcod, rockfish, and large bonito. On one day, Montgomery said, "I believe we only caught seven fish," as two other boats had only six fish between them. "Capt. Ramon...did a great job putting us on fish," Montgomery said. The lower road into the puerto was in better shape than the upper road, with moving water at only one spot. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 16 boats fishing during the week and good weather over the weekend after some rain showers and wind earlier. Castro's Camp boats were finding slightly slower fishing, but still catching lingcod, red rockcod, sheephead, whitefish, and some barracuda, in 56-degree water about 3 miles from the coast. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather turned nice on Saturday after a period of cold winds that had daytime highs in the low-70s. During the week, some pangas returned early due to wind, but good catches were still made on red rockcod, lingcod, and some sheephead. Following the wind and runoff from recent rains, San Quintin water was still off-color at 58 to 60 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported water temperatures down at 57 degrees at Isla San Martin, and about 59 to 61 degrees in other areas, in mostly windy conditions, with some yellowtail and white seabass present, and bottom fishing very good in some areas. Fishing in wind at the 15 spot, Catian reported one yellowtail. The road to the bay was in good condition, with new gravel fill in the low spots. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said offshore winds and Easter celebrations at the bay brought fishing action to a standstill last week. Winds blew even in the mangrove channels as boats stayed close to home and only a few halibut and corvina were caught, in water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGADALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 20 percent of boats released billfish last week, and 77 percent landed all species combined. Ruthless landed a blue marlin and two striped marlin on March 23 as most Pisces boats fished on the Cortez side to Santa Maria in cool water temperatures averaging 68 degrees. "We thought colder water would produce the first swordfish of the year, but instead we got a blue marlin," Ehrenberg said. Cabo weather was sunny in the low-80s with some rough water. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said Pacific side wind and cold water had Cabo San Lucas boats fishing the Cortez side, and most of the marlin action was within 5 miles of shore: "...Cold 67 degree fishing water extended from the shore and out past the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks. Along with being cold, the water was green." Some good catches of school-sized yellowfin tuna were made under porpoise. Dorado of 6 to 20 pounds were scattered on weeds on the Cortez side, and Landrum said no gray whales were seen, and only a few humpbacks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 37 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, one wahoo, 42 dorado, five skipjack tuna, and 68 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a total of eight outings, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, five dorado, 15 yellowfin tuna, and two wahoo. "Live bait was very important for the billfish, the tuna, and dorado and highly recommended at Cabo San Lucas this week," Edwards said. "The live bait supply was very good, mostly mackerel with some smaller caballito mixed in." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

Picante Fleet reported on 19 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, one blue marlin, 44 yellowfin tuna, and 12 dorado.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) said a record number of nearly fishing 70 teams from 30 countries were expected to compete in the sixth annual Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship at Cabo on May 15-21. Qualifying spots for the prestigious event were won through a series of 108 qualifying tournaments held around the world during 2004. Lynda Wilson, Rolex/IGFA offshore tournament coordinator, said, “Last year a total of 299 billfish were released among 66 teams...anglers remember and get excited about the great fishing here.” ROLEX/IGFA TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported at catch including released fish of: 18 striped marlin, 56 dorado, four wahoo, 76 yellowfin tuna, 17 sierra and 27 giant squid. Solmar boats fished both sides of the arch and noted that live mackerel were the best baits for striped marlin and dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 53 pangas from combined La Playita fleets, with a catch of: one tripletail, 10 yellowtail, 26 amberjack 110 pargo, 32 dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, 48 Humboldt squid, 12 whitefish, 18 parrotfish, 12 pompano, 30 triggerfish, and 325 sierra. Water temperatures ranged from 66 degrees and green near shore, to 70 degrees and clear about 15 to 20 miles out. Brictson said the unusual bite of Humboldt squid came at midweek as they were found feeding on pelagic red crab concentrations in such numbers that some could be simply gaffed on the surface. The rare tripletail hit a sardina trolled on the surface. Bottom fishing was hit-or-miss. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on one surf fishing and four panga fishing sessions with generally very slow results in very green water. "The best catch of the week were seven giant Humboldt squid...found in a one acre field close to shore dining on the surface on a small school of red pelagic tuna crabs. The fishing was exceedingly limited however as ugly green water was omnipresent," Snow said. In all, Snow observed 26 species during the trip, including three new ones, but said, "I would rate this week as far below average from a sportsfishing perspective." SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 108 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Punta Colorada, and Playa del Sol, with a catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, one sailfish, 14 dorado, 99 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, one pompano, and eight roosterfish. "The yellowfin bite picked up," Moyers said. Most tuna were footballs of 10 to 20 pounds, caught about 40 miles off Los Barriles and Rancho Leonero. Other species were hit and miss, in water temperatures of 65 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said fishing picked up toward the end of the week as East Cape boats found large schools of 30-pound yellowfin tuna 26 to 40 miles out, plus marlin and dorado mixed with porpoise. "It hasn't been an easy week for small fishing most days have had wind, especially from 8 miles out," Leeper said. Water temperatures were rising at 71 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported yellowfin tuna a long 40 miles run straight out, for 10 to 20-pound fish under large schools of porpoise. Striped marlin fishing was concentrated in two locations, 5 miles off Punta Pescadero to the north, and 10 miles off La Ribera to the south. Dorado were scattered. East Cape weather was mostly sunny near 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees and some wind. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Lance Petersen of Baja On The Fly said winds made fly casting tough, but clients did land a few cornetfish and small cabrilla. Trolling hookless live bait teasers for an hour off El Cardonal failed to produce any of the roosterfish reported in the area. "Offshore fishing at East Cape was 'slowish' also, judging by what I heard on the radio," Petersen said. "I'm waiting for the bite to kick in." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said, "The wind is howling." A few boats were fishing in tough conditions for a few striped marlin, dorado and tuna, and Meredith said he was staying indoors while the huge Semana Santa crowds camped on the beaches and rode their quads: "I will fish next week when it calms back down." EAST CAPE SEMANA SANTA FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rob Hixson of La Jolla reported on three days of fishing during his family's 41st annual trip to Rancho Buena Vista. On Thursday, Hixson fished on the Cristina with his son Rob IV, who caught a 45-pound wahoo and released a marlin. At midweek a trip 40 miles out with son James produced 16 yellowfin tuna, including a 37 pounder. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said cold green water and north winds made conditions on the Cabo Pulmo corral reef difficult last week. The water temperature at depth was 68 degrees, with 40 feet of visibility, but sea life at the reef still created "a huge traffic jam of fish" Rayor said.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said his boats on the Las Arenas side had some excellent fishing days, although Tuesday was tough as winds prevented them from getting bait, and they were reduced to fishing around Punta Perico with halfbeaks for a few small cabrilla, pargo, and pompano. The next two days, the fishing improved in warm, sunny conditions, as anglers including Ben and Marcus Kern of El Paso caught yellowtail and pargo liso of good size. "The weather is starting to change, little by little," Hernandez said, "and the days of sun and warmth are approaching." LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Pirates Fleet said winds made fishing tough some days, but anglers still caught fish, including a 55-pound yellowtail reported for Rudy Calderon of Pasadena on the southwest side of Isla Espiritu Santo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz had 80 to 85 degree weather for the first week of spring, and variable fishing results on both sides of the hill. The best variety was caught on the Las Arenas side, with pargo, scattered dorado, and cabrilla available. Larger roosterfish to 50 pounds and yellowtail to 25 pounds were caught on the La Paz side. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Marilyn and Bob Meyer of Loreto reported finding 60 to 70 rare paper nautilus shells, March 8-9, 2005, on the beach south of San Evaristo about 50 miles north of La Paz: "We had found paper nautilus over the years, one here, one there, but this was quite a windfall!" The Meyers documented their find with extensive photos, which were being checked for species identification.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said the final two groups of the season fished at his remote San Nicolas Camp north of Loreto and they did well on yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds and cabrilla of 6 to 18 pounds. Yellowtail were also caught at San Bruno closer to town, and Susarrey also reported a sailfish and a striped marlin caught at La Choya: "The fishing season for sailfish and marlin is coming early." LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said she's been running only as far north as San Bruno where yellowtail have been consistently 20 to 30 pounds, and are being caught in the middle of the water column at about 90 feet deep on live baits. Boats making the run averaged one to three fish per day, and Bolles said the females are showing eggs ready to spawn about the end of the month. On Wednesday, Capt. Francisco Munoz saw several jumping sailfish just north of Isla Coronado and recorded a warm water temperature of 74 degrees. That plus the abundant sargassum weed now showing indicates a possible good dorado season approaching, Bolles said. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said he, Michael Hartmann, and Charlie Licha fished on Capt. Paulino Martinez' superpanga at San Bruno for five yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds and an 8-pound cabrilla, using live mackerel, jurelito, and grunts bought at the marina. Morning conditions at San Bruno were good, but with wind beginning at 11:30. Another day, Capt. Paulino fished at La Cholla for one 30-pound yellowtail before being blown back to town. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Capt. Nacho Davis of the Loreto Carnaderos baitsellers cooperativa said they have been fishing all night lately and resting only a few hours, but the baits have been reluctant to bite under the bright moon. "Conditions in many ways indicate soon the bite will return," Davis said. "Young baits are returning with regularity." LORETO CARNADEROS BAIT FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Ron Bellerive said the hotel was full for Semana Santa and the Easter weekend, but nobody was going fishing.

LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto noted that despite some credible reports of hot surface yellowtail fishing, he's made 12 or 15 trips as far north as Isla San Ildefonso this year and has averaged only a fish or two per day. "I have managed to stay a day or two behind the bite and have seen none of the surface feeding frenzies...," Erhardt said, adding that water temperatures are warm and marlin are already being caught. Sargassum weed was also present and suggested a good dorado season ahead. LORETO FISHING SEASON REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto spoke with local sportfishing captain, Alejo Davis Romero, a third generation Loreto fisherman who has just completed a three-year term as president of the local sportfishing fishermen's association. Davis described his experiences, beginning with fishing for turtle and shark on the islands around Loreto, and also mentioned the heavy environmental damage caused by the government policy of allowing small mesh gill nets: "What we don't understand is why the government went from 6 inches to no limit, since so much damage is happening to the environment." INTERVIEW WITH LORETO SPORTFISHING CAPTAIN ALEJO DAVIS ROMERO.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said local anglers found some flat water last week and scored steady catches of up to about four yellowtail per day, to about 30 pounds, at Islas Santa Inez and out around Punta Concepcion. Very good catches of cabrilla, or leopard grouper, were also made from Punta Concepcion south to the "mine", on 12 to 15-pound fish, plus some big ones to 20 pounds. "Cabrilla, or leopard grouper, are showing up in record numbers, especially when fishing off any rocky point," Barber said. "These baby's will usually be hanging out in 35 to 60 feet of water but can be found anywhere down to 250 feet." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant returned from a fly-in trip to Mulege reporting good fishing for yellowtail between winds at the usual spots around Isla San Marcos, Punta Chivato, Isla San Inez, and Punta Concepcion. "Yellowtail were caught in any direction...," Grant said. The Hotel Serenidad airstrip was hosting many planes, some of which were flying over the peninsula for whale watching at Laguna San Ignacio on the Pacific side. "At Laguna San Ignacio, they have a long dirt runway at the lagoon which is safe and adequate for most light aircraft," Grant said. "All you have to do is buzz the camps and the guides drive out to the airport and pick you up and take you to their boat location for the tour." MULEGE FISHING AND WHALE FLIGHT REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Paul Rista of Mulege reported moderate to strong winds from the northwest, and a few yellowtail and cabrilla coming in. Mulege water temperatures were 66 to 69 degrees.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Tim Farwell of Baja Air Ventures' remote ecotouring camp at Bahia de las Animas said last week's guests went fishing at night for unlimited Humboldt squid, but missed finding yellowtail at Roca Bernabe across the mouth of the bay. "The current and wind weren't cooperating and we ended up with some spotted bay bass on the iron and a leopard grouper on the troll," Farwell said. Guests at the fly-in camp included Dana Bres, Nick Rinne, and Amber Jones.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said fishing was fair as crowds arrived for Semana Santa. Some yellowtail were caught at Los Machos, Punta Remedios and Guadalupe reef to the north, but fishing was inconsistent, with little bait in the water. The road to L.A. Bay was in good condition, and the desert was green. In the village, the new gas station had not begun selling gas, but Vazquez said his new boat, the Gecko IV, is now at the bay and being checked out for service. Bahia de los Angeles water temperatures were 59 to 63 degrees, and the weather was in the high-70s with no bugs. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: John Tillander of Punta Bufeo north of Gonzaga Bay said winds allowed him to fish only two days in two weeks during his last trip, but the fishing was very good around Isla San Luis for yellowtail of 10 to 12 pounds, the largest sierra he's ever caught, bonita, and large cabrilla. Big schools of bait were working the surface, and most of the fish were caught by casting 4-inch Krocodiles at them, Tillander said. Punta Bufeo was windy in the low-70s, with water temperatures stable at 72 degrees. PUNTA BUFEO FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez landing at Bahia Willard reported, "Water temp tooo cold to get in!" The waters around the island produced sierra and small yellowtail to about 8 pounds, but Magee said shore fishing was "shut down." Lots of spring breakers were arriving despite the cold conditions. "The weather hasn't been nice for several weeks. We are patiently awaiting the arrival of spring," Magee said.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Randy Morishita of Carlsbad and Laguna Percebu and a group of 12 people from 11 to 70 years old took a fleet of four-wheel-drive and off-road vehicles on a 500-mile round trip to the shore of Bahia de las Animas, where they camped remotely for several days, and fished along the south shore of the bay Baja Catch-style for over 100 fish of 11 species, including barracuda, spotted bay bass, leopard grouper, spotted cabrilla, and one yellowtail. FULL-LENGTH BAHIA DE LAS ANIMAS REMOTE FISH CAMP REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik will begin its Midriff Islands season on April 9, 2005, and is booked through August, with some openings available in September and October. Kerby said this season she'll be using a laptop computer to send reports out each week as soon as the Erik returns to San Felipe.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jim Davis of Yuma drove south to Gonzaga Bay from San Felipe and reported the road doable for his three-axel boat trailer. Davis found no gas available at Puertecitos, but the launch ramp was in excellent condition. Anglers at Puertecitos and Gonzaga bay were catching 5 to 10-pound yellowtail and goldspotted bass. Bait shoals were heavy along shore, with frigate birds working them, Davis said, and finback whales were seen close to the beach, also working bait. GONZAGA BAY ROAD TRIP REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said the yellowtail bite was slowing in windy conditions and water temperatures were down to 63 to 64 degrees, after being as high as 68 degrees earlier. "There has been some decent bottom fishing...but that too is a bit tough if you are out on the reef at 11 miles," Molden said. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, said it's been too windy to launch his boat at Las Glorias south of Topolobampo, but he's been spending his time reading The Baja Catch.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said the fishing was so bad last week, he was comparing himself to the character Santiago of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. "In the last two days we've managed to eke out one sailfish, one dorado, and one small 200-pound black marlin that we lost during the bite...," Temple said, as he had the Prime Time working overtime and trolling lures through unfamiliar areas in an effort to get any kind of bite. "It's times like this that make us all better fishermen," Temple said. "I am siding with Santiago and going to put my money on the fact that the bite will turn on again, and when it does, look out!" PUERTO VALLARTA VERY SLOW FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Celia Diaz of the nonprofit Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) in Chula Vista reported the dramatic rescue and evacuation of a U.S. serviceman from Puerto Vallarta to the U.S. Air Force Rescue Center in Virginia, after the man was critically injured in an automobile accident, but the hospital in Puerto Vallarta refused to release him until his medical bills were paid. The serviceman was flown out of Puerto Vallarta on a U.S. Air Force jet for emergency medical treatment, Diaz said, but only after she told both the Mexican insurance company and the hospital that she would call police and the U.S. media. The nonprofit BEMCC provides emergency medical evacuation assistance from Mexico to its members for a tax-deductible $30 annual membership fee. Members may call their emergency number collect 7/24. Contact: 619-425-5080. PUERTO VALLARTA MEDICAL EVACUATION.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Andrew Pickerel of Torrance relayed a report from the charter boat Yolaray with Capt. Manuel Ocaranza, saying no fish were caught at Roca Corbetena, but fishing closer to shore at El Morro produced a 60-pound amberjack and a 55-pound roosterfish. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing charters said local water temperatures dropped 10 degrees last week and "the fishing slid right into the doldrums." All boats combined reported only four sailfish for the week. Inshore fishing was also slower than normal, as cool water of 71 to 73 degrees persisted both near shore and farther out. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said fishing last week could only be described as "slow," with cool water coming close to the bay and bringing a strong red tide condition from 12 to 20 miles out, plus dirty water inshore. Kunze said the sailfish bite was shut down. He tried Thursday with a client on the panga Isamar with Capt. Martin, but "never even raised a sailfish." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported very slow offshore fishing, as the Vamonos III fished three days and found only one sailfish.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with light winds.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament reported a approximate catch summary including released fish for the year 2004 from Capt. Santiago of the Gitana: 120 days fishing, 175 sailfish, three blue marlin, four striped marlin, four yellowfin tuna over 100 pounds, many tuna of 10 to 30 pounds, and a few dorado.

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TOURNAMENT WINNER--Michael Kanzler, 7, fished with dad "Kid Jurel" Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos, and young Michael landed this brilliantly-colored, 9.7-pound golden grouper to win his division in the island's pre-Easter cabrilla tournament. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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HEAVY HAUL--Anglers getting in on the winter-long surface bite of yellowtail at Ensenada's Punta Banda last week included Roy Chesley (right) and friends Karly and Todd of La Joya Camp, who fished on a beach-launched panga from Vonny's Fleet. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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QUINTIN LING--Tad Ericson of Newport Beach fished with friends Rob Schmela, Rachel Hartung, and Dana Kay out of San Quintin's Don Eddie's Landing and he caught this nice 12-pound lingcod. Photo courtesy Sarai Garcia.

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HOT SPRING FISHING--Bruce Tuck, Gabriel Iturriaga, and Aubrey Palmeter (left to right) had to catch a plane, but they fished anyway with Isla San Marcos' Mike Kanzler and caught 10 yellowtail before 10 a.m. before leaving for the airport. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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SAN JOSE SQUIRTER--Fish species specialist John Snow fished with his regular Capt. Pata at San Jose del Cabo and they got into last week's unusual run of large Humboldt squid. Photo courtesy John Snow.

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LOS MUERTOS SNAPPERS--Capt. Jorge Lucero (center) of La Paz' Tortuga Sportfishing found some nice pargo liso at Ensenada de los Muertos last week for Ben (right) and Marcus Kern of El Paso. Photo courtesy Gerardo Hernandez.

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LA PAZ WINTER DORADO--Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said, "These are the unusual dorado that we've been catching around La Paz all winter. Jorge Romero and Bob Duncan of Santa Barbara got these fish off the southeast side of Espiritu Santo. This is a spot that has been producing since about last August." Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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SEMANA SANTA CROWDS--Mexico's national pastime for Holy Week is beach camping and here's the scene at El Requeson on Baja California Sur's Bahia Concepcion last week. Photo courtesy Jeff Petersen.

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FROM THE OTHER SIDE--Tom Higgenbotham of Mulege (left) with guests Dolores and Vicente Arce of Punta Abreojos on Baja's Pacific coast, and two 27-pound yellowtail caught by Dolores on Tom's boat Strange Lady at nearby Isla Santa Inez. Photo courtesy Rick Barber.

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REMOTE BAJA CAMPING--Dana Bres caught this leopard grouper on the troll at Punta las Animas, while staying at the fly-in ecotouring camp at Bahia de las Animas operated by Baja Air Ventures. Photo courtesy Tim Farwell.

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HARD WON DORADO--Offshore fishing was truly slow at Puerto Vallarta last week and Josh Temple's (left) charter boat Prime Time was working hard for every fish, here a nice dorado caught on a live caballito 30 miles off shore for angler Mike Heatley of California. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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BAHIA DE LAS ANIMAS--A view of Bahia de las Animas from Randy Morishita's remote camping trip. Photo courtesy Randy Morishita.

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