EAST CAPE, MEXICO: EAST CAPE - An intense striped marlin bite erupted within a few miles of La Ribera last week as many boats scored limits on schooling surface marlin in all directions.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles launched his boat Fat Cat to begin his spring fishing season with the hot marlin action. "The marlin are balling mackerel about three miles offshore and the sight is nothing short of awesome!" Burkett said. "Everywhere you look you see marlin chasing bait and anglers fighting marlin...Just watching this spectacle was special." FAT CAT EAST CAPE MARLIN FISHING.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said, "An incredibly hot bite on striped marlin has developed about 3 to 4 miles off La Ribera, with hungry schools of marlin boiling everywhere." Leonero boats got double and triple hookups, and one returned by noon after releasing eight stripers, Ireland said. Yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds were located about 40 miles straight out, but most boats were concentrating on the near shore marlin bite. HOT EAST CAPE MARLIN FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported very good marlin fishing at La Rivera, and tuna to about 30 pounds mixed with dorado 30 miles out. "In the past couple of days we have seen more tuna and dorado," Verdugo said. "We still have some windy days, but the past couple have been nice."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said, "East Cape marlin fishing continues to be amazing, and anybody that wanted to catch one just had to show up between La Ribera and Punta Colorada." The striped marlin concentration was only 2 to 4 miles off the beach, in 260 to 1,200 feet of water, in an area of heavy bait boils and birds. Most were caught on live mackerel, and Leeper said, "...especially Thursday and Friday, were the best I have seen in our four years of being here...Mixed in...were some frenetic toro schools, to the point where many East Cape anglers fled rather than hook another." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on nine boats, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, six roosterfish, six dorado, four yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, 12 pargo, and 18 skipjack. "The people are starting to come back after winter break," Mouyeos said. "Nine trips in the last five days brought in some impressive fish counts."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort said, "It was great fishing for stripers this past week and it is close, so close that you can paddle out." The hotel reported on 14 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 30 striped marlin, one dorado, 11 snapper, four jack crevalle, one amberjack, one pompano, five cabrilla, 20 skipjack, and two sierra. Valez, said his brother Esaul fished with a television crew for three days and caught 22 marlin. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, for the period of March 25-31, 2005, Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 25 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 15 striped marlin, three dorado, one tuna, one roosterfish, 25 snapper, two jack crevalle, one amberjack, two pompano, 11 cabrilla, 93 skipjack, and one sierra. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 126 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: 140 striped marlin, 28 dorado, 78 yellowfin tuna, 21 pargo, one wahoo, and one roosterfish. East Cape weather was in the high-80s, with afternoon chop, and water temperatures of 66 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera described getting into the marlin melee practically in front of his house: "...They all grouped up in an area roughly 5 miles off our beach here at La Ribera...Striped marlin in huge schools were seen feeding on the surface. The action looked like big, big tuna but the sea was a froth with bills and tails of 150 pound mature marlin chasing bait everywhere. They were greyhounding, tail walking and feeding in every quarter of the compass in an area about half-a-mile across...At one time I counted 25 big rods each bent over." Bergin said he did his catch-and-release duty, hooking a marlin with a bottom rig and 30-pound tackle and "releasing" it when the line broke at leader. EAST CAPE MARLIN FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Don Anderson of Newport Beach fished the marlin bite on the Maria II with Capt. Martin Olachea out of Hotel Playa del Sol, and released eight striped marlin himself in the main area 5 to 7 miles off La Ribera. "Fish were everywhere, feeding on bait balls all over the bay," Anderson said. "One time I counted eight boats hooked up around us at the same time." EAST CAPE MARLIN FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported some wind last week, but fly anglers getting shots on sierra and roosterfish. Jacks were numerous, but spooky along shore: "There were numerous schools of jacks on the move in the East Cape fishing area, but they were as spooky as I've ever seen them. Any cast would send them scattering in a panic..." East Cape weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 66 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said bottom temperatures at the Cabo Pulmo corral reef were at 71 degrees with 60 feet of visibility, and the weather was beautiful all week, with sea life sightings featuring batrays, guitarfish, turtles, grouper, and clouds of colorful reef fish.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said some fishing was knocked out by rough seas and even a small craft advisory last week, but his pangas did get out to the tip of Punta Banda several days, mostly for so-so bottom fishing, but on Tuesday, also including an amazing 40-pound black sea bass caught with one of the locally-made aluminum surface jigs. The black sea bass was caught on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto, while fishing with Joe Ramirez and Lester Ellet of Downey, and they also scored limits on rockcod, lingcod, and bonita that day. Ensenada weather was mostly windy in the low-60s, with water temperatures at 60 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said his boats caught sandbass and medium barracuda at Three Brothers, good bottom fish and calico bass south at Maximino reef, and some log barracuda and large bonito to 10 pounds north of Isla Todos Santos. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the Bad Dog at Marina Coral relayed a report by Judy and Mel Ostberg's boat Melody for a single, jig strike albacore and three bait fish on one stop inside the 450 spot. The 50-foot Melody fished in rough seas and was not able to bottom fish at the Banda banks because of large swells, Ross said. Anchovy bait for the day came from Mike's bait barge. Ross' wife Gail also received a Shimano Trinidad 50 reel presented by San Diego Anglers for winning the women's division "All Around Angler of the Year" award for 2004. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said flat weather earlier in the week turned rough on Friday with "giant swells with high winds, creating hazards and poor fishing conditions." Several pangas and a few kayakers did try to fish on some days, and got excellent results on lingcod to 15 pounds, rockcod, whitefish, and one halibut of 5 pounds. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING REPORT.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had 14 boats fishing out of Erendira, even though there was wind on some days. Boats returned from the fishing area 7 miles out with good catches of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, and a few barracuda, although Castro said, "Because of the movement of the sea, we had many people seasick." Water temperatures off Erendira averaged 53 degrees. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said most boats were kept ashore by high winds last week, but Don Mazellan of New Jersey fished with Capt. Hector on the Rommy and landed his first white seabass, a 36.5 pounder. Also catching limits of sandbass, calico bass, and Humboldt squid with Mazellan were Jim Nolan, Larry Marks, and Chuck Noice. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Josh Schwartz of Carlsbad and his group fished inside San Quintin bay and just outside in rough conditions: "The weather was extremely bad...nearly unfishable. We still managed to land a good number of rockfish, although the weather took most the fun out of it. Nothing inside the bay."
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said Jeff Becica and his family from Huntington Beach fished on their own boat for a week, through good conditions and bad, and were rewarded with lingcod to 17 pounds, red rockcod to 6.5 pounds, whitefish, sheephead, and lots of Humboldt squid. The Becicas fished at the 240 and 180 spots, and also at Isla San Martin, in water temperatures of 58 to 61 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he's been busy with their new boat and the weather was unpredictable, but he did fish early in the week, in decent weather but chilly 56 to 57-degree water, for slow action at the 15 spot, Ben's Rock, and the inside of Isla San Martin, on some calico bass, barracuda, and a possible yellowtail lost. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported slow surface fishing at the San Carlos entrada, but some grouper caught deep at Isla Santa Margarita. The mangrove channels at Devil's Curve produced corvina and a few quality snook. Halibut fishing was consistent on the beaches south of Punta Belcher. Magdalena Bay water temperatures were 69 to 75 degrees, with calm seas. MAGDALENA BAY 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: 21 striped marlin, three wahoo, 17 dorado, and 30 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined eight outings, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, seven dorado, 10 yellowfin tuna, and five Humboldt squid. Boats fished mostly southeast, 5 to 20 miles from the arch in water temperatures of about 71 degrees, with cooler 67 to 69-degree water closer to shore. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said, "Cabo San Lucas sportfishing boats are seeing quite a few marlin, but it was hard to get them to eat due to the large amounts of squid in the water..." Overall, 37 percent of Pisces Fleet boats released striped marlin last week, 40 percent landed yellowfin tuna, 22 percent caught dorado, and boats also scored on up to seven Humboldt squid of 30 to 50 pounds. Some boats doubled on wahoo to 70 pounds, and inshore fishing was good for sierra, as Pisces boats fished 15 to 25 miles out on both sides of the arch, in water temperatures averaging 69 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 62 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 14 striped marlin, 27 yellowfin tuna, 26 Humboldt squid, 16 dorado, and seven wahoo. Solmar's top boat for the week was the Solmar III with Capt. Benito Peralta and a five-outing catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna, two dorado, and one wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Solmar Fleet reported on 58 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 82 yellowfin tuna, three wahoo, 13 dorado, 13 sierra, two jacks, and 11 giant squid. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Geri Christman and her husband Dave Christman fished near shore on the Pacific side on their boat Reel Dream with Capt. Ernie Cossio for a catch of four red snapper to 15 pounds. "After slow fishing for a few days we decided to fish for some pargo near the Old Light House," Geri said. "We followed the school along the shore with live bait."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported mostly slow fishing in wind-roughened seas toward the end of the week, with some striped marlin caught in relatively sheltered water tight to shore or up the Cortez side. Yellowfin tuna and dorado were small and scattered, and a few lucky wahoo catches were made. Inshore, some sierra to 8 pounds and roosterfish to 15 pounds were caught, but Landrum said overall fishing was "mostly miss." Cabo San Lucas water temperatures were in the mid to high-60s on the Pacific side and up to about 75 degrees up past Punta Gorda on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on six outings by El Budster I and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on eight late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, nine dorado, 10 wahoo, and 11 yellowfin tuna.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Charles Whitesell of Cabo San Lucas fished with Capt. Ramon, 011-52-624-143-0274, on the panga Cheers, and they found slow action in variable sea conditions for skipjack about 8 miles south of the arch, and then some sierra, while fishing up the Pacific side surf line from the lighthouse to 1 mile north of San Cristobal. Whitesell recommended Capt. Ramon: "This is really a good family and they really know their fishing. In the past eight years I have never been disappointed." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 48 La Playita pangas, with a catch of about: eight yellowfin tuna, 16 dorado, 22 pompano, 210 sierra, four roosterfish, 18 jack crevalle, four bull shark, 120 pargo, 18 amberjack, 22 cabrilla, two yellowtail, and 30 triggerfish. Brictson said an emerging bite of pompano at San Luis was shut down by a large school of bull sharks to over 100 pounds that came into the shallows and scattered the fish. Bottom fishing was slower than normal, and offshore action was hit-or-miss in water temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said 18 boats fished during the week, for about 10 to 15 fish each, including lots of sierra, smaller cabrilla and pargos, and a few Humboldt squid. Boats fished mostly close to shore around Punta Ballena and Red Hill. Very few small tuna were caught about 20 miles out, and some striped marlin 30 miles out. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported slow inshore fishing, as local gill netters knocked down schools of sierra appearing along the beaches around La Playita: "A gill net that was left in a car in La Playita was recently cut up, presumably by the local Mexicans trying to make a living in sportfishing." One net set near Punta Palmilla was estimated to have taken over a ton of sierra, Grimes said. SAN JOSE DEL CABO COMMERCIAL GILL NET REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said spring conditions were warming up on the Las Arenas side, with daytime air temperatures reaching 86 degrees, and the first tuna of the season were caught on the buoys about 5 miles off Punta Perico. Tuna were also seen with porpoise closer in, around Boca del Alamo, and good concentrations of marlin were present. Sardina bait continued very abundant on the back side of Isla Cerralvo, and big numbers of pargo liso were available around the Hotel las Arenas at Punta Perico. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said warming spring waters brought more marlin to the La Paz area, plus some medium dorado, and a nice bite of yellowtail at the north end of Isla Cerralvo, with 10 to 20-pounders at La Reina, and 30 to 50 pounders at La Reinita. "It wasn't wide open and not everyday," Roldan said, "but for anyone who fished the spots for several days, they did fine." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Mike Gravert of Elk Grove, Calif., fished with Capt. Joel of the Jack Velez Fleet, booked through Tailhunter International, and he caught a large 80-pound class roosterfish on a slow-trolled sardina at the north end of Isla Espiritu Santo. Gravert said the fish easily bottomed out a 75-pound scale five hours after the catch, and it measured 59 inches long, with a girth of 41 inches. LA PAZ BIG ROOSTERFISH REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release tournament in Zihuatanejo said Fintastic Fish Mounts will be mounting the fish for Gravert, and reported that Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said it was the biggest roosterfish he's seen in the last two years.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Pirates Fleet said five or six boats fished daily last week, for limits of cabrilla and pargos along the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo. Emil Phillips, 90, and John Robert, 80, limited on yellowtail, including two fish reported at over 50 pounds. La Paz side weather had some wind earlier, but was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto and his group fished four days with Capt. Paulino Martinez for a catch of: five yellowtail of 10 to 20 pounds, 10 leopard grouper, eight broomtail grouper to 20 pounds, five red snapper, two spotted cabrilla, one tijereta, and four whitefish. Bear fished at Punta Pulpito, Punta Perico, and Isla Catalana, and said he also baited a marlin on the way to the island that was "too big to be a striper." Loreto water temperatures were 66 to 71 degrees, and Bear also relayed reports of early dorado caught. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said only one day had unfishable wind last week, and overall fishing was improved, with yellowtail at Isla Coronado, the first dorado of the season in the bag, and more marlin and sailfish showing up. Inshore fishing was productive for cabrilla, pargo, and other species, plus some roosterfish. "Loreto yellowtail still have not spawned," Bolles said. "I think they'll do so near the next full moon." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported generally slow yellowtail fishing, as boats returned with one to three fish each from locations around Isla Coronado and Isla Carmen. Five dorado were reported caught about 20 miles outside Punta Lobos by Andres and Francisco Romero, and some sailfish and marlin were also caught locally and at San Bruno. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said Jerry Mainord and Fritz Lowe's group of six anglers fished in their boat Tuna Tango with Capt. Pancho of Juncalito as their guide, and they came back with six yellowtail of 15 to 30 pounds, plus a couple of nice cabrilla: "A great day...now off to the restaurant for some fresh fish!"
LORETO, MEXICO: Nacho Davis of the Carnaderos baitsellers cooperativa said they are fishing south of town and finding "near puro jurelito" with sabiki rigs. "The jurelito prefer these rigs to cut bait," Davis said. The carnaderos also reported seeing flying fish at night, as warmer water approaches Loreto: "The dorado will follow." LORETO BAIT FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto interviewed local sportfishing Capt. Ismael "Mayequi" Murillo Ramirez, whose family once owned the land where the historic Hotel Oasis was built, and who began fishing in Loreto first for the Flying Sportsmen Lodge and then the Hotel Oasis in 1978. Of his boyhood fishing around Loreto with his father, Capt. Mayequi said, "Using the oars and sails for power, we fished from Pulpito to Agua Verde, and outside the islands." INTERVIEW WITH LORETO SPORTFISHING CAPT. ISMAEL MAYEQUI MURILLO RAMIREZ.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Roger Pramhus of Coyote Bay said Mulege weather was warming up and hitting 90 degrees a couple of days last week, with near shore water temperatures on the Sea of Cortez at 68 to 70 degrees, and up to 71 degrees farther out. Pramhus said yellowtail fishing was spotty, but he did well on cabrilla at Punta Teresa, and he was also seeing roosterfish on the beach right in front of his house: "I try to get down there real quick with a spinning rod and cast a Krocodile to them, but am about 50 feet short of reaching them!" MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported on the town's First Annual Pelican Reef Yellowtail Tournament which attracted about 40 anglers on April 6, 2005. Barber said even though fishing conditions were tough, "It is an understatement to say that a great time was had by all...We can hardly wait for the First Annual Dorado Tournament which will be held on June 15th and 16th. Mulege anglers winning cash and prizes in the event included: Marty Robinson, Ed "Too Tall" Jarecki, Valerie O’Shaunghessy, Gary Bendix, Ralph Lane, Mitch McGee, Cole McGee, and John Macy. PELICAN REEF FISHING TOURNAMENT REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege returned from a trip to the States, saying Mex 1 was in good shape, and "flowers hard to describe on the road. The living desert is in bloom."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said Santa Rosalia weather was fishable for most of the week, and three runs to the bajos produced a total of 11 yellowtail of about 18 to 24 pounds, seven cabrilla, and two unusual white seabass caught by Mike Perkins of San Diego. "Talk about luck," Kanzler said. "I've only caught six white seabass in 13 years! Well, bring the boat count up to eight." Santa Rosalia weather was in the 80s, with water temperatures of 66 to 67 degrees and about 30 feet of visibility. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said, "The weather...is not nice at the moment." Strong "out of this world" winds knocked out local fishing as yellowtail disappeared during the normal April slow period. Vazquez said some good catches of leopard grouper were made at Isla Angel de la Guarda, but most days boats could not get out that far. Water temperatures were up to 62 to 64 degrees. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Vazquez said fishing was slow for yellowtail, as is normal for April. Windy conditions prevailed during the week, and local fishing was hampered by lots of squid in the area. The surrounding desert was very green, as L.A. Bay weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 59 to 63 degrees. The new gas station was not yet open for business. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista returned from a fly-in trip to San Francisquito reporting getting blown out on two of four fishing days, but still doing well on cabrilla and Humboldt squid. Yellowtail were seen working the top water north of the cala, in 61-degree water, and lots of bait was seen on the meter. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported that the San Felipe panga mothership Tony Reyes completed its first island-hopping trip based out of La Paz, with a successful catch of yellowtail to 33 pounds, cabrilla to 24 pounds, a 158-pound grouper, and several other species caught around Isla Espiritu Santo, Isla Cerralvo, and the northern islands around Isla San Jose. The Tony Reyes was departing on its second of five weeks at La Paz on Sunday, before returning to San Felipe. Tony Reyes Sr. was on the trip. LA PAZ MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard said fishing was slow last week for a few sierra, goldspotted bass, spotted bay bass, and some yellowtail outside on the Golden Reef, but no big numbers on any species. Winds were on-and-off to 25 m.p.h., depending on the day. Gonzaga Bay fishing area weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures in the low-70s. Locals beach fishing one day north of Punta Willard caught a 10-pound plus orangemouth corvina and one other fish.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik was departing on Saturday for its first Midriff Islands trip of the season, with two new generators, Alfonso the cook, new carpeting in the staterooms, and a new blue paint job. The Erik's first fishing report of the season was due upon its return in six days. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said winds were calm on Sunday, between periods of strong wind, and the temperature was 65 degrees: "Right now San Felipe is lovely and the tide is very far out, and there are many people strolling on the beach." The desert was in bloom, and the forecast was for weather in the 90s by Thursday. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., fished about 50 miles out of Rocky Point on his boat Murphy Girl, with Capt. Jon Kay of Tiburon Charters as a guide, and they did well on limits of goldspotted bass, a 30-pound spotted cabrilla, several ocean whitefish, and four baqueta or gulf coney. Also fishing on the boat was Ryan Jenkins of Phoenix, who caught the spotted cabrilla on his first drop. Gustafson said sea conditions were good, with a water temperature of 68 degrees, and they fished with sierra baits caught just outside Rocky Point. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Rio Rico, near Nogales, Ariz., fished just a few hours on his new boat at the San Carlos marina and reported one yellowtail caught and another missed, on wire line and a fire tiger Rapala at Punta San Antonio, plus 12 small barracuda on the same rig at Miramar. San Carlos water temperatures were 57 to 61 degrees, following a spell of wind. Collins also reported the boat Huapanguero with 18 yellowtail in one morning at Isla San Pedro Nolasco. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 27 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, four mako shark, six dorado, and 18 yellowfin tuna. Edwards said offshore fishing was slowed by cooler waters of 69 to 70 degrees moving into the area, but inshore boats had good action on a wide variety of nine species overall. Mazatlan offshore boats were fishing in all directions looking for fish. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said he's winding down the season and heading north for the summer, returning to Puerto Vallarta in August. With offshore fishing very slow, the Prime Time fished inshore last week, and Temple said he's been having fun with roosterfish near the rocks and pompano crashing bait on the surface. "All in all this has been a really great week to end our Puerto Vallarta sportfishing season on," Temple said. "The offshore scene has shut down, but we did say we didn't care if we caught another tuna the rest of the season after that 355 pounder, so although not completely accurate we did basically get what we asked for." PRIME TIME PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING SEASON WRAP-UP.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said, "After three weeks of some of the most difficult fishing in quite some time, conditions dramatically improved." The sailfish bite was still returning, but several blue marlin of 300 to 500 pounds were reported, plus a 300-pound class yellowfin tuna. Inshore, Edwards reported roosterfish absent, but good fishing for yellowtail jack, sierra, and bonito. Clear blue water at 82 degrees was 12 miles out. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said last week's billfish count also included a black marlin.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said water temperatures warmed back up last week, and offshore fishing improved on sailfish, plus several blue marlin reported by local boats, including a 575 pounder for Capt. Santiago on the Gitana. Inshore, Kunze said hot action was found against the beaches for jack crevalle mixed with schools of roosterfish in the 30 to 40-pound class. "This is the earliest I have heard of the roosters being here in quantity," Kunze said, "so things may really be looking up." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said the large blue marlin reported on the Gitana was caught by angler Stephen Loshbaugh of Colorado. The fish could not be tagged, because it died after a 5-hour fight on 80-pound line, in windy, choppy seas, Phillips said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Vince Cornett of Costa Mesa, and Ken Ogden, fished several days with Capt. Arturo on the Whiskey III, finding slow action at first, but coming back with excellent inshore fishing for yellowtail jacks of 12 to 20 pounds, lots of bonito, a kawakawa, and a small amberjack. On their final fishing day, Cornett said they decided to run outside 27 to 30 miles, and they scored on two striped marlin, a blue marlin lost, and two more blue marlin that ate bait in the pattern but did not hook up. "On the other days we did hook several roosterfish and lost every one them," Cornett said. "That is a tough fish to land." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.