Baja's East Cape fishing area steady on striped marlin

Mexico Fishing News, April 18, 2005



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: The super-hot striped marlin bite at La Ribera cooled off a bit last week, but East Cape boats still scored about a marlin per day. Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 36 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 35 striped marlin, two dorado, 15 snapper, four jack crevalle, one amberjack, two ladyfish, four triggerfish, one cabrilla, four skipjack, and one sierra.

Early prize winners in the Western Outdoor News Fiesta de Pesca including a first place to Hilary Eslheson of Pocatello, Idaho, with a 24.7-pound dorado, and a second place to Buzz Fedorka with a 9.5-pound pargo. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 16 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 24 striped marlin, 10 dorado, 12 yellowfin tuna, and 14 pargo. Ranch boats were almost sold out for June, with boats available for May, July, and August, Mouyeos said.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo report striped marlin fishing still very good about 4 miles offshore, between La Ribera and the Punta Arena lighthouse. "Further out, they are getting some tuna and dorado, but not on a consistent basis," Verdugo said. Hotel winners in the Western Outdoor News (W.O.N.) Fiesta de Pesca included Mr. and Mrs. Dave Scheffler with a 32.2-pound dorado caught on the Ricky about 20 miles out.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said some patches of water in the East Cape area were up to 76 degrees, and "we are starting to see a general warming of the fishing waters." The hot marlin bite at La Ribera was slower last week, Leeper said "...possibly from the effect of having 50 boats a day working them. Mackerel have become most marlin the last few days have been lure caught." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said over the weekend that yellowfin tuna of 10 to 35 pounds moved in to about 25 miles from their earlier position about 40 to 50 miles out, and "a hot sierra bite developed inshore." The big striped marlin bite at La Ribera was slower, "...but there are still plenty of marlin to go around," Ireland said earlier. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles launched his boat Fat Cat and put in two fishing days from Punta Pescadero north to the 88 bank, missing some marlin, but landing one, plus a 25-pound dorado south of the 88. A third fishing day was cut short when thieves broke into the Fat Cat and stole Burkett's rods: "...So, instead of spending the rest of the week enjoying the great fishing and weather offshore, I had to spend my time filling out police reports." East Cape seas were flat at the end of the week, after winds through Tuesday. FAT CAT EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak fishing was taking a busman's holiday and enjoying some casual fishing out of Rancho Leonero with his brother Gary and father Jerry, and he reported that brother Gary won a prize in the Western Outdoor News (W.O.N.) Fiesta de Pesca with a 56.9-pound dorado, and also caught his first marlin. "It's been the trip of a lifetime," Spike said. "The Sea of Cortez is coming to life." Spike said he is guiding kayak fishing trips to Rancho Leonero in May, August, September, and October. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said East Cape was relatively quiet following the Easter holiday. At the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, diving conditions were very good, with a 72-degree bottom temperature, 60-foot visibility, mild currents, and sea life sightings including manta rays, turtles, huge groupers, and snappers.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Lance Petersen of Baja On The Fly reported winds letting up enough for fly fishing on Wednesday but no bait to be found for purchase. A trolled-up bonito used as a teaser inshore produced no roosterfish action, but some ladyfish and jacks were caught by clients, as large schools were seen but not in a mood to bite. East Cape weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 66 to 74 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said he was catching bonefish and some croakers from shore. During the transitory mackerel shortage last week, Bergin said, "Bait is scattered and some charters canceled because of no bait."

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral trolled for albacore around the 450 spot in 63-degree blue water on Saturday, but came up with no jig strikes, and four 7-pound yellowtail on kelp paddies. Fishing the bottom at the Banda bank produced a 4-pound vermillion rockfish, 3-pound salmon grouper, and one lingcod. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said the second half of the week was windy and rough at the tip of Punta Banda and his pangas found only slow bottom fishing for a few rockcod. Earlier, Terry and Leroy Dryer of Ventura fished on the Vonny I and caught limits of rockcod, lingcod, and one yellowtail. Punta Banda weather was in the high-60s, with patchy morning fog, some wind, choppy ocean swells of 3 to 4 feet, and water temperatures averaging 59 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 59 late-week anglers aboard the Shir-Lee, El Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: one yellowtail, 578 bonito, 337 barracuda, 23 calico bass, 93 sandbass, 86 lingcod, 79 rockcod, and 24 whitefish. Earlier, Susarrey reported on 20 anglers fishing aboard the Shir-Lee and Clipper II, with a catch of: 28 bonito, 51 barracuda, 23 calico bass, and 32 whitefish.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said his boat is back in the water with a new dark green paint job, hardtop, and remodeled interior for more space. Fishing at north Isla Todos Santos produced bonitas and barracudas, plus some good bottom fish. Sanchez said a commercial boat reported a few trolled albacore, 40 miles off the island on a heading of 240 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said he fished the bottom with anchovies in good conditions Saturday with two anglers for limits of rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, one sheephead, and four scorpionfish.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Don Fagan of the Ensenada Luhr Jensen tackle factory said locals in the area reported lots of Humboldt squid, and good numbers of large barracuda last week. Fagan said an English-speaking friend, Juan Villacillo, has opened a new boat and RV storage facility in Ensenada that provides spaces 12 feet by 32 feet and 10 feet high, 011-52-646-185-6143.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas resort said he had good ocean conditions during the week. Two pangas with anglers from the Fresno area fished two days for full limits of bottom fish.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he had some winds until midweek, but flat water since Thursday afternoon, and 13 boats went out, for catches of lingcod, red rockcod, barracuda, and good results on calico bass around nearby kelp beds. Water temperatures in the main fishing area 4 miles from the coast averaged 57 degrees. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said fishing conditions were improving last week, with light winds, flatter seas, and water temperatures of 59 to 61 degrees. About two boats were fishing per day, mostly for limits of big rockcod to 7 pounds, lingcod to 21 pounds, and sheephead to 12 pounds, plus continued heavy catches of Humboldt squid. "It seems that the presence of the Humboldt squid is never going to come to an end," Garcia said. Anglers fishing during the week included Juanita and Joe Martin of Santee. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said perfect fishing weather prevailed in the San Carlos area, but most of the action was on Humboldt squid reported up to 30 pounds. "The action both inside and outside should begin to pick up in the next few weeks," Graham said. A few late-season gray whales were still around. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 69 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 73 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 35 striped marlin, 23 dorado, 36 yellowfin tuna, six yellowtail, three wahoo, four mako shark, big numbers of Humboldt squid, 60 sierra, and 15 boats skunked. Garcia said the skunked boats were "likely due to anglers targeting only marlin who were perfectly content with all the giant squid they have been feasting on." 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: three striped marlin, one wahoo, four dorado, and 41 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo and Juanita VIII reported on a combined three outings, with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, and 10 Humboldt squid. Edwards called it "very difficult fishing at Cabo San Lucas this past week as the ever-changing currents and temperatures take their toll." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said it was another week of mostly "miss" fishing, with striped marlin providing the best action by default. Some good marlin action was found close in, within 7 miles of shore on the Cortez side, but yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo were all scarce and scattered. Inshore fishing was also unremarkable, with some sierra, jack crevalle, small roosterfish and pargo landed. Cabo San Lucas weather was calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures in the high-60s on the Pacific side and low-70s on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on five outings by El Budster I and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: five striped marlin, and one 80-pound mako shark.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on six late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, five dorado, 12 yellowfin tuna, and one wahoo.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a week's catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, nine dorado, 23 yellowfin tuna, and 38 Humboldt squid. The top Solmar boat for the week was El Torito with Capt. Antonio Romero, with a four-outing catch including released fish of: three striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna, three dorado, and 11 Humboldt squid. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 64 combined La Playita fleet sportfishing pangas, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, two dogtooth snapper, 26 pompano, 55 barracuda, 28 cabrilla, 22 dorado, four yellowfin tuna, 110 pargo, eight grouper and 310 sierra. Most La Playita pangas were fishing close to shore for sierra, plus some barracuda that Brictson said was "a different variety than normal," and good action on shallow water pargo colorado of 8 to 14 pounds. San Jose del Cabo weather was in the low-80s, with clear water within several miles of shore at 68 to 71 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on two surf fishing trips and three days of panga fishing with Capt. Pata of the Salome, with generally slow results on only 22 species, including two new unknown ones. "I would rate this week as far below average from a sportfishing perspective," Snow said, citing cold water temperatures of about 70 degrees, and off-colored water: "There were only a limited number of gringos fishing but the panga fleet in residence at La Playita has grown to 50, the normal commercial fish buyer has been replaced, and the commercial guys are suffering as well." SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported a 35-pound pargo caught in the surf by John Freis, east of San Jose del Cabo, on a Ranger lure cast just before sunset. "The pargo took 200 yards of line, straight out from the beach, and lodged itself under a rock," Grimes said. "John paddled with his rod in the dark to the pargo, pulled it out from under the rock with his fishing line, and paddled back to the beach."

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Grimes also reported on the heavy gill netting and lack of regulations enforcement by Mexican authorities that continues to reduce sportfishing opportunities in both Baja California and Baja California Sur: "The only real enforcement of the Mexican fishing regulations occurs in the areas on the mid and northern Pacific coast where the cooperativas have their own vigilantes to protect the lobster and abalone fisheries." BAJA CALIFORNIA GILL NET REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International called La Paz fishing decent if not spectacular last week, as anglers on the La Paz and Las Arenas sides scored on a large variety of species including striped marlin, dogtooth snapper, pargo colorado, African pompano, bonito, skipjack, yellowtail, yellow snapper, dorado, roosterfish, mako shark, sierra, cabrilla, amberjack, and one yellowfin tuna. Water temperatures were hitting the 70-degree mark, and Roldan said, "...Most days I counted 6 to 12 different species." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said about 30 pangas fished out of the Las Arenas side in the past several days, in generally very calm conditions, and the catch included pargo liso, cabrilla, dorado, marlin, and tuna. Only one day last week was windy enough to prevent pangas from making bait. "Conditions are getting better for fishing out at the buoys to look for tuna and dorado, as well as marlin," Hernandez said. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto fished in flat conditions between Islas Coronado and Carmen on Kent Baker's boat with Capt. Martin Davis for a catch of two large yellowtail, one small cabrilla, and one medium snapper. On Friday, two boats reported two and eight yellowtail respectively at San Bruno, plus others lost. Dorado were still about 40 miles out, but one boat was reported to have caught eight. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the recent lull in the local yellowtail bite could have been caused by spawning activity, and yellowtail had returned to the surface by midweek: "So it looks as though the surface yellowtail bite has begun." Bolles said all her boats fishing on Wednesday returned with yellowtail, most caught on the surface and close to town, and some with good size in the 30-pound range. At Ensenada Blanca, a visiting woman caught a 15-pound class dorado on the beach with a rake, after her dog alerted her to the fish splashing in shallow water. Loreto water temperatures were 66 to 75 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto said he fished two days east of Isla Carmen and north of Isla Catalana for one striped marlin released, and a 15-pound dorado. Erhardt said that "doesn't sound like much," but each day he saw six or seven marlin and had two or three hits, and the water was full of life including scores of sea turtles, whales, crabs, bait fish, and luminescent plankton so thick off Puerto Escondido that "the boat seemed to be motoring over a furnace keeping pace below...the water glowed with underwater explosions as fish and animals roiled the murk getting out of the way." LORETO FISHING AND SEA LIFE REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said guests Richard James and Steven Polgrean of Clovis caught yellowtail limits on fish of 30 to 35 pounds while fishing with Capt. Gregorio about 7 miles north of Isla Coronado. "Ron and I were out today as well," Wilchynski said, "not fishing, but we saw so many dolphins and mantas! The water was full of small fish fry and the snorkeling was great!"

LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said the weather was excellent last week, but yellowtail fishing was very slow. A few yellowtail, mixed with cabrillas and snappers, were caught with live bait, but Susarrey said, "Maybe the yellowtail will start leaving the Loreto sportfishing area, because we have not had good yellowtail fishing in the past two weeks." Dorado were still about 40 miles to the south of town. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Nacho Davis of the baitseller's cooperativa said their proper name is "Carnaderos Y Pescadores De Loreto," and added, "We are bait fishermen and we are fishermen, of Loreto. We are pleased when many times we can talk with the sportfishermen. We want to assist them when it is possible." Davis said the carnaderos were catching good numbers of jurelito last week, but only a few mackerel. The boat Oso Negro reported limits of dorado at 15 pounds in a warm water current running eastwards from Isla Carmen.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported spotty results on yellowtail, but some boats doing fairly well at Punta Chivato, Isla Santa Inez, Isla San Marcos and Punta Concepcion, and others, including himself, not doing as well. Barber said he fished around The Mine area south of Punta Concepcion, lost all his baits on midwater hits, couldn't get surface yellowtail to hit iron, and ended up with a lizardfish on a trolled MirrOlure: "I ran out of beer so I decided to call it a day." Top catches for the week included some commercial pangueros with a 140-pound grouper at Isla Santa Inez, Capt. Alex with two yellowtail to 35 pounds in the same area, and Patti and Tom Higgenbotham with four cabrilla and an 18-pound broomtail grouper, also from Isla Santa Inez. "I hope I'm wrong but I feel that the yellowtail season is on the wane," Barber said. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline returned from a fly-down trip to the Hotel Serenidad reporting generally slow fishing during the transition from yellowtail to dorado: "Some of the pangueros said they have seen dorado in the Mulege sportfishing area but none are coming into the docks as yet." Bottom fishing was productive for cabrilla, and the runway at the hotel was in good condition. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said the weather was flat and perfect last week, and fishing on the local bajos produced a regular two to three yellowtail per day, but the real action was out at Isla Tortuga. Taking advantage of the flat conditions on Saturday, Kanzler made a 35-minute run out to the island with Alan Lewis, and in one morning they scored catch-and-release action on 11 yellowtail to 22 pounds, 20 leopard grouper to 12 pounds, and two sawtail grouper to 15 pounds. Santa Rosalia weather was warming in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 68 to 70 degrees, and a limited, 20 feet of visibility. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove noted that he's seeing some drivers on Mex 1 waiting to get their tourist visas until they reach Guerrero Negro. Lindsay said they should check their Mexican insurance policies to be sure that doesn't make their insurance invalid during the period when they have no tourist visas.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Baja AirVentures eco-guide Tim Farwell returned from flying a group to their remote camp on the shore of Bahia de las Animas, where Farwell said they had catch-and-release night fishing fun for 15-pound Humboldt squid, and good action out in the middle of the bay in about 200 feet of water for goldspotted bass, scorpionfish, and a 15-pound unidentified type of cabrilla caught by Farwell. Weather at Bahia de las Animas was mostly calm, with water temperatures warming to about 64 degrees. BAHIA DE LAS ANIMAS FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Elijah Hayward of Fallbrook reported on an "adventure" trip to their place at Bahia de los Angeles by his experienced father, Bob Hayward, as winds wrecked the fishing, almost stranded them offshore, and finally, on April Fool's Day, capsized and sunk their 21-foot boat at its mooring. As a final stroke, Hayward said their electric winch burned out while pulling the boat out of the water: "Some adventure. Glad I missed that one!" BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES "ADVENTURE" FISHING TRIP REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported mostly windy weather at water temperatures at 59 to 63 degrees. Gnats were present in the village. Vazquez' new boat, the Gecko IV, was launched for the first time and Vazquez said, "It runs great." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES VILLAGE REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on the first trip of the season for the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on April 15, 2005, with 19 anglers and a catch of: 93 yellowtail, 51 cabrilla, 13 pargo, 18 white seabass, and four black seabass, including fish of 32 and 48 pounds. The white seabass and black sea bass were caught at the Golden Reef. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, John Brooks and Max Rogers of San Jose, Calif., trailered Rogers' 19-foot boat to Puertecitos, where they fished at the Enchanted Islands and Golden Reef for four days during the week and scored regular yellowtail limits, nonstop action on goldspotted bass "on every drop" and a white seabass caught on iron by Rogers at the Golden Reef. "Puertecitos has to be the new capital for yellowtail," Brooks said. "Just finished processing the fish into the freezer." PUERTECITOS FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said last week was hot and humid at 91 degrees and 69 percent relative humidity. On the beach, lots of people were in the water, and Meders said a subculture of San Felipe joggers and fast-walkers has been out making tracks in the sand. In town, cleanup crews were grooming the beaches. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Celia Diaz of the Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee in Chula Vista reported another dramatic helicopter rescue of an American injured in a remote location in Baja California, this time from a place called San Jose de la Piedra south of San Felipe. Diaz said she was requested by satellite phone by three U.S. motorcyclists to aid one of their party who was injured. Through coordination with U.S. and Mexican authorities, a Mexican military helicopter picked the man up within about four hours, and he was flown out, with his motorcycle, Diaz said, to Ensenada, where a U.S. ambulance brought him back across the border for treatment. The nonprofit BEMCC provides emergency assistance to its members for a tax-deductible membership fee of $35 per year, 619-425-5080. BEMCC EMERGENCY HELICOPTER EVACUATION REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of Tucson reported two very hot fishing days out of San Carlos for his boat Catch-22. On Friday, Calvert said he scored on 10 dorado, two striped marlin released, a blue marlin released, and a sailfish released. "We saw marlin at 9 out, 12 out, and lots around the 20-mile mark," Calvert said. On Saturday, Calvert said the Catch-22 scored again, with two more striped marlin, plus 10 more dorado. Water temperatures at 22 miles out were at 72 degrees. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., fished out of San Carlos on his boat No Sniveling, and reported one yellowtail at Punta San Antonio and two more at Isla San Pedro Nolasco on the same day. All fish were caught on wire-trolled Rapalas or MirrOlures. Some boats reported as many as 18 to 20 yellowtail, in water temperatures of 58 to 62 degrees. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 39 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: one broadbill swordfish of 190 pounds, nine striped marlin, one hammerhead shark, 12 dorado, and 64 yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan fishing was generally improved, and inshore boats had good catches of species including pargo, cabrilla, loras, cochitos, botetes and mojarras. Water temperatures ranged from 71.5 degrees inshore to 73.5 degrees in the best fishing area about 25 miles out. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said about 15 boats were fishing daily, in improving conditions, and at least one blue marlin was brought in for 11 days in a row. Offshore boats averaged about one to two sailfish per day, and inshore action for jack crevalle was steady, as Kim Kelsey of the San Francisco area scored on six fish to 25 pounds with Kunze on the panga Yellowfin. Kunze said most of the blue marlin were being caught on sailfish gear, and "if the people targeted marlin, and used the right gear, the ratio would be at least one marlin for every two boat days." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said Capt. Santiago of the Gitana landed a blue marlin last week, four sailfish on another day, and two sailfish on a third day. "Things are improving in Zihuatanejo," Phillips said. "With the water warming and the blue water moving in, we should be back to normal in about two weeks."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

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HUACHINANGO HAPPINESS--Mary and Buzz Fedorka fished on the Vamonos out of East Cape's Buena Vista Beach Resort and landed these nice true red snapper or huachinango. Their biggest fish won a second place prize in the Western Outdoor News Fiesta de Pesca. Photo courtesy Axel Valdez.

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GOOD ENSENADA CATCH--Fishing was tough in choppy water last week at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda, but Terry and Leroy Dryer snuck out on Vonny Fleet's Vonny I and caught limits of bottom fish, plus a nice yellowtail. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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CALICO BASS RUN--Worthy Harris and Coil Dunn of San Diego got into a nice catch of calico bass and mixed bottom fish while fishing out of Erendira with Castro's Camp. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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SAN QUINTIN SHEEPHEADS--Juanita Martin and her son Kevin Otto fished out of Don Eddie's Landing at San Quintin for a nice catch including this matched pair of sheephead. Photo courtesy Sarai Garcia.

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TOUGH SURF CATCH--John Freis (left) had to paddle out and untangle this rocked 35-pound pargo that he hooked on a cast Ranger lure at San Jose del Cabo while fishing with Bob Grimes (right) last week. Photo by Dick Beauchamp courtesy Bob Grimes.

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BIG LA PAZ GALLO--James Schultz of Richmond, Calif., with a beautiful roosterfish caught on his first trip to La Paz while fishing at Isla Espiritu Santo with Tailhunter International. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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ENSENADA DE LOS MUERTOS--Father and son Jeff and Andy Schuer fished on La Paz' Las Arenas side with Tortuga Sportfishing last week and Capt. Hugo found them a bag of mixed species including pargo liso and dorado. Photo courtesy Dos Hernandez.

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FROM ISLA TORTUGA--Alan "Voodoo Lounge" Lewis (left) of San Lucas Cove and Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned to the island dock with a big haul of yellowtail and mixed species caught in perfect conditions at Isla Tortuga. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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WHAT IS IT?--Tim Farwell of Baja AirVentures with an unusually-marked cabrilla-type fish caught about 200 feet deep in the middle of Baja de las Animas while he was guiding an eco-touring group there last week. Photo courtesy Tim Farwell.

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GOLDEN REEF CROAKER--Max Rogers' white seabass, caught while fishing with John Brooks at the Golden Reef off Puertecitos. They also scored yellowtail limits and goldspotted bass "on every drop." Photo courtesy John Brooks.

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NO SNIVELING--Craig Collins caught one yellowtail at Punta San Antonio and two more at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, while fishing out of San Carlos on his boat No Sniveling. Photo courtesy Craig Collins.

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NORTHERN YELLOWTAIL LAUNCH--The concrete ramp at Puertecitos, main northern Sea of Cortez access point for the nearby Enchanted Islands and offshore Golden Reef. Photo courtesy John Brooks.

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