SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Anglers at San Carlos, Sonora, on the upper mainland Sea of Cortez coast were surprised and delighted by an unusual run of striped marlin this month, which was followed by an equally unusual, early season run of yellowfin tuna last week on fish of 35 to 50 pounds caught only 20 miles out of the marina.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert got into the earlier striped marlin bite, and then the yellowfin tuna on Friday and Saturday last week, on his boat Catch-22: "I counted 21 boats from the San Carlos sportfishing fleet. At one point I looked around and I think every boat was hooked up, with lots of doubles and triples. It's safe to say we all got lots of tuna, 35 pounds average up to 50 pounds...Go figure. Last week we had tons of marlin. This week, tons of tuna." Calvert said the Catch-22 fished in 71.8-degree water, 22 miles straight south of San Carlos. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORTS.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of San Carlos fished Saturday on the Catch-22 and scored his first two yellowfin tuna ever. About the hard-fighting tuna, Almada said, "I learned a lot about trolling today. It was a great experience...I got my first couple of tuna ever, and I have to admit one of them beat the crap out of me! I was really close to throwing up my tacos!" SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos noted the big rush by local boats to get into the tuna action: "I just got off the water and I know there were 20 to 30 boats out there...Tuna are being reported at 18, 21, 25, and 30 miles out. They are everywhere." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Phil DeBoard of San Carlos said he saw marlin as close as 5 miles out on a heading of 180 degrees, but could not get through the wind to the tuna on his 20-foot boat: "That wind made it tough for me in my 20-foot open boat, which is somewhat like a panga...I only made it about 14 miles out before the wind blew me off the water, but I have no complaints. Can't win 'em all." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported private boats starting to catch 20-pound albacore around the 238 bank, plus yellowtail to 12 pounds on kelp paddies, in water temperatures of about 65 degrees. Local boats including Lily Fleet's Amigo and Tamara caught yellowtail of about 20 pounds while fishing around Isla Todos Santos in 61-degree water. On Monday, the Tamara reported nine yellowtail caught mostly on jigs. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said fishing was mostly slow for his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda last week. "It slowed down on rockcods and lingcod," Villarino said. "We caught mostly calico bass and sandbass." Anglers fishing earlier in the week included Jay Johnson with limits of sandbass on the Vonny I, and Michael Thomas with sandbass limits and one yellowtail, with Capt. Cruz on the Vonny III. Punta Banda weather was cloudy in the mornings, clearing later, in the 60s, with light winds, 3-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures at 59 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral said he trolled Rapalas around Islas Todos Santos on Saturday, beginning at first light, for two yellowtail caught by himself and wife Gail, in green, 58.5-degree water. At the San Miguel bajo and off the Bajamar golf course, the Bad Dog also caught some sculpin and lingcod.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said over the weekend that he was fishing south at Santo Tomas for good results on the bottom, but nothing on top. Some yellowtail were also caught at Isla Todos Santos. On Saturday, five anglers caught three medium bonita, one yellowtail, and limits of bottom fish.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said Southern California weather forecasts for rain kept anglers from visiting San Quintin last week, but at the bay "we did not get a single drop of rain." Only three or four boats fished per day during the week, all scoring good catches of bottom fish around the 240 and 180 spots, and one getting two yellowtail of 12 and 14 pounds. Don Eddie's summer fishing tournaments were scheduled for July 2-3, 2005, and Sept. 3-4, 2005. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said six boats fished last week, and "the bad news is we were skunked on yellowtail." Despite the slow yellowtail action, Hillis said boats scored on plentiful large red rockcod, calico bass, and lingcod, in sometimes windy weather that calmed down for the weekend on Saturday.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin fished on his boat Santa Monica at the 15 spot, 6 spot, and Isla San Martin, but found very green water, and very slow action for some small red rockcod and lingcod, a few calico bass, and one yellowtail caught on the north side of the island by Rodolfo Lara. "This was a very slow fishing day..." Meza said. "...There were small baits everywhere." Water temperatures were at 58 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja said he has two accompanied trips scheduled for San Quintin on June 10-12, 2005, and June 24-26, 2005, at $462, including roundtrip transportation from Orange County, food, lodging, ice and ice chests, nonalcoholic beverages, and two days of fishing, 800-483-4002, Gbtours@gobaja.net.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: David Leer of Corvallis, Ore., completed his annual month-long Baja spring fishing safari, reporting more wind and cooler water than in previous years, but generally very good fishing, for yellowtail to 51 inches at Mulege, heavy yellowtail counts out of San Lucas Cove, a big marlin bite at East Cape's La Ribera, and good species fishing out of Punta Chivato. Overall, fishing with two beach launchable aluminum boats, Leer's group scored on about 30 fish species "and probably a couple of others that I'm not remembering." BAJA FISHING SAFARI REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported calm weather and water temperatures at 62 to 71 degrees, with a few yellowtail and sierra showing under birds at the San Carlos entrada, good cabrilla action plus a few snook in the mangroves at Los Barriles, and similar conditions north at Puerto Lopez Mateos. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported striped marlin fishing greatly improved last week after a slow period from April 9-12, 2005. By midweek, 98 percent of Pisces boats were releasing striped marlin, although only about 11 percent were landing yellowfin tuna or dorado. Pisces boats found their best action on the Cortez side from Chileno to Los Frailes, in water temperatures averaging 69 to 70 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 27 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, one dorado, and six yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo reported on five outings, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin. "Striped marlin fishing at Cabo San Lucas picked up considerably this past week and the water temperatures also improved," Edwards said. The best fishing was 20 to 25 miles off La Laguna, as water temperatures averaged 68 to 71 degrees on the Pacific side, and 73 to 74 degrees on the Cortez. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on four outings by El Budster, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, and one dorado of 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said striped marlin led the counts at the tip of Baja California last week, as some boats found good concentrations of fish within 6 miles of shore on the Cortez side, around Punta Gorda and the Gordo Banks. Landrum said the Fly Hooker raised about 15 marlin into the pattern on Wednesday while fishing 4 miles southeast of the Outer Gordo Bank. Tuna, dorado, and inshore fishing were spotty, as Cabo water temperatures averaged 67 to 68 degrees on the Pacific side, and 72 to 78 degrees on the Cortez. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on seven midweek boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, and six dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Oretga of Solmar Fleet reported a striped marlin catch rate of more than five times the previous week, as Solmar Fleet had a total catch including released fish of: 64 striped marlin, 21 yellowfin tuna, 14 dorado, 26 sierra, and two wahoo. Solmar's top boat for the week was El Torito, with Capt. Antonio Romero and a six-outing score of: 12 striped marlin, eight dorado, five sierra, and three yellowfin tuna. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 82 combined La Playita panga fleet boats, with a catch of about: 58 striped marlin, 14 dorado, 16 yellowfin tuna, 180 sierra, 14 roosterfish, 28 jack crevalle, 28 pompano, 32 triggerfish, 280 pargo, 12 barracuda, two mako shark, four hammerhead sharks, and 22 cabrilla. The top action for the week was the hot striped marlin bite only 3 to 5 miles off San Jose del Cabo that peaked on Thursday and Friday. Local supplies of mackerel and sardina bait were adequate, although inshore water was stirred up by an early season southern swell. San Jose del Cabo water temperatures averaged 71 to 74 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo was skunked in cold water on Friday, but came back with "about 50 fish" caught and released on Saturday, while fishing with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome out of La Playita. Snow said at least 30 of his fish were Pacific creolefish or ticaretas, caught feeding on tuna crabs and a school of small squid. Offshore boats were reported to be doing well on striped marlin about 3 miles out.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported generally slower overall fishing, with hotel boats averaging about one striped marlin per day, plus a few dorado, in warm but windy conditions. Angler John Bostwick fished on the Marisol with Capt. Rony and deckhand Pancho, and caught a 24.4-pound dorado 14 miles out to win a daily prize in the Western Outdoor News (W.O.N.) Fiesta de Pesca.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 30 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 40 striped marlin, three sailfish, one dorado, 26 tuna, one roosterfish, 10 snapper, one jack crevalle, one amberjack, one pompano, two triggerfish, two skipjack, and two sierra. East Cape weather was in the low-80s, with some wind and water temperatures of 70 to 73 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported mixed fishing results, with two days of wind last week and boats still scoring on striped marlin at La Ribera, tuna to 40 pounds about 25 miles straight out, and some dorado to 25 pounds about 10 miles out. Inshore fishing produced pargo, sierra, and jacks on the reefs, as East Cape water temperatures averaged 69 to 71 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 195 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 153 striped marlin, one sailfish, 43 dorado, 509 yellowfin tuna, 19 pargo, and one wahoo. East Cape winds were generally light, with air temperatures in the low-90s, and water temperatures of 68 to 75 degrees. Striped marlin were caught both north of Punta Pescadero and south off La Ribera. Yellowfin tuna were mostly footballs, caught 25 to 38 miles out. For the previous week, Moyers reported on 52 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 155 striped marlin, 35 dorado, 114 yellowfin tuna, 30 pargo, one wahoo, and three yellowtail. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles reported on a lucky day while targeting wahoo off Punta Arena on his boat Fat Cat, with Rod Kubly and his son Matt. Burkett trolled Marauders south of the Cabo Pulmo marine park without results, then reversed direction and got Matt his first wahoo ever, about 6 miles off Punta Arena, a fish of about 60 pounds. "We had no further action, not that anyone was complaining," Burkett said. FAT CAT, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said marlin fishing backed off following winds beginning on Tuesday, dorado were scarce, and tuna were a long 40 to 50-mile run out, but the good news last week was the general warming trend and water temperatures averaging 74.5 degrees. "I saw my first sardine ball since last fall," Leeper said. "Things should pick up as soon..." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported more windy days than calm last week, with bonefish caught from shore on calm days, and croakers on windy days. Bergin said East Cape locals have begun using the www.iwindsurf.com website for local wind predictions about five days out, and have been seeing reliable results. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said wind continued to be a factor last week, but "the marlin show has been extraordinary for this early in the year. It is unusual to have enough fish at this time to actually get enough shots to merit attempting the flyrod." On the beaches, bait was very scarce and the fishing was "about as lifeless as we have yet seen it," Graham's guides reported. East Cape water temperatures were 69 to 76 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky of San Diego fished on his boat Senor Don out of Buena Vista early in the week and scored on four striped marlin released, and another one that died during the fight, while fishing 3 to 6 miles off La Ribera. "The marlin were really thick...," Hradecky said. "We must have seen at least 16 a day." The water temperature off La Ribera was 75.4 degrees, and Hradecky said he also caught a 22-pound dorado off Punta Pescadero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Louie Prieto caught a 42.7-pound dorado to win a daily prize in the Western Outdoor News (W.O.N.) Fiesta de Pesca on Monday, while fishing about 40 miles out of Los Barriles with the Hotel Playa de Sol. Prieto and his wife Kay also scored on their first striped marlin, in very good action off Los Barriles: "We could have stayed in the area and caught more...Marlin were hooked up and greyhounding everywhere." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said East Cape was still quiet last week, but sea life sightings at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef included the season's first whale shark, about 16 to 17 feet long. Diving conditions were excellent at Cabo Pulmo, with 73-degree bottom water temperatures, mild currents, and visibility at 60 to 80 feet.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Peter Langstraat of Holland rebutted recent reports that gill nets were being restricted in the East Cape area, saying, "The last three years I encountered gill nets every time...I know their names and the names of their boats, but...still it is not enough to trigger some action." EAST CAPE GILL NET FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said fishing was variable all week on both sides of the hill, with larger cabrilla and snapper plus a few dorado and yellowtail on the La Paz side, and pargo around Los Pilis and Punta Perico on the Las Arenas side. "...It can be hit or miss," Roldan said. "If you put in the time at the rail you get the fish, but you have to put in the effort." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing conditions held steady on the Las Arenas side. Tortuga boats had some wind, but were able to keep fishing and caught a few dorado, plus steady pargo liso, cabrilla, pompano, and pargo perro. Pangas were still finding bait at Isla Cerralvo, and conditions were improving over the weekend. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet said about four super pangas and one cruiser fished per day last week, mostly in local waters on the La Paz side for cabrilla and pargo of 4 to 8 pounds, plus some dorado of good size, about 25 to 40 pounds. In the bay, whale shark, and humpback and finback whales were present, but there was still no sign of tuna. Yellowtail counts were decreasing, in warming water temperatures of 70 to 74 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Andrea Tomba of Desea Adventures said yellowtail fishing was slower on the La Paz side, in warmer water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees, and the best concentrations of sea life were south of Isla Cerralvo, where yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, yellowtail, and roosterfish were seen. The charter boat Black Magic released two striped marlin at the 88 bank, although fish around Isla Cerralvo were reluctant to bite, due to concentrations of bait and squid in the water. LA PAZ FISHING AND DIVING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said a good variety of fish were caught last week, including pargo, cabrilla, and dorado at Isla Espiritu Santo, yellowtail at La Reina on Isla Cerralvo, and a five-marlin release day at the north end of the island for Richard and Robert Taylor of Wyoming, who fished on the Kayleen with Capt. Cesar Martinez. Water temperatures on the La Paz side were 70 to 72 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Steve Nicholson of Glendora fished with Capt. Toto of the Cortez Club on April 11, 2004, and landed a very large roosterfish in the 70 or 80-pound class, hooked in about 30 feet of crystal clear water of Isla Espiritu Santo. Nicholson said the rooster hit a caballito and required 20 minutes to land on 40-pound line. Some 10 to 15- pound pargo were also caught.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported on four days of fishing last week on his boat with three different pangueros, and a total catch including released fish of: one sailfish, four yellowtail to 25 pounds, 20 cabrilla to 15 pounds, two pargo culon, one pargo amarillo, one huachinango, and eight miscellaneous fish. Bear fished a wide area, north to Pulpito, south to Isla Catalana, and several points in between. Bear also reported on a total of 16 panga days organized for a group by Paulino Martinez, averaging about two yellowtail and four cabrilla per boat. Capt. Martinez also had two outstanding days, with 20 cabrilla one day, and another day with 16 small yellowtail plus 11 cabrilla. Loreto weather was partly cloudy, with some sprinkles of rain and north wind after 11 a.m., and water temperatures of 69 degrees north of town, and 72 degrees to the south. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Currie of Long Beach returned from three days of fishing with Capt. Valente Davis out of the Hotel Oasis, and reported a catch of: seven yellowtail of 30 to 40 pounds, four pargo to 8 pounds, and four cabrilla of 15 to 21 pounds. Currie said he had the best action right in front of the Loreto airport control tower, close to shore, on four different rocks that all held quality fish. Loreto weather was windy in the afternoons, with fishing best between 5:30 and 11 a.m. LORETO FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported generally slow yellowtail fishing in warming waters of 68 to 75 degrees. Dorado were arriving in sporadic action in blue water about 35 miles out, but were not consistent. Inshore fishing was good on cabrilla, pargo, and a nice run of roosterfish inside Puerto Escondido that produced 10 fish caught from the dock on Tuesday. "This year's Loreto surface yellowtail bite has yet to materialize, if it ever does," Bolles said. "The water temperatures are unseasonably warm, which is why more action is taking place below the surface this year." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said boats running to the north side of Isla Catalana were averaging about two yellowtail of 20 to 30 pounds per day, plus some cabrilla and pargo mixed in. Fishing near town was slower. Two days last week, boats had better catches of up to about six yellowtail each. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said Irwin Gersh of Covina and his group fished with Capt. Paulino and caught limits of cabrilla, yellowtail, and dorado of good size, fishing about a 45-minute run from town.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said the yellowtail bite returned last week and local boats scored on fish in the 30 to 35-pound class "on just about anything thrown, dragged or dipped their way" at the usual locations, with most of the better catches made at Punta Chivato. Marty Robinson's boat got a 38-pound grouper for Linda North and a 34-pound yellowtail for Lisa Ann Martinez on trolled MirrOlures at Punta Chivato. Don Kemp also scored on five leopard grouper to 18 pounds at Punta Santa Teresa, and Hank Tussy got four leopard grouper to 18 pounds at Isla Santa Inez. Mulege water temperatures were 64 to 66.4 degrees. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Paul Rista of Mulege reported a few boats fishing, for scattered yellowtail, pinto bass, and lots of sharks around Islas Santa Inez. North winds were still present, and water temperatures were 64 to 71 degrees.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said he was nursing a cold, after getting lulled by warm weather earlier in the month and then getting caught by cold winds without his foul weather gear last week. Kanzler fished two days out at Isla Tortuga with Bob Selvin, also known as Calico Bob, and Mike Grossman, scoring catch-and-release action on about 50 cabrilla to 14.5 pounds the first day, but only about 20 fish when winds came up the second day. "...Got soaked the whole way out. This is where I got sick," Kanzler said. Fishing was generally steady on about two to five yellowtail per day and a few cabrilla per day around Isla San Marcos, and Santa Rosalia water temperatures were unusual, dropping to 63 degrees, and then bouncing back up to 70. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on April 21, 2005, with 17 anglers, and a catch of 38 yellowtail; 110 cabrilla, mostly 10 pounds or more; 14 white seabass; eight grouper to 35 pounds; nine pargo; 283 miscellaneous fish; and three black sea bass, including one of about 200 pounds. Kerby said the large black sea bass was caught at the Golden Reef by Erik guide Trinidad Rios, and died during the fight so it could not be released. The Erik fished in some strong winds, through the Midriff Islands from Isla San Lorenzo, north to the Golden Reef. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee at Papa Fernandez on Bahia Willard said the weather was excellent last week, in the mid-80s, with water temperatures in the bay at 73 degrees, but fishing has been just so-so, for yellowtail and goldspotted bass at the islands, and local triggerfish and spotted bay bass for the table. A group of about 20 commercial pangas moved into the area and was fishing deep for baqueta, with some halibut and eels also in their catch. PAPA FERNANDEZ FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Ken Jones of Long Beach fished at Gonzaga Bay with Brad Hambrick, Chris Gessel, and Brian Smith, launching out of Papa Fernandez on April 9-12, 2005. Jones reported slow fishing for spotted bay bass, triggerfish, barracuda, one spotted rose snapper, and a 30-pound white seabass caught at Isla San Luis. Winds were calm and air temperatures pleasant. Jones also reported good results in filleting triggerfish with culinary scissors.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said strong winds arrived on Saturday and forced vendors to fold their umbrellas and call it a day: "Too many umbrellas were trying to leave their moorings and sail off down the street." Bahia de San Felipe had whitecaps on Sunday, with an air temperature of 74 degrees and humidity at 44 percent. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Robert Everett of Las Vegas, Nev., noted that trailer boaters planning to drive down to Puertecitos and points south should allow extra time due to the rough condition of the road: "The last time I went down to see my brother-in-law at Campo la Costilla it took an hour-and-a-half to go the last 30 miles, and that was without a boat."
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Mike Auditore reported on a trip to a reef 47 miles south of Rocky Point, fishing with Mike Doukas, about 270 feet deep in 65-degree water for day's catch of: eight red snapper, one white seabass, one black seabass over 100 pounds, one grouper, six goldspotted bass, and a strange "toad" of a fish that could not be identified. After making mackerel about 10 miles outside Rocky Point, Auditore fished on his boat El Gato Blanco, in flat seas, with a foggy haze about 20 miles offshore. ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Mike Doukas of Glendale, Ariz., fished on El Gato Blanco during Mike Auditore's trip and noted that their big black sea bass hit a live mackerel while they were trying to make sandwiches for lunch, and had to be handlined off the bottom: "Using Mike's shirt for a glove I wrapped the line around my hand and tried to pull him up...I literally walked across the cockpit of the boat to get him started off the bottom...We hauled him into the boat looked at each other and said, 'I think I am done for the day.'" ROCKY POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., fished two days out of Rocky Point on his boat Murphy Girl, in perfect conditions, with water temperatures at 76 degrees, for a mixed catch including sierra, bonefish, sardina, Pacific mackerel, grunts, lizardfish, spotted bay bass, goldspotted bass, stone scorpionfish, red snapper, ocean whitefish, cutlassfish, and a 20-pound grouper, plus close encounters with finback whales and porpoise close enough to touch. ROCK POINT FISHING TRIP REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Esther Johnson of Santiago's Ocean Services reported on a trip to 28 mile reef on April 16, 2005, by the boat Home Run, with Capt. Geraldo. Fishing about 210 feet deep, eight good sized grouper to an estimated 85 pounds were caught.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 23 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: one broadbill swordfish, four striped marlin, one dorado, and three yellowfin tuna of 60 to 70 pounds. The swordfish was caught on the Aries VIII, with Capt. Carlos Morales, and was the second of the season for that boat. "While Mazatlan fishing boats are starting to see a few swordfish, only Carlos has been able to get them to bite, so far," Edwards said. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 74 to 75 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet said the main offshore fishing action was for striped marlin in 75-degree water about 18 miles out, plus a few wahoo, and more dorado caught each day, the largest at 43 pounds. Sailfish were also arriving, and five were caught last week. "Fishing conditions at Mazatlan are changing...," Heimpel said. "We should expect more activity from May on." MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said about 75 percent of his boats caught striped marlin or sailfish last week, and a broadbill swordfish was also landed: "Only a few are caught here during the year." Offshore catches also included dorado and some yellowfin tuna, and inshore boats caught snappers, triggerfish, and some roosterfish.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 80-degree blue water was only 6 to 7 miles outside the bay, and fishing was on the upswing for blue marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna at the 16 to 20 mile mark. Capt. Ruben caught two marlin of 250 pounds each and missed shots at several others, and Capt. Adolpho on the Dos Hermanos lost a large marlin, but came back with yellowfin tuna of 30 to 40 pounds, plus a 100 pounder. Inshore fishing was hampered by high surf. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said, "The fishing continues to improve...Blue water is less than 12 miles offshore and both the sailfish and marlin activity increased." Inshore fishing was also improved, with most of the action on yellowtail jacks and a few roosterfish found to the south. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Inshore surf's up and fish are very tough to get to if at all," but offshore, decent counts of yellowfin tuna of 30 to 40 pounds, plus some larger, were being found.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as sunny, in the high-80s, with sea conditions calm, gentle westerly breezes, and water temperatures at 81.5 degrees inshore, and 83 degrees offshore.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo returned from a trip to the Troncones area about 30 miles north of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, noting the depletion of the local fishery caused by commercial fishermen using gill nets: "I saw thousands of fish that they had caught, and I would estimate that about 98 percent were one pound or smaller...Most of the huachinango they catch are about a half-pound in size." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO COMMERCIAL GILL NET FISHING REPORT.