Santa Rosalia fishing season's first dorado and tuna caught

Mexico Fishing News, May 9, 2005



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported catching the season's first dorado and yellowfin tuna out of Santa Rosalia last week, about 20 to 25 miles offshore on a 90-degree heading.

Kanzler fished outside two days, scoring dorado limits plus many releases with Jerry and Robbie Bailey of San Bernardino, and returning the next day for more dorado plus yellowfin tuna to 20 pounds with Alan Lewis and friends from San Lucas Cove. Santa Rosalia weather was in the mid-80s with some winds, and water temperatures of 69 to 62 degrees around Isla San Marcos, and 72 to 74 degrees farther offshore. Yellowtail fishing on the local bajos was up-and-down, for eight and seven yellowtail in two days, but none on a third day, as the main action for the week took place offshore. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Kanzler also said the island's second Yellowtail Shootout benefit fishing tournament will be held May 21-22, 2005. The $25 entry fee will support sporting projects for the island's resident children, Kanzler said, and the many prizes awarded will include fishing trips out of San Diego landings, and a trip to fish with him from the island. Information, ISLA SAN MARCOS YELLOWTAIL SHOOTOUT TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove said the commercial squid season looks late this year: "Some have blamed it on cold water, but Alan Lewis says the surface temperature is in the low-70s. The problem that goes along with no squid is that some people take to other ways of making money. We have had two boats stripped of their radios and depth finders." Lindsay also reported the local army detachment burning about $300,000 worth of illegal drugs confiscated in the area.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said fishing around the bay was good for bottom fish, sandbass, and calico bass at the Three Sisters spot, but yellowtail fishing at Islas Todos Santos was spotty. Bottom fishing was very good at Punta Soledad on Saturday, and one boat reported no fish caught, but schools of yellowtail spotted offshore at the 238 and 295 spots.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda fished in sometimes windy conditions, swells to 3 feet, and water temperatures of about 63 degrees, for bottom fish limits plus some good catches of up to six yellowtail per day. Anglers fishing during the week included Maile Geronilla and friends Patrick Dolan, Ruben Lopez, Ernie Hicks and Gary Burke of San Diego, who fished with Capts. Beto and Cruz on the Vonny I and Vonny III.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Derek Arneson of San Diego launched his 15-foot aluminum boat at the La Salina marina north of Ensenada and fished out to about a mile from the marina for limits of lingcod and calico bass, including one bass of 8 pounds. Arneson said he fished with plastics in cold, 55-degree water.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dan Fleming of National City visited his place at Puerto Santo Tomas and reported one sportfishing boat catching two sacks of about 25 rockcod, four whitefish, and no surface fish. Sea conditions were choppy, and the lower road from the highway was in fair condition, with about half of it recently graded. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS CONDITION REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin water temperatures were 58 to 61 degrees, and the water was murky and sometimes rough, with up to 8-foot swells and afternoon winds. Among the anglers catching lingcod, red rockcod, barracuda, sheephead, and cabrilla around the local spots were Jorge Cruz, Chuck Young, and John Beck, of San Gabriel Valley and South Bay, and John Mayer and his wife Lilian. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said Gordon Brauninger and Steve Plemonos of San Clemente fished with Capt. Hector and scored on large rockcod with three large cow cod, but nobody caught yellowtail all week, in 80-degree weather and afternoon winds.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Dean Mitchell of San Diego reported on a trip with fishing partner Matthias "Hans Grouper" to fish both sides of the Baja peninsula, but finding slow conditions. On a trip to Roca Ballena out of Laguna la Bocana on the remote Pacific coast, they ended up catching some barracuda and spotted bay bass in the estero instead. Fishing the Loreto area with Capt. Manuel Torres of Juncalito produced slow action in two days of hard running, except for a couple of 35-pound yellowtail caught at Isla Catalana. "Sometimes the fishing isn’t so great," Mitchell said, "but at least we were in Baja!" BAJA FISHING TRIP REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said wind was still a factor in the Magdalena Bay area, although some quality tuna were reported 15 to 20 miles outside the San Carlos entrada on a heading of 210 degrees. In the bay, a 15-pound snook was reported at the commercial pier, but the mangrove channels were generally slow. Magdalena bay water temperatures were at 62 to 72 degrees, with partly cloudy skies. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 64 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 20 striped marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna, 17 dorado, one mako shark, six wahoo, 55 sierra, 17 jack crevalle, 24 roosterfish, and 12 boats skunked. Seven of the striped marlin were released in one day by the Cabo Magic.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 37 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, one sailfish, two dorado, seven wahoo, and 24 yellowfin tuna. Gaviota boats found their best fishing in 75 to 76-degree water, on the Cortez side north of the Gordo Banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said northwest winds and a strong California Current kept water temperatures on the Pacific side in the 64 to 68-degree range at the tip of Baja, and boats concentrated on flatter water up to about 77 degrees on the Cortez side. Fishing improved toward the end of the week, as boats scored on striped marlin from Punta Gorda northwards, plus some wahoo caught in the same area. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said offshore fishing was generally slower last week, as 60 percent of Pisces boats released marlin, and 70 percent caught all species combined. Dorado and yellowfin tuna were small and scattered, as Pisces Fleet fished mostly up the Cortez side, in water temperatures of 67 to 70 degrees. The top Pisces boat for the week was Ni Modo, with two quadruple release days. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

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



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said lots of tuna were seen at the Inner and Outer Gordo Banks, but they were full of pelagic red crab and not biting: "...You could see them jumping and eating but hardly biting on sardinas, mackerel, chunk bait, or any kind of plastics." Fleet boats caught very few dorado, but did land six marlin, five of which were released. Inshore fishing produced steady pargo and cabrilla. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 78 boats from combined La Playita panga fleets, with a catch of about: 24 dorado, 22 yellowfin tuna, eight sailfish, 62 striped marlin, 80 jack crevalle, 45 sierra, 22 pompano, 260 various species of snappers, and two hammerhead shark. On the Gordo Banks, Brictson said many sightings of yellowfin tuna of 30 to 150 pounds were made, but the fish were still not in a mood to bite: "The few that we're hooking into were on sardinas, or trolling larger baits such as chihuil or bolito. One of these days these yellowfin are bound to go on a wide-open bite." Local bottom fishing was slow in strong currents, as water temperatures ranged from 74 to 76 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on five surf fishing sessions and four panga fishing trips with Capt. Pata on the Salome, with variable results in cool water temperatures, resulting in a total of 32 species caught or observed, including five new species. "I would rate this week as improving but still far below average from a sportfishing perspective," Snow said. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported generally slow fishing, with tuna present at the Gordo Banks but not biting. One school of pompano located about 4 kilometers from the new marina was wiped out by commercial fishermen, and Grimes said another report was received of a commercial long line about 20 miles off Chileno that was reported to local officials, but with no reaction from them.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles reported a large, early season blue marlin of 594 pounds, landed out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez on May 2, 2005. The fish was caught by a group of anglers including Linda and Todd Chadd of Redding, and Pat and Al Naticchioni, fishing aboard La Hielera with Capt. David and mate Daniel. Burkett said the fish chased a dorado into the pattern and then hit a petrolero colored lure. The boat had a good day, also releasing a striped marlin and sailfish.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Burkett also reported on two slow days of fishing on his boat Fat Cat, but then a triple marlin release on six hookups by his wife Silvia, good enough to win the East Cape Angler's Mother's Day Ladies' Tournament, while fishing an area of 75-degree water about 12 miles off Cabo Pulmo. Twenty-three boats fishing the tournament had a combined catch including released fish of: seven marlin, four sailfish, and two dorado. Second place was won by Donna Sale, and in third place was Angelica Lucero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 46 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 28 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 10 dorado, three tuna, 10 ladyfish, 10 roosterfish, four cabrilla, one wahoo, and three jack crevalle. Most hotel boats were fishing north around the 88 bank by the end of the week.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said five to six boats fished daily last week, and they found good action on yellowfin tuna from footballs to about 25 pounds. The bait supply was mackerel, and a few more dorado and some marlin were also caught, in calm weather at 85 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, said hotel boats scored early in the week on marlin, plus lots of football yellowfin tuna at 40-plus miles out, but the bite slowed later in the week. Very few dorado were caught. East Cape water temperatures were at 74 to 77 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 169 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: one blue marlin, 77 striped marlin, 35 sailfish, 37 dorado, 135 yellowfin tuna, 21 pargo, and two wahoo. Moyers said the early season 594-pound blue marlin caught out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez last week hit a lure at Tachuelas, 13 miles south, and died during the fight. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said early summer conditions prevailed on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with calm seas, great diving, a bottom temperature of 76 degrees, and sea life sightings of rays, grouper, snappers, clouds of reef fish, and a large shark sighted that could not be identified.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he fished on Friday and got a first marlin for Craig Jones of Los Angeles, plus a dorado and a nice cabrilla, while fishing south at Las Barracas. Fritz also reported getting cut off five times by schools of large pargo that were seen cruising on the surface but not chasing bait. LAS BARRACAS FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said the local marlin bite moved north to a warm water area of up to 80 degrees of Isla Cerralvo, but it was an erratic bite from day to day. Football tuna remained far outside, about 50 miles, and dorado were also farther out. Inshore fishing produced some jacks and roosterfish on live bait, from Rancho Leonero to the Punta Arena lighthouse. East Cape weather was mostly calm, in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 73 to 80 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said beach fishing produced a few small roosterfish last week, and offshore fishing was still catching up to the season, with dorado iffy, football tuna spread out to 40 miles, a few sailfish showing up, and striped marlin consistent but, "Not enough action for the fly rodders looking for a billfish on the fly..." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said offshore fishing for marlin, dorado, and wahoo was still about 40 miles out, and plentiful 5-inch squid in the water was probably keeping the fish well fed: "The bite has been slow even when the anglers see lots of surface action way out." Inshore, good numbers of roosterfish and jacks were present, including one that Bergin said spooled him and then straightened both treble hooks on his lure.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the weather on the Las Arenas side was warming into the mid-80s, with no wind, and fishing was getting better and better every day. Large ladyfish baits were being used on big snappers at Punta Perico and the south end of Isla Cerralvo, where lots of marlin and sailfish were also being seen. One group of two pangas fished at the buoys 20 miles off Ensenada de los Muertos, for five dorado, including a 40 pounder caught by Seth Foster of Costa Mesa. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said clients on the Las Arenas side were losing pargo to the rocks, and some switched to the La Paz side for steady inshore action on roosterfish, cabrilla, and snappers, plus some dorado offshore, and more marlin seen but still not in a mood to bite. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said fishing slowed down last week, but cabrilla were caught on the north side of Isla Espiritu Santo, and lots of pargos on the east side of the island. La Paz side weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures in the low-70s.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet said four super pangas and one cruiser fished daily last week, and all boats brought back limits of cabrilla and pargo from Isla Espiritu Santo, plus some scattered dorado, roosterfish, and yellowtail. La Paz side weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 72 to 75 degrees, and calm seas.



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said yellowtail fishing continued slow around Loreto, with the only local hole producing action about 70 feet deep and a mile off the arroyo at the south end of town: "Loreto yellowtail spawned in deep water this year and have yet to get on a good feed...They must be gorged on bait because they are not biting at all." Local cabrilla and pargo fishing was steady, and small, scattered dorado were a distant 40 miles offshore. Water temperatures were 68 to 75 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said anglers Rudy Carreon and Sonia Quinones fished out of the hotel with Ronaldo Quintana and had good results on whitefish inside Isla Coronado one day, and yellowtail south of town on their second day.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said dorado were still being caught around the Islas Santa Inez, and last week's catch had some larger fish, including a 30 pounder caught on Cinco de Mayo.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported good dorado fishing for local boats, centered in water temperatures in the low to mid-70s, outside and south of Punta Concepcion, but also in other locations throughout the area. Yellowtail, sailfish, marlin, good catches of cabrilla, and a few yellowfin tuna were also in the mix, as local boats scored in all directions. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, Roger Pramhus of Bahia Coyote, reported landing two small dorado under birds about 5 miles outside Islas Santa Inez. Fishing up to about 25 miles out in 75.5-degree water, Pramhus said he and a buddy boat had a day's catch of: four dorado, assorted black skipjack, one sailfish, two missed marlin, one lost marlin, and a couple of cabrilla. MULEGE 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 May 5, 2005, with a catch of: 137 yellowtail; 31 pargo, 162 cabrilla; 13 white seabass, five grouper including fish of 45 and 25 pounds caught at Ensenada Grande; and 200 miscellaneous fish. The Erik fished in some wind, cool water temperatures, and slow bait conditions, from San Francisquito north to the Enchanted Islands. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: John Carroll of Chula Vista, and a buddy boat, trailered to Puertecitos and got in a couple of days of excellent fishing along shore, around the Islas Encantadas, and out at the Golden Reef, topped by a 180-pound black seabass that could not be revived and was filleted with help from the crew of the San Felipe panga mothership Erik. Carroll's group also scored on yellowtail and other species, and released a number of protected totoaba, before just making it off the water at Puertecitos when big winds arrived. PUERTECITOS FISHING TRIP.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Larry Bourne of Palm Springs reported on a very poor trailer boat trip to the Puertecitos area, getting pinned on the beach by stiff winds at Bahia Cristina, and fishing from shore for one small corvina. Bourne said three anglers swamped offshore in a 15-foot boat and managed to bail their boat out with an ice chest. Finally, Bourne said he was hassled about his portable boat gas tanks by Mexican officials while crossing the border into Mexico at Mexicali. PUERTECITOS TRAILER BOAT TRIP.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Anglers in the area from San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay reported many protected totoaba being taken, in nets and by rod and reel, and the fish mostly in the 30 to 50-pound range.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the town was crowded with visitors, many coming for the Club de Pesca's annual Chili Cook-Off, and others to enjoy the perfect weather, in the mid-80s, forecast for the mid-90s by next week. San Felipe skies were light blue, with many people in the water. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., and his group fished out of Rocky Point three days on Gustafson's boat Murphy Girl, finding rough seas one day, but excellent conditions after that, on local reefs and also about 50 miles south of town, for three-outing a catch that included: three white seabass to 25 pounds, 37 goldspotted bass to 6 pounds, 10 ocean whitefish to 6 pounds, three gulf coney to 10 pounds, 10 red scorpionfish, one moray eel, one damsel bass, and miscellaneous fish including Pacific mackerel, lizardfish, spotted bay bass, triggerfish, barred serrano, spotted rose snapper, and sand perch. Offshore water temperatures 50 miles out were at 74 degrees. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.

ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Earlier, Arthur Pina of Tucson and friends fished with Jon Kay of Tiburon's Charters, about 45 miles south of Rocky Point, and had a good catch of goldspotted bass, squid about 2 feet long, a 15-pound yellowtail, and a 25-pound grouper. Pina said they fished in calm seas at 71.5 degrees. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.

ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point reported on an excellent day at 51 mile reef on his boat Constancia, first loading up on 8 to 12-pound Humboldt squid, and then using squid bait 300 feet deep to catch a 99-pound black seabass on heavy 130-pound tackle: "...I actually felt a lot of remorse that I couldn’t release it alive...after a fight with these fish from so’s a death sentence for the fish." Burnett also reported endless goldspotted bass, a white seabass, and another boat with a black sea bass that might have been larger than his. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of San Carlos said rough seas and windy conditions kept most boats off the water at the end of the week, but he fished both Friday and Saturday on his boat Catch-22 for limits plus catch-and-release dorado both days, about 38 miles out on a heading of 210 degrees, in cooling water temperatures of about 71 degrees. Bob Blair's boat Too Much Fun also reported some yellowfin tuna. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fishing with Steve Calvert on Saturday, Fernando Almada of San Carlos reported limits of dorado plus some released, in blue, 72-degree water, about 15 miles from Isla Tortuga. Almada said they also ran into some strong patches of red tide on the way back to San Carlos. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said on Saturday that fishing was steady on tuna spreading to the north at about 220 degrees and 23 to 31 miles out, with limits reported all week. Small dorado were "everywhere" from 18 miles out, and no longliners or tuna boats were in the area "amazingly, yet." San Carlos water temperatures were at 72 to 74 degrees.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Nogales said winds during the week slowed offshore fishing, and he stayed near shore on Friday and Saturday for some barracuda, pargo, and cabrilla. On Sunday, calmer seas and warming water temperature brought improved offshore action as boats reported limits of yellowfin tuna to 40 pounds, and many dorado caught. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Norman Don of Tucson fished on Allen Smith's boat Ricochet and reported many billfish seen in dead calm, 73-degree water, 30 miles out, and a striper released for Rom Dryden. Other boats reported good counts of tuna and dorado: "It's only the beginning of May and there is an abundance of game fish."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 22 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 16 sailfish, 28 striped marlin, and three yellowfin tuna. "Incredible difference..." Edwards said, "...the action progressively got better as the week went on..." MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre of Aries Fleet said sailfish were 12 to 20 miles out on headings of 240 to 260 degrees, and marlin mixed with sailfish were 20 to 27 miles out. No live bait was being used, as boats fished with dead mullet and lures in petrolero and green-yellow-orange.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet said water temperatures averaged 73 degrees. Dorado were 12 miles out, and good numbers of sailfish and striped marlin were in deep blue water at 12 to 20 miles. A few football yellowfin tuna were also caught.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said 85 percent of his boats returned with sailfish or striped marlin last week, plus dorado mixed in. Light tackle inshore fishing was mixed.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Prime Time reported that he and deckhand Trev completed their overland trip from Puerto Vallarta, through the U.S., to Canada, and they have begun fishing at the summertime location of Prince Rupert, B.C. The first few days' action included a 40-pound king salmon. Temple and Trev were scheduled to return to Puerto Vallarta in August. PRIME TIME ADVENTURES SUMMER FISHING IN CANADA.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Where'd the fish go? A couple of nice tuna early in the week, then poof, they are gone! Sails went south, tuna went west, and the rest aren't biting."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said fishing conditions looked good with clean water just off the beach and 80 to 85-degree water temperatures everywhere, but fishing was generally slow, except for a brief run of large yellowfin tuna last week. Capt. Luis Maciel's boat Gringo Loco landed a 270-pound tuna, and Capt. Santiago Valdovinos landed a 190 pounder. On the slow first day of the town's 22nd annual sailfish tournament, 110 boats had a catch including released fish of: 28 sailfish, two blue marlin, and one dorado. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported seas calm and the local bait supply good, with 81-degree water inshore and 83 degrees offshore.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported good blue marlin activity following the full moon, including a 320 pounder landed by Kevin Ross of San Clemente on 20-pound tackle, aboard the Dos Hermanos. The fish required two-and-a-half hours to land. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

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. Graham announced Baja On The Fly's second "Jacks or Better" roosterfish tournament, scheduled Oct. 5-10, 2005, with the $1,350 entry fee including four nights' accommodations and three days of guided fly fishing, prizes, and several receptions:

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SEASON OPENER--David J. Neal fished with Isla San Marcos' Mike Kanzler last week and got one of the season's first dorado caught in the Santa Rosalia area. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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PUNTA BANDA FORKIES--Maile Geronilla, Patrick Dolan, Ruben Lopez, Ernie Hicks and Gary Burke fished the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda on two Vonny's Fleet pangas and got their bottom fish limits, plus six nice yellowtail. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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SAN QUINTIN CATCH--Chuck Young, John Beck, and Jorge Cruz fished San Quintin's Isla San Martin out of Don Eddie's Landing and scored on barracuda, sheephead, and cabrilla. Photo courtesy Sarai Garcia.

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GORDO BANKS TUNA--The yellowfin tuna at the Gordo Banks were full of pelagic red crab and reluctant to bite, but this one cooperated for Judy and Nick Bellino, fishing with Palmilla Bay Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Luis Duhart.

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EARLY EAST CAPE BLUE--This early season 594-pound blue marlin was landed on May 2, 2005, out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez, by Linda and Todd Chadd's group, on La Hielera, with Capt. David. Photo courtesy Bill Burkett.

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THEY'RE GETTING BIGGER!--Seth Foster caught this beautiful 40-pound class dorado on the Las Arenas side of La Paz, in improving conditions last week, while fishing with Tortuga Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Dos Hernandez.

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GREAT MULEGE FISHING--Sarah Ferrelli (right) and her sister Geena, and grandfather Tom Higginbotham, with Sarah's 35-pound dorado. The girls caught six dorado in two days while trolling off the Slide south of Punta Concepcion, while John boated a marlin from the same area. Photo courtesy Rick Barber.

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PUERTECITOS FISHING TRIP--John Carroll with a nice white seabass caught at the Golden Reef during his trailer boat trip out of Puertecitos. Photo courtesy John Carroll.

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ROCKY POINT CROAKERS--Shawn Gustafson with a couple of nice white seabass caught on his boat Murphy Girl, about 50 miles south of Rocky Point. Photo courtesy Shawn Gustafson.

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SAN CARLOS MARLIN--Norman Don (right) and Rom Dryden releasing a striped marlin on Allen Smith's boat Ricochet out of San Carlos. Said Don, "It's only the beginning of May and there is an abundance of game fish." Photo courtesy Norman Don.

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ZIHUAT TUNA RUN--They were only around for a few days, but Capt. Luis Maciel (right) got this beautiful yellowfin tuna out of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo last week, as a brief run of fish to 270 was reported. Photo courtesy Ed Kunze.

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BAJA SEASCAPE--Dan Fleming and Socorro Gaffud enjoy the view from a wild and beautiful Baja spot 3 miles south of Punta China, near Puerto Santo Tomas. Photo courtesy Dan Fleming.

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