La Paz fishing is hot on amberjack and African pompano

Mexico Fishing News, May 30, 2005



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Inshore fishing action woke up last week on the Las Arenas side of La Paz, as pangas found a very good amberjack and African pompano bite at Isla Cerralvo and heavy snappers broke lines over the shallow reefs.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing really improved last week off Las Arenas, with mixed schools of amberjack and pompano at the south end of the island, and continued masses of sardina bait available, although pilotfish or "zebrafish" baits caught at the buoys were working best on the amberjack. Big pargo were caught in the rocks on ladyfish baits, and Hernandez recommended 40 to 80-pound line for anglers coming at this time. Offshore, wahoo were scored by several anglers, and some dorado and tuna were also starting to show up. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said water temperatures on the Las Arenas side were holding at about 79 degrees and the bite on 10 to 30-pound amberjack off the southeast side of Isla Cerralvo was really intense. "In fact, I have never seen a bite like this," Roldan said. "...You could see the fish below the boats in the 20 foot depths." Other good action last week was found on mixed snappers and the unusual run of African pompano. Roosterfish were slower, and offshore fishing for tuna, wahoo, and dorado was scattered. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said warming water temperatures around Isla Espiritu Santo were in the mid-70s, and the catch on the La Paz side included yellowtail of 15 to 20 pounds, cabrilla, pargo, and several roosterfish, including three releases by Jimmy Head of New Mexico of roosterfish estimated at 40 to 50 pounds. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral fished two days at the end of the week in the Punta Banda area, using a run-and-gun technique the first day for four surface jig yellowtail of 18 to 24.3 pounds. On Saturday, the Bad Dog found no yellowtail in the same area, but ran into unlimited log barracuda, landing full limits for the boat in an hour-and-a-half. Said Ross, "...Left them jumping out of the water at 10:30 a.m. and went home." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda fished in partly cloudy weather, with mostly light breezes, swells of 3 to 4 feet, and water temperatures in the low-60s, for about one to four yellowtail per boat, plus some calico bass and lingcod. Anglers fishing during the week on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto and the Vonny III with Capt. Cruz included Tom Powell and his father of Orange County; Paul McDonald, Tim Ryan and Tad Trout of Huntington Beach; and John Caldwell and Dave Palmiotto of San Diego. On Saturday, seven yellowtail were caught by the Vonny I, with Bryan Kastoll and Mario Reina of Imperial Valley.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said local fishing was steady last week, with log barracuda starting to show, and some boats getting two or three yellowtail, but other boats catching none. Sanchez fished Saturday in front of El Sauzal and got limits of rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and sculpin, and boats at Punta Banda reported the same, plus some yellowtail and barracuda. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Louis Meyers of Perris reported on a trip to Isla Todos Santos aboard the Gordo's Sportfishing boat Constellation, during which his blind friend Charles Scott of Riverside hooked a 17-pound yellowtail with a Rapala on light spinning tackle. With 14 anglers aboard, the Constellation had a catch of about: 100 rockcod, 25 red rockfish, one lingcod of 6 pounds, one whitefish of 6 pounds, and 15 mackerel used for bait, plus the yellowtail. Meyers said, "A 17-pound yellow is not that big a fish, but try landing one on light spinning gear." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on two days of local fishing with clients at El Bajo and Isla Todos Santos, in good weather and sea conditions, for limits of barracuda to 6 pounds, rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish, plus olive rockfish, sheephead, and four scorpionfish. Gomez fished with live anchovy bait in 61-degree water. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Kenneth Kim of Irvine fished off Colonet early in the week aboard the American Angler and reported no current, a decent lingcod bite, and a boat total of nine yellowtail of 10 to 20 pounds, with the larger fish caught on dropper loops and the rest on kelp paddies.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said he sent out 24 boats last week, for four white seabass and six large yellowtail, in addition to steady lingcod, red rockcod, calico bass, sheephead, barracuda, and whitefish. Anglers fished all week in good sea conditions, clear blue water, and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees in the main fishing area 6 miles from Erendira. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Lee Wood reported on a trip by the Oceanside Senior Anglers and the Rancho Bernardo fishing club, fishing two days on several boats out of Castro's Camp, and catching sandbass to 7 pounds, vermillion rockfish to 6 pounds, good sized lingcod, mixed bottom fish of 2 to 5 pounds, two white seabass to 40 pounds, and two yellowtail. Wood said, "We did see mucho yellowtail on the surface, but they would not bite." Water temperatures ranged from 58 to 59 degrees, and the boats fished a wide area from Colonet to Santo Tomas. Anglers from both clubs fishing on the trip included: Hal Reeser, Ed Dennis, Don Maquet, Lee Wood, Allan Robb, Rick Sherry, Bill Borst, Gene Ervin, Bill Schloeder, Jack Stalder, Al Evans, Ed Windsor and Barbara Gattuso. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Earlier, Alfredo Paullada of San Diego fished with Capt. Conrrado about 10 miles out and 300 feet deep, in 59-degree water, for "very good rock fishing...the best fishing that I ever experienced in Erendira." Paullada said the bite was fast and steady on red rockcod to 6 pounds and lingcod to 12 pounds, plus a yellowtail caught on a kelp paddy on the way out: "You could not miss. It was a lot of fun." ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said many anglers were in town for the Memorial Day weekend, and he sent out at least 20 boats during the week, getting lucky on a couple of yellowtail at Socorro, but fishing mostly on the bottom for red rockcod and lingcod. Anglers limiting during the week included Ray Sandoval, Al Puig, John Marcos, Ramey Benington and Dennis Goffrey. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Eddie Marquez of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather had marine layer clouds in the mornings, with afternoon winds of 14 knots and swells to 5 feet last week, as water temperatures averaged 59 degrees. Fishing was good for rockcod, lingcod, bocaccios, and whitefish, plus several yellowtail of 17 to 25 pounds. More yellowtail were seen around the 180 spot, but they were not biting, and Marquez said this was probably due to an abundance of bait in the water. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said a few dorado were present off the beach at Puerto Lopez Mateos, and corvina and pargo were caught in the esteros. At Devil's Curve, anglers missed on snook, but were headed out for another try. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 62 to 71 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 57 boats, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, one broadbill swordfish, 150 yellowfin tuna, three wahoo, three skipjack, four yellowtail, three mako shark, nine roosterfish, four amberjack, four jack crevalle, two red snapper, and seven boats skunked. The broadbill swordfish was caught Saturday aboard the Cabo Marlin II, and Cabo Magic's Lori Garcia commented, "Sure was all the buzz around the Cabo San Lucas marina Saturday." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum said persistent northwest winds wrapped cool 65 to 66-degree Pacific water around the tip of Baja California last week and pushed the fishing up the Cortez side. "Continued northwest winds caused very rough conditions on the Pacific side of the cape," Landrum said, "so rough that few, if any, Cabo San Lucas sportfishing boats tried to fish past the lighthouse." All offshore species were scattered and slower, but especially dorado, as Landrum added, "I think I saw a total of 10 dorado flags at Cabo San Lucas this week, and that should say it all. Wait for warmer water." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 46 combined outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 32 striped marlin, one sailfish, two wahoo, one dorado, one yellowtail, and 24 yellowfin tuna. Billfish counts were lower due to a cold plume of water in the low-60 degree range that ran from Cabo Falso to 30 miles south of the arch, and boats were running longer distances to get into warmer 71 to 72-degree water. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on eight boats with a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, and 46 yellowfin tuna.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on nine outings by El Budster and El Budster I, with a catch including released fish of: 48 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 30 pounds, two wahoo of 40 to 60 pounds, and three striped marlin.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said marlin action slowed down after the big counts of the Rolex/IGFA tournament, as 50 percent of Pisces boats released marlin, and 70 percent landed all species combined. Top outings for the week included a five-release day for Ni Modo, and four releases on Ruthless for Merle Erickson and his father Palmer. "But the best way to describe this week of sportfishing at Cabo San Lucas was inconsistent," Ehrenberg said. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Cabo regular, Merle Erickson of Chicago reported on his four-release day with his father Palmer and Pisces Fleet, despite cool water and relatively slow conditions, and also on some airport security hassles when he was required to remove the line from his carry-on fishing reels and was also told that he was limited to bringing four fishing rods to Cabo San Lucas. Erickson said when time ran short, he ended up checking his reels as baggage, after paying $40 extra for insurance. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING AND AIRPORT SECURITY REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a week's catch including released fish of: 68 striped marlin, 35 dorado, 29 yellowfin tuna, 31 sierra, three roosterfish, and five sailfish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Wayne Bisbee of the Bisbee's fishing tournaments announced the schedules and details for this season's upcoming East Cape Offshore Tournament, Aug. 2-6, 2005; Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, Oct. 21-23, 2005; and the Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament Oct. 25-29, 2005, which Bisbee said has now paid out over $25 million in its two-decade run. BISBEE'S BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR FISHING TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 112 La Playita sportfishing pangas, with a catch of: 230 pompano, 285 pargo colorado, 115 dog snapper, eight striped marlin, one sailfish, two mako shark, 44 roosterfish, 95 sierra, 14 dorado, 22 amberjack, 40 jack crevalle, and 12 yellowfin tuna. Offshore fishing was slower due to cooler water of 67 to 72 degrees, but inshore fishing was very good, especially for African pompano at the end of the week: "On Saturday the bite was almost too good to believe, with all the fish anyone could have dreamed of catching." In other inshore action, roosterfish into the 50-pound class showed up on local beaches, and quality pargo species were cutting anglers off on the rocks. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Earlier, species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on three surf fishing sessions and four panga fishing sessions, resulting in continued slow action, and a relatively poor 26 fish species encountered, one of which was new, a rare keeljaw needlefish. "I would rate this week at San Jose del Cabo as improving but still far below average from a sportfishing perspective," Snow said. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo reported slow fishing: "Even when the wind is not blowing, there are very few fish around. There are some pargo along the shore, but a lot of boats are working hard to land a few pargo and occasional other species."



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 112 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 61 striped marlin, 48 dorado, 73 yellowfin tuna, 27 roosterfish, eight snapper, nine jack crevalle, two amberjack, 12 bonita, four ladyfish, two triggerfish, and 10 skipjack. Hotel boats fished a wide area in cooling conditions, and one top catch for the week was a 70-pound roosterfish that was tail-wrapped and could not be released. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 386 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: 208 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 152 dorado, 600 yellowfin tuna, four pargo, four wahoo, and one pompano. "We're not where we want or need to be," Moyers said. East Cape boats fished both north and south, in generally good sea conditions, and water temperatures of 68 to 80 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 70 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, four black marlin, eight sailfish, six roosterfish, 38 dorado, 62 tuna, and 32 wahoo.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said hotel boats returned with about seven to eight fish per day, with good catches of tuna and marlin. Top fish for the week included a 60-pound wahoo caught on Thursday, and a mako shark of 155 pounds. Boats were fishing with mackerel and sardina baits.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero said East Cape weather was mostly calm and sunny, but with erratic water temperatures ranging from 80 degrees northward off Isla Cerralvo, down to 68 degrees southward off Los Frailes. Inshore fishing featured large roosterfish, including a 60 pounder caught from the hotel pier. A 90-pound wahoo was caught by Chris Funkhouser off the lighthouse on the High Roller. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roger Lackey of San Mateo fished out of Rancho Leonero two days with super panga Capt. Indios, and got skunked one day, but came back with his first four roosterfish ever, on six strikes, his second day, using live mullet baits at Punta Pescadero to the north, and also right in front of the hotel.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said continued cool water at 66 degrees and low visibility of 20 to 40 feet made for less than ideal conditions at the Cabo Pulmo marine park last week, but sea life sightings continued to be heavy. Diving last week was East Cape veteran Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International who said, "The park is really working. I saw more fish on that dive than I saw during the entire last season I worked down here!" EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said roosterfish returned to the shorelines: "Bubba has arrived, still as finicky as ever. Spa reported one in the 50-pound class and our clients are getting a few shots a day from the beach." Offshore, billfish were plentiful but slow to bite, and tuna were still about 45 miles out. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Graham also noted that Baja On The Fly has discontinued the use of ATVs during their guided East Cape beach fly fishing trips, due to the recent enforcement of Mexican regulations banning vehicles on the beach. "While we have discontinued the use of ATVs on the beach, we have not stopped fishing the beach," Graham said, adding that henceforth Baja On The Fly will access the beaches by driving ATVs on the roads that parallel them. EAST CAPE BEACH ATV BAN REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera fished three days last week, with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, two dorado, four tuna to 25 pounds, and "more needlefish than we wanted," all caught on two of the three days. One day had "short strikes on lures, short bites on live bait, and short on beers in the cooler, so we came in after a short while." Fritz also reported a blue marlin lost 3 miles off the Punta Arena lighthouse when a line slipped out of partially-open hook eye. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris and Debbie Llewellyn and their group fished out of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort with Capt. Ronnie Verdugo and deckhand Francisco, scoring a wahoo for their neighbor Russ, a jack crevalle lost by son Virgil, a dorado lost by Chris, and a first marlin release for nine-year-old grandson Christian Llewellyn. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said north winds and fog on some days made conditions tough, as only a few yellowtail were caught: "I think the best catches were only two per boat." Dorado fishing was hampered by rough seas, and Susarrey said he felt it would be a late season this year, as the schools were not arriving as usual. Cabrilla fishing was steady around the local reefs and islands. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Nacho Davis of the Loreto Carnaderos y Pescadores baitsellers' cooperativa said cooler water last week slowed down fishing for mackerel at night, but they were replaced by good numbers of jurelito: "The water was colder and there were many jurelito. The jurelito like the colder water. There were no macarela. Puro jurelito. Also, lots of sardina. Many boats are using sardina as well."



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said fishing tapered off a bit with the full moon and associated high tidal ranges last week, but earlier, continued excellent catches of dorado were made, including 17-fish, catch-and-release action found 14 miles out by Dustin Brown and his group, on fish weighed to 40 pounds, and several other full limit trips from 15 to 30 miles out. Dave and Mary Landgraf of Mulege also scored on a 64-pound grouper while trolling the rocks off Punta Concepcion. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said churning tidal currents had Santa Rosalia water temperatures all over the thermometer from a high of 80 degrees, down to 67 degrees, and with very low 10-foot visibility and dirty green color. Fishing remained excellent for large sawtail grouper into the 30-pound range at Isla Tortuga, and for early morning yellowtail feeding on surface squid at the north end of Isla San Marcos. On one run to Isla Tortuga, Kanzler said he had "no room in the fish box by 10 a.m." Kanzler said, "It's a wild and crazy year we're having in the central Sea of Cortez, and one never knows what's around the corner." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Kanzler also said about 60 anglers participated in this year's second annual Isla San Marcos Yellowtail ShootOut on May 21-22, 2005, and more than 30,000 pesos were raised to benefit the island's youth athletics and recreation programs. Winners for the greatest combined weight of two fish weighed during the two-day competition were: First Place, Agustine Casanova of Isla San Marcos; Second Place, Lou Gato of San Diego; and Third place, Marika Anderson of Colorado. ISLA SAN MARCOS YELLOWTAIL SHOOTOUT FISHING TOURNAMENT REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Roger Bill of San Diego reported on his fishing trip to Isla Tortuga with Kanzler, saying he caught sawtail grouper of 20 to 30 pounds. Fishing on his own boat out of Punta Chivato for a week with Bob Fay, Bill said they caught big numbers of catch-and-release dorado on light tackle, in water of 74 to 77 degrees, about 10 miles out, in an area heavy with billfish, turtles, whales and other sea life. PUNTA CHIVATO FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of San Francisquito said fishing was quiet over the weekend, but yellowtail and white seabass were caught at midweek. Plentiful squid were in the water and charging the beach at night, Terry said, and yielding 20-pound steaks, some of which were being made into chorrizo by Beto Lucero of Caleta San Francisquito. Many planes were on the runway at the resort, in windless conditions.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles confirmed that the new village gas station is selling gas at the regular Pemex price of 6.03 pesos per liter or about $2.07 U.S. dollars per gallon.



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 26, 2005, with a catch of: 201 cabrilla, 203 yellowtail, two grouper of 35 and 38 pounds, 16 white seabass, 14 pargo, one black seabass of about 50 pounds, and 259 miscellaneous fish. The Erik fished in water temperatures of about 75 degrees. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on May 27, 2005, with a catch of: 174 yellowtail, 18 to 27 pounds; one grouper, 45 pounds; one white seabass, 18 pounds; 37 cabrilla, 12 to 14 pounds; 38 squid, 12 to 18 pounds; 27 red snapper, 12 to 14 pounds; one broomtail grouper, 18 pounds; seven sheephead, 10 pounds; 82 spotted bay bass; and 66 miscellaneous fish. The Jose Andres reported water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of the Longfin Tackle Store in Orange announced special summer prices for some trips on the San Felipe panga motherships Tony Reyes and Jose Andres. Trips on the Tony Reyes departing Aug. 14, Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and Oct. 9, were reduced from $825 to $725. Trips on the Jose Andres departing Aug. 14 and 18, Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30 were reduced from $775 to $699. Information 714-538-8010.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was hot in the low-90s, and the tourist level in town was at its maximum peak for the Memorial Day weekend, with extra vendors on the streets, and an all-night mariachi band party thrown by her neighbor. "It was a real 'Mexican Fiesta,'" Meders said, "the sort of thing you see on travel commercials but don't really believe exists." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos reported windy conditions at the end of the week with a few dorado caught and many billfish seen. Earlier in the week, dorado to 30 pounds were caught by the Too Much Fun, and other boats did well about 10 miles out at 212 degrees. Blair also reported on a meeting between Sonora sportfishing representatives and government officials during which a committee was formed to raise funds for the purpose of enforcing long line and gill net regulations: "This what the Mexicans were saying as well...The Mexicans want them out of here too." SAN CARLOS FISHING AND REGULATIONS ENFORCEMENT REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Vince Radice of the Sonoran Sport Center reported a good-sized sea bass well over 100 pounds speared in 50 feet of water at the north point of Isla San Pedro Nolasco. "Now that I have that out of my system I won't ever have to do something like that again," Radice said. One yellowtail and many cabrilla of about 15 pounds were also seen. Radice also said that long lines in the San Carlos area are catching protected sea turtles again this year: "Looks like it will be business as usual here in Sonora again."

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, said he fished in the Topolobampo tournament last week and won ten-thousand pesos with a 36-pound wahoo.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 29 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 15 sailfish, 14 striped marlin, and 98 yellowfin tuna. Inshore super pangas did well on roosterfish, with more than 30 caught during the week. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures stable at 77 to 78 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre reported offshore boats finding sailfish and marlin 18 to 25 miles out on a heading of about 180 degrees.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said about 90 percent of his offshore boats last week returned with marlin, sailfish, or both, plus plenty of dorado, and one mako shark. Vikings Fleet offshore boats fished 18 to 25 miles out of Mazatlan, and inshore fishing was improved for Vikings Fleet's local family light tackle trips.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet reported striped marlin being replaced by sailfish in warming water temperatures, and big schools of school-sized yellowfin tuna also arriving in the area together with porpoise: "...Mostly 10 to 15 pounds, but plenty. I personally landed 28 along with two friends..." Earlier, 38 anglers participated in the Friends of the Marlin tournament to raise a donation for the Ciudad de los Ninos orphanage. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Manny Ocaranza of the charter boat Yolaray said Puerto Vallarta water temperatures were at 80 to 83 degrees, and he caught sailfish and yellowfin tuna, plus one blue marlin, about 40 miles north at 300 degrees. Fishing at El Banco and Roca Corbetena was so-so, with color good but not too much bait in the water. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly announced an expeditionary fly fishing trip to Clipperton Atoll in April 2006 sponsored by Steve Able on the San Diego long range boat Shogun. The trip is limited to 16 anglers. Anglers may ride down on the Shogun, or board the boat at Puerto Vallarta, and the fishing will be from skiffs, the main boat, and the beach, Graham said, 800-919-2252. CLIPPERTON ATOLL FLY FISHING TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported sailfish action slowing to about one to two fish per day, but good counts on blue marlin, and some very good quality on yellowfin tuna. Luis Maciel's panga Gringo Loco scored on a 500-pound class blue marlin, as about 15 boats per day brought in about two total blue marlin per day. Ed Garvis of Anaheim landed a 300-pound class tuna on the panga Whisky III, and other tuna of 150 to 200 pounds were caught by commercial pangueros. "...Almost all the fishing action is only about 8 to 10 miles offshore," Kunze said. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said several yellowfin tuna of 200 to 300 pounds were caught during the week: "They are moving at high speed and there is no telling how long they will be around."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said of the blue marlin hookups being made last week, "Unfortunately, most of the battles were won by the marlin but some anglers were successful." Blue marlin action last week included a pair of 250 pounders landed by the Tarpon, two lost by the Marlin Azul, and another large one lost by the Leydy after a two-hour fight. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

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.

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BIG FANG SNAPPERS--Anglers Pete, Daniel, Gil, John, and Wally, all from San Dimas, got into some nice dog snappers at La Paz last week with Tortuga Sportfishing on the Las Arenas side. The bigger dog snapper on the right is referred to locally as a "pargo colmilludo" which means "big fanged" in Spanish. Photo courtesy Gerardo Hernandez.

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PUNTA BANDA FORKIES--Mario Reina (left) and Bryan Kastoll (right) of Imperial Valley landed seven nice yellowtail plus calico bass and red rockcod at Ensenada's Punta Banda this weekend. They fished on the Vonny's Fleet beach-launched panga Vonny I with Capt. Beto Zamora. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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ERENDIRA FORKIES--Several quality yellowtail were caught last week out of Castro's Camp at Erendira, south of Ensenada, including this one shown off by Barbara Gattuso and her father Ed Windsor. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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SAN QUINTIN YELLOWTAIL--Victor Hugo Navarro (left) and Adrian Navarro fished out of Don Eddie's Landing at San Quintin last week, and scored on some quality yellowtail. Photo courtesy Eddie Marquez.

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BROADBILL AT CABO--Cool water scattered the dorado far and wide at Cabo San Lucas last week, but the Cabo Marlin II scored a broadbill swordfish on Saturday for angler Charles Hughes of Las Vegas, fishing with Cabo Magic. Photo courtesy Lori Garcia.

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LOS CABOS COW--Bob Lewis of Encinitas caught this 194-pound yellowfin tuna on the inner Gordo Bank off San Jose del Cabo, fishing May 17, 2005, with Capt. Archie of the La Playita panga Nohemy. Lewis said the fish fought for 1 hour 45 minutes on straight 40-pound P-line with no leader. Lewis said: "We were down to the spindle five or six times with maybe six turns left and just kept chasing the fish until eventually we got him tail-wrapped and were able to bring him to the boat tail first." Photo courtesy Bob Lewis.

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AT RANCHO LEONERO--Super panga skipper Indios shows off a roosterfish caught at East Cape by angler Roger Lackey of San Mateo. Lackey said they fished with mullet baits and he landed four out of six, including this one right in front of the hotel. Photo courtesy Roger Lackey.

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LORETO FISHING--Fishing was fairly slow in Loreto last week but Arturo's Sportfishing angler Dennis Mayhew got lucky with a nice yellowtail and a couple of cabrilla. Photo courtesy Arturo Susarrey.

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MULEGE DORADO FUN--Bob Fay fished for a week with Roger Bill out of Punta Chivato and they scored on "many, many...dorado...most released," caught on light spinning gear, in an area with porpoise, "so thick it looked like you could walk on them." Photo courtesy Roger Bill.

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TORTUGA SAWTAILS--Cindy, Ryan, Alexander and Daryl Curtis of Yuma fished at Isla Tortuga off Santa Rosalia with Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos and they got into what just might have been the sawtail grouper bite of a lifetime. Here, they are cleaning fish at nearby San Lucas Cove. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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ISLA SAN PEDRO NOLASCO--Vince Radice of the Sonoran Sport Center in San Carlos with a large sea bass speared in 50 feet of water last week at Isla San Pedro Nolasco. Photo courtesy Vince Radice.

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CABO GALLO--Mimi Martin of Orangevale caught this roosterfish off Santa Maria beach at Cabo San Lucas during her first ocean fishing trip, on Dave Christman's Reel Dream with Capt. Ernie Cossio. Photo courtesy Geri Christman.

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2005 ROLEX/IGFA WINNERS--Holding their Rolex timepieces and bronze marlin trophies are the 2005 winners of the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament at Cabo San Lucas. Left to right: Denis Comment, Rolex director of the Caribbean and Central America; Tom Schramm, Ray and Charmain Roser, Scott Segal; and IGFA President Rob Kramer. The team had qualified by winning The Mayor's Cup in Miami Beach, and in the Rolex/IGFA they competed against 69 other teams from 31 countries. Photo by Pete Johnson.

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