Shore caught tuna sparks East Cape beach fishing

Mexico Fishing News, June 6, 2005



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Offshore fishing has been sluggish at East Cape, but the beaches have produced some good action in recent weeks, including a 44-pound yellowfin tuna caught from shore at the Punta Arena lighthouse.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner reported the tuna landed just before daylight, on the morning of May 26, 2005, by Phil Irwin. Reichner said the tuna was hooked on a 1-ounce chrome Luhr Jensen Stinger cast with spinning gear and 20-pound line. The fish required an hour to beach, and was one of several hooked on two successive mornings at the same location, but all the others resulted in spooled reels. "In talking with the locals we were told they had never heard of such a thing," Reichner said. Over a period of 10 days, Reichner's group found good beach action for pompano, roosterfish and jack crevalle to 20 pounds, assorted grunts, cornetfish, and some unidentifiable mystery fish. East Cape beach fishing conditions were excellent with no wind and very little surf. EAST CAPE BEACH CAUGHT TUNA REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the beach was the place to fish last week, as every client scored on at least one roosterfish, into the Bubba class, plus some jacks. One client caught four roosterfish, and Graham also commented on the yellowfin tuna caught from the beach at the lighthouse: "Only at East Cape!" EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero said offshore billfish, tuna, and dorado were picky or scattered last week, but inshore fishing featured large roosterfish of 30 to a high of 76 pounds, off the beaches from Leonero to Las Barracas, taken on live bait and chrome lures. Off Punta Pescadero, dorado were few, but some large fish to over 60 pounds were caught. School-sized tuna moved closer in at 10 miles, but were still not biting well in mixed water temperatures. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 430 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: 159 striped marlin, 77 dorado, 565 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, and 28 roosterfish. The yellowfin tuna were caught as close as 2 to 3 miles out, and up to about 20 miles out, in all directions, but they were slow to bite. East Cape weather was calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 68 to 80 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said all hotel boats and one super panga fished daily last week, for fair marlin action northwards around Punta Pescadero. Many marlin were seen. Other action included some tuna to 30 pounds, a few dorado to 45 pounds, and good roosterfish action along the beaches on fish to 30 pounds. East Cape weather was unseasonably cool, but with light winds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he's seen over 25 marlin and sailfish during a fishing day, but they just weren't biting, in cold and greenish water at 71 degrees near shore and up to 76 degrees offshore. "I suspect that they are full of flying fish, as we found multiple schools of a hundred or more of the flyers," Fritz said. "Quite a sight to see a hundred flyers burst out of the water and scatter, like a huge covey of quail." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 121 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 39 striped marlin, two sailfish, 25 dorado, 23 yellowfin tuna, one wahoo, nine roosterfish, three snapper, three jack crevalle, four amberjack, 12 bonita, two ladyfish, two pompano, one triggerfish, and 10 skipjack. Valdez said boats switched fishing from south to north at midweek, but offshore fishing was slow on all species. Many non-biting striped marlin were present: "We have had fishing guests telling us that they have never seen so many marlin being so little hungry." East Cape weather was pleasant and calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 74 to 78 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Steve Krogh and six friends fished five days out of Los Barriles with the Awesome Fleet and reported slow action for a total catch of: five marlin, 36 tuna, and four dorado. Krogh said there were plenty of billfish, but they weren't biting: "One day we saw over 50 marlin on the surface and at least 20 sailfish that wanted nothing of our dead ballyhoo." On the flight home, Krogh said he was prevented by airport security from carrying on duct tape, leader coil, and his fishing reels. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said cold water temperatures continued to scatter the fish and make them picky. "I've had my radio on over the last few days and it's pretty grim out there," Bergin said. "The East Cape fishing water is clear and clean, blue here, green there, full of fish that won't bite." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of the boat Fat Cat, noted that the Mexican environmental protection agency, Profepa, was at East Cape recently, and it looks like some changes and restrictions may be forthcoming for launching boats over the federally protected beach zone. "Basically, Profepa wants to charge a fee to permit the usage that's been traditional, and necessary, in the area," Burkett said. East Cape fishing was generally slow in unseasonably cool water, as 56 boat days in the East Cape Angler's Club Tournament produced 22 marlin released, no tuna, and one dorado. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said cold conditions continued at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef: "This week we've been north and south looking for warm water, but it hasn't been forthcoming." Water temperatures were 63 to 70 degrees at depth, and sea life sightings included schools of 40 to 50 amberjack over 4 feet long.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Tony Tringali of Boynton Beach, Fla., and a group of anglers fished several days in the fourth annual Veal Invitational private tournament out of Buena Vista Beach Resort, and they found fairly slow offshore action for dorado of 5 to 15 pounds, some tuna 40 to 50 miles offshore, and many marlin seen, but "finicky at best." Bait was scarce, Tringali said, and one day they were reduced to using nothing but bonefish, and "the marlin were just not interested." In an unusual near shore incident, a broadbill swordfish chased a bait three times, but did not hook up, as Tom Veal's boat fished for roosterfish about 300 yards off the beach. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rod Albright of Buena Vista reported that his team, fishing on Don Giottonini's boat, won the 116-boat El Debate Tournament at Topolobampo late last month with a 151-pound striped marlin good for prizes including a VW Pointer automobile, 85 thousand pesos, and entry into the East Cape Bisbee's and another tournament in Cozumel next year. Team members included Albright, his wife Barb, Bob Breaux, and Perry Jones. EL DEBATE FISHING TOURNAMENT REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog, his wife Gail Ross, and deckhand Jando fished in stiff wind and swells on Saturday for four yellowtail to 22 pounds and 12 log barracuda, in 62-degree water, outside bajo San Miguel. Ross said no other Ensenada boats were in the area, and one party boat reported it was returning to the dock due to rough seas. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing the tip of Punta Banda found rockcod limits and a steady pick on yellowtail, in light breezes, ocean swells of 3 feet, and water temperatures averaging 60 degrees. Anglers averaging about one to three yellowtail per boat, plus some calico bass, lingcod, and many rockcod limits, included Greg Theroux, Eddie Secch, Matt Spinell, Ray Grickson, Jeff Johnson, Peter and Susan Van Rooy, Steve Pabloff, Agustin Quintero, and Mike and Alex Figueroa, all fishing with Capts. Beto and Cruz on the Vonny I and Vonny III. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said two offshore trips out of Ensenada produced no fish, but bottom fishing trips, both locally and south at the Soledad bank caught limits of salmon grouper, lingcod, rockcod, barracuda, and a few yellowtail. Offshore water temperatures were at 63 degrees, with good visibility. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said he fished twice at Isla Todos Santos, finding good action for limits of very big barracuda plus a 20-pound yellowtail on one outing, and five barracuda but no yellowtail on his second trip. Bottom fishing was steady for lingcod and calico bass. Ensenada weather was mostly good, with water temperatures averaging about 65 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 147 anglers aboard the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee, El Cazador, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 609 barracuda, 400 lingcod, 290 rockcod, 90 whitefish, and 83 red snapper.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather was cool and drizzly in the mid-60s, with water temperatures of 59 to 60 degrees, and afternoon winds to 17 knots. Don Eddie's was full over the weekend, and boats caught limits of rockcod, lingcod, bocaccio, and whitefish, plus seven yellowtail found at Isla San Martin. Garcia said 15 pangas and cruisers are now based at Don Eddie's Landing, including the boats of Capt. Bart "Bear" Garcia and K&M Offshore Sportfishing. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said only a few boats fished last week, but Nathan Smith, Wade Curtis, and Dan Thorbur, fishing with Capt. Hector on the Paloma, scored catch-and-release limits of calico bass and sandbass, two lingcod, and one yellowtail, during two days at Socorro. Winds earlier in the week were settling down by Friday. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Alan Tokunaga of North Hollywood said he, Tad Hirai, and Ken Watanabe fished the surf at Playa San Ramon north of San Quintin early in the week and caught barred surf perch limits on fish to 1 pound 14 ounces, but Tokunaga said the fishing was tough, and to make their catch they fished from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch, all with motor oil colored grubs.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said his new 28-foot pilothouse boat, the Offshore I, was launched at San Quintin last Sunday and caught yellowtail at Ben's Rock and Isla San Martin on its maiden fishing trip. The Offshore I is fully equipped with head, sleeping berth, and life raft, and is ready to go fishing, 949-370-6532, 949-370-6568. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja announced a trip to San Quintin June 24-26, 2005, including transportation from the U.S., meals, lodging, permits, ice and ice chests, and two days of fishing, $462, 800-483-4002,



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said the Mar Gato scored on corvina inside the bay at Puerto Lopez Mateos in 70-degree water. Capt. Ruben Duran fished on the Wendy for grouper and one black sea bass outside about 10 miles, also in 70-degree water. The weather was windy at the end of the week, and the local pangueros were mostly fishing for scallops in the bay.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Magdalena Bay weather in the low-70s, with water temperatures of 62 to 72 degrees. Anglers caught double-digit corvina at Lopez Mateos and a few snappers in the mangrove channels at Devil's Curve. Offshore, dorado were reported a few miles out, and tuna about 20 miles out. "Everybody is just waiting for the water to warm up a few degrees," Graham said, "and the exotics should kick in nicely." MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said westerly winds of 10 to 20 knots blew all week, and water temperatures on the Pacific side were down to as low as 58 degrees: "It sure is strange to have April fishing conditions at the beginning of June!" All offshore species were scattered and slow, as boats fished mostly southwest and up the Cortez side. Inshore boats caught continued sierra, and snappers, and had a good yellowtail bite. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said only 20 percent of fleet boats caught marlin last week, 66 percent caught yellowfin tuna, and 85 percent caught all species combined, including a double header on wahoo of 55 and 92 pounds by John Treace fishing on the Ni Modo. Pisces boats fished in cool water temperatures averaging 66 degrees, up the Cortez side to Destiladeras, and on the Pacific to San Cristobal. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a week's catch including released fish of: 61 striped marlin 52 yellowfin tuna, 32 dorado, and 23 sierra. Solmar Fleet's top boat for the week was the San Lucas IV, with Capt. Armando Luna and a six-outing catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 27 yellowfin tuna, seven dorado, and 18 sierra. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said water temperatures around the tip of Baja at the end of the week showed a very large range, from 58 degrees at Cabo Falso on the Pacific side, to as high as 75 degrees on the Cortez side at the Gordo Banks. The Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Gaviota Fleet reported on a combined 43 fishing days, with a catch including released fish of: 21 striped marlin, five dorado, one sailfish, two wahoo, and 49 yellowfin tuna. Most boats fished out around the 95 spot. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on a combined five outings by El Budster and El Budster I with a catch including released fish of: 40 yellowfin tuna, one striped marlin, eight sierra, and one 40-pound wahoo.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 15 late-week boats with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, 106 yellowfin tuna, and 18 dorado.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ty Miller of the recently relocated Bisbee's El Fuerte Sportfishing said he is up and running now after the move from Loreto: "We now at Cabo...We are now in full swing." Miller said Pacific winds have kept him mostly on the Cortez side, and he's been surprised at how Cabo captains pass by boiling schools of yellowtail and don't stop to throw a jig at them: "...Most of the fleet does not bother with the yellowtail here out of Cabo." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Charlie Whitesell of Glendale and Cabo San Lucas, and Doug Ridges of Park City, Utah, fished locally with Capt. Francisco on the panga Salsa and caught a lot of sierra in 70-degree water, along the Cortez coast from Chileno Bay to past Punta Palmilla, with the best action just off the Westin. "Almost all of the inshore boats did well," Whitesell said.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 105 La Playita Fleet pangas, with a catch of: 80 African pompano, 90 dogtooth snapper, 125 yellowtail snapper, 45 huachinango, 110 barred pargo, one snook, 95 pargo colorado, 28 amberjack, 125 jack crevalle, 105 roosterfish, 65 sierra, 85 cabrilla, and 180 triggerfish. With offshore fishing slower, most boats fished locally for mixed species. The local dorado tournament was opened to other species and won by Gary Weis, fishing with Gordo Banks Panga's Capt. Tony, with a 31-pound yellowfin tuna. A 15-pound snook was caught at the mouth of the San Jose del Cabo estuary, Brictson said, near the spot where the shoreline is being altered for the new marina: "It makes you wonder what will happen to this hot spot for trophy sized snook. The entire beach will be changed with the detoured flow of sand..." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Ken Kim of Irvine and Shenan Diehl fished out of La Playita with Capt. Chame of Gordo Banks Pangas, and they scored on half-a-dozen dog snappers to 35 pounds plus an amberjack of about the same size, while chumming with sardinas and baiting with mullet in about 40 feet of water. "The fish were mainly caught when Chame would spot feeding fish, throw a couple handfuls of sardina chum, then cast a mullet into the frenzy," Kim said. "I'd like to express my gratitude to Chame as he worked very hard for us." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said anglers on the Las Arenas side continued to have a wide choice of quarries last week, ranging from marlin and sailfish outside Isla Cerralvo, to wahoo, amberjack and big snappers at the south end of the island, and cabrilla and medium snappers close to shore at Punta Perico. Lots of bait continued to be available, including ladyfish and greenjacks in front of the Hotel las Arenas. Las Arenas weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures steady in the 70s. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported mixed cool and warm water species in up-and-down action: "Some days it's scratchy and the next the fish come up and whack." The catch last week included 15-pound bonito, amberjack, cabrilla, pargo, roosterfish and yellowtail, and five wahoo to 61 pounds caught by Gregg Watt of Lake Forrest. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said wind was an ongoing issue on the La Paz side last week, with water temperatures climbing into the mid to high-70s. On the Las Arenas side, honeymooners Mr. and Mrs. Rosen, caught three wahoo, a striped marlin, and a red snapper.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported generally very slow fishing last week, with fewer than normal anglers in town: "The dorado, tuna and billfish are relatively few in number and a long way out." On Saturday, Capt. Paulino Martinez ran 36 miles out for two marlin lost and a released sailfish, but no dorado or tuna, in rough conditions. Bear said that, in a remarkable incident, a mackerel bait was taken by a marlin that got away but came back to hit again on a caballito. After the marlin got away a second time, the line was reeled in, and the first mackerel bait was discovered to be hooked on again.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Bear fished two days on his boat with friends and Capt. Paulino Martinez, running far south to Isla Santa Cruz one day for a 300-pound class blue marlin tagged and released by Wayne Ferenz of Chico, in 72 to 76 degree water. On another day, Bear ran 42 miles out on a 030-degree heading in rough seas for two football tuna and a sailfish released. "We saw a school of football tuna crashing bait on the surface, but we were involved with one of the hooked tuna and couldn't get over to the action," Bear said. Water temperatures ranged from 69 degrees at the Loreto Marina, to as high as 78 degrees offshore, and the action was in 76-degree water. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished offshore three days last week, trying Isla Catalana, and also looking for wahoo that had been reported in a spot of warm water 40 miles northeast of town. The best action was on seven yellowfin tuna to 27.5 pounds, caught in 78-degree water about 20 to 40 miles out. Over three days, Erhardt also caught three dorado to 35 pounds. "Starting my fourth season fishing out of Loreto, these yellowfin are the first I have caught," Erhardt said. "Although not yellowfin 'cows' a la Puerto Vallarta by any means, these Loreto yellowfin 'calves' have been a nice change of pace." LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Al Fiore of Huntington Beach, and his son Matt Fiore, fished three days with Capt. Gilberto out of Arturo's Sportfishing, for two dorado to 25 pounds, two sailfish, one marlin lost, one 15-pound yellowtail, and many pinto bass. Fiore said a 30-mile run out through fog found no dorado, although many billfish and other types of sea life were seen: "What a beautiful display of nature!" LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said, "The yellowtail fishery at Loreto has pretty much come to a screeching halt." Roosterfish were plentiful along beaches near town and on Isla Carmen, and more dorado were brought in, although Bolles said, "Don't expect wide open conditions and we don't consider them 'in' at any rate, but they are at least 'out there.'" Some boats returned from blue water about 35 to 45 miles out with catches of up to two dorado of about 25 to 35 pounds. Loreto area water temperatures were 67 to 80 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Charlie Whitesell of Glendale and Cabo San Lucas fished one day with Arturo's Sportfishing for very slow action on a few cabrilla at the north end of Isla Carmen. Whitesell said sea conditions were good, and the water temperature was about 68 degrees. Another boat at the marina caught a 20-pound grouper.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline reported on a fly-down trip to Mulege with excellent weather in the low-90s and cooling water temperatures dipping to the low-70s. Dorado were scattered. Some boats found limits, while others came back empty. "One day the boat that went south will find fish and the boat that went north will come back in empty," Grant said. "The next day it could be reversed." The best dorado location was 20 miles out on a 060-degree heading." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Charlie Plott of Pasadena reported several days of offshore trolling out of Mulege, running as far as 30 miles out to 76-degree blue water, but with only one blind dorado strike to show for it. A stop at Punta Concepcion produced some roosterfish on light tackle. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege said dorado action was slower last week, in cooler water temperatures of 72 to about 74 degrees, but local boats found a steady pick on cabrilla, plus a 30-pound grouper landed by Dustin Brown off Punta Chivato, and a 4-foot plus roosterfish "released" by Dave and Mary Landgraf, also off Punta Chivato. Mulege weather was generally warm and calm in the low-90s. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said the weather continued cooler than normal, and water temperatures around the island were about 68 to 70 degrees, with mid-70s found farther offshore. Several days of yellowtail fishing around the Isla San Marcos bajos produced about five to eight fish per day, mostly of 23 to 25 pounds, but with a few in the mid-30s. Water visibility was improved at 30 to 50 feet. Kanzler also noted that squid returned to the Santa Rosalia area, and one of the commercial processing plants was scheduled to open, but the rumored price was only about 7 cents per pound. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Christopher Bruno of Stockton relayed a report from Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles saying that yellowtail action slowed down last week. Vazquez said, "They are still here. They are just not interested yet." Earlier at Guillermo's Memorial Day yellowtail tournament, six fish over 40 pounds were weighed, and the winner weighed 45.5 pounds. The weather was perfect at 85 degrees during the day and 72 at night.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier Vazquez reported the new gas station selling diesel fuel, and many squid in the bay: "Lots of squid...The town actually was stinky because of so many of them stranding themselves between town and the lighthouse."

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Mike Steele of San Diego ran down to Bahia de los Angeles, finding good road conditions, but fairly slow local fishing out of Ruben Daggett's camp for a couple of nice yellowtail at Isla Piojo one day, but not much else. Steele said the winning yellowtail in the Guillermo's tournament was once again caught by Capt. Igor Galvan's boat, which returned from Isla Angel de la Guarda at 9:30 a.m. in a rush to get the fish weighed while fresh. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Stan Woodward of Manhattan Beach flew down to San Francisquito and reported cold water and some wind, but a good morning south at El Barril for five yellowtail of 15 to 18 pounds, all caught on iron. One morning, a fish pileup erupted right in front of the resort cabanas, Woodward said, and 14-year-old Riley Kilpatrick of San Diego hooked "a legitimate 40-pound yellowtail" off the beach after a 20-minute fight: "That morning a Baja fan was born for life." SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of Del Mar, on a fly down trip to San Francisquito, reported free divers coming in with a 72-pound white seabass, 38-pound yellowtail, and other yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds. Local water temperatures were up to about 70 degrees, with lots of current. Terry also reported that he tried the local squid chorrizo, which was very good: "You would not know it's squid." SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja announced a six-angler, four day trip to Bahia de los Angeles, including transportation from the U.S., meals, lodging, permits, ice and ice chests, and two days of fishing, July 8-11, 2005, $590, 800-483-4002,



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 with a passenger load of recreational divers on June 2, 2005, with a catch of: 140 yellowtail to 35 pounds and higher; 52 cabrilla, mostly of 12 to 20 pounds; five sheephead; and 30 miscellaneous fish. Kerby said the Erik spent most of the trip at diving locations, and did not fish daily on this trip. At Gonzaga Bay, winds estimated to 50 m.p.h. and more were encountered on one day. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING AND DIVING 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 June 3, 2005, with a catch of: 66 yellowtail 18 to 24 pounds; one grouper, 35 pounds; 233 cabrilla, 12 to 16 pounds; 180 squid, 10 to 20 pounds; 29 red snapper, 10 to 12 pounds; two broomtail grouper, 14 pounds; 13 sheephead, 9 to 12 pounds; 85 spotted bay bass; and 60 miscellaneous fish. The Jose Andres fished in water temperatures averaging 67 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Celia Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on June 4, 2005, with a catch of: 95 yellowtail, 56 pargo, 39 white seabass, 41 Mexican rockcod, and 189 miscellaneous fish. The Celia Angelina fished in water temperatures averaging 66 degrees, and in good weather except for wind on the final day of the trip. Live mackerel bait was scarce, and cut squid was used. SAN FELIPE FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach, and Bret Hambrick, made a trip south of San Felipe to the Isla El Huerfanito area and fished very near shore in some wind for a catch of triggerfish, spotted bay bass, barracuda, and mackerel. But Jones said the big news of the trip was being swarmed by thousands of bees: "While not stinging per se, they did have an attitude and would follow anything that moved...even staying with the car for a while as you drove away from camp swatting and cursing." Water temperatures north of the Gonzaga Bay area were at 73 degrees. EL HUERFANITO FISHING AND BEE REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weather was headed for the triple-digit range, and she was "dripping into my keyboard" as she sent her report. San Felipe was quiet, and Meders said, "Tomorrow is my day off, and I am going to spend it sitting in the Sea of Cortez." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said very few and small dorado were caught last week by local anglers, including the boats fishing in the Ladies International Fishing Tournament and San Carlos Yacht Club/Rescate Tournament, but some decent catches of marlin and sailfish were made. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Roy Schwartz of Tuscon fished two days, out about 32 miles and also at Isla Tortuga, and caught about 10 dorado to 35 pounds, a 175-pound black marlin that died during the delay when both boat engines stalled, and three longlines that were cut free. Schwartz said he got the boat running about 6 p.m., but only after radio calls failed to bring any help out of San Carlos or Guaymas: "Exciting day but disappointed about the lack of an emergency system." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Norman Don of Tucson reported the Ricochet with four dorado to 25 pounds, a first blue marlin released for Colin Don, and a first striped marlin released for Abigail Don. The marlin were caught 7 to 15 miles out.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of San Carlos said the Catch-22 fished three days, about 5 miles out, on headings of 170 to 230 degrees, in 77-degree water, for a catch of 22 medium dorado, two sailfish released, and two marlin released. All boats were reporting about 20 to 30 billfish sightings a day.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Vince Radice of the Sonoran Sport Center in San Carlos announced a databasing survey of commercial longline activity anywhere on the west coast of Mexico that is being partially funded by Defenders of Wildlife. Radice asked that anyone observing longline activity record the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and email the information to him, along with any other observations of turtles caught, the type and names of boats setting the longlines, photos, etc. "I am hoping that locals will start to give me some data," Radice said. "I have been lobbying like mad for about a week now for local sport fisherman to give me info and I have nothing to show for it so far. I hope that will change." Email reports to:



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported a week's offshore catch including released fish by Aries Fleet out of Maria el Cid of: 30 sailfish, one striped marlin, 81 yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Inshore fishing was good for roosterfish, permit, jack crevalle, red snapper, sierra, triggerfish, and mojarras. Aries Fleet manager, Geronimo Cevallos fished the surf north of Mazatlan and had a good day, releasing six roosterfish of 40 to 45 pounds. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet said offshore boats caught sailfish on most outings, with some multiple catches, a few blue marlin, and lots of school-sized yellowfin tuna. Dorado were slower. Inshore light tackle trips did well on roosterfish, snappers, and triggerfish. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Jon Schwartz of Carlsbad fished at Islas Marietas, about 20 miles off Puerto Vallarta, with Capt. Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing and managed a large roosterfish released and another farmed, as fish were not in a biting mood. "The Corbetena, the offshore sea mount 35 miles out, was not happening, nor was El Banco, 50 miles out," Schwartz said. "Kurt continually put me on the fish but it was just one of those times can toss a bait literally into a school of several hundred toros and they ignore it." Water temperatures were at 76 degrees, with moderate seas. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said sailfish took a back seat to blue marlin last week, as the local fleet sent out about 10 boats a day and about 18 to 20 blue marlin of 250 to 500 pounds per week were landed, plus many others lost. "These are very good odds for catching a marlin, because we are not considering the numerous missed opportunities," Kunze said. "The outstanding fishing for the blue marlin has made this run one of the absolute best in years." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said fishing picked up after the full moon as offshore boats caught one to about six sailfish per day, plus some blue marlin, dorado and tuna, and inshore boats found good action on jacks and roosterfish. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Sailfish are back to three to five per day, and the roosters are in the surf." Capt. Santiago of the panga Gitana landed a 330-pound blue marlin, and he and his brother Adan tagged three sailfish in the local Calentona captains' tournament, won by Capt. Francisco on the Marfel with a 42-kilo sailfish.

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, and blue water only about a mile off the beach.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing at San Agustinillo, near Huatulco, noted that last week marked the closing of the regular season for the area. Guests this year at Weissman's lodge included anglers from around the world who fished on a consistent basis for dorado, yellowfin tuna, sierra, wahoo, jacks, bonito, tuna, and a jack locally called the giant trevally up to about 50 pounds. Weissman added that the last fish of the season was a 4-foot 6-inch roosterfish: "World records are totally possible here at Huatulco." HUATULCO FISHING REPORT.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Tony DeCicco of Pennsylvania reported very good fishing at Cancun during a day with Capt. Meni of Aqua World, first catching small bonito baits and some small hand lined dorado, and then fishing around a wreck at 200 feet deep for three, 50-pound plus amberjack and two sailfish released. "It was the best fishing day I have had in Cancun in many years," DeCicco said.

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THAT'S AMAZING!--Phil Irwin landed this 44-pound yellowfin tuna at East Cape's Punta Arena lighthouse on May 26, 2005, an hour after he hooked it by casting a 1-ounce Luhr Jensen Stinger from the beach. Photo courtesy Mike Reichner.

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EAST CAPE STRIPER--Joe Cardenas fished with Capt. Victor on the Vamonos out of Buena Vista Beach Resort and watched this striped marlin charge a live mullet three times before he hooked it. Photo courtesy Tony Tringali.

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STEADY ON FORKIES--Just about every Vonny's Fleet panga fishing at the tip of Punta Banda scored on one to three yellowtail last week, including these caught by Peter and Susan Van Rooy of Phoenix (left) and Steve Pabloff of Punta Banda. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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SAN QUINTIN ROOKIES--Vincent and Dave Vazquez made their first fishing trip to San Quintin with Don Eddie's Landing and scored on a fillet table full of lingcod, whitefish, rockcod, and sheephead. Photo courtesy Sarai Garcia.

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LAS ARENAS SKINNYS--Gregg Watt with one of five wahoo landed at Isla Cerralvo out La Paz' Las Arenas side, during an outing with Tailhunter International. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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LORETO DORADO!--Dorado were scarce and scattered far outside Loreto in recent weeks, but Matt Fiore and dad Al Fiore fished with Arturo's Sportfishing, and caught this beauty about 40 miles out. Photo courtesy Al Fiore.

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MULEGE BIGGIE--Dave Landgraf, of Mulege, with a 67-pound grouper he caught off Point Concepcion last week. Dave caught the fish while trolling a MirrOlure in 40 to 50 feet of water. Photo courtesy Rick Barber.

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AT THE 110 BAJ0--Chuck and Wade Kohlhase of Mesa, Ariz., fished with Isla San Marcos' Mike Kanzler, and caught some quality yellowtail at the island's famous 110 bajo. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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MAZATLAN SURF KING--Geronimo Cevallos with a 45-pound class roosterfish, one of six released for the day, by casting out through the surf, about 24 miles north of Mazatlan. Cevallos fished with a 12-foot Purglas rod and 5500Z Daiwa reel, 6-ounce Ranger lure, and 20-pound Power Pro line. Photo courtesy Yomahira Aguirre.

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PUERTO VALLARTA ROOSTER--Kurt Hjort from Esperanza Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta and his mate Cruz with a nice roosterfish released for Jon Schwartz. Photo courtesy Jon Schwartz.

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SANTIAGO'S BLUE--Capt. Santiago Valdovinos (left) of the Gitana at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo found this 330-pound blue marlin for Sonny Stolsig of Seattle last Wednesday. Photo courtesy Ed Kunze.

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DOWN HUATULCO WAY--Eric Weissman, head guide of Explore Fly Fishing, at San Agustinillo, near Huatulco on Mexico's southern Pacific coast, with a nice 40-pound giant trevally caught with a white deceiver from the beach during the 2004 season. Photo courtesy Eric Weissman.

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GOOD FISHING AT CANCUN--Dan Glessner of South Carolina with a sailfish caught at Cancun on Mexico's Atlantic coast. Photo courtesy Tony DeCicco.

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