LORETO, MEXICO: The traditional summer dorado season at Loreto got going last week as warm water came closer to town and the year's first good catches were made.
Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said water temperature readings approached 83 degrees and boats averaged almost two per day: "Most of the boats I sent out today came back with limits of dorado." Sailfish and marlin were plentiful and also hitting, and deep yellowtail bottom fishing continued productive over local reefs. Bolles said local captains were planning to set out buoys to keep dorado in the area. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis said top catches for the week included dorado of 29 and 45 pounds, sailfish to 86 pounds, and a yellowfin tuna of 110 pounds caught 10 miles east of Punta Lobos at the north end of Isla Carmen.
LORETO, MEXICO: Wendy Wilchynski of Villas de Loreto said hotel guests Robert, Nicolas and Daniel Black of Fountain Valley fished 35 miles out with Baja Big Fish Company's Capt. Nacho and landed dorado to over 40 pounds, plus a sailfish lost.
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Vincent Freeman of Murrieta and his group trailered Freeman's boat Finstinct to Loreto and ran out a very long 55 to 70 miles on a heading of 030 degrees out of the marina, for a big catch of dorado in water temperatures of 77.6 to 83 degrees. The Finstinct's multi-day offshore catch included dorado of 61, 51, and 48 pounds, plus many others from 8 pounds up, eight sailfish, one striped marlin, and two 20-pound yellowfin tuna. Fishing at a reef south of town produced roosterfish, dog snapper, cabrilla, spotted cabrilla, pargo, amberjack, 40 miscellaneous fish, and yellowtail to 29 pounds. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross said his boat Bad Dog fished locally in 3 to 5-foot seas on Saturday and caught 14 barracuda on trolled Rapalas and iron jigs cast to birds. Some yellowtail were seen at Punta Banda, but could not be hooked, in 62-degree, green water. "The wind blew 10 knots or more all Friday and Saturday, including the nights," Ross said. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said he fished in rough conditions in the bay and at Punta Banda for some good-sized bonita, wide-open log barracuda, and some yellowtail. Sanchez also made two runs south to San Jose reef and Santo Tomas, in some rough seas and water temperatures of about 57 degrees, for bottom fish and one yellowtail caught, out of six hits, at Santo Tomas. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda averaged about two yellowtail per outing last week, plus barracuda, lingcod, calico bass, and one white seabass caught by Pam Shier of Punta Banda on Tuesday. Earlier in the week, Kellen and Lloyd Mitchell of Hollywood had a big day with 23 yellowtail on the Vonny I. PUNTA BANDA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said he fished locally on Saturday for limits of large barracuda and an 18-pound white seabass, about halfway to the island, in a water temperature of 66.5 degrees. Earlier, Gomez also fished locally for barracuda limits and some yellowtail on jigs and trolled Rapalas around the Punta Banda area. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Mark Blucker of Campo la Jolla commented on the net boats that work frequently just outside the surf line in Bahia de Todos Santos: "These boats net food for the tuna pens in the bay, but they kill all the bass and other slow growing resident fish...Officials claim they don't have the resources to do anything." ENSENADA NET BOAT REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported 10 days of sunny weather, with some afternoon winds, and steady bottom fish limits, plus some large surface barracuda at Soledad reef. Yellowtail were seen, but none hooked. Anglers catching lingcod, whitefish, sheephead, rockcod, and barracuda during the week included Joe and Diane of Hemet, and Eric Chen of Los Angeles.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: At Castro's Camp, Fernando Castro said 26 boats fished during the week, for large lingcod, sheephead, whitefish, and six yellowtail. Erendira weather during the week was calm in the mornings, with afternoon winds of 4 to 12 m.p.h. The red tides of the previous week were gone, and blue water at 58 degrees returned to the fishing area 6 miles from the coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said intermittent winds prevented his boats from going outside to check for tuna, but local fishing produced easy limits of large rockcod and lingcod, plus a few yellowtail on Rapalas at Isla San Martin. Anglers fishing with Pedro's Pangas during the week included Brian and Blake Bunting; Jerry, Jerry Jr., and Alison Julian; and Brian Pope. San Quintin weather was sunny in the high-70s. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported that 249 anglers have signed up so far for the July 23, 2005, tournament. "We are going to have the best ever Baja Norte fishing tournament," Meza said. "The TV, radio and newspapers are ready to begin advertising next week. I think we are going to have 350 anglers. Most of the state and county authorities are confirmed to attend the event, the road to the bay has been fixed, and everything looks good." SAN QUINTIN TOURNAMENT POSTER.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported fair fishing at the San Carlos entrada for a few grouper, yellowtail, and plenty of barracuda, plus a few dorado at the offshore shark buoys. Graham said five net boats are clearing bait out of the bay: "The poor fishing being reported is the result of this continuing assault on the resource...It makes one wonder when the Mexican government will wake up and smell the coffee and stop the carnage." MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 52 combined outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 49 striped marlin, one wahoo, four dorado, 120 yellowfin tuna, and three roosterfish. Sea conditions were improved, with less wind, and water temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees, as boats fished mostly south and out to the 95 spot. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 69 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 44 striped marlin, 123 yellowfin tuna, 16 jacks, 11 sierra, and three wahoo. The top Solmar boat for the week was the Solmar I, with Capt. Federico Marron and a six-outing catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, 34 yellowfin, three jacks, and one wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 69 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 21 striped marlin, 294 yellowfin tuna, 12 wahoo, five dorado, one hammerhead shark, two skipjack, 12 pargo, nine roosterfish, five jack crevalle, 15 yellowtail, and three boats skunked.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said calming weather allowed boats to fish up the Pacific side and southwards of the arch last week, where good football yellowfin tuna action was found on porpoise and kelp paddies coming down from the north: "Almost any boat that tried was able to catch all they wanted and there were a few in the 25 to 35-pound class as well." Some good dorado fishing was also found on the Pacific side, in water temperatures up to 74 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Landrum reported a 280-pound yellowfin tuna caught by the Fly Hooker on Sunday, June 19, 2005, by Mark Austin of Glendale, Ariz. The fish was landed after a fight lasting 2 hours 40 minutes, on 40-pound tackle. BIG YELLOWFIN TUNA CATCH REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said the weather, water temperatures, and fishing action all improved last week, as 58 percent of Pisces boats scored on marlin, topped by a six-release day for Ni Modo. Boats fishing up the Pacific side also landed about 2 to 10 school-sized tuna each, plus two tuna of 220 and 242 pounds landed by Anna Prickett of Apple Valley, and Brandon Haller of Louisiana. Several Pisces boats had multiple wahoo days, including a quadruple for La Brisa, and a triple for Valerie. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Paul Lopez of El Centro reported two skunked days of inshore and offshore fishing, in a panga and a cruiser, but on the last morning of his trip, he and his six-year-old son Juan Pablo scored on a yellowtail caught from the surf right in front of their hotel: "This made the trip, our first yellowtail from shore." CABO SAN LUCAS SURF-CAUGHT YELLOWTAIL REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Todd Hochstedler of Got Caught Fishing reported on five outings by the Got Caught, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin; 15 yellowfin tuna, including fish of 110 and 160 pounds; one dorado; and one wahoo of about 80 pounds. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 21 late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: 32 striped marlin, 73 yellowfin tuna, 14 wahoo, and 13 dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 11 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: limits of yellowfin tuna to 25 pounds, five wahoo to 50 pounds, and three dorado to 40 pounds.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on about 64 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: two striped marlin, seven dorado, five hammerhead shark, 18 yellowfin tuna, 22 cabrilla, 24 pompano, 16 amberjack, 26 roosterfish, 14 dog snapper, 18 pargo colorado, 65 yellow snapper, 20 sierra, and 48 jack crevalle. Bait supplies were short due to rough surf and cool water temperatures and the fleet canceled trips on Friday. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said most of the week the catch was lead by 30 to 45-pound roosterfish caught on lisa baits. Rough surf conditions on Friday prevented bait pangas from fishing: "There was no bait today because we had 'marejada,' so the bait pangas at La Playita couldn't catch any." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported generally very slow fishing during four surf fishing and four panga fishing sessions, with a record low count of only 22 species encountered, and one new species caught, a concentric ray. Snow said fishing was constrained by large, pounding surf, and some days with a lack of bait available. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 509 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: two blue marlin, 493 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 133 dorado, 466 yellowfin tuna, 41 pargo, 10 wahoo, 27 roosterfish, and one sierra. Boats fished in all directions. The two blue marlin were caught in warmer water northward near the tip of Isla Cerralvo. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 123 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 140 striped marlin, one sailfish, 24 dorado, 97 tuna, nine roosterfish, one shark, 13 snapper, 15 jack crevalle, one amberjack four bonita, one ladyfish, 10 triggerfish, 10 cabrilla, and seven skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported marlin thick close to shore at midweek, and a marlin landed by his son Dan on Thursday, plus three more missed. Water temperatures were at 76 degrees at La Ribera, but up to 84 degrees just a few miles south at Punta Colorada. Fritz relayed reports of a 12-foot thresher shark caught at Punta Colorada, and "mucho tiburones" around Cabo Pulmo. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles decided to catch his first solo striped marlin on his boat Fat Cat last week,, and he ended up releasing four of them: "I started the week's fishing on the Fat Cat with a personal goal to catch a marlin while fishing solo...Now that I've got that goal achieved, I'll try to do the same with blue marlin when they arrive later this season." Burkett fished three times during the week, but caught no fish and had only one missed strike as the action slowed on Friday. EAST CAPE SOLO MARLIN REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported sardina bait "still among the missing," but angler Dick Haas of Adventure Outfitters doing well during the week, with nine new species to add to his lifetime list, bringing it to a total of 104 fish species. "Can't get much better," Graham said. "The first marlin he had ever cast a fly to gobbled it up like a kid eating cotton candy at a county fair." East Cape weather was calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 70 to 82 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: David Lester of Temecula and his "Pez Gringos" group of roosterfish specialists fished for three days in three pangas out of Hotel Punta Colorada, and Lester said, "This was definitely the best trip in 11 years of fishing the East Cape for the quality roosters." The Pez Gringos group scored on 22 roosterfish, all released, of an estimated 25 to 70 pounds, in steady near shore water temperatures at 74 degrees. EAST CAPE ROOSTERFISH REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 46 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 41 striped marlin, one blue marlin, four sailfish, two roosterfish, eight dorado, two wahoo, 86 bonita, and 42 skipjack.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Patrick Burke of Phoenix and his group fished in seven boats for three days of Hotel Palmas de Cortez, for a catch including released fish of eight marlin, and 17 tuna, but no dorado: "This is my first year in six years of fishing the East Cape I came home with no dorado." Burke said he met Baja living legend Bobby Van Wormer at the hotel and had him sign his copy of the book The Unforgettable Sea of Cortez. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said northern East Cape waters were clear at 78 degrees, but southward on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, the water was a little green and 68 to 74 degrees. Sea life sightings included big amberjack and giant grouper. Fishing on the Vista Sea Sport charter boat Jen Wren were Cindy and Gary Street of Laguna Hills, with a catch of three roosterfish, all caught by Cindy. Vista Sea Sport's Mark Rayor said, "Cindy caught the first one, so Gary changed sides of the boat into her spot. She got another, so he started fishing with her rod. Then she got a third that was over 40 pounds. She had a fourth hit by another good sized one but missed it. Poor Gary never had a bite."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Los Barriles fished with his panguero neighbor who said there were marlin 3 miles out, and he caught a marlin right at that distance: "We went 15 miles without a marlin, but at 4 p.m., you guessed it, 3 miles from Los Barriles I caught one."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Werner Hradecky of San Diego and Scott Bolleter of San Antonio fished on Hradecky's boat Senor Don Jr. last week and had a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, one 40-pound dorado, and a 50-pound wahoo, all caught off Punta Pescadero or south off the lighthouse. "Generally, we were only out 1 to 5 miles out in 80.5-degree, dark purple water," Hradecky said.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rod Albright of Buena Vista fished on his boat Bill Collector with granddaughters Brandii, 14, and Danielle, 9, and both girls caught marlin, including Brandii's first ever, while fishing about 3 miles off Punta Pescadero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort reported catch-and-release marlin fishing, and Saturday's boats with a catch of 12 tuna of 50 to 70 pounds, and two dorado of 50 pounds.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said a promising spell of fishing on the La Paz side petered out as warm water retreated toward Isla Cerralvo, but fishing on the Las Arenas side remained steady for striped marlin, pargo, amberjack, some African pompano, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, and especially larger roosterfish in weights from 20 to as much as 90 pounds: "It was definitely a good week for huge roosters with quite a few fish released." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Don Anderson reported that Norm Van Hertzen fished one day last week on his boat Destiny II and landed one marlin, on a purple feather, out of four seen inside Isla Cerralvo and at the 88 bank. Hertzen fished in water temperatures of 74 to 77 degrees, and also got a dorado on the troll.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported one wide-open yellowtail session at the bajos north of the island aboard John Lyddon's boat Don Juan, as Kanzler's group "caught so many yellowtail until our arms couldn't catch any more." The action for the rest of the week was up and down for yellowtail, some sailfish, and one lone dorado, the only one of the month for Kanzler's boat. Santa Rosalia weather was hot in the low-90s, with water temperatures variable from 73 to 80 degrees, and still no dorado in the local fishing area. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said yellowtail fishing continued good inside the bay, mostly for 6 to 8 pounders, but with some 15 to 20 pounders mixed in, around Islas Horse Head and Piojo. Vazquez added that many bees are present in the area and said people especially allergic to stings might want to bring emergency medication. Local water temperatures were at 72 to 74 degrees, and Vazquez recommended that anglers take a look at www.tempbreak.com for free satellite water temperature maps. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve Stevens reported on a trip to Bahia de los Angeles by 28 members of the Jamul Tuna Club, with yellowtail limits daily, and a 106-pound gulf grouper caught by Tim Hollis, after a 49-minute fight in 40-feet of water on 40-pound line. The grouper was caught on Igor Galvan's boat on a reef south of the bay, after it hit a sardina bait. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Jeff Williams of Costa Mesa and his group trailered to Bahia de los Angeles and launched at Guillermo's for six days of steady yellowtail action, from the inner islands south to Roca Bernabe and Isla Partida, and a catch including released fish of: 50 yellowtail, 28 grouper, and "countless" cabrilla, barracuda, and triggerfish." During the trip, three fish were kept for "enjoying sashimi in the afternoon and some fine dinners," Aman said. Local weather was nearly calm, in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of Del Mar flew into San Francisquito and reported heavy yellowtail and "tons of bait" in the area, "so much bait the fish were picky on lures. Smaller lures than you would expect were good." Terry said the best action was on anchovy-shaped lures. A 72-pound white seabass was also shot. "The water is warming up to the south. Maybe dorado soon," Terry said.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: John Aman of San Francisquito, and Chris Duensing, fished several days, and Aman said, "The amount of yellowtail right now is unbelievable." Aman said he caught two yellowtail from the beach with his quad, and overall, they kept 20 yellowtail over five days of fishing, and released "quite a few" in 70-degree water. SAN FRANCISQUITO 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 June 23, 2005, with a catch of: 352 yellowtail, 310 cabrilla, three grouper including one of 73 pounds, 29 pargo, one leatherback grouper of 33 pounds, and 365 miscellaneous fish. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Kerby also announced last week that company owner Gustavo Velez has repurchased the 125-foot boat Andrea Lynn, which he originally built in the early 1980s, but later sold. The Andrea Lynn will be outfitted as a panga mothership and will join the company's boat Erik to begin sportfishing operations in the summer of 2006, Kerby said. FULL STORY OF THE ANDREA LYNN PANGA MOTHERSHIP.
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 24, 2005, with a catch of: 81 yellowtail, 18 to 27.5 pounds; two grouper, 40 to 45 pounds; 99 cabrilla, 8 to 11.8 pounds; 12 red snapper, 10 to 14 pounds; three broomtail, 19 to 35 pounds; 38 spotted bay bass; and 35 miscellaneous fish. The Jose Andres fished in water temperatures averaging 72 degrees.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on June 24, 2005, with a catch of: 325 yellowtail to 32 pounds; 315 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 54 sheephead to 12 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; 15 broomtail grouper, 15 to 20 pounds; two grouper, 30 to 40 pounds; one black sea bass, 40 pounds; nine white seabass, to 55 pounds; and 25 pargo to 15 pounds. Reyes said bait was hard to find during the trip, due to the full moon and squid in the water, and the best lure was the MirrOlure. Water temperatures averaged 70 to 78 degrees. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Reyes reported on a six-day trip by the Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe with 27 anglers on June 17, 2005, with a catch of: 315 yellowtail to 25 pounds, 230 cabrilla to 16 pounds; 35 red snapper to 8 pounds, 26 broomtail to 25 pounds, spotted bay bass, 25 miscellaneous fish, 15 fish released including five grouper released of 30 to 35 pounds. The Tony Reyes fished in good weather conditions, with water temperatures of 70 to 78 degrees, and the best-working lures were on the surface. The boat also fished one night for squid.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez side water temperatures would be in the 80s by the end of June, but fishing was fairly slow for a few sierra, plus the usual spotted bay bass and triggerfish. "The radio traffic from the San Felipe boats sounds as if they are moving more than usual to find the fish," Magee said, adding that Mike Cope, the angler who was bitten by a rattle snake a few weeks ago, was taken to El Centro for successful treatment.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix fished on his boat El Gato Blanco on a reef south of Rocky Point for a catch of nine red snapper, about 15 goldspotted bass, and one 20-pound "grouper-looking" thing with markings similar to a gulf grouper. "The Rocky Point locals said they had never seen that kind of fish before and did not know what to call it," Auditore said. About five other boats were fishing the area, and Auditore said he was also cut off by a probable black sea bass. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Arthur Pina of Tucson and his group ran south to the 52-mile reef area and fished 275 to 320 feet deep in water temperatures of 79.6 to 82.6 degrees for a catch of large 12 to 15-pound goldspotted bass and one red snapper, plus a lot of squid that kept grabbing the baits. "It got completely flat so the ride back was just great," Pina said. "We were able to really see the beauty of the Sea of Cortez again." ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Robert Dryden of Tucson and his group fished 5 to 20 miles out of San Carlos on the Richochet and got a first ever striped marlin for Margarita Morris, plus a sailfish tagged, several other sailfish seen, and lots of skipjack and bonita. Other boats reported wahoo strikes and generally slow dorado fishing, but some dorado action near longlines about 20 to 25 miles out. Water temperatures were 77 to 79 degrees, in calm conditions. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., fished out of San Carlos five days on his boat No Sniveling and got the boat its first marlin and sailfish releases, in action that had as many as 40 billfish seen in a day. Fishing only 2 miles off Punta San Antonio, Collins said, "We...were bit by sails eight times in 90 minutes, hooking two and releasing one in midair, and one at the boat. What a way to learn about billfish trolling!" SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada and Alejandro Verdugo went out on Almada's boat Fish Stalker and caught a full box of triggerfish and barred pargo, fishing in 60 feet of water about 150 yards off Punta San Antonio for three hours on Friday evening. "Lots of fun catching those stubborn triggerfish on light tackle!" Alamada said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 28 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 40 sailfish, one striped marlin, two dorado, 24 yellowfin tuna, and one mako shark. Four inshore pangas had easy limits on mixed species. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 76 to 81 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet said about 25 boats per week were fishing 15 to 25 miles out for good sailfish and 10 to 15-pound yellowfin tuna action, and some striped marlin, but little activity on dorado. "The rainy season is around the corner, so that should improve dorado activity along with blue marlin," Heimpel said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet reported good sailfish and yellowfin tuna action offshore, but blue marlin and dorado scratchy. Inshore light tackle boats had good results on red snapper, triggerfish, and roosterfish. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Manny Ocaranza of the charter boat Yolaray reported on a fishing run toward El Bajo, in an area 46 miles northwest of Punta Mita, for a day's catch of 15 tuna of 30 to 40 pounds, two sailfish released, and one dorado. The water color was clear blue at 82 degrees.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Drew Henderson of Houston fished June 8, 2005, on the Magnifico and foul-hooked a 39-inch milkfish, in about 25 feet of water at the Marietas Islands: "It put up a very good fight and made a nice leap out of the water when initially hooked." The fish was identified as a milkfish, Chanos chanos, from Henderson's photographs, by Dr. John Snow.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said blue water moved out to about 14 miles, and offshore boats continued to average about two to three sailfish per day, plus some school-sized yellowfin tuna. Currents were variable due to distant offshore storms, and high surf made fishing for roosterfish tough. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament called last week's conditions "a bit rough around the edges," as offshore storms brought rough surf, and mountain and local rains pushed the blue water out. Inshore fishing produced jacks and bonito, but few roosterfish.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said conditions were made tough last week by rain, wind, rough seas, and a short bait supply, as offshore boats averaged about two to three sailfish per day, and inshore boats landed some roosterfish, yellowtail jack, needlefish, and bonito. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.