ENSENADA, MEXICO: Local fishing around the bay produced continued yellowtail catches last week, and offshore boats running out of Bahia de Todos Santos found some decent albacore counts.
Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Tarama and Amigo caught four albacore per rod on Saturday at the 238 bank. On Friday, the Tamara fished five miles south of the lower 500 spot, in 64.5-degree blue water, and limited on 25 to 30-pound albacore and yellowtail to 25 pounds. Other midweek boats out of Marina Coral also caught albacore at the 295 and double 220 spots. ENSENADA OFFSHORE ALBACORE FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing fished with four anglers on Saturday just inside Punta Banda for limits of barracuda and two yellowtail, in very calm conditions with no wind, and a water temperature of 66 degrees. Two offshore boats came back from the 238 bank area with a total of 20 albacore. Earlier, Gomez fished fished inside Punta Banda for limits of barracuda, and yellowtail seen but not caught, in 66-degree water, plus limits of bottom fish including rockcods and whitefish.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Harry Thompson of San Diego reported on a midweek run out of San Diego aboard the No Limit, finding a total of eight albacore and two yellowtail at the double 220 spot and later at the 295 spot. ENSENADA OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda caught a steady 2 to 11 yellowtail per outing last week, plus rockcod limits, and some whitefish and sheephead. Punta Banda weather was cloudy in the high-60s during the mornings, with light breezes in the afternoons, 4-foot swells, and water temperatures at about 61 degrees. PUNTA BANDA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: On Saturday, Steve Ross fished locally on his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral, finding barracuda limits on fish to 7.1 pounds by 11 a.m., but few birds working anywhere and no boats reporting yellowtail. The boat Lucky reported one white seabass out of three hooked at Punta Banda, as water temperatures ranged from 62 to 67.9 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Joe Ludka of Long Beach and his group fished two days out of Ensenada, on the Clipper II out of Sergio's Sportfishing Center and on the charter boat Top Dog, finding slow action both days for a few barracuda, rockcod, whitefish, and a sculpin. Ludka's group fished with frozen squid due to the red tide conditions and a lack of live bait at Mike's bait barge. Many fish were metered, but appeared to be full of small anchovies Ludka said: "When removing the hook from one snapper, the fish was literally stuffed with little anchovies, so many that they were hanging out of his mouth." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Jose Sanchez of Tijuana and his group had another run of "sculpin fever," plus whitefish, during a panga outing out of Popotla just south of Rosarito: "Our captain was Juan...You can arrange fishing trips from Popotla everyday in the morning. I think Popotla is the most casual fishing village in Baja." Sanchez said they fished about 8 miles toward the Coronado Islands in depths of 30 to 40 fathoms, with squid bait. POPOTLA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: At Puerto Santo Tomas Resort, Sam Saenz the weather and ocean finally settled down on Saturday after several days of strong offshore afternoon winds. Angler Ken Jones fished at Punta China for full limits of bottom fish. On Saturday, four anglers launched their own boat and also came back with full limits, caught 350 to 400 feet deep, and other anglers landed barracuda. Yellowtail were seen on the surface, but none hooked.
PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Dan Fleming of Puerto Santo Tomas said last weekend's catch included one panga with full limits of bottom fish, several barracuda, and a 20-pound lingcod. Local weather was mild and clear, but windy.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 32 boats fishing during the week for a catch including five large yellowtail, red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and sheephead, with many fish in large sizes. Erendira weather was very good, with just a bit of northeast wind on some afternoons. Water temperatures in the main fishing area 6 miles from the coast were at 56 degrees, with some patches of turbidity, but no red tide, and large areas of clear blue color.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Don Eddie's Landing, Ana Rosa Villes Pimentel had the results of the first day of the July 4th weekend two-day fishing tournament: first place, 31.08-pound yellowtail; second place, 19.03-pound lingcod; third place, 18.07-pound lingcod. Final tournament results were to be available on Sunday afternoon. San Quintin weather was in the high-60s with moderate winds, and water temperatures of 52 to 53 degrees locally, and up to 62 degrees about 40 miles out. Local boats caught yellowtail and limits of lingcod and red rockcod. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said winds kept many boats from fishing last week, but some scattered yellowtail and white seabass were caught at Isla San Martin, plus limits of red rockcod and lingcod at the 240 and 15 spots. Winds were calming by the weekend, and hotels were full for the Fourth of July holiday. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Al and Nolo Gaston, formerly of the Old Mill Hotel in San Quintin, announced the opening of a new restaurant on the beach a few miles north of town at Playa San Ramon, with possible panga fishing also available: "We are still in construction. We will be adding an inside fireplace, outside courtyard for dining and cooking your own steaks, palapas for outside dining, and a playground for children...We also plan on building rooms that will accommodate a family of five with kitchenettes and fireplaces."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported warmer weather and water temperatures of 62 to 71 degrees, as the Puerto Lopez Mateos esteros produced the better action for grouper and several smaller snook. Barracuda and a few yellowtail to 10 pounds were caught at the San Carlos entrada, and the offshore buoys at Punta Tosca had a few tuna and some dorado. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said striped marlin action slowed down at the end of the week, as water temperatures warmed to as high as 77 degrees on the Pacific side and some blue marlin in the 200 to 400-pound range were released. Fish counts were led by yellowfin tuna, mostly footballs, but with a few fish over 200 pounds mixed in. Inshore, roosterfish action became red-hot on fish of 25 to 40 pounds: "Working the rocky points on both sides of Cabo San Lucas, as well as the beach areas resulted in almost all the action you could handle..." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said striped marlin fishing dropped off last week, with just 31 percent of Pisces boats scoring on billfish, but the action also included a truly monstrous black marlin estimated at between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds hooked off Isla Cerralvo far to the north, and finally released when it could not be subdued after a 30-hour fight. The giant fish was hooked by Pisces Capt. Tony on the Felina, and was fought on 80-pound tackle by three anglers in rotation from 1:30 p.m. Monday, until 6:30 p.m. the following day. In other Cabo action, over $1 million was raised for charity by the Stars and Stripes, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County fishing tournament. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 99 boat charters, with a catch including released fish of: one broadbill swordfish, 12 striped marlin, 15 wahoo, six roosterfish, one sailfish, 165 yellowfin tuna, 20 dorado, one mako shark, nine jack crevalle, and 10 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 49 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: one sailfish, 10 striped marlin, 12 dorado, five wahoo including a 100 pounder, and 191 yellowfin tuna including some over 100 pounds. Cabo San Lucas weather was humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures much warmer at 72 to 77 degrees on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on seven late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna, five wahoo, and nine dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on Friday that El Budster I scored on two yellowfin tuna of 220 and 270 pounds and returned to the marina by 10 a.m. The fish were caught 8 to 10 miles south of the arch, with Capt. Poncho, first mate Omar, and anglers from Kent Heasley's party of Meridian, Idaho. Eleven other outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II had a catch including released fish of: eight dorado to over 40 pounds, four striped marlin, a 60-pound wahoo, and some limits of yellowfin tuna to about 20 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 52 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 31 striped marlin, 68 yellowfin tuna, 35 dorado, 29 skipjack, and six wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Geri Christman reported smooth water, good weather, and yellowfin tuna of 10 to 40 pounds caught 20 miles out on a 210 degree heading Wednesday, aboard the boat Reel Dream. Water temperatures at the Jaime Bank on the Pacific side were at 76 degrees, and "every boat caught tuna," Christman said.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 58 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of about: six striped marlin, five dorado, 16 yellowfin tuna, 28 roosterfish, eight amberjack, 22 jack crevalle, 60 yellowtail snapper, five hammerhead shark, 12 sierra, 22 barred pargo, 22 cabrilla, and five dogtooth snapper. Distant tropical storm Calvin brought rough seas that canceled all charters on Saturday, and rough conditions limited bait supplies and knocked out inshore fishing: "Inshore fishing action became incredibly slow at San Jose del Cabo last week. The hot action for various pargo species, roosterfish, pompano and sierra slowed to almost a standstill." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reported water temperatures down to 73 degrees, with southeast winds. Snow said his records show the lowest July 1 water temperatures for the last five years.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said conditions were tough last week due to a lot of marejada or large swells that made it difficult to launch pangas in the morning, but one cruiser caught a yellowfin tuna reported at 180 pounds just three miles off Punta Palmilla. Inshore pangas caught some scattered roosterfish and pargos. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 486 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: one blue marlin, 243 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 101 dorado, 629 yellowfin tuna, 10 pargo, two wahoo, and 10 roosterfish. The yellowfin tuna were mostly 10 to 20 pounds, caught about 20 to 40 miles out in all directions. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 102 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 110 striped marlin, 10 sailfish, 53 dorado, 321 tuna, two wahoo, 18 roosterfish, one shark, 21 snapper, 10 jack crevalle, two amberjack, 10 bonita, three ladyfish, one triggerfish, five cabrilla, and 10 skipjack. Most hotel boats fished south, in water temperatures of 79 to 83 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said, "The fishing stank this last week. The striped marlin have moved somewhere else, as they sure aren't here. Actually, that rare species called 'dorado' were more abundant than striped marlin or sailfish, and the dorado are still also very rare! Tuna are being caught only by cruisers going out the distance, and that distance hasn't changed. If it gets just a tiny, tiny bit worse, I am pulling my boat and waiting until fall."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Larry Wayne of Irvine and his son Paul fished two days on cruisers and one day on a panga out of Hotel Punta Colorada, and found overall offshore and inshore fishing very slow, in increasingly rough seas, for a total boat catch of six tuna to 25 pounds, a 30-pound roosterfish, and a couple of skipjack tuna. Wayne said the special catch of the trip was an 11-inch roosterfish that he released while waiting to check out of the hotel: "...It has been my wish for some time to get a rooster in the surf, and now I've done it! Next time more and bigger." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said plenty of wind made fishing difficult last week: "By anyone’s standards it was a tough one at East Cape with little fishing action to be found." Anglers Dale Gross and Rick Hall fished four days for just a handful of fish, but finally scored their last day on eight yellowfin tuna, a handful of skipjack tuna, a marlin, and three dorado including two over 50 pounds. Beach fishing was much slower. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported some dorado, including some nice ones, but not too many, some tuna, and some marlin: "Hopefully it will get better, because its beginning to be very warm here!"
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported lower water temperatures last week, at about 80 degrees to the north off Isla Cerralvo, and 74 degrees southward off Los Frailes. Billfish were spread from north to south, tuna were farther out, and dorado were few and very spread out. Inshore, the roosterfish bite was steady from La Ribera to Las Barracas. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said diving conditions deteriorated at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef and other southern dive spots, but conditions were still good to the north at Punta Perico, with water temperatures in the high-70s, and 50 to 80 feet of visibility.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said weather conditions were variable on the Las Arenas side last week and fishing action dropped off. No wahoo or pargo were found at Isla Cerralvo, as just a few amberjack were caught there, and no dorado were present at the offshore buoys. Some small dorado were caught at Punta Perico. Hernandez said bait supplies were sufficient, but on some days the wind and waves made it difficult to get close enough to throw the tarraya cast nets. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Lyle Coleman of Newport Beach fished three days on the Las Arenas side with very poor results and a total catch of one 35-pound roosterfish and "a few tiny pargo." Coleman said his panguero, Capt. Hugo, attributed the poor action to commercial fishing pressure in the area: "I've noticed that the good fishing is arriving later and later each year for the past 10 years." LA PAZ FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz weather settled into the summer mode, with water temperatures in the high-70s and low-80s, but with a 65-degree thermocline still present under the surface, "which could explain why we still have so many cold water species around on the chew." Fishing on the Las Arenas side was steady for pargo and cabrilla, plus some amberjack, pompano, larger roosterfish, and a few wahoo per day. On the La Paz side, dorado of 10 to 20 pounds returned after a lull over the last weekend. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Donald Rubi of Duarte, Calif., recounted the catch of a very large roosterfish estimated to have been in the 90 to 100-pound class, on May 13, 2005, while trolling a live sardina about 300 yards off Punta las Arenas south of La Paz. "My girlfriend Evelyn accompanied me and took the photos," Rubi said. "The general consensus of the other fishermen that gathered around upon our return to shore was that it weighed 90 to 100 pounds." LA PAZ BIG ROOSTERFISH CATCH REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet reported fishing good last week with limits of dorado between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo, a few wahoo at Las Arenas, striped marlin and amberjack at El Rey, and pargo and cabrilla at Isla Espiritu Santo.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said the previous week's brief showing of dorado faded away again: "...The dorado fishing is nothing short of dismal. There are a few out there and we were tricked into thinking that they were really on their way in, as last weekend's fishing was really starting to pick up." Good numbers of marlin and sailfish were present, including an estimated 800-pound blue marlin that jumped around the panga of Capt. Victor Manuel Villelejos on Wednesday. Inshore, some yellowtail were caught, and cabrilla and pargo fishing was good, in water temperatures of 73 to 84 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Experienced local angler Bill Erhardt of Loreto put in four days of hard offshore fishing last week and documented the dip in local action, with a total catch of two small marlin, one sailfish, and no dorado. Three of Erhardt's days were skunked as he trolled a large triangular area from Loreto, south to outside Isla Catalana and Las Animas, out to the center of the Sea of Cortez, north to Punta Pulpito, and back to town: "I fished four days this week and did not catch a single dorado...Maybe things will get better. It can't get much worse." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said the dorado disappeared again after the previous week's brief showing: "Fishing is back to hiding again! We have people checking out early because there's no fish. Hopefully this will change to what it was last week."
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Paulette Gochie of Loreto Playa reported Capt. Jorge of Jorge's Sportfishing with three large dorado caught 30 miles out, plus marlin and sailfish spotted, on June 25, 2005.
LORETO, MEXICO: Allen Barbour and his sons found very slow offshore conditions with almost no dorado being brought into the Hotel Camino Real, but very good inshore fishing for more than 90 fish of 5 to 20 pounds, mostly cabrilla and pargo, caught with Capt. Ramon of Arturo's Sportfishing. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline flew down to the Hotel Serenidad and reported dorado fishing still slow and scattered, as local boats fished in all directions. Good numbers of small sailfish of 60 to 80 pounds were in the area. The hotel runway was in good condition, with some soft spots. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Scott Bradley of San Diego reported a very slow fishing trip out of Mulege, fishing two days offshore, out 15 miles, north toward Punta Chivato and south almost to Bahia Concepcion, for a total catch of one 20-pound dorado, plus one marlin seen. Bradley noted the heavy local commercial fishing in the area: "I have been fishing this area every year around June and July for a long time and it seems that each year the fishing is worse...I sailed from Loreto to East Cape last year and saw first hand the many small fish camps and seiners working all the outlying areas for anything they can catch." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported yellowtail still steady, a few good-sized dorado of 34 to 40 pounds, and a sailfish also caught. Santa Rosalia weather was hot and windless in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 76 to 78 degrees and offshore visibility to 80 feet. Kanzler was leaving the island to fish on the Pacific side of Baja in the Isla Cedros yellowtail tournament. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said small yellowtail of 4 to 8 pounds were still plentiful inside the bay at Horse Head and Piojo Islands, with very few over 12 pounds. At Piojo, sea lions were a problem, as Vazquez said they are getting three of every five yellowtail hooked. Vazquez said he's been concentrating on red snapper and grouper, but variable winds hampered fishing on some days. The road to the village was in good shape, and gas and diesel were available. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Eddie Abate of San Diego and his cousin Tony Scheetz of Texas fished three days with Capt. Igor Galvan and Abate said, "...as usual he put us on the fish." Fishing around Isla Smith and the south end of Isla Angel de la Guarda produced yellowtail to 35 pounds, grouper, cabrilla, and a black sea bass caught by Scheetz. Sea conditions were calm in the mornings, with some afternoon wind, and bait was slow but doable. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Bill Warr of Vista and his brother stayed at Larry and Raquel's Hotel and Restaurant just north of Bahia de los Angeles and fished and dived the local islands for yellowtail to 15 pounds and grouper of 10 to 60 pounds, plus slower action from Isla Angel de la Guarda south to Isla la Raza, in 75 to 80-degree water in the outer channels and 73 degrees in the bay. Warr said their stay at Larry and Raquel's was pleasant: "When we met Larry and Raquel they immediately treated us like we were well known friends and regulars...Raquel is the consummate hostess and gourmet chef in every sense of the word." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING TRIP REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ed Duitsman and his group trailered Duitsman's boat Daycare to Bahia de los Angeles for three days of good fishing, from Isla Smith, out to Isla Angel de la Guarda, and south to Isla Partida, for good numbers of yellowtail, grouper, triggerfish, bass, sculpin, cabrilla, and whitefish. On their first evening, Duitsman said they launched the boat and were back in an hour-and-half with nine yellowtail. At Isla Partida, they fished beside Capt. Igor Galvan, and watched him catch a 100-pound class grouper. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista relayed reports from San Francisquito for weather at 90 degrees and humid, flat seas, water temperatures at 72 degrees, and lots of yellowtail boiling, but "lots of bait and people are having trouble catching them on iron." No guests were at the resort.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on July 1, 2005, with a catch of: 258 yellowtail to 32 pounds; six dorado to 10 pounds; 180 cabrilla to 12 pounds; limits of spotted bay bass; six broomtail to 25 pounds; plenty of squid for bait; 35 pargo to 14 pounds; 125 sheephead to 8 pounds; 115 miscellaneous fish; one 15-pound golden grouper released. Reyes said bait was hard to make, due to lots of squid in the water, and the best lures were MirrOlures in pink, orange, and purple. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Jack Simpson reported on his trip aboard the Tony Reyes, saying they had some hot yellowtail action at El Barril, and at one point three anglers caught 11 yellowtail in 90 minutes, using MirrOlures for trolling, and blue-chrome iron for jigging. Simpson added three species to his lifetime list: Cortez grunt, anchoveta, and banded lizard fish. 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 July 1, 2005, with a catch of: 123 yellowtail, 20 to 36 pounds; one black sea bass, 55 pounds; 30 white seabass, 25 to 68.2 pounds; 59 cabrilla, 12 to 18 pounds; 128 squid, 15 to 35 pounds; 35 red snapper, 12 to 18 pounds; six broomtail, 10 to 14 pounds; 26 sheephead, 12 to 19 pounds; 85 spotted bay bass; and 66 miscellaneous fish. The Jose Andres reported Midriff water temperatures at 83.3 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 30, 2005, with a catch of: 149 yellowtail to 45 pounds; 89 pargo to 12 pounds; 168 cabrilla to 18 pounds, one black sea bass, 40 pounds; 12 white seabass, 44 pounds; three dorado; 54 giant squid; 89 spotted bay bass; nine sheephead; six shark; 108 miscellaneous fish; and three grouper under 25 pounds released. The season's first dorado were caught at Isla San Pedro Martir, as the Celia Angelina fished in water temperatures of 74 to 75 degrees. SAN FELIPE 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 30, 2005, with a catch of: 329 yellowtail; 240 cabrilla; 43 white seabass; 73 pargo; one black sea bass of 33 pounds; and 245 miscellaneous fish. SAN FELIPE FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez said water temperatures were up to 83 degrees at Gonzaga Bay, but fishing was still slow. Some leopard grouper, or sardinera, were caught by a San Diego group calling itself "Los Juanes" because the leaders are all named Juan, Magee said. They fished with Tony Fernandez, grandson of Gonzaga Bay patriarch Papa Fernandez: "The panga is the San Luis Gonzaga, operated out of Campo Papa Fernandez...He is always here during all the school holidays...and the months of July and August...phone number in San Felipe...011-52-686-577-2492." GONZAGA BAY FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said dorado fishing continued slow, even though water temperatures were at 82 to 84 degrees. Only a few blind strikes were reported for dorado, but mixed in with them were some yellowfin tuna, and a few of them were in the 70-pound class: "Nice fish if you are fortunate enough for one of them to jump on a cedar plug." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos reported on a midweek fishing run out of Kino Bay, in 2 to 3-foot seas, with many billfish seen, and a catch of two dorado and three yellowfin tuna, all on blind strikes.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Robert Dryden of Tucson reported on two days of fishing on the Ricochet, 17 to 22 miles out, on headings of 210 to 240 degrees, for good action on football yellowfin tuna and skipjack the first day, and just one skipjack the second day, plus a marlin and sailfish lost. The boat Catch-22 reported one sailfish released, one yellowfin tuna, and one large dorado. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet offshore boats had a 29-outing catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, seven striped marlin, 38 sailfish, and 23 yellowfin tuna. Inshore boats had "incredible" action on red snapper. Mazatlan weather was breezy in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 81 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing reported water temperatures near 80 degrees, and the fishing at Corbetena and El Banco improved for blue marlin, black marlin, and large yellowfin tuna in the over 200-pound class. Water color was sometimes green, but Hjort said the fish were still hitting in it. One black marlin estimated by nearby boats at over 1,000 pounds was lost by the panga Dhamar with Capt. Daniel Gomez after a fight lasting 7 hours. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said inshore fishing for roosterfish at Vicente Guerrero was wide-open, although winds were coming up daily about 10 a.m., making conditions nearly impossible later in the day. ESPN magazine editor Ken Schultz and freelance writer Phil Shook fished three days at Vicente Guerrero with Capt. Adolofo and landed 24 roosterfish to 40 pounds, 17 yellowtail jack, three needlefish, and four bonito. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said boats fishing 9 to 11 miles out averaged two to three sailfish per day, plus a few blue marlin still in the mix: "...Kind of unusual this late in the year. Our best action on marlin is from the first week of May and through to the middle of June." Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos reported "tremendous" roosterfish action 35 miles south at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said blue water moved a little closer to shore last week, and sailfish action was slowly increasing. Some tuna were also within easy range.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported local weather with thunderstorms, in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.
HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing said the rainy season has arrived in the Huatulco area, bringing daily thunderstorms and predators inshore near river outlets and rocky points. Offshore of the San Agustinillo fishing area, the catch included dorado, sailfish, and broadbill swordfish. HUATULCO FISHING REPORT.