EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dorado were still definitely on vacation, but striped marlin stepped up the action a couple of notches last week at East Cape. Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 90 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 89 striped marlin, 32 sailfish, 31 dorado, 180 tuna, one wahoo, eight roosterfish, one shark, 38 snapper, three amberjack, 70 bonita, one ladyfish, three pompano, one triggerfish, seven cabrilla, and 10 skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles pulled his boat Fat Cat for maintenance, but reported good billfish action at East Cape as the Viviendo Bien landed three marlin in its first two days on the water, and the Badfish released 14 stripers and four sailfish, and landed seven tuna and two dorado in eight days of fishing. "Fishing is very good at the East Cape right now," Burkett said. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape weather in the mid-90s, with some afternoon breezes and warming water temperatures of 84 degrees off Isla Cerralvo to the north and 80 degrees off Los Frailes to the south. Boats averaged more than one billfish per outing, including some blue marlin, about 15 to 20 miles offshore. Tuna and dorado remained scattered. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said sailfish showed up in respectable numbers last week, although "some were the smallest I have ever seen." Billfish were seen tailing within six miles of the beach, and yellowfin tuna moved to within 20 miles as the week progressed. Beach fishing was still slow. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 64 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 56 striped marlin, four blue marlin, six sailfish, two roosterfish, 16 dorado, 90 tuna, and 78 skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he'd been fishing daily with guests who attended his son's wedding and called the action "wide-open" as most caught their first and second marlin ever. "Multiple sailfish have also been caught and released," Fritz said, "most notably, two by Dalton Casper, age 10, both in the same day." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Vanessa Fritz of Edna, Texas, attended the wedding with her husband Juan Rolales, and said they caught billfish, including the small "white marlin" and Juan's first ever striped marlin, on the Cortez Cat with Capt. Robert Wilhelmy. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported on a Saturday morning panga session within view of his house good for one 90-pound marlin of the type called "white marlin" locally, four tuna of 12 to 18 pounds, and a dorado lost. Bergin said Saturday radio reports put the main marlin and tuna bite east of Isla Cerralvo. Water temperatures at La Ribera were at 79 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rodney Evraets from Denver, Colo., caught a 50-pound bull dorado 10 miles off Punta Pescadero in clear, 84-degree water. Marlin fishing was good southwards toward the lighthouse for at least one marlin per day out of four to five fish in the spread.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said one diver said this week that the fish on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were so thick that they darkened the water above him and reminded him of the movie Finding Nemo: "He said it was a spectacular experience."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported albacore fishing slower on Saturday, with many boats skunked, but the Wahoo getting lucky on eight albacore for two anglers, in 68 to 69-degree water at the 238 spot. An early week offshore trip with three anglers on the Matador with Capt. David Silva had a catch of 12 albacore of 38 to 40 pounds, and several local trips scored bottom fish limits. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported the Tamara on Saturday with four albacore, and the Amigo with one. "Today, we had a down day," Susarrey said. "Most boats came in with zeros, others with about three fish per boat." Bait was available at Gordo's and Mike's. On Friday, the Tamara returned with 12 albacore of 20 pounds for four anglers, in 64.5-degree water at the 238 spot. Earlier, the Tamara caught 13 albacore 38 miles out of Marina Coral. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral fished the inner banks on Saturday, in blue 63.5-degree water, for three albacore to 32 pounds, and a 17-pound yellowfin tuna. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Ross gave a full report of Bad Dog's epic albacore encounter the previous weekend around the 238 and 295 spots: "It was awesome, this was albacore fishing at it's best...We could have put 100 more fish on the boat if we had live bait and lift poles...it was truly wide-open. It wouldn't stop and they wouldn't go away." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said yellowtail were scarce at the tip of Punta Banda last week, as his pangas settled for bottom fish and calico bass. Punta Banda weather was cloudy in the mornings, with afternoon sun, in the low-70s, with light breezes, ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet, and water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on three late-week runs, two for limits of bottom fish at San Miguel bajo and Islas Todos Santos, and an offshore run on Friday that produced 20 albacore of 25 to 40 pounds for two anglers. Gomez said the albacore were caught at the 238 spot on sardinas and lures, in calm sea conditions and a water temperature of 67 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS sportfishing said he fished at Santo Tomas reef Saturday with five anglers for limits of red rockcod, lingcod, and a sheephead of about 18 pounds. An earlier run to San Jose reef also produced limits, and some boats at Islas Todos Santos reported a few yellowtail and log barracuda. An offshore trip last week to the area of the 238 and 295 spots found two albacore of about 30 pounds, in rough conditions. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 16 anglers aboard the Shir-Lee and Clipper II, with a July 12, 2005 catch of: 57 albacore, 35 barracuda, 22 rockcod, 14 whitefish, and 19 red rockcod. Earlier, the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee, El Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II reported on 109 anglers, with a catch of: two yellowtail, one barracuda, 299 lingcod, 454 rockcod, 152 whitefish, two sheephead, and 30 red rockcod.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 25 boats fished during the week, for six yellowtail and continued heavy bottom fish counts of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, and sheephead. Erendira weather was good all week, but with some fog in the mornings. Many game fish and bait fish were present in the area. The water was at 61 to 62 degrees on the fishing grounds 4 miles from the coast.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Ana Perez of Don Eddie's Landing said San Quintin weather was in the low-70s, with some afternoon wind and water temperatures at 60 degrees. Fishing was productive for bottom fish, halibut on the east side of Isla San Martin, and yellowtail of 14 to 28 pounds at the island and at the 240 and 15 spots. Hotels and boats were full for the weekends, and reservations were recommended well in advance. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said 25 boats fished during the week, mostly for limits or near-limits of 18 to 23-pound yellowtail at Isla San Martin, and limits of bottom fish on the local spots. Several boats ran 20 to 25 miles to look for tuna, but had no luck. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Nolo Gaston of the new Gaston's restaurant at Playa San Ramon said local fishing in the area was slow with water temperatures in the 50s, surf fishing slow, and local pangas picking up mainly halibut.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported tuna and dorado located outside the San Carlos and Puerto Lopez Mateos entradas: "They are finally giving the fly-fishers something to smile about." Corvina, pargo, and halibut were present in the mangrove channels. Magdalena Bay water temperatures were at 61 to 73 degrees. MAGADALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on a combined 45 outings by the Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Gaviota Fleet, with a catch including released fish of: 40 striped marlin, two sailfish, nine dorado, and 33 yellowfin tuna. Cabo weather was warming at about 100 degrees, with warming water temperatures to 77 degrees on the Pacific side and 82 degrees at Los Frailes on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 101 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 71 striped marlin, five sailfish, 25 yellowfin tuna, 25 skipjack, 10 dorado, three wahoo, 10 pargo, five roosterfish, lots of sierra, lots of yellowtail, and 12 boats skunked. An estimated 300-pound broadbill swordfish was lost by the Cabo Magic early in the week after a fight lasting four hours. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported on 41 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 49 striped marlin, 63 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, and 21 sierra. The top Solmar captain for the week was Mario Arballo of the Solmar IV with a six-outing catch of: 13 striped marlin, 31 yellowfin tuna, four dorado, and seven sierra. The Torito had a quintuple release day on the Pacific side at the Jaime Bank. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said waters warmed at midweek into the 82-degree range at the tip of Baja, and striped marlin action was good, especially off Punta Gorda on the Cortez side. Tuna and dorado remained scattered and inshore fishing was still slow: "None of us have experienced the cool water hanging around as long as this season has done and we all hope things get back to normal quickly." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported greatly improved marlin fishing last week: "Cabo San Lucas had some really outstanding marlin fishing this week, with double, triple and quadruple marlin days quite common." Quintuple releases were also scored by Valerie and La Brisa, as the best action was found later in the week on the Cortez side off Punta Gorda. Dorado and yellowfin tuna remained slow. Cabo San Lucas water temperatures averaged 73 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 12 late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, six yellowfin tuna, and four dorado.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on eight late-week outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 58 combined La Playita Fleet pangas, with a catch of about: 48 striped marlin, 44 dorado, 82 yellowfin tuna, 56 roosterfish, 18 pompano, 22 cabrilla, 28 amberjack, 16 sierra, 18 pompano, 28 amberjack, 15 bonito, 36 yellowtail snapper, 22 cabrilla, and 200 miscellaneous fish. Offshore fishing was improved, but still not up to par as cool currents continued to swirl through the area, and dorado remained scarce. San Jose del Cabo water temperatures ranged from about 80 degrees to the lower-70s. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said the week started out tough, with winds slowing down the action, but by the end of the week conditions were settling down with good dorado action around Isla Cerralvo, marlin schooling up, and some wahoo around, plus amberjack and some yellowtail beneath a cool water thermocline. La Paz weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures in the low-80s. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Craig Jones of Los Angeles reported on 10 anglers fishing on the Las Arenas side with Baja Pirates Fleet, finding slow early-week conditions during three days of fishing in five pangas for a combined catch of: 15 dorado, seven pargo, four triggerfish, 10 jack crevalle, and nine skipjack. "Each day there was a panga or two skunked," Jones said. "...One panga worked the lighthouse area most of the day looking for roosters. But none showed up...As the water warms, fishing should improve." LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet reported at midweek: "Several clients boated limits of dorado between Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo Islands. Las Arenas has been slow with catches of dorados."
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported on two outings with clients by Capt. Paulino Martinez, good for eight dorado averaging 20 pounds, plus three sailfish, all caught on jurelitos, 30 to 35 miles out, on a 035-degree heading at Bajo de Punta Lobos. All sailfish were released.
LORETO, MEXICO: Peter Hamann of Leucadia and Rachel Edwards fished several days out of Loreto on the 17-foot Tailbanger and reported tuna of 47 and 43 pounds one day about 40 miles out, a big concentration of striped marlin another day only 3 to 7 miles outside Isla Coronado, and finally, a dorado on their last day of fishing, in variable sea conditions with the water temperature dropping from 80.1 degrees one day to 74.5 degrees the next day due to wind. Inshore fishing was good for cabrilla, pargo, and a hot bite of jack crevalle while filleting fish off Isla Carmen. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said, "Fishing is like a yo-yo!" The hotel freezer was beginning to fill as guests caught dorado, marlin, and sailfish some days, but settled for triggerfish on other days.
LORETO, MEXICO: Josh Schwartz of San Diego and his group fished two days with Capt. Ramon of Arturo's Sportfishing and they got lucky one day about 30 miles out on dorado of 18, 20, and 35 pounds, and a two-day total of: four dorado, six pargo, six grouper, and five cabrilla. Other boats had two or three sailfish per day, plus some marlin, but few dorado. Loreto weather was breezy with mixed seas and cool water temperatures in the high-70s with some patches a few degrees warmer: "Overall the consensus is a very, very, very, slow start to the summer fishing." LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Dave McKenzie of San Jose fished for species with light tackle four days with Capt. Jose Murillo on the panga Santa Maria, and reported about 25 species caught, mostly in shallow water around Isla Carmen. Fishing at San Bruno produced pinto bass when the numerous squid could be avoided. During the evenings, McKenzie fished the malecon for jacks, triggerfish, corvina, barred pargo, barracuda, needlefish, lizardfish, ladyfish, and other species. LORETO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Kristian Palleson of Loreto said he fished in the Fishin' for the Mission tournament and caught a 53.2-pound yellowfin tuna about 25 miles out on a trolled dead mackerel, good for second place in the "Other Species" category. Palleson said, "That is the largest tuna I have ever caught here in Loreto." About 52 boats registered for the tournament and more than $10,000 was donated to local charities. The best total combined weight for two dorado caught during two days of fishing was 59.5 pounds.
LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis reported boats looking for dorado, but landing marlin, fishing mostly about 35 miles east of Isla Carmen. One angler who did catch dorado was 13-year-old Cal Morris of Santa Cruz, who fished with his father Maclyn Morris and Capt. Abraham Fernandez in the same area and caught a 41-pound dorado and an 89-pound sailfish. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto said the Carnaderos baitsellers cooperativa was fishing nightly, but having trouble getting down through a "soup of squid presenting saturating the water."
LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Jan Stark of Loreto Shores reported a 44-pound wahoo caught by Patrick O'Brian, fishing 55 miles out at 045 degrees from the marina. O'Brian fished in 84-degree water on the Real Deal with Van Dickinson, and also released a striped marlin and lost a second wahoo. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said full summer conditions prevailed in the Santa Rosalia fishing area, with air temperatures in the 90s, water temperatures at a steady 80 degrees, and southeasterly winds with lightning on the far horizon. The island's reliable yellowtail bajos continued to produce two to four fish per day averaging about 25 pounds, and dorado limits were available outside for those who put in the time with slow-trolled live mackerel baits. Kanzler was fishing in the Santa Rosalia Dorado Tournament. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Jim Howard of Garden Grove and his group fished three days with Capt. Igor Galvan and found very good action for yellowtail of 10 to 15 pounds plus a black sea bass estimated at 100 pounds at Isla Smith, snapper and grouper to 25 pounds just south of the bay, and more yellowtail to 25 pounds their last day at Punta las Animas. All three days' fishing was with live mackerel on dropper loops, 60 to 80-pound line, and 12 to 16 ounces of lead. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja and a group of five anglers fished out of Casa Diaz for two days and a catch of: 55 yellowtail, five barracuda, two gulf ling, two calico bass, one grouper, and four barracuda. "The air temperature in Bahia de los Angeles was 115 degrees...and kept the bait running deep as well as the yellowtail," Moore said, adding that a monstrous 82-pound yellowtail was also reported to have been caught at Smith Island. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, at Caleta San Francisquito, Roger Crenshaw reported dorado present, and 20 to 30-pound yellowtail making a strong showing. San Francisquito weather was seasonally hot and humid with southern wind and swells for the past five days.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on July 9, 2005, with a catch of: 280 yellowtail, 38 cabrilla, 19 pargo, one black sea bass of 77 pounds, and 122 miscellaneous fish. For next year's 2006 season, the Erik is planning some three-day trips before the regular Midriff season begins, Kerby said. 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 10, 2005, with a catch of: 184 yellowtail, 18 to 25 pounds; six grouper, 60 to 103 pounds; one black sea bass, 75 pounds; 48 cabrilla, 10 to 16 pounds; six red snapper, 8 to 12 pounds; one broomtail, 14 pounds; two sheephead, 8 pounds; 70 spotted bay bass; and 77 miscellaneous fish.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Gonzaga Bay reported pelicans dying in the area: "One day there were eight dead in front of my house...this is taking place all over the area. One beach north of here has many dead birds on the beach." GONZAGA BAY PELICAN DEATH REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos reported on two midweek outings, with a catch including released fish of: three marlin, one sailfish, and 12 dorado. The dorado were all 18 pounds or smaller. Other boats reported many dorado 20 miles out at 180 degrees. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 27 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 44 sailfish, one blue marlin, seven yellowfin tuna, and 128 dorado. The big dorado counts were scored at shark buoys about 20 to 25 miles out, in water temperatures of 83 to 84 degrees: "...The dorado are literally biting on most anything that moves through the water." Mazatlan weather was cloudy at 90 degrees, with light breezes. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet said fishing was good for sailfish and lots of dorado, and Star Fleet also had caught five blue marlin for the season, with the largest so far a 435 pounder that hit a brown and black "petrolero" lure. Mazatlan water temperatures were at 83 degrees in the main fishing area 15 to 20 miles from the coast. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Last week's unconfirmed report of a 500-pound yellowfin tuna caught at Puerto Vallarta caused a storm of negative reaction, especially after photos and a report were posted on an internet message board, showing a fish that appeared to be much smaller than the claimed weight, and with supposed comments by the angler saying that the fish would be submitted for an I.G.F.A. world record, even though he had been assisted in landing it, a clear violation of I.G.F.A. rules. COMMENTS ON UNCONFIRMED TUNA REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard commented on the 500-pound tuna report: "They really need to bring some credibility to their fish weights." Vath, with experience on numerous San Diego long range trips, and two trips on his own boat Tinknocker to Puerto Vallarta, said, "That yellowfin tuna in question appears to be mid-300s." PUERTO VALLARTA BIG TUNA REPORT COMMENTS.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Meanwhile, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet at Cabo San Lucas relayed a report of yet another record class tuna caught at Puerto Vallarta, this one an unconfirmed 420 pounder that was reportedly filleted on July 12, 2005. PUERTO VALLARTA RECORD SIZE TUNA REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Andrew Pickerel of Torrance reported on a good day at Roca Corbetena on the boat Yolaray, for a catch of three sailfish on five knockdowns, and two yellowfin tuna over 100 pounds. The water was clear blue at 78 to 81 degrees: "Life everywhere, baby flyers being munched by large skipjack that were being eaten by good-sized tuna and even some hammerhead sharks." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING TRIP REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported 80-degree blue water 5 to 6 miles out, and about 10 combined fleet offshore boats averaging two to four sailfish per day. Capt. Cheva of the Dos Hermanos II reported four days of very good roosterfish action on 15 fish of about 35 pounds per day, 40 miles south of the bay. "They stayed in a hotel down there, rather than make the 40 mile run each day," Kunze said. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Dan Yates of West Jordan, Utah, and his son Daniel fished offshore three days with Capt. Jose Vargas on La Bamba and inshore two days with Capt. Adolfo Espinosa on the Dos Hermanos I for a total catch including released fish of: nine sailfish, six bonito, one wahoo, three roosterfish, five jack crevalle, and one needlefish. The inshore fishing was about 30 miles south of Zihuatanejo. The port was closed on July 5, 2005, due to rough seas. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was windy with some rain, and trips were rescheduled throughout the week but, "Those anglers who ventured both inshore and offshore were treated to a mixed bag of fishing action." Angler Stan Rushing fished two days for a catch including released fish of: one sailfish, five yellowtail jack, and a 20-pound grouper, plus a sailfish and roosterfish lost. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather with thunderstorms in the high-80s, and water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.