Tuna fishing shifts into high gear at East Cape

Mexico Fishing News, July 25, 2005



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Yellowfin tuna finally decided to join the marlin and put on a good show at East Cape last week. Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 91 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 102 striped marlin, 25 sailfish, 18 dorado, 818 tuna, one wahoo, eight roosterfish, one shark, 38 snapper, three amberjack, 70 bonita, one ladyfish, three pompano, one triggerfish, seven cabrilla, and 10 skipjack.

"It has been quite a while since we have gotten that many tuna in a week," Valdez said. "This week was all about tuna...Some of the big ones finally started arriving." Hotel boats fished in all directions, 3 to 40 miles out, in water temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "With the exception of a disappointing dorado bite, the tuna and billfish continued to be the crowd pleaser during this week at East Cape." Winds from distant tropical storm Eugene brought some rough conditions at midweek, and Graham said beach fishing still had not reached its potential. East Cape weather by the weekend was calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 73 to 86 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 38 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 48 striped marlin, two blue marlin, two roosterfish, four dorado, 132 tuna, 120 skipjack, three wahoo, and two pargo.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week ending July 14, 2005, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 479 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: five blue marlin, 394 striped marlin, 66 sailfish, 129 dorado, 1,288 yellowfin tuna, 10 pargo, two wahoo, and three roosterfish.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported good fishing, with about 20 tuna of 60 to 100 pounds caught last week by hotel boats, plus many of 20 to 30 pounds. Dorado fishing was improving on fish up to 35 to 45 pounds, and marlin fishing was very good. One boat scored a quintuple marlin release day.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported boats averaging more than two billfish per outing, 5 to 20 miles out, with more blue marlin in the mix. Tuna action was very good on porpoise schools 10 to 20 miles off the lighthouse, as many boats limited out on fish averaging 20 pounds, plus many of 40 to 50 pounds. The biggest tuna of week at 81 pounds. Inshore, roosterfish to 60 pounds were caught on beaches from Rancho Leonero to Las Barracas. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said stormy weather made diving difficult for several days last week, as bottom temperatures on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef dropped to about 73 to 75 degrees, and visibility was at 30 to 50 feet, but, "The cool water does seem to be bothering the hordes of sea life stacked up on the reefs."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported on some very good marlin action for his panga Soplado and crusier Morning Star, including five fish in fish days for his nephew Gene Fritz, in 79 to 84-degree water on the 100-fathom curve between the Punta Arena lighthouse and Rancho Leonero. Fritz said marlin were caught in as little as 160 feet of water, and he had three double strikes in his last five outings, all on artificials. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Patty Hronec of Amherst, Ohio, reported on first trip to Mexico for herself and husband Alan, fishing out of Hotel Punta Colorada with Capt. Alonzo for six roosterfish in one morning, plus three marlin, two dorado, and lots of tuna on other outings. "I traded Hawaii this year to try Mexico," Hronec said. "What's not to love in Mexico, and it is a lot closer too." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja veteran George Carter reported on his 12-angler trip to Rancho Buena Vista earlier in the month, for good fishing results including about 50 tuna of 12 to 15 pounds, plus more of 37 to 65 pounds later in the week, 33 striped marlin, 29 sailfish, and four large dorado of 62, 57, 54, and 53 pounds, but only one blue marlin. "In the past years we will hook up many large blue marlin in July," Carter said. "This time they were absent." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ruben Tapia of Irwindale and his group fished out of Hotel Los Barriles for three days, and a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, two sailfish, four tuna of 15 pounds, and assorted pargo, cabrilla, and whitefish. "The first day was the best fishing I've ever experienced in my life," Tapia said. "We had close to a dozen shots at stripers, as well as a couple shots at dorado and a swordfish." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Kevin Resky of San Juan Capistrano reported on an early-July trip to Hotel Punta Colorada, for two days of unproductive offshore fishing in tough wind, and then a long-sought trophy 55-pound roosterfish on the third day, fishing inshore at the lighthouse with Capt. Alonzo: "I have been chasing these darn fish for 15 years and finally got a trophy!" EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing said he fished offshore Sunday with four anglers, for three yellowtail to 25 pounds and a 20-pound blue shark. "It was a hard day of fishing for Ensenada boats, except for local trips that caught limits of bottom fish," Argonza said. The Wahoo fished at Soledad with four anglers and got limits of lingcod, rockcod, salmon grouper, and calico bass, all caught on live bait and squid. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Punta Banda, Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas caught steady lingcod, calico bass, rockcods, and one manta ray last week. Ensenada weather was scattered clouds in the low-70s, with light breezes in the mornings, swells of 2 to 3 feet, and water temperatures at Punta Banda averaging 62 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported no surface action in red tide conditions at Punta Banda on Friday, in very red 70-degree water. Bottom fishing with two anglers produced limits of rockcod, two lingcod, and four good cabrilla. Gomez said lots of bait was in the water, but surface fishing in the bay was slow. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Donald Rubi of Duarte reported an earlier trip for local fishing in red tide conditions aboard the Gordo II that produced an assortment of bottom fish for 25 anglers, including lingcod, salmon grouper, red rockcod, sculpin, rockcod, and just one yellowtail, an 8 to 10 pounder caught by Rubi on a trolled Rapala on the northeast side of Islas Todos Santos. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 205 anglers fishing on the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee Too, Shir-Lee, El Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 218 albacore, 86 lingcod, 126 rockcod, 52 whitefish, 39 sheephead, and 53 red rockcod.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported the Tamara fishing at the end of the previous week for limits of albacore at GPS numbers 31.50 117.20. "It was a bit late," Susarrey said. "Wide-open at 5 p.m. Manana. I am going to sleep!"



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: At Puerto Santo Tomas Resort, Sam Saenz reported flat seas and red-hot bottom fishing for whitefish, lingcod, rockcod, and sheephead: "Almost everyone is catching full limits on a daily basis." Surface action was still slow for yellowtail, but 6 to 7-pound calico bass were caught around the corner at Soledad Bay. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said the weekend's San Quintin Fishing Tournament was a huge success. Hillis had 22 boats out during the week, for good yellowtail action at Isla San Martin and steady limits on sandbass, calico bass, and rockcod. San Quintin weather was foggy in the morning, but clearing by 9 or 10 a.m., with currents of 61-degree water found at 12 and 20 miles out. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Ana Perez at Don Eddie's Landing said weather conditions improved last week and fishing was good, as 23 boats still had not returned on Saturday. Local hotels and boats were filled to capacity for the fourth weekend in a row. San Quintin weather was in the 70s, with clear water at 60 degrees, 24 miles out, and cloudy water at 57 to 58 degrees along the coast. Halibut and yellowtail were caught at Isla San Martin. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said this season's promise of a tuna bite off San Quintin still has not materialized: "With...a sick band of red tide hugging the coast from San Diego to Cedros, we were in the middle of one of the worst spring upwellings I've seen yet...I've made numerous fishing runs...all the way out to 60 plus miles with only yellows on paddies." Catian said local fishing was good, especially for good-sized halibut at Isla San Martin, where one trip produced 12 flatties of up to 18 pounds on twice as many hits. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Igor Doncov of Half Moon Bay and his son Alex trailered a 14-foot aluminum boat into San Roque on Baja's remote Pacific Coast near Bahia Asuncion and reported good fishing from shore and the boat for very large calico bass: "We had numerous double hookups on calicos from the boat and some jumbo bass from shore. The bass were feeding on pelagic red crabs on the reef just in front of the lighthouse." San Roque water temperatures were in the 60s, and the road in from Mex 1 was in poor condition, as Doncov averaged about 7 m.p.h. SAN ROQUE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported yellowtail and grouper at the San Carlos entrada, and dorado at the shark buoys 20 miles out at 230 to 270 degrees. Tuna and dorado were reported in good numbers 5 to 10 miles off Puerto Lopez Mateos. The mangrove channels produced a few grouper, snapper, and small snook. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 62 to 73 degrees. MAGADALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on a combined 42 fishing days for Gaviota Fleet and the Fish Cabo, with a catch including released fish of: 50 striped marlin, four yellowfin tuna, and two dorado. The port was closed on Wednesday due to tropical storm Eugene, and very mixed water temperature ranges prevailed, although striped marlin action remained good. Most marlin were caught close in. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said the temperature and current effects of tropical storm Eugene changed the marlin bite during the week: "...the current really made the most drastic change...What we have now is the cold water in front on the Cortez side, warm water up past the Punta Gorda area and warm blue water on the Pacific side of the cape." Inshore fishing was slowed by dirty water and big waves, but some decent roosterfish were caught at El Tule. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 57 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, five yellowfin tuna, one yellowtail, 10 dorado, one wahoo, three hammerhead shark, six skipjack, 17 roosterfish, and five jack crevalle. Garcia announced a new boat added to the fleet, the Cabo Magic Dos. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said good marlin action continued, despite a port closure on Wednesday due to tropical storm Eugene. Overall, 73 percent of Pisces boats released billfish, including a six-release day for Que Sera, and quadruples for Rebecca and Ruthless. Eighteen percent of Pisces boats caught yellowfin tuna, and only 8 percent caught dorado. Inshore fishing was slow. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 67 striped marlin, 32 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, four roosterfish and 12 sierra. Many multiple release days were scored by Solmar Fleet, including six releases at the Jaime Bank by El Torito. Capt. Adlaberto Agundez of the San Lucas VI was the top skipper for the week, with a seven-outing catch including released fish of: 11 striped marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna, seven dorado, and 12 sierra. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of El Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 11 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: three dorado of 25 pounds, 19 striped marlin, and five yellowfin tuna of 20 pounds. El Budster had a six-marlin release day on Monday.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on six midweek boats, with a catch including released fish of: six striped marlin, one sailfish, three yellowfin tuna, and one dorado.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported continued extremely slow shore fishing, with green, cold water and two skunked trips in a row, his first two skunked trips in over 300 outings. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported surf to 10 feet caused by distant tropical storm Eugene and a couple of days of tough conditions for the La Playita panga fleet. About 32 combined fleet pangas had a catch of: one black marlin, one blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, one wahoo, eight amberjack, 12 pompano, 15 roosterfish, 14 yellowfin tuna, 15 dorado, 24 bonito, six dogtooth snapper, 18 jack crevalle, 14 cabrilla, and 22 yellowtail snapper. The black marlin weighed 342 pounds, and was the first of the season. It was caught on a trolled bolito with Gordo Banks Pangas Capt. Marcelino Castillo. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said marlin action was very good on the La Paz side, as 30 anglers released 45 marlin last week, including an estimated 100-kilo striper caught by Bob Reynolds with Capt. Francisco Aguilar in the slot between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo. Fishing on the Las Arenas side was steady on dorado, plus a 200-pound mako shark. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said last week's distant tropical depression passed by harmlessly, bringing a bit of wind, but "nary a drop of rain," and fishing on the La Paz side was steady on dorado and a very good supply of marlin: "I have never seen so many marlin in one season with mostly stripers swimming around but also larger blues and blacks." Some wahoo were also present at El Bajo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said the water returned to a green color on the Las Arenas side last week, and dorado and tuna were scarce at the buoys south of Isla Cerralvo. The offshore fishing was mainly on blue and striped marlin, sailfish, and some wahoo to 35 pounds caught late in the week. Baits being used for offshore species included sardinas, halfbeaks, and green jacks. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported typical hot, humid summer weather in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 80 to 88 degrees, but still very few dorado in the area: "Dorado seem to not be here...Now the water even close to port is in the ideal range but still few dorado to be found. There is no structure, sargasso, on the surface to hold them and there hasn't been since April." Yellowtail into the 30-pound range were available in spots 200 to 300 feet deep, and plentiful sailfish and striped marlin, plus a few black marlin, were about 25 to 30 miles out. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported on a midweek night fishing run with the Loreto Carnaderos y Pescaderos baitsellers cooperativa, leaving the marina on a very high tide about 9 p.m., and fishing north of town in 78 feet of water for plentiful mackerel after the swinging of the tide about 2:30 a.m. "It being Thursday morning, Loreto´s slowest, a function of airline schedules...we released around 300 baits," Petersen said. LORETO BAIT FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said, "It isn't looking good!" Several anglers left the hotel early due to a lack of dorado last week. "There are other fish, cabrilla, triggerfish and sailfish, but that's not what the fishermen came for," Wilchynski said. "The water is warming up though, so we'll see what next week brings."

LORETO, MEXICO: Professional photographer Mitchell Rose reported "terrible" action during the recent Fishin for the Mission tournament, but $16,000 nevertheless raised for local charities, including a $700 auction bid for one of his Baja photos that went to benefit the local orphanage.

LORETO, MEXICO: At the Tripui RV park at Puerto Escondido south of Loreto, Thomas Wares commented on the season's slow dorado fishing and the possible effects of commercial fishing in the Loreto area: "I saw on many occasions the pangueros coming back with their clients skunked...The problem is still the same, the constant commercial fishing that goes on...I just hope I'm wrong and this is just the exception." LORETO SLOW FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Kristian Pallesen of Loreto reported 52 boats fishing in the recent 14th annual Fishin for the Mission benefit tournament that raised $6,500 for the Loreto mission and $4,500 for the Ranchero School for new mattresses and construction. The Dorado Division was won by Pallesen's Tijereta team with 59.5 pounds total weight for two fish, and the combined Game Fish Division was won by Tom Bird's Pajaro Loco team with a 35-pound roosterfish and 32-pound yellowtail. Pallesen also won the Largest Fish Division with a 53.2-pound yellowfin tuna. LORETO FISHIN FOR THE MISSION REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Larry Parker of Upland reported on discovering a great new restaurant opposite Isla Coronado on the beach 6 miles north of Loreto called El Picazon: "The dirt road there is tough...The most direct route is via ocean, and Alexandro is finishing the beach for landings...gourmet quality food at reasonable prices, and will cook your fish fillets any style." LORETO BEACH RESTAURANT REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported sargassum weed plentiful, but slow local dorado fishing, with more dorado north around Isla San Marcos. John Haberman went out 21 miles, but caught his only dorado off Punta Concepcion on his way home. Roosterfish and larger leopard grouper were reported by commercial fishermen off local points. Mulege weather was windy most days, but Barber said, "If the weather cooperates this coming week...I [am] going out to Santa Inez in my boat as I've gotten some reports of very large triggerfish hanging around that area." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad in Mulege, Diana Johnson reported lots of guests from northern Baja California, but the dorado fishing "not too great." One boat caught three small dorado and some cabrilla.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline returned from five days at the Hotel Serenidad and reported the runway in good condition, dorado scattered, and some boats averaging one or two billfish per day, including striped marlin, sailfish, and blue marlin. The best dorado action was north between Santa Rosalia and Isla San Marcos. "...Most boats manage to get 3 to 8 fish a day," Grant said. "...Cut bait after the stop should get another fish." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said fishing has been tough around Santa Rosalia due to wind and the summer's first heavy rains. Kanzler fished in rough seas with Brenda Goodson of the Santa Rosalia Las Casitas Hotel, and they finished second in the local dorado tournament with a 12-kilo fish. The winning dorado weighed 14 kilos. Yellowtail fishing was steady on the Isla San Marcos bajos, with water temperatures at 80 to 82 degrees. Few tourists were in the area. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Hogan of San Bruno, just south of San Lucas Cove, reported on two days of fishing next to Mike Kanzler's boat on the yellowtail bajos north of Isla San Marcos, with a catch of: 11 yellowtail and one amberjack. Hogan said on Sunday that dorado have moved into the area and sailfish were plentiful just outside the island. ISLA SAN MARCOS FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported hot weather in the low-100s, water temperatures of 79 to 83 degrees, and good fishing for yellowtail averaging 10 pounds around Isla Smith. "The dorado bite has not started yet," Vazquez said. "If Bahia de los Angeles is going to have one at all, it should start within another week or so." Most boats were fishing locally due to southern swells in the channel. The road was in good condition, but the village generator was having some problems, as preparations were made for the fiestas of Aug. 1-2-3, 2005. "One thing is for sure," Vazquez said. "It will be hot." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Barry Anderson of Redondo Beach fished five days at Bahia de los Angeles during a 12-day trailer boat Baja trip, and reported slow fishing for "just a few decent yellows mixed in with all the firecrackers," and bait very hard to make. Fishing at Loreto was also slow, as San Quintin provided the best action for bottom fish. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said this week's departure of the Erik with 24 anglers from San Felipe was delayed by a lack of commercial block ice in both San Felipe and Mexicali, as ice for the trip had to be brought in from San Luis Rio Colorado. Kerby reported on the Erik's last Midriff Islands trip, returning to San Felipe on July 21, 2005, with a light angler load due to last-minute cancellations, shortened fishing time due to unseasonal winds, and a catch of: 82 cabrilla, 97 yellowtail, 28 pargo, eight white seabass, one grouper of 55 pounds, and one baqueta or leatherback grouper of 33 pounds. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos reported the results of the 2005 58th International Billfish Tournament on July 14-15-16-17, 2005. With 43 boats fishing, 41 marlin and 21 sailfish were released, and 14 dorado, five sailfish, and one wahoo brought in. The largest dorado was 29.8 pounds, and the winning open category boat was the Encantada with four marlin and one sailfish.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert of Tucson reported fishing on his boat Catch-22, 18 miles out at 204 degrees, for unlimited small and medium dorado, and two striped marlin released about 4 miles closer in. "Several other San Carlos fishing boats reported released billfish and small dorado," Calvert said. San Carlos sea conditions were calm. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Vince Radice of the Sonoran Sport Center in San Carlos crossed over to Islas Tortuga and San Marcos last week, and said in a 60-hour period he saw five shrimp boats and 18 pangas working illegal long lines for dorado. "I saw something I have never seen before," Radice said. "A shrimp boat towing 8 pangas on their way out to fish." Radice said he caught no dorado at all during the trip. SAN CARLOS COMMERCIAL FISHING REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported wide-open dorado action as 25 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid reported a catch including released fish of: 165 dorado, one blue marlin of 230 pounds, 20 sailfish, and one yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan weather was cloudy with sprinkles and some wind in the low-90s, and water temperatures at 81 to 83 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Manny Ocaranza of the charter boat Yolaray reported a 265-pound yellowfin tuna caught by William Smith on Saturday at El Bajo, 48 miles out, in good weather conditions and 83-degree water. The tuna hit a live skipjack on a downrigger and the boat also caught a 130-pound sailfish.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Thomas Lin of Torrance reported on four days of fishing with his brother Steve on the Yolaray for a catch including released fish of: three sailfish, one blue marlin, one tuna of 165 pounds, two good-sized tuna lost, one 18-pound grouper, and three cubera snappers of 47 to 59.4 pounds. "We had a fabulous trip," Lin said. "The fishing at Puerto Vallarta was steady, but at times slow due to heavy boat pressure as well as the presence of a purse seiner." Puerto Vallarta sea conditions were good, with 2 to 4-foot swells, and a water temperature of 82 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kyle Manroe of the boat KW's Karma at Puerto Vallarta reported a 271-pound yellowfin tuna caught by his father Bob Manroe at Corbetena on July 12, 2005, and weighed on a certified scale. Commenting on the recent questionable report of a 500-pound tuna caught at Puerto Vallarta, Manroe said the general length-girth formula for the fish put it at about 396 pounds: "A 396-pound yellowfin tuna would make my fishing career." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kyle's father Bob Manroe of Rancho Santa Fe also commented on the boat's trip to Puerto Vallarta: "We had mixed results...We just didn't have a lot of luck this year. Last year we caught and released at least 10 marlin of 400 pounds to 800 pounds and many tuna over 200 pounds." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze said sailfish action was still one to two fish per day over the full moon period, and several blue marlin were also taken only 10 to 12 miles out on a 180-degree heading. Roosterfish were present in good numbers, but recent rains had local inshore waters muddy, and the best inshore fishing was about 35 miles south. Capt. Adolpho on the Dos Hermanos ran to that area and scored on 12 roosterfish of 35 to 50 pounds in one day. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was stabilizing after one day of port closure during the week. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said skipjack tuna of 12 to 14 pounds were being caught in large numbers: "They made great light tackle days, with many anglers crying 'uncle' and some boats reporting up to 50 fish."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said an invasion of skipjack tuna provided the biggest numbers last week: "The fishing action was nonstop on most offshore days." Other species landed included sailfish, red snappers, and roosterfish. New Jersey angler Ron Reinhardt fished with Capt. Adolfo and landed 10 roosterfish to 60 pounds. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was cloudy with some wind and rain, and moderate to rough sea conditions. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather in the high-80s with thunderstorms and water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

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FISHING WITH ARAIZA--Carl Shores fished out of East Cape's Buena Vista Beach Resort with the legendary Capt. Jesus Araiza and his deckhand Mauricio (right) on the Eclipse, and released this striped marlin. Photo courtesy Axel Valdez.

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ROOSTER AT PUNTA ARENA--Kevin Resky with a nice 55-pound roosterfish caught out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada with Capt. Alonzo. The rooster hit a live mullet right at the lighthouse. Photo courtesy Kevin Resky.

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ALBIES AT ENSENADA--Marinero Jando Ruiz with a nice 32-pound albacore he caught aboard Steve Ross' boat Bad Dog out of Ensenada's Marina Coral. This fish was caught July 9, 2005, at the 238 spot on a "Carrot Top" 7-Strand tuna clone feather. Photo courtesy Steve Ross.

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QUINTIN FLATTIE PARADE--Kelly Catian of San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing found plenty of halibut action for Bill Hulsenbeck's group along the sandy side of Isla San Martin. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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REMOTE BAJA CALICOS--Alex Doncov fished with his dad Igor at San Roque on Baja's mid-Pacific coast for hot action on large calico bass with water temperatures in the 60s. Photo courtesy Igor Doncov.

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SAN JOSE BLACK MARLIN--Dan Redar fished with Gordo Banks Pangas skipper Marcelino Castillo and he hooked this 342-pound black marlin while trolling a live bolito. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.

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LAS ARENAS GALLO--Jimmy Moran of Pasadena always wanted to catch a big roosterfish and he got his chance with Capt. Archangel of Tailhunter International off La Paz' Las Arenas beach. They actually landed two of the big fish and released them both. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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FIRST PLACE DORADO--Capt. Jorge Davis (second from left) and Kristian Pallesen celebrate their first place Dorado Division finish in Loreto's Fishin for the Mission tournament with the always-welcome Corona girls. Photo courtesy Kristian Pallesen.

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SOUTH OF SAN LUCAS COVE--Manuel Deal, Ed Hogan, and Phil Davison (left to right) fished out of Hogan's place at San Bruno, just south of San Lucas Cove, for a nice mess of yellowtail caught at the Isla San Marcos bajos off Santa Rosalia while fishing next to the island's Mike Kanzler. Photo courtesy Ed Hogan.

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MORE VALLARTA MOO MOO--Capt. Manny Ocaranza of the Puerto Vallarta boat Yolaray with a nice 265-pound yellowfin tuna caught at El Bajo on Saturday by William Smith of San Diego. Photo courtesy Manny Ocaranza.

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PUERTO VALLARTA ACTION--Steve Lin (right) and his brother Thomas Lin fished on the Yolaray with Capt. Manny Ocaranza and first mate Antonio (left) for four days of great action on dog snappers like this beauty, tuna to 165 pounds, three sailfish, a blue marlin, and an 18-pound grouper. Photo courtesy Thomas Lin.

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SUNRISE AT LORETO--As the sun comes up, the boats leave the beach in Loreto to start another beautiful day of fishing. Photo courtesy Kristian Pallesen.

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