Puerto Vallarta big tuna action getting more intense

Mexico Fishing News, September 12, 2005



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: The cow-class yellowfin tuna bite off Puerto Vallarta became intense enough last week to target fish of 200 to 300 pounds and larger. Bob Manroe of Rancho Santa Fe fished at Puerto Vallarta on his boat K.W.'s Karma and reported landing a yellowfin tuna weighed at 305 pounds on his certified scale 5 hours after the catch.

"We fished two days at El Bajo," Manroe said. "The water has been green and 91 degrees. There are lots of yellowfin tuna. They seem hungry but very touchy." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on two excellent outings by the Marla II and Arca de Noe, for one yellowfin tuna weighed at 311 pounds, and five other cow-class tuna caught on Sept. 9, 2005. Both boats fished at El Banco in green, 87-degree water, and good sea conditions, and both fish hit live skipjack baits. "The water was green, but the right temperature, 87 degrees, and flat calm," Osuna said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Erik Landesfeind of Long Beach and Rachel Baker fished one day out of Puerto Vallarta on the charter boat Marla II, finding excellent action on yellowfin tuna estimated at 140, 180, and 220 pounds at Roca Corbetena after missing or coming unbuttoned on 10 strikes at El Banco, in 83-degree, green water. The biggest tuna of the day was fought on 60-pound tackle after it hit a bait during a stop on another fish. "Something that no one really mentions in these reports is the heat," Landesfeind said. "It was unbelievably hot...The air temperature had to be in the high 80's to low 90's with very high humidity." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Darrell Smith of Redondo Beach reported a 345-pound yellowfin tuna weighed on a certified scale after being landed aboard Larry Lionetti's boat at Puerto Vallarta on Sept. 1, 2005.

The fish hit a caballito at 1 p.m., and was brought to color in one hour, Smith said: "The part that burns me is I was invited to go with Larry and Juan but I had to wait for the customs official to inspect my boat for my import permit." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures said so many cow class yellowfin tuna were caught last week the Prime Time was releasing fish on some trips unless they were clearly over 250 pounds: "...If it's not clearly over 250 what's the point in killing it?...We nailed 200 plus pounders every day." Puerto Vallarta offshore water was "...still puke green but we're all catching fish out there...and big ones." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Thomas Lin of Torrance fished five days on the Yolaray with Capt. Manny Ocaranza and reported "plenty" of large yellowfin tuna, plus a 750-pound black marlin landed in 25 minutes on standup tackle. Lin said the water at El Banco and Corbeteña was sometimes off-color and very warm at 90 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said offshore action for most boats fishing at El Banco and Corbeteña last week was excellent for big yellowfin tuna and steady action on marlin over 250 pounds: "Puerto Vallarta charter fishing boats such as the Yolaray, Magnifico, Prime Time, and honestly, just about anyone making the trip offshore had good results this last week." Dorado and sailfish were not caught in significant numbers, but some good roosterfish action was reported north of Punta Mita. Puerto Vallarta weather was stable in the low-90s, with rains clouding inshore waters. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said offshore fishing at Ensenada slowed down at the end of the week, so the Tamara and Amigo stayed close and fished at San Jose reef and Punta Banda banks for excellent catches of lingcod and red rockcod. Earlier, the Amigo fished locally at Punta San Miguel for seven yellowtail of 12 pounds plus a few bonito, in 67-degree water free of red tide. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on two offshore runs in windy conditions by the Matador, fishing around the lower 500, 295, and 238 spots with a total of seven anglers for a catch of: four yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds and one dorado. "Yellowfin tuna are still in the Ensenada fishing area," Argonza said, "but seem to be very reluctant to bite due to the presence of small squid in the area." The Matador fished in water temperatures of 61 to 64 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda averaged about 7 to 15 fish per rod last week, mostly rockcod, but including a six-yellowtail day for Jay Johnson of Ensenada, who fished on Friday with Capt. Beto. On Saturday, Alejandro Figueroa caught a 25-pound yellowtail, also with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on a local outing with four anglers to the north point of Isla Todos Santos on Saturday, for a bottom fish catch of: rockcod limits, 11 lingcod, 14 salmon grouper, and four barracuda. Gomez fished in windless conditions and a water temperature of 60 degrees. Rapalas trolled on the surface produced no results. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing reported on an early week offshore run in 71-degree water for one 35-pound dorado, three smaller dorado, two skipjack, and one yellowtail. "We caught the big dorado on a flylined bait at a kelp paddy," Sanchez said. Local fishing was slow during the week for a few yellowtail and barracuda on the surface, and sandbass and calico bass on the bottom. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Dario Rodriguez of Oceanside fished offshore on a private sportfishing charter booked out of Ensenada and reported a decent catch, with a good crew, in spotty conditions of: two dorado and two yellowfin tuna. But, Rodriguez said the boat's website posted a false report of 12 dorado and nine tuna the next day: "I don't appreciate false fishing reports as I'm sure no one else does. Not a good way to run your business if you ask me." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 21 boats fishing during the week out of Erendira for a combined fleet catch of: six to eight white seabass per day, 8 to 10 yellowtail per day, and good counts of red rockcod, lingcod, and large whitefish. Erendira weather was warm and good all week as boats fished in clear blue water at 63 to 64 degrees in the main fishing area 6 miles from the coast. "We're seeing a lot of white seabass and yellowtail, but there's still a lot of bait in the water," Castro said. "We've had many families visiting Castro's Camp and enjoying the fishing and camping."

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Chris Kugel fished out of Castro's Camp at Erendira on Friday, and got into a big catch of large red rockcod in 350 to 400 feet of water. "We...were done in 3 hours," Kugel said. "All of the fish were quality...Just tell the skippers that you want to go deep water...The water was dirty, but both shallow water and deep water fishing were very productive." ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Joe Chou of Pasadena fished on the panga Castro I out of Castro's Camp over Labor Day at Erendira with Harry Dibaj and Ronald Chang, and reported a catch of: about 30 bottom fish, including one lingcod, two sheephead, three whitefish, and assorted rockcods. "The rock fish at Erendira were considerably smaller this time," Chou said. "This time, the fish averaged from 2 to 5 pounds." Chou said they fished about 10 miles north of Erendira in a south wind, with no red tide condition present. ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julie Atkinson of Don Eddie's Landing reported good yellowtail action for up to 14 fish per boat, halibut at Isla San Martin, and continued heavy counts of bottom fish. Winner's of the Labor Day Tournament out of Don Eddie's Landing were: First place, Jose Ruiz, 17.4-pound yellowtail; Second place, Jeff Riolo, 17.2-pound yellowtail; Third place, Jose A. Gonzalez, 12.9-pound yellowtail. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported on 25 boats fishing during the week, for good results on rockcod, lingcod to 18.5 pounds, and yellowtail to 24 pounds. Anglers fishing during the week included Pete Byrne's group of 21 fishermen from the Long Beach area. San Quintin weather was mostly calm with overcast mornings, and in the low-80s during the afternoons. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said wahoo and dorado were caught and marlin seen at the Thetis Bank during an outing by Barry and Val Wilkerson of Loreto, who fished with Mag Bay Outfitters. Few boats fished the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels, but the San Carlos entrada produced some bonito and firecracker yellowtail. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said Harvey Tucker of Oceanside fished outside Boca de Soledad at Puerto Lopez Mateos for a catch including bonita, tuna, and sierra.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 24 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: four blue marlin, four dorado, 18 sailfish, 23 striped marlin, four yellowfin tuna, three dogtoothed snapper. Boats fished both side of the Cabo San Lucas arch in generally good sea conditions and water temperatures of 81 to 85 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 68 percent of boats landing billfish, 12 percent catching tuna, and 19 percent with dorado: "We would like to see a higher overall catch success rate...Tuna and dorado catches are much slower than we expect for this time of year at Cabo San Lucas." Pisces Fleet's billfish count for the week, including released fish was: 33 striped marlin, 29 sailfish, and 12 blue marlin. Boats fished early in the week on the Pacific side, but moved later to the 95 and 1150 spots and the Gordo Banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported a week's catch including released fish of: one black marlin, seven blue marlin, 21 striped marlin, seven sailfish, 31 yellowfin tuna, 61 dorado, one cabrilla, two roosterfish, and five boats skunked.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas water temperatures at 82 to 88 degrees on the Pacific side and 85 to 88 degrees on the Cortez side. Steady billfish action was found for sailfish, blue marlin, striped marlin, and some black marlin. School-sized tuna and dorado were available closer to shore, and the few pangas fishing inshore reported catches of roosterfish, skipjack, jack crevalle, and needlefish. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported at catch including released fish of: 29 striped marlin, 18 blue marlin, 13 sailfish, 35 yellowfin tuna, and 32 dorado. Solmar's top captain of the week was Mario Arballo of the Solmar IV, with a five-outing catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, five blue marlin, four sailfish, 29 yellowfin tuna, and 12 dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on seven outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin of 200 pounds, seven striped marlin, two sailfish, two dorado of 40 to 45 pounds, and Humboldt squid to 45 pounds.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 36 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: 380 yellowfin tuna, four sailfish, one striped marlin, 20 dorado, 180 skipjack, 12 amberjack, 16 cabrilla, eight grouper, 18 rainbow runner, and 12 dogtooth snapper. San Jose del Cabo weather was good all week, with water temperatures of 80 to 86 degrees and some southern swell, and tuna action on the local banks was improved on fish of 15 to 50 pounds. "Boats were returning early with full fish boxes of yellowfin and some very exhausted anglers," Brictson said. "Even the large boats from Cabo San Lucas were making the 35-mile run from the marina to get into this action." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 235 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: 24 blue marlin, 49 striped marlin, 63 sailfish, 107 dorado, and 322 yellowfin tuna. Hot spots for the tuna, which included a 150-pound plus fish, were straight off Los Barriles and 2 to 3 miles off La Ribera. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 32 boats, with a catch including released fish of: six blue marlin, nine striped marlin, 24 sailfish, three dorado, three tuna, four roosterfish, five snapper, one jack crevalle, four amberjack, three Humboldt squid, and two skipjack. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 10 East Cape boats, with a catch including released fish of: seven striped marlin, two sailfish, and four tuna, four black skipjack.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape weather as mostly calm in the high-90s, with some afternoon breezes and water temperatures of 82 to 86 degrees. A steady pick on blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish was located about 10 miles out between the hotel and Cabo Pulmo. Tuna averaging 20 to 25 pounds were about 15 to 20 miles out, and dorado averaging 20 pounds were in the same location. Inshore, roosterfish to 40 pounds were caught from La Ribera to Las Barracas. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said sardina bait was hard to come by, and one East Cape baitseller even tried to sell him pufferfish as an alternative: "One of the bait guys tried to sell us pufferfish claiming that they were great baits because the fish couldn’t spit them out!" Yellowfin tuna were hooked on porpoise within 20 miles of the hotels, and mixed billfish were also present. On the beaches, some ladyfish, jacks, and a few roosterfish were caught. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said water temperatures ranged from 75 to 85 degrees at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef last week. Visibility was at 80 feet, and sea life sightings included manta rays and white tip shark. EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported a good morning of fishing with his son Jonny and daughter-in-law Sonya about 3 miles out, in flat seas, and 83-degree water, for a catch by about 10 a.m. of: two amberjack to 46 pounds, four tuna to 27 pounds, and a 12-pound red snapper. "Live bait was plentiful, and the fish very hungry," Fritz said. "My son Dan had to put Sonya in a harness for her pez fuerte." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said action on the Las Arenas side was steady for dorado of 10 to 20 pounds, tuna of 20 pounds, huanchinango, and a 20-pound yellowtail and a small marlin caught by anglers John Barrios and Steve Longraron last week. Yellowfin tuna into the 100-pound class were seen caught by commercial fishermen using handlines, Hernandez said: "All this means that the fishing at La Paz is getting better daily, and we hope it will keep improving in the days ahead." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported slim bait supplies and scattered fishing, but some good tuna action found on the Las Arenas side: "...It's been a long time since I've had fishing clients say, 'I don't want to catch anymore tuna! No mas!' Dorado were also caught on the Las Arenas side, and fishing improved in scattered conditions on the La Paz side after slow going earlier in the week. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto and Ray Harper fished with Capt. Paulino Martinez late in the week and reported three dorado to 35 pounds on live jurelito bait, with two fish caught at Martinez' buoy set 10 miles off Punta Mangles. The third dorado was caught 20 miles north of Punta Lobos. Bear said Loreto fishing conditions were calm all week, but the weather was oppressively hot and humid. Capt. Martinez' boat won the recent El Club de Caza Tiro & Pesca dorado tournament with a 39.9-pound fish, his second year in the row. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Gary Phillips of Oceanside and his group reported on an excellent day of fishing south of Isla Carmen with Capt. Alfredo Rubio Quintana of Rubio's Sportfishing for wide-open catch-and-release dorado plus a blue marlin released, all in a couple of hours of fishing. "Within an hour we had had our fill and called it a day keeping 11 dorado and releasing many more," Phillips said. "...There were several other large marlin swarming the boat." Information, 011-53-613-135-0134, rubiosportfishing@hotmail.com. LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported good local dorado fishing found by some boats around Islas Santa Inez: "...Returning fishermen are telling me that Isla Santa Inez is starting to get really hot now." John Haberman caught a couple of 25 to 30 pounders about 5 miles northeast of the islands, and local guides Gringo, Mateo, and Alejandro also caught fish in area for their clients. Sierra were plentiful around Punta Concepcion, and cabrilla were also available, although few boats fished for them. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Ron Grant of Crestline reported two dorado of 12 to 15 pounds caught 15 to 18 miles off the lighthouse on a heading of 060 degrees. "You still see billfish in the area and they will take a dorado feather if you can get close enough," Grant said. "Schools of skipjack and working birds are seen as well." Grant also relayed reports of longline boats in the area: "Mulege locals are complaining...The long liners are getting mostly dorado." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported hot Santa Rosalia fishing weather at 85 to 90 degrees, with water temperatures of 81 to 83 degrees, and poor visibility of only 15 to 20 feet: "The water has that warm dirty green look." Recently returned from a motor repair trip to El Norte, Kanzler found very slow yellowtail fishing at the bajos: "I tried every spot twice over only to not even get so much as a bump...But it was just great to be back...It's about the way of life and the beauty of the sea." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said some dorado were present to the north off Punta Remedios, some good yellowtail on deep reefs north of the bay, and sierra inside the bay. Locally, sea lions were still a problem, and whale sharks had not yet made their annual appearance at the south end of the bay. Bahia de los Angeles weather was hot in the low-100s, with light breezes only, and Vazquez said, "There is a total absence of tourists here." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry of San Francisquito relayed reports of slow fishing, as friends caught only two yellowtail during the week. San Francisquito weather was at 100 degrees during the day, down to 90 degrees at night, with no bugs, other than continued honey bees.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing said his San Felipe panga mothership Celia Angelina has received 50 permits from the Mexican government to take protected totoaba legally this year. "I have four trips to fill these permits to take totoaba legally," Castellon said. The four totoaba fishing trips all have openings and are scheduled Sept. 24th, Oct 1st, Oct 8th, and Oct 15th, Castellon said, with a limit of one totoaba per angler. Information, cvcastellon@aol.com, 626-333-9012.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on Sept. 9, 2005, with a partial load of catch-and-release fly anglers, and a catch of: 98 yellowtail, 108 cabrilla, two grouper including one of 45 pounds, three white seabass, 26 pargo, 35 dorado, and 96 miscellaneous fish. Velez said the Erik's official fish count for the week was smaller than normal because many fish were released by the five pangas with fly anglers. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At Papa Fernandez landing on Gonzaga Bay, Doug Magee said, "Not a thing has changed here...maybe a little cooler at night but that's it."



ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., and his wife Tina fished out of Rocky Point two days over the Labor Day weekend, finding windy conditions and staying near shore their first day for a catch of sandbass and grunts, and pushing into a south wind to the 51-mile reef the second day for six red snapper and four goldspotted bass, plus a new red-colored fish called a "parrotfish" by locals and a dorado hooked and lost. Water temperatures around the marina were at 93 degrees, and no other boats were fishing other than a few pangas near shore. ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos reported generally slow fishing conditions, with the weather in the high-90s, and water temperatures in the high-80s: "Hopefully with falling temperatures the catching will pick up." During the recent Labor Day fishing tournament, 30 San Carlos boats fished for three days, and had a catch including released fish of: 10 marlin, 34 sailfish, three dorado, and one wahoo. "...The dorado numbers give you an idea of what it's been like for fishing the last month at San Carlos," Molden said. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, launched his boat Mamanina at Las Glorias south of Topolobampo early in the week and reported seven dorado to 18 pounds, plus an estimated 300-pound class blue marlin caught about 40 miles out on a heading of 230 degrees. Sea conditions were calm, with a water temperature of 86 degrees. Also fishing on the Mamanina were Jorge Gerhardus, Pedro Gallardo, Horacio Peñuelas, and Diomedes Reyes. "The marlin put up a big fight of almost two hours," Gerhardus said.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported all-day dorado catch-and-release fishing on buoys about 16 miles out of Marina el Cid. Aries Fleet reported on 26 outings, with a catch of: 17 sailfish, and 239 dorado, plus an equal number released: "...This would be a fly fisherman's dream come true. Unquestionably, this would be fun, light tackle fishing for anyone." Mazatlan weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures stable at 84 to 86 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on three boats, with a catch including released fish of: two sailfish, two skipjack tuna, one dorado, and one 60-pound wahoo. Hernandez said, "Mazatlan is unbelievably empty...a few tourists in town and few charters everyday. The fishing is good though..." Earlier, eight Flota Bibi Fleet boats reported a catch including released fish of: six sailfish, 12 dorado, and 28 skipjack tuna. Local pangas caught skipjack tuna, red snapper, spotted rose snapper, gulf grouper, spadefish, and other species. Mazatlan weather was rainy at night, but sunny during the days. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Bill Heimpel of Star Fleet reported large schools of 10 to 25-pound dorado, good concentrations of sailfish, and a 260-pound broadbill swordfish landed on 50-pound line, 12 to 18 miles off the lighthouse, in blue water of 85 to 87 degrees.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sportfishing boats continued to average about one or two sailfish per outing, and dorado were appearing under floating debris, although few had been caught. "The roosterfish action is still the best bet," Kunze said, "with the boats averaging about three fish a day."

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

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HEAVY HAULING--An awesome day's yellowfin tuna catch by the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Arca de Noe of Marla's Fleet. From left: Capt. Scott Osuna, Capt. Danny Osuna, and angler Angelo Rhodes from Texas. Photo courtesy Danny Osuna.

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WEIGHED AT 305--Bob Manroe took his boat K.W.'s Karma to Puerto Vallarta last week, and landed this yellowfin tuna weighed on his certified scale at 305 pounds, five hours after it was caught. Photo courtesy Bob Manroe.

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MISSED THE BOAT!--Darrell Smith missed a ride on Larry Lionetti's boat out of Puerto Vallarta on Sept. 1, 2005, but got to have his picture taken with the result, a yellowfin tuna weighed on a certified scale at 345 pounds. Photo courtesy Darrell Smith.

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CASTRO'S REDS--Chris Kugel, Castro's Camp's Capt. Waldo, and Bob Stringari fished out of Castro's Camp at Erendira last week and got into a big catch of red rockcod. Photo courtesy Chris Kugel.

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SAN QUINTIN ROCKCOD--Oscar Gutierrez, Dave Veltman and Willie and Joe Rodriguez fished out of Don Eddie's Landing in San Quintin with Capt. Antonio Yanes on the Ana and loaded up with quality bottom fish 6 to 10 miles outside the bay. Photo courtesy Julie Atkinson.

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AT LA RIBERA--Russ Fritz' son Dan, daughter-in-law, Sonya, and grandson Jonny on his panga Soplado had a good morning on amberjack, four tuna, and a 12-pound red snapper while fishing 3 miles off East Cape's La Ribera. Photo courtesy Russ Fritz.

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GIANTS AT EAST CAPE--A 20-foot-wide manta ray was photographed as it fed at East Cape's Cabo Pulmo coral reef by Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service. Photo courtesy Ash Pickering.

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FIRST MARLIN RELEASE--David C. Mahlum about to release his first marlin, a blue caught at Loreto with Capt. Alfredo Rubio of Rubio's Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Gary Phillips.

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ROCKY POINT REDS--Shawn Gustafson's boat Murphy Girl fished through wind at the 51-mile reef for a catch of goldspotted bass and some nice red snapper or huachinango. Photo courtesy Shawn Gustafson.

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SINALOA BLUE--Manuel Gerhardus' boat launched out of Las Glorias, Sinaloa, south of Topolobampo, and caught this 300-pound class blue marlin, plus seven dorado to 18 pounds, while fishing about 40 miles out, with Jorge Gerhardus, Pedro Gallardo, Horacio Peñuelas, and Diomedes Reyes. Photo courtesy Manuel Gerhardus.

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MAZATLAN ISLAS--The tidal gap between Wolf Island and Deer Island at Mazatlan. Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet: "When the tide is high, we have two islands, and when the tide is low, you can walk from one to the other. These islands, together with Bird Island, are called "The Three Islands." They are less than one mile from Mazatlan's coastline and are a great spot for small game fishing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming." Photo courtesy Tadeo Hernandez.

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