San Jose del Cabo tuna lead Baja fishing action

Mexico Fishing News, September 19, 2005



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Good fishing for school-sized yellowfin tuna off San Jose del Cabo drew sportfishing pangas and cruisers from the tip of Baja to East Cape last week.

Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 55 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: 550 yellowfin tuna, mostly of 14 to 18 pounds, two striped marlin, seven sailfish, eight wahoo, 82 dorado, 220 bonito, 26 dog snapper, 14 grouper, 12 amberjack, and 115 rainbow runners.

"The Iman has been the most productive local area lately," Brictson said, "as can be noticed by the crowds of pangas, as well as cruisers, including scores of which are making the long run south from the East Cape region...Anglers were pretty much catching as many tuna as they wished."

San Jose del Cabo weather was hot and humid, with some southern swell and surf, and water temperatures of 88 to 89 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo said the hot tuna bite was being fished by local boats, commercial seiners, and sportfishing boats from both East Cape to the north and Cabo San Lucas to the south: "...A consistent bite of small pelagics will draw the majority of the sportfishing boats from the three principal Los Cabos areas, East Cape, San Jose del Cabo, and Cabo San Lucas, to the same spot at the same time, for days at a time."

A local outing by Dave Grimes and Tim Gunther on Capt. Jaime Arista's boat Alondra produced a catch of: lots of smaller tuna of 8 to 15 pounds, one wahoo, one amberjack, one pargo, and one rainbow runner. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported that his boat scored big in the local Club Nautico de Rosarito VII Torneo International de Pesca Deportiva Verano 2005 fishing tournament on Saturday, as his wife Gail landed a 136-pound striped marlin for first place, and Marinero Alex "Jando" Ruiz caught a 19-pound yellowtail for third place, together winning $2,700 worth of Shimano reels. More than 300 anglers fished in the event, Ross said: "It was the largest and most exciting sportfishing tournament I have ever experienced in my life. I wouldn't miss it next year." ENSENADA TOURNAMENT FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Fishing the previous week on his boat Bad Dog, Ross reported rough 6 to 8-foot seas in warm 69-degree water around the 238 and 295 spots, and no fish except for a good sized mako shark: "Back in the slip he weighed 80 pounds, dressed, as I had cut out his stomach while trolling around the 295 all day for nothing...Where have all the fishies gone?" ENSENADA OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said fishing for his pangas at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda was steady for a mixed catch of about 20 to 30 fish per boat, including red rockcods, calico bass, whitefish, a few pencil barracuda, and one 25-pound yellowtail on Monday for Brian Foley on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto Zamora. On Saturday, Capt. Cruz on the Vonny III caught 42 red rockcod. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on a run south from Ensenada with five passengers to San Jose reef by the Matador, for a catch of: six olive rockfish to 7 pounds, eight lingcod to 10 pounds, eight whitefish, one treefish, and limits of rockcods to 5 pounds, plus a stop at Isla Todos Santos for 14 barracuda, and two calico bass to 6 pounds. Offshore fishing continued slow, and Argonza said, "I suggest local and bottom fishing at Ensenada or the long run to San Jose for those anglers coming from the U.S., if you want to take some fish home." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing reported on two bottom fishing runs with a total of nine passengers to San Jose reef, finding cool, 56-degree water and full limits on both trips. Other boats reported some yellowfin tuna offshore at the lower 500 spot. Local fishing inside Ensenada bay was slow for some barracuda, plus bottom fish. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Lee Wood and a group of 18 Oceanside Senior Anglers reported on a good two-day run in rough conditions south out of Seaforth Landing on the Pacific Voyager, hitting a 3-hour frenzy at a kelp paddy for 127 yellowfin tuna late on the first day, and loading up on bottom fish along the Baja coast the second day. Jackpots for the trip were won by a 37-pound yellowfin tuna caught by Jerry Lambert, and a big lingcod the second day by Billy Mathews. "The fishing weather was brutal, wind and waves with large swells, maybe up to 15 feet at times...," Wood said. "We were 76 miles from port when the bite started." BAJA PACIFIC NORTH FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on a late week run with three anglers to Isla Todos Santos, blanking surface barracuda, and settling for a bottom fish catch of: four salmon grouper, 10 lingcod, 15 rockcod, four whitefish, and two scorpionfish. Earlier, the El Dorado fished with four anglers at the north point of Isla Todos Santos, in good sea conditions and 60.6-degree water, for a catch of: one yellowtail of 17 pounds caught on a Rapala, limits of barracuda and rockcods, and five lingcod. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Amigo and Tamara did well on bottom fish during the week south of Ensenada at San Jose reef, and medium barracuda and a few yellowtail to 12 pounds were caught locally at the north point of Isla Todos Santos. Ensenada area water temperatures seen during the week included: 63 degrees at the island, 51 degrees at San Jose reef, 55 degrees at Punta Santo Tomas, and 65 degrees about 15 miles outside Punta Banda bank. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA: Celia Diaz of the nonprofit Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) in Chula Vista reported a busy month of emergency evacuations of Americans injured or ill in Mexico, including a man critically injured in Mexico who later turned out to be wanted on criminal charges in the U.S. "He was a fugitive wanted by the U.S. police," Diaz said. "I have no idea why the Mexican police did not find out who he was. It turned out to be a real crime story solved by the communication of our paramedics and BEMCC's communication with U.S. Immigration officials." Diaz said the Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee has also been receiving relayed messages from 911 emergency calls from persons in Mexico placed to the San Diego Police Department, CHP, Sheriffs, Red Cross, and from throughout the United States.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported moderate sea conditions except for "huge swells and high surf" on Thursday and Friday. Surface fishing continued slow, but bottom fishing was good for anglers including Jim Turner and his group from Monrovia who limited on lingcod, whitefish, and rockcods. "The surface action this year so far has been dull," Saenz said. "The water appears to be cold."



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 26 boats fishing during the week, with a catch of: two white seabass, three yellowtail, and lots of bottom fish including red rockcod and lingcod. Erendira weather had some swells and wind during the week, with water temperatures at 61 to 62 degrees in the main fishing area 6 miles from the coast.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Robert Everett of Las Vegas fished two days out of Castro's Camp, for very good action in 80 to 100 feet of water on whitefish, red rockcod, sandbass, and lingcod, but no white seabass or yellowtail: "...It was a successful trip...with over 60 pounds of fillets, although I was a little disappointed not catching any white seabass or yellowtail." ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julie Atkinson of Don Eddie's Landing reported San Quintin fishing area weather in the low-70s, with offshore afternoon winds to 16 knots, swells to 5 feet, water temperatures at 60 to 63 degrees, and clean water 6 miles out. Capt. Jaime Garcia, fishing at San Ramon with Danny Garcia, found a school of white seabass and they landed one out of three hookups on iron, plus five yellowtail on live bait. Other boats caught dorado at the 240 and 180 spots, Atkinson said. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas had 15 boats fishing during the week, and reported calm weather in the high-70s on Sunday, after winds at midweek, continued very good bottom fishing, and a steady pick on about one or two yellowtail per rod at Isla San Martin. No more white seabass were reported after the one caught earlier at San Ramon, Hillis said. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Gabriel Davila of Upland and his group fished two days in rough conditions with Capt. Elias of Tito's Pangas, and was not able to get offshore for tuna and dorado, but found good action near shore and at Isla San Martin for barracuda, a couple of large calico bass, a 10-pound sheephead, some lingcod and whitefish, red rockcod, and a halibut lost at gaff inside the bay. Davila commented on their attempt to fish offshore: "After heading out only 5 miles from San Quintin and everyone on board completely drenched, we realized the water temperature was holding strong at 57 degrees and figured trolling for tuna would be a lost cause." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Barry Stangl of San Clemente and his group of three Skipjack boats launched from a Baja panga spot south of Guerrero Negro and fished two-and-a-half days at the south end of Isla Cedros, finding excellent yellowtail action for about 20 yellowtail per boat, in consistent water temperatures of 71 to 72 degrees. Stangl said, "The fishing for yellowtail was incredible...It was easy to make bait using Sabaki rigs, but irons and jigs worked well also...We lost many of the larger yellowtail while fishing with 30 and 40 pound test." ISLA CEDROS YELLOWTAIL FISHING REPORT.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin drove south to fish at La Bocana on Baja's semi-report Pacific coast, and reported very heavy yellowtail concentrations that prevented him from making bonita bait at Roca Ballena. After trading some yellowtail for bonitas with commercial fisherman, Meza and Capt. Paco Zuñiga fished with 2-pound chunk baits in 120 to 150 feet of water about 6 miles from La Bocana for two large black sea bass: "There are still 30 off-road miles to Abreojos, but the long trip is nothing compared to the incredible fishing in that area." BAJA COASTAL FISHING REPORT.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Dave Bumbauer also fished at La Bocana and reported boats with lots of 10 to 15-pound yellowtail at Roca Ballena, some yellowfin tuna and dorado 15 miles offshore, and two very large black sea bass of 275 and 310 pounds. "The pangueros were bringing in about 100 yellowtail each day," Bumbauer said. "We had great weather, calm mornings, with some wind in the afternoon. It was good to see my friends Juanchy and Joaquin."



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said guide Enrique Soto found leopard grouper to 18 pounds and some firecracker yellowtail at the San Carlos entrada last week. Offshore, plenty of marlin were sighted, dorado were smaller, and a few tuna were reported. Fishing action was slow in the mangrove channels, as most local boats concentrated on the commercial shrimp season. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 35 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: six blue marlin, 23 striped marlin, 15 sailfish, eight dorado, one wahoo, 48 yellowfin tuna, and one amberjack. The largest fish caught during the week was a 300-pound class yellowfin tuna by the Gaviota X with Capt. Nicolas Winkler "...which would most likely have taken most of the top honors in the upcoming Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament on November 3-4...," Edwards said. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 128 boats, with a catch including released fish of: four blue marlin, 36 striped marlin, 35 sailfish, 15 yellowfin tuna, 96 dorado, and six boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas weather humid at 100 degrees, with water temperatures at 88 to 89 degrees on both sides of the arch. Most boats scored on a mix of striped marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish, plus some black marlin, with the best action around the 1150 spot. Tuna and dorado were school-sized and scattered. Inshore pangas fished mostly for dorado just off the beaches. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 10 Cabo San Lucas outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 12 striped marlin, six sailfish, and one dorado of 35 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 38 striped marlin, 26 blue marlin, 29 yellowfin tuna, 27 dorado, and 15 sailfish. Solmar's top Cabo San Lucas charter boat for the week was El Torito, with Capt. Antonio Romero and a six-outing catch including released fish of: five blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna, 15 dorado, and six sailfish. Angler Andrew Anderson of Manistee, Mich., had an excellent day on the Pacific side, on two blue marlin of 210 and 235 pounds, plus a 315-pound black marlin. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Saltwater fly angler Boots Fawcett of Carlsbad reported on a excellent day fishing out of the Hotel Solmar, with no hookups, but four billfish in the pattern in less than three hours, including a 600-pound class black marlin, two blue marlin of about 200 and 350 pounds, and finally a sailfish, while trolling teasers from Cabo San Lucas up the Cortez side toward the Gordo and San Luis banks: "Alas, there was no hookup. But with fishing like this, who cares?" CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 309 boats from combined East Cape sportfishing fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa de Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 778 yellowfin tuna, 21 blue marlin, 71 striped marlin, 54 sailfish, 179 dorado, and three wahoo. Most of the yellowfin tuna were caught from La Ribera south to the Gordo Banks. The best local billfish action was north off Punta Pescadero. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles reported East Cape boats making Humboldt squid bait a mile off the hotels and running 50 miles south to fish for yellowfin tuna at the Gordo Banks. Meredith said he also ran north to fish for tuna at Punta Perico, and caught one 20 pounder out of three hookups, while fishing with sardinas in 200 feet of water. About 10 charter pangas were fishing the area and Meredith said, "The average was one tuna a boat for all boats there." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said East Cape weather was calm and clear in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 88 degrees. Some good billfish action was found offshore, and on the beaches "Bubba" roosterfish were sighted near Bartle Beach. A good ladyfish bite was found in front of the hotels. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: David Kim of Poway and his son Andy fished four days out of East Cape's Hotel Palmas de Cortez on the panga Splash with Capt. Ernesto and reported hot-and-cold action in mostly good sea conditions for a catch of: 15 tuna to 35 pounds, four roosterfish of 20 to 60 pounds, two wahoo missed, and one 200-pound blue marlin missed. East Cape boats averaged about one billfish per day, Kim said. Ladyfish and needlefish were also caught on light tackle from shore. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape fishing weather mostly calm at 100 degrees, with warmer water temperatures of 87 to 90 degrees. Billfish were located about 10 miles out, but most boats were running south to the Gordo Banks area for tuna into the 30 to 60-pound range, and smaller tuna off La Ribera. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said swells from storms to the south made conditions variable on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with the water temperature constant at 84 degrees, but visibility ranging from 30 to 80 feet. Sea life sightings included huge schools of jacks, manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper to six feet. Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport and his group aboard his boat the Jen Wren cruised north of Las Animas four days and landed a 600-pound class blue marlin, that was given to commercial fishermen when it died and could not be released.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported pangas on the Las Arenas side still scoring yellowfin tuna tight to the beach: "Fish moved literally within casting distance of the lighthouse at times and were caught in waters where you could see the bottom...If you fish three days, the sportfishing boats averaged 3 to 10 fish per day." On the La Paz side, anglers caught a mix of 8 to 20-pound dorado, some marlin, and pargo. La Paz weather was calm at 92 degrees, with water temperatures at 84 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas side weather was hot in the high-90s, clear and calm all week, and fishing was steady for 15 to 20-pound dorado off Las Cruces to the north, 15-pound yellowfin tuna nearby at Punta Perico, and red snapper at both ends of Isla Cerralvo. Sardina bait was being caught on the back side of the island, and squid was also being used for red snapper and dorado. Commercial fishermen caught yellowtail off El Sargento and La Ventana, and Hernandez said some larger 40-pound class tuna were also seen to the north but, "So far we haven't caught any of those." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported few anglers at the hotel for the past two weeks as the slow dorado season continues: "They were looking for dorado, and this season it has not been very easy to find." Tim Bryaot and Rudy Hernández fished with Capt. Francisco Martinez and did land a 25-pound dorado plus a sailfish about 30 miles south of Loreto, and Jason Frey and Jeff Hagen caught a 30 pound dorado with Capt. Servando. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said all guests at the hotel were divers. Earlier, one angler did return with a dorado.

LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported rough conditions making it tough to fish offshore. Inshore fishing was also slow: "Right now the water is the warmest it will be all year. We are interested in finding cool water, the opposite of what we do at the beginning of the season." During the recent Club Caza, Tiro y Pesca Dorado fishing tournament at Loreto, Bolles' team found hot dorado action for 10 to 12 fish per rod around a floating red rubber glove south of Punta Perico, but could not hook a fish large enough to beat the 27-pound tournament winner. LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported good fishing conditions and Mulege boats catching dorado and yellowtail: "All the local Mulege sportfishing guides are telling me that their clients are coming back with ice chests full of both dorado and yellowtail if they go for both species." Yellowtail were caught at Isla San Marcos, and dorado were caught at the island and in other areas. Paul Rista reported two dorado to 28.5 pounds and four yellowfin tuna caught about 12 miles northeast of Punta Concepcion. Barber said his father-in-law was fishing commercially in 80 to 85 feet of water about 1 to 2 miles off the point for about 30 kilos of triggerfish fillets per day. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Hogan of San Bruno, south of Santa Rosalia, reported generally slow fishing, with surface water temperatures at 84 degrees on the bajos north of Isla San Marcos. Hogan fished three times at the bajos last week, for a total catch of: 10 yellowtail of 10 to 35 pounds, two cabrilla, and two small dorado. The larger yellowtail were caught about 250 feet deep on live bait, and the dorado were caught on the troll and with live bait. "The majority of the baits were bigeyes," Hogan said. "The mackerel were very difficult to find without running to Santa Rosalia." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said Santa Rosalia fishing area weather was cooler at about 90 degrees, with water temperatures of 84 to 86 degrees and good visibility of 40 to 60 feet. Fishing both around Isla San Marcos and out at Isla Tortuga was generally slow and spotty for some yellowtail locally and fairly good action on sawtail grouper to 25 pounds at Isla Tortuga. Kanzler also caught three billfish on dropper loops at Isla Tortuga: "...With the water temperature being 86 degrees, you need to fish deep...Things should improve in the coming weeks with October just around the corner." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera at East Cape reported a good night's stay at Santa Rosalia's Las Casitas hotel: "At night, the panga lights of 800 to 900 squid fishermen dotted the ocean like stars in the sky." SANTA ROSALIA HOTEL REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, departing out of Rocky Point last week, and returning with 16 anglers fishing two per panga and a catch of: 85 yellowtail, 316 cabrilla, 16 dorado, and 360 miscellaneous species, including Humboldt squid. SAN FELIPE FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach reported on a Baja four-day shore fishing trip south of San Felipe between Black Mountain and the "chocolate cliffs" referred to in The Baja Catch, in water clouded by night winds, for a catch including corvina, yellow snapper, ribera cabrilla, larger triggers to five pounds, and lots of spotted bay bass. Said Jones of his remote camping location: "No one goes there and that is the way we like it...just one of those beautiful places where there is not enough interest or fish for the commercial boats, and too rough to get to for the rest." NORTHERN CORTEZ SHORE FISHING REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: During the previous week, Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., said he tried fishing on his boat No Sniveling out of San Carlos three days from Thursday to Saturday, but "only made it out of the harbor once" as strong south winds produced swells to 6 feet at the harbor entrance: "Most boats, regardless of size, were turning back, or stayed inshore. Saw one boat return with a marlin flag flying, but that was it."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 inshore and offshore Aries Fleet boats fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina el Cid, for a catch including released fish of: 12 sailfish, and limits of dorado plus many releases. "Dorado catches at Mazatlan remain an all-you-want situation again this week," Edwards said. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees. Offshore boats fished 25 to 27 miles south of the marina. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said offshore fishing was strong for yellowfin tuna and marlin last week, although El Banco and Corbeteña still had some off-color water moving through, and some boats had no luck, while others "just hammered the fish...Once the clean water moves back, fishing for all species should ignite." Sailfish and dorado were still sporadic, and inshore boats found decent roosterfish and snapper action. Puerto Vallarta weather had some heavy afternoon thunderstorms. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Lionetti, of the Puerto Vallarta charter boat El Pescador reported on the 347-pound yellowfin tuna caught Sept. 1, 2005, at Roca Corbeteña. The rod was put into a rod holder briefly before it was known how large it was, Lionetti said, and four gaffs were used to pull it into the boat, including two by Josh Temple and deckhand Shrek of the nearby boat Prime Time. "The camaraderie and spirit is growing on our very special fishing grounds in Puerto Vallarta," Lionetti said. PUERTO VALLARTA 347-POUND TUNA REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on two days of fishing with trolled skipjacks at El Banco by the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla 2, for yellowfin tuna of 190, 260, 275, 300, and 312 pounds, in clear blue water at 88 degrees. Another three days of fishing on the Marla 2 and Marla 3 by Eric Steel of Pacific and his fishing partner produced eight tuna of 180 to 302 pounds and a very large blue marlin released. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported on two fishing days in blue, water at 88 to 92 degrees for yellowfin tuna of 225, 180, and 291 pounds. "What a relief after 2 weeks of fishing puke green sludge," Temple said. "The fish bit, so no complaints, but blue water is much better...There's more bait showing up daily and I saw this morning that the blue water is making its way down quickly." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing sent contact information for fishing charters on his 27-foot super panga, Dhamar, out of Puerto Vallarta,, 011-52-322-103-5688.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Sandy Vath of Oxnard said her husband Stan checked in by cell phone from the remote Baja coastline as their boat Tinknocker cruised to Puerto Vallarta for its second annual tuna trip, with crew Don "Big Daddy" Burnside, Larry Thompson, and Dennis Thompson. "They have been having a great trip down," Vath said. "They are getting excited hearing the tuna reports coming out of Puerto Vallarta. They will be down there for a couple of months."



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "Fishing in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo could only be considered poor the past week. The river runoff has pushed the sailfish offshore and scattered them. Boats are taking this time to put on new paint and retrofit for the coming season. Everyone is also looking over their shoulders for some of those Vallarta yellowfins to move south."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said few anglers fished last week, but boats reporting from offshore averaged about two sailfish per day, plus some wahoo and a blue marlin lost. Inshore boats reported roosterfish, yellowtail jacks, and bonito. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said, "...Fishing at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has remained unchanged...It is poor fishing for the offshore species, and fairly decent inshore for the roosterfish and big jack crevalle." Offshore boats struggled for more than one sailfish per day, Kunze said, but inshore pangas did well on roosterfish when surf conditions allowed them to get close to the fish. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather at 90 degrees, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing said his Huatulco sportfishing operation at San Augustinillo will reopen for the season in four weeks. Water temperatures in the area were at about 86 degrees, and recent catches included snook, a few sailfish, a 500-pound class marlin released, and large dorado. "This is our slow season at San Augustinillo, not a lot of fishing is going on for us," Weissman said, "but a lot of good fish are caught when the boys are out." HUATULCO FISHING REPORT.

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SAN JOSE BONANZA--San Jose del Cabo anglers (from left) Vance Kanel, Mike Kanel, Breck Girot, and Stephanie Hogan fished last week at the Iman Banks with Gordo Banks Pangas Capts. Jesus and Chame Pino for a big haul of amberjack to 65 pounds, grouper to 55 pounds, a 40-pound dogtooth snapper, tuna to over 35 pounds, rainbow runners, and dorado, plus some billfish hookups. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.

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ENSENADA KID STUFF--Young anglers Gary Dekirmenjian (left) and Aren Antounian of Lake Balboa caught a nice bunch of rockcods while fishing at Ensenada with Vonny's Fleet's Capt. Beto Zamora. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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AFTER THE TUNA--Linda Hayes hoists a nice lingcod caught along the Baja coast during a two-day trip on the Pacific Voyager. Fishing offshore the day before, her group of 18 Oceanside Senior Anglers had scored on 127 yellowfin tuna off a kelp paddy. Photo courtesy Lee Wood.

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SAN RAMON YELLOWTAIL--San Quintin guides Danny Garcia and Capt. Jaime Garcia fished on the Maria Magdalena out of Don Eddie's Landing and found a school of white seabass at Playa San Ramon, catching one of them on iron, plus these yellowtail to 26 pounds on live bait. Photo courtesy Julie Atkinson.

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ISLA CEDROS YELLOWTAIL--Bill Prince and Mark Sheets on the Patti Party, got into hot yellowtail action at the south end of Isla Cedros, after launching at a Baja spot south of Guerrero Negro. Photo courtesy Barry Stangl.

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BAJA TWIN BLACKS--Julio Meza of San Quintin drove south to La Bocana on Baja's semi-remote Pacific coast and fished with Capt. Paco Zuñiga with 2-pound bonito chunk baits for a pair of black sea bass caught about 120 to 150 feet deep. Photo courtesy Julio Meza.

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EAST CAPE TUNA--David Kim and is son Andy fished out of East Cape's Hotel Palmas de Cortez for good action on 15 tuna to 35 pounds, four roosterfish of 20 to 60 pounds, and two wahoo, plus a 200-pound class blue marlin missed. Photo courtesy David Kim.

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LA PAZ BIGGIE--Mark Rayor of East Cape's Vista Sea Sport dive service, took his boat Jen Wren north to La Animas off La Paz and hooked this 600-pound class blue marlin that could not be revived. "We tried our best to revive the fish so it could be released but had no luck," Rayor said. "We gave it to some commercial fisherman at Isla de Partida." Photo courtesy Mark Rayor.

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LAS ARENAS TUNA--John McLucas of Redwood City was on his first trip to La Paz this week and got in on the Las Arenas tuna bite while fishing with Tailhunter International, including this fatty that went 35 pounds. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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BEATING THE ODDS--It's been a thin dorado year so far for Loreto, but Jason Frey (left) of Chicago and Jeff Hagen of Los Angeles fished 35 miles offshore with Capt. Servando out of Hotel Oasis and got lucky with this respectable goldie. Photo courtesy Patty Zapata.

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ISLA SAN MARCOS YELLOWS--Manuel Deal (left) and Dave Deal of San Bruno south of Santa Rosalia, with four nice yellowtail caught Monday last week about 250 feet deep on the Isla San Marcos bajos. Photo courtesy Ed Hogan.

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NO TRIPOD GROUPER--Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos fished solo out at Isla Tortuga off Santa Rosalia last week and he got this photo of a nice sawtail grouper by putting his camera on the center console and using the timer. The Baja coastline is visible on the left, behind the profile of Isla Tortuga's well-known south end. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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MARLA'S AT PUERTO VALLARTA--Danny Osuna (left) of Marla's Sportfishing with angler Matt Harbour of Thousand Oaks and a big Puerto Vallarta cow caught on the Marla 2. Photo courtesy Danny Osuna.

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PRIME COW TIME--Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures with a 275-pound Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna caught last week aboard the charter boat Prime Time. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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VETERANS AT EAST CAPE--Ed McLean of Eugene, Ore., and his wife Sandy have been fishing Baja for 19 years and they scored on this 176-pound blue marlin in late August with their grandkids along on the Wahoo II out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez. Grandkids (left to right) are Victoria, Tiffany, and Clayton. Photo courtesy Cindy Garcia.

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