Big tuna caught in fishing at Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta

Mexico Fishing News, October 17, 2005



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: A spate of large yellowfin tuna were caught in Mexican waters last week, including several cow class fish of 200 to 300 pounds off Cabo San Lucas, and a monster weighed on a certified scale at 382 pounds at Puerto Vallarta that is being submitted for an IGFA 130-pound line class record (SEE PUERTO VALLARTA SECTION BELOW).

Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported a Cabo San Lucas tuna of 277 pounds, which eventually won the tuna division of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, plus other tuna taped at 270 and 300 pounds caught from a panga at the Gordo Banks by Scott Bricker of Malibu. "This bodes well for the upcoming Western Outdoor News tuna tournament on November 2-5, 2005," Ehrenberg said. Overall, however, only 16 percent of Pisces boats caught tuna, and most of those were school-sized fish of 25 to 80 pounds, as 47 percent of Pisces boats landed billfish, 38 percent caught dorado, and 83 percent all species combined. Cabo San Lucas weather was calm after winds early in the week, with water temperatures averaging 82 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS BIG TUNA FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported a combined catch including released fish for Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and the Fish Cabo I of: two blue marlin, one sailfish, 25 striped marlin, one wahoo, 37 yellowfin tuna, and 124 dorado. "Finally, the dorado fishing counts have spiraled upward for the first time in a long time at Cabo San Lucas," Edwards said, "and as more dorado move in, so should the black and blue marlin." Cabo weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures averaging 76 degrees on the Pacific side and 82 degrees on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS IMPROVED DORADO FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 104 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, two sailfish, 37 yellowfin tuna, 156 dorado, two wahoo, one sierra, 25 roosterfish, and 13 boats skunked. DAILY CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING RESULTS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported water temperatures on the Sea of Cortez side at a uniform 85 to 86 degrees, and a temperature break of 79 to 85 degrees on the Pacific side. Billfish action slowed, as only three qualifying fish were weighed during the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, two blue marlin of 465 and 408 pounds, and a black marlin of 406 pounds, plus many striped marlin and smaller blues and blacks released. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 10 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, four striped marlin, four yellowfin tuna of 25 to 40 pounds, and 30 dorado of 15 to 40 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 23 striped marlin, 10 blue marlin, 35 dorado, 41 yellowfin tuna, and one wahoo. CABO SAN LUCAS SOLAR FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said fishing was slow most of the week, but picked up on Saturday, as Richardo Arias of West Covina, Ray Parra, and Mike Fishman fished at the tip of Punta Banda with Capt. Beto on the panga Vonny I and caught 30 bottom fish plus two yellowtail of 18 and 22 pounds. "The fish broke loose for a while and good ole Beto zeroed in on them," Villarino said. Ensenada weather was in the high-60s, with water temperatures at 61 degrees. PUNTA BANDA PANGA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on a short, three-hour run to a spot about three miles out for a two angler catch of 12 calico bass and a 25-pound yellowtail in a water temperature of 61 degrees. "We fished around...El Farito...about 30 feet deep," Gomez said. "We had a lot of bites, but they were mackerel biting, and in between those, we got the yellowtail." ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported on the boat's seventh marlin of the season, landed by angler Gail Ross in difficult, 6 to 8-foot seas, after Bad Dog deployed four gaffs and a tail rope. "This is one fish that Gail will remember for the rest of her life," Ross said. "The ride home was down swell...perfect for my badly needed nap." ENSENADA MARLIN FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Celia Diaz of the nonprofit Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) in Chula Vista said the life of another American traveler in Mexico was saved recently after he was stabbed multiple times and left for dead in Tijuana with a 9-inch gash in his stomach. The man was a card-carying member of BEMCC and was able to call their 24-hour emergency number on his cell phone about midnight, Diaz said. A Mexican Red Cross ambulance was immediately dispatched to bring the man to the U.S. border, where a second ambulance picked him up and delivered him to the UCSD Medical Center. "Fortunately he called us and we had him at the border within 20 minutes of his call," Diaz said. Tax-deductible memberships, the BEMCC 24/7 Life Saver Card, and toll free number from anywhere in Mexico are available at $30 per year, 619-425-5080.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Art Smith of Rosarito Beach and his brother Ned Powell fished with Capt. Fernando out of Castro's Camp at midweek and scored a 120-quart ice chest of bottom fish during their annual birthday trip. Smith said, "We were fishing...about 5 miles north of the camp...We had a wonderful trip and Castro's was as always great." CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING TRIP REPORT.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 21 boats fishing during the week, for continued good counts of red rockcod, lingcod, whitefish, and calico bass. Erendira weather had some Santa Ana wind early in the week, but then turned completely calm, with clear blue water at 60 degrees in the main fishing area 8 miles from the coast. Heavy bait continued in the area, with many birds working over them.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Johnathan Smith of San Diego and his group fished with Capt. Waldo out of Castro's Camp they filled two big coolers by 2 p.m., about 4 to 6 miles off the coast, in glassy conditions, with a catch of five lingcod, whitefish, calico bass, large red rockcod and sandbass, and miscellaneous fish. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING TRIP REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported 12 boats fishing over the weekend, for good yellowtail action at the 15 spot and lingcod and rockcod limits for all anglers. Hillis said Pedro's Pangas is offering winter pricing at $210 per person for two days fishing, lodging, and lunches, for three anglers per panga, or four anglers on larger boats. San Quintin weather was calm over the weekend, but with dark clouds moving in. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kevin Facius of San Diego fished at San Quintin with Capt. Juan on the boat Cucajuan out of Tiburon's Pangas and reported a catch of two nice yellowtail caught on jigs on the way out to the fishing grounds, plus some medium lingcod and larger rockcod on the bajos. San Quintin weather was sunny and pleasant at 75 degrees, with a water temperature of 61 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing announced reduced winter rates for up to five anglers on their pilot house cruisers at $400 per day, or $200 off the regular price. Rates for the four-angler center console boats will also be reduced, from $400 to $280, on Nov. 1, 2005. Special overnight fishing trips to Isla San Martin and the Isla San Geronimo and Sacramento Reef areas are also planned, Catian said.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of the village of La Bocana on the semi-remote Pacific coast of Baja reported excellent offshore fishing for "enormous quantities" of medium yellowtail and yellowfin tuna, a few dorado, and grouper inside the lagoon. One group of sport anglers in their own aluminum boats fished 6 to 8 miles south of La Bocana for a five-day catch of: 97 tuna of 30 to 32 pounds, 70 medium yellowtail, large calico bass, eight dorado, and while fishing in the laguna, 20 grouper or more, seven halibut, and many bass. Water temperatures were at 67 degrees, with northwest winds of 8 to 10 knots. LA BOCANA BAJA FISHING REPORT.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Bruce Stewart of Paso Robles reported on a fishing session at Isla Guadalupe, Sept. 30, 2005, aboard the charter boat Big Game 90, with a catch of yellowfin tuna of 40 to 100 pounds and yellowtail of 15 to 40 pounds, half of which were lost to white sharks, in calm seas and 68-degree water. "The white sharks had fun with our fish," Stewart said.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished on the Pacific side of Baja at Magdalena Bay with Capt. Ruben Duran of Puerto Lopez Mateos, running out to the Thetis Bank area in Erhardt's 17-foot boat for a catch of two marlin, plus six yellowfin tuna of 6 to 30 pounds caught in green water only 10 miles outside the boca. "The tuna were there when we went out in the morning and I'm sure that if we had spent the day fishing there we could have filled up the boat," Erhardt said. Water temperatures during the run to the Thetis Bank were at 75 to 76 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY THETIS BANK FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported clear skies, calm conditions, and offshore water holding a few dorado and yellowfin tuna. Fishing inside the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced slim action for a few corvina and grouper. Magdalena Bay weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 70 to 81 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 140 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: 1,400 yellowfin tuna, 15 sailfish, six striped marlin, 80 dorado, 12 wahoo, 16 amberjack, 14 grouper, 24 cabrilla, 28 rainbow runner, and 10 dog snapper. The yellowfin tuna, of 7 to 15 pounds, were caught around Cabeza de Ballena, as fewer boats fished north last week because bait was mainly available south toward Cabo San Lucas. Offshore, a 200-pound class tuna was reported by local anglers Daniel Fisher and Hugo Pino. San Jose del Cabo weather was calm after some winds during the week, with water temperatures at 81 to 86 degrees. LA PLAYITA PANGA FLEET FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Jack Simpson of Mission Viejo fished two days in rain and rough sea conditions last week with Capt. Tony of Gordo Banks Pangas and scratched up a catch including four yellowfin tuna to 25 pounds, two dorado, a 100.5-pound amberjack caught on a greenjack bait fished on the bottom, and a green sea turtle released by Capt. Tony after it hit a piece of squid. "All in all it was a good fishing trip to San Jose del Cabo," Simpson said, "because of the big amberjack and turtle, but the weather was bad!" LA PLAYITA PANGA FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo said La Playita fleet sportfishing pangas were fishing west towards Cabo San Lucas for small tuna and a few small dorado, as commercial seiners moved in to end the consistent bite northwards in the Iman bank area: "The consistent bite of Iman is over because the commercial tuna boats have taken everything." SAN JOSE DEL CABO COMMERCIAL FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 104 boats, with a catch including released fish of: nine blue marlin, 31 striped marlin, 69 sailfish, 22 dorado, 66 tuna, four wahoo, one roosterfish, 38 snapper, two jack crevalle, four amberjack, one pompano, one triggerfish, 16 squid, one cabrilla, and seven skipjack. The winning boat in the recent Chuy's Catch and Release Tournament had a hot run, with eight sailfish on its first fishing day, and two blue marlin and a striped marlin on its second day. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Mouyeos of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 62 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, eight blue marlin, 11 sailfish, three roosterfish, 29 dorado, 58 tuna, 11 wahoo, and four pargo. RBV boats fished in water temperatures averaging 81 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Furness of Santa Rosa fished three days out of Rancho Buena Vista for a catch including released fish of: three blue marlin, two striped marlin, one sailfish, a number of small yellowfin tuna close to Cabo Pulmo, Humboldt squid right off the hotels, and one dorado lost. "It is a rare place where three billfish species and six billfish in three days could be somewhat 'slow,'" Furness said. "However, dorado and decent sized tuna were almost completely absent." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported cooler weather in the low-90s, calm seas, and lower water temperatures at 82 to 85 degrees. Yellowfin tuna action was improved on fish of 30 to 60 pounds about 10 miles out between La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo, and the billfish bite, for a 50-50 mix of striped marlin and sailfish, moved north to about 5 miles off Punta Pescadero. Inshore, some roosterfish were caught on live mullet, and Baldwin said, "A few amberjack and pargo are on the reefs off La Ribera taking chunk squid, but...most East Cape sportfishing boats are chasing tuna." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said inshore waters were still recovering from windy weather: "The beach at East Cape is still dirty from the wind waves and will need a few more days to clean up." Offshore "there were plenty of tuna and billfish for the anglers who hung in there," and several large roosterfish were reported between La Ribera and the Punta Arena lighthouse. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said the Las Arenas side was still recovering from Hurricane Otis last week, but on the La Paz side anglers enjoyed excellent dorado action: "The dorado bite on the La Paz side has been nothing short of epic...There was so much dorado this week that even the skippers didn't want the clients to give them any more fish." On the Las Arenas side, fishing was mostly for Humboldt squid and a few tuna, dorado, and pargo. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Bill Sumner of Las Vegas reported very good results on dorado and roosterfish during a three-day fishing session out of Loreto's Hotel Oasis for his group of ten anglers. "Every one of our four pangas had at least one wide-open fishing day on the dorado," Sumner said, as limits were caught on fish of 19 to 28 pounds, plus a larger fish released by Gary Morrison that was estimated at about 55 to 65 pounds. Sumner also released a striped marlin that jumped 29 times, and got into wide-open medium roosterfish action along the bluffs at San Bruno. Sumner also noted that security personnel at the Loreto airport were preventing reels wound with fishing line from being carried on. LORETO DORADO AND ROOSTERFISH REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Kristian Pallesen of Loreto reported excellent weather last week, with water temperatures at 82 degrees, and dorado still being caught about 15 miles out: "We found small schools averaging 12 to 20 pounds around buoys north of Isla Coronado, and small yellowfin tuna out about 25 miles working the reefs." On Saturday, Pallesen and John Flynn, fishing on Pallesen's boat La Tijereta, landed five dorado and released two sailfish out of three landed off Isla Coronado.

LORETO, MEXICO: John Migeot of Mission Viejo and Mike Rogalla fished three days at Loreto with Capt. Pancho, and scored on limits of dorado to 40 pounds, mostly bulls, plus three sailfish and a 200-pound blue marlin, while fishing north of Isla Coronado. Their third fishing day was "mostly nada" in windy conditions at San Bruno. Migeot said, "The dorado were not shy. We used 80 pound leader, 6/0 hooks and bigeye for bait." LORETO DORADO LIMIT FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported Santa Rosalia weather cooler in the 90s, with water temperatures holding at 80 to 83 degrees, and visibility about 30 to 40 feet. Fishing with some Ukrainian anglers from a gypsum ship, Kanzler found nonstop action for seven yellowtail, one leopard grouper, and lots of jacks on the back side of Isla San Marcos, and a run out to Isla Tortuga produced a 23-pound almaco jack, some leopard grouper, and four 20-pound class yellowtail caught deep at the southwest corner of the island. Kanzler also ran south to Punta Conception and confirmed that the so-called "blue tuna" being reported by Mulege anglers were actually nothing more than skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, usually caught on the Pacific side: "Ha ha!" SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported continued fair fishing for small yellowtail, mostly deep on jigs, plus some sierra in the bay. Bahia de los Angeles weather was cooler in the 80s, and in the 70s at night, with water temperatures still warm at 80 to 83 degrees. Vazquez said construction seems to have begun on a second new gas station for the village: "I know it sounds absurd, but what would you rather have, two stations or none?" Only one whale shark has been seen this summer, Vazquez said, "Definitely an unusual year."

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: At San Francisquito, J.L. Terry reported no birds or surface fish, but some yellowtail to 5 pounds, and some to 30 pounds at El Barril: "Bottom fish only and even those are not easy." San Francisquito weather was in the 80s and cool at night, with some north wind and water temperatures averaging 82 degrees.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours announced that his panga mothership Jose Andres will provide support out of San Felipe for an endangered totoaba broodstock capturing expedition scheduled Nov. 4-10, 2005, by the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California research lab in Ensenada. The Jose Andres will carry a staff of UABC biologists, and no paying passengers will be aboard the Jose Andres, Reyes said, as the boat will be operating exclusively under a special permit issued to UABC. SAN FELIPE TOTOABA CAPTURE TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trips by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Oct. 7, 2005, with a catch of: 187 yellowtail to 36 pounds, 60 cabrilla to 10 pounds, two grouper of 100 and 105 pounds, 150 spotted bay bass, 45 Humboldt squid to 15 pounds, 10 pargo to 10 pounds, three shark released, one pinto bass of 10 pounds, and 35 miscellaneous fish released. SAN FELIPE PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on Oct. 13, 2005, with a catch of: 132 yellowtail to 24 pounds, 14 pargo, 89 cabrilla, two dorado, one grouper, one thresher shark, 12 sheephead, and 78 miscellaneous fish. The Celia Angelina fished at Islas San Esteban and San Lorenzo, and along the Baja coastline.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach and his group of kayak and tin boat anglers fished several days out of Papa Fernandez landing on Gonzaga Bay south of San Felipe, for a "Baja Catch-style" bag of fish species, including triggerfish, bass, barracuda, corvina, ribera cabrilla, hogfish, greenjacks, and a large leopard grouper. "Most everything was caught trolling slowly tight to shore as described in 'The Baja Catch,'" Jones said. A whale shark was also seen off-and-on during the trip, and winds were a problem about 50 percent of time. PAPA FERNANDEZ INSHORE FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the air temperature at San Felipe dropped from 101 degrees to 68 degrees between Saturday and Sunday, but water temperatures in the bay were still in the 80s. At Laguna Percebu south of town, "Poppa Neutrino," or David Pearlman, was checking his seagoing raft and awaiting crews to arrive for his cruise down the Sea of Cortez. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said the weather was cooling in the high-80s and water temperatures were down to about 81 to 84 degrees. "...Billfish are still here in large numbers, but they should be departing the San Carlos area soon," Molden said. "The fishing at San Carlos is still hot, but for how long is anyone's guess." SAN CARLOS, SONORA FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., reported on two days of fishing out of San Carlos on his boat No Sniveling, for a 200-pound black marlin released by Steve Brideau the first day, a striped marlin the second day on half of a double hookup, and a fourth marlin also broken off. The No Sniveling fished in good conditions and calm seas. SAN CARLOS MARLIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Matt Blair of Tucson reported the results of the recent inaugural Cantina Cup Game Fishing Tournament at San Carlos, with 27 boats fishing two days, and catch of 76 marlin, 22 sailfish, and 19 yellowfin tuna. The tournament raised $5,400 for the local RESCATE marine rescue program, and the winning team, Martillo, won $12,000 in prize money. SAN CARLOS CANTINA CUP FISHING TOURNAMENT REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 23 offshore Aries Fleet boats, with an improved catch including released fish of: three blue marlin, one striped marlin, 68 sailfish, and 94 dorado. The dorado were located about 7 miles out of Marina el Cid and billfish about 20 miles out. Mazatlan weather was in the high-80s, with some showers and water temperatures stable at 84 to 85 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said some top daily catches including released fish by Aries Fleet were made by the Anzuelo II with 40 dorado, and the Aries VIII with five sailfish.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Todd Fraser of Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported on a monster yellowfin tuna landed aboard the charter boat Yolaray at Puerto Vallarta's Roca Corbeteña on Sept. 13, 2005, that was officially weighed at 382 pounds by the local IGFA representative. Fraser's tuna is only a few pounds short of the all-tackle record of 388 pounds 12 ounces, and is being submitted for the 130-pound line class record. The giant tuna was only one of a string of huge fish caught by Fraser during five days of fishing on the Yolaray and also with Marla's Sportfishing on the Marla 2 and Arca de Noe. Describing the day the 382 pounder was caught, Fraser said, "I...could not keep the fish off the lines...The fish was iced and taken back to the dock at Puerto Vallarta as fast as we could go, with over 1,000 pounds of fish on the deck." PUERTO VALLARTA 382-POUND TUNA ANGLER REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said Fraser's big yellowfin tuna was initially weighed at 435 pounds and then at 441 pounds before the IGFA representative officially weighed it at 382 pounds: "...Seeing as this fish was caught on 100 pound test, it will be entered for the man's 130 pound class record, which is currently 376 pounds 6 ounces." PUERTO VALLARTA BIG TUNA WEIGHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Manny Ocaranza, captain of the boat Yolaray said the big tuna was caught in 85-degree, blue water at Roca Corbeteña, and five other fish in the 220-pound range were also caught, "...An excellent day." All fish were caught on skipjack baits. YOLARAY CAPT. MANNY OCARANZA 382-POUND TUNA REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on three fishing days at Roca Corbeteña and El Banco for a catch including two tuna of about 200 pounds, two at 260 pounds, and one at 220 pounds, plus other large fish caught or broken off. Big fish were hitting actively at Roca Corbeteña, Osuna said, "In no longer than four hours, we were out of bait with twin 200-pound fish on board. The tunas are hungry and need more skippies...We didn't have time to break for lunch. The fish were more hungry than us." PUERTO VALLARTA BIG TUNA ACTION REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing reported most offshore boats fishing at Roca Corbeteña for good results on tuna and marlin hooked with live baits. Hjort's boat Esperanza fished four days with Charlie and Laura Keller of Houston for a catch including two sailfish released, many dorado, tuna to 100 pounds, a 400-pound class marlin released, and a large tuna broken off at leader. "Sailfish and dorados are now showing up...and dorados can be found under just about any floating debris," Hjort said. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported on several tuna of 200 to 294 pounds landed last week, and a giant tuna released at leader after a battle lasting over three hours on nearly 60 pounds of drag: "Somehow, as we watched this fish fight for it's freedom, above and beyond any struggle you could possibly consider average, something began to change in us. We stopped getting angry, stopped hating it when the fish ran away again...This fish beat us man-to-man and deserved to win, and we knew what we had to do." PRIME TIME GIANT TUNA RELEASE REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "The magic word is 'dorado.' They moved in after the storms and are around the debris from the runoff of the rains."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said water conditions were still recovering from recent Tropical Storm Stan, with 80-degree water about 10 miles out, blue water 25 miles out, and 84 degree water about 32 miles out. Offshore boats averaged about one sailfish per day. Closer in, Kunze said, "Ixtapa Zihuatanejo inshore fishing waters are clearing up fast...They should be in great shape by next week." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said two offshore runs by Capts. Chiro and Jaime produced a combined catch of three sailfish. Some dorado were also reported by the end of the week. Inshore, the effects of Hurricane Stan were still being felt: "Inshore...has some way to go as the heavy rains have discolored the waters...The fishing has not set up as it should for this time of year." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

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PENDING 130-POUND LINE CLASS RECORD--Todd Fraser's Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna was officially weighed at 382 pounds and is being submitted for the IGFA men's 130-pound line class record. (SEE PUERTO VALLARTA SECTION FOR FULL STORY.) Photo courtesy Todd Fraser.


FISHING WITH CAPT BETO--Ray Parra, Mike Fishman, and Richard Arias (from left) of West Covina fished at Ensenada's Punta Banda with Vonny's Fleet panga Capt. Beto Zamora, who put them on bottom fish limits, plus these yellowtail of 18 and 22 pounds. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.


SAN QUINTIN BIRD FISH--Kevin Facius with one of two nice yellowtail caught by casting jigs under sea gulls with Capt. Juan of San Quintin's Tiburon's Pangas. Photo courtesy Kevin Facius.


PAYING THE TAXMAN--Bruce Stewart (right) fished at Isla Guadalupe on the Big Game 90 and lost a percentage of his yellowtail to white sharks. Photo courtesy Bruce Stewart.


HOOKED ON A GREENJACK--Jack Simpson (right) fished with Gordo Banks Panga's Capt. Tony, and hooked this 100.5-pound amberjack with a live greenjack, or cocinero, fished on the bottom at the Iman Bank. Photo courtesy Jack Simpson.


EAST CAPE ACTION--A 48-pound dorado and two yellowfin tuna to 84 pounds, plus a billfish release were scored with Capt. Rosario on the charter boat Nueva Era out of East Cape's Buena Vista Beach resort by Art and Shelly Lawrence of Port Ward, British Columbia, and Dave and Lori Dial from Oackley, Calif. Photo courtesy Axel Valdez.


LA PAZ SIDE DORADO--Bryant Buschman of Aliquippa, Penn., fished on his first Baja trip with Tailhunter International and got this nice bull dorado off Espiritu Santo Island just north of La Paz. Capt. Eddie Carballo gives a hand. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.


OFF ISLA CORONADO--Mike Rogalla (shown) and John Migeot fished off the north side of Loreto's Isla Coronado last week with Capt. Pancho and they landed limits of quality dorado. Photo courtesy John Migeot.


LORETO SAILS--John Flynn with one of three sailfish, plus five dorado between 12 and 18 pounds, all caught while fishing last week off Loreto's Isla Coronado with Kristian Pallesen on his boat La Tijereta. Photo courtesy Kristian Pallesen.


OLENA OF ODESSA--Olena Galaychuk, from Odessa, Ukraine, fished at Isla San Marcos with Santa Rosalia's Mike Kanzler and scored on a nice leopard grouper caught on iron. It was Olena's first fishing trip and she caught the most and biggest fish of the day. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.


SAN CARLOS BLACKIE--A black marlin about to be released last week by Craig Collins' boat No Sniveling, about 14 miles south of San Carlos, Sonora, in 83-degree water. Photo courtesy Craig Collins.


NOAH'S ARC AT VALLARTA--An impressive day's catch last week from the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Arca de Noe (Noah's Arc) out of Marla's Sportfishing, with yellowfin tuna of 260, 260, and 220 pounds. From left are: deckhand Noe Ramirez, Todd Fraser, Capt. Scott Osuna, and Don Fraser. Todd Fraser later caught a 382-pound tuna on the charter boat Yolaray that is being submitted for a 130-pound line class record. Photo courtesy Danny Osuna.


VALLARTA COW RELEASE--Angler Steve Zernia of Seward, Alaska, about to release a 260-pound class yellowfin tuna on Saturday aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Prime Time. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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Magdalena Bay fishing reports and articles.

Cabo San Lucas fishing reports and articles.

San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos) fishing reports and articles.

East Cape fishing reports and articles.

La Paz fishing reports and articles.

Loreto fishing reports and articles.

Mulege fishing reports and articles.

Santa Rosalia fishing reports and articles.

Bahia de los Angeles (L.A. Bay) fishing reports and articles.

San Felipe fishing reports and articles.

Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) fishing reports and articles.

San Carlos (Sonora) fishing reports and articles .

Mazatlan fishing reports and articles .

Puerto Vallarta fishing reports and articles.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing reports and articles.

Huatulco fishing reports and articles.

Cancun fishing reports and articles.

Mexico coastal fishing reports and articles.

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