White seabass show up for San Quintin fishing boats

Mexico Fishing News, October 24, 2005



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Several sportfishing boats ran south out of San Quintin last week and got into excellent white seabass action. Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported good white seabass counts for two boats at El Socorro.

On Wednesday, Capt. Hector guided a private boat to the area and scored on eight white seabass to 45 pounds. Returning to the same spot the next day with Hillis and other captains of Pedro's Pangas, Capt. Hector found another 11 white seabass, plus calico bass and sandbass. "On Friday, just about every panga in San Quintin was fishing at Socorro," Hillis said. "With that many boats in the area, they may have spooked the white seabass." Pedro's Pangas had 15 boats fishing during the week, in mostly calm conditions, with morning fog burning off by 10 a.m. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported on a coastal run south to the Arroyo Hondo area for a catch of eight white seabass from 15 pounds upward, including one of 65.4 pounds that was untangled from a kelp stalk 15 feet beneath the surface by Capt. Oscar for angler Chris Pierce. "I backed down on his fish as fast as I could," Catian said, "...but by the time we got to it the fish was wrapped good...Oscar was over the rail with mask, snorkel and gaff. He easily made the 15 foot dive." Water conditions were good at Arroyo Hondo, with the water temperature at 61 to 62 degrees, Catian said, and the action was heavy: "We were using jigs with live bait pinned on the trebles and just dropping down about 20 feet below the boat, and you could watch yourself get hammered!" SAN QUINTIN WHITE SEABASS REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julie Atkinson of Don Eddie's Landing reported San Quintin weather variable from the low-70s to low-80s, and calming toward the weekend after some rain during the week. Early in the week, Capt. Gordo on the Fany III scored on 12 yellowtail of 12 to 20 pounds at the 240 spot, and another group of anglers out of Campo Lorenzo reported limits of white seabass of 20 to 40 pounds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Chris Salazar of San Diego, Dan LaBorie, Brian Loomis, and Bailey Pattengil fished two days on the Fany II with Capt. Gordo out of Jamie Garcia's Pangas, and scored on 12 yellowtail of 15 to 25 pounds their first day at the 15 spot, and 12 large lingcod their second day. San Quintin sea conditions were swelly at 6 to 8 feet, but with no wind. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported steady bottom fish limits plus a few yellowtail all week long for his pangas fishing at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda. On Wednesday, Jay Johnson of Punta Banda scored on a 30-pound yellowtail with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I, and bottom fish limits were caught by Chris Shats, Dan Byerley, Garry Griffin, and most other anglers during the week. Ensenada weather was in the high-60s, with light breezes, and water temperatures at 61 degrees. PUNTA BANDA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported on an unproductive run to the 390 spot for a couple of missed strikes on marlin and mako shark in 6-foot seas. Ross said the boat Melody reported a 23-pound yellowfin tuna caught south of Ensenada that had very strange parasites in it: "...The tuna had two long black tails hanging out of it and when they pulled on them something came out that looked like a sea horse. Two of them. Too weird to eat." ENSENADA OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported lingcod of 6 to 8 pounds and barracuda locally at Isla Todos Santos in 63.5-degree water. The Tamara also fished kelp paddies at the Peanut bank for 29 yellowtail averaging 10 pounds, in 63-degree water.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 15 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, for a catch of one white seabass, plus continued large red rockcod, lingcod, and many calico bass. Heavy bait concentrations were present along the coast with many sea birds working over them. Erendira weather had some rain and east winds and some swells, calming by the weekend, with the water clear blue at 61 degrees.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Peter Hamann of Leucadia, Terry Hastings, Bob Destremps, and Emilio Delpozo towed two aluminum boats of 17 and 19 feet into La Bocana on Baja's semi-remote Pacific coast and had six days of excellent fishing for yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, spotted bay bass, and grouper, plus triggerfish, halibut, and saltwater catfish. Hamann said three of their four days fishing outside the lagoon produced wide-open tuna action: "Two of the three days we had more triples than any other type of jig strike with all fish running 20-32 pounds, average being 25 pounds..." LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana reported some wind and currents during the week, but good commercial and sportfishing. Doug Pierson of Oregon fished on Aguilar's boat three days and caught five tuna of 25 to 35 pounds, 61 medium yellowtail, and two grouper lost. Another outing of only two hours with two anglers on Friday, produced 23 yellowtail and four bonito. LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto trailered his boat to Magdalena Bay and fished the offshore Thetis Bank with Capt. Ernesto, son of Capt. Ruben Duran of Puerto Lopez Mateos. After a late 9:30 a.m. launch, Erhardt fished in steady northwest wind and swells for a catch of three wahoo to 30 pounds. Returning to the Magdalena Bay boca, five yellowfin tuna, two sierra, and several skipjack were caught in 90 to 220-foot deep water. Offshore water temperatures were constant at 74 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY THETIS BANK FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported lumpy seas offshore of Magdalena Bay, but boats finding a few marlin, dorado, and tuna while fishing from the Thetis Bank back toward the entradas. The mangrove channels produced fair action for corvina, leopard grouper, and pargo, plus a few deeper yellowtail. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 70 to 77 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 79 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 36 striped marlin, two wahoo, 24 yellowfin tuna, and 157 dorado. Gaviota Fleet boats found the best action off El Migrino, on the Pacific side south of Todos Santos, on a temperature break of 82 to 76 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Art Coleman of Temecula and his wife Patricia fished in good conditions three days on the Gaviota V on the Pacific side and reported a catch of six striped marlin and "all the dorado we wanted." All marlin were caught on bait, in calm seas, with the air temperature at about 92 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 33 percent of fleet charters landing marlin, mostly stripers, 58 percent with dorado, 7 percent with tuna, and 84 percent landing all species combined. Only two blue marlin were caught during the week, but a quadruple striper release was scored by Rebecca, and Ni Modo had a triple. Pisces boats fished on the Pacific side in water temperatures averaging 82 degrees.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 108 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 58 striped marlin, two blue marlin, 24 yellowfin tuna, 146 dorado, 11 wahoo, two pargo, six roosterfish, two cabrilla, and eight boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas weather cooler in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees on the Cortez side, and a hard temperature break of 76 to 83 degrees on the Pacific side. Seas were comfortable on the Cortez, but swelly and windy in the afternoons on the Pacific. Most billfish caught during the week were striped marlin. Yellowfin tuna slowed down on school-sized fish, and dorado of 15 to 25 pounds were caught mostly from the arch northwards on the Pacific side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Donald Rubi of Duarte and his group fished the Pacific side midweek on the boat El Leider II out of Aby Charters for three dorado of 6 to 19 pounds, a wahoo of 30 pounds, and a marlin lost, all hooked on trolled baits in rough conditions. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 16 outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, seven striped marlin, 21 dorado of 20 to 45 pounds, and 13 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 35 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier in the month, fly angler Brian Stone of Seattle fished four days in windy conditions with Capt. Ramon on the panga Cheers, and reported 12 species caught: "Nothing huge but still lots of fun...On my last fishing day I had a great time catching smaller jack crevalle on surface poppers...Multiple fish would chase the fly before getting one hooked up." CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 37 striped marlin, 13 blue marlin, 47 yellowfin tuna, and 42 dorado. Solmar's top boat for the week was El Torito, with Capt. Antonio Romero, and a six-outing catch including released fish of: 13 striped marlin, 26 yellowfin tuna, and 14 dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 112 combined La Playita pangas, with a catch of: 560 yellowfin tuna, one blue marlin, seven sailfish, six striped marlin, 18 wahoo, 72 dorado, 280 white skipjack, 15 cabrilla, and eight amberjack. Fishing was generally slower, with currents stronger and bait fish scattered both offshore and inshore. San Jose del Cabo water temperatures averaged 80 to 83 degrees, with clear blue water about 5 miles out. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 71 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, 19 sailfish, 15 dorado, 33 tuna, five wahoo, 34 roosterfish, eight snapper, one jack crevalle, one amberjack, six pompano, two triggerfish, 14 squid, one cabrilla, 20 skipjack, one sierra, and five rainbow runner. Early north winds during the week slowed the counts, as boats fished about 25 miles out on average, in water temperatures of 78 to 83 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 332 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol, with a catch including released fish of: 479 yellowfin tuna, 20 blue marlin, 94 striped marlin, 135 sailfish, 113 dorado, 17 pargo, 14 wahoo, six amberjack, one pompano, one cabrilla, and two roosterfish. During the East Cape Classic tournament, 187 anglers fished three days and released 221 billfish, generating more than $30,000 for local charities. East Cape weather had winds from the north, moderating by Friday. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Moyers reported on 421 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 43 blue marlin, 109 striped marlin, one black marlin, 158 sailfish, 110 dorado, 396 yellowfin tuna, 37 pargo, 14 wahoo, eight amberjack, one cabrilla, and 13 roosterfish. Good sized tuna of 40 to 60 pounds were caught, plus a 220-pounder on cut squid at Los Cerritos, by angler Max Klein. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Frank Springer of Butte Falls, Ore., fished in the East Cape Classic tournament: "Tuna filled and refilled the truck sent down to the docks from Chris Moyers' East Cape Smoke House...Although dorado were almost nonexistent...the docks looked like the staging area for Brazilian Mardigras floats...Both fishermen and fish showed up to benefit the children and town's people of Los Barriles..." EAST CAPE TOURNAMENT REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Doug Brown of Camarillo reported on the East Cape Invitational fishing tournament out of Hotel Punta Colorada, with repeat high point winners, Team Chingadera: Mike Marquez, Gary Martin and Sergio Perez. Doug "Dos" Wilton won for largest fish with a 77-pound tuna, and Casey "Uno" Wilton won for largest dorado. "Overall, fishing was a bit light," Brown said, "but we will all be back next year." EAST CAPE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported all boats busy last week, and fishing "okay" on yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, and some pargo, plus Humboldt squid still available for bait.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Rich Torkington of Mesa, Ariz., and his son John fished on a super panga out of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort and reported good yellowfin tuna action on chunked squid between La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo, for four tuna of 25 to 35 pounds, and a 35-pound amberjack in about three hours of fishing. "We chose to terminate the tuna fishing action at midday due to our cargo limitations on the plane," Torkington said. "Our captain's named was Alfredo...He did a very good job for us." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported 15 fish species caught by East Coast fly anglers Justin Cordonnier, Mario Proia, Dana Erikson and Jon Weber, including bonefish, Humboldt squid, jacks, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and even a wahoo. Squid chum was used, Graham said: "We had a chum line on both ends of the boat...Justin...hooked both dorado and yellowfin tuna on a well-placed See Through Deceiver..." East Cape weather was party cloudy, with water temperatures at 77 to 88 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape billfish a 50-50 mix of sailfish and striped marlin, located mostly about 5 miles off Punta Pescadero to the north. Yellowfin tuna were still on a strong bite, but on smaller fish of 10 to 20 pounds. Dorado of 10 to 20 pounds were caught south, from the Punta Arena lighthouse to Cabo Pulmo. East Cape weather was cooler at about 90 degrees, with some north winds and water temperatures at 82 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Carol and John Goldman of Salinas reported on a day of fishing out of Rancho Leonero for a 70-pound yellowfin tuna caught by John, and a 104 pounder caught by Rick Knowles, plus a few dorado, off Cabo Pulmo in choppy conditions. EAST CAPE TUNA CATCH REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported winds most of the week that kept his boats off the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, but two late week runs finding excellent conditions, with an 82-degree water temperature and good visibility. Sea life sightings included rays, jacks, grouper, clouds of reef fish, and some shark.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Rayor reported gin clear water at 85 degrees on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with strong currents and "...loads of fun for drift diving."



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported the Las Arenas side giving up a few grudging tuna, dorado, pargo, and squid, but La Paz-side action much better with plenty of dorado: "Dorado are on a roll, with limits as the rule...and larger bull dorado more prevalent." La Paz weather was ideal, with air and water temperatures in the low-80s. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported winds calming on Saturday and Sunday after several days of rough conditions offshore. Just a few marlin and sailfish were reported, and some small were dorado caught inshore and on the north side of Isla Coronado. Yellowtail in the 30-pound class were reported on the bottom at Isla Catalana, winds permitting. Bottom fishing was generally spotty, in water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Gary Thomas of Tracy and his wife Peggy fished three days out of the Hotel Serenidad on their boat Stingray and reported a combined catch including released fish of: 12 dorado of 5 to 20 pounds, one small sailfish, and several "blue tuna," or skipjack tuna, to 25 pounds. Thomas fished south between Punta Concepcion and San Nicolas in blue water at 80.2 to 81.7 degrees. Commenting on the skipjack tuna, Thomas said, "What is with these blue tuna? We've never seen them before...These things have some serious choppers...The third day we avoided them because we were out of lures." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline reported local boats averaging two to six dorado per day in mixed sizes, and water temperatures cooling to the mid-70s. "Boats are also scoring on some yellowfin tuna in deeper water if you can find the porpoise working over them," Grant said. Offshore boats were finding the best action about 8 miles off Punta Concepcion. The runway at the Hotel Serenidad was in good condition. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported some winds during the week, but local boats sneaking out for a scattered pick on school-sized yellowfin tuna off Punta Concepcion, yellowtail off Punta Chivato, and a few dorado, in offshore water temperatures of about 83 degrees. At Punta Concepcion, Berger said, "Mike Blackmon and Denise Anderson managed to boat three yellowfin tuna to 48 pounds and one small dorado..." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported Santa Rosalia weather as windy until Friday, in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 78 to 81 degrees, and visibility of 30 to 40 feet. Yellowtail fishing on the Isla San Marcos bajos was decent for fish into the 20-pound plus class, but the best action of the week came offshore on Friday and Saturday, as boats out of San Lucas Cove found wide-open sailfish and marlin, and Kanzler scored on "dorado...just as thick as one could want, like shooting them in a barrel" around an old floating piece of longline gear. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported fair fishing for small yellowtail of 4 to 8 pounds: "There are also lots of bonita, and some sierra. The water temperature is cooling down to the upper 70s and the air temperatures also cooling down to the low 80s in the day and the low 60s at night. It has been clear with light north winds."

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: On Friday, J.L. Terry of San Francisquito reported the first glassed off water in several days, with water temperatures down to 72 degrees inside the bay, and still no surface fish in the area.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Earlier, Barry Webber of Valencia reported slow panga fishing for two days from San Francisquito south to El Barril for a total catch of two dorado to 15 pounds, three bonita, and some leopard grouper: "There were many small jellyfish in the water which may be chasing away the game fish." SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Tim Farwell of Baja Air Ventures said his weekly guided fly-in trips to Bahia de las Animas south of L.A. Bay were finding good action on yellowtail caught from shore with surface iron, on small fish under 7 pounds, plus unlimited bottom fish, and one whale shark seen. Water temperatures were in the high-70s, with winds coming and going. BAHIA DE LAS ANIMAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on the last Midriff Islands fishing trip of the season for the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe with 12 anglers on Oct. 20, 2005, with a catch of: 97 yellowtail to 23 pounds, 36 cabrilla to 12 pounds, three dorado, one white seabass of 43 pounds, 102 miscellaneous fish, and two grouper released under 25 pounds. The Celia Angelina fished in water temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees, and caught most of the yellowtail at Isla San Esteban. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said San Felipe weather was humid in the high-70s, with water temperatures cooler in the low-80s. The San Felipe commercial shrimp season was underway: "...People are saying they are especially good this year, and at last there seem to be more people coming down, which is good news for everyone." The old border crossing at Mexicali was scheduled for upgrades, so longer waits were expected for a few weeks. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Ivan Nevares of Chandler, Ariz., reported seven dorado of 10 to 15 pounds hooked, and five landed, northwest of remote Isla Pedro Martir during a cruise on his boat Bamboleo from San Carlos to the Midriff Islands with Steve Icke. Water temperatures were at 83 to 86 degrees, and also caught were a variety of black skipjack and bonito of 2 to 15 pounds: "The black skipjacks proved excellent eating raw on top of white rice after 4 hours marinating in teriyaki sauce and oranges." SAN CARLOS TO MIDRIFF ISLANDS CRUISE REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 34 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 101 sailfish, one blue marlin, 10 dorado, and one yellowfin tuna. Top catches including released fish for the week were made by the Aries II with a nine-sailfish day, and the Aries IV with eight sailfish. Inshore pangas had some limits of red snapper and other species. Mazatlan weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures stable at 82 to 83 degrees.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing said his charter boat Lorena fished six of the past seven days at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña, scoring on several yellowfin tuna of 80 to nearly 300 pounds, plus several sailfish released, and pulling the hook on a big marlin. Puerto Vallarta sea conditions were good until big swells moved in on Friday, keeping some boats close to shore. Water temperatures were at 83 to 85 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing said his super panga scored on a black marlin of 478 pounds that was wrapped in the leader, and other catches during the week included yellowfin tuna in the 100-pound class. Fishing on Friday was plagued by sailfish: "We had problems with the sailfish...They killed four skipjacks, so we put small baits out, and we ended up with one nice dorado, 50 pounds, and one 123-pound tuna." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: For the previous period, Gomez said his panga had a good week with yellowfin tuna of 50 to 314 pounds, three sailfish, and six dorado: "I believe...it is going to be one of those years when we fish all winter. All the hard core fishermen that come back to Puerto Vallarta throughout the years are really who make the captains look good on the docks." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported a 230-pound yellowfin tuna caught on Saturday by Cesar Jimeno of Guadalajara while fishing at Roca Corbeteña on the Marla 2. Offshore water conditions were flat at 87 degrees, and the fish.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, angler Brent Garrison of California landed a 175-pound yellowfin tuna at Roca Corbeteña on the Marla 2 after missing the hook sets on a larger tuna and a big black marlin. "We did know what we were doing wrong," Osuna said, "but we knew we had one more chance...about 1 hour later this nice 175 pound tuna took the downrigger bait and...after a 30 minute battle we had a bloody deck on the Marla 2." PUERTO VALLARTA SPORTFISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard reported on two days of fishing at Puerto Vallarta on his boat Tinknocker, with a catch of 10 yellowfin tuna of 100 to 185 pounds, and two dorado to 40 pounds. The fish were caught on skipjacks and during a wide-open kite bite on caballito baits: "You could not get a kite bait, caballito, 30 feet from the boat, and it was hammered on the surface which makes for a hell of a show." Vath said the Tinknocker was being temporarily helped with crew by Tony Ocaranza of the local charter boat Yolaray. Water temperatures were at 86 to 87 degrees. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing reported good sea conditions and offshore catches including yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and wahoo. One inshore outing produced four roosterfish in the 45-pound range: "Inside the bay...the skipjacks have invaded and are in huge schools, literally tearing up the surface. It should be some fun for our flyfishers this coming week." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Todd Fraser of Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz said the very large yellowfin tuna he caught Sept. 23, 2005, aboard the charter boat Yolaray is being submitted for the IGFA all-tackle record at 390.4 pounds. The current all-tackle record is 388 pounds 12 ounces. Fraser's fish was weighed several times, including readings over 400 pounds, before being officially weighed by the local IGFA representative at 382 pounds after a long delay. Fraser said, "I am entering the big tuna at 390.4, which is on a certified scale. I am not submitting the dried out bloodless weight of 382 pounds...I know what it was!"



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported rapidly improving inshore and offshore conditions at the end of the week, with Capt. Adolpho of the Dos Hermanos scoring on seven roosterfish plus some large jacks at Petalan, and Capt. Santiago on the panga Gitana landing three sailfish during two offshore outings. "The inshore waters are approaching 80 degrees again and the fishing reflects it," Kunze said. "As we come out of the full moon cycle, the blue water fishing shall also improve." IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said offshore action was improving at the end of the week, after several more days of mixed conditions caused by earlier storms: "The carryover of poor fishing conditions from last week’s storms and the full moon made a difficult start for this week’s fishing..." Midweek boats caught a mix of bonito, yellowtail jacks, and a few roosterfish, and two boats at the end of the week reported two sailfish each. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as sunny, with calm seas, water temperatures of 79 degrees inshore to 81 degrees offshore, and poor water color extending out 20 miles.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing reported good sailfish action at San Augustinillo, Huatulco, with seven hooked on one outing on Friday: "I hit my first sail about 1,000 yards off shore and the last about 7 miles out." Huatulco sea conditions were highly variable, with a water temperature of about 85 degrees. HUATULCO FISHING REPORT.

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QUINTIN BASS BONANZA--Capt. Hector of San Quintin's Pedro's Pangas, with eight white seabass caught at Socorro on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Pete Hillis.


ARROYO HONDO CROAKERS--Kelly Catian (right) of San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing helps hoist a pair of white seabass caught during a hot bite off Arroyo Hondo. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.


PUNTA BANDA LINGS--Chris Schatz and Dan Byerley of Brea caught limits of quality lingcods while fishing at Ensenada's Punta Banda with Vonny's Fleet's Capt. Cruz Zamora. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.


LA BOCANA TUNA--A nice yellowfin tuna caught during wide-open action off Magdalena Bay during Peter Hamann's aluminum boat trip out of semi-remote La Bocana on Baja's Pacific coast. Photo courtesy Peter Hamann.


THETIS BANK WAHOO--Nineteen-year-old captain in training and entrada pilot par excellence, Ernesto Duran from Puerto Lopez Mateos, with three wahoo caught Saturday on the Thetis Bank off Magdalena Bay while fishing with Bill Erhardt of Loreto. Photo courtesy Bill Erhardt.


CABO PACIFIC SIDE--Keith Kobet of Detroit fished off Cabo San Lucas' Pacific side on the Aby's Charters boat El Leider with Donald Rubi's group for a count of three dorado, one wahoo, and a marlin lost. Photo courtesy Donald Rubi.


LA PLAYITA WAHOO--Ted Phoenix of San Diego with a 60-pound wahoo caught last week off San Jose del Cabo on the super panga Ginny with Gordo Banks Panga's Capt. Tony. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.


EAST CAPE AMBERJACK--Rich Torkington and his son John fished a couple of hours out of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort at East Cape and scored on four yellowfin tuna plus this 35-pound amberjack held by dad. Photo courtesy Rich Torkington.


MUY FUERTE!--This nice 66.7-pound amberjack, or pez fuerte (strong fish) was caught by Thomas Sandler of New York while fishing at East Cape on the charter boat Dusty B III out of Buena Vista Beach Resort. Photo courtesy Axel Valdez.


DORADO AT LA PAZ--Katsu Suzuki from Portland, Ore., made his first trip to La Paz last week and had a hoot pulling on big squid plus a great day of dorado fishing with Tailhunter International. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.


ROOSTER AT LORETO--R.J. Ransom of Las Vegas with a nice Loreto roosterfish caught with Capt. Ismael Murrillo north of town along the cliffs of San Bruno. Photo courtesy Bill Sumner.


OFF SANTA ROSALIA--Billfish were the main event off Santa Rosalia last week, but Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos also found wide-open dorado action for Daniel Lopez. The bite was on an old floating piece of longline gear 6 miles off the island. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.


AT BAHIA DE LAS ANIMAS--Angler Ross Palmer with a leopard grouper caught at remote Bahia de las Animas, south of L.A. Bay, during a fly-in trip with Baja Air Ventures. Photo courtesy Tim Farwell.


CORTEZ MIDRIFF CRUISE--Steve Icke (left) and Ivan Nevares during their cruise to the Sea of Cortez Midriff Islands out of San Carlos on Nevares' boat Bamboleo. Photo courtesy Ivan Nevares.


TINKNOCKER AT VALLARTA--Stan Vath's boat Tinknocker caught tuna to 185 pounds during its trip to Puerto Vallarta last week, plus this quality dorado hefted by Justin Fleck. Photo courtesy Stan Vath.


MORE VALLARTA COWS--Cesar Jimeno of Guadalara with a 230-pound yellowfin tuna caught Saturday on the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla 2 with Capt. Danny Osuna. Photo courtesy Danny Osuna.


MIDRIFF WHALE SHARK--Whale sharks did not make a big appearance in the Sea of Cortez Midriff Area this summer, but this one was spotted at Bahia de los Animas by Tim Farwell, while leading a fly-in trip for Baja Air Ventures. Photo courtesy Tim Farwell.

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