CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported outstanding striped marlin action 25 to 50 miles up the Pacific side, as Pisces boats scored double-digit releases from the Golden Gate to the Finger Bank, including a 14-release day for Tracy Ann, 13 releases for Blue Thunder, and 12 for Ni Modo: "...Our highest numbers for the year...When you tell people they don't quite believe you, but it's true."
Overall, Pisces boats landed 174 striped marlin during the week, with 170 released. Ehrenberg noted that the annual fall southern marlin migration is early this year but the main mass of fish is still about 50 miles north: "...It is just a question of a week or two until they are at Cabo San Lucas in full force." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Ehrenberg reported improved billfish action, with 61 percent of charters landing billfish, 42 percent with dorado, and only 15 percent with yellowfin tuna. The Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot fishing tournament was topped by a 199-pound fish caught by El Loco II, which did not win top money because it was not entered in all daily jackpots. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported very intense striped marlin action around the Finger Bank area: "If you have always wanted to get into a great striped marlin bite, now is the time...the Finger Bank is going off...It is a 100-mile round trip from Cabo San Lucas and takes several hours of cruising to get there...Best results during the week were by boats getting there early and staying late, 18 to 21 fish released a day." Marlin were also caught at the Golden Gate and Jaime banks, and two yellowfin tuna of about 250 and 280 pounds were reported. Cabo San Lucas weather was in the low-90s, with the water temperature at 74 to 78 degrees on the Pacific side, and 81 to 83 degrees on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 100 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 87 striped marlin, one sailfish, 51 yellowfin tuna, 52 dorado, three wahoo, six roosterfish, seven skipjack, and 11 boats skunked. The week's catch included record setting days for the Cabo Magic and Cabo Magic Dos, with 12 striped marlin releases for the Cabo Magic on Friday, and eight releases for the Cabo Magic Dos on Saturday. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 61 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: one small blue marlin, 71 striped marlin, three wahoo, 23 yellowfin tuna, and 44 dorado. Cabo fishing action was best on the Pacific side at the Golden Gate Bank in water at 75 degrees. 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: 22 striped marlin, 16 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 50 pounds, and 13 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 34 striped marlin, 37 dorado, 20 yellowfin tuna, and four Humboldt squid. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda found steady lingcod, rockcod, whitefish, some calico bass, and one boat early in the week caught four yellowtail including one of 47 pounds. Punta Banda weather was mostly calm in the mid-60s, with ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet and the water temperature at 60 degrees. PUNTA BANDA PANGA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing said fewer sport anglers were in the Ensenada area and most trips last week were for harbor cruises or surfing. The Matador fished at Isla Todos Santos with three anglers at midweek for a catch of: eight lingcod to 10 pounds, one olive rockfish of 7 pounds, three red rockcod to 3 pounds, and 10 rockcod to 8 pounds. The water temperature was 61.9 degrees, and the fish were caught on sardines or sardine-squid combo baits. MATADOR FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog, with a legal sportfishing catch this season of seven marlin in Ensenada waters, reacted to comments critical of keeping marlin even within legal Mexican sportfishing limits: "Any angler or boat owner or operator who goes fishing and adheres to established laws and their legal limits should be commended for his valiant effort to remain within the boundaries of the law...I only mention this as my small legal and seasonal take is of little concern to the overall global perspective." STEVE ROSS MARLIN KILL OPINION.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 24 boats fishing during the week out of Erendira on the Baja Pacific coast south of Ensenada, with steady counts of lingcod and red rockcod, plus whitefish, calico bass, and large barracuda. Erendira weather had some Santa Ana winds, but calm seas all week, and boats were able to continue fishing for good results in water temperatures averaging 61 degrees.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on the semi-remote Baja Pacific coast reported good yellowtail fishing in 71-degree water, with partly cloudy skies and some northwest winds outside at 14 to 16 knots. Aguilar fished four days with a first-visit group of anglers from central California and guided them to a catch of: 105 yellowtail, mostly medium sized but including two possibly over 50 pounds; six grouper of 20 to 75 pounds; and eight halibut and lots of cabrilla inside Laguna la Bocana. LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported good fall action in waters offshore of Magdalena Bay last week, spread out from the ridge to 35 miles south of Punta Tosca: "These are the classic Magdalena Bay bird schools that can be holding anything including tuna, dorado, billfish and wahoo...This fishing season...is turning out to be one of the better ones in the past several years." Few boats were fishing the mangrove channels. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 70 to 77 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said a four-day charter of the 38-foot boat Pacific Venture out Oceanside scored on six marlin released out of 18 hooked, one wahoo, and six dorado, including one by John Whittaker on a fly designed by Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly. Anglers from the King Harbor Marlin Club of Redondo Beach fishing in 75-degree water at the Thetis Bank and off Punta Tosca included Whittaker, Pete Whitehead, Gary Masamino and Warren Gunnther.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 225 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing out of San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 440 yellowfin tuna, 115 wahoo, one black marlin, two blue marlin, nine striped marlin, 12 sailfish, 12 roosterfish, 110 dorado, 55 pargo, 36 amberjack, 22 sierra, 18 cabrilla, 210 white skipjack, and 140 triggerfish. Most pangas fished well up the Cortez side, finding a good wahoo bite at Punta Arena and yellowfin tuna of 5 to 15 pounds around the Iman bank area. Dorado were scarce and striped marlin were wide-open for Cabo San Lucas boats fishing up the Pacific side. San Jose del Cabo weather was clear in the mid-80s, with some winds outside and the water temperature at 79 to 83 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bill Owens of El Cerrito, Calif., fished on a panga out of La Playita one morning with Capt. Hector Castillo and scored on nine wahoo during a hot bite in flat calm waters. Owens said they left the wahoo still biting: "I decided to leave some for next time."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Randy Morishita of Carlsbad and his fishing partner Rasheed fished in good conditions two days on a La Playita panga with Capt. Tony for a catch of plenty of yellowfin tuna of 15 to 20 pounds, sierra, huachinango, one grouper, three wahoo on iron, bait, and a trolled plug, and a last-second striped marlin the last day: "...We took a quick picture and got it back in the water to revive it...An awesome way to end the trip and we even caught our plane." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on three outings with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome, with continued slow bait conditions, generally slow fishing, and only 14 species caught: "I would rate this week as slow and below average." Snow said he's currently looking for information and a photo of the rarely seen pompano dorado, Coryphaena equiselis, as part of his research of fish species that can be caught in Mexican waters. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 45 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 38 striped marlin, 15 sailfish, eight dorado, 66 tuna, one wahoo, 10 roosterfish, 46 snapper, eight amberjack, 10 ladyfish, six pompano, 10 triggerfish, 33 squid, one cabrilla, 12 skipjack and 35 sierra. East Cape weather was windy at the end of the week after a calm period, with water temperatures at 78 to 82 degrees. Fleet boats were fishing close off La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo with mackerel, squid, and sardina baits. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 207 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol, with a catch including released fish of: 16 blue marlin, 89 striped marlin, 47 sailfish, 29 dorado, 231 yellowfin tuna, 25 pargo, four wahoo, and five sierra. East Cape weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 79 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor, of Vista Sea Sport reported tropical conditions fading at East Cape as winter approaches, but excellent diving still available on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef: "The current is ripping, but the water is cobalt blue, one notch better than Tidy Bowl blue. I have only seen the visibility this good a few times in my diving career. Yesterday the north wind came up and is still blowing. The days are shorter, air is cooler and our normal winter pattern is setting in."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Harvey Barish noted that his boat El Loco II with Capt. Julio Cota, which caught the largest yellowfin tuna at 199.9 pounds during the recent Western Outdoor News tournament, is based at East Cape's Hotel Palmas de Cortez and charters from December to March. The big fish was caught southeast of Los Frailes.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported fall-like weather at about 90 degrees, with water temperatures steady at 82 to 83 degrees, and some north wind. Billfish plus dorado of 10 to 20 pounds were located 5 to 10 miles off Cabo Pulmo and Los Frailes. Tuna action slowed down about 5 miles out from La Ribera southwards. Good wahoo action was found on fish to 40 pounds about 1 to 3 miles off Cabo Pulmo. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Mike Rhoades of Yorba Linda and his group of 10 anglers fished three days on five boats out of Rancho Leonero and reported a combined catch of: 17 marlin, 12 sailfish, three football tuna, and two 5-pound dorado. East Cape weather was flat in the high-80s. EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner said beach fishing was slower last week, with three sessions producing a combined catch of: some ladyfish, two sierra, and one Mexican lookdown. Another angler landed a 44-inch roosterfish on 8-pound line after hooking it on a ladyfish that had hit a cast Rapala. East Cape beach water temperatures were at about 80 degrees. EAST CAPE BEACH FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said he's moving out of his East Cape fly fishing headquarters at his well-known Rancho Deluxe beach house of the past 17 years, which will soon be demolished to make way for a rumored golf course development. Anglers fishing with Baja On The Fly last week included Don Murnane, who found flat waters and action on small roosterfish, ladyfish, jacks, and yellowfin tuna. North winds picked up at the end of the week, with water temperatures at 80 to 86 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Alan Wise of Fairfield, Calif., and his wife Carol fished with Capt. Alonso on the panga Bohemia four days of out East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada and found perfect sea conditions and very good action for plenty of 15 to 40-pound yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin: "We lost track of the actual billfish count after 12 fish, but estimate it close to 18." A day of beach fishing with jointed Rebel lures produced steady action on ladyfish, Mexican lookdowns, and jacks. "All in all, it was a fantastic trip and what I would consider wide-open on billfish," Wise said. EAST CAPE PANGA AND BEACH FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported fairly slow fishing tight to shore in front of the hotels, but a nice 8-pound jack crevalle caught on a Jointed Rebel lure: "I don't catch very many fish in the immediate Los Barriles and Buena Vista area, but I always get something worth catching." Eddy said he plans to take his small boat south next to launch at La Ribera and fish from Rancho Leonero to Punta Colorada. EAST CAPE INSHORE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Hans van den Berg of Holland and fishing partner Kees Broekhuizen found good action close to Punta Arena for up to 43 fish per day, mostly ladyfish, during a trip out of Hotel Punta Colorada from Oct. 16 to Nov. 4, 2005. Fellow Dutch angler Peter Langstraat also scored on a 50-inch roosterfish, Van den Berg said. EAST CAPE INSHORE FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported cooling water temperatures at 82 degrees on the Las Arenas side, and water temperatures down to 78 degrees on the La Paz side: "However, La Paz has the better and most consistent fishing with continued decent dorado action as well as blue and striped marlin still surprisingly good." On the Las Arenas side, fishing was spotty for mixed species including pargo, dorado, bonito, sierra, and some tuna. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported outstanding weather in the low-80s on the Las Arenas side, with no north winds. Tortuga pangas were fishing mostly out towards the south end of Isla Cerralvo, using squid and skipjack baits for dorado and striped marlin, and Rapalas to look for wahoo. Boats out of Punta Pescadero to the south were reporting schools of tuna in the area. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Amy Williams of Laguna Niguel and her group fished off the south end of Isla Cerralvo at the end of October on the Oso Loco I and reported yellowfin tuna of 80 and 40 pounds, plus a 20-pound dorado caught on the buoys. La Paz weather was calm with a water temperature of 83 degrees: "We have spent every June at Las Arenas camping and this was our first trip in October...We...now plan to come in both June and October...We found the snorkeling much better in October than June." LA PAZ FISHING TRIP REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported generally slow action and only about half-a-dozen pangas fishing per day last week. Bear's boat fished three times north of town from Isla Coronado to Punta Pulpito for one skunked day and two other days with a total catch of: one yellowtail about 15 pounds, one roosterfish of about 45 pounds, three small dorado of about 3 pounds, one small huachinango, one sailfish, and seven barrilete. Loreto weather was very windy by Friday, with the water temperature at 78 to 79 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported windy conditions at the end of the week for the local fishing tournament: "The forecast is for 4 to 6 foot swells and wind out of the north...hard, wet fishing...Barquito was just too small to handle the water on Friday...I don't think I'm going to be entering any 'tails this year." Earlier, local anglers found a steady pick on sailfish and marlin, plus a few dorado in water temperatures of about 78 degrees. Barber fished off Punta Concepción and scored on a sailfish that hit a deep-soaked sardina, plus 10 sierra at Punta Aguja. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of the Voodoo Lounge at San Lucas Cove reported continued good offshore action for billfish, dorado, plus some tuna for boats making long runs. Inshore action was excellent north of Haystack for lots of bonito, cabrilla to 5 pounds, yellowtail to 8 pounds, and jack crevalle to 30 pounds. Lewis and Dave Hughes fished in the Mulege yellowtail tournament Friday and Saturday and won the 30,000 peso first prize with a two-fish total weight of 66.85 pounds. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported continued very good billfish action, plus yellowfin tuna about 25 miles east of Isla San Marcos. Fishing that area the previous week, Anderson ran into a pile-up of sperm whales jumping five or six at a time together with porpoise and schools of tuna: "Even though it was short lived, it was a feeding frenzy that you can only dream of...The yellowfin were in the 50-pound class and literally ate anything that was in the water." SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: For the previous week, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported moderate winds, daytime temperatures in the low-80s, and good local fishing action on small yellowtail jigged deep. Sierra and whale shark were present in the bay, and in an ironic Baja story, Vazquez said some pumps at the local Pemex station were closed by officials because they were pumping too much gas: "Has anybody told these guys they should do that when pumps pump less also?" BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay reported San Felipe weather near-perfect at 80 degrees, with the water temperature in the bay at 75 degrees. Meders commented on the winter crowds and many new people coming to town: "It seems like every other person who comes into the bookstore is either just about to buy property or has just bought property here...There are at least four Hummers in town now...It's definitely shifted from peaceful to whatever is next on the scale." SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Mike Auditore of Phoenix reported on another outstanding black sea bass run to the 51 mile reef south of Rocky Point by his boat El Gato Blanco, this time for black sea bass of about 135 pounds, over 275 pounds, and 150 pounds, on successive drops. During the fight with the biggest fish, a 16/0 hook accidentally went through the gloved had of an angler on the boat, Auditore said. The hook was too strong to be cut, so its barb had to be filed down with a Leatherman tool. ROCKY POINT BLACK SEA BASS FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point reported on a run to the 51 mile reef the same day by his boat Constancia, fishing in 78-degree water for one dorado and lots of skipjack on the way out, two large halibut, and two black sea bass of about 85 and 225 pounds at the reef. Returning to Rocky Point, Stuart said, "We raced the sunset for the last few miles at 45 m.p.h. and made it back into the harbor just as the sun dropped below the horizon...Another wonderful day on the beautiful Sea of Cortez!" ROCKY POINT 51 MILE REEF FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: For the previous week, Lloyd Robinette of Casa Grande, Ariz., reported on a 270-pound class black sea bass landed by his boat Arca de Noe at the 51 mile reef south of Rocky Point, plus another two large fish broken off. During that very hot bite, Robinette said three boats fishing tight together landed a total of nine black sea bass. ROCKY POINT BLACK SEA BASS REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Early in the week, Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., said his boat No Sniveling fished in 70 to 100 feet of water at the south end of Isla San Pedro Nolasco for one small yellowtail lost at the boat, and one cabrilla of about 10 pounds that hit a trolled fire tiger Rapala CD18. Water temperatures at the island were at 69 to 71 degrees. ISLA SAN PEDRO NOLASCO FISHING REPORT.
SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Fernando Almada of Guaymas said his boat Fish Stalker had a good outing at Isla San Pedro Nolasco, fishing with handlines about 280 feet deep for four red snapper, eight yellowtail snapper, and one yellowtail. Almada used chunked squid for bait, with the water temperature in the low-70s.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported very good inshore fishing for Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid for easy limits on bottom fish. Offshore billfish catches averaging about one fish per outing, included one blue marlin, a few striped marlin, and mostly sailfish, plus some dorado. No yellowfin tuna were reported. Mazatlan weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 76 degrees inshore, 78 degrees offshore, and 80 degrees 23 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on nine boats, with a catch including released fish of: five sailfish, three dorado, and one wahoo. Fleet boats fished in 82-degree water from 2 to 35 miles off the lighthouse.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing reported good sea conditions and water temperatures off Puerto Vallarta at 81 to 84 degrees. Several outings around Roca Corbeteña and El Banco by the charter boat Lorena produced yellowfin tuna of 40 to about 200 pounds, one dorado, one sailfish, and two black marlin that came unbuttoned. One trip to El Banco was aborted when commercial seiners were found fishing the area: "...Man do they mess up fishing." PUERTO VALLARTA OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on several inshore outings by the charter boat Marla 2 for good results including 18 roosterfish releases plus 12 jack crevalle in 79-degree water by Steve Crosetti and his son Steve Jr. of San Francisco. Offshore trips by the Marla 2 found 83-degree water at El Banco, with tuna landed from 60 to about 120 pounds. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing reported on several outings at Roca Corbeteña by the super panga Dhamar, for good action on dorado to 50 pounds, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna of 60, 150, 158, and 170 pounds. PUERTO VALLARTA SUPER PANGA FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Gal Hever of Thousand Oaks reported on four days of fishing out of Puerto Vallarta in early November by his group on the charter boats Prime Time, Marla II, and Brisa, for several large yellowfin tuna lost, but finally a tuna landed that taped out at 291 pounds, plus another 160 pounder the same day. "It was just an epic day of fishing, and we left the fish biting. It was that good," Hever said. PUERTO VALLARTA TUNA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters reported slow action during the annual Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Total Tag & Release Tournament, as the top boat, captained by Adolofo Espinosa fished three days for a total catch of seven sailfish released. Second place in the tournament was won with four sailfish plus a marlin, third place by one marlin, and fourth place by one sailfish. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported warming water temperatures at 80 degrees by the weekend: "This will improve both the blue water fishing and the inshore." Offshore boats averaged about one sailfish per outing, and several blue marlin were landed, including a 320 pounder caught by Russ Kirtchner of Indiana, who fished with Capt. Santiago on the Gitana and Capt. Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area weather as clear in the mid-80s, with a water temperature range of 80 to 84 degrees.