Croakers chew for San Quintin fishing boats

Mexico Fishing News, November 28, 2005



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said few anglers visited San Quintin last week and he only sent six boats out, but early in the week some boats ran south to Socorro for limits on white seabass to 65 pounds, calico bass, and sandbass.

After winds arrived on Friday, boats fished the 15 and 240 spots for limits of lingcod and rockcods. San Quintin weather was in the 70s, with water temperatures at 59 to 62 degrees. SAN QUINTIN SPORTFISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julie Atkinson of Don Eddie's Landing reported very good action on white seabass, barracuda, and calico bass for boats fishing last week. Don Eddie and a group including Armando Lopez, Jorge Gamez and Tim Martin fished south of San Quintin at El Rosario on the City Slicker with Capt.

Jaime Garcia and they caught 12 white seabass of 32 to 54 pounds. Yellowtail were scarce. San Quintin weather was chilly in the mornings with afternoon winds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin returned from Puerto Vallarta with a group of 16 sportfishing representatives of the Asociacion Estatal de Pesca Deportiva de Baja California to attend a symposium held by the Mexican federal sportfishing federation, Federacion Nacional de Pesca Deportiva.

Yopics discussed during the meeting included research, conservation, illegal fishing, law enforcement, protected areas, licenses, and limits.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported steady limits all around for his pangas fishing at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda, including red rockcod, lingcod, and olive rockfish, for anglers fishing with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I and Capt. Cruz on the Vonny II. Ensenada weather was calm most of the week, with some wind arriving on Saturday but not enough to affect the fishing. "...Still plenty of fish," Villarino said. "All boats got limits of assorted bottom delicacies." PUNTA BANDA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on a run with two anglers to Isla Todos Santos and Punta Banda by the charter boat Matador, finding slow action at the island, but limits on red rockcod to 5 pounds plus one lingcod at Punta Banda. All fish were caught on dropper loops in calm seas but with strong currents. ENSENADA SPORTFISHING REPORT.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported on 25 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, in clear blue water, about 7 miles out, for a catch of: one white seabass of 40 pounds, one salmon of 22 pounds, and steady heavy counts of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, calico bass, and barracuda. The water temperature off Erendira was at 60 degrees, and weather was good all week except for some northeast wind on Saturday that did not stop the fishing. Heavy bait concentrations continued in the area.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Nelson Maruyama reported on three three trips to Castro's Camp at Erendira during November, fishing with Captains Oscar and Jorge for short-day, full 150-quart ice chests each time: "We were back at camp by more place to put the fish, with a lots of reds, lings, no sheep, but a huge sand bass, my biggest ever." Maruyama fished about 150 to 210 feet deep, from 7 to 12 miles north of camp. CASTRO'S CAMP ERENDIRA FISHING TRIP REPORT.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Tim McNulty of Cardiff reported on an early November cruise down the Baja coast on Steve Campbell's boat Corsario, finding very good fishing on the Ridge off Magdalena Bay, and very good marlin action on the last day of the trip at the Finger Bank north of Cabo San Lucas for 35 marlin released: "We also had the big cow tuna around the boat, but the marlin were so aggressive, they would always beat the tuna to the bait or lure. We even caught marlin on cedar plugs and...Marauders." The Finger Bank fall fish pileup phenomenon also included whales, dolphin, wahoo, dorado, sailfish, and one large blue marlin seen. BAJA COASTAL CRUISE REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said the best fishing action off Magdalena Bay continued to be south in the Finger Bank area: "...Reports from the boats traveling up the line are that once they leave the bank, the action drops off pretty fast." Some billfish and wahoo were still available at the Thetis Bank. Inside the mangrove channels, several boats reported fair action on smaller snook and grouper. Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 68 to 75 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FLY FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters at Puerto Lopez Mateos said few boats fished off Boca de Soledad last week. Local boats fishing the bay caught snook, halibut, corvina, and grouper. Puerto Lopez Mateos weather was windy by the weekend.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported continued red-hot striped marlin action on the Pacific side, with the fish now spreading southwards from the Finger Bank to the closer Golden Gate Bank about 25 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. Top single day catches included 20 striped marlin releases for Blue Thunder, 15 releases for Felina, and other boats in the double-digits. "Despite these big numbers there were a few boats here and there that did get skunked," Ehrenberg said, "but overall it was a hugely successful week." Overall, Pisces fleet released 229 striped marlin of 233 landed, as 85 percent of charters caught marlin, 31 percent landed dorado, and only 5 percent found yellowfin tuna. Cabo sea conditions were favorable until some wind arrived at the end of the week, with Pacific-side water temperatures at 77 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 95 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 38 striped marlin, 44 yellowfin tuna, 48 dorado, many sierra, six wahoo, four mako shark, three roosterfish, 11 skipjack, eight jack crevalle, and 22 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS DAILY FISHING RESULTS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Todd Hochstedler of Got Caught Fishing reported that his two boats fished the Finger Bank area for six days each and released a combined total of 72 striped marlin: "Since then, the area has yielded four marlin on each boat the succeeding days."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said striped marlin action appeared to taper off at midweek for boats fishing at the Golden Gate Bank: "There were Cabo San Lucas sportfishing 42 boats soaking bait on the bank when I was out there on Wednesday. We...only had one hookup Wednesday...Reports from other boats that have been there since midweek are that the bite has dropped off quite a bit." Boats running farther north to the Finger Bank were still scoring double-digit releases, but fewer boats made the run due to wind. Inshore fishing produced good results on sierra in the 3 to 5-pound range, and Landrum said he saw the first California gray whales of the season: "...Really close to the beach off of Punta San Cristobal." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported continued excellent striped marlin fishing on the Pacific side, with Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I turning in a catch including released fish of: 278 striped marlin, 15 wahoo, 79 dorado, and 43 yellowfin tuna. Top catches included the Gaviota VIII with Capt. Juan Dominguez and a 12-outing total 49 striped marlin landed or released. Cabo San Lucas weather was sometimes breezy and choppy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures in the best fishing area at the Golden Gate Bank at 75 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING 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: six striped marlin, 11 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, and four dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Ensenada's Matador Sportfishing and his group fished at Cabo San Lucas and found heavy sierra and jack action in the surf in front of Hotel Playa Grande: "...So thick they could have opened a fish market for themselves." Argonza also fished 15 to 20 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on a Dorado Fleet super panga with Capt. Julian and released a striped marlin. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 98 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch including released fish of: 590 yellowfin tuna, six striped marlin, two sailfish, 45 sierra, eight roosterfish, 16 amberjack, seven grouper, eight tooth snapper, 16 rainbow runner, 26 cabrilla, 12 wahoo, 52 dorado, and 210 white skipjack. The yellowfin tuna averaged 10 to 25 pounds, plus some 50 pounders mixed in, caught mostly from La Fortuna to San Luis on live sardinas. LA PLAYITA PANGA FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported improved overall fishing in the San Jose del Cabo area, with most boats concentrating between Cabo San Lucas and Cabeza de Ballena. Lewis fished his boat Dos Gueros on Friday in the Iman bank area and scored on a 50-pound class yellowfin tuna plus four smaller fish. San Jose del Cabo weather was in the mid-80s with some wind and the water temperature at 79 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (LOS CABOS), MEXICO: Jim Eakin of Glendora reported on three days of panga fishing with Antonio Guluarte of Guluarte Fleet at La Playita for 30 yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds the first day, and two blue marlin plus a striped marlin, bonita and more tuna the next two days. The second blue marlin was kept after it became injured during the fight, Eakin said: "Unfortunately, after an hour the fish was boated due to a torn stomach...the white meat didn't go to waste." SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPORTFISHING TRIP REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 13 hotel boats, with a catch including released fish of: 10 striped marlin, 20 sailfish, 22 dorado, three snapper, two skipjack, and 63 sierra. Boats fished in some windy conditions, in front of La Ribera to the south, and at the shark buoys off Punta Pescadero to the north. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported 78 to 79 degree water temperatures at depth and 70 to over 100-foot visibility at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with heavy sea life concentrations in the area: "...Everyone is occupied observing huge amounts of life as it passes by...The reefs on all the sites we scuba dive are jam packed." EAST CAPE DIVING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported on two outings about 3 miles out from town for good results on striped marlin and sailfish both days for Kim McChristian and Sonya Fritz, but no luck on the sierra being reported by other boats. Water and air temperatures off La Ribera were at 80 degrees, and Fritz said at the end of the week, "Tomorrow we will try the sierras again, as some of the locals are finding success near Scott Glenn's beach house." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said marlin and sailfish continued to bite through windy early week conditions at East Cape, and dorado of 15 to 30 pounds also returned to the counts for boats fishing at the shark buoys. East Cape weather was calm again by Saturday, in the low-80s, with the water temperature at 79 to 84 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mike Reichner of Baja Beach Captain said he fished the beach at Punta Arena for two days without a bite and there was no bait to be found in the area. Fishing a mile off La Ribera on Thanksgiving Day, Reichner scored on one sailfish, one marlin, and a large dorado: "The whole East Cape fishing fleet was there...I sometimes could see seven or eight different boats hooked up...The Punta Colorada fleet continues to get football tuna and dorado between the hotel and Cabo Pulmo." EAST CAPE BEACH FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported a mix of striped marlin, sailfish, and a few blue marlin about 5 miles off La Ribera, and dorado averaging 30 pounds at the shark buoys north off Punta Pescadero. Sierra made a appearance on beaches from Rancho Leonero south to the Punta Arena lighthouse. East Cape weather was in the mid-80s after four days of wind, with water temperatures at 79 to 80 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, fished at the shark buoys south of Isla Cerralvo on Wayne Kirschner's boat My Sharona and reported six dorado to 20 pounds caught on mackerel: "Dorado fishing has been hot in that area, with lots of 40s coming in...No tuna that I know of were caught." EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Andy Atchley of Imperial Beach and his group fished four days out of Hotel Punta Colorada on the Pargo with Capt. Fernando for a catch of: two wahoo, 12 dorado, and 20 tuna. Atchley said he was also fishing out of the hotel last May when the yellowfin tuna was landed on the beach by Baja Beach Captain Mike Reichner's group: "What a sight to behold, seven of us hooked up, four people spooled, two sawed off and one landed in the predawn light...Something we'll never forget." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported 41 sierra caught recently on his panga and 12-foot tin boat: "The sierra showing up this year at East Cape has raised my spirits...The big ones are hanging around the hotel at Punta Colorada..The trick is to find the schools, play them hard and tight from first light." LA RIBERA SIERRA FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 92 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer Resorts of Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol, with a catch including released fish of: four blue marlin, 25 striped marlin 17 sailfish, 93 dorado, 34 yellowfin tuna, 16 pargo, three wahoo, and 52 sierra. East Cape weather was in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 75 to 82 degrees. EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported a continued steady pick on dorado averaging 15 pounds, plus a few 30 to 40 pounders mixed in, for anglers opting to fish on the La Paz side: "...Water temperatures edged back up into the low 80s as well after taking a dip last week that I thought was the beginning of winter conditions, but I guess I was wrong." Fishing on the Las Arenas side of the hill continued slow: "...So most of our fishermen have opted to fish on the La Paz side instead." LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported flat calm conditions on the Las Arenas side following a period of wind. Pangas fishing in the "Cabo de Horno" area between the Hotel las Arenas and the Punta Arena de la Ventana lighthouse caught tuna and dorado, and other boats reported sierra and cabrilla that were reported to be showing up in the area. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, has been appointed a representative of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Bolles said she will represent the IGFA from her Loreto location, and will also be an official IGFA weigh station for the certification of sportfishing record applications.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Bolles reported several days of canceled fishing trips due to wind, but prior to that yellowtail limits were caught north of town at Punta Pulpito. During the windy conditions, local captain Abrahn Fernandez was pinned to shore during a trip to Punta Pulpito and was unable to fish: "...His crew was beached the entire time. He reported the waters so rough that it was impossible to go out." LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., noted the presence of commercial gill nets at Bahia Concepcion south of Mulege during his recent visit to the area: "...There were numerous commercial fishing nets in the area...about one mile in length across the mouth of Bahia Concepcion...Armando, boss at Las Naranjos was netting right in front of the palapas...On Playa Arena nets were stretched from the beach each evening...A disturbing trend." BAHIA CONCEPCION COMMERCIAL FISHING NET REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove said local boats were kept on shore by wind early in the week but outings on Tuesday and Wednesday produced good action on yellowtail to about 32 pounds at the bajos. Friends visiting from Colorado were surprised by how hard the yellowtail pull: "...Craig...commented that he was sure that we would not have room on the boat for the fish. When I scaled it at 26 pounds, he really wondered where I found such a defective scale." Inshore fishing out of San Lucas Cove was good on bonita, sierra, barracuda, and cabrilla, with cooling water temperatures at 69 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported slow yellowtail action but bottom fishing still productive. The brief whale shark season had ended and they were no longer present in the bay. Vazquez said the federal tourism development agency Fonatur was paving the road north to Punta la Gringa and also grading southwards to Punta San Francisquito: "They are also thinking of starting the remodeling of Bahia de los Angeles...a malecon and some angel statues...a couple of thousand palm trees, four lane boulevard, and all that stuff." Bahia de los Angeles weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 69 to 72 degrees. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES VILLAGE REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay reported cool night temperatures to 52 degrees and big crowds over the Thanksgiving holidays bringing good business to street vendors: "...Lots of hair was being braided...The town will continue to buzz right through New Year's." Meders said about 20 San Felipe regulars have begun taking morning walks at the town football field. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of Guaymas fished out of San Carlos on his boat Fish Stalker on Saturday and was blown back from Isla San Pedro Nolasco, but returned to fish at Punta San Antonio for one good-sized yellowtail out of three strikes on a green trolled lure that was lost when a swivel failed on the last fish: "It was a strong fish...taking line with all the drag set on a Penn 6/0 reel...Green was the good lure color. We had three strikes with the same lure and lost it on the last fish!" Earlier, Almada caught three Humboldt squid for bait in the same area. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said fishing was generally slow in the area, as water temperatures dropped sharply to about 70 degrees. Boats at Isla San Pedro Martir picked up a few yellowtail, but the best fishing was with jigs and trolled plugs for yellowtail around local points: "San Carlos fishing action in a word is slooooow...With the water temperatures now on a steep decline...we think the action should heat up when it stabilizes a bit." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, launched his boat Mamanina out of Las Glorias, south of Topolobampo and ran out 45 miles on a heading of 230 degrees for a catch of three good-sized yellowfin tuna to about 100 pounds. Also landing tuna on the Mamanina were Horacio Peñuelas and Diomedes Reyes. SINALOA OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., fished on his boat No Sniveling early in the week at Punta San Antonio out of San Carlos and ran into a wide-open surface bite of Humboldt squid in 40 to 50-foot deep water about 75 yards from shore: "Mine were caught on CD18 and CD22 Rapalas trolled on wire...I saw several large 'boils' in the midst of the huge schools of bait fish off the point...From what I hear from Fernando Almada, they are still there and being caught running Rapalas on mono." Other boats in the area caught a few yellowtail, in water temperatures of 59 to 61 degrees. SAN CARLOS, SONORA, FISHING REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 18 Aries Fleet boats fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, three dorado, and one yellowfin tuna. No sailfish were caught. Two inshore pangas had a catch of 17 jack crevalle and 50-plus sierra. Mazatlan weather was sunny in the low-80s, with a water temperatures of 75 degrees near shore, and 80 degrees in the most productive offshore fishing area about 25 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing reported big yellowfin tuna scarce, but a scattered pick during the week on dorado, small tuna, and sailfish. Four outings at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña by PV Marlin's charter boat Lorena produced a catch including released fish of: six sailfish, two dorado, two yellowfin tuna of 40 pounds, and one yellowfin tuna of 120 pounds. Puerto Vallarta weather was fair, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees in the offshore fishing areas: "...The fishing was decent and seemed to pick up later in the week." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sport Fishing reported good numbers of yellowfin tuna at Roca Corbeteña, but the fish reluctant to bite on larger baits. During one outing by the charter boat Marla II, Osuna said he trolled large skipjack baits for four hours with no strikes before switching to smaller caballitos. The catch during the next hour-and-a-half included: one sailfish, one 30-pound wahoo, one 80-pound tuna, and a 40-pound amberjack, plus misses on a black marlin, two sailfish, three tuna, and two wahoo. "The tunas are coming back again," Osuna said. "We saw tunas all day long but these fish are feeding on small bait fish." PUERTO VALLARTA SPORTFISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Clarke Smith of Newport Beach reported that the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Prime Time won the recent annual Club de Pesca Internacional Pez Vela & Marlin Tournament for the second year in a row with a 382-pound blue marlin caught by Smith during the closing minutes of the tournament. Prime Time angler David Connel also took sixth place with a 320-pound blue marlin. The Prime Time was captained by Josh Temple, with crew of Trevor, and Aldo Vasquez. PUERTO VALLARTA TOURNAMENT REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported sharply warmer 82-degree water off Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and an anticipated improvement coming soon in sailfish counts which have been averaging about one or two per outing: "We are now primed for the Baja On the Fly sponsored Sails & Tales Fly Fishing Tournament on Dec. 2-5, 2005...Each fishing day at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has been improving...This next week should see a major improvement in the sailfish action." Inshore fishing produced limits on sierra at Ixtapa Island, and limits on jack crevalle north at Pantla. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO SPORTFISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported offshore boats landing about one to two sailfish per day, plus more blue marlin last week: "Captain Jose Vargas on the La Bamba...landed four blue marlin and two sailfish in five days of fishing...Although fishing water temperatures...have dropped back a bit, making the sailfish more sluggish, the marlin activity increased." Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was improving in the low-90s, with calm blue water at 83 degrees found 8 miles from the coast. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament reported an incident on Saturday when eight Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sportfishing boats with sportfishing clients aboard cut up and confiscated three commercial "cimbras" or longlines they had found deployed in local waters: "...You should have heard the anglers talking about it when they returned. What a change from five years ago!" COMMERCIAL LONGLINE CONFISCATION REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as clear in the mid-80s, with a water temperature range of 80 to 84 degrees.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: Eric Weissman of Explore Fly Fishing reported a one-outing midweek catch including released fish at San Augustinillo, Huatulco, of: one dorado, one sailfish, 20 yellowfin, one tunny, one skipjack, several mackerel, and one rainbow runner. "The blue water is so close to shore at Agustinillo that today we hit two sails less than 500 meters from the hotel," Weissman said. "The fish are very aggressive. Dorado are moving 40 and 50 feet to hit flies." Huatulco weather was in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 80 to 85 degrees. HUATULCO FLY FISHING REPORT.

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QUINTIN CROAKER CALL--Eddie Marquez (right) of Don Eddie's Landing and his group fished off El Rosario south of San Quintin on the City Slicker with Capt. Jaime Garcia for a big haul of 12 white seabass to 54 pounds. Also fishing with Marquez were Armando Lopez, Jorge Gamez and Tim Martin. Photo courtesy Julie Atkinson.

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SANTO TOMAS RAY--Diane Lujan (center) of Nuevo, Calif., fished on a panga out of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort south of Ensenada with Capt. Willy Cortez (right) and landed this 35-pound ray on 30-pound line at the Soledad Reef. Photo courtesy Diane Lujan.

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NIGHTTIME DORADO--Steve Campbell caught the last fish of the trip, a real nice dorado, during a cruise from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas on his boat Corsario. Offshore fishing was very good from Magdalena Bay south to the Finger Bank north of Cabo San Lucas. Photo courtesy Tim McNulty.

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MAGDALENA BAY MARLIN--A free jumping marlin is caught over a bait ball off Magdalena Bay during a cruise down the coast of Baja by Steve Campbell's boat Corsario. Thirty-five marlin were released at the Finger Bank north of Cabo San Lucas on the last day of the trip. Photo courtesy Tim McNulty.

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NOVEMBER BLUES--Jim Eakin's three days of panga fishing at San Jose del Cabo produced two blue marlin plus a striper, bonita, and tuna. This blue marlin died during the fight and couldn't be released. Eakin fished out of La Playita with the Antonio Guluarte Fleet. Photo courtesy Jim Eakin.

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PUNTA COLORADA DODO--Mike O'Keefe of Imperial Beach fished four days out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada with Andy Atchley's group and they landed 12 of these dorado plus wahoo and tuna. "All fish were expertly filleted and vacuum packed by Jesus at the hotel and the excess baggage fee was cheerfully paid to Alaska Airlines," Atchley said. Photo courtesy Andy Atchley.

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SIERRA SEASON--Jorge Bergin of La Ribera at East Cape has begun scoring on winter season sierra and has landed 41 so far on his panga and 12-foot tin boat, with the biggest coming from around Hotel Punta Colorada. Photo courtesy Jorge Bergin.

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MID-CORTEZ SUSHI--Horacio Peñuelas fished out of Las Glorias, Sinaloa, on Manuel Gerhardus' boat Mamanina, and they ran out 45 miles on a heading of 230 degrees to score on these nice yellowfin tuna to about 100 pounds. Photo courtesy Manuel Gerhardus.

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YELLOWTAIL AT SAN CARLOS--Alejandro Liogon of Hermosillo, Sonora, fished out of San Carlos on Fernando Almada's boat Fish Stalker and landed his first ever yellowtail in windy conditions at Punta San Antonio. Photo courtesy Fernando Almada.

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SAN CARLOS SQUIDLY--Craig Collins fished out of San Carlos, Sonora, at Punta San Antonio on his boat No Sniveling, and he ran into a bunch of these Humboldt squid on the surface that were caught with trolled Rapalas. Photo courtesy Craig Collins.

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AT ROCA CORBETENA--Mark Olsen fished at Roca Corbeteña on the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II with Capt. Danny Osuna, and his catch included sailfish, wahoo, tuna, and this nice amberjack, all caught on caballito live baits. Photo courtesy Danny Osuna.

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SCRATCHING UP TUNA--Trophy-sized yellowfin tuna were slow to bite at Puerto Vallarta last week, but Richard Alan landed this 120 pounder, and also had a blue marlin broken off, at Roca Corbeteña on PV Marlin's charter boat Lorena. Photo courtesy Daniel Quinonez.

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MAG BAY PILEUP--Bird schools marked the heavy fall fishing action as Steve Campbell's boat Corsario cruised southwards off Baja's Magdalena Bay. Photo courtesy Tim McNulty.

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