Puerto Vallarta cow tuna start to chew, Dorado dancing for Ensenada boats

Mexico Fishing News, August 7, 2006



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO:Big yellowfin tuna weighing well over 200 pounds started to hit the skipjack baits for Puerto Vallarta sportfishing boats last week, topped by a 300-pound plus cow landed by Merle Erickson of Chicago.

Erickson reported on an excellent 3-day run at Puerto Vallarta aboard the charter boat Marla II with Capt. Danny Osuna for a catch of: 6 jacks, 3 rainbow runner, 6 small yellowfin tuna, a 60-plus pound pargo, a dorado in the 60 to 70-pound class, some huge black marlin lost, and a giant yellowfin tuna that taped out at 315.23 pounds. Erickson's big cow tuna was hooked on a skipjack bait at El Banco about 3:30 p.m., on the final day of his trip which had begun at the dock about 2 a.m. that morning. "I’ve never fished with anyone that worked as hard as those guys did," said the experienced Erickson of his crew on the Marla II. HUGE COW REWARDS A LONG PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING DAY.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said, "We had a great fishing week at Puerto Vallarta, with a lot of marlin action, some big cow tunas, dorados, pargos, sailfish, rainbow runners, and wahoos. We lost a lot of tuna and marlin strikes this week, but we also landed some big fish. It was great fishing." In addition to Merle Erickson's 315-pound yellowfin tuna, in 88-degree water at El Banco last week, the charter boat Marla II landed a 237 pounder for Tom Dragotto of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Capt. Scott Osuna had a 330 pounder on the Marla III, and Capt. Alonso on the Arca de Noe also had good offshore and inshore action. "Inshore fishing is really good," Osuna said. "there are a lot of roosterfish, jack crevalle and needlefish."

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Mark Rein of Phoenix reported a cow class yellowfin tuna taped at 278 pounds caught on his new Puerto Vallarta boat Big Kahuna at Roca Corbeteña on Saturday, July 29, 2006. Fishing with Puerto Vallarta Capt. Tony Ocaranza, Rein said the big tuna swallowed a skipjack bait deep and was hooked internally with a 12/0 circle hook. "A new boat and a year of planning and preparation later, I was unbelievably fortunate to land my first vacona," Rein said. "The thing looked huge in the water as Tony wrangled it towards him and sunk the gaff." BIG VALLARTA TUNA FOR BIG KAHUNA.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Rudy Gonzalez of Cypress, Calif., tried both a local party boat and an offshore super panga run to Roca Corbeteña, but found slow fishing both days, for a catch of: 6 large needlefish, a 15-pound yellowtail, a 25 to 30-pound pargo, a triple hookup on jack crevalle, and finally, a bonus 15-pound wahoo. "That made my day," Gonzales said, "wahoo was one fish I hadn't caught yet and it was at the top my list." WAHOO AND MIXED SPECIES AT PUERTO VALLARTA.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Summer dorado action kicked into gear for Ensenada offshore boats last week. Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody at Marina Coral reported on a run to 72.9-degree water just west of the Ensenada lower 500 spot with 4-angler limits on dorado of 17 to 22 pounds, plus about 20 more dorado released. "The Pacific Ocean is an aquarium for dorado," Ostberg said. "We saw a marlin chasing some dorado that were jumping out of the water." The Melody also found yellowtail, mostly non-biters, but including an estimated 25 to 30 pounder that came unbuttoned at gaff.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported on an offshore run Friday by the charter super panga El Dorado, fishing around the Ensenada 238 spot with 3 anglers for a catch of 12 dorado and 8 yellowtail on weed paddies and on the troll. Fishing was "bueno," Gomez said. Water temperatures at the 238 spot were at 73.6 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral reported on an outing to the Ensenada 425 spot, finding green water, but then running farther west for 4 hours of nonstop action for limits on kelp paddy dorado and yellowtail. Ross also noted that 6 commercial seiners were working the area, presumably for bluefin tuna. "There were pens waiting for them," Ross said, "which indicates bluefin. This is where we caught our bluefin last week, and a panga named Sharma caught one twice as big as ours." Also fishing on the Bad Dog were Gail Ross and marinero Jando Ruiz.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ross also had a follow up report on his boats' first bluefin tuna landing the previous week at the 425 spot, after 8 years of fishing at Ensenada. "Friends of ours have landed bluefin right next to our boat," Ross said. "We hadn't even lost one at gaff." The Bad Dog's bluefin tuna, weighed at the marina at 73 pounds 11 ounces, was boated by Ross' wife Gail after it hit a "carrot top" colored trolling lure. BAD DOG'S FIRST BLUEFIN TUNA.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 24 anglers fishing aboard the charter boats Ensenada Clipper, Shir-lee, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 22 yellowtail, 101 bonito, 23 barracuda, 168 sandbass, 1 white seabass, and 9 dorado.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Susarrey reported on 119 anglers fishing aboard the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-lee Too, Shir-lee, Cazador, Quest, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 75 yellowtail, 127 bonito, 19 barracuda, 37 sandbass, 45 dorado, 37 lingcod, 89 rockcod, and 9 red rockcod.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the charter boat Tamara fished GPS numbers 31.33 117.06 Saturday for 22 yellowtail of 12 to 20 pounds plus 3 dorado of about 20 pounds, mostly on mackerel cast to kelp paddies. "The water temperature was 73 degrees," Susarrey said, "and our sardines died before 10 a.m." Susarrey also said he's got a new web page online at: lilyssportfishing.5u.com.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Mike Steele of San Diego reported on trip to Castro's Camp at Erendira, just south of Ensenada, for a good catch of unlimited large bonito and barracuda, good numbers of bass and rockfish, and a nice 30-pound white seabass hooked while making mackerel baits south of Castro's. Other sport and commercial boats also scored on white seabass. "All the white seabass areas were a bit south, maybe 5 miles or so," Steele said. "The water was shallow, maybe 60 to 80 feet deep." WHITE SEABASS SOUTH OF CASTRO'S CAMP.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said John Porter and his group fished on the charter boat Ana and landed 6 good-sized yellowtail plus several dorado to 23-pounds close in at the San Quintin 240 spot. Yellowfin tuna were also reported caught 25 miles due west of the point, and good numbers of white seabass to 66 pounds came in, including a 45 pounder landed by Don Eddie Marquez. San Quintin weather was overcast in the 80s, with offshore waters clear at temperatures averaging 73 degrees. DORADO, TUNA, AND WHITE SEABASS AT SAN QUINTIN.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Garcia also noted that reservations should be made early for this year's Labor Day Tournament to be held on Sept. 3, 2006, 011-52-616-165-6061, doneddie@hotmail.com. The entry fee for tournament is $65 per angler.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said he sent 16 boats out during the week. Capt. Hector of the Rommy found a kelp paddy 15 miles off the point with nice-sized dorado and yellowtail on it, but Hillis said the best bet was still south at Socorro for limits on yellowtail to 30 pounds, plus white seabass to 45 pounds. "The fishing has been great," Hillis said, "but there's still no tuna in range of our boats." San Quintin weather was "perfect" with "no wind to speak of."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo, his son Dave Grimes, and Tim Gunther fished with Capt. Chino out of the Cielito Lindo at the end of the week for a catch of yellowtail to about 25 pounds. "There are a lot of gringos taking large numbers of 8 or 10-pound yellowtail," Grimes said. "Capitan Chino has 2 boats. He is a great fisherman and nice guy. His phone is 011-52-616-101-2472."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Jon Schwartz of Carlsbad, Calif., had his kayak ferried out to Isla San Martin and the San Quintin 15 spot by Pedro's Pangas' Capt. Miguel Cervantes and he limited on yellowtail of 15 to 25 pounds while trolling live mackerel on the paddle, plus another yellowtail fought on spinning gear while in the water snorkeling. "I put on a wet suit, dive mask, and snorkel, and hooked an 8-pound yellowtail on spinning gear with a Krocodile," Schwartz said. "Then I dove into the water and reeled him up as I bobbed up and down and breathed through my mask. They threw me a gaff and I got him."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Gabriel Davila of Upland and his group fished at San Quintin 2 days with Capt. Jaime Garcia and reported good offshore action for a catch of: 22 yellowtail, 2 dorado, about 20 red rockcod, and limits of bonito, mostly released. Fishing around the San Quintin 240 spot produced yellowtail of 35 pounds for Albert Davila and Jonah Eggli, plus a 40 pounder for Jacob Eggli. "We had a great time once again at San Quintin as Captain Jaime put us on the fish like always," Davila said. GOOD SAN QUINTIN RUN FOR YELLOWTAIL, BONITO, AND DORADO.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Gene Allshouse of San Quintin Sportfishing said yellowfin tuna and dorado showed up briefly 13 miles off the point, as boats caught 2 to 3 dorado and 1 or 2 tuna each. "But on Sunday the water cooled to 69 degrees and was quite rough and very few of either species were caught," Allshouse said.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Gary Brashear of San Diego reported on a trip to Don Eddie's Landing, fishing with live bait in perfect conditions around the 240 spot with Capt. Poncho for a catch of: 10 yellowtail to 30 pounds, plus some nice dorado. Brashear's group included anglers Chad Galvas, Darren Mroz, and Aussie Mark.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said some boats did fish offshore of Magdalena Bay last week, finding calming conditions and some yellowfin tuna plus a few dorado. "They fished halfway from Puerto Lopez Mateos to the Thetis Bank," Graham said. Some small yellowtail were caught at the San Carlos entrada. The mangrove channels produced a few corvina. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 61 to 66 degrees.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 91 charters, with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 64 yellowfin tuna, 46 dorado, 10 roosterfish, 10 skipjack, 9 bonita, 3 amberjack, and 15 boats with no luck.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on a outing Saturday with anglers Vicki Hughes and Julie Rosson for a local catch of: 5 dorado, 4 skipjack, and 2 bonitos. Druck fished on a 5-hour morning run in 83-degree water on the Pacific side from the beach out to about 2 miles.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas weather mostly cloudy, in the mid-90s, with good sea conditions and no tropical disturbances on the horizon last week. Water temperatures averaged 85 degrees on the Cortez side, with 1 to 2-foot swells. Near shore water on the Pacific side was green in the mid-70s, but warmed to 80 to 82 degrees with swells of 3 to 5 feet at the 1,000-fathom line.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 42 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 25 striped marlin, 22 dorado, 1 sailfish, 127 yellowfin tuna, mostly of 15 to 30 pounds. "The billfish are scattered from the Jamie Bank to the 95 fathom spot," Edwards said. "Most of the dorado are outside Palmilla and San Jose del Cabo. The yellowfin tuna are running with the porpoise, mostly south about 15-plus miles or so."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 13 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin of 200 and over 300 pounds; 3 striped marlin; 41 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 30 pounds, plus one, 150 pounder; and 1 dorado of 20 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said striped marlin continued to be the main billfish catch off Cabo San Lucas last week, but more blue marlin of about 200 to 300 pounds were moving into the fishing grounds. Dorado and yellowfin tuna remained scattered. Forty-six percent of Pisces charters released billfish during the week, 34 percent landed tuna, and 27 percent had dorado. Pisces boats fished close in, on both sides of the arch, in good conditions and water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees. MORE BLUE MARLIN MOVING INTO CABO WATERS.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 51 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing of San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 225 yellowfin tuna, 92 dorado, 4 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 4 wahoo, 6 roosterfish, 12 huachinango, 22 yellowtail snapper, 29 amberjack, 6 cabrilla, 22 jack crevalle, and 38 bonito. Los Cabos fishing waters were clearing after a period of tropical swells. Yellowfin tuna averaged 15 to 50 pounds, but larger fish to about 100 pounds were seen feeding. Surf and bottom fishing were slow. LA PLAYITA PANGA REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said 2 qualifying blue marlin were weighed at 341 and 418 pounds during the East Cape Bisbee's Tournament, with the winning fish caught by Andrew Hughes during his first outing on his new boat Mi Corazon. The top yellowfin tuna weighed was 132.9 pounds, and the biggest dorado 54.8 pounds. During the tournament, 248 anglers on 54 boats fished for 3 days. "Everyone was complaining about how thick the striped marlin were," Graham said. "Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport reported 8 striped marlin bites in a couple of hours. That, my friend, is good news for East Cape fly flingers." Roosterfish were returning to the beaches as water conditions settled after tropical storm Emilia." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING AND BISBEE'S TOURNAMENT REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 101 boats fishing outside the Bisbee's tournament, with 323 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 69 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 56 dorado, 145 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, 2 roosterfish, 29 snapper, 4 amberjack, 53 bonito, 1 ladyfish, 10 pompano, 7 triggerfish, 17 cabrilla, and 7 skipjack tuna.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said East Cape seas were clear blue on Sunday, with water temperatures of 84 to 87 degrees, dead calm mornings, and some afternoon southeast breezes in the mid-90s. Fleet boats averaged 2 to 3 marlin per day, with the bite centered 5 to 10 miles out, from Punta Pescadero in the north to Los Frailes in the south. Kayak anglers led by Dennis Spike of Coastal Kayak Fishing caught pargo and amberjack to 50 pounds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 326 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas De Cortez, Playa Del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 912 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 647 yellowfin tuna, 18 blue marlin, 173 striped marlin, 1 black marlin, 41 sailfish, 223 dorado, 40 roosterfish, 15 wahoo, 11 cabrilla, 21 pargo, 16 triggerfish, 4 mako shark, 10 bonita, 3 amberjack, and 1 yellowtail.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said fishing was good for striped marlin last week, with fleet boats releasing 3 or 4 on some outings, plus some yellowfin tuna up to about 25 pounds, and a some smaller dorado.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Frank Springer of Butte Falls, Ore., said at Los Barriles on Friday, "Loads of striped marlin are being boated and released by the Bisbee Tournament guys, just a whole pot full of them. East Cape fishing waters warmed up after the rain, and both inshore and offshore areas brightened up with bluer color. One panga report from friends was for 2 blue marlin and 7 dorado in the 20-pound range."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Daugherty of East Cape Guides said blue water was pushing north and much clearer in front of Hotel Punta Colorada at the end of the week while he was fishing with clients on the charter boats Pez Gallo and Yayo. "We had a steady bite on schoolie yellowfin tuna and skipjack up to 40 pounds south of Los Frailes," Daugherty said. "The striped marlin bite was very consistent with many boats landing at least 1 or 2 per day. Dorado were more scarce but some boats were landing larger unit bulls on marlin jigs. Roosters were a no-show with all the cold water."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing made a trip to Hotel Punta Colorada and hooked a large dorado estimated at 60 pounds from his kayak on July 31, 2006, about half-a-mile off the point. "Caught on a live mackerel," Sammons said. "As far as I know the biggest dorado ever caught from a kayak. We also landed some good tuna and roosters on the trip, when not battling the pouring rain and wind. Matt Moyer also caught a 130-pound striped marlin from a kayak."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service at Buena Vista said improving conditions on the Cabo Pulmo Coral reef had water temperatures at 80 degrees at depth and visibility at 40 feet. "During the last days of the week the current picked up, giving us some opportunity to enjoy some nice drift dives," Pickering said. Sea life sightings included octopus, moray eels, lobsters, goliath grouper, dog snapper, and very large schools of big-eyed jacks.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz offshore fishing was slowed by weather again last week as a brief spell of wind passed through the area. "Late in the week, we had a tiny little squall and the fish either lockjawed or pushed far outside," Roldan said. "I mean way outside north of El Bajo or on the edges of our fishing perimeter east of Isla Cerralvo, or south almost to the East Cape area. Some marlin grabbed lures, but by this last Saturday, it was considerably slower." Inshore fishing on both the La Paz and Las Arenas sides remained good for roosterfish and pargo in the rocks.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas weather at the end of the week had completely flat mornings in the high-80s and afternoon water temperatures up to 88 degrees in the main fishing areas south at Boca del Alamo and outside the south point of Isla Cerralvo. Pangas caught some very good sized dorado during the week and Hernandez said, "Anglers who want these excellent sizes should come to La Paz now while we have them.



LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis said the local dorado schools near Loreto got lost for 2 days on Monday and Tuesday, but were located again and produced well for the rest of the week. A group of 34 fly fishing anglers went out several days on 15 pangas and averaged a catch-and-release catch of about 130 dorado per day, plus 3 sailfish, between Isla Coronado and the buoys off the north end of Isla Carmen. Loreto weather over the weekend was sunny and clear, with the water temperature at 83 to 86 degrees. DORADO ON THE FLY AT LORETO.

LORETO, MEXICO: Don Alley of Loreto reported a return to wide-open dorado action during 2 outings after the passage of tropical storm Emilia. Fishing north with Capt. Rigo Davis, Alley ran into "nonstop action until our bait was gone" on the way to Punta Mangles, plus a striped marlin released. On Friday, Alley fished with Capt. Manuel Torres and again got into unlimited dorado, this time with sardina baits at a buoy north of Isla Carmen. About 60 or 70 boats per day were fishing out of the Loreto marina. UNLIMITED DORADO RETURN AFTER PASSAGE OF EMILIA.

LORETO, MEXICO: Mitchell Rose of Hollywood reported on a mid-July Loreto trip with his wife Victoria Rose, fishing on his boat Helena with Capt. Pedro Davis for dorado to 40 pounds. "The sea was so alive, whales, rays, flying fish, marlin, sails, and mucho, mucho dorado," Rose said. "We were about 30 miles northeast of Loreto when Victoria spotted and hooked up to the 40 pounder. I know now that I need a bigger scale onboard. Squid was caught right in front of the marina in Loreto. If you go further out the squid get quite large. The sardinas were actually in the marina."

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said, "As of yesterday the fishing got hot. The dorado are back on track again at Loreto and the bite is quickly becoming wide-open as our offshore waters recover. Most boats are fishing at buoys that were set, but there are a lot of dorado throughout our northern fishing area. The dorado are quickly taking center stage.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Steve Whiteside of San Diego and his family group camped at Punta Chivato south of Mulege during the last week of July and had a good catch-and-release count of dorado about 6 to 8 miles out in the direction of Isla Tortuga. Another group reported about 90 dorado in 8 hours of fishing. HEAVY DORADO ACTION OFF PUNTA CHIVATO.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: For the previous week, Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said fishing was steady for deep yellowtail of 6 to 12 pounds at Isla Horsehead and south at Soldado. Some larger yellowtail were mixed in. Leopard grouper and spotted bay bass were also biting, but local dorado action had not yet started. Bahia de los Angeles weather was in the low-90s with some west wind and water temperatures of 75 to 78 degrees. "Until it hits 82, there will not be dorado in close," Vazquez said.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve Whiteside of San Diego reported on a late-July family trip to Bahia de los Angeles, fishing out of a Zodiak for no more than 3 hours per day for an all-release catch on Rapalas and jigging iron of 2 barracuda and a 3-pound yellowtail at the north end of Isla Smith, and 10 triggerfish, 5 barracuda, and 5 bass along the Baja shore north of the island.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of the Longfin Tackle Store reported on two, 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trips by the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga motherships Jose Andres and Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Aug. 4, 2006, with a catch of:

Jose Andres, with a light load of 12 anglers: 29 yellowtail to 27 pounds; 4 grouper to 65 pounds; 93 cabrilla to 16 pounds; 7 red snapper to 19 pounds; 1 broomtail grouper of 38 pounds; 12 sheephead to 19 pounds; 63 spotted bay bass; 2 shark; and 55 miscellaneous and released fish.

Tony Reyes, with charter master Steve Chase of Bakersfield, Calif.: 125 yellowtail to 25 pounds; 5 grouper to 45 pounds; 2 dorado to 15 pounds; 1 white seabass of 15 pounds; 62 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 175 red snapper to 12 pounds; 2 broomtail grouper to 10 pounds; 13 sheephead to 8 pounds; 165 spotted bay bass; and 45 released and miscellaneous fish. Midriff fishing area water temperatures were at 75 to 78 degrees. The boats fished in good weather as Islas San Esteban, San Lorenzo, and Partida, and at San Francisquito. Only 2 dorado were caught, Ward said, but there were probably many more on their way to the Midriff.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on Aug. 3, 2006, with a catch of: 172 yellowtail of 15 to 30 pounds; 18 pargo of 8 to 15 pounds; 157 cabrilla; and 26 dorado to 22 pounds. The Erik fished in good weather except for 2 days at Refugio, Vibora, Bahia de los Angeles, Ensenada Grande, and Gonzaga Bay.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Punta Willard south of San Felipe said locals were discussing the origin of the names "Punta Willard," "Isla Willard," and "Bahia Willard," but none had the answer, except that "we could agree it must be the same person." Magee requested information about the mysterious "Willard" from anyone who might have it.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats fishing off Mazatlan averaged about 1 billfish and 1 yellowfin tuna per offshore outing, and inshore super pangas caught about 4 dorado each. The biggest fish of the week was a 330-pound blue marlin landed by the new cruiser Aries IX. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm at 90 degrees, with water temperatures stable at 88 degrees. MAZATLAN OFFSHORE AND INSHORE FISHING.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said inshore fishing was slowed last week by rough seas that made it difficult to reach the fish. "The past few fishing days were pretty rough for the inshore boats," Edwards said. The Ixtapa sportfishing charter boats Gran Jefe, Dos Hermanos, Dos Hermanos II, Lady, and Bloody Hook reported on a combined 19 fishing days, with a catch of: 18 sailfish, 1 dorado, 130 bonito, 19 roosterfish, 113 jack crevalle, and 2 big-eye jacks. Ixtapa fishing area weather was cloudy and humid in the low-90s, with water temperatures stable at 84 to 85 degrees. ROUGH FISHING WATERS INSHORE AT IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said offshore boats averaged 2 to 3 sailfish per outing, plus some yellowfin tuna of about 20 pounds at the 5 to 7-mile mark, and a few 20 to 30-pound dorado. Only about 7 to 10 sportfishing boats were fishing per day in the Ixtapa area. Inshore action remained very good as boats averaged about 4 roosterfish of 25 to 45 pounds plus 6 jack crevalle of 14 to 25 pounds per day. Ixtapa fishing area weather was clear in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 78 to 84 degrees.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 17 inshore outings by the El Cid Caribe fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch of: 24 barracuda, mostly of about 20 pounds, 13 dog snapper, 2 grouper, 7 yellowtail, 2 sierra, 1 shark, 9 bonito, 2 jack crevalle, and 1 fish locally called a "Coronado." Cancun fishing area weather was mostly cloudy and humid in the mid-90s, with easterly breezes at 10 to 15 knots, and water temperatures at 84 degrees. Inshore boats were fishing high spots a few miles from the El Cid Caribe marina.

CANCUN, MEXICO: Mark Tikkanen of New Jersey and his son fished in mid-July with Capt. Rodman Hunter of Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing, using fly fishing tackle and spinning gear on the flats for a catch including snook, mangrove snapper and small barracuda. "We also hooked many tarpon but could not land any," Tikkanen said. "Captain Rodman Hunter was great. We had lots of fun."

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TAPED AT 315--This giant yellowfin tuna, taped at 315 pounds, came aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II last week for Merle Erickson of Chicago, second from left. Aboard the Marla II at El Banco were, from left, Marla II Capt. Danny Osuna, Erickson, and mates Albino and Carlos.

BIG VALLARTA DORADO (right)--Besides his 315-pound tuna, Merle Erickson's other big fish during 3 days aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II was this bull dorado measured at 69 inches long and estimated at about 70 pounds. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MERLE ERICKSON.

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MORE COWS CHEWING--Ned Washburn of Ventura, Calif., got into last week's Puerto Vallarta giant tuna action with this 225-pound yellowfin taken on a live skipjack at El Banco on Tuesday while fishing with friends aboard the boat WildCat. PHOTO COURTESY OF MERLE ERICKSON.

NEW BOAT, BIG TUNA (right)--Mark Rein of Phoenix with a yellowfin tuna that taped at 278 pounds, caught last week during the third outing by his new Puerto Vallarta boat Big Kahuna. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK REIN.

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BAD DOG BLUEFIN--Celebrating his Ensenada boat Bad Dog's first bluefin tuna, at 73 pounds 11 ounces, are Steve Ross, right, and from left, marinero Jando Ruiz, and Gail Ross, who boated the fish at the 425 spot. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE ROSS.

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BAIT MAKING BONUS--Ben Arellano, shown, and Mike Steele were fishing for mackerel baits out of Castro's Camp south of Ensenada when Arellano decided to soak one and hooked this 30-pound white seabass in about 60 feet of water. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE STEELE.

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THAT AIN'T ALL--Jon Schwartz of Carlsbad limited on yellowtail from his kayak at San Quintin last week, but that wasn't quite enough. He then jumped into the water with an 8 pounder hooked on a spinning rod and "landed" it while swimming with mask and snorkel. PHOTO COURTESY OF JON SCHWARTZ.

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QUINTIN WITH CAPT. JAIME--Gabriel Davila's group found 2 days of good fishing with San Quintin Capt. Jaime Garcia last week for yellowtail, dorado, bonito, and bottom fish. From left, are anglers: Gabriel Davila, Jacob Eggli, Jonah Eggli, Albert Davila, and Juan Eggli. PHOTO COURTESY OF GABRIEL DAVILA.

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QUINTIN DORADO DAY--Anglers, from left, Raymond Guthrie, John Porter, Tony Tapia, and Al Sumaya Jr. fished out of Don Eddie's Landing at San Quintin and landed a great catch of yellowtail and dorado at the close-in 240 spot. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAI GARCIA.

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QUINTIN FORKIE-DODO MIX--Rick Rodriguez of San Diego with a yellowtail and dorado caught close to San Quintin in late July with San Quintin Sportfishing. PHOTO COURTESY OF GENE ALLSHOUSE.

QUINTIN DORADO (right)--A nice dorado caught by Chad Galvas during a San Quintin fishing trip out of Don Eddie's landing with fishing partners Gary Brashear, Darren Mroz, and Aussie Mark. PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY BRASHEAR.

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CHEER'S AT CABO--Capt. Ramon Druck, left, of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's, with a real nice inshore dorado caught last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAMON DRUCK.

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GORDO SKINNY--Dan Redar of Chicago fished off San Jose del Cabo with Gordo Banks Pangas, and he hooked this 30-pound class wahoo with Capt. Marcelino on the Iman Bank. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC BRICTSON.

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EAST CAPE BISBEE'S--Capt. Hector of the charter boat Cabo Magic works a big dorado during last week's East Cape Bisbee's Tournament. The 48.4-pound fish caught off Los Frailes took the lead temporarily in the dorado division, but was later beaten by a 54.8 pounder landed by the Cowboy VII. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LORI GARCIA.

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HUGE YAK DODO--Jim Sammons of La Jolla Kayak Fishing with a massive dorado hooked on a live mackerel out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada last week. The fish was estimated at 60 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM SAMMONS.

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LOTSA BIG BULLS--The Las Arenas side at La Paz produced dorado in bonus sizes last week and these quality bulls were caught by Chris Hagerty and Dennis Grammer on a panga with Tortuga Sportfishing. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERARDO HERNANDEZ.

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LA PAZ SIDE DORADO--Dave Berthold of New Jersey fished on the La Paz side with Tailhunter International and had several days of good dorado action including this quality bull caught north of the city. PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ROLDAN.

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GOOD DORADO YEAR--Alex Rosas fished at Loreto with his father Alejandro Rosas and they got into in this season's excellent dorado action with Capt. Tito Murillo. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEJANDRO ROSAS.

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THEY'RE BAAACK--Loreto's concentration of quality dorado took a short break after a spell of windy weather but came right back again late last week with wide-open action north of town. Here's Capt. Manuel Torres with a nice one caught during an outing with Don Alley of Loreto. At right, Loreto sportfishing pangas crowd into the dorado action around a buoy placed offshore northeast of town. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DON ALLEY.

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DORADO AT LORETO--James Bundschu with a nice bull dorado caught on Friday between Loreto's Isla Coronado and Las Boyas with the Hotel Oasis' Capt. Enrique Talamantes. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY ZAPATA.

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CHIVATO FAMILY TRIP--Steve Whiteside and his family camped and fished out of Punta Chivato south of Mulege and found catch-and-release dorado action on their Zodiak, good conditions at the Punta Chivato campground near the hotel, and fun with jumping porpoise for the kids. PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEVE WHITESIDE.

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CANCUN FLATS--Mark Tikkanen of New Jersey and his son fished the Cancun flats last month with Capt. Rodman Hunter of Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing for a catch of snapper, barracuda, and snook caught on both fly fishing tackle and spinning gear. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK TIKKANEN.

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FORTY POUNDS OF GOLD--Victoria Rose, left, and her husband Mitchell Rose fished on their boat Helena north of Loreto with Capt. Pedro Davis, right, for good action on dorado to 40 pounds last month. At center and right, Capt. Davis casting the bait net and making squid near the Loreto marina. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MITCHELL ROSE.

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