San Quintin white seabass on a roll, Puerto Vallarta yields a few biggies

Mexico Fishing News, August 28, 2006



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing reported very good white seabass action out of San Quintin on Saturday as a group of San Diego anglers ran south to Socorro with Capt. Francisco Berrellesa on the charter boat Panchita and scored on 19 white seabass of 14 to 30 pounds plus many barracuda and bonita.

"They ran out of chrome Krocodiles and then used all the Krocodiles of any size and color they had left," Garcia said. Anglers fishing aboard the Panchita included Gonzalo Ruiz, Miguel Cevilla, Gilberto Pedroza, Aaron Pinto, and Enrique Martinez.

Garcia said San Quintin fishing area weather was mild in the mid-80s, with light winds and water temperatures into the 70s. Boats out of Don Eddie's earlier in the week caught white seabass up to 56 pounds while fishing south of the bay at El Socorro and El Tranquilo near Arroyo Hondo.

Other catches included many barracuda and bonito, and some yellowtail and sheephead. WHITE SEABASS CAUGHT AT EL SOCORRO AND EL TRANQUILO.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported 20 boats fishing out of San Quintin during the week, with about 2 to 4 white seabass for each boat running south to El Socorro, and other boats doing well on local yellowtail, rockcod, and lingcod.

"Big, big, barracuda seem to be one of the main problems for the low white seabass count," Hillis said. "You just can't get pass the barracuda." San Quintin weather had wind keeping local boats from fishing far offshore on some days.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on 2 runs offshore of Ensenada by the 33-foot charter boat Matador, fishing with Capt. David Silva and a total of 9 anglers for a catch of: dorado limits, 50 bonito, and 1 yellowtail. All fish were caught on flylined sardines at kelp paddies as the Matador fished around the Ensenada 238 and 450 spots in cold 62-degree water warming to 67 to 68 degrees by the end of the week. "A few dorados were lost when anglers were using 20-pound test but they were quick to switch to heavy lines up to 40-pound," Argonza said.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda had good bottom fishing all week long for rockcods, lingcod, and calico bass, plus lots of bonita and some yellowtail on the surface. "Our fishing was for bottom fish and bonita," Villarino said. "I will smoke some up for the customers tomorrow." Punta Banda weather was partly cloudy in the mid-70s over the weekend, with water temperatures averaging 66 degrees and 2 to 4-foot ocean swells. BONITO AND BOTTOM FISH AT PUNTA BANDA.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody out of Marina Coral reported wide-open dorado action in 72.5 to 74-degree water offshore of Ensenada. "We were called in on a giant paddy," Ostberg said. "There were 8 boats fishing. Fish were really tough and put up quite a fight on light tackle. All the dorado were full of eggs."

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Ostberg reported kelp paddy dorado limits for the Melody on fish to 22 pounds in 72.9-degree water. Two yellowfin tuna were also decked out of a quadruple jig strike, and 2 kelp paddy yellowtail were landed on the way back to Ensenada.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 55 anglers fishing aboard the charter boats Shir-lee, Cazador, and Quest, with a catch of: 91 yellowtail, 3 yellowfin tuna, and 160 dorado.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported on a 2-day run with 5 anglers to Punta Colonet aboard the 54-foot private boat Chavo, finding 72.3-degree water and very large kelp paddies about 18 miles out loaded with small and medium-sized dorado. "We got limits both days," Susarrey said. All fish were caught on live sardines.

Susarrey also reported on a run Thursday by the boat Trobin Robin, fishing with 3 anglers 39 miles southwest of Ensenada for a big catch of 28 dorado and 8 yellowtail, all about 15 pounds. "We found big kelp paddies loaded with dorado and yellowtails," Susarrey said. Most of the fish were caught with live mackerel baits in clean but not blue water at 72.5 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Donald Rubi of Duarte, Calif., fished aboard the charter boat Shir-lee out of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center, and reported good local sea conditions and sardine bait and a good bite at Isla Todos Santos for bonita but little else. "Twelve anglers did manage to bag limits of bonita," Rubi said, "but bottom fishing was not as productive." Other species caught by the boat included treefish, red rockcod, a couple of lingcod, and 1 yellowtail of about 5 pounds.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Tere Castro of Castro's Camp reported 33 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week for continued big counts of bottom fish including red rockcods, whitefish, lingcod, sandbass, and calico bass. On the surface, heavy concentrations of biting bonita and barracuda interfered with fishing for white seabass, although some were caught. Erendira weather was very good, with light breezes, sunny afternoons, and water temperatures in the main fishing areas at 70 to 73 degrees.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 34 boats fishing for continued heavy counts of red rockcod, whitefish, lingcod, sandbass, and calico bass on the bottom, and good surface action for barracuda, bonita, and yellowtail, plus about 80 percent of boats scoring on white seabass. Sea temperatures were at 72 to 74 degrees, with very clear water and calm weather.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Jeff Squires of San Diego and 3 others fished out of Castro's Camp on the charter boat Don Vicente with Capt. Oscar, and Squires said he caught his first-ever white seabass, a 60 pounder, plus another lost the second day and plenty of rockfish, lingcod, bonita, barracuda, and yellowtail to fill their ice chest. "It was more than enough for the 4 of us," Squires said. "The feel of that fish will be with me for ever. Love that place." FIRST WHITE SEABASS A 60 POUNDER.

ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Bruce Massey of San Dimas and his group fished with Capt. Nacho out of Castro's Camp for a big count of 12 yellowtail to 30 pounds plus 4 good sized barracuda and many bass and rockfish. "I started fishing for bottom fish when my dropper loop with cut squid was nailed on its way down at about 40 feet. Yellowtail on!" Massey said. The fishing was south of Erendira, in mostly flat seas, but with a north swell on the run back to Castro's.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Juanchys Aguilar of La Bocana on the Baja Pacific coast reported good yellowtail action early in the week 2 miles south of Roca Ballena north of Punta Abreojos, then an explosion in tuna counts on Thursday. Aguilar fished with anglers Derek Arneson and James Chandler of San Diego 4 days for a catch of: 28 yellowtail, 31 bonita, 18 calico bass, 7 dorado, and 37 yellowfin tuna of 25 to 30 pounds, plus a near shore catch of white seabass and halibut. Six other boats fishing from Tuesday to Thursday caught: 236 bonito, 190 yellowtail, 296 yellowfin tuna of 18 to 25 pounds, and 1 striped marlin. On Saturday, 3 boats caught 75 tuna, 12 dorado, and another marlin. Baja coastal water temperatures off La Bocana averaged 72 degrees in very calm conditions.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jeff Rumble of Whittier, Calif., and Pete Jenista made a Baja overland trip to Bahia San Nicolas on the Sea of Cortez coast south of Mulege and fished from shore and from an inflatable boat for 5 days for a catch of 235 fish of 28 species. "Annoyingly the dominant fish turned out to be California Scorpionfish," Rumble said. "Tasty, but with small fillets and poisonous spines." Other species caught during their Baja trip included chino mero, triggerfish, bonefish, squid, dorado, and various jacks and snappers. "All in all, it was a good Baja trip," Rumble said. "It was nice to see the glowing shrimp at the water line again, they bite by the way, and to see so many sea turtles, jumping manta rays, and some quality shooting stars." BAJA RUN TO BAHIA SAN NICOLAS.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said marlin mixed with dorado were reported offshore of Magdalena Bay as close as 8 miles from the San Carlos entrada on a heading of 240 degrees. "Most of the tuna action seemed to be considerably farther offshore," Graham said. In the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels, a few corvina, grouper, and snook to about 10 pounds were caught in the Devil's Curve area. Corvina and grouper were caught at the northern Boca Santo Domingo near Puerto Lopez Mateos. Magdalena Bay fly fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 64 to 78 degrees.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said blue marlin were finally moving into Los Cabos midsummer fishing waters and replacing the cooler water striped marlin in numbers. Pisces Fleet's billfish catches for the week, with nearly all fish released, included 21 striped marlin, 20 blue marlin, 12 sailfish, and 1 shortbilled spearfish. "The ratio of blue marlin catches at Cabo San Lucas continues to increase," Ehrenberg said, "with a gradual climb on blue marlin that we haven't seen here in quite a few years." Overall, 87 percent of Pisces boats released billfish, 35 percent landed dorado, and 22 percent had yellowfin tuna. BLUE MARLIN ON THE RISE IN CABO WATERS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 54 charter boats fishing during the week, with a catch including released fish of: 5 blue marlin, 21 striped marlin, 4 sailfish, 25 yellowfin tuna, 70 dorado, 10 skipjack, and 3 boats skunked.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said the brief port closure last week due to rough seas didn't affect fishing much. "The port captain closed the harbor at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, well after most of the charter boats left. He reopened the harbor at 7 a.m. on Thursday so there was no real time lost for anglers." Seas were settling over the weekend, with clear blue water at 80 to 85 degrees on the Pacific side, and 83 to 86 degrees on the Cortez side.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Noe Ramon Druck of the charter super panga Cheer's reported on 3 outings with anglers Patty and Bill Lynd of Texas for a catch including released fish of: 14 dorado, and "dozens" of bonito and skipjack. The Cheer's fished off Faro Viejo up to about 3 miles from the coast, in water temperatures averaging 83 to 84 degrees. Two other runs, fishing on the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides, produced a catch of: 8 bonito, 6 black skipjack, and 18 dorado of 10 to 35 pounds. "Excellent fishing," Druck said. The Cheer's fished in water temperatures up to 86 degrees, using strip, chunked, and whole skipjack baits. Anglers fishing with Druck during the week included Jerry Goff and Steven Wilson of Washington state.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: John Lanz of McKinleyville, Calif., and Butch Wolfe fished 5 days out of Cabo on the charter boat Carmelita III with Angelina Fleet and Lanz reported 6 blue marlin of 150 to 250 pounds landed, a 500-pound class black marlin unbuttoned, a shortbilled spearfish released, and 6 dorado caught from 8 to 55 pounds. "We got all the marlin between the 95 and 1150 banks and out about 5 to 8 miles," Lanz said. "The huge dorado came from the same area. All the blue marlin and the black marlin were hooked on Zuker 5.5 Guacamayo color lures fished behind my spreader bar teasers."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 6 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 1 striped marlin, 12 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 30 pounds, 20 dorado of 25 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 37 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin under 300 pounds, 6 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 9 dorado, and 82 yellowfin tuna. "The skippers are reporting long periods between billfish strikes," Edwards said. "Yellowfin tuna have helped to take up some of the slack, but one had to get lucky enough to find the porpoise that were carrying fish." Cabo San Lucas sportfishing area weather was in the high-90s, with sea surface water temperatures at 82 to 83 degrees on the Pacific side, and 85 to 86 degrees on the Sea of Cortez.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Art Coleman of Temecula, Calif., reported a "perfect" trip to Cabo by his group of 10 anglers, fishing 3 days with Gaviota Fleet and on the charter boat Top Gun out of Pochos' Charters for "all the yellowfin tuna we wanted" on the Inner Gordo Bank, plus 3 blue marlin, including 1 caught by Coleman and a first-ever 245-pound blue marlin landed by his wife Patricia. "This was the perfect trip," Coleman said. "The service was the best I have ever had on any trip to Cabo, bar none." OUTSTANDING CABO TRIP WITH GAVIOTA FLEET AND POCHOS' CHARTERS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Domb of Redding, Calif., completed a 5-day trip out of Cabo San Lucas aboard the charter boat Spicy Tuna, for a catch including 9 striped marlin and blue marlin, 1 small hammerhead shark, 4 sailfish, 1 dorado, a couple of yellowfin tuna, many skipjack, a few jack crevalle, and 1 huge marlin released that was longer than the 14-foot beam of the boat. The Spicy Tuna fished from the Cabrillo Seamount north as far as Isla Cerralvo and spent nights drift fishing, or anchored in various East Cape locations. "Trolling at night was considered too hazardous due to the numerous palos, or logs, floating on the surface from recent heavy rains," Domb said. "One fascinating experience was having a 200-pound blue marlin hit a Williamson 'little tunny' skipjack lure pulled in a spread consisting of 2 live skipjack! I guess I’ll have to always bringing one of those along as a 'secret weapon.'"



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 78 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 940 yellowfin tuna, 56 dorado, 3 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 44 bonito, 66 skipjack, 4 cabrilla, and 38 miscellaneous snappers. The La Playita pangas were shut down briefly by storm swells but wide-open tuna action picked right up again as boats averaged about 12 tuna of 15 to 30 pounds per outing. CONTINUED RED-HOT LOS CABOS TUNA.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bill Nishnick of Chino Hills, Calif., and his 2 twin grandsons, Blake and Spencer Wallace, 12, fished out of La Playita with independent panga Capt. Jesus Ramon for catch-and-release yellowfin tuna action including a 102 pounder landed by Blake. "The captain started the boat up and chased the fish for over a mile until we got some line back on the reel," Nishnick said. "I told the boys it might be a long time before they ever have a better day of fishing than that."



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 57 East Cape fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: 249 yellowfin tuna, 25 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 103 dorado, 8 snappers, 3 sierra, 62 bonita, and 11 triggerfish. The yellowfin tuna bite was located in front of La Ribera and also south off Destiladeras.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Aug. 24, 2006, Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 246 charter boats from combined fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 733 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 991 yellowfin tuna, 108 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 325 dorado, and 1 wahoo. East Cape fishing area weather was mostly calm in the high-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 91 degrees. YELLOWFIN TUNA LEAD EAST CAPE FISH COUNTS.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Aug. 17, 2006, Moyers reported on 171 charter boats from combined fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 513 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 81 striped marlin, 17 sailfish, 194 dorado, and 684 yellowfin tuna.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dave Adams of Tempe, Ariz., and his group of 10 anglers fished 2 days on 4 boats out of Hotel Punta Colorada plus an additional day on 1 of the boats for a catch of: 55 tuna of 25 to 40 pounds, 26 dorado to 45 pounds, 2 roosterfish, "too many needlefish," 1 ladyfish, jack crevalle, mackerel, and 1 sculpin. "We had 3 strikes on billfish, but didn't manage to keep them hooked," Adams said. Fishing on the East Cape charter boats Tres Amigo, Mahi Mahi, Pez Gallo and Chureya were anglers Dave and Kelley Adams, Mike and Lylia Hagerty, Pat Clark and Randy Scalberg, Frank Prieto, Dan McCullough, and Nancy and Doug Young.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said all fleet boats were busy during the week, fishing mainly for yellowfin tuna up to 25 pounds and averaging 15 to 20 fish per boat. Boats fished mostly off La Ribera and Los Frailes, and also caught lots of red snapper and small dorado, plus about 1 or 2 marlin releases per day.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported dead calm mornings at East Cape, with highs in the low-90s, inshore waters still green, and offshore water clear blue at 90 to 92 degrees. Yellowfin tuna continued to lead the fleet counts with fish of 20 to 50 pounds caught about 3 to 4 miles out between Cabo Pulmo and White Cliffs. "The fish are in open water," Ireland said. "All boats making the ride are limiting out."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said East Cape had some rain earlier in the week, but "that didn't seem to hamper the tuna bite below Los Frailes. The early birds got the action and as more boats arrived the bite slowed significantly." Beach fly fishing anglers scored on species including ladyfish, pompano, jacks, and some roosterfish between La Ribera and Punta Colorada. East Cape sportfishing area weather on Saturday was calm and partly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 74 to 89 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service at East Cape reported excellent diving conditions on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef over the weekend, with mild currents, water temperatures at depth of 82 to 86 degrees, and close to 90 feet of visibility. Sea life sightings included pilot whales, mobula manta ray, dolphin, snappers, jacks, grouper, eels, sea turtles, and porkfish.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tami Gaussion of Rancho Buena Vista reported on 61 East Cape charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 356 yellowfin tuna, 29 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 3 roosterfish, 84 dorado, 3 wahoo, 4 pargo, and 46 skipjack.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Frank Springer of Butte Falls, Ore., said on Saturday, "It was nice to have the chubasco pass us by this week. The water at Los Barriles got a bit chunky but not as bad as the surf at San Jose del Cabo. The breeze is a mere susurration, the sky is clear and blue, and the Sea of Cortez is as flat as a morning lake. Anyone not fishing the East Cape in the next few days has simply lost their will to live."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Aluminum beach-launched boat angler Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported on a good outing Saturday, trolling out to about Rancho Leonero with Jointed Rebels for some needlefish about 4 feet long, plus 3 dorado on Rebels and Krocodiles, and 10 triggerfish kept on cut Humboldt squid. "I love fishing and even catching," Eddy said. "A dorado slowly swimming under the boat. I don't think I have the ability to assemble the words to begin to describe that sight." GOOD DAY FOR TIN BOAT DORADO.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Eddy reported on a long panga troll with local pangueros Elias and Travanco, targeting blue marlin, but catching nothing during a run south to Punta Arena and then outwards from La Ribera in a hot, following breeze. "It was 93 degrees with 70 percent humidity," Eddy said. "I am proud to say that it was Elias who threw in the towel, but without much resistance from me." LONG HOT TROLL OUT OF BUENA VISTA.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Aug. 20, 2006, Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 387 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas De Cortez, Playa Del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 1,083 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 3,172 yellowfin tuna, 275 dorado, 30 blue marlin, 374 striped marlin, 88 sailfish, 42 roosterfish, 5 wahoo, 6 pargo, 3 pompano, and 66 bonita.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported up-and-down weather and sea conditions on the Las Arenas side last week, but pangas scoring steadily on yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds, plus some roosterfish, and just a few dorado. The best tuna action was south off Punta Pescadero and El Cardonal, where good sardina bait was available. Roosterfish of 30 to 60 pounds were caught around the Punta Arena de la Ventana lighthouse. LAS ARENAS TUNA.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said, "This past week was pretty darned solid for fishing. The tuna charged up Las Arenas with fish between 20 and 40 pounds between the Las Arenas lighthouse and Punta Pescadero. They were mixed with dorado, roosters and even some amberjack." On the La Paz side, dorado of 20 pounds and upwards showed up in big numbers at the end of the week with the fish "taking everything tossed in the water." La Paz weather over the weekend was hot and humid in the low-100s, with water temperatures at 82 to 86 degrees.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported continued super wide-open dorado action for Loreto boats, but with a "slower" day on Saturday as his boat could not locate a school and caught "only" 15 dorado on the troll. Other outings during the week produced fly and conventional tackle catches of at least 20 fish by midmorning with boats running away from schools still biting. Loreto weather was "uniformly calm," with water temperatures of 83 to 87 degrees. Bear said, "One couldn't ask for a better week of dorado fishing." DORADO STILL SUPER ABUNDANT NEAR TOWN.

LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis said fewer anglers were in town last week but the super-duper dorado action continued, with the fish centered about 15 miles out, between Bajo de las Boyas and Isla Carmen, off San Bruno, and about 8 miles off Isla Coronado. Fourteen pangas reported a catch of: 144 dorado of 20 to 47 pounds, and 1 sailfish of 70 pounds.

LORETO, MEXICO: Joe Cameron of San Diego and Jeff Cordeiro trailered their 14-foot aluminum boat to Juncalito Cove just south of Loreto and fished 5 days for a catch of 20 dorado within a mile of the cove, including 1 dorado inside the cove, plus a good mixed catch including spotted cabrilla, trumpetfish, yellow snapper, puffer fish, triggerfish, ladyfish, and sierra. Loreto fishing area weather was over 100 degrees daily, with water temperatures of 81 to 86 degrees. TIN BOAT DORADO AND MIXED SPECIES AT JUNCALITO COVE.

LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported continued heavy dorado action on fish averaging 18 pounds but including some of 37 to 45 pounds, with many caught on his buoys about 25 miles northeast of town. Most anglers were practicing catch-and-release, keeping only the larger fish.

LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Steve Zigler of Lake Tahoe and his group of 3 other anglers fished 3 days with Arturo's Sportfishing, for "mucho dorado to 43 pounds," plus a sailfish kept that got tail-wrapped during the fight.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: The Baja aficionado community was shocked and saddened by the highway murder of well-known Raquel Duarte Fife, 64, of Bahia de los Angeles, as she and her husband Larry Fife drove northwards on Mex 1 near Catavina on Aug. 22, 2006. The Fife's, owners of the beach front motel "Larry and Raquel's" at Bahia de los Angeles, were reported attacked by a fusillade of gunshots from another vehicle. Larry was not injured, according to Nancy Harer of the Old Mill Hotel in San Quintin who saw him on Friday, but Raquel died of multiple wounds. The attack occurred during an unusual period of several similar incidents reported in Tijuana and the Ensenada toll road.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward Jr. of The Longfin Tackle Store reported on 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. 25, 2006, with a catch of:

Jose Andres, with charter master Roger Cortez and 18 anglers: 47 yellowtail to 32 pounds; 1 grouper to 45 pounds; 1 black sea bass, 55 pounds; 89 cabrilla to 10 pounds; 4 dorado to 12 pounds; 3 red snapper to 16 pounds; 1 sheephead to 8 pounds; 40 spotted bay bass; 2 broomtail grouper to 12 pounds; and 35 miscellaneous and released fish.

Tony Reyes, with charter master Roy Lay and 22 anglers: 70 yellowtail to 30 pounds; 171 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 36 dorado to 18 pounds; 66 squid to 20 pounds; 1 shark, 10 pounds; 3 black sea bass to 50 pounds; 14 red snapper to 17 pounds; 215 spotted bay bass to 3 pounds; 6 sheephead to 8 pounds; 5 broomtail grouper to 20 pounds; and 15 miscellaneous and released fish.

Capt. Tony Reyes Jr. reported good Midriff fishing weather and plenty of live bait available. The best fishing was found at Isla San Lorenzo and at Bahia de San Francisquito. Midriff water temperature were at 75 to 80 degrees.

Earlier, Ward reported fish counts by the Jose Andres and Tony Reyes for Midriff Islands trips returning to San Felipe on Aug. 18 2006:

Jose Andres, with 18 anglers and charter master Larry Kelly: 51 yellowtail to 23 pounds; 2 grouper to 45 pounds; 68 cabrilla to 16 pounds; 7 dorado to 20 pounds; 10 red snapper to 18 pounds; 3 sheephead to 9 pounds; 97 spotted bay bass to 2 pounds; 3 broomtail grouper to 18 pounds; 30 miscellaneous and released fish.

Tony Reyes with 27 anglers and charter master Roy Lay: 42 yellowtail to 20 pounds; 82 cabrilla to 12 pounds; 138 dorado to 20 pounds; 3 grouper to 35 pounds; 10 red snapper to 15 pounds; 135 spotted bay bass to 2 pounds; 6 sheephead to 6 pounds; and 6 miscellaneous and released fish.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Adrian Sosa of San Jose, Calif., and his father Luis Sosa trailered a 26-foot Skipjack into Puertecitos and stayed on the boat for 3 nights while fishing around the Enchanted Islands for steady action on: 2 dorado to 20 pounds, 3 pargo to 8 pounds, 3 sierra to 5 pounds, about 80 spotted bay bass mostly released, 1 corvina-like fish, various grunts and porgies, and "I can't count that high" on the triggerfish to 10 pounds. Northern Sea of Cortez weather was mostly very flat, with hot weather in the low-100s and water temperatures into the high-80s. ENCHANTED ISLAND MIXED SPECIES FISHING CRUISE.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Mike Auditore of Phoenix reported on a run out to about 50 miles south of Rocky Point by his boat El Gato Blanco, finding no action at all while trolling for dorado, but good bottom fishing after several tries for a day's catch of: 1 red snapper of 7 pounds, 1 baqueta of 10 pounds, a very large toadfish that hit a damsel bass hooked on cut bait, and many goldspotted bass to about 8 pounds. "We filled the fish box and headed into Rocky Point," Auditore said. "The seas were calm and the water temperature was 87 degrees." GOLDSPOTTED BASS AND A BIG TOADFISH.

ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Art Pina of Tucson and his group fished with Tiburon Charters in flat seas and 88-degree water, fishing 200 to 300 feet deep on reefs out to about 50 miles from Rocky Point for a catch of 4 grouper of about 25 to 70 pounds and some halibut. Pina said he also observed very small roosterfish about 4 inches long while netting bait. "While cast netting bait we were catching many small roosterfish," Pina said. "I never have caught roosterfish in Rocky Point. There must be large ones around."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Job Othoniel of reported on 7 Mazatlan offshore boats, with a catch including released fish of: 84 dorado, and 15 sailfish. Inshore super pangas reported a catch of: 45 triggerfish, 40 red snapper, 80 pargo, and 10 roosterfish. At Lake El Salto, Othoniel said boats averaged 70 to 100 largemouth bass per day. The largest bass caught last week was a 10 pounder. Lake El Salto weather was in the high-90s, with water temperatures at 79 to 83 degrees. OFFSHORE AND LAKE EL SALTO FISHING.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 16 offshore outings by Aries Fleet at Marina el Cid for a catch including released fish of: 2 striped marlin, 7 sailfish, 7 dorado, 16 yellowfin tuna, and 3 shark. Six inshore super pangas had a catch of: 1 blue marlin of about 200 pounds by the Anzuelo I, 6 skipjack, and 22 dorado. All billfish were caught on rigged baits. Mazatlan fishing area weather was humid in the low-90s, with scattered showers and water temperatures stable at 86 to 87 degrees.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said, "The fishing has been really tough for everybody out there, but we had some marlin action, a few tunas, a lot of sailfish, pargos, and rainbow runners, and a few other species." Anglers John Cambianica and his son Mike Cambianica of Santa Anita, Calif., fished on the Marla III with Capt. Scott Osuna and scored on a 150-pound class yellowfin tuna and a 400-pound class black marlin. The Marla II did not catch big fish, but had lots of sailfish. The Arca de Noe with Capt. Alonso caught pargos, sailfish, and rainbow runners. The super panga Dhamar with Capt. Danny Gomez landed sailfish, rainbow runners, and pargos. "The big game fishing was pretty slow for all the boats but the small game fishing is really good," Osuna said. Puerto Vallarta weather had some rough sea days and strong winds, with water temperatures at 88 degrees.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet at Cabo San Lucas reported a 92-inch dorado landed at Puerto Vallarta aboard the charter boat Taiz with Capt. Jesus Villaseñor of Cheforos Fleet. "The captain knew it was a record and called on the radio to have an IGFA rep waiting," Ehrenberg said. "But the angler, from Mexico City, freaked out and thought somebody was going to try and take his fish so he filleted it despite the captain's protest. The fish was measured by the crew and was exactly 92 inches."

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago fished 3 days at Roca Corbeteña with Capt. Josh Temple aboard the Puerto Vallarta charter boats Torture Chamber and Prime Time, along with angler Doug Hanna on the first 2 days, for a catch of: a 275-pound class yellowfin tuna by Hanna, a 225-pound class black marlin by Erickson, a black marlin estimated at over 650 pounds broken off, and a blue marlin estimated at 300 pounds unbuttoned. "We did well above average," Erickson said. "Josh obviously knows his stuff. We got the only tuna over 200 pounds during the days we fished, to my knowledge. It was tough fishing, with many Puerto Vallarta boats getting only one good bite a day, if that." TOUGH FISHING FOR BIG TUNA AND MARLIN.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Todd Fraser of Santa Cruz, Calif., fished 2 days with Capt. Manny Ocaranza on the charter boat Pacifico, together with anglers Tom Rouhier, Chip Budd, and Drew Budd, for a catch including an 800-pound class black marlin and a 400-pound class blue marlin. Fraser also fished a day with Capt. Danny Osuna on the charter boat Marla II for a 220-pound class yellowfin tuna, plus pargos and rainbow runner. "The weather was flat and hot," Fraser said. "There was lots of bait at El Banco and Corbeteña. We had the tunas at El Banco and the marlin at the Rock."



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said, "The Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area is very slow on customers but the catching remained pretty good for those that went fishing." The charter boats No Problema, Gran Jefe, Bloody Hook, and Dos Hermanos I reported on a combined 9 offshore and inshore outings, with a catch including released fish of: 9 sailfish, 2 dorado, 17 bonito, 5 roosterfish, 3 needlefish, and 6 jack crevalle. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-90s, with even water temperatures of 83 to 85 degrees and a couple of rough days due to rain and wind. Offshore boats found their best fishing about 8 to 10 miles out.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said the Ixtapa sportfishing fleet averaged about 3 sailfish per day, plus some dorado and some 40 to 100-pound yellowfin tuna caught about 35 miles out on a heading of 180 degrees. Inshore boats continued with good catches of roosterfish and jacks. "Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos told me the hot rooster and jack fishing has not let up at all," Kunze said. Ixtapa fishing area weather was settling after some rain and wind, with water temperatures at 82 degrees about 2 miles out, and many debris lines in the water from storm runoff.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said El Cid Caribe fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun reported slow offshore action and was mostly fishing the bottom and also on the surface for Atlantic barracuda of 50 to 60 pounds. Eight outings by El Cid Caribe Fleet produced a catch of: 10 barracuda, 5 snappers, 1 triggerfish, and 1 sierra. Cancun fishing area weather was humid and cloudy with scattered showers and some easterly wind, in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 84 to 85 degrees. El Cid Caribe was moving the 31-foot cruiser Aries VI from Mazatlan to fish with the Cancun fleet during the upcoming fall season.

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WALL-TO-WALL CROAKERS--White seabass action was real good at San Quintin for anglers, from left, Miguel Cevilla, Gonzalo Ruiz, Capt. Pancho, Gilberto Pedroza, Aaron Pinto, and Enrique Martinez, all of San Diego, who fished out of Don Eddie's Landing. The croakers were caught south of the bay at El Socorro. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAI GARCIA.

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ISLA TODOS SANTOS--Donald Rubi with an Ensenada bonito caught during a hot bite at Ensenada's Isla Todos Santos aboard the boat Shir-lee out of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF DONALD RUBI.

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ENSENADA GROUP FISHING--These happy anglers from Davis, Calif., fished at Ensenada's Punta Banda with Vonny's Fleet's panga captains Beto and Hector for a nice haul of yellowtail, bonito, and mixed bottom fish. From left are: Darcey, Wesley, Cyndi, and Steven Lewis, Barbara Bell, and Tessa Lewis. PHOTO COURTESY OF IVAN VILLARINO.

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PUNTA COLONET DORADO--David Padilla fished out of Ensenada with Lily Fleet on the boat Chavo for dorado limits off the Baja coast at Punta Colonet. The dorado were caught in 72.3-degree water on big kelp paddies with live sardines. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAMMY SUSARREY.

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CASTRO'S YELLOWTAIL ACTION--Bruce Massey, left, and Castro's Camp Capt. Nacho, scored on 12 yellowtail to 30 pounds plus a bunch of bottom fish and barracuda while fishing at Erendira south of Ensenada. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUCE MASSEY.

FISH TO REMEMBER (right)--Jeff Squires with his first-ever white seabass, a real nice 60 pounder caught out of Castro's Camp south of Ensenada on the boat Don Vicente with Capt. Oscar. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF SQUIRES.

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CASTRO'S AT ERENDIRA--Capt. Mauricio Torres, center, of Castro's Camp south of Ensenada, and anglers Kevin Smith, left, and Steven George celebrate their catch including this quality 60-pound white seabass hooked on a live mackerel. PHOTO COURTESY OF FERNANDO CASTRO.

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DORADO PACIFICO--James Chandler fished with Capt. Juanchys Aguilar out of La Bocana on Baja's Pacific coast for a big catch of yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and other species, including these quality dorado. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUANCHYS AGUILAR.

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DORADO IN THE MIX--Butch Wolfe, shown, and John Lanz fished 5 days out of Cabo San Lucas with Angelina Fleet for good action on blue marlin, black marlin, a shortbilled spearfish released, and 6 dorado to 55 pounds. At right, a rare photo of a live shortbilled spearfish coming in for the release. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN LANZ.

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FIRST BLUE MARLIN--Patricia Coleman of Temecula had caught many striped marlin, but this was her first-ever blue marlin, landed on the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Gaviota IV last week with Capt. Alex, left. PHOTO COURTESY OF ART COLEMAN.

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TOO BIG TO LIFT--Twin brothers Spencer Wallace, center, and Blake Wallace, right, both 12 years old, landed this 102-pound yellowfin tuna at the Gordo Banks with San Jose del Cabo panga Capt. Jesus Ramon, left. Granddad Bill Nishnick said the fish was too heavy to lift for the photograph. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL NISHNICK.

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EAST CAPE SURF--Frank Prieto does some surf casting in unsettled East Cape sea conditions at Hotel Punta Colorada last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE ADAMS.

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TUNA, TUNA, TUNA--With plenty of yellowfin tuna flags flying, 2 nice ones in hand, and more on the deck, Kelly Adams shows off her catch last week out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE ADAMS.

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LONG MEMORY--The last time Roger Van Steenkiste, right, fished with La Paz' Capt. Victor was 20 years ago, and he recently came back to fish with him again, together with Jerell Mulhollan, left. During 4 days of fishing with Tailhunter International, the 3 of them scored on dorado, these yellowfin tuna, and roosterfish. PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ROLDAN.

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DAD'S HELPER--Jaime Corella and his dad Jaime Corella Sr. fished several days at La Paz and they caught marlin, roosterfish, and this nice dorado on the Las Arenas side with Capt. Rigo Lucero of Tortuga Sportfishing. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERARDO HERNANDEZ.

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JUNCALITO MIXED SPECIES--Joe Cameron with a nice dorado caught close to Juncalito Cove south of Loreto during an aluminum boat fishing trip with Jeff Cordeiro. At right, a nice yellow snapper, 1 of about a dozen species caught. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOE CAMERON.

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NONSTOP DORADO--Chris Dilorio fished out of Loreto's Hotel Oasis last week and got into this summer's nonstop dorado action with this beautiful 47 pounder, caught at San Bruno with the hotel's Capt. Luciano Murillo. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY ZAPATA.

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TAIL-WRAPPED SAILFISH--Steve Zigler's group fished 3 days at Loreto with Arturo's Sportfishing and caught "mucho dorado" plus this sailfish that got tail-wrapped during the fight and could not be released. From left are: Richard Doctor, Frank Sheltron, Zigler, and Rick Taylor. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE ZIGLER.

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ROCKY POINT WEIRDO--This bottom fish, tentatively identified as a frogfish, hit a damsel bass that was hooked on cut bait at a bajo south of Rocky Point during an outing by Mike Auditore's boat El Gato Blanco. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE AUDITORE.

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VALLARTA BLACKIE--Mike Cambianica, shown, and his father John Cambianica fished on the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla III with Capt. Scott Osuna, and they scored on a 150-pound class yellowfin tuna and this 400-pound class black marlin at Roca Corbeteña. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY OSUNA.

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VALLARTA COW 275--Doug Hanna of Dallas celebrates his 275-pound class yellowfin tuna caught in slow conditions off Puerto Vallarta last week with Capt. Josh Temple on the charter boat Torture Chamber. At center and right, Torture Chamber deckhands, Largo, left, and Dillon, bring the big fish aboard, and a 225-pound black marlin caught during the trip by Merle Erickson of Chicago. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MERLE ERICKSON.

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BAJA MIXED BAG--Jeff Rumble with a chino mero, left, and nice yellow snapper, 2 of 28 fish species caught during a Baja fish camping trip at Bahia San Nicolas with Pete Jenista. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFF RUMBLE.

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