Dorado lead fish counts at Cabo San Lucas

Mexico Fishing News, October 9, 2006



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 6 short outings during the week, fishing with clients until about noon, from shore out to about 4 miles on the Pacific side, for a catch including released fish of: 49 dorado of 10 to 35 pounds, 4 yellowfin tuna of 8 to 30 pounds, 20 black skipjack, and 9 bonito. The Cheer's fished in water temperatures of about 88 to 89 degrees in mostly calm conditions.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 74 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 193 dorado, 1 blue marlin, 3 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 40 yellowfin tuna, 4 skipjack, 3 wahoo, 4 roosterfish, and 1 boat with no luck.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 62 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 248 dorado, 7 blue marlin, 15 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, and 30 yellowfin tuna. "dorado (also mahi-mahi or dolphinfish) were the center of attraction for most sportfishing boats at Cabo San Lucas," Edwards said. "The Pacific side of Cabo has been most productive, from Cabo Falso to San Cristobal and on to the Golden Gate Bank." Cabo San Lucas weather was generally fishable in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 87 to 89 degrees on the Pacific side. DORADO LEAD FISH COUNTS FOR CABO CHARTER BOATS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jorge Navarro of Pisces Fleet reported 34 percent of fleet charters releasing marlin last week, 69 percent landing dorado, and 12 percent with yellowfin tuna. The charter boat Falcon had a good outing with a black marlin released and a 325-pound blue marlin kept for angler Dennis Skinner. Cabo San Lucas seas were mostly calm at the end of the week, with water temperatures averaging 86 degrees. Most Pisces boats fished the Pacific side of Cabo outwards to the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said, "With all the tournaments upcoming, there were plenty of blue marlin and striped marlin to be found and I did see quite a few small black marlin as well. Most of the blacks were found close to the beach along the points and the blues were coming off the current lines or within a mile or two of the banks. During the tournaments there will likely be a lot more boats working slow-trolled live baits around the banks, but no one is really doing that yet."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Landrum said, "Once again dorado were the fish of the week. Almost every boat that looked for them got into some action. I did see a lot of dinks brought in, some as small as 4 pounds. Fortunately there were plenty of fish in the 12 to 30-pound range to keep people happy. Most of this action was taking place just off the beach in less than 200 feet of water on the Pacific side of the Cape. The area off the ledge at the lighthouse was exceptional last week."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: T.J. DePietro of Santa Clarita, Calif., and his group including his wife Maria Reader, fished on the Cabo charter boat Caught Again at the end of September and had a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin of 280 pounds, 1 striped marlin which was Maria Reader's first-ever, 2 dorado, and 2 bonito. The Pacific-side blue marlin died during a fight lasting an hour and could not be released. Said DePietro of the catch, "We would like to dedicate this catch to our son Sean Reader, born Sept. 18, 1993, passed Aug. 14, 2006, of complications from leukemia. You are missed."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 17 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 45 dorado of 15 to 40 pounds, 4 blue marlin of 140 to 600 pounds, 6 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, and 7 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on a midweek outing with Capt. David Silva and 2 anglers by the 33-foot charter boat Matador for a half-day local catch of: 8 bonito, and 10 lingcod. The Matador fished with live sardines on dropper loops at University Point, Punta Banda, and the north side of Islas Todos Santos, but Argonza said, "Fishing was not very productive due to strong currents and wind that made the ocean challenging to fish." Local Ensenada fishing water temperatures were at 63 to 64 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said few anglers visited Punta Banda during the week. Jay Johnson of Ensenada and Ed Lizarraga fished with Capt. Beto on the panga Vonny I for limits of rockcod, lingcod, and bonito. Punta Banda fishing area weather was "cooler but still very fishable" in the mid-60s, with water temperatures at 59 to 60 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Ensenada's Marina Coral reported on a run Saturday to the 238 spot with Gail Ross and Capt. Juan Lu Cardona-Sepulveda for a kelp paddy catch in blue-green, 67-degree water of: 5 yellowfin tuna, 4 dorado, and limits of yellowtail.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 82 anglers fishing on the charter boats Shir-lee, Ensenada Clipper, Quest, Cazador, and Clipper II, with a catch of: 72 yellowtail, 122 bonito, 30 yellowfin tuna, 10 dorado, 86 lingcod, and 54 rockcod.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Jacqueline Cabrales of Mike Richardson's Live Bait Ensenada bait barge in the harbor said they had "net caught, cured, caster-sized" mackerel available at the receiver. "If you have a big order, please call a week ahead of time to ensure availability," Cabrales said. Information: 011-52-646-171-5641, VHF72/06.

Sardines were also available. "Also, for the last two weeks, we have had lots of 1 to 2-pound bonito at the receivers, just about every cast with small surface iron," Cabrales said, adding that the names of Mike's dogs at the bait receiver are Popeye, Cara Blanca, Pachu, Cherokee, and Tutu.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 21 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, for a few white seabass still present, continued bonita and yellowtail on the surface, and heavy counts of all bottom fish species. Lots of bait was still in the main fishing areas, with clear blue water and a water temperature of 61 to 62 degrees. "Everybody's taking lots of fish home," Castro said.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis Pedro's Pangas said few fishermen were in the San Quintin area last week. Pedro's send 8 boats out for about 2 white seabass of 25 to 45 pounds per rod plus large barracuda and sandbass south at Socorro, and big bonito but only a few yellowtail to the north at the San Quintin 240 spot. Boats fishing deep scored bottom fish limits including good numbers of sheephead.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing reported boats still catching some white seabass on Sunday morning. Other boats fishing out of San Quintin during the week caught good numbers of sandbass, calico bass, lingcod, bonita, and barracuda. "Some of the boats have been returning by noon with limits of these fish," Garcia said. Don Eddie's Landing put 2 new 24-foot boats into charter service and was running a special on rooms as low as $29 for doubles. WHITE SEABASS, NEW BOATS, SPECIAL ROOM RATES AT DON EDDIE'S.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay reported recent Mexican tourist card changes for Baja California announced by the Ensenada and Santa Rosalia immigration offices. "They are reverting to the old law that you don't go south of Ensenada without one," Lindsay said. In addition to the regular price of a tourist card or "visa," additional fees of $5 to $30 were to be charged in locations other than Tijuana, including Ensenada, Guerrero Negro, and Santa Rosalia.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished 2 days around the Thetis Bank offshore of Magdalena Bay, including 1 day with Capt. Ruben Duran of Puerto Lopez Mateos, and reported a catch including released fish of: 11 yellowfin tuna, 2 yellowtail, 1 wahoo, and "more dorado than I saw fit to count." The wahoo caught was the first of the season for boats out of Puerto Lopez Mateos. Water conditions offshore of Magdalena Bay were clear blue at 84 to 85 degrees and heavy sea life including whales, porpoise, sea lions, birds, and bait fish was seen, although Erhardt said, "I had no marlin bites and saw no marlin either day." FIRST WAHOO OF THE SEASON FOR BOATS OUT OF PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported dorado concentrated just a few miles off Magdalena Bay and plenty of yellowfin tuna about 5 miles off Boca de Soledad at Puerto Lopez Mateos. "Most of the marlin action at Magdalena Bay was down below the San Carlos entrada near the pinnacle," Graham said. "Chip on the boat Old Reliable reported good marlin action on the fly with double-digit follows every day." The Magdalena Bay mangrove channels had few boats fishing, but produced a few yellowtail, grouper, and pargo. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 64 to 78 degrees.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 144 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 1,296 yellowfin tuna, 288 dorado, 1,730 skipjack, 28 sailfish, 15 rainbow runner, 18 tooth snapper, 12 amberjack, 18 grouper, 36 triggerfish, 7 yellowtail, 5 wahoo, 80 miscellaneous pargo, and 75 bonito. The summer's yellowfin tuna bite at the Iman Bank became more spread out as fish were also caught at Chileno, Red Hill, Palmilla, Gordo Banks, and La Fortuna. Most tuna were about 10 to 20 pounds, but Brictson said, "Anglers reported having monster strikes by yellowfin that could have topped the 200-pound mark, but these fish came unbuttoned." San Jose del Cabo water temperatures were at 86 to 88 degrees. LOS CABOS PANGA YELLOWFIN TUNA BITE SPREADS OUT FROM IMAN BANK.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Los Cabos fishing reporter Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported an unprovoked assault and battery against him while walking on the beach. "On Sept. 30, 2006, I was attacked and beaten as I was walking along the beach," Lewis said. "The attack was unprovoked and without warning. I had gone for a swim and was walking back to my car maybe 150 yards away. A group of local guys about 25 years old were sitting nearby in the shade. One of them started shouting at me and running over to me. He was screaming in Spanish at me asking what my problem was. I replied I had no problems and wanted none and he pounded me with a right hook that was completely unexpected. At the hospital I received 7 stitches near my eye and a large bill. I have found out the guy is a well known violent person that has attacked many other people here before. I am going back to the police station today to finish a report."



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 200 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 592 East Cape anglers and a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, 27 sailfish, 173 dorado, and 246 yellowfin tuna. East Cape fishing area weather was mostly calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 82 to 91 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the week ending Sept. 28, 2006, Moyers reported on 320 combined fleet charter boats, with 954 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 21 striped marlin, 32 sailfish, 501 dorado, and 749 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was mostly calm in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 82 to 90 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Dan Rothermel and his group from Pennsylvania fished out of Rancho Buena with Capt. Gilberto Castro on the charter boat Helena for good action on bonito, yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds, marlin, sailfish, dorado, jack crevalle, and a live rattlesnake found floating alive about 4 miles off Punta Arena. East Cape fishing weather was hot and still. "The staff at Rancho Buena Vista did everything they could to make the trip incredible," Rothermel said. "A special thanks to Rancho manager Tony Marron for all the help with the crazy special requests we had." Rothermel's group also included Bob Good and Ken Shafer.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said his East Cape fly fishing guide Lance Peterson fished the beach last week in good conditions for some smaller roosterfish and jacks, and "a decent ladyfish bite to fill the gaps in the action." Offshore boats scored on yellowfin tuna, dorado, and marlin sometimes slow to bite. "While plenty of billfish were seen, getting them to bite was a different story," Graham said. "We did hear of one billfish that was hooked on the fly by a woman fishing in the middle of the tuna bite outside of Punta Arena." East Cape fishing area weather was humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 74 to 89 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero said, "The week saw a rebound in the great fishing we've been enjoying all summer, with a wide-open marlin bite, more tuna, dorado spread, with wahoo starting to bite again. Roosterfish and amberjack are biting off area beaches, with lots of good bait in the water." Billfish were found north in the Isla Cerralvo area, and tuna, wahoo, and dorado were concentrated to the south. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with some debris from Hurricane John still in the water at 87 to 90 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 260 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas De Cortez, Playa Del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 780 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 678 yellowfin tuna, 408 dorado, 10 blue marlin, 105 striped marlin, 75 sailfish, 45 roosterfish, 5 wahoo, 8 cabrilla, 6 pompano, 26 pargo, 105 bonita, 2 yellowtail, 30 needlefish, 46 triggerfish, and 20 amberjack.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista said commercial fishermen Joaquin and Elias Aguilar scored well at night early in the week on red snapper and large triggerfish over 5 pounds caught at the north edge of the area marked as "big arroyo" in The Baja fishing guidebook The Baja Catch. The fish were caught in about 90 feet of water with cut mackerel and needlefish baits between 5 and 8 a.m. "Calamar, or squid, would have been better," Eddy said, "but there are not many present. I think you'd have to be a real triggerfish enthusiast like me to target them in those hours."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Steve Gruenwald of Orland, Calif., fished 4 days in late September with super panga Capts. Victor and Rigo of La Ribera for a good catch of dorado and yellowfin tuna on sardina baits while fishing 1 to 5 miles out south of town. "One tuna of 60-plus pounds kept me on the rail for about 2 hours," Gruenwald said. "The first half-hour was fun, the rest was just a lot of work, but he finally made it in the boat." Gruenwald also reported taking some supplies down to assist the local people during the area's recovery from Hurricane John. "We took the bags to the local mission in La Ribera," he said. "If you fish out of Rancho Leonero, Buena Vista, or Punta Colorada, chances are your captain lives in La Ribera." GOOD FISHING AND STORM RELIEF SUPPLIES AT LA RIBERA.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jennifer Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista reported seas "as flat as a lake and visibility so good you can see the bottom in 100-plus feet" at the Cabo Pulmo coral marine park. Water temperatures averaged 85 degrees at depth. "It was a fantastic show," Rayor said. "It just doesn't get much better than this." Vista Sea Sport's Ash Pickering said, "The moray eels have been mating, and you can find many with the scars to prove it. This week we also had a couple of wahoo swim by and check out one of our groups. With warm water here to stay for a while, East Cape diving promises to be great for the weeks to come."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Brad Meister of La Ribera reported on 5 straight days of fishing off Cabo Pulmo with super panga Capt. Alonso Castro out of Hotel Punta Colorada. "The tuna are on the chew," Meister said. "It was pretty nonstop action. I caught all the tuna I wanted and a couple of handsful of dorado too." Meister's biggest tuna weighed about 60 pounds and 2 sailfish were also caught.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said some changes in the weather were seen around La Paz last week, with rain over the city on Friday. The week's fishing, in completely calm seas on the Las Arenas side out to Isla Cerralvo, was scattered both north and south, but dorado of 25 to 35 pounds plus some to 40 pounds were caught mostly around the south end of Isla Cerralvo. Sardina bait was plentiful in all directions. Yellowfin tuna were harder to find during the week with the approaching full moon period. TORTUGA PANGAS FIND DORADO TO 35 POUNDS OFF THE SOUTH END OF ISLA CERRALVO.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said, "Just more solid incredible fishing for both my Las Arenas and La Paz fleets. There were still more dorado than most anglers knew what to do with." The best dorado concentration was off the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo on the La Paz side. On the Las Arenas side, yellowfin tuna limits were caught by several boats using big squid baits in front of the Punta Arena de la Ventana lighthouse. La Paz weather was in the high-90s, with water temperatures in the high-80s.



LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported variable winds early in the week, with dorado averaging about 15 pounds and concentrated close to shore both north and south of Loreto. Good numbers of sailfish and marlin were also in the area. Mackerel bait was available early at the Loreto downtown marina, or could be caught at Isla Coronado. Humboldt giant squid were being caught 3 miles out from town.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported water temperatures of 84 to 86 degrees in the Santa Rosalia fishing area and "dorado fishing nothing short of amazing." Inshore fishing was also very good for triggerfish, pargo, and sierra. Anderson fished 1 night with local commercial squid fishermen and said, "I finally set the rod down and used the handline like everyone else. The cleaning and slicing up was the most unbelievable amount of work. I have new respect for the squid fishermen." GOOD DORADO FISHING AND HARD SQUID WORK OUT OF SAN LUCAS COVE.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Hogan of San Bruno south of Santa Rosalia reported on 4 days of fishing with friends Phil Davison and Bob Bourgeois of Escondido, Calif., for a steady pick on dorado at Punta Prieta about 40 miles north of Santa Rosalia the first day, 7 sailfish released and 5 dorado the second day at Isla Tortuga, and then 2 days of fishing for 2 more sailfish, cabrilla, dog snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, and porgy.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said the weather was still hot in the low-90s and the intense green post-tropical storm vegetation on the hillsides was fading to orange and yellow. Water temperatures held in the low-80s and fishing continued good for yellowtail at Roca Bernabe, the Guadalupe Reef, and local spots inside the bay. "There are still a few dorado around, but they are starting to move out," Vazquez said. "There are lots of sierra in the bay, and very few people except for Baja 1000 prerunners going by."

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: For the previous week, Jeff Riolo of San Diego and Roberta Ganz fished 2 days at Bahia de los Angeles with Guillermo Galvan's Capts. Jose and Reyoudo Their catch the first day while trolling live mackerel along the cliffs at Punta Remedios was: 9 dorado, and 1 yellowtail, all about 15 to 20 pounds. Fishing the second day around Isla Smith produced 2 dorado of about 20 pounds, and 4 yellowtail that were also caught about 220 feet deep at the Guadalupe Reef. Bahia de los Angeles fishing area waters were clear blue at 79 degrees, and bait was easily caught right in front of Guillermo's.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward 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 Oct. 6, 2006, with a catch of: Jose Andres with 12 open party anglers: 124 yellowtail, 18 to 33 pounds; 2 grouper to 55 pounds; 18 dorado to 27 pounds; 98 cabrilla to 18 pounds; 11 Humboldt giant squid; 2 snappers; 1 broomtail grouper; 21 bass; and 74 miscellaneous and released fish. Tony Reyes with 27 anglers and charter master John Chow: 257 yellowtail, 16 to 32 pounds; 2 grouper to 52 pounds; 8 dorados to 15 pounds; limits of cabrilla to 12 pounds; 15 giant squid; 3 red snapper; 4 sheephead; 22 bass; 55 miscellaneous and released fish; and 6 golden grouper released. Midriff fishing area water temperatures averaged 75 to 80 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of San Felipe's Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said the weekend weather was beautiful in the high-80s at noon, and there was a fall "nip" in the air. "Last night, I slept with a blanket!" Meders said. San Felipe was preparing for the annual Shrimp Festival, Nov. 3-5, 2006, and the Mexicali Highway widening project north of town was in "full construction mode." COOLER WEATHER, SHRIMP FESTIVAL PLANS, AND MEXICALI HIGHWAY WIDENING.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Ric Felder of Glendale, Ariz., reported on an outing from Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point, Sonora) by his boat End Of The Line, fishing with Scampis 90 to 100 feet deep for quick action on 3 gulf grouper of about 75, 90, and 60 pounds, and then landing 6 goldspotted bass, 2 stingrays released, and a 25-pound pinto bass with sierra baits at a deeper spot. Another outing produced 2 gulf grouper of 30 and 40 pounds, and a 15-pound leopard grouper. FAST GROUPER ACTION FOR "END OF THE LINE."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 11 offshore outings by Aries Fleet charter boats at Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 3 sailfish, and 26 dorado. Four inshore super pangas caught: 21 pargo, 2 permit, 2 roosterfish, 55 red snapper, and 8 yellowtail. "Billfish catches are only mediocre with about every fourth boat having an opportunity," Edwards said. "However, dorado catches offshore have increased and the sizes are mostly in the 20 to 35-pound range." Mazatlan fishing area weather was calm and cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures even at 88 to 89 degrees. Offshore boats fished 25 to 30 miles southwest of Marina El Cid.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing said angler Bryce Patterson of Anza, Calif., caught a 240-pound yellowfin tuna aboard the charter boat Marla II, fishing in flat seas at 87 degrees at the El Banco offshore fishing spot. Another tuna weighing 290 pounds was also caught during the week. "This week was really great action with the tunas and the marlin besides sailfish, dorados, rainbow runners, and big roosterfish," Osuna said. The charter boat Marla III with Capt. Scott Osuna scored on a 180-pound tuna, marlin, sailfish, and 4 roosterfish over 60 pounds. The charter boat Arca de Noe with Capt. Alonso Osuna had about the same catches, plus dorado and hammerhead shark.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Marisela Hernandez of Chelita Sportfishing reported on 6 offshore outings by the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Chelita, with a catch including released fish of: 2 marlin of about 250 pounds, 8 sailfish, 2 dorado of 20 pounds, 2 pargo of about 15 pounds, 1 roosterfish of 20 pounds, and 25 medium to large needlefish. Puerto Vallarta fishing area weather was hot and humid, with water temperatures of about 85 degrees.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Clarke Smith of Newport Beach, Calif., fished 2 days on the Puerto Vallarta private boat Aleta with Capts. Juan Moll and Manny Ocaranza, for a catch including a 291-pound yellowfin tuna that won this year's Hunt 4 Giants fishing tournament. Smith's tuna was caught on a live skipjack bait at El Banco. Another tuna of 221 pounds was caught on the boat by Steve Danziger of Los Angeles, plus 1 marlin, and some sailfish and dorado. Tournament boats fished Sept. 29-30, 2006, and 4 boats were entered.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing reported on 2 fishing trips off Puerto Vallarta by the charter super panga Dhamar, fishing with anglers Jerry Patchen and Joe and Gale Reagen for yellowfin tuna of about 20 pounds, 3 rainbow runner, 1 sailfish, and 1 marlin. Water conditions at Roca Corbeteña were clear blue. "The tunas are here," Gomez said. "El Banco is good for tuna. Danny Osuna had a good day yesterday."

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported on an extraordinary day of fishing offshore off Puerto Vallarta by the charter boat Torture Chamber, landing a yellowfin tuna of about 280 pounds and a 600-pound class black marlin that could not be revived for the release, as well as breaking off 7 other black marlin estimated at between 250 and 800 pounds. "I have spent my life guided by the movements of fish and the men and women who endeavor to catch them," Temple said. "I wouldn't have it any other way." AN EXTRAORDINARY BLACK MARLIN FISHING DAY.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 2 outings by the charter boats Princess Iris and Reyna del Mar, with a catch including released fish while fishing inshore 1 day and offshore 1 day of: 4 sailfish, 3 jack crevalle, 4 bonito, and 1 sierra. Ixtapa fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with some rough seas and water temperatures at 88 to 89 degrees. Most sailfish were being caught with rigged trolling baits.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said 85-degree blue water was 7 miles out of Zihuatanejo bay and offshore boats averaged about 2 to 3 sailfish per day. With the rainy season ending, inshore waters were clearing and local fishing boats averaged 4 or 5 roosterfish per day. Ixtapa fishing area weather was cloudy in the high-90s, with water temperatures at 78 to 87 degrees.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 3 outings by the El Cid Caribe fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch of: 1 wahoo, 3 barracuda, 1 snapper of 20 pounds, and 1 "coronado" or amberjack. Cancun fishing area weather was humid in the mid-90s, with water temperatures stable at 84 degrees. All fish were caught on ballyhoo, or halfbeak, baits.



MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar at the Tecolutla Mexico coastal area near Veracruz said rains fell "apocalyptically" from Tuesday night to Friday afternoon "so there isn't a lot of fishing to report at Tecolutla." One bottom fishing outing at midweek with commercial fishermen produced a catch of 30 kilos of besugo, a type of snapper, 10 kilos of huachinango, and other miscellaneous fish including a species of tilefish locally called "conejo" or rabbit. "I had a good time but for Ziro and the crew, for whom this is their livelihood, they had hoped for a better outing," Burns said. A COMMERCIAL BOTTOM FISHING TRIP AT TECOLUTLA.

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COMMEMORATIVE BLUE MARLIN AT CABO SAN LUCAS--T.J. DePietro's group at Cabo San Lucas with a blue marlin caught aboard the charter boat Caught Again that died during a 1-hour fight and could not be released. From left are: Al De Pietro, Leti Garay, and T.J. DePietro and his wife Maria Reader. "We would like to dedicate this catch to our son Sean Reader, born Sept. 18, 1993, passed Aug. 14, 2006, of complications from leukemia. You are missed," DePietro said. At right, Maria Reader's first-ever marlin, a striper released during the trip. PHOTOS COURTESY OF T.J. DEPIETRO.

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ENSENADA SUMMER DAYS--Warren and Judy Hurst of Palmdale, Calif., fished off Ensenada this summer with grandmother Judy Ostberg on her boat Melody, and they got into "nonstop fishing for about 2 hours on 1 paddy" for yellowtail and dorado. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDY OSTBERG.

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QUINTIN CROAKERS HANGING IN--Some white seabass and plenty of lingcod were being caught out of San Quintin last week, including these out of Don Eddie's Landing by anglers Brian Boling, Raymon McMan, and Gary Koslowky of Orange County, who fished with Capt. Francisco Barrelleza on the charter boat Panchita. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAI GARCIA.

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MAGDALENA WAHOO OPENER--Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished on his boat Soledad out of Magdalena Bay with Capt. Ruben Duran on Oct. 1, 2006, for the first wahoo of the season out of Puerto Lopez Mateos. Duran and Erhardt also filled the fish box with yellowfin tuna, dorado, and yellowtail. PHOTO COURTESY OF RUBEN DURAN.

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PANGA PLENITUDE--The Graigg Condiff group from Texas fished on several pangas for 4 days with Gordo Banks Pangas at San Jose del Cabo and they caught scores of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds, dorado to 20 pounds, and even a hammerhead shark. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC BRICTSON.

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LA RIBERA PANGA TUNA--Steve Gruenwald, left, fished at East Cape with La Ribera's Capt. Rigo, right, for a great catch of yellowfin tuna south of town about 1 to 5 miles out. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE GRUENWALD.

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AT THE RANCH--Dan Rothermel and his group scored on plenty of yellowfin tuna, plus billfish, dorado, and jack crevalle during their East Cape fishing trip to historic Rancho Buena Vista. At right, a rattlesnake, very much alive, found floating 4 miles off Punta Arena during Rothermel's trip aboard the Rancho Buena Vista charter boat Helena. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAN ROTHERMEL.

La Paz Mexico Fishing Photo 1

PANGA GOLDIES--John Tatka's family from Phoenix fished on La Paz' Las Arenas side and caught dorado while fishing on Tortuga Sportfishing pangas with Capts. Hugo Lucero, Nufo Green, and Jorge Lucero. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERARDO HERNANDEZ.

La Paz Mexico Fishing Photo 2

STILL HAULIN'--Joe Tsunoda of Gardena, Calif., "doesn't walk fast but he can still pull on big dorado with the best of them," said Tailhunter International's Jonathan Roldan. Tsunoda fished 3 days at La Paz with Tailhunter and landed dorado into the 40-pound range plus yellowfin tuna, with Capt. Martin, left. PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ROLDAN.

Santa Rosalia Mexico Fishing Photo 1

TORTUGA SAILING--Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove with a sailfish caught last week at Isla Tortuga off Santa Rosalia on the Moosea Boat out of San Lucas Cove. The catch including released fish for the day was: 2 sailfish, 3 cabrilla, 3 dorado, and several skipjack. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM ANDERSON.

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ISLA TORTUGA DORADO--Phil Davison, left, and Bob Bourgeois with 2 nice dorado caught at Isla Tortuga off Santa Rosalia aboard Ed Hogan's boat out of San Bruno. At right, Hogan with a real nice amberjack also caught at the island. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ED HOGAN.

Bahia de los Angeles Mexico Fishing Photo 1

INSIDE L.A. BAY--Jeff Riolo and Roberta Ganz with a nice dorado caught at Bahia de los Angeles' Isla Smith on a charter super panga out of Guillermo's. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF RIOLO.

Sea of Cortez Mexico Fishing Photo 1

BEAUTIFUL BAJA SEAS--Katherine Hammontré of sent this photo of 4 anglers fishing the sunset on the Sea of Cortez near the Midriff area's Isla Angel de la Guarda. PHOTO COURTESY OF JESUS GUZMAN.

Rocky Point Mexico Fishing Photo 1

ROCKY BIGGIES--Ric Felder, left, and Scott Roberts fished 90 to 100 feet deep out of Rocky Point, Sonora, on Felder's boat End Of The Line for a catch including 3 of these gulf grouper of about 60 to 90 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIC FELDER.

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EL BANCO 240--Danny Osuna, left, of the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II, with angler Bryce Patterson and a nice 240-pound yellowfin tuna caught last week at El Banco. At right, Marla Sportfishing's charter boat Marla III with another big one on board. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANNY OSUNA.

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VALLARTA TOURNAMENT WINNER--Clarke Smith, left, and Puerto Vallarta's Capts. Juan Moll, center, and Manny Ocaranza with Smith's 291-pound yellowfin tuna caught at El Banco on the boat Aleta. The tuna took first place in Puerto Vallarta's recent Hunt 4 Giants fishing tournament. PHOTO COURTESY OF CLARKE SMITH.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico Fishing Photo 4

CHELITA VALLARTA--Crewman Kawi Guzman Sanchez, left, and angler Bill Heavens with a small bull dorado caught with Chelita Sportfishing in flat seas off Puerto Vallarta on the charter boat Chelita. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARISELA HERNANDEZ.

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SHRIMP VERACRUZ-STYLE--Local commercial fisherman Mauro throws the atarraya or cast net for shrimp just off the Atlantic coast of Mexico at the town of Tecolutla near Veracruz, October 2004. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID BURNS.

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ATLANTIC MEXICO SPECIES--From David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar at Tecolutla, Mexico, near Veracruz, a type of tilefish, left, called locally "conejo," and an Atlantic snapper species called "besugo." PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BURNS.

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