CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Dorado and school-sized yellowfin tuna, plus some true cows, led Baja fish counts at Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo last week. Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 14 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 blue marlin, 4 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 11 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 30 pounds, 24 dorado of 15 to 30 pounds, and 1 wahoo of 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 96 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 24 yellowfin tuna, 107 dorado, 1 blue marlin, 23 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 1 mako shark, 8 roosterfish, 6 skipjack, and 14 boats with no luck.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said 40 percent of charters released billfish during the week, 18 percent caught yellowfin tuna of 20 to 50 pounds, 30 percent landed dorado, and 1 Pisces boat scored on a tuna worth over $150K. "The big story this week was the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament," Ehrenberg said. "This year’s event drew 125 boats. We were thrilled to take first place for our boat Ni Modo with a 318-pound yellowfin tuna, a new tournament record, by anglers Jamie Greer, David Greer, Lance Gildner, and Dave Dunton, all from Dayton, Ohio. The tuna took a little over 4 hours to boat, by all 4 of them, and it won $152,620."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported beautiful fall weather in the mid-80s at Cabo San Lucas, with water temperatures at 81 to 83 degrees on both the Pacific and Cortez sides of the tip of Baja.
About last week's Western Outdoor News event, Landrum said, "The Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament resulted in 1 fish of 318 pounds, 1 of 204 pounds, and 2 fish over 100 pounds, along with several fish between 46 and 100 pounds. There were not the numbers of fish that we have had in recent years. All the larger ones came on live bait at the Gordo Bank."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 5 half-day outings with a total of 10 clients, on the Pacific side along the beach and out to about 3 miles off Faro Viejo, for a catch of: 4 roosterfish, 15 dorado of 15 to 30 pounds, several smaller dorado, and 30 black skipjack and bonito.
Cabo San Lucas sea conditions on the Pacific side were mostly very calm and pleasant, with air temperatures and water temperatures both at about 85 degrees. FISHING ON THE CHARTER PANGA CHEER'S.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 70 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 18 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 1 shark, 2 wahoo, 59 yellowfin tuna, and 129 dorado. Cabo San Lucas weather was sunny and fishable on both sides of the tip of Baja, with daytime high air temperatures at 90 degrees and water temperatures at 84 to 85 degrees from the Golden Gate Bank to the Gordo Banks. Edwards also commented on the boat Bad Company 55, which recently took nearly $4 million in the 2006 Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament at Cabo San Lucas with anglers Randy Park and Pete Groesbeck and Capt. Steve Lasley. "Lasley is an extraordinarily talented fishing skipper that has tasted the first place money in the Bisbee before and is the only skipper to have won first place more than once," Edwards said. "Pete Groesbeck was a deckhand on the yacht, El Tigre, when I first met him in Cabo, circa the mid-70s, when I was still running yachts. He was very good back then and has just improved over the years. Steve used to run a charter yacht for us from San Diego, Then, when he and Steve Lasley came together as a fishing team, I always knew that they were unstoppable. They work very hard at the tournaments they enter and never lose focus on the end result and they truly deserve to win. They will go down in history as one of the world's great fishing teams."
ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino reported few visitors around but continued good bottom fishing at Ensenada's Punta Banda last week, as limits were caught by anglers including Brian Foley and Don Fredette and his group who fished with Capts. Beto and Hector on the pangas Vonny I and Vonny III. "We had good weather, a little cooler, but with good fishing for lings, reds, big whitefish, and bonitos," Villarino said. Ensenada weather on Saturday was cloudy in the morning, in the high-60s, with 2 to 3-foot ocean swells and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on an early week run to the Santo Tomas area by the charter boat Matador, fishing with Mark Shea of Long Beach, Calif., and 4 other anglers for a catch of 47 pounds of mixed sheephead, red rockcod, sugarbass, and lingcod to 12 pounds. The Matador fished in rough conditions south of Ensenada with winds nearing 20 knots and ocean swells of 6 to 8 feet. "Mark decided to fish by himself and rough it out and his efforts paid off," Argonza said. All the fish were caught with sardine-baited, long-shank 4/0 hooks on dropper loops.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 2 anglers fishing aboard the charter boat Quest at midweek, with a catch of: 18 bonito, 21 lingcod, 23 rockcod, and 5 red rockcod.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 23 boats fishing during the week and finding no white seabass, but good catches of all species of bottom fish and some surface action for bonita and a few barracuda and yellowtail. Some bait fish were still available along the coast. Boats fished mostly 200 to 300 feet deep about 8 to 12 miles out, in very clear water at 52 to 53 degrees. Erendira weather had some fairly strong northeast winds, but boats were able to keep fishing.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Sonny Ly of Carlsbad, Calif., reported on a run to Castro's Camp, fishing with Capt. Jorge and anglers Dario Rodriguez, Sergio Esparza, and Rudy "Chugz" Lopez for Johnny bass, sheephead, whitefish up to about 13 pounds, and red rockcod, all caught on the bottom with cut bonito bait, plus a good bite in the surf on hand-sized perch. "It seemed like we had just missed the open bite of large slab surf perch easily pushing 2 pounds," Ly said. Erendira weather was calm in the morning but with winds beginning about noon. SURF PERCH AND BOTTOM FISHING AT CASTRO'S CAMP.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing at San Quintin said the week produced a good white seabass bite in clear, 60 to 61-degree water for Capt. Jaime Garcia and several other boats fishing about 4 miles south of the point. Garcia's boat, the 26-foot Skipjack, City Slicker, landed 11 white seabass of 22 to 30 pounds, plus bonita and barracuda, all on Krocodiles, and more white seabass were caught by Capts. Pancho Berrelleza and Alfredo Peralta. San Quintin weather was calm in the mornings, with water temperatures of 60 to 61 degrees. CAPT. JAIME GARCIA FINDS WHITE SEABASS SOUTH OF THE POINT.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Allan Tokunaga of North Hollywood, Calif., and John Gallegos fished the surf 2 days north of San Quintin at Playa San Ramon for catch-and-release action on 24 surf perch to about half-a-pound. "The tide was slack and perch were pretty tough to find," Tokunaga said. "The water was clean, not much salad, but surf was breaking too far out. I go in a few miles south of Vicente Guerrero."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Les Heil of La Bocana on the Baja Pacific coast said the fish winning the yellowtail and grouper categories of the recent La Bocana fishing tournament weighed about 20 pounds, and no black sea bass were caught for that division. Thirty-five boats fished for 15,000-peso prizes in each category. Heil also fished Krocodiles in the surf near his house for 3 yellowtail of about 8 pounds. LA BOCANA FISHING TOURNAMENT.
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., reported the small fishing settlement of San Roque north of Bahia Asuncion on the Baja Pacific coast to be abandoned. "I camped in the abandoned newer school," Pierson said. "I was there 3 days but just enjoyed collecting fossils from the bluffs as the surf was too high to fish. There was only one guy with a horse at one home. The 21 pangas in the co-op all moved to Bahia Asuncion and they commute to their San Roque pangas each day. Bahia Asuncion has it's main street paved also!"
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said striped marlin fishing picked up offshore of Magdalena Bay last week, as more boats arrived at the anchorages at Bahia Santa Maria and Punta Belcher. The best action was found in a straight line running south from the Thetis Bank. "It's amusing to hear the radio chatter as everyone complains about too many dorado beating the marlin to the teasers," Graham said. The Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced good fishing for leopard grouper, pargo, corvina, and some mystery fish broken off. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was clear at 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 74 to 84 degrees.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: John Gilkerson of Cypress, Calif., and his group including Jim Bentley and Ted Bentley fished offshore of Magdalena Bay for 5 days on Gilkerson's boat A-SALT-WEAPON out of the remote Mag Bay Tours surf and fish camp at Punta Hughes, for a catch south of the San Carlos entrada including plenty of wide-open, quality dorado of 25 to 45 pounds, but no wahoo and just 1 striped marlin. "Dorado fishing was the best we have ever had in terms of quality and quantity," Gilkerson said. "I metered one bait ball that had to cover at least an acre. There were quite a few marlin in the area but it was a little tough to get them to bite." WIDE-OPEN DORADO FISHING ON MAG BAY TOURS TRIP.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Alex Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik departed San Felipe for 4 weeks of fishing at Magdalena Bay beginning on Nov. 4, 2006. We will be sending fishing reports throughout," Velez said. "We also took the digital camera and will send pictures if we can find a computer down there."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 208 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 835 yellowfin tuna, 92 dorado, 110 white skipjack, 3 striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 12 wahoo, 6 dogtooth snapper, 8 amberjack, 5 grouper, 16 cabrilla, 25 sierra, 2 roosterfish, and 15 rainbow runner. "The Outer Gordo Bank was perhaps the most consistent area to produce larger yellowfin tuna this week," Brictson said. "Although the number of fish landed was not huge, there were some world class specimens accounted for." Earlier, Brictson reported a 310-pound yellowfin tuna caught by angler Mike Mahoney of Emeryville, Calif., while fishing with Capt. Chame Pino at the Outer Gordo Bank. The big cow class tuna hit a trolled live skipjack bait and required 2 hours to land on 80-pound tackle. Brictson noted that he had 3 boats fishing in the Western Outdoor News tuna tournament this year.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported 5 yellowfin tuna to 20 pounds landed in an hour-and-a-half with Capt. Pata on the panga Salome. "Same old tuna in the same old place, just in front of La Playita," Snow said. Species fishing on the bottom produced highfin sandperch, red snapper, spotted snapper, greenjacks, and an unknown bass-like fish called "qual" by the locals.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 99 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 295 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 9 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 38 dorado, 123 yellowfin tuna, and 2 roosterfish. East Cape fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with some breezes and water temperatures of 78 to 87 degrees. "I'm sorry to say that the fishing fell off," Moyers said. "Fishing has been pretty dismal the last couple of weeks. The billfish bite is down to just about nil."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Oct. 26, 2006, Moyers reported on 215 boats, with 636 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 36 striped marlin, 25 sailfish, 49 dorado, 264 yellowfin tuna, 12 pargo, 1 wahoo, 35 sierra, 5 pompano, and 28 roosterfish. East Cape fishing area weather was in the high-80s, with some breezes and water temperatures of 79 to 88 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported mixed water conditions at East Cape with some early winter northeast wind and water temperatures at 81 to 83 degrees. Some striped marlin and sailfish were caught about 30 miles straight out. Inshore kayak anglers did well on fish including dorado, roosterfish, pargo, and sierra from Rancho Leonero south to La Ribera.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 315 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas De Cortez, Playa Del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 788 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 8 blue marlin, 66 striped marlin, 16 sailfish, 112 dorado, 206 yellowfin tuna, 62 roosterfish, 3 wahoo, 2 cabrilla, 24 pargo, 32 Humboldt squid, 59 triggerfish, 6 pompano, 10 sierra, 59 bonita, 20 needlefish, and 3 grouper. Blue marlin caught during the week included one fish weighed at 320 pounds. Dorado were caught 32 miles out and tuna 52 miles south.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "With few on the beach to notice, once again commercial fishing gill nets begin to appear on East Cape beaches. All the local captains are angered, but as usual no one is doing anything about it." Early season north winds slowed beach fishing, but some decent-sized dorado were caught in clean water offshore. Some yellowfin tuna were available south off Cabo Pulmo but billfish catches "dwindled down to a precious few." East Cape fishing area weather was cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 74 to 86 degrees.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported fishing with Jointed Rebel Fastrac lures for a catch of sierra and bonito close to shore. Local catches from Eddy's East Cape tin boat and his previous small boat have included: dorado, sierra, bonita, mackerel, triggerfish, barred pargo, leopard grouper, jack crevalle, and giant needlefish. "They are not huge but with light gear they are a great deal of fun which is what this place is all about," Eddy said. SMALL BOAT VARIETY FISHING OUT OF BUENA VISTA.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said, "Some wind has given us a few bumpy boat rides, but the diving has been excellent." The outer Cabo Pulmo coral reefs had visibility of 60 to 70 feet, with water temperatures at depth averaging 72 degrees. Sea life sightings included jacks, snapper, grunts, a seahorse, nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, and several 4 to 6-foot long grouper.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said his pangas fishing on La Paz' Las Arenas side found sierra, snappers, and yellowfin tuna all week long, and got into a good tuna bite at Punta Perico on Saturday, catching good numbers of tuna of 20 to 30 pounds. Pangas fishing north around Las Cruces had good action on dorado into the 30 or 40-pound range.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of La Paz' Tailhunter International said, "It's November and tuna showed up at Las Arenas. Boats fishing late in the week were taking 2 to 7 tuna per boat, plus scattered dorado and smaller pargo." On the La Paz side, boats at the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo continued to find dorado to a high of about 60 pounds, plus other scattered species around Punta Coyote. "Winds are definitely up," Roldan said, "but not as bad as last week and we're still able to get out and push north to the dorado grounds."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Betty Hill-Crofoot reported on 2 outings with her husband Tad on their boat WIKO with friends Phil Gilson and Mimi and John Ferlin, fishing around the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo for 7 good-sized dorado estimated at 25 to over 45 pounds. "The water temperature Thursday was still holding at 83 degrees," Hill-Crofoot said. "Hopefully the dorado bite will continue for some time to come." GOOD DORADO FISHING AT ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said winds knocked out some days of fishing at Loreto last week, but dorado were still in the area and being caught at locations including the Isla Coronado channel, Bajo de Mercenarios, and Bajo de las Boyas. Several sailfish were caught together with the dorado. Yellowtail were not reported. "Even the commercials aren't getting them," Bolles said. "The fish markets have mainly sierra. All they have is sierra. That must be explained by the heavy netting that was taking place last week." SIERRA, DORADO, AND SAILFISH TOP SURFACE FISHING ACTION.
LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said his neighbor Kent Baker and his group fished Saturday on Baker's boat and on Capt. Martin Davis' panga for a catch of 10 dorado in the 18 to 22-pound range. Earlier, Bear said, "Charlie Licha called to tell me he fished with Capt. Alvaro Murillo last Sunday, Oct. 29th at the San Bruno Bajo. They caught a potpourri of fish, including 1 yellowtail of 10 pounds, 3 pargo to 15 pounds, 3 dorado to 12 pounds, a cabrilla of 25 pounds, and several sabalos. Charlie also said he lost one hookup on the bottom that broke a 100-pound leader. They used live mackerel and jurelitos as bait, as well as squid strips. There was a slight chop on the water and no other pangas in the area."
MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Mulege reported on the disappearance and search for a Beech Bonanza aircraft flown by Baja fishing reporters Gary and Peggy Thomas of Escalon, Calif. The Thomases took off from Mulege's Hotel Serenidad airstrip on Monday, October 23, 2006, but their plane disappeared in poor weather conditions and was being searched for. "Gary and Peggy remained on the ground until about 11 a.m. and then departed, to date never to be seen or heard of again," Grant said on Friday. "A week after the fact a search began, but as of this date there have been no signs of any wreckage." BAJA SEARCH FOR MULEGE AIRCRAFT OF GARY AND PEGGY THOMAS.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of the Hotel Serenidad said on Thursday, "Pilots are still looking for Peggy and Gary Thomas. They are flying today and covering Santa Rosalia, the volcano area, and all the canyons. A helicopter from the U.S. is also coming tomorrow. People are walking the mountains. No luck. We are doing everything we can but nothing has been found."
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported generally slow fishing conditions around Santa Rosalia. "In 3 weeks, I've fished 4 days at Isla Tortuga and 4 here at Isla San Marcos," Kanzler said. "All the fish put together don't add up to 1 good day of fishing in my book." Sierra were plentiful at the Haystack north of San Lucas Cove, but yellowtail, dorado, and billfish were all hit-or-miss. Santa Rosalia weather was near-perfect at 80 degrees, with water temperatures at 78 to 80 degrees. SLOW FISHING EXCEPT FOR SIERRA AT HAYSTACK.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Jim Anderson said, "I took my 10WT fly rod out and found out how much fun it is to catch sierra on the fly. They are really heavy this year and are here in profusion. On a fly rod with a Clouser imitation, the fish were striking hard on the top of the water like a largemouth bass and taking really long runs into the backing. This is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart." Fishing around Isla San Marcos was slow for yellowtail but better for cabrilla. "Saturday, 'Deep Dave Hughes' and the Moosea boat were really loading up on cabrilla as well as some nice sized almaco jacks," Anderson said. "We are all waiting for this transition time to end and anxiously await the arrival of yellowtail which could happen any time in the next 30 days."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Doug Pierson of O'Brien, Ore., confirmed that Camp Gecko at the south end of Bahia de los Angeles has become a place for permanent renters only. "Camp Gecko allows no more camping or weekly or monthly rentals," Pierson said. "It has gone, like most of Baja I guess, to yearly leases. It is $1,200 a year at Gecko and $3,000 a year at Las Naranjas. There was a massive localized flash flood last week at L.A. Bay. When I was at Gecko last week the 'launching ramp,' which is just a rock pile with tracks through the sand as an approach, was knocked totally out and is unapproachable due to 3-foot deep erosion. It will take a Caterpillar to fix it.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of San Felipe's Title Company Bookstore reported hot weather over the weekend at 90 degrees with 28 percent relative humidity. The San Felipe Shrimp Festival was in full swing. "I could hear the music pounding until way after 2 a.m.," Meders said. "Many gringos staggering up the stairs for coffee this morning are looking more than a little green." HOT FALL WEATHER AND SHRIMP FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Kane "EK" Smith of San Clemente, Calif., reported that the historic Camp One or "Campo Uno," at the north end of San Felipe has been closed and its buildings razed. "The old Campo Numero Uno north of Ruben's is no more, cleared of buildings, sorta of sad," Smith said. "The house-restaurant were gone, the concrete palapas were all removed, and it was fenced off. It was sort of a landmark."
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Aries Fleet reported on 33 offshore and inshore fishing trips by Aries Fleet, for a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin, 34 sailfish, 14 dorado, 12 yellowfin tuna, 2 jack crevalle, 6 roosterfish, 8 skipjack, 10 palometa, 25 red snapper, and 25 triggerfish. The largest 2 fish caught during week were a 300-pound class blue marlin and a 198-pound yellowfin tuna. Mazatlan fishing area weather was sunny in the high-80s, with calm seas and water temperatures even at 85 to 86 degrees.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Dan Parent of San Jose, Calif., fished inshore at Mazatlan the previous week on the Aries Fleet super panga Anzuelo II with Capt. Ramon for a catch with fellow angler Hoc Hua of 8 permit and 10 triggerfish. "We arrived in rainy Mazatlan as Tropical Storm Paul was leaving," Parent said. "We went south of Old Mazatlan. We were targeting dorado but the big boys weren't biting. We sailed a few miles north to go bottom fishing along the coast. Many fish were hooked on "las cabezas de camarones" or shrimp head baits. The permit and the triggerfish fought the good fight. The weather was perfect and a fun time was had."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported on an offshore run by the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla II for yellowfin tuna of 110, 201, and 293 pounds caught by angler Tony DeCicco of Pennsylvania. Other Marla's outings produced tuna into the 300-pound class along with blue marlin and black marlin at Roca Corbeteña and El Banco. Fishing 2 to 6 miles northwest of Punta Mita produced dorado, sailfish, and some blue marlin. "The tuna fishing is wide-open," Osuna said. Our fleet this week nailed up to 3 cows per day." Puerto Vallarta fishing area weather was mostly calm, with water temperatures at 87 degrees.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Tony DeCicco of Morrisville, Penn., described his outing on the charter boat Marla II, for 3 big tuna plus other species. "The fishing was excellent," DeCicco said. "We stared out with a dogtooth snapper and then the tuna bite started. We made bait, skipjack tuna, and the tuna ate them really aggressively. We ended the day catching the snapper and 3 yellowfin tuna, 110, 293, and 201 pounds. Capt. Danny and his mate Alvino did a fantastic job getting me my first yellowfin cow."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Dan Yates of West Jordan, Utah, and his son Daniel fished 5 days on the PV Marlin charter boat Lorena with Capt. Felipe Magaña and his son, first mate Felipe II, for a catch including 2 blue marlin estimated in the 575 and 550-pound class, a yellowfin tuna of about 150 pounds, and a final day for 8 dorado off Punta Mita. Puerto Vallarta weather had some rough seas due to the passage of distant Tropical Storm Paul. CHASING THE ELUSIVE COW TUNA ABOARD THE CHARTER BOAT LORENA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Twiggy Quijano of Open Water Fishing reported on a run to Roca Corbeteña by the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Brisa, for a catch with anglers Toni Barker and Harry Miley including a yellowfin tuna taped at 275 pounds. The water at Roca Corbeteña was light blue at 85 degrees, with good bait concentrations. "There were loads of bait all around. It took 5 minutes to fill the 4 tubes and have 3 more out," Quijano said.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Clarke Smith of Newport Beach, Calif., reported a 315-pound yellowfin tuna landed by his boat Aleta at Roca Corbeteña on Oct. 27th and weighed with the certified scale from the boat Pacifico. "The fish was landed in 1 hour 25 minutes," Smith said. "It stayed near the surface for much of the fight forcing the crew to chase the tuna upswell for several miles."
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said fishing offshore of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo was slow. "Capt. Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished the blue water 3 days and only got one 25-pound dorado at 25 miles," Kunze said. "I have never heard of him doing this poorly for 3 days on the water, ever. At least he is honest." Inshore fishing was good for roosterfish, with 4 to 7 fish per day to about 40 pounds to be expected. Ixtapa fishing area weather was cloudy and rainy at 100 degrees, with water temperatures at 78 to 87 degrees.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported continued light fishing pressure at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, with few anglers in the area and fishing just so-so. The charter boats Dos Hermanos II, Vamanos III, and Gaby fished a total of 5 days, for a catch including released fish of: 3 sailfish, 5 dorado, 4 roosterfish, 2 grouper, 6 jack crevalle, and 30 bonitos. "Inshore waters, for the most part, remain murky at best due to river run offs," Edwards said.
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported more anglers in the Cancun fishing area as the El Cid Caribe charter fleet at Puerto Morelos sent out 11 short-day boats, for a catch of: 20 snappers, 2 grouper, 6 barracuda, and 7 sierra. "Fishing remains slow at this time, but it is rapidly moving into the seasonal changes of November," Edwards said. Cancun fishing area weather was cloudy and showery, with eastern breezes and water temperatures stable at 86 degrees.