Good Baja dorado fishing off Magdalena Bay, Yellowtail at San Carlos

Mexico Fishing News, November 13, 2006



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto launched his boat Soledad at Puerto Lopez Mateos on Baja's Pacific side and reported on 4 days of solo fishing off Magdalena Bay, with lots of dorado caught around the Thetis Bank and south of the San Carlos boca, plus some yellowfin tuna of 12 to 20 pounds, but no wahoo or marlin landed.

"Throughout the area we fished, there were occasional circling frigate birds that generally signaled schools of dorado," Erhardt said. "The dorado averaged around 20 pounds and provided enough action to more than make the trip worthwhile. I caught no marlin or wahoo during the period and heard of no wahoo taken. The water temperature off Magdalena Bay continues abnormally high, between 80 and 84 degrees, which probably accounts for the abundance of dorado." PLENTY OF DORADO OUT OF PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on the season's first Magdalena Bay fishing week by the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, Nov. 4-11, 2006, fishing with charter master Richard Castaneda of Cass Tours and a limited load of 20 anglers for a total catch including released fish of: 350 dorado, 4 tuna, 5 striped marlin, 1 black marlin estimated at 300 pounds, 110 cabrilla and grouper, and 1 leatherback grouper of 45 pounds. The Erik fished offshore of Magdalena Bay in good conditions from Bahia Santa Maria out to the Thetis Bank area. No wahoo or snook were found.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported marlin 10 miles straight out from Bahia Santa Maria at the San Carlos entrada and dorado of 10 to 20 pounds "thick and almost a nuisance." One outing produced 12 marlin raised to the pattern, but Graham said, "They were not as aggressive as we would like, with only a few getting close enough for a shot." Yellowfin tuna were also reported in concentration inside of 10 miles at Puerto Lopez Mateos. Magdalena Bay fishing area weather was calm all week in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 74 to 84 degrees.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported steady bottom fishing during the second half of the week for his beach launched pangas at Punta Banda, with limits or near limits of lingcod, red rockcod, whitefish, and bonita, some salmon grouper, and 1 yellowtail of 15 pounds caught on Saturday with Capt. Hector on the Vonny III. Anglers fishing during the week included Brian and Joanne Foley, Clyde Laws, David, Dawn, Ryan and Rachel Knutzen of Olympia, Wash., Chris and Cammie Formo, and Rick and Anny Hein. Ensenada fishing area weather on Sunday was mostly sunny in the high-60s, with light winds, ocean swells of 2 feet, and water temperatures averaging 60 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Judy Ostberg of the boat Melody at Marina Coral reported 69 to 70-degree water at the Banda Bank on Saturday and bottom fish limits for 4 anglers of red rockcod of 3 to 5 pounds, 1 salmon grouper, 1 sugar bass, and 1 whitefish. "Great table fare!" Ostberg said.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported easy limits of vermilion rockfish at the Banda Bank on Saturday with anglers Gail Ross and Juan Lu Cardona-Sepulveda.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort said very few tourists were present for the past 3 weeks. Only 1 local panga fished out of Puerto Santo Tomas on Saturday, for limits of bottom fish and many bonita. "The surface bite for bonita is still around this late in the season," Saenz said.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp reported 19 boats fishing out of Erendira during the week, for continued heavy counts of bonita, red rockcod, and lingcod, plus a few barracuda and yellowtail. Some bait fish were still present along the coast. Erendira weather was favorable all week as boats fished daily, in clear water with temperatures stable at 66 to 67 degrees.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said just a few boats fished out of San Quintin, due to winds from Thursday to Saturday. "Boats that did go out fished the 240 and 15-fathom spots for large rockcod and lingcod," Hillis said. "None of our boats tried fishing at Socorro due to the uphill ride on the return against the prevailing winds." Pedro's Pangas' winter fishing season price of $220 to $260 per person was in effect, including 2 nights at San Quintin's Old Mill Hotel, 2 days of fishing, 2 dinners, and 2 lunches at the Old Mill Restaurant. Information: 888-568-2252.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Tim McNulty of Cardiff, Calif., reported on a trip down the Baja Pacific coast on Steve Campbell's boat Corsario from Oct. 26, 2006, to Nov. 6, 2006, cruising from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and finding good fishing for dorado and striped marlin off Magdalena Bay, plus yellowfin tuna south to Cedros Island and lots of wahoo at the Uncle Sam Bank. "The dorado fishing was insane," McNulty said. "To keep the dorado off the jigs and catch marlin, we had to remove all hooks from the jigs and use the bait-and-switch method." FISHING CRUISE DOWN BAJA'S PACIFIC COAST.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Marshall Wax of Pacific Palisades, Calif., reported on a trip down the Baja coast to Cabo San Lucas by his boat Good Vibrations, finding diesel fuel selling at Turtle Bay for $2 per gallon, and very heavy dorado and striped marlin action out of Bahia Santa Maria at Magdalena Bay. "We fished straight outside the entrada at about 12 miles for 14 marlin," Wax said. "We caught 2 marlin which had lost their bills and healed over. All our billfish were released."

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Baja fishing reporter and commercial photographer Mitchell Rose of Hollywood, Calif., said his limited edition Baja photo art collection prints were available in sizes 8x10 to 16x20 for $100 to $595 depending on size and framing. Each of the 40 images is limited to 25 signed and numbered prints and comes with a certificate of authenticity." Information:,



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 6 outings, including several trips with fly fishing tackle anglers, fishing on the Pacific side to Cabo Falso and out to about 2 miles for a catch including released fish of: 10 skipjack, 18 bonito, 25 dorado of 10 to 26 pounds, 1 yellowfin tuna of 7 pounds, and 1 roosterfish of 10 pounds. The Cheer's fished in very calm conditions, with Cabo San Lucas local water temperatures averaging about 84 degrees. CHEER'S PANGA FLY FISHING ON THE PACIFIC SIDE.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 112 charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 1 blue marlin, 32 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 44 yellowfin tuna, 70 dorado, 8 skipjack, 2 wahoo, 55 red snapper, 17 roosterfish, 2 cabrilla, 8 boats with no luck.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported "paradise type" Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather in the low-90s with sunny skies and light breezes. Pacific side offshore water temperatures were at 80 to 83 degrees, and 81 to 83 degrees on the Cortez side. "There was no really strongly defined temperature break," Landrum said. "Things are looking up as the water cools. We are hoping that the bite finally goes wide-open on the striped marlin and the yellowfin tuna show up in force."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 55 percent of charters releasing billfish during the week, 45 percent landing dorado, and just 10 percent with yellowfin tuna. The billfish count included 73 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, and 1 blue marlin. "We are starting to see an increase on striped marlin," Ehrenberg said. "We expect fishing to be wide-open for this species within the next 2 to 4 weeks. We are also starting to see large Humboldt squid up to 40 pounds." Pisces boats fished mostly on the Pacific side in water temperatures averaging 82 degrees. STRIPED MARLIN DOMINATE BILLFISH COUNTS AT TIP OF BAJA.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 8 outings by the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 17 striped marlin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 6 dorado, and 8 Humboldt squid. Cabo San Lucas fishing weather was pleasant and sunny in the low-90s, with water temperatures in the main fishing areas on the Pacific side at 81 to 82 degrees. "Live bait was best for the billfish with some of the action on the drift," Edwards said. "The live bait supply is good and bait is now available at the Golden Gate Bank too."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: 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: 8 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 wahoo of 20 pounds, 22 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 30 pounds, and 32 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 223 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 495 yellowfin tuna, 145 dorado, 22 rainbow runner, 18 wahoo, 7 striped marlin, 22 sailfish, 5 roosterfish, 6 amberjack, 14 sierra, 25 pargo, 8 pompano, 105 white skipjack, and 140 triggerfish. The long-standing yellowfin tuna bite near the coast slowed down. "The full moon may have effected the way the fish are feeding," Brictson said. "This was an exceptionally bright moon. Most likely, the fish were feeding more at night, making them less active in the morning." San Jose del Cabo weather was near-perfect in the mid-80s, with water temperatures cooler at 80 to 82 degrees. YELLOWFIN TUNA COUNTS DOWN IN FULL MOON FISHING.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., fished off San Jose del Cabo with Paul Shones on his panga Linda Marie and landed his first wahoo of the season on Tuesday while trolling a purple Yo-Zuri Bonita lure at high speed. "Several other wahoo were caught 2 days before so this should be the beginning of the wahoo season," Kammer said. "We also caught a 25-pound dorado and a 20-pound yellowfin tuna." On Saturday, Kammer fished again and reported 3 dorado and 2 yellowfin tuna but no wahoo.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported a good week with 41 fish species caught or observed during 5 surf fishing trips and 5 outings on the panga Salome with Capt. Pata. "The species count for the week was way up as every fish, except the atun and dorado, appeared as isolated individuals and did not come in bunches," Snow said. "My friends the 'bait guys' only provided 4 of the 41 species." Species caught or observed included: flag cabrilla, reef cornetfish, striated mile crab, sally lightfoot crab, Pacific creolefish, longfin croaker, yellowfin croaker, giant damselfish, dorado, Mexican goatfish, Panamic graysby, Burrito grunt, Cortez grunt, yellowstripe grunt, giant hawkfish, flatiron herring, jack crevalle, green jack, reef lizardfish, flat needlefish, giant needlefish, bridled sand perch, highfin sand perch, Pacific porgy, balloonfish, Guineafowl puffer, longnose puffer, spotfin porcupinefish, sergeant major, Mexican night sergeant, dog snapper, blue-and-gold snapper, red snapper, spotted rose snapper, yellow snapper, tinsel squirrelfish, finescale triggerfish, orangeside triggerfish, black skipjack, and yellowfin tuna.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo commented on the season-long yellowfin tuna bite. "The pangueros have to do a lot of chumming to get the tuna to bite and the numbers of these schools have been reduced," Grimes said. "Governor Narciso Agundez and some of the hotel interests have been active in trying once again to avoid the catastrophic NOM 29, la norma tiburon. Governor Agundez also says that he is trying to encourage La Secretaria de Pesca and the Armada Mexicana to provide more boats to reduce rampant poaching in Baja California Sur. If these boats are provided, the emphasis appears to be protection of abalone, lobster, conch, and shrimp."



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape fishing area weather clear in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 74 to 86 degrees. "Billfish were still in limited numbers offshore with only a few to be found throughout Las Palmas Bay," Graham said. "If you wanted tuna action you had to be willing to make the long trip down below Las Frailes and risk a rough ride home." Fly fishing angler Ted Hard of Santa Rosa, Calif., found good dorado fishing just a few miles out. On the beaches, early sierra, ladyfish, and some small roosterfish were present on schools of sardina.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: J.R. Kehoe of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 178 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas De Cortez, Playa Del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 443 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 12 blue marlin, 26 striped marlin, 42 sailfish, 149 dorado, 151 yellowfin tuna, 41 roosterfish, 3 wahoo, 2 cabrilla, 44 pargo, 4 squid, 3 triggerfish, 5 pompano, 17 sierra, 16 bonita, 2 needlefish, 2 shark, and 2 grouper.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista reported on 3 outings by his beach-launched aluminum boat, fishing near shore with trolled Rebel lures for a 22-pound yellowfin tuna caught just off the San Bartolo arroyo, several sierra to about 27 inches, a jack crevalle of about 15 to 20 pounds, 1 triggerfish hooked on a trolled Surface Rebel, and some needlefish and ladyfish. Eddy also described his sideways boat landing technique, saying, "I land parallel to the beach. I let the waves push the boat up onto the beach and hold the boat onto the beach as the wave recedes." ALUMINUM BOAT TUNA AND MIXED SPECIES FISHING WITH REBEL LURES.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja veteran George Carter of Rancho Palos Verdes said his 45th annual fishing tournament at Rancho Buena Vista this summer will be held July 8-14, 2006, with the $1,550 cost of the trip including 5 days of fishing, air fare from Los Angeles, ground transportation from the airport, meals and lodging, and trophies and prizes. Information: 310 541-8388,

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista noted the death last week of the well-known Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero. "Roy had not felt 100 percent for the last year but this was a huge surprise. He had just turned 54 years old," Rayor said. "I certified him to dive and he went with us quite frequently until the last year. I went to a service for Roy yesterday afternoon at Leonero. It was a large gathering of friends." Baja back road aficionado Baldwin reportedly died after suffering a heart attack. He was an East Cape "original" and, often accompanied by his famous parrot, Ranger, he served on the staff of Rancho Leonero for many years.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of Vista Sea Sport said conditions were variable on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef last week, with water temperatures ranging from 77 to 82 degrees and visibility from 50 to 80 feet. "Currents have been mild, allowing some enjoyable, slow moving drift dives, and the upcoming week promises to bring more of the cooler water animals," Pickering said. Sea life sightings included Jewfish, gulf grouper, dolphin, rays, snappers, grunts, and nurse sharks.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported fewer large dorado caught off Las Cruces last week and pangas concentrating on yellowfin tuna at Punta Perico and off the south end of Isla Cerralvo, for some days of good action that tapered off over the weekend. Good supplies of sardina bait were available at Ensenada de los Muertos and around the island. Las Arenas side weather was pleasant in the 90s.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said his pangas fishing for tuna on the Las Arenas side scored on 2 to 10 fish of 10 to 30 pounds per outing. "It was an incredible week of fishing at La Paz considering it's almost winter," Roldan said. "Tuna popped up again in good numbers." On the La Paz side, pangas continued to find dorado limits or near limits including some bulls into the 40 and 50-pound range at the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo. La Paz had some wind and cooler weather, with water temperatures in the low-80s.

Some dorado were caught on live pufferfish baits. "I have often found pufferfish in the stomachs of the dorado when I clean them," Roldan said. "Many times we've caught dorado under dead floating pufferfish. This time, my skipper actually scooped up a couple of live ones when he netted bait near the beach and put them in the bait tank. When the dorado were buzzing and the big ones came by, he said the puffer is a great bait, stuck one on a hook and wham!"

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Bob Bergman of Long Beach, Calif., and Jerry Clements fished 4 days on the Las Arenas side with Capt. Nufo Green of Tortuga Sportfishing, for a catch of: 19 yellowfin tuna to 25 pounds, 7 dorado to 30 pounds, small pargo, bonito, needlefish, and some triggerfish. Bergman fished around Punta Perico, around the Las Arenas lighthouse, and north off Las Cruces, using trolled strip baits and live and dead sardinas. "As usual, Gerardo's service and hospitality at Tortuga Sportfishing can't be beat," Bergman said. La Paz fishing area weather had some wind. Sardina baits were netted at the Giggling Marlin ramp inside Ensenada de los Muertos. FISHING 4 DAYS FOR DORADO AND TUNA WITH TORTUGA SPORTFISHING.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Betty Hill-Crofoot of La Paz reported on a run to Isla Espiritu Santo early in the week on her boat WICO with anglers Phil Gilson of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Brad and Connie Danes of Richmond, B.C., for 4 dorado of 25 to 35 pounds caught by 10 a.m. "The dorado bite continues to keep going off the beach at Espiritu Santo Island," Hill-Crofoot said. "Since the seas were quite rough and choppy we put our baits out on the outriggers and slow trolled to keep from getting tangled. The bite was early morning at first light and completely quit after 10:00 a.m."

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Bill Warr of Vista, Calif., reported on an October fishing and diving trip north of La Paz aboard the charter boat Black Magic with Desea Adventures, finding dorado while cruising areas north of the city including Las Animas, Isla San Diego, Isla San Jose, and Isla San Francisco. "While my passions lay with free diving, good old stand up rod 'n reel fishin' runs a close second and we got plenty of rail time between islands," Warr said. DESEA ADVENTURES ISLAND DIVING AND FISHING ABOARD BLACK MAGIC.



LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis in Loreto reported windy days most of the week, but sunny and calm conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, with fishing water temperatures at 75 to 78 degrees. Three pangas going out during the week caught a total of 12 dorado of 16 to 30 pounds while fishing at Bajo de las Boyas. Anglers fishing with Capt. Martín Perpuly and Francisco Martínez during the week included L. Cory, D. Klink, M. Donovan, Arturo Ramos, Ron Hirt, and Brad and Eileen Pickett.

LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Zapata reported some wind-free days with calm seas, and the water temperature at about 75 degrees. Nine pangas fished during the week at Baja de las Boyas for a catch of: 32 dorado of 18 to 32 pounds, and 2 sailfish.

LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous weekend, Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing reported lots of wind at Loreto, with cooler air temperatures in the mornings and evenings. Dorado pods of fish at 15 to 20 pounds continued to be found at the buoys and around the north ends of Islas Carmen and Coronado. Smaller yellowtail of 8 to 16 pounds were reported at Candeleros, Isla Coronado, and north at San Nicolas.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Bill Coffman of Bahia Coyote south of Mulege reported on a fishing run by his panga early in the week with local commercial panguero Tello Osuna, trolling between the lighthouse and Punta Concepción for a catch including small cabrilla, skipjack tuna, triggerfish, pargo, sculpin, mojarra, and jack crevalle. "The weather was beautiful in the high-80s," Coffman said, "but the wind kept us off the dorado grounds. I have never seen the desert more beautiful, as they had another big rain 2 weeks ago, green with volcanic rock. It looked similar to Hawaii."



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported fishing productive but slower than normal last week. "There have been scattered reports of yellowtail sightings by fishermen as well as divers, but no significant catches reported as of yet," Anderson said. "Inshore fishing remains very good for sierra, cabrilla, and local bottom fish like triggerfish and spotted bay bass." The local segment of the Baja California Sur Governor's Cup state fishing tournament series was scheduled for Nov. 18, 2006.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach reported on a small boat and kayak Baja fishing run by his group to Papa Fernandez at Gonzaga Bay and Calamajue, for good "Baja Catch" style action with jointed Rebel lures and Yo-Zuris including: yellowtail, sierra, gulf grouper, barracuda, leopard grouper, lizardfish, pompano, wrasse, halibut, spotted bay bass, triggerfish, and ribera cabrilla or Panama graysby. "The weather was fantastic, people wonderful, checkpoints quick, border crossing a breeze, and outside a few disgruntled jejenes, a great time was had by all," Jones said. Gonzaga Bay water temperatures were stable at 73 degrees. GOOD "BAJA CATCH"-STYLE FISHING TRIP TO GONZAGA BAY.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Katherine Hammontré of reported construction progress on new boat slips at the San Felipe commercial marina south of downtown. "I was at the harbor this morning and took a photo of the new marina slips being built," Hammontré said. "Eventually, they will be put on the market for sale. When these slips are finished, they will be selling like hot cakes!" Hammontré said the panga mothership Jose Andres departed Saturday on a special fishing trip for friends of San Felipe's well-known icon Tony Reyes.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Craig Collins of Rio Rico, Ariz., reported on an early week run to Isla San Pedro Nolasco with Capt. Fernando Almada on the San Carlos charter boat Catch-22 Rubina for a catch of 4 yellowtail of 20 to 24 pounds hooked near the bottom in 180 to 250 feet of water at the south end of the island, plus some Humboldt squid to 30 pounds on the way home. "All of the yellows bit on a 4-ounce Megabait Live Jig in green mackerel pattern," Collins said. Isla San Pedro Nolasco water was clear blue-green at 72 to 74 degrees. YELLOWTAIL FISHING AT ISLA SAN PEDRO NOLASCO.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Fernando Almada of Guaymas and Catch-22 Sportfishing said, "The yellowtail are starting to show up at both the south and north tips of San Pedro Island with water temps at 73 degrees. The bonita bite is red-hot."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Yomahira Aguirre of Aries Fleet reported on 91 offshore cruisers and inshore super pangas, with a catch including released fish of: 8 blue marlin, 5 striped marlin, 24 dorado, 104 sailfish, 11 yellowfin tuna, 8 mako shark, 120 snappers, 24 pompano, 20 yellowtail, and 12 miscellaneous fish.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported Mazatlan weather mostly sunny in the high-80s, with water temperatures at 81 degrees inshore and 82 degrees offshore.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported giant yellowfin tuna fishing slower at Puerto Vallarta, but the charter boats Marla II, Marla III, and Arca de Noe still scoring during the week on 9 cow class tuna of 200 to 297 pounds, plus other tuna of 90 to 130 pounds, 2 marlin releases, and 5 sailfish releases. "The tunas are biting late in the evening before the sunset in Roca Corbeteña," Osuna said. "They are really crashing on the skippies. We are fishing really hard and staying to sunset for the late bite. I hope next week this changes and the fish start biting normally during the day." Puerto Vallarta weather was flat with some breezes and water temperatures at 86 to 87 degrees.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Daniel Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing said his Puerto Vallarta charter super panga Dhamar was pulled for maintenance last week.

For the previous week, Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing reported on 5 offshore runs by the Puerto Vallarta charter boats Lorena, Chelita, and Discovery, for a catch including released fish of: 3 sailfish, 2 yellowfin tuna of about 180 pounds, 1 yellowfin tuna of about 100 pounds, 1 blue marlin of about 250 pounds, and 1 nice dorado. "Fishing was a little spotty this last week," Quinonez said. "It seems like it was either feast or famine." Puerto Vallarta seas were calm at 80 degrees.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO:PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Lionetti of Puerto Vallarta reported on a run to Roca Corbeteña in late October by his boat El Pescador, landing a 600-pound class blue marlin on a trolled skipjack with anglers Tony Camacho and Tom Dorsey. "We were trolling big skipjack looking for a cow tuna," Lionetti said. "The marlin came up and sucked in the big bait on the line that was way back. It took the 3 amigos another hour to get the fish over the rail of the El Pescador using the dingy davit."



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 10 outings by the charter boats Gran Jefe, Dos Hermanos I, Arena, Agua Azul, Princess Iris, Vanomos II, and Bloody Hook, with a catch including released fish of: 7 sailfish, 2 dorado, 3 jack crevalle, 2 sierra, and 20 bonito. "According to Abel Cortez, owner of the Gran Jefe, the full moon has taken it's toll," Edwards said. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was cloudy with scattered rain in the mid-90s, with water temperatures at 84 degrees inshore and 85 degrees offshore.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said Ixtapa fishing area offshore boats averaged about 1 or 2 sailfish per outing, but the action was expected to improve as blue 82-degree water moved to within 10 miles of shore following the full moon phase. Inshore fishing with conventional and fly tackle was good. Angler Travis Watkins fished 2 days with Capt. Martin on the charter panga Isamar for a catch including released fish of: 2 roosterfish, about 30 black skipjack, about 30 jack crevalle, and 6 sierra. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was cloudy and rainy at 100 degrees, with water temperatures at 78 to 87 degrees.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of Zihuatanejo and the Fintastic's Tag & Release Tournament Zihuatanejo 1999-2003 said, "All the cows ain't grazing in Puerto Vallarta." Phillips reported an estimated 350-pound class yellowfin tuna caught on Oct. 23, 2006, by Capt. Poli Hernandez on the charter fishing boat Don Gordo II by anglers Donna and Doug Watt of Trinity, Fla., and Vicki and Tim Williams of Gerlach, Nev. Phillips also said, "On Nov. 4, Capt. Alfredo Vargas of the cruiser Esturion II found a longline off Zihuatanejo. As in the past, he and a couple of other boats 'confiscated' it as the owners watched. Cheers again to the new attitude in Zihuatanejo's sportfishing captains." Phillips also reported fly tackle angler Gord Silverthorne of Fernie, B.C., raising 4 sailfish and hooking 1 with Capt. Santiago on the charter panga Gitana.



HUATULCO, MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, Veracruz, reported on a trip to the Mexican Pacific coast at Puerto Escondido near Huatulco for a panga outing out of Playa Zicatela that produced action for several missed sailfish and a nice dorado with Capt. Omar. HUATULCO CHARTER PANGA FISHING TRIP.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported fishing conditions at Puerto Morelos near Cancun mostly calm in the low-90s, with light surface winds, and stable 82-degree water temperatures throughout the area.



MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, reported on a couple of local spearfishing runs for a catch including grouper, cabrilla, pargo, cojinuda, barracuda, huachinango, pluma, tigre, and besugo, and some good catches of early season peto or king mackerel made by local commercial fisherman Capt. Ciro Guzman. "Normally this wouldn't be a noteworthy catch but peto is presently selling for slightly less than huachinango," Burns said. Everybody is patiently yet anxiously awaiting the return of the hordes of peto that come inshore in December." MULTI-SPECIES SPEARFISHING AT TECOLUTLA AND A TRIP TO PUERTO ESCONDIDO.

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CRUISIN' DOWN BAJA--Scenes of Marshall Wax's cruise to Cabo San Lucas on his boat Good Vibrations, showing sheltered water at Magdalena Bay's Punta Hughes and a Baja Pacific side marlin. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARSHALL WAX.

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BAJA PACIFIC WAHOO--Wahoo haven't shown up in force yet this fall on Baja's Pacific side, but Tim McNulty and his group fishing on Steve Campbell's boat Corsario loaded up at the Uncle Sam Bank on Oct. 30, 2006, during a trip south to Cabo San Lucas. At right, the Corsario cruising down the Pacific side of Baja. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TIM MCNULTY.

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STEADY ENSENADA BOTTOM--Vonny's Fleet panga anglers fishing at Punta Banda last week caught steady limits or near limits of a variety of bottom fish species with Capts. Beto, Hector, and Vicente. This group fishing on Saturday included Cammie and Chris Formo, Ann and Rick Hein, and Dawn, David, Rachel and Ryan Knutzen. PHOTO COURTESY OF IVAN VILLARINO.

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BAJA ART PHOTOS--Images from the Baja art photo print collection of professional photographer Mitchell Rose. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MITCHELL ROSE.

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CABO FLY ROOSTER--Fly fishing anglers Bill Lind, left, and his wife Patty Lind fished at Cabo San Lucas with Capt. Ramon Druck, right, of the charter super panga Cheer's for good action on the Pacific side for 2 dorado, 1 yellowfin tuna, and this nice roosterfish caught off the beach near Cabo Falso. At right, a promising Pacific sunset at the tip of Baja. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RAMON DRUCK.

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WAHOO SEASON OPENER--Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., fished off San Jose del Cabo last week at the Iman Bank on Paul Shores' panga, and their catch included Kammer's first wahoo of the fall season. It hit a fast-trolled purple Yo-Zuri Bonita lure. PHOTO COURTESY OF ED KAMMER.

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LOW BUDGET CHINO MERO--Christy Ruby of Anchorage, Alaska, caught this beautiful giant hawkfish or chino mero, plus an 18-inch roosterfish, and a nice gafftopsail pompano, all from the beach at Cabo Real, San Jose del Cabo, with a $20 Costco rod and reel outfit, 15-pound line, and stripped ladyfish bait. At right, Ruby's gafftopsail pompano and budget surf fishing outfit. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTY RUBI.

La Paz Mexico Fishing Photo 1

BULLY PUFFER DODO--Mark Martis of Long Beach, Calif., hefts a big dorado estimated at 45 to 50 pounds caught this week off Cerralvo Island with La Paz' Tailhunter International. The big dodo was caught when the captain put a live puffer fish on the hook and dropped it behind the boat for an instant hook up. PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ROLDAN.

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GIGGLING DORADO--La Paz anglers Jerry Clements and Bob Bergman with a nice haul of dorado caught with Capt. Nufo Green, center, of Tortuga Sportfishing. Here, they're ready for the fillet table near the Giggling Marlin restaurant at Ensenada de los Muertos south of La Paz. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERARDO HERNANDEZ.

Loreto Mexico Fishing Photo 1

STILL DOING DORADO--Loreto's good summer dorado season of 2006 continued last week as boats still found action at Bajo de las Boyas. Brad and Eileen Pickett got into the action with the Hotel Oasis' Capt. Martín Perpuly. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY ZAPATA.

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NORTH CORTEZ FISHING--Chris Gessel fights a small hammerhead shark hooked off El Faro just north of Gonzaga Bay in the northern Sea of Cortez during a small boat "Baja Catch"-style fishing trip with Ken Jones and Bret Hambrick. At right Jones, left, and Hambrick with a small boat bag of sierra and yellowtail caught during the trip. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KEN JONES.

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico Fishing Photo 1

SAN PEDRO YELLOWTAIL--Craig Collins fished on the San Carlos, Sonora, charter boat Catch-22 Rubina with Capt. Fernando Almada for 4 yellowtail of 20 to 24 pounds, all caught on iron at the south end of Isla San Pedro Nolasco. PHOTO COURTESY OF CRAIG COLLINS.

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EL PESCADOR BLUE MARLIN--Larry Lionetti, right with boat mascot Itsy, fished at Roca Corbeteña in late October on his Puerto Vallarta boat El Pescador for several dorado and small tuna, plus this nice blue marlin that hit a black skipjack bait. Fishing with Lionetti were, from left, Tom Dorsey and Tony Camacho. PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY LIONETTI.

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MARLA'S COWS--Marla's Sportfishing's Danny Gomez, left, and Alonso Osuna, with a cow class yellowfin tuna taped at 297 pounds landed on the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Marla III last week with angler "Frank" of Canada. During the week, Marla's charter boats landed a total of 9 tuna over 200 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY OSUNA.

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COWS AT IXTAPA--Capt. Poli Hernandez of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo charter boat Don Gordo II with a cow class yellowfin tuna landed Oct. 23, 2006, by anglers Donna and Doug Watt of Trinity, Fla., and Vicki and Tim Williams of Gerlach, Nev. At right, the big tuna comes aboard the Don Gordo II. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAUL PHILLIPS.

Huatulco Mexico Fishing Photo 1

PUERTO ESCONDIDO DORADO--Mark Catania of Toronto with a nice dorado caught with Capt. Omar out of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Catania fished during a trip with David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico. Said Burns about the trip to the Pacific coast, "Don't ask about the trip through civil strife torn Oaxaca City unless you're interested in a real scary story." PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BURNS.

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ATLANTIC MEXICO SPEARFISHING--David Burns, left, of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, and local spearfisherman "Freddy," with an Atlantic-side barracuda and grouper. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BURNS.

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SAN FELIPE MARINA IMPROVEMENTS--New boat slips were being readied at the commercial marina south of downtown San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, last week. Said Katherine Hammontré of, "When these slips are finished, they will be selling like hot cakes!" PHOTO COURTESY OF KAT HAMMONTRE.

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