Dorado and marlin party off Magdalena Bay;

Black sea bass at Rocky Point's 51-mile reef

Mexico Fishing News, November 20, 2006



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: This year's fall fish pileup off Magdalena Bay picked up the pace another notch last week as action improved for striped marlin and big concentrations of dorado. Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported excellent offshore fishing for dorado and marlin out of Puerto Lopez Mateos.

"Guides and clients are climbing off the boats and mumbling, 'I don’t believe it,'" Graham said. Dorado and marlin were biting heavily southwards of the Thetis Bank. Magdalena Bay mangrove channel fishing was also good for grouper and sierra, plus a 16-pound snook landed by fly angler Alan Hyman of Diablo, Calif. Magdalena Bay weather was clear at 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 74 to 82 degrees.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Bill Erhardt of Loreto trailered his boat Soledad to Baja's Pacific coast and launched at Puerto Lopez Mateos for 2 days of fending off 20 to 30-pound dorado while trying to get through them to the marlin. Erhardt reported 2 striped marlin released in calm 79 to 81-degree waters south of the Thetis Bank while sometimes trolling with just 1 line in an attempt to avoid the dorado concentrations.

"The dorado were so hungry that on several occasions one of the escorts would smash the marlin feather sliding on the leader in front of a hooked up friend," Erhardt said. No wahoo were caught, but waters near Puerto Lopez Mateos produced 2 yellowfin tuna. TOO MUCH DORADO IN FISHING SOUTH OF THE THETIS BANK.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Andrea Velez of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on the second week of fishing offshore of Magdalena Bay by the San Felipe panga mothership Erik, Nov. 11-18, 2006, with charter master Martin Wood, 20 anglers, and an approximate catch including released fish of: 300 dorado, 280 yellowtail, 8 marlin, 47 yellowfin tuna of 30 to 50 pounds, and 12 wahoo to 40 pounds. The Eric fished around the Thetis Bank area in good sea conditions, and many whales were seen in the area.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported on a run south to the Soledad Reef south of Ensenada on Friday by the charter boat Matador, for a catch of: 14 salmon grouper to 6 pounds, 47 red rockcod to 5 pounds, 18 whitefish, 4 sugar bass to 2 pounds, and 2 cowcod to 8 pounds. The Matador fished about 300 feet deep in good sea conditions with the water temperature at 58 degrees. All fish were caught with squid strip bait due to a lack of live bait at Ensenada. MATADOR CHARTER FISHING AT SOLEDAD REEF.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported Ensenada fishing area weather mostly sunny at 70 degrees over the weekend, calm in the morning, with ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 60 degrees. Just a few anglers visited Ensenada last week. Jim Heter and his brother Tom Heter of Temecula, Calif., fished with Capt. Beto on the panga Vonny I for limits of 20 bottom fish including red rockcod, plus 4 good-sized bonitas.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Ensenada Sportfishing Center reported on 6 anglers fishing locally aboard the charter boat Quest, for a catch of: 15 bonito, 15 lingcod, 37 rockcod, 8 sheephead, and 3 red rockcod.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Sam Saenz of Puerto Santo Tomas Resort reported mostly sunny weather and some morning fog during the week, plus some rough surf, but with smooth ocean swells. Four pangas fished off Santo Tomas during the week, for some limits of bonita and bottom fish, but with fishing hampered by deep currents. "The surface bite was excellent for bonita. One panga came back with 15 bonita, but no yellowtail were caught," Saenz said.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 22 boats fished out of Erendira during the week for very good action on bottom fish including lingcod and red rockcod, and bonita and barracuda on the surface. Some bait fish were still present along the coast. Erendira fishing water was very clear at 62 to 63 degrees and boats were able to fish daily despite some northeast wind on Monday and Tuesday.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing said most boats were fishing at the San Quintin 240, 180, and 6 spots for good numbers of red rockcod, lingcod, sheephead, and whitefish. Capt. Pancho Berreyesa fished south of the bay with angler Hector Lemus on the cruiser Monalisa for a catch of big barracuda, sandbass, and 1 white seabass of about 25 pounds. San Quintin weather was foggy in the mornings, in the low-80s, with water temperatures cooling at 59 to 61 degrees. GOOD BOTTOM FISHING GOOD AND A FEW WHITE SEABASS STILL AROUND.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said just a few anglers were fishing at San Quintin over the weekend, as heavy fog in the mornings slowed boats leaving the bay. Capt. Hector Garcia on the charter boat Rommy fished southwards 1 day and landed a big count of sandbass plus 1 yellowtail of 20 pounds. Garcia also reported 1 white seabass caught by another boat fishing near him. Other boats fishing around the 240 and 15 spots loaded up on large rockcod and lingcod.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported San Quintin weather still warm, some white seabass along the beach, yellowtail on kelp paddies, and lots of calico bass at Isla San Martin. Kayak anglers and divers scored on croakers south at El Tranquilo, and surfers had consistent swell and tides. San Quintin fishing area water temperatures were at 65 to 67 degrees. K&M Offshore Sportfishing was running trips for fishing, surfing, diving, and kayaking locally and at Isla San Martin and the Sacramento Reef.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove on the Sea of Cortez coast of Baja commented on local fisheries conservation measures during his recent trip to fish at the Pacific coast village of La Bocana with Mike Kanzler's group. "We were literally watched every minute that we were there to make sure we were doing everything by the book," Anderson said. "It was a good experience that they take their fishery so seriously. We did very well with grouper and yellowtail as well as inshore on the calicos. Great place to fish. The town is pretty primitive, but we had our camper so everything was okay.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 55 percent of charters releasing striped marlin last week, 50 percent landing dorado, just 12 percent with yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, and 87 percent with all species combined. Pisces boats fished north of Cabo on the Pacific side, up to the Golden Gate Bank and beyond. Billfish catches during the week included a black marlin of about 250 pounds hooked close to land's end on Nov. 13, 2006, by the charter boat Cabolero. CHARTER CRUISERS FISHING UP THE PACIFIC SIDE.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon said striped marlin fishing was steady at the Golden Gate Bank over the weekend. "Successful boats are locating the fish with a combination of rotating sonar and the normal up and down," Connolly said. "There are tons of bait, but very few dorado at the bank. The Finger Bank is solid dorado, with good marlin fishing, mostly on lures with some feeders in the afternoon." Boats looking for porpoise were finding yellowfin tuna of about 25 pounds. Sea conditions were "like grease" at 81 degrees. Earlier, Connolly also reported 6 marlin releases out of 7 hookups on Monday, all on bait at the Golden Gate Bank.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported on 3 local outings during the week, fishing until about noon on the Pacific side in very good sea conditions out to about 2 miles for a combined catch including released fish of: 10 dorado of 10 to 35 pounds, 2 skipjack, 1 striped marlin, and 2 Humboldt giant squid of 25 and 30 pounds. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's during the week included Briant Ment and "Randy." Local Cabo San Lucas Pacific side water temperatures were at 83 to 84 degrees.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 125 charter boats, with a catch including released fish of: 1 black marlin, 4 blue marlin, 27 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 140 dorado, 44 yellowfin tuna, 9 wahoo, 21 skipjack, 21 roosterfish, 25 pargo, 1 cabrilla, and 7 boats with no luck.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported Cabo San Lucas weather near-perfect in the mid-80s, with mostly clear skies, calm seas, and no wind on Sunday. Some swells of 3 to 6 feet moved through the area due to distant tropical storm Sergio. "Surface water temperatures were an almost uniform 83 to 84 degrees within 40 miles of Cabo," Landrum said. "The water was a great blue color everywhere with very little green showing. Most of the pangas have been moving a bit more offshore since we have had very good sea conditions this week. Their concentration has been on dorado."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Dave Palmer of Fiesta Sportfishing reported on the annual Fiesta Sportfishing Client Jackpot trip to Cabo San Lucas, fishing with 32 anglers on 8 boats from the Dorados Fleet for a catch including released fish of: 48 dorado of 15 to 25 pounds plus 1 dorado of 45 pounds, 22 yellowfin tuna of 20 to 30 pounds plus 1 tuna of 60 pounds, 2 blue marlin of 175 and 190 pounds, 2 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 4 pargo of 10 to 15 pounds, 1 wahoo of 25 pounds, 4 bonita, 1 shark, and 3 roosterfish. The fishing was up the Pacific side and out to about 15 miles. Boats fished included the Dorado I, Dorado II, Dorado IV, Dorado V, Dorado VII, Carolina, Wahoo, and Yesenia.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 108 outings by Gaviota Fleet, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin, 46 striped marlin, 5 sailfish, 53 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo, and 261 dorado. Gaviota boats fished in good sea conditions on the Pacific side, with water temperatures at 80 to 83 degrees and the best fishing at the Golden Gate Bank. Good supplies of bait were easily replenished in the fishing area.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on 13 outings by the Cabo San Lucas charter boats El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: 2 blue marlin of 180 and 400 pounds, 8 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 41 plus limits of yellowfin tuna of 25 to 45 pounds and 1 yellowfin tuna of 100 pounds, 15 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 225 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 338 yellowfin tuna, 345 dorado, 15 rainbow runner, 18 wahoo, 7 striped marlin, 14 sailfish, 225 white skipjack, 14 cabrilla, 18 roosterfish, 5 amberjack, 9 grouper, 72 sierra, and 20 pargo. Sardina bait fish became scattered during the week and moved south toward Punta Palmilla and Bahia Santa Maria. San Jose del Cabo fishing water temperatures were at 79 to 82 degrees, with light winds and air temperatures in the mid-80s. LA PLAYITA PANGAS FISHING IN NEAR-PERFECT NOVEMBER WEATHER.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: John Robinson of Ramona, Calif., reported a slow panga fishing day early in the week for no fish at the Outer Gordo Bank and a catch of 1 yellowfin tuna closer to shore. "Bait was a problem," Robinson said. "Some people did bring in a decent haul but we sure didn't."



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 81 charter boats from combined East Cape fleets including Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, Punta Colorada, Buena Vista Beach Resort, Rancho Leonero, and Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, with 235 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin, 11 striped marlin, 10 sailfish, 54 dorado, and 83 yellowfin tuna. East Cape weather was calm in the mornings with some afternoon wind chop, in the low-90s, with water temperatures at 75 to 83 degrees. "We had a little better fishing this past week," Moyers said. "Overall though it's still pretty slow. The billfish bite was down by almost 50 percent."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Moyers reported on 71 boats, with 209 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 3 blue marlin, 12 striped marlin, 29 sailfish, 36 dorado, 18 yellowfin tuna, 10 pargo, 4 sierra, and 6 roosterfish. East Cape fishing area weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 78 to 85 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Eddie Dalmau of Van Wormer Resorts reported on 201 East Cape charter fishing boats from Hotels Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with 502 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 4 blue marlin, 20 striped marlin, 60 sailfish, 51 dorado, 282 yellowfin tuna, 18 roosterfish, 9 cabrilla, 25 pargo, 224 Humboldt squid, 35 triggerfish, 15 pompano, 85 bonita, and 5 needlefish. "Sailfish numbers started climbing at the end of the week," Dalmau said. "Sailfish were caught 5 to 12 miles out from Los Barriles and La Ribera. The squid bite is wide-open. Fleet boats fished in water temperatures of 79 to 82 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported good roosterfish action as fly fishing guide Lance Petersen led his angler to 5 releases in the 5-pound class plus many smaller fish released. "He also tangled with a few jacks and more ladyfish than he could count," Graham said. The roosterfish were teased almost to the transom with live bait. Marlin and sailfish were still present about 5 miles off Punta Pescadero. Good concentrations of yellowfin tuna and some dorado were caught far to the south. East Cape fishing area weather was clear in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 74 to 84 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Robinson of Ramona, Calif., fished southwards out of Rancho Leonero at midweek with Capt. Guillermo for a catch including released fish of: 1 yellowfin tuna of 18 pounds, 1 dorado of 10 pounds, 2 Humboldt giant squid about 4 feet long, and a few triggerfish. "We fished down south off Las Barracas and Punta Arena," Robinson said. "Other boats were getting bit with squid which seemed to be the ticket. We finally obtained some from another boat but pretty much missed the bite. We really liked Capt. Guillermo. He was really trying, moving around and changing the rigs."



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing reported Las Arenas side weather in the high-80s last week, with a few days of wind that still permitted pangas to fish northwards off Las Cruces. The larger dorado caught in that area earlier were not found, and the better fishing was for smaller dorado near shore, plus yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds plus sierra and bottom fish off Punta Perico. Anglers fishing during the week caught good numbers of both tuna and sierra. Sardina bait was not available at Ensenada de los Muertos, but could be caught in good quantity at Isla Cerralvo and Punta Arena de la Ventana.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz was buzzing last week with activity for the Baja 1000 race. "Busy place and town has been pretty wild," Roldan said. Pangas fishing the Las Arenas side ran farther outside for yellowfin tuna, and on the La Paz side dorado were still caught at the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo. "Water temperatures are slowly dropping, so we're seeing more sierra and snapper as the fishing activity moves inshore," Roldan said.



LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis in Loreto said last week's fishing weather was sunny with calm seas except for 2 days with northeast winds. Few tourists were in the Loreto fishing area as the hotel sent out 4 pangas for a catch of: 13 yellowtail of about 10 pounds, 9 dorado of 15 to 21 pounds, and some roosterfish and sierra. Anglers fishing from Isla Coronado north to San Bruno with Loreto Capts. Abel Davis Sr. and Abel Davis Jr. included Dan and Tony D'Amico, and George and Heather Irwin.

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported late season dorado still available in Loreto's near shore fishing areas. "The offshore water is cooling rapidly, but shoreline water inside the protection of the islands will remain warmer for an extended period of time," Bolles said. "The result of this is that the dorado will stay inside." Dorado were caught in water of 79 to 82 degrees in near shore locations around Isla Coronado and Puerto Escondido. "In the upcoming weeks the majority of the dorado will make their southward migration along the center of the Sea of Cortez," Bolles said. "However a good portion of them may move to the warm water along shore. Some may even stick around for the whole year." DORADO MOVING TO WARMER NEAR SHORE FISHING AREAS.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Fly-in angler Ron Grant of Crestline, Calif., reported Mulege fishing area weather in the high-80s, with water temperatures cooling into the mid-70s. "Dorado are still in the Mulege area but they are a little harder to find," Grant said. "You should have no problem getting dorado limits. Pulling feathers of any color should find the fish." The best dorado concentrations were found off the "mine" area, about 12 to 18 miles out on headings of 060 to 065 degrees. Grant also noted that the air search continued last week for the lost aircraft of Gary and Peggy Thomas. DORADO LIMITS STILL AVAILABLE.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Diana Johnson of Mulege's Hotel Serenidad said overall fishing was just so-so last week, but hotel boats were still catching dorado plus a few yellowtail around Isla San Marcos. "The water temperature is cooling fast," Johnson said. "It looks like the yellowtail will be here in a couple of weeks."



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove reported Santa Rosalia fishing area weather in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees. "The excitement for the week was the Santa Rosalia Governor's Cup Fishing Tournament," Anderson said. The tournament, sponsored by the state of Baja California Sur, included divisions for children, teens, and adults in several game fish categories. "It was great to see the head guys from Bisbee's measuring a 2-pound pargo for a 6-year-old fisher-person," Anderson said. First prize in the squid division was a new panga with Suzuki motor. Anderson's Moosea boat took first and second place in the yellowtail division with a 34.6 pounder caught by David Hughes and a 33.6 pounder by Mario Salazar of San Bruno. "The dorado division was really difficult as there are only a few remaining small fish left in the area and there was not a great showing on dorado," Anderson said.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: John Aman of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., reported on a trip to San Francisquito south of Bahia de los Angeles, fishing from shore and from his boat for good action on yellowtail to 32 pounds. "The fishing was great when the north winds were not blowing," Aman said. "We had 1 great day when we caught a total of 20 yellows to 32 pounds and lost about 5 or 6 others. We caught 2 nice yellows from the beach the following day." Most the yellowtail were caught with iron or trolled Rapalas north of the resort in water at 72 degrees. Fishing with Aman on the trip were Chris Duensing, Jose Mercado, and Steve Tumir.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Katherine Hammontré of reported on a 6-day northern Cortez fishing trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on Nov. 15, 2006, with charter master Bobby Henderson and a catch of: 108 yellowtail of 6 to 14 pounds; 242 sierra of 3 to 6 pounds; 7 red snapper of 15 to 17 pounds; 1 grouper of 88 pounds; 2 black sea bass of 99 to 121 pounds; 2 sheephead of 8 to 10 pounds; 6 white seabass of 15 to 18 pounds; 8 cabrilla of 12 to 14 pounds; 38 spotted bay bass; 4 shark of 14 to 18 pounds; and 16 miscellaneous released fish. NORTHERN CORTEZ FISHING ON THE PANGA MOTHERSHIP JOSE ANDRES.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Shawn Gustafson of Chandler, Ariz., reported on 6 runs out of Rocky Point on his boat Murphy Girl, fishing twice at the 51-mile reef for good action on 2 black sea bass into the 200-pound class, another black sea bass of about 50 pounds, red snapper to 15 pounds, leopard grouper to 20 pounds, halibut to 30 pounds, and goldspotted bass to 8 pounds. Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) weather varied from windy to flat during Gustafson's week-long trip. BLACK SEABASS AT THE 51-MILE REEF.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 76 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina El Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 8 blue marlin, 4 striped marlin, 101 sailfish, 22 dorado, and 8 mako shark. "During the period of Nov. 9-11th, there were some 250 billfish released at Mazatlan by 30 boats in the Billfish Classic tournament," Edwards said. "The fishing has been fabulous." Mazatlan fishing area weather was mostly calm in the mid-80s, with light breezes and water temperatures at 82 to 83 degrees.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported a strong south current, water temperatures warming to 86 degrees, and good fishing last week for blue marlin, black marlin, and cow class yellowfin tuna. In 4 days of offshore fishing at Roca Corbeteña and El Banco aboard the charter boat Prime Time, anglers Alex McClusky and Greg Stewart had a catch including released fish of: 11 yellowfin tuna to 263 pounds, 4 black marlin to 400 pounds, and 2 dorado to 40 pounds, plus 17 roosterfish to 50 pounds. OFFSHORE FISHING ABOARD THE BOAT PRIME TIME.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Malcolm Smith of Palm Desert, Calif., reported on 4 days of fishing aboard the charter boat Marla III with Capt. Alonso Osuna for a catch at El Banco and Roca Corbeteña of roosterfish, sailfish, dorado, and 2 yellowfin tuna of 161 and 280 pounds.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Baja On The Fly said offshore Ixtapa fishing area boats averaged 2 or 3 sailfish released per day on 4 or 5 fish raised, plus some blue marlin and a few dorado of 15 to 20 pounds. Good concentrations of jack crevalle and black skipjack were present. "Fly fishing anglers are actually getting weary of catching 30 to 50 of these fish species per day," Kunze said. Inshore roosterfish action was scattered at 1 to 2 fish per day in waters still muddied by late season rains. Ixtapa fishing area weather was at 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 74 to 83 degrees. IXTAPA BOATS AVERAGING 2 OR 3 SAILFISH RELEASES PER DAY.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 12 inshore and offshore fishing days by the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo charter boats Dos Hermanos I, Dos Hermanos II, Janeth, and Vamonos III, with a catch including released fish of: 10 sailfish, 5 roosterfish, and 247 jack crevalle. "Abel Cortez, owner of the charter boat Gran Jefe, said fishing conditions have much improved and they are starting to see more and more anglers each day," Edwards said. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fishing area weather was mostly calm, with water temperatures at 85 to 86 degrees.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 11 outings by the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 11 dog snapper, 1 pargo, 7 blue runner, 16 yellowtail snapper, 15 canarios, 11 sierra, 2 mero, 1 triggerfish, 6 bonito, 3 kingfish, 2 tuna, 1 arco iris, 2 cojinudos, 1 escochin, and 1 yellowtail. Noting the unfamiliar local fish names, Edwards said, "Truly, this is the most interesting fish report I've received so far for the Cancun area and with many fish that I have no idea what they are. I will be checking." Cancun fishing area weather was humid with showers at 90 degrees, with water temperatures stable at 85 to 86 degrees.



MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar in Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, said last week's weather was ideal, but fishing was up-and-down. A spearfishing run to a local wreck 120 feet deep with Erik Geerts produced "nothing worth cocking the gun for." Another spot produced 2 clownfish, 2 porkfish, 1 grouper, and 1 hogfish for local diver "Freddy." Commercial pangueros did well on cojinuda and shrimp, plus some bonito, tilapia, croaker, and small sierra. ATLANTIC COAST FISHING AT TECOLUTLA.

MEXICO: Sportfishing guide Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo commented on some observations about Mexican commercial fishing around Manzanillo made by a client recently. "A couple of weeks ago I fished with a man who had fished a couple of days in Manzanillo before coming to Zihuatanejo," Kunze said. "He told me it was impossible to fish, because the panga longlines were everywhere. He said they would even foul the prop. Apparently, he told the panga captain that on the East Cape in Baja, instead of clearing the prop, they would be cutting the longline. I explained it was probably his brother's or cousin's, so that is not going to happen. The point is this. These sailfish are on a direct migration from the Baja region, and heading south along the Mexican coast to Zihuatanejo and Costa Rica. If they are short stopped by illegal longlines, we are really going to be hurting in a couple of more years."

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MAGDALENA FLY DORADO--Baja On The Fly's Gary Graham, right, with fly fishing angler Suzanne Gagnet of Seattle, Wash., and a nice dorado caught aboard the Mag Bay Outfitters charter boat Mar Gato during the current fall fish pileup off southern Baja's Magdalena Bay. At right, angler Alan Hyman of Diablo, Calif., left, with a good-sized Magdalena Bay mangrove channel snook caught just north of Puerto Lopez Mateos with Baja On The Fly's Capt. Sergio Garcia on the Mag Bay Outfitters charter boat Mar Gato. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GARY GRAHAM.

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MAGDALENA STRIPED MARLIN--Bill Erhardt of Loreto launched his boat Soledad at Magdalena Bay's Puerto Lopez Mateos and caught 2 striped marlin east of the San Carlos entrada while fishing alone and trolling 1 lure to avoid double hookups on dorado that usually beat the marlin to the feather. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL ERHARDT.

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SAN QUINTIN SURFING--Kelly Catian's boats out of San Quintin's K&M Offshore Sportfishing are offering surf, fishing, diving, and kayaking trips locally, at Isla San Martin in the background, and around the Sacramento Reef off Baja's Pacific coast. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY CATIAN.

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QUINTIN STILL CROAKIN'--Hector Lemus wanted a white seabass and got lucky with this beauty while fishing out of Don Eddie's Landing at San Quintin. Lemus hooked his croaker at the end of the day with Don Eddie's Capt. Pancho Berreyesa on the charter boat Monalisa. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAI GARCIA.

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FISHING WITH JUANCHYS--Jim "Moosea" Anderson of San Lucas Cove on Baja's Cortez coast, with a beautiful Pacific side broomtail grouper caught with Capt. Juanchys Aguilar of the fishing village of La Bocana north of Punta Abreojos. Anderson visited at La Bocana with his wife Marika, Alan Lewis, also of San Lucas Cove, and Mike Kanzler and his son Michael Kanzler of Isla San Marcos. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE KANZLER.

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CABO CHEER'S--Angler "Randy" with a nice dorado caught off Faro Viejo at Cabo San Lucas last week with Capt. Ramon Druck on the charter super panga Cheer's. At right, anglers fishing close to shore aboard the Cheer's also caught a striped marlin and a couple of Humboldt giant squid to 30 pounds. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RAMON DRUCK.

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CABO SAILING--John Segovia fished on the Cabo San Lucas charter boat No Big Deal with Pisces Fleet Capt. Edgar Rentaria for a catch including this nice 100-pound class sailfish that was released. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRACY EHRENBERG.

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BIG, BIG BAJA FISH--This enormous grouper, measured at 324 kilos or about 712 pounds, and 2.5 meters or about 8 feet 9 inches long, was pictured in the Baja newspaper Sudcalifornia on Nov. 10, 2006, reported Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet at Cabo San Lucas. The big "mero," a probable jewfish or black sea bass, was reported caught by a sardine boat out of San Carlos at Magdalena Bay. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRACY EHRENBERG.

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LA PAZ TACKLE BUSTER--Steve Marbella of Wilmington, Calif., fished out of La Paz and hooked this big bull dorado with Tailhunter International. Said Tailhunter's Jonathan Roldan, "This slugger busted up his favorite Penn 500 reel, but he did get it to the boat after a long battle." PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ROLDAN.

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LATE LORETO DORADO--Tony D'Amico with a nice late season dorado caught on Tuesday about 12 miles north of Loreto's Isla Coronado with Hotel Oasis Capt. Abel Davis Jr. At right, Dan D'Amico with a nice Loreto light tackle roosterfish caught at San Bruno the previous day. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATTY ZAPATA.

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LORETO SAILFISH DAY--Bill Erhardt of Loreto on his boat Soledad north of Loreto during an October fishing day when 10 sailfish were released in just over 3 hours at Bajo Mercenarios. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL ERHARDT.

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SANTA ROSALIA WINNER--David Hughes fished out of San Lucas Cove last week on Jim Anderson's Moosea boat to win the yellowtail division of Santa Rosalia's local installment of the statewide Baja California Sur Governor's Cup Fishing Tournament circuit. Hughes' winning yellowtail, caught at about 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2006, is being weighed at the Santa Rosalia tournament weigh station at 34.6 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM ANDERSON.

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MIDRIFF YELLOWTAIL--Jose Mercado and Chris Duensing with a good Sea of Cortez Midriff catch of yellowtail on John Aman's boat out of San Francisquito. At center and right, Aman with a beautiful beach caught yellowtail at the San Francisquito resort. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN AMAN.

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NO SCHOOL TODAY!--Bodie Blakely and Eathan Henderson skipped school to fish the Sea of Cortez with their dads aboard the San Felipe panga mothership Jose Andres. Tim Blakely said, "I'm sure they learned a lot more about fishing and life than they could have in a classroom." PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHERINE HAMMONTRE SANFELIPE.COM.MX.

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ROCKY BLACK SEA BASS--Shawn Gustafson fished 2 days at the 51-mile reef south of Rocky Point on his boat Murphy Girl for a catch including 3 black sea bass into the 200-pound range. At right, the 51-mile reef also yielded big leopard grouper, true red snapper or huachinango, and this California halibut at 30 pounds. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHAWN GUSTAFSON.

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ATLANTIC MEXICO DIVING--Erik Geertz of the boat Victoria, with a couple of nice grouper shot during a spearfishing trip out of Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, with David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BURNS.

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WHAT IS IT?--Mike Charnosky of Annapolis, Md., fished just east of the hotel zone at Cancun on the charter boat Aventura for a catch including this colorful grouper or cabrilla species that could not be identified. The catch was made on Nov. 10, 2006, in water about 200 feet deep. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE CHARNOSKY.

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