PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Osuna of Marla's Sportfishing reported good Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna action at Roca Corbeteña on mostly 50 to 100-pound fish, but also including a 285 pounder landed by the charter boat Marla II with Capt. Alonso Osuna for angler Paul Lapinsk of Englewood, Fla.
Water temperatures off Puerto Vallarta were at 77 degrees. "Very big fish have been arriving at Roca Corbeteña in addition to all the 100-pound class fish we have caught there lately," Osuna said.
"We have to get all our heavy gear back in the boat to do the work on these cows." Other species landed during the week included red snapper, roosterfish, grouper, dorado, pargo, and amberjack. GOOD TUNA ACTION AT ROCA CORBETENA.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported good yellowfin tuna action on 140 to 170-pound fish found just 15 miles off the beach by the charter boat Conquistador. Four outings by the Conquistador produced a catch including released fish of: 35 yellowfin tuna, 2 striped marlin, and 7 dorado. Puerto Vallarta weather had some wind of 15 to 20 knots, with water temperatures at 76 to 78 degrees. OFFSHORE FISHING BY THE BOAT CONQUISTADOR.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing and the charter boat Lorena said, "We have been running a lot of shorter trips in the bay for plenty of jack crevalle to keep the rods bent, plenty of snappers and pargo, and some nice amberjacks at El Morro. We are awaiting the arrival of the striped marlin."
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Gomez of Dhamar Sportfishing was recovering at home from surgery to repair a hernia and the charter super panga Dhamar did not fish last week. Gomez relayed reports for 3 outings by another boat for a catch including released fish of: 3 yellowfin tuna of 50 to 80 pounds, 1 dorado, and lots of bonita.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said strong winds kept his pangas on the beach most of the week, but on Monday the panga Vonny I fished with Capt. Beto and angler Jay Johnson for a quick session on red rockcod before the weather chased them off the Punta Banda boiler rocks at the south end of the bay. On the way back to La Joya, they caught Mexican sportfishing limits on sandbass before landing on the beach. "This week was slowed down by weather and a few waves," Villarino said. Ensenada fishing area weather on Sunday was partly cloudy at 70 degrees, with the water temperature at 59 degrees.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Ensenada's Marina Coral reported a local yellowtail trip canceled Saturday morning due to wind gusts approaching 25 knots. "Mother Nature and the fish gods decided to protect the yellowtail from the wrath of Bad Dog by sending winds to cover the city of Ensenada with dust," Ross said. "I could not see the city, Punta Banda, nor Todos Santos Islands. They were covered by a strong dusty wind. Juan Lu and I put the rods away and packed up the boat, leaving 70 pounds of ice to melt over the coming week."
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp at Erendira south of Ensenada reported on 14 boats fishing during the week, for continued big counts of large red rockcod, plus lingcod and mixed bottom species. "We've had practically the same quality of fishing for the past several weeks," Castro said. "The fishing has been good, without problems, except for some boat cancelations due to the weather." Erendira fishing area weather was variable during the week, with some rain and Santa Ana winds from the northeast. "When we have this type of wind, we keep fishing to the north and close to the coast," Castro said. Water temperatures in the main fishing areas 7 to 8 miles out averaged 54 to 56 degrees, with continued very clear color.
SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas reported windy weather at San Quintin through Thursday but seas calming on Friday for good weekend fishing conditions. Capt. Hector reported 3 boats fishing Saturday and Sunday at the 15 and 240 spots for an average of 3 yellowtail per outing on fish of 16 to 20 pounds. "They also had limits of large rockcod and lingcod and a few whitefish," Hillis said. "The Humboldt giant squid are still around but after catching 1 or 2, the boats are moving to get away from them."
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Syd Lindsay of San Lucas Cove reported on current road conditions on Baja's Highway Mex 1, noting that the new Pemex gas station just north of Santa Rosalia was open and a second station at the Santa Rosalia marina appeared to be about 1 or 2 months from completion. In Baja norte, new electrical power lines were being extended from Guerrero Negro to the Bahia de los Angeles turnoff at Punta Prieta, with work completed as far north as Santa Rosalillita. "There is mucho road work from Santa Rosalia to Loreto," Lindsay said, "four bridges in all, at the foot of the big hill south of Santa Rosalia, the long vado close to Palo Verde, another big vado north of Loreto, and between Loreto and the airport. Mexico's President Calderon said he was going to put the people to work and it looks like he is so far. It is now taking longer to go from the border to almost anyplace down here in Baja. There are more topos and vibradores to deal with. People should not use speed to make up the time but allow more time for travel."
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported strong Pacific winds off Magdalena Bay, as most boats concentrated on whale watching inside the bay. For the few boats fishing, the Magdalena Bay mangrove channels produced lots of spotted bay bass, plus some corvina and grouper. Magdalena Bay weather was partly cloudy at 80 degrees, with water temperatures of 65 to 72 degrees.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Mike Connolly of the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Falcon said he released 2 striped marlin per day as the full moon approached last week. "There have been scattered feeders but they do not stay up long," Connolly said. "If you are close by when they come up there is a chance. Otherwise, forget it. One or two marlin is what can be expected right now. Not a bad day, really. Marlin fishing has moved closer to the cape. The most productive area is from Cabo Falso to San Cristobal, 3 to 6 miles out. Things should improve when the full moon goes away."
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported striped marlin still "the main attraction" last week as most Cabo sportfishing boats at the tip of Baja had 2 or 3 shots per day. A total of 56 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo San Lucas charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, had a catch including released fish of: 67 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 15 yellowfin tuna, 7 dorado, and 20 sierra. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with mostly good sea conditions and water temperatures at 72 degrees on the Pacific side and 73 to 74 degrees on the Cortez side.
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: 11 striped marlin, and 5 dorado of 20 to 30 pounds.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter super panga Cheer's reported fish counts on 2 of several outings during the week, with a catch including released fish of: 34 sierra of 6 to 9 pounds, and 2 skipjack of 5 to 6 pounds. The Cheer's fished in good sea conditions along the Pacific side beaches north of the arch and out to about 4 miles. Cabo inshore water temperatures were at 69 to 70 degrees. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's included Phillip Jay Benson, James W. Meador, Jim Fagerlie, Nya Fagerlie, and Jake Winston.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jorge Navarro of Pisces Fleet said 69 percent of fleet boats caught striped marlin during the week, with 72 released out of a total of 80. Only 2 dorado were caught. Yellowfin tuna were slow on the Pacific side where most boats fished, although the boat Sr. Moment landed 12 tuna of 20 to 30 pounds for angler Cathy Phillips. "Many Pisces boats caught a lot of sierra or Spanish mackerel, and a couple of mako sharks were released," Navarro said. Cabo San Lucas fishing area weather was mostly calm, with the Pacific side water temperature at 73 degrees, as most boats fished from El Arco to Pozo Cota and up the Pacific side to the Golden Gate Bank.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Feb. 22, 2007, Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 58 percent of fleet boats releasing striped marlin, 13 percent landing dorado, and 8 percent with yellowfin tuna. Three sailfish were also released. Boats fished on both the Pacific and Cortez sides. "Pisces Fleet boats fished in diverse locations," Ehrenberg said. "Fishing at Cabo is right about as it should be for this time of year. It's a matter of guessing where they are on any given day." BILLFISH ACTION SPLIT BETWEEN PACIFIC AND CORTEZ SIDES.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers said, "March is our transition month and kind of unpredictable, but the inshore fishing has been pretty dependable with sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, and roosterfish. One day, a front blew through and the fishing slowed down quite a bit but picked up the next day and was back to normal. The full moon has slowed offshore fishing down some, but we are still catching fish. It should pick up as the moon wanes."
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 68 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo during the week, with a catch of: 72 sierra, 22 yellowtail, 210 pargo, 11 yellowfin tuna, 31 dorado, 2 striped marlin, 34 Mexican bonito, 45 triggerfish, 12 pompano, 8 roosterfish, 32 cabrilla, and 26 amberjack. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather had some north winds that kept pangas working closer to shore, with water temperatures at 69 to 71 degrees. "The panga fleets concentrated their efforts from Palmilla to Iman," Brictson said. "The number of fish was not great, but there were some quality specimens taken." LA PLAYITA PANGA FLEET REPORT.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reported on 7 surf and panga fishing days in mid-February, with 203 fish of 64 species caught or observed, including a range extension for the steel pompano, Trachinotus stillbe. "The steel pompano has never been reported in Mexican waters before, and this is thus a very significant range extension," Snow said. SPECIES FISHING RESULTS.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather clear with wind in the high-70s, with water temperatures at 65 to 72 degrees. "Winter fishing at East Cape this week was back to normal with strong winds beginning mid to late morning each day," Graham said. "Those anglers who made it out early had fair action for small roosterfish, sierra, and ladyfish. Big jacks continued their spooky behavior while milling well within casting range. The few offshore boats that ventured out hightailed it back when the north wind came blasting down the Sea of Cortez. Lucky East Cape boats found a few marlin and dorado off Punta Pescadero."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, staying the winter at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort in Los Barriles, said "It's been a windy week at East Cape with few boats getting in a full day. The sportfishing charters have had low success rates, with a few mid-sized dorado and the occasional marlin showing on flags." Inshore fishing continued good for sierra, plus good numbers of roosterfish and jack crevalle available.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported the East Cape fishing area windy at the end of the week. "No reports here," Bergin said. "Wicked, wicked winds."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said, "It has been a very windy week. Not much to report."
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said strong north winds knocked out panga fishing south of La Paz the entire week except for Monday and some local outings close to shore. On Monday, calm seas allowed pangas to reach Isla Cerralvo for bait and good action on pargos, sierra, yellowtail, and dorado. Offshore boats were canceled the rest of the week, but some local outings found very good mixed species action around Las Arenas. WINDY WEEK FOR LAS ARENAS PANGAS.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Feb. 25, 2007, Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said, "La Paz weather got windy on us late in the week, but earlier, yellowtail popped up in several spots. At the north end of Isla Cerralvo's La Reina the forktails showed up working the yo-yo iron and eating bait." Yellowtail and a few yellowfin tuna were also caught at El Bajo and Isla Espiritu Santo north of the city.
LORETO, MEXICO: Richard Spinner of South Pasadena, Calif., reported on a 4-day, 6-night remote fish camping trip to the San Nicolas Camp north of Loreto that is operated by Arturo's Sportfishing and Blue Water Tours, panga fishing mostly in strong winds for some slow action, but plenty of yellowtail from small to 30 pounds and many break-offs. "We drove from Arturo's Sportfishing in Loreto to San Basilio in a van to be picked up by the pangas and taken to camp," Spinner said. "There are two fishing sessions each day. We got major yellowtail action and brought back full ice chests of fish." REMOTE SAN NICOLAS CAMP YELLOWTAIL TRIP.
LORETO, MEXICO: For the previous week ending Feb. 25, 2007, Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported strong winds keeping boats ashore, but 1 panga outing by Capt. Francisco Martinez to the San Bruno reef north of town for 4 yellowtail of 23 to 27 pounds. "Anglers Jerry and Susan Maka lost 2 in the rocks due to windy conditions, but overall they had a great day," Zapata said.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Patsi Hodges of Bahia de Coyote on Concepcion Bay south of Mulege reported on a panga outing south at San Nicolas on Tuesday for 4 yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds caught in good sea conditions by Les Hodges of Bahia de Coyote, and Bob Rodriguez and his friend Mike from San Nicolas. "The water was the best we've ever seen it there," Hodges said. "There were lots of boats, at least 20, mostly from Loreto. We made bait just a little south of Pulpito. We fished off the south tip of Isla Ildefonso towards Punta Pulpito where there is a hump. We caught 4 fish there, all on the bait. Although it wasn't hot and heavy fishing, if we looked around we could usually see at least one boat with a fish on." Hodges noted that sea lions were taking their share of the yellowtail caught. One Mexican commercial fisherman lost 3 yellowtail of 8 hooked.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Jim Anderson of San Lucas Cove said the Santa Rosalia tin boat fleet found calm winds but generally slower yellowtail action at the Isla San Marcos bajos last week, although Anderson said he landed his biggest yellowtail of the season at 37 pounds 2 ounces. "Next year I plan to keep a fly rod rigged for those few times that the yellowtail remain on the surface long enough to get a fly in their midst," Anderson said. "With 20-pound tippet and 400 feet or so of water, I believe I can land one of these monster yellowtail." A FEW BIGGIES FOR BOATS AT ISLA SAN MARCOS.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Duitsman of Hinkley, Calif., reported on his group's February trip to the San Lucas area with their boat Day Care, fishing around Isla San Marcos for big numbers of yellowtail broken off, but more landed after upgrading to 50-pound line. "Jim Anderson advised us to use 50-pound test," Duitsman said. "After a dozen break-offs on 20-pound we re-spooled with 50-pound and finally got 1 yellowtail on board, 25 to 30 pounds!" Another outing produced 5 more yellowtail of 44 to 47 inches at the south end of the island. Other species caught during a good Baja fishing trip included sculpin, leopard grouper, bass, lizardfish, jack crevalle, hammerhead shark, perch, sierra, croaker, stingray, barracuda, Humboldt giant squid, and a 3-foot sea snake. GOOD BAJA TRAILER BOAT TRIP TO SAN LUCAS COVE.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ryan Johnson of San Diego and Wide Open Baja Adventures reported on a trip to Bahia de los Angeles and a fishing day with Capt. Joel Prieto of Joel's Ecotours. Johnson and his group including 2 Baja first-timers fished in windy conditions about 25 miles north of the bay for a catch including 4 yellowtail on a slow day. "We did not make bait," Johnson said. "We were nearly blown off the water. We saw two other boats on the water. We probably should not have fished but we scratched up a few for dinner. I fished until my arms fell off on the iron, 300 feet deep. Good old Salas 6x Jr. did the job."
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking Bahia de San Felipe said the weekend weather was windy at 66 degrees and the main topic of conversation in town was the recent moving of the Baja 250 off-road race from San Felipe to Ensenada. "Nobody seems to know the true story of just why this mess occurred," Meders said. "The town will lose the approximately $5 million dollars it makes each year during this event." SAN FELIPE LOSES BAJA 250 OFF-ROAD RACE.
ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Lloyd Robinette of Casa Grande, Ariz., reported on a run by his Rocky Point boat Arca de Noe to Bird Island, for a mixed catch with Kevin, Kade, Kaylee, and Kaleb Bowers. "Kaylee won all three of our fishing categories with the first fish, the biggest fish and the most fish," Robinette said.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet offshore boats at Mazatlan's Marina El Cid found slightly improved action for about 1 billfish per day last week, plus a few dorado in the 40-pound class. Inshore boats had "all you want" fishing for jack crevalle plus red snapper, or huachinango, of 10 to 12 pounds. Mazatlan fishing area weather was mostly calm in the mid-80s, with water temperatures at 71 to 72 degrees. MIXED FISHING FOR BILLFISH, JACKS, AND RED SNAPPER.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 9 offshore outings by the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo sportfishing boats Esturion, Bloody Hook, Gran Jefe I, and Gran Jefe II, for a catch including released fish of: 16 sailfish, 1 black marlin, 1 blue marlin of 180 pounds, 2 dorado, 4 sharks, and 8 yellowfin tuna averaging 60 pounds. The yellowfin tuna were caught in the afternoon by the Esturion about 45 miles out. The boat Dos Hermanos I reported on 1 inshore fishing day, with a catch including released fish of: 65 yellowtail jack, or jack crevalle, 28 large sierra, 3 grouper, and 1 sailfish of about 25 pounds. YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT 45 MILES OUT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said about 3 to 4 blue marlin per day were still being caught by the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo fleet, although water temperatures were cooling. "At 30 miles, we have only 79 degrees, and not the 84 degrees of weeks past," Kunze said. "The water is starting a cooling trend, which is normal for this time of the year." Offshore boats averaged about 1 to 3 sailfish per day, plus about 1 dorado for every 6 outings. Inshore fishing was good for smaller jack crevalle under 20 pounds.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Kerry Kilcrease of Sacramento, Calif., fished from shore in Zihuatanejo Bay with spoons and plugs, and also aboard the charter boat Goyita with Capt. Moises for a catch of bonita and jack crevalle. Another outing south at Barra de Potosi produced 5 bonita, 1 sierra, and 1 jack crevalle. At Barra de Potosi, Kilcrease said, "There are a couple of palapa bars on the beach so it makes it real easy to sit in the shade, sip a cerveza, and wait for the birds to start diving."
CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported a catch including released fish by the El Cid Caribe fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun of: 21 king mackerel, 1 sailfish, 1 tuna, 2 amberjack, 4 Atlantic barracuda, and 1 grouper. "King mackerel provided the best action with boats averaging a couple per day in the 10 to 20-pound range," Edwards said. Cancun fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with easterly winds of 4 to 15 knots and water temperatures at 81.5 degrees.
MEXICO: David Burns of the Restaurant El Manglar at Tecolutla on Mexico's Atlantic coast reported local fishermen with good catches of peto, or king mackerel last week. "Capt. Cero reported a catch in excess of 100 kilos on Saturday," Burns said. "Everybody caught fish or shrimp." Tecolutla celebrated its annual Coconut Festival with the forming of a giant coconut candy 3 blocks long that is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. "The culmination of the event Sunday finds long lines of tourists waiting for the free give away of the world record candy," Burns said. Shore casting at Tecolutla produced a good mixed catch, but Burns reported no pompano caught personally, as his fishing partner landed 10 pompano in 4 sessions. PETO, POMPANO, AND WORLD RECORD CANDY.
MEXICO: Kayak fishing adventurer Jon Schwartz of Carlsbad, Calif., who has chased the big ones at Hawaii, Baja, and mainland Mexico, announced the completion of his new video titled "Bluewater Jon and the Giant Tuna," with footage of his quest to land a large yellowfin tuna from a kayak. "It has tons of eye-popping footage," Schwartz said, "but really it's got a compelling story line, and culminates in a heart stopping showdown with my arch-nemesis, a 111-pound giant tuna." Film clips and ordering information: bluewaterjon.com. Or send $22.99 including shipping to: Bluewater Jon Productions #341, Suite 108A, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008. Schwartz will also be at the Fred Hall Del Mar Show, and the video will be available in fishing tackle shops.
MEXICO: Jeff Klassen of Reel1in Sportfishing, the well-known Cabo San Lucas surf fishing guide of years past, reported from his new fishing location on the Mexican mainland "Costalegre" between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, with a new office at San Patricio Melaque, just north of Barra de Navidad. "I've been yapping with every boat and panga captain I can find," Klassen said. "We've been swamped trying to get our shop opened up. This place is pretty much jungle. I've had to stop on the highway for turtles, iguanas, snakes, tarantulas, armadillos, crocodiles, Gila monsters, and even a jaguar once." Klassen's catches at his new location included a 35-pound class dorado caught from the beach last year. JEFF KLASSEN REPORT FROM COSTALEGRE.