East Cape roosterfish go Bubba-size;

Peanut dorado swarms at Mazatlan

Mexico Fishing News, June 11, 2007



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Good numbers of roosterfish into the 50-pound class were hooked by East Cape anglers from the beach outwards last week as a mass of cool water pushed northward up the Sea of Cortez from Cabo San Lucas.

Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said roosterfish action for fish of 5 to 50 pounds picked up dramatically on Thursday along East Cape beaches, and on Friday, Baja On The Fly guide Lance Peterson scored on 3 grande class gallos in hot action.

"I fed a couple of others that didn't stick and had countless 'comb-up' follows," Peterson said. "What a crazy day! They were anxious to chase a well presented fly right to the rod tip without hesitation." Graham said, "The sardinas arrived in big numbers, and inshore and beach fishing immediately increased. Great sight-casting conditions allowed for some fantastic East Cape rooster hunting. However, being in the right place at the right time was the key, as the roosterfish were not evenly distributed along the shore." Early week beach fishing was also good for jack crevalle of 8 to 20 pounds. For offshore boats, striped marlin and some yellowfin tuna were found on scattered porpoise pods. East Cape fishing area weather was partly cloudy in the mid-90s, with local water temperatures at 74 to 85 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Alan Wise and his wife Carol Wise of Fairfield, Calif., made a trip to East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada last week to target roosterfish, fishing on the charter boat Whiskey with Capt. Jose and deckhand Jose for 4 roosterfish released out of about 9 sighted in good action with mullet baits at Los Frailes. Fishing offshore the following 2 days produced 2 striped marlin releases, 1 football yellowfin tuna, and 2 medium dorado. East Cape southern water temeratures were in the mid to high-70s with some afternoon wind and swell.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 85 boats, with 245 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 228 yellowfin tuna, 32 striped marlin, 35 dorado, 33 roosterfish, 13 snapper, 16 jack crevalle, 22 bonito, 14 ladyfish, 3 pompano, 49 triggerfish, 6 cabrilla, and 1 sierra. Hotel boats fished varying offshore directions and distances. "Inshore fishing is at its best, with plenty of jacks and roosterfish to talk about and roosters reaching 50 pounds," Valdez said.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Valdez reported a catch including released fish of: 76 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 19 dorado, 21 tuna, 15 pargos, 3 cabrilla, 1 amberjack, 30 roosterfish, 1 sierra, and 16 jacks.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 302 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 816 anglers and a catch including released fish of: 233 striped marlin, 90 dorado, 198 yellowfin tuna, 5 wahoo, 107 roosterfish, and 1 mako shark. East Cape fishing area weather was mostly calm in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 70 to 85 degrees. "The roosterfish bite was pretty nice," Moyers said. "There were a barrel-full of roosterfish, landed inshore off La Ribera and El Faro on sardines and flies. Bait-wise, we've got mackerel, caballito, ballyhoo, sardines, and sardineta. There's also still some squid floating around."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera reported an unusually cold tongue of water coming up to the East Cape area from the south. "The California Current pushed real hard up against the bottom part of the Baja peninsula over the last few days and sent a 55-degree cold water upwelling down and around the cape and up into the Sea of Cortez," Bergin said. "It's 69 degrees off Los Frailes and warmer water is up by Isla Cerralvo. This is the third upwelling over the last 10 months or so, but not all of them have made such a drastic difference."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said fleet boats found striped marlin action outside Punta Pescadero, plus yellowfin tuna and a few dorado about 30 miles out on Saturday. "Our boats have also been very busy the last few days with roosterfish," Verdugo said.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles said 27 boats fished 2 days in last week's 12th annual East Cape Fish Roundup tournament organized by East Cape Anglers, for a total of 17 striped marlin and 1 blue marlin released and 18 dorado taken or released. "In terms of numbers, this was a slow tournament," Burkett said. "Day one started with a flurry of marlin and dorado hooked during the first couple of hours, but things slowed afterwards and the radio got real quiet. The water to the south is only about 71 degrees, real cold for this time of year, but it warms quickly to the north with temperatures from 77 to 80 degrees." The winning boats in the tournament were: first place, Mist-II; second, Baja Magic; third, Gayle Force; and fourth, Andale.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera reported 5 marlin spotted during a 4-hour outing by his beach launched boat, but "no biters" found. "All the marlin were sleeping on the surface and weren't interested in lures or bait," Fritz said. "We trolled from La Ribera out 5 miles and south to Las Barracas, then zigzagged back west and north. We had 1 run-out, but the fish didn't stick." East Cape fishing water temperatures were at 74 to 79 degrees in flat and glassy conditions. Fritz also metered a "bait ball" in 160 feet of water of Punta Colorada that turned out to be a school of triggerfish that attacked "everything we put down." A 6-foot wahoo also circled Fritz' boat slowly but could not be convinced.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Jim Peterson of La Mesa, Calif., and his wife Wendy fished 5 days out of Buena Vista Beach Resort aboard the charter boat Tres Hermanos with Capt. Ramon for a catch including released fish of: 4 roosterfish of 35 to 60 pounds, 11 small roosterfish of 4 to 15 pounds, 1 striped marlin, 1 dorado of 20 pounds, 1 small yellowfin tuna, 1 small jack crevalle, and 3 more "hog" roosterfish on their last day Friday.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista fished Friday aboard his beach-launched aluminum boat, trolling a pair of deep diving Mann's Magnum 18+ lures about 1.5 miles off Rancho Leonero for a 22-pound jack crevalle, and then off La Ribera for a big fish lost and another jack crevalle landed at 25 pounds. "By the time I got to the reel, this fish had peeled off about 150 yards of 30-pound line," Eddy said. "One jack crevalle was 33 inches long and the other 35 inches. I had no difficulty placing these fish with eager Mexican families. When these 2 jacks were fighting, I observed many of equal size in addition to many good-sized dorado as well." During an earlier outing, Eddy hooked 2 dorado with the large Mann's lures, and also reported a dorado hookup "not 100 yards from the beach" on a Rebel Fastrac lure.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Larry Wayne of Irvine, Calif., and his son Paul fished 3 days out of Hotel Playa del Sol aboard the charter cruiser Jack Daniels with Capt. Nick and on the panga Siboney with Capt. Juan, for a catch including released fish of: 14 yellowfin tuna of 10 to 20 pounds caught about 40 miles out, and 8 jack crevalle of about 20 to 40 pounds caught while trolling hoochies 1 to 2 miles off Rancho Leonero. "Nobody I talked to could remember seeing so many of the jack crevalle caught on the surface troll so far from shore," Wayne said. "It seems like every time we go to the East Cape, something new and different happens."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bennett Mintz reported a 167-pound broadbill swordfish landed by New Hampshire anglers Bob Preble and Michael Reeve in the last week of May after a near 7-hour fight aboard the charter boat Tres Hermanos with Capt. Ramon out of Buena Vista Beach Resort. "They spotted the swordfish slowly finning on the surface," Mintz said. "Axel Valdez of the hotel said, 'This was the third swordfish hooked and landed in 2007. Sometimes we don’t get any. This is definitely the earliest in the season we have landed three.'"

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Simon Cazally of the Vista Sea Sport East Cape diving service at Buena Vista said water temperatures dropped dramatically last week, with an average temperature of only 68 degrees found at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef and visibility also down at about 20 to 25 feet. Diving spots visited during the week included Los Morros, El Bajo, El Cantil, Islote, Punta Pescadero, Cerro Verde, Punta Perico, and a night dive at Rancho Buena Vista reef. A big mix of sea life sightings included: balloonfish, batrays, bigeye jacks, burrito grunts, cortez stingrays, diamond stingrays, dolphins, flower urchins, gobies, green morays, guitarfish, hawksbill sea turtle, jewel morays, large grouper, Mexican goatfish, nudibranchs, octopus, pacific creolefish, Panamic porkfish, pinto lobsters, pompano, sea lions, stingrays, stone scorpionfish, tiger eel, yellow snapper, yellowtail surgeonfish, and a pod of 8 killer whales including 1 whale that appeared about 20 feet from the transom.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet reported a good week for his pangas fishing the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda, with all boats scoring on 1 to 6 yellowtail of 15 to 29 pounds plus plenty of barracuda, mixed bottom fish, and some Humboldt giant squid. Anglers fishing with Capts. Beto and Hector on the charter pangas Vonny I and Vonny III during the week included Frank and Kathleen Piedi Monte of New York, Jay Johnson, Debbie Oslin, and Walter Corbler. Local Ensenada fishing area weather over the weekend was partly cloudy in the high-60s, with light winds, ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet, and the water temperature at Punta Banda averaging 59 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: For the previous week, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported no action for sandbass at the El Farito spot and the sighting of a large broadbill swordfish outside the Banda Bank. "I arrived on the El Farito rock a mile off the Marina Coral breakwater," Ross said. "The high point is 32 feet deep. I dropped down 2 white jigs, 2 droppers with live mackerel, and Tommy's uni bucket. At 0800 we packed it up with nothing. While this spot is famous for sandbass I have never caught a fish on this rock." About the swordfish sighted, Ross said, "In 58-degree blue water we saw a huge swordfish running upswell. This fish had to be 500 pounds as he effortlessly powered his way through the swells in plain view. Perhaps he is a resident now eating the giant squid."



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Tere Castro of Castro's Camp said 25 boats fished last week, finding "really good" sea conditions, plenty of sun, and continued heavy bottom fish counts plus bonita, barracuda, and just a few yellowtail starting to show up but still very slow. Erendira area water temperatures in the main fishing area about 7 miles off the Baja coast were at 54 to 56 degrees.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Marita Melville of Don Eddie's Landing reported moderate winds at the end of the week, with some afternoon swells to 4 feet and the water temperature averaging 57 degrees. Few anglers were in the San Quintin area during the week, but fishing was steady for some yellowtail and white seabass south of the boca. Capt. Cayo Delgado fished with anglers Mike and Kaye Reyes of Long Beach on their boat Boricua for a catch at Socorro of: 2 yellowtail of 13 and 17 pounds, and 2 white seabass of 23 and 26 pounds, plus limits of rockcod, lingcod, and sheephead at the 240 spot. "When they got close to the entrance of San Quintin bay they also noticed a lot of bird movement. There were hundreds of barracuda so they caught a few and headed back to Don Eddie's," Melville said.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Melville reported good numbers of anglers at San Quintin, but with windy weather and cooler water temperatures. Boats heading south to La Pinta, Socorro, and Arroyo Seco found yellowtail and white seabass, plus bonita and many large barracuda, on both live bait and jigs. Isla San Martin produced bonita, barracuda, large mackerel, and some yellowtail. An outing by Capt. Juan with anglers Hubert Bongbonga, Pat Ouano, and Ed Bongbonga of San Jose, Calif., produced: 1 white seabass of 22 pounds, 9 yellowtail of 10 to 15 pounds, and a few rockcod. San Quintin fishing area water temperatures were at 57 to 59 degrees.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Julio Meza of San Quintin reported finally landing a white seabass last week after several attempts aboard his boat Santa Monica this season. The croaker was hooked about 95 feet deep off El Tranquilo about 7 miles south of the boca. "For several days I have been chasing the elusive white seabass, trying with live mackerel, sardines, lures like Krocodiles, jigs, and swim baits, fast, slow, deep, and surface. Nothing worked. Finally today, after watching what the other fish were eating, I picked a 4-inch Fish Trap swimbait the same size and color of the little squid that they were feeding on. Five seconds after I cast it, bang, this beauty shows up." Meza's day also produced a couple of yellowtail and bass, mostly on jigs. San Quintin fishing area weather was moderately windy, with dark green water at 53 degrees.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Craig Jones of Los Angeles reported being kept off the water by offshore winds during a trip to San Quintin. "It blew from Sunday through Wednesday," Jones said. "Thursday started calm, but we decided not to go out. The wind dropped the water temperature to 57 degrees. We called it a day and headed back."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported yellowtail and white seabass landed on flylined live mackerel and sardines by the charter boats Offshore III and Offshore IV between Socorro and El Tranquilo in water 75 to 80 feet deep at 55 to 58 degrees, and yellowtail also on offshore kelp paddies. San Quintin water temperatures 20 to 30 miles out were at 60 to 64 degrees.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported road mileages recorded by his vehicle during a Baja run from Highway Mex 1 to Punta Abreojos on the central Pacific coast. The paved section off Mex 1 extended 40.1 miles, with the Campo Rene turnoff at 45.3 miles, and the town of Abreojos at 57.5 miles.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Magdalena Bay fishing area boats again stayed mostly inside the bay last week, for some nice-sized grouper found at the Santo Domingo boca, some smaller yellowtail caught at the San Carlos entrada, and small halibut at Punta Belcher reported by Capt. Enrique Soto. "Few anglers ventured offshore," Graham said. "Water temperatures continue to be cool." Magdalena Bay weather was clear in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 62 to 72 degrees.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 29 outings by Gaviota Fleet and the Cabo charter boats Fish Cabo and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: 30 striped marlin, 10 dorado, 1 wahoo, 7 yellowfin tuna, and 2 dog snapper. "Cabo San Lucas had some unusual water temperature changes this past week with temperatures falling abruptly throughout the area," Edwards said. Most boats fished the Cortez side from the Palmilla ridge to the Punta Gorda area.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 50 charter boats fishing during the week, with a catch including released fish of: 23 striped marlin, 12 yellowfin tuna, 4 dorado, 3 mako shark, 1 hammerhead shark, 6 bonita, 20 pargo, 15 yellowtail, 5 jack crevalle, 37 sierra, and 4 roosterfish.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Fly fishing guide Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers reported some excellent roosterfish action at Cabo San Lucas last week, including an amazing session with fly tackle angler Tony Satoris of San Jose, Calif., for 41 roosterfish averaging 10 pounds plus a jack crevalle released. "The fish were caught using a variation of the Charlie’s Angel fly," Hartman said. On 3 following days, Satoris scored on some yellowtail, a lot of sierra, a sailfish, 2 dog snapper, and more roosterfish. "Tony’s new motto is 'ask and you shall receive,'" Hartman said. Hartman also noted Baja Anglers' summer special for free lodging at the Mar de Cortez Hotel for anglers fishing 3 or more days.

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: 10 striped marlin, 33 yellowfin tuna of 15 to 25 pounds, 2 dorado of 25 pounds, 2 mako shark of 30 pounds, and 1 jack crevalle of 25 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ramon Druck of the Cabo San Lucas charter sportfishing super panga Cheer's reported on 4 outings during the week, fishing on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortez sides with a total of 9 anglers for a catch including released fish of: 11 yellowtail of 2 to 45.5 pounds, 9 roosterfish of 3 to 15 pounds, 1 red snapper of 7 pounds, 8 sierra of 2 to 4 pounds, 7 barrilete, 1 amberjack, and 1 yellowfin tuna of 8 pounds. Anglers fishing aboard the Cheer's included Jim Lewis, Carol Burell, Bill Salter, Brad Grittin, Heather Grittin, James Minayaga, and Frank Minayaga. On the Pacific and Cortez sides of Cabo San Lucas, the Cheer's fished in cool water temperatures of 69 to 72 degrees, with clear skies but some wind and swells to the west.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said water temperatures were much cooler on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas last week in the low-60s, but warmed up offshore to about 76 degrees on the Sea of Cortez side. "There are still quite a few swordfish being seen and a few caught and brought to the dock," Landrum said. "They are being seen close to home and a few boats have made plans for overnight swordfish trips for the coming week. The inshore action is just great and everyone is having fun."



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 55 combined La Playita fleet pangas fishing off San Jose del Cabo, with a catch of: 88 roosterfish, 18 jack crevalle, 9 amberjack, 29 pompano, 215 yellow snapper, 14 dog snapper, 5 wahoo, 11 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 15 dorado, 9 yellowfin tuna, 58 sierra, 22 Mexican bonito, 18 cabrilla, and 22 surgeonfish. San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was near perfect with excellent sea conditions but widely fluctuating water temperatures warming from the low-60s on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas to the high-70s up towards the East Cape area on the Cortez side. "These rapidly changing conditions have not helped the fishing and have made for inconsistent action as concentrations of bait fish keep moving and game fish are scattered," Brictson said. "The number of roosterfish is increasing, but they still have not peaked. They can now be seen chasing bait in the surf line. It's very exciting to watch the surface explode in white water with frantic mullet and slashing roosterfish attacking from underneath."

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO:San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow called it a "very slow week of both surf fishing and deep sea explorations" after 6 surf fishing sessions and 4 outings on the charter panga Salome for a total of 67 fish or fauna specimens caught or observed of 24 species. "The bottom was dead as a doornail," Snow said. "I did manage 9 new species, the most interesting of which were a rasptail skate, a significant range extension for this species, and a Pacific stargazer, capable of killing humans via electrocution." Other new species caught or collected by Snow during the trip included: yellowfin croaker, a murex species, gray smoothhound shark, whitenose shark, Pacific spadefish, red starfish, and spotted red starfish.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: For the previous week, Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo reported a disappointing day during the La Playita dorado tournament with "a 'captain' that was not interested in fishing." Lewis' boat did land a striped marlin at the Iman bank, but no dorado. "The winning boat worked hard to find dorado, fishing a different area than most of the others," Lewis said. "I believe the winner was 45 pounds, but I left before the final weigh-in. I did not see any tuna but conditions are right for their appearance." San Jose del Cabo fishing area weather was calm, with clear blue water in the low to mid-70s.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said last week's weather on the south side of the hill was ideal in the low-90s, with no wind and water temperatures averaging 82 degrees at the south end of Isla Cerralvo where good action was found for amberjack, pargos, and wahoo. "Striped marlin have also come to this area and we are releasing them," Hernandez said. At the buoys, dorado of 30 to 40 pounds were caught in slightly cooler water at 80 degrees. Large roosterfish were also released south at Punta Pescadero. Tortuga Sportfishing pangas found sufficient supplies of bait at the south end of Isla Cerralvo where the best pargo catches were also made. Anglers fishing with Tortuga during the week included Robert Strong and his group from Sacramento, Calif.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet said last week's dorado action was up-and-down for La Paz side boats. "This week dorado fishing has been playing hide-and-seek, good one day and not the next," Phillips said. A 25-pound dorado was landed by Anthony Moroni of Los Angeles, Calif., while fishing the north side of Isla Espiritu Santo and Frankie Valdez of Riverside, Calif., released 4 sailfish between Islas Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo. Roosterfish, pargos, and cabrilla were also showing up along the west side of Espiritu Santo. La Paz fishing area weather was mostly calm in the low-90s with the warmest water found south around Isla Cerralvo.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Frank Springer of Butte Falls, Ore., said a very large pargo lisa or mullet snapper weighed at 45 pounds 8 ounces was landed by angler Rolla Cornell of Palmdale, Calif., during an outing with Fishermen's Fleet and the pargo will be submitted for an IGFA all-tackle record. "The pargo was caught off Cerralvo Island on a live-trolled 3-pound ladyfish," Springer said. "This fish eclipses the standing record of 36 pounds by more than 25 percent."



LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of Loreto's Hotel Oasis reported good weather all last week in the low-90s, with no wind and calm seas. Five pangas fished out of the hotel during the week, running north to the San Bruno bajo for yellowtail and also 15 miles east of Punta Lobos on Isla Carmen for a combined catch of: 7 dorado, and 3 yellowtail to 28 pounds. A striped marlin was also lost after a 2-hour fight on 25-pound line outside Punta Lobos. Anglers fishing out of the Hotel Oasis during the week included: Robert Blair, Fern Elufson, Joe and Larry Theberge, Alan Girod, Mark and Linda Ross, and David Schall. Loreto charter captains fishing during the week included: Alfonso Susarrey, Servando Davis, Martín Perpuli, Paulino Martínez, and Ignacio Quintero.

LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported on an outing aboard his boat Monday with Capt. Francisco Martinez for a catch of 4 large barrilete and 1 dorado of 20 pounds. "We used sardinas as bait and went about 35 miles east of town. It was a slow day," Bear said. Four outings by Martinez with other sportfishing clients during the week produced a catch of: 10 dorado of 4 to 5 pounds, and 4 yellowtail of about 25 pounds. The yellowtail were caught at San Bruno with mackerel baits and the dorado came from an area about 10 to 15 miles northeast of Isla Coronado. Loreto fishing area weather was fair, with a light chop from the southeast and the water temperature at 76 to 78 degrees.

LORETO, MEXICO: Diane Berryhill of Loreto said retired Continental Airlines staffers Lance Valdez and Jose Corral flew into Loreto last week on the airlines' inaugural flight for nonstop service from Houston, and they fished with Loreto's Capt. Rigo David Romero on the charter panga Arantxa for a catch of 2 yellowtail of 25 pounds and a 10-pound red snapper at the San Bruno bajo. "The fish were taken on fresh squid caught just off the Loreto town jetty on squid jigs," Berryhill said. "The yellowtail hammered their squid in less than 100 feet of water over the San Bruno seamount 30 kilometers north of Loreto, so it was a challenge to raise them before they dove down to the rocks." Loreto fishing area weather on Saturday was sunny and calm at 85 degrees. "Loreto fishing is really heating up this weekend with most pangas bringing in decent yellowtails in the 20 to 30-pound range and some female dorados appearing now in the 18-pound range," Berryhill said. "The warming water temperatures should be just right to bring the big dodos in for the Fishin' for the Mission and Vagabundo's tournaments."



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said local water temperatures were at 68 to 71 degrees and very good yellowtail catches of 8 to 15-pound fish were being made inside the bay, centered around Isla Piojo. "The fishing season has started," Vazquez said. "There are also big schools over at the south end of Isla Angel de la Guarda and most boats are catching more than they know what to do with. Just follow the birds. Iron is working great." Bahia de los Angeles fishing area weather was windy from the west in the mid-90s. Both Pemex gas stations were in operation and the new electrical line had poles installed as far east as Agua Amarga. Heavy bait concentrations were present in some areas.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Ruben Daggett of Daggett's Camp at the north end of Bahia de los Angeles said, "We have lots of yellowtail but the best fishing is outside the bay, out at Isla Angel de la Guarda or at Roca Bernabe."



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tom Ward of The Longfin Tackle Store reported on 6-day Midriff Islands fishing trips by the Tony Reyes Fishing Tours panga motherships Jose Andres and Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on June 8, 2007, with a catch of:

Jose Andres, with 18 anglers: 172 yellowtail to 19 pounds, 2 grouper to 75 pounds, 2 black sea bass to 70 pounds; 4 white seabass to 35 pounds, 175 cabrilla to 16 pounds, 19 giant squid, 41 red snapper, 11 sheephead, 216 bass, 2 shark, and 42 miscellaneous and released fish.

Tony Reyes, with charter master Jim Mitchell of Dana Point, Calif., and 27 anglers: 275 yellowtail to 22 pounds, 395 cabrilla to 19 pounds, 325 bass, 48 pargo to 15 pounds, 9 sheephead to 12 pounds, 37 whitefish, 3 golden grouper released, 12 white seabass to 20 pounds, 1 black sea bass of 65 pounds, and 85 miscellaneous and released fish. Midriff fishing area water temperatures averaged 74.5 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking Bahia de San Felipe said the weekend weather was hot and humid in the 90s. "Quite a few people are beating the heat by hanging out in the water," Meders said. "The clear blue sky is the same color as the bay." Fewer vacationers were in San Felipe following the Memorial Day rush. "This is the time of year when San Felipe shows the last remnants of the 'sleepy fishing village' that it used to be years ago," Meders said. "There are days when the town seems almost deserted. That is happening less and less." Plans were being made for a future hospital in San Felipe with specialists in cardiology, gynecology, and other areas. "This is wonderful news because it means that people won't have to make constant trips to Mexicali or the States to get all their tests and referrals accomplished. In any retirement community this kind of service is vital," Meders said.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: John Hilderbrand of Jon Jen Charters said San Carlos fishing area boats were working 25 to 40 miles to the west in water temperatures in the 80s, but with some spots still in the 70s. "Those are the sweet spots if you can find them," Hilderbrand said. San Carlos area winds kept boats inside early in the week and by the weekend, fishing was hit-and-miss. "There are a lot of look-sees just playing with the baits," Hilderbrand said. "Fun to watch." The charter boat Too Much Fun reported an outing with 3 marlin landed on 5 hookups.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: David Nagoda of Tucson, Ariz., fished aboard the charter boat Too Much Fun the previous weekend and reported a catch including released fish of: about 10 dorado of 15 to 30 pounds, and 1 striped marlin. "We spotted 6 or 7 marlin out there just basking in the sun," Nagoda said. "We dragged all sorts of artificials as well as bait including ballyhoo, mullet, and mackerel. Some we circled 3 to 4 times before they woke up and slowly tailed off somewhere else." The marlin were found about 30 to 40 miles out and the dorado were caught about 8 miles south of Isla San Pedro Martir.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Mazatlan's wide-open dorado bite continued last week but with the majority of fish now smaller in the 5 to 8-pound class. "It's still lots of fun for the light tackle anglers and fly fishermen," Edwards said. "It's easy limit fishing and catch-and-release all day from there." Twenty Aries Fleet offshore boats fishing out of Mazatlan's Marina el Cid reported a catch including released fish of: 3 dorado over 20 pounds, 1 blue marlin of 220 pounds, 2 striped marlin, and 7 sailfish. Mazatlan fishing area weather was partly cloudy at 90 degrees, with light southwest breezes, as offshore boats fished about 24 to 30 miles out, and at the buoys for dorado.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Danny Quinonez of PV Marlin Sportfishing said the Puerto Vallarta charter boat Lorena found steady offshore release action for sailfish and some striped marlin last week, plus some dorado of 20-plus pounds, a blue marlin seen but not hooked, and a 180-pound yellowfin tuna landed Wednesday at El Banco by angler William Stoffer. "The tuna are still a ways out but we hope they will be moving in shortly as the season progresses," Quinonez said. Inshore fishing around Punta de Mita produced amberjack. Three outings by the Lorena had a catch including released fish of: 2 striped marlin, 7 sailfish, 2 dorado, and 1 yellowfin tuna.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze, reporting for Baja On The Fly, said the coastal red tide condition off Ixtapa Zihuatanejo all but dissipated last week and inshore fishing improved dramatically. Capt. Adolpho of the charter boat Dos Hermanos reported on an outing at Los Troncones with an inshore catch of: 19 jack crevalle, 3 pompano, and about 15 green jacks. Offshore, blue 82-degree water was about 20 miles out and boats averaged about 2 sailfish per outing. About 1 boat in 3 was getting a shot at a blue marlin in a fishing area about 12 to 14 miles out. The charter boat Gitana reported 3 blue marlin released in 1 outing. Capt. Luis Maciel on the boat Gringo Loco also released a blue marlin for angler Mike Griffin of Anchorage, Alaska. Ixtapa fishing area weather was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said clear blue water was found as close as 12 miles from the beach as the red tide cleared last week and fishing action picked up. "Our captains reported seeing large schools of anchovies and sardines around the rocks, while just offshore big numbers of bonitos and mackerel were present," Lushinsky said. Four inshore and offshore outings by the charter boats Secuestro de Amor, Vamonos II, and Dos Hermanos produced a catch including released fish of: 5 sailfish, 57 jack crevalle, 1 African Pompano of 25 pounds, 1 horse eye jack of 30 pounds, and 6 large skipjack tuna. "Conditions are improving each day with only scattered red tide being reported," Lushinsky said.



CANCUN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 15 outings by the El Cid Caribe sportfishing fleet at Puerto Morelos near Cancun, with a catch including released fish of: 24 dorado, 1 white marlin, 2 sailfish, 1 king mackerel, 8 barracuda, and 1 wahoo. Cancun fishing area weather was cloudy at 90 degrees, with easterly winds to 20 knots most of the week and water temperatures at 84 degrees.

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SERIOUS GALLO ACTION--East Cape beach fishing got serious for quality roosterfish last week. Here's a biggie landed on fly fishing tackle by Baja On The Fly guide Lance Petersen who ended up with 3 "Bubba class" pez gallos. PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY GRAHAM.

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FOUR-GALLO DAY--Carol Wise, left, and her husband Alan Wise, targeted roosterfish out of East Cape's Hotel Punta Colorada and scored on 4 gallos during an outing aboard the charter boat Whiskey with Capt. Jose and deckhand Jose, right. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALAN WISE.

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TIN BOAT TOROS--Torrance Eddy of Buena Vista at East Cape trolled artificials from his beach-launched aluminum boat last week for hookups on dorado and this nice pair of jack crevalle at 22 and 25 pounds that ended up on the dinner table of some Mexican friends. PHOTO COURTESY OF TORRANCE EDDY.

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ROOSTERFISH AT EAST CAPE--Jim and Wendy Peterson with a big "Bubba class" roosterfish landed near Rancho Leonero aboard the East Cape charter panga Rosa Maria out of Hotel Punta Colorada. The Peterson's catch included 4 roosterfish of 30 to 60 pounds plus 11 smaller ones. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM PETERSON.

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TOROS OUTSIDE--Paul Wayne, and his father Larry Wayne, fished out of East Cape's Hotel Playa del Sol for a catch of 14 yellowfin tuna to about 20 pounds plus 8 of these jack crevalle or toro hooked on trolled hoochies about 1 to 2 miles off Rancho Leonero. PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY WAYNE.

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SEVEN-HOUR SWORDIE--Bob Preble, left, and Michael Reeve fought this 167-pound East Cape broadbill swordfish for almost 7 hours to get this late afternoon victory photo aboard Buena Vista Beach Resort's charter boat Tres Hermanos with Capt. Ramon in late May. The swordfish was one of 3 landed out of the hotel this year. PHOTO COURTESY OF BENNETT MINTZ.

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BIG BANDA SPREAD--With a nice local Ensenada panga catch of 6 yellowtail and a bunch of barracuda are Frank and Kathleen Piedi Monte of New York, who fished at Punta Banda on the beach launched charter panga Vonny I with Capt. Beto Zamora of Vonny's Fleet. PHOTO COURTESY OF IVAN VILLARINO.

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FIRST FORKIE--Monica and Alia Wasserman fished out of San Quintin in the first week of June with Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing and scored their first-ever yellowtail. "They couldn't stop fishing after that!" Catian said. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY CATIAN.

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QUINTIN FISHIN'--Kaye and Mike Reyes of Long Beach, Calif., fished at San Quintin on their boat Boricua out of Don Eddie's Landing for a good catch with Capt. Cayo of yellowtail, white seabass, sheephead, barracuda, Humboldt squid, and mixed rockcods. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARITA MELVILLE.

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SUCCESS AT LAST--Julio Meza of San Quintin made several trips on his boat Santa Monica trying to get into the current bite on white seabass before he finally connected with this beauty last week. The croaker hit a 4-inch Fish Trap swimbait in green, 53-degree water off El Tranquilo. PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIO MEZA.

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IT WUZ AMAZING!--Cabo San Lucas fly fishing guide Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers, left, with Tony Satoris of San Jose, Calif., and 1 of 41 roosterfish released during a super-hot session last week. Satoris also released a jack crevalle during the day and he fished 4 more times for releases of sailfish, sierra, dog snapper...and more roosterfish. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRANT HARTMAN.

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GOOD ONE--Jim Lewis with a nice yellowtail caught during a trip last week aboard the Cabo San Lucas charter panga Cheer's with Capt. Ramon Druck. A total of 5 yellowtail to 35 pounds were landed during the outing, plus 3 roosterfish of 10 to 15 pounds. At right, Brad Grittin, Bill Salter, and Heather Grittin with a mixed species catch aboard the Cheer's caught along Cabo's Pacific side beaches. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RAMON DRUCK.

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CABO FISHING DAY--Sean Smith of Los Gatos, Calif., fished last week aboard the Cabo San Lucas charter boat Cabo Magic with Capt. Hector and first mate Carlos for a catch including 1 striped marlin measured at 9 feet long and released, and a dorado and jack crevalle boated. PHOTO COURTESY OF LORI GARCIA.

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CROAKER LOOK-ALIKES--San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow reports that after consulting with top fish biologists he's now able to tell the difference between the rare Wintersteen croaker, above, and the common and very similar yellowfin croaker, below. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN SNOW.

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HURRICANE PROTECTION--The new Puerto Los Cabos marina breakwater at La Playita beach near San Jose del Cabo gets a final covering of huge boulders to protect it against waves that will be sure to arrive sooner or later during the approaching Baja Sur hurricane season. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC BRICTSON.

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MONSTER PARGO LISA--Rolla Cornell of Palmdale, Calif., left, landed this massive mullet snapper or pargo lisa at La Paz' Isla Cerralvo with Fishermen's Fleet's Capt. Enrique, right. The fish was weighed at 45 pounds 8 ounces and is being submitted for an IGFA all-tackle record. At right is Donny Chu of Oakland, Calif., with another big La Paz snapper caught last week, this one a 54-pound dog snapper or cubera snapper. PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRANK SPRINGER.

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LA PAZ DORADO--Ted Cline and his son Mark Cline fished south of La Paz on a Tortuga Sportfishing panga last week for a catch with Tortuga's Capt. Jorge Lucero of striped marlin, amberjack, and this pair of quality dorado. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERARDO HERNANDEZ.

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CONTINENTAL YELLOWTAIL--Lance Valdez and Jose Corral flew into Loreto last week on Continental Airlines' inaugural nonstop flight from Houston and they fished north of town at the San Bruno bajo with Capt. Rigo Davis Romero, right, for a couple of nice yellowtail in the 25-pound class plus a 10-pound red snapper. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANE BERRYHILL.

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WARM SEASON YELLOWTAIL--Loreto fishing boats concentrated on offshore pelagics in warming water temperatures last week, but some yellowtail were still biting on local bajos. Here are 3 forkies landed by Joe Theberge and his son Larry Theberge out of the Hotel Oasis with Capt. Paulino Martinez. They fished north of town at the San Bruno bajo. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY ZAPATA.

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CATALANA BIRD SHOW--Bill Erhardt of Loreto fished south of town aboard his boat Soledad last week with his son Mike Erhardt and found this nice bird school of porpoise, barrilete, and "maybe" yellowfin tuna at the north end of Isla Catalana. The action produced a barrilete from under the birds and a lone football tuna about 10 miles west of the island. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL ERHARDT.

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YELLOWTAIL AT L.A. BAY--Yellowtail action is good at Bahia de los Angeles and the outer Midriff islands right now and Gordon Wright and Oscar Valenzuela got into the early phase of the current bite during a late-May trip to fish out of Daggett's Camp with Capt. Alfonso Daggett. PHOTO COURTESY OF RUBEN DAGGETT.

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SAN CARLOS FUN--David Nagoda with his striped marlin, one of about half-a-dozen spotted during the day, during action about 30 miles out of San Carlos, Sonora, aboard the Jon Jen Charters boat Too Much Fun. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID NAGODA.

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BAJA NOSTALGIA--Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Ensenada reports very short bait supplies around the bay as forage fish are netted out to feed local tuna pens and bait boats target game fish as bycatch. Here, the Ensenada bait boat Maria Veronica sits idle last week. At right, the historic Southern California passenger boat Catalina settles forlornly in what may be its final resting place inside Ensenada's Bahia de Todos Santos. PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEVE ROSS.

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