Albacore show up just 12 miles from San Quintin

Mexico Fishing News, July 7, 2003



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: A hot albacore bite surfaced at San Quintin last week, as boats found wide-open action as close as 12 miles off the point.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas called it "an absolutely great weekend."

Hillis had 16 boats limiting on albacore to 25 pounds during the week, 12 to 20 miles out, in mostly calm seas and clear skies. "Anglers this week included the Robert Montanez party and the Eddie Salazar party. Along with the albies, all boats landed big lingcod, rockcod, and sandbass," Hillis said.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Local rancher, Julio Meza, winner of the 150-h.p. Yamaha outboard drawing in WON's recent Ensenada tournament, said San Quintin's first albacore were caught by Gordo, son of well-known guide Bartolo "Bear" Garcia. Gordo landed 10 albacore to 30 pounds on July 3, Meza said, on Mexican flag and purple Zukers, 14 miles off the point in 62-degree water.

On July 4, Meza fished with his brothers Daniel and Elias in his boat the Santa Monica and hit wide-open albacore 15 miles out in 62.5-degree water. "We landed 15 and released 6," Meza said. "They weighed a very even 20 to 25 pounds. We were back at the dock at 11:30 a.m. Very good things are happening to me lately."

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: At Don Eddie's Landing, Tony Marquez reported on the results of the Fourth of July Tournament. Thirty-one anglers landed a total of 140 albacore, 1 yellowfin tuna, and 8 yellowtail on the first day. On the second day, only 3 tuna were caught, Marquez said. Finishing in first and second place with a $930 purse, were Donal Sturgeon, Goyo Herrera, Shawn Jorgensen, and Josh Maynard of San Diego, with a 28.1-pound yellowfin tuna and a 26.7-pound albacore. Winning third place and a purse of $232 with a 24.9-pound albacore were Celedino Alvan, Arnold Roldan, Bernardo Dominguez, Juan Valides, and Martin Ramos of Los Angeles.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: James L. Moore of Harbor City, CA fished earlier with his uncle Audluy Tingling and friend Tony Harris out of Don Eddie's, with Capt. Jaime on the Yolanda: "Captain Jaime took us out to one of his favorite spots. As soon as our baited hooks touched the water, we started pulling in rockcod, whitefish and red snapper. As I was pulling in what I thought was another whitefish, something hit my line very hard. It turned out to be a 30-pound yellowtail."

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Albacore were caught 20 to 35 miles out of Bahía de Todos Santos last week, in water temperatures averaging about 63 degrees.

Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported Mexican limits on albacore to 20 pounds, 23 miles outside Punta Banda on a heading of 210 degrees over the weekend. Earlier, Lily Fleet's Tamara returned from the 238 Bank with 33 albacore of 15 to 20 pounds. Susarrey said about half the fish were caught on live bait, and most of the rest on black-green and black-purple Zukers. The Amigo also fished at the 400 Bank for 17 albacore to 15 pounds.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 12 anglers with 20 albacore, 30 miles past Isla Todos Santos. Local bottom fishing also continued good, although Susarrey said surface action inside the bay slowed down.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Erick Ptacnik of Gordo's Fleet said a midweek boat found 14 albacore to 20 pounds, about 25 miles out

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Punta Banda, Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said pangas continued to limit on bottom fish including rockcod, lingcod, calico bass, and a 9-pound sandbass caught by Jim Voelzow of Sacramento on a green flake Scampi. On Sunday, 2 white seabass to 22 pounds were caught by Randy and Mark Hupp, plus limits of bottom fish. They fished with aluminum jigs on the Vonny I. Punta Banda weather was mostly sunny in the mid-70s, with water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Tim Moore of Go Baja reported on a good four-angler trip to Puerto Santo Tomas organized by Jim Harvey of Perris, CA: "At Punta China they decided to fish the bottom and loaded up on rock and lingcod in the 8-pound range.

"The second day, at the 'Peanut' in 375 feet of water, they proceeded to fish the bottom and rapidly bring up 15-pound cow cod, red rocks and 12-pound lings. In 2 hours the boats were full to the rails. The anglers, Jim Harvey, Chris Compton, Gary Payne and Don LaFon had two jackpots going and both were won by Chris Compton, with the largest bottom fish being a 15-pound cowcod, and the largest and only top fish being a 1-pound mackerel! Too cold for top action." Moore reported water temperatures at about 53 degrees.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said a few smaller yellowtail were caught under birds around the entrada. In the mangroves, corvina were providing the best action. San Carlos water temperatures averaged 64 to 69 degrees, in hazy weather in the high-70s.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Fishing action at the tip of Baja was generally slow last week, as water temperatures remained cooler than normal.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Solmar Fleet reported water temperatures down about 2 to 5 degrees, and a catch including released fish for 75 boats chartered of: 11 striped marlin, 35 dorado, 31 yellowfin tuna, 12 bonito, 10 jack crevalle, 8 roosterfish, and 1 red snapper.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 45 boats with a catch including released fish of: 9 striped marlin, 36 yellowfin tuna, 17 dorado, 14 jack crevalle, 10 skipjack, 6 roosterfish, and lots of sierra and barrilete inshore. Garcia also reported the landing of a possible white marlin, possibly of the type observed last year by East Cape resident George Bergin: "Today, one of our fleet, Rondinella I, hooked one estimated to be around 40 pounds. Unfortunately, no photo. They released it, but several captains have reported the same."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on 5 boats fishing over the weekend with a catch including released fish of: 3 striped marlin, 5 dorado, and 12 yellowfin tuna.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Gaviota Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 22 striped marlin, 1 mako shark, 1 wahoo, 26 yellowfin tuna, and 25 dorado.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: At Pisces Fleet, Tracy Ehrenberg said just 28 percent of boats fishing released billfish, and 59 percent landed all species combined. A few boats scored doubles on billfish but overall, Ehrenberg said, "To be frank fishing is not what we expect at the moment."

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported afternoon winds and water temperatures as low as 67 degrees close to shore on the Pacific Side, but 73 to 74 degrees on the Pacific banks. On the Cortez side, water temperatures up to 79 degrees were seen on the Gordo Banks. No concentrations of striped marlin, tuna, or dorado were found, Landrum said, and the cool water was not helping the blue marlin bite. Inshore fishing was slow for roosterfish, scattered jacks, yellowtail, and some grouper on the bottom.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the 70 to 77-degree water was green and cloudy near shore. Most offshore boats were fishing a temperature break about 15 to 25 miles out. A scattered catch on yellowfin tuna surfaced in that area, on fish of 30 to over 100 pounds. "The numbers of fish were not high," Brictson said, "but the quality was definitely there."

Near shore pangas were trolling mullet for mixed species including pargo, pompano, amberjack, grouper and jack crevalle, plus roosterfish to over 50 pounds that reappeared after a brief absence.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Light tackle species angler John Snow found up-and-down action near shore with his regular guide, Pata, of La Playita: "The place is dead from a fish perspective. One fantastic day. Since then, 3 days of hard work with almost nothing to show for it."

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Hernandez of Rosemead, CA and his brother Efren fished with Victor's Fleet and had good luck on yellowfin tuna near the Gordo Banks, fishing with Capt. Brujo and on panga Fatima: "As soon as we cast our first bait, we had a strike. I got an amberjack, and my brother got a cabrilla. We hooked up again, 2 red snappers. We went south and stopped when we found some dolphins. We had a few baits left. We hooked up a 150-pound yellowfin tuna. It took about 1 hour to land. As I was hooked up, my brother hooked up to another tuna, in the 100's. Overall, we landed 5 tuna."

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: George Parrinello and Brian Smith of Oceanside Senior Anglers also fished with Victor's Fleet, and Parrinello reported "the biggest tuna we have caught from a panga in the many years I have been going to Cabo." Parrinello said their largest fish were 75 and 90 pounds, and the previous day a father-and-son team brought in tuna of 150 and 200 pounds.


Roy Baldwin, June 27, 2003--Mark Rayor, owner of Vista Sea Sport, John Ireland, owner of Rancho Leonero, and myself decided to engage in one of our favorite pastimes, a dive on the legendary Cabo Pulmo reef, here at Baja's East Cape today. None of us could have imagined the day in store for us.

Picking John and I up from the dock at Leonero, Mark's dive boat makes quick work of the run down to Pulmo over clear azure waters, and we're soon picking our spot on the reef. Donning our gear and dropping over the side right in the middle of a huge school of jacks, we're surprised at the cooler than normal water temp (72-74 degrees), but the superb visibility (50-80 feet) more than makes up for the chilly water.

Swimming with the current, our encounters with 200+ pound groupers, schools of jacks, sergeant majors, countless other species I couldn't identify, and large moray eels hiding in the colorful coral, were a testament to the conservation efforts going on at Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve. No matter how many times I dive here, the experience is almost always like the first time-- I don't think I could ever get tired of the wonders.

With our tanks still half-full, our excursion is interrupted by Mark's skipper, Chuy, as he brings the boat directly overhead. Easily seeing him wave frantically at us through 55 feet of water, we cut our dive short and surface to see what the ruckus is about. The moment our heads break the surface, Chuy starts screaming "whale shark!" as he points to another of Mark's boats, slowly cruising in the distance. For most divers, the chance to swim with a whale shark is nothing more than an unfulfilled fantasy, and here we are being presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Quickly removing our gear under the watchful eyes of a nearby hammerhead shark, we climb into the boat for the run over to see the whale shark.

Mark's other boat has rigged up a tow line, with a stringer of divers following the gentle giant. We stop in front of the leviathan, and drop over the side in our snorkeling gear. John dives down and gets a ride by hanging onto it's dorsal fin, and I follow. However, it's moving just a little too fast for swimmers to keep up, so we surface and follow in the boat. At this point, I'd give my right arm for an underwater video camera. This goes on for nearly an hour, which is quite unusual, as these massive plankton-eaters usually sound after a few minutes of being bothered by pesky humans. This one seems to enjoy our company, and repeatedly comes up right underneath the boat, getting close enough for us to reach over and touch it.

Mark has some snorkelers at nearby Iguana Beach, and we decide to bring them on out to see the show. Returning about 20 minutes later with the snorkelers, the whale shark is still quietly cruising just under the surface. After another half hour of shadowing the gray and white speckled giant, we depart, leaving the beast to it's lonely journey, grateful for this rare gift.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Buena Vista Beach Resort reported 51 boats chartered, with a catch including released fish of: 30 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 43 dorado, 184 tuna, 2 wahoo, 4 roosterfish, 5 snapper, 16 triggerfish, and 2 cabrilla.

East Cape weather was moderately windy from the south, and the best fishing was south, southeast, and north of Punta Pescadero. The main tuna bite was on porpoise, 10 to 15 miles out, and the fish were small, averaging 5 to 35 pounds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo-George said the main catch was striped marlin and "a lot" of football yellowfin tuna. "We have also been catching some dorado," Verdugo-George said. "Yesterday 2 of our boats brought in 6 nice dorado, 35 to 45 pounds." Several blue marlin were hooked, but only one landed.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Harvey Barish reported the results of last week's 15th annual Los Amigos Marlin Tournament at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez. With 71 participants fishing in 22 boats, tournament anglers had a 3-day catch including released fish of: 38 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin, 14 sailfish, 69 dorado, 159 tuna, 2 wahoo, 1 mako shark, and 4 roosterfish. All billfish were released, except for a 440-pound blue marlin that died during the fight.

Winning boats were: 1st, El Tio, Capt. Jose Ramon; 2nd, El Tomas, Capt. Chicho; 3rd, Rude Boy, Capt. Jesus. Winning teams were: 1st, Doug Nation, Nord Nation, Dave Nesthus, and Ryan Nesthus; 2nd, Mark Cullen, Neil Cullen, and Gary Cullen; 3rd (tie), Mike Adams, John Whitaker, and Jim Withers; and Lyndy Kell, Dick Snyder, James Shinbori. Individual winners: 1st, Nord Nation; 2nd, Ed Tschernoscha; 3rd, Neil Cullen. Most release points: (tie), Nord Nation and Ed Tschernoscha.

Barish said East Cape water temperatures during the tournament were 79 to 81.1 degrees, and the fishing was from Punta Pescadero to Cabo Pulmo, about 20 miles out, on dorado to 60 pounds, tuna to 30 pounds, and striped marlin to about 130 pounds.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Baja On The Fly, Gary Graham said last week's windy conditions made it tough for shore casters, but, "I swear you get more shots in the wind." Graham said the beach action was for roosterfish and jacks, especially on his Chivo Lisa flies with the streaks of gold foil in the bodies. East Cape water temperatures averaged 77 to 84 degrees.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport said diving conditions at Cabo Pulmo were back to normal after a period of winds and cool upwellings. Water temperatures over the reef averaged 80 degrees, and sea life sightings features giant grouper, bigeye jack, and another whale shark seen at Punta Pescadero.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Pepe's Dive Service, Pepe Murrieta said guitarfish, moray eels, and hammerhead shark were also seen.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero said the amazing hotel parrot, Ranger, celebrated his 30th birthday. The hotel fleet found slightly slower action last week, with billfish reluctant to take baits, and the tuna moving out about 40 to 50 miles, but wide open when located. The strong roosterfish bite on shore continued.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Mino Shiba of Mosquito Fleet said dorado fishing on the La Paz side was up-and-down, depending on water temperatures, but his pangas were scoring regularly on fish of 25 to 35 pounds. Water temperatures ranged from 74 to 78 degrees. Large pargo were also caught in the rocks on live sardina, and the bait supply was good. Shiba also reported a good catch of yellowtail at Bajo Seco near San Evaristo. The fish hit mackerel in 68 to 72-degree water, Shiba said, and preparations for his safari-style fish camping trips to San Evaristo this winter are nearing completion.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: At Tail Hunter International, Jonathan Roldan said the action on the La Paz side dipped a bit, but was on the rebound, although some boats were still scratching around in off-colored water. On the Las Arenas side, Roldan said conditions were improving but, "Don't get me wrong, it's still a tough bite. At least fish are being caught."

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said weather on the La Paz side was in the mid-90s, with water temperatures measured up to about 80 degrees south of Isla Cerralvo. "Fishing is not regular," Hernandez said. "One day good, another day slow." The best catch was dorado to about 35 pounds, occasional wahoo, and some marlin released. Sardina bait was still very scarce, and boats were using mackerel and mullet.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jay Britt and his son Ian of West Covina, CA, and their group including Gerardo Rubio, Eddie Raffanan, and Tom, Blake, Vance, and Kent Gonzales fished 5 days with Tortuga Sportfishing for good numbers of dorado, a marlin, a wahoo, several pargo in the 30-pound range, and another big one that was caught on a flylined mackerel by Raffanan just off the south side of Isla Cerralvo.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: David Jones of Fisherman's Fleet said the up-and-down fishing included boats that caught just a few fish, and others that did well, such as Dick Seine's which used dead halfbeaks and fluorocarbon leaders for 3 to 4 dorado per day to over 35 pounds, a marlin each day, and a sailfish. "The fish are here," Jones said, "but they are just not feeding with the voracity to which we have become accustomed."

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Val Aparicio and a friend fished 3 days at Las Arenas and Los Muertos with Pirate's Fleet and did well on 4 dorado in the 50-pound class, several smaller dorado, and a large blue marlin that would not hit. "We spotted a huge blue marlin," Aparicio said, "but he had a case of severe lockjaw, which is okay. We try to release all marlin. The captain said that blue would go at least 700 pounds."



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company reported the town busy with visitors, but dorado action variable, with the best catches made north of town in the Punta Pulpito area. Francisco's new mini super market next to the shop was getting ready to offer fisherman's lunches, food to go, beer, and perhaps even cappuccino, Bolles said.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said guests were returning with good catches, including Matt and Kathleen Mitchell of Vista, CA who landed a 150-pound sailfish and a 42-pound dorado on their own boat with Capt. Andres. The best fishing was 25 to 30 miles north of Isla Carmen, Wilchynski said.

LORETO, MEXICO: Gregorio Segoviano of the Carnaderos de Loreto baitsellers cooperativa said there were lots of small mullet fry seen around the marina: "Look for the bubbles sparkling on the surface near the rocks, lisa fry. Good food for roosterfish later on." There are also concentrations of yellow snapper fingerlings in the shadows under the pangas, Segoviano said.

Good catches of mackerel and caballito were made in 77.8-degree water just north of town, feeding on shrimp larvae.

The large mackerel being caught are fine for dorado, Segoviano said, which are being found with large whole squid in them. Clients' boats are beginning to line up for bait as early as 4:30 a.m. Fifteen baits were priced at $20, and sardinas at $15 for "all you want."



MULEGE, MEXICO: Smitty Smith of Redondo Beach and his group returned from a trip to fish out of the Hotel Serenidad: "The weather was perfect. We ran straight into the sunrise a little over 20 miles. The water temp jumped up to 80.3 degrees and the dodo were biting. We caught and released 5 up to 20 pounds, and kept 2 that were larger. Thirteen-year-old Garrett Taylor Smith of King Harbor Yacht Club Fishing Fleet in Redondo Beach caught his first dorado. Also ran into some giant squid to 70 pounds!"

MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, John Segoria of Valley Center, CA found slow dorado fishing during a stay at the Cuesta Real: "Great restaurant and air conditioned rooms at $45 per night. The fishing was extremely slow. No sagassum or weeds of any kind. No schools to speak of. Lots of marlin and sailfish." Segoria said he fished with Enrique and Victor Mayoral about 20 to 25 miles south of Punta Concepcion. Water temperatures were in the high-70s.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Bowers of Idaho had a very slow trip to normally productive San Lucas Cove, and reported on the heavy commercial fishing in the area: "The worst fishing I have experienced. I ran into gill nets at Haystack up the coast to the cliffs and along the shoreline from San Bruno to the point of San Lucas Cove.

"We ran into longlines for dorado between San Marcos and Tortuga. And a purse seiner between Santa Rosalia at the 110. The only people catching fish were the yellowtail fisherman off of the 110. I was embarrassed at the lack of fish."



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Yellowtail action was generally good last week, once the fish were found. Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko said Bahía de los Angeles weather was in the low-90s, with high humidity and water temperatures of 72 to 78 degrees. Many visitors were in town, and some whale sharks were showing up at the south end of the bay.

"The fishing continues great," Vazquez said. "There are lots of yellows in the area. They are moving a lot. The spot that is wide-open for a day will be dead the next so it takes a little bit of effort to find the hot spot. But in general there has been no shortage."

On Sunday evening, Vazquez confirmed the continued bite of quality fish inside the bay, especially at Cerro Amarillo, about 300 feet deep, on the northeast side of Isla Smith, hitting live bait on dropper loops and blue-white iron.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: L.A. Bay guide Igor Galvan confirmed, "Lots of yellows on Quemado Reef and Angel de la Guarda. Limited at 9:30 a.m. Fish were 12 to 30 pounds, on live bait and jigs."

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Smitty Smith of Redondo Beach fished with his group out of Casa Diaz for good action on yellowtail at an offshore high spot: "After a tip from 'Angler Bill' we found a high spot halfway between the north end of Smith Island and the big Island. The water temp was about 73 degrees.

"We arrived a little after 7 a.m. with a shifting tide. The shallowest spot we found in a couple of hours of fishing was about 170 feet. Live bait and heavy tackle dropped on the high spot was near instant hookup and screaming reels. We had limits in less than 2 hours and caught and released more yellowtail than I can remember."



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on July 4 with a catch of: 126 yellowtail, 20 t0 38 pounds; 3 grouper, 30 to 45 pounds; 1 black sea bass, 81 pounds; 20 white seabass, 30 to 66 pounds; 51 cabrilla, 7 to 9.5 pounds; 24 squid, 20 to 48 pounds; 26 red snapper, 7 to 10 pounds; 2 broomtail grouper, 8 pounds; 5 sheephead, 7 pounds; 257 spotted bay bass; 1 shark, 25 pounds; 3 grouper released of 18, 24, and 26 pounds. Midriff water temperatures averaged 74 degrees.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Denis Quesnel of Action Lures fished on the Jose Andres, and reported good results with his unique jointed-iron jigs. "Thirty yellows on my Action Lure between 27 and 32 pounds," Quesnel said.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Mike Biedebach reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on July 3. The catch for the trip, reported by Dana Kerby, was: 215 yellowtail over 8 pounds, 198 cabrilla, 38 pargo, 3 grouper, and 285 miscellaneous fish. "In general," Biedebach said, "the fishing was off from our past years and I've never seen so many small yellowtail." The trip carried 16 anglers, 2 per panga, Kerby said, and most of the fishing was at Punta Diablo, Refugio, San Bernabe, Ensenada Grande, and the last day at the Golden Reef.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Bob Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a 6-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on July 3 with a catch of: limits of yellowtail to 25 pounds, 107 cabrilla to 15 pounds, 17 pargo to 12 pounds; 10 white seabass, 2 grouper to 50 pounds, 20 giant squid, 107 miscellaneous fish. The trip had 19 anglers, including 7 kayak anglers with Dennis Spike's Coastal Kayak Fishing.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden said rough seas limited the fishing last week. Water temperatures were in the mid-80s, and small dorado of 15 to 20 pounds were caught 5 to 10 miles out.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Sailfish action was red-hot last week. Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Aries Fleet boats released up to 11 sailfish per day. Aries Fleet had a catch including released fish of: 131 sailfish, 8 striped marlin, and 21 yellowfin tun, plus good action on inshore red snapper, permit, triggerfish, and a few roosterfish. Mazatlan weather was in the high-90s, with some showers, and calm seas. The best fishing was 15 to 28 miles southwest of Marina el Cid.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said very few anglers were in town, but boats were averaging 3 to 4 sailfish releases per day.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Local guide Ed Kunze said blue water was 5 miles off the beach, but only about 10 boats per day were fishing. Inshore action was outstanding on roosterfish, jacks, and black skipjack.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: At Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters, Stan Lushinsky said inshore action was dominated by yellowtail jacks, in addition to the roosterfish. Ixtapa weather was cloudy with showers in the mid-80s, calm seas, and water temperatures in the high-70s.

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WIDE OPEN SAN QUINTIN ALBACORE--The Meza brothers, Julio, Daniel and Elias, of San Quintin trolled 15 miles out last week for wide-open albacore to 25 pounds in 62.5-degree water. Photo courtesy Julio Meza.

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DON EDDIE'S YELLOWTAIL--James L. Moore of Harbor City fished out of San Quintin's Don Eddie's Landing for a hot run of bottom fish, and this nice yellowtail. Photo courtesy James L. Moore.

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ENSENADA WHITE SEABASS--Randy and Mark Hupp fished with Vonny's Fleet at the tip of Punta Banda on Sunday for limits of bottom fish plus 2 white seabass to 22 pounds. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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TORTUGA PARGO--Eddie Raffanan and his group fished with Tortuga Sportfishing for dorado, marlin, wahoo, and this nice pargo caught with a flylined mackerel off the south end of La Paz' Isla Cerralvo. Photo courtesy Jay Britt.

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VICTOR'S TUNA--George Parrinello and Brian Smith of Oceanside Senior Anglers had a great trip with Victor's Fleet at San Jose del Cabo for yellowfin tuna to 90 pounds. Photo courtesy George Parrinello.

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SAN JOSE TUNA--Luis Hernandez and his brother Efren of Rosemead, CA fished with Victor's Fleet at San Jose del Cabo for amberjack, cabrilla, red snapper, and 5 yellowfin tuna to 150 pounds. Photo courtesy Luis Hernandez.

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WHALE SHARK ENCOUNTER--An enormous whale shark turned friendly with a panga from East Cape's Vista Sea Sport dive service recently at the Cabo Pulmo Reef. Photos courtesy Roy Baldwin and Mark Rayor.

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EAST CAPE DORADO--Brad and Michelle Meister of San Clemente and La Ribera caught a nice dorado on a drifted live bait last week. Photo courtesy George Bergin.

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ON THE LA PAZ SIDE--Newigh and Earl Lawson of Paso Robles, CA fished with Mosquito Fleet for limits of dorado plus a striped marlin last week. Photo courtesy Mino Shiba.

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FIRST DORADO--Anne Taylor came to La Paz from Ft. Collins, CO and got her first dorado, with Tail Hunter International. Shown here with Capt. Victor, she took this one on a dead halfbeak on 30-pound test. She had 7 hookups that day and also nailed bonito on the flyrod. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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GREAT BIG SQUIRTER--Smitty Smith of Redondo Beach with a huge Humboldt squid caught near Mulege. Thirteen-year-old Garrett Taylor Smith of King Harbor Yacht Club Fishing Fleet in Redondo Beach also caught his first dorado during the trip. Photo courtesy Smitty Smith.

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L.A. BAY YELLOW--Billy Adkins fished over the weekend with Abraham Vazquez of L.A. Bay's Camp Gecko, and caught this nice 35-pound yellowtail. Vazquez reported good fishing for yellowtail in the bay. Photo courtesy Abraham Vazquez.

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ZIHUATANEJO HOT ON ROOSTERS--Todd and Scott Hood of Salt Lake City fished with Adolpho on the panga Dos Hermanos II for roosterfish on the fly to 35 pounds with local guide Ed Kunze. This one was caught at the surf line at Pantla, about 12 miles north of town. The Dos Hermanos II is specially set up for fly fishing, Kunze said, with no rocket launchers, outriggers, or other obstructions on deck. Photo courtesy Ed Kunze.

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TIGHT LINES!--Jim Bentley fished with John Gilkerson and his group out of the Old Mill Hotel at San Quintin, and landed a bunch of bottom fish, including this nice lingcod that broke off and was then landed when the hook hanging from its mouth was snagged by Bentley's hook. Note the two bare hooks. Photo courtesy John Gilkerson.

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