Two marlin total 866 pounds to top Cabo Bisbee's fishing tournament

Mexico Fishing News, October 25, 2004



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Nancy Chaloner and Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported the final standings of this year's Bisbee's Black & Blue marlin tournament, held Oct. 15-21, 2004, with the Reel Pain II taking $1,126,510 in first place money for two blue marlin totaling 866 pounds.

The Reel Pain II's pair of marlin beat a 645-pound black marlin caught by the Retriever, because of the two fishes' greater combined total weight. This year 171 boats entered the Bisbee's Black & Blue. 2004 BISBEE'S BLACK & BLUE TOURNAMENT RESULTS.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 65 Gaviota Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 19 striped marlin, two sailfish, six wahoo, 19 yellowfin tuna, one skipjack, and 107 dorado. The Juanita VIII reported on a five-outing catch including released fish of: one wahoo, five dorado, eight yellowfin tuna, one blue marlin, and one striped marlin. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported on seven boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, one sailfish, seven wahoo, and 33 dorado kept plus "a whole lot" more released. Landrum said most of the money fish during the Bisbee's tournaments last week were caught on the Cortez side, in warm water around the Gordo Banks and the 50 and 100-fathom lines. Cabo weather was party cloudy with some showers, in the low-80s. With many boats concentrating on tournament fishing, other boats scored their biggest numbers on dorado of 10 to 25 pounds, found mostly on the Pacific side. Good numbers of wahoo were also caught, on both the Pacific and Cortez sides. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 23 striped marlin, six sailfish, five blue marlin, 21 wahoo, 48 yellowfin tuna, 22 jacks, and 112 dorado. Solmar Fleet's top boat for the week was the San Lucas VI, with Capt. Adalberto Agundez, and a five-outing score including released fish of: four striped marlin, 15 dorado, four jacks, and three yellowfin tuna. SOLMAR FLEET FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Merle Erickson of Chicago and Shiing-wu Wang of Corona del Mar fished three days with Pisces Fleet and had a great mixed catch including released fish of: 32 dorado, mostly released; two tuna, two wahoo, two striped marlin, and one sailfish. They fished on the Pisces boats Tracy Ann with Capt. Julio Castro, and La Brisa with Capt. Rey Winkler, in the Golden Gate bank area on the Pacific side. PISCES FLEET CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said rains from Tuesday to Thursday slowed fishing action in the bay, but at the end of the week, some bonita and sandbass and a few yellowtail were caught at University Point. Bait was scarce on the surface, but some good bottom fishing was found at La Bufadora. No offshore reports were available.

PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said his pangas resumed fishing at the tip of Punta Banda on Friday morning, but they caught only whitefish and scorpionfish, in mixed up water following the storm. By Saturday, some bonita, calico bass, rockcod, and lingcod returned to the counts. Punta Banda weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s, the light breezes, 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 62 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 36 anglers, with a catch of: 30 yellowtail, 124 bonito, 60 barracuda, 10 calico bass, 20 yellowfin tuna, one dorado, four skipjack, and 10 rockcod.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Louie Prieto of Hacienda Heights and his family fished out of Marina Coral with Capt. Pedro Moreno on the eight-pack charter boat Mar Diosa, running south to Punta Santo Tomas in calm seas for hot action to fill a big ice chest with whitefish and vermillion rockfish before running back to Punta Banda for bonito on the way home. Prieto said, "Pedro and his crew member are top notch and they work hard to help everyone catch fish and have a good time." MAR DIOSA ENSENADA TRIP.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Mike Schmidt and Jack Fauquier of Granada Hills got into a super-hot kelp paddy bite on Schmidt's boat Seawolf, about 30 miles out of Marina Coral, for yellowtail, tuna, and a 40-pound class dorado for Fauquier, plus some hamburger lunches handed over from the sport fisher, Mustang, Schmidt reported: "This paddy was wide open...Now with the three boats on this paddy we all fished side-by-side. Everyone was bendo!...Off the topside of the paddy dorado's were jumping. This paddy was the one dreams are made of. There were hundreds of yellowtail under it and hundreds of yellowfin." HOT ENSENADA KELP PADDY FISHING.



CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 17 boats fished during the week, with some wind and rain on Monday and Tuesday, for five white seabass, lots of red rockcod, whitefish, bass, lingcod and barracuda, plus a few bonita, in water temperatures averaging 66 degrees. The fishing was north of Castro's Camp, at depths of 60 to 120 feet. CASTRO'S CAMP FISHING.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported very good near shore fishing after last week's rains, in the area south of San Quintin from the La Pinta Hotel to Socorro, for hot drifts on sandbass and calico bass, plus some medium yellowtail, in warm, blue water averaging 67 degrees. "We probably caught and released at least 100 fish that day and ended up with two whites and a yellow," Catian said. SAN QUINTIN FISHING.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said only four boats fished during the week, but the rain had stopped and the weather was beautiful again by Sunday morning. Boats going out during the week found limits of large rockcod and large lingcod, but only three yellowtail. Fishing south at Socorro produced only one white seabass during the week, but lots of calico bass and sandbass. The road to the bay from Mex 1 was "still muddy but passable in a pickup" by Sunday morning. No tuna were reported offshore.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: David Rauff of Las Vegas reported that Tirza Chinchilla of San Jose, Costa Rica, fished at San Quintin last week and caught a nice bonito in 70 feet of water south of the bay, and they were pleasantly surprised by what a good meal it made: "Growing up in Long Island, New York, and working as a mate on the bluefish boats out of Captree Marina, we would land bonito and false albacore as bycatch and advise the customers they were worthless. How wrong was I! I painstakingly filleted this fish and removed most of the dark meat. After twenty minutes on the low heat of my portable barbecue, with a healthy dose of mesquite wood smoking chips, I soon had a seafood delicacy to rival any smoked fish treat I ever had!"



SCORPION BAY, BAJA CENTRAL PACIFIC, MEXICO: Ruben Andrews of the Scorpion Bay campground at San Juanico reported good fishing for corvina, halibut, and pargo at the nearby "Finger" reef during the first week of October: "Multiple fish fought for the spoon as it was reeled in. Every other cast, a hit. These fish lack an education!"



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters at Puerto Lopez Mateos reported wide-open action on yellowfin tuna and dorado found 5 miles outside Boca de Soledad, in sometimes windy conditions.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported windy afternoons, but offshore boats finding lots of dorado on shark buoys, 14 to 20 miles outside the San Carlos entrada on headings of 210 to 240 degrees. Marlin were still not concentrated for the fall Thetis Bank pile-up, and the esteros were slow on all species. Magdalena Bay weather was stormy in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Earlier, Capt. Ruben Duran of Puerto Lopez Mateos reported eight tuna, one dorado, and two bonita caught in about two hours outside the boca: "We then tried for grouper, but the current was too strong."



LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the La Playita panga fleet saw a drop in larger yellowfin tuna numbers at the Gordo Banks, but good catches of 10 to 20-pound tuna and dorado continued to be found, as pangas averaged about 12 fish per day. Very good counts of wahoo in the 30 to 40-pound class were also found on trolled lures and live sardinas, and some boats brought in as many as three, as many more were lost. Overall, billfish action was slow, although the larger fish from the Bisbee's tournament were caught around the Outer Gordo Banks area. San Jose del Cabo weather was sometimes windy with some showers, strong currents, and water temperatures in the low-80s. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING.

LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Joe Flores of La Mirada reported on three excellent days of fishing for himself and Conrad Pujdak with Gordo Banks Pangas, fishing with Capts. Chame and Jesus for wide-open yellowfin tuna in front of the hotels between Palmilla and La Playita, bigger tuna to 80 pounds at the Gordo Banks, two wahoo at Vinorama, and a hot bite on dorado on their last day. GOOD SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING TRIP.

LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Gary Black of Huntington Beach fished two days on Los Cabos pangas, including a day with Capt. Clarin on the Tina Lee of Gordo Banks Pangas, and had great action on wahoo at the Iman bank, tuna, and many dorado released: "The panguero kept me hopping...It was fish after fish with no breaks in between. I hate that when it happens." SAN JOSE DEL CABO PANGA FISHING.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Grimes of San Jose del Cabo noted that local media announced a new federal program that dedicates sport fishing license revenues to be used for the protection of fish species reserved for sportfishing. Grimes said, "Local pangueros confirm that a Pesca inspector from La Paz has come several times to check sportfishing licenses and to verify if people are exceeding limits, such as two dorado per person. Private boaters will be checked too, for proper permits. This includes the hundreds of aluminum and rubber boats that gringos in this area have had for years, without boat permits."



BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 42 boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, three blue marlin, eight sailfish, 52 dorado, 78 tuna, 12 wahoo, and three pargo. "The weather is great," Mouyeos said, "and the fishing is hanging in there for almost winter."

LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Lance Allen of Los Barriles reported on some good bottom fishing on his no-name Skipjack 24, near Cabo Pulmo, including a 40-pound class yellowtail, weighed at 17 to 18 kilos, caught on a live mackerel in 300 feet of water. "I thought I hooked an amberjack," Allen said, "and was surprised to see an October yellowtail. Also caught four grande cabrilla."

LA RIBERA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Jorge Bergin of La Ribera said he's been doing well from the beach and near shore from a 12-foot tin boat: "Yesterday I lost count of all the jacks, ladyfish and roosters I caught. I kept some sierra and a lookdown. From the shore I'm getting big jacks, croakers, and bonefish. Conditions for a 12-foot tin boat could not be better--like a mirror all morning."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said inshore fly anglers had some good action on skipjack tuna, school-sized dorado, sierra, pompano, ladyfish, jacks and some roosterfish, while fishing close to shore from the hotels to La Ribera. Guide Lance Peterson reported heavy bait along the beaches. East Cape weather was in the low-80s, with some rain, and water temperatures of 79 to 83 degrees. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING.

RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: John Ireland of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape weather in the high-80s, with some afternoon southeast breezes, and water temperatures averaging 86 degrees. Yellowfin tuna of 5 to 35 pounds were found in tight schools, 2 to 3 miles offshore from Cabo Pulmo south to Vinorama. Dennis Spike's Coastal Kayak Fishing group scored on over 20 species, including dorado, tuna, jacks, pargo, and roosterfish. EAST CAPE FISHING.

BUENA VISTA, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said conditions at Cabo Pulmo continued excellent, with visibility good and water temperatures at depth in the 80s. Sea life sightings included jacks, grunts, yellow snapper, and other species in schools so thick "it gets dark when swimming into them." However, on Sunday, Rayor said, "Yesterday, we experienced light north winds which reminds us winter is coming."

LOS BARRILES, EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Marisol Verdugo of Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort said fishing was generally good, and the hotel boats were fishing daily and scoring on good-sized dorado, marlin, and yellowfin tuna, including a 120 pounder.



LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing was slow on the Las Arenas side early in the week, but picked up on Saturday, with wahoo of 30 to 45 pounds, plus a few small tuna, and some dorado to 45 pounds. Las Arenas side weather was improving after some wind and rain, in the low-80s, with water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees around Isla Cerralvo and Ensenada de los Muertos. LAS ARENAS FISHING.

LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dean Mitchell of San Diego reported generally slow fishing for his group on the Las Arenas side, from Punta Perico to as far north as Las Cruces, during a week with Tortuga Sportfishing. Mitchell said their best action was on small dorado at Las Cruces, a nice pargo off Punta Arena de la Ventana, and a rainbow runner caught in the same area. Needlefish were thick from Punta Perico to the lighthouse. Although fishing was slow, Mitchell said, "The weather was fantastic and the water was warm and usual Gerardo and Gerardo 'Dos' Junior took great care of us..." SLOW LAS ARENAS TRIP.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Artie Davis of Black Magic Sportfishing said he found good action on dorado of 12 to 40 pounds on the west side of Isla Espiritu Santo after the ongoing bite in Canal de San Lorenzo slowed down last week. A long run north to the Isla Santa Cruz area produced some wahoo, sailfish, and dorado, and Davis said he confirmed reports of large tuna on the north side of the island when he lost two big ones and watched a commercial panga land three fish in the 100-pound class in an hour. Water temperatures were in the low-80s, in calm seas. LA PAZ NORTH SIDE FISHING.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said La Paz weather was at 85 degrees, with the same water temperature and some clouds at the end of the week. Dorado limits on fish of 10 to 40 pounds were caught at the southeast corner of Isla Espiritu Santo, and on the Las Arenas side scattered tuna of 10 to 20 pounds, but with some fish to 80 pounds lost, were found around Punta Perico. Mullet and barred snapper, plus some smaller roosterfish, were also caught at Ensenada de los Muertos. LA PAZ FISHING.



LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said dorado and sailfish were north of Islas Carmen and Coronado, and fly anglers did well on a good surface bite of 20-pound class fish north of Punta Lobos. "They were on the same school for three hours," Bolles said. "Perfect 10WT fish and perfect weather and sea surface conditions...nice!" Roosterfish were caught at the Nopolo area, and yellowtail were present but difficult to locate. Bolles advised anglers that a new Pesca inspector in town is checking for fishing permits, marine park permits, and bag limits. LORETO FISHING.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Dick Van Bree of Hawthorne fished off Isla Coronado with Baja Big Fish Company and trolled up 11 dorado of 8 to 16 pounds with live mackerel. "We lost approximately six to eight dorado, as the mackerel, we suspect, were too large," Van Bree said. "Setting the hook was difficult as they were smaller fish." Van Bree also reported other boats with yellowtail to 15 pounds caught north of town at a depth of about 200 feet.

LORETO, MEXICO: Arturo Susarrey of Arturo's Sportfishing said Loreto weather was generally good, with some fishable north wind in the afternoons, and dorado of 8 to 12 pounds continuing to be caught about 20 miles northeast of Isla Coronado. Marlin and sailfish were in the same area. Roosterfish to 18 pounds were caught at San Bruno, and bait was available at the marina. LORETO FISHING.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said Patrick Weddle, Duane Beichley, and James Moore of Placerville fished with Capt. Gregorio northeast of Isla Coronado and came back with a bunch of dorado, enjoyed with garlic and butter.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported good action on respectable dorado and larger grade sierra, until winds shut down the area on Friday. Until then local anglers scored on dorado in several areas including off Punta Chivato, Punta Hornitos, and the Mulege lighthouse. Commercial panguero, Manuel, caught several dorado of 35 to 40 pounds while night fishing for squid near Punta Chivato. Yellowtail at 200 feet deep were also reported in that area and at the Isla San Marcos bajos. Mulege weather was settling, in the high-80s. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORTS.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Earlier, fly-in angler Ron Grant reported outstanding weather in the low-90s and good dorado action out of the Hotel Serenidad a couple of miles east of Islas Santa Inez. Of 11 dorado caught, Grant said five were of 4 to 8 pounds, and the rest 12 to 18 pounds. The Hotel Serenidad was "in full swing and back to normal operation," and the runway was in good condition. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORT.

MULEGE, MEXICO: Gary Thomas of Tracy reported excellent dorado action for himself and his wife Peggy, fishing out of the Hotel Serenidad with Capt. Alex, 12 to 18 miles east of Isla San Marcos. For two mornings of fishing, Thomas reported 24 total dorado caught, about half of 5 pounds or less, but others up to 22 pounds, in water temperatures of 80 to 81 degrees. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORT.



ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported Santa Rosalia weather feeling the approach of winter, with winds, dropping temperatures, and generally improved yellowtail action on the bajos north of the island. Santa Rosalia weather was in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 76 to 78 degrees inshore, and 78 to 80 degrees offshore, as Kanzler said he caught as many as seven yellowtail of 22 to 25 pounds one morning, but struggled in windy conditions for most of the week. One highlight of the week was an outing on the island's 65-foot boat, Maria de Pillar, with a group of officials of the COMSA gypsum mining company. Inshore fishing was decent for some sierra, spotted bay bass, cabrilla, pargo, and corvina, but dorado were absent. ISLA SAN MARCOS, SANTA ROSALIA FISHING.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Steve Barstow of the Sportsmen Pub in Paso Robles reported good results for his charter bus fishing trip to Bahia de los Angeles, with his group fishing 13 panga-days out of Casa Diaz for limits or near-limits of cabrilla, yellowtail in the 6 to 10-pound range, dorado, bass, shark, bonita, barracuda, triggerfish, and broomtail grouper. Barstow's chartered bus made the drive in about 10 hours from the border, including a stop for lunch at San Quintin, and his boats fished mostly south in water temperatures in the 80s, using lures and live bait caught in front of the village. L.A. BAY BUS FISHING TRIP REPORT.



PAPA FERNANDEZ, MEXICO: Doug Magee of Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard said shore fishing was hot Sunday morning, as Mike Seversky of Costa Mesa stepped out of his house, made one cast, and caught a nice orangemouth corvina for breakfast. Gary Baskett of Rancho Cucamonga also threw a Krocodile and caught a nice Cortez halibut. Said Magee, "Mike has been fishing Papa's for over 40 years with his friend Charlie Mayo, who passed away last year. Mike thinks Charlie had a hand in this!"

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Tony Reyes Jr. of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Tony Reyes, returning to San Felipe on Oct. 22, 2004, with a catch of: 365 yellowtail, 185 cabrilla, 90 red snapper, 75 squid, 120 sierra, 320 spotted bay bass, six broomtail grouper, 60 miscellaneous fish, one 30-pound white seabass, and five golden grouper released. "We found a wide-open bite on yellowtail at San Bernabe reef," Reyes said. "The yellowtail averaged 15 to 24 pounds. We fished at San Francisquito Bay for yellowtail, cabrilla, and spotted bay bass. The weather was nice, except for Thursday and Friday morning. The sierra were biting at the Enchanted Islands, and they were in the 6 to 7-pound range. Water temperatures averaged 75 degrees."

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the panga mothership Erik departed La Paz on its ecotouring trip, with a schedule that included Islas Cerralvo, San Jose, Monserrate, Espiritu Santo, and Catalan, plus a stop at Mulege.

GONZAGA BAY, MEXICO: Michael King of Lake Havasu and his group drove into Gonzaga Bay "with only one flat tire out of three cars" and shore fished for corvina, scorpionfish, and a ray in the 40 to 50-pound class that hit on a squid bait.

PAPA FERNANDEZ, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach and Bret Hambrick took a 12-foot boat into Papa Fernandez, where Jones reported excellent light tackle action on triggerfish, barracuda, greenjack, small yellowtail, corvina, released sharks, and sierra, while fishing around Isla Willard and between shore and Isla San Luis. Jones said the weather was good during their three-day stay, and the action was very hot as fish hit "everything that moved...just about anything." ISLA WILLARD LIGHT TACKLE ACTION.



ROCKY POINT, MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point snuck out between winds to a reef 13 miles off shore and ran into an excellent bite on pinto bass (spotted cabrilla) of 10 to 25 pounds, plus good action on triggerfish, in 80-degree water, using frozen mackerel. Said Burnett: "For about 45 minutes, we enjoyed nonstop action on the pintos...Looks like it is going to be a great fall fishing season in Rocky Point!" HOT PINTO BASS BITE.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said fishing picked up last week. The shoreline and Isla San Pedro Nolasco produced good numbers of bonita, and offshore action improved on large sailfish and marlin, plus 10 to 20-pound dorado holding in 82-degree water. The Sassy Lady trolled across the Cortez, and found four billfish, plus eight wahoo about 100 yards off the south end of Isla Tortuga, in water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees. SAN CARLOS AND ISLA TORTUGA FISHING.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Jon Lambert of Phoenix and Bob King of Thousand Oaks had a great trip to San Carlos, and reported boats in the area catching dorado up to 40 pounds, sailfish, football yellowfin tuna, and many blue and striped marlin, in 82 to 84-degree water, 10 to 25 miles out, on headings of 150 to 240 degrees. GOOD SAN CARLOS FISHING ACTION.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Manuel Gerhardus of Guasave, Sinaloa, launched his new boat, Mamanina, at Las Glorias south of Topolobampo and ran out 27 miles in calm seas for a first-day's catch of a 100-pound class sailfish by his uncle, Jorge Gerhardus. Also along were Manuel Gerhardus' son, Juan Manuel, daughter Claudia, and nephew Adrian.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 18 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, 45 sailfish, 27 yellowfin tuna to 37 pounds, 18 dorado, and one wahoo. Inshore super pangas reported at catch of: 58 sierra, three roosterfish, three jack crevalle, 25 pargo, three red snapper, and 15 triggerfish. Mazatlan weather was partly cloudy in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 85 to 86 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said the best offshore lure color as orange-green-black, and the best fishing about 20 miles out.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported a south current of 1.7 knots and water temperatures of 86.1 to 87.9 degrees, as offshore waters continued to hold quality yellowfin tuna, marlin, dorado, sailfish, and wahoo, including a 318-pound tuna caught by Robert Ives of Woodland Hills. Temple said offshore bait was mainly red crab, squid, and puffers, and the game fish were feeding deep: "...The game fish are feeding below sight...Don't let the lack of sign fool live bait around meter marks and along the ridge will produce exceptional catches." PUERTO VALLARTA OFFSHORE FISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Robert Ives reported on his big tuna catch, saying, "I have to thank Josh Temple with Prime Time Adventures, the best captain I have ever fished with." BIG TUNA CATCH STORY.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Juan Pablo Moll of Mr. Marlin reported tuna in bigger schools, lots of marlin at Corbetena and El Banco, and sailfish northwest of the bank. At Punta Mita, roosterfish were caught, as well as sailfish on the south side of the bay, in deep blue water in the 80s. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard and San Quintin reported on a mostly non-fishing week for his boat Tinknocker during an extended trip to Puerto Vallarta. Vath spent several days taking in the local sights, and fished a day at Corbetena for a 48.4-pound dorado and a sailfish on skipjack baits. TINKNOCKER TRIP UPDATE.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said 82-degree blue water remained close to the beach and offshore boats averaged about two to three sailfish per day. Near shore, boats continued to catch up to four roosterfish per day, and sierra were also mixed with jack crevalle and black skipjack. No yellowfin tuna were reported. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said offshore boats averaged two the three sailfish per day, in improved weather and sea conditions and blue water beginning 8 to 10 miles out. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather was humid in the high-80s. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said Capt. Santiago of the Gitana reported boats averaging up to four sailfish per day, plus a 20-pound class dorado being taken by almost every boat.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly announced that his "Sails and Tails" sailfish fly fishing tournament scheduled Dec. 3-7, 2004, has been approved by the I.G.F.A. as a qualifying event for the prestigious Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship tournament to be held next year. "As a qualifying event, the Sails and Tales tournament will be invited to send its winning team of up to four anglers to compete in the championship," Graham said.

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CABO SAN LUCAS 'HOO--Merle Erickson of Chicago (left) and Shiing-wu Wang of Corona del Mar had three good days of fishing with Pisces Fleet, including this nice 55-pound wahoo, plus 15 dorado, mostly released, two tuna, and a released striped marlin, all caught during one day on the Tracy Ann with Capt. Julio Castro. Photo courtesy Merle Erickson.

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ENSENADA BONITO--Louie Prieto Jr. with a nice Punta Banda bonito caught with Capt. Pedro Moreno on the eight-pack charter boat Mar Diosa. Photo courtesy Louie Prieto.

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STEADY BOTTOM ACTION--Victor Banuelos and his group from San Diego got into the steady Erendira bottom fishing catch out of Castro's Camp last week. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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SOCORRO CALICOS--San Quintin's Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing fished south to Socorro after last week's rains and got into some hot drifts on calico bass in warm, 67-degree water. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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BONITA COSTA RICA--Tirza Chinchilla came to San Quintin from San Jose, Costa Rica, and caught this nice bonita on a jig in 70 feet of water south of the bay. Photo courtesy David Rauff.

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SAN JOSE WAHOO--Conrad Pujdak (right) and Capt. Chame with a 35-pound wahoo caught off Vinorama with Gordo Banks Pangas out of San Jose del Cabo. Photo courtesy Joe Flores.

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LAS ARENAS PARGO--This nice barred pargo was caught with Tortuga Sportfishing near the Las Arenas lighthouse south of La Paz, during a trip by Dean Mitchell's group. Photo courtesy Dean Mitchell.

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LORETO FALL FISHING--Manuel Davis and Francisco Rodriguez with a roosterfish and dorado caught out of Arturo's Sportfishing at Loreto last week. Photo courtesy Arturo Susarrey.

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ISLA SAN MARCOS--Fishing with Isla San Marcos' Mike Kanzler on the 65-foot boat Maria de Pillar was a group of officials from the island's COMSA gypsum-mining company, including (left to right) J. Alejandro and Dolores Alvarez, Carlos and Claudia Hurtado, Manuel and Maria Elena Hernandez, and Enrique Rodriguez. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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FIRST CAST!--Mike Seversky stepped out of his house at Papa Fernandez at Bahia Willard on Sunday morning, made one cast, and scored on this nice orangemouth corvina for breakfast. Photo courtesy Doug Magee.

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PENASCO PINTOS--Stuart Burnett with a beautiful pinto bass, or spotted cabrilla, caught on a reef 13 miles south of Puerto Penasco. Photo courtesy Stuart Burnett.

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ISLA TORTUGA WAHOO--Scoring on eight wahoo at the south of end of Isla Tortuga, during a trip on the Sassy Lady out of San Carlos, were (from left) Scotty Lambreth, Chuey Armaya, and John Angvick. Photo courtesy Bill Molden.

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FIRST FISH--Manuel Gerhardus launched his new boat Mamanina out of Las Glorias south of Topolobampo and ran out for a first day's catch of this 100-pound class sailfish. Shown are Gerhardus' uncle Jorge, and family kids Juan Manuel, Claudia and Adrian. Photo courtesy Manual Gerhardus.

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FISH OF A LIFETIME--Robert Ives and Jodi Klein with their 318-pound Puerto Vallarta yellowfin tuna caught with Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures. Photo courtesy Robert Ives.

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OPEN AS USUAL--Don Johnson, with hotel guest Gisela Van Bree, said last week that Mulege's historic Hotel Serenidad is open as usual, despite a recent land title dispute with the local ejido. Photo courtesy Dick Van Bree.

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