Puerto Vallarta fishing kicks out more big tuna

Mexico Fishing News, November 15, 2004



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Boats fishing the offshore banks at Puerto Vallarta scored on more big yellowfin tuna last week, including two 300-pound-plus fish reported caught during a single outing by the Prime Time, and a 221-pound tuna by Stan Vath on his boat Tinknocker.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Capt. Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures reported an epic day aboard the Prime Time with angler Shaun Stevenson and deckhands Trevor and Luis during which they landed two taped and weighed tuna of 303.9 and 307.1 pounds, plus another of about 125 pounds, several more tuna lost on 130-pound spectra, and a 500-pound class black marlin lost. "That was it. We were done, beat up, bleeding, blistered," Temple said. "It was getting dark and we were all in shock...Riding home, things were quiet, very quiet. We were all in our own little world." PUERTO VALLARTA EPIC TUNA DAY, PRIME TIME FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Stan Vath of Oxnard and San Quintin reported two outstanding days of tuna fishing, just before his boat Tinknocker was to depart Puerto Vallarta and cruise to the Gordo Banks at the tip of Baja California. On Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, Vath landed a tuna weighed at 221 pounds at Corbetena, and the next day the Tinknocker scored on tuna of 85.5 and 192.6 pounds, plus four smaller tuna, and a 45-pound wahoo. "There was a lot of bird action and 50 to 100-pound yellowfin tuna jumping and chasing skipjack all around us," Vath said. "This fulfilled a dream, and my long-time friends Larry and Dennis Thompson, Bob Dawson and Don Burnside were an awesome crew to make this happen." Vath said the Tinknocker fished in water at 86 degrees. TINKNOCKER, PUERTO VALLARTA TUNA FISHING TRIP REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Hugh Cobb and Mike Mercado of Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle in Oceanside fished at Barra de Navidad, south of Puerto Vallarta, and found so-so action for three days. "Pangas are picking only two to five dorado per day," Cobb said. "We had several encounters with sails, but could not seem to keep them on." Cobb said the dorado ran mostly 18 to 40 pounds, and there were reports of a few wahoo caught on the troll just outside the bay. Commercial long liners were taking sailfish and many dorado.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Larry Van Rickley of Bonita, and Teresa Castillas Cota, fished three days on three different boats out of Puerto Vallarta, and were skunked their first day, caught one dorado their second day, and finally scored on two sailfish their third day on the Desca with Capt. Augustine and deckhand Domingo. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Earlier, Kim Moore of Charter Dreams reported most boats scoring on two to five sailfish per day at El Moro: "We are all just hoping this action will stick around for the Puerto Vallarta Sailfish Tournament Nov. 18-20."

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



PUNTA BANDA, ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas fishing at the tip of Punta Banda continued to find flurries of yellowtail, plus limits of rockcod and lingcod, in generally good sea conditions, with 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, light afternoon winds, and water temperatures averaging 62 degrees. Among anglers limiting last week was Richard Kubota of Davis, who fished with Capt. Beto on the Vonny I. On Saturday, Steve Stonebraker of Yorba Linda and his group caught six yellowtail and limits of barracuda and bonita on the Vonny I.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross reported on a Saturday rockcod trip to the Punta Banda bank by his boat Bad Dog out of Marina Coral, with a catch of "tons of whitefish everywhere," one widow rockfish, a few reds, and no lingcod or bocaccio. Ross fished with new San Diego Anglers club member Juan Lu Cardona Sepulveda, in blue water, with 2 to 3-foot ocean swells and a water temperature in the low-60s.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said local action in the bay was steady on bonita at University Point and bottom fish at El Bajo. On Saturday, Capt. Memo Gomez of the panga El Dorado reported excellent bottom fishing at the Soledad bank for full limits of red rockcod, lingcod, and salmon grouper. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Lily Fleet, Sammy Susarrey reported that the Amigo fished at the end of the week, in clean 60-degree water, south at the San Jose reef for good action on lingcod, large calico bass, and a couple of 20-pound class white seabass. The fishing was about 100 feet deep, and most fish were caught on frozen squid and root beer or orange Scampis.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Joe Ludka of Long Beach, his son Little Joe, and Eric Kiel fished with Capt. Mario on the Clipper II out of Sergio's Sportfishing Center, and averaged about five fish per rod, with eight anglers on board, fishing around Punta Banda and La Bufadora. "We caught some nice lingcod and bonito, with a couple of sculpin and rockfish," Ludka said. "We love Mario. He's fished Ensenada for 28 years, and if anyone knows where the fish are, he does." ENSENADA FISHING TRIP REPORT.



LA BOCANA, PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Paul Montgomery of Vista, and Tom Kingsley fished several days while staying at the village of La Bocana, just south of Puerto Santo Tomas, and Montgomery reported very good bottom fishing action with bait, on quality red rockcod and lingcod, large whitefish, and a couple of large sheephead, while fishing with independent pangueros Jorge and Ramon. They fished mainly off Punta China and Punta San Jose, and also trolled back for bonito. "Lots of rocks at all the spots we stopped on," Montgomery said. "Trying to use iron became an exercise in frustration and very expensive, so we pretty much stuck to bait." LA BOCANA, PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING TRIP REPORT.



CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp at Erendira said he had 17 pangas fishing during the week, in 60-degree water, for six yellowtail, one small white seabass, and many red rockcod, whitefish, cabrilla, barracuda and bonita. Erendira had afternoon winds during the week, but excellent sea conditions returned on Saturday, as boats fished 3 to 7 miles from the coast, from the surface down to about 180 feet, for the rockcod. CASTRO'S CAMP, ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Capt. Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing said he ran into rough conditions Saturday with Ron and Mark Mayeda of San Clemente and Chris Hendrickson of Mission Viejo, after they fished south at Socorro for good results on bonita, barracuda, and sandbass. On Sunday, they decided to go out again, and found excellent, glassy sea conditions at the 240 spot, and they made drift after drift for rockcod, lingcod, bonita, and one yellowtail, while fishing about 260 feet deep in 63-degree water. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

Earlier, Catian reported excellent bottom fish action on vermillion rockfish, canary rockfish, whitefish, lingcod, and large cowcod, while fishing about 280 feet deep at a spot called Los Volcanes between Ben's Rock and the 15 spot. "The average depth is 380-plus feet, but there is a pinnacle that rises to 280 feet," Catian said. "Not many people have fished it...due to depth." SAN QUINTIN COWCOD FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said he had 10 boats out during the week, fishing south in windy conditions for sandbass and small rockcod, until the winds calmed down on Saturday. All boats were getting bottom fish limits at the 240 and 180 spots, but no white seabass or yellowtail. By the weekend, boats were running north to Isla San Martin to look for yellowtail again. "As of Sunday morning, the winds have stopped completely," Hillis said. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said Jamie Pierre of Seattle and his group fished around the San Carlos entrada in good conditions for a variety of species including leopard grouper, pompano, yellowtail, halibut, and cabrilla. Fishing the mangrove channels was tougher, due to west wind and currents, but they caught some corvina and pompano. The group was moving north to Puerto Lopez Mateos to fish offshore at the Thetis Bank on the Mag Bay Outfitters 26-foot catamaran Mar Gato. Magdalena Bay weather was party cloudy in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees.

PUERTO LOPEZ MATEOS, MEXICO: At Puerto Lopez Mateos, Graham said Mag Bay Outfitters reported good offshore action at the Thetis Bank on tuna, dorado, and a few wahoo, until storms brought rough conditions late in the week. Inshore fishing was good on black sea bass to 60 pounds and several grouper to 40 pounds. In the esteros, two snook, pargo, and limits of corvina were caught. On Sunday, Baja On The Fly anglers caught skipjack, dorado, and a few yellowfin tuna 9 miles out of Puerto Lopez Mateos. MAGDALENA BAY FLY FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., said the San Felipe panga mothership Erik fished on its second of three Magdalena Bay trips this year, Nov. 5-12, 2004, and found rough conditions with 15 anglers, but still managed a catch of: 197 tuna, five wahoo, seven grouper including one of about 40 pounds, 50 yellowtail, 12 dorado, and many bonito. Due to heavy sea conditions, the boat's pangas were not used offshore, and anglers trolled from the Erik instead. Casey Bayless caught a 75-pound class wahoo, and Bill Hudson also caught a mako shark estimated at 200 to 250 pounds. ERIK, MAGDALENA BAY PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING TRIP REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said fishing remained rather quiet for all species except dorado last week, as only 31 percent of fleet boats landed billfish, and only 14 percent found yellowfin tuna. The best numbers were for dorado, as 91 percent of fleet boats averaged about four dorado per day of about 15 to 35 pounds. The best fishing was on the Pacific side, around the Jaime and Golden Gate banks, in water temperatures averaging 78 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Earlier, Ehrenberg reported slow billfish and tuna fishing during the W.O.N. Tuna Tournament, with just 22 percent of fleet boats scoring on sailfish or marlin, and only 16 percent catching tuna. Dorado action was basically wide-open, with 88 percent of charters averaging six fish per outing, led by John Mealey of Portland and his group, with a one-day catch-and-release count of 34 dorado. Cabo San Lucas weather was near perfect, with mostly calm seas and water temperatures averaging 80 degrees. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on five outings by the Juanita VIII, with a catch including released fish of: one sailfish, one yellowfin tuna, and 22 dorado. Cabo weather was mostly sunny in the high-80s, with cooler water temperatures of 78 to 79 degrees, and the best fishing was found on the Pacific side around the Golden Gate and Jaime Banks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Al Scarpello and his wife Lisa of Valley Center fished on the Bad Medicine out of Cabo Villas and reported great service and totally wide-open dorado action, plus one football tuna and a striped marlin on the way in, in 80-degree, very calm water, on the Pacific side in the Golden Gate and Jaime Bank area. "It was a real feeding frenzy," Scarpello said. "We don't even know how many we caught. We were releasing them as fast as we were catching them." CABO SAN LUCAS SUPER-HOT DORADO FISHING TRIP REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said some striped marlin were found in small groups, from 3 to about 15 miles off the cape, and 20-pound average yellowfin tuna showed up at the end of the week, from the arch up to the Golden Gate bank. Inshore fishing was still slow on sierra, roosterfish, jacks, and snappers. Cabo San Lucas sea conditions were generally good, with water temperatures of 79 to 80 degrees close in, and some 82-degree water about 10 miles out. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



LA PLAYITA, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas said the arrival of winter-like winds caused mixed water conditions and limited fishing for the La Playita panga fleet last week, as fish counts slowed down in dropping water temperatures of about 75 to 78 degrees. Bait supplies were off-and-on in mixed shore conditions, as pangas fished for medium yellowfin tuna, dorado, and numerous skipjack tuna. A notable catch for the week was a weighed 407-pound black marlin caught on 40-pound line by Forrest, Michele and Steven Packard of San Marcos on the panga Alicia with Gordo Banks Pangas' Capt. Jesus. LA PLAYITA, SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

LA PLAYITA, MEXICO: Richard Castaneda of Cass Tours said 25 anglers fished during his Wahoo Hunt trip with Gordo Banks Pangas, finding slow action on wahoo, but lots of football to medium yellowfin tuna, and some dorado. The winning anglers this year were: Joel Peck of Anaheim with an 80-pound tuna; Brian Yamane of Cypress with a 27-pound wahoo; and Richard Stone of Las Vegas with a 24-pound dorado. Pangas fished up and down the coast, and the larger tuna were caught on trolled and chunk bonita at the Gordo Banks. WAHOO HUNT SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING TRIP REPORT.

LA PLAYITA, MEXICO: Ray Madrid of Long Beach fished with the Cass Tours wahoo group, and reported, "wahoo were almost nonexistent," but boats fishing north and south out of La Playita caught up to 16 yellowfin tuna each, on fish of 8 to 18 pounds. At the Gordo Banks, larger tuna, including a 60 pounder caught by Madrid, hit best on chunk bait and 60-pound line. San Jose del Cabo weather was moderately windy in the afternoons, with 2 to 4-foot swells and white caps. LA PLAYITA PANGA FISHING TRIP REPORT.

PUNTA PALMILLA, MEXICO: John Migeot of Mission Viejo and Joe Horvath had two good fishing days out of Punta Palmilla with Capts. Jesus and Ramon, and they found steady action for five dorado of 10 to 30 pounds plus three tuna on their first day, and five larger dorado of 20 to 40 pounds on their second day. Migeot said their biggest dorado dove through the air and crashed a live bonita that they had trolled for only about 10 yards. After fishing at San Jose del Cabo, they continued their trip with two more days of fishing out of Rancho Leonero at East Cape. PUNTA PALMILLA PANGA FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: San Jose del Cabo species fishing specialist John Snow of San Diego completed an eight-day surf and panga fishing trip and reported a total of 33 species, including at least one and possibly two new ones, Wintersteen croaker and skipjack tuna. Other species caught or netted included: northern anchovy, reef cornetfish, longfin croaker, dorado, burrito grunt, flatiron herring, yellowfin herring, Mexican hogfish, bigeye jack, green jack, bullseye puffer, longnose puffer, giant Mexican needlefish, Mexican night sergeant, African pompano, gafftopsail pompano, bridled san perch, bigeye scad, red scorpionfish, sergeant major, black skipjack, dog snapper, blue and gold snapper, red snapper, yellow snapper, goldeneye tilefish, finescale triggerfish, orangeside triggerfish, yellowfin tuna, banded wrasse, emerald wrasse, and sunset wrasse. Water temperatures averaged about 78 degrees. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SURF AND PANGA SPECIES FISHING TRIP REPORT.

LA PLAYITA, MEXICO: Jim Tolbert of Baja Books and Maps at San Jose del Cabo reported a brush fire that broke out on Monday at the San Jose del Cabo estuary near the new marina project. Tolbert said the estuary wildlife refuge was damaged and local media stated that the fire appeared to be of suspicious origin. "When I first observed the fire just before 3 p.m. from the second floor of my home directly across from the Puerto los Cabos sales office, it was evident that this fire had begun in more than just one spot," Tolbert said. SAN JOSE DEL CABO REPORT.



BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 53 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, seven striped marlin, 39 sailfish, 103 dorado, 22 tuna, six snapper, eight bonita, two triggerfish, 22 skipjack, and one rainbow runner. Fleet boats fished about 15 to 35 miles out, from Punta Arena north to El Cardonal, in water temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: At Rancho Buena Vista, Tami Mouyeos reported on 23 boats, with a catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, three blue marlin, seven sailfish, 68 dorado, 28 tuna, and one wahoo.

RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: John Migeot of Mission Viejo and Joe Horvath fished two days at San Jose del Cabo before moving to Rancho Leonero and fishing one day on a panga and a second day on a cruiser, for a total catch of four dorado of 8 to 35 pounds, and a striped marlin released off Punta Pescadero. "The winds kept us from snorkeling and kayaking, but we still had a wonderful trip and met some great folks," Migeot said. "The food at the ranch was awesome and the hospitality unequaled." EAST CAPE FISHING TRIP REPORT.

RANCHO LEONERO, MEXICO: Gary Barnes-Webb of Rancho Leonero said intermittent north winds blew last week, and East Cape weather was in the 80s, with water temperatures at about 80 degrees. The catch included striped marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, sierra and roosterfish. Dorado were mostly 7 to 11 pounds, close inshore, and yellowfin tuna fishing was slower on 5 to 10-pound fish plus some larger ones off Cabo Pulmo. RANCHO LEONERO, EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "North winds beat us up pretty good this week." East Cape weather was in the high-70s, with water temperatures of 78 to 83 degrees, as guides found good inshore action on ladyfish, plus a large roosterfish lost in surf caused by wind waves. On billfish, Graham said, "Not much to talk about this week." EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

BUENA VISTA, MEXICO: Mark Rayor of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said on Friday, "After several days of brutal north wind we are now experiencing some beautiful weather." Diving conditions were excellent at the Cabo Pulmo reef, with good visibility and 79 to 80 degrees at depth. Manta rays, recently scarce, returned and were seen under water and jumping on the surface.

LA RIBERA, MEXICO: George Bergin of La Ribera said Dutch species fishing specialist Peter Langstraat was at East Cape and visited him with photos of some unknown species. Earlier, Bergin fished with two other anglers about 300 meters off his beach and they scored on 12 sierra, using gold hoochies.

LOS BARRILES, MEXICO: Gary Leeper, back for the winter at Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, reported most boats fishing north in wind for mostly smaller dorado of 4 to 8 pounds, plus some blue marlin and sailfish mixed in. Leeper said he saw no tuna. Mackerel bait was available daily, but sardina only south at La Ribera and Los Frailes. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

Earlier, Leeper reported "lots of dorado along the boat line here at Los Barriles, in fact, more than I have seen before in a concentrated area." Leeper said the hotel cruisers were coming back with nice catches of small dorado and small tuna, plus an occasional marlin or sailfish.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tail Hunter International said dorado fishing was good on both sides of the hill last week, as long as the north wind wasn't blowing: "When the winds are down, limits are the rule rather than the exception with lots of quality fish between 10 and 50 pounds." Roldan said he fished one morning on the La Paz side and released 25 dorado to 45 pounds before noon. On the Las Arenas side, dorado were on the buoys running down to Punta Pescadero. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Gerardo Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said action on the Las Arenas side was good last week for dorado and many smaller tuna caught around Ensenada de los Muertos, Punta Perico, and out around the south end of Isla Cerralvo. "In general the anglers that went out this week were happy that we had such good fishing again," Hernandez said. Las Arenas weather was cooler in the low-80s, with intermittent north winds on some days, and water temperatures holding at 78 to 80 degrees. A good supply of sardina bait continued to be available. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LAS ARENAS, MEXICO: Bob Bergman of Long Beach and Jerry Clements of Foothill Ranch fished three days with Tortuga Sportfishing for a catch of: 18 dorado, 10 to 28 pounds; 11 yellowfin tuna, 11 to 13 pounds; two pargo lisa, 9 pounds; two pargo mulato, 8 pounds; and 14 dog snapper to 5 pounds. Bergman said the weather was calm in the high-80s, and they fished with Capt. Jorge mostly right around the old Hotel las Arenas. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING TRIP REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Don Ballentine of San Isidro, south of Ensenada de los Muertos, said he took his daughter Randi Pewnzer and her friend Adda Sherman out about 6 miles in front of his house in his 15-foot tin boat, and they caught a marlin that could not be released. "There does seem to be a few fish around. Lots of bait," Ballentine said. "The weather has been a little rough for a small aluminum boat, but hopefully it will lay down...Baja is the greenest we have ever seen it. Rain came in small doses, which is great for the plant life." SAN ISIDRO, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto, and Fabrizio Marangoni of Thousand Oaks and Nopolo, fished on Monday and Friday with Capt. Paulino Martinez around Punta Perico for a total catch of: eight cabrilla to 12 pounds, one dorado, and 19 triggerfish. "For all intents and purposes, the dorado are gone for the year, or so it seems," Bear said. Loreto water temperatures were about 78 degrees, but one spot of 80.2 degrees was found, although it held no dorado. Strong northwest winds knocked out midweek fishing from Tuesday through Thursday, but seas were flat on Saturday. LORETO FISHING TRIP REPORTS.

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, MEXICO: Ed Kammer of Gold Beach, Ore., reported on two days of jointed Rebel lure fishing out of Puerto Escondido, for a catch of: three dorado, 15 pounds and smaller; five sierra, 5 pounds; and a few barracuda mixed in. Kammer fished from his 15-foot boat, trolling jointed blue-silver Rebels from Punta Coyote to Juncalito: "...Interesting thing is catching sierra, nice 5 pounders, and dorado, 15 pounds and down, in the same area, on the same lure, on the same day...The desert is as green as I have ever seen it, even greener than after the hurricane last year." PUERTO ESCONDIDO, LORETO FISHING TRIP REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Jeff Petersen of Loreto fished at night with the Carnaderos baitsellers, in 75.8 to 76.2-degree water, and said the action was unusually slow for pargo and cabrilla, but beautiful, with the lights of the mainland visible across the Sea of Cortez: "With the darkness of the night, saw light halos of Guaymas, Ciudad Obregón, Navajoa and Topolobampo. Everyone should try nights on the water in Loreto."



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported unfishable winds on some days, but good fishing for dorado and yellowtail when boats found flat water. Yellowtail were generally caught deep, at Isla San Marcos, Punta Chivato, Islas Santa Inez, and Punta Concepcion, and dorado were scattered in all directions, in water temperatures reported at about 75 to 77 degrees. "All the action this time of the year hinges on the weather," Barber said. Notable catches for the week included six dorado to about 20 pounds at Punta Concepcion by Tom Leach and Wayne Beck, and a nice leopard grouper that hit a MirrOlure for Marty Robinson in about 25 feet of water off the southwest corner of Isla Santa Inez. MULEGE FISHING TRIP REPORTS.

LA POSADA, MEXICO: Mike Massey of La Posada relayed a report that Dieter and Pancho got four dorado on Saturday in 78-degree water, and also did well on "mucho" dorado a few days before.



SAN LUCAS COVE, MEXICO: Alan Lewis of San Lucas Cove said inshore action continued good for about half-a-dozen tin boats and one Porta-Boat fishing out of the lagoon, on leopard grouper, good-sized corvina, small yellowtail, 3 to 7-pound pargo, sierra, bonito, and the usual spotted bay bass, in 77-degree water. Dorado of 5 to 12 pounds were caught just off Haystack and in the channel, but boats braving the winds to fish Isla San Marcos returned with just a few big yellowtail plus some nice cabrilla and goldspotted bass. Bait was plentiful just outside the mouth of the cove. SAN LUCAS COVE, SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

ISLA SAN MARCOS, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said he was taking a few weeks off for a trip Stateside, and noted that on Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2004, he will be a guest on Pete Gray's popular "Let's Talk Hookup" radio show an AM 1090, and would undoubtedly be discussing his super-hardcore yellowtail techniques, developed during over ten years of almost daily fishing at the isla.



SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: John Robinson of Ramona reported from La Paz on a run to San Francisquito to fish with Capt. Juan for a catch of: eight yellowtail and one dorado of 12 pounds. Robinson said the road from Mex 1 as far as Bahia de los Angeles was "like new all the way."

SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of Chula Vista relayed a report from Beto Lucero at Caleta San Francisquito saying that J.L. Terry caught 13 large yellowtail early in the week, in good conditions, with a slight north wind. The water temperature was 76 to 78 degrees, and there were also lots of squid in the area, but no dorado seen.

SAN FRANCISQUITO, MEXICO: On Sunday, 20-pound yellowtail were reported out of Caleta San Francisquito, as anglers getting in on the bite included J. L. Terry, Peter Rauhala, and Gary and Terry Marcer.



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 Nov. 4, 2004, with a catch of: 220 yellowtail, 10 to 13 pounds; 12 cabrilla, 10 to 11 pounds; 223 sierra, 4 to 6 pounds; two manta ray, 150 to 225 pounds; four grouper, 35 to 50 pounds; three black seabass, 35 to 77 pounds; 11 white seabass, 11 to 18 pounds; 61 red snapper, 4 to 6 pounds; 48 spotted bay bass; five shark, 50 to 99 pounds; and two grouper released, 20 pounds.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay said conditions were very windy on Sunday, with air and water temperatures both at about 68 degrees, a lot of dust in the air, and some sprinkles on Saturday. The annual Snow Bird Festival was scheduled Nov. 26, 2004, and the Baja 1000 race was to pass through town on Thursday. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos said, "It's safe to say the summer bite is over and the hunt for yellowtail is on." Some unconfirmed yellowfin tuna were reported seen 11 miles out at 180 degrees, but Molden said, "The arrival and departure of the tuna will be swift. Water temperatures are dropping like a rock, low-70s...break out the iron and get to jiggin' with it."



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on five boats, with a catch including released fish of: 13 sailfish, 70 dorado to 37 pounds, two shortfin mako shark, 10 skipjack tuna, and one "bacoca" grouper. One boat accounted for 27 dorado, with many caught on a dead turtle. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 73 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 183 sailfish, four striped marlin, 137 yellowfin tuna, 101 dorado, one wahoo, and two shark. Inshore pangas also did well on roosterfish, pargo, triggerfish, and mojarra, in good sea conditions and water temperatures of 76 to 79.5 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: At Marina el Cid, Yomahira Aguirre said 29 boats were fishing in the Billfish Classic Tournament, and the best fishing area was 25 miles southwest of the marina.



IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo said offshore fishing conditions improved suddenly on Saturday after a period of slow action, as blue, 80-degree water moved back to within five miles of the beach and some dorado were caught. Inshore fishing was very good to outstanding as Capt. Santiago on the Gitana scored on six roosterfish at Troncones, and Capt. Adolpho on the Dos Hermanos had a two-day catch, 45-miles south, of: 18 roosterfish of 30 to 45 pounds, 17 jack crevalle of 15 to 25 pounds, and six sailfish. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said, "The past week was rather poor. The currents were doing some unusual patterns. Then everything settled down and things look good for the coming week. The roosterfish moved a bit further south, but if you are willing to travel there are some nice fish in the surf."

IXTAPA—ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as partly cloudy in the mid-80s, with water temperatures of 80 to 83 degrees. Baja On The Fly's "Sails and Tails" catch-and-release sailfish tournament was scheduled for Dec. 3-7, 2004, and a couple of spots were available due to some last-minute cancellations.

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TUNA 611 POUNDS!--Capt. Josh Temple (right) and deckhand Trev with two huge yellowfin tuna taped and weighed at 303.9 and 307.1 pounds, caught on the same day last week on Temple's Puerto Vallarta charter boat Prime Time. Photo courtesy Josh Temple.

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HOT SATURDAY MORNING--Steve Stonebraker, Michael Gorman, and Greg Theron fished at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda this weekend on a Vonny's Fleet panga for six of these nice yellowtail, plus limits of barracuda and bonita. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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PUNTA CHINA CATCH--Paul Montgomery fished with Tom Kingsley at Punta China, just south of Puerto Santo Tomas, for plenty of bottom fish, including some nice sheephead. They fished with Capts. Jorge and Ramon. Photo courtesy Paul Montgomery.

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SAN QUINTIN BOTTOM CATCH--Ron and Mark Mayeda of San Clemente and Chris Hendrickson of Mission Viejo with a nice bunch of red rockcod and lingcod caught out of San Quintin last week with K&M Offshore Sportfishing. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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CABO DODO FRENZY--Lisa Scarpello and her husband Al of Valley Center fished on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas and got into an unlimited dorado frenzy on the Bad Medicine, releasing uncountable fish and keeping a couple of nice ones. Photo courtesy Al Scarpello.

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HUGE PANGA BLACK MARLIN--This 407-pound black marlin was caught last week by Forrest, Michele and Steven Packard of San Marcos with Capt. Jesus of Gordo Banks Pangas, on 40-pound tackle. They slow trolled a skipjack at the Gordo Banks off San Jose del Cabo. Photo courtesy Eric Brictson.

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HOT AT EAST CAPE--Doug Wall and his family from San Diego had a great East Cape fishing day on Buena Vista Beach Resort's boat Vanessa with Capt. Santiago. Their catch including released fish was: 14 dorado, five tuna, and seven bonita. Photo courtesy Axel Valdez.

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FIRST STRIPER--Joe Horvath and John Migeot fished out of East Cape's Rancho Leonero and Horvath released his first striped marlin, off Punta Pescadero. Photo courtesy John Migeot.

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HARDCORE FIGHT--Brian Lazier whipped this 30-pound dorado after his reel tore off its seat during the fight and had to be tied back on with string, and then blew out a side plate, and finally, had its handle freeze up. He fished with La Paz' Tail Hunter International. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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NICE MULEGE CABRILLA--With some nice leopard grouper, or cabrilla, caught near Mulege last week, were (from left), Ralph Lane, Marty Robinson, and Marlin Larsen. The big one was caught by Robinson with a trolled MirrOlure in 25 feet of water at Isla Santa Inez. Photo courtesy Rick Barber.

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NOVEMBER MIDRIFF YELLOWTAIL--With a nice haul of yellowtail caught in the hot bite going on last week at Caleta San Francisquito were (from left) Terry Marcer, Gary Marcer and Peter Rauhala. Photo courtesy Rochelle Terry.

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MAZATLAN DODO--Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet with a nice 37-pound dorado caught last week out of Mazatlan. At 5-feet 1-inch long, Hernandez said it was the longest dorado caught this season by Flota Bibi Fleet. Photo courtesy Tadeo Hernandez.

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