Blue marlin and black marlin hot for Zihuatanejo charter boats

Mexico Fishing News, June 13, 2005



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Zihuatanejo reported 80-degree blue water 6 miles outside the bay and offshore action continuing strong for sailfish and excellent blue and black marlin fishing. Inshore fly fishing with Abe Moskow of South Carolina produced nonstop, fish-a-cast action for jacks and black skipjack at White Rocks. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Kunze also reported on his personal survey of the actual blue and black marlin catch during May's excellent run at Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: "...In my opinion, for these last few weeks we have been probably the hottest place in the world for a chance at a blue or black marlin." Kunze found that the small local fleet of about 10 to 12 sportfishing boats per day landed about 121 blues and blacks during the month, and lost about the same number because they were fishing almost exclusively with sailfish gear. The commercial fleet was also estimated to have taken about 161 illegal blue and black marlin for the local market. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO BLUE AND BLACK MARLIN SURVEY RESULTS.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said sailfish action was at two to five fish per day, roosterfish were present in the surf, and "the marlin should hang around until September."

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Stan Lushinsky of Ixtapa Sportfishing Charters said sailfish counts averaged about three per day, and good numbers of blue marlin were also caught, including two blues of 396 and 192 pounds by Capt. Alex of the Grande Jefe. Inshore boats scored on schools of yellowtail jacks, with some big roosterfish mixed in. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather as clear in the high-80s, with winds at 11 m.p.h., and water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.

In other mainland Mexico and Baja fishing action this week:



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Steve Ross reported on a Saturday outing out of Marina Coral for his boat Bad Dog, catching three barracuda and one small yellowtail inside the Punta Banda rocks, and then going outside them for five yellowtail on seven hookups, on fish of 12 to 15 pounds. Ross said the larger fish were caught on iron thrown at "huge spots of foaming yellowtail," with water temperatures at 62.5 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: At Vonny's Fleet, Ivan Villarino said conditions at the tip of Punta Banda were mostly cloudy and overcast in the mid-60s during the week, with 3 to 4-foot ocean swells, and water temperatures averaging 61 degrees. Anglers fishing late in the week on the Vonny I with Capt. Beto and the Vonny III with Capt. Cruz had steady action on about three to four yellowtail per boat, plus limits of calico bass and bottom fish. On Saturday, yellowtail action picked up as Capt. Genaro on the Vonny II got 11 yellowtail for his anglers, and Capt. Cruz got three more on the Vonny III. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said action inside the bay was steady on barracuda, some yellowtail, and good bottom fishing. One boat at the 238 bank reported two albacore, but returned early with seasick passengers. Some yellowtail and hot, but not wide-open, action on log barracuda was found at the Punta Banda tuna pens. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing said he found good late-week action for three anglers from Tijuana, for two yellowtail of 15 and 20 pounds, and limits of barracuda, rockcod, and salmon grouper, all caught on Rapalas and jigs, around Punta Banda, in a water temperature of 67 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Amigo and Tamara fished south of Ensenada and found good bottom fish action and some breezing surface yellowtail at San Jose and San Isidro. White seabass to 40 pounds were reported at Punta Cabras, and medium barracuda and a few yellowtail at the outside reef of Punta Santo Tomas. Water temperatures south of Ensenada averaged 60 degrees. ENSENADA SOUTHERN WATERS FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Antonio Sanchez of Tijuana fished out of La Salina, north of Ensenada, on the private boat Albatros, with a group from Vince's Restaurant in Rosarito, and they caught lots of sculpin, using squid on rockcod rigs, about 240 feet deep. Sanchez said the action was hot for up to three fish per drop, in choppy sea conditions. LA SALINA, ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 27 boats fished last week, for a catch of 11 yellowtail, "muchas" barracudas, and steady rockcod, lingcod, sheephead, whitefish, white seabass, and calico bass. Sea conditions were good all week long, with a water temperature of 59 degrees and clear blue color in the main fishing area 6.5 miles from the coast. Chrome and white jigs worked best on the yellowtail and white seabass.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Sarai Garcia of Don Eddie's Landing reported a heavy marine layer all week, giving way to sun in the afternoons, with air temperatures at 67 degrees, and offshore winds up to 18 knots in the afternoons. Boats fishing at Isla San Martin, the 180 spot, and Ben's Rock, found green water at 59 degrees, and good, steady action for bottom fish including rockcod, bocaccio, whitefish, sheephead to 10 pounds, and two good-sized halibut caught inside the bay. Clear, 61-degree water was 28 miles out. Garcia said all hotels were full, and recommended reservations, especially for the Don Eddie's tournaments on July 2-3 and Sept. 3-4, 2005. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Earlier, Julio Meza of San Quintin, and Alma Barba, anchored at Isla San Martin and got an early start the following morning for three, 15 to 18-pound yellowtail on surface jigs, followed by another 13 pounder and good numbers of calico bass to 6 pounds on Rapalas. Meza said some boats caught yellowtail on trolled live bait between the island and Ben's Rock, and halibut were caught inside the bay. Water temperatures at the island were at 59 to 60 degrees. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Kelly Catian of K&M Offshore Sportfishing reported on a run by the Offshore to Isla San Martin and Ben's Rock, in 59-degree water, for a catch of six yellowtail, one halibut, and some rockfish. Catian said they got into a good bite on halibut at the island: "...Every drift we'd get picked up, but we only landed one due to angler brain-fade." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Jeff Williams of Costa Mesa reported good beach fishing at a spot called "the volcano" about 3 miles south of Erendira, on the remote Baja California coast south of Ensenada. Williams said that in fair conditions, fishing from a series of lava fingers produced about a hookup every other cast on 1 to 3-pound barred surf perch, using sand crabs for bait on light tackle: "Landing the little suckers was a 50/50 proposition at best, but the hookup ratio was such that you were entertained full time." BAJA BEACH FISHING TRIP REPORT.

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Celia Diaz of the Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC) reported on several evacuations from Mexico, involving cases including a child accidentally shot by its father and taken into Mexico, and a man stabbed in Tijuana who managed to call the BEMCC 24-hour emergency number on his cell phone. In an earlier incident, a remote helicopter rescue arranged by BEMCC at Laguna Chapala was cited by the Mexican Coast Guard as the first time they sent a helicopter inland to rescue an American citizen. BEMCC MEXICO EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported on a ferry boat, four-wheel-drive expedition to Magdalena Island, with extraordinary fishing from the rocks at Cabo San Lazaro: "Standing high on a rock, sight casting to big jacks, pargo, snook and white seabass all in the same wave--priceless!" In the mangrove channels, clients settled for leopard grouper and pargo after being bested by snook. Magdalena Bay weather was in the low-70s, with water temperatures at 61 to 71 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 86 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, 80 yellowfin tuna, one dorado, 19 yellowtail, 13 skipjack, three mako shark, six roosterfish, and 23 boats with no luck. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported continued wind coming down the Pacific side, and very cool water temperatures at the tip of Baja: "If you drew a line across the peninsula a few miles above Cabo San Lucas, you would see a 17-degree water temperature difference, with 57 degrees along the Pacific coast and 74 degrees on the Sea of Cortez." Both offshore and inshore boats fished mostly on the Cortez side, for striped marlin, football tuna, and very few dorado. Some yellowtail, and roosterfish to 40 pounds, were caught near shore on the Cortez side. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on a combined 65 fishing days by Gaviota Fleet, and the Fish Cabo, Fish Cabo I, and Blacksheep III, with a catch including released fish of: 19 striped marlin, one sailfish, 67 yellowfin tuna, four dorado, seven roosterfish, one jack crevalle, five sierra, two pargo, and a 200-pound blue marlin. Edwards said fishing was difficult throughout the area due to cool water wrapping around the tip of Baja. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on nine outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: many limits of yellowfin tuna to 35 pounds, two yellowtail to 30 pounds, and three roosterfish to 35 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet said just 35 percent of fleet boats caught marlin last week, and 66 percent landed all species combined: "...Okay anywhere else in the world, but not in Cabo San Lucas." Fishing picked up at the end of the week, Ehrenberg said, as most boats began scoring on billfish again. Pisces boats landed only two dorado for the week, and yellowfin tuna were slower, but with some boats finding up to a dozen footballs. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on six weekend boats, with a catch including released fish of: 16 striped marlin, eight dorado, and one wahoo. Fleet boats fished at the 1150 spot, 95 spot, and outer Gordo Bank.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: eight striped marlin, 120 yellowfin tuna, six dorado, and 12 jacks. The top Solmar boat for the week was the Solmar I with Capt. Federico Marron and a five-outing catch including released fish of: four striped marlin, 42 yellowfin tuna, two dorado, and eight jacks. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers reported super-hot roosterfish action with "300 to 400 fish from 40 to 70 pounds all around the boats" and "200 giant roosterfish charging after your fly." CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 74 pangas from combined La Playita panga fleets, with a catch of: 11 striped marlin, 22 yellowfin tuna, eight dorado, 35 dogtooth snapper, 65 bonita, 70 sierra, 32 African pompano, 115 roosterfish, 45 amberjack, 130 jack crevalle, 90 cabrilla, 220 yellowtail snapper, 80 huachinango, and 110 triggerfish. Overall, Brictson said fishing was inconsistent, as water temperatures ranged from 60 degrees on the Pacific side to 76 degrees northward toward East Cape. Roosterfish action was good at the beaches and surf line, on fish to over 50 pounds. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Luis Duhart of Palmilla Bay Sportfishing said 63 anglers fished in the Neptune Tours/Western Outdoor News event, which was won by three anglers from the Sacramento Fire Department. In first through third places, respectively, were: Jim Lee, 50-pound roosterfish; Joey Curren, 50-pound roosterfish; and Dick George, 49-pound roosterfish. Duhart said the catch also included some snappers to 35 pounds. Many marlin were seen in the main fishing area at the Gordo Banks, but none were hooked during the event. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 571 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 353 striped marlin, eight sailfish, 57 dorado, 799 yellowfin tuna, six wahoo, one pompano, and 15 roosterfish. Moyers also said that the Senorita Bonita, will go into service as a new charter boat for East Cape Smokehouse, with Capt. Paco, on July 1, 2005. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo said last week's catch included striped marlin, a few dorado, small tuna on some days, a few tuna to 30 pounds, and one boat with a broadbill swordfish: "That was pretty exciting!"

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said he caught one blue marlin and two striped marlin last week, and no dorado at all: "Only out in the true middle of the Sea Cortez, where the closest hot water is located, can the full concentrations of fish be continually found. This means offshore 50-plus miles from Los Barriles..." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At La Ribera, Jorge Bergin noted that a few years ago, June had 105-degree weather at East Cape, and over the past weekend he recorded a low of 55 degrees. Three hours of inshore tin boat fishing produced no fish: "...A lot of other empty East Cape sportfishing boats grumbling about the 'cold water.'" EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett said his boat Fat Cat found slow going up north around Isla Cerralvo where scarce mackerel baits were being bought by East Cape boats last week. Burkett said boats that elected to run south to La Ribera after buying bait did better: "Those that tried fishing closer to the bait source, like we did, had fewer opportunities." The Fat Cat also scored on two 25-pound class jack crevalle at its mooring. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said a lack of sardina chum made boat fishing tough last week, and the best opportunities were on the beach, as clients scored on roosterfish and jacks, and guide Josh Dickinson caught another roosterfish right in front of the house. East Cape water temperatures were 68 to 80 degrees, with light breezes. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero said water temperatures were cooler last week and the fishing was up and down: "...The bite was very erratic, with lots of flags one day followed by nearly nothing the next. There are lots of fish in the water, but they don't seem interested in biting." Billfish were spread from Punta Pescadero to Los Frailes, the tuna bite was slower, and dorado were scarce. East Cape water temperatures ranged from 70 degrees at Los Frailes to 76 degrees north at Isla Cerralvo. Angler Charlie Ladas "hooked" a broadbill swordfish when the line somehow wrapped around its middle twice and snagged itself. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said he blanked on marlin last week, but found a wide range of sea life off East Cape, including pods of sperm whales, a 40-foot whale shark, pods of porpoise, and "a number of marlin, all of which were not interested in lures, live bait, or rigged ballyhoo." Inshore water temperatures were still down at about 71 degrees. Up north at Isla Cerralvo, Fritz said local angler "Dos" of Baja Joe's at La Ventana caught 13 wahoo in four days: "He's Mr. Whoo in my book." EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Pat Rose of La Jolla commented on the slow spring offshore fishing this year at East Cape, probably related to cool water temperatures, but she reported on two trips out of Hotel Palmas de Cortez that produced her first striped marlin and also some marlin steaks for her crew: "We had one chunk prepared as ceviche, and marlin steaks made with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cilantro, and barbecued. Delicious. Anyone who says you can't eat marlin never tasted ours!" EAST CAPE FIRST MARLIN REPORT.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported lots of fish in the area, but few willing to hit a bait or lure: "...Although La Paz fishing is tough right now, most would agree that there's a lot of fish in the water...We know the fish are there. You can see them! It feels like La Paz is on the verge of a big fish explosion." Roldan said species teasing anglers last week included marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowtail, big pargo, and some yellowfin tuna. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said fishing was improving daily on the Las Arenas side, in warming weather in the high-80s, light breezes, and with good quantities of bait in the best fishing area at the south end of Isla Cerralvo. Last week's catch included a wide variety of species such as pargos, yellowtail, cabrilla, a good number of wahoo, and a 240-pound marlin caught by anglers with Capt. Hugo. "The main thing is that the fishing is getting better every day, and right now you should fish here with 50 to 80-pound line," Hernandez said. LAS ARENAS, LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Earlier, Jay Britt of West Covina fished with Tortuga Sportfishing and caught plentiful pargo, cabrilla, and roosterfish, although Britt said offshore dorado fishing was slow due to an abundance of squid in the water.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dana Allen of Redwood City and his group fished several days at Bahia de la Ventana out of Baja Joe's, and found good Baja Catch-style action with Jointed Rebels very close to shore on leopard grouper north toward Punta Gorda: "All the fish were very close to shore, like 20 feet. Fishing 100 to 500 feet from the beach got zero fish, surprising." Allen also fished offshore with local resident Dos, and they caught yellowfin tuna and dorado at the 88 spot, plus a 70-pound class wahoo caught by Allen. Marlin and many sailfish were also in the area. Las Arenas side weather was cool, with water temperatures of about 75 degrees. LA VENTANA FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Brad Meister of La Ribera commented on catching two wahoo last week at the south end of Isla Cerralvo, with local angler Dos, of La Ventana: "The wahoo...were caught "0 wahoo 30," meaning early off the island, on Marauders. We were the only boat I saw catch wahoo and there were at least 50 boats in sight." Meister said they trolled Marauders very fast to keep jack crevalle off the lines." ISLA CERRALVO WAHOO FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto said dorado and tuna action last week was "very, very slow." Trolling three days offshore from Punta Lobos to Isla San Ildefonso produced a total catch of: one 30-pound dorado, one sailfish, and one 10-pound yellowtail. Anglers fishing for yellowtail averaged about one to two fish of 25 to 35 pounds at spots including La Lagrima and San Juanico. Loreto weather was mostly calm, with water temperatures at 76 to 80 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said, "No one has been catching what they want, which is dorado. There are some around, but not enough to satisfy the fishermen. Nothing in great numbers. It is warming up and I'm sure that the dorado are just around the corner."

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto fished at midweek with the Carnaderos y Pescadores baitsellers cooperativa and reported: "We fell about 200 baits short of supplying the fleet. It was slow until about 2 a.m., when the macarela came in strong. Too little, too late. We sold out before 6:15 a.m."

LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said dorado remained 45 to over 55 miles out of Loreto: "There are good numbers of dorado out there however, and marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna and wahoo, but they don't feel much like eating. Right now water temperatures are from 76 to 81 degrees." Many boats were fishing 200 to 300 feet deep in selected spots for yellowtail of 20 to over 35 pounds, and local cabrilla and pargo fishing was very productive. LORETO FISHING REPORT.



MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege reported near perfect conditions, with calm mornings, weather in the mid-90s, and water temperatures at the 80-degree mark, but dorado and billfish slow to bite: "Billfish are abundant around Mulege, but they aren't feeding. It's been a frustrating week." Inshore fishing for 5 to 10-pound leopard grouper was productive and steady around Punta Chivato and all points south, plus some larger grouper mixed in. The local Pelican Reef dorado tournament was scheduled June 15-17, 2005. MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos said Santa Rosalia area weather was still cool in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 76 degrees, and 40 feet of visibility. Yellowtail fishing at the local bajos produced some very good action on up to six fish by 9 a.m., but also some slow going. Isla Tortuga continued to produce very good action on sawtail grouper to over 30 pounds, but Kanzler said offshore waters were still mostly empty of dorado: "I found good water but no kelp paddies, no bait fish in the water, no birds working, no nothing, and no dorado. Where are the fish?" SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles reported wide-open surface yellowtail action inside the bay, around Islas Horse Head and Smith, on fish mostly of about 10 pounds, but with some 15 to 25 pounders mixed in. "I know it sounds like a lie from down south, but it is true," Vazquez said. " They are hitting anything you throw to them..." Bahia de los Angeles weather was in the low-80s, with some strong winds. Heavy mackerel and sardina bait was in the bay. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Christopher Bruno of Stockton reported getting into the Isla Smith yellowtail bite last week at Bahia de Los Angeles, after blanking at the other inner islands. Bruno said he caught his fish on trolled Rapalas, and they were all just over 25 inches and 7 to 8 pounds on his scale. Bahia de Los Angeles was windy to 25 knots in the afternoons, and Bruno warned, "...Tin boats need to be cautious." BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Robert Johnson of Alta Loma, and his niece Megan Johnson of New Orleans, fished two days out of Bahia de los Angeles, for a good catch of Humboldt squid, lingcod, cabrilla, triggerfish, some mid-sized grouper, a sheephead, a probable black sea bass lost, and several yellowtail to 35 pounds. Johnson said they fished locally with Capt. Martin out of Guillermo's, and a second day with Capt. Igor Galvan out between Islas Partida and Angel de la Guarda. Water temperatures in the channel were at 65 degrees. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of San Francisquito reported Humboldt squid and white seabass in the area, and yellowtail caught off the beach: "If someone has never caught a yellowtail from the beach, now is the time to go...This is the best fishing down there the whole year thus far." Crenshaw's son, Brant, rowed a kayak out from the resort and caught a yellowtail on iron in 15 minutes. San Francisquito weather was calm in the mid-70s, with no bugs, but some bees. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Celia Castellon of Sea of Cortez Sportfishing reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Celia Angelina, returning to San Felipe on June 9, 2005, with a catch of: 97 yellowtail to 38 pounds; 58 cabrilla to 16 pounds; five pargo to 12 pounds; six baqueta to 40 pounds; and 120 miscellaneous fish. The Celia Angelina fished at Cardenosa, San Esteban, Devil's Point, Refugio, and the Enchanted Islands. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on June 10, 2005, with a catch of: 170 yellowtail, 18 to 28 pounds; four grouper, 40 to 70 pounds; 167 cabrilla, 14 to 22 pounds; 70 squid, 15 to 35 pounds; 18 red snapper, 18 to 23 pounds; 10 broomtail grouper, 9 to 14 pounds; 13 sheephead, 5 to 8 pounds; 88 spotted bay bass; and 60 miscellaneous fish.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe on June 9, 2005, with a catch of: 233 yellowtail, 182 cabrilla, eight grouper of 30 to 33 pounds, 12 leatherback grouper of about 35-pounds, seven pargo, and 85 miscellaneous fish, including yellowtail and cabrilla under 10 pounds. The Erik had one morning and one afternoon fishing session canceled due to winds. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At San Felipe, Catalina Meders of the Title Company Bookstore overlooking the bay, said winds were making the 90-degree heat and 56-percent relative humidity pleasant, but there were whitecaps on the bay. The town was quiet in anticipation of the approaching Fourth of July holiday, and the water temperature in the bay was about 80 degrees. SAN FELIPE TOWN REPORT.



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bob Blair of Fishing San Carlos said he fished for 2 hours at midweek, 8 to 13 miles out of San Carlos, and caught five dorado to 35 pounds and a striped marlin. Seas were calm, with 1 to 2-foot swells and blue color throughout the area. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Earlier, Dave Goulden of Phoenix reported on four days of fishing in variable conditions by Vern Berbeles, between 13 and 25 miles out, on headings of 210 to 220 degrees, for steady dorado, small to 35 pounds, and one wide-open dorado bite 25 miles out that lasted for four hours. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Sean Lawley of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Barr Albrecht, fished on a four-day trip out of San Carlos on Lawley's boat Deal Maker, crossing the Sea of Cortez to the area north of Loreto, and finding generally slow action, but with a few nice dorado and a 75-pound class wahoo in the area between San Juanico and Isla Carmen. Lawley reported flat seas and water temperatures of about 78 degrees. SAN CARLOS-LORETO FISHING TRIP REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Tadeo Hernandez of Flota Bibi Fleet reported on 11 offshore boats with a catch including released fish of: two striped marlin, nine sailfish, and 29 skipjack tuna. Flota Bibi Fleet fished mainly 18 to 25 miles out from the Mazatlan lighthouse marina.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 38 Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: 27 sailfish, nine striped marlin, two dorado, and 208 yellowfin tuna. The private boat Sha Rae caught the season's first blue marlin, a 370 pounder, about 40 miles out. Mazatlan weather was mostly calm in the high-80s, with water temperatures of 77 to 78 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.

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LAS ARENAS HEFTIES--Melody and George Rees fished the southeast corner of Isla Cerralvo with La Paz' Tailhunter International, and Melody caught a nice amberjack and a huge cabrilla on her first saltwater outing. Photo courtesy Jonathan Roldan.

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HOT ON FORKIES--A total of 14 yellowtail came into two Vonny Fleet's pangas at the tip of Ensenada's Punta Banda on Saturday for anglers Paul and Sam Herzog, David Mendez, Joseph Nandino, and Javier Zuniga. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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FILLET TIME!--Anglers (left to right) Denovan Geronilla, Maile Geronilla, and Martin Geronilla of National City fished south of Ensenada at Erendira and celebrated their catch with Castro's Camp Capt. Wicho Torres (second from right). Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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OFFSHORE CATCH--Capt. Kelly Catian's new K&M Offshore Sportfishing boat, the Offshore, with a catch of San Quintin yellowtail from Isla San Martin. Photo courtesy Kelly Catian.

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AT "THE VOLCANO"--Jeff Williams' productive surf perch fishing spot about 3 miles south of Erendira. Photo courtesy Jeff Williams.

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PALMILLA TOURNAMENT WINNER--Jim Lee (left) and his fishing partner landed a 50-pound roosterfish good for first place in the recent Neptune Tours/Western Outdoor News event at San Jose del Cabo. Photo courtesy Luis Duhart.

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FIRST MARLIN--Pat Rose (top right) celebrates her first marlin, with Capt. Julio and deckhand Allan on El Loco II out of East Cape's Hotel Palmas de Cortez. Photo courtesy Pat Rose.

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BIG CERRALVO SKINNY--Dana Allen fished early in the morning with La Ventana angler Dos at the wahoo spot south of Isla Cerralvo and landed this nice skinny on a trolled Marauder. Photo courtesy Dana Allen.

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TORTUGA STILL SAWIN'--Dan Anello and Arron Hill of San Diego fished at Isla Tortuga off Santa Rosalia with Mike Kanzler, and they got into the great sawtail grouper run that's been going on out there for several weeks. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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EASY KAYAK FISHING--Brant Crenshaw paddled his kayak out from the resort at San Francisquito, and was back in 15 minutes with this Midriff area yellowtail caught on a Salas jig. Photo courtesy Roger Crenshaw.

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SOUTH OF MULEGE--Sean Lawley (left) wasn't too sure where his boat Deal Maker was when he and Barry Albrecht caught this 75-pound class wahoo, but it was somewhere between Mulege and Loreto. They cruised to the area from San Carlos on the mainland Cortez coast. Photo courtesy Sean Lawley.

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SOMEWHERE ON THE CORTEZ--Sean Lawley, aboard his boat Deal Maker, caught this beautiful moment in time during a crossing out of San Carlos, somewhere on the Sea of Cortez. Photo courtesy Sean Lawley.

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