Albacore fishing is steady off Baja coast at Ensenada

Mexico Fishing News, July 11, 2005



ENSENADA, MEXICO: Local yellowtail action was slower, but offshore boats fishing out of Ensenada found a steady pick on albacore last week, including some limits.

Steve Ross said his boat Bad Dog fished out of Marina Coral on Saturday, in blue water at the 238 spot, for easy albacore limits by himself and Marinero Alex "Jando" Ruiz. Seas were 3 to 5 feet, with 5 knots of wind, and a water temperature of 63.5 degrees.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: On Friday, Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet reported the Tamara with 18 albacore to 25 pounds, with six anglers, at GPS numbers 31.24 117.26. "Today most boats from Ensenada came back with three to four fish per rod," Susarrey said. On Thursday the Tamara scored on two albacore per rod about 34 miles out of Marina Coral, and other albacore were reported 42 miles out, in clean water at 62.3 degrees. Anchovy and medium sardina bait was available at Gordo's and Mike's. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Gerardo Sanchez of KCHTS Sportfishing said on Saturday that boats fishing the 295 and 220 spots offshore did well on albacore and some bluefin tuna, in calm conditions and water temperatures averaging 64 degrees. Local fishing in the bay was slower for a few barracuda, and some limits on bottom fish and lingcod. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Memo Gomez of El Dorado Sportfishing reported four trolled albacore between 35 and 40 pounds, fishing with four anglers around the 238 spot in 65-degree water. A 30-pound yellowtail was also caught on a kelp paddy.

ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda had up-and-down fishing for some limits of lingcod, sandbass, rockcod, and calico bass, in water temperatures averaging 61 degrees, light breezes, and ocean swells of 2 to 3 feet.



PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Paul Montgomery of Vista and Todd Snyder fished four days with Capt. Ramon at La Bocana, just south of Puerto Santo Tomas, and reported an excellent catch of rockfish, lingcod, and sheephead, in windy conditions and 58-degree water, 200 to 250 feet deep, 3 to 5 miles off shore. Big schools of pinhead anchovies were in the area and the fish were full of them. Montgomery commented on the new launch ramp under construction at Puerto Santo Tomas: "It is so far above the water level that I don't think it will ever be finished." LA BOCANA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Ken Jones of Long Beach fished in howling wind just before the Fourth of July out of Puerto Santo Tomas for an assortment of rockfish and bottom fish, but said, "It was not easy fishing by any means." Taking the trail north from the resort, Jones also caught a couple of cabezon for dinner, but said, "the waves were crashing and the wind was roaring," and he cautioned hikers to beware of snakes. Jones also reported being hit for mordida in Tijuana for the third trip in a row. PUERTO SANTO TOMAS FISHING AND TIJUANA MORDIDA REPORT.

PUERTO SANTO TOMAS, MEXICO: Other visitors to the Santo Tomas area reported that the local tuna pen operation suffered damage from rough weather and was not in operation. The local sea urchin fishing season had begun, lessening commercial trapping and netting pressure. Government funding for the launch ramp projected was apparently on hold, pending design modifications.



ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 28 boats fished during the week, six miles out in clear, 60.6-degree water, for four yellowtail, eight lingcod, red rockcod, white seabass, whitefish, and sheephead. Erendira weather was good all week, and lots of bait was present in the area. "There are lots of fish on the bottom, " Castro said. "We are seeing lots of big fish." ERENDIRA FISHING REPORT.



SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Ana Perez of Don Eddie's Landing reported water temperatures dropping to 53 degrees along shore and 65 degrees 24 miles out, and a commercial boat radioing in a report of tuna schools 20 miles northwest of Isla San Martin on Sunday. Hotels were full last week and most pangas fished for good results on bottom fish. The July 3, 2005, winners of the Don Eddie's San Quintin Fishing Tournament were: First Place, Mark Smith, halibut, 50.06 pounds; Second Place, Tom Parilla, yellowtail, 31.04 pounds; and Third Place, Roberto Castro, lingcod, 18.07 pounds. SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Pete Hillis of Pedro's Pangas said he had 10 boats fishing during the week, in good sea conditions, for yellowtail at the 15 and 240 spots and, "Everyone stocked up on all the lings and reds they could handle." Hillis said midweek reservations are still no problem, but weekend bookings should be made early.

SAN QUINTIN, MEXICO: Erik Landesfeind of Long Beach and Rachel Baker fished two days out of Pedro's Pangas, with Capt. Hector on the Romey, and they scratched out three yellowtail of 15 to 22 pounds in 53-degree water at Isla San Martin, plus a big catch one day on 5 to 15-pound lingcod and a 13-pound sheephead at the 6 spot. Fishing the second day was slower in cold, dirty water for about 10 lingcod. Landesfeind said, "If the wind stops blowing...I imagine that things will bust loose down there. I want to thank Pete and Hector from Pedro's Pangas for the professional service that they continually provide." SAN QUINTIN FISHING REPORT.



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos, made another trip across to the Pacific side of Baja and fished in the Torneo de Pesca Isla de Cedros yellowtail benefit tournament on Cedros Island. Kanzler reported 51 anglers in 18 teams, and top prizes awarded for largest single fish and most total weight of yellowtail caught. Winning the big fish category for the one-day event were the team of Capt. Jose Arce, Genaro Ibarra Mitchel, Ricardo Duarte, and Rual Zuñiga with a 44-pound yellowtail. Winning the total weight category was the team of Capt. Martin Muñoz, Daniel Lopez Romero, Rafael Garcia Vizcaino, Toshikazu Kawabe, and Carlos Ivan Garces, with an amazing 44-fish, 9-hour catch on artificials, of 727.5 pounds. All proceeds and fish were donated to benefit a new road on the island. CEDROS ISLAND FISHING TOURNAMENT REPORT.



MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said wide-open dorado and yellowfin tuna were reported by Bob Hoyt outside Boca de Soledad, off Puerto Lopez Mateos: "Add a few degrees to the sea temperature and the ocean explodes." Magdalena Bay water temperatures were at 62 to 71 degrees, and inshore fishing also produced corvina, grouper, and pargo. Graham said a Magdalena Bay cabrilla tournament was in the planning stages. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.

MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Diana Hoyt of Mag Bay Outfitters said conditions at Puerto Lopez Mateos were perfect, with no wind.



CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 85 boats, with a catch including released fish of: 21 striped marlin, 92 yellowfin tuna, 15 dorado, one wahoo, one red snapper, one cabrilla, one jack crevalle, and 25 boats skunked. "Conditions on the Sea of Cortez as well as the Pacific side were challenging as the winds from all directions made for lots of chop and some 3 to 5-foot waves and swells," Garcia said. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing reported generally slow fishing for all offshore and inshore species and cooler water in the 60s and 70s on the Pacific side and around the tip of Baja out to about 20 miles: "Fingers are crossed that the cold water goes away and the winds die down." CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported cooler weather, water temperatures at about 72 degrees, and generally sluggish fishing for all species both inshore and offshore. Just 37 percent of Pisces charters landed billfish, and 70 percent caught all species combined. Top catches for the week included a shortbilled spearfish released by the La Brisa, a 400-pound class blue marlin by Ensueno, and a quadruple striped marlin release for Rebecca. Pisces boats fished in all directions. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 51 outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 22 striped marlin, seven dorado, and 47 yellowfin tuna. The Fish Cabo reported a broadbill swordfish lost after a fight lasting 8.5 hours. Most boats found the best fishing on the Pacific side, in variable water temperatures, from the Jaime Bank to about 30 miles off Cabo Falso. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Charlie Whitesell of Cabo San Lucas reported two days of slow fishing, from the cruiser Marisol III and panga Cheers, with four marlin, a wahoo, and a mako shark seen, but none hooked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Ty Miller of Bisbee's El Fuerte Sportfishing reported marlin, wahoo, a few dorado, and some good action on tuna, 26 to 40 miles out on headings of 180 to 220 degrees. Brandon Parker and his group caught 10 tuna of 30 to 60 pounds and lost a much larger one at the boat. Earlier, wahoo of 50 to 70 pounds were caught 16 miles out. 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: eight striped marlin, one 15-pound dorado, two 45-pound dorado, and six yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on one late week boat, with a catch including released fish of: one striped marlin, one dorado, and two yellowfin tuna.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a fleet catch including released fish of: 39 striped marlin, 62 yellowfin tuna, three Humboldt squid, 14 sierra, and four roosterfish. The top Solmar boat for the week was the Solmar III with Capt. Jose Cecna and a six-outing score including released fish of: nine striped marlin, 42 yellowfin tuna, six dorado, two roosterfish, and three Humboldt squid. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.



SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Species fishing specialist John Snow of San Jose del Cabo reported on an exceedingly slow trip including one surf fishing session and three panga outings on the Salome with Capt. Pata. Snow said one panga outing, on July 7, 2005, was his first skunked trip with Capt. Pata in over 300 days of fishing together. Fishing in cold, surging water, Snow encountered a record low 11 fish species, including one new one, a white grunt. The La Playita panga fleet was sending out only a few boats per day. SAN JOSE DEL CABO SPECIES FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 47 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: two striped marlin, 12 dorado, 16 yellowfin tuna, 18 amberjack, 12 African pompano, one wahoo, 16 roosterfish, 14 sierra, 22 jack crevalle, 18 cabrilla, 65 mixed pargo, and 32 triggerfish. Cooler water temperatures of about 72 to 74 degrees and winds and swells from the south limited bait supplies and slowed down both inshore and offshore fishing: "Everyone knows that the fishing action is bound to break loose any day, with the number one question recently being, 'When is the water going to be right for the fish to bite?'" SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Bob Lewis of San Jose del Cabo said fishing was slow in wind and rough seas, and the La Playita fleet sent few boats out last week: "A few very occasional wahoo and dorado, one 60 pound amberjack, and triggerfish are about it." Some boats were running out 30 miles to look for tuna. One hammerhead shark was also brought in. SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.



EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Bill Burkett of Los Barriles reported on several days of fishing on his boat Fat Cat, with some spotty marlin action off Punta Pescadero, and some luck on a marlin at Punta Colorada that won the East Cape Angler's Tournament because it was the first marlin caught that day and no boat caught more than one: "It was very slow fishing for the 25 East Cape boats entered...only seven marlin were caught." East Cape water temperatures at the end of the week were at 80 to 82 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House reported on 503 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: 260 striped marlin, 84 dorado, 762 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, and six roosterfish. "While the fishing at East Cape remains steady, it's anything but stellar," Moyers said. "We've yet to hit our customary stride..." East Cape weather was calm in the low-100s, with water temperatures of 73 to 84 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Earlier, Eric Friedrichsen of Carlsbad trolled half a day in windy weather out of Los Barriles with no results, but while diving during the evening at the boat mooring he shot a 48-pound roosterfish in 74 feet of water.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Tony Damato of Hayward reported the loss of a large broadbill swordfish while fishing out of Hotel Punta Colorada, after a 6-hour fight, when the fish pulled a panga deckhand overboard at gaff. Damato said his cruiser broke down after 4 hours and he switched to the panga, but it only had a 3-foot gaff on board. LOST BROADBILL FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chuck Meredith of Los Barriles said live bait was scarce, but all boats hooked marlin on dead halfbeaks or lures on July 4th, at a spot with 80-degree water 15 miles due east of Cabo Pulmo: "Every boat...had a marlin flag up. The Miss Petunia, fishing for the Playa Del Sol Hotel...caught four." Meredith said he farmed two marlin, but landed the next two, including a 230 pounder. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: At Martin Verdugo's Beach Resort, Marisol Verdugo reported good fishing for tuna, some larger dorado, and good numbers of catch-and-release marlin, plus one wahoo: "Hopefully, its going to keep getting better. It's definitely warmer now."

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Also at Verdugo's, Manuel Gerhardus and his group from Guasave, Sinaloa, fished a day for some good sized dorado, a couple of tuna, one sailfish released, and two marlin. Gerhardus said they fished 15 to 25 miles out from Los Barriles, in water temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported East Cape weather in the mid-90s, with warming water temperatures to 83 degrees north at Isla Cerralvo, and 78 degrees off Los Frailes to the south. Yellowfin tuna averaging 20 pounds moved in to about 15 miles off the coast, billfish were spread out at 5 to 20 miles, and a few dorado were caught. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly said, "The continued lack of sardina along the beaches is both puzzling and exasperating." A few sardina were found near Rancho Leonero and some small jacks and pompano were caught. Some larger roosterfish were seen between La Ribera and Bartle beach. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.

EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service said water temperatures at the Cabo Pulmo coral reef were at 74 to 78 degrees, but with limited 30 to 50-foot visibility. Sea life sightings included plenty of grouper, eels, rays, and a variety of schooling species.



LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International said last week was "the toughest week so far of the season" at La Paz, due to winds and mixed water conditions caused by a distant tropical storm that "left its mark on us." Fishing for all species was slower. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.

LA PAZ, MEXICO: Dos Hernandez of Tortuga Sportfishing said Las Arenas side weather changed drastically when southeast winds arrived on Monday, and fishing was slower after that. Tortuga boats were finding dorado off the north end of Isla Cerralvo, around Las Cruces, and also off El Sargento and La Ventana. Slower conditions inshore produced some dorado, pompano, and triggerfish. LAS ARENAS FISHING REPORT.



LORETO, MEXICO: Don Bear of Loreto reported on seven straight days of fishing by Capt. Paulino Martinez, on Bear's boat and Martinez' super panga, for a catch of: two striped marlin released, two dorado to 32 pounds, three yellowtail to 21 pounds, 14 cabrilla to 10 pounds, one broomtail grouper of 25 pounds, 10 pargo, one hammerhead shark, innumerable ladyfish, about 12 cabrilla too small to keep, and several squid used for bait. Bear said bait was sold out by 6:15 a.m. each morning. A few dorado and tuna were being caught daily about 40 to 50 miles out, as Loreto area water temperatures ranged from 77 to 83 degrees, with the cooler water closer to shore. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Sean Lawley of Sierra Vista, Ariz., reported on a four-day trip down the Sea of Cortez on his boat Deal Maker, fishing as far south as Isla Catalina near Loreto, with a multi-day catch of: four blue marlin, one striped marlin, one sailfish, one wahoo, three tuna, and three dorado. Lawley noted heavy commercial fishing pressure in the central Sea of Cortez: "It was very discouraging seeing these 80-plus foot boats rolling out miles of line and raking up everything in their path." CORTEZ CRUISE SPORT AND COMMERCIAL FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Mark Baker of Hemet and his group flew into Loreto and taxied south to Mulege for a day of unproductive fishing outside Punta Concepcion, and then a day with Arturo's Sportfishing out of Loreto for one sailfish and a yellowfin tuna in the 70-pound class, caught about 20 miles straight out from town. "We saw them again on the surface, but by the time we got there they went down again," Baker said. "I would say the tuna school had big tuna in it, some possibly 150 pounds." LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Patty Zapata of the Hotel Oasis said, "For some reason the dorado has not shown its strange shaped head yet. We are still waiting for them to appear." Some dorado to 22 pounds were caught by Robert Slater and Capt. Francisco Martinez, fishing in rough conditions a very long 60 miles east of Isla Carmen. Other catches during the week included marlin landed by Cliff O'Brien, Jeff Miller, and Richard Adams. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: Earlier, Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said most boats fishing offshore caught either sailfish or marlin, and tuna were seen. One boat reported a heavy billfish concentration just 5 miles outside Isla Coronado, but very few dorado were present in the Loreto area. LORETO FISHING REPORT.

LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said fishing was slow, but angler George Tillotson of San Rafael fished with Baja Big Fish Company and scored on two big dorado and a sailfish released.

LORETO, MEXICO: Several Loreto residents reported that the marine park staff were investigating commercial boats fishing inside the protected marine park after photos were published on the Allcoast internet message board. One Loreto resident said, "There are two photos posted now, and there are five boats out there working now. What a mess."

LORETO, MEXICO: Howard Winderbaum of El Segundo described recent commercial fishing off Loreto: "A large ship around 30 to 35 miles east of Loreto. They had their nets out around 1 mile and winding up very slowly. The only fish I observed in the nets that was brought on the boat was a very large shark."

LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto said the Carnaderos y Pescaderos baitsellers' cooperativa was readying a large receiver for sardina: "The Carnaderos expect to be able to serve up sardinas from this large receiver stationed just north of the marina. Minimum purchase is $15 but that buys all you can use. Macarela have been strong. Macarela receivers remain outside the entrance of the marina, on the south side."



MULEGE, MEXICO: Mark Baker of Hemet and his group fished one day outside Punta Concepcion and reported slow action for a few skipjack of about 20 pounds and a few bonita of about 5 pounds: "No dorado were to be found anywhere! No sargasso paddies, no nada. We trolled all day long with various jet heads and feathers and live bait." MULEGE FISHING REPORT.



SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos returned from the Cedros Island yellowtail tournament and found local fishing steady on the bajos for yellowtail, and dorado fishing finally up to par offshore. Kanzler fished with his son one morning for five yellowtail on the bajos, and then a pair of small bull dorado on weeds outside. Another run outside found wide-open dorado on weeds. Santa Rosalia weather was warm and humid in the low-80s, with water temperatures at 77 to 78 degrees locally, and about 81 degrees offshore. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: John Gilkerson and his group took two boats to fish out of San Lucas Cove for six days, ranging out to Islas San Marcos and Tortuga, and north along the coast, for very good action on yellowtail averaging 25 pounds, dorado to over 40 pounds, striped marlin, sailfish, cabrilla, and pargo. The weather and sea conditions were "as good as we have ever experienced in the area at this time of the year with reasonably cool nights and not too much humidity," Gilkerson said. Making bait was easy and water temperatures averaged about 81 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA AREA FISHING TRIP REPORT.

SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: At San Lucas Cove, Syd Lindsay reported the closure of the group of Pemex gas stations from Santa Rosalia to Vizcaino and San Ignacio, and also the suspension of construction work on the new gas station north of Santa Rosalia. New paving was in place on Mex 1 from the Punta Chivato turnoff at Palo Verde south to the Mulege gas station.



BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Abraham Vazquez of Camp Gecko at Bahia de los Angeles said yellowtail fishing was good inside the bay, "But the keepers have to be selected." Hot spots were at the Piojo and Horse Head reefs, and also at Isla Smith and Coronadito. Dorado were reported south at Isla Partida and wide-open at San Francisquito. Sea lions were still a problem in the bay, and giant squid were still present. Bahia de los Angeles weather was in the high-90s, with water temperatures to 81 degrees in the bay, and 75 to 78 degrees outside. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Tyler Thorsen and his group from South Texas camped and fished out of Punta la Gringa north of Bahia de los Angeles, and found very hot weather to 111 degrees, but good yellowtail action between Horse Head and Piojo on fish of 5 to 15 pounds. Larger yellowtail into the 40-pound class were seen caught with live bait on the bottom, 90 to 200 feet deep at Isla Smith. Spotted bay bass and bottom fish were small, but with a few keepers to 2 pounds. BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES FISHING REPORT.

BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: J.L. Terry, reporting from San Francisquito, said the weather was at 95 degrees, with a pleasant south breeze, and good water conditions, but "no fish frenzies to report." Several building projects were underway at the caleta, and the resort had planes coming in and out.



SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fili 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 July 8, 2005, with a catch of: 140 yellowtail, 18 to 30 pounds; nine white seabass, 40 to 60 pounds; 51 cabrilla, 10 to 14 pounds; 49 squid, 15 to 30 pounds; six red snapper, 10 to 16.5 pounds; four broomtail, 12 pounds; six sheephead, 10 pounds; 68 spotted bay bass; one shark, and 45 miscellaneous fish. SAN FELIPE FISHING REPORT.

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 July 8, 2005, with a catch of: 247 yellowtail, to 38 pounds; 120 cabrilla, to 15 pounds; one black sea bass, 80 pounds; 12 white seabass, 35 to 64 pounds; 36 sheephead, 4 to 8 pounds, 225 spotted by bass; 65 squid caught for bait; and miscellaneous fish. SAN FELIPE MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

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 with 24 anglers on July 7, 2005, with a catch of: 285 yellowtail; 102 cabrilla; 23 white seabass; four grouper to 40 pounds; 38 pargo; 16 leatherback grouper in the 40-pound class, including some released; and one dorado. PANGA MOTHERSHIP FISHING REPORT.

SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At Papa Fernandez, Doug Magee said he and wife Peggy were the only gringos left in the area, as air temperatures reached 113 degrees on Friday: "We are waiting for a break in the weather so we can put the boat in. It could be a while. Not even the local fisherman are working. It is hot, with a west wind blowing up to 15 m.p.h."



SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Tempe, Ariz., fished six days out of San Carlos and reported very few dorado around, but good action on "at least a couple of nice 35-pound class yellowfin each day." Burnett fished in 83.5-degree water, concentrating on an area no further than 15 miles out, on headings of 180 and 215 degrees: "There were also lots of marlin in this area and we caught and released a 250 to 300-pound blue marlin on our last day." SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Bill Molden of San Carlos reported "sparse" dorado fishing, with water temperatures edging into the high-80s and low-90s. Billfish were plentiful, and some yellowfin and skipjack tuna were still around. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.

SAN CARLOS, MEXICO: Steve Calvert said his boat Catch-22 fished 8 miles out on a 210-degree heading, on the Fourth of July, and released three blue marlin and two striped marlin. Other boats did even better, in nonstop action from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m., Calvert said, and at one point six boats were hooked up within half a mile of the Catch-22. SAN CARLOS FISHING REPORT.



MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 23 offshore Aries Fleet boats out of Marina el Cid, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin of 420 pounds, two striped marlin, 31 sailfish, 25 dorado, and three yellowfin tuna. Inshore pangas continued to find hot fishing for sierra, jacks, and snappers. Mazatlan weather was in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees. Offshore boats fished 22 to 26 miles southwest of Marina el Cid. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.



PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing reported several large yellowfin tuna caught by local boats, including two over 300 pounds, two over 250 pounds, and an unconfirmed over-500 pound tuna reported landed by the Magnifico on Wednesday. The big tuna was reported as being submitted for a world record, Hjort said. Puerto Vallarta weather was warm and humid with afternoon thundershowers and water temperatures in the mid-80s. Blue marlin in the 250-pound range were also caught, but very few dorado, although Hjort said, "...recent rains will change that." PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures was still fishing at Prince Rupert, B.C., but sent a report of his fishing up north, prior to his return to Puerto Vallarta in August. PRIME TIME ADVENTURES PRINCE RUPERT FISHING REPORT.



IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather with thunderstorms in the mid-80s, and water temperatures at 80 to 84 degrees. Offshore boats averaged about three sailfish per day, plus some blue marlin, and inshore roosterfish action was very good for about three to four fish per day to the 35-pound class. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said about 10 to 15 boats per day were fishing out of Zihuatanejo bay: "Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but it is, in comparison to past years. In the past, the fishing by tourists basically quit around Easter. So this is a major increase for this time of year. It won't be too long before it is really year around in Zihuatanejo."

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ALBACORE OFF ENSENADA--Mesha Sherkei of Los Angeles fished with Ensenada's KCHTS Sportfishing and caught this albacore on a trolled red-and-white feather. Photo courtesy Gerardo Sanchez.

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SANTO TOMAS VIEJA--Todd Snyder with a nice Puerto Santo Tomas sheephead, caught out of La Bocana near Punta China during a trip with Paul Montgomery. Photo courtesy Paul Montgomery.

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ERENDIRA FISHING--Andrew and Alex Castaneda, and Dan Hoogeveen, of Oceanside and Vista fished out of Castro's Camp south of Ensenada for good action including a couple of yellowtail and a white seabass. Photo courtesy Fernando Castro.

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TOURNAMENT WINNER--Mark Smith's 50.06-pound halibut was good enough for first place in the July 3, 2005, fishing during the Don Eddie's San Quintin Fishing Tournament. Photo courtesy Ana Perez.

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BIG BOTTOM HAUL--Sandor Debreceni (left) and Jeff Penrod fished at Ensenada's Punta Banda with Vonny's Fleet panga Capt. Beto Zamora and scored big on rockcod, lingcod, sandbass, and calico bass. Photo courtesy Ivan Villarino.

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ANCHOR SHOT ROOSTER--Eric Friedrichsen found offshore trolling unproductive at East Cape, but shot this 48-pound roosterfish while diving among the moored boats in the evening. Photo courtesy Eric Friedrichsen.

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LAS ARENAS FISHING--Ray Ramirez, Luis Zamora and Fred Carreon from Los Angeles fished with Tortuga Sportfishing on La Paz' Las Arenas side and had good results on a nice catch of dorado. Photo courtesy Dos Hernandez.

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AT ISLA CORONADO--Mark Baker (right) and brother Bob Baker fished with Arturo's Sportfishing out of Loreto and scored on a 70-pound class yellowfin tuna and a sailfish, seen here at Isla Coronado with the Baja coast in the background. Photo courtesy Mark Baker.

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SUMMER YELLOWTAIL--Robert Jones of San Diego fished the "No Name" bajo off Isla San Marcos with the island's Mike Kanzler and got into some nice July yellowtail. Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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MIDRIFF SHEEPHEAD--Jack Simpson with a pair of nice sheephead caught in the Sea of Cortez Midriff Islands aboard the San Felipe Panga mothership Tony Reyes. Photo courtesy Jack Simpson.

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DAILY TUNA--Stuart Burnett fished six days out of San Carlos, Sonora, and reported at least a couple of nice tuna per day, in 83.5-degree water about 15 miles out. Photo courtesy Stuart Burnett.

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MAZATLAN BLUES--Several good-sized blue marlin showed up at Mazatlan last week, including this 420 pounder caught with Aries Fleet out of Marina el Cid by Clay Rabel of Houston. Photo courtesy Yomahira Aguirre.

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BENTLEY FAMILY RESCUED AT SEA!--John Gilkerson and his two-boat group enjoyed some very good fishing out of San Lucas Cove near Santa Rosalia, and Gilkerson even got to perform a "rescue" when the Bentley family's boat Battlewagon ran out of fuel. Photo courtesy John Gilkerson.

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