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Date: 2/22/2013 2:32 PM UTC

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Date: 1/24/2013 5:20 PM UTC

Good morning worldwide fishing travelers. Here's the latest from Larry Edwards, our fleet operator in many Mexican waters! Happy New Year and good fishing!


The Mr. Conan Chang charter party, fishing aboard the "Fish Cabo", had a great offshore fishing day that resulted in 17 yellowfin tuna, all that averaged 30-35 lbs. They fished in the area about 20 miles south of Cabo Falso. High boat for the week was the "GAVIOTA IX", reporting in for 3 days fished that resulted in 3 stripers released, 11 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo and 3 dorado, with most of their fish coming from the area around Pozo de Cota on the Pacific side of Cabo. The overall fish counts for a total of 19 days fished reflected 14 stripers released, 17 dorado, 2 wahoo, 26 Sierra and 48 yellowfin tuna. The water temps on the Pacific side and around to Palmila Point moved up a few degrees this past week when the warmer waters out to the south of Cabo San Lucas moved into the north. Even so, the water temps are down 1-3 degrees from the norm for this time of year, which would typically be at 77 degrees.

Cabo Climate: Warmer weather has arrived with temperatures ranging from 61 nights to 82 daytime highs and partly cloudy skies.

Sea Conditions: The Pacific side, from Todos Santos down to Cabo San Lucas and around to Palmilla Point, all good water with temps ranging from 74-76 degrees, a bit warmer from the previous week. A pocket of cooler water remains from Palmilla Point to about 5 miles above Gorda Point and out to 10-12 miles, all at 71 degrees. All of the area with 71 degree water is off-color greenish water. Mostly light & variable surface breezes throughout the area.

Best Fishing Area: The Pacific side continues to be the better fishing location. The yellowfin tuna were taken out to the south of Cabo Falso, about 20 miles or so and the billfish were in between the Golden Gate Bank and the coast line, in the area of Pozo de Cota. There were scattered billfish taken over a 25 mile area that ranged from Pozo de Cota to south of Cabo San Lucas.

Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was best for the billfish and dorado and hootchies best for the Sierra. Yellowfin tuna were on the feathers, cedar plugs and live bait.

Live Bait Supply: Remains good, especially for the caballitos with only a few mackerel in the mix.


According to our on-the-spot reporter, Ms. Kitcia Ceja, most of the boats were used for whale watch tours this past week and there were only 4 offshore fishing days reported and the total catch reflected was 2 striped marlin, (1 released) and 1 dorado. The inshore fishing reflected a total of 6 inshore fishing days that resulted in 2 red snapper and 41 triggerfish. The catching was unusually slow this past week and for no apparent reason, especially given the good water temps and overall conditions. According to Kitcia, the best action for the week was in whale watching tours with 9 trips reported.

Mazatlan Climate: Cool nights and mornings but very pleasant days with temps ranging from 52 nights to 82 daytime highs and partly cloudy days.

Sea Conditions: Solid 76 degree water from the coast to 20-25 miles, then falling a couple of degrees. Mostly calm waters with light & variable surface breezes and good clarity.

Best Fishing Area: None reported for the few charters that did go out. There was an insufficient bite to claim any specific offshore area and the 2 billfish that were caught were in different areas, albeit, both out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid.

Best Bait/Lure: Both billfish and the dorado were taken on rigged trolling baits.

Bait Supply: An excellent supply of live bait and fresh mullet for rigging baits.


Captain Temo Verboonen reports that the fishing remains very good from Zihuatanejo that include some terrific fishing reports from the skippers and customers. As good as it gets is the fishing word for Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The Mark Kordus Husband and wife team from Rawlins, WY, fishing aboard the "Bloody Hook", with Captain Chiro Barrigan, has had 3 awesome fishing days that reflected incredible catches. Their first offshore fishing day resulted with 11 sailfish released. Their 2nd day started slow inshore at Los Morros de Potosi, looking for roosterfish, but had no luck and decided to return offshore for the remainder of the day, landing a big dorado, (about 25-30 lbs.) and releasing another 4 sailfish. Their final fishing day resulted in 12 sailfish released and another big dorado, all adding up to 27 sailfish released and 2 dorado for their 3 fishing days from Zihuatanejo. There's no question, the fishing/catching is wide-open. We compliment Captain Chiro and Luis, his mate, and of course the Kordus party for releasing all of their billfish for the trip. According to Captain Temo, the blue water is very close to the Bay with good clarity starting just a couple miles out from the entrance. We put the baits in at about 2 miles or so and catch the bigger dorado to start out the day and continue trolling out bound with the billfish action starting near the 5 mile mark. The schools of bonito are showing up in the deep blue water and the big game fish are staying close to the food source. The inshore fishing is very slow right now and while the water temps are OK, the roosterfish, jack crevalle and Sierra have all but moved out of the area for now.

IZ Climate: Cool mornings through Thursday, then warming trend kicks in. Temps ranging from 54 nights and early mornings to 84 daytime highs. Lots of sunshine with a few passing clouds.

Sea Conditions: Excellent water temps holding stable at 85 inshore and rising to 87 offshore, all with good clarity from just a couple miles offshore with light & variable surface breezes.

Best Fishing Area: The bigger dorado begin at about 2 miles from the entrance to Zihuatanejo Bay and the sailfish action starts at about 5 miles.

Best Lure/Bait: The fresh, rigged baits, are working superbly for both, dorado and sailfish with a variety of artificials working well, too.

Bait Supply: Our bait supply continues to be plentiful for both, fresh rigging baits and for live bait.


Only from Puerto Morelos can every fish caught during the day be a different fish! The variety on a daily basis is just amazing and while not all of the fish caught are considered game fish, most are fun to catch fish and enormously entertaining for family fishing groups and novice anglers. This past week's fishing offered a wide variety of mixed-bag catches that included a couple of sailfish, 7 dorado, 10 king mackerel, 72 bonito, (the fish of the week) 10 giant Atlantic barracuda, 7 blackfin tuna, 2 wahoo, 1 porgy fish, 5 amberjack, 8 soap fish, 9 banana fish, 35 strawberry fish, 13 triggerfish, 7 snappers and 37 grouper, a total of 16 species of fish caught for 36 days fished.

PM Climate: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for rain Thursday thru Sunday. Temps ranging from 66 nights to 82 daytime highs with mostly cloudy skies.

Sea Conditions: Overall, continues to be very good for this area with temps holding stable at 80-81 degrees and surface breezes from 5-15 mph, mostly coming from the northerly directions and light swell conditions.

Best Bait: This area continues to select the ballyhoo as the bait of choice for all of the sportfishers and the supply continues to be excellent, caught fresh on a daily basis for the boats.

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Date: 1/9/2013 5:37 PM UTC

The wearing of multiple hats is something we all do. I'm a dad, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a fishing travel company owner, a piano player, and an executive director of a nonprofit. But I have only one head. I'm not a circus clown, but I am becoming more adept at juggling than I ever thought I would.

One of my FAVORITE hats! Thanks Caddis Fly!

How do we wear many hats well? I think there are some key things to remember:

1.  Plan my outfits.
I can't always pick Monday as Daddy Hat Day....but sometimes I get Saturday! Monday - Friday from 6:45AM to 8:15AM, I wear my Daddy Hat proudly. From 8:15 - 3:20 I usually alternate between my Fishing Travel and NonProfit Director hats. You get the point? I have hats I wear every day and others are for special occasions.

2.  Take one hat off before putting another one on.
It's really difficult to keep two hats on one head and have it look right. There are times when the hats must be worn simultaneously, but it's usually awkward for all involved. I like to rest my hats so they are fresh when needed. If I wear one hat all the time, I get tired of it.

3.  Learn the art of the Quick Change.
I can go from Fishing Travel to husband in a heartbeat when my wife needs me for something.
4.  Pick styles that compliment the whole wardrobe.
Leading a nonprofit that uses fishing retreats to help leaders find health and running a fishing travel company go really well together. Daddy, husband, uncle, brother hats all fall under the "family man" genre of headwear. I don't try to make a hat look good on me because it's an awesome hat.

5.  Make sure my hats fit.
Some hats are bigger and harder to wear than others. Usually it's the heavy hats that make my neck sore. I don't try to make a hat look good on me because it looks good on someone else.

Just some things to think about. I hope you all have a great day!

Dale Williams

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Date: 12/13/2012 12:05 AM UTC

I recently had a meeting with my pastor. We were discussing the details of the new venture I've added to my list of "AWESOME JOBS". (see He mentioned a study done by Richard Louv called Nature Deficiency Disorder. It was like a light bulb went off. I hadn't realized until that moment that people actually NEED to be outside. Here's a brief synopsis from, of all places, Wikipedia -

Nature deficit disorder refers to a hypothesis by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods [1] that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors [2] resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.[3][4] This disorder is not recognized in any of the medical manuals for mental disorders, such as the ICD-10[5] or the DSM-IV,[6] neither is it part of the proposed revision of this manual, the DSM-V.[7] Evidence was compiled and reviewed in 2009. [8]
Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and the lure of the screen.[9] Recent research has drawn a further contrast between the declining number of National Park visits in the United States and increasing consumption of electronic media by children.[10]
Richard Louv spent ten years traveling around the USA reporting and speaking to parents and children, in both rural and urban areas, about their experiences in nature. He argues that sensationalist media coverage and paranoid parents have literally "scared children straight out of the woods and fields," while promoting a litigious culture of fear that favors "safe" regimented sports over imaginative play.
In recognising these trends, some people[11] argue that humans have an instinctive liking for nature—the biophilia hypothesis—and take steps to spend more time outdoors...

The solution for this terrible condition is simple! Fishing trips. I know it sounds self-serving, but that is only because it totally is. Call or email today to save yourself from this potential tragedy!

I highly recommend a double dose of medicine. Another disorder SADS (seasonal affective disorder) is caused by ugly winter weather with cold, rain, and lack of sunshine. Solve both these disorders with a fishing adventure to Argentina, Belize, or Costa Rica this winter! It's an ABC of fishing medicine.

Gosh, it's awesome SAVING THE WORLD!

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Date: 11/18/2012 2:37 PM UTC

Yesterday my Oregon Ducks lost a tough football game to the Stanford Cardinal. The Ducks were ranked #1 in both human polls and #2 in the BCS. They were playing nearly perfect football each week and controlled their own destiny heading toward a chance at our first National Championship. But a solid, well coached Stanford team came to Autzen Stadium and threw our plans for a bit of a loop.

I am a passionate fan. I should have had a tough time getting out of bed this morning - dreading the posts on FaceBook about the game....but I popped out wide awake with a spring in my step and a desire to get online for a different reason...

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 I accepted the position of Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Billings, Montana called The Refuge Foundation. If you have read my blog posts over the years, you'll know I have been a supporter of the Refuge cause since its inception over ten years ago. They are (I guess I should now say WE ARE) serving nonprofit leaders by teaching them the skills they need to avoid leadership burnout. I have personally watched pastors and nonprofit leaders go from being healthy and productive to complete burnout. It's not a pretty sight. These people are game changers with passion for the organizations they serve - then they work themselves at a frenzied pace knowing the cause is great. The human body and mind can only take that kind of abuse for so long.

The stats are scary when it comes to nonprofit leadership.[SEE WEB FOR DETAILS] Suffice it to say that leaders are quitting well before they should. And there are things we can do to help them.

Refuge Foundation starts with diagnostics. We have well respected and professional programs for determining opportunities for improvement. We have experienced coaches partner with leaders during the initial trip which acts as a catalyst and starting point for life change, as well as throughout the year with monthly follow-up phone calls and in some cases, face to face meetings.

And the proof is in the pudding. Check out the testimonials on their site to read about how leaders have found a new lease on life and new passion for their organizations! [CLICK FOR TESTIMONIALS]

The need is great. The resources are out there to meet the need. One of my main priorities is helping find the resources to meet the need. So, in addition to my awesome job of operating a fishing travel company, I now get to help change the world for the better by keeping leaders of organizations that change the world healthy and productive.

We want the people who have the passion and hearts to help change the world for the better to keep doing what they do. And if you can help, we need it. I welcome your phone calls and emails to encourage us.

Dale Williams

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Date: 7/17/2012 1:47 PM UTC

Hey's been a busy summer! Sorry so few blog posts. I have been fishing a bit and being a daddy a lot. Here's the latest from Larry Edwards, our expert on all things offshore fishing saltwater in Mexico. Summer is the best time for offshore saltwater fishing in Mexico as you'll see in this report. Enjoy it and please keep in touch!


Wow! The long overdue yellowfin tuna have finally started to show up and in fair numbers, too. Better yet, they are within 10-15 miles from the harbor and while school sized fish, (mostly in the 12-20 lb. ranges) there have been some larger, (50-60 pounders in the mix) that have been adding some spice to the days. Most of the boats that get on the fish early get the better catches but overall, it continues to average about 5 tuna per boat fished day and that's more than enough for dinner. The billfish are still in the area but have backed off the bite during the past week. The "Tuna Time" was high boat for the week with 3 striper releases taken on 2 of their 4 days fished and added to their score of 3 dorado and 31 yellowfin tuna. The water temperatures have seemed to stabilize through the past week and spiraled upward in to very favorable territory. Look for continued summer action from Cabo San Lucas as the elements settle to fishing perfection. Overall counts for the past week for a total of 22 days fished reflected 6 stripers released, 15 dorado and 115 yellowfin tuna.

Cabo Climate: Warm and partly days with some humidity and temperatures ranging from 76 nights to 94 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Excellent water temps that ranged from 83 on the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side to 85 on the Gorda Banks on the Sea of Cortez side. Good water clarity to the east of Cabo and into the Sea of Cortez.

Best Fishing Area: The "Herradura" area, just to the south of Cabo and out to the 95 fathom spot for the billfish and the yellowffin tuna.

Best Lure/Bait: Live bait best for the bilfish and the feathers, cedar plugs and Rapala type diving lures, along with feather and hoochies, working very well on the yellowfin tuna.

Bait Supply: Excellent for the caballitos.


The superb dorado fishing continues throughout the area and easy limit fishing is the normal everyday fishing result that leaves a lot of time for the anglers to practice their catch & release methods. The offshore cruisers and the inshore super pangas continue to deliver daily limit style fishing for dorado with a range in sizes from smaller fish to 30-pounders. This is genuinely family fun fishing at its finest that will provide youngsters with life-long fishing memories of watching and catching the arial acrobats that explode from the water in full color spectrums of the rainbow. This is the light tackle & fly fisherman's dream that brings so many anglers to Mazatlan during the early summer months. There were a total of 9 offshore cruiser fishing days and 6 inshore super panga fishing days this past week that resulted in limit dorado catches for every fishing day. No billfish were reported this past week and I can only suppose the focus of fishing stuck with the dorado action.

Mazatlan Climate: Partly cloudy days with temps that ranged from 74 nights to 89 daytime highs and a little on the humid side.

Sea Conditions: Overall, it was a mostly calm week with superb water temps at 84-85 degrees and good clarity. With all of the dorado in the area, one would/should wonder where are the black & blue marlin? Stand by, they will be arriving shortly.

Best Fishing Areas: Continues to be at the shark buoys for the dorado.

Best Bait/Lure: The dorado are enormously eager for almost everything that moves through the water, including bare hooks and occasionally, biting at the swivels. Live bait, lures of all makes and models, bait strips, etc., is all working very well.

Bait Supply: Excellent for fresh rigging baits or live baits.


According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the fishing in the offshore blue water for the past couple of weeks has been slow and only a few billfish have been taken. Temo says, "I can't figure it out. The water temperature, the clarity and the bait availability throughout this area is abundant right now but for whatever reason, the billfish have just not yet focused on this area. This is very unusual and could change at any given moment". As the week progressed, there were more sailfish strikes and with any luck at all, this will be the turning of the corner for the billfish. The inshore area was by far the best this past week and has been producing good sized roosterfish, some in the 50-60 lb. ranges and good catches for the bigger jack crevalle. The rivers are flowing to the ocean and there's plenty of debris and clarity breaks to fish right now. The jack crevalle are biting the big plugs trolled deep and the roosterfish are liking the surface poppers and of course, live baits, too.

IZ Climate: Mostly warm and cloudy days with an occasional shower here and there and temps that ranged from 68 nights to 91 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Near perfect and mostly calm conditions prevail throughout the area right now. Sea temps holding stable in the 87-88 degree range and clarity is terrific from close in to offshore.

Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits starting to work well for the offshore sailfish and the deep diving plugs for the jack crevalle. Surface poppers and live bait best for the roosterfish.

Bait Supply: Excellent for both, fresh rigging baits and for live baits.


While a little slower fishing for this area, especially the drop in billfish numbers, I would suppose it's related to the rain squalls and the salinity dilution on the sea surface? Sure sounds like a good excuse to me. On the other hand, the Atlantic barracuda bite has really spiraled upward this past week and a fair number of 30-50 pounders were taken in the area. The overall fish counts for a total of 39 days fished reflected 1 sailfish, 43 Atlantic barracuda, 79 bonito, 9 mutton snapper, 14 blackfin tuna, 3 amberjack, 3 dorado, 3 wahoo, 4 grouper, 17 Spanish mackerel, 9 trigger fish, 1 king mackerel and 2 sharks, for a total of 13 species for this period.

PM Climate: Mostly cloudy but warm days with temps from 76 nights to 89 daytime highs and an occasional rain shower, too.

Sea Conditions: Overall, very good conditions with mostly light & variable surface winds blowing in from the Easterly directions in the 5-15 mph ranges.

Best Bait/Lure: The ballyhoo baits continue to be the preferred ammunition for this area and are provided freshly caught on a daily basis.

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Date: 5/19/2012 12:51 PM UTC

Our group of five excited anglers arrived in Belize City on May 2. Not having been to Belize River Lodge, I was enjoying one of the few times in my life where I have no idea what's ahead. It was a feeling of true adventure. First of all, I had envisioned a bit of a trek to the lodge from the airport. What we experienced was a five minute ride in the lodge Isuzu Trooper and a thirty second boat ride across the Belize River to the dock in front of the lodge. Nothing like a nice logistical surprise! We were sipping Belikens ten minutes after clearing customs!

The weather for the week was nothing short of spectacular. Highs near 90, lows near 65, and a gentle breeze cooling off the flats each day while we fished for tarpon, bonefish, snook, and permit. The fishing was good - it's always good - but not red-hot. We had numerous shots at tarpon and bonefish every day, but only saw a few schools of permit and had no success...which is no surprise. Permit are very difficult to catch even when you get lots of opportunities.

The food was wonderful and the staff attentive and friendly. Owner, Mike Heusner talked with us each morning and evening and was a wealth of historical information as well as a great story teller.

On May 5, we awoke to a somber mood among the staff and lodge patrons as we entered the lodge for our morning coffee. Early that morning, long time head guide, Raul Navarette had passed away from an apparent heart attack everyone was in a state of total shock. Mike told us with glassy eyes that Raul was like a son to him and this would be a very difficult time. Everyone in our group was ready and willing to help in whatever way we could - including foregoing fishing if necessary. I was struck by the way they handled this mind-blowing event. Belizian life includes a very accepting view of death. The show just went on. The guides were quieter that day on the water, surely processing the shock. But other than that, the routine did not change at all. I really have no words to describe this tragedy. Raul left a wife and two children and I learned from talking to the staff, owners, and guides that he was truly an amazing person in addition to being a top notch fishing guide.

The rest of the week went well with some days better than others. My fishing partner for the week had never flyfished in saltwater and was able to check tarpon, bonefish, snook, and jack cravelle to his lifetime bucket list. My other two long time clients also got nice tarpon on their Jim Teeny 12 Wts along with dozens of nice bonefish. All in all, Belize River Lodge met or exceeded all my expectations and I look forward to sending clients there in the future...and hopefully joining some of them soon!

Coming in to the Outpost at Long Caye

The dock at the Outpost at Long Caye
A recent addition to the lodge options is the Outpost at Long Caye. This quaint three bedroom lodge will sleep six anglers comfortably and is a nice place to have pure Caribbean solitude. There is no AC, but the ocean breeze and ceiling fans keep the temperature in the house very comfortable at night...which is the only time you need it. 
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Date: 5/2/2012 12:08 AM UTC

Hey Amigos ~ I'm off to BELIZE in like ten minutes! So, no blogs for a bit. But when I return, there will be info and photos aplenty! Here's the latest from Larry in Mexico! Have a good week and hope to hear from you soon!


If sight-seeing excursions for looking at many, many marlin, Cabo San Lucas would have surely been the world's hot spot and center of attraction. However, adding that tiny element of trying to catch a marlin definitely created a different scenario this past week. The reports reflect all boats were seeing terrific numbers of billfish in the offshore waters on the Sea of Cortez side of Cabo, with the 1150 Fathom Spot being the center of attraction and outbound in most any direction from there. According to Fish Cabo Fleet Owner, Roberto Marquez, the skipper's were seeing and baiting groups of sleepers with as many as 10 in the party and showing nothing in return for the effort. When you can see 10 billfish on the surface, there will be many more under the pack, (some 35 years ago, a tuna boat pilot, spotting for tuna in the Sea of Cortez, used to put me on spots of billfish and give me the numbers in the group that sometimes were staggering. Once we got within binocular range of the fish, you might see 2-3-4 or more on the surface, but he may have reported as many as 30-45 fish just below the surface and part of the same group that were not being seen from the boat). When you toss a fresh live bait into the midst of that melee and not get a single bite, it kinda humbles you and makes you wonder if you had any idea what you were even doing. It was the ultimate of frustration and disappointment and it happens every single year. The only thing that keeps you going is the opportunity and the occasional bite that does take place due to the "law of averages". I can well remember baiting more than a hundred billfish in a single day and not having a single bite.

Now, the overall fish report for the fleet actually reflected a fair bite for the 16 days fished and resulted in a combined report of 11 stripers released with "Fish Cabo" reporting 3 stripers released for tree fishing days, 2 roosterfish, 3 dorado, 2 mako sharks and 5 skipjack tuna for their efforts and most of the fish being seen in the wide area of the 1150 Fathom Spot and in all directions from there.

Cabo Climate: Partly cloudy days with the jet streams running over the top of Cabo and holding temps in the 64 nighttime ranges to 91 daytime high ranges.

Sea Conditions: Cooler waters on the Pacific side of the peninsula at 66-67 degrees and rising to 74 degrees at Cabo San Lucas and increasing from there to 77-78 degrees from Palmilla Point and out to the 1150 Fathom Spot and northerly from there, all with excellent clarity on the Sea of Cortez side.

Best Fishing Area: While the billfish were mostly non-cooperative, the bulk of the fish were being seen in the area of the 1150 Fathom Spot.

Best Lure/Bait: Live bait was best by far, but only because of the numbers of sleepers being baited and the "law of averages" that an occasional bite came from the sheer numbers of baits being tossed.

Live Bait Supply: The supply was very good throughout the week with caballitos and some greenback mackerel, too.


Some extraordinarily foggy days from Mazatlan that actually kept the boats from departing for lack of visibility, (most fleet sportfishers do not have radar capabilities). This condition reduced the overall number of fishing days for the Aries Sportfishing Fleet and only 8 total days were reported for the offshore waters. Mazatlan was experiencing some of the Cabo Syndrome with plenty of billfish being seen but getting them to bite was a completely different story. No matter how the baits were being presented, the billfish were showing little or no interest and the days were frustrating for both, the anglers and the crews. The offshore fish count for 8 days fished reflected 5 stripers, (2 released) and 1 mako shark, but with all boats having billfish opportunities. The inshore fishing was very good, with easy limit fishing for groupers, along with 10 red snapper and 10 perch reported for their 4 days fished.

Mazatlan Climate: Partly cloudy days with some "pea-soup" foggy conditions that spanned a couple of days and even prevented the boats from going out. Temps were the typical cool evenings and warm days that ranged from 545 degree nights to 84 degree daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Mostly calm. Inshore temps at 73 degrees that would gradually rise to 77 degrees in the offshore waters at about 15-18 miles or so and the clarity conditions were much improved from the 15-18 mile mark and outbound from there.

Best Fishing Area: Generally, beyond the 15-18 mile mark as the water clarity and temps changed to warmer and blue water.

Best Bait/Lure: The rigged trolling bats caught the fish but according to the skippers, the billfish were non-cooperative for the most part and not interested in chasing the baits, no matter how well they were being presented.

Bait Supply: Excellent for both, live bait and fresh trolling baits.


It was a significantly improved fishing week from Zihuatanejo, according to Captain Temo Verboonen, and a welcome change to the past couple of very slow fishing weeks. There was just enough change in the overall offshore conditions to entice the fish to start biting a little better and the skippers were reporting fair activity on the marlin, sailfish and dorado in the offshore waters, starting at about 19 miles and outbound from there to 30-plus miles or more. The bait was being seen in the 15 mile area and the sailfish were popping up in that area in the early afternoons. The clarity of the water improved at about 23 miles or so and beyond, and the marlin were strutting their stuff in the blue water. The inshore fishing was pretty good this past week, especially for the Sierras, bonitos and jack crevalle but by mid-week the fish were biting much better in the Troncones and Saladita areas. Overall, Temo said it was a much improved fishing week and a sign that the offshore conditions had made some much need condition improvements.

IZ Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and pleasantt evenings with temperatures that varied from 64 nights to 86 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Actually, a much nicer fishing week offshore with mostly calm waters and light surface breezes. Inside the 100 Fathom Curve the water temps were very cool for this area, down to 73 and increased steadily to about 77 degrees at about 15 miles offshore and rising to 78-80 at the 1000 Fathom Curve and outbound from there.

Best Fishing area: The early afternoons saw good sailfish action at about 15 miles offshore but the marlin and dorado action was outside there, starting at about 23 miles or so and beyond.

Best Bait/Lure: The rigged trolling baits were providing the bulk of the billfish and dorado action for the offshore waters. Spinning tackle, working well inshore and smaller hoochies and pencil poppers working good for the inshore.

Bait Supply: Continues to be readily available with a good supply of fresh baits for rigging and live bait for the inshore fishing.


I think we're going to rename Puerto Morelos the "Catch-a-lot" area. It was another super fishing week for the boats that produced a 15 fish mixed-bag catch that was spread over a total of 32 days fished by the various boats. The catches were inclusive of 1 blue marlin, 8 sailfish, 7 wahoo, 3 king mackerel, 15 dorado, 6 Atlantic barracuda, 10 blackfin tuna, 49 bonito, 4 amberjack, 15 triggerfish, 3 snapper, 1 shark, 2 grouper, 3 soapfish and 2 Spanish mackerel.

PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and pleasant evenings with temps from 71 nights to 87 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Superb water temps that are holding stable at 81 degrees with excellent clarity and light tropical surface breezes.

Best Lure/Bait: The preferred bait continues to be the locally caught ballyhoo that is used for all of the locally caught species from the largest of billfish to the smallest of triggerfish.

Bait Supply: We have never experienced any diminished supply for fresh baits in the Puerto Morelos region.

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Date: 4/26/2012 2:36 PM UTC

Hello Friends ~ As is usually the case, the spring is heating in up in Mexico for offshore saltwater fishing! Here's the latest fishing report from Cabo, East Cape, Baja, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, and the Cancun Puerto Morales area - straight from our good friend Larry Edwards. When it's time to book a charter, don't leave getting the best available boat to chance - book it with someone who knows! ME :)


The Cabo San Lucas billfish bite offered some terrific fishing days this past week for some of the boats that fished the offshore waters from the 1150 fathom spot and on up to the Gorda Banks area. The "Gaviota IX" released 12 stripers for 3 fishing days and the skipper's reported good action on lures and live bait in the area. The boats were reporting billfish in widely scattered areas from the Lighthouse to Santa Maria Bay, Chileno, and outside Palmilla, but the concentration appeared tto be from the 1150 fathom spot and inward toward the Gorda Banks areas. The overall fish report for 18 offshore fishing days reflected 26 stripers released and 4 dorado and 5 inshore cruiser fishing days reflected 10 Sierra, 6 roosterfish and 2 skipjack tuna.

Cabo Climate: Picture perfect weather, sunny, warm and clear days and nights with temps from 63 nights to 90 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Pacific side, from Golden Gate, southerly across the Jaime Bank and out to the 1000 fathom curve and around to Chileno, temps at 71 degrees, then rising to 74 degrees just before the Gorda Banks and from Gorda Banks into the Sea of Cortez at 76-77 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: While scattered billfish bit well over a wide area the 1150 fathom spot was by far the center of the action and it extended on inward to the Gorda Banks and above.

Best Lure/Bait: Live bait was best but the fish bit well on the artificials and the drop backs were working well this past week with the fish eager to bite.

Live Bait Supply: A very good supply throughout the week with a mix of caballitos and mackerel.


The fleet continues to report very good striper action starting at about 15 miles south of the Marina El Cid and continuing outbound from that area as the water temps remain favorable for the area. The "Aries II" was high boat for the week and reported a 5 striper day that was followed by a 3 striper day. According to Ms. Kitcia Ceja, the reporter for the Aries Sportfishing Fleet, the action was good for all of the boats and multiple opportunities were available throughout the fishing week. The overall offshore catches for 16 days fishing reflected 17 stripers, (8 releases) 2 sailfish, 4 dorado and 1 mako shark. The inshore fishing report for 5 days fished reflected good red snapper acttion with 59 snapper, 31 grouper, 1 triggerfish, 1 perch, 1 barracuda, 2 corvina and a single sailfish taken aboard the Anzuelo III.

Mazatlan Climate: Mazatlan, aka sunny Sinaloa, offered warm, clear days and cool evenings with temperatures that ranged from 57 nights to 85 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Inshore waters are cool and green, with temps at 67-68 degrees, then rising to 72 offshore at 14-15 miles and again rising to 74-75 degrees at abbout 18 miles out to the south of the Marina El Cid. Water is mostly off colored greenish tinted out to about 18 miles or so, then goes to a clean green with a bluish color to the water.

Best Fishing Area: Out to the south of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 18 miles or so and outbound from there, into the warmer and cleaner waters.

Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits have been performing exceptionally well for the Aries Fleet sportfishers.

Bait Supply: Remains excellent for both, live bait and fresh rigging baits.


Captain Temo Verboonen reported another week of slower than normal fishing for the offshore waters, (within the 25-30 mile range)primarily due to the cooler water conditions and the off-colored, greenish water. The big game fish, (marlin, sailfish, dorado, tuna, etc.) are, for the most part, staying outside the 1000 fathom curve and beyond the 50 mile mark, making it out of reach for most of the boats. However, the inshore fishing did pick up this past week and there were some much better reports reflected in the catches of Sierra and jack crevalle. The inshore fishing is different day by day and often, even during the same day, causing the skippers to explore different areas.

IZ Climate: Warm, sunny days and evenings with temps that varied from 67 nights to 86 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Cool, 71 degree water inshore along the beaches and gradually rising to about 80 degrees at 15 miles offshore and then increasing to 81-82 at about 18-19 miles and outbound from there. Clarity is poor to about 18-20 miles or so, with off-colored green water.

Best Fishing Area: The fish are scattered and there is no concentration at this time. However, as the water temps begin to increase gain and the water clarity improves, the bite will resume for this area.

Best Bait/Lure: For the few billfish that were caught, the rigged baits were working best.

Bait Supply: Remains excellent for this area with both, live bait and fresh rigging baits.


Puerto Morelos should be renamed the Caribbean Fun Fishing Center with blue water action just a few minutes outside the entrance to the Marina El Cid. The weekly bite action for this area is incredibly different from our other areas and typically spans at least a dozen species in every catch report. Now, as we move into the white marlin season, we add another fish to the spectrum. The overall catches for Puerto Morelos for 21 days fished reflected a 13 fish mixed bag report that included 3 white marlin, 6 sailfish, 16 dorado, 6 Atlantic barracuda, 4 king mackerel, 2 wahoo, 7 bonito, 3 Spanish mackerel, 1 grouper, 1 snapper, 3 amberjack, 2 triggerfish and 1 jack crevalle.

PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm and toasty days and evenings with temps that ranged from 68 nights to 86 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Very good water temps and clarity conditions throughout this area and holding stable at 81-82 degrees with mostly light and variable surface breezes.

Best Bait: The on-going choice of the fishing skippers continues to be the freshly supplied ballyhoo, taken on a daily basis.

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Date: 4/17/2012 1:10 PM UTC

The first three months of 2012 have flown by and we have had a mixed bag of fishing. January started out great! We had lots of Tarpon and a few really nice Snook. February we had some great days of fishing with big numbers jumped and boated. Toward the end of February we had a winter storm that pushed down through the USA and caused some rough seas and rain. The first part of March was typical with some high seas and rain, but still some great days of fishing. We have truly had an international clientele for 2012! Anglers from Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Africa, Canada, Poland, USA and Venezuela have tested their angling skills here in the famous waters of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica!

The Snook run has been phenomenal this year! Lots of Snook in the mid to high twenty pound range and one Monster Snook of over 46 pounds caught by George Ferguson of New Jersey. Only a handful of people have ever caught an Atlantic Snook in the mid to high 40 pound range. What a trophy fish! This was George's first ever Snook! All of us Snook fishermen are green with envy!!!

The last two weeks of fishing have been stupendous! Big numbers of Tarpon jumped and boated and a lot of monster Tarpon in the 150 lb range. The Tarpon have started to spawn a little late this year.But, make no mistake, the large schools of hungry Tarpon are here! A lot of our boats. are catching double digits in the mornings! Most of the boats have enjoyed hooking three to 4 Tarpon at once with only two anglers fishing! Great Action and sore muscles! We still have a few choice spots left for our spring season.

Don't delay, email us today to book your fishing adventure in paradise! 

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