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Date: 4/5/2012 11:36 PM UTC

Mexico is heating up! You'll see the reports get better and better from now through the summer and into the fall months. Thanks to Larry Edwards who compiles this weekly!

THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET AND FISH CABO FLEET

A considerably better fishing report for the past week that reflected the billfish have pretty much turned the corner and rounded Cabo San Lucas, heading into the Sea of Cortez, which is very typical for this time of year. With the water temps falling on the Pacific side of the peninsula and starting to warm on the Sea of Cortez side, it's a natural move for the billfish and we look for the dorado and yellowfin tun to follow. While not many yellowfin tuna are being caught right now, the skipjack tuna have been the bigger fish and have probably averaged 12-15 lbs. or so with some bigger species nearing the 20 lb. mark. According to Roberto Marquez, owner of Fish Cabo Fleet, the skipjack tuna have been as big as many of the yellowfin tuna that were caught over the past couple of weeks. The overall combined fish counts for this past week for 31 days reflected 21 stripers, (19 released) 5 dorado, 25 skipjack tuna, 3 Mako sharks, 5 yellowtail and 41 Sierra.

Cabo Climate: A truly nice week in Cabo with a few passing clouds and lots of sunshine and temps that ranged from 62 nights to 87 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Overall, it's been a good week on the water with mostly light and variable surface breezes. Water temps on the Pacific side were in the 67-69 degree ranges with a defined temperature break at Palmilla Point and out to the southeast at 72-73 degrees and stretching on up to Los Frailes. All of the warm water area had excellent clarity while the cooler waters on the Pacific side remained off color green.

Best Fishing Area: The bulk of the billfish were being caught around the 1150 fathom spot and northerly from there to Destiladeras.

Best Bait/Lure: The billfish were responding well to the live bait drop back as well as live bait casted to sleepers and tailers.

Live Bait Supply: Remained good with both, caballitos and green mackerel.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

The offshore water temps increased by a degree this past week and it actually made a big difference in the billfish bite, bringing up the tally to almost a billfish per boat day fished. The skippers were reporting seeing many billfish and the secret was getting them to bite the baits. The lower Sea of Cortez is starting to shape up into it's spring mode, when the water temps and overall sea conditions begin to improve every week and along comes the better fishing in the offshore waters. Soon, we will have the schools of dorado back on location at the buoys and with the dorado come the black and blue marlin. During the past week the fleet reported in for 15 days fished in the offshore waters that resulted in 10 stripers, (3 released) and 3 sailfish, along with 1 dorad and 1 mako shark. The inshore super pangas, reporting in for 10 days fished, reflected 12 corvina, (10-18 lb. fish) 29 jack crevalle, (aka toro) 41 perch, 3 black snook 8 big red snappers, (15-20 lbs.) and 9 white snappers. All in all, it was pretty decent fishing for the entire fleet for this time of year and it bodes well for Easter Week anglers.

Mazatlan Climate: Mostly sunny & warm days with cool nights and temps that ranged from 53 nights to 84 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Mostly light and variable surface breezes and very little swell in the offshore waters and temps holding at 73 degrees, rising from 71 degrees from the shoreline to about 14-15 miles

Best Fishing Area: Continues to be out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid at about 24-30 miles or so.

Best Bait/Lure: The rigged trolling baits, (mostly mullet (aka Lisa) have been performing very well for the anglers.

Bait Supply: Good supply of both, live bait and mullet for rigging baits.

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT SPORTFISHING FLEET

According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the water rolled over and turned cool and the fish bite slowed up substantially throughout the area, both inshore and offshore. While the skippers are still seeing the billfish they are being very difficult getting a bite from them and the fish counts have diminished over the past week for nearly all of the boats. Even the inshore action has been very slow this past week with only a few Sierra and bonito to report, along with a few jack cravelle in the deeper water, mostly taken on the deep trolling artificials, i.e., Rapala types, in the magnum sizes and a variety of colors. Right now, the crews are trying wide selection of lure ammunition but nothing has performed better than the other this past week.

IZ Climate: Superb weather, partly cloudy days with warm and pleasant evenings, temps from 70 nights to 88 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: A little windy but the ocean remains calm with cool surface temps that fell to 73 degrees inshore and rising to 77 degrees offshore, outside the 100 fathom curve and out to the 1000 fathom curve, then rising to 79-80 degrees. Considerable off-colored greenish tinted water extending from shore to near 40 miles.

Best Fishing Area: None reported as the fish have scattered about through the area.

Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits were best for the boats that landed billfish but were few and far between.

Bait Supply: The cooler waters have not hampered the bait supply and there continues to be an excellent supply of boat, live bait and baits for rigging.

THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


The first blue marlin of the year was taken aboard the 35' Bertram sportfisher, "HAMMER", by the Mr. Presinger charter group, trolling a fresh ballyhoo from the outriggers. The peak season for the blue marlin during the past few years has been in the May-July time frame and while this may be a jump-startt to the season, only a bit of time will tell. We have already been into the sailfish season, which tends to peak in May & June, so this is a welcome addition to the catch report. The overall fishing this past week remained good and provided a 13-fish mixed bag catch that reflected the 1 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 9 dorado, 12 blackfin tuna, 8 wahoo, 4 king mackerel, 2 Atlantic barracuda, 3 Spanish mackerel, 13 bonito, 2 amberjack, 3 triggerfish, 4 grouper and 1 snapper.

PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and evenings with temps that ranged from 70 nights to 90 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: An excellent water weather week with stable temps that held at 81-82 degrees throughout the area and calm seas with light & variable surface breezes.

Best Bait/Lure: The unending supply of fresh ballyhoo continues to be the choice of the skippers on a daily basis.

Bait Supply: Readily available and fresh caught on a daily basis.


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Date: 3/30/2012 6:16 PM UTC

Hello from beautiful Waikoloa Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii - I'm on spring break with family and I didn't bring a flyrod...so business goes on as usual! Here's the latest from our friend Larry Edwards regarding Mexico offshore saltwater fishing. Reports are improving as the weather warms. Enjoy the read!

THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET AND FISH CABO FLEET

As the week progressed in Cabo San Lucas, the striper action spiraled upwards for many of the boats in the area from the Gorda Banks to Destiladeras, on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula. According to the Fish Cabo Fleet Owner, Roberto Marquez, the bite was fast action and almost totally on the artificials as boats were reporting 10-15 strikes per day. The downside was they were nearly all short-biters and blind strikes that made it difficult if not impossible to get a drop back bait o the fish. Nevertheless, it was lots of action and it was keeping anglers and crew on their toes throughout the day. Now, if this bite will only hold in place for a few days, those fish will likely change tactics and begin to cooperate and if nothing else, allow for drop-backs with the live baits. Unfortunately, most of our boats fished short trips this past week and the fish counts do not reflect the new bite area above the Gorda Banks, but we should see some much better reports for the coming week. The overall combined counts for a total of 20 days fished reflected 9 stripers, 1 dorado, 3 yellowfin tuna, 23 skipjack tuna, 1 mako shark, 6 roosterfish, 12 Serra and 12 yellowtail, (mostly in the 20-30 lb. ranges)

Cabo Climate: Mostly sunny, warm days in the mid to low 80s with cool nights at 61-62.

Sea Conditions: Most of the Pacific side is greenish waters and cooling down to the 64-66 degree mark and butting up to 68-69 degree water at Cabo Falso. Continuing to rise from Cabo Falso and into the Sea of Cortez to 72 degrees by Palmilla Ridge and on to Las Frailes.

Best Fishing Area: The area from the Gorda Banks to Destiladeras for the best striper action.

Best Lure/Bait: Artificials were getting bit super well in most colors with the mackerel & dorado colors doing very well.

Bait Supply: Good supply throughout the week, mostly caballitos.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

The offshore action for billfish reflected a 50% catch rate for the sportfishing cruisers but most of the boats did have a couple of good opportunities at a billfish. The inshore bite for the super pangas reflected a good bite on the corvina, (average size about 10-15 lbs.) and even a black snook wound up in the mixed bag catch, a nice fish about 20 lbs. The overall catch report for 10 offshore days reflected 5 stripers and 2 mako sharks and the inshore, super panga action for 8 days fished reflected 1 black snook, 21 corvina, 122 big red snappers, 34 perch and 19 jack crevalle, (toro). According to Geronimo Cevallos, the fleet manager, the corvina bite is typical for March & April in the inshore waters and provides terrific action for the inshore anglers with a terrific fish that closely resembles a white seabass and tastes like a white seabass.

Mazatlan Climate: Mostly sunny early in the week and then partly cloudy days with temps that ranged from a cool 5l degrees at night to 81 degrees for daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Inshore waters are cool at 69 degrees with mostly off-color green water. Temps rise to 71-72 degrees at about 15 miles offshore and the water clarity improves to a clean blue.

Best Fishing Area: Most of the billfish strikes have been out to the south of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 18 miles and out bound from there, but no real concentration in any given area.

Best Bait/Lure: The billfish and the mako sharks have been taking the rigged trolling baits very well.

Bait Supply: Remains plentiful for both, live bait and rigged trolling baits, supplied fresh on a daily basis.

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT SPORTFISHING FLEET

Captain Temo Verboonen reported some windy days and some green, cooler water rolled through during the early week and then left the area, returning the fish bite at about 8 miles from the entrance to the Bay. Once the cooler, off colored water moved out, the marlin, sailfish and dorado popped back up but this time, much closer to the entrance of the Bay. We had lots of sea life activity in the fish bite zone with dolphin, birds, bait and of course, good fishing, too. The inshore action has picked back up considerably with schools of big jacks biting at Morros de Potosi and Guamilule, next to Barra de Potosi. The Sierras and the Chulas striking well at the plugs and poppers.

IZ Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and excellent evenings with temps that ranged from 72 nights to 89 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Mostly flat calm days in the mornings with the windy conditions starting around 11:00 A.M., creating some wind chop. Temps are in the 77-78 degree ranges inshore and rising to 80-81 just outside the 100 fathom curve and then warming to 84 degrees outside the 1,000 fathom curve.

Best Fishing Area: Currently at the 8-9 mile mark, directly in front of the Zihuatanejo Bay Entrance.

Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits working well for the offshore fishing and plugs and poppers doing very well for the inshore fishing.

Bait Supply: Continues to be plentiful for all of the sportfishing fleet on a daily basis for both, live bait and trolling baits.

THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


While a little slower week on charters, the fishing remained strong through the week and the anglers that elected to fish the longer days had good opportunities at sailfish. The overall catch report for a total of 18 days fished reflected 8 sailfish, 3 king mackerel, 7 blackfin tuna, 10 bonito, 4 Atlantic barracuda, 9 dorado, 1 Spanish mackerel, 6 triggerfish, 3 snapper and 7 grouper or a combined species of 10 fish.

PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days and evenings with temps ranging from 70 nights to 87 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Good sea temps that are holding right at 80 degrees with mostly light & variable easterly breezes and some light afternoon wind chop.

Best Bait/Lure: The ballyhoo remain the bait of choice for the captains and they are used in a variety of methods from the outriggers or down riggers and in both, skirted and multi- colors of skirted forms.

Bait Supply: The ballyhoo are caught fresh on a daily basis and supplied to all of the boats for their fishing day. We have never had a report reflecting any bait difficulty for this area.


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Date: 3/21/2012 12:38 AM UTC

One of the most exciting parts of my job is planning my research adventures. Usually by the time a fishing destination makes it to the Rod and Reel website, I've already experienced it. But occasionally I will take the word of clients and industry professionals and add pages prior to my personal stamp of approval. The following are a few places that I've been salivating over for months...and in some cases years. Because of my affinity for flyfishing, these destinations all have conditions suitable for fly anglers. And because I hate Oregon winters...well, you'll see what I mean. Please enjoy the read! And if you want to go fishing with me, please drop me a note!

SUMMER FISHING TRIPS

Bristol Bay Alaska
Igiugig Lodge - Lake Iliamna
Rainbow Point Lodge - Lake Iliamna
Rainbow River Lodge - Lake Iliamna

Southeast Alaska
Tanaku Lodge
Boardwalk Lodge

Montana
Madison Valley Ranch
Ruby Springs Lodge
Gallatin River Lodge

WINTER FISHING TRIPS

Costa Rica
The Zancudo Lodge

Mexico
Campeche Tarpon Town - I know - I've been here five times but I still dream about it a lot!
Xcalak - Costa de Cocos (ditto the above)

If after reading some of the above you find yourself experiencing similar dreams of excellent fishing adventures, I want to hear from you. When you go with a host, you'll find the red carpet is rolled out for you at many levels. You'll have the right gear, a professional teacher and guide, and more fun than you will be able to imagine!!

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Date: 3/16/2012 3:00 PM UTC

If your first thought when you clicked here was "maybe some cool photos...", sorry. I've been recovering from a hernia surgery since Monday and I've had a lot of time to think. My soul has been stirred for a couple of years to do something big. And every time I can slow down enough to do some thinking, my brain wanders back to both the source of the stirring and the possible outcomes. Here's what I know so far:

1. I am here for a reason. I believe in One Creator who has a plan for each individual life. This Creator has no name although many humans have tried to give it one. I hesitate to do this and will refer to the Creator as just that.

2. I believe that humans have a simple list of "rules" that we have complicated exponentially in an effort to help society function properly. The simplified version of the rules are this:  Love the Creator and love each other at least as well as we love ourselves. This love is not romantic. It's selfless and sacrificial. If my default is "what's in it for me?", I'm missing it completely.

3. I believe that each person is given a very short time on earth and we are each charged by the Creator with leaving it better than it was when we arrived. The formula for actually accomplishing this meshes perfectly with the rules.

4. I believe that life doesn't end when my heart stops beating. Add this to the above and I get a catalyst that inspires.

My life is important. So is yours. Each of us has different gifts and different circumstances that allow for different strategies for changing our world. But we should all have the same goal - do what we can to make the world a better place. This is BIG. I don't compare myself to others who have more to give than I do. My circumstances are different - I have more than some, and less than others. But we are a human team - each member doing its part to help us reach the same goal.

This scares me. Aspiration to build, succeed, and HAVE more is very human and very American. Aspiration is not bad. In fact it drives us to be better. But if the RULES have been chiseled into our genetic code, we will see that aspiration without a real love for others is a dangerous recipe for an unfulfilled life.

So what exactly am I going to do to change the world? Stay tuned.

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Date: 3/9/2012 4:15 PM UTC

Hey Fishing Travelers! Here is the latest Mexico offshore saltwater fishing report from our good friend Larry Edwards. If you are planning to book an offshore fishing charter, don't leave it to chance. Get the best available boat for Cabo, East Cape, Mazatlan, Ixtapa, or Cancun by contacting me first!! Prices are reasonable and the peace of mind is priceless!

THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET
AND FISH CABO FLEET


The striper action picked up a bit toward the middle of the week and even with the full moon the fish wanted to bite a little, which was a welcome change. The water temp has come up a degree or two and some mackerel have moved into the area between Finistera and Los Arcos, still on the Pacific side. According to Roberto Marquez, owner of the Fish Cabo boats, almost every boat in the area has had one or more opportunities at the stripers but the fish seem to be biting short and not sticking to the hooks. We call that an early release but don't count the fish as a catch or reflect it in the reports. 50% of the boats reported at least catching/landing a billfish and that's a significant improvement over the past few weeks. The overall combined fish counts for a total of 16 days fished reflected 9 stripers released, 1 dorado, 1 mako shark, 27 yellowfin tuna and 3 yellowtail.

Cabo Climate: Mostly sunny and nice days with temps that ranged from 57 nights to 83 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: On the Pacific side, from Todos Santos and southerly to the 1000 fathom curve, wrapping around Cabo San Lucas and up to Las Frailles, the water temps remained fairly stable for the past few days at 70-72 degrees. The warmer waters spanned about 10-15 miles wide from the shoreline and outbound from there.

Best Fishing Area: From the area out front of the Finistera and on the Pacific side up to Los Arcos, 1-5 miles offshore.

Best Lure/Bait: Mackerel were best and caballitos worked too, just not as well.

Live bait supply: Remained OK through the full moon and could occasionally be replenished while fishing.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

Even though the water temperatures increased quite a bit this past week, the full moon seemed to take its toll on the fishing results, especially for the billfish in the offshore waters. Lots of jumpers throughout the offshore area but very finicky biters. Even the inshore bite for the super pangas was not as good as it had been, but we do expect to see a good rebound for the next week, especially if the water temperatures stay the same or continue to rise. The overall offshore fish counts for 11 days fished reflected 4 stripers, (2 released) 1 dorado and 2 mako sharks, (to 150 lbs.). The inshore super pangas, reporting in for 5 days fished, reflected 18 jack crevalle, 8 triggerfish, 25 grouper and 7 big red snappers, (to 30 lbs.).

Mazatlan Climate: Mostly sunny and warm days with an occasional passing cloud and temps that varied from 52 nights to 83 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Sea temps ranged from 68 inshore to 71 offshore. The inshore waters are a murky green and the offshore waters are a clean green. Mostly light surface tropical breezes that vary by the day from 5-15 mph.

Best fishing Area: No real concentration of billfish with most of the action at 21-24 miles out to the south of the Marina El Cid. Lots of jumpers in this area.

Best Bait/Lure: The fish caught were all taken on rigged trolling baits.

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

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT
SPORTFISHING FLEET


What a tremendous difference a week can make for fishing, even when it comes on a full moon condition. According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the bite was significantly better this past week coming into the full moon phase and the billfish were eager to bite. Most of the offshore action started at about 18 miles and reflected good sea life throughout that area with bait and birds. Sailfish and marlin were readily available and even a few quality dorado were in the mix. The inshore waters in the area of Saladita, produced some good catches of roosterfish, Sierra and lots of bonitos and while there were schools of jack crevalle throughout that area, they were not cooperating and definitely not too eager to bite. All in all, it was a very good fishing week for inshore and offshore but very slow on charters going out.

IZ Climate: Sunny, warm days, with a few passing clouds and temps that ranged from 72 nights to 90 daytime highs.

Sea conditions: Good water temps that ranged from 81 inshore to 82 offshore. A long strip of cleaner water at about 18 miles separates two greener water areas on both sides. A mostly calm week with light and variable surface breezes.

Best Fishing Area: In the cleaner water that starts right about the 18 mile mark.

Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits were working perfectly well for the billfish and dorado.

Bait Supply: Remains readily available and not affected by the full moon condition.

THE PUERTO MORELOS SPORTFISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID
SPORTFISHING FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


A rather unusual weather occurrence in the Puerto Morelos area this past week that kept the port closed for two days due to strong easterly winds blowing through the area. According to our reporter from Puerto Morelos, Armando Gutierrez, the hard winds blew up a rough sea condition that prevented the boats from fishing in safe conditions. Even though the ocean was stirred up from the windy conditions, the fishing wasn't affected and the bite was right back to normal on the days following the wind. The combined fishing report was for 24 days fished and reflected a 10 fish mixed bag catch that included 11 blackfin tuna, 25 dorado, 20 Atlantic barracuda, 45 bonito, 19 Spanish mackerel, 1 amberjack, 2 grouper, 9 banana fish, 9 triggerfish and 2 king mackerel.

PM Climate: Mostly cloudy days with occasional sunshine and stronger easterly surface winds that ranged from 5-30 mph and temps that ranged from 70 nights to 86 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Port closed two days due to rough sea conditions and strong easterly winds. Sea temps holding stable at 79-80 degrees throughout the area.

Best Bait/Lure: Ballyhoo continue to be the bait of choice for all of the skippers and is used for all fish caught from top feeders to bottom fish

Bait Supply: Caught fresh on a daily basis and no noticeable problems with plenty of bait for this area.


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Date: 2/28/2012 6:56 PM UTC

They did it again. They surprised me. They made my favorite fishing destination on the planet even better than last February! The guides in Campeche have found new spots with bigger and less finicky "baby" tarpon. The average tarpon in these new spots was a conservative 15 pounds with at least a dozen fish over 20 pounds and a few pushing 30+. I arrived on Feb 17 and fished seven straight days (a bit much for this tired old body). The weather cooperated for the most part with only three days of wind that made casting difficult outside the shelter of the mangroves. We had five anglers who had never fished saltwater or tarpon before...all caught multiple tarpon on spinning gear and flyfishing.

The first four days I fished with five anglers from Eugene, sharing the boat with one of them each day and helping them learn the many tricks and tactics required for getting the hard-mouthed tarpon to the panga for a photograph. The last three days I fished solo. It was nice being on the bow the whole day, but I missed the interaction with clients. And the guides do not have the same skill with the Iphone camera that my American clients possess. But I got enough footage of jumping tarpon to create an awesome Campeche video which should be done in the next few weeks. I've decided to let a professional in town make this video as my skills are lacking in this area. On EPIC DAY FIVE I jumped 25 fish and got five to the boat for photos. The biggest was over 30 pounds and all were over 15 pounds.

On average each angler jumped about ten to fifteen tarpon per day and got two to three to the boat for photos. This may not sound like much, but they all want to come back. The tarpon is an amazing fish that can easily ruin you for other species!

Here are a few photos for your enjoyment!
















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Date: 2/14/2012 7:32 PM UTC

The latest fishing report from our friend Larry Edwards - finest fleets in four distinct saltwater regions of the great country of Mexico! If you are planning to book a charter boat, don't leave it to chance - let me help you get the best available boat at the price that fits your budget!


THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET
AND FISH CABO FLEET


It was a difficult fishing week for the boats from Cabo San Lucas, as the currents and water temps were changing by the hour and the full moon was adding to the fishing dilemma, rendering many of the boats fishing the surf line for the schools of Sierra. While the Sierra are a fun to catch fish on light tackle and unquestionably one of the tastiest of all the varieties of fish, particularly pan-fried and for ceviche, they still don't take the place of the billfish, dorado and tuna that the area is famous for. Sierra do offer fun fishing for the family, especially those that have youngsters aboard for the day, as the action is nothing short of excellent and limit fishing is the norm one the fish are located. Then, if you can mix this in with few roosterfish and a couple of yellowtail off the high spots, it provides a successful fishing trip for many anglers. The overall fish counts for the fleet reflected a total of 4 stripers, (3 were released by the "Gaviota IV" for a single fishing day, just outside the Cabo Falso lighthouse) 6 yellowfin tuna, 11 skipjack tuna, 2 roosterfish, 5 yellowtail, (jurel) and more than 100 Sierra, (Spanish mackerel).

Cabo Climate: Partly cloudy days with a slight chance of rain toward the end of the week and temps that ranged from 57 nights to 77 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: A plume of cooler, 66 degree water, about 5 miles wide, separated the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez and extended out to the south from Cabo Falso. Both sides of this cold water band were at 68-69. Warmer waters, at 70ish, extended along and outside the 1000 fathom curve, out to the southeast of Cabo San Lucas.

Best Fishing Area: None reported as there is no concentration of big game fish at the time of this report.

Best Lure/Bait: The billfish that were landed were all on live bait.

Live Bait Supply: Mostly caballitos, smaller baits, and the ballyhoo for rigged baits.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

While only a few charters this past week, the striper action spiraled upwards, even with the full moon condition and most of the boats had multiple opportunities for billfish as the water temps continued to improve. The inshore action continued to produce a mixed-bag catch that allowed for more than 16 fish per boat average. The overall counts for the offshore waters for 7 days fished reflected 11 stripers, with 4 released. The 4 inshore fishing days reflected 3 jack crevalle, 1 shark, 1 seabass, 17 white snapper, 27 perch and 16 red snapper, (all in the 12-15 lb. range).

Mazatlan Climate: Partly cloudy days with a slight chance for rain Friday thru Sunday. Temps ranged from 49 nights to 80 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Some light surface wind chop but no swell during the early week and then mostly calm waters. Inshore tmps stable at 70 degrees and the offshore waters, from about 15 miles offshore, rising to 74-75 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: Out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 15-18 miles or so and outbound from there.

Best Lure/Bait: The billfish were eager to take the rigged baits.

Bait Supply: Remained good throughout the week even with the full moon condition.

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT
SPORTFISHING FLEET


According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the fishing got better and better with each passing day and by mid-week, the fish decided it was time to be hungry and bite for the anglers. It was very good fishing just 10 miles off shore, producing quality sized dorado, sailfish and even a few marlin in the mix of fish. The off-colored greenish tinted water and the full moon didn't seem to have a dramatic effect on the bite, which progressively improved with each passing day. We saw spots of feeding marlin chasing schools of bait through this area, along with groups of sailfish eager to bite the rigged baits. The inshore fishing remained very good for the Sierra, (Spanish mackerel) toro, (jack crevalle) and bonito. The barracuda were biting very good on the charters that fished at night during the current full moon, which allowed the boats to offer a 2nd trip for the day.

IZ Climate: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain on Friday thru Sunday. Temperatures remain very comfortable at 69 nights to 87 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Calm seas and very good water temps that ranged from 83 inshore to 86 offshore right at 10 miles and extending offshore to more than 50 miles.

Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits working very well for the billfish and dorado in the offshore waters. Inshore fishing good on smaller Rapalas, hoochies, live bait, etc., for the Sierra, bonito and toro.

Best Fishing Area: Right at the 10-mile mark for the billfish and dorado

Bait Supply: Remains very good and unaffected by the full moon condition.

THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING
FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


It was another fun-filled fishing week coming out of the Marina El Cid Sportfishing Fleet in Puerto Morelos, with the boats reflecting an average of 6 fish per trip. The wide-variety, mixed-bag catches, represented 11 different species for an area that typically produces a dozen different fish for their weekly fishing reports. Puerto Morelos is a unique fishing area about 25 miles south of Cancun, where the deep waters of the Caribbean Sea comes within a quarter mile of the entrance to the Marina El Cid, and allows for fishing within minutes of leaving the dock. Anglers get much more fishing time for their charter dollars when fishing from the Marina El Cid, in Puerto Morelos. The overall catchs for this past week for 30 days fished reflected 1 sailfish, 31 dorado, 29 Atlatic barracuda, 13 blackfin tuna, 10 Spanish mackerel, 50 bonito, 16 mberjack, 8 banana fish, 2 snapper, 8 triggerfish and 9 grouper.

PM Climate: Mostly cloudy with some chance of rain from Friday thru Monday. Temperatures are pleasant and ranged from 66 nights to 84 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Overall, a very good water-weather week with mostly light & variable surface breezes and a stable sea temp that held right at 80 degrees.

Best Bait/Lure: The daily, fresh caught ballyhoo continues to be the prime bait for this area and is used in a variety of methods depending on the type of fishing for the day.


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Date: 2/13/2012 12:43 PM UTC

Good Monday Morning! I've been out of town for a week - not fishing - for a little sunny getaway in the California desert. As we drove over the border into Oregon last night in a snow storm I wondered why I had left the 80+ degree weather to come home...but when my seven-yr-old gave me a huge hug, I knew the answer! Here's last week's Mexico saltwater offshore fishing report from our good friend and business associate, Larry Edwards. Enjoy the read!

THE CABO SAN LUCAS SPORTFISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING
FLEET AND FISH CABO FLEET


Last week, we thought the billfish may have already turned the corner, rounding Cabo San Lucas, and headed up into the Sea of Cortez, but now, I think those thoughts were a bit premature given this weeks fishing report. However, it does reflect that the billfish are not holding in a concentrated area as they should be at this time of year. While the better billfish ara continued to be in the Golden Gate Bank area on the Pacific side, the boats also caught billfish on the 1150 fathom spot and Chileno on the Sea of Cortez side. Most all of the smaller game fish, dorado, tuna, etc, came from the Pacific side, once again. The overall combined fish counts for 23 days fished reflected 8 billfish, (7 released) 15 dorado, 5
yellowfin tuna, 11 skipjack tuna, 1 Sierra and 1 roosterfish.

Cabo Climate: Sunny & warm during the early week. Then, partly cloudy days with temps from 56 nights to 81 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Cooler waters moving throughout the area on both sides of Cabo. Pacific side has warmest temps from 5 miles above and outside the Golden Gate Bank and running southerly, down across the Jaime Bank and on, outside the 1000 curve, was all at about 70 degrees. This is about a 15 mile wide swath of warmer water. Everywhere else on both sides of the peninsula was in the 67-68
degree temps.

Best Fishing Area: Continues to be on the Pacific side in the Golden Gate Bank area.

Best Lure/Bait: Live bait was by far the best for the billfish.

Live Bait Supply: A good week for bait. Mostly caballitos with a few mackerel.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

Mazatlan is having some excellent billfish action with the Pacific striped marlin and most of the boats are reporting multiple opportunities for the billfish on a daily basis. According to Fleet Manager, Gernonimo Cevallos, the boats are having 4-5 shots at billfish everyday but only about 20% of the billfish are interested in chasing the rigged baits with most of the fish just sinking out on the presentations. Still, it appears that the action will continue for awhile and it probably reflects some billfish movement from the Cabo San Lucas side, across to the mainland side. Charters have been considerably slow this past week and only reflected 4 offshore fishing days that resulted in 7 stripers and 1 mako shark for the angler efforts. The inshore fishing produced some good small game action and reflected 14 jack crevalle, 1 corvina, 1 striper, 25 white snapper, 16 red snapper and 35 perch for their 5 days fished.

Mazatlan Climate: Partly cloudy days with light & variable surface breezes and temps that ranged from a cool 48 degrees at night to 81 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Overall, very good sea conditions that kept the area nearly flat calm with inshore temps at 70 degrees and rising to 74 degrees offshore, at about 20 miles or so and bluing up to good billfish waters.

Best Fishing Area: The better billfish area is now about 20 mils out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid and outbound from there.

Best Bait/Lure: The rigged baits, slow trolled from the outriggers, were best for the billfish.

Bait Supply: Remained very good throughout the week for both, live bait and fresh dead baits for rigging.

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT
SPORTFISHING FLEET


According to Captain Temo Verboonen, the waters have rolled over and changed from the deep blue to a greenish, off-color, and moved offshore to 20 miles and beyond, discouraging the fish from biting the baits. He said the fish bite has slowed throughout the area for both, inshore and offshore action. The overall catches for the boats reflected a couple of marlin, a few sailfish and a few dorado, and until the water cleans, it's likely to be difficult fishing for the boats. There is still lots of fish showing up for the inshore boats but even those fish are being skittish and tend to spook to the deep on the feel of the approaching boat. Temo says you get 1 or 2 chances at the inshore fish before they spook and then, you have to wait for them to re-surface and try again. Most of the inshore fish are still the bonito, Sierra and jack crevalle and only an occasional roosterfish.

IZ Climate: Sunny & warm days during the early week, then partly cloudy days but still warm with temps from 70 nights to 87 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Mostly calm waters throughout the area with light and variable surface breezes and temps that ranged from 80 inshore to 83 offshore, and all with a greenish tint.

Best Fishing Area: None was reported in any area with the fish being caught mostly outside the 20 mile mark.

Best Lure/Bait: Most of the offshore fish were taken on the rigged trolling baits and the inshore fish were best on live baits.

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

THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING
FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


The Marina El Cid Sportfishing Fleet from Puerto Morelos, continues to produce a wide variety mixed-bag catch for their anglers, week after week, and this week was no different. The report reflected another 12 specie catch for the boats that fished some 25 days in the area and reflected good action for the anglers that included 2 sailfish, 21 dorado, 38 Atlantic barracuda, 4 Spanish Mackerel, 29 Bonito, 8 blackfin tuna, 1 shark, 4 soapfish, 3 snapper, 5 amberjack, 18 triggerfish and 11 grouper. There is something exciting and special about fishing in the Caribbean that attracts the anglers from all parts of the globe and especially from the East Coast areas and we believe it is the incredible variety of catch opportunities that begin within a quarter-mile of the entrance to the Marina El Cid.

PM Climate: Mostly cloudy days with fair mixes of sunshine and comfortable temperatures that ranged from 68 nights to 82 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Favorable water temperatures continue at a stable 81 degrees that stems from the coast line to the offshore waters. Light surface breezes from 5-15 mph and nearly flat calm season continue to
entice the anglers.

Best Bait: The always available ballyhoo continues to be the bait of choice and is provided on a fresh caught daily basis.


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Date: 2/1/2012 11:57 PM UTC

The lines between occupation and passion are often sharp and clean. I have many friends and clients who work hard what they do for a living, so they can follow after their passions in life. My lines are rather blurry. I am one of the very fortunate people who has a difficult time distinguishing between how I make a living, and how I live my life. Sometimes I feel ever so slightly guilty when I have to use "quotation marks" when describing my "job". But it is just a twinge of guilt, easily repressed and ignored with the help of the salty sea air in tropical fishing destinations. Are you hating me yet? Please don't...give me a few more paragraphs before you judge too harshly!

Blessings fall on the just and the unjust, just like Oregon rain. I didn't do anything to deserve my place in life. Yes, I work hard and it's not all fun and games, but because I love what I do - it rarely feels like work. But because of the awesomeness of my job, most people would do it without compensation if they could find a way to make it happen. I'm reminded of a saying that fits here beautifully [The way to end up with a million dollars in the fishing travel business....is to start with two million.] Because of how my life has unfolded, I am able to give away to charities more money every year than my company makes. That is not an idle boast. I guess I feel like I owe it - but it feels really good to give.

This life is a gift. It was given to me by God, or fate, and came to fruition by series of complex intertwined circumstances. A really good friend inspiring me to be entrepreneurial was probably the most easily recallable event - Thank you Darrick. And meeting my loving and supportive wife on recess in sixth grade is another circumstance that cannot be ignored - Thank you Kim! All the pieces just fell into place. And I feel like I need to give back as much as I can.

And now that I am in this position - having a wonderful job/life - I am in a position to do a lot of other really cool things that benefit my little slice of the world. I have a part-time staff position at our church where I get to bless people by just being willing to have coffee or lunch and talk about life. I get to play piano and lead our worship services a couple of times a month and schedule all the singers and musicians for our Wednesday night services. I get to make a living while living LIFE.

So don't hate me. Join me. If it's possible...if you have the ability to try...make your living into your LIFE. And even if your circumstances won't allow it - have the mentality that everything you have in life is a gift - and try to give it all back. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll be surprised how great your LIFE can be.

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Date: 1/26/2012 9:54 PM UTC

Hey Fishing Travelers! The saltwater fishing in Mexico is legendary. Here's the latest fishing report from Cabo, Baja, East Cape, Mazatlan, Ixtapa, and Cancun. Enjoy the read!

THE CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT FOR THE GAVIOTA SPORTFISHING FLEET
AND FISH CABO FLEET


It appears that the billfish may have filtered around the tip of Cabo San Lucas and started their move into the Sea of Cortez. At least that was what the fish report for this past week reflected and while it may be an anomaly, (the billfish move doesn't usually start until mid-February) we'll be looking forward to the report for the coming week just to see if the trend proves true. Overall, the fishing for the week was quite slow and for no apparent reason. This forced the boats to start looking around on the Sea of Cortez side that reflected a billfish on the 95 Fathom spot and another just above the Gorda Banks. The other two billfish were taken at Pozo De Cota on the Pacific side. While not a bonanza by a long shot, it is an indicator that the fish may be on the move. The overall fish counts for a total of 17 days fished reflected a combined total of 4 billfish released, 4 dorado, 17 yellowfin tuna, 10 skipjack tuna, 1 Sierra and 3 roosterfish.

Cabo Climate: Partly cloudy days for the early week and then, sunny and clear days from Thursday, with temps that ranged from a cool 52 nights to 80 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: The Golden Gate Bank to Cabo Falso on the Pacific side was fairly stable at 69 degrees with the warmest water about 5 miles out to the southwest of the Jaime Bank at 71-72. From Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes on the Sea of Cortez side, the temps ranged from 68-70.5 with the cooler waters closer to Cabo.

Best Fishing Area: No specific area was reported.

Best Lure/Bait: Billfish taken on presented live baits to billfish seen on the surface.

Live Bait Supply: Mostly caballitos with a few mackerel in the bait mix.

THE MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT FOR THE ARIES SPORTFISHING FLEET

Mazatlan was also slow for the offshore fishing this past week and all the surface indicators from the prior week seemed to evaporate for no apparent reason. It is likely that the fish are now moving in and out of the warmer and cooler waters that were pushed in from the north. However, this trend may be on the changing mode as the offshore waters that the boats typically fish out to the south and southwest of the Marina El Cid, are pushing warmer waters back into the area. There is a huge area of 74-75 degree waters being pushed up against the cooler 70-71 degree waters, which may bode well for the coming week. The overall fish counts for the 11 offshore fishing days reflected 4 stripers and 10 yellowfin tuna. The inshore fishing was also down for the week and reflected 10 jack crevalle, (aka toro) 11 red snapper, 31 white snappers, 45 perch, 2 grouper, 21 barracuda and 6 Sierra for 7 days fished.

Mazatlan Climate: Partly cloudy during the early week and changing to sunny & nice days on Thursday, with temps from a cold 43 nights to 79 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Light & variable northerly surface breezes, very little swell and overall, mostly calm waters with temps from 73 inshore and rising to 74-75 offshore.

Best Fishing Area: No specific area was reported other than to mention the yellowffin tuna were caught running with the porpoise.

Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits for the marlin and feathers, hoochies and cedar plugs for the tuna.

Bait Supply: Good supply of both, live bait and rigged baits available throughout the week.

THE IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT
SPORTFISHING FLEET


During the early part of the week, the sailfish were being enormously cooperative and it well for the anglers. We had a report from our Wyoming client, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kordus, telling us that they had 10 sailfish releases for their 3 fishing days and added a nice 30 lb. dorado to their catch, too. However, as the week progressed, the fishing shut off and the sails, (while numerous sleepers were being reported throughout the area) were refusing to cooperate and were ignoring the rigged trolling baits. There was an occasional sailfish landed but a far cry from the weeks before when they were attacking everything being presented to them. The water conditions seem to be changing a little everyday and the blue water is moving a little farther offshore with each passing day. The inshore fishing continues to be strong and the jack crevalle bite for the bigger fish, (15-20 pounders) remains excellent, along with terrific catches on the Sierra, (Spanish mackerel) and bonito.

IZ Climate: Mostly sunny & clear days with an occasional passing cloud and temps that ranged from 67 nights to 88 daytime highs, (picture perfect weather conditions).

Sea Conditions: The inshore water temps holding good at 80 degrees and rising to 81-82 in the offshore waters. Nearly flat-calm seas everywhere this past week and some minor clarity change that seems to have the fish moving a little farther offshore.

Best Fishing Area: The offshore fishing during the first part of the week was 10-12 miles and has moved offshore to 15-18 miles as the week progressed.

Best Lure/Bait: Everything was working well in the early week and nothing worked well in the latter part of the week. While lots of fish being seen, they were just not at all interested in the baits.

Bait Supply: Excellent bait supply with plenty of live bait and fresh dead baits for all of the boats.

THE PUERTO MORELOS FISHING REPORT FOR THE MARINA EL CID SPORTFISHING
FLEET, (CANCUN TO COZUMEL AREA)


While the sailfish bite slowed up this past week the overall variety increased to a 14 species mixed bag catch for the boats and provided some top notch action for the anglers. It was one of those weeks when the angler never knew what the next fish might be. Our report encompassed a total of 29 days fished that reflected 2 sailfish, 9 dorado 8 Spanish mackerel, 15 Atlantic barracuda, 47 bonito, 2 blackfin tuna, 2 king mackerel, 2 wahoo, 6 snapper, 7 amberjack, 2 banana fish, 6 soapfish, 19 grouper and 7amberjack.

PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm and pleasant days with temps that ranged from 65 nights to 83 daytime highs.

Sea Conditions: Mostly light & variable surface breezes this past week with temps that held right at 80 degrees throughout the area.

Best Bait: The ever ready and ever lasting ballyhoo continue to be the bait of choice for this unique fishing area. Bait is used both skirted and unskirted, in the outriggers and down riggers, occasionally cut or slabbed, all depending on the species of fish, (surface or bottom).

Bait Supply: Always available for this area.


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