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Old 11-07-2005, 05:27 PM
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Thursday and coming back Sunday night. I just got a email with a current fishing report. I thought I would share it with you guys.



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Mikey this is a report from a guy off of Rockpoint.com, all though he's fishing off shore looks like we'll be into a lot of fish. Jeff

can sum up the fall fishing in Puerto Penasco in one word – FANTASTIC! Don't walk, run and hook up your boat and get out there and do it right now! It doesn't get any better than this! Pick the way you want to fish - trolling, spincasting to fish on the surface, or dropping to the bottom - there's something for everyone right now.

I launched the Constancia from the main harbor at 7:15 Saturday morning with Ric (from here on the Rocky Point board) and two other friends, Dennis and Paul. Headed straight out to the 16 mile reef and made bait with sabiki rigs. We spent about an hour putting live mackerel in the bait tank, as well as some grunts, croakers and small rose snappers. We caught several horse sardines as well and put them on ice.

I then headed out to the 51, running through fairly calm seas at a pleasant cruise of 35 mph. About 40 miles out, I noticed the water started to look very scummy and we started seeing a lot of surface activity. We rigged up and dropped back a few of my personally-built "dorado killer" lures and started trolling. We immediately got a strike and boated about a 12 pound dorado. We trolled the area for awhile, but couldn't seem to get any other takers. There were many schools of dorado that we could see working the surface in nearly every direction. I was actually surprised to find dorado still around in November, but the water temperature was 78 degrees. I suspect they'll hang around for a few more weeks if our current weather pattern holds.

We then headed back towards the 51 Mile reef and started seeing large schools of skipjack all around us. We'd cruise right up near a school, then cast metal minnows into the fray for instant hook-ups. Managed to boat a couple of these, but also lost some lures on break-offs. Pound for pound, nothing fights like a skipjack when hooked on light spinning gear. Although I don't care to eat skipjack, we kept a couple to use for cut bait.

Mike Auditore on El Gato Blanco caught up with us while we were chasing the skippies. Both boats then headed to the 51. Mike got set up and anchored and we motored around a bit longer scoping out the bottom. On our first drop, we hooked up immediately with a large halibut. That was followed by a hook up on a big black seabass. Paul worked the fish for about 35 minutes to get it to the surface. It was so big, that we had to gaff it and bring it around to the back of the boat and two of us worked together and pulled it straight into the boat between the motors. No way we could lift it over the side; we estimated about 225 lbs! Soon, another baby barn door halibut, followed by a smaller black seabass (about 85 pounds). We also caught some large red snappers, a nice-size sardinero (leopard grouper) and several gold-spotted bass. The action wasn't fast and furious, but was pretty steady the entire time we were at the reef. There also seemed to be some Humboldt squid in the area. My live mackerel got picked up on the way down. I couldn't set the hook because I was using a large circle hook, but the line would go slack and I'd feel pressure from the squid. When the squid let go, I reeled up a pretty raked and chewed mackerel.

El Gato Blanco had similar results, boating three black seabass and some red snappers. One of the guys on Mike's boat was injured when a 16/0 circle hook went completely through his hand while they were landing a big black seabass. They managed to remove the barb and back the hook out, but the poor guy can now whistle through the hole in his hand! I only mention this as a reminder to all of my fishing amigos – accidents DO happen! I can't overstress the importance of having a good first aid kit on board to handle emergencies like these.

We fished until about 3:45, then washed down some of the blood and mess on the boat before heading back in. We raced the sunset for the last few miles at 45 mph and made it back into the harbor just as the sun dropped below the horizon at about 5:45. I did take a few pictures, but it was dark as they cleaned the fish. I'll try to download the pictures and provided some links in this post later this evening or tomorrow.

Special thanks to Ric for joining me on this trip. He and I have talked on this board for years about fishing together and finally did so on this trip. It was a pleasure to have another skilled, dedicated fisherman on board my boat. We enjoyed some great food, great fishing and had yet
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I am even more excited than I was before... Plus, my new 9wt should be here tomorrow. Life is good!

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Lucky guy mike. Have a good time there man!
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have a nice trip. don't have to much fun don't there. and remember DON'T DRINK THE WATER!!!
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have a nice trip. don't have to much fun don't there. and remember DON'T DRINK THE WATER!!!
There is going to be way too much Beer & Tequila to worry about water..
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It's been a real good year for billfish too. A 734 lb black marlin was caught out of San Carlos along with a lot of smaller ones and sails
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Sounds like you're gonna have some good fun with 12lb mahi on that 9wt. Glad you got a reel that can handle all that. Be careful if you loaded it with GSP, that is some great but potentially truly evil stuff.

I'd stay away from this hand piercing fad too. No need to get Gamakatsu's lawyers involved in an "improper use of product" suit. Have fun and enjoy some Ceviche on my behalf!
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There is going to be way too much Beer & Tequila to worry about water..
I'll take the Beer. You can keep the Tequila though.(bad expereince worm and all)
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