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 Apr 11, 2009; 09:38AM - “Ocho Ocho” - the Place to Go
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 04/09/2009
REPORT #1161 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape

Best action reported is to the north, close to the 88. Loads of dorado and some marlin.
Closer to shore, anything floating seems to be holding schools of small dorado.
Same story inshore with a continuing run of quality roosters mixed in with some big-shouldered jacks north of Punta Pescadero all the way to Muertos.

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 57-87
Humidity 60%
Wind: NNW 8 to 11 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:38 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Outside, the dorado can be found around the shark buoys and the small yellowfin tuna are within ten miles of Boca de Soledad. There’s still some decent action at the Entrada for small yellows and some remaining sierra.

Estero action has been spotty. The few anglers fishing there found small snook, grouper and snapper at Devil’s Curve.

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 52 -81
Humidity 55 %
Wind: WNW 14 to 19 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:10 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:47 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

For all species, the fishing here has really been very slow this week. Historically, this is a typical April trend. Then when the cooler water current moves out, the fishing rebounds after the first week of May.

The blue water is still holding between 10 and 12 miles out, but the average is only about 1 sailfish per boat, per day. I was on the beach early this morning watching the night fishermen bring in their catch, and even it was very small. However, this could be attributed to the full moon phase. There was one commercial fisherman who had a few football sized yellowfin tuna, but he said he had to go 50 miles to find them.

Even the inshore jack crevalle action, which has been so hot the last few weeks, completely shut off this week.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 68-86
Humidity 72%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:40 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:00 p.m. CST

Cabo San Lucas

This time of year the Sea of Cortez, specifically up at the Punta Gorda area around the Inman Banks is where you’ll find the best striped marlin action…mostly tailing fish and you’ll need to be pretty accurate with your casts. However, if you manage to get bait within 10 feet, the chances are pretty good of getting a hookup. The better scoring boats are releasing 5 to 7 fish per day; others, one or two.

A few nice yellowfin were recently caught at the Gorda Banks, nothing earthshaking but some decent fish to 50 pounds. There were also several pods of dolphin that did have fish with them, 10 to 20 pound football-sized fish. Most were on the Cortez side of the cape.

There have been scattered 20+ pound dorado in the warmer waters offshore on the Sea of Cortez. Hook one up and there’s a fair chance of getting another following behind the hooked one. Spotting the frigates feeding was the key, although blind trolling resulted in some as well.

Inshore action has definitely been good. Sierra and yellowtail continue to dominate the inshore action. While not large, the sierra are in great numbers once the schools were found. There has been great action just outside the beach on the Pacific side at Pueblo Bonita Sunset Resort and on the Cortez side outside the Cabo Del Sol Golf Course. Most boats have been able to get limits for their anglers using sardina as live bait, but blue/silver swimming plugs and hootchies did well also. A few yellowtail in the 8 to 10 pound class with a few fish to 25 pounds and an occasional fish that could not be stopped. Added to the mix of fish caught were the occasional pargo and amberjack as well as some small roosterfish.

George & Mary Landrum

Water temperature 75 – 78
Air temperature 61 – 91
Humidity 62%
Wind: WNW 14 to 19 kts
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:04 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:38 p.m. MST
 Mar 14, 2009; 08:07AM - Puerto San Carlos Tournament a Local Hit
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 03/12/2009
REPORT #1157 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996


Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

The composite photo above from the Puerto San Carlos Copa Gobernador Tournament last weekend is irrefutable evidence of how popular this series of tournaments has become in Southern Baja. The photo of families crowded together shoulder to shoulder fishing from the Puerto San Carlos commercial pier is one that many would have never thought would happen.

Clicerio Mercado, organizer of the Copa Gobernador Tournaments in Baja has done an outstanding job of bringing the communities together and introducing sportfishing to families and their kids and it is working. Each year the number of participants grows. Why wouldn’t it? Small entry fees, cash prizes, free stuff…hats, t-shirts, good food and of course the fish.

Corvina, mojarra, cabrilla and yellowtail showed up in good enough numbers to make it a contest. As the winners were announced everyone whooped and hollered for their friend and neighbors who won the cash prizes.

According to Mercado, much of the events success was attributable to API office in San Carlos.

Congratulations to our good friend Captain Sergio Garcia from Lopez Mateos for his win in the grouper division.
Results

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 52 -73
Humidity 82 %
Wind: NW 13 to 17 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:39 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:34 p.m. MST





East Cape
Local Jim Gray with yellowtail caught near Rancho Leonero photo provided by John Torres
Unseasonably calm weather produced an uptick in the fishing action. While there were few boats and anglers to capitalize on the good bite, a couple of pangas found a drifting dead seal and the fly fishermen racked up some double digit numbers of dorado…some of them up to forty-five pounds. It was literally fish till you drop or until you can’t lift a rod anymore.

The warmer water below the light house also had a few striped marlin but there were few anglers who cared.

The inshore was the place to be or maybe no one was willing to go any farther. Roosterfish cruising well within casting range could be seen at several different beaches all week with the lack of wind.

The big news was the ongoing yellowtail bite that keeps going off sporadically. One day it is over the top and the next it is all about pelicans sitting on the water. When it does go off, it is ‘bendo’ for yellows all the way up to fifty pounds. The fifty pound ones are probably the ones that got away…you know how fisherman are.

Don’t forget the sierra that are a nuisance when they buzz through at the same time as the yellows, leaving you with a line fluttering in the breeze as they bite through the line and all.

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 60-75
Humidity 77%
Wind: NE 4 to 5 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:31 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:27 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

This week we are averaging about 1 or 2 sailfish a day per boat. Dorado are sparse, but the blue marlin bite is heating up. The 81º blue water is still only 5 or 6 miles off the beach, but the boats that are getting in on most of the action are getting their fish from 18 to 20 miles out. The cooler 78º water is still holding to the North, but should move in within the next couple of weeks. This will bring in the blue marlin in force.
At least 30% of the boats are getting a shot at the big blues, and a few of them have been leadered every day this week.
The super panga, Huntress, with Mike Buckley and Captain Francisco, is still holding up to be the high boat in the fleet, and has been for this last 4 weeks. When they find the fish, they are still getting double and triple hook ups, with one day being a double on sailfish, and a blue marlin taking the third bait. However, as with all the boats, the fish are not aggressive and are short-biting the baits. The total for the Huntress was 30 strikes for 5 days of fishing, and 10 sailfish released. They also got a nice 40 pound dorado.
Santiago, on the panga Gitana, is averaging 2 sailfish a day released, and got a nice blue marlin yesterday (Tuesday).
Early in the week, the private boat Moonlight, out of Marina Ixtapa, fishing with Arturo Ramirez of Morelia, Michoacán, caught a nice 500 pound blue marlin, and then the next day took a huge 56 pound dorado.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 70-88
Humidity 78%
Wind: ENE at 3 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:56 a.m. CST
Sunset 7:55 p.m. CST
 Feb 20, 2009; 02:47PM - Eye of the Beholder
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update 02/18/2009
REPORT #1154 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
2009 FLY FISHING SHOW AT PASADENA CENTER
Southern California fly-fishing fanatics will converge in Pasadena this weekend (2/20-21) for the annual Fly Fishing Show at the Pasadena Center.
Gary will present a “Baja and Mainland Mexico Do it Yourself” in the CATCH ROOM
Saturday 4:00
Sunday 3:00
Though there were come complaints of wind, it seemed to be an ‘eye of the beholder’ kind of week with conflicting reports all over the map!

My email has been full of East Cape fishing updates some of which are below:

“Wide open yellowtail bite right in front of the hotel…no photos.”

“Wind ripping…kite boarders delight…see photo.”

“We are heading up to Punta Perico…WFO yellows and pargo!” And then later, “We’re back, tough fishing…one twenty pounder and a few firecrackers. Pargo floated, but none landed. No photo”

And finally, “The hotel has been sending out two or three boats per day, with all boats doing well…no photos.”

I feel like I am listening to the judges on American Idol. Seven contestants/days…six bad, one ‘okay’ but that one is declared the ‘best ever’ by some.

ATTENTION ALL EAST CAPE FISHERMEN!!!

SAGARPA, the government division that oversees fishing regulations and fishing licenses, has installed a new Port Captain in Los Barriles. In addition to the Port Captain, there are two full time employees, Jorge Castro, whose job it is to sell licenses and a super panga Captain who will be in charge of enforcement.

The boat dispatchers at the various hotels will also have the required fishing licenses available for purchase.

SAGARPA intends to begin enforcement immediately.

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 57-82
Humidity 62%
Wind: NW 15 to 21 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:49 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:17 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Offshore action has been limited all week because of high winds and rough seas. Still a decent bite out at the Entrada for small yellows, along with enough sierra to deplete the fly box.
Inside the esteros the action was limited to a few leopard grouper and snapper plus cabrilla.

Seems like there are more whales than tourists this week.

Puerto San Carlos Copa Gobernador Tournament will take place March 7, 2009.

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 56 -78
Humidity 37 %
Wind: NW 11 to 15 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:23 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 82 degree blue water is still just a short run from the harbor. The overall fishing for both the inshore and offshore is picking up, and should continue the trend as we get out of the full moon phase.
There is a lot of bait inshore, with the jack crevalle, sierras, black skipjack tuna, and birds all getting in on the feast.
In the blue water, the sailfish action is also picking up. A few marlin strikes were reported, and a couple of dorado were taken.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 73-89
Humidity 65%
Wind: NE at 15 mph
Conditions: Mostly Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:49 p.m. CST
 Feb 14, 2009; 09:40AM - Winds Drop…Fish Pop!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 02/12/2009
REPORT #1153 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
According to Mark Rayor, owner of Vista Sea Sport, the fishing early in the week picked up when the wind died. Punta Pescadero was the scene of an outrageous sierra bite that went on as long as the chum held out. Even the yellow tail began to bite. One mossback, weighing nearly fifty pounds, was caught off of one of the rocky points. Everyone is being ‘mum’ on the exact spot; no one wants a repeat of last year when the local gillnetters swooped in and in one morning wiped out the whole school.

Reports of 74 to 75 degree blue water a few miles offshore sucked a few boat out and they were rewarded for their efforts with limits of dorado.

Then Wednesday morning, the north wind returned effectively preventing anyone from getting out to fish.


IMPORTANT AND ATTENTION ALL EAST CAPE FISHERMEN:

The government division that oversees fishing and fishing licenses - SAGARPA - has installed a new Port Captain in Los Barriles. In addition to the Port Captain, there are two full time employees - Jorge Castro - whose job it is to sell licenses and a Super Panga Captain who will be in charge of enforcement.

The boat dispatchers at the various hotels will have the required fishing licenses available.
Licenses are: $136p/day, $284p/week, $408p/month $531p/year.

SAGARPA intends to begin enforcement immediately.

Hmm…could last week’s Road Trekker have made a difference? http://roadtrekker.blogspot.com/

Lance Peterson, our East Cape Guide reported, “Just returned from some kayak fishing out front this morning. I was motivated by seeing a twenty pound dorado almost beach itself chasing a ballyhoo. I wasn't out there long before I spotted another dorado swimming on the surface. I took a cast but no interest. On the way back in I was surrounded by a school of quality roosters...10 to 15 pounds, I'd say. I hooked two but could not get the hook to stick! Fun to see them though! I was surprised to see how close they would come to the kayak.”

Water temperature 67-75
Air temperature 55-77
Humidity 73%
Wind: N 8 to 10 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:54 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:12 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Whale watching continued to dominate the water activities again this week, as the strong winds and high seas kicked up most of the week.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 51 -76
Humidity 91 %
Wind: NW 12 to 17 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:19 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
With the full moon, the fishing has slowed down considerably. The 82º blue water is still only about 5 miles off the beach, but the fish are not biting.
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, said it is 'muy mal'...In other words, “real bad”. And, when one of the best captains here can't get a sailfish in the blue water, or even a jack crevalle off the back side of the surf line, it IS really bad! Adolfo does think the game fish are here, and said in one more week we will have good action again.
Earlier in the week, and before the full moon, I had fished with John Spriggs down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. We raised 4 sailfish, had two teased to the boat, and he hooked one on the fly rod.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 72-86
Humidity 65%
Wind: NE at 1 mph
Conditions: Mostly Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:15 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:46 p.m. CST
 Feb 7, 2009; 08:51AM - Baja Winter Delivers!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 02/04/2009
REPORT #1152 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape

This time of year the quality of fishing is completely in the hands of the ‘wind gods'. A calm evening is no guarantee of calm seas the next morning. Though many a night the windows rattling in their frames give audible validation that the morning will bring grumpy seas.

Almost always the tin boat guys can be found in the early morning darkness with coffee cups in hand, their shadowy silhouettes gathering on the damp sandy beach. They wait for the Baja morning to determine their work for the day…fish or chores?

Occasionally there will be a morning when the sun rises up from a sea so calm that it appears to be an unbroken sheet of glass where any feeding fish can be spotted instantly.

This week included a few of those days and the boys fishing inshore did well catching plenty of sierra as well as a few small jacks. The few hotel boats that ventured farther offshore were rewarded with a few dorado and tuna. Reports of marlin persisted, but few blue flags were spotted on the returning boats.

Lance Peterson reported, 'Beach fishing has been hit or miss for me this week despite some calm mornings and ample baitfish along the shore. Some days there is consistent action on pompano, jacks, and ladyfish; other days have provided very little action. Roosterfish have been in short supply recently with only a few fish spotted chasing bait. Farther off the beach, fleeing baitfish and swooping frigates point toward the presence of game fish. However, I have not ventured out there to see what is biting. Reports from the local tin boat fleet have indicated a decent dorado bite just a mile off the beach.'

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 55-88
Humidity 68%
Wind: NE 5 to 7 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:07 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Copa Gobernador Tournaments part of the XVI Gray Whale Festival was a huge success with good sized tuna, yellowtail and large groupers being the big winners. The winners all wore big smiles and the others vowed to do better next year.

The whale watching continues in full force as tourists arrive by the bus loads. These giants of the sea are the biggest hams in Baja, providing plenty of photo ops for those willing to get up close and personal.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 56 -79
Humidity 61 %
Wind: WSW 4 to 5 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:08 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:13 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

Sailfish and dorado fishing has slowed down a bit; however all the captains are telling me 'there are a lot of fish out there…they are just not biting.' The boats are averaging about five raised sailfish a day each, but they are only hooking one or two.
Baja on the Fly client, Phil Barker of Pleasanton, CA, fished a day with me in the blue water down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. The fly line parted on the first sailfish he hooked. After the hook set, you have only a nanosecond of time. You are up against a 75 pound fish that has been clocked at 68 miles an hour, and is the fastest fish in the ocean. If you hold on to the fly line too long, things start to break down. Fortunately, the second fish Phil hooked was tagged and released.
Inshore, we're seeing lots of bait and birds, and there is even some decent jack crevalle action. The action depends on whether the bait has moved to the inside or just outside of the surf line. It is dangerous to get in too close to the surf line, so if they are inside the surf line, we just have to leave them for another day.
There are some large cero mackerel being taken on trolled rapalas by the White Rocks. Jacob Schougaard of Denmark caught five with Marcos on the panga, Oceana. The ceros were between 8 and 11 pounds, and were the largest Marcos had ever seen. Jacob also released two sailfish on the Oceana the next day.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 72-86
Humidity 58%
Wind: NE at 6 mph
Conditions: Mostly Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:18 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:42 p.m. CST
 Jan 31, 2009; 06:37AM - Best Fishing: Cabo Marlin-East Cape Beach
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 01/28/2009
REPORT #1151 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
While there were a few nice days, this is not the time to plan a trip around fishing at East Cape. Sure the fish are still here…a few dorado, maybe a marlin or two and all the sierra you might want, but the wind can tough to work around.

On the other hand, the beach produced well on some days according to our guide, Lance Peterson.

“There were lots of fish off the beach at times but they were feeding on really small bait and were pretty tough to feed a fly. Nonetheless, we caught small roosters, jacks, pompano, and even black skipjack.”

So while the weather isn’t ideal, you might get lucky!

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 53-77
Humidity 67%
Wind: NNW 11 to 15 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:00 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:03 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Welcome to one of the greatest shows on earth…if you are looking for gray whales, that is. The season is in full force and every day more busses arrive, disgorging eager tourists with digital cameras clutched in their fists hurrying to the pier to have an ‘up close and personal’ experience with one of these giants a few hundred yards in front of the pier.

Adding to the excitement this weekend is the first in a series of localized Copa Gobernador Tournaments. These tournaments attract many local families seeking cash prizes, tackle, and
Tee shirts while introducing many to sportfishing for the first time.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 53 -79
Humidity 83 %
Wind: WNW 8 to 10 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:10 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:09 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

Our sail fest slowed down a bit this week. This can be accounted for by several reasons. The blue water is still close to the beach, but it cooled down a couple of degrees. And, we had a small earthquake last Tuesday, which really shuts off the bite. Plus, on Monday, we had a barometer pressure drop come over us, dumping a little rain in the mountains behind us. A barometer drop is tough on fish. They go deeper in the water column to balance out the pressure, and hate to come to the surface for a trolled bait.

The fish are still here, and if we can get the favorable conditions back, the fishing will definitely improve.

Most boats are raising five to seven sailfish a day, but only hooking one or two. Again, they are just off their feed from the weird unseasonal conditions.

Jacob Schougaard of Denmark hooked a sailfish on the fly when fishing with me down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero. We raised 5 sailfish and a huge dorado, which did not take the fly.

Marcos, on the panga Oceana, got two sails and a 250 pound blue marlin for his best day. And Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, told me he got two roosters while fishing up North beyond Saladita. He also said there were a lot of big jack crevalle. The jacks are running 15 to 20 pounds.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 72-87
Humidity 61%
Wind: SE at 2mph
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:19 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:39 p.m. CST
 Jan 24, 2009; 11:07AM - Zwhat Rocks…Mag Tournament
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: Endless Season Update 01/21/2009
REPORT #1150 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
Very few visitors in the hotels again this week with only a boat or two heading out on the non-windy days. One Palmas boat returned yesterday sporting two blue flags with small red flags beneath. I guess that means they caught something with a bill that they let go??? They also flew five yellow flags indicating dorado, I suppose. Most of the locals have had to be content with sierra, small roosters and jacks before the north wind cranks up.
Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 62-73
Humidity 71%
Wind: NE 2 to 2 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:57 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Lopez Mateos Copa Gobernador Tournament will take place January 30-February 1st
There will be a new category:
Estuary fishing for Adults and teenagers the rule states they can fish aboard pangas no bigger than 20 feet long, prizes;
10,000, 7,500 and 5,000 pesos per category and for deep sea fishing the prizes are also very good, 5 places 50,000 pesos to 10,000 Dorado, Wahoo & Tuna. Program

Registration January 30th at Aquendi Restaurant, from 2:00 PM on
Fishing on January 31st
Awards ceremony on February 1st at 7:00 PM

Good news for the whale watchers….more whales! And for the surfers, the bigger surf has attracted surfers on Jet Ski’s. Both of which have over shadowed the fishing this week. There were a few sierra and corvina along with a few grouper and pargo deeper in the water column. Out at the Entrada there were more firecracker yellows under the bird schools. However, the show went pretty much unnoticed because of a lack of anglers in the area.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 62 -77
Humidity 56 %
Wind: NW 4 to 6 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:13 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:03 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Our sailfish fest is still holding up. The 83º blue water is still just off the beach and the boats are all scoring well. Early in the week the counts were down a bit because of a lot of fishing pressure with most boats working an area 8 to 12 miles in a southerly direction, but now the concentrations of fish been relocated and they have moved more to the North-West.
The Tournament Anglers Association is holding their annual 4-day tournament this week, with 17 pangas and 34 anglers. After day two days of the tournament, the points leader was John Jackson, with 7 sailfish and 1050 points. The TAA is an outstanding group of fishermen dedicated to the conservation of the billfish species. Their point system is set up so the angler gets 150 points per fish when the leader is touched within 5 minutes. Points are deducted for every 5 minutes after that. No points are given for a fight of 1/2 hour or more. And, all of this is using circle hooks and a maximum of 20 pound test line.
I am getting reports of a few roosters being caught up North above Saladita, so tomorrow I will try that. Today (Thursday), I am fishing with Toronto, Canada angler, Gary Megan, with the fly rods for sails. He hooked two a couple of days ago, and wants to do that again.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 74-89
Humidity 58%
Wind: SW at 12mph
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:20 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:35 p.m. CST
 Jan 18, 2009; 08:25PM - Mexican Fishing Licenses: More = Less
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
Endless Season Update 01/14/2009
REPORT #1149 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
The box below compares the cost of the 2009 Mexican Fishing licenses with the cost in 2008. The price of the licenses actually went up about 8%. However, the peso rate increased in favor of the dollar by about 31%. The lesson here is to purchase your Mexican License with pesos and it will be cheaper than it was last year.
Mexican Fishing license cost two year comparison
2008 1 USD =10.9076 MXN 2009 1 USD = 14.2829 MXN
2008 1 day license 130 pesos ($11.92) Weekly 260 pesos ($23.84) Annual 500 pesos
($45.84)
2009 1 day license 136 pesos
($9.17) Weekly 290 pesos ($20.30) Annual 540 pesos
($37.81)

There are few guests at the hotels so most of the boats are not heading out. North winds blew most of the week creating a left over lump along the beach which prevented even the tin boat fleet from getting a couple of hours fishing in before the relentless wind pounded the beach in the afternoon.

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 57-77
Humidity 65%
Wind: NNW 9 to 12 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:53 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

The annual influx of tourists arrived in search of a close encounter with the rapidly growing number of whales that have begun arriving from the North. Every year the number of visitors seems to grow. Meanwhile the fishing almost comes to a standstill while the town puts on a short lived, eco-friendly image. An image that quickly disappears when the ‘big guys’ leave.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 56 -78
Humidity 68 %
Wind: WSW 5 to 6 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:13 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:58 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
It is still only a short ride to the 83º blue water, and the outstanding fishing for sailfish continues. And, we were in the middle of the full moon phase last week. It is hard to believe, but the great fishing we have now is going to get even better in this next few weeks.
Each boat in the fleet is averaging between four and six sailfish a day, and at least one 20+ pound dorado. Most of the blue water action is taking place between the 12 and 13 mile mark.
The individual counts are almost too numerous to list, but a few examples are like Martin on the Nautilius, averaging five sailfish and a dorado per day, with a high day of nine sailfish released. Martin also hooked a large blue marlin, but lost it after a few minutes. Annual returning fishermen, Billy and Barbara Gray of Hilton head, South Carolina fished 3 days with Santiago on the panga, Gitana, releasing 19 sails, and then one day with Adan on the panga Gitana II, releasing seven.
There is a large group of fishermen from Denmark here now, and they are having a blast. The days they fish the blue water, they gets lots of sails and dorado. The days they are inshore, they are getting lots of jack crevalle and sierras. The only thing missing inshore are the roosters, but they will be back in May.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 80
Air temperature 73-89
Humidity 65%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:20 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:31 p.m. CST
 Jan 11, 2009; 09:30AM - Good-to-Great Greets 2009
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 01/07/2009
REPORT #1148 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
Winter conditions persist with sporadic north winds dictating the quality of fishing each day. There are still reasonable quantities of fish to be found on the good (no wind) days.

Though none of the hotels have more than a few guests and the number of boats going out is light, when they do go out, it is more often than not for half a day until the wind gets them.

In spite of the fact that most of the boats are fishing within 5 miles of shore, the catches have been remarkably good. Plenty of marlin are found tailing down-swell with an occasional bite yielding a fish per day for those targeting them.

Dorado in January? You bet…a few fish are being caught from 5 to 35 pounds, mostly free swimmers in open water.

Sierra continues to be the go to’ fish when nothing else wants to bite or the boats are forced to remain near the shore.


Water temperature 71-76
Air temperature 57-81
Humidity 76%
Wind: NNW 10 to 13 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:48 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

As usual, sportfishing has taken a backseat to Magdalena Bay’s other cash crop…whale watching.

With a few whales beginning to arrive and the promise of more to follow, everyone is focused on preparations for the visitors wanting to get up ‘close and personal’ with these friendly giants of the sea and their newborn.


Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 52 -79
Humidity 44 %
Wind: W 9 to 12 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 7:13 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:53 p.m. MST






Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Our fantastic sailfish action has not let up, plus we are seeing more 20+ pound dorado each day. The 82º blue water is just 8 miles off the beach, with almost all the fishing action taking place between the 10 and 15 mile areas.
Jaime Morales, the owner of the Vamonos fleet, told me the Vamonos I fished three days, accounting for nineteen sailfish, four dorado, and one small blue marlin. The Vamonos II had five sails and two dorado for one day, and the Vamonos III had seven sails and one dorado for one day.
Martin on the Nautilus, and Margarito on the Gaby, both told me they are getting an average of five to seven sailfish and two dorado a day.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 80
Air temperature 71-91
Humidity 77%
Wind: SW at 2 mph
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:19 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:26 p.m. CST
 Jan 3, 2009; 08:08AM - Recollections, Anticipations and Updates
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 12/31/2008
REPORT #1147 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
2008 Looking back, our fishing season was largely spent on the beach in pursuit of roosterfish on the fly. So, as to be expected, it was wind and waves that determined when the ingredients for successful fishing would come together.
As the winter months faded into spring, the opportunities on the beach increased as the North wind subsided. Early season found the usual ‘fast movers’ (jack crevalle and roosterfish) within range of a fly from shore. But it was a few big yellowtail in March that made for the most noteworthy targets from shore.
While the roosterfish are not often big early in the year, the potential for a grande pez gallo is always there, and by spring the reality of roosters pushing the 50 pound mark (and beyond) made every day on the beach interesting to say the least.
Good numbers of big roosterfish made an appearance at the East Cape in 2008 but finding yourself on the right beach, at the right time, with fish ready to eat a fly was critical. When it all came together, countless hours on the hunt paid off in memorable action and a few amazing fish. Beyond playing the rooster game there were ample opportunities for several other species including sierra, pompano and pargo. Lance Peterson, BOF Guide
2009 The last days of 2008 have provided some great weather and calm seas. The early morning bite has been consistent, providing action on a mixed bag of fish. Most of the roosterfish are under 5 pounds as is usually the case in the winter, but there are some bigger fish around also. I have spotted two roosters in the 30 pound class recently, giving hope to the idea of hooking big fish from shore in the winter months.
Of course, I can't help but look ahead to spring, the last of the North winds, and the best months for hunting roosterfish with a fly. The sardina have been concentrating quite well along the shoreline. If that trend continues, I'm optimistic that we will see great fishing at East Cape in the coming year...it's all a matter of being there when the bite is on! Lance Peterson, BOF Guide
Water temperature 71-76
Air temperature 60-80
Humidity 55%
Wind: NNW 10 to 13 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 11 miles
Sunrise 7:01 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:43 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Dropping sea temps have slowed the offshore fishing. However, one boat fishing the Thetis reported good catches of yellowtail. There are also some smaller yellowtail, as well as sierra, at the Entrada.

Estero action provided some grouper under ten pounds along with some good surface action for corvina.
Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 58 -79
Humidity 44 %
Wind: WNW 8 to 11 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 13 miles
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:48 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Fly angler: Chris Sovak, New York
Location: Mahuja, North of Zihuatanejo about 30 miles
Guide and photo by Ed Kunze
2008 This last year was really kind of a disappointment for fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico. During the peak of the high season, we had unusual cold water currents move in, which caused our warm water game fish to leave for parts unknown. We look at this as not being a long term affect, rather a short term 10-year cycle about to repeat itself.
2009 This coming year should prove this out as our blue 80º water is currently just off the beach, and the fishing is outstanding. Sailfish action will peak during the dark of the moon periods for January and February, with another mini-migration occurring in July. Roosterfish action will heat up in May, and peak at the end of July, but we will still be getting decent fishing into late December. Blue marlin and yellowfin tuna will be best in May and June.

Our fishing is continuing its excellent action on sailfish. The 82º blue water is just off the beach, with most of the fish being taken between 7 and 10 miles.
The yellowfin tuna are still a ‘no show’, but a few blue marlin and dorado are being taken.
Mecate, on the boat Aqua Azul, is averaging 7 sailfish a day released. He has a total of 34 releases in 5 days, but many other boats are doing almost as well.
Plus, the fly fishermen are finally getting a number of shots at sailfish and a decent chance for a hookup. Fishing with Andre Padovanti, of British Columbia, we teased four fish to the boat and he got the hook into two. We were up at Mahuaja fishing with Ramon on his open panga, and launched off the beach.
A couple of days later I went back to Mahauja with Chris Sovak of New York. The fish had apparently moved out of the area, because we raised only one fish all day. At 11:00 a.m., we got the strike, teased it to the boat, and Chris got a good hook set, with the fly firmly in the corner of its mouth. It was Chris's first ever billfish, either on the fly or conventional gear, so it turned out to be a decent day after all.
The next day (yesterday), I went down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with Joe and Denette Romano. Joe is a hunting/fishing guide out of Anchorage and an avid fly fisher. We raised six sails, and had four come to the boat. He hooked two, and she hooked one.
Inshore action is still holding steady with lots of sierra and smaller sized jack crevalle.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 80
Air temperature 71-88
Humidity 65%
Wind: SW at 12mph
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 11 miles
Sunrise 7:18 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:23 p.m. CST
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