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 Aug 3, 2006; 05:37PM - Big Numbers in Las Vegas
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: If catching large numbers of fish is important to you , then Las Vegas is the place to go.

I figured that since the fish would be running between 1 and 5 pounds, a light 5 wt fly rod with floating line would be fun. I caught fish, lots of fish, but those stripers really put up a struggle, wore me out. Next trip I'll take Capt. Marks advice and bring my 8 wt rods with sinking tip and full sinking line. The locally made white streamer fly that imitates the shad stripers feed on was just too big and bulky for a 5 wt outfit. ( He only provides spinning and baitcasting gear, so if your a fly fisherman you need to bring your own tackle. Capt. Mark will be more than happy to provide a list of recommended flys and tackle.)

We met Capt. Mark (Adventure In Angling) at 4:45 AM on a 'cool' 105 degree July morning , jumped in the boat, and headed out for some stripe bass action. Lake Mead has hundreds of small coves. In the first light of dawn we could hear, then see, the stripers chasing shad on the glassy surface. The water boiled with fish all around the boat. We each grabbed a rod and cast to the feeding fish. Hookup. A triple. Over the next two hours it was non stop action. We lost count of the triple hookups. It was common for at least two of us to be fighting fish at the same time.

How many fish did we catch? I have no idea. The limit on Lake Mead is 20 stripers per person per day. We caught more than that in the first two hours. Cleaning and packaging your fish is included. Since we were staying in a hotel we released all our fish. We also stopped to take pictures, rest, and drink lots of water. With all the hot fishing action, we hardly noticed the hot weather. LOL

Capt. Mark suggested I return when the weather is a little cooler and the schooling fish are in the 6 to 12 pound range. Can you imagine catching over 100+ fish that big? No wonder Capt. Mark says if you don't catch....you don't pay.

Aloha,
Stan
 Jul 15, 2006; 03:06PM - New Lodge at Christmas Island
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  Stan Wright
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Had a nice visit with Sean Niesz over at Nervous Water fly shop. He and Kevin Faucheux just returned from a very successful fishing trip to that new lodge at Christmas Island. They were the first guests at the KPC Village Lodge in the little village of Tabwakea. Located on the lagoon side of the island about half way between Banana and London, it's only a 20 minute drive from the airport.
(Christmas Island is 3 hours by Air Pacific jet south of Honolulu. There is one flight a week. Tuesday to Tuesday.)

The new lodge has 4 rooms in two duplex apartments and a central dining/bar area where anglers gather each evening for pupus (fresh sashimi, poki, fried breadfruit, and other assorted goodies.) Each room has a mini ice box stocked with bottled water and private bath with plenty of hot water. I liked his stories of fresh fish dishes for dinner and eating lobster.... 3 times. LOL Breakfast to order and making your own huge sandwiches for lunch.

The 'Village' was built by several Mainland anglers who have fished Christmas Island over the last 20 years and decided they wanted a place that, well, 'was built by fisherman and catered to fisherman.'

When you say Christmas Island most people think bonefish. That's a fact. If you want those double digit bones, just tell your guide and head for the flats with waist deep water where the 8 to 10 pound plus size fish hang out. Kevin caught one 12 pounder this trip. Everyone caught several in the 5 to 6 pound range.

I'm lazy. Take me to the sandy flats where schools of 100 bones weighing 1 to 3 pounds cruse the ankle deep water. I ask Sean, 'How many bonefish can an angler catch in a day?' He thought a minute and replied, 'It all depends on your skill level. If you fish in the morning, and again after lunch, stay with your guide and listen to what he says.... even a really junk angler should catch 30 fish a day.'

The 'Village' can only handle 8 guests a week, so everyone gets lots of personal attention. The two boats are on the beach right in front of your room. A short 10 minute boat ride and your already surrounded by sandy flats loaded with fish. If you prefer, a truck can be arranged for fishing at other locations like Y Site or Korean Wreck.

Owning a fly fishing shop, Kevin and Sean wanted to explore other Christmas Island fishing options so they could tell their clients about what all was available. 'I was amazed at the skill and knowledge of our guides', said Sean. 'Just tell the guide what kind of fish your after and they could put you in the right places.'

At the Korean Wreck they caught 1 to 6 pound Omilu (blue travele) on fly rods. On another flat in the lagoon the 5 & 6 pound Papio (GT) gave them a work out. Outside the lagoon they used heavy spinning tackle and surface poppers to land two GT over 50 pounds. Sean even landed a sailfish that chased down his plug. They also filled the big ice chest on the boat with Ahi (yellowfin tuna) and Ono (wahoo). These 5 to 30 pound fish were suckers for a trolled Rappala lure. Spincasting with lighter tackle and assorted lures produced a mixed bag of reef and game fish. Those 'Sweetlips' taste great.

After seeing Sean's pictures, and hearing about the lobster dinners, my friend and I put down our deposit for a trip in November. Well, have to run, I've got lots more flys to tye.

Aloha,
Stan

 Jun 9, 2006; 04:48PM - Tukes on the Fly
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Randall Sakai was in town last week for a graduation so we decided to grab our fly rods and relax for a few hours on Wahiawa Reservoir. The action was slow as we cursed along the shore line blind casting around brush piles for peacock bass. We caught a few small ones and had several more chase. Even the Red Devils were not very aggressive.

We were working only 20 or 30 feet from shore when I snagged a bush and had to go in close to retrieve my fly. That's when we spotted 4 big peacocks guarding nests in one foot of clear water. I backed the boat out a ways, and Randall laid his fly just beyond the larger of the fish. As the fly (a weighted Crazy Charlie looking thing tied with white/red polar bear hair) dropped into the nest the fish attacked with a vengeance.
We went round and round for several minutes, I trying to position the boat and Randall trying to keep the fish from getting tangled in the underwater brush. The fish won. It had to have been over 6 pounds. (but then everyone knows that any fish that breaks the line is always 'over 10'.

We decided right then to try another technique. Standing in the bow of the boat we used the electric trolling motor to move along the shore looking for the nests of spawning fish. It didn't take long. I wonder how many fish we had bypassed earlier? So now the action picked up as we spotted a pair of spawners, repositioned the boat, and cast our flys to the male fish (the larger of the two fish guarding the nest.) It's really fun to see the fish your casting to and watch it turn and grab the fly. It's also not as easy as it sounds. You have to make an accurate cast and set the hook when the fish strikes. Lots of times a fish will just 'blow' the fly out of the way. Other times it grabs the fly, moves a few feet from the nest, and spits it out. This happens so quickly you can't even see it. I've seen people make 30 casts into a nest and never hook the fish. Fishing for peacock bass on a nest may not be that easy, but it sure is exciting.

Aloha,
Stan

Randall with a 4# Peacock Bass.... Wahiawa Res., Hawaii.
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 Apr 23, 2006; 08:05AM - East Cape Spring . . . Mixed Bag
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description: REPORT #1007. “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 04/22/06
East Cape
Warmer air and warmer water resulted in improved inshore fishing conditions this week. The presence of long-lost sardina in the bait tank only helped matters. Early in the week, large roosterfish put on a great show tearing up bait at El Cardonal north of Pescadero.
The offshore anglers found reduced catches of yellowfin tuna, but a few white flags were still flying. Striped marlin consistently took pitched bait but refused to appear in the pattern making fly-fishing difficult.
Perfect weather, calm seas greeted participants that traveled from all over the US to participate in Pudge Kleinkauf’s, Women’s Flyfishing® annual “Baja Spring Special” this week.
While the quantity was less than hoped for, there was plenty of variety. The group’s species list was impressive. Catches including marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, amberjack, bonito, white bonito, sierra, jack crevalle, needlefish, roosterfish, gaff topsail pompano, pargo, and cabrilla.
The beach fishing in front of the hotel late in the afternoon produced a few small roosters, pompano and a few mystery bites for the group.
Western Outdoor News, holding their East Cape Fiesta de Pesca April 8-30, awarded two of the group with the largest fish-of-the-day prizes. Dan Jansen, Anchorage for the largest YFT on Easter Sunday and Jim Hunter, Albuquerque managed to land the largest dorado on Wednesday. They both received enough goodies to fill their already stuffed suitcases.
Baja on the Fly

Water temperature 68-77
Air temperature 62-91
Humidity 58%
Wind: NW 4 mph
Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:52 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:42 p.m. MST




Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

There were reports of a few grouper, pargo and corvina up in the mangroves both at Puerto San Carlos and Lopez Mateos. There were a few snook outside the bocas with pompano mixed in. Enrique Soto reports that the yellows are still out at the entrada. Offshore the wind persists keeping almost all the boats close to home.

Water temperature 60 - 66
Air temperature 66-81
Humidity 79%
Wind: WNW 15 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:52 p.m. MST
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
No Report This Week . . . Here’s last week’s:

The Terrafin satellite surface temperature charts show 78° water out six miles to the 100 fathom line, and 82° water beyond that. This combination has been great for jack crevalle inshore, and sailfish offshore.

Few people are fishing the inshore, but when they do, they are catching 12 to 15 of the 14- to 20-pound jacks a day. Most of the fish are taken on slowed trolled live bait, but the fly fishers are also getting several.

Two to three sailfish a day is the average per boat. Scott Anderson from Minn. caught four sailfish while fishing with Ruben on the “Vamonos III.”

The conditions are almost perfect and we are expecting the big yellowfin tuna and marlin almost any day now.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 75 - 86
Humidity 83%
Wind NW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:25 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:03 p.m. CST


San Jose, Guatemala
Sketchy reports seem to indicate that the season seems to be winding down from a client perspective. Most of the action is outside of 18 miles with double digit action for the few boats making the run.


Water temperature 78 - 82
Air temperature 75- 84
Humidity 94%
Wind: NW 8 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 5:45 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:17 p.m. CST
 Apr 8, 2006; 12:31PM - Dorado Early Arrivals During Transition
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:

REPORT #1005. “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 04/08/06
East Cape
Too bad there were only a few visitors to enjoy the great fishing early this week. 'Shooting fish in a barrel,' was how one client described the fishing when I arrived here in East Cape last Friday afternoon. But then the north wind roared back in on Wednesday (4/5) leaving white caps and lumps in its wake.

Yesterday (4/6) the Matt Smith party of three from Indiana had a pretty decent beach trip despite the breezes. They nailed some croakers and a jack. Meanwhile, inshore fishing turned on nicely, with pargo, grouper and ladyfish hitting the decks.

Skippers are finding quality dorado under the shark buoys, striped marlin and sails outside, and, if you go far enough and are lucky, you might even find a few tuna to bend your stick. Inshore, skipjack and white bonito provided the best action. On the good days the beach yielded a few ladyfish, pompano and if you pay attention you might find few decent-sized jacks to sight cast to. If that is not enough, rumors of grande yellowtail in shallow water up towards Muertos Bay have some of the locals chomping at the bit. As the winter-to-spring transition continues, it appears to be shaping up to be an exciting springtime at East Cape.

As of last Sunday, all flights have been cancelled by Aero California and that has thrown Baja travel into a tailspin. Word is that the Mexican government yanked their license. Competition for the remaining flights on other carriers has driven the cost of tickets through the roof. Hopefully, there will be some resolution during the next few weeks.

Baja on the Fly

Water temperature 62-70
Air temperature 68-82
Humidity 60%
Wind: NW 8 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:04 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:37 p.m. MST




Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

I spent the early part of the week in Lopez Mateos and it could only be described as cold and windy. I don’t think I took off my sweatshirt once during the day. However, by Friday it warmed up and the wind quit blowing. Inside the bay there was a decent leopard grouper bite for some 10- to 20-pounders up above Lopez Mateos. Not much to talk about outside, but judging by the number of big tuna boats anchored in Santa Maria Bay on Thursday hiding from the weather, there must be a slug of tuna somewhere in the vicinity. The number of whales around San Carlos and the entrada is diminishing rapidly. Lastly, still a few firecracker yellows can be found under the bird schools at the entrada.

Water temperature 60 - 66
Air temperature 64-78
Humidity 99%
Wind: WNW 11 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:46 p.m. MST
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The blue water is still only a very short three mile ride, with water temperatures hitting 80°. The fleet is averaging about two sailfish a day, per boat. Adan, on the panga “Gitana II” did have a four sailfish release day for his clients. His brother Santiago, on the “Gitana,” fishing with Martin and Rachel Patrick, released two sailfish and a 170 pound blue marlin. Doug Leach, also fished a day with Santiago using the flyrod, hooking a couple, and releasing one sail, and a dorado.

The inshore action is still strong for the large jack crevalle and there are lots of black skipjacks.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 78 - 87
Humidity 83%
Wind WNW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:34 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:00 p.m. CST

San Jose, Guatemala
The record-breaking catches seen during March madness in Guatemala is over with new records set. There are enough stories to dominate Happy Hours wherever fishermen gather for sometime. April began with the fish being less concentrated as they spread out looking for bait. There was consistent action beginning at 20 miles for both sails and an occasional marlin in calm seas.

Water temperature 78 - 82
Air temperature 70- 84
Humidity 94%
Wind: N 4 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 5:54 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:15 p.m. CST



 Mar 4, 2006; 01:10PM - East Cape Tough . . . Guatemala Unusual
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:

REPORT #1,000. “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 03/04/06
When we began the reports back in 1996 – twice a week in the early years – we didn’t dare to dream we would still be doing them 1,000 reports later. They have come a long way since the beginning. We have made every effort to provide the report in the face of hurricanes, flooded roads, loss of e-mail and every other calamity. I think we have only missed a couple deadlines over the years. Today, they cover four destinations with moon phases, weather and photos added.
I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as we have enjoyed providing them every week year in and year out.
Yvonne, Gary, Vicki, Ben, Lance, Josh, Ed and Coci
East Cape
North winds persisted most of the week. Early mornings (we are talking gray light here) the wind is usually calm, but the water is dirty from the waves pounding the beach all afternoon the preceding day. Lance reported the following yesterday (3/3): “A break in the wind this morning so I hit the beach at gray light. No bites. Didn't see any bait. It's an early, early deal no matter what. Once the sun hits the water the sierra are out of range. Talked to a guy on the beach who fishes San Jose quite a bit and he reported really slow fishing there as well.”

Few boats ventured out this week because of the weather. Those that made it did find some schools of white bonito close to the beach and a few dorado, hard to say if these are early arrivals or leftovers, but dorado the first week of March is worth a comment. Reports call for a respite from the wind by Wednesday . . . We’ll see.

Baja on the Fly

Water temperature 62-72
Air temperature 63-78
Humidity 34%
Wind: NNW 13 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:43 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:23 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Diana Hoyt reported cold and sloppy conditions outside. Inside the bay there is some protection from the wind, allowing anglers to get out and find some action including corvina on surface poppers and plenty of small halibut in the shallows near most sandy beaches. A slow retrieved chartreuse Clouser on the bottom will do the trick. Enrique Soto reports that the entrada is still producing a few small yellows. Still plenty of whales at both locations of Puerto San Carlos and Lopez Mateos to oooh and ahhh over for the tourists.

A 28-foot Bertram making its way down the coast and looking for some protection from the sloppy weather came in through the Boca de Soledad at Lopez Mateos last Thursday. While it was sloppy and when they looked back over their shoulder there was plenty of white water, the biggest hazard was the whales in the channel. They continued their trip to San Carlos with a local pilot to guide them through the shallow channels.


Water temperature 58 - 62
Air temperature 55-71
Humidity 79%
Wind: WNW 11 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:46 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:30 p.m. MST
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Conditions have been poor. A cold green water current has moved in and pushed the blue water out to the 40 mile mark. And even out there the guys are only accounting for five or six football tuna. It would be safe to say over 80% of the fleet is not catching any bluewater species.

The only bright side is the inshore action for the hard fighting jack crevalle. Six to 10 fish a day has been normal. Most of these 15- to 22-pound fish are being taken on trolled Rapalas, but the fly casters are scoring as well

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 78 - 84
Air temperature 64 - 87
Humidity 83%
Wind SSW 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:02 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:53 p.m. CST
San Jose, Guatemala
Marlin, not what you would expect to hear from Guatemala, but true. The past few days have shown the fleet raising 8 to 10 marlin a day! These are mostly little blues in the 150- to 200-pound range, though three nice fish have been seen. The sails are here, but are decidedly un-aggressive as huge schools of bait are everywhere.

Jonathan Nicholas owner/operator of “Man of War”

Water temperature 78 - 82
Air temperature 75- 84
Humidity 94%
Wind: S 4 mph
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 6:17 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:12 p.m. CST

 Feb 25, 2006; 02:07PM - Baja Windy...Zihuatanejo Blues
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
REPORT #999 . “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 02/22/06
East Cape
We started off with great weather early in the week as the north wind took a few days off allowing a few boats to get in on the unusual winter dorado bite. Nothing huge, still fifteen-pound dorado aren’t to be sneezed at. Beyond that, fishing was pretty sketchy with good catches of white bonita being the lead item.

By mid-week the wind was back in full force causing grumpy seas. Even the early risers in search of some gray light sierra action were greeted with blown out beaches and few if any fish.

According to the extended wind forecast, it may be Tuesday before things settle down, so we are declaring this a Baja kickback weekend which I imagine will include some pool time laced with an occasional margarita or cerveza for East Cape visitors which isn’t a bad way to spend a February weekend.

Baja on the Fly

Water temperature 62-72
Air temperature 63-78
Humidity 34%
Wind: NNW 13 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:43 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:20 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Outside, the conditions are windy, sloppy and the water temps have dropped like a rock down to the 60 degree range. Inside, the Entrada is still producing fair catches of firecracker yellows and leopard grouper. At Puerto San Carlos, under the bridge at slack tide there are a few corvina to be found.
Whale watching continues to keep the panga fleet busy.

Same deal up at Lopez Mateos, more whales than fish this week. The corvina bite continued to produce the best action with a few mystery bites sprinkled in…….snook maybe?


Water temperature 68-73
Air temperature 61-74
Humidity 79%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:52 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:26 p.m. MST
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Blue Marlin are the big story this week. There have been (literally) a ton of them caught. There are about 5 hook-ups a day for the fleet on these 250 pound average fish, with several of them over 400 pounds. One fish boated this week was almost 700 pounds. Yesterday, Mike Griffen of Alaska, wanted a few more hours of fishing with Captain Poli on the Don Gordo before he had to catch a flight home. At only 4 miles outside Zihuatanejo Bay he released a sailfish, and a few minutes later, hooked into a 350 pound marlin.

The fleet is averaging about 2 sailfish a day, but this will definitely improve as we go into the dark of the moon period next week.

One large 75 pound rooster was taken this week at the White rocks. It ate a slow-trolled live mackerel. Not much else has been reported inshore.

Ed Kunze, Zihuatanejo

Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 77 - 87
Humidity 79%
Wind W 8 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:06 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:51 p.m. CST
San Jose, Guatemala
Like Zihuatanejo, it sounds like the sailfish slowed a click and took a back seat this week while the blue and black marlin went off pretty well. This accentuates the point that you never know what may show up in the pattern. Talk about a thrill, you are staring at the teasers expecting a sailfish to appear and a monster marlin the size of small VW suddenly appears. That could intimidate even the most seasoned fly fisher.


Water temperature 78 - 82
Air temperature 72- 82
Humidity 94%
Wind: SS6 6 mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 6:21 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:10 p.m. CST

 Jan 31, 2006; 03:07PM - Schooling Peacocks
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What a difference 4 days and a 4 degree rise in water temperature can make. The peacock bass were chasing shad on the surface all around the boat.
In every direction the water boiled with feeding fish. We were getting strikes and chases on almost every cast.

Chris and I started fishing at 4:00 pm. The water temperature was 74 degrees. For weeks the fishing had been slow. Peacock Bass are tropical fish and totally shut down when the water temp. drops below 70.

I was using a 5wt fly rod with a small chartreuse/white Clouser. Chris had his ultra-light spinning rod loaded with 2# test line and was tossing a 2 inch Senko.
Pink, White, Green, or Tan, color didn't seem to matter.

The tukes (peacock bass) ranged in size from 8 to 15 inches. Less than 2 pounds. They were fat and healthy fish, striking hard and fighting all the way to the boat. The perfect size for our ultra-light tackle.

When the sun set, their feeding ceased. I was ready for a rest from the constant action. I don't know how many fish we landed, well over 25 I guess.
More important, I was fishing with my son and we got some nice pictures to remember our special time together.

Aloha,
Stan

 Sep 13, 2005; 05:20PM - Christmas Island
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Starting in September, Pacific Air out of Fiji will start regularly scheduled flights to Christmas Island each Tuesday. That's a 3 hour flight from Honolulu.

Just returned from Christmas and the fishing was excelent. Lots of bone fish.... not the largest in the world(a 4 pounder was the biggest I got) but there sure were a lot of fish.

We also worked the shallow reef and caught a huge variety of colorful. fish. Lots of GT from one pound up to 35 pounds. Drifting the shallow reef in the boat, I would wait till some one hooked up, check the size of hooked fish, and then choose the right size rod... then just roll cast to the school of fish following the hooked fish and it was instant hook up.

Start saving your money.... we're going again.

Aloha,
Stan
 Jul 17, 2004; 06:07PM - Fishing Back to Normal After Tropical Storm
 Category:  Fly Fishing
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
REPORT FROM GARY GRAHAM'S BAJA ON THE FLY:
PROVIDING QUALITY SALTWATER FLY-FISHING 365 DAYS A YEAR SOUTH OF THE BORDER.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: bajafly@bajafly.com; USA toll-free (800) 919-2252; Mexico 011-52-624-14-10373
Sat., July 17, 2004. Report covers the period Sat.-Fri. (7/10-7/16)
EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY, ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO; AND SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA CONDITIONS
EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
IN GENERAL: This week brought the first tropical depression Blas to East Cape which resulted in a few unsettled days. By this morning (7/17), cloudless skies and flat seas greeted the boats as they headed out. Blue marlin have begun to arrive for a big tournament scheduled for early Aug. Tuna are at 20 miles, dorado close to shore, roosters and jacks cruising the beaches provided lots of choices for the flyrodder.
AIR & SEA -
Water temperature 74-88
Air temperature 77-97
Humidity about 76%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:4 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:12 p.m. MDT
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
+ OFFSHORE: As the storm moved out toward the west, the fishing steadily regained its momentum. Not wide open, but improving every day.
+ INSHORE: Small dorado in close (less than 3 miles from shore), a few roosters and jacks also found feeding on small schools of sardina.
+ BEACH: Wave action mid week stirred thing up a tad. As of yesterday (7/16) afternoon, wind waves had subsided, water had cleaned up and a few roosters and jacks could be see feeding as the sun went down.
BILLFISH – Typical summer action with enough blues to keep you on your toes.
YELLOWFIN TUNA – Seem to be holding near the 20 mile mark, mostly football-sized with a few fatties now and then.
DORADO – Good numbers of smaller fish close to shore, perfect for the flyrod. Further outside, some larger ones can be found under anything floating.
ROOSTERFISH\\JACK CREVALLE – Just like clockwork in front of the hotels every afternoon as the boats discard the left over sardina. First the ladyfish and then the jacks and roosters come a slashing.
BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK – From the lighthouse to La Ribera just a few miles offshore.
PARGO AND CABRILLA – A few smaller ones on the rocky points.
SIERRA – Not enough to change to wire.

MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
IN GENERAL: Tropical depression Blas came and went this week leaving unsettled conditions offshore. Some wind and large swells still remained on Thur. Out at the entrada, the yellows shut off but the grouper were still biting at a pretty good clip. Rocky points at Santa Margarita Island produced the best action with several fish in the mid teens. There were several “mystery bites” that never stopped until the line broke. The esteros were lightly fished again this week. Consistent corvina catches with a few grouper in the mix along with mucho cabrilla.
Water Temperature 60-65
Air Temperature 75-85
Humidity 97%
Wind Calm
Conditions Scattered Clouds
Visibility 3 miles
Sunrise 6:46 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:18 p.m. MDT
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
YELLOWTAIL – Big swell, dirty water and lots of seaweed slowed down the action this week.
CORVINA – Bread and butter fish for the week.
SNOOK – Where are they?
HALIBUT – Always, sandy beach.
SIERRA – Not targeted this week.

ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO
IN GENERAL: The 80º blue water is still holding very close at the 1 mile mark off the beach. The inshore roosterfish action has been fantastic. All the popular panga captains, such as Adolpho on the “Dos Hermanos,” Martin on the “Isamar,” Arturo on the “Janneth,” and Luis on the “Gringo Loco” are scoring on at least three roosters a day and they are all in the 35 to 45 pound class.

The sailfish have dropped off a bit, but are improving with the new moon approaching. Santiago, on the panga “Gitana,” had a typical day with two releases for clients Tim Bradford and his son Travis of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Travis is only 9 years old and it was his first sail.

The jack crevalle action inshore has actually been hotter than the roosters. Unfortunately, there is not much size to them, but 50 fish a day on the 5-pounders will give any light tackle or flyrodder a great day on the water.

Water Temperature 80-89
Air Temperature 78-86
Humidity 74%
Wind SW 6 mph
Conditions Thunder Storms
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:19 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:24 p.m. CDT
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze
SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA
IN GENERAL: Typical summer action with few clients venturing out. Plenty of action for smaller tuna and dorado. Sailfish were a bit tougher to find for the few boats heading out.
Water Temperature 79-85
Air Temperature 80-82
Humidity 84 %
Wind SE 8 mph
Conditions Scattered Clouds
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 5:43 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:35 p.m. CST
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
Baja on the Fly's Guatemala report by Brian Barragy and Lissa M. McFarlin.
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