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 Aug 16, 2009; 02:32PM - Hot Water…Okay Fishing
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
Endless Season Update 08/16/2009
REPORT #1178 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Had the dorado foaming behind the boat this morning and told your client to grab the fly rod. His response was ‘later’. Got limits of dorado and needlefish, and also got him his first marlin ever!”

Even though we got out late, bait wasn’t a problem; it’s on the small side for the hook but fine for chumming. Fished the same place where we barely scratched out some skipjack yesterday; today there were dorado everywhere.

By 10:30 the client asked what his chances were of catching a marlin. I'm thinking ‘not good with the little time we have to work with and why would we leave this’? I plunked in the marlin lures. We were not a half mile off shore by the light house and wham! A striper just commits suicide. The only thing I was not able to get in all the cluster was good photos.

Continuing today’s story…the fly guy was having so much fun I couldn't get him to pick up the fly rod. Finally, in all the commotion I thought, ‘Gary is not going to be pleased if we don't get a dorado on the fly’. So I picked up the rod and started to strip line. Something I quickly discovered is EVERYBODY has to be on the fly page. Every time I started to cast, someone would step in front or behind me and foul the line. I was good with it until Chuy came up behind me with a rod. I thought I was going to choke him. He looked at me like I was nuts. We are talking three to five pound dorado.

I had a few follows and changed the fly a couple of times because it just seemed like they didn't want to bite it. It would attract them but I couldn't close the deal. All in all I spent more time getting out tangles because of the fire drill on the boat than having the bait in the right spot. You need to understand the client and his wife were pinned to the rail with these fish…Mark Rayor

I've been trying to do some catching. But the swell has been really big and the water kind of beat up. Add in the oppressive heat and it's a recipe for tough fishing. The swell is supposed to subside in the next few days. I hope to get some quality fishing in…Lance Peterson

Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Captain Sergio reported a large volume of dorado has moved in ten miles from the Boca de Soledad entrance. Some of the fish topped thirty-five pounds. He went on to say that there were plenty of smaller yellowtail and yellowfin tuna in the same area.

Snapper and grouper are still being caught on the rock reefs a few miles offshore.

Outside of the Entrada on a west heading, the shark fishermen reported a good show of dorado near the shark buoys.

Inside the bay the action remained consistent for sierra, corvina and a few leopard grouper in the deeper water…Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The blue water remains close to the beach with the action for the offshore species about typical for this time of the year…a couple of sailfish per day per boat, and a few dorado are being taken by the fleet.
The best action is inshore with lots of jack crevalle and roosterfish. Fly fishing clients David and Sarah Henry of Langley, British Columbia fished with Adolfo and Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos up near the Pantla area and wore themselves out on jack crevalle.
Then they fished with Cheva and me for roosters down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, which was more of a learning curve day. The waves were large and fairly dangerous and we only raised eight roosters.
On Friday, with the waves settled down and they now being ‘experienced’, we raised about 20 roosters, with Sarah getting one which will be submitted for an IGFA 8 kilo line class record…Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582




 Jul 16, 2009; 04:49PM - Karma Trumps Desire!
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
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Endless Season Update 07/16/2009
REPORT #1175 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
With fewer boats racing around Palmas Bay this season, it is far tougher to find the fish. As an example, our clients, Kevin Cuevas from Lakewood, CO and his father, wanted to catch sailfish in the worst way. So Mark Rayor, owner of the Jen Wren, headed up to the area outside of Punta Pescadero among the buoys that usually are proven producers. After spending half a day there for nothing, the boat ran all the way down to an area in front of Punta Colorada and barely had the teasers in the water before two sails appeared in the pattern for a double hookup.

Dorado and tuna are the same story; the boats that find them call it wide open and the ones that don’t, claim it sucks.

Inshore and the beach are still producing the best consistent action for both roosterfish and jacks.

Lance Peterson, guiding Kevin on the beach the following day, managed to put him on several roosters where Kevin caught his first roosterfish ever...actually, he caught two of them. Good karma?

Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

There was no wind to speak of this week and outside the yellowtail are only a few miles from the Boca; they are also at the Entrada. Farther out, at about ten miles, the small yellowfin and skipjack are mixed in with the dorado. The rumor is that marlin remain outside. It’s just that as no one went out far enough to verify the reports.

This week inside the bay it was a steady pick for corvina on the surface. The shallow sandy beaches provided some small halibut. The Esteros channels provided some leopard grouper to ten pounds along with a few mangrove snapper.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 84º blue water is right up to the sand, and the best action is still holding up within two miles off the beach. The great dorado action we had has tapered off a bit, but the sailfish have picked up. Early in the week, the boats were averaging between three and four sailfish a day each. Ruben, on the Vamonos III got four sailfish for his clients, with Margarito on the Gaby matching that number the next day.
This was all under a full moon period, so it should improve a bit more this next week. All of this is due to the annual July mini-migration we get from sailfish returning from Central America, and heading up towards the Sea of Cortez.
The roosterfish action is still holding strong also, but the jack crevalle are moving around a lot. Ward Twyford, from Missouri and sales rep for Bass Pro Shops, fished a day with Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II, catching a very nice rooster weighing about 35 pounds plus several sierra. Ward told me they missed several roosters on the surface popper, and when they used live bait, the needle fish were all over it.

Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582



 Jul 11, 2009; 08:59PM - Reading Between The Lines
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
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Endless Season Update 07/09/2009
REPORT #1174 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
This season the East Cape reports seem to contain more hyperbole than usual. I suppose that it’s a sign of economic times. Reports of wide open action are more common than the 4 hour warnings for Viagra. Reports that begin with, “It’s a scratch bite,” have become much more credible.

The truth is business is slow so there are fewer boats out there looking for the hot spots. As an example, there was a video published on the web this week that promised great rooster action. In the video, the most prominent noise was the wind ripping while some guy fought his fish. Judging by the bend in the rod, it wasn’t exactly a whopper. So these days it is all in the eye of the beholder.

Few were skunked this week but only a few limited out on anything. Dorado were fewer but bigger; marlin were few and far between. The touted tuna bite is mostly football sized

The inshore and beach action still seem to be the best that East Cape has to offer currently with lots of smaller roosters and jacks and a few bigger ones for the lucky few who end up in the right place at the right time.

Father John 'J.D.' Davis and his son Scott, fishing on Mark Rayor’s Jen Wren, were examples that being in the right place at the right time was the key and had some nice dorado to prove it.

Over the course of the last week I saw beach fishing action ranging from excellent to slow depending on conditions and location. When I found the bait and had good light for sight casting there were some excellent opportunities for roosterfish, jacks, and even a few barred pargo.

Most of the roosterfish were ranging from 5 to 15lb's but there were a number in the grande class to be found. However, the larger fish are now frequently spotted in pairs or three's. These fish are exhibiting their spawning behavior so it can be very difficult to get them to chase the fly rather than chase each other. That said, there is enough good bait along the shore to attract other gamers that are ready to play. The pargo in the photo this week was spotted in the mullet schools along side both roosters and jacks. It was a pleasant surprise that he beat the other fish to the fly. It's been a while since I've caught a barred pargo on the fly from shore.
Lane Peterson

Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

The offshore summer pattern has begun with limits of small yellowtail and tuna beginning just four miles outside the Boca. The commercial shark fishermen continue to report marlin and dorado sightings out twenty miles or so.

The catch in the Esteros continues to be decent, but not wide open. Leopard grouper can be found up to the north from Lopez Mateos…all the way up to Boca de Soledad. Tides were ripping with the recent full moon, so fishing time was cut short. There were a few corvina to be had under the bird schools in the middle of the bay but tough to get on quick enough before they went down.


Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 85º blue water is just off the beach, with most of the action taking place between one and two miles off shore. The fleet is averaging one to two sailfish per day per boat, and between two to four dorado per boat.
Adan, on the panga Gitana, fished only one day this last week but released a sailfish and got two dorado. His only complaint is that there are not enough clients here fishing to keep the boats on the water daily to locate and follow the concentrations of fish. He said it is almost like going out blind every time they fish.
Martin, on the Nautilius, appears to have had the best day on the water for the fleet this week. Fishing with Page Bristol of San Antonio, TX they released three sailfish and took four dorado.
All up and down the coast, the roosterfish action is still excellent. They are being taken from as far as 25 miles south at La Barrita, to 25 miles north up at the river bar of Union.

Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582




 Jul 4, 2009; 08:43AM - Summer Schools are in Session
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 07/02/2009
REPORT #1173 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape

CAPTION Kurt Ransohoff, Tom Lorish, and I had a really fun time over in Vicente Guerrero, south of Zihuatanejo. Even with the poor conditions, courtesy of Tropical Storm Andres, we managed to see some good fishing and certainly saw the potential for some really amazing action. Yesterday we fished out of Zihuatanejo and found some good sized roosters willing to chase the teaser. Kurt landed the attached fish. Tom had two great shots at fish to 40 pounds but didn't connect. There was only one other boat fishing near us and the fly angler in that boat landed two, the largest weighing about 35 pounds. The bite was on! There were even dorado showing up on the teaser right along the surf line. Pretty cool fishery. Lance Peterson

Blue marlin and yellowfin tuna have finally made it to the area with most boats reaching their daily limits. Blue marlin from 350 pounds to 600+ pounds have been reported. Tuna schools are scattered and those caught have been from football size to ‘oh my God’ range. Resort boats are still not going out as much as in past summer fishing seasons, but tourists/fishermen are gradually showing up again to enjoy the great weather and fishing.

Dorado continue to be strong with many boats reaching their limits early; roosterfish are being targeted by most boats early in the morning along the beaches south of La Ribera to north of Los Barriles. Red snapper are being caught off rocks by Punta Colorada and the bank a few miles off La Ribera.



Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Good News…they’re back! It seems longer but it has only been since last December that marlin have been seen at Magdalena. According to Captain Sergio there are a few out in front of Lopez at about 24 miles. Since the yellowfin tuna have been in that area for a while along with a wad of dorado in the 10-20 pound range, it makes for some good fishing!.

Small yellowtail dominated the action at the Entrada under the bird schools, along with grouper and mangrove snapper…along with the cabrilla which are a nuisance. However, don’t make the mistake of moving to get away from them. You just have to pick through them until you get that quality bite, you know a snook or something.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
CAPTION Uffe Moerk – Denmark, Puerto Vicente Guerrero, Panga - Angela II with Captain Jose Pino, Guide and photo -Ed Kunze Fly - pink and white. We were trolling a red and white hookless Ranger lure. When the school-sized dorado started crashing on the lure, we threw the boat into neutral and made the cast...instant hook up! We took seven dorado on the fly that day, plus a rooster.

After tropical storm Andres left here last week, things calmed down enough for us to get some fishing in. The sailfish action is still on the slow side, with only a one-fish average per boat per day. However, this is being made up by a lot of smaller dorado being taken by each boat. The roosterfish and jack crevalle action has been excellent.
With good clean water only six miles from the beach, and an average surface temperature of 87º, it may be a bit too warm for the sailfish. However, the roosters and dorado sure like it, with most of the dorado action being only less than a mile off the beach.
Arturo, on the panga Janeth, fished with Richard Anbers of Danville, Illinois. Using conventional gear he caught two nice roosters to 32 pounds, 12 jack crevalle and a dorado. Arturo told me they saw many more roosters but were not able to get a hook set. They were fishing the Valentin area south of Zihuatanejo Bay.
The biggest news of the week was by George Brown of Lodi. He was fishing with Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II in the Valentin area and caught a 54 pound rooster on the fly. It was probably a world record, as the cast was made with an approved leader, but the fish was not weighed until 10 hours later. George always releases his roosters, but his double hook rig got in the gills, and killed this fish. By the time Cheva and Adolfo decided they had a possible record and called me, it was too late. The fish had dehydrated too much.
Henning and Uffe Moerk from Denmark fished with me at Puerto Vicente Guerrero using gear. Henning caught and released an estimated 55 pound rooster. Then Uffe took a nice rooster and seven dorado on the fly.
Santiago on the panga Gitana is vacationing in Minnesota right now and his brother, Adan, is taking care of the charters. This is what Santiago emailed me: Joe Luciano with his boys, Peter and Mark From Oklahoma, caught two rooster fish (15 Pounds) also many dorados and bonitos (little ones). The two others days we fished offshore with no luck.

Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582


 Jun 26, 2009; 02:32PM - Andres is History…Bite Resumes
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
Endless Season Update 06/24/2009
REPORT #1172 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Fishing was great until Andres stirred things up down by Zihuatanejo this past week, resulting in unseasonal north winds bringing rough conditions and plenty of white caps to the area. Whether the fish quit biting or everyone just elected to stay in is debatable.

When Andres faded into obscurity and the north wind went with it. Both the billfish and dorado picked up where they had left off before the storm. It has taken a few days for the inshore water to clean up, but there are still lots of jacks and enough roosters to keep everyone pumped up.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

With the lighter winds and calmer seas this week, the few boats heading out found plenty of dorado and small tuna ten miles outside the Boca. The entrada produced good catches of small yellows. Deeper down in the water column, there were some smaller leopard grouper.

Estero action above Lopez Mateos seemed to be the most productive with grouper and spotted bay bass dominating the catch.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Tropical storm Andres hurt the fishing this week. We had two days of port closure, and nobody went out fishing.
The aftermath, caused from high winds and a high tide caused by the storm surge, along with the rain, made it very difficult to fish for the roosters, and the blue water bite slowed way down also.
Baja On The Fly client, Kurt Ransohoff of Santa Barbara and Tom Lorish of Portland fly fished with fly fishing guide Lance Peterson down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero on Wednesday and only raised one rooster. However, the day was salvaged by moving off the beach about a mile and fishing the weed lines caused by the storm runoff out of the rivers. They took 13 nice dorado. Lance was casting a hookless surface popper teaser and the dorado were readily eating the fly.
Tomorrow, they have relocated to Zihuatanejo and will be fishing with Arturo on the panga, Janeth. I will be guiding fly fishing client Mark Hennig of Denmark tomorrow down at Vicente Guerrero. We are all hoping the 24 hours will give the ocean enough time to calm down and bring back the roosterfish bite.

Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather


 Jun 19, 2009; 04:45PM - First TD and Lance Needs Your Vote!
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
Endless Season Update 06/17/2009
REPORT #1171 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Tropical Depression One E is moving northeast at 7 knots toward the mainland (at this report it is located 335 miles below the tip of Baja) and conditions have turned windy. There were even a few sprinkles Wednesday night.

More importantly, though, offshore action is kinda’ all happening according to an IM received from Mark Rayor, Vista Sea Sport, today. Marlin and good sized dorado are biting and from twenty-five to fifty miles the porpoise are holding schools of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds with a few fatties above 50 pounds mixed in.

Inshore beach fishing is going strong but the wind is making fishing a little tougher. Lots of roosters and jack crevalle are still keeping the beach fishing exciting. Roosters in the 25 to 30 pound range are close to shore with lots of juvenile roosters just off sandy beach areas. Some of the rocky points are producing some quality pargo and the larger pompano bite at the lighthouse has been extreme.

Our guide and friend of many years, Lance Peterson, has been nominated in the “Who are the faces of fly fishing’s future?” in the American Angler Magazine. Those of you who have fished with Lance know that he is one of the best! If you would like to vote for him in the categories of Fly Fisherman and Fly Fishing Guide here is the link: http://americanangler.com/index.php?option=com_forme&fid=31

Water temperature 72-82
Air temperature 67-97
Humidity 45%
Wind: SSE 10 to 14 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:32 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:08 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

While the winds continue to rip on the outside preventing anyone from fishing the dorado or small tuna that have shown up, the grouper remain ‘on the chew’…still nothing gigantic but fun fishing anyway. A snook here and there can be found and the halibut are off the sand beaches at Belchers.

The small yellows are having a field day under the bird schools at the Entrada, but the afternoon winds make for a wet bumpy ride home.

Water temperature 69 - 77
Air temperature 65 -91
Humidity 48 %
Wind: WNW 14 to 19 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:37 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:18 p.m. MST





Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 84º blue water is just a couple of miles off the beach. The big surprise this week is most of the sailfish being caught are in the is not so clean water, only about one mile off the beach. The fish counts are reflecting only a 1 or 2 sailfish per boat per day average, but the numbers are misleading. Within the first few minutes after leaving Zihuatanejo Bay, most of the boats have passed right by the fish.
Ben and Austin Gaffney of NC fished with Santiago on the panga, Gitana, releasing three sailfish and three small dorado.
Roosterfish action is still very good. Jay Eshbach, fishing with Adolfo on the panga, Dos Hermanos, took three roosters and a couple of dorado.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 79-93
Humidity 66 %
Wind: W at 17mph
Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. DST
Sunset 8:23 p.m. DST
 May 29, 2009; 06:19PM - More Fish than Anglers
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Report Description:
Endless Season Update 05/28/2009
REPORT #1168 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Water temps in the low 80’s and flat calm seas have offered great conditions for looking but the fish that are found seem not be interested in biting. Even last week’s dorado action has slowed to a few fish here and there.
Inshore reports indicated that the great action experienced for the past month has also slowed. Of course, part of the problem is that the recent Swine Flu thing has reduced the normal busy spring season to a trickle of hard core Baja regulars.
Conditions have improved a lot with warmer water and great visibility for sight casting. Add in the numerous schools of mullet along the beach and it's a recipe for good rooster fishing. In the last few days there has been a tremendous amount of jack crevalle, with many in the high teens to twenty pounds.
“There have also been good number of roosterfish ranging from five pounds to well over forty pounds. The true ‘grandes’ have eluded me this week. One highlight this week was sight casting to an estimated twenty-pound triple tail that eagerly followed the fly right to the beach. However...it just would not close the deal”…Lance Peterson
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Water temperature 72-82
Air temperature 66-91
Humidity 45%
Wind: SE 7 to 10 knots
Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:34 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:59 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Offshore remains, windy and grumpy with plenty of white caps to discourage even the most avid die hard anglers.

No report received from Bob Hoyt again this week

Water temperature 69 - 77
Air temperature 59 -89
Humidity 82 %
Wind: WNW 15 to 20 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:37 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:10 p.m. MST





Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Check Ed’s article on Marlin on the Fly http://tiny.cc/5Ol7l
This has been kind of a strange May for us. Historically, this is the absolute best month for blue and black marlin and the larger yellowfin tuna. But, with the blue water holding around the 1,000 fathom line (about 30 miles), the action has not yet developed for the sport fishing fleet.
The commercial pangueros and larger private yachts are getting good action on the tuna at the 40 mile mark....with reports of a couple of blue marlin being taken in the same area each day, one of the marlin weighing 273 kilos (614 pounds). There are very few clients here for the fishing and this has also lowered the counts substantially.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 77-91
Humidity 73%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. DST
Sunset 8:16 p.m. DST
 May 23, 2009; 01:37PM - Offshore – Leapers and Ample Bait
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 05/21/2009
REPORT #1167 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
With 77 degree calm seas, offshore action has begun to comeback from the slowdown caused by excessive bait and cooler waters. Lots of jumping marlin and ample bait have equaled enough action for some boats to rack up decent multiple scores.
Dorado action has continued to produce limits around anything floating. Plenty of ‘schoolie-sized’ fish with some larger fish mixed in.
Sunny skies and little wind have allowed the rooster action to pick back up. They are mixed with large schools of good sized jacks. Boats fishing at the lighthouse found some pompano along with a few pargo very close to shore.
The new fishing inspectors implemented earlier this season are being criticized by both the locals and the hotels for devoting all of their time to policing the sportfishing fleet while the inshore gillnetters continue to illegally set their nets along the shore.
Be sure to check out our newest audio project, Gary Graham’s Baja Backroom. Unabridged taped interviews of individuals featured in Gary’s columns and articles are now available online either on iTunes or http://www.bajabackroom.com/
The first is with Captain Peter “Pete” Groesbeck, with his background of over 30 years of successful tournament fishing, discussing and comparing Southern California and Baja billfishing.
Water temperature 72-78
Air temperature 61-91
Humidity 53%
Wind: SSE 6 to 9 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:34 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:56 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Plenty of smaller yellows were found under the bird schools at the Entrada according to Enrique Soto, Puerto San Carlos. While there are few boats fishing offshore, reports of dorado being spotted by local shark fishermen sound tempting.

Punta Belcher is producing good catches of small halibut in the shallows twenty yards off the beach.
Also a few grouper and corvine are being caught from shore under the bridge entering Puerto San Carlos.

Lopez Mateos has been eerily quiet. Maybe the grouper bite reported last week broke wide open and they are trying to keep it to themselves?

Water temperature 69 - 77
Air temperature 64 -93
Humidity 36 %
Wind: WNW 13 to 17 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:39 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:07 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

The sailfish action has died off a bit, with less than one fish per boat per day. But, this may be because most of the captains are concentrating on the yellowfin tuna, which have shown up in excellent numbers. Even though the blue water is still about 25 miles out, we have clean water at 16 miles. Most of the fish are being taken between the 16 and 20 mile mark.

A few blue marlin are being taken in the same area as the tuna, and small dorado are in the weed lines close to shore.

I fly fished with Greg Eynon of Vail, CO, up above Troncones and Saladita with Captain Ramon. Greg took several green jacks, a very nice sierra, and several black skipjack tuna. The schools of jack crevalle we were after were moving too fast and not slowing down enough to get a fly to them. We did not see any roosters.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 78-91
Humidity 69%
Wind: WSW 8 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:14 a.m. DST
Sunset 8:11 p.m. DST
 Apr 24, 2009; 11:40AM - May Action Comes Early
 Category:  
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
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Endless Season Update 04/23/2009
REPORT #1163 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
By all accounts, the past few days have been the best in 2009 so far. With the help of a floating dead whale and flat seas, the dorado action was ‘off the charts’ providing nonstop action on both fly and conventional.
Inshore action continued with its winning ways providing plenty of bait which attracted roosters, jacks and pompano…enough to keep rods bent. Even after being thrashed last week by wind, the beach has turned the corner and those fishing from shore in the past few days have had the kind of action normally not expected until later in the spring
Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 56-86
Humidity 48%
Wind: NNW 13 to 18 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:41 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Very few anglers went out but the commercial guys are still talking about the dorado around the shark buoys west of the Entrada. Skipjack and small tuna remain in easy striking distance of Boca de Soledad.

The Esteros have also been lightly fished but there were a few grouper and mangrove snapper all the way up to the top end of the bay. There are also a few small halibut on the sandy beaches near the inside of the Boca.

Water temperature 67 - 77
Air temperature 52 -81
Humidity 45 %
Wind: WNW 12 to 16 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:50 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

Being the blue water has moved out beyond the 24 mile mark, the blue water fishing is practically non-existent this week for the sport fishing fleet. They are only averaging less than a sailfish a day per boat. The only reports of decent blue water fishing are coming in from the commercial pangueros. They are working an area from 45 to 50 miles out, and scoring on yellowfin tuna and blue marlin.
There is a hot bite going on however. The jack crevalle, chulas and black skipjack tuna are providing lots of action for the light-line fishermen. The majority of the action is taking place between 1/2 to 2 miles off the beach, all up and down the coast. (A chula is an excellent tasting small tuna, between 4 and 6 pounds, with white meat and a serious set of dentures).
Most of the inshore fish are being taken on trolled Rapalas.
Talking to Jaime this morning on the municipal pier, he told me how yesterday they even encountered a school of large jacks at 17 miles. The 25 pound (average) fish were so hungry he ended up with a quadruple hookup on his sailfish baits.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 68-86
Humidity 62%
Wind: WSW at 13knt
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:29 a.m. CST
Sunset 8:03 p.m. CST

Cabo San Lucas

The striped marlin bite has slowly begun to pick back up with fish showing on the surface on the Cortez side of the Cape. Most of the fish being caught are found tailing on the surface and the bites have been pretty evenly mixed between live and dead bait. On the Pacific side there have been a couple of fish found, but overall everyone pretty much agreed that inside the Pacific side banks the water is too cool for much action. There were reports of a couple of blue and black marlin giving some adrenalin rushes out there.

Once again the yellowfin tuna failed to show in any numbers. There were a few fish found, but they were at quite a distance from Cabo. It took several hours running time to get into the productive waters, such as they were, and once there it took quite a long time to find any fish, it there were any. A few schools were found 40 miles to the southwest, in the 20 to 35 pound class. That meant a long run for the possibility of getting a couple of small tuna…most anglers said never mind.

There were mostly scattered dorado; however, most boats were able to get at least one, and a few boats managed to get three or four. The warm water on the Cortez side produced the fish and the best area was three to five miles off the beach in the same area that held most of the striped marlin.

Wahoo were scattered with a few fish found in the early part of the week in the Punta Gorda, Inman Bank area. These fish averaged 25 pounds and swimming plugs had the best results.

Sierra and yellowtail continued to provide the best inshore action, but there was also a fair bite on amberjack and pargo and a few grouper to add to the mix. Most of the action early in the week was taking place on the Cortez side of the Cape but as the winds died down the bite moved back to the Pacific side off of Los Arcos.

George & Mary Landrum

Water temperature 75 – 78
Air temperature 56 – 86
Humidity 48%
Wind: W 9 to 12 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:41 p.m. MST
 Mar 29, 2009; 08:26AM - Roosters…Yellows…Dorado!
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 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
Endless Season Update 03/26/2009
REPORT #1159 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
Inshore action dominated this week. Sierra and a few good quality yellowtail were found from Cardonal to Punta Arena, with the largest concentration of sierra from Punta Pescadero to El Cardonal. Warmer water produced a few jacks and roosters as well.
Rumors of offshore dorado some distance from the beach failed to entice many out there. There didn’t seem to be much concentration, so it made for a long boat ride.
The recent nice weather has been favorable for fishing from the beach and the few that tried it reported good signs of bait, particularly from La Ribera to Punta Pescadero.
Palapas Ventana (Las Arenas area) report: “Mackerel are gone locally - but there are plenty of sardina that will do the job to get those yellowtail for those using live bait. Just keep them out of the rocks please --no slack line ever -- I just bent a spear shaft up good by playing with a 30 pounder too long -- now imagine what a 50 pounder will do to you and your gear!
Now the weird thing is that dorado just showed up and they are good size. Why? Sea surface temps have spiked a little outside towards 88 - I guess that’s why... but under the backside buoys, the dorado are congregating…waiting for flies and baits!! Too much fun!!
Winds are up and down this time of year but the lulls are lengthening and the weather is warming up fast!!” Tim Hatler

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 56-86
Humidity 75%
Wind: ESE 6 to 8 knots
Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:17 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:32 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

As early as it is the dorado and football sized tuna are showing around the shark buoys according the commercial fishermen. Inside was pretty much the same story with little sportfishing activity. The Entrada is still providing some decent action for small yellows and sierra. Most of the sandy beaches have small halibut in shallow water.

Up in the Esteros, surface action for corvina was widespread from Puerto San Carlos to above Lopez Mateos. Down deeper it was a slow pick for both grouper and mangrove snapper.

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 51 -83
Humidity 77 %
Wind: WNW 10 to 13 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:32 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:37 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80º blue water has moved out to about the 12 mile mark, with the offshore action slowing down a bit. The boats are only averaging 1 to 2 sailfish a day each. Few dorado are being caught, and the blue marlin bite has even slowed. No tuna were reported.
The one highlight is the jack crevalle action has really turned on big time. Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, reported the big jacks are running between 20 and 25 pounds. He is getting them as they crash on bait about a 1/2 mile off the surf line. These are very hard fighting fish and excellent on light gear or the fly rod. He also reports a lot of sierra.

Ed Kunze
Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 72-90
Humidity 60%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:45 a.m. CST
Sunset 7:58 p.m. CST

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