25 Apr 2011 - Who Flipped the Switch?
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update APRIL 25, 2011
REPORT #1254 'Below the Border'
Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Change is in the air. Daytime
temperatures are creeping over the 90
degree mark with sea temps following. So
much to talk about, so little space.
Enough swordfish to give those who care
goose bumps. San Jose local, Daniel
Fisher took his boat Fisherman out and
caught two swordfish on back-to-back
days and was back out trying to make it
a hat trick.

Felipe Valdez, Buena Vista Beach Resort
Hotel manager, could hardly contain
himself. 'Best week of 2011, so far! We
caught everything: a wahoo (63 pounds
which my dad Chuy landed), dorado (from
40 to 60 pounds) sailfish, striped
marlin, red snapper, jack crevalle,
sierra, amberjacks, and even a blue
marlin…all caught in the area this week!

Our fly fishermen with Victor Sr. on the
Victoria had ideal conditions which
allowed them to begin catching fish a
few hundred yards off our pier including
snapper, ladyfish, jack crevalle and
skip jack.

Mark Rayor on Jen Wren has been beating
the bushes between clients for his own
first swordie of the year. He reported
that the 'why the billfish won't bite'
mystery was solved; seems most caught
and released this week were plugged with
squid and weren't hungry
.
The inshore and beach action is shaping
up nicely according to Rancho Leonero
owner John Ireland. Big roosters in the
50-pound class are beginning to arrive,
joining the smaller schoolie-sized fish
in the 5 to 20-pound range attracted by
the large schools of sardina all along
the south beaches.
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Current East Cape Weather
http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Cool water and windy conditions continue
to hamper fishing conditions in the
area, which is frustrating for the
locals as the both the white sea bass
and yellowtail action has been good-to-
great on the days that the wind
subsides. While yo-yoing jigs have been
the method of choice, live mackerel have
been much more effective at both the
Entrada and a few miles off of Magdalena
Island.

Estero action is improving for the very
few anglers fishing currently. There are
halibut on most of the shallows off of
sand beaches and the perennial spotted
bay bass with a few grouper and an
occasional mangrove snapper round out
the catch list.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Hoping something would break loose, and
even delaying the report a day didn’t
help. The full moon period is just
beating us over the head, and we can’t
change Mother Nature. The 80ş water is
just six miles off the beach, with the
deep blue 84ş water at 14 miles.

About the only decent report for the
blue water this week was Adolfo on the
panga Dos Hermanos. At 16 miles, he
released two sailfish.

Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II was
with combination spin/fly fishing client
Steve Turpin of Atlanta, Georgia and got
several sierras, black skipjack tuna,
but he missed a couple of roosterfish on
the fly. The smallest we estimated at 25
pounds and the largest one may have gone
50 pounds…Ed Kunze

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

Cabo San Lucas
Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces reported striped
marlin fishing was on the rise and that
their boats are beginning to produce
single, double and triple marlin days.
Continuing that until now the slack had
been taken up with great yellow-tail
fishing. Along with good catches on
sierra close to shore, plenty of
skipjack, some pompano, triggerfish,
amberjack and green jacks.

Captain George Landrum, Fly Hooker
Charters added that there were finally a
showing of yellowfin tuna with a
smattering of fish up to forty pounds
mixed in with the football sized fish.

Farther up in the Sea of Cortez near the
Gordo Banks there were scattered schools
as well, and some of them held fish to
100 pounds. A slightly different method
was needed on the larger fish as just
trolling lures or chumming with sardina
did not work. Setting out a kite or
using a helium balloon to get the bait
well away from the boat brought some
bites from these larger fish.
After a long absence, as the warm water
moved in, a few dorado hit the docks
this past week. While not there in
great numbers as the water is still a
bit cool, there were fish caught that
weighed up to 20 pounds. Most of them
were in the 10 to 12 pound class
however, and were mixed in with both the
yellowfin and the marlin.
Current Cabo Weather
http://tiny.cc/cabo191