2 Mar 2011 - What is 'weather sucks' in Spanish?
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update March 1, 2011
REPORT #1247 'Below the Border'
Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
I can't believe how grumpy everyone gets
when the weather drops below 60 degrees.
How many ways can a person say suck?
Seems to be a contest these days.

The few reports I did get after the
disgusted weather comments indicated
that yellowtail did bite and while
marlin moved in, they offered more
refusals than a midnight '10' at a Cabo
bar! A spicy rumor was a few tuna were
caught up at the north end of Cerralvo,
but you know it’s a stretch when I have
to go that far to find something to
write about.

Weather has me a little grumpy as well.
Snow closed the grapevine as we were
headed home from the Fly Fishing Show in
Pleasanton, and Yvonne and I, along with
Suerte and Maggie, ended up in a Motel 6
in Bakersfield. I think there may be a
song title in there somewhere, though
none of us were singing one that night.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

The best reports are coming from the
fish camp guys out on Magdalena island.
Lots of yellowtail to twenty pounds (may
be slightly less than that), grouper to
fifty and even a few white seabass below
the lighthouse.

Whales should begin to thin out soon and
maybe we will begin to receive more
informative reports.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
While on the municipal pier this
morning, talking to the captains for
more information for this report, I
spent some time with Santiago, the owner
of the super panga Gitana, and his
client Len Grupp of Minnesota. Their
experiences reflected the overall
scenario for the fishing this last
couple of weeks. They had been getting
one or two sailfish and maybe a striped
marlin a day. Most boats are averaging
about one billfish a day, with the
striped marlin being caught about
equally with the sailfish.

What really got my attention though, Len
is staying out at Barra Potosi and was
telling me of the huge numbers of
sardines in the surf there. This is an
annual thing, and when the sardines come
in like that, the jack crevalle follow.
And the jacks are big enough that the
Mexican hand line fishermen are having a
tough time carrying their four or five
fish back home.

The reason I was really interested in
the Barra is because this is an
excellent way to spend a day, and one of
the few areas on this coast where the
surf is not too high for a spin or fly
rod fisherman for shore fishing. You can
kick back under the palapa of one of the
restaurants there, have a cold one, a
few traditional Mexican appetizers, and
wait for the jacks to breeze in again.
When the jacks start crashing the bait,
you go out and catch a couple of the
hard fighting fish, and then back to the
cold one. Any fly in a three or four
inch sardine pattern will work, and the
spin fishermen are having better luck
with shiny one to two-ounce spoons and
Mega Bait jigs of the same length as the

Otherwise, Santiago told me he made a
long run down south to La Barrita and
only got a few jacks and a couple of
small roosters. Other inshore fishermen
are picking up a lot of very nice sized

With the cold current pushing down from
the north, the clean water is about six
miles off the beach, but the good blue
water is way out at the 50-mile mark.
Some of the boats are getting into the
10 to 15 pound yellowfin tuna between 16
and 20 miles on a 240º heading, but
Ruben Lara found the bigger tuna on the
same heading, at 54 miles, and has been
hitting them every day. Ruben used to be
the captain of the Vamonos III and is
now a commercial fisherman. After a long
hard day, he has been getting back to
port averaging about 700 pounds of 40 to
80 pound tuna a day. Not bad for a
single guy hand lining on an open panga.
He told me there are schools out there
with some really big tuna. But, he would
rather catch 15 tuna at 40 pounds in the
same time it would take him to get one
200 pound tuna to the boat.

For an idea how a few of the other
captains are doing for a single day of
offshore fishing: Mecate, on the cruiser
Agua Azul, got two sails and one nice
dorado. Martin, on the Gaviota, got
three sailfish, and Cheva, on the panga
Dos Hermanos II, got three striped
marlin and one sailfish.

Leonardo, on the panga Fish On, fishing
with Don Granges of Texas, had a large
black marlin on for a while before it
got off. Twenty minutes later they
hooked a huge bull dorado over five feet
long and approaching 60 pounds. It
stuck. It will be dinner for several
nights to come. Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas

The 1150 was the place to be for striped
marlin this week as a concentration was
found in the area. Boats were able to
throw bait on six to eight fish per trip
and some of them were hungry. A good day
was two releases but most boats were
able to get at least one if they stayed
and worked the area. The bite was
associated with the tide as most of the
action was occurring in the afternoon
along with the high tide. The bite was
later every day. There were also fish
found in the Vinorama area past Punta
Gorda and around the Gorda Banks.

Right place at the right time was once
again the word of the week for
yellowfin. Fish were found outside the
1,000 fathom line to the southeast and
east as well as on the Gorda Banks and
the Inman Banks. Those outside were
associated with porpoise and if you
found the right school, and were one of
the first three or so boats there, you
had no problem getting limits of five
fish per person. If you were one of the
late boats you scratched a bit, but were
still able to get fish in the box. Most
of these fish were in the 10 to 18 pound
class. Closer to home at the Gorda
Banks, sardina were the key to getting
bit. Using a kite and flying a sardine
at least 75 yards away from the boat
resulted in quite a few fish to 70

There were a few dorado caught this week
and I saw one boat that was flying two
flags, but for the most part these were
small fish found close to shore by boats
fishing for sierra. There was one nice
fish I saw that might have pushed 50
pounds, and it was caught in the warm
water on top of the Gorda Banks.

One fish I saw myself went 90 pounds;
sure would have liked to have had a
chunk of that meat! Once again caught in
the warm water at the Gorda Banks, there
were reports of some boats getting as
many as four wahoo in a trip this week.
But you had to be early for the numbers,
getting there before the rest of the
boats. Fish were also found around Punta
Gorda and the Inman Banks.

Sierra were once again for pangas
fishing out of Cabo, while the boats out
of San Jose were doing better on the
football yellowfin. Sierra are schooling
fish so if you started out with nice
size fish you stuck with the school. If
all you were getting were peanuts, you
moved and looked for the larger ones. It
was not a problem for most of the boats
to get as many sierra as they wanted.
But getting the larger fish took some
work. There were also roosterfish to 15
pounds as well as some decent snapper to
25 pounds. Sardina were the key to the
larger sierra and using the large ones
as well as caballito made for good
catches. The smaller sierra were no
problem to catch on swimming plugs and
hootchies…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather