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 Jun 28, 2010; 04:47PM - East Cape Gets Mooned!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update June 27, 2010
REPORT #1220 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: Captain Chuy on the Jen Wren is picking up where he left off with the grande yellowfin tuna. Yes, that was a full moon that shined over East Cape all week! photo Mark Rayor, Vista Sea Sports.

I gotta' say it…under the bright light of a full moon, the East Cape went bananas. Throughout the week IM messages of great catches kept flashing on my computer screen.

Not only were there huge tuna to 146 pounds, there were also a few blues and definitely a stronger striped marlin bite all week. Most of the tuna were under the breezing porpoise schools and if the right one was found, there were some serious bites to be had.

Inshore and beach remained great serving up shots at big…oh what the heck…huge roosters and jacks with more broken off more than were caught. Hot days and hot fishing had everyone standing in lines at the bar to get something cold and wet. Can't wait to see if it holds up over the 4th.

Mark Rayor Keep It Reel Fish and Chips Tuna Tournament reported: Twenty boats. I skippered the Cabo, and Chuy the Innovator.

7AM: Shot gun start and all the boats made their way to the squid hole to make bait. I stayed there longer than most of the boats to load up on bait. Off we headed to the outside of Pescadero. We had limits the day before off of the light house but there were no big fish. Earlier in the week several larger fish were landed to the north. Out about nine miles, I picked up my gyros to start looking around.

The first thing I see is the Innovator off to my starboard. We ran a few more minutes and were lucky enough to run right into a huge school of spotted porpoise. Now we are about 12 miles out. I throttled back and we started chumming chunks of calamari. The tuna came for it instantly. I grabbed the radio and called Chuy. It only took him a few minutes to arrive on the spot. We already had three 30 pounders in the boat when the anglers on Chuy's boat had a triple hook up on calamari. They gaffed the 1st fish (about 20 pounds) when one of the other guys said, 'I'm getting spooled'. Chuy was alarmed when he looked down at an almost empty Accurate Boss B2-30. He immediately swung the boat around and went after the fish. In a few moments they had it under control and in 25 minutes brought it to gaff.

Knowing it was probably a contender they headed to the scale. At 9:30 AM they were at the dock where the tuna officially weighed in at 143 pounds. That was enough to hold up and take first place.
Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico
Last week's sketchy rumor of a couple of blues being caught turned out to be two confirmed swordfish that were caught by a yacht above Magdalena Bay on the ridge on their trip down to Cabo.

Meanwhile the local shark fishermen swear they are seeing dorado and billfish every day they venture outside. If the weather would settle down a tad it might be worth doing a little scouting.

Until that happens the yellowtail and white seabass are going off.

Inside it is pretty steady for the corvina and of course the cabrilla.. Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
With the blue water at only about 6 miles and a short ride off the beach, we are really getting some very warm surface temperatures. Morning readings are 84 to 85° with afternoon readings as high as 86 to 88°.

The blue water action has also slowed down some, but not a lot. Part of this is because I only counted five boats yesterday morning leaving the municipal pier in Zihuatanejo Bay with clients, and three of the boats were fishing inshore. There are just not many people here.

Inshore roosterfish and jack crevalle fishing is still excellent. Early in the week, Baja On The Fly Guide, Lance Peterson, guided fly fishing clients Tom Lorish and Kurt Ransohoff of California for four days. They were with Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos II. Lance told me they raised more roosters than they could count while fishing down south between Valentine and the antennas. Tom did get a nice one weighing almost 30 pounds, with Kurt leadering three large jacks to 20 pounds. The next couple of days saw a few more jacks and a couple of roosters caught, with many more missed opportunities.

One of the problems they encountered, which hurt their chances for the spectacular results of the first day, was a couple of pods of bufeos (pronounced boo-fay-ohs) moved in on the same beaches they were fishing. A bufeo looks like a porpoise, but is twice as long. They are actually false killer whales, and a predator to roosterfish and jacks.

Fishing with Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos, I guided Rosario and Cecile Tortoice of Houston. We went north to the Buena Vista Beach area and ended up with 5 nice roosters to about 40 pounds.....…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
Striped marlin are being found out at the 1,000 fathom line but seemed lethargic and not very hungry. Up toward Punta Gordo where the water is much warmer there were a few blue marlin. Most boats were having about 20% success on the fish using bait, hooking one out of five. The blue marlin were feeding on tuna.

The good news of the week was that we finally had yellowfin show up. It was a long run up into the Sea of Cortez for the 50 to 100 pound class fish just to the north of the Gordo Banks. Only some of the boats gave it a shot, but for many of those that did, it was worth the run. Scattered pods of porpoise were holding fish and it was a matter of finding the right pod. There were smaller fish being found closer to home; it seemed that the farther you went the larger the fish became.

No concentrations of dorado have been reported recently but there were some nice fish found up in the same area as the tuna. The warm water was the key, as was finding anything floating, usually there was at least one fish in the area. Slow trolling a live bait in front of the porpoise pods looking for tuna resulted in several dorado instead, with the largest I heard of going just over 30 pounds.

Inshore fishing has been a bit off with the larger swells that made it uncomfortable. Those that managed to fish did well on the Pacific side with snapper to 20 pounds, some sierra, some amberjack and a lot of action from jack crevalle. The Cortez side of the Cape had fish inshore as well with roosterfish making a good showing in the area just to the west of the Westin Resort… George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 Jun 21, 2010; 08:48AM - Finally a Season!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update June 20, 2010
REPORT #1219 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: Yellowfin tuna limits were the norm this week and most of the catch was a better grade. photo Mark Rayor Vista Sea Sports.

Maybe it was the seasons dismally slow start, but it seems like someone threw a switch. Yellowfin tuna limits were the norm this week and most of the catch was a better grade. Boats targeting marlin were landing multiple stripers with a few bonus blues for the ones with heavy trolling rigs. There were enough red (release) and blue (billfish) flags flying from the outriggers to fool some into believing that the 4th of July was just around the corner.

Even the dorado showed up, admittedly they were mostly dinks but what the heck, they grow fast. Just keep letting them go and they will get to be 'fatties' in no time at all.

Inshore the whole mixed bag thing is still going off. Big roosters to try to fool, huge jacks ready for a tussle along with pompano, pargo, ladyfish, etc.

Those short and terse reports saying that fishing is great are evidence of just how good fishing is…no time to talk!

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Recent rumors are that several yachts traveling by found a couple of decent size blue marlin. This has everyone guessing who, what and when. Meanwhile the local shark fishermen swear they are seeing dorado and billfish every day they venture outside.

The white seabass and yellowtail reported last week still are off the charts this week in both number and size caught. So much so that hardly anyone is bothering with the esteros these days.
Outside remains strong for yellowfin and yellow tail. the grouper bite is just starting. Water remains cold with lots of bait. Inside the corvina bite is wide open feeding on small sardines. Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Saturday: We're off to a fine start over here. Got into a great bite this morning that lasted almost three hours. Fish all over the teaser. Tom Lorish landed his first big rooster...about 28lb's I think, plus a big jack. Kurt Ransohoff boated three big jacks and missed numerous hook sets on big roosters. It was a ton of fun and a huge difference from how we started last year. Lance Peterson

Adolfo, of the Dos Hermanos fame, was elated when I talked with him on the pier a couple of days ago. He was telling me the currents have now changed and the roosters are back. He said we will have excellent fishing from now through December.

The 80° blue water is still holding just four to six miles off the beach, and the fishing is holding up also. Few boats are on the water, with only a maximum of ten boats fishing a day, and often fewer. Blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and a few striped marlin make up the majority of the catches offshore.

Santiago on the supper panga Gitana, and his brother Adan, on the panga Gitana II, only fished one day each this last week. However, Dave Sicard and his son from Mississippi, fishing with Santiago, released two sailfish and got 4 yellowfin from 10 to 30 pounds. And, Walter Glen of Las Vegas, fishing with Adan, caught and released an estimated 90-pound striped marlin on the fly.

Plus, Russ Hampton of Los Angeles, fly fished on the Dos Hermanos II, with Cheva at the helm, hooking six roosters and catching four on the fly in two days of fishing. Adolfo’s clients have taken 12 roosters and “Mucho” jack crevalle on conventional gear over a five-day span....…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
We wish we could say that fishing was better than it is, but we can’t; even though we have had some great catches, the consistency just hasn't been there. It has tended to be feast or famine. Nevertheless, marlin was the top catch this week with forty-two percent of the charters catching stripers. Two of our boats fought the most prized of all billfish, the broadbill swordfish, on June 13th, (both at the 11.50 spot), but unfortunately neither could get them on board. Another angler fought a swordfish for over an hour before losing it…pretty disappointing for everybody. It’s been a tough week with clients. Cabo has such a great reputation that people expect to catch fish all the time and the crews feel the pressure, as they want to catch fish, too; it’s a matter of professional pride plus they want their anglers to be happy.

However, with the effects of the El Niño current on the way out, we are confident that it won’t be long until things are back on track and of course the only way to catch fish is to go out and get some lines in the water

Slim pickings on smaller game this week, with just sixteen percent of the boats catching tuna and only nine percent catching dorado. Tuna catches were usually of a single fish as were dorado, with weights just average on both species at 15 to 25 pounds. We had a couple of wahoo, one at 45 pounds that was caught six miles from Cerro Colorado and another wahoo weighing 38 pounds. In addition, a few skipjacks, jack crevalle and even a manta ray was caught and released.

Current Cabo Weather
 Jun 14, 2010; 12:26PM - Prospects Brighten
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update June 13, 2010
REPORT #1218 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Billfish Cowboys of Santa Rosa, CA landed limits of YFT on the Jen Wren this week

With the official beginning of summer just a few day away it feels like our fishing is finally heating up. The big news is that the tuna have finally arrived. They are traveling with porpoise schools from north of Punta Pescadero to south of Las Frailes. A good grade of fish, they range from football size all the way up to gorilla class reaching 100 pounds.

For the billfish set it looks like a few blues along with stripers and sails are finally ready to get in the game. All of this is after a frustratingly slow beginning to the season. Note to the dorado: you are welcome to the party anytime…come back, we miss you!
Meanwhile, one of the brighter bites all spring was the fantastic wahoo bite and it still continues.
Speaking of bright bites, the ROOSTERFISH bite is insane! More grandes. The bubba-class roosters are chewing like there is no tomorrow.

Still missing are the sardine; they seem to be taking the summer off.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Big white seabass and bigger yellowtail have been the week’s crowd-pleasers. Well, forget the crowd part, there are only a few anglers to take advantage of what many of the locals are calling the best bite in recent memory. Tee good news, the bite is tight to the rocks just below the lighthouse at Cabo Lazaro.
Farther offshore the local pangueros checking their shark buoys are reporting seeing striped marlin, swordfish and yellowfin tuna. This would seem to indicate an interesting summer is about to begin… Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
With the blue water holding just off the beach, the 80° surface temps are ranging from the beach to at least 60 miles out. And, the fishing is good. What is not so good is there are very few people here to enjoy it. We are only putting 5 to 10 boats on the water a day. That is the whole fleet, and with about half the boats fishing inshore, it is hard to find the concentrations of fish in the blue water.

We are getting blue marlin, a few striped marlin, lots of yellowfin tuna and sailfish. The marlin and tuna are being taken between the 18 and 25 mile marks, with the sailfish being mostly found in decent quantities between the 6 to10 mile areas.
Adan, on the panga Gitana II had a couple of back-to-back bad luck days; however there were some very exciting moments. His client, Walter Glenn of Las Vegas was casting at yellowfin tuna with the 12wt fly rod, and had been very successful for several fish. But, he made one cast too many, as a 300+ pound blue marlin ate the fly. Walter ended up with a broken rod, a lost fly, and a lost fly line.

The following day, Walter borrowed my fly reel (while I replaced the fly line on the other), and armed with one of Rebeca’s special billfish flies, Adan teased in another huge blue. At least Walter was using the 14wt this time. The fish took off for about 10 minutes, and did not jump until a long ways out from the boat. Then it put on a display, and unfortunately cut the 40 pound butt section with its beak.

At least the next day he got more yellowfin tuna (to 30 pounds), raised three sailfish, and released an estimated 200 pound blue marlin on conventional gear.
Jeff and Louise Stackhouse of South Carolina fished with Santiago on the super panga Gitana. Fishing with conventional gear, they had an outstanding day, releasing an estimated 300 pound blue marlin, a sailfish, and getting four football-size yellowfin tuna.
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos fished the blue water only one day, releasing five sailfish for his client.

Inshore, Adolfo reported there are jack crevalle on the beaches in tonnage quantities. And, the fish are big, ranging from 18 to 25 pounds. He also took three roosters between 18 and 25 pounds, with the main concentrations of bigger fish not yet here...…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
Billfish action still looks a lot like that of Apri;l there were striped marlin to be found on the Pacific side close to the beach. As a matter of fact, one was hooked on iron while jigging for amberjack right off the arch. Most boats were getting shots at three or four fish per trip with one or two releases per trip. I did not hear of any blues or blacks showing up in the patterns this week.

A decent pick on yellowfin tuna to 25 pounds close to home with the fish being just two to three miles off the beach between the Gray Rock and the Red Hill areas. There were some porpoise with them. Working the area steadily resulted in catches of between two and ten fish per boat. Being there early was a definite help.

There were a few dorado this week but with the change in temperature they went on vacation.
Roosterfish were found close to the beach on the Pacific side past the lighthouse, as well as off the beach on the north side of Chileno on the Cortez side provided action, and when the water turned over the sierra started to show again. Quite a few of the pangas went for the yellowfin tuna on the Cortez side and did well.

With the water turning over the fishing offshore dropped off, but it should switch around any day now, just as fast as it went. As of now, the wind is gone and while there are still swells, they are spaced far apart. I feel there will be a decent bite on tuna soon. Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for a turn in water temps and until next week, tight lines…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 Jun 1, 2010; 12:55PM - Right Place…Right Time…
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update May 30, 2010
REPORT #1217 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: Mike Hergert provided this photo of a pompano he caught this week during his stay at Rancho Leonero. His panguero, Santos, said it was the largest one he has ever seen and guessed that it weighed between 18 and 20 pounds. Mike also reported that he caught two marlin, six tuna to 50 pounds (enough to fill his ice chest), six dorado from a kayak, two large roosters---one weighing 65 pounds and one weighing 55 pounds---and numerous ladyfish, sierra, etc. on a fly rod from the beach.

While Mike had an excellent week others were not so successful. There were several days of wind to contend with, but it seemed to help the marlin bite.

Tuna action is being found mixed in with the porpoise quite a ways offshore. If you are not one of the first boats to find them, however, it's too late. Apparently the best dorado action is for smaller fish around the moored boats in front of the hotels. Perfect for the kayakers looking for action in the evening.

Inshore action is still where it's happening. Hoards of small roosters with enough 'bubba' class to keep it interesting. The pompano action is near the lighthouse along with some jacks.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

It has been windy lately so few are venturing outside. Bay fishing remains good and in fact has
been picking up with corvina and halibut starting to show in numbers. Local fishermen on
Isla Magdalena have been spotting marlin and swordfish. Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80° blue water is just a couple of miles off the beach, and the action has been fairly steady for striped marlin, blue marlin, and a few sailfish. However, this is the time of year to expect these kind of results. It is hard to imagine, but for the 30 calendar days starting about May 12, there can be no better blue marlin fishing anywhere in the world than what we have here on this coast.

A few years back I made a study about our marlin fishing in May. The blue marlin outnumbered the striped marlin by about ten to one, plus there were also a few blacks caught. The sport fishing fleet averaged 7.5 strikes a day, with almost four fish a day brought to leader. Historically during this time period, we average a blue marlin per boat for every three days on the water.

Plus, this was done by boats that were basically geared for sailfish, and found themselves sadly under-equipped when the marlin hit. Some boats, like the See-Ya from Cabo San Lucas, spent the fuel money to get here just to sample this action. They specifically targeted marlin and had a great month. Plus, there was an insignificant difference in fish caught between the pangas and the cruisers, proving the fish don’t care how fancy the boat is.

For this last week, the super panga, Huntress, with Captain Francisco, only caught one sail at the 16-mile mark, in what owner, Mike Bulkley, described as “beautiful blue water”, but they had several marlin strikes also. The Huntress was handicapped by a couple of earthquakes the day before, which really hurts the fishing. Mike also told me there was a lot of the bait-stealing bufeos (boo-fay-ohs) in the area. Almost identical to, but much larger than a porpoise, they are false killer whales, near the top of the food chain, and they can shut off a bite also.

Santiago, on the super panga Gitana, says “fishing is good right now”. He fished three days with John Fuller of Chicago, and friends Ben and Sam, releasing seven sailfish, and catching a 180-pound blue marlin. They also had five more sailfish and two striped marlin strikes, but missed them.

Inshore action was tough this last week, as we had huge waves hit the coast from a storm several thousand miles away. The waves were actually washing up into the beachside restaurants, whose tables are on the sand. But, from tracking the waves on the internet, it sure brought in the surfers from all over the world..…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
There are many more striped marlin being seen, but they were not swimming around with their mouths open. It took time, patience and working the right fish to get hooked up as it appeared most of the fish were still full on squid. Most boats were able to get one to bite and a few boats had better luck and were able to hook three or four fish, but the average was more like one for every two boats hooking up and fighting to each release. The fish are fairly close to the beach, just outside the arch and up the coast on the Cortez side. There were reports of some decent-size black marlin in the area as well.

We had a 'good to decent' bite on football-to-school-size yellowfin tuna close to home. The fish were just outside of the Gray Rock area within five miles of the beach. This placed them in calm water close to home, so they got hammered hard by almost every boat out there. They are gone now but while they were here, guys had great fun on fish ranging in size from 10 to 45 pounds. These fish were associated with a pod of porpoise so they were fairly easy to find most days. Best luck was had by boats able to get sardina up in San Jose, but that meant an early go, as it is a 45 minute run up there and the same back. In order to have the best luck, you needed to be on the fish early! There was scattered action in other areas, but the best alternative was the area to the south and west of the San Jaime banks where the water blued up nicely. The only problem there was that it was easy to get fish close to home and the water was rough out at the Jaime.

Dorado are not here in full force yet, but there are still some decent fish turning up on the catch as boats fishing the near-shore waters on the Sea of Cortez side of the Cape are having decent luck with fish to 20 pounds while trolling live bait. Several pangas reported catching dorado to 30 pounds while slow trolling live mullet for roosterfish just off the beach where you can see the bottom. Other fish were caught on the Cortez side, but the focus was on the Gordo Banks and the Red Hill area. Not a lot of fish were there, but some of the boats were able to get action.

There were still some decent wahoo to be caught; but not in the numbers or the sizes we were seeing recently. The fish that were caught were found in the usual haunts, on top of structure and off of the steeper drops.
Roosterfish remained the best bet inshore with decent action on sierra as well if you worked the beach on the Pacific side of the Cape. All the mullet that have arrived have really improved the inshore action for all species. Amberjack continued to be one of the favorites and limits were easy to come by for most anglers. George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 May 23, 2010; 02:38PM - Snook Again!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update May 23, 2010
REPORT #1216 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: One of the more unique catches this week was a 28-pound snook in one of the East Cape lagoons, according to East Cape resident, Jim Moyer.

Wow…snook as the lead for the second week in a row! This should dispel any doubts that this is a weird year so far.

This week brought an upward spike in the overall fishing picture for some. Reports of tuna down by Las Frailes were encouraging; however most of the fish were footballs with only an occasional larger fish landed. There has also been a decent volume of striped marlin seen but few biters and a few good sized dorado have been found but no bonanza by any definition.

Inside, the small roosters and ladyfish have been thick but not many in the Bubba-sized scene along the beach.

Now if the sardina would appear, maybe fishing will begin to regain some normalcy.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

A new tournament will be held August 13, 14 and 15 in the mangroves out of Lopez Mateos. It will be Baja's first tournament of its kind to be held in the esteros/mangroves. So far, the plans are to include flyfishing, kayaking and conventional categories. I should have the complete details next week.

Few fished this week and the reports were sketchy but it sounded like fishing was slow.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80° blue water is back on the beach, with the clear and clean water having moved in to about the 6-mile mark. Historically, this is typical of the first or second week of May. Our bread and butter sailfish will be around, but this is also the time when the marlin and tuna move in. Plus, the warm water on the beach brings back our roosters…the most exciting game fish of them all on a fly rod.

Fishing has been steadily improving this last week, with several notable catches. The boats are each averaging about one sailfish and a striped or blue marlin a day. But, there are only 8 to 12 boats a day fishing. Tourism is really slow right now, with many of the better captains sitting at home.

Santiago, on the panga Gitana, emailed me that Bob Majewski from Texas caught and released a 200-pound blue marlin, and Jim McKenna from New York released four striped marlin and two sailfish for two days of fishing.

Mike Bulkley, owner of the super panga Huntress, and Captain Francisco, told me this last Thursday through Saturday they had a great three days on the water with one blue marlin, two striped marlin and two sailfish. The marlin were taken on separate days, but all were within a few tenths of a mile at the 29 mile mark on a 180° heading.

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos was real happy when he called me. “The roosters are coming back. We got two today up near Pantla!” He predicts with the warm water on the beaches again, we will be in full swing with the roosters in two more weeks.…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
The striped marlin bite has improved a little, but not much as almost every boat is getting a shot or two per day on tailing fish, with a few being hungry and eating the bait. There have been a few more black and blue marlin being hooked up, with varying degrees of success in getting them to the side of the boat for releases. Most of the striped marlin have been found on the Pacific side or right out front, while their larger cousins have been found in the warmer water in the Sea of Cortez.

Yellowfin tuna ranging from 10 to 50 pounds have been getting into the fish boxes somehow, or at least they were at the start of the week. When the water turned over, the bite dropped off a bit. Most of the fish have been found mixed in with the porpoise, but there have been quite a few found while blind trolling. .

I really thought that the warmer water was going to bring in great numbers of dorado, but they just haven't shown up strongly yet. A few fish were in the 30-pound class with the average in at 15 pounds, and they were close in to the beach for the most part, on the Cortez side of the Cape and due south early in the week.

The week started out with a bang as wahoo went on a decent bite for a change. Strangely enough, it was during the new moon phase, not a full moon, so perhaps in another two weeks the bite will take off again. Anyway, it lasted for about four days and everyone who tried for them seemed able to get at least one or two fish, some boats managed a half dozen in the 30 to 40-pound class.

Schools of roosterfish up to 60 pounds in size were found this week. Slow trolling live bait, preferably mullet, worked best for the roosters. A few sierra were still found, and there was a halfway decent bite on amberjack, but most of the pangas tried to target the wahoo!...George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 May 10, 2010; 12:26PM - Roosters Rock!
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update May 9, 2010
REPORT #1214 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: The roosterfish and jacks held the most promise for many anglers, both from boats fishing close to shore or from the beach itself.

Another week of mixed reviews for the fishing. Some tuna have begun to show up north of Punta Pescadero, but most of the fish found with the porpoise are barely football size. There were a few better grade tuna caught close to shore up toward Bahia de los Muertos.

The boats seeking billfish are complaining that they are getting little return for lots of effort.It seems that one billfish for the day is a good score.

Also reports indicate that there is just an occasional dorado showing up behind the boats with little rhyme or reason.

The roosterfish and jacks held the most promise for many anglers, both from boats fishing close to shore or from the beach itself. There was one report of nearly thirty anglers fishing one popular stretch of beach…definitely not like the old days when you could fish the beach all day and not see another angler.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

There were some decent-sized yellowtail under the birds at the Entrada. Offshore the water is pretty cool but there are already reports of both billfish and dorado being spotted near the shark buoys scattered out to the west of the Entrada.

Inside the esteros, the bite remains slow for the few boats that even bothered fishing this week.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Historically, we have always had a poor March/April for the blue water species, with this year being no different. And, after the 1st week of May, things usually turn around completely. This is what is happening again this year.

The 30+ year annual sailfish tournament was held this last Friday though Sunday. It was a record breaking year, but fortunately not for the number of sailfish killed; but rather for the 220 boats signed up for the tournament. With wind and rough seas, the tournament averaged fewer than a sailfish a day per boat. The overall winner took home a nice first prize of a Hummer truck, with a small (by other year comparisons) 86 pound sailfish.

Since last weekend's tournament, the current prospects show the blue 80° water moving in a full 10 miles, and 20 miles off the beach today (Thursday). Give the water a few days to calm down, after being beaten by more than 200 boats, and we can expect a very decent turn around.
Adolfo and Cheva, on the pangas Dos Hermanos I and II, fished the area at 20 miles on a straight out 200° heading today, releasing two striped marlin for Adolfo, and two sailfish for Cheva.

The inshore water is still very cold at 72°, with not much action other than the hard fighting jack cravelle. The jacks are being taken on light line outfits with a slow trolled Rapala or live bait.…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
One of our friends pre-fished an angler for the IGFA tournament for two days and only saw one striped marlin in the distance that sunk out as they approached. Another friend, on a private boat, fished five days for three marlin, two of them as a double header. The fish that were found seemed to be fairly close to land and in the cooler water on the Pacific side. All we can hope for is an improvement on the billfish scene. I had reports, unconfirmed, of several blue marlin coming into the lure patterns this week; let's keep our fingers crossed!

Some tuna action took place on the Pacific side up around the Golden Gate Bank as well as closer to home off of the lighthouse, and of course to the south of the San Jaime Bank. The fish were associated with porpoise for the most part and were halfway decent fish averaging 25 pounds with an occasional fish to 40 pounds. You had to be the first (or only) boat there for the action to take place, but most of the boats that got in on it were able to boat a half-dozen fish before the action quit. There were several spots where blind strikes took place as well, but in those instances it was just for one or two fish.

There were a few more dorado caught this week than were brought in last week, and it may have a lot to do with the warmer water, but maybe not, as there were some fish caught on the Pacific side as well. Of course, on the Pacific side the fish were caught close to the arch, where on the Cortez side most of the fish came from farther north, up in the Punta Gordo area or far offshore in the area of the Cabrillo Seamount. The fish averaged 15 pounds with the larger ones in the 25 pound range and the best luck was with brighter colored striped marlin lures. Not very many fish had followers behind them when brought to the boat, so most of the flags were flying by themselves on the boats return.

There were still a few wahoo caught this week, but not in the numbers we were seeing during the full moon phase. Most of the fish reported were found close to the Punta Gordo area or offshore in the wide open sea with nothing else around. Go figure.

The inshore action dropped off just a little, but there were still some nice fish to be had. One couple who tried offshore got nada; then they decided to drop some bait down and landed one grouper of 48 pounds and lost another. The bite on amberjack has been an on/off bite, but the fish have been slightly larger than last week with a few in the 40 pound range. Sierra are still out there but not in large numbers, and there are still roosterfish to be found in the smaller sizes.....…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 May 3, 2010; 08:16AM - Wind Again
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update May 2, 2010
REPORT #1213 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: Jason Abrams of Park City, Utah landed this quality rooster on the fly from the Jen Wren.

Some reports are bubbling with optimism expressing their certainty that fishing is going to get better. The 'boots on the ground' reports offer a little different take. The lack of sardina combined with some of the strongest winds in recent memory produced conditions that many say cannot go anyway but up. There were a few instances of good catches but not many.

There was a least one quality roosterfish when Mark Rayor's Jen Wren came upon a huge school of roosters feeding on the surface near Punta Pescadero. But, alas that was the exception.

The good news is the winds seem to be abating and water temperatures are rising. If the conditions continue along that path, fishing could be on track in no time at all.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Few were willing to make the long run to Cabo San Lazaro this week. Most of the focus remained closer in the Esteros. The sierra along with the cabrilla, grouper and corvina have been the primary targets for the few anglers fishing the area.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 79 degree clean water is holding around 12 miles, with the deep blue water about 30 miles, and along the 1,000 fathom line. Inside 30 miles, fishing for the offshore species has been slow, and as reported by Mike Bulkly, the owner of the super panga Huntress, many boats are not even getting a strike. However, he did tell me that the inshore fishing for jack cravelle, chulas (a small, but excellent eating tuna with teeth), and black skipjack tuna is still good.

Plus, this weekend, starting Friday, is the annual offshore tournament, with a new car or pickup given as the prize for the largest three sailfish, largest marlin, and largest dorado. Fortunately, with the tournament starting on the full moon cycle, and slow conditions anyway, the normal 120 to 150 boat tournament should have poor results. I say fortunately because Zihuatanejo has yet to get out of the stone age with this 30+ year running 'kill' tournament. In years past, with just slightly more favorable conditions, I have seen as many 750 sailfish hitting the dock over the course of the three day tournament. …Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
There were a few striped marlin found this week; most were caught on the Cortez side of the cape, in the slightly warmer water, and in the calmer conditions. The area off Red Hill was once again the best area for these fish as well as the few wahoo that were caught by the early birds. One blue marlin of approximately 500 pounds was also caught in this area.

The rough water conditions prevented boats from fishing the San Jaime bank, the area that normally produces yellowfin tuna, but there were a few fish reported offshore around on the Cortez side.

Just a few scattered dorado were found near the Red Hill and the Punta Gordo areas on the Cortez side, but no concentrations were found. The best results were within a mile or so of the beach, using brightly colored lures. The dorado averaged 12 pounds, but a few were in the 25-pound range.

There were some nice wahoo averaging 30 pounds caught to the north on the Sea of Cortez, but if you were not one of the first boats to the area, you didn't have much luck. The best areas were off the ledge at Red Hill, Gordo Banks and the In-man Banks area.

For some time, inshore fishing has been the most productive. Good catches of small to medium roosterfish are found just off the beach as well as some decent concentrations of sierra. There were some good snapper taken from the rock piles, but due to the rough conditions on the Pacific side, almost all of this action took place on the Sea of Cortez....…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 Apr 26, 2010; 08:41AM - Jack's Back
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update April 25, 2010
REPORT #1212 'Below the Border' Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
Caption: It was tough fishing last week, but there were a few jacks to be found

Sardina disappeared, wind kicked up and offshore action slowed and fish behaved lethargically this past week. Mark Rayor reported that his brother did manage to land a few billfish even though most of them seemed to be disinterested in even the liveliest of baits.

Mark said, 'We have only been getting one opportunity a day and have been lucky enough to make the most of it. Seems like the last several days the fish have popped up for a short time during slack tide. When it happens you better be ready or your day is done. My brother found one that took a green jack…go figure!'

Women's Flyfishing's® Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf, Anchorage, AK, had tough fishing for their week but did catch a few nice-sized fish. which included a few roosters and jack.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Yellowtail and white sea bass in the 20 to 30 pound class were still going off at Cabo San Lazaro. Bait was plentiful in the Esteros and the sierra along with the cabrilla, grouper and corvina are having a field day feeding on them.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80° blue water is still holding at 12 miles, which is historically very unusual for April. But since the migratory fish don't know the 'historical' difference, the fishing within the normal 'day-charter' distance of about 20 miles is very poor for the average charter.

Incredible action can be had, but at the magic numbers of 40 to 50 miles. There are lots of blue marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna right over the near vertical drop from 6,000 feet to 14,000 feet. (Just check out Google Earth if you don't believe me about the depths.)

This trench, called the Middle America Trench, extends from a bit north of us, down to Costa Rica, a distance of 1,700 miles, with depths at times of over 21,000 feet.

It is a virtual highway for pelagic species like marlin, yellowfin tuna, and sailfish. This is where our local commercial pangueros, in a single engine open panga, go every day to make their living.

Mike Bulkley, owner of the super panga Huntress, with Francisco as the captain, told me the clients do not want to pay the extra gas money and time it takes to get to the 45 mile mark.

They read the daily charter rate on the internet, and expect the captain to take them to Hawaii, if that is where the fish are, and be back in Zihuatanejo at the end of the day.
Rather than try and explain to a client to pay extra fuel for a trip of a lifetime, the Huntress has had very satisfied clients by going inshore and catching a lot of small game fish on light line. After which, Francisco, has been taking the clients to Ixtapa Island for lunch with their fresh caught fish, a little snorkeling, and water sports before returning to the pier, without having to stop for gas in Hawaii.

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, is very optimistic (read promoter), but then what can you expect from the very best captain in this port. He is getting a few roosters off the beach, with several sailfish and striped marlin in the blue water, when nobody else is getting them. Of course, he did not tell me where he got them, but his clients are very satisfied…Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
There were a few more striped marlin found this week and most of them were on the Sea of Cortez side in the calmer water. There was a small concentration of them mid-week up off of Red Hill about two miles from the beach. Not many, but enough were caught to make it worth the effort. There were a few blue and black marlin released this week as well from the same area, although the fish were not large ones, averaging 250 pounds. I heard that there was a swordfish caught in the area of the 95 spot early in the week as well, but saw no pictures of the fish.

A few yellowfin were found in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Banks by boats brave enough to confront the seas early in the mornings before the winds started to whip things up. The bite lasted for two days, but the guys kept things kind of quiet and not many boats heard the exact area. The fish were just a little larger than footballs but the boats lucky enough to find them came in with a dozen or so.

Only a few dorado this week, but those that were caught were nice fish averaging 20 pounds. Almost every one that I heard of was caught in the Sea of Cortez, and the farther to the north you went the better your chances were. The warmer water gave you a better shot at them.

There were a few wahoo caught but they were incidental catches while boats were fishing for marlin. The wahoo were all nice ones in the 40 pound class, and were caught off the Westin, the Gordo Banks and Punta Gordo.

Inshore fishing was red hot for a couple of days with a good concentration of amberjack just off the beach. There were quite a few people fly fishing this week and if they were able to get sardina for chum they were doing well on sierra with a few small roosterfish, as well as the amberjack. Conventional fishermen were doing very well on sierra using small swimming plugs from three to five inches in length with a small wire bite tippet. There were some decent red snapper as well, on the Pacific side up in the rocks, but it was a case of being in the right place at the right time, mainly early in the morning before the winds started to whip it up...…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather
 Apr 22, 2010; 03:24PM - Mexico fishing report
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  John N. Felsher
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Report Description: Five Friends Each Score Personal Best Bass

By Billy Chapman Jr.

As the host and producer of various outdoors television shows for Bass Pro Shops and a 2008 inductee into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Jerry Martin fished and hunted around the world. In all that time, he never caught a double-digit bass – until he fished Lake El Salto recently.

Lake El Salto

Martin and his four best friends grew up together in Thayer, Mo. They went all through school together, graduating from Thayer High School, Class of 1966. Over the years, they kept in touch and try to reunite for fishing or hunting trips whenever possible. This year, Martin convinced the others to make the biggest trip of their lives and visit Anglers Inn at Lake El Salto. They didn’t leave disappointed.
“This trip was very special,” said J.W. Nelson of Salem, Ark. “We started fishing at 5 years old and fished all of our lives. This year, we wanted to go to the best place where everybody could catch a lot of fish and have a great time. That’s Anglers Inn at Lake El Salto. Jerry told us about it, but it was more than we expected.”
Each of the five caught a personal best largemouth bass. Jerry caught a 9.5- and a 10-pounder on back-to-back casts with a 10-inch black and blue Berkley Power Worm fished Texas style in about 15 feet of water. Lewis Childers, who still lives in Thayer, caught a 10-pounder on a 12-inch green pumpkin plastic worm. His cousin, Keith Childers of Marshfield, Mo., and Nelson each landed bass approaching 8 pounds.
“The fishing was absolutely awesome,” Martin said. “The fish averaged about 4 pounds, but we caught a lot of 5- to 7-pound fish. Our best baits were 8-inch lizards, but my best bait was a 10-inch worm. Green pumpkin was the better color in the morning. Then, bass wanted black and blue. The key for bigger bass was fishing a steep bank with timber on it close to deep water where the bank broke into a creek channel 10 to 14 feet deep.”
John Sawyer topped them all. The Jonesboro, Ark., angler landed a 12.3-pounder, one of the largest fish caught this season at Lake El Salto. The fish inhaled a white six-inch swimbait, but John had a little help from his guide, Armando.
“On the morning I caught the big one, I already had 37 fish including several 6-pounders that mostly hit 8-inch lizards,” Sawyer said. “I decided to try something that I never used before. We got to a cove and I asked Armando to show me how to work a swimming minnow swimbait. He made one cast, said this is how to fish it, set the hook and gave me the rod. People don’t have to be great fishermen to catch big ones at Lake El Salto if they just listen to their guide.”
Besides the lunker, Sawyer caught more than 110 bass with many in the 3- to 9-pound range at Lake El Salto. In all, the five amigos landed more than 500 bass in 2.5 days, which included five personal best bass and three double-digit bucketmouths. They also tempted a frenzied school of jack crevalle with topwaters off Mazatlan before heading home.
“For the first hour at El Salto, we had a lot of topwater action, mostly on Pop-Rs in white or chrome with blue or gray backs,” Jerry said. “As soon as the sun got on the water, fish went about 6 to 8 feet deep and deeper as the sun rose. We caught some of our biggest bass on plastics in 10 to 12 feet of water near submerged trees, but also caught some on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits. On the final day, we fished a flat bank in two feet of water at 11 a.m. and started ripping fish on a spinnerbait.”
At both El Salto and Mateos, topwaters produced excellent action. Brett Whitehead of California caught a 10.5-pounder on a silver and black Zara Spook almost a lunchtime. Wesley Wolfe of North Carolina caught a 10-pound, 13-ounce lunker on a Sammy topwater bait, again at midday. He also caught several fish in the 6.5- to 8-pound range.
For consistent big-fish action, though, swimbaits topped the list. Slowly retrieve a 5-inch Yum Money Minnow in hologram shad, Tennessee shad or foxy shad just over the bottom. Use a weighed hook inserted into the plastic and barely poking out the back. Count down 10 to 15 seconds so the bait sinks and retrieve it as slowly as possible.
Texan Tim Barber caught a 10-pounder on a Yum Money Minnow on his first cast near a point. His partner, Danny Hale caught a 9.8-pounder on an identical bait. Fellow Texan, Steve Barnett caught his two biggest fish, one a 9.5-pounder, on a hologram shad Money Minnow. He also caught some big ones on Carolina-rigged black and blue lizards.
Other significant El Salto catches, Bill Arwood of Ohio landed a 10-pounder that smashed a chrome and blue Rat-L-Trap. Fishing with his son, Jagar, Darin Halbleib of Texas caught his 10-pounder on a black and blue jig. Jagar caught most of his fish on watermelon lizards with some topping 7 pounds.
Phil Thomas of Florida caught a 10-pounder on an 8-inch watermelon red flake lizard in 15 feet of water. Art Tatum and Michelle Healy didn’t catch monsters, but they used watermelon lizards and motoroil worms to catch more than 100 bass a day with a 4-pound average. Michelle landed one nearly 8 pounds, shy of her 10.4-pounder from a previous trip.
“Anglers Inn is the Disneyland for fishing,” Michelle said. “I’ve been to Lake El Salto twice this year and absolutely love it. I had the most amazing massage I’ve ever had and the food is incredible. I can’t wait to come back.”

Lake Mateos
At Lake Mateos, anglers frequently land more than 120 bass a day, as Pennsylvania angler Daniel Slavek did recently. He joined a group led by Dr. Louis Mameli of Georgia fishing with eight friends and family members. Each of them consistently caught 100 bass a day with many in the 5- to 8-pound range. Hot baits included citrus crankbaits, chartreuse and white spinnerbaits, white topwater baits or watermelon lizards.
“Lake Mateos is one of the best places I’ve ever fished,” Slavek said. “I caught a bunch of 5- and 6-pounders. The lodge is beautiful and the service is outstanding.”
Mike Marrone of Big 5 Sporting Goods in California led a group that fished both Lakes El Salto and Mateos. They also fished with the Anglers Inn International Offshore Division in the Sea of Cortez out of Mazatlan.
“Lake Mateos is gorgeous, but the fishing is off the charts,” Marrone said. “Our first day was our slowest. We only caught 68 bass with several in the 5- to 7-pound range. On the last morning at Mateos, we caught more than 80 fish on XCalibur Zell Pops in white or foxy shad. It was the best topwater bite I’ve ever experienced in my life. We caught fish for two solid hours. After the topwater bite subsided, we whacked bass on senkos and Texas-rigged lizards. In four hours, we caught well over 100 fish. Our top 20 that morning were all over 5 pounds with several over 7 and one 8.5-pounder.”
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Roosters running in waters off Mazatlan

By Billy Chapman, Jr.

Roosterfish dominate the saltwater action out of Mazatlan this week. After staying at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, Mike and Melinda Hickey of Alabama experienced some outstanding rooster action in the Sea of Cortez. Trolling mullets, they landed 12 of the spectacular fish with such impressive dorsal fins. The biggest weighed 32 pounds.
One of the most highly sought game fish off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, roosterfish can exceed 100 pounds and may stretch four feet long. A member of the jack family, they range throughout the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean from California to Peru.
Like the Hickeys, most people tempt these finicky fish with live bait or by trolling fresh baits. Anglers can also cast for these terrific fighters. Anglers Inn International Offshore Division runs center-console boats configured specifically for casting plugs at roosterfish. Besides roosters, anglers might also catch corvina, snook, mackerel and other species on lures.
Many of our clients enjoy bass fishing at my lodges at Lakes El Salto and Mateos, so we designed our boats to incorporate details found in bass boats, only larger. Our 28-foot center console boats provide safe, stable and comfortable platforms for anglers who want to throw lures at saltwater fish, much like in bass fishing. We can plan combination trips where anglers can also visit one of my freshwater lodges for a few days of trophy bass fishing.
Also like in bass fishing, we believe in leaving something for tomorrow. All our crews practice STRICT catch and release on billfish, roosterfish and snook. However, anglers can keep food species, such as snapper, grouper and dorado. We can even cook it for you!
While chasing roosters, look for birds. A swarming flock of birds diving into the water could indicate a school of feeding fish, particularly jack crevalle. Get upwind of these frantic schools and drift into them, casting various spoons and topwater baits. Keep a live bait rigged on a drift line for any cruising roosters that might also want to feast upon the baitfish school.
Offshore, more billfish moved into the area as the water warms and clears. Start looking for billfish about 15 miles from shore. Water temperatures range in the high 70s. Anglers might pick up sailfish, striped marlin or blue marlin. Good numbers of dorado, mackerel and mako sharks also swim in the waters off Mazatlan.
Coming all the way from Nome, Alaska, Cheri and Katie Kruschek spent a week in Mazatlan to celebrate Katie’s 20th birthday. They stayed at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, where Anglers Inn International serves as the exclusive sportsmen’s outfitter for the 5-Star resort. The mother-daughter team often fishes the rivers of Alaska for salmon, but seldom fish in salt water. They spent a morning trolling for dorado aboard an Anglers Inn International Offshore Division center console boat, catching Katie’s biggest fish ever, a 20-pound dorado. The fish hit a squid jig.
“Spring break just happened to fall on my birthday, so my mother and I decided to go somewhere beautiful and warm,” Katie said. “I heard a lot about Mazatlan from friends so we came down to see it for ourselves. It might sound odd to some people for a mother and daughter to go off on vacation alone to another country, but we have a great time together. I’ve been fishing ever since I can remember, but haven’t done much in saltwater. Catching the dorado was a lot of fun. We had just put the lines in the water and it hit right away. It was my first dorado and biggest fish ever.”
The Anglers Inn International Offshore Division can plan an adventure specifically catered to your needs. We offer guided surf trips, kayak operations plus light tackle casting, bottom fishing and bluewater trolling. To book your next adventure in Mexico, call Anglers Inn International at 1-800-GOTA-FISH, (468-2347) or send an e-mail to On line, see
 Apr 12, 2010; 08:10AM - Sierra Thick…Sardina Missing?
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
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