16 May 2011 - East Cape late but great
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update May 16, 2011
REPORT #1256 'Below the Border'
Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
'Late but great' is all that can be said
about the fishing here. There have been
a few promising days interspersed with
some that can only be defined as false
starts, but the promise of better times
coming seems to have been fulfilled.
Recently the striped marlin have been
easy to find but getting them to bite
has been another story. They finally
lit up and began to bite, and multiple
blue flags flapping from the riggers are
the norm. Even better the fish are being
found as close as three miles from the
As if that is not enough, the yellowfin
tuna seem to have arrived in numbers
throughout Palmas Bay. Some fish to 50
pounds reported traveling with the
porpoise while south at San Luis, tuna
were found feeding on the surface. An
occasional wahoo is being taken in the
same area as the tuna, plus some schools
of dorado are finally being seen with
quality fish to 30 pounds around the
shark buoys.
Inshore the action was only limited by
the amount of bait that was purchased
as the pargo, roosterfish, yellowtail,
sierra, cabrilla and large jacks were
biting anything put in front of them.

Current East Cape Weather
Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Yellowtail fishing remains strong with
fish being caught at the Entrada to San
Carlos and at the point in San Lazaro.
There are a few white seabass and
grouper mixed in.

Lots of bait along the coast along with
the sierra and bonito. The bay is good
for halibut and corvina and a few
grouper. We are expecting a large swell
this week so it will be hard to get out
of the Entrada but good for surfers…Bob

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
We have all been waiting for the
“typical” May pattern to show up, and it
finally has. With the blue water only
four miles off the beach and the SST
surface temperatures showing 82º inshore
and 86º offshore, the fishing has been
improving. In the blue water we are
getting a few yellowfin tuna, blue
marlin, sailfish and dorado. Though not
a lot, and it still depends a bit on
luck, but they are being caught.
It is the inshore for roosterfish that
has many of us excited. The fishing has
been incredible. Last week Adolfo had a
fantastic day on roosters by catching 15
and losing several others. But, he told
me he has been out three days this week
and matched those numbers every day. He
said he is taking roosters from 35 to 70

Other captain friends on the pier have
been telling me they have not fished at
all this week. There simply just aren’t
very many people here to go after them.…
Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
While not great, the striped marlin
fishing has been good, but as in all
fishing, being in the right place at the
right time has a lot to do with the
success rate. Using the right stuff
also helps. This week Cabo hosted the
IGFA Offshore Championship once again
and there were 59 teams from around the
world competing for four days, using 30
pound test line. There were 292
billfish caught, including two
swordfish, two blue marlin and six
sailfish. The top areas early in the
week were between the 95 spot and the
1150, and as the week wore on the fish
moved to the warm water in front of San
Jose, along the edge of the San Jose
Canyon. There were other swordfish
caught besides the two in the
tournament, and the 1150 area plus
outside the outer Gorda Banks were
holding a few.
At the end of the week there was some
action on yellowfin tuna in front of
Grey Rock, small fish averaging 8 to 10
pounds and you had to chum them up with
sardina. There were a few larger fish
in there as well, but not many.
Porpoise were found offshore outside of
the 1150 as well as Punta Gorda, and
some of them were holding tuna to 100
pounds. Hopefully this action will move
closer our way soon.
There were a few dorado caught this
week, almost all of them on the Cortez
side of the cape. Small ones were found
close to the beach, little guys of
around 8 pounds. Offshore a bit
farther, were larger fish averaging 15
Full moon is on the 17th so the wahoo
bite was slowly improving. Most of the
hook-ups were lost due to the use of
monofilament leader instead of wire, but
enough of the wahoo bit just right and a
few were landed. Once again the warmer
water in the Sea of Cortez was where
they were found.
That roosterfish bite just around the
corner in front of the Sol-mar continued
for the first two days of the week then
they went away. Those fish were small
at 5 pounds on the average but provided
lots of action when sardina was used as
bait. The sierra action has slowed down
a bit and the yellowtail seemed to
have moved north up the coast on the
Pacific side. Instead, we are getting
action from the jack crevalle, not good
eating but a heck of a fighter! As the
middle of the week approached, the
football yellowfin showed up in front of
Grey Rock and most of the Pangas were
running up the coast to Palmilla for
sardina then running back to chum and
drift live bait.…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather