13 Jun 2011 - Tuna show East Cape boats roar
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@bajafly.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Endless Season Update June 13, 2011
REPORT #1258 'Below the Border'
Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

Ocho-Ocho for the uninitiated is East
Cape's version of Jurassic Park where
behemoth tuna lurk. Less than an hour
and a half from shore, this area
produces some huge tuna that tantalize
anglers from around the world. The
visuals are worth the ride...compact-
car-sized tuna flying through the air in
pursuit of fleeing flying fish is pretty
exciting stuff!

One hundred, two hundred and some even
claim three-hundred-plus pound tuna are
lost in those fleeting moments when
these huge fish appear. White water and
black smoke ensues as yachts and pangas
jockey for position.

As quickly as they appear they are gone,
leaving a few boats and anglers pinned
in one spot with rods bent double and
clickers clacking as the huge tuna sound
toward the 1,000' depths surrounding the

Epoch battles ensue; wimps wimp out but
the strong survive. It's all about the
right time, right place' and that time
is now!

Meanwhile the billfish continue to
arrive with stripers dominating along
with a blue or two and a handful of
sailfish attracted by the warming water.
Dorado, although not a bonanza, seem
larger than usual for this time of year.

Inshore action includes a few wahoo and
amberjack plus a few football-sized tuna
mixed with large skipjack.

Along the beach the roosters, though
small, are plentiful attracted by the
abundance of bait along the shore with
an occasional bubba-class rooster for
the patient along with some jacks.

Current East Cape Weather
Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

With less wind boat found grouper and
yellowtail on the Thetis bank. Inside
the bay the water temperature had begun
to climb and the fishing is improving …
Bob Hoyt

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
All up and down the coast, with the blue
water just off the beach, the average
surface temperature is over 86 degrees.
The offshore fishing action is remaining
steady, with a one or two sailfish per
day average per boat, and an occasional
strike from dorado, striped marlin and
blue marlin.

Cali, on the cruiser Had Enuff ,
released one blue marlin and a sailfish
on each of two days of fishing. The
blues weighed about 225 pounds.

The incredible inshore action is still
holding up for roosterfish and large
jack crevalle. We are still getting a
couple of days of high surf a week which
prevents us from getting at the jacks
and roosters along the beach on those
days, but by moving about a half mile
offshore, there is lots of light line or
fly rod action on the small to mid-sized
dorado, black skipjacks, sierras, and
green jacks.

Keith Paul from Minnesota, a veteran of
many an offshore trip with Luis on the
panga Gringo Loco was down here again
last week. Luis is no longer with us, so
from a little prodding by me, he tried
the inshore fishery for his first time.

He had an excellent day with Adolfo on
the panga Dos Hermanos. Casting surface
poppers or tossing a live goggle-eye if
the fish missed the popper, in about
four hours he released five nice
roosters and a large jack crevalle
before telling Adolfo to head the boat
back to port. Six fish in four hours is
almost non-stop fishing and will wipe
anybody out. Ed Kunze

Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
The striped marlin are moving closer to
the tip. When the move began, they
weren't eating. Now they are on-the-
chew between the 1150 and the 95. The
boats having the best success are
pulling (10 to 12 inch) lures at the
right speed (8.5 knots). The color did
not seem to matter, it was size and
speed that got them going. Few fish
were hooked on live bait. Good catches
at the end of the week were four or five
releases per boat, but the average was
just two. There have also been more
reports of blue marlin recently.
Yellowfin tuna are mostly found with
porpoise. Well, not entirely; there are
still a few unassociated fish out there,
but not the numbers that were being
seen. Hopefully the fish will move our
way soon! Two purse-seiners were
reported moving north on the Pacific
side recently indicating the possibility
of fish up to the north.
The warmer the water the better the
dorado fishing gets! Almost every trip
is producing a few with the larger ones
offshore with fish to 40 pounds have
been biting lures meant for striped
marlin. There have been plenty of
smaller fish close to the beach. Finding
Frigate birds working has been the key
to finding the school fish as they could
be seen swooping down on the flying fish
being chased.

The roosterfish have moved a tad farther
out in 80 to 100 feet of water. Slow
trolling live mullet was the key to
getting bit on a regular basis, and for
those with plenty of sardina, tossing
out a live one after chumming around the
rocks in the shallows, worked on the
smaller fish. There were amberjack and
some snapper before the swells picked
up, as well as some grouper found by the
fishermen working the bottom or around
the rocks…George and Mary Landrum

Current Cabo Weather