Capt. Gary Graham
February 8, 2010
Baja Sur - Saltwater Fishing Report
Endless Season Update February 7, 2010
REPORT #1201 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Caption: Sierra…it's all about teeth.
Very little offshore action this week. Even the tin boat fleet remained on the beach except for the few with raincoats.
There were some rumors of a good yellowtail bite at the drop off at La Ribera and the reef in front of Rancho Leonero.
Believe it or not the roosters and jacks are still around and biting both lures and flies. I heard of at least one rooster landed that hit the fifteen-pound mark. But the fish of the week seemed to be the sierra. They provided the best beach action mostly early in the morning.
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Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico
The scheduled annual Governor's tournament was cancelled this week due to the poor weather conditions. It will be rescheduled in March. Aside from some snapper action in the Esteros, it has been a quiet week.
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Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
Earlier in the week the action had really picked up with Margarito on the Gaby getting five sailfish and Cheva on the panga, Dos Hermanos II, releasing eight sails. They got their fish about four to seven miles in front of the White Rocks. Plus, Adan on the panga, Gitana II, went up north near the river bar at Union, getting three roosters and a sailfish on the way back.
Then things went bad on us. On Tuesday morning we woke up to a very freak storm of lightning, thunder and rain. We got about 4" between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., with a total for the day of 8"... then another 2" last night plus an inch today. Incredible.
The weather is predicted to be fine tomorrow so we are all going out. We all have clients wanting to get out of their hotel rooms. We'll soon find out how the rains affected the fishing.....…Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
Cabo San Lucas
Billfish have not been the best choice to target as the success rate for those looking for a trophy fish have been low. Fish have been spotted but very few have been brought to the boat.
Yellowfin tuna were scarce this week; the ones found were mostly football-sized fish up to 20 pounds and it was a long run south to get to the fish, sometimes as much as 40 miles. There were plenty of schools of porpoise but few of them were holding fish. A few boats were able to score fish closer to home, as well as to the south but we are talking about one or two fish per boat. I have heard that there had been some fish show up in the area of the Gordo Banks.
The cool water has really shut down the bite for dorado, if you were able to find any. They have been scarce, and the word was that the few boats that found the fish could not get them to eat. No lures, no live bait, no fresh cut strips, nothing seemed to interest them. There were a few dorado brought in, but the consensus was the season is over unless we get a warm water eddy coming through.
Inshore sierra showed up in good numbers with most anglers able to catch easy limits. While most of the fish are in the five to six-pound class, there have been a few good sized ones to 10 pounds. Don't turn away from these fish in disgust at their size. Match your tackle to the fish and they can provide lots of fun and are great smoked or for cerviche. Both side of the Cape have been producing well.
Yellowtail are beginning to show up, mostly firecrackers this early in the year but there have been some fish to 20 pounds. Fishing around the points and rock bottom areas using live bait or iron jigs produced the majority of the fish. The pangas have also been getting into some grouper and a scattering of smaller sized roosterfish........George and Mary Landrum
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