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Finally a Season!

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Finally a Season!

Postby bajafly » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:33 am

Endless Season Update June 20, 2010
REPORT #1219 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
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 http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

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 http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150

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 http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582

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 http://tiny.cc/cabo191
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