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  1. #201

    Default Reading Between The Lines

    Endless Season Update 07/09/2009
    REPORT #1174 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
    East Cape


    Father John "J.D." Davis and his son Scott, fishing on Mark Rayor’s Jen Wren, were examples that being in the right place at the right time was the key and had some nice dorado to prove it.
    This season the East Cape reports seem to contain more hyperbole than usual. I suppose that it’s a sign of economic times. Reports of wide open action are more common than the 4 hour warnings for Viagra. Reports that begin with, “It’s a scratch bite,” have become much more credible.

    The truth is business is slow so there are fewer boats out there looking for the hot spots. As an example, there was a video published on the web this week that promised great rooster action. In the video, the most prominent noise was the wind ripping while some guy fought his fish. Judging by the bend in the rod, it wasn’t exactly a whopper. So these days it is all in the eye of the beholder.

    Few were skunked this week but only a few limited out on anything. Dorado were fewer but bigger; marlin were few and far between. The touted tuna bite is mostly football sized

    The inshore and beach action still seem to be the best that East Cape has to offer currently with lots of smaller roosters and jacks and a few bigger ones for the lucky few who end up in the right place at the right time.



    Over the course of the last week I saw beach fishing action ranging from excellent to slow depending on conditions and location. When I found the bait and had good light for sight casting there were some excellent opportunities for roosterfish, jacks, and even a few barred pargo.

    Most of the roosterfish were ranging from 5 to 15lb's but there were a number in the grande class to be found. However, the larger fish are now frequently spotted in pairs or three's. These fish are exhibiting their spawning behavior so it can be very difficult to get them to chase the fly rather than chase each other. That said, there is enough good bait along the shore to attract other gamers that are ready to play. The pargo in the photo this week was spotted in the mullet schools along side both roosters and jacks. It was a pleasant surprise that he beat the other fish to the fly. It's been a while since I've caught a barred pargo on the fly from shore.
    Lane Peterson

    Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

    Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

    The offshore summer pattern has begun with limits of small yellowtail and tuna beginning just four miles outside the Boca. The commercial shark fishermen continue to report marlin and dorado sightings out twenty miles or so.

    The catch in the Esteros continues to be decent, but not wide open. Leopard grouper can be found up to the north from Lopez Mateos…all the way up to Boca de Soledad. Tides were ripping with the recent full moon, so fishing time was cut short. There were a few corvina to be had under the bird schools in the middle of the bay but tough to get on quick enough before they went down.


    Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150

    Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

    The 85º blue water is just off the beach, with most of the action taking place between one and two miles off shore. The fleet is averaging one to two sailfish per day per boat, and between two to four dorado per boat.
    Adan, on the panga Gitana, fished only one day this last week but released a sailfish and got two dorado. His only complaint is that there are not enough clients here fishing to keep the boats on the water daily to locate and follow the concentrations of fish. He said it is almost like going out blind every time they fish.

    Martin, on the Nautilius, appears to have had the best day on the water for the fleet this week. Fishing with Page Bristol of San Antonio, TX they released three sailfish and took four dorado.
    All up and down the coast, the roosterfish action is still excellent. They are being taken from as far as 25 miles south at La Barrita, to 25 miles north up at the river bar of Union.

    Ed Kunze
    Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
    "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

    http://www.garycgraham.com/

  2. #202

    Default Cabo Bite Report

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    July 6-12, 2009


    WEATHER: Well, now we know for sure that summer is full on us as our daytime temperatures this week have been consistently above 100 degrees, in a few cases getting higher than 103 degrees at my house. Our nighttime range has been in the mid to high 80’s early in the morning, I have yet to see anything lower than 80 degrees on the chart. We did have a couple of days when the wind blew a little from the east and brought some cooling to town, and on Sunday morning it felt for abut an hour that we might have a bit of fog move in and cool things down, but that never happened and things have stayed warm. No clouds, no rain and sunny skies, if you are coming in the next few months, leave the long pants and sweater at home, just bring swim suits and sunblock!
    WATER: The strength of the California current died off and the warm water that was stacked up past the Punta Gorda area worked its way quickly across the Cape. At the end of the week we had surface temperatures in the high 80’s across the Sea of Cortez and up into the Pacific as far as 10 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Banks, a big difference from what we were seeing last week. From the San Jaime Banks and the 1,000 fathom line all the way across the Cape into the sea of Cortez the water was 85 degrees or higher. On the Pacific side up above the Golden Gate Bank half way to the Finger Bank it began to cool a bit and at the Finger Bank itself it was 77 degrees. Even thought the water was warm above the San Jaime Bank, it was still a little off color, but everywhere else it was a deep blue. Sea swells were a little larger than normal due to the passing far to the south of Hurricanes Blanca and Carlos, but there was very little to no wind on top of the swells so conditions were great for fishing.
    BAIT: Caballito and Mackerel at the normal $3 per bait as well as Mullet at the same price.

    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: The numbers of Striped Marlin that have been seen this week are down, but that is considered normal for this time of year as the water warms past their comfort zone. A few are still being seen out there and a few are caught every day, but as the water stays warm the numbers will continue to drop off. There have been a lot more Sailfish showing up in the catch reports this week, once again due to the warmer water. They are being caught on smaller lures being pulled for Dorado and a few boats have had instances where all the lures have been attacked at once. There are also reports every day of Blue Marlin, and occasionally a Black Marlin appearing in the pattern and engulfing a lure. Not a lot of them are being brought to the boat yet, but that will change soon as the fleet boats start gearing up for these larger fish.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: Once again we were seeing small football fish in and around some of the porpoise pods that were found. Not all pods had tuna with them, often a large pod would be found with plenty of feeding activity and bird action, yet not one fish would be caught or show up on the fish finders. On about half the occasions that the porpoise were found there would be fish with them. In the middle of the week there was decent action for one day with a nice pod of porpoise holding fish averaging 30 pounds between the San Jaime Bank and the Golden Gate Bank, but the fish did not stay around long enough for more that a couple of boats to get in on the action. Other than that one day, a good bite on football fish would be between 10 and 20 fish a trip, but you had to be in the right place at the right time for that to happen. Most boats looking for Tuna were lucky to get a couple of them in the box.
    DORADO: Still averaging 2 fish per boat, Dorado remained the fish of the week this week. While not everyone got into one of the nice 50-pound fish, there were enough of them in the 15-pound class to get a nice dinner for everyone aboard. Most of the action shifted to the Pacific side of the Cape as the warm water pushed its way up the coast. Closer to shore, mostly within five miles was where the majority of the action took place and small brightly colored feathers or plastic lures worked the best. Dropping back a live bait behind a fish that was already hooked up sometimes gave anglers a chance at a second, larger fish.
    WAHOO: With this week having the full moon I did hear of a few nice Wahoo in the 40-pound class being caught offshore. These were fish that were incidental catches caught while fishing for Marlin or Dorado.
    INSHORE: It was a pick this week with steady action on small Roosterfish averaging 10 pounds and an occasional fish to 40 pounds, a couple of Sierra and small Yellowtail found on the Pacific side and a scattering of Pargo in the mix. There were two days in the middle of the week when the grouper action was decent, but then the fish moved to deeper water. Most of the Pangas were working just offshore looking for Dorado and Tuna action.
    Notes: While the fishing was not red hot by any means, it was not dead either. The action was a steady pick all day for most of the boats, just enough action to keep anglers from getting bored. As the water remains warm the action for Blue and Black Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado should heat up. If there were more anglers in town perhaps the action would be better, but as so many have said recently, it is almost like a new day every day out there. Until next week, tight lines!

  3. #203

    Default Karma Trumps Desire!

    Endless Season Update 07/16/2009
    REPORT #1175 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

    East Cape

    Dorado and tuna are the same story; the boats that find them call it wide open and the ones that don’t, claim it sucks.

    With fewer boats racing around Palmas Bay this season, it is far tougher to find the fish. As an example, our clients, Kevin Cuevas from Lakewood, CO and his father, wanted to catch sailfish in the worst way. So Mark Rayor, owner of the Jen Wren, headed up to the area outside of Punta Pescadero among the buoys that usually are proven producers. After spending half a day there for nothing, the boat ran all the way down to an area in front of Punta Colorada and barely had the teasers in the water before two sails appeared in the pattern for a double hookup.

    Inshore and the beach are still producing the best consistent action for both roosterfish and jacks.

    Lance Peterson, guiding Kevin on the beach the following day, managed to put him on several roosters where Kevin caught his first roosterfish ever...actually, he caught two of them. Good karma?

    Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

    Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

    There was no wind to speak of this week and outside the yellowtail are only a few miles from the Boca; they are also at the Entrada. Farther out, at about ten miles, the small yellowfin and skipjack are mixed in with the dorado. The rumor is that marlin remain outside. It’s just that as no one went out far enough to verify the reports.

    This week inside the bay it was a steady pick for corvina on the surface. The shallow sandy beaches provided some small halibut. The Esteros channels provided some leopard grouper to ten pounds along with a few mangrove snapper.

    Current Mag Bay Weatherhttp://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150

    Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

    The 84º blue water is right up to the sand, and the best action is still holding up within two miles off the beach. The great dorado action we had has tapered off a bit, but the sailfish have picked up. Early in the week, the boats were averaging between three and four sailfish a day each. Ruben, on the Vamonos III got four sailfish for his clients, with Margarito on the Gaby matching that number the next day.

    This was all under a full moon period, so it should improve a bit more this next week. All of this is due to the annual July mini-migration we get from sailfish returning from Central America, and heading up towards the Sea of Cortez.

    The roosterfish action is still holding strong also, but the jack crevalle are moving around a lot. Ward Twyford, from Missouri and sales rep for Bass Pro Shops, fished a day with Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II, catching a very nice rooster weighing about 35 pounds plus several sierra. Ward told me they missed several roosters on the surface popper, and when they used live bait, the needle fish were all over it.

    Ed Kunze

    Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
    "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

    http://www.garycgraham.com/

  4. #204

    Default Cabo Bite Report

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    July 13-19, 2009


    WEATHER: You don’t need to be packing any sweatpants or sweaters when you pack for your trip to Cabo if you are coming down in the next few weeks. As the weather last week showed us, summer is here to stay a while. Our daytime highs on land have been over 100 degrees every day, most days topping out at right around 102 degrees while the evenings have been a warm 85 average. There were a few clouds early in the week as a few weather systems passed to the southwest and the east of us, bringing cover from the sun, but no relief from the heat. Getting out on the water made things more livable, be it swimming in the ocean or getting out on a boat. Definitely save the golf courses for early in the day though!
    WATER: We did see water temperatures as high as 89 degrees early in the week up around the Punta Gorda area on the Sea of Cortez, but later in the week things cooled down a bit and the same areas on the Cortez side of the Cape had an average of 85 degrees with a few warm spots at 87 degrees. On the Pacific side there was a cool spot just to the north of the lighthouse near shore where the water dropped to 75 degrees later in the week. The water on the Sea of Cortez was a very nice deep blue once you got out past the 1,000-fathom line, a decent blue color inside there, but on the Pacific side the cool water was green and offshore the water had just a bit of a green tinge. Surface conditions on the Pacific were swells at 3-6 feet with chop on top in the later part of the week. The chop and swells wrapped around the Cape and finally tapered off to the east of the 95 spot, once you were toward the 1150 the swells had laid down and the chop had disappeared.
    BAIT: Almost all the larger baits this week were Caballito and mullet at the normal $3 per bait. There were Sardinas available up in San Jose at the usual $25 per scoop.

    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: The numbers of Striped Marlin being seen and caught continue to dwindle, as the water remains warm in our area. Along with the scarcity, the average size of those being seen seems to have dropped a bit as well. The cooler, greenish water on the Pacific side continues to hold more Striped Marlin than the warmer waters on the Sea of Cortez, but they have not been very willing to bite. On the positive side, there seems to be a bit of a better bite starting to happen with the Blue Marlin right about now. I heard of one boat releasing two decent fish on Saturday, and there has been at least a fish per day reported every day for about every 10 boats, that’s reported hook-ups, not releases. The warm, blue water on the Cortez side has the fish scattered out, there were no defined current lines or temperature breaks. This has meant that as usual, boats that have wanted to focus on these larger Marlin have been working structure. The 95 spot, the 1150, the Gorda Banks, the Cabrilla Seamount, the Vinorama drop and the 1,000-fathom line have been targeted this week, and with a bit of success.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: The fish started to show up in decent numbers this week with most of them football fish on the Cortez side of the Cape. Along with the 10-15 pound fish were occasional fish to 35 pounds and a few schools of fish in the 40-50 pound class. All of them were associated with porpoise, and is usual, the first few boats to the action had action; if you were late you were out of luck. There were also a few larger fish mixed in with the small ones, hooking up to the occasional 80-100 pound fish surprised a few anglers this week. I heard of two fish hooked up that were supposed to be around 200 pounds, but did not get to see them; it may have just been the usual beer talking!
    DORADO: For some reason the number of Dorado caught this week dropped off. There were still fish out there but the average per boat dropped to about one instead of the two from last week. Perhaps because no one found anything floating on the surface this week! The fish that were found were scattered out, a mix of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific side of the Cape, inshore and offshore. Basically get out on the water and keep your fingers crossed. Working a while under frigate birds increased your odds quite a bit.
    WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo this week.
    INSHORE: This week the inshore action was a repeat of last week. It was a pick this week with steady action on small Roosterfish averaging 10 pounds and an occasional fish to 40 pounds, a couple of Sierra and small Yellowtail found on the Pacific side and a scattering of Pargo in the mix. There were two days in the middle of the week when the grouper action was decent, but then the fish moved to deeper water. Most of the Pangas were working just offshore looking for Dorado and Tuna action.
    Notes: The water has stayed warm, the big fish are starting to show up and we are getting a bit more excited every week! I will be out on the water at least two days this week looking for Blue Marlin and will let you know next week about any luck that we have. Until then, tight lines!

  5. Default Puerto Vallarta fishing July/22/09



    Puerto Vallarta fishing Report July/22/09the weather is really heating up we are getting about an hour of tropical storms everyday around 9 pm which is making for humid day's and water temps are up to 85 at some hot spots We went to the bank yesterday clean water but no bite so We headed north and about 10 miles from the banks found a nice boil of smaller 30-50 lb Yellowfin tuna jumping all over the place thats not all that We found after boating 3 tuna's Freddy spotted a sailfish  about a 1/2 a mile south so Captain Steve hit the throttle and 30 minutes later we had tagged a nice 110 inch sail, not 5 minutes after that Freddy had hooked another 1 this one was smaller about 90 inches, after that we headed back to the tuna boated 3 more and called it a day. The tunas are biting live bait new big secret just need to get far enough out to find the boils,  the fish are just going to get bigger from now until the end of December high season for 500 + black marlins and 300+ Yellowfin tuna September and October the bank and corbetena will be hot with huge game fish. Puerto Vallarta is holding its annual marlin and tuna tournament this August 13th with over 10,000 dollar grand prize for tuna and marlin for more Puerto Vallarta tournament info please contact us

  6. #206

    Default Cabo Bite Report

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    July 20-26, 2009


    WEATHER: It was just nine in the morning and the temperature was 90 degrees, by the time we got back home from the beach at noon it was 98 degrees. No clouds to be seen and just a light wind from the southwest. Guess that gives you an idea of the weather at the end of the week, huh? Well, the rest of the week was just about the same except, for an occasional three or four hours of wind from the northwest in the afternoons. Daytime highs averaged 98 degrees and the evening lows were in the high 80’s.
    WATER: From the Pacific side of the Cape around the Golden Gate Banks where it was 81 degrees around to the Punta Gorda on the Cortez side where it was 87 degrees the water was almost calm all week long. On the Pacific side there were a few days in the middle of the week where the water kicked up for an afternoon or two, the water was a bit more green in color than the Cortez side and there were larger swells on the Pacific side. On the Cortez side the water was almost like a lake for most of the week and the water was nice and blue once you got outside the beach a couple of miles. There was no real temperature break or color break anywhere around.
    BAIT: Almost all the larger baits this week were Caballito and mullet at the normal $3 per bait. There were Sardinas available up in San Jose at the usual $25 per scoop.

    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: As the water warms up to the mid to high 80’s the Blue and Black Marlin have started to show up as well as a few Sailfish. The Sailfish have been found closer to the beach, most of them within a couple of miles on the Cortez side of the Cape. Traveling in small packs, it was not uncommon to have three or four of the lures attacked at the same time. The Blue Marlin seemed to be concentrated between the 95 spot and the 1150, most of them were attacking larger lures trolled at slightly higher than normal trolling speed, around 9-10 knots, and the fish averaged 200 pounds with a few reported to be in the 400-500 pound class. There were Black Marlin found at the outer Gorda Banks as well as off of Punta Gorda, and the boats that did get hooked up on these fish were drifting or slow trolling live Bollito for big Yellowfin Tuna when they got bit. I saw one angler on a Panga fight a 400-pound Black for four hours standing up with no fighting belt and using a single speed Penn senator reel, wow, talk about old school! There were still scattered Striped Marlin around but not in large numbers and the sizes seemed a bit smaller than usual.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: Things have been slowly improving for Yellowfin Tuna as schools of football size fish continue to work their way toward us. As well as the footballs, there have been fish between 35 and 80 pounds being found occasionally around the 1,000-fathom line on the Cortez side. All of the fish have been found associated with either the spotted dolphin or the white-bellied dolphin. Several fish assumed to be even larger have been hooked up, some of them resulting in fights lasting several hours before either pulling the hooks or breaking the line. The largest fish I saw brought in this week was around 120 pounds.
    DORADO: The number of Dorado caught this week remained low once again, for no reason that I can see. Most boats were lucky to get one, let alone hook up with one. A few boats returned with two or three yellow flags flying, but they were in the very small minority.
    WAHOO: I did not hear of any Wahoo this week but with the full moon coming up soon that should change soon.
    INSHORE: It was still a steady pick on Roosterfish this week, but at least there were some decent fish out there. I saw a phone picture of one Roosterfish on Thursday (sent to my wife’s phone) that was at least 90 pounds, caught on live mullet, and the angler released one other at about 50 pounds. Most of the Roosterfish were a bit smaller than those two though, averaging about 15-20 pounds. The Pangas were also finding some grouper and Pargo close to the beach. Going just a few miles off the beach they were getting into some Sailfish and Striped Marlin as well.
    NOTES: The big fish are showing up and the water continues to be nice for us. As long as it does not get too warm we should be fine. The East Cape Bisbee Tournament is this coming week and I have friends fishing it, good luck “Sporty Game”! This weeks report was written while listening to the Sirus-XM Margarita channel. Until next week, tight lines!

  7. #207

    Default Releasing Dominates Catching

    Endless Season Update 08/1/2009
    REPORT #1176 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
    East Cape

    The first of the week began with great weather and enough blue marlin biting to raise the expectations for the East Cape Bisbee tournament. However, by mid-week, snotty seas whipped up by an unseasonal south wind that also cooled the water surface temperature three to five degrees.

    Fifty-four boats lined up for the shotgun start the first day. During the three day event Tournament control was kept busy fielding a steady stream of radio reports of hookups and releases of both blue and striped marlin, along with a few reports of quality sized dorado. Lacking was the number of blues that would exceed the qualifying 300 pound minimum. By the end of the third day, only two qualifying blues were brought to the scales at Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. The largest, weighing 341 pounds, was caught by Kent Andersson on the Cap'n Jake and the other 310 pounder was caught by Keith Jones fishing on the Mi Corazon. In the dorado category, the winning fish was a respectable 57.2 pounds caught by Alfredo Lucero on Sails Call. There was also a yellowfin tuna class and Daniel Fisher on the Fisherman delivered a 174.4 pound tuna to the scale.

    Meanwhile, for the non tournament anglers, the inshore and the beach remained the best bet. Deeper in the water column there were amberjack and pargo. Along the beaches was a mixed bag of small roosters, green jacks, pompano and Mexican lookdowns.
    Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

    Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

    First timers Charlie Delorme and his family discovered how hard yellowfin tuna pulled and were exhausted by the time they limited out. The fish were close enough, inside of ten miles, so the trip was more huff and puff than boat riding. There were also some just under a 100 pound grouper hanging on the rock reefs a few miles outside the Boca much to the delight of John Yancy and friends.

    After their success they decided to chase a rumor that the commercial pangas had found a wad of wahoo farther offshore. They had a nice ride on the early morning calm seas but never did find the wahoo. With the afternoon wind at their back, it was a quick ride back.

    Boats fishing outside of Cabo San Lazaro are reporting some chunky white sea bass up to 50 pounds along with some 20 pound yellows. Farther offshore up toward Thetis the shark buoys are loaded with both dorado and YFT’s.

    Inside the bay, sierra have exploded with a few fatties to 8 pounds in the mix. Kayaker Ricky Garcia reported limiting out each of the four days he fished. His catch included sierra, corvina, grouper and bay bass.

    Bob Hoyt

    Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
    Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

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    Ed Kunze
    Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
    "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

    http://www.garycgraham.com/

  8. #208

    Default Cabo Bite Report

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    July 27-August 2, 2009


    WEATHER: With partly cloudy skies this week you would think that the temperature would have dropped a little bit, but unless you were on the Pacific side of the Cape during the middle of the week while we had a decent wind blowing you were sweating most of the time. Our daytime average was 98 degrees and the nights were averaging 82 degrees. The clouds we had were blown our way from the mainland as a few storms passed us, dropping some much needed rain up in the mountains, but not on us.
    WATER: The swells on the Pacific side were pretty large during the middle of the week but got smaller later on. The mid-week wind from the southeast caused the Port Captain to close the port to small vessels in the afternoon on Thursday, the water was pretty choppy that day with many charter boats coming back early. Water temperature on the Cortez side of the Cape was pretty much averaging 88 degrees with a few areas well offshore that read up to 90, way to hot for fishing. On the Pacific side the water was a much more mellow average of 83 degrees with the San Jaime Banks at 82 degrees and the Golden Gate Bank at 84 degrees.
    BAIT: Almost all the larger baits this week were Caballito and mullet at the normal $3 per bait. There were Sardinas available up in San Jose at the usual $25 per scoop.

    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: Black and Blue Marlin along with a fair showing of Striped Marlin and the occasional pack of Sailfish continued to bite this week. I know of one Captain who caught a small 5 pound Dorado, rigged it as a live bait off the outrigger and hooked up to a 600+ Black Marlin less than 10 minutes later. After 2 hours of fighting the fish, with lots of video, it was released at the boat. Another boat, one of the big fleet boats, brought in a 400-pound Black to be weighed. There were quite a few more caught and released that were smaller. The Blue Marlin showed up as well with fish that occasionally topped the 400-pound class being released by private boats and a few in that size being caught by fleet boats. The fish were close enough in that a few were caught by Pangas as well. The Blacks were close to shore with the two large fish I just mentioned being caught in less than 300 feet of water. The Blue Marlin were caught farther out with most of the action occurring south of the Cape at a distance of about 12 miles. Sailfish were showing again this week with the concentration (or at least what we get as a concentration) occurring within 5 miles of the beach on the Cortez side. The Striped Marlin were found about the same distance off the beach up on the inside of the Golden Gate Bank.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: It is nice to see the Tuna continue to show up, and occasionally a large one hits the deck. Up at the East Cape Bisbee Tournament the top fish was right at 150 pounds and we had fish here that would have matched that. Of course most of the fish were smaller! We had one client who did well with one Yellowfin at #60, three at #35 and one football and he was back by 11:30 with more than enough fish, having reached his limit on Yellowfin anyway. The fish have been showing up all over the place, but always associated with the spotted Dolphin (the larger fish) and the white-bellied dolphin, everywhere from the Gorda Banks to the Golden Gate, and up to 50 miles offshore.
    DORADO: The Dorado numbers were still down this week, a few boats were getting a few fish but most of them were happy to come across one and get it to the boat.
    WAHOO: There were a couple of fish reported to me this week from the area off the beach around Los Arcos, caught by boats looking for Striped Marlin, but the fish were not large ones, averaging only 25 pounds.
    INSHORE: Small Dorado, an occasional large Roosterfish and plenty of small grouper and snapper had the anglers fishing off of Pangas happy this week. With the rough water mid-week the later part of the week saw most of the boats working the water around 200 to 300 feet deep, staying away from the churned up beachside.
    NOTES: I shot my best golf game yesterday with a score of 93, I should have broke 90 but had a couple of train-wreck holes. I also lost about 3 pounds while doing it; even with drinking five bottles of water during the three hours it took to play. Downtown Cabo is a nightmare to get around in if you are walking and if you are trying to drive it is worse. The streets are still being worked on, it was supposed to be finished by yesterday but still looks like another month to me! The fishing is good, the weather warm and the beers are cold so if you are considering coming down, now is the time to look for some decent airfares! Until next week, tight lines!

  9. #209

    Default Cabo Bite Report

    FLY HOOKER SPORTFISHING
    Captain George Landrum
    gmlandrum@hotmail.com
    www.flyhooker.com
    Cabo Fish Report
    August 3-9 2009


    WEATHER: We had partly cloudy skies this week and even had just a spit of rain on Thursday and on Saturday, not enough to do anything but you could see the spots on the cars. There was thunder and lightning in the mountains on Saturday so there must have been some decent rain going on up there. Our daytime highs were in the high 90’s to low 100’s and the nighttime lows did not drop much below the high 80’s.
    WATER: Surface conditions on the Pacific became a bit on the choppy side during the later half of the week as the clouds also brought in a bit of wind. It seemed that the wind was from the west so that even the Sea of Cortez was affected, receiving the results as fairly choppy conditions later in the week. Earlier in the week things were much nicer! Water temperatures on the Sea of Cortez remained high, and the farther north you went the higher they got. On Saturday I was reading 86 degrees at the 95 spot and as I got to the east of the 1150 on the 1,000-fathom line it had crept up to 87.7 degrees. Most of the water on the Pacific side was considerably cooler with 85 degrees being the warmest out around the San Jaime Banks.
    BAIT: Almost all the larger baits this week were Caballito and mullet at the normal $3 per bait. There were Sardinas available up in San Jose at the usual $25 per scoop.

    FISHING:

    BILLFISH: There were fewer Blue and Black Marlin caught this week, but that may have been due to the effects of the full moon. There were still some caught, just not as many as last week. Once again the area to the south of the Cape had the most Blue Marlin hookups while the Blacks were found closer to shore. On the Pacific side the bite for Striped Marlin continued at its slower than normal summer pace, but there were boats that released two to three fish per day, most of them being found fairly close to the beach, within five miles, up past the Los Arcos area. There were Sailfish around, we hooked one on Saturday out by the 1150 in warm 87-degree water, and released one at the 95 spot in 86-degree water. Others were caught to the south and west of the Cape as well. Most of the Sailfish were in the 40-60 pound class.
    YELLOWFIN TUNA: There have been decent numbers of fish this week in the 20-30 pound class being found on the Pacific side of the Cape, out around the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks. Early in the week there was a group of fish that were between 100-200 pounds found south of the Cabrilla Seamount. As the week progressed these fish worked their way around the Cape and at the end of the week they were outside of the San Jaime Bank. There were fish in the 120-180 pound class caught every day, one boat got covered up, hooking and landing five fish over 100 pounds on one pass. Bet those guys were tired afterward! Cedar plugs and feathers worked great on the smaller fish; Marlin lures and live bait were hooking up the larger ones.
    DORADO: The bite definitely improved over the results of last week, as most boats were able to get five or six fish a trip, averaging 15 pounds as long as they fished the right area. From the lighthouse on the Pacific side up to inside the Golden Gate Bank, as long as you stayed about 2-3 miles off the beach you were going to hook up. The boats that fished slow trolled live bait had the best results, but plastic lures worked as well. Closer to the beach the fish were smaller, but very active.
    WAHOO: The full moon did have an effect on the Wahoo bite, we had two on Saturday, both of them found in the open water around the 95 spot, and both were about 20-25 pounds. Other fish were caught by boats working off the beach for Dorado on the Pacific side and there were fish found at the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks as well, and all of them were about the same size.
    INSHORE: Dorado in decent numbers and sizes as well as some good Rooster fishing kept Panga anglers happy this week. When the football tuna ventured close to shore the Pangas would scoot out and score a few fish, but for the most part they stayed within 3 miles of the beach, and almost all of them were fishing the Pacific side of the Cape.
    NOTES: I have a few more days of fishing coming up so will be able to relate some information next week based on personal observation instead of having to rely on other Captains and anglers to let me know. Take your pick on the music this week, during this report I covered everyone from Mark Knopfler to Craig Chaquiso to Ottmar Liebert, one song here and one song there. Until next week, tight lines!

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    East Cape


    Pending World Record Roosterfish - Women's division Angler - Sarah Henry Langley, British Columbia 8 kilogram tippet Weight - 5.48 kilos Captain - Jose Pino Panga - Angelica Deckhand - Cheva Guide and photo - Ed Kunze Location - Puerto Vicente Guerrero (about 1.5 hours South of Zihuatanejo)

    Had the dorado foaming behind the boat this morning and told your client to grab the fly rod. His response was ‘later’. Got limits of dorado and needlefish, and also got him his first marlin ever!”

    Even though we got out late, bait wasn’t a problem; it’s on the small side for the hook but fine for chumming. Fished the same place where we barely scratched out some skipjack yesterday; today there were dorado everywhere.

    By 10:30 the client asked what his chances were of catching a marlin. I'm thinking ‘not good with the little time we have to work with and why would we leave this’? I plunked in the marlin lures. We were not a half mile off shore by the light house and wham! A striper just commits suicide. The only thing I was not able to get in all the cluster was good photos.

    Continuing today’s story…the fly guy was having so much fun I couldn't get him to pick up the fly rod. Finally, in all the commotion I thought, ‘Gary is not going to be pleased if we don't get a dorado on the fly’. So I picked up the rod and started to strip line. Something I quickly discovered is EVERYBODY has to be on the fly page. Every time I started to cast, someone would step in front or behind me and foul the line. I was good with it until Chuy came up behind me with a rod. I thought I was going to choke him. He looked at me like I was nuts. We are talking three to five pound dorado.

    I had a few follows and changed the fly a couple of times because it just seemed like they didn't want to bite it. It would attract them but I couldn't close the deal. All in all I spent more time getting out tangles because of the fire drill on the boat than having the bait in the right spot. You need to understand the client and his wife were pinned to the rail with these fish…Mark Rayor

    I've been trying to do some catching. But the swell has been really big and the water kind of beat up. Add in the oppressive heat and it's a recipe for tough fishing. The swell is supposed to subside in the next few days. I hope to get some quality fishing in…Lance Peterson

    Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303

    Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

    Captain Sergio reported a large volume of dorado has moved in ten miles from the Boca de Soledad entrance. Some of the fish topped thirty-five pounds. He went on to say that there were plenty of smaller yellowtail and yellowfin tuna in the same area.

    Snapper and grouper are still being caught on the rock reefs a few miles offshore.

    Outside of the Entrada on a west heading, the shark fishermen reported a good show of dorado near the shark buoys.

    Inside the bay the action remained consistent for sierra, corvina and a few leopard grouper in the deeper water…Bob Hoyt

    Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
    Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
    The blue water remains close to the beach with the action for the offshore species about typical for this time of the year…a couple of sailfish per day per boat, and a few dorado are being taken by the fleet.
    The best action is inshore with lots of jack crevalle and roosterfish. Fly fishing clients David and Sarah Henry of Langley, British Columbia fished with Adolfo and Cheva on the panga Dos Hermanos up near the Pantla area and wore themselves out on jack crevalle.
    Then they fished with Cheva and me for roosters down at Puerto Vicente Guerrero, which was more of a learning curve day. The waves were large and fairly dangerous and we only raised eight roosters.
    On Friday, with the waves settled down and they now being ‘experienced’, we raised about 20 roosters, with Sarah getting one which will be submitted for an IGFA 8 kilo line class record…Ed Kunze
    Current Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
    "Fishing is fundamentally a game of chance, and at heart we are all gamblers."

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