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First TD and Lance Needs Your Vote!

Postby bajafly » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:58 pm

Endless Season Update 06/17/2009
REPORT #1171 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape
Our guide and friend of many years, Lance Peterson, has been nominated in the “Who are the faces of fly fishing’s future?” in the American Angler Magazine. Those of you who have fished with Lance know that he is one of the best! If you would like to vote for him in the categories of Fly Fisherman and Fly Fishing Guide here is the link:

Tropical Depression One E is moving northeast at 7 knots toward the mainland (at this report it is located 335 miles below the tip of Baja) and conditions have turned windy. There were even a few sprinkles Wednesday night.

More importantly, though, offshore action is kinda’ all happening according to an IM received from Mark Rayor, Vista Sea Sport, today. Marlin and good sized dorado are biting and from twenty-five to fifty miles the porpoise are holding schools of yellowfin tuna to 30 pounds with a few fatties above 50 pounds mixed in.

Inshore beach fishing is going strong but the wind is making fishing a little tougher. Lots of roosters and jack crevalle are still keeping the beach fishing exciting. Roosters in the 25 to 30 pound range are close to shore with lots of juvenile roosters just off sandy beach areas. Some of the rocky points are producing some quality pargo and the larger pompano bite at the lighthouse has been extreme.

Water temperature 72-82
Air temperature 67-97
Humidity 45%
Wind: SSE 10 to 14 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:32 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:08 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

While the winds continue to rip on the outside preventing anyone from fishing the dorado or small tuna that have shown up, the grouper remain ‘on the chew’…still nothing gigantic but fun fishing anyway. A snook here and there can be found and the halibut are off the sand beaches at Belchers.

The small yellows are having a field day under the bird schools at the Entrada, but the afternoon winds make for a wet bumpy ride home.

Water temperature 69 - 77
Air temperature 65 -91
Humidity 48 %
Wind: WNW 14 to 19 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:37 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:18 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 84º blue water is just a couple of miles off the beach. The big surprise this week is most of the sailfish being caught are in the is not so clean water, only about one mile off the beach. The fish counts are reflecting only a 1 or 2 sailfish per boat per day average, but the numbers are misleading. Within the first few minutes after leaving Zihuatanejo Bay, most of the boats have passed right by the fish.

Ben and Austin Gaffney of NC fished with Santiago on the panga, Gitana, releasing three sailfish and three small dorado.
Roosterfish action is still very good. Jay Eshbach, fishing with Adolfo on the panga, Dos Hermanos, took three roosters and a couple of dorado.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 83
Air temperature 79-93
Humidity 66 %
Wind: W at 17mph
Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. DST
Sunset 8:23 p.m. DST

Cabo San Lucas

Striped marlin have been inconsistent with the bite first turning on and then slowing. A good trip is resulting in two to three releases; most boats were lucky to get one release. There are plenty of fish seen, but few biting.

The numbers were still low for yellowfin tuna, though there were some caught. Most of the fish were less than 20 pounds and most were caught while blind trolling. There were lots of flags being flown, but most of those were for bonito caught directly in front of town.

The dorado bite continued to improve with most returning boats flying at least one or two flags for fish up to 50+ pounds. A few boats really got into the fish and returned with limits for their anglers, but it did not happen often. The warmer water on the Cortez side of the Cape had the largest fish. A few of them (to 50 pounds) were found on the Pacific side in the Golden Gate area, but no large numbers.

There were still a few wahoo caught in the Punta Gorda and Gorda Banks area.

The snook disappeared and the bite for snapper, sierra and yellowtail slowed. A concentration of smaller roosterfish, a few up to 50 pounds, produced some short-lived action just to the north of Chileno Beach. Most of the pangas worked just outside for bonito and dorado.

George & Mary Landrum

Water temperature 75 – 78
Air temperature 72 – 97
Humidity 28%
Wind: WNW 20 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:34 a.m. MST
Sunset 8:07 p.m. MST

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