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REPORT #1053 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 03/10/07

East Cape

This was was one of the larger ones
Water temperature 65-72
Air temperature 54-87
Humidity 28 %
Wind: N 4 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:33 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:22 p.m. MST

The Baja winter pattern continued this week with a few great days and more wind on the others. The jacks that had been frequently spotted along the beach seemed to have disappeared, being replaced by small groups of "young and dumb" juvenile roosters quite willing to bite almost anything in front of them. Give them a couple of months and they will become much more selective. The winds continue to scatter the small baitfish along the shore. There were also a few schools of pompano spotted flashing and grubbing in the sand but they seemed to have lockjaw and weren't interested in anything offered. The local panga fishermen have been scoring on pargo a short distance off the beach.

Offshore much of same action as the past few weeks - fair billfish action with an occasional dorado up to the north.
Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Water temperature 65 - 72
Air temperature 56 -83
Humidity 65 %
Wind: WNW 11 to 15 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:41 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:43 p.m. MST
The local panga fishermen claim that they have been spotting a number of marlin chasing bait balls with the birds not far behind near the Thetis bank. Closer to shore there are still a few dorado to be found, though not the bonanza experienced a couple of months ago.

Most of the locals are taking advantage of one of the best whale watching seasons in recent memory. Both Puerto San Carlos and Lopez Mateos have had a steady steam of tourists from all parts of the globe seeking a photo op with a whale.

With light pressure, the Esteros have yielded good catches of pompano, corvina, with a few snook and grouper caught near Devil's Curve.

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80° blue water is just off the beach. However, most of the action appears to be a long boat ride off shore. For blue water action within 20 miles of the beach, the counts have been way down this last week. We have been averaging about one sailfish per boat per day. There have been very few dorado, but the blue marlin count is still respectable, with about 4 or 5 blue marlin a day being reported.

While fishing with Adan on the Gitana II this week, John Erickson of Wisconsin got a 180 pound blue on Tuesday, with John Torres catching a 220 pound blue on Friday.
At 40 miles, the commercial pangeros are getting yellowfin tuna in the 60 to 90 pound range. Plus, they are reporting a lot of sailfish and marlin in the same area. Apparently, there is a large concentration of bait along a current line at 40 miles, and this has been holding the game fish.

The inshore action for jack crevalle is still red hot. Now is the time for the light line and fly rod enthusiast to hit the water. You will be exhausted before noon.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 71-87
Humidity 83%
Wind: SE at 4 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 2 miles
Sunrise 6:59 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:55 p.m. CST
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