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REPORT #1054 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update 03/17/07

A little larger
East Cape

Water temperature 65-72
Air temperature 61-91
Humidity 90 %
Wind: W 5 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:26 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:29 p.m. MST

The excellent weather all the way down the Sea of Cortez this week allowed the East Cape beaches to continue to produce good action for the small roosters (can't wait until they grow up!). The jacks and pompano that were spotted had a case of lockjaw but there were some good sized croaker that were hot for small Clouser retrieved slowly over the bottom.

Offshore, the local Captains were all smiles as the marlin and dorado action heated up along with the weather. The locals are saying that it is an early spring but I suspect there is still a bit more north wind to come.

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Water temperature 65 - 72
Air temperature 61 -90
Humidity 60 %
Wind: WNW 8 knots
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:34 a.m. MST
Sunset 6:36 p.m. MST
The Lopez Mateo's estero fishing was great for our clients, Charles Kittrell and his nephew, from Carmel, CA, with double digit catches of grouper, corvina and spotted bay bass every day they fished. The panga fleet from Puerto San Carlos flocked to the Entrada where there are still plenty of whales to be seen. Enrique Soto reported a few firecracker yellowtail could be found under the bird schools as well as bonito.

Offshore the marlin and dorado are still hanging around but there are few boats heading out to chase them and there are only a small number of yachts traveling up and down the line from So. Cal to Cabo.
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
In two words: Blue Marlin! It is that good. Every boat in the fleet is getting at least a shot at a blue. The twenty boat fleet is averaging at least 8 caught blue marlin a day, with as many as 11 caught blues this last Tuesday.

The sailfish count is down, but everybody is slow trolling a large black skipjack tuna, which is way too big an offering for a sail to consider.

Margarito, on the Gaby caught two blues in one day for client, Sandy Week. They went 230 and 300 pounds. Adan, on the panga Gitana II took three marlin this week. They went about 120 pounds, 280 pounds, and 480 pounds.

Santiago, on the Gitana told me he only fished the blue water one day, releasing one sailfish, and catching a 40 pound class dorado.

Santiago has been fishing mostly inshore this week, and said the jack crevalle action is outstanding.
Ed Kunze
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 74-96
Humidity 83%
Wind: ENE at 5 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 2 miles
Sunrise 6:53 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:56 p.m. CST
 
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