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Message started by bajafly on Jul 10th, 2004, 7:46am

Title: Dorado by the Score; Tuna, Roosters and Billfish
Post by bajafly on Jul 10th, 2004, 7:46am


REPORT FROM GARY GRAHAM'S BAJA ON THE FLY:
PROVIDING QUALITY SALTWATER FLY-FISHING 365 DAYS A YEAR SOUTH OF THE BORDER.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: bajafly@bajafly.com; USA toll-free (800) 919-2252; Mexico 011-52-624-14-10373
Sat., July 10, 2004. Report covers the period Sat.-Fri. (6/27-7/09)
EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY, ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO; AND SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA CONDITIONS
EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
IN GENERAL:  Dave Kuykendall of Mill Creek, Wash., along with Linda Patterson finished up their whirlwind trip from the Pacific Northwest.  Sorry, no “bubba” event on their ATV day, but fighting a strong east wind they did manage to catch jacks and a halibut. Dave did have one take from a mid-teen rooster that just didn’t work out. On their last panga day they redeemed themselves nicely with double digit dorado within spitting distance of Rancho Leonero. The dorado were so close that Rancho Leonero manager Gary Barnes-Webb jumped into a panga and came out to join in the fray. Billfish, tuna, dorado, and a few quality roosters made for another memorable week at East Cape.
I returned to Escondido mid-week and Yvonne and I will be in Downey for the Downey Fly Fishers meeting. It’s Tues., July 13, 2004 7 p.m. in Apollo Park, 12458 Rives Ave., Downey, Calif.  For more information, go to http://www.downeyflyfishers.org/
The topic is Saltwater Fly-Fishing Opportunities South of the Border, featuring fresh material from the 2004 season.   If you’re anywhere within double-haul distance of Downey you’re welcome to stop by and say hello.
AIR & SEA -
Water temperature 74-88
Air temperature 78-98
Humidity about 62%
Wind: Calm/some wind in the afternoon
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 15 miles
Sunrise 6:39 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:08 p.m. MDT
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
 + OFFSHORE: Blue marlin and sails began to pick up as summer gets rolling and the water temps continue to creep up. Stripes fell off a bit, while the tuna were back on a roll. It was a fine line between offshore and inshore with dorado only a few miles off the beach.
 + INSHORE:  Sardina seems to have taken up residence between Punta Colorada and the Lighthouse. Roosters, quality jacks, pompano all seem to be in on the secret and the early morning bite has been great and consistent.
 + BEACH: Ladyfish, jacks and roosters dominated the action this week. Find the sardina or mullet schools and your rods bound to be bent sooner than later.
BILLFISH – Want a blue on the fly? More shots coming every day if you have the patience. Enough stripes and sails to fill in the gaps.
YELLOWFIN TUNA – We even found a few football-sized Charlies under the shark buoys. Outside Punta Pescadero toward the 88 produced some fatties. The other area is out from the Lighthouse 10+ miles.
DORADO – The larger fish are outside in much smaller schools.  Back closer to shore, bigger schools contained more fish, but not quite as large. Esual Valdez, manager of Buenavista Beach Resort, three caught outside the Lighthouse that weighed between 40 and 50-pounds
ROOSTERFISH\JACK CREVALLE – Roosters showed in front of the hotel as the boats came in.  Discarded chum got them all excited and I did see a couple of near misses on the fly.
BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK – Just a few miles off the beach mixed in with the dorado.
PARGO AND CABRILLA – Punta Colorada point was holding a few smaller ones this week.
SIERRA –Only an incidental catch these days.

MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
IN GENERAL: The entrada (entrance to the ocean) continues to heat up with more yellows caught early morning there. Corvina, grouper and cabrilla are up in the esteros (estuaries.)
Diana Hoyt called to report Captain Ruben Duran had scored big time on grouper to 30 pounds outside the Boca Soledad near Lopez Mateos. He also reported a large black sea bass well over 100 pounds.  Diana also reported that their new 17-foot Carolina skiff fishing the esteros surrounding Lopez Mateos had found great fishing for corvina, leopard grouper and cabrilla.
Water Temperature 60-65
Air Temperature 73-80
Humidity 27%
Wind 4 mph from the NW
Conditions Scattered Clouds
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 6:43 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:19 p.m. MDT
July 17 New, July 27 First Quarter, July 31, Full, Aug 9 Last Quarter
YELLOWTAIL – Catches seem to be improving at the entrada.
CORVINA – Pretty consistent throughout the bay.
SNOOK – Should be a barn burner when if finally gets going.
HALIBUT – A given on sandy beaches with a slow retrieved weighted fly.
SIERRA – Not targeted this week.


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