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East Cape Bonanza; Others Merely Great
Aug 21st, 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  
 
Aug.21, 2004. Report covers the period Sat.-Fri. (8/14-8/20)  
 
EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY, ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO; AND SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA CONDITIONS
 
EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 
IN GENERAL:  Wham! Bam! The early bird gets the tuna and dorado. With the action so close to the hotels (15 minutes at the most) it is essential to have a quick breakfast and be on your boat early. Have those rods locked and loaded when you get on the boat or you will be watching your buddy getting yanked while you are desperately trying to get rigged. See-Through Deceivers and Sea Habits with olive backs are doing the trick. If the tuna aren’t visible on the surface, use Clousers and let it sink further down in the water column. Sardina for chum has been tough to come by this week so that is another reason to push away from the breakfast table early.
 
I can’t say enough good things about Sea Watch that has spearheaded a massive letter writing campaign, (link included), that helped convince Mexican officials to hold off long lining while they examine effects on the fragile Sea of Cortez. Like no one knows the damage it does.
 
Sea of Cortez and letter links
 
For all our friends in Phoenix, Arizona, Gary and Yvonne will be on of the presenters at the “Outdoors Arizona” Outdoor Recreation Expo, Aug. 27-29 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. Check your local newspaper for Gary’s schedule.
 
FRI.: Aug. 27
 
2:00 p.m.  
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Sportsmen’s Warehouse Stage
 
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Outdoors Arizona Stage
5:30 p.m.
 
SAT., Aug. 27
 
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Sportsman’s Warehouse Stage
11:00am
 
3:00 p.m.  
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Outdoors Arizona Stage
 
SUN.: Aug. 28
10:00 a.m.
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Sportsman’s Warehouse Stage
 
 
3:00 p.m.  
Baja on the Fly/Gary Graham-Outdoors Arizona Stage
 
 
 
AIR & SEA -
 
Water temperature 81-88
 
Air temperature 82-94
 
Humidity about 69%
 
Wind: SE 2 mph
 
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
 
Visibility 10 miles
 
Sunrise 6:57 a.m. MDT
 
Sunset 7:45 p.m. MDT
 
August 23 First Quarter; August 29, Full; Sept. 6 Last Quarter. Sep. 14 New
 
+ OFFSHORE: It that time of year that a flyrodder can expect a decent number of shots at the sails.  
 
+ INSHORE:  From La Ribera to Punta Colorada is producing excellent catches for tuna, fat skipjack and a good mix of small- to medium-sized dorado.
 
+ BEACH: Had a Bubba class rooster, 50+ chase a mullet practically to my feet, didn’t know if I should cast or run. Plenty of lookdowns, pompano and small jacks to keep you busy between Bubbas.
 
BILLFISH – Grab your 12-weight and come on down.
 
YELLOWFIN TUNA – The spot looks like a parking lot for boats. but the tuna don’t seem to mind.
 
DORADO – Not wide open, but close. Had a couple of clients the other day that were worn out before the dorado quit.
 
ROOSTERFISH\JACK CREVALLE – Olive Clousers worked for most using a short, abrupt retrieve.
 
BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK – Want an IGFA record?  There are some potential ones swimming around right now.
 
PARGO AND CABRILLA – Sight casting to pargo? It happened this week along the sandy beach at Rooster Alley.
 
SIERRA – A few around, but wire not practical with so many other exotics. If you see them use flies tied on long shanks and you may get lucky and not lose the fly when they bite.
 
 MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 
IN GENERAL: It is that time of year when everyone begins to look to the outside for any signs that offer a clue about what kind of action will be seen in the fall. A few reports of dorado and striped marlin have begun to crop up. There are reports of a few below Tasco, more 20 miles west of the entrada around the shark buoys. Small yellows, a few decent-sized groupers provided fair action earlier this week. Corvina continue to dominate the estero scene with a few pompano, pargo, leopard grouper and only a few smaller snook.  
 
Water Temperature 67-78
 
Air Temperature 75-84
 
Humidity 23%
 
Wind West 17 mph
 
Conditions Scattered clouds
 
Visibility 3 miles
 
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MDT
 
Sunset 7:55 p.m. MDT  
 
August 23 First Quarter; August 29, Full; Sept. 6 Last Quarter. Sep. 14 New,
 
YELLOWTAIL – Can be found breezing under the bird schools or hanging around the pinnacles at the entrada.
 
CORVINA – Pier, bridge at the entrance to San Carlos or Devils Curve all producing some action.
 
SNOOK – Just a few smaller variety.
 
HALIBUT – Cruise the shallows near a sandy beach with your Polaroid’s and you can sight cast to the flat rascals.  
 
SIERRA – Only a rumor or an excuse for every fly lost.
 
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