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Sailfish, Dorado and a Big Snook Highlight Week (Read 718 times)
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Sailfish, Dorado and a Big Snook Highlight Week
Nov 6th, 2004, 8:46am
 

REPORT FROM GARY GRAHAM'S BAJA ON THE FLY:  
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Sat., Nov. 06, 2004. Report covers the period Sat.-Fri. (10/29-11/05)  
 
EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY, ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO; AND SAN JOSE, GUATEMALA CONDITIONS  
 
EAST CAPE  
 
IN GENERAL: Unwelcome north winds early in the week greeted Pudge Kleinkauf’s Alaska group when they arrived on Tues. By Wed. afternoon, the winds had begun to subside; and on Thurs. morning three boats headed out in search of action. Fortunately, there were plenty of sardina for chum and the day yielded a few dorado and skipjack. Brian and Brent Layng, owners of the International Sportsmen’s Expo shows, managed to land four nice-sized dorado and had chances for more. Fri. was even better, with both of Pudge’s boats reporting good catches of skipjack, dorado and a half-dozen yellowfin tuna at the 20 mile mark. Captain Chayo on the “Nueva Era” even found the group several sailfish on the trip back to the hotel, one of which put on a great show for Larry Pemberton of Tacoma, Wash., before he released it.  
 
AIR & SEA -  
Water temperature 78-83  
Air temperature 66-85  
Humidity about 57%  
Wind: North 6 mph
Conditions: Clear  
Visibility 7 miles  
Sunrise 6:27 a.m. MST  
Sunset 6:37 p.m. MST  
 
Nov. 12, New; Nov. 18, First Quarter; Nov. 26, Full; Dec. 4, Last Quarter.
 
+ OFFSHORE: Tuna at 20 miles; leave early and look for bird schools.
 
+ INSHORE:  Dorado inside of four miles and plenty of skipjack to fill in the gaps.
 
+ BEACH: Wind waves and off-color water didn’t prevent Josh Dickinson from landing a few jacks on his hike back from the hotel.
 
BILLFISH – Sailfish seem to be the best bet this week, I suspect that will slow down over the next few weeks as the sea temps begin to drop.
 
YELLOWFIN TUNA – Under the porpoise, looks for the birds and try to get there early.  
 
DORADO – Strung out from inshore to offshore.  
 
ROOSTERFISH\JACK CREVALLE – Plenty of small jacks up and down the beach from Rancho Buena Vista to La Ribera.
 
BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK – Breezing schools in front of La Ribera.  
 
PARGO AND CABRILLA – Rocky points and pinnacles in front of La Ribera best bet.  
 
SIERRA – Bring wire or lots of flies!  
 
MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO  
 
IN GENERAL: Bob and Diana Hoyt, Mag Bay Outfitters, reported great action both in the esteros and out at the Thetis Bank. John Sullivan, Encinitas, Calif., finally broke the ice, catching a quality snook weighing in at just under 20 pounds as well a gaggle of leopard groupers earlier this week while waiting for the winds and sea to subside. When the winds quit, they headed out to the Thetis Bank for some wide open action on tuna and dorado. In the wahoo department, the wahoo won, biting them off several times. Only a few marlin were seen and none caught. The bait balls that Magdalena Bay is famous for were among the missing. It sounds like my timing is pretty good as I will be heading down for three days of fishing in the esteros and three days offshore mid-week.  
 
Water Temperature 72-79  
Air Temperature 60-76  
Humidity 100%  
Wind NW 13 mph  
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 3 miles  
Sunrise 6:37 a.m. MST  
Sunset 5:42 p.m. MST  
 
Nov. 12, New; Nov. 18, First Quarter; Nov. 26, Full; Dec. 4, Last Quarter.
 
YELLOWTAIL – Search the entrada (entrance) and under the bird schools just outside all the way up to Santa Maria Bay.
 
CORVINA – Still plenty around.  
 
SNOOK – Finally, a fat one.  
 
HALIBUT – Not targeted this week.  
 
SIERRA – Under the bird schools all the way out to the entrada.  
 
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