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It's Definitely Winter
Jan 10th, 2005, 2:14pm

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East Cape  
Fishing is slow.  Winter has definitely returned.  We experienced strong north winds both yesterday and today.  Sierra – the best ceviche – are by the pyramids north of town, accessible from shore early; and still lots of sierra from the lighthouse south to Cabo Pulmo. Natural color flies, white and green, and white grey seem to work best.  We can no longer get sardina at Cabo Pulmo.  There were some roosterfish at the lighthouse before the wind came, but five-foot surf and dirty cold water has shut off the shore fishing.  Offshore fishing was good for small dorado until the wind came. No boats have gone out the last two days.
Report by Baja on the Fly guide Tim Selzer
OFFSHORE: North winds made for a tough week
INSHORE:  Last week’s dorado took a hike when the winds came
BEACH: Still some sierra and small roosters if you can beat the wind
Water temperature      70-74  
Air temperature      66-71
Humidity      39%
Wind:      16 mph  from the SSE
Conditions:      Scattered Clouds
Visibility      10 miles
Sunrise      7:01 a.m. MST
Sunset      5:41 p.m. MST
Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico    
Marginal weather persisted most of the week causing an uncomfortable ride for yachts traveling through the area.  By the end of the week it was clear skies and no wind prevailed. I think the crews were spending more time hanging on than fishing. Water temps definitely cooled down this week. The entrada produced fair-to-good fishing for small yellowtail, leopard grouper and barracuda. The whale count continues to grow each week and both Lopez Mateos and San Carlos are beginning to fill up with eager tourists in search of an up-close and personal experience with a unsuspecting whale. Still little action to report in the esteros from both San Carlos and Lopez Mateos.  
Water temperature      69-75
Air temperature      62-71
Humidity      18%
Wind:      NW 4 mph
Conditions:      Clear
Visibility      3 miles
Sunrise      7:13 a.m. MST
Sunset      5:53 p.m. MST
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico    
I have been reflecting on how we have very calm seas here in Mexico from October through June, compared to what’s happening off the coasts of the U.S. the last few weeks. Plus the fishing is good. Calm seas and good fishing is a hard combination to beat.  
The blue water is close and a lot of sailfish are being caught. There are not too many dorado or tuna, but a few blue marlin are starting to show. Client Bob Nelson released his first fly-caught sailfish while fishing with Capt. Martin on the panga “Isamar.” It was the first time he had ever had a flyrod in his hands, and was a little more than impressed about the experience. Also fly-fishing with Capt. Martin for one day was Tom Marshal of Idaho and John Wilkinson of Ohio. They hooked three sails and had raised 8.  
Conventional gear fishermen Rick Erdman and his son fished three days on the “Gitana II” with Capt. Adan. They released a total of 12 sailfish.  
Capt. Adolpho of the panga “Dos Hermanos,” and his compadre Arturo of the panga “Janneth,” made the 30 mile run to Papanoa for roosters. Normally at this time of the year the roosters start to thin out a bit, but they each hooked at least 8 and 8 jack crevalle. The roosters were averaging about 35 pounds, and the hard-fighting jacks were about 15 pounds. The fish were taken on slow trolled live bait or surface poppers.
Baja on the Fly report by Ed Kunze  
Water temperature      80 - 84
Air temperature      75 - 86
Humidity      66%
Wind:      9 mph from the WSW
Conditions:      Scattered Clouds
Visibility      10 miles
Sunrise      7:18 a.m. CST
Sunset      6:26 p.m. CST
San Jose, Guatemala    
The weather has been great, and the fishing action has been picking up all week long.  There were very few boats out, but those that did venture out experienced some excellent action on sails.  Dorado and Tuna are around, and there have been a lot more tuna on the docks than we have seen in a long time.  Inshore no one was out.
San Jose, Guatemala report by Brian Barragy and Lissa McFarlin
Water temperature      78 - 82
Air temperature      80 - 84
Humidity      55%
Wind:      Calm
Conditions:      Clear
Visibility      7 miles
Sunrise      6:29 a.m. CST
Sunset      5:50 p.m. CST
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