Endless Season Update February 14, 2010
REPORT #1202 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
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After a week of up and down weather, including some gentle rain, today finally seemed like the beginning a few good days. Throughout the week on the good days the sierra were thick enough to attract the attention of the local gillnetters…sigh. The bad news is the roosters have begun to show and of course the nets are not very selective. A few of the boats that did venture offshore, however, found a few tailers below the lighthouse, but unfortunately they didn't seem to be too interested.
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Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico
Still slow action or is it lack of fishermen? Either/or the squirrely weather has kept everyone off the water.
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Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 80° water is still here, but the blue water is still off the charts somewhere. At about six miles, we at least have a decent "clean" water, so a few fish are still in the area.
The fleet is averaging only about onw sailfish a day per boat, with a few small dorado showing up for a few boats. The biggest problem has been the tremendous amount of debris in the water. From just off the beach, to out beyond 20 miles, the floating grass and river bank vegetation that washed out of the Rio Balsas River has made it real difficult to keep a trolling spread from getting fouled. Last week's 12" of rain in 30 hours really opened the flood gates on the rivers and washed a lot of debris in.
It has been a deckhand's nightmare. Even with the captain dodging the worst of it, a line is always getting fouled.
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, has been working the areas to the North and has been doing well on some large jack cravelle......…Ed Kunze
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Cabo San Lucas
For most of the week the marlin and sailfish would not bite; you could
find them but they were not hungry. Finally at the end of the week the bite picked
up a little and boats began to get them to take both bait and lures. Most of
the fish caught were found on the Cortez side of the Cape and the majority of
them were striped marlin. There were some sailfish caught as well, a real surprise
considering the water temperature.
Yellowfin tuna still spotty…a few fish found here and there. Mostly it seems to be a matter of luck by boats that are actually in the historically producing areas. The fish that were found were smaller school fish to 35 pounds, but most of them were footballs from 5 to 15 pounds. All the fish found were associated with porpoise.
Early in the week dorado were tough to find, but just after the first heavy winds came through there was a big school of small fish (and some of them were really small…smaller than sierra) just off of the beach between Gray Rock and the Westin on the Cortez side. These fish were within a mile of the beach and unfortunately they were hammered hard by the fleet. The school was blasted quickly and by the end of the week the fish were almost gone. There were a few larger fish found offshore on the Cortez side with some of the fish going as large as 35 pounds. Most of these were caught on lures by boats looking for marlin.
There were a few wahoo being caught this week, and they were found close
to the beach by boats working for the dorado in the area. None of the fish were
large, averaging around 15 pounds.
While the action offshore was slow, the inshore fishing was the way to go if you wanted action. There were plenty of sierra on both sides of the Cape to keep rods bent and fishermen happy. Along with the sierra were the occasional showing of yellowtail, snapper and grouper...George and Mary Landrum
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