Endless Season Update March 20, 2011
REPORT #1249 "Below the
Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
recent report that the gillnetters are back and ****** the East Cape beaches
again with their deadly net fences. Along with a promise of photos to follow is
disappointing. No promises, but if you see them in your front yard send your
photos. (Be sure to make sure any numbers on the panga are visible)
Several of the hotels are
reporting that the striped marlin are
moving up from the south, while anglers are spotting lots of tailers from Las
Arenas south, but so far, these stripers have
been picky biters.
Yellowtail from 20 to 50 pounds remain the most consistent bite, from in front
of the hotels south to Las Arenas in around 200 feet of water.
Averaging two or three per boat per day, with some boats taking as many as ten, better
than half the fish are taken on jigged iron, the rest on big live
Inshore has been producing big pompano to ten pounds and good sized pargo
have been taking live sardina at Punta Arena. The roosterfish are around in
good numbers and already being seen feeding on the schools of sardina.
Current East Cape Weather http://tiny.cc/EastCapeWeather303
As whale watching season winds down attention
returns fishing both in the Esteros and outside the Bay. Water temps remain
lower than usual. However there are some nice sized yellows and white seabass to
be found weather permitting.
Still little to report inside the Bay with few, if any fishing recently.
Current Magdalena Bay Weather http://tiny.cc/MagBayWeather150
blue water is still way out beyond the 50 mile mark, but at least clean water
has moved into about the 18 mile areas. Offshore fishing still remains slow,
and will probably stay this way for a few more weeks. The boats are averaging
less than a sailfish or striped marlin a day each.
Bulkley, with Captain Francisco of the super panga Huntress, had this to say
when they fished on Tuesday: We ran one trip offshore and managed to get 4
Dorado under a floating weed pile. No
other strikes. We came back inshore and
caught Bonita about a mile off the beach.
The blue water is about 18-20 miles out and not really blue, more clean
than green. Saw one sail free jumping on
the 12 mile line in green water. The next day Francisco went back to the same
spot at 22 miles and a 240º heading and released 3 sailfish.
Zihuatanejo Weather http://tiny.cc/zihuatanejo582
The only area with any
consistent marlin action was outside the 1150 to the Seamount and along the
1,000 fathom curve, where most boats found a few fish. The best catch reported
was four releases for five baited fish. A
few boats were able to find a marlin closer inshore just off the beach on the
Cortez side. There hasn't been much bait
around except for squid offshore, which may be what caused the slow fishing.
Some porpoise pods were
found traveling with small yellowfin tuna… the best concentration just to the
south of the San Jaime and 30 miles to the south of the Cape. The first boats on the scene did well and
limits were possible in the right school.
Even boats not lucky enough to be the first one there were still able to
scratch out enough fish to keep the anglers happy.
inshore is producing
the best catches. Sierra from four to
seven pounds is biting well with sardina being the key to good results. Most
of the action is occurring on the Cortez side of the Cape up around the Cabo
Real beach. On the Pacific side past the
lighthouse there's been some nice
yellowtail to 35 pounds, but you have to work to find the fish as they were
following the small bait balls in 150 to 200 feet of water. A good trip results in five or so of these
tough fighters. There were also snapper
and grouper to liven things up…George and
Cabo Weather http://tiny.cc/cabo191