Tuna show East Cape boats roar

2011-06-13 16:30:03
East Cape, Baja California - Saltwater Fishing Report
Sea of Cortez

Ocho-Ocho for the uninitiated is East Cape's version of Jurassic Park where behemoth tuna lurk. Less than an hour and a half from shore, this area produces some huge tuna that tantalize anglers from around the world. The visuals are worth the ride...compact-car-sized tuna flying through the air in pursuit of fleeing flying fish is pretty exciting stuff!

One hundred, two hundred and some even claim three-hundred-plus pound tuna are lost in those fleeting moments when these huge fish appear. White water and black smoke ensues as yachts and pangas jockey for position.

As quickly as they appear they are gone, leaving a few boats and anglers pinned in one spot with rods bent double and clickers clacking as the huge tuna sound toward the 1,000' depths surrounding the pinnacle.

Epoch battles ensue; wimps wimp out but the strong survive. It's all about the right time, right place' and that time is now!

Meanwhile the billfish continue to arrive with stripers dominating along with a blue or two and a handful of sailfish attracted by the warming water. Dorado, although not a bonanza, seem larger than usual for this time of year.

Inshore action includes a few wahoo and amberjack plus a few football-sized tuna mixed with large skipjack.

Along the beach the roosters, though small, are plentiful attracted by the abundance of bait along the shore with an occasional bubba-class rooster for the patient along with some jacks.

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Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

With less wind boat found grouper and yellowtail on the Thetis bank. Inside the bay the water temperature had begun to climb and the fishing is improving …Bob Hoyt

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Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

All up and down the coast, with the blue water just off the beach, the average surface temperature is over 86 degrees. The offshore fishing action is remaining steady, with a one or two sailfish per day average per boat, and an occasional strike from dorado, striped marlin and blue marlin.

Cali, on the cruiser Had Enuff , released one blue marlin and a sailfish on each of two days of fishing. The blues weighed about 225 pounds.

The incredible inshore action is still holding up for roosterfish and large jack crevalle. We are still getting a couple of days of high surf a week which prevents us from getting at the jacks and roosters along the beach on those days, but by moving about a half mile offshore, there is lots of light line or fly rod action on the small to mid-sized dorado, black skipjacks, sierras, and green jacks.

Keith Paul from Minnesota, a veteran of many an offshore trip with Luis on the panga Gringo Loco was down here again last week. Luis is no longer with us, so from a little prodding by me, he tried the inshore fishery for his first time.

He had an excellent day with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos. Casting surface poppers or tossing a live goggle-eye if the fish missed the popper, in about four hours he released five nice roosters and a large jack crevalle before telling Adolfo to head the boat back to port. Six fish in four hours is almost non-stop fishing and will wipe anybody out. Ed Kunze

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Cabo San Lucas

The striped marlin are moving closer to the tip. When the move began, they weren't eating. Now they are on-the-chew between the 1150 and the 95. The boats having the best success are pulling (10 to 12 inch) lures at the right speed (8.5 knots). The color did not seem to matter, it was size and speed that got them going. Few fish were hooked on live bait. Good catches at the end of the week were four or five releases per boat, but the average was just two. There have also been more reports of blue marlin recently.

Yellowfin tuna are mostly found with porpoise. Well, not entirely; there are still a few unassociated fish out there, but not the numbers that were being seen. Hopefully the fish will move our way soon! Two purse-seiners were reported moving north on the Pacific side recently indicating the possibility of fish up to the north.

The warmer the water the better the dorado fishing gets! Almost every trip is producing a few with the larger ones offshore with fish to 40 pounds have been biting lures meant for striped marlin. There have been plenty of smaller fish close to the beach. Finding Frigate birds working has been the key to finding the school fish as they could be seen swooping down on the flying fish being chased.

The roosterfish have moved a tad farther out in 80 to 100 feet of water. Slow trolling live mullet was the key to getting bit on a regular basis, and for those with plenty of sardina, tossing out a live one after chumming around the rocks in the shallows, worked on the smaller fish. There were amberjack and some snapper before the swells picked up, as well as some grouper found by the fishermen working the bottom or around the rocks…George and Mary Landrum

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About The Author: Captain Gary Graham

Company: Baja On The Fly

Area Reporting: Below the Border

Bio: In 1978 Gary Graham, in his 23' skiff, battled 13 hours to catch a 209 lb. broadbill swordfish. This experience made him a fisherman for life. Gary then set world bluewater records with light lines and collected fishing honors: the L.A. Billfish Club award for proficiency with light tackle, first places in billfish tournaments and the 1987 California billfish championship. He was also executive director of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation. In 1988 Motor Yacht magazine pronounced Gary one of the top 10 anglers in the U.S. About this time Gary also "converted" his considerable fishing talents to fly angling. In 1989 Gary and his wife Yvonne began their lifelong dream of near full-time residence in Baja's famed East Cape fishing region. The duo started Baja's first Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide and instruction operation. Today "Baja On The Fly" is a pioneer in saltwater fly angling in the fish-rich waters of Southern Baja. These days Gary guides fly anglers, represents Baja to the International Game Fish Association and speaks on the lure of Baja saltwater fly fishing at numerous classes, seminars and workshops. As if to complete the circle from record-setting, bluewater angler to flyfishing expert, Gary recently set a fly fishing world record in Baja, while fishing from the beach, right in front of his home!

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