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[*] posted on 11-2-2003 at 06:51 AM
Turn Back the Clocks, Here Come the Tuna


REPORT FROM GARY GRAHAM'S BAJA ON THE FLY:

PROVIDING QUALITY SALTWATER FLY-FISHING 365 DAYS A YEAR IN BAJA FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: bajafly@usa.net; USA toll-free (800) 919-2252; Mexico 011-52-624-14-10373

Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 Report covers the period Sat.-Thurs. (10/23 - 10/30)

EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY, ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO; AND IZTAPA, GUATEMALA CONDITIONS

EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

IN GENERAL: Plenty of yellowfin tuna and skipjack actions to keep the rods bent. A few dorado and the sailfish continue to lead the way in the billfish department. Weather has been great with the exception of some north wind on Mon. A few jacks can be found at both La Ribera and Punta Colorada.

AIR & SEA -

Water temperature 81?-86?
Air temperature 72? - 90?
Humidity about 31%
Wind NW at 3 mph
Conditions Partly Cloudy (FEW) : 5,000 ft
Visibility 12 miles
Sunrise 6:21 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:43 p.m. MST

Oct. 31 First Quarter Nov.8 Full Nov. 16 Last Quarter Nov 23 New

o OFFSHORE: Tuna flags seemed to flying from the riggers of almost every
boat heading back in. For the hardcore billfish types, there?s sailfish in good numbers
with a smattering of blues and stripes.

o INSHORE: Water clarity continues to improve and along with that the jacks and roosters have begun to show again.

o BEACH: Flotsam, trash and arroyos still running still make the beach a tough proposition.

BILLFISH - Sailfish the best bet at the moment.

YELLOWFIN TUNA - Back up to speed this week.

DORADO - A few here and there.

ROOSTERFISH - Smaller fish only.

JACK CREVALLE - La Ribera and Punta Colorada the best bet.

BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK - Good size and plenty.

PARGO AND CABRILLA - Slow.

SIERRA - A few here and there.

MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

IN GENERAL: Fast-paced action from the Thetis Bank down toward Santa Maria Bay continues its red hot pace. Lots of fish in the teasers and plenty of double digit counts reported by the few boats in the area. Wahoo also showing up in the pattern enough to play havoc with the teasers. Plenty of action for estero (estuary) aficionados with plenty of corvina hitting everything from poppers to sub-surface flies. A few snook hooked, but lost. Rounding out the species list were pompano, jacks and lots of cabrilla to keep Pudge Kleinkauf's group smiling and raring to go in the morning.


Water Temperature 67?-79?
Air Temperature 60?- 82?
Humidity 35%
Wind WSW 11 mph
Conditions Haze
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:31 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:49 p.m. MST

Oct. 31 First Quarter Nov.8 Full Nov. 16 Last Quarter Nov 23 New

YELLOWTAIL - Still around.

CORVINA - Pop, Pop, Slam. What a kick

SNOOK - They are biting, we are just not catching.

HALIBUT - Chartreuse Clousers and sandy beach, slow retrieve along the bottom
equals action.

SIERRA - Everyone forgot to look.

ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO

IN GENERAL: The 84? cobalt blue water is still at 19 miles, and there is a
very clean water from the beach to about 3 miles. Between the two has been a
daily guess as to where the green water was and/or clean water.

Santiago, on the panga ?Gitana? found the clean water at 12 miles two days ago
for his client Kenneth Hill of Clinton, Utah. They tagged and released 3 sailfish, with one of them estimated at a huge 120 pounds. Santiago told me if he had not seen the fish take the trolled cut bait, from the way it fought he would have sworn it was a blue marlin.

The roosterfish action is remaining steady, with about 3 fish per day per boat being released.

Not much word on the tuna or dorado however.

Water Temperature 75?-86?
Air Temperature 79?-91?
Humidity 66%
Wind WSW at 9 mph
Conditions Scattered Clouds 2000 ft
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:43 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:16 p.m. CST

Oct. 31 First Quarter Nov.8 Full Nov. 16 Last Quarter Nov 23 New

For more Information on Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo trips, go to:

http://www.bajafly.com/Zihuatanejo.htm

Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze

IZTAPA, GUATEMALA

IN GENERAL: The weather has been beautiful, very calm in the mornings with the seas building slightly all day. The blue water is about 17 miles offshore, but the water temp is off until you get about 45-50 miles out. This is where the action on sails, marlin, and dorado kicks in. Very few of the local fleet were out, but those that made the run had great action averaging double digit releases. One boat was able to connect with a blue marlin, and one boat barely missed a small but very active blue marlin when some 40-pound class dorado stole all the baits from under its nose. Inshore, we ran one trip in the last week and connected with 2 of 5 roosters in the 30-40lb class in addition to some
mackerel and jacks in a short 3.5 hour trip.

Water Temperature 80?-85?
Air Temperature 80?-88?
Humidity 66%
Wind East 11 mph
Conditions Clear
Visibility
Sunrise 5:56 a.m. CST
Sunset 5:37 p.m. CST

Oct. 31 First Quarter Nov.8 Full Nov. 16 Last Quarter Nov 23 New

For more Information on Baja on the Fly's Guatemala trips, go to:

http://www.guatemalafly.com

Baja on the Fly's Guatemala report by Brian Barragy



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