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August 22, 2009

Radio Fish

Endless Season Update 08/22/2009

Flyfishing and convention gear on an offshore sportfisher? Cooperation and teamwork made it happen
REPORT #1179 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
East Cape
The most predictable thing about fishing in August at East Cape is that before you head out, the decision of what you want to catch needs to be made' this accounts for all the boats hanging out close to shore around the bait guys, hopefully catching a few roosters, jacks or whatever else will bite.

Meanwhile, the savvy Captains have their ears glued to the radio as they flip from one secret channel to another trying to decide in which direction to run. Suddenly the Captain tells the anglers to reel in; the boat speeds up and everyone grabs a rail or sits down.

If the boat heads south, chances are you going have a box full of dorado and maybe a few of the gorilla sized tuna that are being caught right now traveling with the porpoise. If the boat heads straight out from the lighthouse, blue marlin will be the target where there is always the chance of catching a huge one (400 plus); it is more likely however that the blue marlin caught will be much smaller?in the 200 to 300 pound class. If the boat turns north outside of Punta Pescadero chances are it will be a day of trolling?interspersed with a sporadic sail or marlin bite.

If the beach is your venue, go at gray light and carry lots of liquids! I can't promise what the bite will be but I can promise it will be hot. If you fished from a boat the day before, go where ever you found the bait guys selling the sardina. Most of the beach action this week has consisted of small roosters and jacks, along with ladyfish and a few pompano.

Current East Cape Weather

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

It's all about dorado, tuna and yellowtail outside this week! From Lopez Mateos it is only a short ten-mile run to the action. From there out the bite is consistent for dorado to thirty-five pounds, tuna to eighteen and firecracker yellows.

Some reports on marlin are that they are beginning to gather, which is just a tad early. So far there is not enough volume to spend the entire day chasing them, but if you are willing to gamble on stumbling across one of the groups that the shark fishermen have reported spotting, you may get lucky.

Out of Puerto San Carlos the small yellows are at the Entrada under the bird schools. The sandy beach on the south side of Belchers is producing enough small halibut to make a few minute stop worthwhile.

Up in the mangroves it is more carbrilla and less grouper these days. As for snook?maybe, but if you're lucky, your chances are better for a mangrove snapper.

Current Magdalena Bay Weather
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The 86° blue water is tight against the beach, with the main action only a couple of miles offshore. Sailfish averages are approximately two fish per day per boat, with a few scattered dorado being taken also.
All up and down the coast the roosterfish action is still fantastic. A lot of jack crevelle are showing to the north of Ixtapa as well.
The only problem is, and I can hardly believe this, we are only putting one or two boats a day on the water. Normally, around this time of the year, we should have between 15 to 20 boats a day on the water.?Ed Kunze
Current Zihuatanejo Weather

Cabo San Lucas
Billfish action remains spotty?a few stripes along with a few sails are the best bet as they show up in packs in the jigs and are suckers for a dropback. There is an occasional black or blue that more often than not catches everyone napping when it comes charging into the pattern.

Tuna action is mostly smaller fish, close to shore, but if you find a porpoise school there is a chance for a shot at some larger fish.

Recently the dorado have been larger but there are fewer fish?mostly singles or doubles?found trolling. Inshore there are more school-sized fish for the panga fleet. There are some decent sized roosters being caught along with some nice sized grouper and snapper.

Current Cabo Weather