Charley Returns to the East Cape

Charley Returns to the East Cape

May 23, 2005

East Cape  Magdalena Bay    Zihuatanejo Guatemala
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East Cape 
The good news is that the tuna showed up this week and we have had fairly consistent teasing action for smaller roosterfish. Also, we found a few dorado close to shore; and we even had a few pompano in front of Punta Colorada. In the chum department, the bait guys are having a tough time making bait. The mackerel have gone away. They have been concentrating their efforts on mullet and have pronounced it too much work for few fish. The schools are very small and each net-throw yields only a few mullet at a time. No one has seen any sardina to speak of. The weather this morning is flat calm and the promise of a hot tuna bite has everyone up and ready to get their rod bent.

Baja on the Fly


Water temperature 71-78 
Air temperature 60-89
Humidity 32%
Wind: 8 mph from the WNW
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:35 a.m. MDT
Sunset 7:55 p.m. MDT

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico**  
Offshore 25 miles on a 230¢ª heading produced decent tuna up to 25-pounds. Back closer to shore near Punta Hughes, a few giant squid were found, but seemed to be moving up to the north. Up at the Thetis, there were a few grouper reported, but everyone is still waiting for the exotics to arrive. Esteros producing fair catches of corvina, pargo and a few small leopard groupers. Devils Curve produced primarily corvina, with the snook still among the missing.

Water temperature 62-71
Air temperature  66-75 
Humidity  87% 
Wind: West 17 mph
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 3 miles
Sunrise 6:39 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:07 p.m. MDT


Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico 
The 80 blue water is just off the beach and the fishing is definitely improving. Five pangas took the 35-mile run and stationed themselves out of Puerto Vicente Gro. this week for a large group of people. Temo on the Sequestra Amor, Adolpho on the Dos Hermanos, Cheva on the Dos Hermanos II, Arturo on the Janeth, and Indio (Alex) on the Gran Jefe all fished the beaches for roosters and about 10 miles off the point for sails. Not many roosters showed up, but a lot of large jack crevalle gave them some decent action on the beach. In the blue water, they averaged about three sailfish a day, several yellowfin tuna, and a blue marlin.

Locally here in Zihuatanejo, Santiago on the panga Gitana, also made a run South, releasing three sailfish and boating 10 nice yellowfin tuna with client Gary Stokes.

The blue marlin bite is still going strong, with about one strike for every three boats on the water. Captain Leo, fishing off a private yacht out of the Ixtapa Marina, targeted the marlin and got two to the leader in one day. Indio, on the Gran Jefe also boated a 400-pound + blue marlin.


Baja on the Fly report by Ed Kunze

Water temperature 80 – 84
Air temperature 77 – 89
Humidity 83%
Wind: WSW 13 mph
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:13 p.m. CDT

San Jose, Guatemala  
**The weather has been great over the last week with light winds and pleasant conditions.  The potential bad weather associated with Tropical Depression Adrian never really made much of an impact on the San Jose area of Guatemala.  The anglers are few and far between, but those that did come this way experienced some great action.  There were three boats out for a couple of days, and all three had double digit days, with twice as many shots as releases.  The run to fish was 22-32 miles.


San Jose, Guatemala report by Brian Barragy and Lissa McFarlin

Water temperature 78 – 82
Air temperature 82- 84
Humidity 94%
Wind: WSW 8 mph
Conditions: Thunder Storms
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 5:35 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:24 p.m. CST

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