Marlin Takes…Bubba Refusals

Marlin. . . marlin. . .marlin provided the best action most of the week.

East Cape

Marlin. . . marlin. . .marlin provided the best action most of the week.  There were enough for the dedicated fly-fisher to get a handful of shots a day. Add to that plenty of football-sized tuna to provide sashimi for cocktail hour. Among the missing are the dorado; a few singles here and there, but no schools to beat the water to a froth. On the beach, the roosters continue to cruise in search of the almost non-existent sardina. With more mullet showing most of the flies we are using lately have taken on a distinctive mullet beige tint. While our clients this week had to be satisfied with smaller roosters and jacks, we had lots of Bubba sightings, but, unfortunately, no takers. With pleasant weather and warming sea temps hope springs eternal that what seems like a late season will kick into gear big time soon.

Baja on the Fly


Water temperature 70-80 
Air temperature 75-85
Humidity 70%
Wind: SE 4mph
Conditions: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:33 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:06 p.m. MDT




Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

Diana Hoyt, Mag Bay Outfitters reported excellent fishing in the surf on Magdalena Island for corvina and pompano. The esteros continue to produce grouper, corvina, snapper and a few smaller snook. Devils Curve and Los Barriles produced the best action. For the land-locked at San Carlos there was fair fishing under the bridge at the entrance to town. If you are into Mako sharks there has been a good show 10 miles north of Boca Soledad just a few miles off of the beach.

Out of San Carlos at the entrada, Enrique Soto reported a fair snap for small yellowtail to 8 pounds and a few grouper in the low double digits. Outside, a few smaller dorado have been caught under the shark buoys on a 210-40¢ª headings approximately 20 miles. With the continued winds, few are venturing outside the entrada because of rough seas.


Water temperature 62-71
Air temperature 69-77 
Humidity  90% 
Wind: West 17 mph
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 3 miles
Sunrise 6:37 a.m. MDT
Sunset8:18 p.m. MDT

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

The 80 blue water is still close, and the fishing has not changed much in the last couple of weeks. Sailfish action is still averaging 2 to 3 fish a day for the fleet of 10 to 12 boats. The blue marlin bite is not as hot as a few weeks ago, but there are still plenty of shots at a blue, with a few of them hooked and brought to the leader. There have also been a few nice dorado boated.


Inshore, the best game is roosterfish. We are moving on into the season for them now, and they are starting to show up in decent numbers. The best roosterfish action is taking place about 26 to 30 miles South of Zihuatanejo Bay.

Baja on the Fly report by Ed Kunze

Water temperature 80 – 84
Air temperature 80 – 86
Humidity 66%
Wind: WNW 4 mph
Conditions: Scattered Clouds
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:22 p.m. CDT

San Jose, Guatemala

Typical weather prevailed throughout the week with mixed thunderstorms and seas to 3 feet. The fleet is now in the off-season routine with few boats fishing mid-week. The boats venturing out over the weekend found good fishing at the 30 mile mark with a few boats reaching double digit scores for sailfish. In addition to the sailfish, there were enough dorado and tuna to fill in the gaps. Two boats, La Piragua and the Full Circle (31-foot Bertrams) reported releasing a blue marlin each, in the 300-pound range.

Reports provided by Brian Barragy, Lissa McFarlin and Les Kagel, Carlos Morales

Water temperature 78 – 82
Air temperature 82- 84
Humidity 100%
Wind: SW 8 mph
Conditions: Thunder Storms
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 5:36 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:32 p.m. CST