Tournament Blues…. Aug 4, 2007 12:41:20 GMT -5
Post by bajafly on Aug 4, 2007 12:41:20 GMT -5
REPORT #1074 “Below the Border” Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996
Endless Season Update August 4, 2007
Most of the activity this week revolved around the “East Cape Bisbee Tournament” which finished up yesterday with a disappointing few qualifying blues; the largest blue was caught on the Tres Hermanos out of Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. Angler Julio Cota took 1st Place Blue Marlin—418.0 lbs. An impressive 164.1 lb. tuna yielded 1st Place Angler for John Martin fishing on the boat, Wildcatter. There were enough stripers showing up in the pattern that only served as a distraction for the fleet that were targeting blues. A handful of dorado over fifty pounds were weighed in as well.
The reappearance of sardinas along the beaches in limited numbers should bode well for the beach action.
Most of the larger roosters seem to be cruising in pairs or in daisy chains and don’t seem to be too interested in eating. Occasionally one will light up but the shots are few and far behind.
While few boats targeted them, the action down south for football sized tuna with some skipjack mixed in continued to be decent.
Water temperature 68-85
Air temperature 71-95
Wind: N 10 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 6:50 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:00 p.m. MDT
Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico
Grouper bite picks up
Bob Hoyt, Magbay Outfitters, reported wide open action for yellowtail ten miles outside the Boca in 72 degree blue water with plenty of skipjack in the same area.
Farther outside, there is a band of red tide that is keeping the dorado off the beach; however, above San Lazaro toward the Thetis bank is a solid string of dorado and outside of that line tuna can be found under the bird schools.
In the Esteros, the bite has picked up with plenty of halibut along the shallows near the sandy beaches. Up against the mangroves in the deeper water there has been a consistent grouper bite, with a few in the 10 – 20 pound range, rounding out the count were two snook.
Water temperature 64 - 76
Air temperature 70 -84
Humidity 87 %
Wind: N 7 - 9 knots
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility 5 miles
Sunrise 6:55 a.m. MDT
Sunset 8:10 p.m. MDT
Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico
The outstanding inshore action is still holding up for the roosters and jack crevalle. The roosterfish are averaging between 30 and 40 pounds, with a few fish taken this week estimated to be in the 60 to 75 pound class. Some of the jacks have tipped the scales at 25 pounds, but most are averaging about 15 pounds.
The full moon has the blue water fishing a bit on the slow side, but a few people were surprised by the huge blue marlin making another show this summer. Adan, on the panga Gitana II, was back at the dock with his client by 10:20 in the morning having caught and released a sailfish and an estimated 450 pound blue marlin. The client was worn out and had enough for the day.
A few other blues were hooked this week, and the sailfish are averaging about two fish per boat per day.
The 60 to 80 pound yellowfin tuna are at the 35 mile mark.
Water temperature 80 - 84
Air temperature 75-91
Wind: NNW 3 knots
Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility 4 miles
Sunrise 7:26 a.m. CDT
Sunset 8:19 p.m. CDT