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Turkey Came and Went . . . But the Winds Linger On
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

Fri., Nov. 28, 2003, 2003 Report covers the period Sat.-Thurs. (11/21 - 11/28)

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

EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

IN GENERAL: Let me guess . . . it must be late November! There are many more turkey stories than fish stories and the North wind just won't go away. When the wind backs off it can be decent fishing; it's just that the wind seems to be blowing more and backing off less.

AIR & SEA -

Water temperature 74°-80°
Air temperature 69° - 78°
Humidity about 45%
Wind NNW at 12 mph
Conditions clear
Visibility 15 miles
Sunrise 6:41 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:32 p.m. MST

Nov. 30 First Quarter, Dec.8 Full Dec. 16 Last Quarter, Dec. 23 New

o OFFSHORE: It was real offshore this week with tuna hanging at the 40 mile mark. A few made the trip and were rewarded for their efforts with mostly footballs and few larger tuna. The bonus was a few marlin to be found going out and back.

o INSHORE: Pretty scratchy after the wind cranked up. A few skipjack and bonito and maybe a dorado under the mooring buoys if you were very lucky.

o BEACH: Yup,it’s Nov. For any success you’ll to hit the beach early, (before sunup), and you may find a few cooperative sierra and maybe a ladyfish.

BILLFISH - Winter is setting in and now it’s mostly the home guard.

YELLOWFIN TUNA - Long trips, few fish.

DORADO - The mooring buoys are as good as any place.

ROOSTERFISH - Tougher than usual.

JACK CREVALLE - A few small fish at La Ribera and out toward Punta Colorada.

BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK - A few closer to shore but difficult to find.

PARGO AND CABRILLA - Quiet.

SIERRA - Gray light just at dawn is best.

MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

IN GENERAL: Offshore, the hunt continues for the herds. A few marlin were reported
outside the Petrel Bank with no birds on them which is mystifying everyone. The sea life is just not here as it would be normally at this time of year. Most of the yachts have headed for greener pastures. Inside the bay, it is business as usual with corvina, pompano and a few jacks keeping things interesting.

Water Temperature 67°-78°
Air Temperature 69°- 80°
Humidity 94%
Wind Calm
Conditions Haze
Visibility 6 miles
Sunrise 6:52 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:36 p.m. MST

Nov. 30 First Quarter, Dec.8 Full Dec. 16 Last Quarter, Dec. 23 New

YELLOWTAIL – A run and gun technique for the bird schools outside either bay has paid off for a few.

CORVINA - Just keep biting.

SNOOK - Only a few smaller ones this week.

HALIBUT - A slow retrieved with a chartreuse Clouser is almost a sure thing.

SIERRA - Under the bird schools in the bay the best bet, but don't forget the wire.

ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO

IN GENERAL: The conditions and fishing remain the same as last week. Everything is outstanding. The 80º blue water is about 8 miles and the sailfish action is holding up. Captain Cali, on the “Vamonos II,” had successive days of 5, 8, 6, 5, 5, 6, and 8 sailfish caught and released on conventional tackle this last 7 day period.

Almost every boat is also getting a 20- to 30-pound dorado for dinner, on incidental strikes, while fishing for sails.

The inshore action is hold well with the roosterfish and large jack crevalle of 12- to 18-pounds.

Water Temperature 75º-86º
Air Temperature 77° - 91º
Humidity 66%
Wind WSW at 12 mph
Conditions Clear
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:09 p.m. CST

Nov. 30 First Quarter, Dec.8 Full Dec. 16 Last Quarter, Dec 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 fishing the last week in Guatemala has been hot or cold depending on the day. There were few boats out during the week, but those that were fishing averaged 22 shots with 13 releases on sails. On good days there were as many as 45-50 sails in the pattern per boat. Dorado action is steady with 5 per boat per day, and some boats have had good action on 20 pound tuna. Inshore, there was no one out again.

Water Temperature 80º-85º
Air Temperature 80°-86º
Humidity 62%
Wind SW at 5 mph
Conditions Clear
Visibility
Sunrise 6:09 a.m. CST
Sunset 5:32 p.m. CST

Nov. 30 First Quarter, Dec.8 Full Dec. 16 Last Quarter, Dec 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 and Lissa M. McFarlin.