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Magdalena Bay fly anglers find tackle-busting tuna and more

October 30, 2008 | 12:44 pm


Nice catch of a dorado (see photo) by Jan Forszpaniak of Naples, Fla., during his recent trip to Magdalena Bay in Baja California Sur.

Bob Hoyt, reporting for Baja on the Fly, says the brilliantly colorful dorado are trading turns with marlin and tuna marauding balled-up schools of bait at Thetis Bank.

"The tuna bite was outrageous on the fly," Hoyt writes. "Kurt Ransohoff of Santa Barbara and Tom Lorish from Portland, Oregon, ended their trip with limits of 30-pound fish, though at a price. Several of their flylines went south and at least one 12-weight [rod] was a couple of feet shorter."

Both caught a marlin on a fly rod and I can't even fathom such an experience.

Inside the bay, Hoyt said, small snook and leopard grouper to about 10 pounds were being successfully targeted.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of Baja on the Fly