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WIN 2012

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Roosterfish are a favorite among fly fisherman, who can hunt them from small pangas or along shore. Photo: Baja on the Fly. banks," Shiner says. "The fish finders on the boats will light up solid red with bait. It's really amazing how much bait there is. Because of that, the chance of clients catching their first marlin is absolutely great. And if you fish more than a day, you definitely increase the odds of success." Pound for pound, the striped marlin is one of the hardest fighting members of the billfish family. Most of the year, Cabo's offshore seas average two-to-four feet, according to Shiner. A wind wave often creates an afternoon chop. Stronger northwest winds pick up during the winter—sometimes up to 25 knots in the Pacific. The sheltered Sea of Cortez offers a respite on those occasions, however. Cabo Magic Sportfishing is another one of Cabo's top charter operations. It books 12 boats ranging in size from 26-foot, single outboard-powered craft, up to the Spirit of Two Thousand & Ten, a 120-foot luxury yacht. The crews are experienced local fishermen with years of knowledge. "Our specialty is making dreams come true," explains co-owner Lori Garcia. "We ask a lot of questions to make sure the charter booked is appropriate and the crew understands the goals of the client." Cabo Magic offers full and half-day trips and boasts an international clientele from the United States, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Cabo Magic targets everything from marlin to roosterfish, depending on client preferences. "These fish don't look at calendars, and they don't wear watches," Garcia says. "But there's always something biting around here. The dorado are constant. We also get good runs of Sierra mackerel, which are fun to catch and good to eat. The flesh is very sweet, comparable to pompano. We have several species of pargo or snapper, plus cabrilla or grouper, inshore around the rocks. From inshore to big game, we've got it all." Roosterfish or pez gallo are the stars of the Baja inshore scene. This member of the jack family sports a distinctive comb-like dorsal fin and a voracious appetite. Sardines and mullet schooling along the beaches are its favorite prey. Gary Graham, owner of Baja on the Fly, books flyfishing and light-tackle charters in the East Cape area, as well as Los Cabos and Magdalena Bay. East Cape trips are based

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