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Loreto, Mexico Fly Fishing Report, November 2009

Mark Bachmann, Loreto, MX, 11/17/09

11/12: Left Portland, Oregon about 6:00am. Got into Loreto about 2:30pm and went through the new airport terminal, which is larger, cooler and more efficient than the old one. We were checked into La Mision Hotel by 3:30. Our room had an ocean view and is very nice. The ocean was perfectly flat.
11/13: Friday the 13th. We left the dock at low tide. For the first couple of hours the fishing was pretty slow. Then as the tide started to rise the bite picked up. We got into a school of juvenile yellowtails. These fish averaged about four pounds, but pulled with power far beyond their small size. We caught a fish on every cast for about a half an hour.  Then we spotted a dorado and Patty caught it. This was very surprising since we were only a few feet from the beach in water that was less than twenty feet deep. Shortly after that we came into a bay where a mixed school of roosterfish, yellowtail and green jacks were busting a school of Sardina fry. We caught all the species of sport fish, which averaged about ten to fifteen pounds. This day between Patty and I, we caught roosterfish, yellowtail, green jacks, skipjack tuna, cabrilla, ladyfish, and dorado. Heavy rains brought by tropical storms in October has turned the drab landscape of summer into bright green. Along the cliffs by the sea and around the hotel there are thousands of large dragonflies flitting about in the air. What insects they are feeding on is unknown.
11/14: Caught an eight pound yellowtail on my first cast. We were both hooked-up numerous times in the first hour. Then our success attracted the attention of other boats who came into our area and put the fish down. In the afternoon Patty hooked a fish that was large enough to break her shooting line. The whole sinking head was lost. It's a good thing we had spares. The day turned windy, starting from the northwest, then straight out of the north, and finally from the south. Water temperature along the shore was 79-degrees. My best fish of the day was a roosterfish that weighed about 16-pounds.
11/15: With predictions of strong afternoon winds out of the north, we cancelled today's fishing on advice from our guide.
11/16: The same strong winds kept us off the water today.
11/17: The wind let up and we fished from 10:00am-4:00pm. Went to Coronado Island and caught 8-pound Yellowtails until we were exhausted. On the way back to the hotel we stopped along the beach and caught two rooster fish. Mine weighed about 27-pounds and Patty's weighed about 16-pounds.
11/18: The Sea of Cortez was flat this morning. We worked along the beach looking for Roosterfish and found them in good numbers, but found no biters. Then we headed out to deeper water. After catching a half dozen yellowtail apiece, we got bored and decided to hunt for more roosterfish. By this time the tide hade changed. We found a huge school of very large roosterfish crashing bait. There were more than four dozen fish in the school. Patty had repeated grabs from a fish that appeared to be about sixty pounds, but the hook failed to stick each time. I hooked a rooster of 30-40 pounds and had it on for nearly half an hour before it chewed through the 35-pound bite tippet and was gone.

Patty Barnes, Loreto, MX, 11/18/09

The fantastic fly fishing opportunities for dorado and billfish around the Loreto, Mexico during the summer season are common knowledge. We have also found great fishing there in April when giant California Yellowtails come to the surface. Our latest expedition was to explore the late fall season. In November the town is practically deserted of tourists. The hotels and restaurants are nearly empty. The marina has fewer than half the boats of mid-summer. Air and water temperatures are cooler than in the summer. Dorado and billfish are still available, but in scattered numbers. They have been replaced by yellowtail and rooster fish. Yellowtail in the 5-10 pound class were numerous and easy to catch with flies. They are beautiful to look at, pull very hard and are good to eat. Fast sinking shooting heads and Sardina flies worked best. Roosterfish in the 5-10 size were also fairly numerous. There were also huge, trophy size roosterfish available. We found all of the roosterfish to be picky eaters and very challenging to catch. We hooked enough of these fish to keep us interested, but still seem to have a few things to learn. Fly fishing around Loreto through the first half of November seems pretty reliable even though we lost a couple of days to wind. Guess that just means we should have booked more days to compensate for it. What we found at Loreto during the fall season will bring us back in the future.

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Mak Bachmann and dorado with Sage rod...
We've used a lot of rods in the salt. Our adventures cover the gambit from tiny bonefish to behemoth marlins. Sage rods have given us maximum performance with unequaled reliability. We even have a pair of Sage 1090-3 RPLX rods from the late 1980's that have been long since retired, but are cherished for their pleasant memories and will never be sold. I feel the same about the Xi2 rods that replaced them. Xi2 was lighter and more responsive than RPLX. Xi2 produced more line speed with less casting fatigue. Xi3 is a quantum leap over any saltwater fly rods ever produced. The blanks are noticeably lighter in weight, yet stronger and more resilient. Our prediction is that the new longer handles on the 11 thru 16 weight rods will be copied by other manufacturers. But, what's new; Sage has always built the most copied rods on the market.

Why Xi3 ???
On the flats, blue water or anywhere in between, your first shot is always the best shot. But, as experienced saltwater anglers know, sometimes that first shot means the bonefish you didn’t see until it was right here very close, and other times it’s an upwind bait ball way out there a long cast away.

Through Sage's exclusive SaltH2O Technology, Xi3 rods provide a groundbreaking level of torque and torsion resistance for superior tracking and less wasted energy at all distances. SaltH2O’s unique layer interface and proprietary resin also combine for maximum strength—even in high heat environments—and with significantly less weight.

This increased strength comes in handy when you need to lean on powerful saltwater bruisers. Just as importantly, it gives you the backbone to pick up 60 or 70 feet of line on desperate second (and last) chance casts.

Sage's G5 construction adds improved line feel for easier, more intuitive casting, and specialized saltwater-specific components complete the package. In other words, the new Xi3 is everything you need to make that first shot count.

Xi3 Features:
  • Saltwater fast action
  • Proprietary taper design utilizing SaltH2O Technology
  • Pacific-blue shaft color & thread wraps with blue metallic accents
  • Premium quality over-size guides
  • Saltwater safe components
  • Extension butts on all models
  • Black fabric rod bag with distinctive silver silk screening
  • Powder coated blue aluminum screw top rod case
  • Mark & Patty with a double on Rooster Fish, Loreto, MX, 11/18/09

    Just before we left for the Sea of Cortez a package arrived from Sage. In it were a brand new 1090-4 Xi3 and an 1190-4 Xi3 fly rods. Here Patty and I are each hooked up to a respectable size roosterfish. She is using the 10-weight Xi3 and I am using the 11-weight. These  rods give unparalleled casting accuracy and lifting power.

    690-4 Xi3

    Length: 9'    Line: 6     Pieces: 4 

    This rod was designed for the angler who loves to pursue small bonefish, snappers, lady fish or sea run cutthroats in the salt. This is a great rod for humpy salmon and small stream steelhead fishing as well.

    Rod weight: 3 5/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    690-4 Xi3 6 Fast   $695 SALE ENDED

    790-4 Xi3

    Length: 9'    Line: 7     Pieces: 4

    Use this rod anywhere small to medium size bonefish are encountered, as well as many kinds of reef fish. Can be a great choice for schooly stripers.

    Rod weight: 3 3/4 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    790-4 Xi3 7 Fast   $700 SALE ENDED

    890-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 8     Pieces: 4
    Your all around bone fish cannon. This rod will drive casts into the wind and deliver the fly with pinpoint accuracy. This is also a great rod for small permit, and baby tarpon in the mangroves.
    Rod weight: 3 7/8 Ounces
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    890-4 Xi3 8 Fast   $700 SALE ENDED

    990-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 9     Pieces: 4
    Big bonefish, average size flats permit, smaller dorado, and average size bonito, stripers and bluefish are all fodder for this beast.
    Rod weight: 4 Ounces
    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    990-4 Xi3 9 Fast   $705 SALE ENDED

    1090-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 10     Pieces: 4

    We're talking about serious torque here, with the power to drive big flies and whip 50-pounders.
    This rod mates up well with 400-grain sinking shooting heads and 425-grain Outbound Lines. We tested this rod extensively in the Sea of Cortez in November 2009. It feels light, but has amazing lifting power and is pleasant to cast at all ranges.

    Rod weight: 4 3/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1090-4 Xi3 10 Fast   $715 SALE ENDED

    1190-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 11     Pieces: 4
    Mark Bachmann with Rooster Fish caught with a Sage 1190-4Xi3, Loreto, MX, 11/18/09
    What can I say? I'm in love. This rod wasn't specifically designed for me, but it might have been. Everything about it is perfectly detailed from the flawless finish to the comfortable handle. The blank design has just the right power in all the right places. It feels very lightweight and loads easy, but has amazing lifting power. This is kind of a "tweener" rod, with the lightweight feel of a nine- or ten weight, but with the casting and lifting performance of many twelve weights.

    This is the new generation of "perfect-rods" for the Sea of Cortez, replacing the venerated twelve weights with a lighter weight easier-to-use weapon for dorado and roosterfish. You're going to love Sage's new longer handle design. This rod proved itself with Rio Leviathan 500-grain and both 465-grain and 525-grain OutBound Tropical Intermediate lines.

    Rod weight: 5 3/16 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1190-4 Xi3 11 Fast   $740 SALE ENDED

    1191-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 11     Pieces: 4

    This rod has the conventional length handle for you macho brutes who believe that the leverage provided by longer handles is for cheaters.

    Rod weight: 5 1/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1191-4 Xi3 11 Fast Conventional
    $740 SALE ENDED

    1290-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 12     Pieces: 4

    This is the rod for Florida tarpon and for any saltwater fish that weigh over 50-pounds. You will enjoy the benefits of the new longer handle when it come to testing the will of heavier finny critters.

    Rod weight: 5 3/8 Ounces

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    1290-4 Xi3 12 Fast   $750 < SALE ENDED

    1291-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 12     Pieces: 4

    This rod is for the angler who wants a conventional handle on a 12-weight.

    Rod weight: 5 5/16 Ounces

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    1291-4 Xi3   Fast Conventional
    $750 SALE ENDED

    1390-4 Xi3 Length: 9'    Line: 13     Pieces: 4

    Possibly the perfect sailfish rod, or a rod for larger than average tarpon and big sharks.

    Rod weight: 5 5/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1390-4 Xi3 13 Fast   $750 SALE ENDED

    1480-4 Xi3 Length: 8'    Line: 14     Pieces: 4

    The blue water schtick, built for tuna and billfish.

    Rod weight: 6 1/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1480-4 Xi3 14 Fast   $755 SALE ENDED

    1680-4 Xi3 Length: 8'    Line: 16     Pieces: 4

    This rod is built for the angler who wants to test him/her self against the largest fish that can be caught with a fly rod.

    Rod weight: 6 5/8 Ounces

    Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
    1680-4 Xi3 16 Fast   $775 SALE ENDED

    Sage 6000 Series Reels
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    I took a new Sage 6010 reel with me on our most recent Mexico trip. This is one of a new generation of reels specifically designed to fit the widest range of fly fishing situations. The 6010 was chosen because it is comfortable on a mid-size two-hand steelhead rod AND also fits a heavy duty saltwater rod. In other words an entire fishing system can be built around it. This approach has many advantages for the traveling angler. Reels with powerful "sealed" drags and bearing have tremendous advantages over reels that get penetrated by water and dirt. This is especially true in reels that are used for salmon and steelhead, because reels used by wading anglers often get submerged. The Sage 6000 Series has a drag system that will sustain the power and smoothness for saltwater fish that weigh in excess of a hundred pounds AND is still totally reliable in the steelhead fishing environment. As a matter of fact this 6010 was taken off my 7126-4 TCX Spey rod, the line was changed and then it was put on my new 1190-4 Xi3. The reel worked equally well in both fresh and saltwater arenas. To me this wasn't surprising. I have owned for several years a Sage 3600D reel that has proven itself for steelhead, Chinooks, dorado and billfish. The guts of both the 3000D Series and 6000 Series are much the same, which incorporates a multi-disc waterproof drag designed by Jack Charelton, an aerospace engineer who for years built the famous Charleton Reels, which are now high-dollar collector items.

    Mark Bachmann, Loreto, MX, 11/17/09
    Sage 6010 Reel , gold
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    This is the flagship of Sage Reel lineup and what we believe to be the pinnacle of contemporary fly reel design. Built around an exclusive sealed multi-graphite disk drag unit, 6000 Series reels resist salt, grit and dunkings to deliver buttery-smooth performance under tough conditions. Big fish and high drag settings? No problem. Just twist the numbered, one-revolution drag knob, strip out line, then return to the exact setting you’ve tested for consistent, reliable resistance levels. Every time. This reel Series offers incremental improvements over the famous Sage 3000 Series, which was definitely proven to be durable under all fishing situations from fresh water through big game fishing. What the new 6000 Series offers is a much improved spool
    latch system and easier change right to left hand drive. Unchanged is the one revolution drag dial that stays accurate on all settings. These reels are built sports car smooth and tank tough.

    Sage 6080 Reel     360-degree view     NEW LOWER PRICES FOR 2010 available now!!!

    Sage 6000 Reel Front View Sage 6080 Reel Rear Veiw.
    This is the 7-8-9 size reel to fit all fresh and saltwater applications for big trout, steelhead, stripers, permit and bonefish. Also fits 5110-4 and 5126-4 Z-AXIS Switch and Spey rods.
    Model Line Backing Weight Diameter Choose Winding Direction
    6080 WF8F 200 yd #20 7 3/8 oz. 4"
    Item Description Price To Top
    6080R-PTR Sage 6080 Reel, Pewter Color $600 SALE ENDED
    6080S-PTR Sage 6080 Spool, Pewter Color $275 SALE ENDED
    6080R-CG Sage 6080 Reel, Champagne Gold Color $600 SALE ENDED
    6080S-CG Sage 6080 Spool, Champagne Gold Color $275 SALE ENDED

    Sage 6010 Reel     NEW LOWER PRICES FOR 2010 available now!!!

    Sage 6000 Reel Front View Sage 6010 Reel Angled Veiw
    This is the 9-10-11 size reel to fit all fly fishing applications for 6-7 weight Spey, stripers, permit, tarpon and dorado.
    Model Line Backing Weight Diameter Choose Winding Direction
    6010 WF10F 200 yd #30 8 3/4 oz. 4.3"
    Item Description Price To Top
    6010R-PTR Sage 6010 Reel, Pewter Color $650 SALE ENDED
    6010S-PTR Sage 6010 Spool, Pewter Color $295 SALE ENDED
    6010R-CG Sage 6010 Reel, Champagne Gold Color $650 SALE ENDED
    6010S-CG Sage 6010 Spool, Champagne Gold Color $295 SALE ENDED

    Sage 6012 Reel     NEW LOWER PRICES FOR 2010 available now!!!

    Sage 6000 Reel Front View Sage 6012 Reel Angled Veiw
    This is the 11-12-13 size reel to fit all fly fishing applications for 8-10 weight Spey, permit, dorado, tarpon and bill fish.
    Model Line Backing Weight Diameter Choose Winding Direction
    6012 WF12F 300 yd #30 9 5/8 oz. 4.7"
    Item Description Price To Top
    6012R-PTR Sage 6012 Reel, Pewter Color $700 SALE ENDED
    6012S-PTR Sage 6012 Spool, Pewter Color $315 SALE ENDED
    6012R-CG Sage 6012 Reel, Champagne Gold Color $700 SALE ENDED
    6012S-CG Sage 6012 Spool, Champagne Gold Color $315 SALE ENDED

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    Revenge of The Sardinas  Click for more info...

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    Sardina Chronicles

    Planning a trip to the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific Coast of Mexico or Central America?
    YOU NEED THIS FLY !!! (If you are lucky, you will need several dozen!!!)
    Everything eats the Mark's Sardina Fly! Roosterfish, dorado, jacks, snappers, and even sailfish have been taken with the Mark's Sardina. A Mark's Sardina in the 2/0-5" size is the most indispensible saltwater fly for the tropical Mexican and Central American coastal region. Be sure to take at least a dozen, because they will get chewed up if you use them.
    For best results fish from a boat. Use a ten to twelve weight rod equipped with Rio's OutBound Tropical Intermediate line for dorado & roosterfish. Basking sailfish can be chummed with live sardinas and caught using this same line. Be sure to use a bite tippet for dorado and sailfish. Rio's DeepSea and Leviathan lines are real assets when fishing the Mark's Sardina for shore line fish such as pargo and cabrilla.
    Mark's Sardinas are constructed on Gamakatsu hooks using the most abrasion resistant synthetic materials, as well as the most durable adhesives and coatings.  However, many  species of saltwater game fish have very sharp teeth and heavy jaw muscles. Take replacement flies.
    The Evolution Of A Fly

    Some guys just buy flies and tie them on when a guide tells them to.  Others like myself tie many of their own flies and are always looking for something that will do a better job.  Some fish are very selective in what they eat.  They have discerning eyes and can detect the difference between the fake and the real thing.  Particular populations of spring creek trout are legendary for their selectivity on certain hatches.  Many species of saltwater fish are at least as capable at detecting phony prey.  In the Sea of Cortez and along the Mexican Pacific Coast there are a host of hard pulling fish that eat Sardinas.  Many of these fish are extremely selective as to the size, color and movements of Sardinas. In the beginning, we used several of the established sardine and herring fly patterns. Fish would often charge our fly from many feet away only to reject and turn away only a few inches from the fly. It became apparent that a better Sardina fly was needed.  The process listed here is an abbreviated version of a three-season experiment to evolve the perfect Sardina fly.

    Sardina or Flatiron Herring, Harengula thrissina: The Sardina, or Flatiron Herring, has a moderately deep body, iridescent olive/brown back, golden yellow lateral stripe, silver sides, and a black spot just behind the top of the gill cover. The Sardina, cannot be easily confused with any other sardine or herring due to its wide body and lack of elongated dorsal fin rays. Average size is 5-inches.  It reaches a length of 7-inches and is virtually weightless. It is normally found in the first 30 feet of the water column in massive schools over sandy bottoms.  In Mexican waters, it is found along the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula south of Guerrero Negro, throughout the Sea of Cortez, and along the coast of the mainland south to Guatemala; it does not appear to be present around the oceanic islands, however.  Although it is a herring, in Mexico, this species is almost universally called a “Sardina,” or “sardine,” by natives and tourists alike.  The reason that Sardina are so popular for chum, is that they are easy to obtain and survive for long periods in a live-well bait tank.

    My first close encounter with sardinas was in a bait tank in a panga at East Cape in the Sea of Cortez..  Mexican guides harvest them for live bait and chum.  Sardinas are weak swimmers and are easily caught by hand in the tank.  Thus they are easily examined, both in and out of the water.  You would think that this is the perfect opportunity for a fly tier to copy the exact size and color of the organism.  In fact it proved to be the perfect deception.  Sardinas that are in the wild look quite different from the same fish

    that have been netted and especially different from one who have spent several hours in a bait tank.  At left is a sardina that has spent most of the day in a bait tank.  Many of the scales are loosend from the body and many are missing all together.

    At left is a Photo Shop rendering where I am attempting to turn the fish into a fly on paper.  In the beginning many of my flies contained a lot of silver flash in the sides.  This mimicked the loosened scales of the bait tank fish.  I tied many variations along the same theme.  The more silver

    that was tied into the fly, the less strikes I got.  This is because the sides of fresh fish reflect as white instead of silver.  Sardinas have a prominent false eye spot on the each side that is nearly identical in size as their pupils.  What the exact purpose for this is not known, but tests using

    flies with or without the spot weight heavily in favor of the spot.  This kind of research in fly tying ultimately gives the angler a few insights as to how well predator fish see their prey. Indications are that they see what they eat in great detail.  In Mexico sardinas are used extensively as chum to bring sport fish close to the boat where they can be fished with fly gear.  It appears that bait that is fresh with attract more fish than bait that has been getting beat up in the live well for several hours.  Indications are that Dorado, Rooster Fish and Jack Crevelle like there meat fresh and healthy.

    Mark's new, proven Sardina flies are assembled by the experts craftsmen at FLYH2O Fly Company and are always available available at The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon.

    Mark's Sardina Fly
    These flies are the ones currently at the top of the Sardina Fly evolution.
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    06621-2/0 Mark's Sardina Fly 2/0, 5-inch 3 for $23.85 SALE ENDED
    06621-1/0 Mark's Sardina Fly 1/0, 4-inch 3 for $23.85 SALE ENDED

    Mark's Sardina Chronicles
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    Send us your Mark's Sardina story with a verifying photo. We will publish your story and picture here in the "Sardina Chronicles (in the format offered below). Any  story accepted before 2010 will qualify the sender for a three fly set of Mark's Sardinas, if they can be shipped to an address in the USA. Send larger format pictures. We will crop them to our own specs. Use 75-words or less. Only fish caught with a genuine Mark's Sardina tied by FLYH2O and Umpqua Feather Merchants will qualify for publication and free flies.

    Mark Bachmann, 11/18/09, with a rooster fish caught near Loreto, MX.

    On November 18, 2009, Mark Bachmann caught this estimated 27-pound Rooster fish on a 1/0 Mark's Sardina. We were cruising about 50-yards off the beach north of Loreto, Mexico when a group of Roosterfish were chummed to the boat with live Sardinas. Mark and Patty hooked up simultaneously. Both fish were landed and released. Patty's fish weighed an estimated 16-pounds. In the fall Roosterfish feed on schools of Sardinas and Anchovies, both of which average smaller than during the summer.

    Patty Barnes 06/26/09, Loreto, Mexico

    On June 26, 2009, Patty Barnes caught this estimated 20-pound rooster fish on a 2/0 Mark's Sardina. We were cruising about 50-yards off the beach south of Loreto, Mexico when a group of Roosterfish were chummed to the boat with live Sardinas. A fifty foot cast landed the fly  about six feet in front of the closest fish. Patty gave the fly a long strip and the fish took without hesitation. The fight lasted about 20-minutes. The fish was quickly photographed and the turned loose.

    Mark & Patty with Skipjack Tuna 07/05/09, Loreto, Mexico.

    On July 07, 2009 Mark & Patty were with Captain Eulogio Davis Sanchez south of Point Lobo at Isla del Carmen out of Loreto, MX. They became surrounded by a large school of Black Skipjack Tuna, which are incredibly hard fighting fish for their size. These tuna were working a natural school of baitfish, and no chum was needed. Each angler landed three fish before the school was out of range. Both anglers were exhausted when the encounter was over. All fish were caught on a #2/0 Mark's Sardina

    Mark Bachmann landed this dorado on a Mark's Sardina fly 07/04/08

    On July 04, 2008 Mark and Patty each boated over two dozen dorado with the Mark's Sardina fly. Schools of dorado could have been measured in acres, or hundreds of fish. There were so many fish that we were exhausted and back at the hotel by noon. A few fish were in the high teens. Most were above twenty pounds. We each caught dorado in the forty pound range. The strikes were ferocious. The fish were clean and strong. We each wore out several flies, and out-fished all the bait fishermen around us.

    Patty and a dorado 07/05/09

    On July 05, 2008 Patty landed this giant dorado with the Mark's Sardina fly. We were about thirty miles off-shore when we found a school of larger than average dorado. Patty cast to the largest fish and it took the fly readily. After a battle of over an hour the fish was landed and thought to be a new women's world record. Unfortunately it took over four hours to locate the person with the certified scale. During this time the fish lost quite a bit of weight from dehydration and weighed 3-ounces less than the world record of 42 lb. 11 oz.

    Mark's world record Yellowtail, 06/28/09, Loreto, Mexico.

    On April 28, 2006 Mark Bachmann took the current #20 IGFA World Record California Yellowtail with a prototype Mark's Sardinia. The fish was observed cruising close to shore in comparatively shallow water. It took the fly without hesitation and ran for deep water. The battle lasted about 45-minutes. This fish weighed 31-pounds.

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