Baja fly fishing update and report for the dates of May 2nd – May 8th 2008
Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja
Water Temperature – 67 / 78
Air Temperature – 63 – 88
Weather – The weather this past week gave us a little of everything. We started out the week with calm seas and perfect fishing conditions. On Tuesday we saw slightly overcast skies and a fairly strong wind from the South, Southeast during the afternoon giving us some bumpy seas. On Wednesday (yesterday) the wind had shifted and was blowing out of the North creating very rough seas. This morning as I write this report the wind has died and the seas are back to being flat and inviting and we do not have a cloud in the sky. This is a beautiful time of year to fly fish in Baja.
Beach – The beach continues to be pretty good for those who are out fishing. The bait and the fish have been moving up and down the beaches so finding the bait and the fish was the trick. We still have good numbers of smaller Rooster fish and Jack Crevelle in the area. We also saw a few more Pompano and lady fish along the beaches as well. My friend Conway Bowman and his wife Michelle were here and Michelle caught a very nice Barred Jack out in Rincon yesterday as they were trying to hide from the wind. Over all if you spend some time on the beach you will get your shots it is just a matter of time.
Inshore – After a slower week for Bonita last week the fish bounced back in force and were once again providing some good action. We continue to see some large schools of Jack Crevelle hanging together that are not quite done with the spring spawn. The Crevelle that are done are starting to provide some nice action. We had some good action to the North for some quality size (15 – 30 lbs.) Rooster fish last week. These fish were located in the deeper water just off the beach and erupted when we offered a few sardines to them.
Off Shore – The good numbers of Marlin and Sail fish continued this past week. These fish are spread out all over the bay. We had a good number of fish that were found to our North in the area of the 88. I spent Tuesday with my client John Laurin looking for bill fish. we raised a couple of fish and John was able to present the fly to one and it eagerly took but after a jump and a head shake the fly came loose. John and I will be out their tomorrow trying once again. we have also seen a few Blue Marlin in the area as well. As far as the Dorado we have some very nice fish in the area. These fish have been on the larger size. I heard of an angler that was lucky enough to hook and land a Dorado of 73lbs. Over all the action is steady and with a little of everything in the area you have a good chance to find what ever you are looking for.