Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for January 21st 2009
Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja
Weather – The weather this past week was very nice except for the wind. For most of the week it was windy although we did see a couple of days that were pretty flat due to the wind not blowing. We had clear skies and lot’s of sunshine most of the week but last Friday and Saturday we saw some overcast skies that kept the temperatures in the mid sixties for most of the weekend.
Beach – With the wind blowing for most of the week and not many people in the hotels the beach is pretty quiet. I do know that the sierra bite continued as my next door neighbor got out early one morning right here in front of the house and caught a few nice sierra from the beach before the wind drove him back home. This afternoon I grabbed my fly rod and took a nice walk on the beach as we had a sunny windless day and if you did not get out side you would have been missing a great day in Baja. As I strolled along the beach I made a few casts. I spent about an hour on the beach and I was able to land one small rooster fish and one small jack. I also was bitten off by a half dozen sierra because I for got the wire back at the house. Over all if the wind allows you to get out and make some casts we still have enough fish in the area to keep things interesting.
Inshore –The inshore is still providing some very good fishing for sierra. We still have the occasional rooster and jack mixed in as well. The bait boats have been fishing in front of Rancho Leonero early in the morning for Mackerel that they are then taking and catching a few very nice pargo off of La Ribera.
Offshore – With the winds and the lack of guests in the hotels not many boats went offshore this past week. I did hear a report of some dorado being caught close to shore from Palmas de Cortez to the slides.
Cabo – Once again this week I spent most of my time over in Cabo San Lucas guiding clients. I spent a great day yesterday with tom Greene and Jim Baker as we fished the waters off Cabo. We started out by heading North on the Sea of Cortez side to pick up some sardina for chum that have been located off of hotel Palmilla. We got some very nice big sardina that I knew would be perfect for what was going on inshore on the Pacific side. we spent a few minutes in front of Palmilla checking to see if we could find some fish but it was apparent after a few minutes we needed to pick up and run to the pacific side. When we arrived on the pacific side the seas were not quite as calm as on the other side but it was pretty flat by Pacific ocean standards. I started by throwing the teaser and tom and Jim started to make some blind casts. It was not long before I raised a few rooster fish on the teaser. With Tom being left handed and Jim being a right handed caster I brought both of them to the back of the boat and started to throw some chum. In just a few casts Jim had a strike but the fish broke off. Not long after that Tom had a strike and he to broke off. I noticed these fish were not rooster fish so I put on some wire thinking they were sierra. We continued to fish and all of the sudden Tom got a hard grab on the fly. After a very nice fight Tom landed a very nice pargo. Next it was Jim’s turn and it was a very nice jack crevelle. By the end of the day both tom and Jim had plenty of strikes and plenty of fish in the boat that included rooster fish, pargo, sierra, jack crevelle, with multiples of each. It was good enough that they asked me if we can do it again on Friday. I will be going back over to Fish with Tom and Jim on Friday and I will let you all know how it goes.