Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Dorado Mania Continues

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for October 12th 2010.
Written by
Jeff deBrown

Water temp.
8o – 82  Inshore
81 – 84  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 82
High – 95

Hi Folks,

Well not much has changed here in Baja this past week.  We did not see any rain this past week and that meant we had clear skies with a lot of sunshine and very warm temperatures.  We are still seeing daytime highs in the mid 90’s and overnight lows about ten degrees cooler.  We did see the first North wind of the season over the weekend.  We had some fairly strong winds coming straight out of the North causing lumpy seas and white caps.  The winds lasted for about 48hrs. and then backed off.  We have returned to calm seas with a slight breeze in the afternoon.

The fishing continues to be some of the best we have seen all year.  Inshore we continue to see some very good fishing for Rooster fish, Jacks, look downs, and Lady fish.  One inshore species that has made a lot of people happy, is the return of the Sierra.  It is very early for us to have Sierra in our waters as we normally see them a little later in the season once the water cools off.  We have good populations of sardina along the shore line and I believe that is why the Sierra have shown early.  The anglers here that have been doing the “dawn patrol” for the Sierra have been catching some very nice fish. 

Offshore fly fishing remains spectacular.  The “Dorado Mania” we have been experiencing the last few weeks continues.  The Dorado are scattered throughout the area.  The schools are ranging from very small with just two or three fish in a school to very large with enough Dorado to keep any fly fishing angler busy for quite a while.  This time of year we start to see some floating structure in the water.  This can include things like trash, root balls, dead logs, etc.  We found a piece of wood the other day and it was loaded with Dorado.  October is always a good time for Dorado here in Baja.  The fly fishing for Dorado should continue as long as the wind from the North stays down and does not cool off the water rapidly.

If it is Tuna you are looking for they are here as well.  The Tuna have moved quite a ways to the South.  They have been hanging around the area of Vinorama.  This area is just north of the Gordo banks near San Jose.  This is a very long ride for the boats but it is well worth it as the action has been HOT!  The Tuna have not been huge with the average fish being about twenty pounds.  For the fly fishing angler looking to catch a Tuna on the fly rod this is a perfect size.  There have been some very nice Bonita mixed in as well.

The fly fishing for Bill fish is currently some of the best I have seen in quite some time here in the East Cape.  We have very large numbers of Sail fish and Stripe Marlin currently.  Most of the Sail fish have been on the larger side averaging between 80 – 100 lbs.  My fly fishing anglers that are targeting them specifically are getting multiple chances per day.  The Stripe Marlin have been slightly larger with most of the fish averaging about 120 lbs.  Once again if you want to catch a Bill fish on the fly here in the East Cape now is the time.

Until next time….. Keep fishing!!