Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: East Cape Good – Cabo San Lucas Even Better

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for December 30th, 2009.
Written by
Jeff deBrown


Water temp. 74 – 77
Air temp. 55- 79


Above are just a couple shots of a spectacular sunset we experienced here in Baja this past week.

Here is Brian Doelle from Chicago.  Brian spent three days with me last week fly fishing out of Cabo San Lucas.  We caught many Sierra (above) as well as Bonita (below) and we had  a blast catching mid sized Rooster fish.


As I write this report from Cabo San Lucas where I am fishing with guests it is pouring down rain.  We normally do not see much rain this time of year but it is welcomed as we need all the moisture we can get here in Southern Baja.  Today, we received right around two and a half inches of rain.  I know that dose not compare to the feet of snow that is falling in many parts of the United States but it was the talk of the town for us today.  Tomorrow we are supposed to be back to the sunshine that Cabo San Lucas is known for.

This past week we saw partly cloudy skies with lows around 51 degrees in the East Cape and in Cabo San Lucas the overnight lows were about ten degrees warmer.  Our day time highs were in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.  It was perfect weather for those that are freezing in the states currently.

On the fishing front I have spent most of the last week in Cabo San Lucas guiding guests.  The fly fishing out of Cabo San Lucas has been very good with the inshore fly fishing taking center stage.  Along the Cabo inshore waters we have been having great success catching Sierra, Bonita, and Rooster fish on the fly, along with the occasional Pompano or Snapper mixed in.  Off shore, the Dorado continue to be in the area although you need to do a little hunting for them.  Once they are found, fly fishing for them is possible.  The stripe Marlin bite has been just ok and not productive enough to keep the fly fishing anglers interest as they have been having fun inshore.   We have been finding good fishing on both the Pacific side as well as the Sea of Cortez side.  We found great action on both sides this past week especially during the early morning hours for the Sierra.  Most of the Sierra have been in the 5 to 6 pound range with a few over ten pounds mixed in.  We have also seen some decent action for Bonita not far off shore.  The Rooster fish have been an afternoon bite and have been in the 5 to 10 pound range with a few larger fish up to 30 pounds showing on the live bait teasers.

Along the beaches of the East Cape the early morning fly fishing for Sierra continues to be productive.  We have seen some wind from the North so most anglers are heading out early trying to get a few hours in before the wind picks up.  We also continue to see a few Rooster fish and Lady fish mixed in as well.  I have a very close friend who was fishing a beach not far from us and he caught a good number of Rooster fish on a clam afternoon.  These fish were not big, averaging 2 to 3 pounds but they were still Roosters.

Offshore along the East Cape we continue to see a few scattered tuna along with a few Dorado and Marlin.  The wind has dictated where the boats have been fishing.  On calm days a few of them have been taking the long ride to the South to fish off the Gordo Banks near San Jose del Cabo. This is a little bit of a gamble this time of year because although the fishing can be great to our South, if the wind dose come up the ride home can be miserable.  For those looking to stay a little closer to home and be a little closer to the margaritas in the hotel if the wind dose come up the fishing just a few miles out front has been providing fairly  steady action keeping most anglers happy.

I will be here in Cabo fishing tomorrow and after we finish up I will head back over to the East Cape.  I will have a couple of days off before I return here to Cabo to fish with my next guests.  During my down time I plan on hitting the beaches near home to see what I can find.  I will be sure to give you all a report.

Until then…..keep fishing!