Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Ever Changing Conditions

Written by
Jeff debrown

Water temp.
Inside – 74/75
Outside – 79/80

Posted on 5/12/12

Hi folks,

Things here in Southern Baja are tough on the fly fishing front currently.  This past week we have had a change in the water.  Normally we have clean, clear, water along the shore line and nice, blue, clean water on the out side.  Right now we have green, cold, off colored water along the shore line as well as on the out side in most places.

These water conditions have made fishing very difficult.  We have started to see a change in the water the past couple of days. The water seems to be getting better.  This time of year we can see this off colored water come and go quickly.  This is due to the currents as they shift from one direction to another combined wind. We experienced some wind from the Southeast this past week. The shifting of currents, as well as the wind, has brought  chlorophyll to our waters making the water green and off color.  These strong changes in currents happen often this time of year.  One day you can have dirty, off-color water and the next day it is clean and blue at the same location.  As the water warms up and the currents settle over the next couple of weeks the off-colored water will dissipate and our waters will return to normal.

On the fishing front we continue to catch a few fish.  By no means it is wide open.  Inshore we are seeing a few roosters and jacks along the beach but most of the hotel boats are finding these fish out in the deeper water just off shore.  They are catching them on bait a few hundred yards offshore in water between fifteen and thirty feet deep.  I have witnessed these fish being caught.  These are NICE fish.  The roosters are averaging #40 with fish up to #80 being landed.

Out side we have had a very good bite for dorado.  These fish have been located on the shark buoys that are about 18 miles in front of Punta Pescadero extending to 35 miles.  There have been two key elements to finding success for these dorado.  First you need to be one of the first boats out to the buoys.  If you are not one of the first on a buoy holding fish the fish have been hit hard and have either gone down or stopped eating all together once you arrive.  Second is that not every buoy has dorado under it.  So finding the right buoy is critical.  Yesterday we found one buoy that had fish under it but with in an hour was covered up with fifteen boats.  Luckily we were the first boat there and we managed to catch and release on fly a dozen dorado (up to #30) before the other boats arrived and drove the fish down and gave them lock jaw.

We also continue to see a fair bite for stripe marlin.  Most of the marlin are being found in the areas of blue water.  Once again the waters are changing rapidly right now so looking at the latest terrafin shot of the water temperature and chlorophyll are keys to finding the marlin.

I will be on the water everyday for the next six weeks.  I will be watching the water closely.  I will be sure to keep you all informed of the water and fly fishing conditions.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!