Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Marlin Mania

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for November 15th 2010.
Written by
Jeff deBrown

Water temp.
77 – 79  Inshore
79 – 81  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 64
High – 82

Hi Folks,

This past week was excellent for those fly fishing anglers looking for a bill fish on the fly.  We had a nice school of Stripe Marlin located right out in front of the hotel about ten miles.  The Marlin were very aggressive toward the teasers and we were able to raise multiple fish per day.  On average, we raised about fifteen fish per day.  These fish were perfect size for anyone that was fly fishing for bill fish.  The average fish weighed about 90 lbs. making them very fun on a fly rod.  On most days we averaged seven hook-ups with 3 – 4 fish landed per day.  I spent a few days with my client and very good friend, Garett Gill from Denver, Colorado chasing these Marlin and we had a blast.

Starting late Friday afternoon the North wind started to blow once again after remaining very calm throughout the week.  This wind must have pushed the school to another area as I have not heard of the boats finding the big numbers of marlin we had during the week. 

If you are not looking for bill fish we still do have a fair number of smaller Dorado in the area.  These Dorado have been moving around quite a bit.  One day boats are finding decent numbers to the North and the next day nothing to the North but good numbers to the South.  The water is starting to cool off but it is still at a temperature that holds Dorado.  I think we will see scattered Dorado for another couple of weeks as long as the wind stays down and the water temperature remains where it is.

The Tuna bite has been relatively slow but some have been located.  We had one school of good fish associated with porpoise about 25 miles offshore.  We also had a few football size Tuna in the area of the light house. 

Inshore we still have a fair number of Rooster fish with some bigger fish showing this week.  I fished the beach with my friends Jodi and Adam Rich who are here from Canada.  We pulled some very good fish up with a few in the 30 lb. range.  Adam got a good fish of about ten pounds as well as a few nice Jacks.  Jodi caught a very good fish of about 35 lbs. while throwing a plug.  I had a couple very good follows off my fly by nice rooster fish but no takers.  We also have a good number of Sierra along the beaches currently.  If you get up very early and are on the beach as the sun rises, these fish have been actively feeding very close to shore giving the fly fishing angler a great opportunity.

I am headed over to Magdalena Bay tomorrow morning to start my live-aboard fly fishing in blue water schools.  The bite over there has been excellent from the people I have talked to over the past few days.  From what I understand, the Marlin are very thick as well as good schools of Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo.  I will be in Mag Bay until Thanksgiving when I return home for a few days to regroup and get ready for my second set of trips in Magdalena Bay.  I will be sure to let you all know how we do and I will make sure to post any photos from the trip.

Until next time……Keep fishing!!