Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Tuna On The Bite

Here is Russ Heitz with a very nice Skip Jack.

Here is Russ once again with a great Yellow Fin Tuna.

Dan Newton (above) and Ed Machowski (directly above) displaying just a couple of the many Tuna they caught during the week we fished together.

Mike Ward and a little Tuna.

Just one of many Jacks Mike caught while fishing the beach.

A wonderful Dorado!

Mike and his wife showing off a double hook up.

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

Water temp. 76 – 80
Air temp. 74 – 92

Hi Everyone,

    These past couple of weeks the fishing has changed slightly but it is still going strong.    We have experienced overcast skies on most mornings that have kept the mornings very cool and comfortable.  On most days by noon the clouds have given way to bright and sunny skies with a good breeze from the South/Southeast.  These breezes have been quite strong on some days and that has resulted in cooler water moving around the corner and into our area slowing down the fishing slightly.  The first couple of days the cooler water caused very green and off colored water closer to shore.  This pushed the fleet further off shore in search of water that was warmer and blue.  Over the past couple of weeks most of the fishing has been located relatively close to shore within about twenty miles.  This week the fish were found about ten miles further out.  Some of the boats reported good fishing closer to shore late in the week but it was still a long run as the fish were found between here and San Jose off of Meganos Blancos.

As far as fishing, Tuna continue to be the big catch.  The Tuna are scattered throughout the area and most of them are associated with schools of porpoise.  We have had porpoise from very close to shore as far out as fifty miles.  If you find the right school the Tuna have been on the bite.  Most of the Tuna have been between ten and thirty pounds with fish over one hundred pounds being caught.

The fishing for Dorado remains spotty.  We did not see many fish early in the week but by the end of the week a decent school was located to our South providing anglers with decent action.  Our Dorado fishing has been hit or miss so far this season.  Some weeks it seems as if they have arrived and will stay for a while but just as you think that is the case they seem to move out of the area.  We are all hoping to see some more Dorado in the area as the water warms back up. I think we will start to see some excellent fishing for Dorado very soon. 

We have a good number of Bill fish in the area.  Most of them have been very close to shore in the cooler water.  We had a very good bite for Marlin just a mile or so off La Ribera late last week.  Most of the boats are not targeting them as the fishing for Tuna has provided most of the action.  If you want to catch a Bill fish on the fly now is the time to come.  We should continue to see the fishing for Marlin and Sail fish continue to get better as we slide into late July and early August.

Fly fishing for Rooster fish and Jacks off the beach has slowed slightly.  We still have plenty of fish in the area to chase but we also have an awful lot of bait along our beaches.  We have so much bait the fish seem to want to look at the fly but most of them have been refusing the offerings by anglers.  If you like to sight fish and are willing to devote the time and effort and do not get discouraged at fish inspecting but ignoring most offerings get out and fish the beach.  You never know when that fish will take the fly you are offering.

If it is variety you want we have plenty inshore.  I was on the boat with one of my guests last week and we did not leave the area in front of the hotel all day.  We fished in and around the rocks located directly off the beach at the hotel and we had great action the entire day.  We caught Pargo, Pompano, Lady fish, Trigger fish, Cabrilla, Rooster fish and three different types of Jacks as well as a dozen Sierra.  This time of year a lot of people forget about the inshore species that are located in and around the structure. 

This is a great time of year to come and fly fish Baja.  We have good and steady action for multiple species both inshore as well as off shore.  We have great weather this time of year and we are a very easy destionation to get to for most people.  If you want to come down and get in some great salt water fly fishing action, now is the time.

I will be on the water once again the entire upcoming week.  I will be sure to let everyone know how the fishing goes for my new guests.

Until then…keep fishing