Early spring fly fishing trip to Baja tough

Baja fly fishing update for March 5th 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja

Water Temperature – 62/68
Air temperatures – 45/78

Today I had a nice day on the water with my client Michael Smith from Somerset, PA. Michael is here in Baja with his wife attending a conference and as she was in meetings all day today Michael drove down from La Paz and we went out together to see what we could find on the beach.

We got fairly lucky with the wind today as this morning started out nice and flat. Great conditions to toss a fly. We started out in front of Buena Vista and we encountered a little bait. We have had a good number of Sierra along the beaches in the area between Buena Visa and Rancho Leonero but the bite has been very early and has been ending between eight and nine in the morning. Unfortunately Michael’s drive from La Paz was slightly longer than he expected and we missed the bite for the sierra. We did have a few small Rooster fish chase the teaser but we could not get any of them to eat the fly. As we were fishing in front of Leonero the wind that had been so calm and nice started to blow. No this wind was not from the North as one would expect this time of year but it was from the South. The wind was not nearly as strong as what we see from the North but it was strong enough to give us some nice white caps.

With Michael fighting the wind we decided to make a move to the North to a spot I knew was slightly more protected and their we had a few more fish chase the fly and teaser but we still could not get a hook up. After playing with the fish (or the fish playing with us) Michael and I worked on his cast for a while and then decided to go get a bite at the local taco bar as it was after 1:30 P.M.. Michael had his first ever fish taco and said it was outstanding. I offered to take Michael back out to the beach but he decided he had better get back to La Paz.

I have new guests arriving tomorrow and we will be fishing the beach hard over the next few days if the wind allows and I will keep you all posted. Although today was tough We do have some decent fishing in the area. We have had a good sierra bite early in the morning. This bite has also had a few smaller Rooster fish and Jack Crevelle mixed in. At this moment we also have a very good number of yellow tail to the North. The fish have been on the surface chasing the Sardina that have been found to our North. This is a good time to try and get one on the fly. I also heard of some nice Bonita and even a couple of Marlin being caught this week.

I will be fishing hard here in the East Cape over the next few days and then I will be fishing with some guests down in Cabo San Lucas for a couple of days. I will be sure to keep you all posted. Until then, tight lines.