Wind on one side – Marlin on the other

Baja fly fishing report for the week of January 5th – 12th 2008.

Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja


The above photo is of angler Jeff Croy and guide Jeff deBrown from The Reel Baja with Croy’s first marlin ever on a fly. Croy caught the marlin while fishing with The Reel Baja in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.

East Cape – This past week here on the East Cape we continue to see the strong North winds that are common this time of year. The winds continue their typical trend of laying down each evening and staying fairly calm over night but continue to build during the early morning hours and by late morning they are back to full force. This gives anglers a very small window of opportunity to get out and fish the area.

Beach / Inshore – East cape – If you are willing to get up early and beat the wind we have some excellent fishing for Sierra. We are seeing some great action inshore as well as along our beaches for some very nice Sierra along with a few small Rooster fish and small to medium sized Jack Crevelle mixed in. We continue to see some decent action for lady fish but it has slowed down from what it was a couple of weeks ago.

Off Shore – East Cape – Not many boats fishing off shore here in the East Cape this past week due to the wind. Most of the boats that did get out did so for half day trips and most of them stayed inside fishing for the Sierra mentioned above. I did hear of a couple of boats that found a few small Bonita and a few small yellow fin Tuna down South in the area of Cabo Pulmo. I also heard of a few marlin being sighted to the North off of Punta Pescadero.

Cabo San Lucas – With the winds here in the East Cape I spent last week fishing on the other side in Cabo San Lucas. I spent a great day with Jeff Croy from New Mexico as we chased marlin off of the light house. The rest of the week I spent aboard a boat owned by Dr. Tony Headly from Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Headly currently owns the IGFA world record for stripe marlin on 4 lb. test as well as the current IGFA world record for Sailfish on 8 lb. test. I was honored when Dr. Headly asked me to spend a few days teasing marlin for him. Dr. Headly and I had a great few days together as we raised double digit numbers of fish each day and Dr. Headly released several each day. The marlin fishing out of Cabo the past few weeks has been outstanding and I hope it continues as I will be there fishing with some of my up coming guests. I will be sure to keep you all informed. Until next time tight lines.