Report by –
The Reel Baja
I would like to give you all an up to the minute fishing report. I left the East Cape for Cabo on the 26th. When I arrived I went down to the marina and looked to see what flags the boats were flying and I noticed a lot of boats were flying Marlin flags. I also saw a few Tuna and even fewer Dorado flags but I could not get over the number of Marlin flags I saw. The next morning(yesterday the 27th) I met my guest Larry Petitte at the boat. We discussed what kind of fish he might want to chase and I mentioned all the Marlin that must be out their and he said with a laugh “no thanks I took the family out and fished conventional the day before yesterday and we got so many I could hardly lift my arms the next morning.” Larry and I decided to fish the inside and we found plenty of action for some Sierra as well as a few Bonita.
Today I met my next client Marty Butler who arrived yesterday from the East coat. I mentioned to Marty about the Sierra and Bonita I found yesterday with Larry and he said that he was not interested in “little fish” and asked if their was anything big we could go after.Â I got a huge smile on my face and asked Marty if he wanted to go out and chase some Marlin. Marty’s smile was all I needed.
Marty and I along with our captain Victor headed for the Golden Gate bank where Victor said was holding quite a few Marlin.Â We got a few miles below the bank and put the teasers in the water. Within fifteen minutes we had our first Marlin behind the teaser. The fish was up and down very fast and I did not get a chance to tease it in.The next two fish we had behind the teasers acted the same way up and down very quick. As we got to Golden Gate our luck changed. We had another fish pop up behind the teaser and this time it was so hot for the teaser it was not going anywhere. Marty put the fly in the right place and he was hooked up. The fish made a good run and with a jump and a head shake he was gone. Over the next few hours we were ether chasing tails that were surfing down swell or running from bird school to bird school that had feeding Marlin under them. At the end of the day Marty landed two nice Marlin and had another three eat the fly. The great thing Marty and I will be out their again tomorrow seeing if we can’t get a few more.
Over all the Marlin fishing here in Cabo at the moment is excellent. Most of the fish are located between the Golden Gate bank and El Arco. This area right now holds a very good number of Marlin.Â We did also see some Porpoise in the area as well and heard of a few decent yellow fin Tuna that were caught among them. I will be here for the next few days (until the 4th) and I will keep everyone informed of what I find.
Southern Baja fly fishing report for the third week of December 2007
Report By – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. For us here in the East Cape Santa brought a strong North wind that has been blowing for the last few days. We did get a nice break yesterday morning as we awoke to see what was under the tree but by mid afternoon the wind was back. We have seen some pretty good fishing early in the mornings before the wind kicks up. The species we are finding along the beach are Sierra along with a few small to medium Jack Crevelle, and quite a few lady fish. I have a friend Paul who was out early on Monday and he encountered a good bite on Sierra and Jacks in the area of La Ribera. I was fishing in front of my house yesterday as I took my son down to the beach to try out the new rod and reel Santa brought him for Christmas and we had a very good lady fish bite for the hour and a half or so we spent fishing.
A few days ago before the wind we still had a fair number of smaller Tuna and a few Dorado in the area as well as a few Marlin. I know that not many boats have gone out this past week with the hotels not having many guests due to the holiday and guests that are here decided not to brave the wind and instead enjoy the festivities on land.
I am headed to Cabo San Lucas today to guide some guests that are staying down their. I will be fishing their most of the week and I will give everyone a report from their. I hope all of you that received a new rod or reel under the tree get a chance to get out and use it soon.
I just finished my last two trips over in Mag Bay and the fly fishing for Marlin was exceptional. The trip I had with Brian Crawford from Albuquerque, New Mexico and Glenn Sparrow from La Mesa, California was quite eventful. The first night of the trip we had some heavy winds and the boat was rocking and rolling in the bay as we waited to start our first fishing day. As we headed out the next day the winds had calmed and the seas although not perfectly flat were fine for fishing. Brian caught a marlin on the first day and Glenn had a few on but he did not manage to get one to the boat. Over the next four days of fishing we had a couple of afternoons that were slower than normal but we had plenty of Marlin to keep things interesting. Over all Brian and Glenn both hooked and landed more fish than ether of them thought possible. Brian and Glenn had an open day in Lopez before they caught their flight back to the states and decided to fish the bay. Brian and Glenn had plenty of action in the bay catching a variety of species.
This past week I spent fishing with Boni and Marcos Galvan(of Galvan Fly Reels) and we had a trip to remember. We headed out and from the first day we found the Marlin and they seemed to be everywhere and were very very cooperative in eating the fly. On the first day the Galvan’s caught and released a double digit number of fish. We spent the second and third day running from bird school to bird school that had feeding marlin under them and each time we got the teasers even close to the school we would have a marlin crashing them. Boni and Marcos were casting to marlin that I had teased in and were constantly hooked up. Each of them landed many fish on 20# class tippet.
I am now back home and I would like to say thank you to all my guests that participated in this years Mag Bay trips. Every week was exciting and their truly is no better place on earth like Mag Bay. I have put a sample video on my other site and I will have the full length version up shortly. If you would like to see it just click on The Reel Baja logo and it will take you to the home page where you will see the short video and you will be able to get to the long version from their as well within the next few days. I am already working on next years trips to mag bay so if you are interested please let me know and I will be happy to give you some information. Once again I would like to thank everyone who participated this year.