Spring arrives in Baja giving us excellent inshore fly fishing

Baja fly fishing up date for the week of March 19th – 26th 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
The Reel Baja

Water Temperature – 70 / 78
Air Temperature – 47 / 80

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The above photo’s are of Dick Knackendoffel and his son Patrick from Colorado showing off just some of their fish that they have caught with me this week.

Weather – Over all this past week we have seen some very nice weather. We had some wind on the 22nd and 23rd but then it flattened out and has been absolutely still for the past three days and is forecast to be good for the next few days. We have had a few cool nights and one or two foggy mornings but the day time highs are very comfortable making Baja a great place to be this time of year.

Bait – The pangeros are catching sardines up to the North but is a long way to go to get them. The good news is if you go that far their is some good fishing in that area so the long ride may be worth it. Closer to home the mackerel are available. We also have some good populations of very small bait along the beaches making beach fishing very interesting.

Beach fishing – The beaches are starting to heat up with the lack of wind and the good populations of bait starting to show up. This week we have seen some excellent rooster fish and jack crevel action taking place right on the shoreline giving the fly fishing angler plenty of opportunity. Most of the fish have been in the four to six pound range with a few very large fish beginning to show. we have also seen a very good lady fish bite early in the morning. With the water starting to warm up the Sierra we have seen over the past few weeks did not make a huge showing this past week. Do not get me wrong we still have some around but the great bite we have been experiencing slowed this past week.

Inshore – This past week the inshore fishing has been very good for yellow tail. Most of the boats are going out just a mile or so off the beach and catching some very nice yellow tail. The boats have been catching them on mackerel or jigs but if the fly fisher was to use a fast sinking line and let it sink and then strip back up through the school one would have a good chance to catch one on the fly. These fish have been averaging between twenty five and forty pounds.

We also have good Rooster fishing just off the beach for the schools of fish that are chasing bait but are just a little to far to cast to from shore. Most of these fish are once again between four and six or seven pounds.

This past week we also experienced some excellent fishing in the rocks for species such as Pargo, African Pompano, and Cabrilla. As you can see from the photos above Dick and Patrick had a great day in and around the rocks.

Off shore – Offshore remains a little slow although I did hear of a very big school of stripe Marlin out about thirty miles. I also know that a few smaller Dorado were caught off shore as well this past week. I think it will be another week or so before we see any real action off shore but if we can get the water temperatures up just slightly that will help.

Over all – Over all the inshore fishing is as good as I have seen it in quite a while. I have been fishing with Dick and Patrick for the last four days and we have had a ball. In one day we caught six different species of fish without moving more that ten feet. I will be fishing with them for another couple of days and I will be sure to let you all know what we find. Until then I hope you all have good fishing.

Early spring fly fishing trip to Baja tough

Baja fly fishing update for March 5th 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
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.

A few calm days brings bites

Baja fly fishing report for the week of February 25th – March 3rd 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
The Reel Baja

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

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This past week we started the week in the typical fashion for this time of year in Baja with clear skies and sunshine but the North wind that we tend to get this time of year were still blowing. On Wednesday of this past week that all changed and for the past five days we have seen some of the calmest and nicest weather one could expect here in Baja.

The fishing has responded to the lack of wind as well. We still have fair to good action along the beaches for Sierra, as well as Lady fish, a few decent Jack Crevelle and small Rooster fish mixed in. We have started to see a little bait in the area. This is a good indication being so early in the year that this year we will have good populations of bait but we will have to wait and see.

Off shore we continue to see a pretty good yellow tail bite. I know of one boat that went out yesterday heading North to Ceralvo and were able to hook into a few very respectable yellow tails. We also have good action for white Bonita and we even had a few Dorado in the area this past week. The Dorado were found up to the North off of Punta Pescadero under some of the shark buoys.

Looking at the wind forecast we are supposed to get a few more days of calm weather before the winds return. I will be out fishing the next couple of days and I will be sure to let you all know what I find.