Baja fly fishing update and report for the week of June 12th – 18th 2008
Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja
Water Temperature – 75 / 81
Air Temperature – 71 / 87
The above photo’s are of Gerry and Kitty Wiemelt from Phoenix Arizona showing off just a few of the fish they caught during the five days they spent with me this past week.
This is Jerry Darby from Still water, Minnesota. Jerry is showing off just one of the fifteen Rooster fish he caught while fishing with me this past Sunday.
Weather – we are still seeing relatively cool temperatures for Baja and this is mid June! Please do not get me wrong we are loving that it has not really started to cook down here yet. We did have some more wind this past week with Thursday the 12th being the worst. The past few days have been as perfect as they come in Baja plenty with of sun shine, no wind and very comfortable temperatures both in the evening and during the day making this a great place to be compared to what most are experiencing in one form or another across the U.S.
Beach – We have seen the Sardina return to the area giving the fish along the beach another choice in bait besides the mullet and small ballyhoo that have been up and down the beach for the past few weeks. The beach continues to produce a good number of smaller Rooster fish with a few shots at some big and very big Rooster fish for those who were in the right place at the right time. The Sargasso weed we were experiencing last week along most of the beaches is gone for the most part. We have seen a high number of jelly fish invading our beaches this past week so those of you who will be on the beach keep an eye out for them. Other than Rooster fish and jelly fish we have some very good action along the beach for Lady Fish, some very nice Jack Crevelle, and the occasional pompano.
Inshore – The inshore fishing this past week continued to provide excellent numbers of smaller Rooster fish (3-8 lbs.) along with all the lady fish action one could want. I did see a photo today of two different Rooster fish that were caught out of Kayaks and the smaller of the two was about thirty five pounds and the bigger one pushing fifty pounds. We also have some Crevelle in the area and down by Punta Colorado where the bait pangas are catching bait in the mornings it can be a grab bag of fish including Rooster fish, Crevelle, Pompano, Lady Fish, and Pargo.
Off Shore – Fishing off shore slowed slightly this past week as we had some winds outside for a couple of days making fishing difficult for those that were off shore. We have had some cooler water push in from the South driving most of the boats a little further North and a little further out in search of the scattered Marlin and Dorado in the area. Most of the fishing for Marlin and Dorado took place this past week between the light house and Punta Pescadero. The boats could be found from three to forty miles out. The big talk around the dinner table this evening was of the school of Yellow fin Tuna that were located under porpoise about twenty five miles off the light house. We have not seen many tuna this year so I hope this is a good omen for things to come over the next few weeks.
Baja fly fishing update and report for the week of June 4th – 11th 2008
Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja
Water Temperature – 69 / 81
Air Temperature – 65 / 85
This is Jeff Regan from Carlsbad CA. with his first ever Dorado!
Here is Jeff with his first Rooster fish on a fly!
This is Russ Heitz from Boise, Idaho and his first Rooster fish.
Russ with his first ever Dorado!
This is Rick Walth also from Boise, ID. showing off his first ever Rooster fish.
Weather – This past week we have once again seen a little of everything as far as the weather. Over on the Pacific side the wind really blew from the west – northwest at 20- 25 knots for about three days this past week and that wind wrapped around the corner giving us some very sloppy seas. The wind back off in the evenings giving us calm mornings but by about noon each day they picked back up and the seas were once again grumpy. As I write this report the winds are forecast to blow one more day and then back off to a gentle breeze for most of the week. We did also see some high clouds this past week keeping the temperatures down and making Baja a very comfortable place to be.
Beach – Once again this past week the beach was consistent if you got out early and beat the wind. Along some of the beached we are seeing some off colored water due to the wind but on the beaches that remain clear we are still seeing very good fishing for smaller to medium sized Rooster fish (with a few grandes mixed in) along with some of the biggest Lady fish we have seen. We also continue to see some good fishing for Jack Crevelle with most of these fish between five and ten pounds. I have a friend who is here and he has been fishing some of the beaches to the North and he reports a good number of Mexican look down along these beaches as well as Rooster fish and Lady fish.
Inshore – The inshore fishing this past week continued to provide some shots at bigger Rooster fish along with some very nice Jack Crevelle. These Crevelle were once again found out in front of La Ribera out about one mile. We also continue to see some nice Bonita in this same area.
Off Shore – The fishing off shore continued to provide good action for bill fish as well as some very nice Dorado. Early in the week we had quite a few patches of Sargasso and if you were lucky enough to find one it most likely held Dorado. I found some very nice fish under a patch while fishing with Jeff Regan. We had all the action we could handle. For the anglers that did not find any Sargasso they still found plenty of action as we have Dorado spread out all over the bay. Most of these Dorado were caught by trolling lures and then fly fishing to the other Dorado that followed the hooked fish to the boat. With the wind the past couple of days the fish seem to be moving around some as we are seeing a little cooler water coming up from the south.