Fly fishing Baja Tuna or Dorado take your pick

Baja fly fishing update and report for August 29th 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja

Water Temperature – 75 / 87
Air Temperature – 75 /98

This is my good friend John Rohmer, owner of Arizona fly fishing showing off one of the many Rooster fish he caught while hosting a group with me.

Weather – We saw the passing of tropical storm Julio a few days ago.  Julio brought us about three inches of rain and a little wind and passed over us very quickly leaving us with bright sunny skies and flat calm seas.  Some afternoons we are experiencing some rain showers in the mountains with some of that moisture reaching us here along the coast if we are lucky.  Other wise it is a lot of sun and hot temperatures.

Beach – The beach was very difficult to fish for a couple of days after the storm as the water was quite stirred up and off color.  I am happy to report we are back to normal water conditions along the beaches.  The fishing along the beach has been fair for smaller Rooster fish and small jacks with a pretty good showing of Pompano and Lady fish mixed in as well.  We still have huge numbers Needle fish along the beaches as well making it very difficult to blind fish along the beaches as every cast is getting the attention of needle fish.  If you are willing to fight through a few lost flies and frayed tippets due to Needle fish the Rooster fish and Jacks and Pompano await.

Inshore –  I have heard of some pretty good action on conventional gear for some very nice Pargo that are out in front of La Ribera.  Other than that everyone is concentrating on the Tuna and Dorado bit that has really heated up in the last couple of days.

Off Shore – The bite for Tuna, Black Skipjack and Dorado that we have been experiencing over the past few weeks has exploded over the past few days.  Once tropical storm Julio left the area and the water calmed down the bite has just gotten better.  The past few days have seemed to be the best with plenty of tuna for everyone and we have seen a big influx of Dorado since the storm as well.  While most of the Tuna are still on the small side between five and ten pounds we are starting to see some bigger fish between twenty five and thirty pounds as well.  The Dorado have been mixed in with the Tuna and most of them have been schoolie size fish with a few bigger fish mixed in.

Baja fly fishing is as hot as the weather

Baja fly fishing update and report for August 16th 2008

Written by – Jeff deBrown
The Reel Baja

Water Temperature – 75 / 87
Air Temperature – 75 /98

The above photo’s are of Larry Fernandez from San Diego, Ca. and his wife Gayle showing off their first ever Rooster fish on a fly.

This is the Shaddock Family From Louisiana showing off a few of the Rooster fish they caught during their trip. Mr. and Mrs. Shaddock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while they were here in Baja. They also caught a few Sail fish and two Blue Marlin during their stay.

This is Driss Bennani from Seattle, Washington showing off a fly caught football Tuna.

The above photo’s are of Mike Willis and his son showing off a small yellow fin Tuna and a couple of nice Dorado.

Here is Ben Stein from Florida showing off his first ever Rooster. This is just one of many that Ben caught while fishing the beach with me yesterday.

Weather – The weather in a word is hot! We have seen lot’s of sunshine with a few afternoon thunderstorms over the mountains but just a few sprinkles for us. We have had flat calm seas in the mornings with a slight afternoon breeze kicking up on some days from the south and Southeast.

Beach – The beach continues to be productive for smaller Rooster fish with a few small jack Crevelle and lady fish mixed in. We have a lot of needle fish in the area right now making it hard to present the fly without a needle grabbing it. If you can get past the needles you have a chance. With most of the fish being on the smaller side we still do have some grande Rooster fish in the area that are chasing bait. Right place right time and a little luck and you never know.

Inshore – Not much inshore to report as the needle fish population is making it very difficult and with the offshore fishing being as good as it has been most are opting to try their luck a little further out.

Off Shore – Fishing off shore continues to dominate with good catches of Tuna and Dorado. Most of the Tuna are small between five and ten pounds but their have been plenty of them. The Dorado have been mixed in with the tuna and although not red hot we have enough of them in the area to make it interesting. For bill fish we have a good number of sail fish in the area. Sail fish have been the dominate species of bill fish in the area as of late with the occasional stripe marlin and blue marlin mixed in.