Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for July 21st 2009
Water temp. 74 – 84
Air temp. 85 – 99
This past week the weather has really started to heat up with temperatures on land in the high 90’s and even over 100 on some days. We saw a day this past week where it was 104 in Los Barillies. Over night low’s have been around the mid 80’s. As I write this it is a little after 10 p.m. and it is still 91 degreese outside. There were a couple of days early in the week that a weather system brought us some clouds but those clouds did not give us any break from the heat.
The water this past week was fairly flat with very calm seas on most days. We did see one or two days of wind in the afternoon from the Southeast giving us a few swells and some white caps. This breeze was welcomed by most as it helped us feel as if the air temperature was slightly cooler.
On the fishing front things have slowed down a little bit. The fishing from the beach continues to be productive for the fly anglers as we have good numbers of rooster fish and jacks around. We also have other species that we are catching off the beach and they include lady fish, pompano, look downs, and a few snapper.
Inshore has become tough as we have had a problem getting good sardina. We have plenty of sardina the only problem is that they are all very small with most of them between a half an inch and an inch long. This makes for good chum and the fish are responding to it but with such small bait it is making it very tough for us to use the bait in a manner that is helpful for flyfishing. The bait is so small you have to use more of it to get a response from the fish and in turn you “feed” the fish more than normal. We still have good action for rooster fish and a few other species inshore but it is tough.
Off shore we continue to see fair numbers of dorado and marlin with the tuna making an appearance every couple of days. Most of the tuna continue to be footballs. I went out with my guest Aaron Otto looking for tuna and we found a very large school about thirty three miles from the hotel. We had great action for a good solid three hours and these fish were not with porpoise and could be chummed to the surface and cast to. We landed many football tuna with the occasional bonita mixed in. Speaking of bonita we have some very nice fish just off the hotel putting a good bend in rods. These fish have been between ten and fifteen pounds giving anglers a very good fight when hooked.
I will be on the water each day this week as I have a big group of anglers here for most of the week. We will be spending time on both the beach and from boats so I will let you all know the latest fishing conditions in a few days. Until then, get out and go fishing.
Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for July 15th 2009
The Reel Baja
Water temp. 74 – 82
Air temp. 71 – 95
Above are photos of a Mola Mola or a Pacific sun fish. They are very rare in our area and while fishing this week we encountered this one. We were off of Punta Pescadero looking for Marlin when we saw what we hope was a Marlin tail but upon closer inspection it was the giant in the photos above. We were able to follow the fish for quite a while as it sat on the surface. The sun was at difficult angles for really good photos so I apologize. Our captain who was born and raised here in La Ribera and has been fishing these waters for over forty years says that is only the second one he has ever seen in his life. It was an amazing experience and I am very glad that we were lucky enough to see one on this day. As they say you never know what you will see or encounter on a daily basis while out fishing. That is one of the reasons I do what I do. I love that each day is different and you never know.
On fishing front things have not changes much from my report a couple of days ago. The weather is hot! We have seen a few clouds the past couple of days giving us a break from the intense sun we were experiencing. These clouds are due to the two storms we have off the coast but will not be a factor for us in the way of any rain or severe weather. These storms have given us some pretty good swells from the south at times but today things were calm as could be.
The beach is still providing us with some decent action. We continue to see smaller roosters as well as jacks and all the lady fish one could want. We have had very good action the last couple of evenings out in front of rancho leonero. We have a lot of bait on the reef and the jacks,roosters,and lady fish as well as a few pargo have been driving it to shore and giving us good action. Most of this action has been the last hour or so of daylight just a dinner is being served.
Offshore things remain fair with smaller tuna under the porpoise and some decent dorado fishing. Most of the dorado have been a little closer to shore than the marlin and tuna. We continue to see good numbers of sail fish in the area as well. We have enough fish both inshore and off to make it interesting for the angler throwing flies. I will be out tomorrow once again with my good friend Aaron Otto who is a fly fishing photographer. I will be sure to post any good photos we get. Until next time. Good fishing.
Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for July 12th 2009
The Reel Baja
Water temp. 74 – 82
Air temp. 71 – 95
Here are a couple photo’s of my good friends Gary(above) and Rodger Navis showing off just two of the many Rooster fish they caught while visiting me this past week. The photo of Rodger is of his first ever Rooster fish on a fly. This was Rodgers first time to Baja while Gary has been here to visit me many times before.
Since my last report we have seen just about everything as far as weather goes. My friends Gary and Rodger Navis along with their friends Bruce and Brian Petska arrived to strong winds from the South east that dropped our air temperatures down to where it was fairly cool for this time of year and made fishing uncomfortable for the first couple of days of their trip. This wind dropped the water temps by quite a bit that made the dorado and marlin fishing slow down for a couple of days but by mid week the weather warmed rapidly the wind stopped and the fishing heated back up. We continue to see some decent dorado action closer to shore for smaller fish. The marlin bite slowed as the full moon arrived and continues to be on the slow side. The big news the past few days is the tuna have arrived. Most of them are on the smaller side between eight and fifteen pounds with some fish up to thirty pounds mixed in. These tuna have been scattered throughout the bay under different schools of porpoise. These porpoise schools have been found to both the North and South anywhere from five to forty miles out.
Inshore we continue to see good fishing for roosters along most of the beaches as well as out of the pangas. Most of the fish are on average are on the smaller side between eight and ten pounds. We have had some nice fish up to twenty pounds mixed in on occasion. As far as “Grande” roosters we have a few around and we are seeing most of them from the beach in the afternoon as the tide changes.
That is my report for the week. I will have some people here next that are in the industry and we will be shooting photos for a new catalog and a couple of articles coming out as well as testing out some new rods and reels and new concept fly lines. I will be sure to let you know if we find any hidden gems. Until next time, good fishing.