Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for February 24th 2010.
Water temp. 74 – 76
Air temp. 55-80
This is Bruce Corson from Alaska. Bruce is holding a very rare catch. This is a golden Cabrilla. Here in the East Cape they are rare. We may hear of one being caught every couple of years. Bruce got this one as we were looking for Yellow tail one morning this past week.
Here is Shelly Corson showing off her first Rooster fish. Shelly wanted to make her first Rooster fish a good one, and this one sure is.
Shelly is holding a nice Grouper she caught while we were looking for Yellow tail.
This is Bruce Corson holding his first Rooster fish on a fly.
As I write this the wind from the North is blowing strong outside. The wind started yesterday and they were some of the strongest we have seen in a long time. Today the winds are once again quite strong but are predicted to be a little less severe than yesterday. Last week we had a five day stretch where we saw no wind and beautiful weather. During the great weather we had last week I was able to get my guests Bruce and Shelly Corson out fishing. They traveled from Alaska to escape the cold and get in some fishing. We had a great three days of fishing. We have had a very good bite for yellow tail in the area and since we had noticed that the bite for Rooster fish had been later in the day we started each morning looking for yellow tail on light tackle. We did not find any yellow tail although we saw some nice ones being caught around us. We did however find some very good fishing for Grouper. We caught a few each morning and Bruce was lucky enough to catch a yellow Cabrilla. They are very rare in this area. Everyone on the boat was very excited when that fish came up and we saw what it was.
Bruce was really here to fly fish and we did a lot of that as well. We found excellent action for smaller Rooster fish and Jack Crevelle along with all the Sierra one could catch. We also encountered some very big schools of Rooster fish that would be considered in the “Grande” class. We had many of these fish up and Bruce was able to get three of the fish to eat his fly but we could not get one to stay on. We are also seeing schools of large Jack Crevell that on average are between fifteen and forty pounds. We once again had them crashing all around the boat and each one found a way to not get hooked completely. The inshore fly fishing is heating up. I expect to see more action for bigger Rooster fish a little earlier this season than in seasons past if the numbers we currently have in the area are any indication.
Off shore was pretty quiet this past week. We had a few Dorado in close to shore that were caught and a few marlin spotted a little further out that did not want to bite. I did hear of a tuna being caught but I have not heard of any real numbers of them being found yet this season.
The wind is forecast to blow for the next few days and although it makes the wind surfers happy it dose not make the anglers in the area happy. The wind will keep us off the water for the next few days here in the East Cape. I am headed over to the Pacific side tomorrow to get out of the wind and fish with my guests that are staying over on that side. I will be sure to report how we do.
Until then….. Keep fishing!
Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for February 16th 2010.
Water temp. 74 – 76
Air temp. 55-80
Here is Conrad Rafield from Birmingham, Alabama with my mate Martine showing off a very nice Sierra. We had a blast this week.
Peggy showing off her very nice Rooster fish.
Things here in Baja are going smooth. The fly fishing has been wonderful and the weather has been great as well. We did see some rain mid week last week and it was a pretty decent rainfall. That makes two weeks in a row we have experienced some rain. This past storm lasted only a day but brought us about a 1/2 inch of rain. The landscape is very green and lush around the area at the moment. We had a couple of calm days here on the East Cape early last week but over the past couple of days the North wind has cranked back up and it looks as if it might be here for another few days before settling back down. Water temperatures continue to hover around the mid 70’s with the Cortez side being slightly warmer than the Pacific side.
On the fishing front, I have been traveling back and forth to Cabo San Lucas quite a bit the last few weeks and the fishing out of Cabo has not been disappointing. I spent a wonderful day with Conrad and Peggy Rafield last week. We fished just after the rain passed through and had a great day. The day started out with just a few fish showing due to the fairly strong Northwest wind and overcast skies we were experiencing as the tail end of the front moved through the area. By mid morning the front had moved through. The wind dropped to almost nothing and the sun came out and the fish responded. Conrad caught more Sierra than we could count and Peggy got into the Rooster fish and Jacks. By the end of the day it was warm and sunny and we experienced a wonderful day of fly fishing in Baja.
The fly fishing here on the East Cape also continues to be very good. On days that the wind allows us to fish, the area is holding very good numbers of Sierra, Jacks, Bonito, Dorado, and a few Marlin. The Sierra continue to dominate the action with the best action located in front of Rancho Leonero and Punta Arena. The numbers of Dorado are not as high as they were a couple of weeks ago but we continue to see some in the area with the average fish weighing between six and twelve pounds. Most of the Dorado have been found close to shore with the area between North Beach and Palmas de Cortez producing the most action. The Marlin have moved a little closer to shore. Most of the Marlin have been located straight out toward the 10/10 between three and five miles out. We also have seen the first school of Yellow Tail this season and everyone is excited. I know of a nice school of Yellows that were found out in front of La Ribera. This is the first school of Yellow Tail I have heard of this year here in the East Cape. People are talking about how it is going to be a great season for Yellow Tail. We will have to wait and see. We have seen a few in Cabo over the past couple of weeks. It is nice to see they are getting around the corner. This is the time they start showing every year, so if things go well over the next few weeks we should see some great Yellow Tail action as they continue to move in.
I have clients checking into the hotel here in the East Cape tomorrow and we will be fishing the entire week. If the wind continues to blow in the East Cape and not allow us to chase some fish on this side, we will slide over to Cabo and make some casts. It will not matter if we are fly fishing here in the East Cape or in Cabo; either way I will be sure to let everyone know what we find. You can count on that!
Until then….. Keep fishing!
Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for February 2nd 2010.
Water temp. 74 – 77
Air temp. 57-79
A rainy start to February. The fish don’t care as they are already wet.
We are currently experiencing some rain here in Southern Baja. As I sit and write this report the rain steadily falls outside. This is not our normal time of year that we see rain but here in Baja we are jumping for joy anytime we get some. The rain moved in this morning and is forecast to be here for the next 24 hours. The forecast calls for showers tonight and into tomorrow afternoon tapering off tomorrow night. We will be back to the sunny and bright conditions as well as some good fly fishing that Baja is known for on Thursday morning.
Speaking of fly fishing, we have some pretty good fishing in the area. We did not have much wind last week and that allowed us to be on the water. I was able to get out the other morning and do some fishing for myself and I found nice pockets of action. We still have very good numbers of Sierra along the beaches and inshore. The Sierra bite has been best early in the morning with most of the action coming the first couple hours of daylight and tapering off by mid morning. I also had a few smaller Rooster fish that were mixed in as well. It is always good to see those little ones as they eventually grow into the slabs we are always hoping to see.
A little further off shore we continue to see very decent numbers of Dorado and Marlin in the area considering it is the first week of February. These fish continue to be located off Punta Pescadero between two and five miles off shore. I also heard that the Dorado bite had picked up to the South of Meganos Blancos but not many boats were going that far South because they do not want to take a chance on the wind coming up from the North making for a very long and uncomfortable ride home.
Over all the fishing is holding steady. We should start to see an increase in action if we can get a few more days with no wind. I was supposed to go to Cabo San Lucas tomorrow and fish with two of my best clients and dear friends Kevin and Meredith Kynerd. It is going to rain again tomorrow so we have decided to get together and just have lunch. That is ok as they will be back in just a couple of months to chase that slab of a Rooster fish mentioned earlier.
Until next time…..Keep fishing!