Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Wind On One Side – Marlin On The Other

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A Magdelena Bay Sunset!!!

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for November 29th 2010.
Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
 1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
74 – 77  Inshore
77 – 79  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 60
High – 79

Hi Folks,

I just returned from my first two trips fly fishing in blue water schools that I run out of Magdalena Bay.  I am home here for the next three days and then I am headed back over to Magdalena Bay and will run my final few trips as well as film a television show and be back home here in the East Cape around the 18th of December.

The fishing in Mag Bay on my last trip was very tough.  We had a lot of Marlin in the area but it was very tough to get them to bite.  I believe this was due to the full moon we experienced.  The fish are there, as well as the bait, but the fish were eating during the night.  We found them just sunning and lazily tailing down swell during the day.  We did manage to get a few fish and the ones we did get were very nice fish.  Most of the fish would race into the teasers only to swim off and not commit.  In talking with my friends in Cabo San Lucas they experienced the same exact thing.  We all think the moon phase was a big factor.

The moon phase should not be a factor for my next few trips.  The fish should be actively feeding during the day and hopefully providing us with some very good action.  I will be sure to report how we do.

Here at home the wind has been blowing from the North most of the week making fishing difficult.  We did have a fairly calm day yesterday and the boats that went out did fair.  We still have a few bill fish in the area as well as scattered Dorado.  The boats that are looking for Tuna are having to make a long run to the South down near the area of San Jose.  The Tuna fishing in this area has been consistent over the past several weeks but is starting to slow down.

Inshore we have seen an increase in the fly fishing from the beach for Sierra.  These fish have moved in with the cooler water and are giving the Baja fly fishing angler great action.  This action has been very early in the morning before the wind comes up and drives the anglers off the beach.  The Sierra have been very close to shore at sunrise giving us great casting opportunity.  As the sun rises higher in the sky and the wind starts to cause fairly big waves and swell along the shore the fish are moving out to deeper water.  I suggest you get up early and get the fishing in before the wind starts.

We also continue to see some scattered action for smaller Rooster fish and Jacks along our inshore waters.  We have seen a few more Jacks in the area and this is due to the cooling of the water.  We should begin to see some fairly constant action for Jacks on the days the wind allows us to fish.  We also continue to see very good action for Lady fish inshore and along the beaches as well.

I will be heading back over to Magdalena Bay on Friday.  I will be sure to let you all know how we do during our next few trips.

Until next time…..Keep fly fishing!!     

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Marlin Mania

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for November 15th 2010.
Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
 1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
77 – 79  Inshore
79 – 81  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 64
High – 82

Hi Folks,

This past week was excellent for those fly fishing anglers looking for a bill fish on the fly.  We had a nice school of Stripe Marlin located right out in front of the hotel about ten miles.  The Marlin were very aggressive toward the teasers and we were able to raise multiple fish per day.  On average, we raised about fifteen fish per day.  These fish were perfect size for anyone that was fly fishing for bill fish.  The average fish weighed about 90 lbs. making them very fun on a fly rod.  On most days we averaged seven hook-ups with 3 – 4 fish landed per day.  I spent a few days with my client and very good friend, Garett Gill from Denver, Colorado chasing these Marlin and we had a blast.

Starting late Friday afternoon the North wind started to blow once again after remaining very calm throughout the week.  This wind must have pushed the school to another area as I have not heard of the boats finding the big numbers of marlin we had during the week. 

If you are not looking for bill fish we still do have a fair number of smaller Dorado in the area.  These Dorado have been moving around quite a bit.  One day boats are finding decent numbers to the North and the next day nothing to the North but good numbers to the South.  The water is starting to cool off but it is still at a temperature that holds Dorado.  I think we will see scattered Dorado for another couple of weeks as long as the wind stays down and the water temperature remains where it is.

The Tuna bite has been relatively slow but some have been located.  We had one school of good fish associated with porpoise about 25 miles offshore.  We also had a few football size Tuna in the area of the light house. 

Inshore we still have a fair number of Rooster fish with some bigger fish showing this week.  I fished the beach with my friends Jodi and Adam Rich who are here from Canada.  We pulled some very good fish up with a few in the 30 lb. range.  Adam got a good fish of about ten pounds as well as a few nice Jacks.  Jodi caught a very good fish of about 35 lbs. while throwing a plug.  I had a couple very good follows off my fly by nice rooster fish but no takers.  We also have a good number of Sierra along the beaches currently.  If you get up very early and are on the beach as the sun rises, these fish have been actively feeding very close to shore giving the fly fishing angler a great opportunity.

I am headed over to Magdalena Bay tomorrow morning to start my live-aboard fly fishing in blue water schools.  The bite over there has been excellent from the people I have talked to over the past few days.  From what I understand, the Marlin are very thick as well as good schools of Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo.  I will be in Mag Bay until Thanksgiving when I return home for a few days to regroup and get ready for my second set of trips in Magdalena Bay.  I will be sure to let you all know how we do and I will make sure to post any photos from the trip.

Until next time……Keep fishing!!

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: North Winds Arrive

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Here are Butch Derrick (left) and David Winter from Dallas TX. showing off just a couple of Rooster fish they caught while fishing with me in Cabo San Lucas yesterday.

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for November 1st 2010.
Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
 1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
77 – 79  Inshore
79 – 81  Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 64
High – 82

Hi Folks,

We started the week last week with a pretty stiff breeze from the North causing bumpy seas but not rough enough to keep us from fishing.  By mid week we had great conditions and flat seas but that only lasted a few days.  Over the past couple of days the winds from the North have really picked up causing very unfavorable fishing conditions.  As I write this report, all I see out my front window are kite boarders and sail boarders flying around having fun in the wind that is currently ripping straight into us.  What I do not see are boats returning home from a day of fishing as most of them stayed home today due to the wind.

The wind has caused me to shift gears as well.  I am currently starting to do my trips out of Cabo San Lucas due to the winds here in the East Cape.  Fly fishing in Cabo San Lucas is great this time of year.  The seas are fairly calm and the bait population is good providing good fly fishing both inshore and offshore species.  I spent the last couple of days fly fishing here in the East Cape as well as Cabo San Lucas.  I was fly fishing with David Winter and Butch Derrick from Dallas, Texas.  We had a blast.  Butch and Derrick came down to fly fish for Rooster fish.   The fishing and Rooster fish did not disappoint.  Butch and Derrick caught them consistently for two days.  They spent Saturday with me over here on the East cape and yesterday I traveled over to Cabo because the wind was forecast to be strong from the North here in the East Cape for the next few days. The forecast was right on, as it is really blowing currently.

The wind here in the East Cape has caused the fishing to slow down in the area.  This is typical for this time of year.  The wind causes the water to cool off and the sea temperatures to drop along with moving the bait out of the area.  With that said, we still have some fish in the area.  We currently have a very good number of Sail fish.  These Sail fish have been here for many weeks now and are still providing great action.  I know of one boat that had twenty six strikes from Sail fish in a day of fishing this past week.  One angler said no matter where he looked he saw feeding Sail fish.  They are starting to move to the South.  They are currently right in front of La Ribera offshore about three miles.  Last week this same school was 20 miles to the North.  They are definitely on the move. 

If it is Tuna and Dorado you are looking for we still have a few.  The fishing for Tuna has been taking place down to our South and the Dorado have been scattered from North to South.  The fly fishing for Tuna and Dorado is difficult here in the East Cape due to the wind and migration of the fish to the South.  One has a very good chance to catch them out of Cabo San Lucas currently as most of the fish have moved around the corner. 

I will be on the water the next few days.  I do not know where my clients and I will be fishing.  It could be here in the East Cape or we may jump in the car and go to Cabo San Lucas.  The wind will be the deciding factor.  Wherever we end up fishing I will be sure to let you all know the latest conditions.

 Until next time……Keep fishing!!