Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Tuna Break A Few Rods This Week!!

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Eric, manager of Gig Harbor Fly Shop shows off his FIRST EVER Rooster Fish!

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Blake from Gig Harbor Fly Shop and a nice football Tuna.

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Eric and another great Tuna.

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Eric and a very BIG Tuna on a fly rod!!!  Nice Catch!

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Blake Merwin, owner of Gig Harbor Fly Shop and his FIRST Rooster on a fly.

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Tuna destruction on Phil Wingo’s 11wt. rod–OUCH!!!

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Phil Wingo and one of the Tuna who destroyed his rod.

Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
85 – 87 Inshore
87 – 89.5 Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 76
High – 96

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report posted on September 19th, 2011.

Hi Folks,

As many of you to our North are starting to feel the affects of fall in the air with cooler days and in some cases nippy nights; those of us here in Baja are still enduring summer-like weather conditions.  We continue to see day time highs in the mid 90’s and over night lows in the mid to upper 70’s.  We have not been able to turn off the air conditioning at night yet but to be honest I am looking forward to cooling off.

The fishing is not cooling off one bit either.  We continue to see excellent fishing for Yellow Fin Tuna that we have experienced over the last several weeks.  Most of the Tuna are in the 15 – 50lb. range with a few coming in over 100lbs.

This past week I had the boys from Gig Harbor Fly Shop.  They came down to test out rods and catch a few fish.  We had a blast!!!  We pulled on Tuna in the 45lb. range and managed to blow up a few rods.  Blake and Eric said they didn’t know if they wanted to pull on a Tuna bigger than what we found.  Eric had one fish on for just over an hour.  It was a great time!

Besides Tuna we have some of the best Bill fish action I have seen yet this year.  Almost anywhere you want to go you will find Sail fish.  The Sail fish are abundant right now.  After catching Tuna; Blake, Eric, and I trolled for Bill fish.  It was not long before the first Sail was crashing the teaser.  We had four fish come up in just under an hour.  I know of a boat today that specifically went looking for Bill fish and found eight Sail fish and a Blue Marlin as well as a Stripe Marlin.  The Bill fish are here!!

If you are looking to fish closer to shore we have Rooster fish but once again getting through the needle fish is like solving a Rubik cube!!  We managed to get a few last week but it was tough.  If you are persistent and stick with it, they are here.

I will be on the water all week this week and I will be sure to report on how we do.  I am off to turn on the air conditioning.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!!

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Tuna Take Center Stage!!

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Doug Hoff and a 45lb. yellow fin tuna.  Doug finally won the battle after pulling on this fish for just over two hours.  This is a great tuna!  Especially on a fly rod!  Great job Doug!

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Javier Solis displaying one of the many nice Bonita he caught during his trip.

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Javier, with his first ever rooster fish.

Written by
Jeff deBrown
Owner/Guide
www.thereelbaja.com
1-888-287-4076

Water temp.
85 – 87 Inshore
88 – 89.5 Offshore

Air temp.
Low – 76
High – 96

Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report posted on September 5th, 2011.

Hi Folks,

As we begin the fall fishing season. Things here in Baja are looking positive.  The first positive note for us who live here in Baja, or for those who are planning on visiting the area, is that we currently have no tropical activity in our region.  We still have a few more weeks to go, but as of today, the radar is clear.  We have seen some afternoon rain showers popping up around the region.  These showers have given us much needed moisture.  A few of these rain showers have been quite heavy at times.  We even came in early one day this week due to the intensity of the rain.

On the fishing front, most of the action continues to be dominated by the excellent fishing for tuna we are currently experiencing.   Most of the tuna have been associated with schools of porpoise.  The porpoise schools have been from very small, with just a few porpoise in them, to extremely large.  Almost all of the schools have been holding tuna.  Most of the tuna are in the 25 – 60lb. class.  We are also seeing good action for smaller tuna and bonita in the area of Ricon..  Most of the fish in this region have been on the smaller side averaging around ten pounds.

We experienced a few more dorado this week.  Most of the fish are in the 10-15lb. class with some fish as large as 35lbs. being taken.  We should start to see the dorado action pick up over the next few weeks.  We normally experience very good numbers of dorado during the months of September and October.  The rains we get this time of year, tend to wash debris out from the arroyo’s and into the Sea of Cortez.  We like this because something floating in the water tends to hold dorado.

If you are looking for bill fish we have plenty of them in the area.  We experienced a great sight this morning as we ran out to the tuna grounds.  We saw two sail fish swimming along the top of the water with their sail’s fully extended.  With the morning light glistening off their sail’s it was a beautiful sight.  Since the tuna bite has been so good most anglers are not targeting bill fish.  If you want to catch a bill fish on a fly now is the time!!

Along the beaches and inshore, we continue to find very good numbers of rooster fish.  Most of the fish are “schoolie” size but we continue to see fish between 30 – 60 lbs cruising the beaches.  The fish have been concentrated from the light house to the marina with a few fish in the area of Rancho Leonero.

In my opinion, the months of September and October hold some of the best fly fishing action Baja has to offer.  The temperatures are starting to cool off, the rains have turned the desert a beautiful green, the ocean temperatures are still warm, and all species of fish including, marlin, sail fish, rooster fish, dorado, bonita, and tuna just to name a few are in the area.  For the next two months Baja has some of the best salt water fly fishing anywhere.

Please remember we offering a fall special for the months of September and October 2011!!  If you are interested in the different packages we are offering please contact us and we will be happy to tell you about them.

I am on the water tomorrow as well as a few other days this up coming week.  I will be sure to keep you informed of the latest fly fishing news here in Baja.

Until next time….Keep fly fishing!