Baja Fly Fishing report provided by The Reel Baja for the week of May 24th – 31st.
It’s been a little bit since I’ve had a chance to write about what’s happening with the fly fishing here in Baja. I have been on the water every day for the last couple weeks and that’s not given me any time to let all of you know how the fishing has been. In a word the fly fishing along with the temperature have gotten hot. The weather, well we knew that was coming. The fishing I was starting to wonder. A week ago as the weather was beginning to get really warm I was wondering if the fly fishing would follow as we had a few good days followed by a few that made you scratch your head wondering what happened . Up until this past week both the fishing and the temperature had been pretty warm but not “hot”.
This past week both of them decided to change. Our over night temps. have been warm enough and humid enough that we have had to run the air conditioning to keep comfortable. Our day time highs have been in the mid to high 90’s with just a slight breeze from the Southeast in the afternoons.
The fly fishing has also gotten very good after only a fair start until now. Along the beach we are seeing good action for rooster’s and jacks. Most of the fish this past week were willing to check out our offerings making it a good week from the beach. We were able to get a few fish to take our flies adding to the excitement. I have to admit that we lost more than we landed but that’s part of the game.
Above is Peter Jenkins who owns the Saltwater Edge Fly Shop in RI with a well earned rooster fish from the beach.
Jeff Barefoot and his first ever rooster fish. Well done Jeff!
As far as the off shore fishing we have had an explosion of activity with very good fishing for marlin and sail fish. Along with the bill fish we have had a number of schools of porpoise that have been anywhere from 10 to 40 miles out holding yellowfin Tuna. These fish have been perfect fly rod size fish averaging between five and twenty pounds. Most have them have been football size with an occasional larger fish being taken. I heard of one fish that weighed in at 180lbs. and was a surprise to the boat as football size tuna were the action for them until the big one hit.
We are seeing a better dorado bite each day after just a few showing until now. Most of them have been on the smaller side with a big one being 20lbs. We saw good schools of small dorado (between 5lbs. and 10lbs.) being caught off Cerritos this past week. If you got one and hung on to it the school would follow giving anglers great fun.
Jeff Barefoot again with a nice stripe Marin on fly. Jeff had a great trip!
Below is an article I was honored to be a part of written for Australia’s fishing the wild magazine. It was written by my very good friend and one of Australia’s best guides Clinton Isaac. Give it a read if you get a chance.
We will be out on the water again every day this week and I will be sure to let everyone know how the fishing treats us. I am going to do my very best to keep you all informed at least once a week if not more. With me being out early and home late some times it’s hard to keep up. I was tying flies at 1 a.m. two days ago trying to make sure I was ready for the next day. As I mentioned I will be fishing every day and might get a little behind (not my intension) but if I do please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email as I will be happy to give you the up to the minute report.
Until next time……..good fishing.