Baja Mexico fly fishing update and report for October 21st 2009
Water temp. 81 – 86
Air temp. 73 -87
As many of you know, we just experienced another storm named Rick. Rick was a very powerful hurricane as it worked its way North towards Baja. At one time, Rick was the second most powerful hurricane on record in the Eastern Pacific. Only Hurricane Linda in 1997 was more powerful. As Rick approached Baja it quickly started to fall apart going through a progression from a catagory 5 storm to a catagory 3 and by the time it got in our area on late Tuesday and into the very early morning hours on Wednesday it was a tropical storm and had swung hard right and to the South of the peninsula. Rick caused some good swells in the bay and we continue to see those today as well as a hard wind from the North. Rick also provided us with some rain showers as it passed through the area. These showers were quite hard at times but most of them were short lived lasting less than an hour. These rains did cause the arroyos to run. With these hard rains the water along our beaches and near shore is stirred up and very off color. This off color water affects most of the beaches and inshore areas we fish. The water inshore and along the beaches should start to clean up and settle down over the next few days. It may take a little time to get back to fish-able.
As the storm approached fishing continued to be very good. We still had very good fishing for Dorado, Tuna, Bonita along with a few other species mixed in. I even know of one boat that released eleven Sail fish in one day as the storm approached. I fished with Tom Bie of Drake Magazine just as the storm was approaching and we had a great day on Dorado and even found a big school of Rainbow runners eager to take our flies.
Earlier in the week I had great day on the water with my guests Larry and Kelly Lindauer as well as Paul Day. Larry, Kelly, Paul, as well as Tom and his friends all had to leave early due to the uncertainty of Rick.
Rick just passed and most of the hotels are getting boats back in the water today. We should resume regular fishing operations tomorrow and I will be sure to let you all know how the post storm fishing is. I will be heading to the states on Friday for a week to pick up some equipment and materials that I need for Magdalena Bay. I will be headed over to Magdalena Bay soon after I return from the states fishing with my first group. Magdalena is fishing very well currently and should only get better. I do have a few spots open if anyone is interested. Until next time….Good fishing!