Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report – Who Keeps Playing With The Switch!

Hello everyone,

This past couple of weeks here in Baja has been very interesting. It’s as if someone is playing with the switch. It’s not only the fishing that has been off and on but the weather as well.

This past week I had a group of guys that come so see me annually from Denver Colorado. They were happy to be here as it was snowing where they were from but for me it was a little chilly in the mornings here in Baja. We saw some cool mornings that started out in the low 60’s with a slight wind and overcast skies. Our day time highs early in the week averaged in the mid 80’s with a couple days mid week becoming fairly overcast and breezy making it feel cooler. By the end of the week we still had some cool temperatures in the early morning hours but with the lack of clouds it warmed up nicely.

The fishing has been either off or on. I do not know who is controlling the switch but I wish they would just leave it on.  For us this week we had a roller coaster of a week. One day we would find nothing and the next we would find great action. I know they say well “it’s fishing and you never know” but it was very frustrating to have days that were so opposite of each other. We went out one day and caught skip jack as well as a few roosters and even a pompano and had lots of other fish around the boat. The very next day doing the exact same thing it was a ghost town. It was not as if we were seeing a few fish here and there and we couldn’t get them. It was like a barren wasteland. Not only for us but for everyone. The next day it was back on and in a big way. This cycle continued all week. It was fun listening to the group at breakfast betting if it would be on or off that day.

When the fishing was on we found some good action for roosterfish, small jacks (with a few big boys mixed in) as well as some yellowfin tuna and Bonita a long ride to the south. The marlin bite that was so good a couple weeks ago has seemed to have died. It will pick back up as soon as the switch is flipped again.

Over all there are fish here and willing to participate. Someone just needs to leave the switch alone.

Until ill next time…….Get out and go fishing!

Spring is here and the fish know it


Hello folks,

Things here in Baja are starting to get pretty interesting.  We had a little weather that made fishing slightly difficult but really was not a factor for what we currently have going on.

This past week we had multiple days of overcast skies and some winds.  The winds were fairly calm in the mornings but by the afternoon they were making things difficult.  We saw winds form the North and it’s unusual to have them this late but we still are in the spring season so we could see them here and there but I feel they are over.

The fish know it’s spring as well.  Along the beach we are not seeing a ton of fish because they are out in the deeper water and starting to show signs of spawning.  This past week we had very good fly fishing for roosterfish and jacks with a few Sierra mixed in but everything we found was outside slightly in the deeper water.  We found single fish as well as groups.  When these fish start to group up this time of year they can get very finicky because they are starting to think about other things.  We experienced that this past week.  We found that one pack would charge hard to our offerings where the next would just follow lazily or not show any interest at all.  Some wouldn’t  even spook when something was dropped on their head.  They would just continue to chase each other around as once again it’s spring time.

The fish that did want to chase our offerings were very aggressive and we had some great fun.  We caught some nice roosterfish and had a few that were very large ready to eat but my guest just couldn’t convert.

Offshore we are having much better luck we have a lot of very hungry stripe marlin in the area and they are willing to eat the fly.  They have been starting out early in the mornings by staying in the deeper water so the boats that are fishing bait down deep have gotten great action early in the day. For those of us who are fly fishing for them most of the action has been happening in the afternoon once the winds come up and the marlin are on the surface.  If you have ever wanted to fly fish for stripe Marlin now is the time.  Each spring we have some great fly fishing for Marlin and this year is no different.  We should continue to this good action until mid June.

We will be out there again the entire week next week.  I will be sure to let everyone know what we find.  I hope everyone finds some time to get out and go fishing this week.

Until next time…………






Who Turned Off the Switch?

Jeff DeBrown
The Reel Baja

Air temperature

High’s mid 80’s

Low’s high 60’s


Hello everyone,
This week was an interesting one to say the least. I spent almost the entire week fishing out of Cabo with my guests. We encountered some pretty strong winds and heavy seas for the first couple of days we fished and did not see much action between the wind and the waves.  We did manage to tease in a few fish, but it was very late in the day and by that time after trying to stand up in the boat and make a good cast became challenging he headed in to shore. They did a good job but their hard work and efforts went unrewarded unfortunately. I had heard about a few fish being caught out of San Jose so I decided to take my next group to the South to see if the rumors were true.
 Jack 3-21
As we got to San Jose the first thing I noticed was how calm and nice the weather was.  This was great as after the experience we had just seen on the other side a little flat water was nice to see.  Not long after we were there we had fish behind the boat.  My client made a great cast and we were hooked up to a nice rooster fish.  After landing that fish we had a few more fish behind the boat over the next hour or so. The next thing that happened was someone turned off the switch!  We went the rest of the day and we could do everything but get a fish behind the boat.  It has been a very long time since we have had that great action like that only to have it die off as quick as it did.
Since we found a few fish the day before I decided to take my next group right back to the same place hoping the bite might last a little earlier than it did the day before.  As we arrived once again we had fish behind the boat.  We had shots at roosters but they soon decided to fade in a hurry just as they did the day before.  We did find a nice school of jacks and we were able to a get a very nice fish out of that school.
 Rooster 3-21
Here at home the fishing is starting to pick up.  We are seeing good bait along the beaches and some decent roosters and jacks chasing them down.  It is not hot and heavy but you can feel the season starting to gain speed.  Offshore we are seeing a few bill fish as well plus a few yellow tail on the high spots.  I did hear of a few tuna being caught a long ride to the South but I think they are very hit and miss right now.  We also have a good number of Bonita in front of La Ribera giving us some good action.
I will be here at home most of the week and on the water almost every day this week with guests.  I will be sure to let you know how we do.  Looking at the forecast it looks as if it will be pretty calm in the East Cape.  This is good because this is Easter week here in Mexico.  Our area beaches are going to be very crowded with locals enjoying the warm weather and great beaches with many of them camping along the beaches for most of the week with the highest number of people between Wednesday and Sunday.  My trips will be out of the boat this week as it will be just to crowded to fish the beaches effectively.  If we can get a day in or two on the beach we will, but it will depend on the crowds.
I will be sure to let everyone know how the fishing is going  for us this upcoming week.  I hope everyone finds a way to get out and go fishing this week.
until next time……..tight lines!