The Reel Baja
Until next time……..good fishing.
Until next time……..good fishing.
This past week we have had excellent fishing in both the East Cape as well as Cabo San Lucas. It has been a great week with action on the Sea of Cortez as well as the Pacific.
In the East Cape we have had some outstanding action for stripe marlin. The action has been going on for the last couple of weeks and shows no signs of slowing down. The fish are fairly close to shore and seem to be almost everywhere and not just on a bank here or there.
The marlin have been most active on the tide changes. This means during slack tide you may find more dorado and skip jack than marlin but if you are patient once the tide turns the marlin have been feeding heavily.
Along the beach in the East Cape we continue to see good fishing for roosters and jacks with a few small Bonita and Sierra mixed in. We have been seeing very good schools just offshore and a lot of them have been a mixture of jacks and roosters together. These have been larger fish. They have been feeding on the bait balls that we currently have in the area. Closer to shore we are seeing fish but they have been smaller than the groups a little further out.
I have been guiding here in Cabo most of this week and the fishing has been very good. We have had good fishing for some nice roosters along with Sierra and Cubera snapper. The schools of jacks in the Pacific are everywhere. We encountered a school yesterday that must have stretched a quarter of a mile long. These fish have not been the easiest to catch as some of them are spawning. If you encounter the right school and they respond hold on because they will attack any fly in the area.
I will be in the water both in the East Cape as well as Cabo this coming week. I will be sure to update all of you on the action. Until then I hope you find some time to get out and go fishing.
Week of February 1st 2018
Currently here in the East Cape we are in the windy season. With that said on the non windy days we do have a little going on. If you are up early and the wind is down we have had good action from the beach for Sierra. This bite has been starting around dawn and ending around 9am.
We are also seeing good numbers on small roosters along the beach on the calm days. These fish are not big. They are averaging between 1 and 3 pounds but they sure are fun.
We have not seen any jacks yet but they should start to show soon as we have good bait along the beaches currently.
Offshore here in the East Cape we are seeing a good marlin bite for this time of year. The marlin have been on the bank just off La Ribera. We also have a few dorado in the area and the occasional tuna. A few yellowtail are starting to show as well. Again it all depends on the wind here in the East Cape this time of year.
I have been guiding a lot lately on the Pacific side out of Cabo San Lucas. Over there we have had very good inshore fishing for jack’s, roosters, snapper, and Sierra. This is a great time to be fishing inshore on the pacific side.
Off shore out of Cabo we have been doing well on stripe marlin with fair action for dorado. The bite for dorado has been early while the marlin have been more active for us fly anglers in the afternoon.
This year has started off with some great fishing. Currently the conditions are favorable for some great action over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for the latest news as we will be fishing the next few days and we will be sure to report the latest conditions. If you are in the area or going to be in the area or just want to escape winter for a few days give us a call. We would love to help you.
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The Reel Baja
This past week has been a good week for fly fishing in Baja as long as you stayed away from the wind. We have seen very windy conditions on one side and great fly fishing on the other. Here at home on the East Cape side it was nothing but wind, wind, and more wind. Early in the week you could not find a window where you could get out and fish effectively with a fly. As the week progressed you could get out and fish the early morning hours and about 8:30 A.M. the wind would start to creep up and an hour later you were headed back home due to the blustery conditions. This is what happened to me and a friend of mine I had visiting from Colorado this past week. We were able to get in a couple morning sessions before the winds drove us back to the house. We found a few fish the short time we were on the water. We found a couple Sierra and on one morning a nice school of small jacks. Finally yesterday the wind dropped and it was a beautiful day. We were able to get out as it was our last day to try and find a fish together before my buddy had to head home. We found a little more action yesterday. We fished the beach and we were able to find more jacks as well as a couple small rooster fish. We were not able to hook up but it was fun to have them chase the teaser. As we got in the car to head to the airport this morning it was dead flat and just beautiful. conditions. With the wind reports showing great conditions for the East Cape over the next couple days he was tempted to change his flight and stay a few extra days but he had to go back to Colorado.
With the wind down for the next few days the fishing should pick up here on the East Cape. The bite off of La Ribera bank for yellowtail should start to pick up again and the small dorado to the North under the shark floats should hopefully still be there. I do not think we are done with the wind for the year here in the East Cape but I think we are close. We should start seeing more nice calm days in a row rather than windy days strung together. As this starts to happen the fishing should start to gather steam here in the East Cape.
On the Pacific side the fly fishing has been very good. With company in town I was not able to get over there this week but I have been keeping up with the fishing on that side. It sounds as if there is good fishing for jacks, Sierra, small to medium roosterfish, as well as a few snapper. The Sierra bite sounds as if it is providing the best action. The fly fishing for jacks is pretty good but some of the fish are starting to group up are thinking about spawning. You just need to find the right school and you will have action. The roosterfish are starting to show and should provide some great fun as well.
I will be back to fishing with guests starting tomorrow. I have guests both here on the Sea of Cortez side as well as in Cabo this coming week. I will be sure to let you know how we do and the latest conditions next week. Stay tuned.