Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: What A Difference A Week Makes!

Travis with a great Jack Crevalle from the beach this past week.

 

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

Water temp.
Inside – 74/75
Outside – 79/80

Posted on 6/27/12

Hi folks,

Last week quality versus quantity best described the fly fishing.  This week that ratio is just about equal.  We are seeing some very good fishing from the beach as well as the boat.  The action on the beach has increased from a week ago and although not “wide open” we are seeing plenty of action.  This action is not only rooster fish.  We are also seeing quite a few pompano as well as jacks and even a few snapper.  Of course you always have a few lady fish thrown in as well.  The fish have been chasing small flying fish, small half beaks and of course mullet.  I have started to see a few sardines along the beach and that is a very good indication of what is to come.

A nice Paloma Pompano from the beach this week.

 

Inshore we continue to see some very big rooster fish being taken on bait.  Most of the fish are in the deep water at the light house and the bait of choice this week was a small jurelito hooked in the back and dead drifted.  I spent a day doing this with Luke Laggo and his wife.  We managed to do very well.  We hooked a few fish we could not stop but the ones we did manage to get to the boat were very nice.

 

Another biggie!

 

Offshore we have finally started to see some tuna.  They appeared about ten days ago but only for a short time.  This week they made a showing once more and in a big way.  The fish have not been associated with porpoise as we often see but they are free swimming in small schools.  Most of these fish are in the 10# to 25# pound class.  The best action has been either around the shark buoys to the North (they are also holding dorado and marlin) or to the South out about twenty mile.  I have been watching the boats come in as I have been on the beach the past ten days and they are flying a lot of white flags.  I have a client coming in a few days who is wanting to chase some tuna.  I just hope they stick around and give us a shot.

 

A sweet release!

 

As we experienced last week this can be a transition time for the water.  It looks as if it is settling down and starting to provide us with some good fishing.  If you are looking for a challenge than fly fishing the beaches of Baja certainly give you that.  As I stated above we have some very nice fish cursing the beach at the moment just looking for a well presented fly.  If getting on a boat and fly fishing for the pelagic fish like dorado, tuna and marlin.  We currently have them all in the area.  It is a great time to be fly fishing Baja.

 

Frank Smethurst with a nice Jurel

 

I will be on the water this entire week.  I will be sure to keep you informed of the bait, water, and fishing conditions.  They all look like they are going to be excellent.

 

Until Next time…Keep fly fishing!

 

Got another one today from the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Ever Changing Conditions

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

Water temp.
Inside – 74/75
Outside – 79/80

Posted on 5/12/12

Hi folks,

Things here in Southern Baja are tough on the fly fishing front currently.  This past week we have had a change in the water.  Normally we have clean, clear, water along the shore line and nice, blue, clean water on the out side.  Right now we have green, cold, off colored water along the shore line as well as on the out side in most places.

These water conditions have made fishing very difficult.  We have started to see a change in the water the past couple of days. The water seems to be getting better.  This time of year we can see this off colored water come and go quickly.  This is due to the currents as they shift from one direction to another combined wind. We experienced some wind from the Southeast this past week. The shifting of currents, as well as the wind, has brought  chlorophyll to our waters making the water green and off color.  These strong changes in currents happen often this time of year.  One day you can have dirty, off-color water and the next day it is clean and blue at the same location.  As the water warms up and the currents settle over the next couple of weeks the off-colored water will dissipate and our waters will return to normal.

On the fishing front we continue to catch a few fish.  By no means it is wide open.  Inshore we are seeing a few roosters and jacks along the beach but most of the hotel boats are finding these fish out in the deeper water just off shore.  They are catching them on bait a few hundred yards offshore in water between fifteen and thirty feet deep.  I have witnessed these fish being caught.  These are NICE fish.  The roosters are averaging #40 with fish up to #80 being landed.

Out side we have had a very good bite for dorado.  These fish have been located on the shark buoys that are about 18 miles in front of Punta Pescadero extending to 35 miles.  There have been two key elements to finding success for these dorado.  First you need to be one of the first boats out to the buoys.  If you are not one of the first on a buoy holding fish the fish have been hit hard and have either gone down or stopped eating all together once you arrive.  Second is that not every buoy has dorado under it.  So finding the right buoy is critical.  Yesterday we found one buoy that had fish under it but with in an hour was covered up with fifteen boats.  Luckily we were the first boat there and we managed to catch and release on fly a dozen dorado (up to #30) before the other boats arrived and drove the fish down and gave them lock jaw.

We also continue to see a fair bite for stripe marlin.  Most of the marlin are being found in the areas of blue water.  Once again the waters are changing rapidly right now so looking at the latest terrafin shot of the water temperature and chlorophyll are keys to finding the marlin.

I will be on the water everyday for the next six weeks.  I will be watching the water closely.  I will be sure to keep you all informed of the water and fly fishing conditions.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!

 

 

Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Where Are The Sardines??

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

Water temp.
Inshore – 76
Offshore – 79

Air temp.
Low – 69
High – 90

Hi everyone,

It has been a little bit since I did my last report.  I apologize for the delay in reporting but it has been very busy for me lately.  Things here are heating up.  The weather has been beautiful with flat calm seas in the mornings with a light to moderate breeze in the afternoon from the East, Southeast.  The water temperatures have been warming nicely both inshore and off shore.  With this water warming we normally see the influx of bait in the area.  So far this year we have seen good populations of mullet, ballyhoo, half beaks, and small flying fish.  What we have not seen is the arrival of the sardines.   The sardines are a big key to the fly fishing in our area.  They provide us with the chum we need off the boats as well as bringing fish close to the beach.

The sardines we are currently getting have to come from either way up North or from an area far South.  The bait has not hit our area yet.  Even with the lack of sardines in the area we still have fish in our waters.  They are just keying in on different types of bait.

Inshore and off the beach we have a fair number of rooster fish as well as jacks.  The fish have been quite picky this past week with a lot of fish looking at the flies we are throwing and not eating them.  They are getting a lot of attention because we have a lot of anglers on the beaches right now hitting them with all kinds of gear.  This gear ranges from conventional top water lures, to flies, to spoons, and even some things I have never seen.

The fish are not responding well due to pressure and the lack of sardines is a factor as well.  It is not impossible to catch fish but you must work at it a little harder than normal.

Offshore the fishing has been very good for marlin.  Each boat is getting between two and six hook up’s a day.  We also have had a few sailfish mixed in.  The bite for bonita has been very good for the anglers who have sardines and are willing to use them on these little bullets.  The dorado are starting to show up with the odd nice fish being caught by the anglers looking for marlin.

This next week will tell us a lot about what is to come.  If we do not see the sardines in any great number it could be tough for the next couple of weeks until they arrive.  If the bait comes into the area this next week. We are in for some fantastic fishing.

I will be on the water everyday this week.  I will be sure to report to you how things are shapeing up.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!