The Reel Baja
Week of September 1st.
HOT!! It is in the mid to upper 90’s and beautiful. Looking at things overall there are no storms in site, or rain that I can see for the near future. We may have the occasional afternoon rain shower in the mountains, but as far as something to worry about it looks good and we are set for great fishing conditions.
Spent the entire week last week on the beach. There are some very nice fish around but you need to be patient and the shots will come. We saw some decent numbers early in the week but as the week progressed we saw less and less. The last two days have been tough with us only seeing a few fish. As we go into the next full moon we expect this to pick up and see more fish on the beaches.
Seeing some decent action for tuna using chunk squid. These guys have been very tough to get on the fly as it’s hard to “drift” a fly that slow, but it’s doable at times. We are also seeing some decent numbers for small to medium dorado fairly close to shore. The areas around the light house and just past Cabo Pulmo have been the best. There are also some in Buenavista.
We are also seeing some decent fishing for rooster fish using live bait with no hook doing a bait and switch. They are not big fish and not seeing huge numbers but enough to make it fun.
The billfish bite continues to be excellent. It has been a very, very good year here in Baja for billfish. There are some tuna with porpoise if you can find them as well as the occasional bigger dorado.
On a side note. I got an email letting me know Mag Bay is fishing extremely well right now for marlin. Lot’s of bait balls with lot’s of marlin on them. It should only get better as the season progresses. There are dorado and wahoo there as well and we’re very excited about getting tied up with them soon.
The Reel Baja
High’s mid 80’s
Low’s high 60’s
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.
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.
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.
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.