Baja fly fishing – you needed to be on the correct side this week

Report written by –

Jeff DeBrown
The Reel Baja

Hi folks,

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.



Baja Mexico Fly Fishing Report: Rooster’s Blowing Up The Beach!!

Tony Mazzu and his first Rooster fish on the fly.


Written by
Jeff debrown

Water temp.
Inside – 80/73
Outside – 82/84

Air Temp.
Low – 79
High – 93

Posted on 7/9/12

Hi folks,

Things here in Baja are heating up!  Not only the air temp’s, as well as the humidity, but the water temperatures are rising as well.  It is definitely summer here in Baja.  As you can see from the shot below, taken just a couple days ago, the water is providing us with excellent fly fishing conditions.

We’re are seeing excellent fly fishing off shore for tuna, dorado, and marlin.  We’ve go lot’s of football size tuna in the area.  They have been between eight and twenty pounds with the average fish weighing about twelve pounds.  These fish are feeding on small red crabs that are currently in our waters.  We’ve been seeing the fish” breezing” on the surface feeding on the crabs.  Our best technique this week was once we located one of these schools we’ve been shutting down the boat and casting into the boils the tuna are creating as they feed on the crabs.  This method has been providing some great action.


Another Baja Rooster fish!

The dorado are being caught off the buoy’s in front of Los Frailes.   We have had pretty consistent action for smaller to medium sized dorado for the past few weeks.  They were to our North a couple weeks ago but now they are concentrated to the South.

Another Gallo from the beach!!

I have been spending most of my days on the beach.  We’re seeing some excellent fly fishing for Rooster fish.  A lot of people are complaining that the sardina are not available and that without them the fishing for rooster fish is tough.  We are seeing great success.  Yes we are seeing some of the fish showing spawning behavior that is typical this time of year.  We are also seeing plenty of fish that are very aggressive, hungry, and willing to eat the fly.  Sure, some of these fish are not the “grande” variety but they are rooster fish on the fly and they are fun!!

Just plain fun!!

I will be out once again every day this week. I will be fishing most of the week on the beach.  The action we are currently seeing is just to hard to pass up.  If the action on the beach falls off we will jump in a boat and fish the out side.  I love this time of year.  You have so many options and so many species to fish for.    I will be sure to let you all know what we find.

Until next time…Keep fly fishing!

And we still have a few big ones out of the boat.


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

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!