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The Baja area boasts one of the finest Offshore fisheries in the World, not to mention the relatively unexplored beach fishing for the fly-fisherman. Spectacular offshore fishing for Billfish, Tuna and Dorado and inshore and beach fishing for the prize of Baja the Roosterfish. If leaping Billfish , powerful Tuna, large Dorado and tackle- busting Roosterfish sounds good to you , Baja is the place to go.
The Baja Peninsula is graced with the Pacific Ocean on itís West coast and the Sea of Cortez to the East. The Sea of Cortez is a vast expanse of water that runs from Cabo San Lucas, Bajaís southern tip , known as " Lands End" then runs north several hundred miles up the coast and is bordered on itís east side by mainland Mexico.
The Sea of Cortez is known as a fish trap, loaded with all types of baitfish and squid it attracts many of the offshore species coming in off the Pacific Ocean. Within these waters several hundred species of marine life exist. Depending on the time of year you can expect to catch Marlin, ( Blue, Black and the most abundant the Striped Marlin ) Swordfish, Sailfish, Dorado , several species of Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra Mackerel and the prize of Baja the Roosterfish. Inshore or beach fish include Pargo or Dog Snapper, Cabrilla, Pompano, Grouper , Jacks and several other species.
Iíve fished the Baja area for the past several years from Cabo north to San Hose Del Cabo and numerous spots on the East Cape area of Baja. Cabo is a bustling fishing town with great fishing and nightlife. As you travel further north the hotels are fewer in number, more remote and cater more to the serious fisherman. Most of my time is spent on the East Cape.
Many times you will see this happen, and if you have a rod ready you can make a quick dash down to the beach and get into some beach fishing . Dinner is served family style , all you can eat. Then its off to Bed to get ready for the next day.
Prices for rooms include 3 meals a day and start at about $ 100. to $175.00 a night. Boats range in price from $200.00 for pangas, 22 ft. center console boats with Captains to 250.00 to $ 350.00 a day for 32 ft. Cruisers with a Captain and Mate. The further you head south to Cabo the rooms and boats run a little higher but still inexpensive as offshore fishing goes.
The offshore fishing is usually close to shore with gentle seas. Most days fishing offshore has been from 1 to 5 miles off the beach, 15 to 20 miles would be considered a long run and at times you must travel that far. As far as offshore fishing is concerned this would still be considered a short run to the fishing grounds. Then there are times when we have caught Dorado and Tuna well within a swim to the beach.
The beach fishing is at your front door and you can go at it alone or hire a guide that will take you to the best spots via a ATV. You can also rent an ATV and go it alone with miles and miles of beach to explore.
I usually carry a number of rods with me to fit the different fishing situations. Rods from 9 wghts. to 12 wgts. If your going to target mainly Billfish a 13 or 14 wgt. will come in handy. If I were to limit myself to two rods I would bring a 9 or 10 wgt. for beach fishing and a 12 wgt. for offshore fishing. With these two weight rods you can handle most Baja has to offer.
Reels should be high quality with a good, smooth drag and the capacity for at least 300 yards of backing. Fly lines should include floaters for fishing surface poppers and intermediates being the most useful with some sinking lines for times when you need to get your fly down.
Leaders should be your standard 9 ft. leaders with tippets in the 12 to 20 lb. range. Leaders with heavy shock tippets in the 60 to 100 lb. range are used for Billfish. If you run into large Dorado ( many times this is the case ) you can add a 30 lb. shock tippet to your standard leader. Here are some additional tips:
BAITFISH AND FLIES
Others include Deceivers in the appropriate colors, Trey Combís Sea habit, the Alf and any fly tied in the 3 to 5 inch range with a light colored belly, silvery sides and a darker back in the Olive color range.
At times large schools of Flying- fish are present and a fly with a blue colored dorsal area will work like no other. Dorado and Tuna feed heavily on them so I tie a variation of my sardine pattern in Flying fish colors, hence, "The East Cape Flying- fish".
The Sea of Cortez at times has large schools of Squid so the need for squid patterns is necessary. Iíve caught Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna loaded with squid in the 3 to 4 inch range. A white Deceiver will work but many carry more elaborate Squid patterns.
Billfish will feed on all of the above and I have hooked them on the flies of this size but if you want to target Billfish larger flies will come in handy. Large Flying fish and Mackerel patterns that are tied in the 5 to 12 inch range are used.
Beach flies include small baitfish patterns, weighted and unweighted.
TYPES OF FLIES
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