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Old 10-14-2004, 02:00 PM
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Baja Report (Blue water by Kayak)

Well, I was hoping this would be all about insane roosterfish action from the beach but, alas, they were not "at home", at least in our part of the Baja East Cape this past week. The great thing about this area is the Blue Water starts within a mile or so of the beach - you can actually see the drop-off from shore and at that point anything is possible The best Rooster action is July/August in this particular area.

Flyfishing overall was tough. Inshore there was plenty of fun to be had with small Jacks, snapper type fish and the exotic but slimy cornetfish. In a blue water situation you either get lucky and encounter a mega blitz or its a slog and hard work with live chum until you locate schools of migrating fish. Our week started off pretty good but things got progressively slower each day. Even the long range cruisers captains were scratching their heads by the end of the week. I did have a few exiting moments though.

On the second morning I was feeling a bit hung-over from one too many celebratory margaritas having landed my first ever billfish the day before - sadly not on a fly - but more about that later.

We were greeted with busting skipjack tuna and I hooked up on a small sardina pattern within a couple of casts. After the first blistering run, it did as all Tuna do, went deep and. having 600 or more feet to play, with it took full advantage. Cut a long story short, the tip of my 12wt exploded into four pieces with a bang so loud the guys fishing 100 yards away heard it! I handlined the fish in but no-one was there to capture the moment. After that it was just sporadic surface action and the occaisional big needlefish but nothing else for the fly rod. I am thinking about a new design for Blue Water kayak fly rods - conventional 9 footers just dont cut when you are so close to the water and the 14wt got to be very heavy after a while.

And so it was on the first day, I finally had enough of thrashing the surface to foam and relented to the force of the "dark-side". Armed with a live-lined mackeral, I paddled around for about 40 minutes with no action at all. In fact we were just about to call it a day when I had a short hit on the reel. I stopped paddling and grabbed the rod. I could feel the mackeral was still there - in fact it felt very agitated. Another gentle tap and then nothing. Then a more solid hit and the drag was buzzing. I lifted the rod and sixty yards away I was greeted by the sight of my first sailfish going airborne. Believe me, this gives a whole new meaning to the term "sleigh-ride" After the first couple of jumps, the fish decided to slug it out sub-surface.

About half an hour later, the fish visibly tired and with an assist from Jim Sammons the trip organizer, we pulled the sail across the bows for photo ops. This was shortly followed by a successful release. The pictures below don't really do it justice since the entire sail area was lit up with a vivid neon purple glow - I've never seen anything so incredible. Marlin must be something else - but that will have to wait for another trip.


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Old 10-14-2004, 02:21 PM
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Awesome!
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Old 10-14-2004, 02:28 PM
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Too cool!

Congrat's Adrian!
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Old 10-14-2004, 02:46 PM
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Adrian, you continue to amaze with your global feats of fishing. These memories should keep you warm during the winter.
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Old 10-14-2004, 02:47 PM
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Well, now I am certainly not going to get any work done. Awesome catch Adrian.

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Old 10-14-2004, 03:27 PM
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Wow! That's incredible.
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Old 10-14-2004, 06:09 PM
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Yo Adrian,
Awsome fish. I hope to return to the baja sometime this winter.
See you next spring in New England.
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Old 10-15-2004, 08:40 AM
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Just simply amazing!!! Way to go and thanks for sharing.
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Way to go Adrian! I know you'll remember that day the rest of your life.

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Old 10-16-2004, 06:11 PM
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Bajaclave?

Adrian, congratulations. Amazing, a sailfish landed from a kayak! I would think that a very select few, if anyone, has ever connected and landed one in that unorthodox method.

Me thinks a clave on the Baja for roosterfish, dolphin, sailfish, etc. would be spot on for the forum. I bet Dennis Kelly (Rooster) would be glad to assist. Thoughts?

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Old 10-16-2004, 11:08 PM
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Baja East Cape would be a great choice of location. Very reasonable accomodation deals. Pangas can be rented for $150 to $250 per day. May thru August is prime inshore time for Roosterfish and big Jacks.
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Old 10-17-2004, 06:17 AM
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Adrian, when I look at the title of this forum "Bluewater Extreme" I will always think of some maniac on a kayak fighting a sailfish! You da' man!

Count me in on the Roosta Clave!
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Old 10-23-2004, 05:34 PM
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If folks are interested in a bajaclave. Let me know. As with many areas, the best fishing occurs May-Oct. However, baja is a great place to head to when the snow flies in the Northeast, and the fishing can be good to passable in the winter time on east cape.
Let's talk about either, on a thread or at next years springclave on the cape.
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What The ****!, Adrain, I wish I'd seen this before I spent my retirement savings, kids college fund AND the milk money on my new boat! Now THAT'S extreme fishing at it's best. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
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Unreal!! Nice work.
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