CABO SAN LUCAS FLY FISHING 4 DAYS WITH
CAPT. RAMON ON THE PANGA CHEER'S
Oct. 7-12, 2005, Brian Stone, Cabo San Lucas Fly Fishing, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
I fly fished at Cabo San Lucas four days with Capt. Ramon on his panga "Cheers." This is the fifth year I've fished with Ramon. We had rather tough fishing conditions, with big north winds and very few sardines available. We fished mostly inshore due to the wind. Beach fishing was out of the question. The surf was the largest I've seen out of my past seven fishing trips to Cabo San Lucas. I'm sure Hurricane Otis may have had a role in the size of the surf. I got a good leg workout trying to keep balance in the boat while throwing 30 foot T-14 shooting heads.
I ended up catching 12 species of fish during the trip. Nothing huge but still lots of fun.
I caught only one peanut dorado and no yellowfin tuna's this trip. The larger Cabo San Lucas charter boats seemed to be getting tuna well off shore and fishing deep. A lack of sardines made it tough to get the fish up.
We had a sea lion swallow a 5 pound skipjack right next to the boat. He came to the surface with the fish in his mouth. Flipped it in the air, opened his mouth and swallowed it. Fish, fly and leader in one gulp. He put up a pretty good fight for about two seconds!
On my last fishing day I had a great time catching smaller Jack Crevalle on surface poppers. Multiple fish would chase the fly before getting one hooked up. Flies I had good luck with were Clousers, Jiggies, Gummy Minnows, Pencil Poppers and Leland's Beach Popper.
As always, I really had a good time fishing with Ramon. He works hard to put you on fish and is very easy going. I'd highly recommend Ramon to anyone wishing to fish while in Cabo San Lucas.