DORADO SCARCE AND SQUID PLENTIFUL THIS WEEK
IN EAST CAPE SPORTFISHING WATERS
Sept. 24, 2005, Gary Graham, Baja On The Fly, East Cape fly fishing, Baja Sur, Mexico:
Here are some things I thought I would never report in September about East Cape fishing: giant squid within a few miles of the hotels, and dorado fishing slim and almost none.
Billfish, including sailfish, striped marlin and blues are still around in the East Cape sportfishing area, but with all the squid in the water they are not as aggressive as usual.
There were some smaller yellowfin tuna caught near La Ribera, but most of the fish were caught deep, which is not ideal for the flyrodder. One trick that has worked for us is to use a shooting head with either a heavy Clouser or Baja Deep Diver, chartreuse or olive, and let the fly sink until your flyline is almost straight down. Then retrieve with long, abrupt, pulls. If you don’t get a take in 5 to 7 pulls, let the fly sink and repeat the process.
Inshore, roosters and jacks can be found while fishing along East Cape beaches from Bartle Beach to the lighthouse. They are feeding mostly on mullet.
East Cape water temperature 80-88; Air temperature 78-99; Conditions clear.