Here is an on the water report from Mike Rieser of Baja Fishfishing Co. here in Los Barriles.
We are seeing lots of tuna offshore as well as Stripe Marlin, Blue Marlin, Roosters, Sailfish and a few dorado as well.
The Sea of Cortez has been bountiful in providing both number and variety of species so far this season. For the fleet in general the tuna bite has been excellent and consistent. Most of the action has been well off shore with occasional flurries of action with in twelve miles of shore straight out from Cabo Pulmo. Our fly fishing clients were able to cast to and cash in on tuna busting bait on the surface. Otherwise most of the fish are being caught on trolled flies or conventional gear.
The marlin bite continues to improve and to the advantage of our fly fishing folks. Of the more common species we normally pursue this time of year, the dorado, have been spotty to date. When found, the fish have been of good size. With the abundance of bait in the water, I think it is just a matter of time before the bigger dorado schools show up.
The roosterfish have been here in good numbers and in good size, providing many exciting moments of combed out fish in full attack mode. As usual the Roosterfish have been tough to convince that feathers and hair constitute good Roosterfish cuisine resulting in heart stopping, last second refusals at our clients feet. The reward of the fish that takes the fly is one of the greatest thrills and accomplishments in fly fishing. Along with the roosterfish, our beaches have been providing some great fishing opportunities for Jack Crevalle, who at times react like Roosterfish to the fly and snub presentations with the slightest of imperfection in the retrieve. Persistence, patience and focus on execution has its rewards for both species.
Condition wise, the water temps are ideal holding in the low 80's. The winds have finally died down from earlier this spring, while the afternoons have been getting down right warm. The air mass is still relatively dry, so evenings are pleasantly cool, ideal to enjoy sitting outside for a meal or just watching the sun set, an adult beverage in hand. Sounds like a plan to me. Luego