Baja Trip Report
I am just back from one of my favorite spots on the planet, Baja Joe’s in La Ventana, BCS. Seven years ago I discovered this gem after fishing with some guides in North Carolina who raved about the area. I have been going to Baja for more than 20 years and was looking for the perfect fly fishing destination there. This wonderful place is located two hours north of the San Jose Del Cabo airport and is 45 minutes east of La Paz. La Ventana sits in the bay behind the majestic Isla Ceralvo and is a quiet little town when the wind is not blowing. During winter it is a bustling kite boarding destination. Gary Bulla runs the fly fishing operation out of Baja Joe’s and has assembled the finest pangero guides in the entire region. The Lucero family Captains know how to handle the fly fishing game better than any place in Baja without a doubt.
From May through October this area is mostly wind-free and filled with a plethora of fish species. Early spring is Yellowtail time. Most years, the Roosterfish invade the area into early June. Summer is Dorado time and early fall the Yellowfin tuna are the target. This is big game fly fishing and ALL of these fish pull hard. Nine through 14 weight rods are needed. Tough reels lined with lots of backing are the standard and sometimes stuff breaks; that’s just how it goes. Most of the flies used in this area resemble or imitate the Flat Iron Herring (Sardinia) and range from 2 to 5 inches.
Our most productive commercial flies were the Thalken’s Cruiser and The Bisherat Airhead. Many of the fish on this trip were fooled by small clousers that were sparsely tied in olive or silver over white. On our recent trip, the Roosterfish were our primary target and almost all of the 12 anglers that were on the trip landed at least one and we all had our chances at more. These fish are among the hardest fish to fool into eating a fly anywhere. Long, accurate casts with the fastest retrieve one can do will get their attention, but no guarantee that they will take your offering. They can be very frustrating, but when you fool one into eating (or get lucky) these Jack’s fight hard, making long runs into your backing and bull-dogging all the way in. They are most often found close to shore on the beach and near rocky outcroppings. When the Roosters are scarce, anglers can always find other eager fish to target. This week we hooked Skipjack, White Bonita, Rainbow Runners, Big-Eyed Jack, Jack Crevelle, Barred Pargo, Ladyfish, Triggerfish, Cabrilla, Golden Trevally, Trumpetfish and 3 types of Needlefish. Marlin, both Striped and Blue, were seen every day as well as Wahoo. These Baja trips are very affordable and easy to get to from our area here in NorCal and are a blast.
If you would like any information on these trips, I would be glad to help. Looking forward to my next trip down.
Captain Maury Hatch