Whether you are new to fly fishing, or a seasoned pro, one should realize that in order to be able to be successful in the sport of fly fishing, he or she needs to be selective of the place that they are going to fish. Baja California has all of the boxes checked, as it is both beautiful, and bountiful with its fishery. Majestic, rugged desert mountains that plunge strait into water that is hundreds of feet deep. The rich currents wash nutrients into this water that attracts a plethora of baitfish, which in turn attracts game fish. The following is a list of some of those species.
Roosterfish: Our most prized target, and what we named our lodge after. It is what keeps us up at night thinking of new ways to land more fish. This is a stunning fish, arguably the most beautiful beast that swims. They are smart, fast, agile, and fight like Balboa! They can be fished from boat, love to be bait and switched, but if you really want a challenge, fish them from the beach. Be patient, and wait for the natural opportunities to present themselves. People that passionately fish in this manner catch less than twenty Grande Pesca Gallos during the course of a year. This is one of fly fishing’s most prized accomplishments.
Marlin: The rich waters of our area affords some luxuries that few others offer. Pelagic fish are often spotted and caught less than a quarter of a mile from shore! These include blue, black, and striped marlin. This fish has a tendency of being acrobatic when hooked, sometimes landing itself in the boat, and hurting the anglers trying so desperately to accomplish the impossible task of getting these insane Goliaths to hand. We rarely get people that wish to target these fish, but when opportunity presents itself, we will take advantage of it for sure!
Mahi Mahi: A great species for the art of fly fishing. This fish is quite accommodating, loving to eat sardine patters off of FAD’s, (Fish Aggregating Devices). These buoys are anchored on the bottom, and have some palm fronds attached a few feet below the surface. Nobody is netting fish here, and there are hundreds around. It is a fun game to ease up to one, see if anyone is home, then move to the next, until you find a bull monitoring the device for baitfish. This fish is beautiful, I have never seen a picture that does them justice. Dolphinfish are very acrobatic, sometimes being in the air more than in the water!
Yellowtail: In the early Spring, we have an abundance of Yellowtail, or rainbow runners. These fish get pretty big, (around 40 pounds). We catch them in a couple of ways, chum with live bait, of bait and switch with a plug. When they get excited, (sometimes without chumming), they can put on quite a show. You will never not know that you have one of these trophies on!
Yellowfin Tuna: A pretty rare commodity for fly fishing, but sometimes they come in October. When they get fired up, and push a bait ball to the top, they can be had on the fly. About the twenty to fifty pound range is all that you want with this hard fighting fish! You can look at these pure muscle car like animals and tell that you are in for a knife fight!
African Pompano: One of our coolest fish, (in my opinion). They look like a wrapper of aluminum foil in most pictures, but in real life, they shine like a beacon. Rich undertones of grey, blue, purple, and red, it is astounding to look at. People claim that they make fine table-fare, but I cannot bring myself to kill one.
Snapper: When fishing the many places that we have rocks, we will catch a variety of snapper. Usually we don’t target these fish, unless we want to bring something back to cook on the grill, (delicious)!
Jack, (toro): We frequently catch this hard pulling fish, they are like a bulldog, and fight way too hard for their size! Sometimes it is hard to keep them from eating your fly when casting for roosters, (First World problem)!
Skipjack: These are cool fish, like a little tuna. They are abundant, people usually keep them for bait when caught. Little known fact: This sustainable resource that is fun to catch makes great sashimi! I know, most of the places that you see this fish is on the other side of a hook, rigged to be trolled to catch monster roosters, dorados, and billfish, bu the reason that these big fish love them is because they are delicious!
The above is not all that we catch, but it is a good start to what would be seen on a regular basis. The truth is, there is no telling what might bite your fly here. That is the magic of saltwater fishing, but it is the speciality of this beautiful area.
- EL GALLO BLOG
- August 20, 2022