When you awake to the call of quail in the desert you know that you have over slept. You can’t remember the dream. However it left the impression of walking a desert beach at night with a friend. Baja does that to me.
You should have already been on the water. Day light is burning. Really need breakfast but it is time to launch. The fish are calling.
The wind is a little to flaky to head for the island. You decide on the beach cobble north of camp. Grab the light weight spinning rod, and the fly rod. Time to chase the bass. The spinning rod is rigged with a crocodile. You tie a Clouser in tan and white on the fly rod.
In the tackle pack you have an assortment of Clousers, Deceivers, and a few Game changers. A couple Crocks and Castmasters are added to your mix. You hit the water and start the short pedal to the rubble reef. Time to fish.
You let your line with the crock drag behind the kayak. You have less than a mile to the rubble You catch 3 triggers and 5 small spotted bay bass by the time you arrive. probably gonna be a busy morning.
With all the small rocks, you know it is a nursery area with lots of small bass. You move out to deeper water. 20-30 foot deep water holds larger bass. Out comes the fly rod with a tan and white Clouser. On your second cast you get a 2+ pound bass, then it is pick, pick, pick. 1/2 to 1 pound bass, and a few 2 pound triggers when you forget to keep the speed of the fly moving faster. Two hours in you have caught and released 41 fish. Pretty good morning.
Tide is coming up and is about 2 hours till full tide. Prime time. The reef that was showing at low tide is now covered with 8-10 feet of water. Back to the beach. Fifty to a hundred feet off the beach you start casting the fly again. And again start picking spotties as you cast parallel to the beach. Time to try a different tactic. I tie on a game changer fly and cast towards the beach.
About ten casts later I am almost back to the boat when I see a follower. I let the fly sink out. Pedal the Hobie 180 drive in reverse. Picking the fly up from the bottom I get slammed. A few minutes later it is taco time. Lunch will be a nice fillet of Sculpin of about 3 pounds. Over the next half hour moore spotties, triggers and a nice Orange Mouth Corvina all eat my fly.
Over all a very nice morning. Lunch will be a Sculpin sandwich made at the restaurant. Dinner the Corvina will be done in camp. Wrapped in foil with butter and garlic, salt and pepper, a slice of onion and lemon will finish it up. Served over rice and a salad it was wonderful. 78 fish were safely caught and released in about 4 hours. Two were consumed.
Big fish? No. But a very nice mornings catch. Fly and light tackle fishing in Baja is a blast. Give it a try sometime. Let me know if and when you want to join us in camp. Tight Lines amigos.