Bruce Ajari: Baja California provides safe fly-fishing haven |

Bruce Ajari: Baja California provides safe fly-fishing haven

Three fishing buddies and I were fortunate to take our annual fly fishing trip this past month to the East Cape region of Baja California Sur, located about 45 minutes northeast of San Jose Del Cabo. The four of us arrived midday on a Thursday and proceeded through the airports without any major glitches.

We flew Mexicana airlines out of Sacramento, where we were able to get direct flights from Sacramento to San Jose. The flight takes about three hours, and we were pretty surprised that it was full, considering the flu scare and the drug wars that have been widely publicized.

After arriving we picked up our rental car and headed north to a house we had rented in La Ribera. The house belongs to a friend here in Truckee, and you can rent it by calling 587-7112.

The first day, we went out on the Panghas that we had arranged. Talking to the captains was enlightening.

We found out that business was considerably off because of the problems mentioned above. In some cases we heard as much as 70 percent off. Yet we have always found the area on the East Cape of Baja to be very safe, and the locals to be extremely friendly.

Fishing was pretty good on the first day. We caught a couple of small Dorado on our boat, which we kept for the table at our rental house. It was great in ceviche and grilled on the barbecue.

Because of warmer water temperatures, the Dorado were everywhere and#8212; definitely the most commonly caught fish during the week. Most were small, but I did catch and release one that the skipper estimated at 35 pounds.

The Rooster fish were much tougher to find, as we only managed to land around four of them on this trip. We did, however, catch a number of Rooster fish on the live-bait teaser we used. Using live bait to catch these fish is tremendously effective.

Fly fishing for them is a bit more challenging. It takes some good teamwork to catch one of these fish. One person typically uses the teaser and tries to get the fish into position for the fly angler. It is kind of a bait-and-switch proposition.

Iand#8217;ll go into more detail about the fishing in a later column.

The main thing I want to get across to everyone in this column is that traveling into this area of Mexico is quite safe. Do not be put off by the media warnings about traveling to Mexico. Baja California Sur remains quite safe, and the fishing remains very good.

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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