…Jacks or Better in East Cape Baja!

 

Every once in a while you have an angling experience that you know will have lifelong recollection and significance! Fishing nearly every day in Baja for the past 3 months I have had a few but none as memorable as this past Saturday fishing with good brother Wesley Brough in East Cape. Wes had been up a couple days earlier on a fun trip with his wife Leslie and she landed her first Rooster and Wes landed 7 other Roosters up to 40lbs. That said you can imagine we were STOKED to catch a pile of Gallos with two expert anglers roaming the sand of the Cape (LOL)! Well we left Cabo San Lucas at 4:45AM to beat the weekend rush and catch a few early fish before the beach loaded up with the normal group of folks. Much to our surprise, although uncrowded, we never saw many fish until about 11!  The yield to this time was just one Jack Crevalle of about 15lbs or so that I landed on a 11′ Carolina Cast Pro rod, SHIMANO Stella 10000 reel spooled with PowerPro Blue 30# braid, 60# fluorocarbon leader and the famed Jansen Cabo Killer lure! My Onos shades really helped me spot fish today!!!DaveEastCape ToroAt this point we met up with Grant Hartman and his wife Gisel who had set up camp at Lighthouse Point for  little R & R and teasing a few fish to the fly.  After getting “mugged” by a local guide ( the guy pulled up with 2 clients, folding chairs,cooler just 100′ away and started casting- this beach is 7 miles long!) we decided to move on and look for fish. Grant told us to “go get some lunch in town and come back in the PM …the bite will be better!”. Wes & I complied then returned about 2PM to resume our hunt for Roosters!  I should point out that Grant gave us some very great info on spotting fish that REALLY helped Wes and I locate REEL targets!

One thing we started to notice was that our BIG topwater lures were not just being ignored but shunned …even ran from!!!  You would make a perfect cast to lead a group of fish, we are talking 10-20 large Jacks (20lb Class), and they would not only NOT CHASE they would blow up like a fireworks! Wes immediately changed over to a SEBILE Magic Swimmer 165 in Golden Shiner color and teased a group of fish into a follow and stuck this really nice Jack that Boga-ed out at 22lbs!  The lighter splash and ability to twitch and “work” the Magic Swimmer, giving it line to let it work from side to side brought the strike! Wes is lookin’ FLY in his new Hemingway “Cojimar” shades eh???WesGrandeToro The MONSTER Jack was landed on a 13′ Century rod with Diawa SALTIST 6000H reel, Power Pro 30# Blue, 80# Mono leader and SEBILE Magic Swimmer as you can see in his mouth! As the day wore on the fish got even MORE spooky, moving faster down the beach and TOTALLY ignoring lure presentations, even running away though we lead them by up to 50 yards on the casts.  Wes did finally get a wad of Gallitos ( small Roosters) to follow and he stuck this very beautiful one, I ran to the truck to grab my fly rod but the fish had left in the 30 seconds I was gone! IMG_8608As the afternoon set in MORE and MORE fish were moving down the beach and although we made valiant efforts to be stealthy, quiet, long leads and such we were getting rejected on a more frequent basis. About this time we noticed a fly rodder hooked up to something big!  After landing this fish he moved down the beach with his guide on their ATV and dang it if he wasn’t hooked up again!  Hmmmmmmmm!
I wonder if its the fly, the teasing or what? But I had noticed that the guide did NOT tease the last fish!  And that was it! The fish had been SO beat up with hardware and people teasing them to the fly that they were not having any of it! OK then I’ll grab my TFO 10wt and started casting at these freaked out fish and see what happens! Next group of fish that came by was some 15-20lb class Jack Crevalle and even tho I was short by about 6-8′ I was rewarded with 10 fish peeling off to eat the fly!  I stick a willing fish and try and separate him from the crowd with a 30# mono leader! As he starts coming my way two other Jacks converge on the fly sticking out of his face and break me off!!!  Dang it …but hey I was HOOKED UP right?  A quick run back to the truck, scramble for a particular fly lost between the seats and I tie it on as I’m running down the beach full speed to get up to these fish!  Tied on I strip out 40′ of line and use my TFO rod to keep it in the water as I run parallel to the beach using the water to pre-load the rod.  Jumping ahead of the school which are 60′ off the beach I do a HUGE backcast and double haul my best effort with this big wind resistant fly! It lands in the middle of the bunch and I start stripping like a madman!  BOOM!!! Hooked up and off to the races on a nice fish  …my most visual eat of the day! My Galvan T-10 reel screams as the Jack wants to stay with his buddies and I play the fish soft until the school leaves him behind!  WOW what an experience to sight fish these big guys, run them down, get the cast off and hook up!  One of my best angling experiences ever! SUPER FUN!!!!!
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