Return to Snapper Point

by | Mar 8, 2018 | fly fishing for snapper

A number of years ago Grant Hartman took Sammy and I up the Pacific side of Baja in search of Pacific snook.  While the snook weren’t around we found many other fun species to catch including some Pacific cubera snapper (dog) around a rocky point.  It was late that day and we only fished for an hour before we had to leave.  We never made it back.


I haven’t forgotten that spot.  In fact, a few weeks ago I emailed Grant asking if we could hit the area again and this time with more time.  He liked the idea and today we made it happen.


I’m sort of a freak for hoisting snappers out of the rocks on a fly.  It’s a rush that’s hard to beat.  Despite their short runs, the pure power of a snapper can be unstoppable and on any cast to snapper territory you never know if there might be a 4lber or a 40lber.  There are numerous species as well so the bottom line is you make your cast and it’s all suspense from there.


Let’s just say the snapper plan was worth it.  While we only landed a couple, they were there but weren’t the Pacific cuberas.  They were yet another new species for my list.  This is the stunning looking Colorado snapper (Lutjanus colorado).



The problem with snapper fishing from shore is that once you catch a couple they wise up and stop biting.  Sammy and I had follows of multiple fish that dwindled to one fish to no fish.  The school simply disappeared after my second beautifully red colored Colorado snapper.  Regardless of our continued efforts on the slick rocks while being bashed by rogue waves, the fishing ended early.



I finally made it back to snapper point but man do I feel it tonight.  I used to wade waves over slick rocks for days on end but I must say this ever-changing body will make it a beach day tomorrow.  Tomorrow we’ll return to an old halibut spot of ours.  Stay tuned for what I hope is a blog called. “halibut on the fly”.


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!