Roosterfishing Beach Jam Ends with New Species

by | May 6, 2017 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

I left out another roosterfishing hazard yesterday – other anglers.  Roosters are so amazing that these days anglers head for Baja with rods and camping gear with no idea what they’re doing.  Granny and I drove an excruciating two hours of dirt to get to one of my “secret spots” only to find five clueless fly fishers frothing the small beach.  Clueless because they were marching the beach blind casting with flies and randomly teasing with spin rods.  It was too early and the light wasn’t good enough to properly see a cruising rooster.  These boys were simply telling every catchable roosterfish within a mile of the beach, “We’re here!”


I was frustrated to say the least but deep inside I know if I was 25 years old I’d be doing the same.  It was bad timing on our part and we moved on to what turned out to be a lovely day of exploring and relaxing on the beach with Pacifico’s and good snacks.


The highlight of the day was towards the end when we found some rocks.  Rocks aren’t ideal for sight fishing roosterfish but can produce some snappers and grouper casting Clouser’s blind if you’re lucky.  I wisely packed our rugged Simms flats wading boots or we’d not been able to fish here.  Turns out we caught a few cool fish such as this Panama graysby.


The area wasn’t fast and furious by any means.  Like everywhere in the world, one of the most sought after fish and first to get fished out are snappers because of they are quality table fare.  No doubt the fish had been harvested here but it was fun chucking my 9-weight Winston nonetheless.


Towards the end I was taken by surprise.  I caught this giant clown hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys rivulatus).  This stunningly gorgeous fish is one I’ve been hoping to stumble upon for all my Baja years but haven’t.  I was so excited to add this species to my list!  Bummer was I was alone also so Granny didn’t get to see him and with the big waves this is the only photo I got.


We headed back to Sammy’s condo in Todos Santos at 4 PM in order to get home before dark.  You don’t want to drive in Mexico after dark for a lot of reasons but donkey crossing is a big one.  They are hard to see!


Stay tuned for some Pacific Ocean side beach fishing tomorrow.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Jack Meredith

    We look anxiously for your posts, it’s like being right there with you. Granny, you look younger every time I see a picture of you! I know exactly why it is not wise to travel at night and the burro is not the most “dangerous”. Having both hunted and fished in different parts of Mexico, evenings are best spent eating their delicious food and enjoying their music. The statistics you show in your post of Mexico is outstanding and answers almost every question anyone would have about the country before their trip. Thank you again, Jack & Suzanne

  2. Jeff

    Jack, I love that you guys are reading and enjoying the posts! Thanks so much for the comments.

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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!