Roosterfishing in Baja

by | May 16, 2016 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

blog-May-16-2016-1-flyfising-in-bajaI took the last antibiotic for my tooth yesterday.  The pills fixed the infection but the side effects were adding up.  I was feeling much like this poor deceased turtle.  But today I awoke feeling so good that Sammy, Grant and I crushed some breakfast burritos in Todos Santos then bought some beer and got an early start for the roosterfish beaches.


blog-May-16-2016-2-roosterfishin-in-bajaBaja is one of the great places to chase roosterfish with the fly.  There are many ways to fly fish for the exotic saltwater fish but Sammy and I do it the hard way.  We walk the beach and hope to find one close enough to cast to.  There are days we don’t get a single cast but when we do cast, it’s a rush you don’t get from your average fly fishing scenario.


Roosters feed on bait along the beach and it was a short drive to todays tropical paradise.  I jumped from Grants worn Ford and grabbed my already rigged Winston 9-weight and scanned the inshore fishery.  It didn’t take long to spot two mysterious fish cruising the wash line of the surf.


blog-May-16-2016-3-jeff-currier-roosterfishing-bajaFish don’t stay within fly casting range for long.  I ran down to the water stripping out line as I went.  I positioned myself 80 feet from the fish the direction they were traveling.  I sat low like when pursuing a wise trout and waited.  When I spotted the two they were within 30 feet of me.  In order not to spook them I gently made a side arm cast.  The second my fly landed both fish charged and I hooked up.


blog-May-16-2016-4-jeff-currier-mullet-snapperIt was a strong but short battle.  A classic characteristic of all snappers.  But this guy wasn’t the usual broad bodied snapper.  He was elongated and ended up being my first ever mullet snapper (Lutjanus aratus).  Mullet snapper are common in deep water but he’s rare catch off the beach and a new one for my fly rod species list.


blog-May-16-2016-5-manta-raysThe rest of our day was a search for roostersGrant and Sammy went cruising to find them.  They drove dirt roads and peeked off the beach when they could.  I liked the first spot and explored it all day by myself.  The first fish I found were these beautiful baby rays.  They were close to the beach and like yesterday with the whale shark I jumped in and swam with them.  They completely surrounded me and I ticked off a few more underwater shots.


As for roosterfishing, I had my chances.  Two good chances in fact.  I spotted a school of ten working a bait ball about 75 feet off the beach.  In my early days I’d have tried to force a cast but with the wind blowing in and a hefty fly I knew there was a slim chance I could reach them.  I patiently waited for them to get closer and they did.  I landed my fly perfect and a rooster of 25lbs or slightly more perked up and followed.  He got excited and raised his comb (dorsal fin) which is usually a sure sign he’s about to eat.  But I never felt him then off he went to the blue.  Bummer!


blog-May-16-2016-6-roosterfishThree hours later I had another great opportunity.  This time I wasn’t sure I had a roosterfish but could see something fishy moving deep.  I cast and another 20lb plus rooster appeared and this time devoured my fly.  I strip set and hooked him but just as fast he came undone.  Brutal!


Those would be my two shots at roosterfish today.  I was lucky because Grant and Sammy covered a ton of ground but never made a single cast.


That will be it for tonight.  I’m absolutely exhausted.  Until manana. . . .


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Coop

    Thought Grant ran the Catamaran hulled boats and you teased up the roosters like sailfish??

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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!