We headed out for three nights of fishing and camping today but we relaxed at Sammy’s condo in the morning and left around noon. It was a matter of taking the time to be properly organized for camping on the beach. Also, we suffered through an 18 inning Cubs loss last night that kept us out late. I think my World Series hangover is coming back!
It was nice to head out to the East side of Baja again because the Pacific side continues to be freezing cold for this time of year. Once more, the fog came in and blocked out the sunrise and temps were in the high 50°s. The East Cape and Sea of Cortez are always warmer so we left town with a smile.
We took our time enjoying the pretty sights of Southern Baja. When in the mountains crossing from the Pacific to the East Cape its real Mexico. It’s beautiful and the folks are so nice and a bit curious. They are also so laid back in makes me jealous.
We arrived in Los Barriles around 2 PM. To our surprise, it was cool here and mostly cloudy. Spotting roosterfish was out so we went to the same rocks where I caught my clown hawkfish the other day. Right off the bat I nailed this gorgeous flag cabrilla.
Bringing the footwear for dancing on slippery rocks has paid off. Today I made Granny saddle up and fish from the rocks as well. We tossed my 9-weight Jungle Winston with a Sea Habit fly, one of my old standbys for saltwater.
I can’t believe it but Granny walked right out there and caught our second clown hawkfish of the week. Remember, this is a species of fish that has eluded me for over 20 years. Now in a few days’ time we’ve caught two.
Our action from the rocks was far better than the other day. Perhaps it was the overcast. Perhaps it was because it was calmer. I’m not sure but in saltwater, it’s important to take note of everything from tides, weather and other conditions when things are good. I ended our session with this unusual finescale triggerfish.
We set up camp in Los Barriles tonight then walked to Smokey’s for dinner and beers with Grant Hartman and his clients. It was an interesting night as this week Grants client is the owner of Nature Nates. He and his crew were really fun to party down with.
Off to the beach boonies tomorrow to begin a serious hunt for roosterfish. . . .