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Magdalena Bay 11/24-11/30

Joe Staller, Mark Sokol, Rod Buchanan, Dave Weaver, Vince Deadmond and myself hit Mag Bay fishing with Jeff DeBrown of Reel Baja this past week targeting marlin mainly.  Unfortunately Mother Nature threw us a curveball with heavy winds just before we got there.  Jeff said the marlin bite was wide open prior to that.  Plan was to hit the blue water for marlin 4 days and 2 days inside fishing the mangroves.  Turned out to be just the opposite and on only one of the days outside we found marlin that wanted to play.  Mark, Rod and Vince all landed their first marlin on a fly rod.  Congrats guys.

Most of our time was in the mangroves which didn’t really bother me.  It is awesome and with over 100 miles of shoreline and guides that knew where the fish were it was almost non stop….. when they could get us out of the wind.

We ended up getting at least 24-25 different species.

These are the fish we caught…at least we think this is what they were

Spotted bay bass (Cabrilla), Orange Mouth Corvina, African Pompano, Palometa (Golden Trevally, Golden Jack), Black Skip Jack, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Striped Marlin, Green Snook and Black Snook, Mexican Lookdown, Croaker, Halibut, Broomtail and Leopard Grouper, Fine Spotted Jawfish, Pargo/Dog Snapper, Red Snapper, Finescale Triggerfish, Mojarra, Bonefish, Puffer, A different Croaker?, Longjaw Leatherjack, Grunt.

We stayed at the Whale Tail Inn and used Mag Bay Outfitters boats.  Great food/accommodations.  Awesome trip…headed back again next year.

I’m sure I’ll have more pics to add as they come in.  These were just a few from Joe and I.

 

 

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PA/NY 11/10-11/16

Tim Oliver just got back from his annual steelhead trip back East and sent me a report.

Spent 6 days fishing the streams coming out of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in PA and NY the second week of November.  Was joined by old friends Steve and Pete Martin and Jason Myers.  Had one of the best water years we have seen in the last 7 or 8 years.  Plenty of fish in the streams, just had to do a bit of walking.  Fished Elk Creek and 20 Mile Creek in PA, and Chautauqua Creek and Oak Orchard in NY.  Most fish taken on single egg patterns, a few on PTs and the rest on brightly colored Sucker Spawn in the colored up water.  Weather was colder than usual with plenty of fresh snow and rain thrown in during the week.  Everyone landed fish.  Have learned that when the PA fish run up the river, they no longer linger along the way, so you might as well head up river once the run has passed.  This is a change from years past where the fish would hold up along the way waiting for the next push of water.  As always, good food, great friendship and a fun trip.

Tim O

Here’s some pic’s.

Looks like another great trip, Tim.  Nice water and not seeing much of a crowd either….thanks

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Havasu

I have been super busy with materials/flies this past couple weeks.  Finally had enough and said s***w it and headed to Havasu.  This is the earliest I have hit it ever but was worth the drive….(I guess).  Hit the Bill Williams end first as that was the best last year.  Fishing wasn’t on fire but good enough to warrant future trips this early in the year.

The first morning I got there the winds came up and pushed me off after three hours in.  Managed 3 small ones before I gave up and grabbed some lunch and got my room up in Havasu.  The afternoon quieted down a bit so I went back down and fished til dusk.  Managed another four small ones and a little lmb.

Next morning’s forecast was better and I  hit it before sunup.  Found lots of fish but no birds.  There were also enough balls of shad on the bottom but nothing moving them.  This tells me the big ones aren’t in yet.  You need them to bust up the shad balls and get them to the top.  The birds then tell you where they are so you’re not just fishing totally blind.  Didn’t happen this trip.  Maybe all the big arcs I saw were carp?  Definitely saw enough of them bust the surface, coming completely two feet out of the water.  I ended up getting six in about 6 hours of fishing…all between 1.5 and 2.5 lbs.  Fun fish but not what I drove 5 hours for.

Met a local and he told me that the big ones were in a couple weeks ago but they had terrible winds and the cold came in.  Pushed the big ones back out and they’re just now coming back in…..the old “should have been here yesterday” story.  Anyway, thought I’d get a report up finally.   I’m hearing the Browns are starting to slow down up here….off to Mag Bay for marlin and the mangroves next week.  Hopefully I’ll have a good report.