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AZ fishing 2020

Well.....2020 is here and another new season awaits us. I wish I could say it was treating me well so far...but can't really. I have had two full days on Havasu, a half day on Apache, a half day on Rosy and a full day on Plez with a net result of two fish....two very hard earned fish!
Good news is Becker has opened up with some good reports already and Show Low opened up a week ago and should be going over the spillway by the end of today. Last year that didn't happen until April. The water is much clearer to boot so looks like I'll be hitting it much earlier this year than last. PLEASE wish me luck!

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Magdalena Bay Nov ’19

Another great trip to Mag Bay….our best to date.  Six of us, Joe Staller, Chuck Bull, Dave Weaver, Bob Bowers, Phil Click and myself joined Jeff DeBrown of Reel Baja for 6 days of fishing for marlin, tuna and dorado outside and many species inside for fish up to over 20 lbs.  For three of the group this was their first experience with big saltwater fishing.  The beauty of this trip is that all six of us landed at least one marlin with several landing two.  The weather cooperated this trip with 5 fishable days and only one when we couldn’t go outside.

Check out the videos of what it’s like casting for marlin with poppers


We had some pretty unusual events occur this trip also.  We had sea lions chasing our hooked dorado.  A sea lion also chased Phil’s tuna and waited under the boat until the guide released the fish. It came up and ate the fish right out of his hands, leaving just the head.  A hooked dorado swam under the boat while trying to be landed only to break off and jump in the boat on the other side with the fly still in it’s mouth.  Bob and I both hooked up a marlin with our flies while trolling for dorado.  His line broke mine and he landed the marlin.  The mangrove fishing wasn’t quite as productive species wise as last year but the fish we caught were better quality.

Here’s some pic’s

All in all…an excellent trip, several marlin over 200 lbs and mangrove fish over 20 lbs.  Great group of guys, excellent guides and good accommodations at the Whale Tail Inn through Mag Bay Outfitters.  I recommend it to anyone….we’re going back for sure!!




I was fishing Pacheta yesterday with a couple buddies and was made aware by an old shop customer fishing the bank that I need to get more reports up.  I apologize….between lots of materials being made and my general apprehension getting on computers…it has been badly neglected.

I have been fishing almost exclusively Becker, Show Low, Big, Earl Park and Pacheta yesterday.  These lakes have held up the best for me.  I have had reports on other lakes and they didn’t sound all that great and you only have so much time.  The one exception is Carnero.  Although it suffered a kill last Winter, the Spring stockers  (along with a few holdovers) have provided very steady fishing all Summer.  They’re getting them on dries, under a bobber, stripping, anything in the water seems to get ’em.

Becker fish held up really well this Summer….very few floaters.  The bite was much like other seasons…midges in the deeper holes were the ticket.  Had a great ant hatch early on and several smaller ones later in the season.  Fish are very strong and fight hard.  They’re not getting as big as we would like and I am trying to see if some Gammarus scuds can be introduced to possibly give the fish a stronger food base.  Big scuds grow big fish!

Show Low wasn’t as productive as last season but still put out some giant smallies again this year.  It’s a funny lake…you never know how it will fish from one day to the next.  Jiggly’s were the ticket all season.

Earl Park has some good fish, especially the rainbows.  There are a lot of small rainbows, browns and brookies that have been stocked and will be a real plus in a couple seasons.  I have been fishing Jiggly’s (naked nymphing…I like to call it deep water nymphing) right on the bottom to get the bigger fish.  Indicator fishing seems to produce a lot of smaller fish.

Pacheta yesterday was great.  We caught them on  Jiggly’s under a bobber and stripping along with stripping regular simi’s too.  Nice chunky rainbows 15-18″s.  Not any water coming into the lake so we went deeper to find the fish.  Lake is in great shape, a little low but I’ve seen it much worse.  It should Winter well.

Off to Big and Becker next week and I’ll post reports.  The best fishing of the season is coming up.  It’s been a late Fall, not cold enough yet.  Temp’s at the lakes are 55-56.  When it gets down in the 40’s things should start popping.

I am off to Mag Bay the end of the month for a week of marlin and mangrove fishing.  Come on up.  The leaves are turning.  We saw at least 100 elk yesterday… a couple of bulls with their ladies.  Great time of year.  Enjoy!

BTW….we finally got the NEPA passed on Luna.  That was out biggest hurdle.  Luna should have aerators next season.  Let’s hope they make a difference.


Show Low

Charlie, Ron and I hit Show Low yesterday morning.  Landed over a dozen smallies and

a 5 lb cat.  Most were 1-2 lbs except for this nice 4 lb’r of Ron’s…all on Jiggly’s

Water temp’s really haven’t started to cool down yet.  When they do even more big fish

should start showing…gonna be fun