2019 may be the best year I have seen for roosterfish in 30 plus years of fishing Baja. An abundance of bait fish helped attract a variety of species to the area. The sardines were large sized and plentiful as well. Some sardine schools had fish averaging 4-6” and were readily available at the Island and along the coast. Whether it was the abundance of baitfish, consistent water temperatures or sheer luck, the roosterfish were present and big this year.
Large and aggressive roosterfish were in several spots right from the start in May. The roosterfish were at times LARGE, with A couple roosterfish in the 70lb range landed, as well as, several in 40-60lb range.
Also landed were large jacks, a smattering of dorado and an occasional marlin, sierra, amberjack, pompano, pargo, cabrilla and other species. Most of the fishing took place within 5 miles of the lodge. Worth noting; Eric Pana had the first Baja Grand Slam on fly I have witnessed landing; 1 Marlin, 5 roosterfish (all over 40 lbs), 1 dorado, and 2 Jack crevalles all in one day on fly.
The addition of a jeep CJ-& has opened up land based trips for beach fishing for FFMEX. 2019 couldn’t have been a better year to fish the beach. Large roosterfish were prevalent along the beaches this year. On some beach days we had as many as 6-8 shots at roosterfish 30-60 lbs. Extreme skill and luck are necessary for landing a roosterfish from the beach, but the rewards are worth the effort. If your skills are above par, consider adding a day or 2 beach fishing for roosterfish and jacks.