Fishing in Mexico

Part One

Mike and Dorado
Photos from Mike Croft
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East Cape the Mother of All Fishing Holes

by Mike Croft

If you are a normal beer drinker, East Cape lies about four beers north of the Cabo San Lucas Airport along the coast of the Sea of Cortez.

Not quite half way between Cabo and Lorado is a small collection of fishing resorts and a small village. Protected from the Pacific swells that can raise havoc for a fly angler interested in casting, East Cape has some unique features that make it the mother of all fishing holes.

A good nautical map will reveal that it's main attraction is the 100 fathom line comes to within 200 yards of the beach in several areas. What this means for the angler is that large, and I mean LARGE, fish used to the safety of the depths, chase schools of sardines and mackerel up against these underwater canyons and they have only one way to go. UP! Any salt water fly angler worth his weight in salt will tell you if you have fish on the surface boiling on bait you have the recipe for a dynamite fishery. East Cape is one of the few places in the world where anglers have actually hooked sailfish from the beach instead of the obligatory five mile run in a boat.

Here's Lorado
Cabo's reputation is legendary. Lorado has seen a lot of press in the last year with an article in practically every Salt-water magazine. Lorado has developed into the place to go for Dorado. East Cape, on the other hand is still relatively undiscovered.

Cabo, located on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, is more sensitive to weather changes. Pacific swells and any wind from the south can knock out a fly anglers day. Lorado is the most protected of the three Baja fishing sites. Guarded from Pacific swells by the peninsula and from southerly winds by a couple of islands, Lorado will give you the most days with good casting conditions. East Cape is not protected from the southerly winds but being on the inside of the Peninsula, Pacific swells are not a problem. The lure of East Cape is that the same large variety of fish that frequent Cabo will also come to East Cape.


The key to fishing any of these places is a small fish called locally as a Sardinia. These little sardines look like a fat herring. Deeper in the body than a herring they usually are about four inches long. Perfect size to duplicate with a Bucktail. It is pretty simple, if the sardines are about, you will have good fishing.

All the resorts along East Cape can furnish boats, called Pangas, and guides. Like any place not pounded by fly fishermen there is still an attitude that flies are as productive as bait. That is, of course the typical prejudice found in undiscovered places.

One of the little secrets of East Cape is the fantastic shore fishing. If a day in the Panga doesn't fill you appetite, and you are in the mood for more, piece together your eight-weight, string up a floater, stuff a pocket with a half dozen clouser minnows and work the shore right in front of any of the resorts for Ladyfish. A ladyfish looks much like a bonefish and has the reputation of being the poor mans Tarpon. A strong fighter that has a love of jumping. Not big by East Cape standards these little lovelies don't get much over 5 pounds.


The shore will offer the same variety that you find in deeper water with croaker, needlefish, mackerel, and an occasional roosterfish.

Before you write off Baja as too exotic and expensive a complete trip including round trip airfare (from Seattle) five days boat rental, air conditioned room, and meals, as well as transportation to and from the Cabo airport will come in at about $1500. That is probably cheaper than five guided days in Montana would cost.

If you are interested in this region, stay tuned for my Journal of the fishing, the flies and more photos!

~Mike Croft

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