Barra de Navidad, MX
Tippet The Kat
George Cook School
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|Wired For Sierra Mackerel at Barra De Navidad|
|Barra De Navidad, Mexico, November 26, 2005. Just our luck. The in-shore water temperature was an unseasonable 74-degrees, instead of the customary 78-82 that it usually is this time of year. Although the weather was clear and balmy, the locals were decrying the lack of dorado and bill fish. Patty and I had met up with my son Troy who keeps his 26' blue water fly fisher, the "Dream Catcher" at Barra. We were staying for 10 days whether the fishing was any good or not. The first morning we left the dock at 6:30am and headed north about ten miles to a chain of off shore rocks.|
|These rocks extend from the steep shore line for about a half a mile. At the end of this chain is Ampoya (the boil), which is submerged pinnacle that creates very noticeable surface disturbance at high tide and is visible during low tide. The chart said high tide would be at 7:00am. We got to Ampoya just as the tide crested and it was getting light enough to see around good. Unexpectedly there were hundreds of birds working the surface. My first cast brought a strike and a hard pull, but the unidentified fish came loose after the backing knot passed||
|through the guides. A couple of casts later brought the same results. I was rigged for big dorado & billfish which often hang around Ampoya , but my 9-inch tandem hook was evidently too large for these unidentified fish. Meanwhile Patty hooked up with a 5" Sardina fly. After a long dogged battle Troy gloved the largest Sierra Mackerel that we had ever seen. This orange spotted beauty was about three feet long and possibly 8-7 pounds. Fortunately Patty was rigged with a bite tippet of Cortland Toothy Critter wire. Because of|
|their vicious set of teeth, you won't land many mackerels without a wire bite tippet. I changed to my spare rod which was rigged the same way and started hooking Sierras too. Over the next few days the Ocean got warmer and warmer until it reached 84-degrees, but still very few dorado or billfish showed up. Instead massive schools of Sierras could be found all along the coast. Most of these fish seemed to be 16-24 inches long. They were feeding on abundant schools of tiny baitfish that came with the warm water. Clouser Minnows in size six were the best flies for these||
|schoolies. Larger Sierras were usually found only as singles. They were always found close to structure. They were obviously feeding on larger bait as every one we caught came to a larger flies. But, as the days passed by the bait schools were composed of smaller and smaller fish and as it turned out we wished that we had brought Clouser Minnows down to size eight or even size ten. Many of the baitfish were only about an inch long and saltwater fish can be as selective as any spring creek trout. These Sierras proved to be no exception. When we ran out of small flies, our|
|fishing slowed down. Sierra Mackerels (Scomberomorus sierra) inhabit most of the near shore waters from California to southern Mexico. The Sierra is characterized by its elongated body with short snout, bronze green on the back, silvery-pearl-white sides and belly, and a series of medium-sized orange spots on its sides. It has 7 to 10 finlets between the second dorsal fin and the caudal fin and between the anal fin and the caudal fin. The Sierra is reported to reach a length of three-and-one-half feet and 12 pounds. Sixteen to twenty four inch specimens are most common. Current world fly tackle record apears to be 10-pounds. Sierra are viewed by locals as excellent table fare, but one that must be prepared on the day of the catch. All species of mackerel have prominent teeth and require wire bite tippet. We have caught four species: Sierras, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel and Wahoo on flies.|
Florida Keys Fishing Report Early December
Water is cooler now and the fishing is HOT. Bonefish are mudding on falling tides and are pretty reliable lately. I had a client catch a 12 -13pounder yesterday on a crab pattern. The fish was mudding along with about 4 others in deeper (3ft) water. This big bone took the fly on the way down as it dropped after 2 strips. What a fighter. It took nearly a 20 minutes to bring it to the boat. The battle was complete with several scorching runs
deep into the backing. Weight forward
floating line was used, also have been using a clear sink tip at times.
Lately I've spent and hour or 2 fishing some holes on the bayside that are
loaded with mackerel, snapper, bluefish and pompano. Goliath grouper
sometimes make an appearance to try and eat your catch! Sharks are also
available. Small tarpon are around but only biting at night on the cooler
days. When I say cooler, you still get to wear you shorts and flip flops,
just wear a jacket while riding in the boat!
and Vertical Growth
there are two kinds of growth we experience in fly-casting. I call them
Horizontal Growth and Vertical Growth. Both are necessary for our
development as fly casters.
As we learn to actually deal
with and solve problems, we earn a sweet reward: Accomplishment. In
fact, it is not the problems we face in our practice routine that are really
the obstacle to our growth. It is the growing feeling of frustration and
helplessness we experience as time is invested with little or no fundamental
improvement. We start to feel helpless. We may not admit this feeling to
our self. We only notice that, for some reason, we are beginning to lose
our motivation to practice. Accomplishment drives and is our reward to
become better casters.
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The instructors are: George Cook, Mark Bachmann & Brian Silvey.
|Meet your instructors:|
|George Cook is
the guy in the Sage "Tight Loops" poster of the 1990's. He taught the
"Sage Fly Fishing Schools" in the 1980's and has great casting and
He is an instructor's instructor. We are fortunate to be able to offer this in depth problem solving class.
has 25 years experience guiding fly fishing trips for steelhead. He is an
ardent spey fisher, experienced communicator
& very patient instructor.
|Brian Silvey is naturally left handed and and casts either left or right. He has 20 years guiding for steelhead and has helped hundreds of anglers catch steelhead while fly fishing.|
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Fish long & prosper, Mark Bachmann, Patty Barnes