In early June a few years ago when fishing with Lee Baermann, Capt Francisco saw a feeding frenzy off the north shore of Danzante island. He ran over to it, cut the motor and drifted to it. Lee was all ready. He cast his fly into the water and was immediately hooked up. It was a huge yellowtail and they were in a whole school of them! As Lee fought with his fish he invited Francisco to cast the other rod and that led to a double hook up.
To make a long story short, Lee’s fish broke off in the rocks but Francisco’s swam in the opposite into deeper water so he had the chance to land it.
Later that afternoon Francisco towed the boat through our gate with a huge smile on his face saying “I got the record”. THIS I had to see… so I jumped on the boat trailer and saw a huge tail belonging to a yellowtail that was too large to fit into the fish hold. The size of the tail and its length got me pretty excited because I know yellowtail well and a 35 pounder can fit into that hold. We lifted it out of the boat and hung up the scale. We were guessing it was “definately over 40 pounds” but we were eccstatic when we read the scale. Fourty eight pounds, on the fly. WOW!
Capt. Francisco speaks fluent English and fishes both fly and conventional technique equally well. He’s available for hire throughout the year. A father and a grandfather, he’s patient with children and beginners. He’s a hunter who prefers to break away from the other boats. He’s constantly looking out for signs that fish are on the horizon below the birds or at the shoreline. He doesn’t watch the clock and will fish all day. He’s fun to be around and he wants to catch fish more than you do.
Capt. Francisco’s boat is called the Cuervo Especial. This “super panga” is 23 ft long with a 4-stroke Mercury 115 hp outboard motor. The boat has two decks designed as casting platforms. One of these casting platforms is up front and has a large dry storage hold underneath. The other is at the rear of the boat with the fuel tanks underneath. The captain’s console is at the side along with Francisco’s butt rest and a rear passenger seat. The aerated bait well is under this. The other side of the boat has a front and rear double seat for two passengers, with another live bait well under it. The center of the boat is open walkway. The boat has a clean deck because The Loreto Fly Fishing Guide has to have a clean easily walkable deck. There’s shade, seatbacks and cushions.
If keeping fish, Fransicso will bring along an insulated catch bag to keep it fresh. Francisco will clean, pack, keep your fish frozen and deliver it to you before your return home. Typically two fishermen go out with Francisco.
Equipment and Safety Items on the Cuervo Especial:
Ice chest with ice and bottled water
live bait hooks (or circle hooks)
XX ounce lead weights
bait rigs for catching bait
80# green mono filament
black ball bearing swivels
Tackle Box with: pliers, loose equipment on the list, screw drivers, gloves
Gaff or large Landing Net
Sharpened 10″ Fillet Knife
24/7 satellite tracking system
First Aid kit
Some Videos with Capt. Francisco:
Capt. Francisco catching a dorado on the fly- http://youtu.be/E9r9mEmYVIU
Fishing a skipjack on the fly- http://youtu.be/pZGqEu6dJBM
Fly Fishing the Shorelines of Isla Carmen- http://youtu.be/hqufAGmcpjw
The rate for a full day is $5,000 MXN
a half day is $3,400 MXN.
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Fishing license, marine park permit and live bait are additional. Tip not included.