People everywhere are looking for signs of spring. Ground Hog’s Day holds some interest for those folks who are still frozen in winters grip. Not to besmirch Punxsutawney Phil’s early spring predicting ability, but he is slightly less effective, around 50%, than the local weather forecasters on TV.

During the winter around the time that Phil was making his prediction fishing was fine, catching was substandard. A buddy and I had some superb days in February where we took a nice kayak ride, but catching fish was futile. Early March the fishing started to improve, at least we were catching more numbers of fish. Between the two of us we landed around 60 fish each day for two days. The day before we were able to fish was too windy, and after our two days of fishing it was too windy to fish. Wind is a big part of spring fishing.

We were fishing La Pinta the Second Estuary on a neap tide in Early March, although we caught numerous fish, we didn’t catch many keeper-quality fish. The fish were biting and so were the little gnats that patrol the area and are intent in buzzing up your nose and in your ears. It’s a good idea to have some insect repellent anytime you go fishing.

April really should be the start of some spectacular fishing in Puerto Peñasco. As the water warms fish return with an appetite, and you will have a larger variety of fish that you may catch. Hope to see you on the water soon. Vince Deadmond, The Retired Fly Fishing Hardware Guy (480) 818-1796.