Unseasonable bad weather and rain in the Yucatan makes fishing tough for Jose Wejebe and his guide Chico while filming an episode of the Spanish Fly. After the show, Jose took some time to share his tips for fishing inclement and unfavorable conditions as well as his top five favorite fishing lures he keeps in his tackle box.
The biggest adjustment that Jose makes when the water gets riled up after or during a storm is to slow down the retrieve and fish twice or three-times as slow as if the conditions were normal.
"The fish's window has been shrunk down so the lure needs to move through a much smaller space to get the fish to strike," Wejebe said.
The second key adjustment to make is to add a piece of bait to the fishing lures. Adding bait allows the fish to locate the scent line that the bait creates, track that scent line to the source and then since the bait is moving very little, the fish can see the fishing lure and bite it.
"Also, don't race around to a bunch of different spots," Wejebe said. "Find an area where you believe the largest concentration of fish are located and spend time trying to catch them."
As far as his top baits go, Wejebe is very adament about covering every possible condition, depth and species.
1. A butterfly jig is a must-have for Wejebe in any deep water, offshore reef scenario. The jig can actually allow him to cover all depths as Jose works the lure on the bottom, up through the middle of the water column and then at the surface at the end of the retrieve.
2. Bucktail jigs are very versatile because an angler can choose a lighter size and flat head for shallow water and bonefish, redfish or permit. Then, for deeper water, the angler can switch to a heavier jig and add a soft plastic to "sweeten the jig." Jigs may also be tipped with bait as an added attractant.
"I always have a jighead and plastic combination because the fish are feeding on scent," Wejebe said. "A leadhead with Gulp! works best, especially when other bait in the area is not readily available to the fisherman because now you have combined the best of both worlds.
"My next three favorite lures consists of plugs to cover the whole water column."
3. A topwater plug can be used if fish are on the surface chasing bait or if you want to attract fish to the surface in muddy water. The bait attracts fish by sound and sight.
4. A mid-water plug or a lipped plug covers a middle range in the water column depending on the size of the lip and the weight of the lure.
5. Finally, a deep-diving plug works well in heavy current and in deeper water. Jose also finds that a plug works very well when you need to locate a school of fish and you aren't visually searching for the fish. By blind casting a deep-diving plug, an angler can cover a good deal of water.