Baja Trip....6/20-6/28

Discussion in 'Baja Mexico Fishing Reports and Discussion' started by Mo Betta, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Mo Betta

    Mo Betta Offshore Prop Changer

    Location:
    El Cajon
    Name:
    Frank
    Boat:
    25' Wellcraft sportsman "Mo Betta", 14' Klamath "Caballito"
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    We got out of town on Monday, hit the border around 10am. Tourist permits, and we were down the road. Easy drive to El Rosarios' Baja Cactus Pemex, we tanked up with 130 gallons of diesel. The road is still rough 20-30 miles out of Catavina, but they are working on it.

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    Guerrero Negro was the overnighter with the late start. Hotel Cowboy is clean, priced right and you can get dinner right in front and the food is great.

    The next day we drove out to check out the Hacienda Hotel in Punta Chivato. Imagine having a private villa on the point at Punta Chivato. The gal who was running the place makes sure that your every need is taken care of. She made dinner and breakfast for us and served it out on the patio overlooking the Conception Bay. Kids had a great time roaming the beach. I caught a few triggers and a cabrilla from the rocks out front. The wind was up but died at sunset. The A/C in the room was turned on at night so you can sleep. We woke up to wind, which was howling after breakfast. Too rough for the little Gregor.
    Some shots of the hotel.

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    Nate chillin....
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    Birds from the chase loungers out front
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    We move on to the East Cape. Some sights along the way.
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    Nate and Jamie
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    San Bartolo fruit stop
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    Verdugos is where we stay, it’s got just the right mix for us, and it’s like coming home.
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    Nino is our skipper
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    Windy the first 3 days. So we spent them on the beach, out exploring, and chillaxing. Fishing hard the next 2 days with Nino.

    Jamie with her first fish ever, a Ladyfish.
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    Fishing Day 1, the wind has died to calm.
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    We buy sardinas and some macks/jacks from the bait guys and head north towards the shark buoys. Just outside of the boat anchorage in front of the hotel, Nino spots a lone bull dorado. Im hooked up, 10 minutes total elapsed fishing time.
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    The Ocho Ocho is hot with Tuna.
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    We got as many as we wanted and put the big marlin jigs out. We were still getting hooked up on the tuna. Speed way up, still cant keep them off. Total was 1 Dorado and 13 Tuna. The others were released.

    Fishing Day 2

    Just Nate and I on the boat, the girls want to relax on the beach. No more Tuna. We decided to fish for reef donkeys and roosters.

    Greg was out in his new Panga.
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    Hooked up on the yoyo iron. Buttoned down the drag and kept cranking....cranked some more, added some more drag by thumbing the spool. Amber Jack comes to the boat, and gets crossed off the bucket list of fish still to catch. Imagine a yellowtail on steroids, wider body and more "fin surface" for more power, great fighting fish.
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    Nate looses another AJ at deep color. ADD sets in so we move on to fish for roosters.

    South of the Punta Arena lighthouse we slow troll sardinas and a larger bait.
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    I hooked our first follower, such a great visual take. Dorsal fins out of the water, leaving a wake. Chasing and catching the bait out of the water, give it a quick 5 count and hit it hard.
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    Next fish was Nates. We knew he was big, just by the hole it had made when it finally caught the bait.
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    Nearly spooled the PG 440.
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    While Nates is fighting his fish I hook 2 more.
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    Nate is hanging tough, learning to thumb the spool to get a little more drag when he can get away with it. Short pumps. Finally got it in.
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    All Roosters were quickly photographed and then fully revived for a clean release. 1 of the medium units needed a moving boat to come back but I knew it was going to make it when it bit me LOL.

    Enough Roosters Nino... it won’t get any better than that. Lets got chase Marlin.
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    Less then 1 hour later we get a bill in the spread. A quick bait and switch and we are on. This damn fish will not jump for us. We tried everything, slack line, some quick pumps of the rod, thumbing the spool, no jumps for our cameras. Tough fish, lots of power, but they get like that when they dont jump and tire themselves out. Clean release.
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    We get a shot at 1 more Dorado, a nice bull but shakes loose at the boat. We call it an early day and head back in, its just past noon. I need a nap LOL
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    One hell of a trip.
    The drive home was uneventful. You can drive to Tecate or you can sit in line in SY or Otay. We make a easy drive to Tecate, crossed in 25 minutes.

    This was my 11th year driving down in a row. Every year is different, but all have been a blast. Ive had nothing but fun and adventure every time. When things get bumpy its just part of the trip, smile and deal with it. Or dont and just stay home.

    A smile goes a long ways down south, so does a good attitude. You know where Ill be....

    Frank
     
  2. vago5150

    vago5150 Newbie

    Location:
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    Humberto
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    Amazing pictures and great report. I hope my trip and pictures in Loreto next week is half the trip that you had. Thanks for taking the time to share.
     
  3. rrhookup

    rrhookup Fish/Surf..A Way of Life

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    Romme
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    Very cool read and some incredible pics. Kudos for the getting the kids out for some family time.
     
  4. aguachico

    aguachico Well-Known "Member"

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    Art
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    Orale!!! Those are awesome pics. You and Capt Juan should do a Baja book!
     
  5. PezGallo2

    PezGallo2 Newbie

    Location:
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    Alex Martel
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    Awesome report & pics! Thanks for sharing that. I can slmost see my lots in Lighthouse Point Estates by Punta Arena. Can't wait to move down there.

    Alex
     
  6. TsTime

    TsTime Newbie

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    Great read and awesome pics, your right on about the Pez Fuerte, one mean SOB! Viva Baja
     
  7. spike

    spike Well-Known "Member"

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    Killer report & pic's!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. fdengine13

    fdengine13 Newbie

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    Nice report. Thanks for sharing
     
  9. VITO

    VITO Newbie

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    JUAN
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    :appl:outstanding!!
    thanks for taking the time to write and post pics!!!
    saludos
     
  10. baja kid

    baja kid Newbie

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    A couple of those shots are cover pics for sure, thanks for sharing
    great report .
     
  11. Bank Robber

    Bank Robber Hyperbolist

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    Wow what a great trip. Incredible pics.
     
  12. chompi

    chompi Newbie

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    Great report, thanks for sharing it.
     
  13. I'M OFF

    I'M OFF Really off

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    Thanks Frank, made me droll in my coffee. Awesome photos, and some nice fish!
     
  14. seriola_killer

    seriola_killer Dalurker's #1 Fan

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    Outstanding (both the way it was told and the vivid pics)!
     
  15. johndtuttle

    johndtuttle Angler/Client

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    thx for posting such a fine report.
     
  16. Slater

    Slater cuss on Monday,pray on Sunday,dream about one day

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    Just freaking awesome Frank!
     
  17. Carl

    Carl Bridesmaid,,,,,,,Again

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    :worship:
     
  18. JFK

    JFK Well-Known "Member"

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    Killer photography and good report. I'm heading down there for 9 days this weekend....can't wait.
     
  19. theBajabum

    theBajabum Advertiser Advertiser

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    Epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. gatothecat

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    Awesome photos!!! Thanks
     

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