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  1. BadDonkey

    Yellows are on the chew in San Quintin!

    There’s been a steady bite on the yellows in San Quintin for the past couple of weeks and all the capitans have been posting pics of some great days on the water. Temps are Still in the mid 60’s which is fueling the fall bite. December through February are usually very good fishing for Yellows...
  2. BadDonkey

    San Quintin still HOT

    MightY Shrimp, aka Monica, and I drove down to San Quintin on October 16 to bring some supplies to Capitan Hilo and spend a couple of days on the Donkey chasing seabass and tunas. We stayed in the new Holiday Inn in Ensenada using my IHG points on Wednesday and got up early Thursday morning to...
  3. BadDonkey

    San Quintin - Pedro's Pangas fishing report July 5 - 7

    Just got back from an exploratory trip to San Quintin for White Seabass and Blue Tuna but the weather was not in our favor this weekend. Last week there were Blue Tuna offshore, White Seabass down south, and carp on the high spots but we arrived on July 4th after 3 days of cold winds that...
  4. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Father's Day Slam and Pedro's Panga's update

    Drove down to San Quintin on Friday, June 14 with my good friends Pete Heringer, aka Admiral Sabiki, Ed Spenrath and his brother Chris. Excellent mixed bag fishing with a little bit of everything except the Blue Tunas but we really didn’t try too hard for those. Saturday morning started out...
  5. BadDonkey

    Pedro's Pangas in San Quintin

    Hi, all Not sure why there hasn't been more information on San Quintin on BD lately; the fishing is great! After the past couple of years of unusually warm water the inshore waters have cooled a bit and all the usual suspects are returning to their usual haunts. There are a lot of yellowtail...
  6. BadDonkey

    San Quintin 8/8 - 8/11: Just like the good old days!

    Made a trip to San Quintin this week with my friends Pete Heringer, aka Admiral Sabiki, and Jason Sobolewski who previously worked with us for the same company. The logical nickname for Jason would be SOB of course but that is certain not an accurate descriptor so it will just be Sobo unless...
  7. BadDonkey

    San Quintin is about to bust WFO!

    Made my yearly 4th of July trip to San Quintin this year with the Anchovy and my good friends Peter Agostino, aka Big Whitey, and Brian Belcher from our plant up in Pulaski, Virginia. The trip south was fraught with traffic and delays, but we made it to San Quintin by 8:30 pm. One issue we...
  8. BadDonkey

    THE DONKEY GOES TO BOLA!

    It has been a long time since I posted one of my fishing reports but this year at Fred Hall show I actually had several people stop by and tell me that they would like me to start writing again. Well…. here you go. I have been listening to tales of the great grouper fishing in Bahia De Los...
  9. BadDonkey

    Ascuncion, Abrejos, or Mag Bay in November?

    I'm looking ahead to Thanksgiving time to take the Big BadDonkey south of San Quintin in search of big tuna and wahoo. Mag Bay seems like the best bet but I've only fished the area once on a long range boat a few years ago in December. Other than that, I have zero experience fishing anywhere...
  10. BadDonkey

    Does anyone have an address for Capitan Hilo at Pedo's?

    Going to be a couple o months before I get back down that way and I would like to try to send down a few things to see if it's a plausible option; especially since Hilo isn't a computer dweller. Would appreciate it if someone can let m know if he has an actual address that we can send mail and...
  11. BadDonkey

    San Quintin: Excellent as always!

    Been awhile since I put in a report; partially because there is just a lot going on and partially because the story in San Quintin is getting to be a bit like a broken record… Yellowtail, Yellowtail, YELLOWTAIL. Want to catch some ling cod? How about a yellowtail! White Seabass? How about…...
  12. BadDonkey

    Team BadDonkey at Fred Hall in Long Beach

    If you enjoy reading the adventurs of Team BadDonkey in San Quintin and are in Southern Cal next week, stop by the Fred Hall show and check out the Mulitas, Mulas, and the massive Tridents. We have school of 400 hanging
  13. BadDonkey

    San Quintin 2014 year end trip summary

    Headed down to San Quintin for Christmas/New Year break with my new first mate, Maud Blue; a.k.a., the Seal Whisperer. We drove to San Quintin on December 22nd and fished the 23rd, 24th, and 26th. Chuck Young joined us on the 26th and ChuckY and I fished the 27th and 28th with special guest...
  14. BadDonkey

    San Quintin 9-27, 9-28. Roughass weather but still GREAT fishing

    Ed “Hulk Hogan” Spenrath asked me awhile back if we could take his sons Mike The Stud and Shane “Nino Loco” to San Quintin fishing for Mikey’s birthday. Of course I said yes, and so we left Corona around 5:00am on Friday the 26th with the BIG BadDonkey in tow. Traffic was surprising light and...
  15. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Labor Day Trip Summary

    Made a trip with a full crew of Team BadDonkey originals for the Labor Day weekend and had a pretty good trip. Weather was awesome and the fishing was good, though not quite the weekend I was expecting. The crew on this trip were my good friends Chuck Young, aka Hillbilly; Pete Heringer, aka...
  16. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Smorgasboard.... i.e., WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOX!

    Long story short: Yellowfin, Bluefin, Yellowtail, Halibut, WSB, BSB, Mako Shark, Sand Bass, Calico Bass; not much we did NOT catch! And now, for the rest of the story: Chuck Young (Hillbilly) and I took a full week off to spend plenty of time exploring and prospecting new places to fish...
  17. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Report for 4-12-14

    I somehow posted in the wrong spot... http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/san-quintin-4-12-14-tough-fishing-but-plenty-of-fish.538267/
  18. BadDonkey

    San Quintin 4-12-14: Tough fishing but plenty of fish

    Towed the BIG BadDonkey down to San Quintin this weekend with some new friends I met through work; Ed Spenrath and his boy Mike and best friend TIMMY! Weather made things a bit sketchy but the ling fishing is still phenomenal and we were able to find some sandies and all the chocolates you could...
  19. BadDonkey

    San Quintin bound 4/11 - 4/14

    Towing the BIG BadDonkey down to SQ with a crew of newbies from work and a small band of followers from Lake Elsinore Marine. The guys treated me really well on my 20 hour service and I am happy to introduce them to the capitans and phenomenal fishing adventure in SQ. All stocked up on Big...
  20. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Summary

    Made a run for the border on Friday, August 30 with Chuck Young (Hillbilly) and Dave Harp (to be revealed later) to fish the Governor’s Cup and to introduce Dave to the awesome fishery of San Quintin. We somehow managed to make it to Pedro’s Pangas to pick up the BadDonkey and got to the Old...
  21. BadDonkey

    San Quintin - KING LING city, a few yellows for color, and a BIG butt to ice the cake

    Not sure why San Quintin is not getting more good press lately… Guess everybody has bluefin fever? Made the trip to San Quintin last weekend with Admiral Sabiki (Pete Heringer) with high hopes of finding some tuna or white seabass but instead we encountered the most insane BIG ling cod bite we...
  22. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Offshore and Butt Scouting Trip

    Made a trip down to San Quintin this weekend solo so decided to do some scouting offshore and maybe try some new tactics for the White Seabass if there were any signs of them. Arrived late morning on Saturday and checked out the bilge pumps and electronics on the boat and got everything rigged...
  23. BadDonkey

    Learning to fish the WARM waters in San Quintin

    Peter Agostino (heretofore known as “BIG Whitey”) and Dave Verona came out from Peru to fish San Quintin with myself and Sabiki. Our first day we headed offshore for tuna into a very lumpy sea and Verona was belly up by the time we got to the grounds. He did quite a bit of chumming for us for...
  24. BadDonkey

    San Quintin 9-1 to 9-3: Time to pay the Piper....

    Took ShrimpY and the kiddies down to SQ for Labor Day weekend to fish the Governors Cup tourney and hopefully put some ahi in the cooler. Our trip started going sideways from the beginning as we were hoping to make an early start but had circle back to the house to retrieve some forgotten...
  25. BadDonkey

    Whats the scoop on the Governor's Cup Tourney in San Quintin this weekend?

    Hi, guys Monica and I are coming down with the kiddies this weekend and are interested in signing up for the tourney, but I don't see anything on BD about entry fees for SQ. The only link I found does not show San Quintin as one of the tourney locations, but we saw the posters plastered all...
  26. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Smorgasbord - WFO

    Got a chance to sneak away with ShrimpY for some quality time together in San Quintin over the weekend and try some new “strategies”. I had been drooling like one of Pavlov’s dogs :drool: over the reports on BD from Kelly and El Juan and the SST’s have looked unbelievable, but I assure you they...
  27. BadDonkey

    Lend me your ear.... a San Quintin Tale with a WSB twist

    Made a trip to San Quintin with the boy (Brent) and Admiral Sabiki (Pete Heringer) last weekend to do some offshore scouting and island prospecting. When we had pulled into Pedro’s on Friday afternoon, Hilo and Chango were unloading a batch of the biggest reds we had ever seen so we put that on...
  28. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Tuna and WSB Scouting Trip

    We made a Father’s Day trip down to San Quintin this weekend with Chuck Young, Sam Soto, and the boy with the intent to do some prospecting for Tuna and WSB and to bring home some more butts for the freezer. We left Cali on Friday around noon and got into SQ around 8:00 with stops for dinner...
  29. BadDonkey

    Hammered the butts in San Quintin!

    Memorial Day is our “season opener” for San Quintin and this year Monica’s brother and his family joined us for a possibility of starting up a new “family tradition”. We stayed at the Mision Santa Maria hotel which is 15 minutes further south of the turn off to the Old Mill by the Los Pinos...
  30. BadDonkey

    Cool clip on Baja and San quintin

    Was listening to NPR radio the other day and heard a piece on the development bust on the Baja Coast and some encouraging news about the plans to keep San Quintin pristine. Check it out. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/feb/29/conservationists-find-opportunity-baja-california-/
  31. BadDonkey

    More San Quintin Lings and our visa experience

    Headed down on Friday the 13th with Hillbilly, Admiral Sabiki, and the boy to make a last ditch effort for some yellows before the season goes sour and to stock up on some lings. We crossed at San Ysidro around 3:00pm and pulled into the inspection area to inquire about the visitor visas. The...
  32. BadDonkey

    3 days of STELLAR fishing in San Quintin

    Rained a lot Sunday night and we were expecting cold, cloudy skies on Monday but we were surprised by bright stars and relatively warm air temperatures. We got onto the water at 5:45 and headed down the bay all by ourselves. We made it to the mouth of the bay just before high tide and decided to...
  33. BadDonkey

    WFO yellows at the 240!!

    Came down to San Quintin with my son, Chuck Young (Hillbilly) and Thinh Pham (@#$%&!! Rookie!) for 3 days to try for some yellows and fill a cooler with Ling fillets. SST’s have been showing 60 – 61 degree water at the 240 so we decided to concentrate on yellows the first day and we were NOT...
  34. BadDonkey

    Stellar fishing in San Quintin

    My friend Peter Agostino and his daughter Laura flew in last Thursday for their yearly father/daughter fishing trip to San Quintin with me. Picked them up at the SD airport Thursday night at 11:00pm and we drove straight down to San Quintin. I was a bit concerned driving late night and have not...
  35. BadDonkey

    HX 5/2 rough under pressure

    I have an HX 5/2 that I bought about 6 years ago. I use it primarily as my tuna trolling rig as I have learned that it is just a lot more reel than I generally need and I have since stepped down to using an MXL 6/4. The reel has always been a bit rough when reeling, but the shop I got it from...
  36. BadDonkey

    San Quintin cold front fishing

    Headed down to San Quintin with Sam Soto (SnowMan) and Chuck Young (Hillbilly) for the weekend. Accuweather said we should expect rain on Saturday morning with clearing conditions through Sunday and the winds kicking up Sunday afternoon. For once, the forecast was incredibly accurate. We knew...
  37. BadDonkey

    Kamikaze Sandbass!

    Took a trip to San Quintin this weekend with a couple of friends from work: Pete Heringer (Captain Sabiki) and Chuck Young (Hillbilly). We managed to pull out of Fontucky at 9:30 on Friday morning and made it to San Quintin at 3:30; RECORD TIME! Roads are in great shape and there were no...
  38. BadDonkey

    San Quintin has kicked our a$$e$ for the last time this year...

    Hate to say it, but we are throwing in the towel for 2010. We were down a few weeks ago fishing, but I just haven't had the ambition or energy to post a report. Basically, we burned over 80 gallons of fuel for a major a$$ kicking and a cooler full of rockfish and a few butts. Tranny on our...
  39. BadDonkey

    Welcome to December in San Quintin

    I took my son down to SQ over the weekend for his summer break. We left Saturday and fished Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and got home last night. We had decided that we would be doing some scouting and trying some new things so we were not expecting to be up to our knees in fish, but what we...
  40. BadDonkey

    Plan your trip to San Quintin carefully

    Conditions are changing almost daily in San Quintin and you need to keep a close eye on the SST patterns and weather if you have the luxury of being able to travel on short notice. Shrimpy and I and two friends from work drove down on Friday to fish the weekend and, once again, observed water...
  41. BadDonkey

    Strange year in San Quintin

    Shrimpy and I were down in San Q this past weekend on a last minute get away. We were not part of the tournament, and probably a good thing. Had gotten all excited by the SST on the 22nd showing 65 degree water at 10 miles. We left late Friday and launched at 5:30 on the 24th and left the bay on...
  42. BadDonkey

    Tough fishing in San Quintin

    Shrimpy and I took an extended vacation to San Quintin last weekend with thoughts of albacore and big butts ROUGH trip for us... We fished 2 days for zip. Ran 26 miles out on Thursday and never found water over 59.7 degrees. Went to the island on Friday and got boarded by the Mexican navy; a bit...
  43. BadDonkey

    San Quintin Memorial Day trip

    Took a trip to San Quintin over the Memorial Day weekend with Shrimpy, Pete the Unstable, and first-time-to-San Quintin-Sam. We left a bit on the late side on Friday, but traffic going through the border was moving pretty well and we had no issues at all. We got into Jardines around 10:30p.m...
  44. BadDonkey

    Yellows gave us the slip, but GREAT trip

    Shrimpy and I and the kiddies headed down to SQ this weekend to try to even up the score with the Yellowtail I had made up a new set of flutter jigs for yo-yoing and spent a week cleaning reels and changing line having learned our lessons from the last trip, but the yellows must have a spy in...
  45. BadDonkey

    Inshore fishing in PV?

    Hi, all A friend from work is headed to PV next week for a wedding and I was telling him about the awesome fishing happening lately. He's interested in going out for a half or 3/4 day inshore excursion with his kids. Anyone have info on operations that cater to this type of request and cost?
  46. BadDonkey

    Dam Yellows! San Quintin is HOT

    Went down to San Quintin with the Little Woman this weekend to pick up our boat for "Taxtime Repairs". Originally, we weren’t sure we were going to go fishing but when we got up Saturday morning the weather looked great and Pedro made us an offer we couldn't refuse (I think it was something...