Baja Dreamin' - Gonzaga Bay to Loreto - 6/13 - 6/21 - Who likes fish pics?

Ali

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Awesome Trip!

Clarke, Trevor and I have been building a 30' Grady White that we rescued from FL into the ultimate baja rig for the last 18 months. The boat was neglected but solid and we have since done everything under the sun to get it up to snuff. We have completely customized the boat from tower with controls to a Keurig coffee maker to be a perfect 2-4 day boat for fishing up and down Baja. This trip was maiden baja voyage and delivery wrapped into one.

We normally do a group trip from La Bay to Bahia San Fransisquito but the rest of our team wasn't able to make it this year. Since we had a boat to deliver, we went solo. Armed with enough safety equipment to sink most boats and new rig that we just tore down and put back together we were all confident.

Because we'd be on the water for 8 days, we had the boat loaded for bear with drinks, food, tackle and tackle. :)

The 30' Grady is 10'6" wide so trailering down Mex 1 is not an option. After a lot of consultation from friend and BD'ers (thanks guys), we decided we'd have a buddy ride down with us to Gonzaga bay through Mexicali and San Felipe and launch there. Then my buddy would bring the trailer home. The ride down was AWESOME and uneventful. Nice wide roads in great shape. There are some unmarked dips in the road from San Felipe to Gonzaga that caught us off guard but other than that it was a cocktail cruise compared the white knuckle thrill ride of towing a big boat on HWY 1.

The launch at Papa Fernandez was just wide and long enough to accommodate the big boat without a hitch. We quickly put the tower up, loaded gear and dropped in the water.

Our two favorite things to fish for on the trip are surface iron Cabrilla and Marlin. We planned to fish a day or two at the north end of La Guardia but after one full day of pounding epic cabrilla spots for just a couple fish, we realized the 85 degree water had sent them deep. With that in mind we started working south after just one day.

We worked our way down the island chains and that evening found us in San Fransisquito where we have a local friend that supplies us with ice, freshwater and fuel. We also met up with friends Gerry from Bay Park and the Pez Espada crew here.

We would fish here for 4 days and had very good marlin fishing with some solid yellowtail and inshore stuff mixed in. Our best day was 6 striped marlin, one sail and one dorado. Seemed the fish the first couple days were lazy due to a full moon a couple days prior.All fish were tagged and released except one fish we took for our local friends smoker.

From there we had planned to leave the boat in Santa Rosalia and fly home with a private pilot buddy. After talking to the pilot, he said he couldn't use the strip in SR so we suggested going another 80 miles down the road to Loreto.

I was stoked to get to fish Loreto but after 1.5 days of fishing for a striped marlin and a sail we were ready to go. Normally Loreto is on fire this time of year and corroded with billfish and big dorado but not this year. Maybe El Nino? Who knows.

We left the boat in the water in Puerto Escondido and ended up leaving a day early. We'll be back in a month or two to continue the trip south.

Got some good pics and video. Enjoy.

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Northeastfshman

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    Some really great pics, Clarke in the corner well doing the bat-tusey being particularly epic. Hope I get to join you guys once looks amazing! Thanks for the photos.
     
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    Gil Marlin

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    Wow, that's a great looking boat and a perfect size for the Sea of Cortez. You're going to have a great time using her wherever you decide to finally slip the boat. Nice pictures too...
     
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    thearabswife

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    The pics are AWESOME!!

    Thank you for my 8 days of "singleness" =) and 3 dudes on boat seems a bit.... gay.
     
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    looks like a great time!!! For Sta. Rosalia fly ins/out the Palo Verde strip is paved and secure.
     
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    VERY NICE GREAT REPORT LOOK LIKE YOU GUYS HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!!
     
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    la vida

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    Nice!
    So nice!
     
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    Lorenzo

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    Absolutely one of those trips of a lifetime. Super boat, your favorite bitches and great fishing. Even with the goat, I assume you had no problems clearing customs at Brown Field!
     
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    Ultimate Catch

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    Awesome Trip!

    Clarke, Trevor and I have been building a 30' Grady White that we rescued from FL into the ultimate baja rig for the last 18 months. The boat was neglected but solid and we have since done everything under the sun to get it up to snuff. We have completely customized the boat from tower with controls to a Keurig coffee maker to be a perfect 2-4 day boat for fishing up and down Baja. This trip was maiden baja voyage and delivery wrapped into one.

    We normally do a group trip from La Bay to Bahia San Fransisquito but the rest of our team wasn't able to make it this year. Since we had a boat to deliver, we went solo. Armed with enough safety equipment to sink most boats and new rig that we just tore down and put back together we were all confident.

    Because we'd be on the water for 8 days, we had the boat loaded for bear with drinks, food, tackle and tackle. :)

    The 30' Grady is 10'6" wide so trailering down Mex 1 is not an option. After a lot of consultation from friend and BD'ers (thanks guys), we decided we'd have a buddy ride down with us to Gonzaga bay through Mexicali and San Felipe and launch there. Then my buddy would bring the trailer home. The ride down was AWESOME and uneventful. Nice wide roads in great shape. There are some unmarked dips in the road from San Felipe to Gonzaga that caught us off guard but other than that it was a cocktail cruise compared the white knuckle thrill ride of towing a big boat on HWY 1.

    The launch at Papa Fernandez was just wide and long enough to accommodate the big boat without a hitch. We quickly put the tower up, loaded gear and dropped in the water.

    Our two favorite things to fish for on the trip are surface iron Cabrilla and Marlin. We planned to fish a day or two at the north end of La Guardia but after one full day of pounding epic cabrilla spots for just a couple fish, we realized the 85 degree water had sent them deep. With that in mind we started working south after just one day.

    We worked our way down the island chains and that evening found us in San Fransisquito where we have a local friend that supplies us with ice, freshwater and fuel. We also met up with friends Gerry from Bay Park and the Pez Espada crew here.

    We would fish here for 4 days and had very good marlin fishing with some solid yellowtail and inshore stuff mixed in. Our best day was 6 striped marlin, one sail and one dorado. Seemed the fish the first couple days were lazy due to a full moon a couple days prior.All fish were tagged and released except one fish we took for our local friends smoker.

    From there we had planned to leave the boat in Santa Rosalia and fly home with a private pilot buddy. After talking to the pilot, he said he couldn't use the strip in SR so we suggested going another 80 miles down the road to Loreto.

    I was stoked to get to fish Loreto but after 1.5 days of fishing for a striped marlin and a sail we were ready to go. Normally Loreto is on fire this time of year and corroded with billfish and big dorado but not this year. Maybe El Nino? Who knows.

    We left the boat in the water in Puerto Escondido and ended up leaving a day early. We'll be back in a month or two to continue the trip south.

    Got some good pics and video. Enjoy.

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    You are living well, good for you. Hard work pays off!
     
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    Carl

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    Awesome!
    I even dig the boat name. :D
     
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    Blackfish

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    Some of those Cabrilla spots look very familiar from my Tony Reyes trip.

    Looks like a trip of a lifetime. Towing that rig had o be stressful.
     
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    Pura Vida for sure. Beautiful boat
     
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    Bill Erhardt

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    Sounds like a lot of fun, although it did taper off by the time you got down to my neighborhood. That's the kind of year that it's been.
    Let me know when you plan to come down in a couple of months and we'll compare notes. My attention will be focused primarily on the other side of the peninsula by that time, but early October has some of the best fishing of the year out of Loreto and few are around to enjoy it.
    http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=48466#pid557684
     
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