BOLA 3.13-15 with Joel Prieto Jr...Awesome!

KennyKorvina

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Just back from an amazing trip to Bahia de Los Angeles. We had no idea all hell would break loose in the states as we left but yikes, it certainly did! Headed south down Highway 5 and after a quick hello to Captain Juan Cook in Gonzaga Bay (we also saw Juan on the Cortez our second day with his gang of Cabrilla Hunters!) , we continued on and yes, finally, FINALLY the road is complete to Chapala. If you have driven this road over the past 25 years like I have it has mixed blessings...but until the next hurricane comes and rips it up it is stunning. Fished three days with Captain Joel Prieto Jr and he put us on the fish...big time. First day was some Yellowtail in the morning near Isla Perdida and then went a bit further for some Sawtail Grouper. Came back to the reef in the afternoon and it was Lake Cortez...no wind...clear blue sea and birds crashing and Yellowtail everywhere on the surface. Since we had very little live bait everything was casting and irons...but every cast was a strike, a fish, or five of them following it back to the boat. Second day headed north for some Huachinago and caught a few smaller ones and a freezer filling amount of Gold Spotted Bass. Final day was some nice Baqueta near Las Animas and then more yellowtail in the area of the first day. Three calm days in spring on the Cortez...who would have thunk it? Many thanks again to Joel and his first mate Jesus...definitely a trip to remember.
 

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Feb 28, 2016
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thanks for the report, Kenny. Joel's the best (i'm planning to be there memorial day)! did you notice any changes at the border? did corona have any impact on your travel south of the border?
 
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got_fishhead

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Hola Kenny., we were also there fishing with Igor Galvan. The 4 Gringos from San Diego and weather, fishing was epic. Drove back on Hwy 5 and saved some time on the road. Via Con Dios
 

KennyKorvina

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Hola all! I was casting mostly a scrambled egg salas but blue/white and green seemed to be catching them as well. Nice to have talked to you guys from SD! How did it go when you went north? (as in north with Igor). As to any border issues there were none...Tequila had some "morning" issues but corona had no impact! Easy crossing at Mexicali east.
 
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got_fishhead

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Your description was on point on using:jig:blue/white Tady 45 and Salas 6x, the Yellows were chasing them towards the boat just like how the Dodo react. We headed north towards Smiths Island and hugged the Baja side fishing for Leopard Groupers, it was a fun day thowing irons against the rocks using colt snipers & scramble eggs Jr. We limited out all 3 days and release more than we caught on Leopard Groupers. It's so much fun casting a Lexa 400 on a Phenix M1 8', arms never gets tired.

btw, buy some fishing weights from Jose Caballero, he makes some quality lead.
 

KennyKorvina

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Jul 21, 2009
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Long Beach, CA
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Your description was on point on using:jig:blue/white Tady 45 and Salas 6x, the Yellows were chasing them towards the boat just like how the Dodo react. We headed north towards Smiths Island and hugged the Baja side fishing for Leopard Groupers, it was a fun day thowing irons against the rocks using colt snipers & scramble eggs Jr. We limited out all 3 days and release more than we caught on Leopard Groupers. It's so much fun casting a Lexa 400 on a Phenix M1 8', arms never gets tired.

btw, buy some fishing weights from Jose Caballero, he makes some quality lead.

Yes on the Lexa 400! Many thanks to Captain Juan for recommending them...what a great reel!!! We didn't have much luck on the leopard groupers but did have the restaurant at Los Vientos fry us up a whole huachinango which was killer. Also want to add we stopped by Coco's on the way back and dropped him off some veggies and supplies and he is doing well.
 

got_fishhead

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Nice, I'm gonna have to try that place Los Vientos for the fried fish. I would recommend Alejandrina by the circle, they make the best Tostada if your tired of fish.
Anyways we did some spring cleaning around the garage a found a bunch of sports equipment collecting dust. My son played travel baseball and daughter played soccer. We donated them to the local kids there. We also brought over some school supplies like pencils, paper and backpacks for the local school.

They were very appreciative and I found some addtional space in my garage LOLLOLLOL