Magdalena Bay Lopez Mateo Mangrove Fishing

johnstanleyho

Newbie
Aug 5, 2010
3
19
Castaic CA
My brother and I drove from Loreto to Adolfo Lopez Mateo to arrange a day of inshore fishing. We lucked out with Sol at Camorones Feliz that included 3 full home cooked meals (overnight room with 2 beds and 3 full meals for 2 $80!) and a charter on a nice 23 ft Grady center console with Yam 225 four stroke. Rooms were adequate and 20 yards from the boat which was a 10 minute ride to launch. He handled that like a panga. we even went to his Uncles oyster farm 5 miles up in the mangrove beach and bought 40 oysters fo $10. Delicious and nice size. Could have dug chocolate clams on a sand bar if we wanted. Potentially great ecotour with clouds of baby shrimp in the mangrove roots and grassy nurseries. The fishing- great. Sol took us inside the ocean inlet where there were small holes 25 ft deep or so. High slacking tide. Tide is everything here with different areas dependent on tide Caught beautiful leopard grouper 4 to 8 lbs- about 14 or so and a couple of scorpionfish and some spotted bass.. Sol likes 60 lb braid and a 50 lb mono leader. Soon found out 25 lb test barely sufficient. We left them biting. Drifted another mangrove and a few more mixed groupers. Then a 30 lb black sea bass in 16 ft of water. Tried to revive her but the captain said take her home. Felt so bad since they mature at 11 years and 50 lbs. In CA they are protected. We then toured around by boat rather than continue to slay the fish. We are lightweights I suppose. We kept 3 fillets of groupers for some ex-pat we know in Mulege and left Sol the rest. But this area is exceptional. So rich thanks to the mangrove estuaries. Sandbars everywhere so you snake through them but so rich in life. 125 miles of mangroves. Local fisherman with their 40 pangas spread out and spend a lifetime learning and relearning spots. Very gratifying trip for us. Wonderful to see such life without being ravaged by industrial interests and encroaching civilization. The captains secret bait was his shrimp traps in the harbor. We actually fished live size 18 shrimps!. Irresistible for the jumbo groupers and anything else. People so nice. At the commercial loading dock we saw a box van loading giant red snappers, dogtooth snappers and grouper and yellowtail like cigars layered in crushed ice for USA (presumably sushi market). The local guy actually gave us a 12lb yellowtail for free! Could not believe it. That happens no where else. We love the village! Even saw a local catch a 3lb halibut in a small harbor pool! Lots of baitfish mulling about. Thank God for this slice of natural nurseries in Mag Bay. It is no wonder the nearby inlet offers outstanding fishing offshore by the ridge and the mounts. That may be for another day
 

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    johnstanleyho

    Newbie
    Aug 5, 2010
    3
    19
    Castaic CA
    My brother and I drove from Loreto to Adolfo Lopez Mateo to arrange a day of inshore fishing. We lucked out with Sol at Camorones Feliz that included 3 full home cooked meals (overnight room with 2 beds and 3 full meals for 2 $80!) and a charter on a nice 23 ft Grady center console with Yam 225 four stroke. Rooms were adequate and 20 yards from the boat which was a 10 minute ride to launch. He handled that like a panga. we even went to his Uncles oyster farm 5 miles up in the mangrove beach and bought 40 oysters fo $10. Delicious and nice size. Could have dug chocolate clams on a sand bar if we wanted. Potentially great ecotour with clouds of baby shrimp in the mangrove roots and grassy nurseries. The fishing- great. Sol took us inside the ocean inlet where there were small holes 25 ft deep or so. High slacking tide. Tide is everything here with different areas dependent on tide Caught beautiful leopard grouper 4 to 8 lbs- about 14 or so and a couple of scorpionfish and some spotted bass.. Sol likes 60 lb braid and a 50 lb mono leader. Soon found out 25 lb test barely sufficient. We left them biting. Drifted another mangrove and a few more mixed groupers. Then a 30 lb black sea bass in 16 ft of water. Tried to revive her but the captain said take her home. Felt so bad since they mature at 11 years and 50 lbs. In CA they are protected. We then toured around by boat rather than continue to slay the fish. We are lightweights I suppose. We kept 3 fillets of groupers for some ex-pat we know in Mulege and left Sol the rest. But this area is exceptional. So rich thanks to the mangrove estuaries. Sandbars everywhere so you snake through them but so rich in life. 125 miles of mangroves. Local fisherman with their 40 pangas spread out and spend a lifetime learning and relearning spots. Very gratifying trip for us. Wonderful to see such life without being ravaged by industrial interests and encroaching civilization. The captains secret bait was his shrimp traps in the harbor. We actually fished live size 18 shrimps!. Irresistible for the jumbo groupers and anything else. People so nice. At the commercial loading dock we saw a box van loading giant red snappers, dogtooth snappers and grouper and yellowtail like cigars layered in crushed ice for USA (presumably sushi market). The local guy actually gave us a 12lb yellowtail for free! Could not believe it. That happens no where else. We love the village! Even saw a local catch a 3lb halibut in a small harbor pool! Lots of baitfish mulling about. Thank God for this slice of natural nurseries in Mag Bay. It is no wonder the nearby inlet offers outstanding fishing offshore by the ridge and the mounts. That may be for another day
    Found out the leopard groupers were actually Broomtail groupers. Beautiflully formed fish and preferred eating. The captain, Sol did point out that the leopard was a slightly different fish and showed us the slight different pattern and they were a tad more slender. We caught a few of those and returned them. The cost of the charter with his nephew as excellent mate was $400 dollars. Unlimited jumbo prarn bait. We really had an ideal stay in Adolfo Lopez Mateo. For 2 it came in at less than $650 for everything including gas from Mulege about 150 miles away and a blue plate special dinner in Loreto at La Fuente- delicious and inexpensive. This really culminated our Baja trip. We did catch dorado and Yellowtail with Captain Alex in Mulege and that was reasonable and fun. But Mag Bay was terrific and the beauty of the area awesome. Inshore a perfect area for a Montauk fishing boat that can pull up onthe plentiful sandbars. You would never starve with the abundance and variety of sea life
     
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