RANCHO LEONERO RESORT - 9/9 - 9/15

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BD Outdoors took 8 team members down to Rancho Leonero last week to fish the East Cape of Baja for 6 days. It was an amazing trip, from accommodation to fishing, the BD team had a blast fishing all angles of this abundant fishery. Despite Hurricane Kay rolling through and mixing up the water, we were able to hook and land various species of fish from the beach, kayaks, paddle boards, and inshore/offshore charters.

The BD team met up at the CBX border crossing to fly to Cabo from Tijuana. If you have never done the CBX crossing, it is a quick and easy way to save money on flights when traveling south into all areas of Mexico. Once we landed in Cabo, the Rancho Leonero Resort shuttle was waiting for us. We all piled into the van, and an hour later we were looking at the beautiful Sea of Cortez. From that moment on, we fished hard for 6 days straight!

Tackle & Transportation: When traveling down to Rancho Leonero, there are a few key rules you must follow to avoid hassle or damage to your tackle. For your rods, pack them into a rod tube and wrap the tips with a towel or something soft to protect the eyes during the flight. Most Mexican airlines mandate tubes to be no longer than 8 feet. We brought one tube and stuffed it with 7 rods. It arrived safely, with zero damage to the rods. For your reels, you must check them! You cannot carry on reels if they have any sort of line spooled on. The best practice here is to pack a hard shell cooler or hard shell suitcase with all your reels surrounded with padding like towels or clothing. You can also use this checked item to pack your jigs/lures. As expected, you cannot carry on any sharp hooks. Keep in mind, that there is no tackle shop in Rancho Leonero, you must bring all your lures from home! Pack a variety of Jerk Baits, Crocodiles, Poppers, Surface Irons, Cabo killers, Rangers, and any other topwater lures you may have. Throw in a few sets of pliers, and fluorocarbon from 30lb to 80lb, and you are ready to fish!
Not planning on bringing rods or reels? No problem! You can rent a surf fishing rod from the resort for $20 a day. But you must bring your own lures!! The charter boats come rigged and ready! If you are fishing inshore or offshore on a ponga or charter boat, you do not need to bring your own rods/reels.
Don't be afraid to throw in a few sabikis or a cast net so you have the option to fish live bait from the beach!

Surf Fishing - From first light to sunset, fishing from the beach is a great way to stay hooked up on various inshore species. We saw Cabrilla, Lady Fish, Jacks, Roosters, and much more. Most of the fish we caught were hooked near rock reef structures, there is a great reef right out in front of the resort, along with other reefs within walking distance north and south of the resort. Targeting structure is not the only way to catch surf fish, bait balls blowing up on the surface were a common sight all throughout the day. Roosters, Jacks, and other top water species will surround a school of bait fish and destroy them within casting distance! One second you are sitting at the bar having a cold Pacifico, the next second you are running down to the sand ready to cast on a fresh foamer!
Jerk baits, Crocodiles, Poppers, and Surface Irons were the ticket when fishing from the beach!

Kayaks & Paddle Boards: The resort has an assortment of kayaks and paddle boards for guests to rent if you want to get past the surf and into deeper water. You can chase down foaming bait balls, or drop bait down to the bottom with a dropper loop if you want to relax and get a few bites. Most of the kayaks come with a rod holder or two, the best practice here is to let out a good amount of line, and slow troll a topwater lure or live bait while you scout the area for breaking fish. We saw some very large jacks breaking right in front of the resort, and even hooked a dorado 1/3 of a mile out!

Charter Boats: The resort has a variety of charter boats and pangas for the guests to book during their stay. The captains are experienced and know the fishery well. Let your captain know in the morning what you wish to target, if those fish are around, the captains will do their best to get you hooked up! You can fish the inshore zones for Pargo, Roosters, Bonito, and others, or head offshore to troll for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and more! There is no lack of fish in this fishery, leverage the knowledge of your captain and prepare for a warm day on the water! Don't forget to tip your crew! Just like any other charter boat, these crew members work hard for tips. Make sure to board the boat with cash in your pocket so you are not scrambling at the end of the day.

4X4 Rentals: One of the coolest ways to fish in East Cape, is chasing down breaking fish in 4X4 vehicles. This is surf fishing in a way that most people never get to experience. Our team was loaded up into two, 4 seater off-road vehicles, and we bombed down the beach stopping on bait balls and casting topwater lures into schools of fish all afternoon long. These 4x4's come equipped with rod holders and coolers so you can spend all day ripping up and down the beach!

Rancho Leonero Resort Accommodations: The resort is right on the water, with a pool, bar, and patio dining area that looks right into the Sea of Cortez. The kitchen is great! There is a 3-hour window for breakfast, a 3-hour window for lunch, and a 2-hour window for dinner. If you happen to miss a meal, you can order a quick quesadilla or nacho plate from the kitchen staff. The food was amazing! There is no shortage of talent in the kitchen. From buffet-style meals to individual plates, we were able to feast every night after a long day of fishing. As for the bar, beers are cold and cheap! There is a full bar, so any drink you crave can be made in just a few minutes. Once again, don't forget to tip! The resort staff works hard to ensure the satisfaction of their guests, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work with a good tip! The rooms are equipped with top-tier air conditioning, so when it is time for a siesta, you can duck out of the heat and recharge! If you are planning a trip, have a look at the different room styles that fit the needs of your party. Click here to view the 34 different rooms!

Overall, the BD team had a blast at the Rancho Leonero Resort! Great fishing, great food, great drinks, and great accommodation! If you want to experience one of the most abundant fisheries in Baja, we highly recommend booking a trip to Rancho Leonero!

Here are a few photos of the BD team in action!
Photo #1: Jessies DeVries - VP of Operations, with a massive Dorado caught on live bait!
Photo #2: Jeff Barr - Director of Technology and Data Services, with a Marlin caught on the troll!
Photo #3: Flying down the wide-open beach in a 4x4, looking for foaming bait.
Photo #4: Ricky Fischel - Social Media and In-house Content Manager, casting from the shore into a bait ball!
Photo #5: Nate Lindsey - Product Manager, with a Pargo caught fishing live bait while bottom fishing!
Photo #6: Trevor Hansen - BD Outdoors President, casting a JerkBait over a rock reef structure!
Photo #7: Ira Waldman - Junior Marketing Coordinator, with a Cabrilla caught on a JerkBait in the surf!
Photo #8: Cameron Gamble - Community Marketing Manager, with a Pargo caught on live bait while bottom fishing!
Photo #9: A mystical sunrise captured while surf fishing in the early morning hours.
Photo #10: Buffet-style short ribs from the kitchen, much needed after 12+ hours of chasing fish!

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    Surf fishing from a 4x4 was easily the craziest fishing experience of my life. My feet were raw from running along the shoreline, on top of hot Cabo sand.

    Just like chasing down tuna in a boat, but crazier. Who knew foamers could be 10 feet from the shore.

    Thanks BD!
     
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    Great report. Am stoked to be going back down to the Ranch in 2 weeks. One question about your suggestion to bring a "cast net"... I'd heard rumors that only Mexican citizens can throw cast nets, but have never seen that verified. Thanks,
     
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    Great report. Am stoked to be going back down to the Ranch in 2 weeks. One question about your suggestion to bring a "cast net"... I'd heard rumors that only Mexican citizens can throw cast nets, but have never seen that verified. Thanks,
    That is something we struggled to verify. We did not use one when we were down there because we did not want to break regulations. But other anglers talked of using them in the past.
    To be safe, bring a good amount of sabikis, the area right in front of the resort is great for fishing for bait.
     
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    On my bucket list , wife’s not interested so I think me and a buddy are going to book a trip next season.
     
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    The wife can hang out in the pool and drink and eat all day.....
    We finally pulled a pin and went to Cabo last year stayed at the hotel Rui which was cool but if you left the hotel you were bombarded by drug dealers and Vendors Not to mention their weed sucks. She wants to go in for a day it’s an hour drive other than that I’m sure she’d much rather be hanging out away from the ghetto. question, does the lodge Wi-Fi?
     
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    We finally pulled a pin and went to Cabo last year stayed at the hotel Rui which was cool but if you left the hotel you were bombarded by drug dealers and Vendors Not to mention their weed sucks. She wants to go in for a day it’s an hour drive other than that I’m sure she’d much rather be hanging out away from the ghetto. question, does the lodge Wi-Fi?
    Yeah that area of Cabo is a tourist trap. You will not find anything like that at Rancho Leonero, it is private and secluded.
    Yes, the lodge/bar has wifi! It works well and depending on your phone carrier, you might have internet access everywhere.
     
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