Month: June 2015

Kayak Fishing Road trip in Baja Pt 2

On the Road again!

On the Road again!

After Leaving Mag Bay, we had a long drive to Punta Eugenia which was our pick up point to get to Cedros Island, our next fishing destination. This drive is over some long stretches of dirt road so we broke it up into a couple days spending the night at a very cool hotel overlooking the water at Bahia Asuncion. The next morning we had breakfast at the restaurant next to the hotel, which was basically inside a ladies house. The food was amazing and she was a sweetheart.

Our Hotel for the night

Our Hotel for the night

Not a bad view

Not a bad view

Breakfast is served

Breakfast is served

Her food was awesome and so was she

Her food was awesome and so was she

The last stretch of dirt road from Bahia Tortuga to Punta Eugenia was wash board and shook the fillings right out of your teeth. We were supposed to meet my friends Jarrod and Adrian at the pickup point but they were a no show. Turned out they had gotten a flat tire on the dirt road and were about three hours late. We couldn’t wait for them because the winds were picking up and if we didn’t leave we wouldn’t make it over to the island that day. The guys were able to meet up with us the next day out at the island.

Jose at Cedros Outdoor Adventures recently built his own little lodge on the cliff right above the water and this place is awesome. A great view from every room, wonderful employees and fantastic food.

The view from our balcony at Cedros Outdoor Adventures

The view from our balcony at Cedros Outdoor Adventures

Not a bad place to gear up

Not a bad place to gear up

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The rooms were spacious and comfortable

The rooms were spacious and comfortable

Our first day of fishing at the island was all about the Calico bass, we got so many our hand were hurting. Most of the fish were caught in deep structure. While fishing the Calicos with soft plastics Sean tossed out a lure that had landed so many bass it had no tail left on it and wouldn’t you know it a yellowtail jumped on it. It was a great fight on his bass rod.

One of many bass for Sean

One of many bass for Sean

and another

and another

A nice bass for me

A nice bass for me

Seans bass rod Yellowtail

Seans bass rod Yellowtail

Jarrod and Adrian arrived later this day and we all hit the fish hard for the next three days. It was pretty windy on the trip but we knew there were big fish around so we charged anyway.
Some great fish were caught and a good variety as well. Jarrod landed a monster halibut and Kirstin caught the biggest Yellowtail of the trip at forty one pounds. I got a thirty nine and a thirty seven pounder. Adrian caught a big one as well and we also added some smaller white Seabass to the mix.

Jarrod with his trophy Calico for the trip.

Jarrod with his trophy Calico for the trip.

Kirstin and I holding up her big fish for the trip. The biggest yellowtail we caught.

Kirstin and I holding up her big fish for the trip. The biggest yellowtail we caught.

I was so stoked for her

I was so stoked for her

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This fish is as big as Kirstin. Well almost.

This fish is as big as Kirstin. Well almost.

Charging it in the wind

Charging it in the wind

Fishing in the wind was tough, but so worth it.

Fishing in the wind was tough, but so worth it.

A good one landed

A good one landed

and another

and another

Adrians Big Yellowtail

Adrians Big Yellowtail

A beast of a Halibut for Jarrod

A beast of a Halibut for Jarrod

Landing  yellows can be a bloody business so had to do a bit of on the water laundry

Landing yellows can be a bloody business so had to do a bit of on the water laundry

Lots of bass meant chewed up hands so Sean and Kirstin and I all resorted to the Buff landing gloves

Lots of bass meant chewed up hands so Sean and Kirstin and I all resorted to the Buff landing gloves

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Sean with a fun White Seabass caught in the rocks

Sean with a fun White Seabass caught in the rocks

Our host Jose, sharing the spotlight with me and my two yellows.

Our host Jose, sharing the spotlight with me and my two yellows.

After fishing we were tired, hungry and thirsty and great food was always ready. Jose shared with us his recipe for huevos con huevos. Yellowtail eggs mixed with scrambled eggs and it was delicious.

Huevos con huevos

Huevos con huevos

No trip to Baja is complete without a traditional Baja margarita

No trip to Baja is complete without a traditional Baja margarita

Of course as our luck would have it the winds died on the day we had to head back to the main land. At least we had a smooth ride home. The same can not be said for the ride back down the wash board roads.
We got vibrated so bad the lumber rack on my truck broke and a leaf spring on my trailer broke when I hit a large hole that I had not seen.
Thankfully the trailer breaks down pretty easy so we were able to put it in the back of Sean truck and Jarrod had met someone that knew a guy with a welding shop in town. Within about an hour and a half the roof rack was welded up, kayaks were on the rack and we were on the road home.

Back on main land and ready to load up for the trip home.

Back on main land and ready to load up for the trip home.

Jury rig the trailer to limp to the welder.

Jury rig the trailer to limp to the welder.

You can see the broken upright for the rack

You can see the broken upright for the rack

beautiful weld job and ready to roll

beautiful weld job and ready to roll

trailer all loaded up in the back of Seans truck

trailer all loaded up in the back of Seans truck

I had some requests for whole fish so I got a big Engel Cooler for the trip. Everyone laughed when they saw how big is was. Turns out it was just big enough.

This is one big cooler

This is one big cooler

But these are some big fish

But these are some big fish

The rest of the drive home was beautiful and uneventful. We stopped for some of the best street tacos I have ever had just outside of Ensenada then made the final push home.

This was an absolutely awesome trip and I can’t thank my friends Sean, Jarrod and Adrian and my daughter Kirstin enough for joining me. Also huge thanks to Will Richardson and Mike McKay for documenting the entire trip.
Of course big thanks to Mag Bay outfitters and my good friend Jose at Cedros Outdoor adventures for hosting us.

Will getting it done as always

Will getting it done as always

Mike always ready to eat

Mike always ready to eat

The always lovely Kirstin Sammons

The always lovely Kirstin Sammons

The Always sarcastic Jose owner of Cedros Outdoor adventures

The Always sarcastic Jose owner of Cedros Outdoor adventures

My very good friend Sean White. Always up for an adventure

My very good friend Sean White. Always up for an adventure

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters

Adrian  showing off the guns

Adrian showing off the guns

Jarrod always ready to help.

Jarrod always ready to help.

And good by to the rotten sealion who, though cute, likely stole more than one of our fish.

And good by to the rotten sealion who, though cute, likely stole more than one of our fish.

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Baja Road trip part one.

Kirstin and Jim Sammons enjoying their Baja adventure.

Kirstin and Jim Sammons enjoying their Baja adventure.

I am just back from a fifteen day road trip down Baja with my daughter Kirstin and my good friend Sean White along with my videographers Will Richardson and Mike McKay. Our destinations for the trip were Bahia Magdalena and Cedros Island, but the trip was as much about the journey as these destinations. Our two thousand mile round trip was filled with fun, fish and some obstacles that only made the trip that much more memorable.

As I really don’t feel like writing a novel about the trip I will just share a photo journal of our adventures. With part one being from San Diego to Mag Bay and part two Cedros Island.

First stop, Ballast Point Brewery loading up on supplies.

First stop, Ballast Point Brewery loading up on supplies.


Getting some advise

Getting some advise


Testing a few

Testing a few


Choices made and loading up

Choices made and loading up


Visit Ballast Point
Beers picked out it was time to load up the truck and trailer for the trip.
New Shell, well old shell, and rack for the trip. These both really came in handy on the trip

New Shell, well old shell, and rack for the trip. These both really came in handy on the trip


Getting the gear sorted and loaded in the truck

Getting the gear sorted and loaded in the truck


Loved the Malone trailer for the trip for hauling four kayaks

Loved the Malone trailer for the trip for hauling four kayaks

Once past the boarder the first stretch of road is toll road that runs along the Pacific down through Ensenada, it really is a lovely drive.

Of course you can't do a Baja roady without stopping for some street food.

Of course you can’t do a Baja roady without stopping for some street food.

There are some very cool stretches of road through the desert.

There are some very cool stretches of road through the desert.

Some very cool small towns

Some very cool small towns

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People to see

People to see

awesome scenery

awesome scenery

and the occasional oasis

and the occasional oasis

The roads are narrow and not always in great conditions so take your time and enjoy the journey.

A quick stop made to get some of our beers on ice. People would always stop to ask us about the kayaks.

A quick stop made to get some of our beers on ice.People would always stop to check out our kayaks


Not sure how we forgot to get the beer on ice before we left

Not sure how we forgot to get the beer on ice before we left

A full day of driving found us in Guerrero Negro, which in the right season is the hot spot for whale watching. The next day we continued the final push to Mag Bay.

Of course more food stops needed. This one for “The Best Burger In Baja”


And this impromptu stop on the Sea of Cortez for an amazing sea food cocktail.

And this impromptu stop on the Sea of Cortez for an amazing sea food cocktail.

Finally arriving in Mag Bay we met up with Mag Bay Outfitters and unloaded the gear.

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters

Sean White and our Host Bob from Mag Bay Outfitters


Unloading and getting our gear ready to fish

Unloading and getting our gear ready to fish

Our camera and support boat for the trip

Our camera and support boat for the trip

The fishing inside of Mag bay was mostly smaller fish, Spotted bay bass, Corvina and Halibut, nothing big but good numbers and fun fishing.

Corvina

Corvina


Kirstin of course gets the biggest Corvina

Kirstin of course gets the biggest Corvina


Fishing the Mangroves

Fishing the Mangroves

We wanted to spend more days fishing outside the bay but the winds kept us inside for all but one morning. The day we did get out it was big rolling swells and plenty of wind. We hooked several big grouper but these fish knew how to find structure and shake a hook so we only landed one.

Ready to head off shore

Ready to head off shore


It was actually a bit chilly out there

It was actually a bit chilly out there


A nice Grouper caught and released

A nice Grouper caught and released

The town where we stayed is a fishing village with most of the people there involved in commercial fishing for both fin fish and lobster.

Of course a hard day of fishing deserved a great meal and good beer.

Of course a hard day of fishing deserved a great meal and good beer.

We had a blast in Mag bay but it was time to head north to Cedros Island. More about that part of the trip in the part two of our Baja Road trip.