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Big Jerry LeCompte, the Chartermaster wrote this amazing trip report;
TRIP REPORT – TONY REYES – MAY 13, 18, 2012
JERRY LECOMPTE, CHARTERMASTER
Before I get to the important fishing stats, here’s some information about the border crossing, construction along the San Felipe highway and inspections/delays we encountered on getting out of the port on Sunday.
Border Crossing – the FREE Visa process seems to be working okay. The agents know what we are looking for as long as you specify that you want the FREE 7-day Visa for San Felipe. Otherwise they will want to issue a “normal” 6-month Visa with an accompanying fee.
Travel to San Felipe – there is considerable construction through the downtown Mexicali route to San Felipe with associated detours around the construction. The new border crossing route 7 miles East of Calexico is free of construction but make sure you know the route through Mexicali to the San Felipe road before going this way. Once on the San Felipe highway you have smooth sailing until about km 90 where the road-widening project starts. There are a few detours but these were relatively short and in good shape.
Inspections/Delays – we didn’t leave the port until after 1 pm on Sunday due to inspections by the Port Authority, Mexican Army and probably others. Not sure if this was just the start-up process for the trips this year or the implementation of new regulations.
Now the good part – FISHING. Started the trip at Partida; then fishing for Yellowtail around La Raza, Sal se Puedes and the local islands. Most of the fish were caught around boils but some were taken on trolling Mirrorlures. Hottest jigs were Blue/White Salas 6X Jr, Yellow/Green DX, Scrambled Egg Cristy II and various surface irons. Big fish for the day was a monster Yellowtail weighing 44 pounds 3 ounces caught by Clark Bennett. We saw a lot of cruising Yellowtail, some of considerable size, but they mostly ignored our lures.
We tried to catch live bait on Monday night with no success – same for squid. Didn’t get any bait all week; so much for having no moon.
On Tuesday we tried fishing around San Franciscito and South on the Baja coast. Eventually back to San Lorenzo. Both locations produced continuing good Yellowtail action but some Cabrilla caught on both jigging and trolling. Big fish for the day was a 33 pound 14 ounce Yellowtail caught by Mike Chesley.
Moved to San Estaben for Wednesday fishing starting with light winds, a little chop and fog around the island – beautiful! Good numbers of Cabrilla were taken on jigs with fair numbers coming from trolling Mirrorlures; Orange and orange/stripe seemed to be the best performers with Hot Pink doing it’s usual good job. One panga (Roman in #4) had an exceptional morning with 80 Cabrilla. Big fish for the day was another Yellowtail – 28 pounds 2 ounces caught by Mark Rascon.
The weather for Thursday was a little rocky after moving along the East side of La Guardia to a spot just South of Refugio Bay. Some Cabrilla were taken but most of the action was Yellowtail with the largest being 18 pounds 4 ounces caught by one of our rookies Cameron Simpson.
Moved to the Enchanted islands with a lot of wind along the way to complete the fishing after deciding to skip trying for the Golden Reef. Still some nice fish were caught, the largest being a 49 pound 3 ounce Grouper caught by our other rookie Kris Casey trolling a Mirrorlure.
The crew did a great job taking care of us – something we’ve grown to expect and appreciate from a Tony Reyes trip. Food was consistently good and served quickly. All the guides kept their pangas neat and really seemed to enjoy their work. Deck hands, engineers and Tony kept the mass of equipment, gear and fish organized and processed with great efficiency. You can’t help being impressed with the smooth operation of a Tony Reyes Fishing Tour. Let me express the thanks of everyone on the charter for a tremendous week. Mucho Gracias Amigos!!
We only had one problem – at least for some – we ran out of beer on the big boat. It is possible to consume 50 cases of beer because I saw it happen but it is rare. We recovered the beers from the pangas on Friday and finished the week in good shape. Since the charter fee covers 50 cases of beer and 40 cases of sodas, if you are worried about a shortage, toss in a 30 pack or so in your coolers for the trip down. The delay in departing the port caused us such angst that we had to relieve it somehow, so we drank more beer – such is the way of fishermen.
Tony did his usual masterful job of squeezing the barka into a too-small spot at the dock. We had the same confusion back at the port but it was complicated with two large semi-trucks with trailers on the dock and not much room for us to unload gear from the boat and get repacked for the return trip. Like most thing in Mexico, this only took a little more time and patience to resolve.
The new border crossing took 45 minutes, which is about average. I’m told the crossing in downtown Mexicali took something over an hour.
|Spotted Bass||145||To 5lbs|
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The weather cooled down some and it was a comfortable trip. We fished San Lorenzo Island for a few days and it was good with plenty of 15-20 pound yellowtail. The live bait was plentiful in San Francisquito Bay and so we loaded up on it. The dorado seemed to have moved to another area, one with warmer water.
One of our guides caught a massive 110 pound gulf grouper in Salsipuedes Island, boyaa! Those guides are amazing anglers, they live, eat and breathe it, I suppose it makes sense.
Wednesday and Thursday the wind blew from the North and put a little more challenge into our fishing techniques. We ended up at The Enchanted Islands catching some sierra mackerel.
We limited out on yellowtail and its so much fun catching those glorious fish. Watching the birds feed on the bait fish and chasing those boils is so much fun! You are so excited, you cant wait to get your jig into the churned up water where the bait are and bam, you are hooked up!
|Spotted Bass||106||To 4lbs|
|White Sea Bass||1||20lbs|
|Sierra Mackeral||27||To 8lbs|
|Broom Tail||3||To 25lbs|
Hi everyone, we just returned from another great trip. We went to different islands such as La Guardia, Rasa Island, San Lorenzo and San Francisquito. I love fishing the islands of The Sea of Cortez, its so much fun and you never know what you will catch!
The weather was nice and calm but warm. It made the pargos quite active and we caught a bunch between 6-12 pounds. Yellowtail from 15-24 pounds and some very nice Dorado in the 12-30 pound range, nice! Bait was available three nights and we made what we could then used it to great effect.
Part of this trip was an ecological trip from Julian, Ca. They very much ennjoyed the view, used kayaks, went snorkeling and fishing. We even enjoyed a BBQ party on one of the islands with classic carne asada, cold beer and delicious grilled fish, how fun is that?
The last day we caught a bunch of spotted bass at The Golden Reef.
|Red Snapper||38||To 16lbs|
|Spotted Bass||Limits||To 5lbs|
|Broom Tail Grouper||2||To 20lbs|
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It was a great trip fishing the Midriff Islands, they were teeming with life. La Guardia, Snake Island, San Lorenzo Island, San Francisquito, Refugio Island and The Enchanted Islands were very productive and fun!
The weather was warm and humid but calm and easy to fish. Beautiful Sea of Cortez weather makes the trip so much more fulfilling.
Most of the yellowtail were caught on live bait, dont you just love fishing live bait? Nothing more thrilling than throwing your bait into a boil and immediately getting hooked up on a 25 pound plus yellowtail. We did very well catching cabrilla trolling Mirrolures and feathers. There is something amazing about trolling for cabrilla. You are trolling along and BAM your rod bends into the water and you think you have a gigantic fish hooked up, but its a cabrilla. I have no idea where those fish get their fight, but its very impressive. We even caught some nice dorado trolling feathers, make sure you have some with you.
William Equitz and Bob Campbell from Bellflower caught a nice 90 pound grouper with their guide Beto, well done guys!
|Spotted Bass||Limits||To 4lbs|
|White Fish||114||To 4lbs|
|Amber Jack||2||To 10lbs|
|Trigger Fish||173||To 4lbs|
The report I have is short, sweet and to the point. The fishing was great this trip! They fished San Esteban Island, San Francisquito Island, Snake Island and La Guardia Island. The weather was warm and calm, a perfect mix in The Sea of Cortez!
Snake Island produced lots of dorado, they caught seventy dorado! How fun to pull those colorful, beautiful fish into your panga. San Esteban had some fantastic yellowtail fishing on the reefs. They even caught a 95 pound marlin!
Making bait was easy and plentiful in San Francisquito Bay. Overall a magnificent trip and I envy those of you who are about to go on a Tony Reyes Fishing Tour!
|Spotted Bass||45||To 5lbs|
It was another beautiful trip in The Sea of Cortez, the weather was calm and fantastic!
They fished the main islands like La Guardia, Snake, Partida, Salsipudes and Refugio Island. The best fishing of the trip was at Snake Island, they water had an abundance of big 20-25 pound yellowtail. Fishing live bonita in the reefs produced some giant grouper and a 38 pound broomtail.
Diablo Point produced some small fish like spotted bass, sheephead and some pargo. The last day on Refugio they caught some large cabrilla on live bait and two more groupers! A few big grouper were lost as well. Over all it was a great trip with memories that will last a lifetime.
|Spotted Bass||118||To 4lbs|
The weather was good with some light southern breezes, beautiful Sea of Cortez nights lead them to sleep. Another great trip with a nice fish count, good job guys!
There was a steady yellowtail bite at La Guardia Island, they were fishing live bait, dropper loop style. There were also some nice cabrilla caught using that technique. Partida Island produced some medium yellowtail, cabrilla and two nice broom tail cabrilla. Read the rest of this entry »